Glasgow means music

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THE No Mean City festival continues this week at various venues across Glasgow — and Americana is the order of the day, with the series of concerts celebrating American roots and heritage.

More than 20 artists are performing across five of the city’s most loved music venues.

O2 ABC Glasgow general manager Joe Splain told Scene: “Glasgow is lucky enough to be immersed in such a plethora of unique musical styles and Americana and new country have really pushed through in recent years. 
“2012 saw us host our second festival. It really was a fabulous event, featuring the likes of Patti Smith and Grandaddy on our bill.

“No Mean City is the perfect addition to the eclectic music scene and this year’s programme has even more to offer, from outstanding internationally acclaimed headliners, to raw, upcoming talent.” 

The festival is a journey through the multitude of sub genres that North America has to offer.

Several of the most creative musicians the country has to offer have already played at the festival.

Last week, alternative rock band the Eels took to the stage at the 02 ABC, while Canadian folk quartet The Barr Brothers entertained the crowd at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, among many more.

This week, the festival has even more to offer, kicking off with Frazey Ford, Trish Klein and Samantha Parton; otherwise known as The Be Good Tanyas at 02 ABC tonight.

On Monday, it’s Caitlin Rose’s turn at the Sauchiehall street venue, when the country singer from Nashville, Tennessee — who describes Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan and Patsy Cline as her influences — wows the crowds.

Next up are The Heartless Bastards on Thursday at the same venue. The band have just completed latest album Arrow and are back to doing what they do best.

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom Wennerstrom said: “It can be hard at times, but I love it.  I love playing on stage.  

“It’s that hour and a half, that time that we’re up there, that I love most.  There’s a lot of sitting around, trying to find things to fill in the time, but then we finally start to play, it’s so worth it and rewarding.”

The gigs carry on throughout September with Junip playing on Sunday, September 15 and Jim White on stage at the Oran Mor the following day.

Joe Pug , Laetitia Sadier, Johnny Reid and Stephen Kellog all look to steal the show before the series reaches a crescendo with country music hall of famer Kris Kristofferson on September 28 at the 02 ABC.

For more info about gig times and dates, as well as ticket details visit www.nomeancity.co.uk or facebook.com/NoMeanCity2013.