Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ian Roland & The Subtown Set

We continue our mission, dear reader, to delight and entrance you with exclusive performances from great artists.  Gigs and festivals have been cancelled all around us, stealing away those precious opportunities to share musical and social experiences.  Here is the next best thing.  Ian Roland has been kind enough to record two songs for us, ‘Songbirds’ and ‘In the Darkness’, both taken from the new album, ‘Double Rainbow’Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ian Roland & The Subtown Set”

Songs for the apocalypse: Eef Barzelay “The Ballad of Bitter Honey”

It feels either appropriate or misplaced to run a feature about the “apocalypse” when everything feels a bit end of the world-ish right now, but anyway, in for a penny…  Eef Barzelay is the voice and songwriter behind Boston’s Clem Snide and released an album a few years back called ‘Bitter Honey’ whose melancholy opener ‘The Ballad of Bitter Honey’ is both musically and lyrically exceptional. How many americana tracks have you heard which feature “hoochie skanks” and Nelly’s bodyguard? Oddly enough, Clem Snide have a new album out on Friday, their first in 5 years.

Forgotten Artists – Barefoot Jerry

Founded in Nashville in 1971, Barefoot Jerry recorded six albums before calling it a day in 1977. None of them achieved great commercial success, but together they represent a body of work rivalled by few of their contemporary seventies country-rock/Southern rock bands. The first three albums in particular are classics of their genre. Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Barefoot Jerry”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Whitacre

Here at AUK, we’re trying to keep spirits high during these strange days by asking some great artists to record exclusive live mini-gigs just for you, dear reader!  Denver-based Whitacre make folk music with a little extra grit – they call their style ‘mountain rock’.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Whitacre”

Classic Americana Albums: Lyle Lovett “Pontiac” (MCA/Curb, 1987)

Lyle Lovett – Pontiac 1987

I am sure it is an apocryphal and familiar story, but it does have a point regarding Lovett’s surprising union with Julia Roberts. There was speculation about how the one might manage to live with the other being such a talented superstar spouse, but it was assumed that Ms Roberts would find a way to come to terms with her situation. The point being that Lovett is something of a Renaissance Man. A graduate in Journalism and German, an actor on both screen and stage and even something of a wiz at reining horses at the highest level being awarded the National Reining Horse Association Lifetime Achievement Award. That’s before you consider his musical, multiple Grammy Award-winning, career. Roberts, of course, was an actress of middling range if superior looks. Let’s be fair, she seems to do a lot of laudable charitable work. Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: Lyle Lovett “Pontiac” (MCA/Curb, 1987)”

Your first week in isolation: Seven songs about loneliness

With working from home and self-isolation the new normal for the foreseeable, we’ve put together a soundtrack of daily tracks to get you through the first week. Feeling lonesome and blue? These artists are too… Continue reading “Your first week in isolation: Seven songs about loneliness”

AmericanA to Z – The Replacements

I’ll admit to not knowing what is and isn’t Americana. If I thought it was cowboy boots and Southern charm, I’d not be here. What I think of as Americana is more than that, and you know, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, so it’s a subjective thing. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – The Replacements”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ags Connolly

In these strange times when people around the world are literally living in isolation, we are trying to spread a little joy by asking some of our favourite acts to perform exclusive mini-gigs for the AUK community.  This is a real treat: two songs from the great Ags Connolly.  Beautiful songwriting, perfect guitar playing and characterful vocals – it’s all here to help get you through!  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ags Connolly”

AUK’s Chain Gang: Langhorne Slim “House of My Soul”

Last time the chain gang song was ‘The Rock of My Soul’ by Rodney Crowell.  This week’s link is quite simply the word ‘soul’. This track: ‘House of My Soul‘ is taken from Langhorne Slim’s 2017 album ‘Lost at Last Vol 1‘.  It’s a simple love song and is so upbeat you can’t help but feel better once you’ve listened. Langhorne Slim lives in East Nashville, the area devastated by the tornado a few weeks ago.  His home was unaffected although Dualtone Records (his label) was badly hit. So this song is a shout out to those musicians out there who need our support more than ever.

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Frank Turner

In troubled times, we all need something to lift us.  We all need a little light in the gloom.  This is when music becomes even more important because it binds us together and connects people, even when there are no mass gatherings.  We may not be physically in a concert hall with you dancing, listening, singing along. But we are still united in our love for music and one another and this is still a shared experience.  Amongst all the cancelled gigs, tours and festivals, we’ve asked some of our favourite acts to perform, just for you, a mini-gig, a single song to bring some joy.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Frank Turner”