The Gentle Good “Ruins/Adfeilion” (Bubblewrap Collective, 2016)

the-gentle-goodThe presidential ‘debates’ show what happens when you match ugliness with ugliness – it spirals into something toxic and is birthing the idiocracy that we seem to deserve. Gareth Bonello meets the ugliness of the contemporary world with songs full of elegant beauty. ‘Rivers of Gold’ is a refutation of the trickle-down theory of economics and it’s a sturdy folk song cloaked with strings that are as elegant and graceful as the flight of a swift. Protest doesn’t have to be as ugly as the thing it is fighting against. Continue reading “The Gentle Good “Ruins/Adfeilion” (Bubblewrap Collective, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: The O’s

The O's, 2016The O’s started in the summer of 2008 in Dallas, Texas having known each other through from other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning.) Three months later, they entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of the first album “We Are The O’s” (2009 Idol Records) produced by Jeff Halbert (Nick Cave, St. Vincent.) (JP is John Pedigo and TY is Taylor Young) Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The O’s”

Dirty Dozen: The Young Fables

The Young Fables, 2016Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford are a country/ americana duo based out of Nashville, TN. They released their debut album “TWO” in February.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?

We are both, originally, from East TN. We have lived in Nashville for two years now playing out and writing as much as we can.

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Dirty Dozen: Underhill Rose (Molly Rose Reed)

Underhill Rose, 2016

Harmonies. Soul-touching lyrics. Eye-catching stage presence. Underhill Rose has become synonymous with beautiful music, charming personalities, and rippling success. In the last four years, the all-female trifecta has independently released two albums in the top of the Americana Music Association Airplay Chart and the Roots Music Report Chart, all the while garnering critical acclaim from around the globe.  Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Underhill Rose (Molly Rose Reed)”

Luke Winslow-King “I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always” (Bloodshot, 2016)

luke-winslow-kingBlues and whiskey always get me in trouble with purists. I enjoy them both better when diluting them or mixing them with something else. Consequently, I can enjoy a L W-K record because he rarely sticks to one style and is apt to look outwards for inspiration. His version of the blues slots nicely into the Americana template – he offers excursions into the true heart of the blues (‘Esther Please’ or ‘Louisiana Blues’) but more often he’s exploring a tributary or softening the harsher edges, so a Blues lightweight like myself can drink them down. Continue reading “Luke Winslow-King “I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always” (Bloodshot, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Annie Keating

annie keating, 2016Talent spotted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, (who calls the new album,“Wonderful – heartfelt and real”), Keating appeared live on the Bob Harris show twice and has performed at leading international festivals, including Take Root (Netherlands), Glasgow Americana Festival (Scotland), The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest, Brooklyn Americana, New Song and North by North East in Canada.  Keating has played on the bill with John Hiatt, Bon Iver, Amy Speace and other great artists. Keating and her band just released their 7th full length album “Trick Star” this summer. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Annie Keating”

Bob Dylan – Nobel Laureate for Literature

bob-dylan-2016It can hardly have passed by anyone’s attention that the Nobel committee have announced that this year they will be awarding the sumptuous gold medal and even more sumptuous cheque – payable to cash – to Bob Dylan for his services to literature. Here at Americana-UK we like to think of ourselves as impartial observers of and commentators on the world of music. However, this announcement prompts, nay demands, a more fulsome response. And that response is – “About Damn Time”. Continue reading “Bob Dylan – Nobel Laureate for Literature”

Win Uncle Lucius Tickets, Albums, T-Shirts with Americana UK!

uncle-luciusA reminder for the weekend about our giveaway we’ve got running at the moment – it could be you! Country-infused southern rock band Uncle Lucius return to the UK later this month for a 7 date tour and to celebrate the shows here at AUK Towers we’ve got an assortment of rather fantastic prizes to giveaway which include two tickets to any of their UK shows (you choose the show, you can’t go to all seven, greedy), signed copies of their new album and t-shirts/stickers.   We’ve also got a kindly donated signed 12″ vinyl from support band Curse of Lono. Continue reading “Win Uncle Lucius Tickets, Albums, T-Shirts with Americana UK!”

Ana Egge & The Sentimentals “Say That Now” (Grace Records, 2016)

ann-egge-2016Ana Egge has a collaborative nature – she has recorded with the likes of Steve Earle and Ron Sexsmith; her last album had The Stray Birds backing her up and on Say That Now she’s gone back to her Danish roots recording in Denmark with folk-rockers The Sentimentals. And again it’s a full collaboration – amongst the self-penned songs there are also co-writes with Jacob Chano (drums), Nikolaj Wolf (bass) and M C Hansen (guitars) – and even one song credited just to Hansen. An integrated group of musicians, then, sparking off one another and freely giving room for all to breath. Continue reading “Ana Egge & The Sentimentals “Say That Now” (Grace Records, 2016)”

Video Premier: The Dreaming Spires “The Road Less Travelled”

A year on from the trip that took the band to Nashville, for AmericanaFest, and to Memphis, where they recorded for a day at the legendary Ardent Studios, home to Big Star and REM’s “Green”, cutting the basic tracks for 3 songs which appear on the “Paisley Overground” record – including this ballad which premiers exclusively on AUK today: “The Road Less Travelled”.