Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra kick off UK tour next week

Newcastle-based genre-hopping roots quintet Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, who Uncut described as “evoking the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt”  will be setting off on a UK tour next week which runs from October 9th-25th, in support of their new EP ‘Eta Carinae’. The EP transcends the band’s roots of old-time jazz and blues to encompass the ‘modern’ influences of 60’s country and Beatles-esque psychedelia. Continue reading “Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra kick off UK tour next week”

The Band release 50th anniversary edition of second album

When The Band’s seminal eponymous second album was released fifty years ago on September 22, 1969, not much more was known about the reclusive group than when they released their landmark debut ‘Music From Big Pink’ to widespread critical praise and bewilderment, just the year before. Continue reading “The Band release 50th anniversary edition of second album”

Carter Sampson announces October/November tour dates

Carter Sampson burst onto the European Americana scene with the release of her album ‘Wilder Side’ in 2016 and the six follow up tours within the year of release. She’s making that seven now with the release of her album ‘Lucky’ last year (which we gave a glowing 9 to, describing it as “Sampson’s best album to date, and one of the best Americana albums of the year so far”) preceding a tour this autumn which will take her to the Netherlands, England and Scotland. Continue reading “Carter Sampson announces October/November tour dates”

Kacy and Clayton announce UK dates for 2020, release new single

‘That Sweet Orchestra Sound’ is the new single by Canadian psych-folk second-cousins Kacy & Clayton. The track is taken from the new album ‘Carrying On’, due out via New West Records on 4th October. The 10-song album was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco’s recording studio and rehearsal space in Chicago. Continue reading “Kacy and Clayton announce UK dates for 2020, release new single”

Glasgow Americana Festival becomes a teenager

Well, with a a summer of great festivals behind us, it’s time to consider staying indoors for your music fix over the next few months. First out of the box is the annual Glasgow Americana Festival. Now in its 13th year, Glasgow Americana attracts international artists alongside a healthy bill of local acts from all over Scotland. This year’s festival boasts nine full shows in six venues over its five-day duration with a total of 19 acts appearing from 2nd – 6th October. Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival becomes a teenager”

Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates

Nathan Bell was voted Male Performer of The Year in our 2017 annual readers’ poll and came runner-up in the same category at the end of last year, so it’s fair to say he has a lot of UK fans which is a good thing since he has announced a new eight-track EP and vinyl single alongside some UK dates for next month. Continue reading “Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates”

Steve Martin Banjo Award goes to Victor Furtado

Steve Martin – he’s a wild and crazy guy!  No, wait a minute – or should we say “excuuuuuuuse me!” – Steve Martin he’s a serious musician and philanthropist.  Just a few years ago Steve Martin finally figured out how he could get to spend more time with Bela Fleck.  No, hang on that’s not…. what we actually mean is that the Ninth Steve Martin Award for excellence in banjo and Bluegrass has been awarded – and to the youngest recipient yet. Continue reading “Steve Martin Banjo Award goes to Victor Furtado”

Sam Outlaw arrives in UK for dates

South Dakotan americana singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw has announced a slew (there’s a word for you) of UK dates from the end of this month, kicking them off in Oxford on 30th. The Guardian described his debut album ‘Angelo’ as “a polished and cosmopolitan west coast take on traditional country music (he’s called it “SoCal country”) with songs that are moody and wry all at once.” We like moody and wry. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw arrives in UK for dates”

Pick of the Political Pops: Fair To Midland “Amarillo Sleeps On My Pillow”

As you will know from last weeks ‘Pops’ political party conference season is in full swing. Indeed our own conference continues notwithstanding the fact that (a) we do not represent any political party and (b) there are those in our ranks who wish to ensure that we never reach any decision about anything ever. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Fair To Midland “Amarillo Sleeps On My Pillow””

Steve Forbert to reissue Jackrabbit Slim on limited vinyl

Just 500 copies of the outstanding second album from Steve Forbert will be available on red coloured vinyl – so don’t hang around thinking about it.  The reason for the re-issue?  It’s forty years since the original release.  Yeah, sorry to be the one to tell you that. Continue reading “Steve Forbert to reissue Jackrabbit Slim on limited vinyl”