Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)

Some decent americana-y musicians in here including Jerry Douglas.  Good luck Jerry!  Rolling Stone reports: “The 50th annual CMA Awards are set to award country’s top artists later this evening, but two trophies have already been presented this morning: Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. After performing on Good Morning … Continue reading “Here’s the Shortlist for Tonight’s CMA Awards (Updated with Winners)”

Support Your Local Venue: The Crown Nantwich

The Crown Inn, Nantwich South Cheshire, is a black and white timbered building, grade two listed and over four centuries old. Landlord Roger Crockett was murdered in a brawl on 19 December 1572, in a case that involved many of the town’s gentry and was heard in the Star Chamber.  The original ‘Crowne’ was one … Continue reading “Support Your Local Venue: The Crown Nantwich”

Track Premiere: Beau Jennings “Gettin’s Good”

We’re premiering ‘Gettin’s Good‘ today from  the upcoming Beau Jennings album ‘Son of Thunderbird‘ due out on June 5th.  And if it sounds at all familiar then it’s because it – like all the songs on ‘Son of Thunderbird‘  – is an acoustic take on a song that first appeared on last year’s full band … Continue reading “Track Premiere: Beau Jennings “Gettin’s Good””

The top 10 Lori McKenna songs

I first discovered Lori McKenna in maybe little of an unusual way: while you may only know Mandy Moore as an actress, or have a vague memory of her limited success in the UK as a teen pop singer in the late ’90s and early ’00s, she’s really turned into something pretty great musically. Her … Continue reading “The top 10 Lori McKenna songs”

My Girl The River “Cardinal in the Snow” (Independent, 2020)

‘Cardinal in the Snow‘ is the second album from duo My Girl The River, fronted by Louisiana native Kris Wilkinson on vocals and acoustic guitar and featuring her partner and bassist Joe Hughes, with contributions from their daughter Ruby, together with ‘A’ list session players from Nashville, where the album was recorded in 2019. The … Continue reading “My Girl The River “Cardinal in the Snow” (Independent, 2020)”

The Song Remains: John Prine 1946-2020

The death of John Prine following complications brought on by Covid-19 has not just robbed the Americana world of one of its finest talents, it has robbed music more widely of a true original and an inspiration to so many. Giants such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash have all cited Prine as … Continue reading “The Song Remains: John Prine 1946-2020”

Kirsty Almeida “Moonbird” (All Made Up Records, 2020)

This is quite a lovely record. Gibraltarian singer/songwriter Kirsty Almeida has crafted some very interesting songs for this, her first studio album in nearly six years (since 2014’s ‘Dejavoodu’). She had taken a creative sabbatical following the birth of her son, but this album sees her return with songs based on some of her experiences … Continue reading “Kirsty Almeida “Moonbird” (All Made Up Records, 2020)”

Vetiver “Up On High” (Loose, 2019)

A few ready guides spring to mind that could be used as a quality yardstick to help broaden listening habits and experiences. How about exploring any album produced by Rick Rubin, or collaborations with Dan Auerbach? Or, what about making it a point to listen to any artist signed to Loose Music. Loose must surely … Continue reading “Vetiver “Up On High” (Loose, 2019)”

Curse Of Lono + John Murry, The Blue Arrow, Glasgow, 12th October 2019

It’s getting so that Curse Of Lono’s popularity has to push them into larger venues in the very near future. Over a short course they have captured the attention of Bob Harris (who awarded them the AMAUK’s Emerging Act Of The Year award back in January), released three albums and regularly sell out their UK … Continue reading “Curse Of Lono + John Murry, The Blue Arrow, Glasgow, 12th October 2019”

John Jenkins and the James Street Band “Looking for That American Dream” (Independent 2019)

Here is a notable and established band from Liverpool. The reliability of John Jenkins’ work is demonstrated in the title track ‘Looking for That American Dream’ which begins the record and captures the listener’s attention immediately with its references to ‘The American Song Book, John Denver and Dolly.’ You are in safe hands. Look out … Continue reading “John Jenkins and the James Street Band “Looking for That American Dream” (Independent 2019)”