Jeff Tweedy Collaborates with Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman

And if you’ve never seen Parks and Recreation, now’s the time (it’s finished but as relevant as ever, particularly in this US election year).  Pitchfork reports: “Nick Offerman, most famous for starring on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is a big fan of Jeff Tweedy. After directing a video for his Tweedy side project and, later, announcing plans to marry him, Offerman has now collaborated with Tweedy on five original songs, Entertainment Weekly reports. The songs can be heard on the audiobook edition of Offerman’s Good Clean Fun, which is available now on iTunes.  Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy Collaborates with Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman”

Blue Rodeo Announce New Album – November

News of a new record from songwriter/vocalist/guitarist combo Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo are one of Canada’s most iconic bands with millions of records sold, an induction into the Canadian Hall of Fame, and a host of accolades. 1000 Arms is their 14th studio album and apparently “finds the band in their prime — tuning in and turning it up with a record that’s both reflective and energetic.” Cuddy says: “Greg and I have this strange symbiosis which is sometimes contrasting and marrying. We write in isolation. We don’t know what the other one is writing, but it seemed like we came with a much more energetic record this time than we have for some time.”  Continue reading “Blue Rodeo Announce New Album – November”

Win Tickets to See Oh Pep! with Americana UK

oh-pepHot on the heels of our Uncle Lucius competition from last week we have a new giveaway for you, and remember AUK is a small inclusive “club” for those with impeccable taste in music-based journalism so you have a seriously good chance of winning.  Oh Pep! aka Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs’ debut album Stadium Cake was recorded at Echo Lake, Nova Scotia with Canadian producer Daniel Ledwell and they hit the UK next week for dates. We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway to the winner’s chosen show plus a signed copy of the new album. Continue reading “Win Tickets to See Oh Pep! with Americana UK”

Sarah Jane Scouten Heads to UK for Dates

Toronto-based Americana-songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten has announced a return to the UK this November, including shows in London, Scotland, Bristol and Wales.  Scouten will be performing tracks from her upcoming new album due for release in 2017, as well as the recently released EP Volume One: in The Railtown Sessions through Vancouver label Light Organ Records. She has since teamed up with the label and will be releasing a brand new full-length album, recorded in Toronto at Revolution Recording with veteran Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Jill Barber), in February 2017.   Watch a video below, after you’ve perused these tour dates of course.  Continue reading “Sarah Jane Scouten Heads to UK for Dates”

Underhill Rose Announce UK Dates

Acclaimed North Carolina folk-Americana trio Underhill Rose have announced November Ireland/UK tour dates promoting their new album “The Great Tomorrow.”  To coincide with the November tour, the group will release its first holiday-themed single, ‘One Time a Year’, again produced by Cruz Contreras (The Black Lillies). Says Underhill: “The overarching idea is that the holidays are a time to be together, no matter who you are or where you live. The song is about gratitude for having that special time each year, and this tour will definitely be a special time for us.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song go to Women for Women International. Continue reading “Underhill Rose Announce UK Dates”

Fleet Fox Pecknold Working on New Solo Album

Pitchfork excitingly reports: “Robin Pecknold has released some songs this year and has maintained that Fleet Foxes are at work on a new record. Today, he shared a snippet of music that’s apparently intended for an upcoming solo album. “FF record kind of crazy/vast so working on ‘putting babies to sleep/living my truth’ palliative solo album on off days,” he wrote. It’s one of a few snippets he’s shared in the recent past, so check out some samples of new music that’s either Fleet Foxes or solo Pecknold below.” Continue reading “Fleet Fox Pecknold Working on New Solo Album”

Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years

17 years.  Seven-teen years.  Before George W Bush, Facebook and Strictly.   How did we live?  Rolling Stone reports: ” Ask Alison Krauss about her new album, and chances are she’ll begin talking about a man named Buddy Cannon. Cannon is a veteran Nashville producer and songwriter who’s worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Strait over the past 40 years. To hear Krauss tell it, he was the central inspiration and driving force behind Windy City, the iconic singer’s first solo album in 17 years.  Continue reading “Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years”

Win Uncle Lucius Tickets, Albums, T-Shirts with Americana UK!

uncle-luciusA reminder for the weekend about our giveaway we’ve got running at the moment – it could be you! Country-infused southern rock band Uncle Lucius return to the UK later this month for a 7 date tour and to celebrate the shows here at AUK Towers we’ve got an assortment of rather fantastic prizes to giveaway which include two tickets to any of their UK shows (you choose the show, you can’t go to all seven, greedy), signed copies of their new album and t-shirts/stickers.   We’ve also got a kindly donated signed 12″ vinyl from support band Curse of Lono. Continue reading “Win Uncle Lucius Tickets, Albums, T-Shirts with Americana UK!”

Video Premier: The Dreaming Spires “The Road Less Travelled”

A year on from the trip that took the band to Nashville, for AmericanaFest, and to Memphis, where they recorded for a day at the legendary Ardent Studios, home to Big Star and REM’s “Green”, cutting the basic tracks for 3 songs which appear on the “Paisley Overground” record – including this ballad which premiers exclusively on AUK today: “The Road Less Travelled”.

Randy Newman Writes New “Putin” Song – Listen

News from Pitchfork, although be warned – if you click through you get that picture of the man himself bare-chested riding a horse (Putin, not Randy Newman). They report: “Randy Newman has shared a new song, “Putin,” inspired by a photograph he saw of the eponymous Russian leader with his shirt off. Listen below. In an interview with the Washington Post, Newman said, “A person with that much extraordinary amount of power, doing things like that is disturbing but also kind of amusing.” Continue reading “Randy Newman Writes New “Putin” Song – Listen”