Will Oldham publishes book of his lyrics

Pitchfork report today that our favourite royal americana star Will Oldam aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy will be publishing a book compiling his lyrics later this year. They report: “Songs of Love and Horror is out October 9 via W.W. Norton and Company. The collection will feature the lyrics to more than 200 songs spanning from the early 1980s to the present.” Here’s the cover of the book, along with the video for ‘I See a Darkness’ which if you’ve never seen it before will be the most entertaining 2 minutes and 41 seconds you spend doing something today. Continue reading “Will Oldham publishes book of his lyrics”

Willie Nelson releases track from his new record – Watch

Willie Nelson has released a new track ‘Something To Get Through’ from his forthcoming album ‘Last Man Standing’ which comes out on April 27 via Sony Legacy.  It’s been described as “a song about the devastation we feel at the loss of another and are told we’ll get over it-but we know better…. Nelson isn’t singing simply about the loss of a romance, or even a single death. In fact, it’s almost as if he isn’t singing at all, but rather sitting across from you, talking straight, telling you what he’s learned about life over the years.” Continue reading “Willie Nelson releases track from his new record – Watch”

Daniel Meade “When Was The Last Last Time” (Button Up Records, 2018)

Daniel Meade is many things but never dull. He’s been around in one form or another it seems forever, so prolific and varied is his work. Generally, that work would consist of rootsy music set to country beats but he has been known to deviate. It’s fair to say that’s the case with his latest release and this time he’s foregone that western flavour in favour of a more ballsy approach. Continue reading “Daniel Meade “When Was The Last Last Time” (Button Up Records, 2018)”

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018, The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, bespoke food “events” (egg and spoon race?) and a wide range of themed outdoor activities. Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Ginger Wildheart to roam the UK over summer

‘Ghost In The Tanglewood’ is the new album by our favourite Ginge at the moment, Wildheart, which we absolutely love here in AUK Towers. It’s a seamless mix of country, folk, roots and rock. As he put it, “While leaning towards country music, my fairly unavoidable accent means that the songs come off less Willie Nelson and more Bobby Thompson, but every lyric is purely heartfelt and every song is as true a story as you’ll ever hear. This stuff has always been in my blood since I was a wee nipper and it’s an honour to finally get it out for people to hear”.  Continue reading “Ginger Wildheart to roam the UK over summer”

Aye Up! Steve Earle headlines this year’s Underneath the Stars

South Yorkshire’s stellar music & arts festival Underneath The Stars is returning this summer with a line-up of established and emerging talent across the folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana music worlds, as well as the promise of some enticing workshops, arts, crafts and food stalls, highlighting the creative talents of the Yorkshire region. Organised by the family production team of Yorkshire folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, and now in its fifth year, 2018’s edition also sees its relocation to a brand-new site at Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley. Continue reading “Aye Up! Steve Earle headlines this year’s Underneath the Stars”

Black Deer add more acts to their line-up

Black Deer Festival which takes place in Kent towards the end of June has announced some new additions to the already impressive line up that includes top-three finalist on E! Entertainment Television’s ‘The Entertainer’ Sarah Darling along with Jess and The Bandits, Robert Vincent, Steak, O&O, Noble Jacks, Jay Scott, Ilona, Tally Spear and Katy Hurt.  Continue reading “Black Deer add more acts to their line-up”

2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched

Maverick Festival officially unwrapped the line up for their 11th year at a launch party held at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London last Thursday.  The festival, winner of several awards and generally reckoned to be one of the best Americana and roots events of the year will take place in July in the tranquil acres of Easton Park Farm in Suffolk. Hosting the launch night was the festival’s co-founder, director and driving force Paul Spencer. Continue reading “2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched”

Dylan turns classic into gay wedding anthem – Listen

NME is reporting that Bob Dylan has contributed a track to a new compilation that turns well know songs into “same-sex wedding anthems”. Mick Huckabee will not be amused. They report: “‘Universal Love’ will be released on Friday (April 6) and features the likes of Dylan, St Vincent, Kesha, Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke, Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard and Valerie June. For the six-track EP, Dylan takes on American classic ‘She’s Funny That Way’ (popularised by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole), changing the song to be ‘He’s Funny That Way’. Continue reading “Dylan turns classic into gay wedding anthem – Listen”

Silver Jews finally available to stream on Spotify

You can finally hear probably the finest lyricist alive today on Spotify (“In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection” – try that Ed Sheeran) and other streaming services in the UK as Drag City have finally released their entire catalogue bar Joanna Newsom (who once said that Spotify is the “banana of the music industry,” and she detests bananas) online to stream. So you can not only stream David Berman’s band but also the likes of Ty Segall and Bill Callahan. If you’ve never heard Silver Jews before today is a good day to plough through their back catalogue. Continue reading “Silver Jews finally available to stream on Spotify”