Black Deer 2020 announces Wilco as headliner

Black Deer Festival have announced their first names for next year’s festival and the line-up is already something of a mic drop moment, including as it does The Waterboys, Canadian folk and bluegrass ensemble The Dead South, Grammy-nominated folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, Arizona’s Courtney Marie Andrews, New York natives The Felice Brothers and the headline act of none other than Wilco, an exclusive for the South of England. Here’s the line-up poster so far: Continue reading “Black Deer 2020 announces Wilco as headliner”

Milk Carton Kids announce new album, UK dates

The Milk Carton Kids are almost too good for the world as it is right now, certainly for the UK, but as a sign of their magnanimity they are returning to our crazy shores in January to promote their new (mini) mainly acoustic album ‘The Only Ones’ which comes out December 6th on all formats (digital, CD & Vinyl) via the band’s own Milk Carton Records imprint in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Continue reading “Milk Carton Kids announce new album, UK dates”

AMA announces its line-up for 2019 awards ceremony

The 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards is happening next month over in Nashville and they have announced the performing lineup for their big ceremony which takes place on the 11th. The list includes (deep breath…) Continue reading “AMA announces its line-up for 2019 awards ceremony”

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”

The Milk Carton Kids announce UK dates

The wonderfully named and wonderful sounding Milk Carton Kids have announced their return to the UK and Europe for a tour, the first time since the 2018 release of their Grammy-nominated album ‘All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do’.  The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. On this short tour, songs new and old will be played by the duo without accompaniment. Continue reading “The Milk Carton Kids announce UK dates”

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week when we’ll reveal our collaborative choices for 2018 (and yours too of course). In the meantime, here’s my top albums of the last 12 months. Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

The Milk Carton Kids “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do” (Anti-Records, 2018)

The Milk Carton Kids are Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale. Up to now an acoustic duo who are gaining growing recognition and acclaim, but for their latest release ‘All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do’, their sound is expanding to incorporate a full band and all the extra dynamics that can bring. Nominated for two Grammy awards and Americana Music Association Award-winners for best duo there is anticipation of quality in the air. Continue reading “The Milk Carton Kids “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do” (Anti-Records, 2018)”

The Milk Carton Kids are back and strong and tough

‘All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do’ is the mouthful of a name of the new album for the Americana Music Association Award-winners for “Best Duo/Group,” Milky Bar Milk Carton Kids which comes out on the ANTI label on 29th June. Their fourth studio album is heralded by the project’s unprecedented centrepiece ‘One More For The Road’ which has been described as “an epic 10 minute-plus musical excursion through folk, jazz and psychedelia.” The track serves as a signpost of what the album has in store apparently and is available today for individual purchase and on all streaming services (you can hear it below while you boil two and a half eggs) (sequentially).  Continue reading “The Milk Carton Kids are back and strong and tough”