Andrew Combs’ debut gets re-release, with UK dates

Dashing Nashville native (but now Nashville based) Andrew Combs kicks off his European tour this week, which coincides with a re-issue of his first album, ‘Worried Man’. The deluxe digital edition includes new re-cuts of two tracks, including ‘Too Stoned To Cry’, which you can hear below. Hey, we’ve all been there. Continue reading “Andrew Combs’ debut gets re-release, with UK dates”

Celtic Connections kicks off this week

Glasgow’s annual celebration of roots and traditional music from around the globe opens for business this Thursday and then proceeds for the next three weeks with over 300 events scheduled to take place. Always a highlight of the cultural calendar it’s the largest festival of its type in the world showcasing world music, folk, roots, jazz, blues, Gaelic and Scottish music and, of course, Americana. Continue reading “Celtic Connections kicks off this week”

Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates

What do you get when you place Americana music legend Jason Ringenberg (who Mojo described as “The Godfather of Americana”) in a grove of Giant Sequoias?  You end up with his new record ‘Stand Tall’, the (very) long-awaited follow up to 2004’s ‘Empire Builders’ and his first collection of new songs, outside of his Farmer Jason project, since The Scorchers’ ‘Halcyon Times’ in 2010. Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates”

Americana UK is looking for album reviewers

If your new year’s resolution was “become a rock journalist” or even just “become more hip” then we’ve got good news for you. We’re currently on the lookout for people with a love of americana to write for us here at Americana UK so we can cover the avalanche of albums and EPs we get sent to us every month. Even if you’ve never been published before this could be the huge career break you’re looking for (not that it pays, other than in power and prestige).  You just need to be able to write well with attention to grammar and spelling (and tpyos).  If you’re interested in writing for us head here for more information on how you can join our team.

 

Ryan Adams debuts new song “Manchester”

Ryan Adams has debuted a new song from his forthcoming album ‘Big Colors’ – the track entitled “Manchester” starts with the line “Oldham streets/Built to bruise/Freckled face/And a pair of shuffling shoes”. Ryan Adams singing about Oldham – imagine. XS Manchester premiered the track, and Adams said: “Manchester, the city and music of this mystical place shaped my entire life. It is at the heart of all the things I love about music from The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Simply Red and The Stone Roses. I wanted to make sure this song ‘Manchester’ played first and only in this city I love so much. I hope you enjoy this and cannot wait to be back soon.” You might love Manchester Ryan but did it give you a broken arm like Liverpool? We always go the extra mile.

Update: This track now seems to have disappeared so instead enjoy the other new track from his forthcoming album, ‘Doylestown Girl’:

Lucy Rose is back – new album, new video, new tour dates!

Well that’s it for our first week back – we need another holiday already, only 82 days till Easter! (or something) Leaving you this weekend dear beloved reader with news that Lucy Rose has announced the release of her fourth album ‘No Words Left’ which comes out on 22nd March courtesy of our fine friends at Loose.  Continue reading “Lucy Rose is back – new album, new video, new tour dates!”

Josh Ritter is back with Jason Isbell produced record

Rolling Stone Country have got a lovely little piece up today about Josh Ritter’s forthcoming new album which is more political than some of Ritter’s offerings to date, and which features the 400 Unit as his band. It basically sounds awesome. They report: “It’s a rainy November evening in Nashville and Josh Ritter and Jason Isbell are huddled in front of the console at Sound Emporium Studios, an historic space located in an otherwise nondescript building in the city’s Belmont neighborhood. Continue reading “Josh Ritter is back with Jason Isbell produced record”

Steve Earle announces new Guy Clark covers album

Of course Steve Earle actually announced the new album quite some time ago – towards the end of his gigs last year Steve took time out to discuss his plans for a more obviously politically slanted album to be completed before the Presidential elections in 2020 and before that an album of Guy Clark covers, something like his ‘Townes‘ album.  True to his word, Steve Earle has announced that ‘Guy‘ will appear March 29th (or Exiting the European Union Day as we try not to think of it). Continue reading “Steve Earle announces new Guy Clark covers album”

Chatham County Line to release covers album – March

Hailed by Paste magazine as ”bluegrass innovators,” Raleigh, North Carolina-based quartet Chatham County Line have announced the release of their eighth studio album, ‘Sharing The Covers’, due March 8th on Yep Roc Records. The video for the first single, Wilco’s “I Got You (At the End of the Century),” premiered today which you can see below. Paying homage to Wilco on the first single, the band gives the song a bluegrass vibe complete with a splash of banjo. Continue reading “Chatham County Line to release covers album – March”

Yusuf / Cat Stevens starts album reissue series

Yusuf (previously known as Cat Stevens) has announced the start of a series of reissues of his classic singer-songwriter albums, starting with the last to be released under the Cat Stevens name: 1978’s ‘Back to Earth‘.  It was an album influenced by Yusuf’s newly discovered belief in Islam – as he says of the material “There are many intriguing messages in the songs and lyrics of this album; ‘The Artist’ has no words, because I couldn’t find the word to praise the Creator of this incredible universe enough; ‘Daytime’ gives a sense of the innocence I’d rediscovered; finally, ‘Never’ is befittingly the last track and is justifiably full of hopeful feelings.” Continue reading “Yusuf / Cat Stevens starts album reissue series”