What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…

Here’s another voyage into the psyche of our writers and contributors in which we interrogate the (often) unfathomable reasons why we are all such junkies for this Americana stuff. This week self-confessed needle dropper Andrew Frolish documents his journey from the unfashionable to the deeply unfashionable (or fashionable to the uber fashionable depending on who you talk to). As a needle dropper we’re not sure if he’s a junkie, a vinyl junkie or just a rubbish seamstress (but we could probably find out). Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…”

What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…

It’s that time again when the great and the good of Americana-UK ‘fess up and tell it like it is in their individual journeys into the genre we all know and love. This week Ben Roberts – a man who survived being a metalhead and a drummer to make it to the promised land of musical goodness (quite why he doesn’t have the mighty Wilco’s “Heavy Metal Drummer on his list we don’t know – but could probably find out…) Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…”

Ryan Adams UK and Ireland tour cancelled

News travels fast since our story, er, half an hour ago. The Royal Albert Hall has just tweeted that “The Ryan Adams UK & Ireland tour has been cancelled. Full refunds to ticket purchasers from authorised outlets will be processed by end of day on Monday. Please allow time for the repayment transaction to hit your account.” So there you go, no boycotts needed after all.

Ryan Adams fans in the UK speak out: “I won’t go whether I sell them or not”

Interesting piece in The Guardian today following the overnight news that Ryan Adams has been dropped from 6 Music’s Festival, which speaks to a number of his fans about his forthcoming UK tour which is as of this morning still going ahead. One of the interviewees tells them: “I can’t imagine it’s going to be anything other than a disaster or a total circus. Continue reading “Ryan Adams fans in the UK speak out: “I won’t go whether I sell them or not””

Ryan Adams tour: “the concerts are still scheduled to go ahead”

NME, the BBC and a variety of outlets are reporting this morning that Ryan Adams’ forthcoming tour looks like it’s still happening for now, so if you’re after a refund after hearing about the recent revelations, you probably won’t have much luck – or not yet anyway. NME is reporting: “While it was reported that the upcoming release of album ‘Big Colors’ had been cancelled, his UK and Ireland tour dates  (including two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall) are still currently set to take place. Continue reading “Ryan Adams tour: “the concerts are still scheduled to go ahead””

Ryan Adams album cancelled following allegations

Variety has reported over the weekend that although Ryan Adams recently announced the release of three new albums due out this year, that number looks to be rapidly shrinking: “The first of his planned 2019 releases, “Big Colors,” which was to have come out April 19, has been “put on hold,” according to sources close to the situation. Continue reading “Ryan Adams album cancelled following allegations”

Ryan Adams posts Instagram teasers for new album

Ryan Adams has been sharing clips of new songs from his forthcoming album ‘Big Colors’ which is due in April. In a series of video clips with a kind of retro theme, fans can hear tracks from the album (or bits of them) including ‘Dreaming You Backwards’, ‘Showtime’, and ‘Summer Rain’. which features Bob Mould no less. Here they are: Continue reading “Ryan Adams posts Instagram teasers for new album”

Ryan Adams releases new single “F*ck the Rain” – Listen

We have no problem with the word “F*ck” – we’ll say it lower down this article – but realise our Mailmunch daily update might plonk a NSFW email in lots of people’s inboxes, hence the temporary reversion to Mary Whitehouse (ask your dad) style piousness.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases new single “F*ck the Rain” – Listen”

Ryan Adams announces UK tour dates

Well this is good news – inspired obviously by our story we posted last week reminding Ryan Adams of the time he fell off the stage and broke his arm during a gig, he has announced details of a UK tour which hits our shores in April, just in time for armegeddon.    Continue reading “Ryan Adams announces UK tour dates”

Ryan Adams debuts new song “Manchester”

Ryan Adams has debuted a new song from his forthcoming album ‘Big Colors’ – the track entitled “Manchester” starts with the line “Oldham streets/Built to bruise/Freckled face/And a pair of shuffling shoes”. Ryan Adams singing about Oldham – imagine. XS Manchester premiered the track, and Adams said: “Manchester, the city and music of this mystical place shaped my entire life. It is at the heart of all the things I love about music from The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Simply Red and The Stone Roses. I wanted to make sure this song ‘Manchester’ played first and only in this city I love so much. I hope you enjoy this and cannot wait to be back soon.” You might love Manchester Ryan but did it give you a broken arm like Liverpool? We always go the extra mile.

Update: This track now seems to have disappeared so instead enjoy the other new track from his forthcoming album, ‘Doylestown Girl’: