A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Interview: Jarrod Dickenson

The honey-voiced Jarrod Dickenson has toured extensively across the USA, Europe, the UK and Ireland. If you have been lucky enough to catch one of his performances, alongside his wife, Claire, then you will have been drawn in by the measured beauty and timeless quality of his songs. The precise storytelling and intimate interaction engage the listener … Continue reading “Interview: Jarrod Dickenson”

Remember this Burt Reynolds country song?

Well it’s the end of the week dear readers and we leave you with a story courtesy of Spin who marked the sad passing of Burt Reynolds (whose best film ever was Boogie Nights imho but horses for courses)  by remembering a country hit that he had in the 1980s. As they describe it: “After … Continue reading “Remember this Burt Reynolds country song?”

I See Hawks In LA have huge summer tour of the UK

Earlier this year I See Hawks In LA brought out a new album,  ‘Live and Never Learn‘,  a full and long five years after their previous masterpiece ‘Mystery Drug‘.  The new album drew on recent hard times experienced by band members – deaths of close family members being the worst – through its evolution and … Continue reading “I See Hawks In LA have huge summer tour of the UK”

Birds of Chicago, Stables Stage 2, Wavendon, 15th May 2018

The road works and long diversions conspiracy almost robbed us of the chance, but in the end tickets were grabbed from the ticket office, and a rapid relocation to Stage 2 enabled entry just as Birds of Chicago embarked on the first song of the evening. And there, crammed onto Stage 2’s small stage, was … Continue reading “Birds of Chicago, Stables Stage 2, Wavendon, 15th May 2018”

Interview: Jerry Leger

Although it isn’t even the end of April yet, here at Americana UK, there’s already fairly widespread agreement that the whole of 2018 is unlikely to throw up a better album than Jerry Leger and The Situation’s new record, ‘Nonsense and Heartache.’ For someone who’s only just turned 33, Canadian singer-songwriter, Jerry Leger, has already … Continue reading “Interview: Jerry Leger”

Kathy Zimmer “White Noise” (Independent, 2018)

Kathy Zimmer’s EP ‘White Noise’ is self-described as “Cosmopolitan Folk”, which shouldn’t cause a flinch as it has nothing to do with glossy magazines featuring quizzes about “Is he really into you?”, and articles offering “Successful Secrets of a Sexual Kind” or even “Fifty top tips for the gas cook”. Nope. Cosmopolitan Folk is sophisticated … Continue reading “Kathy Zimmer “White Noise” (Independent, 2018)”

Slaid Cleaves, Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, 8th October 2017

A welcome return of the American troubadour to the Hitchin Folk Club for the last night of his UK tour – although he still had several weeks in Europe and the USA to go before he finally headed for home. On this excursion Cleaves was accompanied on electric guitar by M.C. Hanson of Danish band … Continue reading “Slaid Cleaves, Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, 8th October 2017”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 4th – 8th October 2017

Now in its 11th year, Glasgow Americana brightened up the dark nights coming in as we prepare for winter. Over five days the festival provided a strong set of concerts which showcased some of the brightest talents from the Scottish roots scene along with the usual complement of visiting stars. Altogether over 20 acts appeared … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 4th – 8th October 2017”