Amanda Richards ‘’Tough Ones To Love’’ (Independent, 2016)

amanda-richards-2016Sometimes a record comes along and completely blows you away. Amanda Richards won’t be unfamiliar with this concept having been Grammy-nominated as an independent artist, but ‘’Tough Ones To Love’’ is very much in this category, with the songwriting and vocals being absolutely in-sync, alongside the musicality of Amanda’s long-time band ‘The Good Long While’.  Continue reading “Amanda Richards ‘’Tough Ones To Love’’ (Independent, 2016)”

Bear’s Den release new song ahead of Christmas charity bash – Listen

bears-denBear’s Den have today released a surprise new song in advance of their special Christmas charity show next week. The song, ‘Berlin’, was written during sessions for the band’s Top 10 album, ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’, and was recorded last month when the band had a short break in a hectic year of touring.  Andrew Davie, he of the Den, says, “We’re so excited to be sharing “Berlin” with the world. It’s a song we started writing a year ago and finished writing over the last few days of our last tour. Feels like a small way for us to say thank you to all the people who’ve supported us all over the world over the last year and made it such an incredible year for us as a band.”  Continue reading “Bear’s Den release new song ahead of Christmas charity bash – Listen”

The Flat Five “It’s A World of Love And Hope” (Bloodshot Records, 2016)

flat-five 2016The Flat Five are a Chicago based ‘supergroup’ . Between them they’ve worked with Neko Case, The Decemberists. Mavis Staples, Iron and Wine, plus a host of others. Without question an impressive collective pedigree. Ten years and more since their first live collaborations, this debut record is a real gem. Songwriter Chris Ligon is a purveyor of sweet , slightly off the wall, undeniably catchy tunes. The band comprises Chris’s brother Alex Ligon, Alex Hall, Kelly Hogan, Casey Mc Donough and Nora O’Connor. Opening track Florida is pure folky joy, a stone-cold obscure classic, dreaming of the Sunshine State whilst table waiting in cold Chicago.  Continue reading “The Flat Five “It’s A World of Love And Hope” (Bloodshot Records, 2016)”

Carter Sampson Announces UK Dates

carter-sampsonFive of them, to be precise. Carter Sampson, aka the ‘Queen Of Oklahoma’, has announced a short run of UK shows in January to tie in with her showcase at the Americana Music Association UK conference on Feb 1st. UK media support for Wilder Side, her fourth studio album, has been widespread with Bob Harris (R2), Ralph Mclean (BBC), Ricky Ross (BBC Scotland), Cherrie Mcilwaine (BBC NI), Iain Anderson (BBC Scotland), Bonanza And Son (Resonance FM), CMR,  all playing her album (but not at the same time).  Continue reading “Carter Sampson Announces UK Dates”

Old Crow Medicine Show “best of” collection will include new material

ocmsRolling Stone Country reports: “It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 12 years since Old Crow Medicine Show released their studio debut O.C.M.S., having spent several years busking and playing festivals before signing a record deal in the early 2000s. To celebrate, the Grammy-winning band is releasing Best Of, a 14-song collection of some of their most beloved songs due out via Nettwerk on February 10th.  Continue reading “Old Crow Medicine Show “best of” collection will include new material”

Ryan Adams releases first track from new album – Listen

ryan-adams-2Remember when this used to happen about six times a year? Rolling Stone reports: “Ryan Adams released the first single, a power ballad called “Do You Still Love Me,” from his forthcoming new album Prisoner, set to arrive February 17th. The anthemic track is rife with hair metal power chords and an organ intro reminiscent of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Adams detailed the LP in an Instagram post where he shared the album artwork which is this:  Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases first track from new album – Listen”

AmericanA to Z: A.A. Bondy

aabondyWelcome to the first in an ongoing series of explorations of Americana UK’s digital library. We’re going to explore our digital music collection to try to unearth some hidden gems and to remind everyone of artists that may have fallen off the radar. We’re only looking at digital because that means that there’s already been some filtering and I really can’t be arsed to go up into the loft and sort everything into alphabetical order, listen to everything and then write about it. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: A.A. Bondy”

Matthew Squires “Tambaleo” (Already Dead Tapes, 2017)

"Matthew-Squires-2017"Many a great musician has come out of Austin, Texas. It has historically offered up many left field artists and provided an outlet for music that might otherwise not have seen the light of day. So, Matthew Squires joins a long list of singer-songwriters using that base to get their music heard.
His music has been portrayed as idiosyncratic and ‘Tambaleo’, his sixth album, does nothing to dispel that description. This album is marketed as ‘subtly offbeat psychedelic pop’ which probably best sums up this offering. Easy listening it is not and it can be hard to detect the subtlety here. Marketed under the genre ‘Pop/Psych-Folk/Indie’ this may appeal to die-hard fans but it does not feel like an album that will bring his music to a wider audience. Continue reading “Matthew Squires “Tambaleo” (Already Dead Tapes, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy

Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy, 2016Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy, an Americana duo from Washington, West Virginia USA, living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and were both born and raised there. Steve is an experienced singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Steve Hussey Band and Jake is a 17-year-old multi-instrumental prodigy who is very well known in Bluegrass circles.  Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy”