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”

Moonsville Collective EPs “I” “2” “3” (Moonsville Records 2017)

These three EP’s are the first three instalments of a planned quartet of releases, and there’s nothing startlingly different about each record. They are all super competent Americana, aiming foursquare for the middle ground, populated by the likes of later period Avett Brothers, five tracks each, short and sweet punches, drawing no blood but spraying … Continue reading “Moonsville Collective EPs “I” “2” “3” (Moonsville Records 2017)”

Van Life: Breadfoot

North Carolina’s singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and all-round professional road dog, Breadfoot (AKA Stephan Meyers) takes his music pretty much where anyone will have him.  His latest album, Salvatella, is both short and sweet, akin to a couple of jars with Michael Hurley at some backwater town bar, just chewing the fat and pondering tales of the heart.  Breadfoot … Continue reading “Van Life: Breadfoot”

Sturgill chats to RS: “It’s the worst being sick on the road”

Amen to that.  Better sick on the road than in the car though, golden rule of travelling.  Rolling Stone County had a little chat with poor Sturgill on his current US tour supporting Guns and Roses: “”It’s the worst being sick on the road,” Sturgill Simpson tells Rolling Stone Country, texting from a tour bus on … Continue reading “Sturgill chats to RS: “It’s the worst being sick on the road””

Over The Moon “Moondancer” (Independent 2017)

This is a fabulously simple debut album of old time music from the couple Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell hailing from the Rocky Mountains in Alberta who call themselves Over The Moon – and why not. There are ten tracks here, half of which are self-penned including a track entitled Over The Moon, a western … Continue reading “Over The Moon “Moondancer” (Independent 2017)”

Jinder “Kingsize Blackfoot” (Din of Ecstasy 2017)

This is Phil Dewhurst (Jinder)’s 10th album. He lives and works in Dorset, and by his own words has played, sung, recorded, engineered, produced and mastered this album himself at a studio in that county. The name of the album “Kingsize Blackfoot” has been adopted for this project to honour Jinder’s / Phil’s direct connection … Continue reading “Jinder “Kingsize Blackfoot” (Din of Ecstasy 2017)”

Paul Brady to release new album in September.

It’s been seven years since his last studio album, but the itch has finally struck again and Paul Brady will release a new album – Unfinished Business – on September 8th via Proper Records. It’ll be Brady’s 15th solo album, following up on 2010’s acclaimed Hooba Dooba.  There are nine new compositions and two traditional folk … Continue reading “Paul Brady to release new album in September.”

MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw

We’re too lazy to reproduce all the photos they took although you can overcome our laziness by reading the original article here. Or you could just scroll here, you’re the boss. Rolling Stone Country reports: “This weekend’s celebration of the 30th MerleFest stirred up a North Carolina homecoming like no other. Native Tarheels and adopted … Continue reading “MerleFest 2017 – RS lists the 11 best things they saw”