Neal Casal Foundation and tribute album announced

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”

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”

The top ten Americana duets

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”

Video: Jesse Malin Feat. Lucinda Williams “Dead On”

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.

Lucinda Williams to broadcast live stream tonight

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”

Lucinda Williams “Good Souls Better Angels” (Highway 20 / Thirty Tigers, 2020)

The broad-church of Americana sometimes divides us. But one thing that most fans would agree on is that artists like Lucinda Williams personify the spirit and sound of the genre. Williams is the sort of musician who generates excitement when a new release is imminent. Such expectations could be stifling and restrictive; they could serve to limit creativity and experimentation. However, in Williams’ case, the opposite is true – it seems to inspire the famous perfectionist to produce some of her best work. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams “Good Souls Better Angels” (Highway 20 / Thirty Tigers, 2020)”

Classic Americana Albums: Lucinda Williams “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” (Mercury, 1998)

In 1998 when ‘Car Wheels on a Gravel Road’ was released my musical tastes were much more rock-oriented and my gradual assimilation into all things Americana was really just beginning and I paid it scant attention at the time.  That all changed though in late June of 2002.  I’d bought, and was hugely enjoying Williams’ next album ‘Essence‘ and faced with a 350-mile drive from Chicago, where I lived at the time, to a friend’s summer lake house in northern Wisconsin, I’d splashed out on some more CD’s (for those old enough to remember them) and of course one of them was ‘Car Wheels on a Gravel Road‘. Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: Lucinda Williams “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” (Mercury, 1998)”

RS Country publishes “Social Distancing” interviews with Williams and Malin

RS Country has started to publish what they’re calling “Social Distancing” interviews with some of the better-known names in music including Lucinda Williams and Jess Malin where they ask them a standard set of questions about all kinds of things including what they’re doing, what they’re listening to and how they think we’re going to get out of all this (spoiler alert – nobody knows). Continue reading “RS Country publishes “Social Distancing” interviews with Williams and Malin”

Classic Americana Compilations: “Tulare Dust – A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard” (Hightown Records, 1994)

Merle Haggard has always been categorised as one of the great American Country Singers but, when it comes to songwriting, his talents are often overlooked. So, when a bunch of top Americana singers and songwriters came together, to produce a tribute to Haggard as a writer, it was time to take a proper, in-depth listen to some of the songs that came from his pen. Continue reading “Classic Americana Compilations: “Tulare Dust – A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard” (Hightown Records, 1994)”

Lucinda Williams “Lost Girl” – Listen

We don’t want to bring your mood down at all but if the new song from Lucinda Williams doesn’t make you feel just a little more desperate than you were five minutes before you first heard it then there’s something wrong with your emotional index and you should report for readjustment at your earliest convenience. Continue reading “Lucinda Williams “Lost Girl” – Listen”