John Paul White has confirmed a string of shows in February as part of the Transatlantic Sessions tour promoting his new album “Beulah” which is his first solo work in nearly a decade. Produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, it’s apparently a “diverse collection of swampy southern rock, folk balladry and dark acoustic pop, songs that came unbidden to White, who wasn’t entirely welcoming of them at the time.” Little bit hostile. Click through for the dates. Continue reading “The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month”
Not to get mixed up with horses, although they both begin with the letter ‘h’. Americana with the swagger of the Stones, Rolling Stone Country reports: “On a January morning in Austin, it’s chilly enough to snow. Hometown heroes the Band of Heathens are leaving their winter gear at home, though, and prepping for tropical weather instead. In a few hours, they’ll set sail on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise, a yearly trek that rounds up three dozen acts – from Red Dirt royalty to Americana up-and-comers – for a week’s worth of performances and parties. It’s the Heathens’ fifth time onboard. When the ship returns on January 13th, the guys will hit the mainland on the same day their eighth album, Duende, hits stores. Continue reading “Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen”
Missed this one over the holiday period sorry (we weren’t updating to be fair) (to ourselves), but it’s worth a quick look since we’re only 7 days into the new year. The Guardian has picked ten key americana releases for the next 12 months – “From Ryan Adams to Rose Cousins by way of Dead Man Winter, next year promises sets to delight and excite in equal measure” – and it is quite an exciting list to be fair. Head here for the full article.
Singer/songwriter Wesley Stace will release “Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding” on February 24th via Yep Roc Records. Recorded with The Jayhawks—Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, and Karen Grotberg—at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, the album was co-produced by Stace and Gary Louris and features 12 tracks chosen by Stace: “I always have a lot of songs, so I listened to every unused song I had, many of them quite recent, and picked 11 that I thought The Jayhawks (or The Wezhawks, as we started to call it) would sound great on. Continue reading “Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding teams up with The Jayhawks for new record – Listen”
Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single from the record: Losing You. The new album will feature ten songs selected with producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard’s final solo album) – panning different eras and musical genres original/previously recorded by artists including Willie Nelson,The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles and more. Continue reading “Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single”
Bad news for the first Thursday morning of 2017 sorry. Don’t worry, Trump’s inauguration will be here before long to brighten things up. Pitchfork report: “Bon Iver have canceled their upcoming European tour behind 22, A Million. Justin Vernon’s planned January 14 appearance on the Minnesota Public Radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” has also been canceled. In a note on the band’s Twitter, they write they have canceled “for personal reasons.” Bon Iver will refund all tickets, and have no plans to reschedule tour dates. Read the full note below. Scroll down for the band’s itinerary. Continue reading “Bon Iver Cancel European Tour”
So the votes are in and it’s all change this year as a new roster of artists take over the pole positions in our survey of what’s rocked your boat over the last 12 months – the site has always been proud to support independent music and it’s great to see so many artists who aren’t household names, some of whom have been around for some time, take the honours. Thank you for all your kind comments regarding the site and particularly those about the monthly CD which some of you are generous enough to still donate for. We’re taking our annual break for the holidays and will return the first week of January. In the meantime, a very happy Christmas to all our readers and wishing you all the best for 2017. And now, here’s those results. Continue reading “Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!”
Although you, AUK reader, probably have, or some of them at least. And if you’re thinking “why don’t I just head over to RS Country for all my americana news?” then pause. We’re saving you from some country you absolutely don’t need/want/have to be exposed to, like a Brita filter but for music. Another nice list here (we loves lists) which includes the likes of Rorey Carroll, Luke Bell and Dylan LeBlanc who melds a Seventies sensibility with a taste for the soothing, locomotive Southern blues.” Head here for the article.
Actually they did about a week ago now but hey, we’re too busy counting our own votes at the moment! Some sterling choices in their list including Hiss Golden Messenger, Drive By Truckers and Robbie Fulks. RS Country reports: “Country music finally broke free of the bro stranglehold in 2016, with a demonstrative return to more thoughtful lyrics and a U-turn away from sound-alike production. Continue reading “RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016”
And it’s absolutely cracking. The Sadies have premiered “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” featuring Kurt Vile from their new album with Consequence of Sound. The track is the second single to be released from Northern Passages, their 10th studio album, out February 10, 2017, on Yep Roc Records. Of the track The Sadies’ Dallas Good says, “Kurt did a tour supporting The Sadies about a thousand years ago. We didn’t really know each other before that but we’ve been friends ever since. We always talked about collaborating one day so I forced his hand by sending him this finished song with a very short deadline attached. He delivered, as he always seems to do.” Continue reading “The Sadies debut track from new album – Listen”