Paul Kelly announces UK dates for later this year

Paul Kelly is one of the legends of Aussie singer-songwriting, so much so that he’s been Bob Dylan’s support of choice when he’s toured in Australia, but he’s still relatively unknown on UK shores – although to be fair from the fact that his UK dates always all sell out then he’s probably not that best kept a secret.  Anyway he’s heading to the UK (and Europe) in September for a handful of dates which include London, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Amsterdam and Paris.  And after you’ve perused the finer details, here’s a clip of Paul and Neil Finn playing his 80s antipodean anthem “Leaps & Bounds”  Continue reading “Paul Kelly announces UK dates for later this year”

Robert Cray announces UK Tour 2017

There are some artists who chip away at the coal face of an existing musical genre, and there are those who through the dint of their efforts take a form that is in danger of becoming moribund and predictable and give it an effective and new direction. Robert Cray is one of the latter – who shook up the blues scene in the 1980s and forty years later in 2014 topped the blues charts with his release In My Soul.   That’s probably why he’s picked up a handful of Grammys along the way as well as being noted as a favourite of Barak Obama (remember him?).  In the intervening years he’s shaped a special niche for himself – too soulful for some hardcore fans, too many touches of rock for others, but it is this striking individuality that makes him, like Eric Bibb, someone who truly crosses boundaries.  Continue reading “Robert Cray announces UK Tour 2017”

Sufjan Stevens announces new live album

And one with pictures too, like watching Nigel Farage broadcasting on LBC (but with slightly less casual fascism). Pitchfork reports: “Sufjan Stevens has announced a new audiovisual live album, Carrie & Lowell Live, due out April 28 on Asthmatic Kitty. It was recorded on November 9, 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina, on Sufjan’s tour in support of his last album, Carrie & Lowell. As Asthmatic Kitty points out, today… is the birthday of the titular Lowell Brams, who is Sufjan’s stepfather and co-founder of the label. It is also the two-year anniversary of the album’s release. The album will be released in both audio and video forms, with the video available on YouTube and Vimeo. The tracklist, which can be found below, features Sufjan and Gallant’s cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”  Continue reading “Sufjan Stevens announces new live album”

More names added to Maverick 2017 line-up

Arguably the UK’s most americana-y festival Maverick has added some more artists to its tenth anniversary line-up.  Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, will be joining proceedings, alongside Juno Award winning East Coast songwriter Amelia Curran, and Canadian roots rocker Terra Lightfoot. Also added to the line-up are lively New Orleans jazz street music from The Roamin’ Jasmine, old-time bluegrass from Hot Rock Pilgrims, and UK Americana favourites Case Hardin. Continue reading “More names added to Maverick 2017 line-up”

John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen

Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith has announced the release of his new album “Headlong” which is due out May 19th through BARP Records. Produced by Sam Lakeman, mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, Headlong – dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn – is the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s well received and Radio 2-supported release of 2013. Smith is trailing the announcement with the first new track to emerge from Headlong, Far Too Good – streaming below. A 24-date UK & European tour began yesterday (sorry Brighton).  Speaking about the new single Smith says; “This is one of my favourites from the new batch, I’ve opened all my live shows with this lately. It’s one of those songs that wrote itself, a rare occurrence – I’d just got off the phone with a friend who was having a hard time, so this one is for him”. Continue reading “John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen”

The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017

Mike Scott’s Scottish folk legends (and we don’t use that word lightly) The Waterboys have signed to BMG Records and will release a brand-new studio album later in the year. Further details will be announced soon, but in the meantime the band have announced a series of dates for October across the UK (plus one date in Ireland).  Presale tickets are available from today (head to their website for more information), while they go on general sale tomorrow.  And if you cannae wait then you can catch them on various tour dates over the summer including Beautiful Days (although you would have to endure Frank Turner in doing so).  Here are the dates, along with their entire performance from Glasto 2015.  Continue reading “The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017”

Hiss Golden Messenger to release series of live recordings

We’re big fans of HGM here at AUK so this is a nice little treat to see the month out. Paste report: “Taking a cue from the Grateful Dead’s legendary Dick’s Picks series, Hiss Golden Messenger are launching their own collection of live recordings. Affectionately dubbed “Parker’s Picks” after Warren Parker who joined the band on their fall tour of the U.S. to record the shows, the series kicked off today with the release of the band’s performance at The Parish in Austin on Oct. 18.  Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger to release series of live recordings”

Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on

If you’ve never heard “New Miserable Experience” and you want a new not all that miserable experience, it really is worth digging out. Nice little piece (well, not so little) in Rolling Stone this morning about the Gin Blossoms classic: “It’s a miracle that the Gin Blossoms’ breakthrough album, New Miserable Experience, exists at all. When the band left Tempe, Arizona, in 1992, headed for Memphis’ famed Ardent Studios to record their first album for A&M Records, the mood was far from optimistic. A first attempt at cutting the record in 1991 in Los Angeles was a $100,000 disaster. The group teetered on the edge of being dropped, and, most alarmingly, their founder and chief songwriter, guitarist Doug Hopkins, was in the throes of mental illness and alcoholism.  Continue reading “Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on”

Uncut wants you to ask Jason Isbell some questions

If you’ve always wondered what Jason Isbell’s favourite colour is, whether he ever wears socks with sandals and who his favourite Hollyoaks character is (now or historical Jason, your choice!) then carpe diem as the saying goes. Uncut report: ” Ahead of the release of his new album, The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell will be answering your questions as part of our regular An Audience With… feature. So is there anything you’d like us to ask the singer song-writer?  Continue reading “Uncut wants you to ask Jason Isbell some questions”

Yola Carter announces Scottish dates for June

Bristol Americana / country-soul songwriter Yola Carter, voted the AMA UK Artist of the Year 2017, has announced a run of Scottish tour dates. Following a year that saw the release of her debut solo EP ‘Orphan Offering’ she has added an acoustic trio tour of Scotland to her forthcoming live dates. A firm favourite at Southern Fried Festival following several performances in recent years, as well as a standout performance as part of the Roaming Roots Revue at Celtic Connections in January, the country has become a key part of her touring. In her own words: “Scotland is one of my favourite places to play. It’s a place where the folk tradition is alive and kicking and open to so much music.”  Here are those dates.  Continue reading “Yola Carter announces Scottish dates for June”