Interviews | 2004

Interviews | 2004

Bob Collum

Bob Collum is an old friend of Americana UK. Not just because one of our Staff Writers, Dan Wilkinson, plays bass and sings in Bob’s band, The Welfare Mothers, but because he is a singer songwriter who believes in the melodic as well as the lyrical aspect of songwriting, immediately apparent to anyone who has heard the new album “the boy most likely to…”(Atomic Powered Records 2004). Another endearing trait is that Tulsa-born Bob leaves…
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Jeff Jepson

Jeff Jepson is a British singer songwriter whose work has previously been featured on Americana UK. On a trip home to London, after a gig, he met our Features Editor Barry Jones heading to the metropolis. The realisation that there was some musical common ground was immediately apparent, and before the trip was over this interview had been arranged.
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Richmond Fontaine

Richmond Fontaine and their latest album “Post to Wire” were one of the big successes in Americana during 2004, but they’ve been around a bit longer than that. The front man and songwriter is Willy Vlautin, and guest contributor Oliver Gray put together this feature for Americana UK giving us Willy’s insight into how the band has arrived at where it is today.
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Will Johnson

Will Johnson (www.centro-matic.com) must be one of the most prolific artists around; with his bands Centromatic and South San Gabriel he tours and records all the time, well nearly all the time, because whenever he gets a moment he records and tours solo. Barry Jones spoke to him for Americana UK in 2003 and caught up with him again in his Austin home in December 2004 to talk about his latest solo venture, the outstanding,…
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Andrew Morgan

What better way to spend a cold October eve than a transatlantic chat with a musician who’s so up-and-coming, it’s not even funny. Andrew Morgan’s album ‘Misadventures in Radiology’ (Broken Horse, 2004), which has received rave reviews across the board, will no doubt be denting those end-of-year top tens. I hooked up with the enfant terrible of classically inflicted chamber-pop to talk nuns, stadiums, the American Election and Dire Straights… Interview by David Jenkins, November…
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Nels Andrews

Albuquerque based Nels Andrews (www.nelsandrews.com) received the “NewFolk” award at 2002 Kerrville Folk Festival, to join a select group of winners which includes the likes of Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, but any comparisons with any of those would be wasted, as he is an artist with his own distinctive sound and his own voice. “Sunday Shoes”, is Nels’ dark, brooding and compelling debut album. Co-produced with Jeffrey Richards (Hazeldine) the album is…
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Jason Ringenberg

Illinois-raised Jason Ringenberg is a legendary performer in the world of alt-country. Since 1982, with and without his band, The Scorchers, he has been entertaining us with his own very special brand of cow-punk. While lesser mortals have faded away Jason has continued to find something new to say, and his latest album Empire Builders (Spit&Polish 2004) (www.shoeshine.co.uk) reaches new levels of social conscience and will enhance his reputation still further. That he maintains his…
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The Sadies

The Sadies (www.thesadies.net) are brothers Dallas and Travis Good, who take guitar and vocal duties, upright bass player Sean Dean, and drummer Mike Belitsky. October 2004 sees the release of their new album, “Favourite Colours” (Yep Roc 2004) and a brief tour of the UK to promote it. The band are developing the reputation of being one of the finest live bands anyone is likely to see, and anyone who has seen them play live…
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Michael Carpenter

Michael Carpenter, one of Australian label, Laughing Outlaw’s homegrown roster spoke to us last year when he was in the UK touring his last album “Kingsrdworks”. September 2004 saw the release of a new album, “Rolling Ball” which is brimful of hooks and harmonies, so Barry Jones spoke to Michael, in Sydney, to find out what was happening, and what his plans were. Interview date 15th October 2004
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Passenger Side

Passenger Side are a three-piece Merseyside band who take some of their inspiration from Americana and alt.country, whilst retaining British sensibility. They have adopted the very generous marketing strategy of giving their critically acclaimed cd’s away to anyone who wants one, although, as their reputation grows, there is no doubt that the strategy will have to change. They have supported The Sadies, amongst others, and recently opened for another Liverpool band, The Pearl, at their…
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The Redlands Palomino Co

The Redlands Palomino Co. have just released their debut album “By The Time You Hear This…”(Laughing Outlaw 2004), which is getting plenty of radio airplay and which is as good an example of British Americana as you are likely to hear. Singer songwriters, husband and wife, Alex and Hannah Elton-Wall are at the heart of the group, and during their trip to Liverpool, supporting Richmond Fontaine, Barry Jones met up with them in a Lime…
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Toby Burke

Pete Gow talks to Loose Record’s Toby Burke about his new highly acclaimed solo record “Winsome Lonesome,” an album entirely live into a four track tape machine, his band Horse Stories and the influences of English folk music - interview date: 19th August 2004
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Hayseed Dixie

John Wheeler, aka Barley Scotch from Hayseed Dixie: Apparently from Deer Lick Holler, deep in the heart of Appalachia, Hayseed Dixie have seen growing success in the USA with their very individual take on rock classics originally recorded by AC/DC, Queen and KISS, amongst others. Summer 2004 saw the European release of an album, Let There Be Rockgrass (Cooking Vinyl 2004), which includes some of their best work, including a few originals, notably the positively…
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Wrinkle Neck Mules

Mason Brent, Andy Stepanian, Chase Heard and Blake Gayle are The Wrinkle Neck Mules, whose debut album “Minor Enough” was released in 2003 to great critical acclaim. Richmond, Virginia based Andy Stepanian, one of the singer songwriters in the band, gave Rob Ellen some details of the background to the group as they readied themselves for a tour of the UK in July 2004.
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Juliana Hatfield

After a gap of four years, former indie sweetheart, and Blake Babe, Juliana Hatfield has released In Exile Deo, a new collection of her own songs. With the assistance of renowned producers David Leonard and David Way, who have previously worked with people like Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson amongst many others, she has produced a very fine album indeed, drawing out the best of her bittersweet vocals and her accomplished riffing guitar style. On…
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Thad Cockrell

His father and two brothers are Baptist preachers, and Thad Cockrell (www.thadcockrell.com) was heading in the same direction, graduating from a North Carolina theological seminary, before deciding that his real calling was music. “I’ve always loved the twang of hurt” is a quote which explains some of the reasoning behind the move, and the sound of his wistful tenor voice is a good indication that he’s made the right choice. His second album “Warmth and…
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Case Hardin

Case Hardin (www.casehardin.com) are a band developing a good following with their British take on the Americana genre. Citing influences such as Whiskeytown and Uncle Tupelo, they have already supported acts like Peter Bruntnell and Horse Stories, as well as appearing at The Borderline during Way Beyond Nashville. Singer songwriter with the band, Pete Gow, is also a Site Writer on Americana-UK, so Barry Jones spoke him about the band, his music and his influences.
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Slaid Cleaves

It’s taken a while, but Slaid Cleaves has finally followed up the stunning, must-have album, “Broke Down”, with another very fine piece of work. “Wishbones” explores the now familiar territory of imaginative and believable narrative tales suffused with whisky and smoke, this time with the addition of a touch of raunch. He toured the UK in April 2004, and Barry Jones took the opportunity to speak to him.
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Teri Binion

Born in North Carolina, but now a native of Florida, Terri Binion’s songs tell real life stories in gentle honeyed tones. “GayleAnne”, the opening track of her new album “Fool” has the added boost of backing vocals from her friend Lucinda Williams, but Terri (www.terribinion.com) doesn’t really need star additions to maintain an album of good quality songs, which will be apparent to anybody lucky enough to have heard it. Some years ago, a visit…
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Sarah Harmer

For her latest album “All of our Names”, Sarah Harmer converted her Quaker Valley Ontario farmhouse into a recording studio. The process had benefits and disadvantages for Sarah, but the end result is a fine follow up to her 2000 album “You Were Here” which had been named Debut CD of the year by Time Magazine. “All of our Names” will deservedly draw further critical acclaim, and Barry Jones talked to Sarah about the album,…
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Quiet Loner

Matt Hill is the Nottingham-born, Manchester-based, singer songwriter in Quiet Loner (www.quietloner.com), a band named in homage to the much-lamented stand-up comedian Bill Hicks, who was also in a band of that name. In a New Mexico town implausibly called “Truth or Consequences” Matt experienced something that convinced him that he should be playing country music, and the consequence of that is the debut album “Secret Ruler of the World” (Circus 65 2004) (www.circus65.com) already…
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Richie Furay

Richie Furay was most famous for spending his earlier days with Neil Young and Stephen Stills in Buffalo Springfield as well as forming the legendary 70’s country rock act Poco. One of his lesser known musical outfits The Souther Hillman Furay Band was our Classic Americana album for the month of February and Richie was kind enough to answer some questions via e mail with Daniel Stulic about the time he spent with The Souther…
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Jesse Sykes

Following on from the success of their debut release “Reckless Burning”, Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter (www.jessesykes.com) have now released “Oh My Girl”(Fargo). It is a dark and beautiful album, much like Jesse herself. With the distinctive tones of ex-Whiskeytown guitarist Phil Wandscher adding the twang to what has been aptly termed “Twang Noir”, they are a combination not to be missed, either as a full band, or stripped down to their essence, Jesse…
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David Childers

David Childers’ father was a playwright turned lawyer, and David himself studied English and Creative writing, and became an artist-in-residence, before following his father and also becoming a practicing lawyer. But David (www.davidchilders.com) broke the pattern and is now releasing records, full of raw emotion and intelligence. He collaborated with Martin Stephenson on an album called “The Haint of the Budded Rose” which resulted in an appearance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2004, and he…
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Dan Miller | Blanche

Blanche (www.blanchemusic.com) are, what could be described as, an Art-Country band, using visual effects, and their own appearance, to heighten the impact of their music, which calls on old-time country instrumentation and themes, delivered with a sensibility which reflects their, more rock based, Detroit background. Having toured the UK at the end of 2003 with The Handsome Family, they came back at the start of 2004 to support The White Stripes. Dan Miller, guitarist and…
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