A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 3rd -7th October 2018

Now in its 12th year the Glasgow Americana Festival is essentially a very concentrated dose of life affirming music delivered courtesy of local promoters, The Fallen Angels Club, who otherwise offer us locals regular spoonfuls of sugar throughout the year. Over five days and in various venues throughout the city around 25 acts converged, varying … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 3rd -7th October 2018”

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis “Wild Wild Wild” (Bloodshot, 2018)

‘Wild Wild Wild’ is the debut collaboration between Grammy nominated and long-time Bloodshot Records artist Robbie Fulks and Memphis rock-n-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, the little sister and frequently performing partner of Jerry Lee. This great ball of fire was recorded in Chicago with Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Cactus Blossoms, Pokey LaFarge) and features musical contributions … Continue reading “Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis “Wild Wild Wild” (Bloodshot, 2018)”

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis set to go Wild! in August

Robbie Fulks, who was nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards last year, has announced details of a new album ‘Wild! Wild! Wild!’, a collaboration with rock-and-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, which arrives August 10th on the Bloodshot label. The album is described as “Americana music that’s as butt-shakin’ as Beale Street, deep-rooted as the Grand Ole … Continue reading “Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis set to go Wild! in August”

Phil Cook “People Are My Drug” (Psychic Hotline/Thirty Tigers, 2018)

OK, no cheating now.  Who do you know with a musical career that encompasses being a recording and touring member of Hiss Golden Messenger, has collaborated with the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, performed with greats such as Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby and the legendary John Prine and still found time to both play with, and be … Continue reading “Phil Cook “People Are My Drug” (Psychic Hotline/Thirty Tigers, 2018)”

Lucinda Williams working on autobiography

She’ll probably never reach the heights or depth of Anthea Turner’s “Fools Rush In” (the “forthright, emotive and inspiring account of the life of a great survivor on planet fame” – that’s Anthea!) but Rolling Stone reports on a new autobiography Lucinda Williams has just announced: “Due out in 2020 via publishers Henry Holt and … Continue reading “Lucinda Williams working on autobiography”

Here they are! AUK writers’ best albums of 2017

Here at AUK towers we used to quite often fall out over our end of year list, and even the stronger among us walked away in a sea of blood, sweat and tears (the things). It was the block vote what done it. And so, like Ed Miliband before us we moved to a one … Continue reading “Here they are! AUK writers’ best albums of 2017”

Jeff Tweedy premieres new song – Watch

Stereogum is reporting that kast weekend, Jeff Tweedy performed an acoustic set of all his best know songs in Washington, DC “to celebrate NPR Music’s 10th anniversary that included everything from early Wilco cuts to Uncle Tupelo to contributions to Mavis Staples’ most recent album.” As part of the set he  played a new song called … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy premieres new song – Watch”

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”

The Flat Five “It’s A World of Love And Hope” (Bloodshot Records, 2016)

The Flat Five are a Chicago based ‘supergroup’ . Between them they’ve worked with Neko Case, The Decemberists. Mavis Staples, Iron and Wine, plus a host of others. Without question an impressive collective pedigree. Ten years and more since their first live collaborations, this debut record is a real gem. Songwriter Chris Ligon is a purveyor … Continue reading “The Flat Five “It’s A World of Love And Hope” (Bloodshot Records, 2016)”