Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year

The crossover man who puts the “meh” into amehricana, Chris Staplegun has done it again. Oh and people should be prosecuted for beating Jerry Douglas in any category. Rolling Stone reports: “The 51st CMA Awards were held in Nashville on Wednesday, with Garth Brooks taking home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his storied career. Brooks, who triumphed over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, returned from hiatus in 2014 and launched a sprawling world tour that will continue through the end of 2017. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton wound up as the night’s most-awarded performers, with two wins each. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year”

Interview: Blitzen Trapper

Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper have been producing delicately crafted albums for over a decade, charting their own distinct musical course and building a sizable fan base along the way. Wild And Reckless, the band’s ninth studio album, is both adventurous in sound and scope, taking songs initially written for a stage production into the studio to offer a fascinating take on American life. Americana-UK speaks to frontman Eric Earley about stage productions, murder ballads and the song-writing process.  Continue reading “Interview: Blitzen Trapper”

Aaron Rester “Americayana” (Bear Trap Spring, 2017)

 The last we heard of Chicago based songwriter Aaron Rester was back in 2009 when we, along with the wider music community were hailing a possible new pioneering Americana breakthrough. The Lost Cartographers were country infused with funky guitars and an inclination if not to break new ground then to follow different paths to the same destination with intriguing results. Which brings us to Rester’s new solo project and the distinct feeling that he is seeking to get back to basics but again with very original results. Continue reading “Aaron Rester “Americayana” (Bear Trap Spring, 2017)”

Drive By Truckers lay into Trump with new song – Listen

Anyone remember when AUK gave DBT a one star review back in 2003 and all hell broke loose?  (We’re sorry).  Anyway, times have changed and we admit they’re incredible now. RS Country reports: “To coincide with Election Day, Drive-By Truckers have released the new song “The Perilous Night,” a politically charged polemic that follows the pointed commentary of the group’s 2016 opus American Band. Much like the band’s song “What It Means,” “The Perilous Night,” written by Patterson Hood, is a deeply literal commentary on 2017’s acrimonious political climate. Continue reading “Drive By Truckers lay into Trump with new song – Listen”

Ora Cogan “Crickets” – Listen

It sometimes seems that the dreamy – albeit they were dark dreams – psychfolk sound died out somewhere around the release of Espers III. Montreal based singer Ora Cogan is doing her best to reverse that state of affairs with the eerily compulsive Crickets, the title track of her new album released on the 3rd of November. It blends her fey vocal with Russel Kotcher’s violins and some deeply atmospheric electronica. It’s a haunting listen.

Tom Paxton announces UK Tour

Tom Paxton turned eighty on the 31st of October – belated Happy Birthday Tom ! – and he’s got a bit of a gift for us.  Tom Paxton has just announced that he’ll be touring the UK in April 2018 with the able accompaniment of Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Donjuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner.  Tom Paxton has written and recorded hundreds of songs and in his fifty five year long career (so far!) has played thousands of gigs.  Continue reading “Tom Paxton announces UK Tour”

Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced

The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire, a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event,  and AUK will of course be there covering it. The Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music. Continue reading “Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced”

Anna Tivel “Small Believer” (Fluff & Gravy Records, 2017)

Small Believer, the follow up to last year’s Heroes Waking Up shows, that Anna Tivel has no shortage of complex and satisfying songs at her finger tips. In fact her talent is nothing less than prodigious, especially considering that this collection of word perfect songs were written while Tivel was out on tour. Anna Tivel’s songs occupy intimate spaces, her whispered voice just serving to emphasise this, and they tell stories. Continue reading “Anna Tivel “Small Believer” (Fluff & Gravy Records, 2017)”