A delayed train meant I had a moment to use the ‘library’ on the platform provided by WH Smiths, and a rapid peruse of Uncut Magazine, in which I stumbled across a review of ‘The Nashville Songs’, cool title, by Christopher Rees, cool hat in the picture on the sleeve. A brief exchange of emails later and his collection of songs co-written in Nashville landed in Yorkshire, almost as quickly as my train did. It’s wonderfully sung, sharply recorded and must be one of the best British Americana records this year – it’s Cymrucana at its best. Continue reading “Interview: Christopher Rees”
Mark Olson is a pathfinder, one of the true leaders of a movement, a genuine seminal artist, a musician and performer who changed music, who helped it cut a new path. The founder of The Jayhawks, one of the pioneering bands that took punk rock and smashed it into country music, creating Alt-Country or what we now call Americana. He’s a cool guy who now writes and plays with his wife Ingunn Ringvold, and his new album, ‘Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun’, is almost upon us. Continue reading “Interview: Mark Olson”
Southern Companion are that shaded area, the bit in the middle, of the Venn diagram that is country music and Americana, the switch point between the two genres. He/they are multiple winners at the latest BCMAs and their album, ‘1000 Days of Rain’ is one of the best UK country records of the last 10 years. We caught their hirsute main man, Darren after ripping up the crowd at Maverick Festival. Continue reading “Interview: Southern Companion”
Hannah Aldridge is the sort of artist that others hate and secretly wish they were; beautiful, gorgeous voiced and one hell of a song writer – if you want it dark, and probably somebody will die, which I do. From Muscle Shoals, Alabama, she writes gothic roots noir that is brutal, yet delivered with a glint in her eye, a winning smile and a knife behind her back. Continue reading “Interview: Hannah Aldridge”
Four times I’ve seen Case Hardin in the last 12 months. I doubt you’ll see a more consistent live band – whatever the bill, they are always the best thing on it and must be a headline act’s worst nightmare. They seem determined to “rough the place up” with their sets: coarse, hard, muscular Southern country rock is what they do, that and playing the tambourine like they hate it. Front man Pete Gow gave me a few words following his recent big top lifting gig at Red Rooster. Continue reading “Interview: Pete Gow (Case Hardin)”
Stevie Freeman is the Chair of the Americana Music Association UK, the trade body for the genre and its musicians in the UK, with the express aim of further the exposure of its artist in the UK and beyond. She is also the co-owner of Union Music Store (and its associated label and promotions) in Lewes; this year the AMA-UK showcased some of its members on the Friday stage at Maverick Festival, Suffolk – the best Alt Country festival in the UK. Rudie Hayes talks to her about the organisation and its future plans. Continue reading “Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK”
The Roseline is the musical moniker of singer/songwriter Colin Halliburton, and a myriad collaborators. Over the course of ten years and five albums, The Roseline has forged a sound that is at once familiar and singular.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
We’re from Lawrence, Kansas USA. We recently finished our fifth full length album titled “Blood” and it’s coming out October 6th. We recorded it at our local public library’s studio which is free to use with a library card. Just goes to show how dreamy our town can be. 🙂 Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Roseline”
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters perform a brand of americana music dripping class – such are the dynamics of Platt’s songs, and the playing of the band they come in at a higher level. Consistency is another term you could fire at her and the band. Their recent albums are of the kind you would not want to miss. Maurice Hope talked to her about her music and the future. Continue reading “Interview: Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters)”
She is always in black, almost always in shades, she is old school cool, sexy, sassy and oozes that rock and roll chic long sucked out the business to make music by the lowest common denominator. Sonia Leigh is the hoarse voice siren that is single handed sticking to the man one arse kicker of a song at a time. Tough country, she takes no prisoners, she’ll rock you to your socks and on top of that she really digs fresh lemonade! Continue reading “Interview: Sonia Leigh”
Ten years and still kickin’ was the recent tagline to Maverick Festival, which has had a decade at the top of the tree when it comes to putting on Alt-country, Americana and Roots festivals in the UK. Based at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge in Suffolk it provides three days of multi stage twang based action. Its Director is Paul Spencer, a drummer and the man that makes it all happen. Continue reading “Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)”