Bonny Light Horseman “Bonny Light Horseman” (37d03d, 2020)

Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, The National) formed Bonny Light Horseman in 2018 after being invited to play at the Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin. The success of this show led them to an artist’s residency in Berlin, during which their self-titled debut began to take on a … Continue reading “Bonny Light Horseman “Bonny Light Horseman” (37d03d, 2020)”

Interview: Mark Whitfield, Founder and Editor of Americana UK

Almost two decades ago, Mark Whitfield set up the Americana UK website and blog as a university project. And just never stopped. Essentially a bedroom operation, the site has evolved and survived changes in technology, social media and the music industry, becoming one of the UK’s longest-running music websites in the process.

Video: Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom”

Here’s a forceful new performance of the opening track from Ida Mae’s debut album, ‘Chasing Lights’.  What a year it has been for Ida Mae. They have played 80 shows in the USA and 35 in the UK and Europe, supporting the likes of Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and Josh Ritter. their debut reached number … Continue reading “Video: Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom””

Mark Erelli “A Little Kindness” – Listen

On his new album ‘Blindsided‘, which will be released on 27th March on Soundly Music, Mark Erelli has taken a new direction, delving deeper into his rockier side.  A roots-rockier side that has room for a few strings and a pile of melody.  The kind of thing we might call Petty-esque were we lazy, but … Continue reading “Mark Erelli “A Little Kindness” – Listen”

Classic Americana Compilations – Sounds to remember

There was a time when the free CDs glued to the front of magazines were something other than a revenue stream for the publishers, and every so often a reminder of the glory days pops up. Back in September 1998 Uncut Magazine came with a CD called ‘Sounds of The New West‘. It was designed … Continue reading “Classic Americana Compilations – Sounds to remember”

Happy Christmas to all our readers from Americana UK

Well that’s a wrap from us for this year dear readers. Thanks so much for all your support for the site which we still manage to scrape along on a shoestring budget, but it happens firstly because of the generosity of all our writers across the UK and beyond who give their time freely to … Continue reading “Happy Christmas to all our readers from Americana UK”

AUK’s editor chooses his favourite 10 tracks from 2019

2019 – what a f-king year (and that word is being censored for you daily digest readers). Sometimes music was the only respite there was from the sheer abject misery and terror of the outside world. Sometimes nestling down with a mug of cocoa and some good americana was the only thing that blotted it … Continue reading “AUK’s editor chooses his favourite 10 tracks from 2019”

A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.

Which is quite lucky for her really – everyone else has probably noticed that 2019 has been one of those years destined to go down in history as interesting – and we all know the value of interesting times. Obviously 2019 will go down as the year of almost continual elections, it’s also the year … Continue reading “A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.”

Stream the John Henry’s Friends webcast benefit including Earle and Isbell tomorrow

The live music platform for concert recordings, nugs.net, will live stream The 5th Annual John Henry’s Friends Benefit tomorrow, which will be presented by Steve Earle and City Winery. The event takes place at The Town Hall in New York City, NY on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 8pm ET in the US. Steve Earle … Continue reading “Stream the John Henry’s Friends webcast benefit including Earle and Isbell tomorrow”

Bonny Light Horseman “Deep In Love” – Listen

What a beautiful sound Bonny Light Horseman make – at times vintage American Folk, and at times striding fearlessly into Incredible String Band territory.  It comes from a deep love of British folk that infuses their upcoming eponymous album. But who are Bonny Light Horseman, and what is it that makes their music sound so … Continue reading “Bonny Light Horseman “Deep In Love” – Listen”