Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Tyler Childers: “Americana ain’t no part of nothing”

Yeah all right mate! Have a good weekend dear readers, leaving you today with news from the AMA awards on Wednesday night where several artists were outspoken on topics ranging from gun control to country music feeling like “purgatory”.  If you’ve ever listened to Luke Bryan’s last album, you’ll know exactly what they mean. RS … Continue reading “Tyler Childers: “Americana ain’t no part of nothing””

Ben Kunder “Better Human” (Independent, 2018)

Canadian singer/songwriter Ben Kunder is not one to be boxed in. While discussing ‘Better Human’, his second independent release, he ventured, “I realise it’s hard to know where to put me. I just write songs and hope people relate to them…. I really just want to connect to as many people as I can in any … Continue reading “Ben Kunder “Better Human” (Independent, 2018)”

Bloodshot release not crap Christmas compilation

Lovely little piece in Rolling Stone Country yesterday about Bloodshot’s new Christmas comp which we’ll be reviewing any day now here at AUK. It beats the Bublé if you can beat your auntie to the CD player: “No matter where you fall on the love-it-or-hate-it Christmas-music spectrum, no one can escape the seasonal certainty of … Continue reading “Bloodshot release not crap Christmas compilation”

Track premiere: Caroline Reese “Nicotine”

“Two Horses” is the new EP by Pennsylvania raised singer-songwriter Caroline Reese which lands on September 8th, and Gawd bless her she’s shared a track from it with us to delight both of your ears (or one if you’re listening in mono). It’s a lovely piece of subtle alt-country of which she told us: “Nicotine” … Continue reading “Track premiere: Caroline Reese “Nicotine””

Darlingside, Union Chapel, London, 3rd July 2017

Darlingside are an American folk band starting to make quite a stir after a bumped higher up the bill appearance at last year’s Cambridge Folk Festival earnt them a lot of new fans this side of the pond. They’ve been back for some tour dates and brought along a friend – the woman described as … Continue reading “Darlingside, Union Chapel, London, 3rd July 2017”

Flotation Toy Warning “The Machine That Made Us” (Talitres, 2017)

Flotation Toy Warning have returned after a 13 year break with their second full-length album ‘The Machine That Made Us’ and pick up exactly where they left off. Formed in a warehouse in London way back in 2001 and taking their name from words they found on rubber rings and beach balls, Flotation Toy Warning … Continue reading “Flotation Toy Warning “The Machine That Made Us” (Talitres, 2017)”

Why country music sings about drugs

Great article in RS Country today on a subject dear to my heart (since my other “head” is being a researcher in this field – not so much field work mind you) on a new study which finds that country lyrics contain more references to weed, cocaine and meth than rock or rap.  They report: “Drug … Continue reading “Why country music sings about drugs”

Loudon Wainwright III – Surviving Twin, Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11th March 2017

Coming on to the darkened stage of this basement London theatre, strumming guitar, Loudon Wainwright III unexpectedly encountered a mic’ stand, causing a minor stumble – maybe a Freudian Trip – quickly recovered from. It got an early laugh. Surviving Twin (as you may have read in an earlier feature on Americana-UK) is his one … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III – Surviving Twin, Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11th March 2017”