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.

14Jan

Jack Conman Announces UK Dates, New EP Out Next Week

upcoming EP Euphoria Springs

Jack Conman Announces UK Dates, New EP Out Next Week

Singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Jack Conmanhas has announced a UK tour with the CoffeeHouse Sessions throughout January. To coincide with the live dates which take place at student unions across the country, he’s also released Heroin Strings, the second single to be lifted from his upcoming EP Euphoria Springs (out on Jan 22nd). The tour and new song follow his debut single Misty Central, which gained rave reviews from Radio 1, 6Music, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing in November last year.  Click through for the dates.

12Jan

Loretta Lynn to Feature on PBS American Masters Show

Loretta Lynn to Feature on PBS American Masters Show

There's not much we can add here about the death of a certain rock legend (other than to note the Guardian's "he passed his 11+" on page 22 and "he failed his 11+" on page 24) but RIP David Bowie who influenced americana acts as much as any other genre (Wilco being a good example) - you'll be sorely and genuinely missed.  Rolling Stone reports: "On the same day American music icon Loretta Lynn releases Full Circle, her first new album in a decade, the Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, native will be the subject of a PBS documentary: American Masters — Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl."

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