Imperious sounding Portland quintet bring new album to the UK

The Delines head out on the road at the end of this month to promote latest release ‘The Imperial.’  Fans of the group will no doubt be excited at the prospect of seeing them since their last UK tour back in 2015. That lengthy hiatus is down to the horrific injuries sustained by lead singer, Amy Boone, shortly afterwards. She’s spent most of the last three years having extended treatment and rehab following a horrible car crash which caused both of her legs to be severely broken.   Continue reading “Imperious sounding Portland quintet bring new album to the UK”

Cam Penner and Jon Wood “At War With Reason” (Independent, 2018)

You know an album’s made an instant impression when your first response on reaching the end of the last song is to immediately give the record a second airing, as well as committing to take the time to discover the artists’ back catalogue. Such is the case with Cam Penner and Jon Wood’s ‘At War With Reason.’ Almost impossible to pigeonhole musically, the whole ensemble makes more sense once you realise that Cam Penner listens almost exclusively to hip-hop, soul and electronica because he doesn’t want his creativity to be unduly influenced by other Americana artists.  Continue reading “Cam Penner and Jon Wood “At War With Reason” (Independent, 2018)”

Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers + Brent Cowles, Scala, London, 22nd November 2018

Israel Nash proved tonight that not only can he rock out with the best of them, but his big musical sound also draws from the desert folklore of that part of Dripping Springs in Texas where he currently resides that’s the inspiration for so much of his muse nowadays. Opening with ‘Rolling On,’ the first track from latest album, ‘Lifted,’ its appeal is as immediate as it is on the record – the swell of pedal steel growing throughout this singalong number, its warm harmony vocals leading to a stirring climax. It’s towards the end of this song that you realise why Israel Nash has been receiving glowing praise on this tour – the band immediately locking onto a groove that demonstrates the harmony at the heart of this outfit. Continue reading “Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers + Brent Cowles, Scala, London, 22nd November 2018”

Robert Finley lands in UK for first dates


American blues and soul singer, Robert Finley, is making his first visit to the UK next week. Known for his incredible back story, piercing voice and guitar playing skills, Finley received critical acclaim for the album he released last year, ‘Goin Platinum,’ a  collaborative effort with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Continue reading “Robert Finley lands in UK for first dates”

J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices + The Miss Tess Duo, Omeara, London 16th November 2018

J.P. Harris, out of Montgomery, Alabama, regards himself as a carpenter first and a singer-songwriter second. That probably speaks to the precariousness of the music business nowadays, but on the conclusion of his set at Omeara tonight what gave most pause is the realisation that he’s a true craftsman in all the best senses of the term. Continue reading “J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices + The Miss Tess Duo, Omeara, London 16th November 2018”

The Bull Brothers “This Is What Happens “ (Independent, 2018)

An EP released earlier this year, London-based siblings, Sam and Tom Bull undertook writing duties at the Bakery Studios in Nashville, with Paul Ebersold and Sadler Vaden (the guitar player for Jason Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit), before recording took place at Urchin studios in Hackney. The stand out song  on the EP is probably ‘Song For Bob Dylan.’ Somewhat resonant of Bon Iver in its vocal stylings, it glides in on acoustic guitar, over which the brothers’ feathered harmonies implore a “little one” to go to sleep. Continue reading “The Bull Brothers “This Is What Happens “ (Independent, 2018)”

Interview: BJ Barham of American Aquarium

BJ Barham is over in the UK for a short tour, with his band American Aquarium, showcasing tunes from his latest and greatest album, ‘Things Change.’ Mark Underwood of AUK sat down to talk to him before their Borderline show in London earlier this month, where they discussed – among other things – his experiences of working with Jason Isbell and John Fullbright, the songwriting process, BJ’s upbringing and his love of Tom Petty. Continue reading “Interview: BJ Barham of American Aquarium”

Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage

For their fifth album ‘Fair Lady London,’ due for release on the 23rd of November, Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss have teamed up with Del Day and Danny Wilson’s Maiden Voyage record label. To celebrate its release they’re also embarking on another one of their quirky tours – this time of independent record stores, including an ‘Invite Only’ playback at Del and Danny’s Union Music Store in Lewes on November 16th.  Continue reading “Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage”

Cam Penner and Jon Wood all set to tour the UK

A Canadian duo much loved by Americana-UK return to the UK for a tour starting on Wednesday of this week. Cam Penner and his trusted full time collaborator, Jon Wood, return for just over two weeks of touring in support of their brand new album ‘At War With Reason.’ Penner is a true artisan of the roots-americana genre, crafting songs in his homemade recording studio tucked away in the woods behind his remote British Columbia home. Continue reading “Cam Penner and Jon Wood all set to tour the UK”