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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Join Forces for US Tour
28Aug

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Join Forces for US Tour

Rolling Stone reports: "Two months after the release of Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are hitting the highway for a joint tour. The shows run from October 15th through November 28th, mostly centered around multipurpose arenas whose seating capacities range as high as 10,000. That's significantly larger than most of the venues Nelson and Haggard play during their solo tours. As they move into their golden years, though, Nelson, 82, and Haggard, 78, have no reason not to go big."

Sarah McQuaid Announces UK Dates
27Aug

Sarah McQuaid Announces UK Dates

UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is keen to ensure that her fourth solo album Walking Into White gets at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the first half of each concert on her forthcoming US and UK tours. Hard on the heels of her Cornwall Folk Festival performance in Wadebridge on the 29th of August, Sarah will be flying out to the USA for a two-month, coast-to-coast 36-show tour, then returning just in time for her first of 22 UK dates on October 30th.  Click through for the dates.

Ryan Adams:
27Aug

Ryan Adams: "1989 cover album has reached the finish line"

NME reports: "Ryan Adams has told fans his full cover album of Taylor Swift’s '1989' is at the 'finish line' and will be mixed and mastered this week. Adams announced that he would be recording the cover version at the start of August. He has documented his progress via social media, posting various behind the scenes video clips and photos."

RS Lists
26Aug

RS Lists "30 Great Country Albums You Probably Didn't Hear"

Rolling Stone has put together a list of 30 "country" albums from this year so far you might not have heard, and it's a terrific list, featuring Kasey Chambers, Drew Holcolmb and Andrew Combs among others.  They report: "The great tragedy of music is that so many high-quality albums go unheard. Blame it on the glut of material released every year or the fact that the majority of artists don't have the big-budget promotional push to bring their records to the masses."

AMA Americana Music Festival Full Line Up Announced
25Aug

AMA Americana Music Festival Full Line Up Announced

If you're lucky enough to travel...  The Examiner reports: "After weeks of trickling out portions of the Americana Music Festival lineup and putting up a schedule with numerous "TBA" holes, The Americana Music Association drew back the curtain on the entire lineup today. In doing so, they revealed a number of high profile artists, announced the lineup for their new Tuesday Night Kickoff parties, and released their new mobile app for Apple and Android devices."

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General Election 2015 - some thoughts
We live in a democracy (of sorts - seehttp://www.americana-uk.com/index.php/pages/activism-and-comment/item/971-democracy-huh) and pretty soon we shall all have the chance to voice our opinion and vote for…
Wednesday April 15
by  Paul Villers 
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Where does music go now?
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Saturday August 23
by  Paul Villers 
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Pete Seeger RIP
In the strange cybergap between writing my first article and being able to actually share it I learnt Pete Seeger had died. When thinking about…
Friday January 31
by  Morag Rose 
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A starter for ten
These aren't the best, or the most famous, or the biggest selling political songs ever but they are all tunes I love. It was hard…
Friday January 31
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Jace Everett + Pauper Kings Fulford Arms, York, 30th June 2015
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Jolie Holland, Basement Bar, York, 15th July 2015
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Polly & the Billets Doux + Bramble Knapskins, York, Basement Bar, 2nd June 2015
Openers Bramble Knapskins are full of that youthful vigour and exude confidence that the young do, with a squeezebox, double bass, sax, acoustic and drums…
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Ryan Boldt + Kacy & Clayton + Sam Griffths, York Basement Bar, York, 29th April 2015
Local support Sam Griffths is more than able, his guitar & double bass combo are full of youthful vigour and he’s that very earnest singer/songwriter…
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Pokey LaFarge + Daniel Meade, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 22nd May 2015
Opener Meade, 4 piece band, double bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and brushed drums, it’s a terrific 50’s shuffles. Vintage guitars, with nifty wandering, walked up…
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