Brent Cobb + Zack Logan, Dingwalls, London, 5th September 2018

Tonight we are offered a fine double dose of deep Southern drawls at this quasi-legendary venue in the heart of London’s Camden Market. First up is Zack Logan, on his first UK visit and touring his debut album ‘Raised by Wolves’. A Mississippi native now Nashville based, his songs are centred largely around rural and … Continue reading “Brent Cobb + Zack Logan, Dingwalls, London, 5th September 2018”

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”

Ethan Gold “The Song of Sway Lake (OST)” (LakeshoreRecords/Electrik Gold, 2018)

To be upfront about this, we don’t review a lot of film soundtrack albums – and that’s mostly because the music rarely impinges on our shared areas of interest here at Americana-UK. ‘Oh brother where art thou?‘ would be the highest profile exception to that rule. And in a further bout of honesty it’s really … Continue reading “Ethan Gold “The Song of Sway Lake (OST)” (LakeshoreRecords/Electrik Gold, 2018)”

Anna Tivel & Jefferey Martin, The Green Note, London, 4th July 2018

Either one of these artists would be worth turning out for, even worth dragging into a heat soaked and sticky London evening, and wandering down the dust-blown streets of Camden Town. Yeah, even worth fighting with the recalcitrant and sauna like Northern Line. The first on stage, Anna Tivel, has been steadily building a reputation … Continue reading “Anna Tivel & Jefferey Martin, The Green Note, London, 4th July 2018”

Paul Kelly returns with new album “Nature” – watch the first video

Leaving you this weekend dear readers with news on an Aussie icon who doesn’t get half the recognition he deserves in Americana circles – he supported Dylan on one of his tours over there so he’s quite a big deal and a year ago his album ‘Life Is Fine’ gave him his first ARIA #1 … Continue reading “Paul Kelly returns with new album “Nature” – watch the first video”

David Myhr “Lucky Day” (Monogram Recordings/Lojinx, 2018)

Not many albums cross our paths that are the product of research for a doctoral thesis – in fact ‘Lucky Day‘ may be the first such. David Myhr has been working for four years on researching the songwriting process – aiming to answer fundamental questions such a what makes a good song ? Why is … Continue reading “David Myhr “Lucky Day” (Monogram Recordings/Lojinx, 2018)”

Interview: The Vagaband

Long-established roots stalwarts The Vagaband’s third album, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ came out to great praise earlier this year with this very site loving the album’s “rollicking mix of Dylan and Ronnie Lane like Romany swirls, full-bodied and city sullied dramas and just plain old good fashioned songs”.   AUK’s Nic Rigby caught up with … Continue reading “Interview: The Vagaband”

Nils Lofgren, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge 24th May 2018

Nils Lofgren near-solo – he’s accompanied tonight by multi-instrumentalist Gregg Varlotta – is a very different thing from what one might imagine from his “day job”. Shortly before heading off for his UK tour celebrating fifty years on the road Nils Lofgren could be found blasting it out alongside Neil Young in a reconvened Crazy … Continue reading “Nils Lofgren, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge 24th May 2018”

Vickers Vimy “Atlas Of Hearts” (Vickers Vimy Music, 2018)

For the record, the Vickers Vimy was a First World War bomber originally manufactured in County Mayo, Ireland and was the first aircraft to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. It’s also the name of this band of Galway alt-Celtic freewheelers, adopted to drive the patriotic point home. It wasn’t necessary. This collection of bittersweet jigs … Continue reading “Vickers Vimy “Atlas Of Hearts” (Vickers Vimy Music, 2018)”

Yung Wu “Shore Leave” (Bar/None Records 2018)

An album from 1987 which sold less than 5,000 copies on release, this is essentially a side project by the percussionist from the band, the Feelies –Dan Weckerman here taking the role of lead vocalist and songwriter. A reissue being released in time for Record Store Day, ‘Shore Leave’ is considered something of a lo-fi … Continue reading “Yung Wu “Shore Leave” (Bar/None Records 2018)”