Willie Nelson releases track from his new record – Watch

Willie Nelson has released a new track ‘Something To Get Through’ from his forthcoming album ‘Last Man Standing’ which comes out on April 27 via Sony Legacy.  It’s been described as “a song about the devastation we feel at the loss of another and are told we’ll get over it-but we know better…. Nelson isn’t singing simply about the loss of a romance, or even a single death. In fact, it’s almost as if he isn’t singing at all, but rather sitting across from you, talking straight, telling you what he’s learned about life over the years.” Continue reading “Willie Nelson releases track from his new record – Watch”

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018, The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, bespoke food “events” (egg and spoon race?) and a wide range of themed outdoor activities. Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Ginger Wildheart to roam the UK over summer

‘Ghost In The Tanglewood’ is the new album by our favourite Ginge at the moment, Wildheart, which we absolutely love here in AUK Towers. It’s a seamless mix of country, folk, roots and rock. As he put it, “While leaning towards country music, my fairly unavoidable accent means that the songs come off less Willie Nelson and more Bobby Thompson, but every lyric is purely heartfelt and every song is as true a story as you’ll ever hear. This stuff has always been in my blood since I was a wee nipper and it’s an honour to finally get it out for people to hear”.  Continue reading “Ginger Wildheart to roam the UK over summer”

Aye Up! Steve Earle headlines this year’s Underneath the Stars

South Yorkshire’s stellar music & arts festival Underneath The Stars is returning this summer with a line-up of established and emerging talent across the folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana music worlds, as well as the promise of some enticing workshops, arts, crafts and food stalls, highlighting the creative talents of the Yorkshire region. Organised by the family production team of Yorkshire folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, and now in its fifth year, 2018’s edition also sees its relocation to a brand-new site at Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley. Continue reading “Aye Up! Steve Earle headlines this year’s Underneath the Stars”

Black Deer add more acts to their line-up

Black Deer Festival which takes place in Kent towards the end of June has announced some new additions to the already impressive line up that includes top-three finalist on E! Entertainment Television’s ‘The Entertainer’ Sarah Darling along with Jess and The Bandits, Robert Vincent, Steak, O&O, Noble Jacks, Jay Scott, Ilona, Tally Spear and Katy Hurt.  Continue reading “Black Deer add more acts to their line-up”

Old Crow Medicine Show “Whirlwind” – Listen

OCMS, as we call them using the vernacular, are back. ‘Whirlwind’ is the latest song to be premiered from the group’s new album ‘Volunteer’ which is due out April 20th in the UK. It’s the closing track to the album and lead singer Ketch Sector told RS that he found inspiration for it when he remembered a story he heard on one of the band’s long road trips. “When I sat down to write ‘Whirlwind,’ I thought of my friend Gill Landry’s paternal grandparents,” he said. “They had just had some kind of major wedding anniversary, like 60 or 70 years. They got married when they were teenagers in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. There’s a great power in the story of a marriage taking place amidst the great uncertainty of massive social upheaval that was happening all around with that generation, particularly in the rural south. And that kind of story becomes a universal one in the context of country music, because no matter what your twist or your hurricane is, you’ve gotta ride it out.”

Video premiere: Jamie Freeman “Hasia Dreams”

‘Hasia Dreams’ is the new EP from Jamie Freeman, a set of recordings influenced by his love of 60’s bands like Buffalo Springfield, The Who and The Beatles, charting a psychedelic course through Americana with the help of Larkin Poe among others. This track which Jamie is sharing with AUK this morning features Lucy Powell (Los Feliz) on vocals and co-written with Amy Tudor from Louisville, KY, it’s based on a true story of a Syrian refugee girl separated from her parents and found living in the woods in Serbia.  Jamie told us: “From a musical point of view (and visually, obviously) it combines that idea of her escaping into her dreamland, and my love of late 60’s psychedelic rock – a match made in heaven.” The ‘Hasia Dreams’ EP is available from the Union Music Store now.

Video premiere: Jon Patrick Walker & Hope Davis “Your Open Hand”

JP Walker is a talented man. His “day job” if you like is being a well-regarded actor who’s currently playing King George in the touring company of a little-known musical called ‘Hamilton’. His wife, Hope Davis, is the lead actor on the brand new ABC drama ‘For The People’ which premiered last month. They’re both Santa Monica based when they’re not on the road and JP’s newest release is the EP ‘You And I’ which is due out May 11th. He has shared the video for new track ‘Your Open Hand’ with us here at AUK which gives you a kind of warm fuzzy feeling like being drunk and which he describes as “an unadulterated love song, I conceived it as a duet, and happily convinced my wife to record it with me.” 

Dylan turns classic into gay wedding anthem – Listen

NME is reporting that Bob Dylan has contributed a track to a new compilation that turns well know songs into “same-sex wedding anthems”. Mick Huckabee will not be amused. They report: “‘Universal Love’ will be released on Friday (April 6) and features the likes of Dylan, St Vincent, Kesha, Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke, Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard and Valerie June. For the six-track EP, Dylan takes on American classic ‘She’s Funny That Way’ (popularised by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole), changing the song to be ‘He’s Funny That Way’. Continue reading “Dylan turns classic into gay wedding anthem – Listen”

Silver Jews finally available to stream on Spotify

You can finally hear probably the finest lyricist alive today on Spotify (“In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection” – try that Ed Sheeran) and other streaming services in the UK as Drag City have finally released their entire catalogue bar Joanna Newsom (who once said that Spotify is the “banana of the music industry,” and she detests bananas) online to stream. So you can not only stream David Berman’s band but also the likes of Ty Segall and Bill Callahan. If you’ve never heard Silver Jews before today is a good day to plough through their back catalogue. Continue reading “Silver Jews finally available to stream on Spotify”