Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November

Following hard on the heels of a seven-week USA tour that saw her playing thirty nine shows from coast to coast, Sarah McQuaid hits the UK next month for her final tour before she takes a break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning method that she uses. “I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ’n’ roll.”  Get yourself a guitar and find out for yourself.  Continue reading “Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November”

Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November

Texan songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has announced a headline UK tour next month following the release of critically acclaimed album Lola (which garnered 4 stars in the Guardian) including shows in Birmingham, London and Scotland.   Known as a passionate performer, Carrie melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude (that’s a new one for us). Lola is both a return to her musical roots and something of a departure where she delivers her own twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs, creating “culturally blended music for a culturally blended world.”  Hear for yourself below. Continue reading “Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November”

Buddy Miller Talks The Wire and Nashville on New RS Podcast

News from Rolling Stone Country of a new podcast you can catch now with the King of Americana: “One month after fronting the house band at this year’s Americana Honors & Awards, Buddy Miller sits down with Chris Shiflett – podcast host, Foo Fighters bandmate, solo artist and fellow multi-tasker – for the newest installment of Walking the Floor. The episode makes its way through more than a half-century’s worth of history, from the original Woodstock, where a teenaged Miller caught Jimi Hendrix’s set, to present-day Nashville. Along the way, Miller – who helped strengthen the left-of-center country scenes in Austin, New York and Los Angeles before moving to Tennessee – geeks out over the Grateful Dead and takes some well-deserved shots at Nashville’s obsession with co-writing. There’s also a story about the time he suffered a heart attack onstage, only to drink half a beer with the creator of The Wire before heading to the hospital. (Priorities, people.)”  Continue reading “Buddy Miller Talks The Wire and Nashville on New RS Podcast”

Ryan Adams “Won’t Cover Album Again”

ryan-adamsSo bad luck on that version of the Babylon Zoo debut.  Pitchfork reports: “In September 2015, Ryan Adams released 1989, an album in which he covered every song from Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning 2014 blockbuster. Taylor herself was thrilled by the idea, and surrounding the album’s release, the two artists discussed their mutual admiration in joint interviews. Now it seems as though Ryan does not look fondly upon the release. Today on Twitter, he responded to a fan suggesting a new album he could cover (it was Oasis’ Be Here Now): “Thanks but not gonna cover an album again.” He continued, suggesting that 1989’s polarized reception had given him a new outlook on releasing these types of projects. “1000 jabs later, what we made for fun has been made to be something else,” he wrote. “Learning to share less.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams “Won’t Cover Album Again””

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A Million, Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain, Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing and Drive-By Truckers’ American Band — landed among the top 10 highest-selling albums overall (in the tracking week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music). That’s an outsize performance for Americana, and represents more in sales than any other genre outside of rock (for which all four also qualify) among the top 10. In other words, Americana albums outsold R&B/hip-hop, dance and, most notably, country among the Top Album Sales chart’s top 10. It’s the first time the genre has bested country sales among weekly top 10-sellers since Billboard rebranded the Folk Albums chart as Americana/Folk Albums beginning with the chart dated June 4.  Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”

Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates

If you’ve caught him on his current UK tour (or indeed the Andrew Marr Show yesterday) you’ll know that “Surviving Twin” is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the long-standing LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance, never previously put on in the UK, is pitched as “a game of creative catch between son and father, exploring issues like birth, loss, parenthood, fashion, pet ownership, and mortality.”  Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates”

Northcote and Jon Snodgrass Hit the UK for Dates – November

Canadian Northcote (Matt Goud), who we’re big fans of here at AUK, and Colorado songwriter Jon Snodgrass (from self-described “country and mid-Western” band Drag the River) are joining forces for a whistle stop four-date tour of the UK in Bristol, Southampton, Manchester and London next month. Northcote will return to the UK for the first time since September last year, having invested over a year of touring in support of latest album Hope Is Made of Steel, building his solid fanbase with gospel-tinged, soulful songs – and Jon Snodgrass’ CV, which includes collaborations with Descendents, Cory Branan, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tim McIllirath (Rise Against), Vinnie Fiorella (Less Than Jake) is equally as impressive.  What could go wrong?

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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”