The top 10 Lori McKenna songs

I first discovered Lori McKenna in maybe little of an unusual way: while you may only know Mandy Moore as an actress, or have a vague memory of her limited success in the UK as a teen pop singer in the late ’90s and early ’00s, she’s really turned into something pretty great musically. Her last four albums have been strong, Americana leaning records; with 2003’s ‘Coverage’ she covered songs from her heroes, with the likes of Joni Mitchell, John Hiatt, The Waterboys and Joan Armatrading amongst those in the mix. In 2007 she released ‘Wild Hope’ which saw writing collaborations with The Weepies, Rachel Yamagata, and yes, McKenna. This was a little after the time McKenna started to gain some mainstream success, but this was the first place I picked up on McKenna’s amazing writing talents, and then went hunting for her solo material. Continue reading “The top 10 Lori McKenna songs”

The Long Road announces additions to line-up

The new country, Americana and roots festival The Long Road has announced a second wave of artists today for its inaugural event which takes place in Leicestershire from 7th-9th September. Joining the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg, Angaleena Presley, The Shires, Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy and Danielle Bradbery will be a string of US country acts including Joshua Hedley (whose new album we were preening over last week), Charlie Worsham, Elizabeth Cook, Caroline Spence, Zack Logan, Dori Freeman and American Young, chart-topping British duo Ward Thomas, slide guitarist and singer Luke Winslow-King, Texas-born singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson, as well as Swedish guitar duo Dimpker Brothers and Liverpool-born former lead singer of pop band Lawson, Andy Brown. Continue reading “The Long Road announces additions to line-up”

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 set ups this time, maybe our man forgot to bring his umbrella. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”