Stroud Americana Music Festival

The Nelson Brothers at Stroud Americana Music Festival

Americana Music is alive and well in the UK.

On a fresh day in early summer, a light wind, big, low cumulus scudding across a powder blue sky, The Nelson Brothers head west out of London on the M4. It’s a two-hour trip to Stroud. We’ve been invited to play at the Stroud Americana Music Festival at the grand Stroud Subscription Rooms.

One of the acts on the bill described Americana Music as the coming together of two strands – one from the British Isles and the other from Africa – in the US, to form new genres.

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KEY WEST – a songwriting trip

A songwriting trip to Florida - Eden House Hotel, Key West, Florida

Saturday February 19th, 2011, The Eden House Hotel on Fleming Street. Surreal, sub-tropical paradise. The room… a single bed, a fan, a palmetto bug in the night when I got up to pee. Now 6am and I’ve had about 6 hours sleep after a long flight… 9 hours to Miami, then a 4 hour layover before the 40 minute swoop down to Key West. The world I live in is a world away from here. 6.30am… still dark. What time does it get light down here?

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