Category Archives: alt-country

Hometown – Dru Cutler (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When you look at an artists “about me” or biographical blurb and check their listed influences, it often says more about what they want to sound like or what they sound like in their own head rather than describes the … Continue reading

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Promised Land – Russ Still and the Moonshiners (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Terms such as country-rock often conjure conflicts in the mind of the would be punter. Rock music tipping its Stetson at more rootsy traditions? Country music making a break for wider commercial markets by betraying the tenets of the genre? … Continue reading

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And You Brutus – Cranford Hollow (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s great when a band throw you a bit of a curveball like the minimalistic, ambient intro of And You Brutus. I’m looking at their image of five bearded bar room savants and thinking that somewhere along the line a … Continue reading

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No One Knows Me – Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sitting here slightly fragile after a night watching a Dallas rocker with a country swagger tear a hole where the stage in an English venue used to be, the latest release from Billy and the boys feels like the perfect … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXVII – Tightropin’ – The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show

Frantic, that’s the word that springs to mind. Ramshackle, that’s another. Frantic and ramshackle but wonderfully so. Two Man Travelling Medicine Show are a perfect storm of roots music, bluegrass stomps played with a punk swagger, pastoral folk taken on … Continue reading

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Lil’ Lost Lou – Lil’ Lost Lou (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a certain poignancy coming to this album as I do just hours after hearing that Chuck Berry had duck walked off this mortal coil. I wonder what he would make of the fact that here is a female … Continue reading

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Songbag – Jimmy Ragazzon (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I shouldn’t be that surprised that a man with his feet planted so firmly in Italian soil can sound so authentically part of the American music canon, after all, the development of a musical style is the story of influence … Continue reading

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Only One – Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Blurring lines and subverting expectation is the job of every musician worth his salt and the fact that Billy Roberts both obscures the distinction between alt-country and garage rock and does so from a whole different cultural heartland, shows that … Continue reading

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Coming Clean – The Favorite Things (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m pretty sure there is something in the rules about this sort of thing. You mention The Replacements in the press release and of course it is going to go straight into the “to be reviewed” pile, no instant guarantee … Continue reading

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Memories – Nathan Leaman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anything that instantly evokes Damien Rice’s brilliant use of special awareness and atmosphere as an instrument is going to find favour with this music scribe. Here is the same space between the notes, the same anticipation bridging the sentences that … Continue reading

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Dreamland – Matt Hannah (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I often feel a bit of a fraud as a Brit reviewing music that comes from a very American place. Am I equipped to understand all the nuances can I empathise with its narrative and imagery? Well, maybe it comes … Continue reading

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At Home With The Bad Cowboys – The Bad Cowboys (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes the path of least resistance is the most effective. So whilst many acoustic gunslingers approach the idea of making an album with the wide-eyed joy of the proverbial kid in the allegorical musical sweet shop, The Bad Cowboys revel … Continue reading

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Falling Star – Ray William Roldan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Terms such as alt-country, Americana, roots and the like sometimes get a bit lost on us music consumers on this side of The Atlantic. I guess these terms refer to something that carries the distilled essence of the country’s musical … Continue reading

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Blood and Bones – Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

With the popular resurgence of alternative takes on the classic American country rock sound, I find myself dealing with terms such as Anglicana or British-Americana, which seek to describe that odd hybrid of the formers take on the latters traditional … Continue reading

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