Nathan Bell was voted Male Performer of The Year in our 2017 annual readers’ poll and came runner-up in the same category at the end of last year, so it’s fair to say he has a lot of UK fans which is a good thing since he has announced a new eight-track EP and vinyl … Continue reading “Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates”
A four-piece band from Dublin, Dinah Brand prove to be quite a seductive listen on this, their third album. There’s a dreamlike quality to much of the album, the songs almost translucent as they float from the speakers. Despite this apparent lightness of foot there’s a powerful engine room driving the music. A nice sludgy … Continue reading “Dinah Brand “Thank You Driver” (Transduction Records, 2019)”
As The Clash sang on 1980’s ‘If Music Could Talk’, “Well there ain’t no better blend than Joe Ely and his Texas Men.” Joe Ely has been making great music for the last 40 plus years and is a household name in his native Texas – and tragically underrated elsewhere.
Today we’re re-starting a series we got going with a while ago before it abruptly came to a halt. Our favourite not so well known artists, going through the alphabet, week by week, starting this week with Terry Allen: A conceptual artist, sculptor and painter as well as being a tremendous songwriter, Texan Terry Allen … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Terry Allen”
Welcome to the Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”
Matt Owens, founder member of the lovely Noah and the Whale, will be releasing his first solo album late November. Currently being recorded at Airtight Studios in Manchester, the album is being produced by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Joan Baez, The Waterboys) and is the first time since Noah and the Whale and Matt’s band … Continue reading “Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens to release solo album – November”
London based Hannah White has gathered a fine crew around her for her latest album, Elephant Eye. Producer Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Martha Wainwright, Joan Baez) plays several instruments, Chris J Hillman adds pedal steel while Jimmy Forres handles guitar duties and Paul Beavis (Andy Fairweather Low, Sandi Thom) is the percussionist driving them on.
Or listen to a bit of it anyway. A nice piece on RS Country this morning about a classic record getting a new lease of life: “Lucinda Williams had a one-word response when her husband and manager Tom Overby suggested that she re-record her 1992 album Sweet Old World: “Really?” Although Williams has consistently performed a … Continue reading “Lucinda Williams re-records 1992 album – Listen”
Ian Roland & Simon Yapp are a roots and Americana duo of 12 string guitar and fiddle, from Brighton, UK, with: “…more hooks than a long line fishing vessel.” Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? My name is Ian Roland and I’m from Brighton, … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ian Roland & Simon Yapp”
When it comes to unique talents in the field of guitar players and entertainers, Bridgeport, Connecticut born, Ann Arbor, Michigan raised and now Austin Texas-based, Bill Kirchen is up there with the best. What a wonderful musical history comes with this unique act. He grew up at a time when pop music was in its … Continue reading “Interview: Bill Kirchen”