Blitzen Trapper “Wild And Reckless” (Lojinx, 2017)

The thing which saved Blitzen Trapper from being run of the mill was their embracing of risk: they can be joyous and frustrating, and on this record they are no different, only, in common with their recent releases, less so. They start with the blue-collar Americana of Rebel and then they hit paydirt of sorts … Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper “Wild And Reckless” (Lojinx, 2017)”

Jon Boden announces Spring 2018 dates

As both a “him” and a “them”. Ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden will hit the road firstly as a solo act in mid-April, starting at Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog before picking up The Remnant Kings later in the month at Saltaire’s Victoria Hall. Jon recently shared this short clip below of him performing Fires Of Midnight as part of … Continue reading “Jon Boden announces Spring 2018 dates”

Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year

The crossover man who puts the “meh” into amehricana, Chris Staplegun has done it again. Oh and people should be prosecuted for beating Jerry Douglas in any category. Rolling Stone reports: “The 51st CMA Awards were held in Nashville on Wednesday, with Garth Brooks taking home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year … Continue reading “Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year”

Bon Iver announces 5 nights of London dates

And do not get him started on Hillary Clinton. NME reports: “Bon Iver has announced a five-night stint at London’s Eventim Apollo in February next year. The Canadian singer, real name Justin Vernon, will kick off the residency with a show on the 21st February, before further dates on February 22, 25, 26, and 27. Posting … Continue reading “Bon Iver announces 5 nights of London dates”

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”

Blitzen Trapper are back with “Wild and Reckless”

Would you be disappointed if we told you it’s not a double cover album of Erasure and Bryan Adams? Earlier this year, the Portland, Oregon based band staged a musical titled “Wild & Reckless” that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage. Today, the band has announced a new album of the same title that … Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper are back with “Wild and Reckless””

Karl Blau + The Empty House Band, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24th August 2017

Karl Blau took to the stage adorned in a dark suit that was splashed and stained with Jackson Pollock like whitewash. It’s a decent bet that the suit is something created by himself and indicative in a way of his career path. Based in the small town of Anacortes in Washington State, oyster farmer Blau … Continue reading “Karl Blau + The Empty House Band, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24th August 2017”

Interview: Christopher Rees

A delayed train meant I had a moment to use the ‘library’ on the platform provided by WH Smiths, and a rapid peruse of Uncut Magazine, in which I stumbled across a review of ‘The Nashville Songs’, cool title, by Christopher Rees, cool hat in the picture on the sleeve.  A brief exchange of emails … Continue reading “Interview: Christopher Rees”

RS: “Country music stars are reluctant to speak up about Charlottesville”

There’s a great piece in RS Country at the moment about mainstream country music’s deafening silence since the events in Charlottesville a couple of weeks back which has echoes of a piece they wrote earlier in the year about its silence on Trump. Winona Dimeo-Ediger writes: “On August 12th, a group of white nationalists carrying torches … Continue reading “RS: “Country music stars are reluctant to speak up about Charlottesville””

Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 30th June-2nd July 2017

Ten years and ‘still kickin’’ according to this year’s t-shirt, Maverick is THE festival on the Americana calendar. it’s the one everyone wants to play and the yard stick by which other festivals  have measured themselves (and been inspired by). Now firmly branded as ‘Americana & Roots’ it started using the much missed tag ‘alt … Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 30th June-2nd July 2017”