Category Archives: alt-country

The Belligerent North Star  –  White Robot (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

After such a long time of writing music reviews you sort of get an inkling, a first impression before even listening to the music of an album as it falls out of the review pile and under the pen whether … Continue reading

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Nothing Ever Goes as Planned – The Gary Douglas Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even when delivering such a poignant song as this, one that points to the cracks in the American Dream, the dark underbelly, the false promises and societal failings, there is something wonderfully smooth, soothing almost, about the overall nature of … Continue reading

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Threshold –  The Mutineers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pitching the vocal perfection of The Civil Wars onto often hard rocking back beats, The Mutineers, capture the heart of what Americana music is, in that they sound like the sweet and sour pulse of that country’s musical heart. A … Continue reading

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Electric Notes Wild –  Drew Morrison and The Darkwood (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is an old adage (are there no young adages and if not should we fear for the future of adages? ) which says that you can tell a lot about a person by the company that they keep. The … Continue reading

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Grandview Station – Grandview Station (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a quote that comes with the press release of Grandview Station’s eponymous album noting that it has been described as “like finding an album in the basement from 1979 that was lost and never released.” To be honest, … Continue reading

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Kick Out The Twang – Speedbuggy USA (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Bakersfield,CA always sat at a sonic crossroads. That scenes reaction to the slick, string lead, over-produced Nashville country sound of the time saw them embrace a sound based around the surf guitar tone and honky-tonk bar driven twang, a sound … Continue reading

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You’re Free –  Dan Israel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Americana is a strange term for what is essentially the roots rock sound of the New World. It’s a bit like the term Chinese Food, in that it has no real meaning in the country of China itself, after all … Continue reading

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Pieces  –  Luke Tuchscherer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although previously pursuing a solo path associated with a more restrained countrified sound, Pieces not only marks a big stride forward, sonically speaking, but reunites him with the incendiary roots rock of his earlier days as a member of The … Continue reading

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Float Your Boat  –  The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Given their cow-punk credentials, their brilliant collision of roots sounds from both sides of the Atlantic, their gypsy blues bar band busk swagger, it is fairly unexpected that the opening and titular song on their second e.p. Float Your Boat, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCLV : Otherside – The Olsten Brothers Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Regular perusers of this site will know that we are not so hot on covers of songs. They rarely bring anything new to the table and if they try to there is a certain arrogance in thinking that you can … Continue reading

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