Emmylou exhibition to open at Country Music Hall of Fame

If you’ve never been to the CMH of Fame and Museum you’re missing a treat, it’s much less cheesy than you might imagine and great in terms of highlighting the genre’s connection to changes in society over the last century.  ANYWAY, news today from RS Country about its newest exhibition, Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight which it describes as “a lovingly crafted and curated display of personal artifacts, instruments and heart-touching photos chronicling the life and career of the Hall of Fame legend, Continue reading “Emmylou exhibition to open at Country Music Hall of Fame”

5 dates for Aaron Lee Tasjan starting this Halloween

During AmericanaFest in Nashville last month it was difficult to walk into any bar, club or backyard and not bump into Aaron Lee Tasjan. The singer-guitarist who released the excellent ‘Karma for Cheap’ album back in August popped up initially at the Basement East venue where he performed a bombastic version of Helen Reddy’s ‘I Am Woman’ at the Show Up and Sing! tribute night; following which he played at least one show each day, culminating with three different gigs on the Saturday – all the while dressed in a different gaudy outfit. Continue reading “5 dates for Aaron Lee Tasjan starting this Halloween”

Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet

Glasgow Americana has lined up ten gigs featuring overseas and home-based acts for this year’s five day long festival. The on-stage action for the 12th Glasgow Americana will take place at six city venues from Wednesday this week, October 3rd to 7th. Fans will be able to enjoy two gigs on Festival Friday, three on the Saturday and the Sunday, including a trio of matinee performances, plus two album launches. Continue reading “Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet”

John Murry brings decay to a town near you

John Murry’s UK tour still has a handful of dates left. Bringing songs from this year’s superb album ‘A Short History Of Decay’, as well as a brace of older material, Murry’s work is dark and stark. Following on from 2012’s album acclaimed work ‘The Graceless Age’, this new work sees Murry open up a little more with tales of addiction and grief, of pain and despair, but also of redemption and new beginnings. There’s a brooding, Nick Cave style swagger, the despair of Mark Linkous, and it feels, as Murry looks, like it could all break down at any minute. It’s that fragility that makes it so appealing. It’s taut and balancing on the edge of something devastating. Continue reading “John Murry brings decay to a town near you”

Jesse Dayton comes in from the outside

Jesse Dayton has tour dates in the UK over the next fortnight. The Texan’s new record ‘The Outsider’ is more than suggestive of the fact he’s flown somewhat under the radar in terms of popularity in recent years in spite of having worked with such luminaries as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell – while scoring countless films for Rob Zombie.  Continue reading “Jesse Dayton comes in from the outside”

Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence hits the UK for tour next week

We leave you this weekend (or welcome the new week in if you’re reading this on Monday) dear readers with news of Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence who hit the UK for dates next week. The pair met while performing at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2013, and since then these two friends have “gotten into the habit” (as they say over there) of taking time off from their solo projects to write and sing together in their hometown of Nashville and on tour across the country. Continue reading “Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence hits the UK for tour next week”

Mid-Sussex americana beer festival returns for second year

After its inaugural year in August 2017, the Mid-Sussex americana and ale festival returns next month to the Hassocks hotel. Last year the festival featured the likes of Danny and the Champs, Robert Vincent, Dean Owens and Stevie Ray Latham. This year has an equally good array of talent, including AUK favourites Bennett Wilson Poole and Ags Connolly. Appearing alongside them are Danni Nicholls, Jason McNiff, Hannah Rose Platt, Mike Ross, Trent Miller and others. Continue reading “Mid-Sussex americana beer festival returns for second year”

Erin Rae putting on shows in the UK

Erin Rae will tour the UK & Europe this summer in support of her critically acclaimed recent album ‘Putting on Airs’ which came out on Single Lock records in June, and combines indie rock, folk and psychedelia. The album was recorded at the Refuge, a former Franciscan monastery in Appleton, Wisconsin, and produced by engineer Dan Knobler and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Bernhardt. Continue reading “Erin Rae putting on shows in the UK”

Catch Ethan Johns & the Black Eyed Dogs before they run away

Ethan Johns continues a brief residency with his band, the Black Eyed Dogs, at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, East London next week, prior to the release of his new album ‘Anamnesis’ which is due out on the 10th of August. He performs as part of a trio next Tuesday and closes with a full band show on the 30th of July.
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The Americans (nice ones) arrive in UK for dates next week

We leave you this weekend dear reader with news that Los Angeles quartet The Americans are returning to Europe for a series of shows this summer including some high profile support slots in the UK with Eric Clapton at BST Hyde Park and The Gipsy Kings at Kew The Music in Kew Gardens and Cambridge Corn Exchange. They’ll also be playing a slot at Black Deer Festival and regional dates in Winchester, Leeds and Oxford. Continue reading “The Americans (nice ones) arrive in UK for dates next week”