AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Rick Bayles

At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the coming weeks and months each AUK writer will in turn, present their own personal selections. When each writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most frequently chosen albums will be drawn up and voted on, in order to generate the definitive AUK writers top ten. Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 Americana albums ever: Rick Bayles”

10 Americana songs with great lyrics

Mark Underwood continues with the fourth in his irregular feature on music by great songwriters with great lyrics, this time taking you through classics from the likes of Gretchen Peters, Kathleen Edwards, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Continue reading “10 Americana songs with great lyrics”

John Hiatt to receive performing-rights honour next month

Rolling Stone is reporting that americana legend (and he genuinely is) John Hiatt, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop, is going to be honoured in September by the performing-rights organization BMI with the presentation of its Troubadour Award. Continue reading “John Hiatt to receive performing-rights honour next month”

John Hiatt “The Eclipse Sessions” (New West Records, 2018)

It’s always with a core of trepidation that I approach a new album by a very long-established artist. It’ll be defended to the hilt by fans but often underwhelms most others, due to the natural tendency to compare to previous form. In the end, when newcomers ask for first experience recommendations of such artists, it’s rarely the later ones that are offered with enthusiasm. Continue reading “John Hiatt “The Eclipse Sessions” (New West Records, 2018)”

Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock benefit to close AmericanaFest 2018

And AUK will be there catering to all your dog/americana related needs. Rolling Stone Country reports: “This year’s AmericanaFest will close out with Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock benefit concert, featuring performances by Jamey Johnson, John Hiatt and Ashley Monroe. The show, which will be held at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater, is an annual benefit for Harris’ animal shelter and dog adoption organization Bonaparte’s Retreat. “Come celebrate the wonderful world of dogs with us,” Harris says of the show in a statement. Continue reading “Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock benefit to close AmericanaFest 2018”

John Hiatt returns with Eclipse Sessions – Listen

John Hiatt is set to return with ‘The Eclipse Sessions’ on 12th October 2018 via New West Records. The 11-track set is the Grammy-nominated artist’s first new album in four years. It was produced by Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton) and features Hiatt’s longtime drummer Kenneth Blevins and bassist Patrick O’Hearn, as well as Yates McKendree (Kevin’s 17-year old wunderkind son, who also engineered). Continue reading “John Hiatt returns with Eclipse Sessions – Listen”