Category Archives: alt-country

Acoustic –  Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You can say what you like about Mr King but you can’t deny that he has a pretty solid work rate. It seems that barely a season goes by without at least one album popping into the review pile. Whilst … Continue reading

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Long Wind –  Mat Caron (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have been listening to and writing about Mat’s music for a while now from the skittering acoustica of Moths to the scuzzy blues of Bookclub and finally on to music released under his own name and We Are Lovely … Continue reading

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Falling Over –  Sarah Morris (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Having built a steady momentum and a loyal following via two critically and commercially well received albums, 2015’s Ordinary Things spending 6 months on rotation on the Americana radio charts, Sarah Morris would have to do something pretty drastic for … Continue reading

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

Genres are tricky things, full of implication and assumption. Pop music isn’t always popular, soul bands don’t always connect deep down and not all blues is melancholic. Similarly the term Americana might imply that it is a sound taken from … Continue reading

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Directions – The Singer and The Songwriter (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As we found out when listening to the wonderfully cinematic Anywhere, Everywhere, The Singer and The Songwriter revel in escape, freedom, travel and more importantly sharing that journey together. They are themes which run openly through their latest e.p. Direction, … Continue reading

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Voodoo Smile –  Ragged Union (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It says something about the quality of Andy Milsom’s songwriting and indeed the band as a whole’s ability to authentically delivery what I guess we will have to call British Americana, that it is difficult to spot the original tracks … Continue reading

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Rainbow Girls – American Dream (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further. Singing close harmony is not easy. In fact it’s damn difficult, and demands the highest level of every skill that a singer possesses to get it anywhere close to being … Continue reading

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Nashville – Michael Askin (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Songs such as Nashville are proof that it isn’t the raw materials that define a song, it is more about how the artist fits them together. Give a hundred other country, folk, alt-country …whatever, artists the same clean limbed guitar … Continue reading

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Take It Easy – Sunset Service (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

None other than George Bernard Shaw noted that Britain and America were two countries separated by a common language and to a degree the same can be said for the musical divide. It is what makes the term British-Americana such … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXIV: Love Is Just – Scott Kirby

One of the challenges facing the singer-songwriter, voice and guitar driven song is how to sound big. Not big in the bombastic, U2 stadium rock sense but in knowing how to take these simple elements and lift them off the … Continue reading

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