The Mavericks + The Strange Blue Dreams @Celtic Connections, The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, 4th February 2018

It’s the last night of Celtic Connections and the big guns are wheeled out for this packed show at The Old Fruitmarket. The doors opened one hour before the support band were due on and by the time your scribe arrived there already was a good crowd packed up front, camped out as it were … Continue reading “The Mavericks + The Strange Blue Dreams @Celtic Connections, The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, 4th February 2018”

Colter Wall + Tyler Childers @Celtic Connections, The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 3rd February 2018

Tickets for this Celtic Connections show sold out almost as soon as the gig was announced with both artists noted as the up and coming guys to watch. Wall’s debut album was helmed by the current in vogue producer Dave Cobb while Childers’ debut is produced by a man who has benefitted from Cobb’s studio … Continue reading “Colter Wall + Tyler Childers @Celtic Connections, The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 3rd February 2018”

Mumford & Sons to receive AMA-UK Trailblazer Award

Mumford & Sons – oh, you remember them don’t you ?  The band that caused the largest schism in UK Americana history (possibly).  Well, divisive as they are it can’t really be denied that they raised the profile of a more rootsy approach to Indy Rock.  They were the band that made the banjo cool … Continue reading “Mumford & Sons to receive AMA-UK Trailblazer Award”

Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced

The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire, a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event,  and AUK will of course be there covering it. The Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana … Continue reading “Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced”

Interview: Shamblin Sexton

A few years back, stumbling into The Great Eastern, a salubrious pub at the bottom of Trafalgar Street in the heart of Brighton’s North Laines, my ears were met by Hank Williams’ unmistakable tones emanating from the end of the room.  There, stood in front of two record decks were two innocuous looking blokes, smiles … Continue reading “Interview: Shamblin Sexton”

RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana

Very interesting piece in Rolling Stone Country this morning about Tom Petty’s relationship with country music, how big an influence he was on the whole americana genre and why he never took up Chris Stapleton’s offer of a songwriter-off. At the end of this article you can find my two favourite n0t quite so well … Continue reading “RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana”

Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch

A live version to be precise but it includes a new song which is always a lovely thing to behold from DBT. Rolling Stone reports: “Patterson Hood considers himself to be a pretty cynical person. As one of the leaders of Drive-By Truckers, he’s spent the past 20-plus years channeling that cynicism into writing songs … Continue reading “Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch”

Lucy Kitchen “Lovers in Blue” – Listen

This is absolutely lovely. “Sun to My Moon” is the second studio album from Lucy Kitchen, a journey spanning fragile stripped back confessionals to Americana, to psychedelic-tinged harmony laden anthems. It’s out September 1st and this particular track from it features some gorgeous strings and more than a nod towards Sandy Denny.  Catch her on … Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Lovers in Blue” – Listen”

Cory Branan “Adios” (Bloodshot, 2017)

Branan is the type of songwriter who doesn’t like to repeat himself – no meticulous honing of a style. No, Branan likes to write a song and move on. The style will be suggested by the song. Genre is an elastic spectrum; it is invisible and ignored. Another Nightmare in America is in the tradition … Continue reading “Cory Branan “Adios” (Bloodshot, 2017)”