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AMERICANA roundup by Michael Hingston The music mentioned in the Americana Round-up and much more can be heard on my radio show The Country and Roots Show at 10pm every Monday. Listen live or listen again at T he Brother Brothers are the Brooklyn-based duo of twin brothers Adam and David Moss. They recently played a few gigs in the UK and I caught them at the Slaughtered Lamb in London. It was a tremendous gig, not only for their intriguing songs and delicious sibling harmonies, but also for their warm chat and intimate stage presence. Their vocal harmonies have an uncanny resemblance to early Simon and Garfunkel albums. Their acoustic instrumentation with gentle melodies plus lyrics that combine the poetic with the conversational cement this comparison. They performed a lot of the material from their full-length debut album Some People I Know. It is an accomplished album, but the songs really came to life when played live. T he Brother Brothers will be back in the UK to play the Maverick Festival, which will take place between the 5th and 7th July at Easton Farm Park. It is a lovely location and there is a fabulous line-up that includes Rich Hall, Hannah Aldridge, Sarah Savoy, Don Gallardo, Ags Connolly, Black Feathers, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes and many more. I was lucky enough to get a taster of the festival at the press launch with superb performances from Jason Ringenberg (who unfortunately won’t be at the festival) and the dynamic Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band (who will be). For more details see There will also be a launch party on Thursday June 13th at The Bedford in Balham, South London with Sam Morrow plus other guests. Also appearing at the Maverick Festival will be Maidstone-based bluegrass band The Lowly Strung. The band contains four, young talented musicians plus the considerable experience of Malcolm Peet on dobro. Their debut album No Tomfoolery has fabulous versions of traditional and composed bluegrass material plus one original song. and has been championed by Steve Earle, who makes a guest appearance on Sweet Annie on her debut album Trails. Another track on the album Amy won the Lyrics Only category at the Nashville-based International Song Competition. It is a confident, accomplished debut that is produced by Teddy Thompson, another example of talented offspring as he is the son of Richard and Linda Thompson. The Alvarez Theory began as a solo project by songwriter Diana Diehl in Bremen in Germany, where she would support British bands and singers playing over there. The music has flourished over the last few years and has developed into a London-based five-piece band. Their debut album is also called The Alvarez Theory and will be released on 24th May in conjunction with an album launch on the same day at The Green Note in Camden. It is an absorbing collection of acoustic narratives with characters they describe as small-town heroes. I presume the name of the band comes from Luis Alvarez’s hypothesis about the impact of an asteroid causing the extinction of dinosaurs. The new album by Chicago-raised Michael McDermott is called Orphans because the songs were initially abandoned but wouldn’t go away. They were worth the extra effort to get them finished and the confident arrangements hone them into a coherent collection. McDermott battled addiction for 10 years, but has emerged from that darkness with some fine songs on this and his previous two albums Out From Under and Willow Springs. I was keen to see the film Wild Rose at the earliest opportunity and it didn’t disappoint. It is a superb performance by Jessie Buckley, both as an actress and a singer in this tale of a Glaswegian single-parent trying to follow her dream as a country singer. The brief appearances of Ashley McBryde, Kacey Musgraves, Bob Harris and his producer Mark Hagen were a bonus. Roseanne Reid is the eldest daughter of Craig Reid of the Scottish pop duo The Proclaimers. She has built a reputation as a performer and songwriter Nell Bryden is an author and singer-songwriter who was born in New York and now resides in London. She combines both these talents in the EP Soundtrack To Little Wing Part 1, where extracts from her debut novel in the booklet sit next to the lyrics of the songs inspired by the novel. The songs stand by themselves, but the link to the novel gives an extra dimension. Bryden is touring in the UK in June and July. Canadian band Pretty Archie received a mixed reception in the April CMP. David Allan praised their album Hanging On in his column, but Spencer Leigh gave them a lukewarm three stars in his review. I am in the David Allan camp and agree that it is an exhilarating listen. Mark And Raianne are the Massachusetts duo of Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards. Their new album Live In Manitoba is a live recording from an acoustic house concert of their lovely vocal harmonies and elegantly sculptured songs with some of the entertaining in-between song chatter. Number one in the UK Americana Chart Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood, followed by When I’m Alone – The Piano Retrospective by Lissie and On The Line by Jenny Lewis. The US Americana Radio Play chart is topped by What It Is by Hayes Carll followed by Signs by Tedeschi Trucks Band and cmp Fever Breaks by Josh Ritter MAY 2019 - cmp 59