Welcome to our weekly feature in which AUK writers in turn make their selections for the ‘top 10 americana albums ever’. When all have contributed we will then draw up a shortlist and ask them to vote to decide the overall AUK writers top 10. This week Netherlands based writer Ljubinko Zivkovic takes up the baton and guides us down the back straight with a scintillating run of albums, a number of which are definite podium contenders when this particular race is finally run. Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Ljubinko Zivkovic”
This Friday will be Joe Strummer’s birthday, and at 8pm UK time the music and arts community is coming together for a global event to celebrate Joe Strummer’s legacy as a solo musician and singer of The Clash. Produced by Jesse Malin, Jeff Raspe and Joe Strummer estate manager, David Zonshine, A Song for Joe: Celebrating the Life of Joe Strummer will be a two-hour event that will stream for free at JoeStrummer.com, with all donations benefiting the Save Our Stages campaign which is currently making a final push to Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act and the Restart Act in order to keep independent venues across the US from closing permanently. Continue reading “Jesse Malin and Lucinda to play Joe Strummer birthday benefit”
Rolling Stone Country have posted a really interesting interview with Lucinda Williams who despite having a new album out has barely left her new home in East Nashville since the advent of the pandemic. RS calls it nonetheless “an alt-country soundtrack to our modern times, filled with social commentary and pissed-off political jabs that, while written in 2019, remain eerily topical.” She says to presenter Chris Shiflett in his latest podcast: “Someone told me, “This must be a weird time to put your album out.” But I guess I was fortunate, because of the subject matter of the album. The timing was… I don’t want to say it was perfect… but there seems to be a need for it.” You can hear the whole interview below.
There’s a really interesting feature courtesy of the New Yorker when journalist Amanda Petrusich speaks to Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams together but remotely, chatting to them about “songwriting, the legacy of Bob Dylan, the cruelty of online comments, protest music, poetry, compassion, and their decades-long friendship.” They also perform some new songs. You can watch the clip (because we can’t embed it here sorry) over at the New Yorker’s website here.
Lucinda Williams is the latest artist over in the US to contribute a song to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series, performing last week ‘A Man Without a Soul’ which is taken from her latest album ‘Good Souls Better Angels’, her 14th, which has been receiving rave reviews from everyone including ourselves. Lucinda Williams will be touring the US with Jason Isbell next year, all being well. (Perhaps given the state of the US at the moment that’s a big caveat.)
A tribute album featuring Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Beachwood Sparks among others was announced yesterday along with details of a new Neal Casal Music Foundation (NCMF) which has been created “to honour the memory of the late great, multi-dimensional artist through an ongoing series of charitable endeavors.” The initial focus of the foundation is to provide instruments and lessons to students in New Jersey and New York state schools where Casal was born and raised, as well as to make donations to mental health organizations that support musicians in need. NCMF is being spearheaded by Neal’s longtime manager Gary Waldman along with a team of Casal’s friends. Continue reading “Neal Casal Foundation and tribute album announced”
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”
In these trying times we can think of nothing better here at AUK than knocking out Top Ten’s of this, that and the other. Indeed every man and his wife (or every wife and her husband or every wife and her wife or every husband and his husband or… let’s just say everyone and their significant other) seems to be on the case. Continue reading “The top ten Americana duets”
Jesse Malin’s latest album, ‘Sunset Kids’ was produced by Lucinda Williams and her husband, Tom Overby. The resulting sound is very much in the vein of Williams’ new edgy release, ‘Good Souls Better Angels’, with its distorted guitar and attitude. On this single, Williams and Malin sing an excellent atmospheric duet, which is accompanied by an animated video created by Alex Rosas. It’s great to see sleazy city backdrops realised in such colour and with such flair, alongside the brilliantly designed images of Malin and Williams performing together. This is great fun. Read our review of Williams’ new 10/10 album here.
Last Friday, Lucinda Williams has released her new album ‘Good Souls Better Angels’ to it’s fair to say across the board acclaim, including ourselves who awarded it one of our rare 10s. If you’ve been enjoying the record, Rough Trade have announced that Lucinda will be broadcasting an exclusive Instagram TV Transmission to fans on the @roughtrade & @roughtradenyc Instagram TV feeds tonight (Tuesday 28th April) at 6pm UK time. This transmission will be free for all to view, and will remain on Instagram TV for the foreseeable future. Rough Trade Transmissions is a new IG TV series curating exclusive artist content, broadcasting on weekdays. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams to broadcast live stream tonight”