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”

Blitzen Trapper announce European tour dates

Blitzen Trapper’s new album ‘Wild & Reckless’ has been getting some rather nice reviews from the likes of Mojo, The Independent and Clash and to celebrate the fact (or perhaps with no relation to that fact at all) have just announced Europe / UK tour dates for next year. The UK shows are a bit threadbare, happening only … Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper announce European tour dates”

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”