Courtney Marie Andrews, Bush Hall, London, 5th September 2017

This was the second of two packed nights at Bush Hall and Courtney Marie Andrews and her band took to the stage and launched into Rookie Dreaming, the opening track from her current album Honest Life. Andrews’ vocals and her appearance at once suggest that you could be watching a young Joni Mitchell but it … Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews, Bush Hall, London, 5th September 2017”

Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates

The band Summerhill are reuniting for a series of UK dates next month, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. There’ll also be a deluxe double-disc reissue of their debut album “Lowdown” which will be released to coincide with the tour.  Summerhill brought together the folky jangle, sonic exploration and country influences of The Byrds in one … Continue reading “Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates”

Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)

Ten years and still kickin’ was the recent tagline to Maverick Festival, which has had a decade at the top of the tree when it comes to putting on Alt-country, Americana and Roots festivals in the UK.  Based at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge in Suffolk it provides three days of multi stage twang based … Continue reading “Interview: Paul Spencer (Maverick Festival)”

Ed Dupas “Tennessee Nights” (Independent, 2017)

This is a highly satisfying slice of blue collar Americana, with grit and grace in just the right ratio. Dupas may be from the home of the Stooges and MC5, but instead he chooses to kick out the classic Steve Earle-esque jams in a contemporary manner not too dissimilar to the likes of Sturgill Simpson. … Continue reading “Ed Dupas “Tennessee Nights” (Independent, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child

The Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep. They can have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison, the band is made up of some … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Most Ugly Child”

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”

Tom Snow “Uptown Hopeful” (Slipstream Records 2016)

Tom Snow has enjoyed a 50 year career in the music industry and is best known as a songwriter penning Linda Ronstadt’s hit “Don’t Know Much” and Leo Sayer’s “Thunder In My Heart” plus many more. However, he was a pioneer of the late 60’s and early 70’s country rock scene working with a young … Continue reading “Tom Snow “Uptown Hopeful” (Slipstream Records 2016)”

Bronwynne Brent, Ritz Acoustic, Burnham on Sea, 16th March 2017

How an unassuming and talented artist from the Mississippi Delta ends up playing at venues such as the cosy and intimate Ritz Acoustic Club in Burnham on Sea is one of the great joys of the music business and a real treat for us music lovers.  Appearing with Johnny Sangster (Guitar), the Seattle based producer … Continue reading “Bronwynne Brent, Ritz Acoustic, Burnham on Sea, 16th March 2017”

Stephen Simmons “A World Without” (Blue Rose Records, 2016)

At a time when the great and good of mainstream Nashville can be found in the UK playing the country fest that is C2C Stephen Simmons’ latest offering acts as an antidote to much of the current anodyne output of that great song writing town. As is befitting a native of Tennessee, his 10th album … Continue reading “Stephen Simmons “A World Without” (Blue Rose Records, 2016)”

Old 97’s record duet with Brandi Carlile – Listen

News from Rolling Stone Country this morning and a good excuse to put a picture of Rhett Miller up: “”I’m good with God. I wonder how she feels about me?” So ends the chorus of the Old 97’s’ “Good With God,” the lead single from the band’s 11th album, Graveyard Whistling. Due February 24th, the … Continue reading “Old 97’s record duet with Brandi Carlile – Listen”