Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track

Kind of like a singalonga but readalonga.  The new album arrives tomorrow and RS have been to it in detail.  They report: “Listening to a new Willie Nelson album with a set of fresh ears is almost impossible to do in 2017 – and Nelson knows it. Hovering over all news regarding the Red Headed … Continue reading “Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track”

BC Camplight, St Pancras Old Church, London. 20th April 2017

The church has a profound effect on some people. For BC Camplight it drove him to greet his audience with a handshake at the south porch as they left. Earlier I wasn’t too sure Camplight was an artist just right for Americana UK but soon my fears were relieved when I spotted a writer from a rival … Continue reading “BC Camplight, St Pancras Old Church, London. 20th April 2017”

Southern Fried Festival’s 10th Year has a stellar line up

Perched up in the fair city of Perth, regarded as the gateway to the Highlands, Southern Fried has grown in stature over the years to become the premier Americana Festival in Scotland. With its mix of formal concerts, free open stage and late night revelries it is compact (awarded Best Small Festival in 2014) with … Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival’s 10th Year has a stellar line up”

The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg “Celestial Emporium” (TLATOTBH, 2016)

After listening to this record for a week I assumed it had been made by a bunch of hillbilly misfits from somewhere like Harlan County. I was taken aback when I found it came from the same part of the country that had squirted me into existence, North East Lincolnshire. There are of course parallels … Continue reading “The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg “Celestial Emporium” (TLATOTBH, 2016)”

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” – Listen

From this month’s Friends Of compilation (out now on digital download!) there’s been some discussion of a striking track by Hurray for the Riff Raff called “Pa’lante” which is an incredible listen. Pitchfork have written a piece about it here which is worth a read while you absorb the track – the audio is below. … Continue reading “Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” – Listen”

Big Surr “In Business” (Independent, 2017)

Being in love is such fun, isn’t it? When it stops being you against the world and starts being us against the world. To be understood. And supported. And to go cruising in a car laughing at all the poor saps around you who haven’t got – and never will have – this glorious indestructible … Continue reading “Big Surr “In Business” (Independent, 2017)”

South By Southwest Festival 2017. Austin, Texas

I normally advise Americana-loving friends who enquire about sxsw simply to visit Austin at any time of the year and check out venues like the Broken Spoke or the Saxon Pub to get the authentic Austin feel. You’ll be sure to see the likes of Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham, Bob Schneider, Darden Smith, … Continue reading “South By Southwest Festival 2017. Austin, Texas”

John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen

Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith has announced the release of his new album “Headlong” which is due out May 19th through BARP Records. Produced by Sam Lakeman, mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, Headlong – dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn – is the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s … Continue reading “John Smith announces new album, kicks off UK tour – Listen”

Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on

If you’ve never heard “New Miserable Experience” and you want a new not all that miserable experience, it really is worth digging out. Nice little piece (well, not so little) in Rolling Stone this morning about the Gin Blossoms classic: “It’s a miracle that the Gin Blossoms’ breakthrough album, New Miserable Experience, exists at all. When … Continue reading “Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on”

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”