Handsome Family announce 2018 tour

Everyone’s favourite spooky / weird / incredibly engaging / thoughtful lyrical producing / musical genius Americana band the Handsome Family have announced a series of UK dates for 2018.  This will see them playing a set of larger venues, in keeping with their new stature following the 2015 use of their song Far From Any … Continue reading “Handsome Family announce 2018 tour”

The Handsomes cover Wilco – Listen

November’s issue of Uncut Magazine has got a free cover CD which features some of Jeff Tweedy’s favourite artists covering Wilco songs. The album includes covers by artists such as Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Low, Parquet Courts and Courtney Barnett and the always superb Handsome Family who have recorded a cover of Wilco’s ‘Capitol … Continue reading “The Handsomes cover Wilco – Listen”

Handsomes continue their 20th anniversary tour

The Handsome Family are nearly halfway through their biggest UK tour to date which is good news if you happen to live near the places they haven’t been yet. 25 years into their career now, Rennie and Brett Sparks’ twisted take on Americana was given a boost when a track from their 2003 ‘Singing Bones’ … Continue reading “Handsomes continue their 20th anniversary tour”

Loose to release 20th anniversary Handsomes album

20 years after its initial release, the lovely people at Loose Music are celebrating the Handsome Family’s iconic record “Through The Trees” with a 20th Anniversary Edition, to be released on 9th March. With the original release receiving wide acclaim, including being hailed as one of the ‘10 Essential Americana Records of All Time’ by MOJO, the re-release will … Continue reading “Loose to release 20th anniversary Handsomes album”

Interview: Mark Whitfield, Founder and Editor of Americana UK

Almost two decades ago, Mark Whitfield set up the Americana UK website and blog as a university project. And just never stopped. Essentially a bedroom operation, the site has evolved and survived changes in technology, social media and the music industry, becoming one of the UK’s longest-running music websites in the process.

Classic Americana Compilations – Sounds to remember

There was a time when the free CDs glued to the front of magazines were something other than a revenue stream for the publishers, and every so often a reminder of the glory days pops up. Back in September 1998 Uncut Magazine came with a CD called ‘Sounds of The New West‘. It was designed … Continue reading “Classic Americana Compilations – Sounds to remember”

Forgotten Artists – Tandy

When Uncut released its influential Sounds of the New West cover CD in 1998 names like Josh Rouse, The Handsome Family and Lambchop were suddenly propelled on to the radar of a new generation of music fans. Following in the wake of this new interest in the emerging alt-country scene, many more bands and artists … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Tandy”

My Darling Clementine + Taylor & Leigh @Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 19th January 2019

If you’re looking for a great night of cheatin’ country songs then there’s no better way to go about it than to pull up a seat at a My Darling Clementine show. Married couple Lou Dalgleish and Michael Weston King have been performing their quarrelsome pairing for almost a decade now and while, initially, the … Continue reading “My Darling Clementine + Taylor & Leigh @Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 19th January 2019”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 3rd -7th October 2018

Now in its 12th year the Glasgow Americana Festival is essentially a very concentrated dose of life affirming music delivered courtesy of local promoters, The Fallen Angels Club, who otherwise offer us locals regular spoonfuls of sugar throughout the year. Over five days and in various venues throughout the city around 25 acts converged, varying … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 3rd -7th October 2018”

Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference

Way back in 2001 when I first started Americana UK on a shoestring budget (not even a shoestring to be fair, it was zero) one of the first labels to kindly start sending us through stuff for review was Loose.  The albums were not only by some of the best names in americana but always beautifully … Continue reading “Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference”