Interview Archive | 2015

Interviews | 2015

americanaUK Interviews Editor: Rudie Humphrey


Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code
The tale of Ross Wilson AKA Blue Rose Code is one of redemption. Several years ago his music career seemed to have gone down the plughole due to an ever-depending reliance on alcohol. Wilson has spoken candidly about this in several interviews along with his path to eventual sobriety leading to his current position as one of our most acclaimed writers and performer. His 2014 album The Ballads Of Peckham Rye was listed for the…
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Lynne Hanson

Lynne Hanson
Some have referred to her music as Americana, roots, and rough-around-the-edges folk, but Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Hanson songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They're rough around the edges, faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired dirt ground into the seams. Now Hansom has dropped the clutch grabbed the eight ball and banged it into sixth gear, a terrific suite of…
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Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin; singer-songwriter, Grammy winner and long-time associate of the likes of buddy miller and Mary Chapin carpenter has seen her career take a good many turns since she started out in small-time bands and performing solo. Her decision to forgo material of her own for a cover album uncovered for her latest release was largely unexpected. One of my friends said to me, ‘you sound so exposed on this record! And I think that’s…
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The Other Half - My Darling Clementine / Mark Billingham

The Other Half - My Darling Clementine / Mark Billingham
A wonderful blend of music and the spoken word, THE OTHER HALF is a collaboration between UK purveyors of heartbreak and woe, My Darling Clementine, and crime thriller writer Mark Billingham. Initially a stage show with Billingham and My Darling Clementine's Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish performing the story and songs with visual effects, a studio recording of the production was released earlier this year by Hachette Audio in a handsome package featuring a…
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Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham
Hobbs, New Mexico born singer-songwriter, Ryan Bingham supplies music of great authenticity. A throw-back to a tradition that not only tips its hat to Woody Guthrie and the like but Texas singer-songwriters and more such his parched, threadbare approach to both his music and songwriting. Fear and Saturday night is Bingham’s fifth studio album, following the likes of his acclaimed 2008 lost highway records release Mescalito and Tomorrowland and in between it all there was…
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Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge
On the face of it, St. Louis musician Pokey Lafarge has been on an upward curve over the past five years. Here in the UK his popularity rocketed following his appearance on Jools Holland's New year Hootenanny show in 2012 while in the States Jack White became somewhat enamored of his music leading to releases on White's Third Man Records. Pokey and his band mates, The South City Three seemed to become fixtures at just…
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Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin
Patty griffin’s eye for detail of both the visual and inner most feelings of the heart have rarely been surpassed; likewise her hypnotic live appearances on stage ….as the ante is lifted to another level as she becomes completely lost in her lyrics and emotional content, to the degree she comes off stage emotionally drained. With a follow up to Griffin’s Grammy Winning record American Kid, Servant Of Love only just released Americana UK’s Maurice…
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Dale Watson

Dale Watson
Honky-tonk man Texas raised 'Ameripolitan' act Dale Watson is tireless supporter of old fashioned hardwood floor spit and sawdust country music. Many see Watson as one of the finest keepers of the flame of the old ways; a no nonsense performer steeped in the sounds of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams Snr. and other too. Watson and his band, the Lone Stars are also the kind of…
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Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis
FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO NASHVILLE BY WAY OF KNOXVILLE NEW NAME ON THE BLOCK SINGER-SONGWRITER SAM LEWIS BRINGS SOMETHING TO THE TABLE SOMETHING RATHER SPECIAL….a true artist, meticulous and creative, here is a man in love with music, and who in a short time has picked up a bunch of supporters of the trade. People like Matt Urmy, Kenny Vaughan, Darrell Scott, Will Kimbrough and others, people who know talent. Musicians, singer-songwriters with a wealth…
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Simi Stone

Simi Stone
From Woodstock NY comes the beautiful, free spirited soulful sound of Simi Stone (formerly of The Duke & The King). A debut album of thirteen highly personal songs, each with an incredibly catchy, pop hook. After building up a strong following in the New York area with her magnetic live shows in many of the city’s leading clubs and theatres, Simi then recorded the self-titled album with co-writer and producer David Baron. Simi is no…
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Curtis Eller's American Circus

Curtis Eller's American Circus
Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as "New York's angriest yodeling banjo player". Siting Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls,…
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Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel
BAND LEADER RAY BENSON SPEAKS OF HIS LIFE WITH WESTERN SWING BAND ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL ‘After 45 years of travelling and playing, it still amazes me how well this music, born in the 1920s and ‘30s, thrives in the present day’, Ray Benson. Western swing legend, guitar player and vocalist Ray Benson is a giant of a man in more ways than one, measuring six foot seven the Asleep at the Wheel leader and…
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Howe Gelb

Howe Gelb
2015 marks 30 years of Giant Sand, the protean band that has been the primary vehicle for Howe Gelb's restless sonic journey over three decades. Through various incarnations from duo to 12 piece (aka Giant Giant Sand) Gelb has steered the band's unique path and also found time to release solo albums and recordings under various names (including The Band Of Blacky Ranchette, OP8, and Arizona Amp & Alternator). Heartbreak Pass, released on New West…
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Edward Abbiati - Lowlands

Edward Abbiati - Lowlands
Italian rockers, Lowlands have been Americana UK favourites for several years now with each of their albums receiving very favourable reviews, their latest, Love Etc getting an 8/10 in December. Based in Pavia, Lombardy they are based around the talents of UK born Edward Abbiatti and they're playing two dates over here (The Dixon Studio in Southend On Sea on 31st January with The Lucky Strikes and The Bridge, Ebbw Vale, Newport, Wales on 1st…
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Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle
Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle defies categorisation as he draws on country, blues, folk and a little soul without signing his life away as he honours country music’s great heritage Son of country music’s one-time miscreant Steve Earle, JT like his father allowed drink and substance abuse ruin his thinking for a spell. A lesser talent would not have risen from the depths the second generation singer-songwriter experienced, and in such a seemingly unscathed fashion.…
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James McMurtry

James McMurtry
Texas-based singer-songwriter James McMurtry is a wordy deep thinking songwriter. A man who places great meaning to everyday life and how people cope with the intricacies it provides. His songs reflect people’s struggles, the uneven playing field out there. How despite the various levels of resilience even the strongest can be worn down by life. Some become but a shadow of their former selves.It’s not our job to be loved, it’s our job is to…
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Luke Tuchscherer

Luke Tuchscherer
Probably best known to Americana UK readers as the drummer of Bedford's The Whybirds (described by AUK as... "the hardest working and hardest rocking band in Britain right now – a band destined for greatness”) Luke Tuchscherer recently emerged from behind the traps to release a solo album, You Get So Alone At Times That it Just Makes Sense. The album's been well received including an 8/10 review on this site while Luke's been touring…
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Mark Olson

Mark Olson
Singer-songwriter Mark Olson a founder member of the Jayhawks, after a two-year second spell with the band and a number of years (during which time they recorded seven albums) with his ensemble the original harmony creek dippers has moved on to another new chapter in his life and new music.
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Johnny Hickman (Cracker)

Johnny Hickman (Cracker)
This December Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, on 429 Records. It's a double-album that finds founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further downstate in Bakersfield. They've brought in a host of musicians to help out, including putting together the original Cracker line-up for the Berkeley side. Johnny Hickman took some time out to…
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