AUK’s Chain Gang: Caitlin Rose “Dallas”

Last week’s chain gang song was ‘House of my Soul‘ by Longhorne Slim. Longhorne Slim lives in Nashville, so I’ve gone for a geographical connection. As you can imagine, this opens up quite a lot of options… The track this week is ‘Dallas‘ by the brilliant Caitlin Rose, taken from her 2013 album ‘The Stand In‘. The song was written by the Felice Brothers and first appeared on their 2011 album ‘Celebration, Florida’. Plenty of potential connections there!

Jonathan Hultén “Where Devils Weep” – Listen

We can’t tell you how often we hear the question “Hey, Americana UK, why don’t you say more about Death-Metal to folk crossover artists, huh ?” And if it is you that has been filling our Email Inbox with this request, well, today is very much your lucky day.  For Jonathan Hultén is just such a one – lead guitarist of Swedish monsters of death-metal Tribulation, he has this year released an introspective acoustic album. Continue reading “Jonathan Hultén “Where Devils Weep” – Listen”

Luke Sital-Singh “Undefeated” – Listen

‘New Haze’ is the upcoming EP from Luke Sital-Singh, which will be released on April 3rd.  In advance of this is the single ‘Undefeated’ which is a co-write with Matt Hales of the band Aqualung.  The song – and in fact the whole EP – was recorded in LA, the city that Luke Sital-Singh relocated to last year. Continue reading “Luke Sital-Singh “Undefeated” – Listen”

Bob Dylan’s new unheard song: “a song that rolls slow”

It’s been almost eight years since Bob Dylan released brand new music – the albums that followed ‘Tempest‘ were, in general terms, the Sinatra Covers Years. In these strange times though the Nobel prize winning poet has chosen to release a new song that has been years in the making. Continue reading “Bob Dylan’s new unheard song: “a song that rolls slow””

Jackson Browne tests positive for Corona, releases new song – Listen

Jackson Browne told Rolling Stone a couple of days ago that he’d tested positive for coronavirus: “As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]. My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.” Continue reading “Jackson Browne tests positive for Corona, releases new song – Listen”

Liv Greene “New York’s Arms” – Listen

Liv Greene’s new song ‘New York’s Arms‘ is a beautiful song about lifting yourself up after a let down.  In this case that of seeing “you in the arms of another that night” and the realisation that “it’s easier to move on the further that I go.”  Tinged with sadness that it is, there’s also a celebration of the joys of wanderlust and a New York morning. Continue reading “Liv Greene “New York’s Arms” – Listen”

Sarah Peacock ‘House Of Bones’ – Listen

Sarah Peacock’s new album ‘Burn the Witch‘ is out tomorrow, and it features a set of songs that are touchstones to today which also reflect on the past – the title song for example connects with the 1692 Salem witch trials, whilst other songs find connections that are more directly personal to Peacock.  Continue reading “Sarah Peacock ‘House Of Bones’ – Listen”

Track Premiere: Seán Barna “God Save The Scene”

From his EP ‘Margaret Thatcher Of The Lower East Side‘ comes the new single by Seán Barna, the punning ‘God Save the Scene‘.   It’s an odd title for an EP, perhaps, but Barna explains it thusly “as a songwriter — an observer, really — this feeling is compounded by the social anxiety of my peer group of weirdos, queers, and artists living in an increasingly hostile, hateful America. Through art, music, performance, and substance abuse, they stand their ground. Even evil people like Margaret Thatcher realised you needed to be a steely bitch to survive in this world. Continue reading “Track Premiere: Seán Barna “God Save The Scene””

Mt. Joy “Strangers” – Listen

Oh what a slick sound Mt. Joy have on their new double A side single of which ‘Strangers‘ is one A-side.  Perhaps it’s because they’ve been working with producer Tucker Martin – there’s a hint of that My Morning Jacket to the new song.  maybe it’s the unusually prominent keyboards from Jackie Miclau.  Anyway, this is just a whistle wetter – there’ll be a new album  out on  the 5th of June,  it’ll be called ‘Rearrange Us‘. Continue reading “Mt. Joy “Strangers” – Listen”