The festival will also present shows from the likes of ninetime Grammy-winning Asleep At The Wheel, who make their first full-band appearance in the UK for over 10 years, former Civil Wars member John Paul White, soulful Texan troubadour Charley Crockett, up-andcoming US five-piece LANCO, Nashville-based country-soul
singer Sam Lewis, Americana duo The Cactus Blossoms, rising country star Lainey Wilson, Southern rock quartet The Steel Woods, LA-based vintage altcountry singer Leslie Stevens and Grammy-winning singersongwriter Rhiannon Giddens, as well as some of the leading UK country, Americana and roots artists including The Hanging Stars, CoCo and The Butterfields, Jake Morrell and Peter Bruntnell.
Reflecting the extraordinary surge in popularity that country music has enjoyed in the UK in recent years, The Long Road will also feature a strong contingent of rising star UK acts across the weekend including hotly-tipped London-based duo Ferris and Sylvester and country-soul
singer songwriter Yola Carter.
Brian Owens' fine new album Soul of Cash belongs to a long tradition of country-soul
crossovers--a tradition so long, in fact, that more than one of these songs have been covered by other R&B acts in the past.
If UK country-soul
is your thing then Caedmon Hall next Saturday night (16th) should appeal.
Featuring seven original instrumental tracks, all written and produced by Young, Forever Young is a work of southern-style country-soul
, highly recommended for connoisseurs of guitar music.
Author Hughes describes the inner workings of the country-soul
triangle--a network of recording studios in Memphis, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, that worked with both white and black artists from country and soul backgrounds, and all of the musical hybrids in between--during the 1960s and 70s, a time and place rife with racial tension.
Hughes shines a light on the sub-genre of "country-soul
," a melding of post-war country and Southern soul that reached maturity in the work of singer-songwriter Arthur Alexander.
Bay Area country-soul
band Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers clock thousands of miles a year driving from gig to gig.
Highlightswere many -Numb was transformed from the expansively-orchestrated album version to a spacious pared down delight, Single Blank Canvas, with its sense of the classic and the timeless, was a delicious country-soul
lament, while Dandelion Wishes washed along with all the carefree, honeyed tones of a sun-kissed Californian relative of Carole King and James Taylor.
The term country-soul
isn't banded around often - but the band feel it suits them just fine.
He looked back to his musical upbringing and influences with his Haggard-styled nod to Merle, "Real Mean Bottle," and with the smooth country-soul
of "If You Ever Have Forever In Mind," his recreation of the sound of what he called one of the pivotal albums in the history of country music, Ray Charles' "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music."
GERAINT WATKINS In A Bad Mood ( Goldtop) BEST known as the keyboards player in Nick Lowe's band, Geraint Watkins takes country-soul
centre stage with a solo set that's a laidback delight.