Paul Brady “Unfinished Business” (Proper, 2017)

With Bob Dylan having declared Paul Brady to be a “secret hero” of his, you know there’s got to be some serious pedigree from an artist in a career spanning a period of some 54 years now. ‘Unfinished Business,’ Brady’s 15th solo album, features nine new compositions and two traditional folk songs. After a hiatus … Continue reading “Paul Brady “Unfinished Business” (Proper, 2017)”

Amanda Ann Platt and the Honeycutters “Amanda Ann Platt and the Honeycutters” (Organic, 2017)

Listening to this record solidly for the last three weeks now, it still sounds as fresh and invigorating as it did the first time out. Unlike the last Honeycutters release, on this album Amanda Platt puts her name both front and centre – and given that she writes the songs and sings lead vocal, that … Continue reading “Amanda Ann Platt and the Honeycutters “Amanda Ann Platt and the Honeycutters” (Organic, 2017)”

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””

Lydia Ramsey “Bandita” (Independent, 2017)

Recently seen in the UK as a solo performer touring with Joe Purdy, Lydia Ramsey’s debut album Bandita is an enticing combination of folk and country that sparkles as modern Americana. Here backed by a full band Ramsey presents a collection of songs of crystal clarity, sung with such warmth and, more often than not, … Continue reading “Lydia Ramsey “Bandita” (Independent, 2017)”

Tami Neilson “Don’t Be Afraid” (Outside Records 2017)

Tami Neilson is a Canadian born, New Zealand based singer and songwriter who has won a host of awards in her adoptive country. Her previous album, “Dynamite”, released in 2014, was one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Country Albums for that year. So, she has form – and she has pedigree; her father was talented … Continue reading “Tami Neilson “Don’t Be Afraid” (Outside Records 2017)”

Interview: Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is a big deal in Australia – his latest record went straight to number one and he supported Bob Dylan on his 2011 Aussie tour, although he still remains one of his country’s best-kept secrets for UK audiences. (But everyone knows what Neighbours is. Oh the injustice). The new album “Life is Fine” … Continue reading “Interview: Paul Kelly”

Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017

That’s summer over and  our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor … Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”

Jeremy Corbyn reaches a new level of americoolna

If you thought it wasn’t possible for Jezza to exceed his already near god-like status in the eyes of us liberal americana types, the photo below just goes to confirm that he really is the cat’s pyjamas. The screenshot from a recent TV interview with JC demonstrates that he has, apart from great politics, also … Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn reaches a new level of americoolna”

AUK album premiere: Mark Olson “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun” – Listen

We’re delighted to be able to premiere the new album today from americana legend Mark Olson. “Spokeswoman of The Bright Sun” comes out on 1st September 2017 (that’s tomorrow, date fans) and is the follow up to the critically acclaimed “Good-bye Lizelle” which we said nice things about 3 years back. Recorded during the summer … Continue reading “AUK album premiere: Mark Olson “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun” – Listen”

New Joana Serrat album due next month

The lovely Joana Serrat (with one ‘n’) has a new record our next month called “Dripping Springs” which would be so much worse an album title with the word “and” in it.  For her fourth album in five years, she travelled from her home in Vic, Barcelona to the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. There … Continue reading “New Joana Serrat album due next month”