Like many others, I make the annual pilgrimage across the Atlantic to Nashville each year to hear the best of Americana music at the AMAs. What undoubtedly makes the long trip so worthwhile is finding previously undiscovered gems - this year it was Lindi Ortega, last year Mandolin Orange, both of whom will have CDs in my Top Ten this year.
But the thrill of discovering new Americana talent is even more pleasurable when it's unearthed on my doorstep, in Scotland.…Continue
Posted on November 3, 2013 at 1:00pm
This year's Americana Music Association conference had a new session 'BBC Introducing', hosted by Sir Bob Harris. Held in Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe, 'Whispering Bob', the father of all things Americana, had hand-selected three undiscovered, unsigned artists to showcase at the AMA conference. For the chosen artists this was a pretty big deal; for the audience it was an amazing opportunity to witness some of the UK's best…Continue
Posted on October 5, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment
Like many others I was delighted that Shovels & Rope were nominated in four different categories for Americana Music Association Awards this year - highly deserved recognition for the talented duo. However, was I the only one to also feel mixed emotions, realising that the rest of the world would now discover this relatively unknown band that I had considered to be my 'secret'? And realising that my days of seeing them play live in tiny venues were probably numbered?…Continue
Posted on June 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments
11th November 2012
Ryan Bingham's first gig in Glasgow, Scotland, in early 2008, was to a small audience in an intimate venue to promote his debut CD 'Mescalito'.
His recent visit to promote 'Tomorrowland' was in complete contrast to that. Three CDs and a host of awards since 'Mescalito' (including a Grammy and an Oscar for 'The Weary Kind'), Bingham is now able to fill a much larger venue to capacity, and he certainly deserves that.
The stage set now looks…Continue
Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments