Bill Callahan “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest” (Drag City, 2019)

Bill Callahan makes everything sound momentous – that dark growl of a baritone, reminiscent of Kurt Wagner, adds weight of course.  And then there’s the quietly, and intellectually, confessional side of his lyrics which means that the lyrics tend to drop like concrete blocks, cemented permanently in place before the next thought is paraded slyly … Continue reading “Bill Callahan “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest” (Drag City, 2019)”

Interview: Jesse Dayton revives the mix tape

Up until a couple of years ago, Jesse Dayton wasn’t a name on many folks’ lips despite a CV which is somewhat staggering. In addition to having released 11 solo albums he’s played guitar, live and in the studio, with a host of luminaries who straddle the worlds of country and rock. These include Doug … Continue reading “Interview: Jesse Dayton revives the mix tape”

Interview: Russ Tolman. From Paisley Underground to Laurel Canyon vibes

The so called Paisley Underground has been back in the news recently with The Long Ryders releasing a new album and touring while a Record Store Day release of an album, ‘3X4’, featured The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate, The Three O’Clock and The Rain Parade. And now Russ Tolman, a founding member of another Paisley … Continue reading “Interview: Russ Tolman. From Paisley Underground to Laurel Canyon vibes”

Jim Allen “Where the Sunshine Bit You” (Hardcover Records, 2019)

‘Where the Sunshine Bit You’ is the first solo album from Jim Allen in many years and it finds him in a good-natured mood. A respected songwriter on the New York scene, Allen says that he’s: “not trying to be the next big anything.” However, after years pursuing band projects, Allen has plenty left to … Continue reading “Jim Allen “Where the Sunshine Bit You” (Hardcover Records, 2019)”

Conor Donohue “Let Love Contaminate” (Digital Serving, 2019)

“Typically, the best albums are the ones you have to work at to get into”  Conor Donohue said back in 2012, when he was promoting his first solo album ‘Sway’.  Fast forward seven years in the career of this US singer-songwriter, and Donohue’s third and most recent album, ‘Let Love Contaminate’, which sits somewhere pleasantly … Continue reading “Conor Donohue “Let Love Contaminate” (Digital Serving, 2019)”

Josh Okeefe, Water Rats, London, 10th January 2019

The Water Rats was hosting the roving folk club that is Folk on Monday (yes, this was a Thursday). It’s a venue that is also particularly appropriate seeing as its former incarnation,’The Pindar of Wakefield,’ was the site where Dylan made his first UK folk club appearance. There’s even a Blue Plaque by way of … Continue reading “Josh Okeefe, Water Rats, London, 10th January 2019”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

Brent Cobb + Zack Logan, Dingwalls, London, 5th September 2018

Tonight we are offered a fine double dose of deep Southern drawls at this quasi-legendary venue in the heart of London’s Camden Market. First up is Zack Logan, on his first UK visit and touring his debut album ‘Raised by Wolves’. A Mississippi native now Nashville based, his songs are centred largely around rural and … Continue reading “Brent Cobb + Zack Logan, Dingwalls, London, 5th September 2018”

John Murry brings decay to a town near you

John Murry’s UK tour still has a handful of dates left. Bringing songs from this year’s superb album ‘A Short History Of Decay’, as well as a brace of older material, Murry’s work is dark and stark. Following on from 2012’s album acclaimed work ‘The Graceless Age’, this new work sees Murry open up a little … Continue reading “John Murry brings decay to a town near you”

Ethan Gold “The Song of Sway Lake (OST)” (LakeshoreRecords/Electrik Gold, 2018)

To be upfront about this, we don’t review a lot of film soundtrack albums – and that’s mostly because the music rarely impinges on our shared areas of interest here at Americana-UK. ‘Oh brother where art thou?‘ would be the highest profile exception to that rule. And in a further bout of honesty it’s really … Continue reading “Ethan Gold “The Song of Sway Lake (OST)” (LakeshoreRecords/Electrik Gold, 2018)”