Bonny Light Horseman “Deep In Love” – Listen

What a beautiful sound Bonny Light Horseman make – at times vintage American Folk, and at times striding fearlessly into Incredible String Band territory.  It comes from a deep love of British folk that infuses their upcoming eponymous album. But who are Bonny Light Horseman, and what is it that makes their music sound so … Continue reading “Bonny Light Horseman “Deep In Love” – Listen”

Liam Frost “The Latchkey Kid” (Emperor, 2019)

It’s a mixed blessing being called a cult artist, revered by some, unknown to most, now a decade and a half since Liam Frost got his first deal, after gigging on the Manchester scene through his teens. Comparators at the start could have been I Am Kloot, Badly Drawn Boy, Cherry Ghost, song based Manchester … Continue reading “Liam Frost “The Latchkey Kid” (Emperor, 2019)”

Nick County & The Rainbow Smoke “Cocorico Simpatico Corazón” (Public Works, 2019)

The second album by self-styled Miami cowboy Nick County, ‘Cocorico Simpatico Corazón‘ is a record of mostly roots-rock, songs that one might call Pettyesque or Mellencamp influenced, but there are exceptions. One such kicks the album out of the starting blocks with blaring horns and a tight rock arrangement not so far from Southside Johnny. … Continue reading “Nick County & The Rainbow Smoke “Cocorico Simpatico Corazón” (Public Works, 2019)”

John Paul White + Ciaran Lavery, Islington Assembly Hall, London, 5th September 2019

Appropriately enough, ‘Ol’ 55′ was playing on the intro’ tape as John Paul White prepared to take the the stage at a near- full Islington Assembly Hall, unusually set in an all seated configuration. ‘The Hurting Kind‘, the new album by White, is very much in the same frame as the Tom Waits classic -big … Continue reading “John Paul White + Ciaran Lavery, Islington Assembly Hall, London, 5th September 2019”

Americana Honors and Awards 2019 – Here are all the winners

AmericanaFest 2019 is taking place in Nashville at the moment – our intrepid reporter Mark Underwood is there if you’ve been following our social media – and last night their annual Honors and Awards ceremony took place where there were wins for Brandi Carlile (AGAIN), the War and Treaty and John Prine. In fact Prine’s … Continue reading “Americana Honors and Awards 2019 – Here are all the winners”

Mark Erelli “Her Town Now” – Listen

Today we’ve got something special for you – all the Tracks are special of course, but some are just more equal than others.  In this example it’s a case of “two songwriters good….” as 2019 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year nominee Mark Erelli has teamed with Green on Red (and so very … Continue reading “Mark Erelli “Her Town Now” – Listen”

What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…

Here’s another voyage into the psyche of our writers and contributors in which we interrogate the (often) unfathomable reasons why we are all such junkies for this Americana stuff. This week self-confessed needle dropper Andrew Frolish documents his journey from the unfashionable to the deeply unfashionable (or fashionable to the uber fashionable depending on who … Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…”

LeBarons “Summer Of Death” (Independent, 2018)

Just in case you’re a YouTube junky, chasing down the latest viral sensations, let’s clear something up – the LeBarons we’re talking about here are the alt-country band from Ontario, and not the Broadway and Disney musicals singing Mormon family from Utah. If you’re disappointed then…sorry…but this is, after all, Americana UK. Also, if you’re … Continue reading “LeBarons “Summer Of Death” (Independent, 2018)”

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”

Damn Tall Buildings “Late July” – Listen

It has long been a way to hone your craft and pay some dues – busking.  It’s like a free rehearsal room and you might catch a coin (though all ears can listen for free).  Not that busking always makes for a great band, but in the case of Damn Tall Buildings it seems to … Continue reading “Damn Tall Buildings “Late July” – Listen”