RS: Why it’s time for country stars to speak up about Trump

Really good piece in Rolling Stone today in the spirit of their best activism. As they point out in an era of “alternative facts” and alarming rhetoric, three chords and the truth is more important than ever. They report:””Won’t you stand up and use your voice?” implored Sugarland in “Stand Up,” a 2010 anthem about … Continue reading “RS: Why it’s time for country stars to speak up about Trump”

AmericanaFest UK announce showcase line-up

This year’s UK Americana Awards, hosted by the AMA-UK (not to be confused with AUK, although we both feature the words “americana” and “UK” – what are the chances?) take place next week in London and as part of the week which also includes a 2 day conference, there’ll be an evening of curated showcases … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK announce showcase line-up”

Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls

And there’ll be a lot more of this to come. 3 years, 361 days and counting which might feel more bearable if you can manufacture a self-induced coma. Before you do, have a gander at the video at the end of this article if you’ve not seen it before – it’s a cracker. Billboard reports: “Fans … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls”

Interview – The Cactus Blossoms

Though steeped in sounds of the past The Cactus Blossoms simultaneously bring a refreshing infectious energy to today’s Americana music scene. Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum learnt their trade playing local small bars and gigs performing songs thirty years or more older than themselves. Ranging from classic country to traditional folk ballads by way … Continue reading “Interview – The Cactus Blossoms”

Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single

Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single … Continue reading “Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single”

Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire

If the Scots slang – which gives Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s “Swithering” its name – suggests any sort of indecisiveness at play, then it’s one that the band whole-heartedly embraced to help push the boundaries of what it felt capable of creating.  From the very beginning, this was a group of players eager … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire”

Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!

So the votes are in and it’s all change this year as a new roster of artists take over the pole positions in our survey of what’s rocked your boat over the last 12 months – the site has always been proud to support independent music and it’s great to see so many artists who aren’t … Continue reading “Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!”

Dirty Dozen: Torgeir Waldemar

  Torgeir Waldemar took the Norwegian people and music press by surprise with his eponymous debut album in 2014. Who had thought that the black-clad, longhaired and bearded man would deliver an album that captivated and moved us as much as it did? An acoustic masterpiece that sounded like it came straight from the rehearsal … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Torgeir Waldemar”

Derek Senn “Avuncular” (Independent, 2016)

“Avuncular” is one of those words that you didn’t know you needed until you learned what they meant, and then you’re just itching to use it, waiting for the right opportunity to drop it into a conversation. Derek Senn didn’t have to wait too long on his latest album of that title, introducing the figure … Continue reading “Derek Senn “Avuncular” (Independent, 2016)”