New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests

Indigo Girl Amy Ray will release her sixth solo album ‘Holler’ on November 2nd on Daemon Records, referencing traditional country, Southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass, Ray tipping her hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release ‘Harlan County’ on the collection. Recorded live to analogue tape at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says that the “friction, freedom … Continue reading “New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests”

Brent Cobb + Zack Logan, Dingwalls, London, 5th September 2018

Tonight we are offered a fine double dose of deep Southern drawls at this quasi-legendary venue in the heart of London’s Camden Market. First up is Zack Logan, on his first UK visit and touring his debut album ‘Raised by Wolves’. A Mississippi native now Nashville based, his songs are centred largely around rural and … Continue reading “Brent Cobb + Zack Logan, Dingwalls, London, 5th September 2018”

Bobbie Gentry 8 disc box set gets release date

UMC has announced the release on September 21st of the first major retrospective of  Bobbie Genty, an artist who not only knocked Sgt Pepper off the top of the US Album charts but who was also one of the first female musicians who wrote, produced and even published her own music.  “The Girl From Chickasaw County” … Continue reading “Bobbie Gentry 8 disc box set gets release date”

Eileen Jewell + Michelle Stodart, The Lexington, London, 6th August 2018

The Lexington near Kings Cross in North London has great appeal in the current heat wave as it has one of the best air conditioning systems on the London gig circuit and it proved its worth tonight as we were treated to an expansive set from Eileen Jewell and her slick band delivering some 25 … Continue reading “Eileen Jewell + Michelle Stodart, The Lexington, London, 6th August 2018”

Thomas Wynn And The Believers, The Horn, St. Albans, 26th June 2018

If this review were being written by one DJ Trump then you’d hear how this was an all time record crowd for The Horn, which is a pretty unsubtle way of trying to soften the blow that the music room at The Horn was at maybe five per cent of capacity for Thomas Wynn and … Continue reading “Thomas Wynn And The Believers, The Horn, St. Albans, 26th June 2018”

Matt McGinn “The End of the Common Man” (Independent, 2018)

“Money, power and people: two out of three ain’t bad,” sings Matt McGinn on the opening track of this outstanding new offering. While ‘The End of the Common Man’ is about the corrupting power of corporations, you are left in no doubt throughout that it is “people” that McGinn is in sympathy with, as track … Continue reading “Matt McGinn “The End of the Common Man” (Independent, 2018)”

Arisaig Americana Music festival announces line-up

A new festival hits the decks this June in, and we know this won’t surprise you, Arisaig.  It’ll run over a weekend – 23rd-24th June to be precise – and offers an afternoon of free music workshops focusing on Bluegrass guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin.  This is followed up by a two part concert starting … Continue reading “Arisaig Americana Music festival announces line-up”

Interview: Rupert Orton – Red Rooster Festival

At AUK we’ve mentioned before a couple of the newer and smaller festivals which have been popping up in recent years. Red Rooster, described as a whisky sippin,’ guitar strummin,’ banjo pickin’ weekend of Southern Blues in the heart of Suffolk County – and held in the idyllic setting of Euston Hall in Suffolk – … Continue reading “Interview: Rupert Orton – Red Rooster Festival”

Will Stewart “Country Seat” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)

Will Stewart’s debut solo album ‘Country Seat’ explores his southern roots, with folk-rock being the foreground for the piece.  The album takes Stewart’s musical influences from many artists, including Neil Young, with the electrified moments and modern folk attraction of Hiss Golden Messenger. Stewart has called this album a love letter to the south, with … Continue reading “Will Stewart “Country Seat” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)”

Susto, Omeara, London, 6th February 2018

“Is there anybody in there? / Smoking weed with God.” The song, ‘Waves,’ the fifth in their set tonight, typifies much of where Justin Osborne’s head is at: namely, in songs about his drug taking past and the religious undertones of what’s described as “soul loss” (the loose translation of the Latin American term, Susto). … Continue reading “Susto, Omeara, London, 6th February 2018”