Israel Nash “Lifted” (Loose, 2018)

This is Big Music. It’s all about the production, which seems to have everything, with bells on – figuratively on ‘Northwest Stars (Out of Tacoma)’. Kitchen sink isn’t actually listed as an instrument, but if it had been used it would have fitted as well as anything else on this glorious album. Orchestra, choir, endless … Continue reading “Israel Nash “Lifted” (Loose, 2018)”

Josh Rennie-Hynes “Patterns” (Soundly Music, 2019)

After making a name for himself in his native Australia, Josh Rennie-Hynes upped sticks from his home in Queensland and – upon being granted the impressive Nashville Songwriters Residency grant by the Australian Council for the Arts – made Music City USA his permanent base and where he would record his third solo record. The … Continue reading “Josh Rennie-Hynes “Patterns” (Soundly Music, 2019)”

Caroline Spence has tour dates in October

Following the release of her third studio album, ‘Mint Condition’, Caroline Spence returns to the UK for seven dates in October. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival, Spence has long been regarded as a well kept secret on the Americana scene, but the cat is now well and truly … Continue reading “Caroline Spence has tour dates in October”

2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced

So this happened last night although they didn’t send us a press release so we’re reporting this via Rolling Stone. We do by the way love the Milk Carton Kids – don’t forget to catch them in the UK in a couple of weeks’ time: “Nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday … Continue reading “2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced”

John Paul White “The Hurting Kind” (Single Lock Records, 2019)

John Paul White is no stranger to working with high-class musicians and in high-class musical situations. Originally one half of Alt-Folk duo The Civil Wars, John Paul White releases his third solo record ‘The Hurting Kind,’ on Single Lock Records, of which White is a co-founder. ‘The Hurting Kind’ was recorded at White’s new home studio … Continue reading “John Paul White “The Hurting Kind” (Single Lock Records, 2019)”

SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019

One piece of received wisdom regarding SXSW,  the sprawling music showcase held annually in Austin, is that it has become over-corporate and is no longer worth attending for an Americana fan. This I would refute strongly. It’s true that it was heading that way a few years ago, but the organisers have pulled back and … Continue reading “SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019”

John Paul White new album soon and UK tour sooner

John Paul White quite rapidly became someone who needs no introduction – Grammy awards with The Civil War and an impressive first release post that band in the shape of 2016’s quite stunning ‘Beulah‘. And he’s back again with a new album, ‘The Hurting Kind‘, due out in April, and a first single (which you can … Continue reading “John Paul White new album soon and UK tour sooner”

Make the easy choice of going to see JP Harris on tour

JP Harris is coming to the UK for only the second time since starting out in the music business around 10 years ago. Now with a new album to promote, ‘Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing,’  Nashville-based Harris and his band, the Tough Choices, are showcasing the record at the AMA-UK press launch on the 7th … Continue reading “Make the easy choice of going to see JP Harris on tour”

AmericanaFest 2018 begins today in Nashville

The 2018 Americana Music Festival and Conference kicks off in Nashville today, and Americana UK’s Mark Underwood is there covering the festival for us.  Until he gets his wi-fi sorted, RS Country have published a list of 21 artists they recommend for you to see if you’re there (moneybags), including Will Hoge, Lilly Hiatt, Erin Rae, … Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2018 begins today in Nashville”

Jesse Terry has UK tour in April

New England singer songwriter Jesse Terry will be returning to the UK to join friend and fellow songwriter Callaghan on her April tour. The pair recently completed a series of sell-out shows in the US and will open in  Liverpool on Tuesday 17th April.    Jesse has a new album, his fifth, which is called  ‘Natural’  … Continue reading “Jesse Terry has UK tour in April”