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)”

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)”

Ardentjohn “Malin Head” (Adulation, 2019)

The album’s title is taken from the name of the most northerly tip of the island of Ireland, Donegal to be precise, the last headland before Greenland, where folks will tell you that more ocean liners and German U-boats have sunk off this coast than probably anywhere on the planet. It is a bleak but … Continue reading “Ardentjohn “Malin Head” (Adulation, 2019)”

Ari “Radikoj” (Independent, 2019)

Icelandic Americana? As the genre evolves, the label becomes a useful tag, but ‘What Even is Americana?’ as The Milk Carton Kids asked us. To be honest, it would be a stretch to call this Americana, though it does have some typical instrumentation and familiar tone. It is though a very attractive listen, beguiling, clever, … Continue reading “Ari “Radikoj” (Independent, 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”

Curtis Eller brings his American Circus to the UK

Curtis Eller describes himself as a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer, and you can see that trilogy of talents come together at a show near you from the end of this month when he arrives in the UK for dates around the country with his band. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller … Continue reading “Curtis Eller brings his American Circus to the UK”

Tom Paxton’s UK tour begins this week

Tom Paxton was always there, in Greenwich Village alongside Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, John Hurt and Bobby Dylan, later on watching Dylan perform at the Isle of Wight Festival in ’69, alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Paul Simon shared a flat with Tom Paxton when they were both in the UK in the … Continue reading “Tom Paxton’s UK tour begins this week”