That’s the year, not over two thousand awards. Paste reports: “Last night, the 15th annual Americana Music & Awards Show was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The Americana Music Association prides itself on honoring and preserving the roots of American folk music, which was reverently done with last night when Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bob Weir opened the ceremony with Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell Takes Home 2016 Americana Awards”
The new album by Passenger “Young as the Morning Old as The Sea” is out today in various formats (including Spotify streaming) and it’s a lovely a collection of gentle folk-pop songs as you’re likely to hear, with lyrics that will no doubt still cut you to your core if you’re not careful. Listen with caution. Watch this short “making of” documentary if you’re intrigued to see more.
Uncut reports: “Neil Young has released a new song, “Indian Givers“. The song protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. You can read the full lyrics below. Young has previously protested against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2014. Young and Willie Nelson also staged a concert that same year lobbying against Keystone.” Continue reading “Neil Young Releases New Track Online – Watch”
If you don’t love Loudon Wainwright III then you’re going to hell, that’s what it says in the bible, but you can prove yourself before God (capital G, just in case) by seeing him live in the UK next month, his first dates here since 2013. His shows will include a concert at the London Palladium on Fri Oct 21st, and special guest on all shows will be his long-time friend, collaborator and fellow singer-songwriter, Chaim Tannenbaum. Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Hits the UK for Dates”
No word on a cassette issue of Volume 2… Uncut reports: “The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 and The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 will be reissued on 180 gram vinyl on October 4 as part of Record Store Day’s Vinyl Tuesday. The release will be supported by a giveaway at recordstoreday.com with a rare and uniquely numbered Traveling Wilbury portfolio prints. The limited-edition portfolio includes seven prints of the band on 100# Strathmore Pastelle. CDs will arrive on October 14. Continue reading “Traveling Wilburys to Release Back Catalogue on Vinyl”
Some good news from Uncut since it’s been ages since they hit our shores. Uncut reports: “Bon Iver have announced a European tour – their first since 2012 – taking place across January and February 2017. A full list of dates – which includes shows at London’s Roundhouse and Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – can be found below.” Continue reading “Bon Iver Announce European Dates”
If you’re staring at the site thinking “whaaa.. happened?” then you can be forgiven, rewarded even, for being astute. Americana UK has always been run as a non-commercial site with decreasing resources available to support what was becoming a huge undertaking, to the point that earlier this year it became clear it wasn’t sustainable in its existing format. So we’re regrouped and streamlined AUK into something a bit simpler but still containing all the sections (or nearly all of them) that we had in the previous site. The main page now runs more like a rolling blog which means you won’t miss any updates for sections like interviews or live reviews which used to be sometimes difficult to keep track of. Continue reading “Welcome to the new Americana UK”
And you can have a listen. Rolling Stone Country reports: “One year after popping up in the end credits of British documentary The Fear of 13, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires’ “The Color of a Cloudy Day” is receiving a proper release. The song joins Amazon’s ever-growing “Amazon Acoustics” playlist this morning, appearing alongside stripped-down recordings by John Hiatt, Ashley Monroe and Rodney Crowell. “The Color of a Cloudy Day” drapes Isbell and Shires’ harmonies over acoustic guitars, swelling violins and an understated drum loop. It’s light and lovely, swimming in reverb and moving forward at a moody, measured pace. Collaboratively written in the couple’s living room and kitchen on the outskirts of Nashville, the song also sets the stage for Shires’ upcoming solo album, My Piece of Land, whose songs feature a handful of rare Isbell co-writes. Continue reading “Jason Isbell Collaborates with Amanda Shires”