RS Country: “How Americana Went Mainstream in the 2010s”

Rolling Stone Country published a really interesting piece just before we had our Christmas break which described how americana was once a niche genre (rude), before finding a wider audience in the last decade citing artists like the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and the Avett Brothers. Cue the heated debate over what constitutes americana but hey, if a band causes a banjo to be played on Radio 1, who are we to cast the first stone. Continue reading “RS Country: “How Americana Went Mainstream in the 2010s””

AUK’s editor chooses his favourite 10 tracks from 2019

2019 – what a f-king year (and that word is being censored for you daily digest readers). Sometimes music was the only respite there was from the sheer abject misery and terror of the outside world. Sometimes nestling down with a mug of cocoa and some good americana was the only thing that blotted it all out (spiced up with about 5 shots of vodka). These are the ten songs that kept my sanity intact throughout the last 12 months. Continue reading “AUK’s editor chooses his favourite 10 tracks from 2019”

Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part two

It’s part two of our writers picks from 2019 where we collectively list the albums that made the biggest impact on us over the last 12 months. There’s one album repeated from yesterday’s list which I guess by default makes it our album of the year but we’ll leave you eagled-eyed beavers to work that out for yourself. So once again, here we go! Continue reading “Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part two”

The Avett Brothers “Closer Than Together” (American/Republic, 2019)

Prior to its release, Seth Avett laid out a mission statement for the Avett Brothers’ 10th full-length album by way of a four-paragraph letter. In it, he opines that “the last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary,” before going on to explain why some of the tracks on the album seem to break with the band’s tried-and-true formula and veer in that direction. He concludes the letter with the observation that “the Avett Brothers will probably never make a sociopolitical record. But if we did, it might sound something like this”. Continue reading “The Avett Brothers “Closer Than Together” (American/Republic, 2019)”

Video: The Avett Brothers “Tell The Truth”

We leave you this week dear reader in a similar place to the way we left you last week, with The Avett Brothers (whose name, thanks to this clip, I now realise I have been mispronouncing for years) playing a live version of a track from their lovely new album ‘Closer Than Together’ which is currently being dogpiled by Trump voters on Amazon for daring to have an opinion other than “USA! USA!” Stick with it boys, you must be doing something right. Have a good one.

Video: The Avett Brothers “Bang Bang”

The Avetts’ new album is on the way, the most political they’ve released and in this latest cut to be taken from the record they tackle gun violence. “Conceal and carry your fear,” sings Seth Avett on ‘Bang Bang’, “Don’t need no weapons here”. It’s as beautiful as anything they’ve made.

The Avett Brothers perform live on Jimmy Kimmel – Watch

North Carolina’s Avett Brothers have performed the songs ‘High Steppin’’ and ‘Trouble Letting Go’ from their forthcoming new album ‘Closer Than Together’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band have also debuted the artwork for the record which comes out on American/Republic Records on Friday, October 4th which you can kind of see below, along with the videos. The band say of the record: “We [made] an album that is obviously informed by what is happening now on a grander scale all around us… because we are a part of it and it is a part of us.” Look out for a review on AUK next month. Continue reading “The Avett Brothers perform live on Jimmy Kimmel – Watch”

The Avett Brothers reveal new album details – Listen

We leave you this weekend dear dear readers with news that North Carolina’s Avett Brothers (featuring actual brothers) have announced details of their new album ‘Closer Than Together’ which lands on American/Republic Records on October 4th. You can watch the first single below which is creative to say the least. The Avetts clearly don’t like to stand still for too long. Continue reading “The Avett Brothers reveal new album details – Listen”