May Erlewine “Mother Lion” (Independent, 2017)

34 year old May Erlewine is from Big Rapids, Michigan who remarkably has over 15 albums of original work to her name since the beginning of her career which was in the early 2000s although on occasion she has released work under the name of Daisy May. An undoubted talent she is a multi-instrumentalist as … Continue reading “May Erlewine “Mother Lion” (Independent, 2017)”

Chris Stapleton “Millionaire” – Listen

Like the sickly sweet shortbread of the same name, Chris “Staple Gun” Stapleton has released Millionaire, a new song from his forthcoming album “From A Room: Volume 2.” which is a cover of the Kevin Welch country classic featuring Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals. The album will be released December 1 on Mercury Records Nashville/Decca and is now available to … Continue reading “Chris Stapleton “Millionaire” – Listen”

Alex Rex “Vermillion” (Tin Angel Records 2017)

Alex Rex (as Alex Neilson) is the singer, songwriter and drummer from Tumbling Bells. And that is just the start. In musical circles and beyond, this musician from Glasgow, has a huge reputation. Rhythmically, he appears unexpectedly, for instance, in Shirley Collins’ “Lodestar” where, on the first track he is playing cymbals, and, in “Pretty Polly,” … Continue reading “Alex Rex “Vermillion” (Tin Angel Records 2017)”

Pete Fij/Terry Bickers “We Are Millionaires” (Broadcast Recordings, 2017)

Second album from ex-Creation artists who flirted with success in the late 80s and early 90s with Adorable (Fij), House of Love and Levitation (Bickers) and who, through the education of life and its attendant struggles and joys, re-routed their indie rock past and delivered 2014’s well received debut “Broken Heart Surgery”.

The Gentle Good “Ruins/Adfeilion” (Bubblewrap Collective, 2016)

The presidential ‘debates’ show what happens when you match ugliness with ugliness – it spirals into something toxic and is birthing the idiocracy that we seem to deserve. Gareth Bonello meets the ugliness of the contemporary world with songs full of elegant beauty. ‘Rivers of Gold’ is a refutation of the trickle-down theory of economics … Continue reading “The Gentle Good “Ruins/Adfeilion” (Bubblewrap Collective, 2016)”

Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival

At AUK we’ve mentioned before a couple of the newer and smaller festivals which have been popping up in recent years. Dietmar Leibecke from Germany, a towering figure on the European Americana circuit (in all senses of the term), is getting increasing recognition for the popularity of the music festival he started in 2016 – … Continue reading “Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival”

Bill Callahan “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest” (Drag City, 2019)

Bill Callahan makes everything sound momentous – that dark growl of a baritone, reminiscent of Kurt Wagner, adds weight of course.  And then there’s the quietly, and intellectually, confessional side of his lyrics which means that the lyrics tend to drop like concrete blocks, cemented permanently in place before the next thought is paraded slyly … Continue reading “Bill Callahan “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest” (Drag City, 2019)”

Massy Ferguson set to divide the UK next month

Seattle based americana quartet Massy Ferguson have announced a series of UK dates including festival appearances at Maverick and Summer Tyne. For more than a dozen years, the band have planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their own brand of amplified Americana along the way.

Tyler Ramsey, St Pancras Old Church, London, 20th May 2019

As they had an hour earlier for support Alex Carson, the sounds of cans cracking open greeted Tyler Ramsey as he made his way on stage at this wonderfully intimate London venue. Tyler Ramsey is tall and rangy, with a beard almost as long as his hair but when he strapped on his acoustic guitar … Continue reading “Tyler Ramsey, St Pancras Old Church, London, 20th May 2019”

AmericanA to Z – Joe Pernice

It was the ‘Sounds of the New West’ compilation CDs issued by Uncut magazine in 1998 that opened so many musical doors for me, bringing to my attention a slew of new acts, as well as forging an obsession in what we were tending to call ‘alternative country’ 20 years ago ago. One of the acts … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Joe Pernice”