AUK’s Top Ten Americana Albums Ever: Paul Villers

At AUK we are now well into our 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. This week’s writer placing his head on the block is Paul Villers. Continue reading “AUK’s Top Ten Americana Albums Ever: Paul Villers”

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird

Our popular feature in which the your humble writers spill the beans on their influences, musical roots and record buying habits is back. This week Deputy Editor and man who is averse to foppish hair and synthesisers  Jonathan Aird tells us what he does like instead: Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird”

Neil Young endorses Bernie Sanders: “The Real Deal”

Neil Young has declared his support for US Democratic nominee hopeful Bernie Sanders in an article on his website entitled “Viewpoint: Bernie Sanders for President” – writing on the site he says: “I support Bernie because I listen to what he says. Every point he makes is what I believe in. Every one. In 2016, if Bernie had run instead of Hilary Clinton, I think we would not have the incompetent mess we have now. The DNC will spread their talking point that ‘Bernie is divisive’ … That’s because Bernie is not with the DNC. Bernie is with you … I believe Bernie Sanders. I believe Bernie is the Real Deal.” Continue reading “Neil Young endorses Bernie Sanders: “The Real Deal””

What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?

Our occasional feature on the whys and wherefores of Americana is back – this time featuring prolific writer and former metal fiend turned Gram Parson aficionado Mark Underwood. He once upon a time used to write for Music Week don’t you know (we didn’t). Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”

Neil Young and Crazy Horse release track from new album – Listen

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have released a track from their forthcoming new album ‘Colorado’, the first album together since 2012’s ‘Psychedelic Pill‘.  The album will be released via Reprise Records on October 25th. Continue reading “Neil Young and Crazy Horse release track from new album – Listen”

Neil Young announces new live album – Listen

Neil Young has announced the release of a new live album from his archives, called ‘Tuscaloosa’. The album was originally recorded on February 5th, 1973 at the University of Alabama, and heralds from a particular Neil Young tour with his backing band the Stray Gators, which was subsequently documented on his ‘Time Fades Away’ record. You can hear the track ‘Don’t Be Denied’ from it below, all eight minutes of it, along with the track listing. The album comes out June 7th. Continue reading “Neil Young announces new live album – Listen”

Neil Young to record new album with Crazy Horse

News from Rolling Stone this morning that Neil Young has announced that he’ll be recording a new studio album with Crazy Horse “in the near future” which will be their first new album since 2012’s ‘Psychedelic Pill’. New of the new album came via Young himself who broke it on his Neil Young Archives website in a response to a fan’s letter enquiring after his future recording plans. Young replied: “Crazy Horse is about to enter the studio with 11 new ones.” Continue reading “Neil Young to record new album with Crazy Horse”

Interview: Phil Lee on how he finally saddled up with Crazy Horse

It’s taken a hell of a long time for Phil Lee to get in the saddle and corral his Crazy Horse buddies, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot, into the studio to record an album with him. His online notes for his 2013 album ‘The Fall And Further Decline Of The Mighty King Of Love’ state, “This was to be the album I was going to make with Ralph and Billy of Crazy Horse. We had a couple of great rehearsals and could’ve done it if we had a mobile unit in Ralph’s garage. Logistics didn’t help as they live in California. Continue reading “Interview: Phil Lee on how he finally saddled up with Crazy Horse”

BST Hyde Park announces Dylan and Neil Young as first headliners

We have to refer to Neil by his full name in case any of you think you’re buying tickets to Will Young and end up bitterly disappointed. Evil multiconglomerate Barclaycard has announced its first two headliners for its British Summer Time Hyde Park events for 2019 – and they’re both playing the same night which could make getting hold of tickets interesting – no less than Bob Dylan and  Neil Young are joint headliners.  Continue reading “BST Hyde Park announces Dylan and Neil Young as first headliners”

Neil Young’s home is lost to Californian fires

Neil Young has been raging against Donald Trump again following his response to the Californian fires also raging at the moment, and given that his own home has now apparently been destroyed he’s understandably not a happy man. Billboard have reported: “The Canadian rock legend broke the sad new with a post on the Neil Young Archives, in which he blasted Donald Trump’s reluctance to act on climate change and for the president’s steadfast denial of scientific evidence.  Continue reading “Neil Young’s home is lost to Californian fires”