Jon Boden’s fourth solo album out soon, tour to follow

Jon Boden’s fourth solo album has been announced – it’s called ‘Rose in June‘ and will be out on Hudson Records on the 1st of November.  It isn’t the direct follow up to 2017’s ‘Afterglow‘ which was the second of a trilogy of albums drawing inspiration from a post-apocalypse vision of a world without fossil fuels.  Instead ‘Rose in June‘ sees Jon Boden reunited with The Remnant Kings for a new set of recordings drawn from the live repertoire. Continue reading “Jon Boden’s fourth solo album out soon, tour to follow”

Sturgill Simpson announces UK dates for 2020

AUK favourite Sturgill Simpson has announced a 9 date European tour, with his full band, including London’s O2 Forum on 28th January.  The tour will follow the release of the singer-songwriter’s new album ‘Sound & Fury’ and its accompanying Netflix anime film, which will be released simultaneously on 27th September.  Presale starts at 9am on Wednesday 18th September, with general on sale starting on Friday 20th at 9am. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson announces UK dates for 2020”

Tim Grimm announces UK dates and new album

Tim Grimm, the Indiana-based folk-americana singer-songwriter and actor, has announced a short UK tour in support of his latest and current #1 album on the US Folk Radio Chart ‘Heart Land Again’ which is  a re-recording of his ‘Heart Land’ album originally released back in 1999 – the new version is due for UK release next month. Continue reading “Tim Grimm announces UK dates and new album”

Josh Rouse to release Christmas album

One of the most under-rated Christmas films of all time is ‘Jingle All The Way’ which currently has 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. We say that by way of introduction to news that Josh Rouse is to follow up his 2018 LP ‘Love In The Modern Age’ with a collection of original festive songs that have been nearly a decade in the works. ‘The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse’ is due for release November 1st and to announce the release Josh is now sharing a video for the first single, ‘Mediterranean X-Mas’ which you can watch below as the sun cracks the flags. Continue reading “Josh Rouse to release Christmas album”

Americana Honors and Awards 2019 – Here are all the winners

AmericanaFest 2019 is taking place in Nashville at the moment – our intrepid reporter Mark Underwood is there if you’ve been following our social media – and last night their annual Honors and Awards ceremony took place where there were wins for Brandi Carlile (AGAIN), the War and Treaty and John Prine. In fact Prine’s heartbreaking ‘Summer End’ is about the only song that came out last year that could legitimately beat Ruston Kelly’s ‘Mockingbird’ – hey they’re both below if you want to compare and contrast. Here’s the list of winners (winners in bold): Continue reading “Americana Honors and Awards 2019 – Here are all the winners”

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Jackson Browne to tour another refugee benefit concert

During 2019 Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and Steve Earle embarked on “The Lantern Tour” which raised money for the Women’s Refugee Commission in the US. They’ve now announced some new dates for the rest of 2019 and 2020 which will feature Harris, Browne and Earle again along with Patty Griffin, The Mastersons, Thao Nguyen, and David Pulkingham. Continue reading “Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Jackson Browne to tour another refugee benefit concert”

Gene Clark “No Other” to get deluxe reissue from 4AD

4AD have announced that they will be reissuing Gene Clark’s legendary ‘No Other’ album this coming November. Recorded at the Village Recorder in West Hollywood and produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye, the album was originally released in 1974 on Asylum Records, coming a year after the Byrds short-lived reunion.  Clark delivered a visionary record of psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul which famously cost a small fortune to make (“It took a lot of time in the studio before we could actually get the songs to the point we wanted them,” Gene said in 1977).  Although warmly received by critics, the album was a commercial failure and was subsequently deleted shortly after. Continue reading “Gene Clark “No Other” to get deluxe reissue from 4AD”

Ruston Kelly covers Dashboard Confessional’s “Screaming Infidelities” – Listen

Ruston Kelly could sing a 50-hour version of the phone book (something we had when phones had cords kids) and we’d still love it. On his forthcoming new project ‘Dirt Emo Vol. 1’ available October 11th, he covers some of his favourite artists including the Carter Family and Taylor Swift. One such cover is a version of Dashboard Confessional’s classic ‘Screaming Infidelities’ which features the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, along with some nice pedal steel and whispered harmonies. Have a listen. Oh and the tracklist, all eight of them, is below.

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What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?

Our occasional feature on the whys and wherefores of Americana is back – this time featuring prolific writer and former metal fiend turned Gram Parson aficionado Mark Underwood. He once upon a time used to write for Music Week don’t you know (we didn’t). Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”