Sturgill Simpson announces UK dates for 2020

AUK favourite Sturgill Simpson has announced a 9 date European tour, with his full band, including London’s O2 Forum on 28th January.  The tour will follow the release of the singer-songwriter’s new album ‘Sound & Fury’ and its accompanying Netflix anime film, which will be released simultaneously on 27th September.  Presale starts at 9am on Wednesday 18th September, with general on sale starting on Friday 20th at 9am. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson announces UK dates for 2020”

A Picture Made “Heal” – Listen

So, imagine the editorial meeting if you will and the heated exchange which ended with the comment “so, what you’re saying is that it’s prog?“.  Well, no, not Prog as such – obviously that would be ridiculous.  Concept albums? Ha!  Well, unless it Drive By Truckers or The Decemberists.  And that Jon Boden chap is ok.  No, what A Picture Made have produced is more of a concept single. Continue reading “A Picture Made “Heal” – Listen”

Daniel Johnston “True Love Will Find You in the End” – Listen

We leave you this week dear reader with an achingly beautiful song by Daniel Johnston who died earlier this week following a heart attack. He was troubled but exceptional – as Jeff Tweedy said: “Daniel has managed to create in spite of his mental illness, not because of it. He’s been honest in his portrayal of what he’s been struggling with without overtly drawing attention to it.” True love found him in the end in the form of tributes which have been pouring in since the news of his passing was announced. RIP to another great artist whose loss will be felt keenly.

Tim Grimm announces UK dates and new album

Tim Grimm, the Indiana-based folk-americana singer-songwriter and actor, has announced a short UK tour in support of his latest and current #1 album on the US Folk Radio Chart ‘Heart Land Again’ which is  a re-recording of his ‘Heart Land’ album originally released back in 1999 – the new version is due for UK release next month. Continue reading “Tim Grimm announces UK dates and new album”

Freya Ward “Written With Hindsight” (Independent, 2019)

The breakup record has a long history in music and this six track EP is rising folk-hued singer-songwriter Freya Ward’s contribution to the genre. As the title suggests the songs were written somewhat afterwards and they chart the events in question from the recognition of a problem in ‘Say Something’ (complete with beautiful guitar work) via pleading ‘Go Easy On Me’ (“I try, you know I try”) and the documentation of the actual split in ‘After Everything And Me’ before closing with the self-explanatory ‘I Would Do It All Again’. Continue reading “Freya Ward “Written With Hindsight” (Independent, 2019)”

Grand Canyon “Yesterday’s News” (Independent, 2019)

Joan Jett succinctly stated that “I love Rock and Roll – So come on take some time and dance with me“. Of course Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker wrote those words for her, but you get the point. Joan Jett is not alone in this attitude as LA’s Grand Canyon would happily sign up to this manifesto. Grand Canyon are a group of accomplished musicians who have played in their own bands and spent studio and stage time with a range of acts – they are, in short, successful “side men” who have come together due to their shared love of classic rock and ‘Yesterday’s News‘ is a 5 track EP which demonstrates this to great effect. Continue reading “Grand Canyon “Yesterday’s News” (Independent, 2019)”

Pick of the Political Pops: Suzi Quattro “If You Can’t Give Me Love”

We have a strict hierarchical structure here at Americana-UK Towers (actually we don’t but this is for illustrative purposes). At the top sits The Editor – a surly cove if crossed and a great believer in “do as I say not as I do”. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Suzi Quattro “If You Can’t Give Me Love””

Sunny Ozell, The Islington, London, 4th September 2019

After various forays to the UK, Ms. Ozell is currently undertaking a short tour, this time as the headliner, with a full band in tow, ahead of the launch of her new album, ‘Overnight Lows’, due for release this winter. She is a real extrovert; feisty and outspoken, and has a varied life passage to draw on, from performing as a teenager at low key dives in Boulder, Colorado when she doctored her driving licence data to meet the ID requirements, to life amidst British thespians as she is the wife of Patrick Stewart. Hailing originally from Reno, Nevada, she is classically trained but it is primarily blues influences that are foremost in much of her set tonight, with elements of jazz and some tinges of 1970s pop. It is not too far from a Woodstock hotch potch, fittingly as that influential touchstone has just marked its 50th anniversary. Continue reading “Sunny Ozell, The Islington, London, 4th September 2019”

Vetiver “To Who Knows Where” – Listen

It’s been a full four years since Andy Cabic released his last album under the Vetiver name., but at long last there’s new music coming with November’s release of  ‘Up On High‘ which will be released on Loose.  The gentle and reflective ‘To who knows where‘ is the first single and a first listen will be enough to conjure up a dozen touchstones. Continue reading “Vetiver “To Who Knows Where” – Listen”

Video: Oh Susanna “Kings Road”

The retro slot this week goes back almost two decades for Suzie Ungerleider and a live performance of ‘Kings Road’ from her second album ‘Sleepy Little Sailor‘.  Her first, the classic ‘Johnstown‘, has just been reissued, remastered with extra tracks and you really should have both.  Have a great weekend everyone.