Interview: David Rawlings

David Rawlings is quite the guy these days. A still youthful picker with an extraordinary command of the roots and traditional end of US country music, Rawlings has been plying his trade for many years, always earning praise, accolades and generating interest in both the genre and his own personal take on it all. Surprisingly, … Continue reading “Interview: David Rawlings”

Steven Page announces UK dates

Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page will be touring the UK for the first time in 10 years this October / November, kicking things off in Leeds on 22nd then winding his way around the country ending up in two dates at Glasgow’s King Tuts.  He’s also got a new single out Surprise, Surprise which you can … Continue reading “Steven Page announces UK dates”

Judy Collins on Stills – and on touring their new album

Few people receive such a dramatic call to say “can’t we just get back together?” – for Judy Collins it was the stunning Suite: Judy Blue Eyes on the debut Crosby Stills and Nash album.  Of course this plea from Stephen Stills didn’t work – as Judy Collins explains in an interview in The Guardian … Continue reading “Judy Collins on Stills – and on touring their new album”

Interview: My Darling Clementine

Known for their sartorial elegance alongside their old school country ballads and barroom heartbreakers My Darling Clementine are one of the best bands the UK has offered the world in a good while.  Witty, charming and utterly engaging their stage show, and one hopes it is a show, as the two protagonists, Michael Weston King … Continue reading “Interview: My Darling Clementine”

RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana

Very interesting piece in Rolling Stone Country this morning about Tom Petty’s relationship with country music, how big an influence he was on the whole americana genre and why he never took up Chris Stapleton’s offer of a songwriter-off. At the end of this article you can find my two favourite n0t quite so well … Continue reading “RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana”

Dirty Dozen: Jillette Johnson

Nashville-based singer/songwriter/pianist Jillette Johnson has just released her sophomore album “All I Ever See In You Is Me” on Rounder Records. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award winner known for his work with Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton), All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centring on … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jillette Johnson”

Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch

A live version to be precise but it includes a new song which is always a lovely thing to behold from DBT. Rolling Stone reports: “Patterson Hood considers himself to be a pretty cynical person. As one of the leaders of Drive-By Truckers, he’s spent the past 20-plus years channeling that cynicism into writing songs … Continue reading “Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch”

Interview: Emily Barker

Emily Barker is one of those names that has been around the UK Americana scene, since it was both identified as a ‘scene’ and as a distinct musical genre.  A pathfinder, a trailblazer, and first with her Red Clay Halo, then as part of Applewood Road a consistent purveyor of great music.  She stretches the … Continue reading “Interview: Emily Barker”

Gabriel Moreno and The Quivering Poets “Farewell Belief” (Amber Records, 2017)

You might find him playing in a smoky underground backstreet cellar bar in the Spanish quarter of Soho – perhaps Mannette Street, where the San Miguel flows and the tapas are passed around. It’s certainly the image that’s conjured when the Quivering Poets strike up. Not that they have any flamenco tendencies or Catalonian sensibilities … Continue reading “Gabriel Moreno and The Quivering Poets “Farewell Belief” (Amber Records, 2017)”