Oh, how time flies since it is almost 25 years since Nanci Griffith first came over to the UK, and has been a regular visitor ever since. Her stubborn West Texas roots has seen to it that unlike some singer-songwriters and otherwise performers she has been a survivor, and despite changes in the music industry Griffith has rolled with the punches to the degree her latest album The Loving Kind has been acclaimed by many as her best album (her two Other Voices... recordings… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on January 31, 2010 at 17:30 —
First point - the songs of Alejandro Escovedo have a peculiarity (ok, they have many, but one stands out among the other): the gift to sound immediately as the most original among the possible interpretations. It is not something so obvious; there’s plenty of great songwriters we can’t tell the same about. Instead the songs of Alejandro seem almost impossible to renew, unless we denaturalize them completely. After all, how many authors can boast the privilege to have drawn a form of… Continue
This is 27 year old Londoner Bonfanti’s second album and follows on from 2008s promising debut, Hard Times. That debut gave rise to a new British voice demanding to be heard and the follow up confirms that the voice has arrived. Bonfanti was once described as the love child of Tom Waits and Van Morrison and also the person to fill the gap between Seasick Steve and Jack Johnson. Time will tell (not on the love child thing though!) The grinding… Continue
Swedish country rockers Willy Clay Band have recently released their second album the follow up to the wonderful Rebecca Drive, there was an EP in between but this album is long overdue - but worthy of the wait, it's as good as album number one and features the same blend of crafted country roots rockers.
The album was recorded in an old barn close to the bands home town Kiruna with engineering and production by Ollie Olson, the band… Continue
Fresh-ish from Celtic Connections.... a great time was had by all, especially at The Texas Songwriters Night on Thursday night. It was a truly inspirational night with a special appearance by Beth Nielsen Chapman. With that, my new show is online Americana UK. The playlist for my current show is shown below. It includes new songs by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Nine Below Zero. I also introduce new names Kristin Connell and The Raglans and re-introduce Chris… Continue
Added by Bob Paterson on January 26, 2010 at 10:52 —
As I could be accused of partisanship, I declare immediately my factiousness towards The Feelies of Bill Million and Glenn Mercer, group that still today I repute one of the most important and underestimated bands of the 1980s. A group that, although listened by “few happy” fans back in the 1980s, has inspired pretty much all of those “fews” to start to play.
It happened partly because their LPs (only four, between 1980 and 1991) have been among the… Continue
Grant Langston One of LA's brightest Americana lights, Alabama born and raised Langston uses a witty mix of danceable old-school honky tonk and mournful traditional ballads. He hopes to to come back after the summer with more dates in the north www.grantlangston.com www.myspace.com/grantlangston
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After two shows in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall (January 29,31) the ensemble takes to the road,calling at Manchester —Bridgewater Hall (February, 2nd) before they descend on Gateshead (details as… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on January 24, 2010 at 17:30 —
Hailing from Oakland CA and describing their music as "slow southern folk" The Shants are - Skip Allums (guitars,vocals,piano), Samuel Tokheim (pedal steel) , Carver Cordes (bass) and Adam Burstein (drums) with Maggie Morris on harmony vocals.
The lead off track from their debut EP Russian River Songs sets the tone nicely and fits easily into the Americana genre, the mood created by the pedal steel and acoustic guitar set against the… Continue
The incomparable Malcolm Holcombe in Concert and Conversation at The Coffee Shop Strathpeffer 21st January
Sure. There are the inevitable comparisons to Tom Waits, but that's mostly due to Malcolm Holcombe's dark blue minstrelsy, delivered in a burned up voice. I'd add Malcolm has the presence and pertinence of a deconstructed John Prine, but truth be told Malcolm is a one off mound breaker of a… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 23, 2010 at 22:00 —
January 26th will see the release ofShoulda Been Goldthe fifth album from Californian country-rockers I See Hawks in LA, a 17 track tongue-in-cheek greatest hits collection that takes in tunes from the bands previous albums as well as five new tracks, so you…Continue
A new studio recording from Carrie Rodriguez, Love & Circumstance will be released April 13th in the US. Carrie Rodriguez new studio recording coming + an Acoustic Café evening Tour starts this week + The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour +
Carrie Rodriguez is positioned to have a… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 23, 2010 at 13:12 —
It’s hard to believe that Luther Allison died over 12 years ago as I remember reviewing him just around the day he died. This latest set, recorded for Canadian Television just 4 days before he had to cancel his tour in 1997 and never to return to the stage again, runs for 90 minutes on CD and 56 minutes on DVD. Cancel My Check has a long guitar intro that sets the scene. Luther then adds his dulcet tones to his outstanding guitar for a storming start… Continue
I’m thinking of starting a sub series of blogs: “Glorious artists in incongruous settings”. Until Tuesday night Steve Earle in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester ( more suited to Manchester ‘s Symphony orchestra ) would have been high up that list, possibly top, closely followed by Chatham County Line playing at St Bede’s in Chorley, which looks to be a typical working men’s club, and more suited to - well, anyone who might play a WMC. But last Tuesday I saw Tom Russell, in Fleetwood and Hesketh… Continue
Former Waybacks leader and founder member, Stevie Coyle for his solo debut has come up with a unique and ambitious project, and it works. Ten In One is a collection of songs and accompanying intros that take the listener on journey through time, a time when carnivals, side shows, roustabouts and trains were a way of life for a great many. His ability to conjure, spare stark imagery aided by fine… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on January 22, 2010 at 9:30 —
Instrumentist for Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Flamin Groovies. Producer of Green On Red, Replacements<, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Willy DeVille, Mudhoney and Tav Falco.
Leader of Mudboy & The Neutrons, a grungy swill of swamp-blues, country and rock and roll, little documented on record but surely listened for a long time by a lot of bands of the south of the United States.
This is only a little part of the Jim Dickinson’s resume. An… Continue
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