GospelbeacH keep the flame burning with UK tour next month

AUK favourites, GospelbeacH, have announced five UK dates following the release of their latest album, ‘Let It Burn’ which came out last October through Alive Naturalsound Records. The record has the same sunny California disposition for which the band are renowned, infused with a late ’60s/early ’70s cosmic country vibe and the mellifluous melodies of the Burritos, The Byrds and GP. Continue reading “GospelbeacH keep the flame burning with UK tour next month”

Americana UK introduces our new Obituaries section The Song Remains

The roots of Americana music run deep and wide and many of the early originators and influencers are now approaching or are in old age. To recognise and celebrate recently lost artists AUK will start publishing obituaries in 2020 in our The Song Remains section reflecting the fact that while an artist may have died their music, art and spirit remain with us through their recordings. To kick start this new section of the website there is a Rollcall of some of those artists lost in 2019 with a full obituary of Paul Barrere guitarist with Little Feat. Our readers’ thoughts on this new section will be very much appreciated. Continue reading “Americana UK introduces our new Obituaries section The Song Remains”

UK streaming services now include Neal Casal’s back catalogue

We found out over the weekend that selected solo albums of the late Neal Casal are now available on streaming services for the first time in the States, so we’ve checked and the good news is that they’re also available in the UK. Continue reading “UK streaming services now include Neal Casal’s back catalogue”

Neal Casal “Too Far to Fall” – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear readers with a track from the late Neal Casal who died earlier this week at the age of 50. Americana has had its fair share of losses in recent months and this was one of the most painful. Neal Casal was part of what got me into americana in the first place after hearing a song on Uncut’s ‘New Sounds of the Old West’ compilation in the 90s and I remember being on holiday in France a couple of summers later where the only music I took with me was his. It was this track though from 2006’s ‘No Wish To Reminisce’ album which has stayed with me ever since I first heard it as one of my favourite songs of all time. God that man could write. RIP Neal.

RS posts new Neal Casal interview

RS Country have posted a previously unpublished interview with Neal Casal who died earlier this week, which he gave in April and in which he talked at length about the unexpected advent of the band Circles Around the Sun (originally formed to write and record set-break music for Grateful Dead shows in 2015), how he came to play Willie Nelson’s  ‘Trigger’, and how he once played in Blackfoot. Continue reading “RS posts new Neal Casal interview”

Americana singer-songwriter Neal Casal has died

We’re only getting this news from Tweets doing the rounds at the moment but it seems that americana singer-songwriter Neal Casal passed away yesterday. As well as being an artist in his own right, he played guitar for various bands including Circles Around the Sun and their website currently has just a photo of Casal on it. Ryan Adams whose best-known records Casal played on has tweeted: Continue reading “Americana singer-songwriter Neal Casal has died”