After hearing delta rock ’n’ roll revivalists True Strays’ name several times whispered on the winds of the Americana music scene, I was keen to discover this sought-after live band making strong leaps forward in the genre-blending that makes Americana such a broad and dynamic musicality. A country musician myself, the invitation to get groovy, …

Acoustic singer songwriter Leo James draws influences from blues, roots, Americana and folk. With his warm lyrics and soothing husky vocals, Leo’s live shows only magnify his raw talent. Witness a bit of magic at Kingsdown Vaults in an inviting, intimate performance. 8 December // 9pm – 1am // Free // The Kingsdown Vaults Facebook event

A night of the finest Americana is in store at The Golden Lion as Nashville’s Don Gallardo and San Antonio’s Rachel Laven are supported The Rosellys from Bristol. All playing with full bands, this will be a truly inspiring evening. 20 July // 7.30pm – late // £7 // The Golden Lion Tickets // Facebook event

Canadian-American singer songwriter Martha Wainwright is best known for her confessional writing style and distinctive voice. As part of Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol’s River Town: Bristol’s Americana Weekend, Martha brings her new album Goodnight City to Colston Hall for what promises to be an unforgettable show. 15 July // 7.30pm – 11pm // £19.50 inc …

A 10-piece collective from Sweden, The Stomping Academy burst back on to the Bristol scene with an emotive and energetic show at the beating heart of Stokes Croft, The Canteen. Armed with beaming brass, persuasive percussion, obscure organs, groovy guitars and all the other necessities, The Stomping Academy ramble through catchy, old tunes and thoughtful …