Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters + Adriana Spina , The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, 12th September 2018

The venerable Blue Lamp in Aberdeen is something of a hidden gem, its unassuming frontage concealing not just one of the city’s oldest bars but also an adjoining, intimate and atmospheric music venue. It’s been the locus for an impressive selection of Americana/roots acts who have ventured this far north over the past few years thanks in the main to the enterprising  Almost Blue Promotions  who seem to be able to lure class acts to the granite city. Continue reading “Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters + Adriana Spina , The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, 12th September 2018”

Gregory Alan Isakov “Evening Machines” (Dualtone, 2018)

Gregory Alan Isakov is the kind of artist of whom -if one were not a devoted follower – there would only be a vague awareness without quite knowing why. The distinctive name helps, but it’s his melancholic songs’ conspicuousness over the last decade that have seen various tracks perfectly utilised at poignant endings of US TV episodes, or seemingly slipped into every sad/quiet digital playlist. In fact, the tens of millions of plays various tracks of his now have on Spotify show there are more ways to reverence than the album/tour/album cycle. Continue reading “Gregory Alan Isakov “Evening Machines” (Dualtone, 2018)”

Kris Gruen “Coast & Refuge” (Mother West, 2018)

‘Coast & Refuge’ is the fourth studio album from Vermont native Kris Gruen, following 2013’s critically-acclaimed ‘New Comics From The Wooded World’. It’s been an eventful few years for the singer-songwriter, sharing stages with the likes of Jesse Malin and Alejandro Escovedo, as well as contributing a track to feature film All These Small Moments, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Continue reading “Kris Gruen “Coast & Refuge” (Mother West, 2018)”

Jim Clements “Not a Lot of Blood” – Listen

Every five years or so, Jim Clements emerges to drop a collection of literate, witty, surreal, gut-wrenching songs, before disappearing again into the shadows. A songwriter’s songwriter in the tradition of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, his songs have earned him critical acclaim and a devoted following over his fifteen-year career, and his new track ‘Not a Lot of Blood’ is not so much a riposte to Tony Hancock as a snug, patting rhythm which imbues the music with a gentle rolling motion akin to something between a pitching and yawing cadence. The new album ‘A Failure’ is due October 26th. Hopefully it won’t be.

Nathan Bell “Loves Bone and Stars, Love’s Bone and Stars” / “Er Gwaetha Pawb a Phopeth” (Angry Stick Recording Company 2018)

Nathan Bell is a working man who now more often than not makes albums. This is the fourth album of the ‘Family Man’ series and is a series of reflective acoustic ruminations on a life being lived and the many strands of society that ebb and flow through that life. Literally the ties that bind and the sense of continuous wonder at a life that seems impossibly ordinary but at the same time utterly extraordinary. Continue reading “Nathan Bell “Loves Bone and Stars, Love’s Bone and Stars” / “Er Gwaetha Pawb a Phopeth” (Angry Stick Recording Company 2018)”

David Ramirez, The Borderline, London, 7th September 2018

David Ramirez is over on a short four night tour of the UK to promote his latest album on the Thirty Tigers label, ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere.’ Playing to a fairly packed Borderline crowd it’s his first visit to London since the turn of the year when he played an intimate solo show at St Pancras Old Church.  The band open with ‘Twins’ from the current record – a downbeat lament and eulogy to the victims of the Twin Towers. It’s also a personal statement about how the climate of fear in Ramirez’s homeland has meant the loss of a version of the United States he once held dear. Continue reading “David Ramirez, The Borderline, London, 7th September 2018”

Americana UK is looking for a gig guide editor

So here’s the thing. There isn’t really a dedicated gig guide for americana at the moment in the UK – there are some excellent gig guides which have a lot of americana in them, but nothing that’s our baby so to speak.  So we’re looking for someone to look after a new gig guide we’re planning to launch soon.  You don’t need much technical expertise, just some time each week to populate the calendar. In return you’ll get prestige, honour, a guaranteed place in heaven plus the chance to probably attend a few gigs for AUK.  If you’re interested please drop me a line via the contacts page.

Amos Lee “My New Moon” (Dualtone Records, 2018)

My New Moon’ Amos Lee’s seventh full length album (discounting the 2015 ‘Live at Red Rocks’ release with The Colorado Symphony) on which he continues to blend soul and jazz on a pallet of 1970s style James Taylor singer song-writing to create a rich and bright Americana soulful folk. His music is entertaining and comforting with his soulful voice it is hard not to be welcomed into his sunny landscapes.
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