‘Wildwood Kin’ is the eponymous second album from the Exeter based three-piece, consisting of sisters Beth and Emilia Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. On the album, the band have co-written a number of songs with the likes of Gabrielle Aplin (‘Wake Up Sleeper’), Angelo Petraglia (‘All On Me’), Alex Davies (‘Signals’) and Ed … Continue reading “Wildwood Kin “Wildwood Kin” (Silvertone Records/Sony 2019)”
Hootie & the Blowfish are back. Following a ten-year break, they reformed in 2018 and have a new album due out soon. On 12th October, their tour of the UK & Ireland hit London. The date, although not sold out, was pretty close, and seeing as Brad Paisley was at the O2 Arena the same … Continue reading “Hootie & the Blowfish + Drivin N Cryin + Patrick Davis, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 12th October 2019”
Steve Martin – he’s a wild and crazy guy! No, wait a minute – or should we say “excuuuuuuuse me!” – Steve Martin he’s a serious musician and philanthropist. Just a few years ago Steve Martin finally figured out how he could get to spend more time with Bela Fleck. No, hang on that’s not…. … Continue reading “Steve Martin Banjo Award goes to Victor Furtado”
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.
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”
Welcome back to our occasional series in which we ask the Americana UK staff writers and contributors to give us a handle on the what, whys and wherefores that got them into the genre and why they thought flares where a necessary fashion statement back in the day. This week we hear from master of … Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”
If Americana is an umbrella term for all roots-based American music – bluegrass, blues, country, folk, jazz, rock, and soul (which is how I define it, anyway) – then you’d be hard-pressed to find another group more worthy of the Americana label than New Grass Revival.
It’s taken a hell of a long time for Phil Lee to get in the saddle and corral his Crazy Horse buddies, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot, into the studio to record an album with him. His online notes for his 2013 album ‘The Fall And Further Decline Of The Mighty King Of Love’ state, … Continue reading “Interview: Phil Lee on how he finally saddled up with Crazy Horse”
‘Running Wild’ is the debut album from Arkansas singer-songwriter Jared Henry – a collection of sun-soaked mellow acoustic jams, which evoke Jack Johnson at his most breezy. The result is a record which fails to inspire. Running at almost an hour, it is an overly-long set of mediocre melodies with little substance, in a style … Continue reading “Jared Henry “Running Wild” (Venison Records, 2018)”
So here we go again – the last day of term and it’s prize day at Americana UK Towers. It was a classic year for americana in the UK, a year in which you actually had a choice of festivals to go to rather than a niche tent at the back of a field, and … Continue reading “The 2018’s Americana UK readers’ poll results are here!”