Americana releases – news roundup


Benjamin William Pike is a critically acclaimed acoustic roots musician from Leeds, West Yorkshire.

He re-releases his single City Living next this Friday. Taken from his current album ‘A Burdensome Year’. Ben also played a studio track for BBC Radio 2’s Who is My Neighbour? The track has received numerous BBC Radio plays, including a BBC local radio session for BBC Leeds. He has also grace major commercial radio stations with an appearance on Metro Radio this year.

The most recent album review from The Music Site said the album was “

beautifully composed and personal, new album”

You can hear and download his current single City Living at :



Elles Bailey Takes To ‘The Road She Calls Home’ With Her New Headline Tour

Rising star Elles Bailey continues her onwards and upwards ascent of the mountain of country rock heading for the high ground and peak, and is announcing ‘The Road I Call Home Tour’ that will hit the road itself this Autumn 2018.

Prior to this, Elles will be playing festivals,  HRH Crows and The Carlisle Blues Festivals, in September, but is looking forward to undertaking her own headline tour thereafter.

‘The Road I Call Home Tour’ is my biggest headline tour to date,” says Elles herself, “and I am so excited to play some brand new cities, some old favourite places and share this new album I’ve been working so hard on.”

Elles’ new material follows on from her successful and critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Wildfire’. Maverick Magazine awarded ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) and predicted that “If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights (Taylor) Swift did” With her new material, Elles proves that she can successfully continue that climb.

Elles Bailey : Wildfire


The Panoramic View is the brand new album from Mark Harrison. Out in September the lead track from the album is entitle ‘One Small Suitcase’ and is also released in September.

An artist described by R2 Rock n Reel Magazine as ‘Roots music from the top drawer from one of our most gifted talents‘ . Radio 2’s Paul Jones simply said “Really excellent.”

You can hear the single at :



‘Do What You Like’ is a folk-rock single from Cambridge musician Gavin Chappell-Bates. It will be released on Thursday 4th October 2018, World Animal Day, and is a song that reflects on how we, the human race, treat our home, planet earth, and the other inhabitants that we share it with.

It will be available to purchase as a digital download on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other online retailers. A short film will be released on the same day to accompany the single. This was made by Gavin with footage provided by a number of animal welfare and conservation charities to help create a visual representation of the song’s message.

All proceeds from sales of ‘Do What You Like’ will go directly to these charities that provided footage to make the film: Animal Aid, Animal Equality, Animals Australia, Earthling Ed, Greenpeace, PETA, Save Me Trust, Tiger Awareness and Viva!

You can hear the track at :


Red Herring in the brand new single from AlascA

Out next week via King Forward / Good Deeds Records, audio available at :

You can see the video at :

AlascA might well be one of the Netherlands’ best kept secrets. Think of an Amsterdam-based Big Star or Arthur Lee’s Love hidden, unknown like some treasure to be discovered and cherished ten to twenty years from now. But why wait that long? With its third album “Plea for Peace” the band delivers 12 instant playlist classics that combine 60’s pop elements with a straightforward 90’s attitude in a highly topical approach.

AlascA’s songwriter and frontman Frank Bond has also played many solo shows, among other things, as a support for Sinéad O’ Connor at the Sage, Gateshead, as a support act for The Young Folk and Folk Road Show on tours in the Netherlands and more recently Frank toured in Portugal.

Acoustic version of album track Red Herring :


Hey Brother is the brand new single from Liverpool’s James J Turner. (Sep 14 Touch the Moon)

One of the most unique and potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic music scene in recent years.

“Hey Brother” explores what is often the first chapter of local or family history. Peoples’ roots within, and connection to, local areas are important, and some people trace their ancestral roots back to particular locations for hundreds of years.

You can hear the single at :

James’s powerful voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, anthemic songs. His recent studio albums (2012: “How Could We Be Wrong?” 2016: “Spirit, Soul & a Handful of Mud”) stormed the acoustic music scene, receiving incredible critical acclaim across UK and Europe gaining him thousands of fans plus UK and European radio play including regional and national BBC stations and key live gigs including mainstream folk festivals.

The video is available at :

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