Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018

This year’s Maverick Festival was held under glorious sunshine at Easton Park Farm in the deepest part of rural Suffolk. As usual, Director Paul Spencer  had pulled together a tremendous range of polished multinational talent which all just about falls within what we consider Americana. The timing of the event, smack dab in the middle … Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018”

We Are Muffy “The Charcoal Pool” (Tapete Record, 2018)

Listening to the distant Cornish trappings of We Are Muffy is like stepping into a time capsule of Brylcreem, pinstripes and windy seaside shingle. The listener is taken on a journey of random droll observations on urban Albion life, inspired by Nick Duffy and Angeline Morrison’s shared Birmingham past. It’s heavy to the point of … Continue reading “We Are Muffy “The Charcoal Pool” (Tapete Record, 2018)”

Phil Madeira “Providence” (Mercyland Records, 2018)

Nashville resident Phil Madeira is an almost perfect example of those “cats” John Sebastian sang about all those years ago. A multi instrumentalist, an in demand session musician, hit songwriter (for Keb’ Mo’, Alison Krauss and The Civil Wars among others) and producer, he’s probably best known as a member of Emmylou Harris’s Red Dirt … Continue reading “Phil Madeira “Providence” (Mercyland Records, 2018)”

Brent Cobb announces European dates

Brent Cobb has announced a UK and European tour for September. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will play twelve dates around Europe, including five shows in the UK.  Commencing at Whelan’s in Dublin, Cobb will then play four shows in the UK, including dates in London and Manchester, before a stop at The Long Road Festival in … Continue reading “Brent Cobb announces European dates”

Astral Drive “Astral Drive” (Lojinx, 2018)

Hey, listen – do you want to know a secret? Do you..uhh…promise not to tell? Ok, you look honest. What we have here is the Original Soundtrack album for an as yet unmade (heck, it’s not even commissioned) Guardians of the Galaxy sequel movie. You can bet your proverbial bottom dollar that when the Disney … Continue reading “Astral Drive “Astral Drive” (Lojinx, 2018)”

2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched

Maverick Festival officially unwrapped the line up for their 11th year at a launch party held at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London last Thursday.  The festival, winner of several awards and generally reckoned to be one of the best Americana and roots events of the year will take place in July in the tranquil … Continue reading “2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched”

NRA boots some country artists off its site

And we post this story if for nothing else than to put the first picture on AUK of the lovely Granger Smith up (who features in the piece, not just randomly). Also, the NRA is becoming a parody of itself but you knew that already. RS Country reports: “This past Friday, the names of more … Continue reading “NRA boots some country artists off its site”

Maverick Festival add further names to 2018 line-up

Following their 10th anniversary last year, the UK’s first major Americana festival has announced further additions to its 2018 line up, including an act who’ve been pitched as “the most talked about band in  Memphis” Southern Avenue, whose style embodies their home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions. Texas-raised Bonnie Bishop is also heading to Suffolk along … Continue reading “Maverick Festival add further names to 2018 line-up”

Video premiere: Ginger Wildheart “Paying It Forward”

Omg this is catchy. Ginger Wildheart (no relation to Baker) releases his new album ‘Ghost In the Tanglewood’ on 2nd March on the Graphite label and he’s shared with us this morning the video from the next single to be taken from it. He told AUK: “Back in early 2017, when recording ‘Ghost In The Tanglewood’, … Continue reading “Video premiere: Ginger Wildheart “Paying It Forward””

Van Life: Iain Sloan

Fretboard warrior, purveyor of all things six-string, and pedal steel supremo, Iain Sloan has been soundtracking the UK Americana scene for a number of years predominantly with The Wynntown Marshals, Scotland’s finest alt.country band, and latterly with the likes of indie folksters Blue Rose Code and the legendary Peter Bruntnell.   Americana-UK catches up with Sloan … Continue reading “Van Life: Iain Sloan”