We’re all missing live music venues; Ed Cosens is no exception. So when he got the chance to film his new video at his hometown Sheffield’s iconic venue The Leadmill, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. 12 hands, in fact!Continue reading “Ed Cosens made the most of his time at The Leadmill in Sheffield”
Rising star Hailey Whitters found a pretty incredible way to launch her forthcoming album Living The Dream, a deluxe version of her record The Dream. What better way to live the dream than to be joined on your new single by actual Trisha Yearwood?!Continue reading “Living The Dream: Hailey Whitters”
Austin Lucas kicked off the show with a live performance blended with clips of his music video for Already Dead.
“Excellent – introducing my 11 year old son to Austin Lucas!” – Richard LeaderContinue reading “Closeup on the AMA-UK Americana Awards 2021”
Musical legend and stalwart John Prine sadly passed away in April 2020. Ralph McLean reminisced and raised a glass to the man then, the tribute event began.Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2021: Musical tribute to John Prine”
January 27, 2021
After a near flawless night of virtual entertainment from Day 1 of the inaugural AMA-UK Americana showcase event, we’re back for Day 2 with more reviews and reactions.
January 26, 2021
As the official event photographer, we’re used to watching every AMA-UK showcase set. Every. Single. One. COVID pushed the 2021 showcases online but we decided to keep that tradition alive nonetheless. Not having to walk 12 miles over two nights and climb the stairs at Oslo countless times to do it is an unexpected benefit, even if screenshots aren’t a patch on professional photos!
The digital version of the event had another major plus point – we got to see everyone’s lovely comments as they discovered new favourites in real-time. So, we decided to combine our review with a selection of reactions.Continue reading “AMA-UK Americana Showcases 2021 – Day 1”
The year usually starts out strong for Americana artists, music business professionals and fans. There is a dizzying array of genre specific conference seminars, industry opportunities, and showcases in East London, all topped off with a star-studded awards ceremony.
The tireless board members (including CEO Stevie Smith, DJ and festival impresario Baylen Leonard and artist manager Charlie Pierce) weren’t going to let a little thing like lockdown get in the way of supporting, representing and advocating for Americana in the UK. They took the whole shebang virtual.Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2021 UK goes virtual!”
John Paul Keith came to prominence in the burgeoning Americana scene (alternatively known as alt-country) as a founding member of the Viceroys and then the Nevers, all before the age of 23. After a decade in bands in New York City, Nashville and Birmingham Alabama, he settled in Memphis.
He’s built his solo career in the city over the last 15 years, as well as collaborating with Amy LaVere and Will Sexton. Fittingly, it was the heritage of the city that inspired Keith’s new record.Continue reading “From Americana to blues, soul and R&B: John Paul Keith’s rhythm of the city”
Following the omnipresence of Oasis and the brothers’ solo efforts, many a teenager dreamed of meeting Noel Gallagher. Few made it happen the way that 18 year old Amanda May did. She posed as a caterer to blag her way backstage: “I got to meet him, hang in his dressing room and watch the gig from side stage so I was pretty happy. He was such a cool dude. So friendly and humble. When he introduced himself to me I found it so bizarre. Like of course I know who you are mate!”Continue reading “From meeting Noel Gallagher half the world away to signing to Creation 23: Sister Psychosis reveal all”
Canadian country pop trio Petric are stoked to be releasing their debut album Flashbacks.
They worked with Grammy nominated producer Chris Baseford (Avril Lavigne, Nickleback) to craft a nine track record filled with ballads and bangers, including Single Problem which has been streamed over a million times to date. It was the highest charting single by a Canadian independent artist in 2019.Continue reading “Petric flashback to the magic of live music”