Consequence of Sound ranks Ryan Adams’ albums from best to worst

This is quite an entertaining list if you have time to click through, although given how prolific he’s been over the years you may want to book the rest of the day off work. Consequence of Sound reports: “I’m not the first person to compare Ryan Adams to Neil Young (hi, Stephen King!), and I certainly won’t be the last. It’s not that their voices or personalities are all that similar — where Adams has an eccentric silliness to him, Young is just plain eccentric — or that they even appreciate the same music — Young has a genuine love for country; Adams hates the stuff, despite having recorded an endless amount of it. But their careers are astoundingly twin-like. Both found success in roots music and recorded some of their best work with a reliable, shaggy-dog backing band, only to alienate some of their stuffier fan base with a string of genre experiments. Critics have since warmed up to Young’s forays into jazz and rockabilly, but many still wince at Adams’ stab at metal, including us.  Continue reading “Consequence of Sound ranks Ryan Adams’ albums from best to worst”

The Handsome Family arrive in UK next week – here’s the tour dates

The Handsomes (they of the “True Detective” theme if you don’t already know them from their days of touring with pictures of dressed up cats) return to UK shores next week for one of their regular jaunts around the country, this time promoting their latest album “Unseen” which Mojo described as their “masterpiece”.  They’re supported by Courtney Marie Andrews and William the Conqueror (not literally).  Feast your eyes and ears on the dates below which you can buy tickets for from here. Continue reading “The Handsome Family arrive in UK next week – here’s the tour dates”

Kilkenny Roots Festival announces 2017 line-up

The Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twentieth year this year from 28th April to May 1st with a rather stellar line-up including country-noir favourites The Handsome Family, alt.country rockers Marah and singer-songwriter Joan Shelley. Also confirmed for 2017 are Chip Taylor, Andrew Combs, acclaimed Belfast-based band Arborist, and AMAUK award winner Yolo Carter. Los Angeles’ The Americans make their European debut, so too emerging country gospel star Paul Cauthen, the ‘Queen Of Oklahoma’ Carter Sampson, Ireland’s own David Kitt and Western Centuries, a straight-ahead country band featuring Jim Miller (Donna The Buffalo) and Cahalen Morrison.  Tickets are available now from hereContinue reading “Kilkenny Roots Festival announces 2017 line-up”

Hear rare OCMS track from new “best of” collection – Listen

Look out for a review of the new collection very soon here on AUK.  In the meantime, “whet” your appetite as they say with this taster, courtesy of Rolling Stone who report: “Ketch Secor serenades a Canadian local in “Black Haired Québécoise,” a forgotten, decade-old Old Crow Medicine Show track that’ll see the light of day next week, when the band releases its first Best Of compilation.  Tracked during the same recording sessions that spawned 2006’s Big Iron World, “Black Haired Québécoise” is a bilingual barn burner inspired by a trip north of the border.  Continue reading “Hear rare OCMS track from new “best of” collection – Listen”

Wesley Stace and the Jayhawks release another preview track of album – Listen

This is one we’re really looking forward to – the new album by Wesley Stace “featuring the Jayhawks” is out 3 weeks today on the Yep Roc label if we’re all still here, and they’ve released another new track online which you can hear below – “Better Tell No One Your Dreams” has echoes of some of the most blisteringly optimistic new line-up Jayhawks sound (think “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”) – it’s a huge big-hearted song and well worth a listen. You can also see photos of the recording session here at the Jayhawks official Tumblr page.    Continue reading “Wesley Stace and the Jayhawks release another preview track of album – Listen”

Second UK Americana Awards – here’s the list of winners

We’ve just returned from the second UK Americana Awards which took place at London’s St John at Hackney last night, rounding off two days of activities at this year’s Americana Music Association UK conference, with performances from Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. There were performances too from UK artists Yola Carter, William the Conqueror, Peter Bruntnell, Danni Nicholls, Lewis & Leigh and Ethan Johns, and a particularly good performance from International Album of the Year Award winner Sam Outlaw. To mark the first anniversary of the launch of the Official Americana Albums Chart,  Jools Holland joined Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company, in presenting Van Morrison with the award for Best Selling UK  Americana Album of 2016 for his album “Keep Me Singing,” which spent ten weeks at number one on the chart.  Continue reading “Second UK Americana Awards – here’s the list of winners”

Tommy Hale announces UK dates

Following on from the release of his third solo album “Magnificent Bastard” last Autumn (great title), Dallas songwriter Tommy Hale has announced a series of UK dates for the Spring, where he’ll be joined by members of The Snakes and The Redlands Palomino Company. The new album was recorded in Wiltshire, England with friends from the bands noted above, drawing on a wealth of musical styles, “from gospel-tinged soul and country duetting to delicate pop balladry and driving rock ’n’ roll.” He’s not a genre monogamist.  Dates are below along with a brand spanking new video.
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Jim Lauderdale new album out tomorrow – Listen

Or listen to a track from it at least (sorry if you feel duped). Americana legend Jim Lauderdale releases his new studio album “London Southern” tomorrow which also sees the first night of the Transatlantic Sessions tour which starts in Glasgow at Celtic Connections and then heads around the UK. Recorded in London at Goldtop studios and produced by Neil Brockbank and Robert Trehern, “London Southern” features co-writes with Dan Penn, Joan Oates, Odie Blackmon and Kendell Marvell alongside six Lauderdale solo compositions and a host of guest musicians. Hear the song and gander at the dates below.  Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale new album out tomorrow – Listen”

Willie Nelson to release new studio album – April

“God’s Problem Child” is the new studio album from Willie Nelson, his ninth for the Legacy Recordings label (people have given up counting how many he’s released ever. Little known fact – if you laid Willie Nelson’s recorded albums out in a straight line it would stretch three times around the world) which hits UK shores on April 28th.  An album of all-new recordings, “God’s Problem Child” adds 13 new songs to his repertoire, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer.   Continue reading “Willie Nelson to release new studio album – April”

Ryan Adams releases video for new single – Watch

Apologies if you’re sick of Ryan Adams news this week – there may be more to come to be fair – and today’s little four minute nugget is that he’s released the new music video for his song “Do You Still Love Me?” which is taken off his upcoming album Prisoner. The video is directed by Noah Abrams and features shots of Ryan working in the studio, as well as some footage captured during shows on his last tour including the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado is prominently featured. Ryan Adams recently announced new tour dates for 2017 and a box set for Prisoner that features a functioning play set stage. The new album is out February 17 via Pax Am/Blue Note.  Watch the video below.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases video for new single – Watch”