What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…

Here’s another voyage into the psyche of our writers and contributors in which we interrogate the (often) unfathomable reasons why we are all such junkies for this Americana stuff. This week self-confessed needle dropper Andrew Frolish documents his journey from the unfashionable to the deeply unfashionable (or fashionable to the uber fashionable depending on who you talk to). As a needle dropper we’re not sure if he’s a junkie, a vinyl junkie or just a rubbish seamstress (but we could probably find out). Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…”

John Prine and Margo Price fight Alabama abortion ban

Recent events in Alabama would have Margaret Atwood spinning in her grave if she was dead. Still, good to have resistance from the americana community. RS reports: “John Prine and Margo Price have joined the chorus of voices coming out in opposition of Alabama’s abortion ban, which was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday. Continue reading “John Prine and Margo Price fight Alabama abortion ban”

2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced

So this happened last night although they didn’t send us a press release so we’re reporting this via Rolling Stone. We do by the way love the Milk Carton Kids – don’t forget to catch them in the UK in a couple of weeks’ time: “Nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday afternoon, with multiple women being recognized in the top categories. The Milk Carton Kids (and, later, Mavis Staples) read the names of the nominees during a rehearsal for the “Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples” concert set for Wednesday in Nashville. Continue reading “2019 Americana Honor and Awards Nominees are announced”

Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs

The 2018 Americana Music Association Awards took place last night, hosted by the lovely Milk Carton Kids, and no surprises for guessing who won a number of them (literally no surprises as we told you in the headline).  Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jason Isbell reinforced his status as the king of the Americana genre at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards. Continue reading “Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs”

John Prine and Sturgill perform on Colbert – Watch

We’re full to the rafters with horses, women and rain in Liverpool today (which sounds like the title of a country compilation) and so we leave you for the weekend with this lovely clip of 3 americana legends in the one set and coinciding with the release today of the first new album of original songs in over 13 years from John Prine. ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ features collaborations with the Pat McLaughlin, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires among others and last night, Prine performed the song ‘Summer’s End’ from the album on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, alongside Sturgill and Brandi Carlile. Watch it below, and have a good one!

John Prine performs Tiny NPR Desk Concert – Watch

This is worth breaking up your morning toasted teacake and brew for, for 15 minutes. John Prine has performed a lovely little session for NPR in their Desk Concert series. Described by them as “an American treasure” he premiered new song ‘Caravan of Fools’, a track he co-wrote with Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach. Prine added a witty disclaimer to the song saying, “any likeness to the current administration is purely accidental.” He also plays the song ‘Summer’s End’, and both are from his first album of new songs in 13 years ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’ which has been produced by Dave Cobb and recorded with his longtime band in Nashville’s RCA Studio A. Guests on the record include Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, plus a songwriter’s co-credit with Phil Spector.

John Prine “Knockin’ on Your Screen Door” – Listen

Dear old RS are pointing us today towards another new track from John Prine’s first solo album of new material since 2005, ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’. The track is called ‘Knockin’ on Your Screen Door’ and is co-written with Pat McLaughlin, whose credits include cuts by Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood and some other cheesy country. As they describe it “the tune is prime Prine, an uptempo folk song with a downbeat message from the perspective of a lonely, destitute man whose only possession is a George Jones 8-track tape.”

First new John Prine album in 13 years on the way

Unlucky for some, unless you’re a baker.  Rolling Stone reports: “John Prine, whose 2017 highlights included headlining the Newport Folk Festival, releasing his first-ever book, John Prine Beyond Words, and winning Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony in September, already has a memorable 2018 shaping up, including a spring [US] tour and the release of new music.  The new LP will be Prine’s first consisting of original music in 13 years. More details about the upcoming record are expected soon. Prine’s Fair & Square, his last LP of new solo material, was released in 2005 and earned him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.” Continue reading “First new John Prine album in 13 years on the way”

Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards

Obviously this pales into insignifance compared to TV Choice Awards in which Emmerdale won 4 this year, but still, if you can drag yourself through the article, Rolling Stone reports: “Thank you to the Americana fans, because, without you, there might be no other place for me,” said Amanda Shires, collecting her award for Emerging Artist of the Year at Wednesday’s 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville. And she’s right: as guests filtered into the Ryman Auditorium, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” played over the outdoor speakers and tourists danced to Luke Bryan covers on Lower Broadway. Continue reading “Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards”

Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up

If we could afford to cover this in person we would, although you do avoid Van on a bad day biting your head off (sorry, lazy journalism there). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Eclectic UK rock legends Van Morrison and Graham Nash, both of whom have been directly influenced by American music will both take the stage to perform at the Americana Honors & Awards Show on September 13th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  Continue reading “Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up”