Interview: Ryan Law talks about his new release and The Shelter

Ryan Law has dabbled in music for the last 20 years. Here he talks to Americana’s Gordon Sharpe about the recording of his new album ‘Just A Stranger’ with his band, The Shelter, and working with Cardinal Jon Graboff. Oh, and by the way, Ryan Law did all this while living in Qatar as a university administrator. Continue reading “Interview: Ryan Law talks about his new release and The Shelter”

Interview: Norwegian Malin Pettersen on americana and Ella FitzGerald

Norway only has a population of 5.3 million people, but it has an impressive musical heritage which includes Norwegian folk, jazz with internationally recognised artists such as Jan Garbarek, classical and modern classical music ranging from Edward Grieg to Arne Nordheim and Norwegian Black Metal has been an international influence since the late ‘90s . All this goes to show there is more to Scandinavian music than just Abba. What may be surprising to those not in the know, is that the 2000 film, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’, sowed the seed for a local americana music scene to develop. This scene has continued to grow over the years and now has it’s own sub-genre, Nordicana.  Malin Pettersen is one such artist. She started her career in 2018 Continue reading “Interview: Norwegian Malin Pettersen on americana and Ella FitzGerald”

Interview: Ryan Hamilton talks about Jack Kerouac, Geordies and John Prine

Ryan Hamilton is a Fort Worth native, steeped in country music since birth, who just happens to have a UK backing band, The Harlequin Ghosts, who play music that shows the influence of classic rock as well as that of country and roots music. The group record for Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records, established to support emerging garage rock talent that was not being picked up by the majors. Americana UK’s Martin Johnson caught up with Ryan Hamilton at home in Fort Worth to talk about Jack Kerouac, Tom Petty, the impact of John Prine’s passing and the similarities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with the American South. Continue reading “Interview: Ryan Hamilton talks about Jack Kerouac, Geordies and John Prine”

Interview: Chuck Prophet in San Francisco on fires and Dan Penn

Chuck Prophet has had a long and fruitful career as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, beginning with the groundbreaking Green On Red in the ‘80s before launching a successful solo career that has delivered a new album every two or three years. These albums have been remarkably consistent, building to a very impressive body of work. Continue reading “Interview: Chuck Prophet in San Francisco on fires and Dan Penn”

Interview: Drew Danburry: “Some of our best songs come from struggle”

Montana based Drew Danburry is having a hell of a year in various ways. Not only has he had to deal with the global madness of the last few months, but how many people have released two albums under a new moniker, launched a new label, moved house and changed job? Drew has or is about to do all these things, but if a meteor comes and lands on us at the end of next week, he will have left behind as a legacy one of the most beautiful records of the year, ‘Icarus Phoenix’, which lands next Tuesday and which he describes as “a love letter from the darkness, letting you know I’ve been there too.” On the day his label Telos Tapes launches, Mark Whitfield caught up with Drew about the new record, why his new label will be only releasing cassette tapes, and the process of starting over. Continue reading “Interview: Drew Danburry: “Some of our best songs come from struggle””

Interview: Jaime Wyatt the new queen of outlaw country

Jaime Wyatt started writing songs when she was four years old, and despite having a record contract as a teenager, she was in her early thirties when she released her first self-financed debut album which won many plaudits. In between, she struggled with the Los Angeles music industry, suffered drug dependency and had a spell in jail for robbing her heroin dealer, and finally accepted her sexuality. Americana-UK’s Martin Johnson caught up with Jaime in her Nashville home to discuss her new record deal with New West Records, her second album ‘Neon Cross’, her approach to songwriting and celebrating the individual Beatles’ birthdays as a child. Continue reading “Interview: Jaime Wyatt the new queen of outlaw country”

Interview: Emily Barker on her new album and working 16 hour days

Emily Barker is an Australian singer-songwriter who has developed her career in the UK. She was given the impetus to make music her full-time career when her song ‘Nostalgia’ became the theme song for the BBC series ‘Wallander’. Her music is a blend of folk, blues and soul which is a perfect definition of americana. Confirmation of this was given in 20128 when she won The Americana Music Association UK’s Artist of the Year Award. Continue reading “Interview: Emily Barker on her new album and working 16 hour days”

Interview: Emma John on her journey to find the beating heart of bluegrass

Author Emma John talks to Americana UK’s Rick Bayles about her experiences in the Appalachian Mountains and gives readers an opportunity to win a copy of her acclaimed book, ‘Wayfaring Stranger’. The book is about her experiences as she tried to turn herself from a classically trained violinist into a champion bluegrass fiddler. It’s a book that’s made quite an impact on a few of AUK’s writers after it was reviewed on the site,  and we Continue reading “Interview: Emma John on her journey to find the beating heart of bluegrass”

Interview: Molly Tuttle on her favourite songs, Pro-tools and Jerry Garcia

Guitarist, vocalist, singer-songwriter and banjo player Molly Tuttle is a leading light of the new generation of bluegrass artists, which also includes Sierra Hull and Billy Strings. She is well versed in bluegrass history and came out of the Californian bluegrass tradition and is now based in Nashville. In 2017, she became the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year Award. Continue reading “Interview: Molly Tuttle on her favourite songs, Pro-tools and Jerry Garcia”

Interview: Jerry Joseph on Dead Confederates and Middle Eastern child refugees

If you have come across Jerry Joseph’s name recently you may be forgiven for thinking he is a new artist, such is the buzz around his latest album ‘The Beautiful Madness’. However, he has been a professional musician since the ‘70s and has made over 30 albums. In America, he has built up a dedicated fan base and gained a reputation as one of the better songwriters. He is a true believer in the view that music is art and, despite personal challenges and the disappointment on missing out on a major record deal 30 years ago, he has continued to pursue his muse. Americana UK’s Martin Johnson caught up by phone with Jerry in a camper van on his Portland, Oregon, Continue reading “Interview: Jerry Joseph on Dead Confederates and Middle Eastern child refugees”