Interview Archive | 2014

Interviews | 2014

americanaUK Interviews Editor: John Hawes


Daniel Meade

Daniel Meade
If you were lucky enough to see Sturgill Simpson and his band tear it up on their recent UK tour then hopefully you arrived early enough to catch the support act, Daniel Meade and The Flying Mules. A Glasgow based outfit rooted in the country blues and honky tonk of Lonnie Donegan and Hank Williams, The Flying Mules are just one of the many ventures Meade is involved in currently as he tries to accommodate…
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Holly Williams

Holly Williams
Carrying on the family tradition that is Nashville born singer-songwriter Holly Williams. Daughter of Hank Williams Jr and grand daughter of the better known Hank Williams Snr the tall 31 year-old blonde came of age last year with her first album in five years the self financed The Highway (Georgiana Records). Holly Williams standing as a recording artist and songwriter after two albums The One’s We Never Knew (2004) and Here With Me (2009) on…
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The Lost Brothers

The Lost Brothers
The Lost Brothers, Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech, release their fourth album, New Songs Of Dawn and Dust later this month. With ex Coral guitarist, Bill Ryder-Jones in the producer's chair and Nick Power, also from The Coral on keyboards the Brothers recorded it in Liverpool following an extensive live schedule that saw them touring with The Delines and appearing on Russian television. Often compared vocally to The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel they…
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Michael Rank

Michael Rank
North Carolina musician Michael Rank has managed, in the space of two years, to release four excellent albums of ragged country folk music that has seen comparisons with Beggar's Banquet era Stones and the late Nikki Sudden. A member of "college rock" band Snatches Of Pink for almost two decades he retired from music when his son was born until a split with his partner sent him off on a song writing jag. He tells…
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Willie Watson

Willie Watson
Former Old Crow Medicine Show founder member Willie Watson goes solo, and americana-UK catches up with him prior to his first UK tour in this capacity. Watson will be touring in support of his well-received folk singer vol.1 (Acony Records) album. Highly thought of, Watson has his longtime friend, acony records owner David Rawlings produce his debut album Folk Singer Vol.1 partner of icon Gillian Welch, Rawlings isn’t slow to heap praise on New York…
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Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn
Roger McGuinn really needs no introduction, he is quite simply one of the most important people in popular music from the last fifty years, and a huge influence on so many bands that are recognisably Americana-UK favourites. In advance of his upcoming Autumn tour of the UK and Europe, Americana-UK was lucky enough to get to talk to him for a bit.
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The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three
Singer-songwriter, lead vocalist Pete Bernhard from the band The Devil Makes Three talks to americanaUK. Born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont, Bernhard and fellow band members Cooper McBean and Lucia Turino learnt their trade playing the small bars and club circuit, first in neighbouring Boston (Bernhard and McBean) before moving out west to Santa Cruz and more bars. “There is a road that goes out of every town. All you’ve got to do is get…
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Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams
Readers of this site won’t need any introduction to Williams, Mercury nominated singer song writer and one of the countries best performers. AUK caught up with her after her recent rave reviews for her cover of The Boss’ Dancing in the Dark and as she releases her fabulous new record – Crown Electric. Williams was promoting Musicport, a great ‘World’ indoor music festival, held in the Autumn in the former whaling port of Whitby.Fans of…
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John Murry

John Murry
Americana UK caught up with John Murry back in February during a short UK and European tour to talk about his next release, the EP, Califorlonia, the first follow up to his hugely well acclaimed 2012 album, The Graceless Age. John was kind enough to let us hang out prior to his Glasgow show while he and tour manager/drummer Will Waghorn bustled about and sorted out a set list. Contrary to his reputation as brooding…
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Polly and the Billet Doux

Polly and the Billet Doux
Polly and the Billets Doux are a four-piece band from Bristol and Winchester, UK. The band consists of Polly Perry (lead vocals), Andrew ‘Steeny’ Steen (lead guitar, vocals) Dan Everett (double bass, guitar, vocals) and Ben Perry (drums/percussion). They are the funky blues, with more than a splash of gospel soul, a great live act and a favourite of the Summer festival circuit, if your off to one check the line-up, they’re a treat not…
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Dirk Powell

Dirk Powell
Dirk Powell is of East Kentucky parents but he was born in Ohio. He is a sublime multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording engineer and songwriter steeped in the traditions of not only of old time appalachian folk country but that of his current home deep in Louisiana Cajun country. Musicians there, like in the rural west of Ireland, tend to appear on every corner with a fiddle, guitar or whatever always within arms reach. Breaux Bridge near…
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James Apollo

James Apollo
James Apollo seems to be perpetually on the move, a musician who is always restless, seeking inspiration from whichever town or city he's currently in but always looking out for the next move. Critically acclaimed by such disparate sources as Uncut magazine and The Scotsman newspaper his dusty road tales have featured in several movies while his last album, Little War, Little Less was produced by Damien Jurado. Apollo was in the UK for a…
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Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson
A much travelled Eliza Gilkyson gets to burn the midnight oil, and through the release of her new album the nocturne diaries share the product of her thoughts with the world…Esteemed singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson brings not only beautiful songs, but as ever some well thought out philosophy, environmental and social conscience issues to the table on her latest Red House Records release. Fans in the UK have ample opportunity to see the ever consistent, and…
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John Gorka

John Gorka
John Gorka —Americana singer songwriter from America's North East and one of Red House Records most prolific acts. Bright Side Of Down is Gorka’s latest recording for the label, and like before it has one or two of his label mates lend a helping hand. Vocalists especially, seem to line-up to be a part of his albums. This time you have Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Claudia Schmidt, Amilia Spicer and Michael Johnson. In the past…
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The Redlands Palomino Company

The Redlands Palomino Company
For well over a decade, The Redlands Palomino Company have been among the absolute finest British americana bands. With their fourth album, Broken Carelessly, the band continue to channel the sound of 70’s country music, their joint love of Teenage Fanclub and the classic sound of undying heartache into a brand new sound of cosmic UK americana. In this interview, we speak to husband and wife, Alex and Hannah Elton-Wall, about drummers, ”Nashville rubbish” and…
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Hank Wangford

Hank Wangford
Hank Wangford was one of the earliest rock musicians in this country to wave the flag for country music having come across one of the pioneers of "country rock" when he was working in the sixties in drug addiction. A qualified doctor Wangford became a regular port of call for musicians who saw him as being able to relate to them in their terms, "a rock'n'roll doctor" indeed. A meeting with Gram Parsons reportedly led…
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Curtis Eller

Curtis Eller
Rock n’ roll banjo man, purveyor of all things sideshow and with a cracking new album, How to Make it in Hollywood Curtis Eller is a fascinating blend; pugilist connoisseur, cataloguer of American popular culture, snake oil preacher and cultivator of a fine moustache. Over in the UK Curtis and drummer Louie Landry took a few moments out to answer a few questions.
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Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss
There is nothing like a Merle Haggard song and an honest artist to perform it. at this point fellow singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss steps forward to cover songs by the ‘Poet of the common man’.
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J Roddy Walston and the Business

J Roddy Walston and the Business
J Roddy Walston and the Business may just be another ten year in the making overnight success. Their third album gets a European release, they've had their first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, they've sold out New York's The Bowery Ballroom and supported The Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Brooklyn's 20,000 seater Barclay Center. I spoke to front man J Roddy Walston while he was at his home in Richmond, Virginia, hoping…
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Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton
The Greenwich Village folk scene has been in the limelight recently with the release of the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, loosely based on the memoirs of the late Dave Van Ronk followed by the sad passing of Pete Seeger, the paterfamilias of that era. Half a century separates us from those days, memorably detailed in Dylan's Chronicles, but while the likes of Van Ronk, Phil Ochs and Richard Farina are no longer with us…
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Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega
Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles (just released on Cooking Vinyl) is Suzanne Vega's first album of new material in seven years. She kindly took a little time during her UK tour to answer a few aUK questions.
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Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan
Police Dog Hogan, a "high-energy and eclectic seven-piece" will be performing alongside Platform 7 at Bush Hall on Feb 20, 2014, as part of Music In Prison’s Sounding Out ex-prisoner program. Morag Rose asks the band about the MiP / Sounding Out programme - and tea towels.
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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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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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