Sarah Jane Scouten Heads to UK for Dates

Toronto-based Americana-songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten has announced a return to the UK this November, including shows in London, Scotland, Bristol and Wales.  Scouten will be performing tracks from her upcoming new album due for release in 2017, as well as the recently released EP Volume One: in The Railtown Sessions through Vancouver label Light Organ Records. She has since teamed up with the label and will be releasing a brand new full-length album, recorded in Toronto at Revolution Recording with veteran Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Jill Barber), in February 2017.   Watch a video below, after you’ve perused these tour dates of course.  Continue reading “Sarah Jane Scouten Heads to UK for Dates”

Underhill Rose Announce UK Dates

Acclaimed North Carolina folk-Americana trio Underhill Rose have announced November Ireland/UK tour dates promoting their new album “The Great Tomorrow.”  To coincide with the November tour, the group will release its first holiday-themed single, ‘One Time a Year’, again produced by Cruz Contreras (The Black Lillies). Says Underhill: “The overarching idea is that the holidays are a time to be together, no matter who you are or where you live. The song is about gratitude for having that special time each year, and this tour will definitely be a special time for us.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song go to Women for Women International. Continue reading “Underhill Rose Announce UK Dates”

Fleet Fox Pecknold Working on New Solo Album

Pitchfork excitingly reports: “Robin Pecknold has released some songs this year and has maintained that Fleet Foxes are at work on a new record. Today, he shared a snippet of music that’s apparently intended for an upcoming solo album. “FF record kind of crazy/vast so working on ‘putting babies to sleep/living my truth’ palliative solo album on off days,” he wrote. It’s one of a few snippets he’s shared in the recent past, so check out some samples of new music that’s either Fleet Foxes or solo Pecknold below.” Continue reading “Fleet Fox Pecknold Working on New Solo Album”

Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years

17 years.  Seven-teen years.  Before George W Bush, Facebook and Strictly.   How did we live?  Rolling Stone reports: ” Ask Alison Krauss about her new album, and chances are she’ll begin talking about a man named Buddy Cannon. Cannon is a veteran Nashville producer and songwriter who’s worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Strait over the past 40 years. To hear Krauss tell it, he was the central inspiration and driving force behind Windy City, the iconic singer’s first solo album in 17 years.  Continue reading “Alison Krauss to Release First Solo Album in 17 Years”

Bob Dylan – Nobel Laureate for Literature

bob-dylan-2016It can hardly have passed by anyone’s attention that the Nobel committee have announced that this year they will be awarding the sumptuous gold medal and even more sumptuous cheque – payable to cash – to Bob Dylan for his services to literature. Here at Americana-UK we like to think of ourselves as impartial observers of and commentators on the world of music. However, this announcement prompts, nay demands, a more fulsome response. And that response is – “About Damn Time”. Continue reading “Bob Dylan – Nobel Laureate for Literature”

Win Uncle Lucius Tickets, Albums, T-Shirts with Americana UK!

uncle-luciusA reminder for the weekend about our giveaway we’ve got running at the moment – it could be you! Country-infused southern rock band Uncle Lucius return to the UK later this month for a 7 date tour and to celebrate the shows here at AUK Towers we’ve got an assortment of rather fantastic prizes to giveaway which include two tickets to any of their UK shows (you choose the show, you can’t go to all seven, greedy), signed copies of their new album and t-shirts/stickers.   We’ve also got a kindly donated signed 12″ vinyl from support band Curse of Lono. Continue reading “Win Uncle Lucius Tickets, Albums, T-Shirts with Americana UK!”

Randy Newman Writes New “Putin” Song – Listen

News from Pitchfork, although be warned – if you click through you get that picture of the man himself bare-chested riding a horse (Putin, not Randy Newman). They report: “Randy Newman has shared a new song, “Putin,” inspired by a photograph he saw of the eponymous Russian leader with his shirt off. Listen below. In an interview with the Washington Post, Newman said, “A person with that much extraordinary amount of power, doing things like that is disturbing but also kind of amusing.” Continue reading “Randy Newman Writes New “Putin” Song – Listen”

Richmond Fontaine Hit UK and Ireland for Final Dates

We’ve got a live version of their song “Night in the City” at the end of this story, recorded in Dublin this year, so click on!  All good things come to an end and in their final final farewell tour, Willy Vlautin and his cult Portland outfit arrive in Ireland on Saturday before heading out around England, Scotland and Wales.   Though the band will disband following the final dates this month, Vlautin will be kept busy between his other band The Delines (whose 2014 debut was also a Rough Trade Album of the Year) and a successful parallel career as a novelist. Published by Faber & Faber and feted by fellow writers Donna Tartt and Roddy Doyle, Willy’s novel Lean On Pete is currently shooting as a film adaptation directed by Stephen Haigh (45 Years), starring Steve Buscemi and the always rather amazin Chloe Sevigny.  Continue reading “Richmond Fontaine Hit UK and Ireland for Final Dates”

Sturgill Simpson Crosses Over into Rock and Soul Set

JUDAS!  Rolling Stone Country reports: “For those needing more proof of Sturgill Simpson’s growing crossover appeal, they merely had to witness his revved-up performance at Brooklyn’s palatial Kings Theatre – one of several stops along the country singer’s current tour in support of his latest album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The critically-acclaimed artist, who made his first return to Brooklyn on Saturday, October 8th, since his surprise appearance last April at the Rough Trade NYC record store and performance venue, played to a large audience in a borough that is still mostly known as a destination for indie rock than country music.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson Crosses Over into Rock and Soul Set”

Exclusive Listen: Arborist “Dark Stream”

“Dark Stream” is the new single from Northern Ireland’s Arborist which we’ve got an exclusive stream for you to listen to here at UK. Beginning with a stark, quasi-funeral horn it launches in to a haunting and affecting song, awash with gorgeous melodies and arrangements that showcase Mark McCambridge’s rich vocals and thoughtful songwriting. The track is taken from Home Burial, Arborist’s debut (due out on 11 November via Kirkinrola Records), with songs dealing with death, ageing and family. Continue reading “Exclusive Listen: Arborist “Dark Stream””