The singer and songwriter for The Rev is Eric Meyers, and he’s had what could be described as a colourful life, which has also suggested that he was predestined to play the guitar. Not that he embraced this initially – he tinkered a little and then was drawn into sports, he surfed and free-dived and travelled the world for the perfect wave. He boxed to keep fit. One boxing accident saw him almost lose his sight, and sent him back to the guitar whilst he recovered. A dive almost became a drowning. He took the hint – learnt guitar, wrote songs, formed a band and can now present this Outlaw tale of dirty deeds and dangerous situations.
From his new album The Unseen Inbetween, out on January 18th, this is a great song from Steve Gunn, all jangle and hooks with lyrics that bite. He’s in the UK for few dates in April too, well worth catching.
What do you get when you place Americana music legend Jason Ringenberg (who Mojo described as “The Godfather of Americana”) in a grove of Giant Sequoias? You end up with his new record ‘Stand Tall’, the (very) long-awaited follow up to 2004’s ‘Empire Builders’ and his first collection of new songs, outside of his Farmer Jason project, since The Scorchers’ ‘Halcyon Times’ in 2010. Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates”
If your new year’s resolution was “become a rock journalist” or even just “become more hip” then we’ve got good news for you. We’re currently on the lookout for people with a love of americana to write for us here at Americana UK so we can cover the avalanche of albums and EPs we get sent to us every month. Even if you’ve never been published before this could be the huge career break you’re looking for (not that it pays, other than in power and prestige). You just need to be able to write well with attention to grammar and spelling (and tpyos). If you’re interested in writing for us head here for more information on how you can join our team.
Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra go out of their way to make it hard to pigeonhole them to a specific genre. Their fourth studio album, ‘Soul of My City’ is a case in point. Almost vaudevillian in approach, there’s yodelling sitting neatly beside ragtime blues and country. The only nod to being categorised is on their own terms; they’ve been known to claim the term ‘Geordie swing’ to describe their eclectic mash up. So there we have it – the cat’s out of the bag. Even though they’d be at home strumming on a Mississippi steamboat, Rob and his Orchestra live in Newcastle upon Tyne. Continue reading “Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra “Soul of my City” (Independent, 2019)”
A Nashville based singer songwriter who racks up the miles as she travels the country playing gigs here, there and everywhere, Melody Guy proves to be an attractive listen on this tenth album of hers which has some country soul and Nashville tears in its grooves. Recorded in Nashville, the album is both tough and tender with some of the songs reflecting rough times in the singer’s past but she can look back and capture some good memories from bad times as on the Dobro and accordion speckled jauntiness of ‘I Can’t Live There’. Continue reading “Melody Guy “Dry The Rivers” (MFG Records, 2019)”
Of course we are all about the alt-country and the twang, but, as regular readers will have noticed we also have great admiration for the folk-inspired and the off-mainstream rock. And harps. Both types. Joanna Newsom, Robin Williamson, Maeve Gilchrist, Máire Ní Chathasaigh – all great, and here’s a new one for that list. ‘Island‘ is the first single off Emilie Kahn’s new album ‘Outro‘ which is released on February 22nd on Secret City Records. It’s the gentlest track off the album, and sounds like a break-up song, but there’s more to it according to Emilie Kahn who says “I think as women we are often made to feel like we should be in competition with each other, something I’ve always felt in the music industry; I wrote “Island” about that feeling of isolation that comes with worrying that you may never be special enough“.
The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the one wristband, plus you get to go back to a nice comfy bed each night. Over the course of this week we’ll be introducing you to all the showcase acts playing, ten at a time. Here’s part one. Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part one”
Ryan Adams has debuted a new song from his forthcoming album ‘Big Colors’ – the track entitled “Manchester” starts with the line “Oldham streets/Built to bruise/Freckled face/And a pair of shuffling shoes”. Ryan Adams singing about Oldham – imagine. XS Manchester premiered the track, and Adams said: “Manchester, the city and music of this mystical place shaped my entire life. It is at the heart of all the things I love about music from The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Simply Red and The Stone Roses. I wanted to make sure this song ‘Manchester’ played first and only in this city I love so much. I hope you enjoy this and cannot wait to be back soon.” You might love Manchester Ryan but did it give you a broken arm like Liverpool? We always go the extra mile.
Update: This track now seems to have disappeared so instead enjoy the other new track from his forthcoming album, ‘Doylestown Girl’:
From his new album Tennessee Alabama Fireworks, out on February 15th, this is a great live take of the gloriously slinky, steel-drenched Don’t Look Back, recorded at Sun Studios. We like it a lot.