AmericanA to Z – Tom Petty

Tom Petty is one of the strongest and most resonant of all the artists connecting the 1970s to current Americana. In a desperately shortened career that still spanned over 41 years he wrote songs that appealed to the plaid wearing beer-drinking hell raisers, the shiny popsters with their beatboxes and hip shoes, the blue-collar workers … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Tom Petty”

Classic Americana Albums: Green on Red “Gas Food Lodging” (Zippo Records, 1985)

‘Desert Rock’, ‘Paisley Underground’, Alternative Country-Rock’, ‘Garage-Country’ and ‘Country-Punk’ are all descriptions that have, at various times, been applied to Green on Red. The fact that these and plenty more descriptions can be found with a quick Google search suggests that contemporary commentators struggled to pin the band down, and that perhaps Green on Red … Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: Green on Red “Gas Food Lodging” (Zippo Records, 1985)”

The Lone Bellow “Half Moon Light” (Dualtone Records, 2020)

The tracks ‘Intro’, ‘Interlude’ and ‘Finale’ on The Lone Bellow’s fourth studio album are all parts of a hymn. This may seem a little strange for a band hailing from Brooklyn, New York, but The Lone Bellow have nothing but the south running through their musical veins. We hear musical snatches in the first and … Continue reading “The Lone Bellow “Half Moon Light” (Dualtone Records, 2020)”

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”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part five

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year, and one of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. The showcases take place at six venues across Hackney, … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part five”

Interview: Shovels & Rope on making records, touring and obsessing over Sharon Van Etten

Husband and wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, Shovels & Rope, based in Charleston, South Carolina released their new album, ‘By Blood’ on Dualtone last year to great critical acclaim.  They even feature in their own film, Shovels & Rope, The Movie’ written and produced by Curtis Wayne Millard the NY based filmmaker and … Continue reading “Interview: Shovels & Rope on making records, touring and obsessing over Sharon Van Etten”

Jack Marion and the Pearl Snap Prophets “When the Well Runs Dry” (Independent, 2020)

‘When the Well Runs dry’ is the debut album by Jack Marion and the Pearl Snap Prophets. They’re probably new to you (and me) but before we go into detail about them and the record let’s get three things clear: 1. This is a damn fine record. 2. It is not a concept record. 3. … Continue reading “Jack Marion and the Pearl Snap Prophets “When the Well Runs Dry” (Independent, 2020)”

Book Review: Bryan Wagner “The Wild Tchoupitoulas” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)

There will be many who have never heard of ‘The Wild Tchoupitoulas’ but this was a seminal record in establishing an earthy, roots-based aspect of New Orleans music – as such it’s of major interest to anyone who seeks knowledge of some of the more obscure aspects of Americana. This book, from American academic, Bryan … Continue reading “Book Review: Bryan Wagner “The Wild Tchoupitoulas” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)”

Alabama 3 + Curse Of Lono, 02 Academy, Bristol, 20th December 2019

It’s been a long time coming but Brixton’s perennial sharp-shooters Alabama 3 are once again hungry for that “Sweet Pretty Muthafuckin Country Acid House Music.” The unholy congregation of talent who put the menace into ‘The Sopranos’ and whose lifestyle choices have frequently put both Keith Richards and Old Nick himself to shame have just … Continue reading “Alabama 3 + Curse Of Lono, 02 Academy, Bristol, 20th December 2019”