Tim Holehouse hails from Portsmouth, and boasts a musical journey reflecting a busy touring schedule and a variety of genres, from rock to the more acoustic guitar-led sound of this, his latest album, on which he creates a distinctive sound from diverse sources, including roots in the blues. Musically a number of influences stand out, … Continue reading “Tim Holehouse “Come” (Aaahh!!! Real Records, 2019)”
Beans on Toast may be a creature of habit, releasing, as he does, a new record each year on his birthday, December 1st. He’s been doing this for over 10 years now with his latest instalment, ‘The Inevitable Train Wreck’ being his 11th album. Over this time, Beans (or Jay McAllister as his mother probably … Continue reading “Beans on Toast “Inevitable Train Wreck” (Beans on Toast Music, 2019)”
There’s nothing out of the ordinary to see here if you’re reading this from a north London watering hole. Chances are there’ll be a talented Australian singer-songwriter strutting his or her stuff as you sip your Fosters. For a rough around the edges, self-styled proponent of outlaw country you’d be forgiven for seeing the irony … Continue reading “The Earl Of Grey “Prince Charming” (Independent, 2019)”
Massachusetts-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sean McConnell, who has appeared in the UK no less than three times during 2019 – opening shows with country singer Ashley Monroe, a performance at The Long Road festival and a recent run of dates with Ashley McBryde – has announced his first headline tour outside the USA in February 2020.
‘If Wishes Were Horses’ is the result of Matt Patershuk’s collaboration with award-winning string player and producer, Steve Dawson. This album presents an inspired blend of blues and country delivered by Patershuk’s intimate and soulful vocals. The characterful acoustic qualities of the recording were achieved at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio which is owned by Bryan Adams. … Continue reading “Matt Patershuk “If Wishes Were Horses” (Black Hen Music, 2019)”
‘Between Stones’, the latest album from Owen Tromans, based in Hampshire, has one foot firmly in the folk/progressive rock genre, but also has echoes of Neil Young that take it closer to the home territory of Americana. The latter is best heard in the prevailing sense of foreboding in ‘Mark Pales Ghost’ and the moving … Continue reading “Owen Tromans “Between Stones” (Sacred Geometry, 2019)”
When Sean McConnell came on stage without fanfare – clad in denim and holding his guitar, testing his microphone before beginning – the audience weren’t prepared for the powerful performance he was about to unleash. Opening with the title track of his most recent album ‘Secondhand Smoke’ (which gained the rare distinction of 10/10 when … Continue reading “Sean McConnell, Manchester Academy 2, 29th September 2019”
Miss Tess was in the UK last year supporting JP Harris, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to discover that today’s song is a country rock’n’roller with a crisp jazzy piano accompaniment, a steady beat and the duetting vocals of Miss Tess and Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive).
AmericanaFest 2019 is taking place in Nashville at the moment – our intrepid reporter Mark Underwood is there if you’ve been following our social media – and last night their annual Honors and Awards ceremony took place where there were wins for Brandi Carlile (AGAIN), the War and Treaty and John Prine. In fact Prine’s … Continue reading “Americana Honors and Awards 2019 – Here are all the winners”
The 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards is happening next month over in Nashville and they have announced the performing lineup for their big ceremony which takes place on the 11th. The list includes (deep breath…)