Interview Archive | 2013

Interviews | 2013

americanaUK Interviews | Editor John Hawes


Howe Gelb

Howe Gelb
Howe Gelb, mainstay of Giant Sand and a myriad other conglomerations, releases his latest solo album, The Coincidentalist, his first on New West on November 5th. The album is the latest in his pared down and sometimes bone dry musings centred around his life in Tucson and features Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on percussion, M Ward on guitar and Thøger Tetens Lund on string bass. Backing vocals are provided by The Silver Thread Trio (…
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Hells Ditch Dozen: Rod Picott

Hells Ditch Dozen: Rod Picott
"...he may just be the best of the current crop of Americana singer-songwriters" is what we said about Rod Picott's 2011 album Welding Burns. Our thoughts on his current release Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail are yet to be revealed but I suspect will be equally complimentary. Rod took time before his eighteen date UK tour to answer our Hells Ditch Dozen questions. Older readers, or, rather, long term readers, of the site…
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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine
My Darling Clementine bring life, honesty and country music like it once was, to a world deprived of the real honest to goodness fare that was readily available to people the 1960s and early 1970sThe British country music, now read AMERICANA scene, has not sampled anything as impressive and unwavering as husband and wife act, My Darling Clementine. Built on the foundations of country music old school style, Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish have…
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Jimmy LaFave

Jimmy LaFave
Oklahoma born singersongwriter Jimmy LaFave, an Austin resident of 20 years sings the praises of Woody Guthrie and helps others find a home through getting Music Road Records off the ground. LaFave has been at the fore of Austin’s Americana scene for twenty years and has through his distinctive, unflinching vocal style won the attention of both fans of the music and contemporaries too. Depending On The Distance is the latest of a bunch of…
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Slaid Cleaves

Slaid Cleaves
Austin, TX base singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves is still fighting the war.Slaid Cleaves is a songwriter who writes with novelist detail, only more compact. Plus he has a keen eye for creating a spark to ignite the imagination and passion of even one made of stone. A bunch of them being anthem-like; the kind of songs people readily connect to, like a bur they cling to you and don’t let go. An unassuming man, Cleaves isn’t…
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Terry Allen

Terry Allen
Lubbock, tx-born, Terry Allen (singer-songwriter, artist, sculpter and playwright) keeps the wheels turning and homefires burning out in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While most artistic people either look at or back from the box — terry looks back into the box and at what makes the box strong. ‘Futurism In Reverse’, think about it a bit is the title of what he is now working on, and with mankind at present in the need of…
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Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin
With seven studio albums, a Grammy and a couple of AMA awards to her name, Patty Griffin is certainly no stranger to Americana fans yet it seemed right and proper to first ask how she started.
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Diana Jones

Diana Jones
Singer-Songwriter Diana Jones Once Again Looks Back To Go Forward..... After growing up in America’s Northeast, Diana Jones, the adopted daughter of a chemical engineer wasn’t raised by a musical family. But music was entrenched in her roots. For Jones comes from East Tennessee stock, and after taking up music in her late 20s she ventured forth into the acoustic world of folk country, and after given a timely boost in 2005. When he song…
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Del Barber

Del Barber
Manitoba Singer-Songwriter, Del Barber Has Itchy Feet That Love To Ramble And Loves To Write And Sing About The Places He’s Been And Life As He Sees It And Has The Uncanny Ability Of Connecting With The Listener Del Barber has seen more of his own country, Canada and North America for a man still in his twenties than most do in a lifetime.Arguably, he could be best described as a travelling musician looking for…
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Eric Church

Eric Church
Eric Church, country music singer-songwriter, performer places a punch into his brand of music like few others and who also knows the words of restraint and control. North Carolina born and raised, Eric Church treads his own path in a music where Nashville has for so long schooled its artists to perform and record as they see best. Church is different, a fantastic songwriter he is fast becoming the force for others to stand back…
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Jack Day

Jack Day
Should you ever fear that UK folk music has wandered a bit too far off the path in the last few years, just take a good listen to Jack Day’s debut album ”The First Ten”. Sounding much like the closest North London will ever get to having its own Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jack Day creates the kind of intensity, intimacy and melody that most other folk acts would sell their banjos and platinum records to…
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Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
Seattle based duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are taking traditional music a few extra miles down the road; many strive, but all too few achieve this…. Their new (second) album "Our Lady Of The Tall Trees" (Independent) is one of the best albums of any genre and not only acoustic old-time folk, country, western music released this year. Cahalen and Eli's dovetailing of style in a three-year period to the degree one is intertwined…
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Lorrie Matheson

Lorrie Matheson
Lorrie Matheson is a musician and producer from Calgary who has burned his way through a variety of bands and sounds before finding his feet as a solo performer. His latest album, “The Night Is For Sleepers” follows on the heels of the critically acclaimed, “In Vein”. Nick Quantrill talks to Lorrie for Americana-UK...
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Tristan Tipping - Clubhouse Records

Tristan Tipping
Yes, there are other UK based, Americana centric labels available, but none seem to have covered quite as much ground over the past three years or so. With their first non-UK signing on board and host of curating during the festival season coming up, now seemed the ideal time for a chat with Tristan Tipping about Clubhouse Record's past, present and future.
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Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone
New York-based African-American soul and r&b performer Martha Redbone feels it is time she returned to her Appalachian roots… which she does in a sensational, inspired fashion with a little help with a Grammy winning bluegrass, country (and more) legend banjo, fiddle ace Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen. Who has his own solo career and agenda in persevering and in some cases extending the boundaries of a music nurtured in the mountains of…
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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Ahead of the release, Old Yellow Moon, their first official album length collaboration, John Hawes talks to Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell about The Hot Band, the duets album and Hayes Carll!
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Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey Foucault
Ten years ago, a young Wisconsin born songwriter named Jeffrey Foucault recorded an album steeped in equal parts Springsteen’s Nebraska and Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush. Today, Miles From The Lightning is considered one of the finest folk country records to come out on this side of Townes Van Zandt, and the man who made the record went on to make even greater records. We didn’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity to call…
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Ketch Secor | The Old Crow Medicine Show

Ketch Secor | The Old Crow Medicine Show
Ketch Secor from the Old Crow Medicine Show Keeps The Southern Traditional True And Pure, Not Least Its Wonderful Heritage Of Old-Timey Folk And Country Dashed With A Little Blues Here And There….. Pete Seeger said it best, ‘he compared music to links in a chain. A long coiled up iron chain that continues all the way through human time with each generation responsible to forge a new link in the chain, but what is…
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Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps
Few people have done more to keep the spirit of country blues alive than Kelly Joe Phelps, and any one who’s ever heard the 53 year-old Oregon native play the guitar, will surely agree that his abillities equal even those of the ancient blues legends that light the path he follows. With his new album Brother Sinner And The Whale out now, and a tour of the UK coming up later this month, Americana UK…
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