25May

Jon Boden goes solo

First ever solo tour announced for November

Jon Boden goes solo

If you're still mourning the demise of Bellowhead - and, frankly, why wouldn't you be ? - then here's a little glimmer of a silver lining on the cloud of folk doom.  Jon Boden - the manic singer of the late lamented band - has announced his first ever solo tour which will be in November.  Can't wait that long ?  Well Jon will also be making some solo appearances at a number (and that number is three) of festivals over the summer - starting with perhaps the folk event of the year, The Cambridge Folk Festival.

24May

JJ Grey & Mofro hit the UK in May

In fact, this weekend.

JJ Grey & Mofro hit the UK in May

JJ Grey & Mofro are that most wonderful of things - a soulful Southern septet who produce a blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, and gritty R&B.  They're riding in on the coat tails of their latest well received album Ol' Glory which, like it's predecessor This River achieved a more than respectable 8/10 review right here on Americana-UK.  The review of Ol' Glory went so far as to suggest that JJ and his band would be even better live - well here's a chance to find out at one of their three UK dates.

17May

Country Legend Guy Clark Dies at 74

wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson

The Guardian reports: "The “godfather” of Nashville songwriters, Guy Charles Clark, has died at the age of 74. The celebrated country and folk musician died in Nashville on Tuesday from persistent health problems, according to a release on his Facebook page. Clark was known for his songs’ lyrical inventiveness and soaring narrative, showcased in hits such as LA Freeway, about the failed expectations for life in the big city, and Desperados Waiting for a Train, which was inspired by life in his grandmother’s 13-room rural Texas hotel. His reputation as a songwriting legend was cemented by recordings of his songs by artists including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and George Strait."

17May

ABC Cancels "Nashville" After Four Seasons

cancellation was unexpected - series finale airs in US next week

Rolling Stone reports: "ABC's Nashville has officially been cancelled. As Variety reports, the country music-themed show, which is in the midst of its fourth season, will end its run this month.  The nighttime soap-styled drama stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Aubrey Peeples, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella. While the show began with Britton and Panettiere's country star characters embroiled in a tabloid-like rivalry, through the seasons their relationship developed into a more complex one of respect. The show weaved the many stories of an ensemble cast with strong singing chops in a way that could've been unwieldy with so many characters. Yet, while not all story lines hit their mark, it remained engaging."

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