Son Volt release first track “The 99” from new album – Listen

Rolling Stone are today carrying a new song from Son Volt taken from their upcoming album ‘Union’ which will be released on March 29th, and it sees them going all political which here at AUK Towers we heartily approve of. ‘The 99’ begins with the line “Journalists in jail covering the scenes; The profit columns rise for the corporate machines” and goes on from there to tackle trickle down economics and the criminal justice system. Continue reading “Son Volt release first track “The 99” from new album – Listen”

Lucy Kitt “Stand By” (Wineberry Records, 2019)

Lucy Kitt has been writing and performing music as an independent artist for the last decade, and her experience really shines through on ‘Stand By,’ her debut record, which is a showcase for her consummate musicianship. Kitt first gained exposure by making it to the semi-final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk awards in 2006, which opened up a lot of gigging opportunities, supporting various folk stalwarts, including Cara Dillon and The Unthanks. She has also found success more recently with a number of internet sessions for Mahogony and Ont’ Sofa, among others. Continue reading “Lucy Kitt “Stand By” (Wineberry Records, 2019)”

Wilco announce UK dates for September

Er we’re a bit late to the party with this one sorry but exciting news from the tail end of last week that Wilco are on their way back to the UK – Jeff Tweedy’s band have announced a new European tour for September, in addition to their existing shows in June. The new tour takes in three UK dates which will take place at the end of the September. Here are the dates along with a classic cut from ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ or YHF as we like to say round these parts. Continue reading “Wilco announce UK dates for September”

Track Premiere – Lonesome Shack “New Dream”

Where do dreams come from ?  In the case of Lonesome Shack’s ‘New Dream‘ which we premiere here, the simple answer is from singer and guitar finger-picker Ben Todd.  Digging a little deeper and the rich and sunny country-blues which drifts along at a steady pace as Ben Todd sings that “Tear me away from an old dream /  if I walk long enough I’ll see a new light” might reflect back on his time living in a shack in the New Mexico desert, alone in the Gila Wilderness.  A desire to change, a need to move on to new horizons – but change isn’t easy though: “I walked ’til my feet were torn up”. Continue reading “Track Premiere – Lonesome Shack “New Dream””

Ryan Adams album cancelled following allegations

Variety has reported over the weekend that although Ryan Adams recently announced the release of three new albums due out this year, that number looks to be rapidly shrinking: “The first of his planned 2019 releases, “Big Colors,” which was to have come out April 19, has been “put on hold,” according to sources close to the situation. Continue reading “Ryan Adams album cancelled following allegations”

Franc Cinelli returns with new single – every two weeks!

Leaving you this weekend dear dear readers with news that Italian-born songwriter Franc Cinelli has returned with his first new music since 2015’s ‘The Marvel Age’ album. Starting today, Franc will be releasing a new ‘single’ every two weeks. Continue reading “Franc Cinelli returns with new single – every two weeks!”

Interview: Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll has been making albums for nigh on two decades with a smile on his face and a knowing glint in his eye. A surveyor of people and situations, Carll writes songs that could have been written from the watchful eye of a barfly documenting the world around him. Like a Texan Todd Snider, Carll embodies both a sardonic swagger and a laissez-faire disposition. That changed with the hugely personal ‘Lovers And Leavers‘ album in 2016, but is clearly evident once again on ‘What It Is‘ his sixth album released this month. Americana-UK catches up with the acclaimed singer-songwriter ahead on his upcoming UK dates.  Continue reading “Interview: Hayes Carll”

Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)

Acoustic duo Jackson Pines are singer-songwriter guitarist Joe Makoviecki and stand-up bassist James Black.  Originally from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey they are now based in Philadelphia and have received multiple local awards (Asbury Music Awards/Jersey Acoustic Music Awards).  On tour they have opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Joe Pug, Nicole Atkins, The Felice Brothers and Band of Horses over the last few years across the U.S. and in the U.K. Continue reading “Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)”

Pick of the Political Pops: The Delmore Brothers “Browns Ferry Blues”

This week sees your humble correspondent and his encumbrance being treated to an outing in the wilds of the People’s Republic of Liverpudlia. The Editor, in a highly unusual display of largesse and munificence, has insisted that we sample the cultural highlights of the desolate North (possibly on his dollar but we’ll see about that). Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: The Delmore Brothers “Browns Ferry Blues””