Win “The Early Days Of Bluegrass” box-set with AUK

AUK have managed to get our hands on a copy of the 6 CD box set ‘The Early Days Of Bluegrass’ which we are pleased to offer as a prize in a special competition. The prize has been donated by The Bluegrass Country Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation founded in 2017 to provide financial and administrative support to Bluegrass Country, a bluegrass radio channel. Continue reading “Win “The Early Days Of Bluegrass” box-set with AUK”

AmericanA to Z: Justin Townes Earle

When you are the firstborn of one of americana’s iconic roots musicians AND given the name of one of the great songwriters of his era, it’s kinda preordained that you will end up in this business, one way or another. Justin Townes Earle – JTE – son of Steve, named after dad’s idol, Townes Van Zandt, has carved himself a piece of americana that was perhaps unlikely given the number of chairs thrown in his path in the shape of addictions in his early years. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Justin Townes Earle”

10 Americana songs with a boxing theme

Listening to the excellent new Matt Hill album ‘Savage Pilgrims’ I was particularly struck by the track ‘Bendigo’ which tells the story of a 19th century Nottinghamshire prizefighter. It set me thinking about boxing-themed songs and how I’d not really heard such a good one in some while. So here I present to you ten more boxing-themed songs. Continue reading “10 Americana songs with a boxing theme”

AUK’s Chain Gang: The Kursaal Flyers “Speedway”

Dan Hicks and vehicular endangerment (is that a capital offence in the States?) can only lead in one direction; Southend, the Kursaal Flyers and the promise of never again riding the Speedway. Speedway. It still exists – long gone heroes like Ivan Mauger, bikes with no brakes called Jawa’s, mouthfuls of gravel if you stand in the wrong place, races that are won by the first bend (sounds like Formula 1?). What’s not to like? Quite a lot actually and having been forced as a child to watch Workington Comets I speak from experience. Dan and his Cannabis induced paranoia – chicken feed. Continue reading “AUK’s Chain Gang: The Kursaal Flyers “Speedway””

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Zach Phillips

During the global pandemic, live music has been a little harder to come by than usual.  Here at AUK, we have been helping to scratch that itch by posting regular ‘mini-gigs’, giving the opportunity for artists to connect with you music lovers out there.  Today, we bring you a great little show from San Diego-based Zach Phillips.  Phillips plays two songs with a Californian theme exclusively for AUK.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Zach Phillips”

Pick of the Political Pops: Smog “The Morning Paper”

This week we were somewhat concerned that local rag – The People’s Republic of Liverpudlia’s Armageddon Times and Advertiser – ran a piece which was clearly in contravention of The People’s Republic’s Declaration on Inhuman Rights. Local law enforcement giant Bobby Bob was interviewed about how he had taken his local authority issued bike on a cycling holiday around a neighbouring republic and whilst there had afforded himself the opportunity to observe the local law enforcement’s methods of subduing the nasty, unwashed miscreants that litter their society. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Smog “The Morning Paper””

AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Andrew Frolish

At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the last few weeks our writers have been going through the mental anguish of trying to narrow the whole history of Americana down to just ten albums. When every writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most frequently chosen albums will be drawn up and voted on, in order to generate the definitive AUK writers top ten.  This week’s tortured soul is Andrew Frolish. Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Andrew Frolish”

What should I do, Americana UK?

It was with a long and rolling anecdote that we finally approached the issue that was bugging Tom Petty – the thing that was the very crux of the matter.  Seems that this time around the big music tour had got bigger, the ticket prices were through the roof, and although Johnny gave it his all he was failing to connect.  It wasn’t just that the almighty dollar had won the argument but more the existential angst of the once relevant music idol being reduced to the question:”Could that man on stage with everything somehow need some more ?“.  Continue reading “What should I do, Americana UK?”

Classic Americana Albums: John Stewart “California Bloodlines” (Capitol, 1969)

It’s February 1969 and while Woodstock is yet to happen, the sixties have peaked, psychedelia is a busted flush and Dylan and The Band are leading a return to more traditional American music. Dylan in fact is recording ‘Nashville Skyline’ and in the studio across the street, John Stewart, a folk singer who has spent six years with The Kingston Trio, is recording his first proper debut album with his producer, Nik Venet slyly stealing players from the Dylan sessions as he pulls in favours. Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: John Stewart “California Bloodlines” (Capitol, 1969)”

AmericanA to Z: Jason Isbell

In Nik Cohn’s history of pop and rock Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, his chapter on The Beatles opens  “Next come the Fab Four, the Moptop Mersey Marvels, and this is the bit I’ve been dreading. I mean what is there possibly left to say about them?” And in Americana, these days, it’s easy to feel the same way when writing about Jason Isbell. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Jason Isbell”