Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!

So the votes are in and it’s all change this year as a new roster of artists take over the pole positions in our survey of what’s rocked your boat over the last 12 months – the site has always been proud to support independent music and it’s great to see so many artists who aren’t … Continue reading “Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!”

Derek Senn “Avuncular” (Independent, 2016)

“Avuncular” is one of those words that you didn’t know you needed until you learned what they meant, and then you’re just itching to use it, waiting for the right opportunity to drop it into a conversation. Derek Senn didn’t have to wait too long on his latest album of that title, introducing the figure … Continue reading “Derek Senn “Avuncular” (Independent, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Westley Horner

Westley Horner is song-writer from London who’s love of Americana shines through in his impressive debut album “Silent Temper”. Despite having a London outlook, his songs are recorded with Crescent City musicians in New Orleans to create an authentic yet individual feel to his music. Westley’s talent is clear and his enthusiasm is infectious. A … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Westley Horner”

Interview: John Paul White

Producer, songwriter and recording artist Alabama-born and breed, John Paul White returns to a solo career after the break-up of the four-time Grammy winning duo Civil Wars. Enjoying a pace of life befitting the history of the American south, family man White has been doing things at his own pace. Working on other projects prior … Continue reading “Interview: John Paul White”

Grandaddy Announce New Album, UK Dates

If you’ve never heard “Nature Anthem”, watch in awe below and prepare to not sleep for the next 3 weeks.  Uncut reports: “Grandaddy have announced details of their new studio album, Last Place. It’s their first album since 2006’s Just Like the Fambly Cat. Last Place will be released on March 3 on Danger Mouse’s Century … Continue reading “Grandaddy Announce New Album, UK Dates”

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A … Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”

Christian Kjellvander “A Village: Natural Light” (Tapete Records, 2016)

Christian Kjellvander has created quite a body of work. He’s acquired the aura and weight of a performer that has a catalogue that is to be admired. In short, he’s earned respect. He’s also honed and refined his craft and here again his dark narratives (somewhere between Tindersticks, Richard Buckner and latter period Nick Cave) … Continue reading “Christian Kjellvander “A Village: Natural Light” (Tapete Records, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Annie Keating

Talent spotted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, (who calls the new album,“Wonderful – heartfelt and real”), Keating appeared live on the Bob Harris show twice and has performed at leading international festivals, including Take Root (Netherlands), Glasgow Americana Festival (Scotland), The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest, Brooklyn Americana, New Song and North by North East … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Annie Keating”

Erynn Marshall “Greasy Creek” (DittyVille, 2016)

Erynn Marshall is probably best known for playing in the Haints Old-time String Band alongside fellow Canadians Pharis and Jason Romero.  Having relocated to Virginia, Greasy Creek sees her forging a solo path for her highly respected fiddle playing, alongside many other collaborators, but still staying firmly in that Old Timey vein. This is pre-bluegrass … Continue reading “Erynn Marshall “Greasy Creek” (DittyVille, 2016)”

Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)

Canadian singer-songwriter Trevor Alguire has in Perish The Light his sixth album, and with a wealth of travelling behind him back home and across Europe, he is a seasoned performer. No sooner does the needle drop onto the vinyl and Alguire establishes a groove as he shares stories of his worldly travels, speaks of love and of having to … Continue reading “Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)”