Ryan Adams “Back in Your Head” – Listen

We mentioned Tegan And Sara’s star-studded “The Con X: Covers” album a couple of weeks back which is due later this month, and today the duo has plonked Ryan Adams’ version of “Back In Your Head” online which is catchy, rocky and as full of energy as anything you might expect from Adams when he’s having one of his more wired days.

RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana

Very interesting piece in Rolling Stone Country this morning about Tom Petty’s relationship with country music, how big an influence he was on the whole americana genre and why he never took up Chris Stapleton’s offer of a songwriter-off. At the end of this article you can find my two favourite n0t quite so well known Tom Petty songs from over the years. RS reports: “When it came to country music, Tom Petty preferred the old stuff. The realstuff, like Carl Perkins and Conway Twitty. Over the years, he’d slip a few of their songs into his sets with the Heartbreakers, singing them in the slow-moving drawl he was never able to truly leave behind in Florida. Continue reading “RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana”

Carousel “Carousel EP” (Independent, 2017)

A youthful four-piece band from Southend On Sea, Carousel dive into the increasingly crowded pool of UK bands playing Americana on this, their debut recording. They hover around the radio friendly sounds of bands such as The Shires and The Lone Bellow although at times there is a tougher edge on show. Continue reading “Carousel “Carousel EP” (Independent, 2017)”

The Young‘uns “Strangers” (Heretu Records 2017)

Here is an astonishing album, musically and harmoniously spot on, that sweeps you up and teaches you a thing or two about people, places and events, leaving you with a sense of wonder. To encourage you, to listen to and buy the CD, to make every effort to see the Young’uns perform, here is, hopefully, a tempting glance into the appeal of the collection and the captivating nature of Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes, called The Young’uns as this was what they were called by older singers as a term of endearment in their early days of performing in the North East. Now, of course, they are established and holders of outstanding Folk awards. Continue reading “The Young‘uns “Strangers” (Heretu Records 2017)”

Jon Boden – here, there and everywhere in November

Giant of the folk scene Jon Boden is making a late attempt at the “hardest working man in folk” crown.  Not content with releasing a new album – Afterglow – this month and preparing to take this out on a full band tour in November, Jon Boden has also decided he has time for a cluster of solo shows as well.  And some festival appearance in October.   Continue reading “Jon Boden – here, there and everywhere in November”

Lynn Jackson “Follow That Fire” (Busted Flat Records 2017)

It’s no surprise that this captivating album has been produced by the Cowboy Junkies’ Micheal Timmins. From the first note there is that Junkies vibe – all big sounds in intimate spaces with room for the instruments to breath and time for the singer to tell the tale. The album opens with the title track and it sets the standard, Jackson’s measured and aching delivery swooning within the reverb guitar and shimmering cymbals. The pace doesn’t lift on ‘Random Breakdowns’ – in fact it becomes even more measured with the narrative leavened by a delicate piano highlights. Continue reading “Lynn Jackson “Follow That Fire” (Busted Flat Records 2017)”

Linda Ronstadt: ‘I don’t like any of my albums’

Not quite as severe as it sounds – Linda Ronstadt, in a recent wide ranging interview in The Guardian, just joined the long list of artists who don’t get pleasure from listening to their old stuff “Well, I don’t ever listen to my stuff once I’ve finished it…when I listen to all my old stuff, I tend to be horrified.”  She talks about many of the people she’s worked with in the past; Continue reading “Linda Ronstadt: ‘I don’t like any of my albums’”

Track premiere: Dream Giant “Every Song”

Dream Giant is the alter ego of London based musician and producer Harry Dean, whose debut album “A Different Light” will be released on 17th November by Paisley Parade Records. It will be preceded by the release of the single Every Song which we’re premiering today here on AUK, an uplifting track with big choruses – a bit more poppy than we usually go for but we’re a sucker for bold boy/girl vocal harmonies. The closely intertwining voices in the final verse are loaded with both yearning and hope: ‘There’s a darkness – no denying, but we’ll try’ which could be the theme for this year’s Conservative Party conference.