AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Emily Dongray

Welcome once again to AUK’s ongoing quest to find the top 10 americana albums ever. For anyone new to this (and by the way, where have you been?) Each week a different AUK writer lists their own personal top 10. When each one has contributed we will draw up a short-list of the most commonly chosen albums. The writers will then be asked to vote from that list in order to generate the ultimate AUK writers’ top ten. This week we turn to Cambridge based writer Emily Dongray who confesses a penchant for bending the rules. Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Emily Dongray”

Kelley Swindall “You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want” (Velvet Elk Records, 2020)

It is hard to believe this is a debut album and that this wannabe actress, turned singer-songwriter, was inspired to change course only after heartbreak inspired revenge. This album packs a punch so forthright that anyone would be forgiven for thinking releasing albums was a well-trodden route by Georgia-born Kelley Swindall, with confidence and the courage of her convictions bursting through in her songs. Continue reading “Kelley Swindall “You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want” (Velvet Elk Records, 2020)”

AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Andrew Frolish

At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the last few weeks our writers have been going through the mental anguish of trying to narrow the whole history of Americana down to just ten albums. When every 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.  This week’s tortured soul is Andrew Frolish. Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Andrew Frolish”

Video: Kris Kristofferson “Loving Her Was Easier”

Well that’s a wrap from us for the week dear reader. Just think, we could have a prime minister who thinks Jason Isbell is “anodyne” in a month’s time. Anyway,  we’re going to be down in sunny (hopefully) Kent for the weekend for Black Deer – if you’re there, please come and say hello (I look like a much older and more haggard version of my face pic). We leave you this week with this lovely clip from 1972 of Kris Kristofferson who is playing Black Deer this weekend with his band The Strangers. Have a good one.

Interview: Gill Tee, co-founder of the Black Deer Festival

Gill Tee is one of the co-founders of the Black Deer Festival which takes place at Eridge Park in Kent between the 21st and 23rd of June. This year’s line up includes Band of Horses, The Shires, John Butler Trio and Kris Kristofferson. Continue reading “Interview: Gill Tee, co-founder of the Black Deer Festival”

Black Deer adds Case, Kristofferson and Earle (Justin Townes) to 2019 line-up

Oh crikey, this is looking like it’s going to be an event and a half. What’s probably turning into the UK’s biggest americana and country music festival has just announced some more names to its line-up for this year, and some of them are huge, including: sister trio The Staves who toured with First Aid Kit last year; Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and global legend Kris Kristofferson who’ll be playing with the late Merle Haggard’s band The Strangers; and erstwhile New Pornographer Neko Case. You can see the new full line-up below, with more names to be announced. Continue reading “Black Deer adds Case, Kristofferson and Earle (Justin Townes) to 2019 line-up”