Palmer T. Lee “Winebringer” (Team Love Records, 2019)

Palmer T. Lee is familiar as one half of The Lowest Pair. He, along with partner Kendl Winter, have released five commendable albums under that name since 2003. Now, the pair are taking a break from their day jobs to pursue solo projects. Lee’s is the first to surface and it surfaces with a real … Continue reading “Palmer T. Lee “Winebringer” (Team Love Records, 2019)”

Book Review: Rachel Lee Rubin “Okie From Muskogee” (33 1/3 Bloomesbury Academic, 2018)

First things first. If you haven’t discovered the excellent 33 1/3 series of books from Bloomsbury Publishing you’re seriously missing out. This is a series of short books about popular music and it focuses on individual albums by a very wide range of artists. Obviously not all of these will be of interest to Americana … Continue reading “Book Review: Rachel Lee Rubin “Okie From Muskogee” (33 1/3 Bloomesbury Academic, 2018)”

William the Conqueror “Bleeding on the Soundtrack” – Listen

On their new single, William The Conqueror delve deep into the darkest recesses, gathering clues to unravel a mystery of misplaced worship, adolescence, addiction and the road to recovery. ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ is the first track to appear from their forthcoming album of the same name, recorded at Real World and produced by Ethan Johns, he … Continue reading “William the Conqueror “Bleeding on the Soundtrack” – Listen”

Amos Lee “My New Moon” (Dualtone Records, 2018)

‘My New Moon’ Amos Lee’s seventh full length album (discounting the 2015 ‘Live at Red Rocks’ release with The Colorado Symphony) on which he continues to blend soul and jazz on a pallet of 1970s style James Taylor singer song-writing to create a rich and bright Americana soulful folk. His music is entertaining and comforting … Continue reading “Amos Lee “My New Moon” (Dualtone Records, 2018)”

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford … Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Darling West “While I Was Asleep” (Jansen Records, 2018)

Norwegian country trio Darling West are on a roll. International performances, a US Country Chart Top 100 placing, over three million Spotify plays and prestigious European and American festival performances have firmly established them on an upward trajectory. A tour with Sam Outlaw, support with Lucinda Williams and a Grammy from their native Norway reflect … Continue reading “Darling West “While I Was Asleep” (Jansen Records, 2018)”

Matt Patershuk “Same As I Have Ever Been” (Black Hen Music 2017)

The back cover portrait photo for Matt Patershuk’s new album may make you recoil in horror at the super clichéd Americana-ness on display. Farmyard, haystack, dogs, Telecaster, beard and hat. All are squeezed in. Fear not – they’re actually his own dogs and his own rural Alberta farmyard. Safe to assume the guitar and beard … Continue reading “Matt Patershuk “Same As I Have Ever Been” (Black Hen Music 2017)”

Miranda Lee Richards “Existential Beast” (Invisible Hands Music, 2017)

One thing that is certain, Miranda Lee Richards has created in Existential Beast an album of some astonishing beauty. Profound of lyrics, gorgeous in the playing, sung with a voice which embodies an unearthly allure. Every song has an emotional resonance, a soul satisfying lyrical depth, even as Miranda Lee Richards dances elegantly and effortlessly … Continue reading “Miranda Lee Richards “Existential Beast” (Invisible Hands Music, 2017)”

Fleet Foxes “Crack-Up” (Nonesuch, 2017)

Fleet Foxes have not been exemplifying the work ethic – having dramatically emerged onto the music scene in 2008 with the Sun Giant EP and then their eponymous debut it was a full three years until the follow up Helplessness Blues. That was three years in which the Foxes achieved an ubiquity rarely accorded a … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes “Crack-Up” (Nonesuch, 2017)”

Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July

Sam Outlaw, who released his sophomore album “Tenderheart” on Friday last week (it was a good Friday for him) has announced some UK dates for July where you can sample his wares in person.  The reviews are still coming in for his new record, but his debut ‘Angeleno’ earned great reviews both in the UK … Continue reading “Sam Outlaw announces UK dates for July”