Treetop Flyers “Treetop Flyers” (Loose Music, 2018)

Londoners, Treetop Flyers, return with their eponymous third album, continuing where they left off with their excellent 2016 release ‘Palamino’.  The decision to make this record self-titled is more than apt, as it is the most confident that Treetop Flyers have sounded in themselves yet, largely following a formula of dreamy, mellow 60s-style melodies interspersed … Continue reading “Treetop Flyers “Treetop Flyers” (Loose Music, 2018)”

2018 Americana Music Association Awards nominees revealed

News in from the AMA overnight (the US version) of their list of nominees for their honours and awards for 2018, and there’s good news for Mr Isbell, Margo Price and Brandi Carlile among others – in fact the lists are dominated by the 3 artists, although they are also joined by Mary Gauthier for her … Continue reading “2018 Americana Music Association Awards nominees revealed”

Interview: Buffalo Tom

I remember buying the self-titled debut album from Buffalo Tom the very day it was released from that once-great record emporium, Rhythm Records in Camden Town. That record still gets healthy attention from the deck, especially ‘Sunflower Suit” which still has this middle-aged man jumping around like Vedder. Thirty-years later and I’m sat here enjoying … Continue reading “Interview: Buffalo Tom”

Mercury Rev, The Barbican, London, 14th July 2017

Mecury Rev have a sound that is often described as symphonic, so this appearance at The Barbican with the Royal Northern Sinfonia offers a real chance to hear the huge sounds of their albums as they were meant to be. Surprisingly there’ll be nothing from Secret Migration, perhaps the bands most symphonic album to date. … Continue reading “Mercury Rev, The Barbican, London, 14th July 2017”

“Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever

Imagine if you will your dream line-up for a single night out and it probably doesn’t get much better than this. Oh for Star Trek style transporters.  RS Country reports: “Willie Nelson is assembling a genre-defying roster of artists for a new summer package tour. The Outlaw Music Festival Tour will kick off July 1st … Continue reading ““Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever”

Barbican announces Mercury Rev, with Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Time, it seems, has done its usual trick and flown by – can it really be a whole ten years since musically eclectic label Bella Union’s tenth birthday celebration at the RFH? It would appear so, as this July will see events at the Barbican to celebrate a full twenty years of the label founded … Continue reading “Barbican announces Mercury Rev, with Royal Northern Sinfonia.”

Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought … Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Americana UK staff pick their best of 2016

Here it is folks: the annual review of the best music of the last year as decided by your favourite music writers. Or at least the ones who write for Americana UK (we don’t yet have a Tony Parsons Julie Burchill dynamic going on between any two writers but give us time). The dust has … Continue reading “Americana UK staff pick their best of 2016”

Rainbrother “Tales From The Drought” (General Bird, 2017)

Opening with a joyful and instantly memorable piano motif on the track Riverside, ‘Tales from the Drought’ announces its intentions from the get go. Bjarke Bendtsen performing as Rainbrother has produced an album of delightful melodies, sparkling song writing and affecting sounds. The aforementioned Riverside is a complex yearning narrative build around the ebb and … Continue reading “Rainbrother “Tales From The Drought” (General Bird, 2017)”