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”

Lizzie No “Hard Won” (Independent 2017)

With Hard Won, Brooklyn’s Lizzie No has picked up the musical baton of greats like Linda Thompson and Sandy Denny, spread it thick with a shadowy relevance born of her New York background, and unleashed what amounts to a new sub-genre of folk with a country tinge. It is perhaps surprising that, at least musically, … Continue reading “Lizzie No “Hard Won” (Independent 2017)”

Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert

And there’s a nice little clip below from it if you scroll down. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Twenty-six years after her three-night stint onstage at Nashville’s dark and dilapidated Ryman Auditorium helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old former home of the Grand Ole Opry, Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band, the Nash Ramblers, returned to the … Continue reading “Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert”

Oh Susanna “A Girl in Teen City” (Continental Song City, 2017)

Everyone has been, or will be, a teenager at some point in their lives and although we all have different personal experiences throughout those years, the feelings we have; the sense of hope for the future, the sense of adventure and as you grow older, the sense of nostalgia you have looking back is something … Continue reading “Oh Susanna “A Girl in Teen City” (Continental Song City, 2017)”

Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates

On Friday Yep Roc Records released the digital deluxe version of the Limited Edition CD of Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World which features three bonus tracks – “Stitch of the World” and “Something Came Over Me” which are acoustic duet versions of album tracks featuring Sam Beam, and “Day He Died” – a previously unreleased … Continue reading “Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates”

The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)

This is quite a hard album to review because it’s really an album of two halves. The Lonetones, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, are essentially the band of husband and wife duo Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe. They front the band and all the tracks on the album are written by them – but not together. … Continue reading “The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)”

Sufjan Stevens announces new live album

And one with pictures too, like watching Nigel Farage broadcasting on LBC (but with slightly less casual fascism). Pitchfork reports: “Sufjan Stevens has announced a new audiovisual live album, Carrie & Lowell Live, due out April 28 on Asthmatic Kitty. It was recorded on November 9, 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South … Continue reading “Sufjan Stevens announces new live album”

The Abrams “The Abrams” (Warner Music Canada, 2016)

This is the major label debut EP from Canadian brothers John and James Abrams who, despite only being just into their twenties, already carry an impressive CV, having the honour of being the youngest Canadians to appear at the Grand Ole Opry and having already put out a couple of albums under their own auspices. … Continue reading “The Abrams “The Abrams” (Warner Music Canada, 2016)”

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”

Jason Isbell previews new country music exhibit

If you ever get a chance to go to Nashville (a kind of Mecca for americana fans) then the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is still an essential.  RS Country reports: “If the thought of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum conjures images of black-and-white photos or relics of a bygone … Continue reading “Jason Isbell previews new country music exhibit”