AMA-UK Americana Showcases 2021 – Day 1

January 26, 2021
Virtually everywhere

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.

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AmericanaFest 2021 UK goes virtual!

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.

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“Nothing short of breathtaking”: Shannon LaBrie is Building support

American Songwriter called Shannon LaBrie’s new record, Building, “nothing short of breathtaking.” That’s not surprising. It combines enticing elements of Americana and soul. LaBrie’s powerful voice wraps around six songs of resilience, hope and self-discovery that she wrote or co-wrote, plus a cover of Tom Petty’s It’s Good To Be King.

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Music News: Kerri Watt meets School of Rock for her cinematic new video

Kerri Watt has been on the radar on the UK Americana scene for years, making a statement with 60s and 70s inspired outfits; her striking vocal is reminiscent of great singer-songwriters of those eras.

She’s got us all nostalgic with her latest video, too. It stars School of Rock’s Cody Molko as he navigates towards one of the awkward rites of passage of early teenage years; the first kiss.

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Album Review: Sam Lewis – Solo

Lewis’ voice seems to bounce as much as the plucked guitar strings do in What Does It Mean, but it’s silky smooth too. “Let me tell you ’bout the shape I’m in” – are you ready? The audio fidelity is so pure that there’s initially no indication that this career retrospective record was recorded in front of a live audience at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville.

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