Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up

Black Deer is our americana festival of choice at the moment, boasting as it does a stellar lineup featuring americana and country artists from every bit of the genres, and today they’ve announced more names for the return to the picturesque Eridge Park this June. Billy Bragg, Yola, Ethan Johns and more will join Band … Continue reading “Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up”

Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)

Acoustic duo Jackson Pines are singer-songwriter guitarist Joe Makoviecki and stand-up bassist James Black.  Originally from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey they are now based in Philadelphia and have received multiple local awards (Asbury Music Awards/Jersey Acoustic Music Awards).  On tour they have opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, The Avett Brothers, … Continue reading “Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)”

First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced

The first names have been announced this morning for the americana and country festival Black Deer’s 2019 line up, and there are some belters on there. In a victory for equestrians, South Califonia’s Band of Horses have been confirmed as the first headliner, with other artists announced including Australian roots-rockers the John Butler Trio, Northumberland’s … Continue reading “First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced”

Susto, Omeara, London, 6th February 2018

“Is there anybody in there? / Smoking weed with God.” The song, ‘Waves,’ the fifth in their set tonight, typifies much of where Justin Osborne’s head is at: namely, in songs about his drug taking past and the religious undertones of what’s described as “soul loss” (the loose translation of the Latin American term, Susto). … Continue reading “Susto, Omeara, London, 6th February 2018”

Van Life – Justin Osborne (SUSTO)

East Carolina’s SUSTO have been making giant strides these last couple of years, generating huge acclaim for their live shows and acquiring a number of big-time fans including Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell. “I got an e-mail from him, telling me he loved the record and wanted to meet with me and Johnny. That was … Continue reading “Van Life – Justin Osborne (SUSTO)”

Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”

Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017

The battle between Green Man and End of the Road for the best americana festival vibe this year continues as Uncut report: “Bill Callahan has been announced as the final headliner for this year’s End Of The Road Festival. Other new additions to the bill include Slowdive, Japandroids and Pond. They join Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, … Continue reading “Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017”

Israel Nash, The Islington, London, 22nd February 2017

Israel Nash is on tour opening for Band of Horses, but this was a night off and an opportunity to play if not quite a secret gig then at the least an incredibly intimate one. The Islington is not such a big pub, and the performance space is tiny – a capacity of sixty or … Continue reading “Israel Nash, The Islington, London, 22nd February 2017”

Lucinda Williams to play End of the Road 2017

The line-up has just been announced for this year’s End of the Road festival has been announced and it looks pretty spectacular, certainly better than last year’s wash out in more ways than one (Teenage Fanclub notwithstanding dear americana fans).  Father John Misty and Mac DeMarco have been confirmed as headliners but also on the … Continue reading “Lucinda Williams to play End of the Road 2017”