The Secret Sisters have a new album and UK dates

The Secret Sisters –  Laura and Lydia Rogers – return early next year with a new album ‘Saturn Return‘ (to be released February 28th 2020 on New West Records) and a double visit to the UK – the first will be in January for one-off appearances at Celtic Connections and at the Americana Music Association UK’s AmericanaFest in swinging Hackney.  The longer tour will be in June. Continue reading “The Secret Sisters have a new album and UK dates”

Lucy Dacus “Fools Gold” – Listen

Lucy Dacus has spent 2019 releasing holiday themed songs for all the biggies – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, Bruce Springsteen’s Birthday.  All the big holidays.  Have you recovered from Springsteen’s Birthday yet?  That’s always a heavy one in these parts, finishing up with a drunken replay of the whole of ‘Nebraska‘.  Lucy Dacus, it appears, has recovered from the New Years Eve party that inspired this song. Continue reading “Lucy Dacus “Fools Gold” – Listen”

Andy Shauf “Things I Do” – Listen

Andy Shauf’s 2016 album ‘The Party‘ was a really interesting singer-songwriter release featuring interconnecting songs and characters at the titular gathering.  He returns with his new album ‘The Neon Skyline’ which will be released on January 24th via ANTI- with a European tour following in March and April 2020.   Again it will feature interconnected songs, with ‘The Neon Skyline’ following a simple plot: the narrator goes to his neighbourhood dive, finds out his ex is back in town, and she eventually shows up. Continue reading “Andy Shauf “Things I Do” – Listen”

The Brother Brothers “Summer Rain” – Listen

If The Brother Brothers called somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere home then all would be well – but the twin brothers Adam and David Moss hail out of Illinois, and live in Brooklyn.  So we are required – by law – to mock them mercilessly for releasing a song called ‘Summer Rain‘ in what is increasingly looking like Winter, even if it is still late Autumn (or Fall, if you prefer).  It’s a gentle enough song that it could have borne the title ‘Winter Snow‘ and all would have been well.  See how easy that was?  Consider yourselves mocked without mercy.  Harsh, us?  Well – maybe, but the law is the law. Continue reading “The Brother Brothers “Summer Rain” – Listen”

The Deer “Swoon” Listen

Leading off with a stately piano line, ‘Swoon‘ is the third single from The Deer’s new album ‘Do No Harm.’  It showcases the band’s psych-folk stylings, as it quickly gives way to a wordy tongue-twisting verse buoyed along by a catchy folk arrangement, with equally prominent mandolin and drums before finally and exuberantly launching spacewards. Continue reading “The Deer “Swoon” Listen”

The Handsomes cover Wilco – Listen

November’s issue of Uncut Magazine has got a free cover CD which features some of Jeff Tweedy’s favourite artists covering Wilco songs. The album includes covers by artists such as Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Low, Parquet Courts and Courtney Barnett and the always superb Handsome Family who have recorded a cover of Wilco’s ‘Capitol City’, from their album ‘The Whole Love’. Nothing will beat Rennie’s pictures of dressed-up cats but still.. Have a listen below.

Paddy Nash “Hearth & Harbourage” – Listen

On this warm and richly rounded new song Paddy Nash states the case for the real riches of the world “So all you rambling boys and girls / Trying to find your place in this world / You may be climbing or laying low / You may already be home, be home” whilst disparaging the false gods of useless wealth “If I had money I do believe / That I would use it unselfishly / See to my family see to my friends / For what is money if it’s not’s spentContinue reading “Paddy Nash “Hearth & Harbourage” – Listen”

Emilia Martensson “Arm Ourselves (Against Ourselves)” – Listen

Emilia Martensson has the crystal clear voice of an angel, but on this folk y song, with Pentangle-ish jazz flecks, the Swedish born, London dwelling, vocalist sings of the light and shade of the parent-child relationship and the tricks we can play on ourselves to undo our better instincts. Continue reading “Emilia Martensson “Arm Ourselves (Against Ourselves)” – Listen”

Torgeir Waldemar “Leaf in the Wind” – Listen

Norwegian troubadour Torgeir Waldemar will release his third full album ‘Love‘ through Jansen Records on 17th January.  Here at Americana UK we really liked the last album ‘No Offending Borders‘ and the interim reworked songs mini-album ‘Jamais Vu‘ was described as for the “adventurous (who) want to get a little out of the mainstream“.  That’s our readership in a nutshell. Continue reading “Torgeir Waldemar “Leaf in the Wind” – Listen”