River Whyless “Kindness, A Rebel” (Roll Call Records, 2018)

Kindness as an act of rebellion. North Carolinian indie folksters have a mission statement of sorts: “Like America itself, kindness is an ideal, a thing we must strive to attain even as we know we’ll always fall a little short. But kindness is not synonymous with passivity, with apathy or complacency. Kindness is active, deliberate … Continue reading “River Whyless “Kindness, A Rebel” (Roll Call Records, 2018)”

2018 Kilkenny Roots Festival starts to announce line-up

The 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival has announced the first batch of artists to be playing the much-loved festival in 2018. Canada’s Deep Dark Woods are back after a four-year hiatus, Maryland’s Michael Nau makes his debut, along with Nashville based country queen Nikki Lane, Birds Of Chicago, the much-loved collaboration of JT Nero and Allison Russell join the bill and the Prince … Continue reading “2018 Kilkenny Roots Festival starts to announce line-up”

Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album

And if you’ve never heard of him, then, well, now’s your chance. Rolling Stone Country report: “In 2005, the Americana Music Association awarded Song of the Year to “Worry Too Much,” a grinding rock & roll gospel number that opens Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer LP. While the song contains all the earmarks … Continue reading “Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album”

Americana UK staff pick their best of 2016

Here it is folks: the annual review of the best music of the last year as decided by your favourite music writers. Or at least the ones who write for Americana UK (we don’t yet have a Tony Parsons Julie Burchill dynamic going on between any two writers but give us time). The dust has … Continue reading “Americana UK staff pick their best of 2016”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018

Eleven years old this year Southern Fried continues to occupy its position as the best Americana and roots music festival in Scotland and perhaps the best of its kind in the UK (although there are three contenders who might challenge that assumption). The festival doesn’t rest on its laurels however and this year saw its … Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018”

Interview: Kyle Craft

Few records hit you square between the eyes like ‘Full Circle Nightmare‘ the wonderful new album from Portland-based Kyle Craft. A veritable beast of a record drawing influences from the likes of Bowie, Lennon – christ, I can even hear Steve Harley – ‘Full Circle Nightmare‘ is a strident, swaggering and utterly brilliant take on … Continue reading “Interview: Kyle Craft”

Jodee Lewis “Buzzard’s Bluff” – Listen

Jodee Lewis may have travelled North from Missouri to settle in Chicago, but she didn’t bring the blues with her: she’s traditional country, spinning tales to guitar, fiddle and banjo accompaniment.  Buzzard’s Bluff is the title track of her album due on the 6th of April and captures natural lush landscapes of her Ozarks home … Continue reading “Jodee Lewis “Buzzard’s Bluff” – Listen”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard

Let’s face it, he’s probably still not going to beat Mel B’s version of “Word Up” in terms of classic covers but good on him for having a go. Rolling Stone reports: “Imagine arranging Merle Haggard’s millions of fans in concentric circles. In the outermost ring, place the casual listeners, the ones familiar with “Mama … Continue reading “Bonnie ‘Prince’ talks Merle Haggard”

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!”