Americana in Glasgow is no mean feat

The band on stage.
The band on stage.

GLASGOW is bearing its soul this week – and it’s No Mean City.

At least that’s the name of the latest urban music festival to land on our doorsteps — a two-week celebration of all things Americana spread across the city, and with 50 performers to boot.

It’s an acknowledgement of influences in either direction between the dear, green place and its state-side friends, promoting American roots music and its heritage to the music-loving Glasgow crowd.

Director of promoter Regular Music, Mark Mackie, commented: “Glasgow has a long history with American music — nowhere is this influence more recognisable.

“International touring artists have often recognised the Glasgow audience as one of the best in the world”.

Running from Monday until September 18, there are a wealth of venues taking part, including the Òran Mór, 02 ABC, Captain’s Rest, King Tut’s, SWG3 and Stereo.

There are laidback seated events, standing gigs, acoustic sessions and workshops, taking Americana fans through progressions of folk, country, RnB and gospel blues.

Highlights include Brooklyn duo This Frontier Needs Heroes and Nashville songbird Caitlin Rose, both performing at the ABC and Glasgow’s own country rocker Thrum taking to the stage at the legendary King Tut’s.

Also performing is American band Hayseed Dixie – probably most famous for first album A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC which featured a mix of rock covers and original songs in the bluegrass style.

The band already has links to Scotland, having created an annual music festival in Ullapool — the playfully named Loopallu — in 2005.

Hayseed Dixie are on the ABC main stage on Friday (September 9) and the show is bound to be stowed out with dedicated fans.

Whether you’re a diehard country fan or just an open-minded music lover, No Mean City might be just the festival experience to round off the summer — Stetsons and cowboy boots optional.

For full details of the festival line-up and ticket information, visit