Video: Calexico “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”

Here is a flawless, beautifully produced cover of one of the most striking Christmas songs.  Yes, it’s a little early but just take note of those lyrics: “So this is Xmas and what have you done? // Another year over and a new one just begun.” How many of us long for this year to be over with the opportunity for a fresh start when a new year begins?  John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s words and ideas are as relevant in 2020 as they have ever been: “And so this is Xmas // For weak and for strong…For black and for white.”  Continue reading “Video: Calexico “Happy Xmas (War is Over)””

Calexico announce festive album “Seasonal Shift” – Listen

What a year to release your first Christmas album, even if it’s not actually a Christmas album as such – maybe it’s the best year of all given how much cheering up we all need (and perhaps we’ll need even more by Wednesday next week. Eek.) Anyway deck the halls because Calexico are back and have just announced a new album ‘Seasonal Shift’, due Dec 4th via City Slang. The record is a celebration of the festive season and you can listen to the first track from the record ‘Hear the Bells’ below, which is just superb. Continue reading “Calexico announce festive album “Seasonal Shift” – Listen”

VERSIONS – “Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)”

Here we are again with “VERSIONS” – our look at the songs, the performers and the interpretations by performers of the songs. This time around Martin Johnson casts his eye over over ‘Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)’. Anything that you didn’t know about this tune is cleared up here: Continue reading “VERSIONS – “Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)””

Classic Americana Compilations: Various Artists “Real: The Tom T. Hall Project” (Sire, 1998)

There are musical moments in your life that are of such significance that you will remember them forever. I recall buying my first record, going to my first gig and lying in bed as a 15-year-old listening to John Peel play ‘New Rose’ by The Damned. I wish that I could similarly pinpoint the first time that I heard Tom T Hall, but alas, I can’t. He just seemed to always be there, occasionally referenced by artists or in the media whenever the conversation turned to great songwriters. Then in 1998, by which time my affection for Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible had long since waned, a tribute album was released – ‘Real: The Tom T Hall Project’. Continue reading “Classic Americana Compilations: Various Artists “Real: The Tom T. Hall Project” (Sire, 1998)”

Yola nominated for GRAMMYs including best americana album

The full list of the nominations for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards have been announced and queen of country-soul Yola has received four nominations including Best New Artist and three nominations in the Roots category including Best American Roots Song, Best American Roots Performance (for ‘Faraway Look’) and Best Americana Album for her debut Dan Auerbach-produced album ‘Walk Through Fire’. Auerbach also received a nomination for Producer Of The Year. Continue reading “Yola nominated for GRAMMYs including best americana album”

Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour

A double header that will be of great interest to readers of Americana UK is a tour later this year when Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico hook up with Sam Bean of Iron and Wine. The trio first made an artistic connection with the release of the 2005 EP,‘In the Reins’. While their musical careers have taken divergent paths since, they always talked of collaborating again, both in the studio and on stage, but it wasn’t until last year that their schedules sufficiently aligned for them to be able to record together. The resulting album is ‘Years to Burn’ which is due to be issued on the 14th of June via Sub Pop/City Slang. Continue reading “Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour”

Three tunes for a Monday! Josh Ritter, Jamestown Revival and Calexico with Iron & Wine

Rolling Stone Country have published a flurry (the non-snow variety) of good tunage over the last few days which you won’t want to miss, so we’re posting them here.  First up is Calexico and Iron & Wine who are reuniting for their new collaborative album ‘Years to Burn’ due out June 14th a full fourteen years after they teamed up to release the 2005 EP ‘In the Reins.’ Continue reading “Three tunes for a Monday! Josh Ritter, Jamestown Revival and Calexico with Iron & Wine”

Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor

There’s a rare opportunity to catch Parisian by way of Tucson musician Naim Amor on his first appearance on UK soil in over nine years when he plays a solo show this Friday. Amor started out in the Parisian underground scene before relocating to Tucson in the late 1990s as one half of the Amor Belhom duo releasing an album ABBC recorded in collaboration with Calexico. Continue reading “Rare UK appearance by Naim Amor”