Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”

The Americans can be yours again – more UK dates announced

Los Angeles quartet The Americans, whose latest album “I’ll Be Yours” has been garnering some nice press, seem to like us quite a lot at the moment (maybe it’s to make up for their President) and are returning to our shores once again in January to play Celtic Connections and the UK Americana Music Awards, as well as club … Continue reading “The Americans can be yours again – more UK dates announced”

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Scala, London, 22nd November 2017

Those who still pine for the folk excesses of Bellowhead can take some comfort from Jon Boden’s latest outfit. After a solo tour Jon Boden has got the old band back together and is taking new album Afterglow out on tour with The Remnant Kings, backed up by the string trio that is the Remnant Strings. … Continue reading “Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Scala, London, 22nd November 2017”

Interview: The Whiskey Gentry

Atlanta-based, The Whiskey Gentry, whose album Dead Ringer on Pitch-A-Tent Records was released earlier this year, pushes the band to a fuller more adventuress guitar powered sound.  Fronted by the effervescent Lauren Staley who, alongside husband, Jason Morrow, has been blending country with rock’n’roll, bluegrass and gritty honky-tonk whilst performing over 150 dates a year, including … Continue reading “Interview: The Whiskey Gentry”

Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Oklahoma-born but now based in Texas, Ray Wylie Hubbard continues to set the standard for the new boys while continually adding to his already well-stocked legacy of music. His latest album, Tell The Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can (out now on Bordello Records via Thirty Tigers), still clearly ticks all the … Continue reading “Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard”

London Folk & Roots Festival 2017

Between Saturday October 28th and Saturday November 18th this brand new festival is putting on Foy Vance, Rhiannon Giddens, CC Smugglers, Show of Hands, Chuck Prophet, The Worry Dolls, Gretchen Peters, The Hot Club of Cowtown and many more in over thirty concerts in venues including the Union Chapel, St Pancras Old Church, the Borderline … Continue reading “London Folk & Roots Festival 2017”

Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing

Oh well, this will wreck our Google search result listings – what possessed them to use the terms “americana” and “UK” in the same headline?  Billboard has an article today entitled “U.K. Americana Hits America, and Vice Versa, In New Roots Exchange” which is an incredibly interestingyou read about our symbiotic relationship with the genre over … Continue reading “Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing”

John Craigie announces UK dates

“If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a child, the resulting product would resemble something very close to singer-songwriter John Craigie”. So says the press release announcing tour dates for Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter John Craigie (it’d also be cutting edge science so might have 5 arms and 3 legs). Craigie is renowned for his eloquent Americana … Continue reading “John Craigie announces UK dates”

Jason Isbell plays hometown Muscle Shoals gig

Good morning everyone. If you’re in the US and wondered why we didn’t update yesterday it’s because we have these things called holidays. You used to have them once! (Actually not sure if this is true) Rolling Stone reports: “You can take Jason Isbell out of Muscle Shoals, but you can’t take Muscle Shoals out … Continue reading “Jason Isbell plays hometown Muscle Shoals gig”

Nick Heyward “Woodland Echoes” (Gladsome Hawk, 2017)

Those of you who still remember Nick Heyward from his days fronting Haircut 100 (humorously described in the press release as a New Wave group) may be surprised by this record, but anyone who has paid attention to what he’s done since won’t be. Ever since his first few solo singles like Whistle Down the … Continue reading “Nick Heyward “Woodland Echoes” (Gladsome Hawk, 2017)”