Dirty Dozen: Aaron Lee Tasjan

Like a modern day Cosmic Cowboy, Tasjan creates a heady blend of country-flecked rock-n-roll, veering from acoustic blues to garage-pop psych to smooth Nashville sounds to lush Laurel Canyon fare… filled with Tasjan’s remarkable story-telling, imbued with wry wit, a sharp tongue and a lot of heart – bringing to mind the showmanship and humour … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Aaron Lee Tasjan”

Margo Price @Celtic Connections with Aaron Lee Tasjan – Oran Mor, Glasgow: 24th January 2017

Bold as brass, Margo Price commanded centre stage on her Scottish debut. Wearing a figure hugging mini dress seemingly made from the same material as the ruby red slippers in Wizard of Oz, fishnet tights and thigh high boots she certainly was the centre of attention.  Now this isn’t a fashion review and generally one … Continue reading “Margo Price @Celtic Connections with Aaron Lee Tasjan – Oran Mor, Glasgow: 24th January 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Country Lips

Party country from the Pacific Northwest, this is the real country music.  An eight-piece honky-tonk band with a focus on the hard-edged, hook-laden, close-harmony country sound of the west coast, Country Lips has been called many things: “legendarily wild,” “a merry band of shitkickers,” and “the pick-me-up line of speed country needs to start kicking … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Country Lips”

Interview: Austin Lucas

Indiana-born, much-travelled singer-songwriter Austin Lucas places enough spark into the Americana scene to ignite an atom bomb! Son of bluegrass songwriter – producer Bob Lucas (his songs have been covered by Alison Krauss no less) is no stranger to Europe. He lived in the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2008. The same goes with regards … Continue reading “Interview: Austin Lucas”

Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)

The fifth album from this American duo is, and there is no other word for it, lovely.  They’ve added a band this time out but it’s their playing and singing that dominates, as it should.  There are some lovely fragile harmonies, some lovely mandolin work and the whole album is awash with fine melodies.  A … Continue reading “Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: The O’s

The 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) … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The O’s”

Chip Taylor: Glasgow Americana Festival The Classic Grand – 7th October 2016

You know you’re in the presence of greatness when the artist onstage is recounting his recent meetings with Tom Petty and Elvis Costello and you just know that they were in awe of the artist as opposed to the other way around. But then not everyone is Chip Taylor, a man whose story is so … Continue reading “Chip Taylor: Glasgow Americana Festival The Classic Grand – 7th October 2016”

Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)

Wire & Wool are a lively 7-piece from Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2014 they combine elements of bluegrass, folk and country with energy akin to punk. As with their American counterparts, North Carolina band Chatham County Line , the well-structured unit may push back boundaries, but at the same time they respect the old values. Recorded up … Continue reading “Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)”

Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates

“What would you give for a leader with soul?” the five piece Southern Tenant Folk Union ask on their recently released EP, which acts as a taster for the  upcoming album “Join Forces”.  They’ve made a collection of stirring and questioning political songs – and they’re now taking them out for the approval of the … Continue reading “Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates”