12Feb

New Buddy Miller Cayamo Album Out Now

with contributions from Kacey Musgraves, Nikki Lane, Lee Ann Womack, Brandi Carlile and Kris Kristofferson

New Buddy Miller Cayamo Album Out Now

If you're lucky enough to ever make one of these, we'd love to hear about it (before slaughtering you in cold blood through raw jealousy).  Rolling Stone reports: "When it comes to typical cruise ship music, it's hard not to imagine the schmaltzy, sequined performances that passengers are usually treated to onboard — think a cover of "Midnight at the Oasis," only partially in key. But if you're the legendary producer and artist Buddy Miller, and said vessel is the Cayamo Cruise packed to the gills with pals like Kacey Musgraves, Nikki Lane, Lee Ann Womack, Brandi Carlile and Kris Kristofferson, the results are anything but typical. The new album Cayamo Sessions at Sea, streaming exclusively on Rolling Stone Country, is the result of collaborations born portside and starboard during the annual roots-centric voyage, all rooted in Miller's fierce dedication to reinventing bygone country classics in a way that sounds both deeply traditional and thrillingly current. Buddy Miller & Friend's Cayamo Sessions at Sea is a stellar sampler of some of the most prominent voices in country and Americana music today, both veteran (Kristofferson on a softly shuffling version of his own hit for Johnny Cash, "Sunday Morning Coming Down") and new (Musgraves' crystalline honky-tonk take on Buck Owens' "Love's Gonna Live Here"). For all the sessions, Miller handpicked friends to come and record in his makeshift onboard studio during the past two Cayamo journeys, serving as duet partner, producer, harmonizer or all of the above."

10Feb

Green Man Announces 2016 Line-Up

Jason Isbell and Miracle Legion among acts announced

Green Man Announces 2016 Line-Up

Still catching up with news while we were offline" - The Guardian reports: "Belle and Sebastian, James Blake and Wild Beasts have been announced as the headliners for this year’s Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The acclaimed festival marks its 13th year with a strong list of artists further down the bill, too, including White Denim, Battles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jason Isbell, Julia Holter, Michael Rother, Floating Points, Ezra Furman and Fat White Family (assuming they still exist by then).  Green Man promises a Belle and Sebastian appearance that will “celebrate 20 years since their timeless debut Tigermilk”, though it does not specify whether they will be playing the album in its entirety. Over the years, Green Man has evolved from small beginnings into a four-day event, hosting 20,000 people. Last year, 1,500 artists covering music, literature, film, comedy, theatre and poetry performed across 17 stages. The event won best festival at the 2015 Live Music Business awards. The bill also contains a pleasant surprise for lovers of 80s Americana, with the news that Miracle Legion – the Connecticut band beloved of Thom Yorke – have reunited and will play the festival. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, from £175 for an adult ticket for the weekend. Local residents can buy day tickets for £60."

08Feb

Mumfords Fail First UK Americana Chart Test

First Aid Kit and Nathaniel Rateliff make the cut

Mumfords Fail First UK Americana Chart Test

The Independent reports: "The Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit qualify but Mumford & Sons do not. The UK’s first dedicated chart for “Americana” music has prompted a debate over which artists are sufficiently “rootsy” to merit a place in the weekly rundown. A flourishing genre among British fans, Americana, a term first applied in the mid-90s to a wave of US artists who rejected the Nashville country mainstream’s slick productions, has now been rewarded with a dedicated listing compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC).  The US singer-songwriter Elle King tops the first chart, which defines Americana as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.” Louisiana singer Lucinda Williams, Father John Misty and Sufjan Stevens also feature."

04Feb

americanaUK News

As many will have noticed by now, we’ve had several technical and abuse issues with the site recently, but we are relaunching the americanaUK site in stages later today, starting with all our popular features, and gradually restoring all the features during the next week.

As visitors will notice, we are also still working on our new template, and hope that the occasional inconsistency of styling on some random pages won’t spoil your visit.

We apologise for the disruption, especially for the lack of gig listings!

We have already restored any features that you can see in the navigation menu above, and hope to have our archived features articles (Interviews, Live Reviews, Dirty Dozen section) back online by 7th February.

All other features (including the gig listings) should be fully restored by the 12th February.

03Feb

First AMA-UK Americana Awards Tonight

hosted by the broadcaster Bob Harris

First AMA-UK Americana Awards Tonight

The inaugural UK Americana Awards show, celebrating the achievements of British and International members of the Americana music community, takes place tonight (3rd February 2016) at the St. John at Hackney music venue in East London.

The show will be hosted by the broadcaster Bob Harris the music director is award winning producer and musician Ethan Johns. There'll be performances from Gretchen Peters, Bear’s Den, Danny & The Champions of the World, The Dreaming Spires, Emily Barker, Lewis & Leigh, Cale Tyson, Robert Vincent and special guest Billy Bragg, and guest presenters for the awards include Chris Difford, Ricky Ross, Elizabeth McGovern and more.

We'll be attending (or one of us will be - budgets...) so look out for a report soon on AUK

15Jan

Jesse Malin Puts Demos Online Ahead of Album Reissue

Jesse Malin Puts Demos Online Ahead of Album Reissue

Originally released in 2002, Jesse Malin’s solo debut is to be reissued on 26th February as a limited run on double CD and Vinyl with new sleevenotes by The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon. The second disc adds 11 more tracks originally demoed for the record at Electric Lady studios, only 4 of which made it to the final version – which gives an insight into the quantity and quality of material to hand at the time.  Jesse has shared 5 of these demos via SoundCloud which you can find here.  And he returns to the UK in February for live dates.  Click through for details.

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