“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird

Our popular feature in which the your humble writers spill the beans on their influences, musical roots and record buying habits is back. This week Deputy Editor and man who is averse to foppish hair and synthesisers  Jonathan Aird tells us what he does like instead:

Andrew Hibbard “Andrew Hibbard” (Sofaburn Records 2020)

This self-titled offering is Andrew Hibbard’s third album, following on from ‘Foot in the Door’ from 2012 and ‘Under the Knife’ from 2015.  The first was made when he was 17 so we can assume that he is a precocious talent. Hibbard was born and grew up in rural Ohio in 1995, young in years but … Continue reading “Andrew Hibbard “Andrew Hibbard” (Sofaburn Records 2020)”

Studio Life: Bandits on the Run

Bandits on the Run combine a range of genres with catchy hooks and excellent musicianship.  The result is a modern, fresh sound and, at the heart of it, is the trio’s fabulous harmonic vocals.  Known for their creative live performances and theatrical style, the three have even taken on bandit alter-egos. Sydney Torin Shepherd, Adrian … Continue reading “Studio Life: Bandits on the Run”

Buy Heartbreaker Mike Campbell’s new song and help feed America

Mike Campell aka one of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers has released a new song online ‘Lockdown’ – odd title, we’re not sure what it’s about? He’s releasing it to raise money for the charity Feeding America which runs much needed at the moment food banks across the US.

Interview: Clubhouse Record’s Tristan Tipping celebrates ten years for one of the UK’s premier roots labels

Brothers Tristan and Danny Tipping set up Clubhouse Records ten years ago when Americana was considered Alt.County and plaid was still worn underneath your jacket to avoid tough questioning. That, a decade later, Clubhouse is considered one of the UK’s best roots labels that has provided the launchpad here in the UK and Europe for … Continue reading “Interview: Clubhouse Record’s Tristan Tipping celebrates ten years for one of the UK’s premier roots labels”

Songs for the Rehearsal

As AUK’s resident miserabilist (self-appointed, though there is clearly plenty of competition) I feel it is incumbent on me to offer some kind of alternative background music for the approaching doomsday scenario. Now I’m not saying that we are heading for the end of days, just that sometimes when you wake up and your day … Continue reading “Songs for the Rehearsal”

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe

You lucky people: whilst we are all (hopefully) self-isolating – watch how quickly that comment dates – you will have plenty of time to read the latest instalment of “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway” in which our writers and contributors tell us what, why and where they got into Americana. This week top bloke … Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe”