What should I do, Americana UK?

Sometimes in the advice game one can start to wonder what you’re doing.  Really, sorting out intermittent letter deliveries through musical advice like we did last time, is that what it’s all about?  But often a small problem is just the way in for something bigger, so it wasn’t such a surprise when Paul Simon, on the pretext of having left a notebook of lyrics behind, re-entered the office.  And he explained that he was having worrying dreams, that his life wasn’t going right and then he put his finger on something we felt we could actually help with.  “Maybe“, he said, “I think too much?”  Continue reading “What should I do, Americana UK?”

“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”

Steve Forbert “Early Morning Rain” (Blue Rose Music, 2020)

In more than forty years of recording Steve Forbert has released a phenomenal number of truly fine albums, appearing at first with a brash new take on folk-rock on ‘Alive on Arrival‘ and ‘Jackrabbit Slim‘, and evolving over the years into a more country-influenced style of storytelling. He’s produced a tribute album to Jimmie Rodgers and this – a few album tracks like ‘When You Walk in the Room‘ and the live ‘Starstruck‘ aside – is the extent of his excursion into the world of other people’s songs. Until now. Continue reading “Steve Forbert “Early Morning Rain” (Blue Rose Music, 2020)”

Steve Forbert is standing in the Early Morning Rain

Forty Two years on from his debut ‘Alive on Arrival‘, Steve Forbert is returning with his 21st Studio album.  And for only the second time in his career the new release is a collection of covers – back in 2002 there was ‘Any Old Time‘ the Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi legend Jimmie Rodgers.  For ‘Early Morning Rain‘ it is not a single artist being celebrated, as Steve Forbert explained: “I recorded this album in an attempt to renew people’s appreciation for the fine craftsmanship these songs represent and as an acknowledgement of how much good ‘ol songs like these have meant to me.”  Continue reading “Steve Forbert is standing in the Early Morning Rain”

Maverick announces first names for 2020 line-up

The UK’s original Americana festival (that’s if you don’t count our epic Americana One – honestly if you’d seen the erratic state of the organisation of the day we were lucky to get 3 stars) has announced the first names for its thirteenth (lucky for some..) outing. Continue reading “Maverick announces first names for 2020 line-up”

Steve Forbert to reissue Jackrabbit Slim on limited vinyl

Just 500 copies of the outstanding second album from Steve Forbert will be available on red coloured vinyl – so don’t hang around thinking about it.  The reason for the re-issue?  It’s forty years since the original release.  Yeah, sorry to be the one to tell you that. Continue reading “Steve Forbert to reissue Jackrabbit Slim on limited vinyl”

Steve Forbert plays 2 UK dates in June

Some of us are Steve Forbert fans round these parts – we recently ran one of our AmericanA to Zs on him and awarded his most recent record an 8 out of 10 of which we said: “Throughout the album his folk roots shine clear, as does his songwriting ability honed over his forty years in the music industry.”  40 years. Have a look if you don’t believe us – he looked like Leo Sayer back in 1979. Anyway Forbert is playing just two UK shows this year, in Reading on June 1st and London on June 2nd. Here are those dates (again). Continue reading “Steve Forbert plays 2 UK dates in June”

AmericanA to Z – Steve Forbert

When he first hit the scene in 1978 someone somewhere decided that labelling Steve Forbert with the “new Dylan” tag was a good idea. Unfortunately, the “new Dylan” arrived just when singer-songwriters playing folk rock on a guitar and harmonica weren’t exactly hot. Never a good idea to call anybody “the new” anything. Well, he did play the harmonica. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Steve Forbert”

Steve Forbert + Molly Armstrong, The Robinson Theatre, Cambridge, 24th October 2018

Some forty years after being labelled as the “new Dylan”with his debut album, ‘Alive on Arrival’, Steve Forbert remains a respected, much-loved troubadour. Although that early commercial success is long ago, Forbert has developed a cult following through consistently releasing high-quality albums, regular touring and engaging warmly with his fans. This is the last of three UK gigs before Forbert returns next year for a full tour. Each of these performances, in Oxford, London and Cambridge, is a one-off, with a different song selection and Forbert taking requests from the audience. Forbert has a huge back-catalogue to draw upon and, along with his great experience and confidence, this allows him to fashion a unique event for his audience. Continue reading “Steve Forbert + Molly Armstrong, The Robinson Theatre, Cambridge, 24th October 2018”