Jackson Browne, Wilco and Kasey Chambers appear in Refugee Aid video

Picking out the americana names for this story!  You can watch the video below.  Rolling Stone reports: “Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Peter Gabriel, Brian Wilson, Sting, Iggy Pop and more than 175 other rock legends unite to declare “We Are Not Afraid” in a video promoting the titular global … Continue reading “Jackson Browne, Wilco and Kasey Chambers appear in Refugee Aid video”

AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Martin Johnson

At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the coming weeks and months each AUK writer will in turn, present their own personal selections. When each writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most frequently chosen albums will be drawn up and voted on, in … Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Martin Johnson”

AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Clint West

Welcome to a brand new feature. At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the coming weeks and months each AUK writer will in turn, present their own personal selections. When each writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most frequently chosen albums will be … Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Clint West”

AUK’s Chain Gang: Lee Ann Womack “The Weight”

Jay Joyce is a reasonably well-travelled producer, a talented multi-instrumentalist and occasional songwriter who is perhaps, given his record, best suited to the first two of these activities rather than the third. He has worked with some cracking artists, some of our fav’s in fact cf. Radney Foster, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Emmy-Lou and Gillian … Continue reading “AUK’s Chain Gang: Lee Ann Womack “The Weight””

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Paul Villers

Well we haven’t had a piece for a while (lots of things going on but people are staying safe, thankfully) so the ‘developer’ of this feature is going to put his own ten pence worth in. We hope you, dear reader, enjoy this latest instalment of “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…”

Songs for the apocalypse: Jay Farrar “Station to Station”

Being an americana site we have to mention our own version of the Oasis vs Blur war, Son Volt vs Wilco (admittedly not quite the same war as Oasis and Blur were never in the same band together – imagine that for a second) at least once a month. My own lasting memory of seeing … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: Jay Farrar “Station to Station””

RS Country publishes “Social Distancing” interviews with Williams and Malin

RS Country has started to publish what they’re calling “Social Distancing” interviews with some of the better-known names in music including Lucinda Williams and Jess Malin where they ask them a standard set of questions about all kinds of things including what they’re doing, what they’re listening to and how they think we’re going to … Continue reading “RS Country publishes “Social Distancing” interviews with Williams and Malin”

Jonathan Wilson “Dixie Blur” (Bella Union, 2020)

‘Dixie Blur’ is a really surprising treat. Jonathan Wilson is a modern musical renaissance man and his resume includes band membership, production, songwriting, session work and tour support. The list of musicians he has worked with is incredible and a sample of names would include Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson and Robbie Robertson. He is singlehandedly … Continue reading “Jonathan Wilson “Dixie Blur” (Bella Union, 2020)”

GospelbeacH + The Swells, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 27th February 2020

2019 was a mixed year for GospelbeacH. Their fourth album ‘Let It Burn’ was released to critical acclaim in October, just two months after the death of Neal Casal, whose exquisite guitar playing is one of the features of the record. Tonight, GospelbeacH main man Brent Rademaker paid tribute to Casal with some warm words … Continue reading “GospelbeacH + The Swells, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 27th February 2020”