King Ropes “Go Back Where They Came From” (Big and Just Little, 2020)

Opinion can be really quite polarised when it comes to covers. For every great new interpretation of an old song there can be others that are dismissed under the “if you can’t improve it then why bother” category. ‘Go Back Where They Came From’ by Montana based King Ropes is an album full of covers … Continue reading “King Ropes “Go Back Where They Came From” (Big and Just Little, 2020)”

Watkins Family Hour “Brother Sister” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)

When two-thirds of the Grammy-winning bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek find themselves with time on their hands in their home base of Los Angeles, it makes perfect sense that they set up shop as the house band for a local venue. That’s what Sean and Sara Watkins did back in 2002 during a hiatus and Largo … Continue reading “Watkins Family Hour “Brother Sister” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)”

Studio Life: Kerri Watt

You may have seen Kerri Watt performing at various festivals, including Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival.  You may have heard her on Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show.  You may have seen her supporting popular acts like Curse of Lono.  The Scottish singer-songwriter is certainly building a reputation as an energetic performer … Continue reading “Studio Life: Kerri Watt”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Bandits on the Run

Making a connection from isolation: that’s what it’s all about.  Our series of mini-gigs give you the chance to see great artists perform great music, all from the comfort of your home.  Today’s mini-gig comes from Bandits on the Run, who were touring together and on their way to South by Southwest when everyone began … Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Bandits on the Run”

The Song Remains: Steve Weber 1943-2020

The death of Steve Weber, one half of the fabled Holy Modal Rounders, progenitors of underground then psychedelic and eventually freak-folk has, for the most part gone unnoticed. The Rounders, a guitar, banjo and fiddle duo featuring Weber and co-founder Peter Stampfel, were a bellwether of sorts back in the sixties, blazing trails and opening … Continue reading “The Song Remains: Steve Weber 1943-2020”

10 Fountains of Wayne songs with an americana vibe

Whenever I would tell someone that Fountains of Wayne were my favourite band, it would often be a met by a kind of bemused look, mainly because of that song. But as is often the case with bands who have one big hit, there was so much more to them than that. You sadly only … Continue reading “10 Fountains of Wayne songs with an americana vibe”

Audrey & Hugh “Sisterman” (Independent, 2020)

The duo is an abiding force in Americana music and, more recently, male/female pairings have come very much to the fore – the Civil Wars (before their split), Shovels and Rope, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, The Handsome Family and many more. The latest addition to these ranks may well be singer-songwriters Audrey MacAlpine and … Continue reading “Audrey & Hugh “Sisterman” (Independent, 2020)”

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe

You lucky people: whilst we are all (hopefully) self-isolating – watch how quickly that comment dates – you will have plenty of time to read the latest instalment of “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway” in which our writers and contributors tell us what, why and where they got into Americana. This week top bloke … Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe”