“Silver Jews” David Berman dies

Really sad news this morning of one of American UK’s musical heroes – only last month we gave his new Purple Mountains album a 9 out of 10 – “Not a single mention of any majesties”. The Guardian reports: “David Berman, who was regarded as one of the most poetic voices in US indie rock, … Continue reading ““Silver Jews” David Berman dies”

Preview: Black Deer Festival 2019

The Black Deer Festival is a passionate celebration of both the music and the culture of country and Americana. Set in the beautiful countryside of Eridge Park in Kent, The Deer Park transports festival-goers to a world away from the everyday, in which a joyful, community atmosphere permeates every aspect of the experience. Across various … Continue reading “Preview: Black Deer Festival 2019”

Hiss Golden Messenger announce new record “Terms of Surrender”

The always delightful North Carolina band Hiss Golden Messenger have announced the release of their anticipated twelfth new album ‘Terms of Surrender’ which will be released on the uber-cool Merge Records on September 20th. Following a tough year and with the help of Jenny Lewis, The National and his regular bandmates, the new record is … Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger announce new record “Terms of Surrender””

Interview: Gill Tee, co-founder of the Black Deer Festival

Gill Tee is one of the co-founders of the Black Deer Festival which takes place at Eridge Park in Kent between the 21st and 23rd of June. This year’s line up includes Band of Horses, The Shires, John Butler Trio and Kris Kristofferson.

hd hausmann “Recognise Faces” – Listen

‘Recognise Faces‘ is the new single taken from hd hausemann’s third album ‘Find A Weight, Form A Ground’ set for release on 28 June on Panda Cassettes.  The band are a project by vocalist and songwriter Liam Palmer alongside bass guitarist Alex Oates, and musically take inspiration from The National’s early albums.  ‘Find A Weight, … Continue reading “hd hausmann “Recognise Faces” – Listen”

Emmeline “Empire” – Listen

It just cannot be a coincidence that this big piano-led song by Dallas’ Emmeline is more than a little reminiscent of The National’s ‘Fake Empire‘.  Maybe it’s because, like the Dessners, she has a classical background, and has been playing since the age of four.  Maybe it’s because the song – although much softer toned … Continue reading “Emmeline “Empire” – Listen”

The Vegabonds “V” (Blue Elan Records, 2019)

‘V‘ is, unsurprisingly, The Vegabonds fifth album and also their first for their new LA based label. The Vegabonds have been playing for some ten years, gaining a following on the college circuit in the Southeastern States of the USA. Their brand of rock is similarly rooted in straight-ahead Southern Rock, which has seen them … Continue reading “The Vegabonds “V” (Blue Elan Records, 2019)”

Pick of the Political Pops: Sparklehorse “Knives of Summertime”

It would appear that PM Terry Might is conducting the political equivalent of fiddling whilst Rome burns. There are of course many problems facing the country – there always are – but one particular bête noir of the moment is knife crime. We don’t have knives here at Americana-UK Towers because we can’t be trusted … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Sparklehorse “Knives of Summertime””

Angus McOg head to UK for dates next week

Italian alt.folk and Americana band (not a phrase we use that often) Angus McOg return to the UK for the first time in six years to play dates in support of acclaimed third album ‘Beginners’. Angus McOg is the group project of singer-songwriter Antoni Tavoni from Modena, in the north of the country, renowned as … Continue reading “Angus McOg head to UK for dates next week”