Dirty Dozen: The Death South

They wear white shirts and black suspenders, black pants and travellers’ hats. They sing about murderous, estranged spouses and runaway lover cousins in a boot-stomping acoustic configuration that includes banjo, mandolin, cello and guitar, some whistles, hoots and hollerin’, and finger snappin’. Sometimes their fans dress up like them too and dance and sing the night away – but that’s not mandatory. The Dead South — Nate Hilt (lead vocals, guitar), Scott Pringle (mandolin, vocals), Colton Crawford (banjo) and Danny Kenyon (cello) — are fun, modern hillbillies from Regina, Saskatchewan (that’s in Canada btw), who can make you forget your troubles and even what century you’re in. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Death South”

Dirty Dozen: Chris James

Singer-songwriter Chris James unique blend of stunning cinematic-folk on his new EP Space In The Clouds, is out now via AWAL. The EP is about overcoming a difficult, dark period in his life and musically James combines influences from his days as lead singer songwriter of electro-rock pioneers Stateless with folk and modern electronica. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Chris James”

The Blue Aeroplanes “Welcome Stranger !” (Independent, 2017)

The Blue Aeroplanes return with their most stable line-up to date to proffer up a collection of agitprop poetry set to jangly indie rock. Lead singer, poet and founder member Gerard Langley remains unimpressed by the whole music business model; his thoughts are delivered with an uncompromising aggressiveness – and if the listener doesn’t like it then the listener can take a hike. This is art, and it doesn’t have to explain itself, it doesn’t need to be comfortable – maybe you’ll get it, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll agree with it, maybe you won’t: either way why should The Blue Aeroplanes care? Continue reading “The Blue Aeroplanes “Welcome Stranger !” (Independent, 2017)”

RS Country – “15 Great Country/Americana albums you haven’t heard”

Although you, AUK reader, probably have, or some of them at least. And if you’re thinking “why don’t I just head over to RS Country for all my americana news?” then pause. We’re saving you from some country you absolutely don’t need/want/have to be exposed to, like a Brita filter but for music. Another nice list here (we loves lists) which includes the likes of Rorey Carroll, Luke Bell and Dylan LeBlanc who melds a Seventies sensibility with a taste for the soothing, locomotive Southern blues.”  Head here for the article.

Dirty Dozen: Sam Jordan and The Dead Buoys

In May 2016, Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys released their debut When Golden Morning Comes E.P. The melancholy soundscapes and dark folk-tinged romanticism heralded the arrival of a very distinctive voice and a talented songwriter. However, it’s the forthcoming Thoughts of Paradise E.P. that sets Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys apart as the creative, experimental force they are. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Sam Jordan and The Dead Buoys”

Dirty Dozen: Country Lips

Party country from the Pacific Northwest, this is the real country music.  An eight-piece honky-tonk band with a focus on the hard-edged, hook-laden, close-harmony country sound of the west coast, Country Lips has been called many things: “legendarily wild,” “a merry band of shitkickers,” and “the pick-me-up line of speed country needs to start kicking ass again.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Country Lips”

Dirty Dozen: Joanna Weston

Joanna Weston writes from the heart and will have you hung on every word. Her finely woven melodies wrap around the lyrics perfectly, taking you on a journey through beautifully crafted life experiences we can all identify with. But it’s the voice that is most remarkable. Clear and unmistakable, Joanna’s unique sound is at times vulnerable, but always enchanting. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Joanna Weston”

Dirty Dozen: James McArthur and The Head Gardeners

Burnt Moth is the second album from Welsh-born folk singer/songwriter James McArthur. Having acquired years of experience as Paul Weller’s stickman, he moved frontstage to create his debut album “Strange Readings From The Weather Station” which was met with much well-deserved attention from the likes of Uncut, Prog and Record Collector. Now comes ‘Burnt Moth’ assisted in the making of by Joel Magill from the brilliant, Syd Arthur. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: James McArthur and The Head Gardeners”