Phil Cook “Steampowered Blues” – Listen

‘Steampowered Blues’ is the first single from Phil Cook’s upcoming second solo album ‘People are my drug’, which is due in June.  It’s n appropriate choice as it was also the first song  recorded for the album.  It’s a groovy footshuffler as Phil says “I’ve long been drawn to the swing and swagger of New … Continue reading “Phil Cook “Steampowered Blues” – Listen”

Something for the weekend: Charley Crockett “Welcome to Hard Times”

We leave you this week dear reader with the first track to be released from Charley Crockett’s new studio album ‘Welcome To Hard Times’ which will be released July 31st on Thirty Tigers. Produced by Mark Neill, with songwriting contributions from Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach, the record is described a genre-bending mix of classic … Continue reading “Something for the weekend: Charley Crockett “Welcome to Hard Times””

AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Martin Johnson

At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the coming weeks and months each AUK writer will in turn, present their own personal selections. When each writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most frequently chosen albums will be drawn up and voted on, in … Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Martin Johnson”

Lucinda Williams announces “Good Souls Better Angels”, UK dates

Thirty Tigers and Highway 20 have announced the release of a new Lucinda Williams album, ‘Good Souls Better Angels’ which is due out April 24th and which “unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date.” Following the release of ‘Man … Continue reading “Lucinda Williams announces “Good Souls Better Angels”, UK dates”

Geraint Watkins “Rush Of Blood” (Last Music Company, 2019)

Here is an album that demands attention. Geraint Watkins is an experienced and well-respected singer and musician with all the right connections. This is UK Americana of the highest quality, providing an insight into some of the most interesting musicians providing this kind of music here and now. Take note! Watkins has written all ten … Continue reading “Geraint Watkins “Rush Of Blood” (Last Music Company, 2019)”

AmericanA to Z – Jim Dickinson

While the name JimDickinson may not garner much recognition except by those of us who used to devour countless record sleeves to glean as much information as possible about writers, backing musicians studios etc in the days before the internet, as a recording artist, producer and session musician he embodied the essence of what makes … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Jim Dickinson”

Cua “In Flight Off The Islands” (Independent, 2019)

The press release accompanying Cua’s (pronounced CooAhh) latest album quotes AUK’s Jeremy Searle discussing their last release. He said then: “this Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk”. And that still stands on this new recording. If you must categorise it then I suppose it is Irish or Celtic folk music … Continue reading “Cua “In Flight Off The Islands” (Independent, 2019)”

Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part one

A week today it’ll be Christmas and you’ll open up that gift box of three different Lynx deodorants as you surreptitiously check to see what condition it’s in, in case you can regift it to someone else on Boxing Day. You could save yourself that deflated feeling by looking through our writers’ list of the … Continue reading “Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part one”

Robert Vincent “This Town” – Listen

It’s been quite a ride for Robert Vincent from winning the Bob Harris Emerging Talent Award at the Americana Music Association UK awards in 2016.  That award led on to appearances at Americana Fests  – both the “proper one” in Hackney and the American one, in Nashville (well you can’t have everything) – and on … Continue reading “Robert Vincent “This Town” – Listen”

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 … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019”