Helen M Jerome

Helen M Jerome is a London-based freelance journalist and lifelong music lover who also develops TV and Film projects - while drinking coffee and/or cider.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Parker McCollum

By Helen M Jerome, September 30, 2021

Parker McCollum is raring to go. He’s 29 years old, and after a couple of self-released records, the proud Texan has just released his major-label debut, Gold Chain Cowboy.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Eric Church Songs

By Helen M Jerome, July 21, 2021

Channelling Church favourites ‘Smoke A Little Smoke’ and ‘I’m Getting Stoned’, it’s “high” time we took a definitive – and occasionally subjective – look back at the very best of The Chief’s songs.

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LONG READOver Yonder: Country of the Caribbean

By Helen M Jerome, January 28, 2021

An unlikely love story across decades and oceans, first sparked into life with free radios, returning labourers, Spaghetti Westerns and a certain Kenny Rogers.

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ALBUM REVIEWMorgan Wallen - Dangerous

By Helen M Jerome, January 15, 2021

Throughout Dangerous, Wallen is supremely comfortable in mythologising his home state of Tennessee, crafting a sepia-tinged view of rural America.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Allison Russell

By Helen M Jerome, May 21, 2021

What’s particularly special about Russell’s choices and the stories behind them, is how they relate directly to the autobiographical nature of her own record. Having dealt with such trauma and abuse growing up, music and writing have been a vehicle for her to make sense of it and find her way out. Each of her choices tell part of that story.

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LONG READBehind the Industry: Ross Copperman

By Helen M Jerome, December 18, 2020

The Nashville songwriter, famed for writing no.1 smash hits for Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and many more, opens up about his career as a performer and songwriter to Helen M Jerome.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Sam Williams

By Helen M Jerome, March 22, 2021

Sam Williams is reluctant country royalty. Holler spoke to him early in the morning in Nashville, as he sat in a cosy loft space, relaxed and ready to talk about absolutely everything. No holds barred.

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GUIDEA Guide To: AmericanaFest UK 2021

By Helen M Jerome, January 18, 2021

A comprehensive preview of AmericanaFest UK 2021. The showcases, the awards, the ones to watch - plus a definitive, insider’s guide from AMA-UK CEO, Stevie Smith.

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STAFF PICKSSteve Earle & The Dukes - J.T.

By Helen M Jerome, January 4, 2021

Whether or not this is cathartic for Steve, it’s apt for a record that’s astonishingly good, brutally honest, and simply heart-breaking.

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GUIDEA Guide To: Nanci Griffith

By Helen M Jerome, August 18, 2021

On Friday 13th August, Nanci Griffith passed away at the age of 68. A proper appreciation of her life and work is deserved, something we hope to provide with a guide to her key songs.

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GUIDEA Guide To: Kenny Rogers Duets

By Helen M Jerome, August 17, 2021

Delving into the array of collaborations from across his career, Holler presents the ultimate guide to the duets of ‘The Gambler’, Mr Kenny Rogers.

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ALBUM REVIEWChris Young - Famous Friends

By Helen M Jerome, August 6, 2021

Chris Young says he just can’t wait to start playing this new music on the road, and you simply can’t help but sense that excitement coursing through the songs on Famous Friends.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSEmmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball

By Helen M Jerome, May 10, 2021

When a 48-year-old Harris stepped through the doors of producer Daniel Lanois’ New Orleans home to make her 18th studio album, little did we know that she’d emerge with this haunting masterpiece.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSShania Twain - Come On Over

By Helen M Jerome, October 4, 2021

Man, it feels like a landmark.

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ALBUM REVIEWFlatland Cavalry - Welcome to Countryland

By Helen M Jerome, June 29, 2021

If you’re craving some sweet country authenticity, then this young Texan six-piece might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Sarah Jarosz

By Helen M Jerome, May 5, 2021

The multi-award winner calls in from her airy Nashville living room to talk about the progression of her prolific career, the significance of turning 30 and what went into curating her upcoming collection of songs, Blue Heron Suite.

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ALBUM REVIEWRyan Hurd - Pelago

By Helen M Jerome, October 13, 2021

There's huge promise from Ryan Hurd's debut, on which his image as a Nashville insider yet outlier is burnished by much heart-on-the-sleeve vulnerability.

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ALBUM REVIEWSturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood and Juanita

By Helen M Jerome, August 23, 2021

In The Ballad of Dood and Juanita, Sturgill Simpson has created something extraordinary.

John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas in RCA Studio B, Nashville
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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas

By Helen M Jerome, May 20, 2021

Premiering Leftover Feelings in full exclusively at Holler, John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas sat down to reflect on their time in Music City, the magic of working in RCA Studio B and how it all came to shape this iconic collaborative staple.

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ALBUM REVIEWDeclan O'Rourke - Arrivals

By Helen M Jerome, April 9, 2021

Thanks to Paul Weller’s production, the focused lyrics and the welcoming warmth of the instrumentation, Arrivals could be the record that breaks Declan O’Rourke into the Americana mainstream as a formidable singer-songwriter.

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GUIDETracing The Roots: The World's First Bluegrass Festival, 1961

By Helen M Jerome, June 29, 2021

To modern ears, bluegrass might seem like an eternally safe space for close harmonies, collaborative musicianship and everyone uniting to preserve tradition. But initially, the reality was somewhat different, and by the time the very first bluegrass festival took place on July 4th 1961, it was all-out war.

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ALBUM REVIEWJoana Serrat - Hardcore from the Heart

By Helen M Jerome, June 10, 2021

It might be named after a book by sexologist and essayist Annie Sprinkles, but it is very much the Catalan’s creation, drenched in hugely summery vibes with folk-angled vocals, and instrumentation that swirls and chimes across her tremendous walls of sound.

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STAFF PICKSAaron Lee Tasjan - Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!

By Helen M Jerome, February 5, 2021

With his delightful fourth album, Aaron Lee Tasjan is pushing the boundaries of Americana again, and the results sound fabulous.

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STAFF PICKSJohn R. Miller - Depreciated

By Helen M Jerome, July 16, 2021

He’s got the tunes, the twang and the delivery. Call it what you want – poetic country rock, singer-songwriter folk, or muscular Americana – this first solo collection from John R. Miller feels like a genuine leap into the big leagues.

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ALBUM REVIEWMickey Guyton - Remember Her Name

By Helen M Jerome, September 23, 2021

Not your run-of-the-mill country album by any measure, Mickey Guyton has stepped up and grabbed her moment in the spotlight here. Exploring everything from romance and abandonment to self-esteem and social justice, Remember Her Name is a milestone record.

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ALBUM REVIEWJimmie Allen - Bettie James

By Helen M Jerome, December 18, 2020

Jimmie Allen may be tipping a Stetson, but this ain’t old fashioned country.

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STAFF PICKSSturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol.2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

By Helen M Jerome, December 18, 2020

Just knowing this is a Sturgill Simpson album is enough for most, but there's the added bonus that's he creatively let himself off the leash.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Rodney Crowell

By Helen M Jerome, July 20, 2021

Speaking from his cosy home just south of Nashville, surrounded by paintings, photos, awards and memories, Rodney Crowell delves into his life and career, all while his dog snoozes at his feet.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Aaron Lee Tasjan

By Helen M Jerome, February 5, 2021

Americana's coolest individual - Aaron Lee Tasjan

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STAFF PICKSAva Earl - The Roses

By Helen M Jerome, July 21, 2021

A breakthrough release for the 18-year-old prodigy, this is the kind of record that’s going to repay revisiting; a complete work to get lost in.

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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Connie Smith

By Helen M Jerome, August 20, 2021

According to Dolly Parton, there are really only three real female singers: “Streisand, Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only
 pretending.” 
As we talk to the real deal herself, Connie Smith smiles with pleasure at what they’ve achieved.

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ALBUM REVIEWMidland - The Last Resort EP

By Helen M Jerome, July 15, 2021

Sepia-tinged and harking back to the mythical good old days, yet still forward-facing and flashy, Midland’s image and musical style somehow manage to take the best of everything and mash it together.

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GUIDEThe Classics: Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter

By Helen M Jerome, February 10, 2021

Coal Miner's Daughter is an understated masterpiece of concision, drama and imagery – every verse a short story that’s rarely been equalled, even in a genre where storytelling and authenticity are the most prized assets.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: David Ferguson

By Helen M Jerome, September 24, 2021

Fans of quality roots music may know the name David Ferguson from all the artists he’s worked with; engineering and producing classic and Grammy-winning records, including Sturgill Simpson’s ground-breaking A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Now, that’s about to change.

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OPINIONSon of the Father: The Frank Relationship of Steve Earle and Justin Townes Earle

By Helen M Jerome, January 4, 2021

Neither man ever tried to hide the complexities and difficulties in their relationship, yet there are certainly moments when their stars and paths aligned.

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ALBUM REVIEWLady Nade - Willing

By Helen M Jerome, June 16, 2021

This feels like third time lucky for Lady Nade, as she flexes her considerable songwriting and performance skills on the very edges of Americana. It’s almost as if Austin, Texas had upped sticks and landed alongside the River Avon. Or perhaps even vice versa.

Album - Logan Mize - Still That Kid
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ALBUM REVIEWLogan Mize - Still That Kid

By Helen M Jerome, January 29, 2021

Still That Kid is very much a placeholder record, with Mize ultimately resting on his laurels and relying on collaborators to pull him out from under his shell.

Artist - The Secret Sisters
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LIVE REVIEWAmericanafest UK Day 2

By Helen M Jerome, January 29, 2021

STRUNG OUT!

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ALBUM REVIEWSam Williams - Glasshouse Children

By Helen M Jerome, August 16, 2021

This almost faultless debut from 22-year-old Sam Williams has so many fine collaborations and great songs that it's certainly been worth the wait.

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ALBUM REVIEWBilly Currington - Intuition

By Helen M Jerome, August 6, 2021

If you like your country to bend towards lighter emotions for top-down, shades-on, guns-out summer fare, then this will definitely tickle your fancy.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Noah Schnacky

By Helen M Jerome, February 4, 2021

The actor turned artist is a social media and streaming star - but he's preparing to leave a legacy.

Album - Loretta Lynn - Still Woman Enough
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ALBUM REVIEWLoretta Lynn - Still Woman Enough

By Helen M Jerome, March 19, 2021

The Living legend doesn’t only talk the talk, she walks the walk on her fine new record.

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INTERVIEWBehind the Industry: AMA-UK CEO Stevie Smith

By Helen M Jerome, January 18, 2021

Stevie Smith, CEO of the Americana Music Association UK, takes us behind the scenes, sharing her favourite memories and what's in store for the AmericanaFest, and AMA-UK Awards.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Parker Millsap

By Helen M Jerome, April 8, 2021

All ready to launch his fifth and latest album, Be Here Instead, Parker Millsap sports the widest of smiles in his cream dungarees and a tie-dye t-shirt; with the house all to himself and his beloved dog Mavis, he's a picture of enthusiasm.

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ALBUM REVIEWRussell Dickerson - Southern Symphony

By Helen M Jerome, December 18, 2020

Four years on from his debut Yours, Russell Dickerson’s follow-up record Southern Symphony shows he’s still very much in love; with a new baby too.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Jennifer Nettles

By Helen M Jerome, June 23, 2021

She might be best known as one half of superstar country duo Sugarland, but Jennifer Nettles is clearly having a splendid time chatting about all these solo projects. “I’m talking about music and me,” she says, tongue-in-cheek, “what’s not to love?”

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INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Angela Autumn

By Helen M Jerome, July 7, 2021

Earnest and engaging, Autumn has no problem speaking out about the country music business – whether good and bad.

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ALBUM REVIEWThe Felice Brothers – From Dreams To Dust

By Helen M Jerome, September 16, 2021

“Music is a medicine. It can make our time on the planet a little more enjoyable”, Ian Felice of the Felice Brothers said. Their new record, From Dreams To Dust, succeeds in doing precisely that.

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ALBUM REVIEWThomas Rhett - Country Again (Side A)

By Helen M Jerome, April 27, 2021

As we wait for Side B of this two-album project, we’re more than happy to spend time with these contemplative cuts.

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STAFF PICKSBrandi Carlile - In These Silent Days

By Helen M Jerome, September 29, 2021

This is a stone-cold, instant classic – one that should cement Carlile and her collaborators at the forefront of the warm embrace of mainstream Americana.

Album - Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
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COUNTRY CLASSICSPistol Annies - Hell on Heels

By Helen M Jerome, September 1, 2021

The Pistol Annies shook things up when they burst onto the scene with their debut album Hell On Heels in 2011. To celebrate its 10-year "annieversary", we look back on the formation of the no-shit-taking trio, and the record's lasting effect on country music.

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LIVE REVIEWAmericanafest UK Day 1

By Helen M Jerome, January 29, 2021

The vibe is high!

Artwork - Ashley Monroe - Rosegold
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ALBUM REVIEWAshley Monroe - Rosegold

By Helen M Jerome, April 29, 2021

The East Tennessee native is wearing rose (gold) tinted specs to see everything in a more magical light – and there’s even something ethereal in the unearthly sonic sweep.