Category Archives: alt-country

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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Misery Road – Cranky George (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love the cyclical nature of music, the fact that the sounds of your formative years despite going through many twists and turns manage to find their way back into your life. So I’m currently sat in my office space … Continue reading

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