AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Keith Hargreaves

Welcome once again to the latest selections in AUK’s ongoing search for the ‘top 10 americana albums ever’. You know the format by now: each week a different AUK writer chooses their own personal top 10. When they are all collected and counted, we will draw up a shortlist of the most frequently cited choices. The writers will then vote from that shortlist to reveal our collective top 10. This week the task has been passed on to longstanding AUK scribe and proper gentleman, Keith Hargreaves. Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Keith Hargreaves”

Laurel Canyon Night at AmericanaFest 2020, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 29th January 2020

Remember those January nights drifting from one venue to another crammed venue? Glorious Hackney alive with music and good feelings.  Seems like another world now, but it was really only a few short months ago.  Of course we gave a lot of attention to the most public part of the Americana Music Association UK’s conference, but there was just so much going on that we couldn’t cover it all.  Now, though, with those same venues – like all the others across the land – closed up for the duration it’s nice to take the time to look back again. And to remember that hopefully this will soon all be possible again. Music – live as it is meant to be. Continue reading “Laurel Canyon Night at AmericanaFest 2020, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 29th January 2020”

Jonathan Wilson “Dixie Blur” (Bella Union, 2020)

Dixie Blur’ is a really surprising treat. Jonathan Wilson is a modern musical renaissance man and his resume includes band membership, production, songwriting, session work and tour support. The list of musicians he has worked with is incredible and a sample of names would include Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson and Robbie Robertson. He is singlehandedly responsible for the revival of the Laurel Canyon sound, he produced Roy Harper’s ‘Man And Myth’ to critical acclaim and he is also Roger Waters musical director. He has also managed to develop a successful solo career and his last album, ‘Rare Birds’, took nine months to record winning critical plaudits as it paid homage to the producers and production values of the ‘70s and ‘80s including Tony Visconti, Jeff Lynne, Talk Talk and Trevor Horn. All this does not fully prepare you for an album of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Tex-Mex and the Laurel Canyon sounds of Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’. Continue reading “Jonathan Wilson “Dixie Blur” (Bella Union, 2020)”

AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!

We’ve already covered 2020’s AmericanaFest which returns to the UK at the end of January next year, and now details are emerging of the array of artists who’ll be playing the festival which is, er, extensive to say the least. You might need a calculator to count them all. Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!”

Jonathan Wilson, new album in March. Tour too.

The living modern embodiment of the Laurel Canyon vibe Jonathan Wilson has announced that his latest album of happening sounds for discerning listeners will be released on the 2nd of march. It’s called Rare Birds and – if previous efforts are any guide to future achievements – it is going to be fab. Guitar wizardry. Pedal steel. Lyrics that matter. These are the things we’re anticipating right now. Continue reading “Jonathan Wilson, new album in March. Tour too.”