Will Varley taking the Spirit of Minnie out on tour

Will Varley will be releasing his latest studio album – his fifth – on February the 9th – which will coincide with his biggest headlining gig to date as he brings his ten date tour to a crescendo at the Shepherds Bush Empire. The new album, Spirit of Minnie, marks a distinct change of direction … Continue reading “Will Varley taking the Spirit of Minnie out on tour”

Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”

Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards

Obviously this pales into insignifance compared to TV Choice Awards in which Emmerdale won 4 this year, but still, if you can drag yourself through the article, Rolling Stone reports: “Thank you to the Americana fans, because, without you, there might be no other place for me,” said Amanda Shires, collecting her award for Emerging … Continue reading “Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards”

Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up

If we could afford to cover this in person we would, although you do avoid Van on a bad day biting your head off (sorry, lazy journalism there). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Eclectic UK rock legends Van Morrison and Graham Nash, both of whom have been directly influenced by American music will both take the stage … Continue reading “Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up”

Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK

Stevie Freeman is the Chair of the Americana Music Association UK, the trade body for the genre and its musicians in the UK, with the express aim of further the exposure of its artist in the UK and beyond.  She is also the co-owner of Union Music Store (and its associated label and promotions) in … Continue reading “Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK”

Jinder “Kingsize Blackfoot” (Din of Ecstasy 2017)

This is Phil Dewhurst (Jinder)’s 10th album. He lives and works in Dorset, and by his own words has played, sung, recorded, engineered, produced and mastered this album himself at a studio in that county. The name of the album “Kingsize Blackfoot” has been adopted for this project to honour Jinder’s / Phil’s direct connection … Continue reading “Jinder “Kingsize Blackfoot” (Din of Ecstasy 2017)”

Scott Cook “Further Down The Line” (Independent, 2017)

Studious Canadian-born Americana singer-songwriter Scott Cook was influenced by Woody Guthrie among others. Further Down The Line is a unique release in that it comes complete with a 132 page book; a celebration in photographs of his ten years in the business, one that’s seen him travel the world. He doesn’t stop there because the chords … Continue reading “Scott Cook “Further Down The Line” (Independent, 2017)”

Joe Purdy has something to sing about.

It is often said that hard times, or difficult times, bring forth the best music. You know – Woody and the Dust Bowl, the Civil Rights Movement and Dylan, Thatcherism and Bucks Fizz. Or should that be Billy Bragg? Anyway, that kind of thing. It does sometimes make one pause and wonder if the hard … Continue reading “Joe Purdy has something to sing about.”

AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack

So this happened yesterday evening, the nominees for the biggest night of americana’s year. Lovely to see Sam Outlaw in the list too, as well as our own socialist in residence Billy Bragg. Rolling Stone reports: “The Americana Music Association has announced the nominees for its 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards show and Sturgill … Continue reading “AMA announces nominees and awards, Sturgill leads the pack”

Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set

Nonesuch Records have announced the release of “The Natalie Merchant Collection” which will be a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant herself and released on June 23rd. The discs include all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades, a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from … Continue reading “Natalie Merchant to release deluxe box set”