Jeremy Porter and the Tucos hits UK for dates next month

Jeremy Porter & The Tucos are a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan who, according to their press release, “sound like guitars and whiskey, hooks and heartache, energy and passion. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons, Hüsker Dü to Uncle Tupelo, Merle Haggard to AC/DC on their turntables. The racket they … Continue reading “Jeremy Porter and the Tucos hits UK for dates next month”

John Murry brings decay to a town near you

John Murry’s UK tour still has a handful of dates left. Bringing songs from this year’s superb album ‘A Short History Of Decay’, as well as a brace of older material, Murry’s work is dark and stark. Following on from 2012’s album acclaimed work ‘The Graceless Age’, this new work sees Murry open up a little … Continue reading “John Murry brings decay to a town near you”

Alejandro Escovedo “Outlaw for You” – Listen

‘The Crossing‘ is the new album from Alejandro Escovedo, it’s out  on the 14th of  September.  It’s got a general theme of  migrants, but this particular tune is just a bit of fun, about this guy who, Escovedo says, “wants to impress this girl and he loves this girl and he’s telling her that her record collection matters. … Continue reading “Alejandro Escovedo “Outlaw for You” – Listen”

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018

While there are several “specialist” Americana festivals like Maverick and Ramblin’ Roots, for the Americana fan Cambridge Folk Festival has for many years always had much to offer.  It rightly prides itself on its eclecticism – both Joe Strummer and Nick Cave have played there in the past – and interpreting “folk” very broadly and … Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018”

Interview with Jim Walker, At The Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions

Jim Walker is managing director of At the Helm records and Brighthelmstone Promotions. Last year, he put together a festival in his hometown of Hassocks, West Sussex featuring two of our greatest loves – americana music and good beer. The Mid-Sussex americana beer festival is running again for a second year at the Hassocks hotel … Continue reading “Interview with Jim Walker, At The Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions”

Jason McNiff + Toni Montserrat, The Harrison, London, 27th July 2018

To the very compact basement bar of The Harrison in Kings Cross for the official launch gig of Jason McNiff’s latest album ‘Joy and Independence’. He’s now on the splendidly-rostered At The Helm records and so we have a Bradford man living in London with his label management in Brighton so who needs Nashville? Hailed … Continue reading “Jason McNiff + Toni Montserrat, The Harrison, London, 27th July 2018”

Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2018, Globe, London, 10th July

The bright future of our young acoustic talent was  showcased in north London tonight as the finalists of the Fender Undiscovered Artist Of The Year awards gathered to battle it out at the Globe. And they WERE all rather bright and rather young – almost disagreeably so – including the hosts and the judges and … Continue reading “Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2018, Globe, London, 10th July”

John Renbourn “Live in Kyoto 1978” (Drag City, 2018)

It hardly needs repeating that John Renbourn was a phenomenally talented guitarist who turned his hand to a variety of music – folk, jazz, blues, the start of the ‘Early Music’ movement.  And he excelled in all of these, his playing studious and careful and at the same time wonderfully fluid and filled with a … Continue reading “John Renbourn “Live in Kyoto 1978” (Drag City, 2018)”

Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch tour UK in September.

Everyone’s favourite guitar god returns to the UK this September with Stephanie Finch – keyboard maestro of the Mission Express, star of the album ‘Stephanie Finch and the Company Men‘ and…married to Chuck Prophet.  It’s described as an acoustic tour – what that actually means we’re not sure.  New arrangements of old songs ?  New … Continue reading “Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch tour UK in September.”