Jimmy Webb: The Stables, Wavendon – 21st September 2016

Jimmy Webb is, without a doubt, a songwriter of some high ability – even if he’s not best known for what are his most interesting compositions. His reputation in the UK has been burnished in recent years by appearances on “Later…” and “Songwriters Circle” where he has been able to mix songs with some autobiography – a bit like the programme for this evening of Jimmy Webb & Glen Campbell. Continue reading “Jimmy Webb: The Stables, Wavendon – 21st September 2016”

Roger Roger “Fairweather” (Independent, 2016)

Roger Roger 2016Twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger, a folk/roots duo from Winniipeg Canada, launch their debut album Fairweather which, to complete the family connections, was engineered and produced by their father Lloyd Peterson. Fairweather showcases songs that incorporate the styles of both of the siblings and certainly indicates a real potential. It also shows that they are capable of a range of styles as they generally alternate lead vocals throughout which lends an interesting structure to the album.  Continue reading “Roger Roger “Fairweather” (Independent, 2016)”

Dirt Dozen: Vanessa Anne Redd

Vanessa Anne Redd, 2016Vanessa Anne Redd has been through various incarnations, explored various iterations of her musical obsession.  Previously one-half of folk duo Six Years, and before that in electro band Rubicks, she’s now ready to start out on her own.  Comparisons could be made to PJ Harvey’s imperial phase, but really Vanessa Anne Redd stands apart.

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Johnny Dowd Hits UK for Tour This Month

Apparently to try and categorise Johnny Dowd – Ithaca, New York’s legendary idiosyncratic genius – is like “trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible or indeed beneficial. To do so would be foolhardy , to say the least.”  If anyone has tried, do drop us a line.  Anyway you can read our review of his new album “Execute American Folklore” here or find out for yourself when he hits the UK in a couple of weeks for a string of dates. Continue reading “Johnny Dowd Hits UK for Tour This Month”

Neil Young Debuts Four New Songs at Show – Watch

With apologies to those readers who complained that the previous incarnation of AUK was like a Neil Young fan site.  Uncut reports: “Neil Young has debuted four new songs live during the same show. Young and The Promise Of The Real played Telluride Town Park, Telluride, Colorado on Friday, September 30. During the set, they unveiled four songs, which Sugar Mountain – the website that documents Young’s setlists – has listed as being called “Hang Gliders“, “Texas Rangers“, “Peace Trail” and “Show Me“. You can watch “Show Me” below. Continue reading “Neil Young Debuts Four New Songs at Show – Watch”

Gillian Welch to Release “Official” Bootleg Next Month

Gillian Welch’s groundbreaking album Revival was released twenty years ago and to commemorate the anniversary, Welch’s own Acony Records will release Boots No 1: The Official Revival Bootleg on November 25. Personally curated and produced by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, they worked alongside archivist Glen Chausse to mine selections from their extensive vault of analog tape recordings. The two-disc set will feature 8 previously unreleased songs, and include 21 outtakes, alternate versions, and demos from the making of the album such as the earliest home demo of “Orphan Girl” which was recorded on a four track and the rarity “Georgia Road,” a song that was only performed live once.  Continue reading “Gillian Welch to Release “Official” Bootleg Next Month”

Rogue Valley “Radiate Dissolve” (Independent, 2016)

Rogue Valley 2016Rogue Valley, the Minneapolis-based outfit who burst onto the scene like the brightest of comets with their Seasons project, return. Like the afore-mentioned comet, the band haven’t been sighted on the new release list for nearly five years, yet this return is worth the wait. In 2009-10, Rogue Valley, led by Chris Koza, hit on the idea of releasing four albums in the same year to reflect the different seasons which they did to widespread acclaim. The albums shimmered and sparkled with originality and achingly beautiful moments and the new offering, Radiate/Dissolve, picks up where the Seasons project left off. Continue reading “Rogue Valley “Radiate Dissolve” (Independent, 2016)”