Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes set to make their first UK appearances.

One of Australia’s premier Americana artists (if that isn’t a contradiction) have lined up their first UK appearances this June. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have pioneered the alt-country and Americana music movement in Australia. The 2010-issued debut album Ballad of a Young Married Man, mixed traditional country song-writing with indie production, and was well-received by both the purists in Australia’s established country scene and fans in Australia’s more rock-oriented inner cities.. Continue reading “Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes set to make their first UK appearances.”

Listen to the Mountain Goats’ new album, Goths

John Darnielle’s the Mountain Goats release their latest album Goths on May 19th. NPR are streaming it from today and you can listen to it here. For their 16th full-length album, Darnielle takes a conceptual detour. As its title suggests, it’s about growing up goth — about establishing a place for yourself among other outcasts — but it also finds the band shedding guitars and adding a fourth permanent member in multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas. Continue reading “Listen to the Mountain Goats’ new album, Goths”

Nathan Bell “Love > Fear (48 hours in traitorland)” (Stone Barn Records, 2017)

What to do when you’re a singer songwriter who, after a an early shot at fame petered out, spent a lifetime grafting in business before returning to the music world and slowly carving out a reputation as a commentator on the current stare of the nation only to find that, overnight, the world was turned upside down? Nathan Bell was comfortably ensconced in the (somewhat) hermetic world of roots music with a set of albums (his Family Man Trilogy) which saw him rooting around themes of family, work and middle age and which were noted to be following in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Springsteen. Plans were afoot for the next episode with Bell wanting to delve into the intricacies of relationships and love surviving everyday issues but on November 8th 2016 it all went belly up. Continue reading “Nathan Bell “Love > Fear (48 hours in traitorland)” (Stone Barn Records, 2017)”

Aaron Lee Tasjan tour including End Of The Road Festival appearance

Hot on the heels of the announcement that he’s a nominee for this year’s Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award modern day cosmic cowboy Aaron Lee Tasjan heads to the UK for a slot at the End Of The Road Festival after which he heads to Ireland for Electric Picnic. After that he’s back to the UK for further dates. Continue reading “Aaron Lee Tasjan tour including End Of The Road Festival appearance”

Richard Thompson releasing two new acoustic collections and touring in October

Following the success of his Acoustic Classics album in 2014 when the celebrated singer songwriter and guitarist revisited his back catalogue Richard Thompson returns to the format with two new albums which will be released simultaneously on August 11th. Continue reading “Richard Thompson releasing two new acoustic collections and touring in October”

David Starr announces UK tour dates

David Starr is an Americana singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been making music since the age of 10. He has seven releases under his belt both as a solo artist, duo artist and member of the David Starr Band. Influenced by Southern California singer songwriters such as Jackson Browne, Delta bluesmen and Levon Helm he is set to release a new six-song EP entitled The Head And Heart produced and arranged by John Oates in April 2017.  The project was recorded at Addiction Sound in Nashville in February and features five David Starr originals and his own take on California Dreaming. Continue reading “David Starr announces UK tour dates”

Madison Violet “The Knight Sessions” (Big Lake Music, 2017)

Canadians Brenley MacEarchen and Lisa MacIssaac have been charming audiences and listeners for nigh on two decades now with their rootsy songs and glorious combined voices. Over the years their sound has ranged from folk to indie rock to radio friendly pop harmonies but on The Knight Sessions they try to get back to basics. To this end they’ve re recorded five songs from their last album, The Year Of The Horse unplugged with just the pair of them singing and playing along with five new songs. The latter kind of lose the unplugged concept for some reason but overall the album is a handsome reminder of why they have been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group and their regular UK tours generally sell out. Continue reading “Madison Violet “The Knight Sessions” (Big Lake Music, 2017)”

Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor

There’s a rare opportunity to catch Parisian by way of Tucson musician Naim Amor on his first appearance on UK soil in over nine years when he plays a solo show this Friday. Amor started out in the Parisian underground scene before relocating to Tucson in the late 1990s as one half of the Amor Belhom duo releasing an album ABBC recorded in collaboration with Calexico. Continue reading “Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor”

Skram “Head Held High” (Independent, 2017)

Oh dear. I’m sure I’m not the only reviewer who sighed when catching sight of the PR sheet accompanying this album which describes Skram as “an Americana style Hypno Folk Rock family band.” The hypno bit is due no doubt to guitarist and singer Darren Marks’ day job as a hypnotherapist and sure enough it is a family band with dad Darren accompanied by his sons Adam (on banjo) and Ben (on drums). Ben is 13, Adam a bit older I think. A commendable idea to showcase the family talents no doubt but the problem here is that both boys are still beginners and really don’t get into any kind of groove at all throughout the album. The banjo just plinks at times and the drums (a full kit that is definitely out of step with the folk rock theme) are more suitable for a pub covers band. Continue reading “Skram “Head Held High” (Independent, 2017)”