What should I do, Americana UK?

In these new times of austerity an advice column can’t afford to be overly picky – sure we’d like to spend all of our time knitting back together the sinews of a broken heart or wrestling with deep philosophical conundrums. Sometimes though you have to take what comes your way – and to be honest even a fairly simple issue can hide a deeper wrenching of the emotions. Which is by way of explaining why we took some interest in the bluntly direct enquiry from Pharis Romero: “Where is the gambling man? Tell me where the poor boy gone?“. There was a slight concern raised as to his possible location if he continued to play cards and throw dice, as Pharis heartbreakingly suggested that her fear was that “if you don’t throw them dice away we’ll see you in the coming hell.” We noted that we’d moved into the sphere of theology which spiked our interest. Continue reading “What should I do, Americana UK?”

Forgotten Artists – Katy Moffatt

Here we are again with another feature in the FORGOTTEN ARTISTS series, where we take a look at some of the Americana musicians who may just have dropped out of people’s memories or who, perhaps, never received the appreciation their contribution to the genre deserved. This time frequent contributor to the series, Clint West, turns his attention to the fine singer-songwriter, Katy Moffatt. Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Katy Moffatt”

10 Americana songs with a boxing theme

Listening to the excellent new Matt Hill album ‘Savage Pilgrims’ I was particularly struck by the track ‘Bendigo’ which tells the story of a 19th century Nottinghamshire prizefighter. It set me thinking about boxing-themed songs and how I’d not really heard such a good one in some while. So here I present to you ten more boxing-themed songs. Continue reading “10 Americana songs with a boxing theme”

Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 29th March 2019

To say that Tom Russell was in a buoyant mood on-stage at the legendary 100 Club would be an understatement of huge proportions. There was a definite party atmosphere – Tom’s UK label Proper Records were out in force to support him and with good reason, the new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth‘ had sailed straight in at Number One on the official UK Americana charts whilst the new single ‘That’s when the Road gets Rough‘ was, he assured us, also heading for the top, and we believe you Tom. Tom Russell describes the album as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield” and he’s not wrong – as he would prove through the night with a significant amount of the two sets coming from ‘October in the Railroad Earth‘. Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 29th March 2019”

Tom Russell announces new album “October in the Railroad Earth”, UK dates

American troubadour Tom Russell, once described by Rolling Stone as “The greatest living folk-country songwriter” has announced a new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth’ confusingly not out in October but on March 15th via Proper Records. Continue reading “Tom Russell announces new album “October in the Railroad Earth”, UK dates”

Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017

It doesn’t pay to be late to a Tom Russell gig, you might miss the opening act who takes the stage to do a little “guess that tune” as he plays snippets of road songs. A little bit of Pancho and Lefty, a little snippet of Guy Clark, it could be anything, even Leonard Cohen.  Since he’s a gruff voiced seventy year old American in a cowboy hat with an easy line of patter then you really don’t want to miss the support. Having warmed up both the audience and his own voice it was time for Tom Russell to emerge from his carefully crafted disguise as himself – a gruff voiced seventy year old American in a cowboy hat, with an easy line of patter. Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017”