Steve Earle, Tom Waits and more appear on new protest album by Marc Ribot

“Every movement which has ever won anything has had songs,” says accomplished New York City guitarist Marc Ribot. For his new political album ‘Songs of Resistance 1942 – 2018’ – which comes out on September 14th on ANTI Records – Ribot set out to assemble a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with … Continue reading “Steve Earle, Tom Waits and more appear on new protest album by Marc Ribot”

Interview: Littlemen

Summer is approaching and the West Country is coming alive with festivals and events from all walks of the musical spectrum. Robert Plant is back in his old stomping ground, Glastonbury is just around the corner and soulful Americana combo Littlemen are still bringing their own unique brand of melodic country blues to their faithful … Continue reading “Interview: Littlemen”

The Wandering Hearts announce UK autumn tour

Following the success of their debut album ‘Wild Silence’ and an all important appearance on the Andrew Marr show without sneakily changing any lyrics, Americana’s answer to the New Main Street Singers, The Wandering Hearts, have announced a UK headline tour in November/December, including a London show at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 28 November. Having already sold out three … Continue reading “The Wandering Hearts announce UK autumn tour”

All Change At The Union

News from the south coast that the much-loved Union Music Store in Lewes is changing hands. After seven years building the specialist Americana, folk and country haven in the heart of the South Downs, owners Stevie and Jamie Freeman have decided to hand over the reins to two new owners that will be familiar to … Continue reading “All Change At The Union”

Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards

Only three years old yet the UK Americana Awards jamboree is already established as THE showcase for all that is great and good in these benighted times. With two days of conferences, panel discussions and live shows featuring acts from across the UK, the event culminated last night with the Awards show held at The … Continue reading “Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards”

The AMAUK UK americana awards – tonight!

The AMAUK’s annual shindig/awards ceremony takes place tonight at the Hackney Empire and we will be there to tweet the winners and losers (although everyone is a winner of course!) via our official Twitter feed here:  https://twitter.com/americanaUK  The show will be hosted by Bob Harris and Ethan Johns will once again be musical director. Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons and Come Down … Continue reading “The AMAUK UK americana awards – tonight!”

Mumford & Sons to receive AMA-UK Trailblazer Award

Mumford & Sons – oh, you remember them don’t you ?  The band that caused the largest schism in UK Americana history (possibly).  Well, divisive as they are it can’t really be denied that they raised the profile of a more rootsy approach to Indy Rock.  They were the band that made the banjo cool … Continue reading “Mumford & Sons to receive AMA-UK Trailblazer Award”

Neil Young heads up new UK americana chart

Neil Young’s new collaboration with Texas country rockers Promise of the Real has the highest new entry in the new official UK americana chart, knocking Frank Turner off his perch and down into the doldrums of number 7.  Chris Staplegun also enters the chart in style at Number 2 with “From a Room-Vol 2.” No other … Continue reading “Neil Young heads up new UK americana chart”

Van Life: JD & The Straight Shot

Fresh from touring with The Eagles, Chicago, and most recently The Doobie Brothers, it’s fair to say JD & The Straight Shot are taking their Americana message further afield than most. The band have just released their new album, Good Luck And Good Night, and just completed a UK tour with the aforementioned Doobies. Americana-UK caches … Continue reading “Van Life: JD & The Straight Shot”

Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Oklahoma-born but now based in Texas, Ray Wylie Hubbard continues to set the standard for the new boys while continually adding to his already well-stocked legacy of music. His latest album, Tell The Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can (out now on Bordello Records via Thirty Tigers), still clearly ticks all the … Continue reading “Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard”