Lynn Jackson “Follow That Fire” (Busted Flat Records 2017)

It’s no surprise that this captivating album has been produced by the Cowboy Junkies’ Micheal Timmins. From the first note there is that Junkies vibe – all big sounds in intimate spaces with room for the instruments to breath and time for the singer to tell the tale. The album opens with the title track … Continue reading “Lynn Jackson “Follow That Fire” (Busted Flat Records 2017)”

David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates

We’re rather fond of David Ramirez here at AUK and today he’s announced details of an eight-date UK headline tour set to run throughout January 2018. He released his new album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” via Thirty Tigers last week, described by Uncut in these words: “If Springsteen made a record about living in Trump’s America, … Continue reading “David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates”

Track premiere: Moonsville Collective “Hurricane Girl” – Listen

Moonsville Collective is a Southern California five piece whose new album “Moonsville III” comes out on September 8th promising “sonically warmer, more upbeat waters” for these troubled times. Their new single from the record, Hurricane Girl is an understated, bluegrass train shuffle and love song with a brush-snare backbeat and mandolin solo that channels Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter’s delicate … Continue reading “Track premiere: Moonsville Collective “Hurricane Girl” – Listen”

Interview: Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters)

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters perform a brand of americana music dripping class – such are the dynamics of Platt’s songs, and the playing of the band they come in at a higher level. Consistency is another term you could fire at her and the band. Their recent albums are of the kind you … Continue reading “Interview: Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters)”

Minor Poet “Judith Beheading Holofernes ” – Listen

Minor Poet is Richmond (Virginia) based musician Andrew Carter who has recorded an album – And How! – which is a testament to the beauty of music found in the most unexpected places.   It’s his debut solo album and was written, performed, and recorded entirely by him over roughly two months.  Judith Beheading Holofernes is … Continue reading “Minor Poet “Judith Beheading Holofernes ” – Listen”

Pete Seeger’s political sailboat heads for DC

God it’s a great feeling in the era of presidential toddlers to have people like Pete Seeger still with us. Billboard reports: “Five decades after the late folk music icon Pete Seeger sailed to the nation’s capital to call for passage of federal Clean Water Act, his Hudson River sloop Clearwater has again cast off … Continue reading “Pete Seeger’s political sailboat heads for DC”

Daudi Matsiko “An Introduction to Failure” (Naim Records, 2017)

It’s clear from the moment the steely opening arpeggios breath life into Daudi Matsiko’s first full release, that this is going to be an up-close and personal journey. It’s one that starts like a rainstorm with opening track Home’s gentle bursts of fingerpicked melody giving way to a more substantial flow of strummed heartbreak. Before … Continue reading “Daudi Matsiko “An Introduction to Failure” (Naim Records, 2017)”

Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny Performs “Old Banjo” in preparation for new album release – Watch

This is rather fine if you have 5 minutes to spare, some nice covers on the way too. Rolling Stone reports: “Sometime last winter, Noam Pikelny grew restless. He’d recently wrapped up a tour with the Punch Brothers, plucking his banjo strings to songs from the group’s chart-topping album, The Phosphorescent Blues. Back in Nashville after … Continue reading “Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny Performs “Old Banjo” in preparation for new album release – Watch”

Dirty Dozen: Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy

Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy, an Americana duo from Washington, West Virginia USA, living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and were both born and raised there. Steve is an experienced singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Steve Hussey Band and Jake is a 17-year-old multi-instrumental prodigy who is very well known … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy”

The Lumineers: Hammersmith Apollo, London – 4th November 2016

The Lumineers burst onto the scene with a huge breakthrough hit Ho, Hey, and quickly found themselves pigeonholed alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons. Whereas that band had shot religious imagery right through their lyrics and clung to a “every song builds to a crescendo” formula, The Lumineers were more interested in girls and … Continue reading “The Lumineers: Hammersmith Apollo, London – 4th November 2016”