Interview Archive | 2012

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Interviews | 2012

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis
LAURIE LEWIS —FIDDLER, SONGWRITER, VOCALIST, BAND LEADER AND PRODUCERIn honour of Bill Monroe in what would have been his 100th year California based folk, bluegrass country fiddle player, vocalist and singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis put out the album Skippin’ And Flyin’ last year. Like all other albums she has recorded it is a top-drawer effort. Lewis started her musical career as a member of west coast bluegrass folk country ensemble, Good Ol’ Persons and has since…
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Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott
NASHVILLE SINGER-SONGWRITER, BAND MEMBER OF ROBERT PLANT’S BAND OF JOY, HIT SONGWRITER, RECORDING MUSICIAN and a bunch more….Kentucky-born and now living in Nashville, Darrell Scott is one of those people who seems to shine like a star in a dark sky at anything he does. For once again has come up with yet another splendid album (LONG RIDE HOME). A maker of concept records, Scott this time has this time focussed on his early life,…
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Sons Of Bill

Sons Of Bill
Three years ago, Sons of Bill blew us all off our feet with their second album One Town Away. The Virginia-based band (yes, three of them are brothers, and yes, their dad's name is Bill) sounded like R.E.M cranked all the way up to 11, and sang songs about cool stuff like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and AM radio, while never afraid to dip into more serious subjects, such as high school shootings and…
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Quiet Loner

Quiet Loner
Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner is going all political for his third album. Mark Whitfield caught up with Matt to talk about his album plans, his new residence in Derbyshire, and exactly what he might do if he met David Cameron.
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John Cleere (Kilkenny Roots Festival)

John Cleere (Kilkenny Roots Festival)
We’re trying to talk to the movers and shakers of the Americana world this year, the promoters, label owners and everyone who is responsible for bringing the music we love to the forefront. John Cleere is a man who is well and truly submerged in music and has been for many years, a founder and organiser of the Kilkenny Roots Festival and he took some time to chat to A-UK about this year’s line up
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Bowerbirds

Bowerbirds
History has shown that bands formed around romantic couples can be a productive, if at times a hazardous occupation. Whilst the relationships behind Arcade Fire and Jenny and Johnny are currently creating an exciting musical output, the likes of Richard and Linda Thompson, Sonic Youth and even ABBA have demonstrated what can happen if it all goes horribly wrong.Step forward Bowerbirds, a group formed by the couple Beth Tacular and Phil Moore. When not touring,…
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Taylor Goldsmith [Dawes]

Dawes
It’s been an exceptional year for Dawes. Releasing records, touring Europe and the States, rubbing shoulders with legends and having your songs littering just about every U.S teenage based TV show. It certainly seems like the foundations have been laid for a very positive future. Americana-UK caught up with frontman Taylor Goldsmith after a string of UK sold out dates where we could talk about their busy schedule and backing some of the biggest names…
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Jay Taylor

Jay Taylor
There are many characters in and around the music industry which have become the pillars of society. These people come in all kinds of forms - promoters, label owners, venue owners, management, agents, radio show hosts and journalists. It’s some of these folk that Americana–UK will be talking to over the course of this year, hearing what the guys on the ground have to say and providing more of an insight to what goes on…
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Jay Farrar

New Multitudes
2012 marks 100 years since the birth of legendary songwriter and political provocateur Woody Guthrie. In many ways it seems almost appropriate that this milestone should be reached as global institutions disintegrate around us and protestors are taking to the streets of cities across the planet.To mark the centenary in more customary ways, a number of projects and performances have been planned. One of these is New Multitudes, a new album of Woody Guthrie lyrics…
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Lincoln Durham

Lincoln Durham
Lincoln Durham is a very interesting young man from the States, a one man band musician with a rasping voice and a very raw and rootsy new record, ‘The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones’. This is a very fine record that dives deeply into traditional southern American folk music, it’s earthy and has integrity. There’s no doubt that Durham will be a common feature in the U.K in the near future. Americana-UK took some time…
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Fountains of Wayne

Fountains of Wayne
Fountains of Wayne have been around for over 15 years now and in that time have had a certain reputation from one particular song, yet their move to the Yep Roc label has heralded a change in direction which appealed to Americana UK Editor Mark Whitfield’s ears so much that he went to chat to Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger before their recent London date about the new record and what influences might have affected…
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State Of The Union

State Of The Union
Simone Felice isn’t the only exciting thing happening at Reveal this year but also Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams have nailed themselves together almost like some kind of super group duo to release a brand new record. Sounds like they should be wearing masks and capes! Both have glittering and extensive careers, established musical pedigrees not to mention song writing credits. Can you have too much of a good thing? Of course not! Americana-UK snapped…
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Simone Felice

Simone Felice
Some artists stay around forever, they might collaborate from time to time, form new bands for one-off albums or tours or gently glide through their career flying their own flag high. Waits and Dylan jump to mind immediately, Neil Young and maybe Conor Oberst with his many guises. Who else will stand the test of time? Is Simone Felice one of those artists? Let’s face it. It’s probably looking that way!Felice is certainly a man…
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Craig Finn

Craig Finn
Breakaway solo projects seem to be a norm these days for frontmen and one that might not have necessarily been expected is of Craig Finn. There’s no doubt that Finn has taken his own style to ‘Clear Heart Full eyes’ and leans away from The Hold Steady but not too much, this still has everything that a die-hard fan would desire and have come to expect from Finn. Doesn’t the saying go something like? ‘You…
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