Interviews | 2016

Interviews | 2016

americanaUK Interviews Editor: Rudie Humphrey


Nobody gives a damm about songs anymore, accept John Moreland

Nobody gives a damm about songs anymore, accept John Moreland
So a collapsed CD unit meant album fell out the heap that I'd never seen, the album, 'In The Throes', is one of the best albums I've heard in years, its a hugely emotional work, and whilst I was late to the party, I took a chance to quiz Moreland on his eceptional work. Some days, being John Moreland has to hurt. As others bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re…
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Tales of Guy Clark and Texas twang with Noel Mckay and Brennen Leigh

Tales of Guy Clark and Texas twang with Noel Mckay and Brennen Leigh
Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter guitar playing duo and otherwise, Brennen Leigh and Noel Mckay though mindful of country music’s traditional ways they also have a hand on the pulse of the present. Leigh looks like she was born and raised on the prairie, her fair skin and gentle approach. But looks can be deceiving because she can and does when the occasion calls write stinging open heart lyrics. She isn’t afraid of calling a spade a…
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Fiddler, Record Company boss, Producer; Tim Carbone

Fiddler, Record Company boss, Producer; Tim Carbone
Railroad earth fiddle player, record producer, session musician and part owner of Lo Hi records based in Greensbro, North Carolina Tim Carbone shares what it’s like to be involved in so many project, plus the influences in music to direct him there. What a brave thing it is to be part of setting up a new record label. Or what some people would say, foolish chuckles Carbone. I believe you have been around the business…
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Six years away and just following the song, Elizabeth Cook

Six years away and just following the song,  Elizabeth Cook
Florida-born, Nashville based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook looks to put in place more of a cutting edge to her style of country music, Exodus of Venus on Agent Love / Thirty Tigers is Cook’s first album in six years and it has seen her become transformed. Come of age in many ways as her style of music takes on a tougher stance. Not only via the subject manner but production too. Elizabeth Cook was born to…
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From Bradford to the Bayou - Serious Sam Barrett

Serious Sam Barrett
Roots singer-songwriter ‘Serious’ Sam Barrett shows how a solid base ensures; the music he makes retains authenticity when built a little at a time. Unlike most acts drawn to traditional music Barrett isn’t content in walking similar paths but he adds an exciting edge to the music, brings it into 21st century with a classy turn too. As heard on his latest record, Sometimes You’ve Got To Lose (Ya Dig? Records).
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Small town inspiration for solo success - BJ Barham

Small town inspiration for solo success - BJ Barham
BJ Barham is best known for fronting the Raleigh rock/Americana band American Aquarium, but he’s about to make his solo debut with his forthcoming album Rockingham. Barham wrote the bulk of the album while the band was on tour overseas in late 2015, finding himself especially moved to put pen to paper after the terrorist attack on Paris’ Bataclan Theatre on November 13. - I understand how you came to write this record, the circumstances…
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Rainbows from over the Eastside - Over here, Amelia White on the UK and her great new record

Rainbows from over the Eastside - Over here, Amelia White on the UK and her great new record
East Nashville-based singer-songwriter Amelia White is no stranger to travel as she eeks out melodies steeped in regal beauty. Surrounded and respected by good people of this special area of music city has helped white immeasurably, to further her ability as a writer. "I am in this because I'm a writer" says White. Over for a summer tour, both performing intimate gigs and those of a larger stage, festivals, Amelia White is also promoting her…
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All her own work for record number 4 - Sarah Jarosz

All her own work for record number 4 - Sarah Jarosz
Four albums into her recording career, Sugar Hill artist Texas-born Sarah Jarosz is pushing the boundaries of bluegrass folk country in an innovative inviting fashion. Multi-instrumental, singer songwriter Jarosz is growing by the day in all categories. Not least among her attributes is her bravery of stripping down a production to allow the lyrics stand up unaided. Other than her exquisite playing of acoustic guitar on the four solo tracks on her new album undercurrent…
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The family that rocks together; Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

The family that rocks together; Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Place your order at the bar, dust off your dancing shoes and push your way to the front of the stage. It's showtime. The North London multi-instrumentalist culture sponge that is Kitty Daisy and Lewis grew up surrounded by music. They are two sisters and a brother as well as mum Ingrid, former drummer with The Raincoats who they bullied into playing bass and dad Graeme, a founding member and mastering engineer at The Exchange…
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Keep on the grass, the bluegrass - Town Mountain

Keep on the grass, the bluegrass - Town Mountain
Ashville North Carolina Town Mountain band member banjo player Jesse Langlais shares his thoughts on the making of band’s new album Southern Crescent and the world of bluegrass music. How a band from there got to record an album down in the crawfish capitol of the world, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Plus the fact they are the debut act of the new record label Lohi records out of Greenboro, NC. Hello, Jesse I love the clean…
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He's gives us the perfect 10, time and again, Peter Bruntnell on being others yardstick.

He's gives us the perfect 10, time and again, Peter Bruntnell on being others yardstick.
Pete Bruntnell is the yardstick by which other artists measure themselves, he is a song writer, story teller and producer, and somewhat annoyingly a really nice bloke. Album after album he produces the goods, quality is 2nd nature and the latest Nos Da Comrade, a 10 from Americana UK is no exception. Heaped in praise from Q Magazine to the Guardian, its an album of outstanding songwriting, beautiful tunes and just dam good songs! AUK…
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Brock Zeman - roots and being the real deal on new record the terrifically named "Pulling the sword from the devil's back"

Brock Zeman - roots and being the real deal on new record the terrifically named "Pulling the sword from the devil's back"
Brock Zeman is a Canadian singer-songwriter hitting stride as recording act and performer. Based outside Ottawa Zeman’s music is strong, unbending and at the same time caring…..pulling your sword out of the devil’s back (busted flat records) is the impassioned writer and recording act Zeman’s latest record. Like good wine is becoming better with every recording as his work obtains a higher level with each throw. As in one of the finest songs on the…
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Thanks for everything Richmond Fontaine, guest contributor Cara Gibney says goodbye.

Thanks for everything Richmond Fontaine, guest contributor Cara Gibney says goodbye.
Guest contributor Cara Gibney meets the soon to be sorely missed.......Richmond Fontaine In his novel The End Of The Affair, Graham Greene held that “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” Willy Vlautin has announced the end of the chapter for Richmond Fontaine. He chose the moment when he made that announcement. “RF has had a great…
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Austin Lucas; personal, honest and making great records without compromise.

Austin Lucas; personal, honest and making great records without compromise.
No one ever said country music had to be simple, and when Austin Lucas began thinking about the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2013 album Stay Reckless he had a lot on his mind. The Indiana troubadour wanted to do something not only different from his own work, but unlike anything else being done in the realm of country music and Americana. Between The Moon And The Midwest marries traditional & cosmic country sounds with…
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Phil Madeira, singer, songwriter and artist lifts the lid on being one of Nashville's mover and shakers

Phil Madeira, singer, songwriter and artist lifts the lid on being one of Nashville's mover and shakers
Producer, musician and songwriter, Phil Madeira is active in them all, and there is more too. Though born in Rhode Island Madeira is a long-time Nashville resident, but it wasn’t country music that he was reared on or first performed it was Christian music. Followed by spells playing with buddy miller and Emmylou Harris’ red dirt boys he has gained a wonderful insight into the music and what it takes to create a genuine rich…
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David Ramirez on loneliness and the art of making 'Fables', shaping up to be one of the best albums of 2016

David Ramirez on loneliness and the art of making 'Fables', shaping up to be one of the best albums of 2016
Candidate for one of the best records of the year? Definitely. Cool guy? Without a doubt. David Ramirez gives us the run down on making effortless cool look easy and making a damm fine record.... It feels like a very personal record, was that its aim or the way it turned out? You approached it with less preconceptions perhaps? When I sit down to write a song I'm not thinking about an album. I want…
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Corb Lund, teams up with Producer of the moment, Dave Cobb

Corb Lund, teams up with Producer of the moment, Dave Cobb
Recorded with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans (Grant Siemens on electric guitar and lap steel, Kurt Ciesla on bass and Brady Valgardson on drums), Things That Can’t Be Undone is a self-assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft with a bevy of new sounds, thrusting his mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country to new heights. “I would like to think it’s a healthy balance…
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Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien
Grammy winner, innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer Tim O’brien keeps broadening a base formed in bluegrass with folk and singer-songwriter folk country. A man of many hats, Tim O’Brien has recorded with a bunch of people and seen his songs covered by Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks and New Grass Revival among others. His latest venture Pompadour, just released on his own Howdy Skies label (prior to solo dates across the UK) the latest in a long…
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Ron Pope & the Nighthawks

Ron Pope & the Nighthawks
Ron Pope feels right now like he is living the dream with his band the Nighthawks, and speaks in glowing terms of his love of his Southern heritage. How he was raised and influenced as have other generations of musicians and vocalists on music of the American South. It is an incredible life at the moment. I have never seen a band, never mind play in one this good. It is like standing among giants…
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Dean Owens

Dean Owens
Dean Owens has been a major player on the Scottish Americana scene for the past two decades going back to his country rock days in The Felsons who released two albums in the nineties. He's since released six solo albums culminating in the critically acclaimed Into The Sea released on Drumfire Records earlier this year. Receiving the best notices of his career so far, the album was conceived during a difficult time for Owens who…
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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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The tale of Ross Wilson AKA Blue Rose Code is one of redemption. Several years…
Wednesday December 02
Shawn Colvin; singer-songwriter, Grammy winner and long-time associate of the likes of buddy miller and…
Saturday November 28
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Saturday October 31
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Sunday October 18
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Sunday October 18
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Tuesday September 15
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Tuesday August 11
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Thursday July 30
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Wednesday July 29
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Friday July 17
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Tuesday May 12
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Tuesday April 28
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Tuesday January 27
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Tuesday January 20
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Tuesday January 20
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Sunday January 18
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Monday January 05
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