Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson “”What I Know Now” – Listen

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this song by Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson is that we’re listening to an Australian band.  Of course good music knows no boundaries, but not many capture that outsider Americana sound as well as Georgia State Line (aka Georgia Delves) and Patrick Wilson.  Imagine the likes of Richmond Fontaine with a female lead singer delivering a tale of low expectation and depression. Continue reading “Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson “”What I Know Now” – Listen”

Liam Frost “The Latchkey Kid” (Emperor, 2019)

It’s a mixed blessing being called a cult artist, revered by some, unknown to most, now a decade and a half since Liam Frost got his first deal, after gigging on the Manchester scene through his teens. Comparators at the start could have been I Am Kloot, Badly Drawn Boy, Cherry Ghost, song based Manchester acts, and Frost was lauded as the future by Guy Garvey. His first album was widely praised, second album on a major label, but breakthrough was elusive. In the decade since then, occasional gigs in Manchester would sell out in a flash, but apart from exiled Mancs in London, as far as everyone else was concerned, Liam Frost was long done. Continue reading “Liam Frost “The Latchkey Kid” (Emperor, 2019)”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019

In Glasgow, as a damp and dreich winter beckons, October has at least one beacon lighting up the dark nights, the annual Glasgow Americana Festival which has been warming the hearts of music lovers for 13 years now. Spanning five days and six venues, this year’s festival offered 19 performers, an elegant balance of local and international names, some in up close and intimate quarters, others appearing to several hundred fans. The local Americana community is fiercely proud of this jamboree, witness the same faces who were at all of the shows AUK attended, presumably taking advantage of the keenly priced festival pass which allows entry to all shows. In addition, at several shows we encountered musical tourists, lured by some favourite acts with at least one of them expressing some jealousy at seeing the upcoming acts advertised to come in the following weeks. Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019”

Charlie and the Rays “That’s Where You Were Born” (Independent, 2019)

Charlie and the Rays is a duo comprised of sisters Jordan and Rebecca Stobbe. The sisters hail from Seattle but this most recent record was recorded in New York and produced by Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, Mark Lanegan, The Posies, Neko Case). The EP ‘That’s Where You Were Born’ also includes support from Gracia Bridges on lead guitar and Jack Brady on drums. Continue reading “Charlie and the Rays “That’s Where You Were Born” (Independent, 2019)”

Ana Egge flies in for UK dates

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ana Egge returns to the UK for four dates at the end of October. Egge released her 11th album in September and it’s being met with almost universal praise – our own reviewer, Steven Rafferty, said that “After twelve years, ten albums, and a sizeable pile of awards and accolades, Ana Egge isn’t hitting her stride – she’s grabbing another gear. The songs on ‘Is It the Kiss’, her 11th album, exhibit a mastery of the craft even as she continues to push the boundaries of her own abilities as a songwriter.”
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North Mississippi Allstars “Up and Rolling” (New West Records, 2019)

After almost a quarter of a century of releasing highly-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated records, North Mississippi Allstars have released their 11th album, ‘Up and Rolling’. The Dickinson brothers, Luther and Cody, have once again demonstrated their sublime songcraft and expert musicianship on one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated releases. Continue reading “North Mississippi Allstars “Up and Rolling” (New West Records, 2019)”

The March Divide “All I Wanna Do Is Laugh” – Listen

The March Divide is the stage name of Jared Putnam and his latest album ‘Anticipation Pops‘ emerged at the back end of August, and revealed in the a musician moving in a different direction.  Unlike his previous three releases Putnam chose to record at home on the fly, skipping his usual demo and pre-production process.  It gives the new music a spontaneous feel that inform his lyrically deft songs. Continue reading “The March Divide “All I Wanna Do Is Laugh” – Listen”

Sam Outlaw + Lydia Luce, Night & Day Café, Manchester, 2nd October 2019

Sam Outlaw could probably have been forgiven if he had been feeling a bit jaded. This was the 24th date of a punishing 28 gigs in 31 days European tour. On top of that, he had been quite ill in Norway and has a wife and two young children back home that he was missing. However, the quality and enthusiasm of his performance at Manchester’s Night & Day Café offered no clues as to any of that. It was only through Outlaw’s entertaining dialogue with his audience that they became aware of these circumstances. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw + Lydia Luce, Night & Day Café, Manchester, 2nd October 2019”