Maverick Festival – Day One, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 5th July 2019

Now in its 12th year, Maverick Festival continues to be one of the premier festivals of the summer for lovers of Americana and roots music, the culmination of founder and director Paul Spencer’s working year. Festival goers with ages spanning, at a pinch, three generations were up for entertainment over a whole weekend but your … Continue reading “Maverick Festival – Day One, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 5th July 2019”

Martin Simpson has a new album and a big tour

The new Martin Simpson album ‘Rooted‘ emerges on Topic Records on August 30th (the deluxe 2CD version of the album will include a companion disc ‘Seeded‘).  And if that title conjures up images of zipping up boots and such, well the singer-songwriter does have a theme in mind for this album, as he explains “The … Continue reading “Martin Simpson has a new album and a big tour”

William Crighton, Aces and Eights, London, 20th June 2019

Aces and Eights is a new patch in the North London demesne of Green Note, just a little north of its Camden Town HQ. There’s space for 50 people and tonight is a sell out – there are probably AUK readers with lounges as big as this room – so it’s undeniably intimate, a great … Continue reading “William Crighton, Aces and Eights, London, 20th June 2019”

Nathan Bell announces new album, UK dates

Tennessee big-hitter Nathan Bell has just completed his latest record after embarking on the project in California with Brian Brinkerhoff (Malcolm Holcombe, Guitar Shorty, etc) and Frank Swart (producer of the Pixies and bassist for Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Buddy Miller) producing. Alvino Bennett (Bryan Ferry, Lindsey Buckingham, Slash, Dave Mason) has been called in … Continue reading “Nathan Bell announces new album, UK dates”

Track Premiere: Western States “Duke”

The band Western States formed in St Louis, the great confluence of American music – everything travelled to St Louis along the Mississippi and the Missouri  and that includes every strand of music.  St. Louis is where Chuck Berry wired together blues, R&B and country to spark rock ‘n’ roll. Where Ike and Tina Turner … Continue reading “Track Premiere: Western States “Duke””

AmericanA to Z – Joe Pernice

It was the ‘Sounds of the New West’ compilation CDs issued by Uncut magazine in 1998 that opened so many musical doors for me, bringing to my attention a slew of new acts, as well as forging an obsession in what we were tending to call ‘alternative country’ 20 years ago ago. One of the acts … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Joe Pernice”

Gretchen Peters with The Southern Fried String Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London, 20th April 2019

Gretchen Peters has composed hits for Etta James, George Strait, Neil Diamond and Shania Twain to name just a few, she has been nominated for Grammy Awards and was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. Brandy Clark has said of her, “Gretchen Peters is a songwriter’s writer – the kind of … Continue reading “Gretchen Peters with The Southern Fried String Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London, 20th April 2019”

The Vegabonds “V” (Blue Elan Records, 2019)

‘V‘ is, unsurprisingly, The Vegabonds fifth album and also their first for their new LA based label. The Vegabonds have been playing for some ten years, gaining a following on the college circuit in the Southeastern States of the USA. Their brand of rock is similarly rooted in straight-ahead Southern Rock, which has seen them … Continue reading “The Vegabonds “V” (Blue Elan Records, 2019)”

Maverick Festival Launch, Gibson Guitar Studios, 27th March 2019

The launch for this year’s Maverick festival, whose 2019 roster was recently announced on this website here, was again held at Gibson’s Guitar Studios in London’s West End. The overview for the 12th gathering in early July in the bucolic pastures of Easton Park Farm in Suffolk was provided by the festival’s founder and long-term … Continue reading “Maverick Festival Launch, Gibson Guitar Studios, 27th March 2019”