Category Archives: alt-country

Cowboy Junkies release All That Reckoning

Cowboy Junkies will release All That Reckoning, the band’s first new recording since The Wilderness (2012) on July 13, 2018 via Proper Records. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection of … Continue reading

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Black Sheep Apprentice – Born To Walk Alone  (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

I’ve been listening to this album on and off for the last week trying to formulate a way of starting off this review but never really feeling like I have enough information to give a review befitting what occurs within … Continue reading

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Time Between Us –  Trent Miller (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Trent Miller is a great example of why the various tribal demarcations found in music, its generic barriers, its tribal affinities, its journalistic pigeon-holing and listener driven expectations, are all attitudes that thankfully are receding into the past. For whilst … Continue reading

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

The title may suggest some sort of raggle-taggle, clattering country infused bluegrass, but Billy Roberts and his musical posse are in much slicker territory that it might first suggest. Well, I say slicker, all things are relative, and he has … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXCIII : Her Voice in My Head  –  Joshua Ketchmark (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I remember Joshua Ketchmark’s last single, 17,  very well. Firstly because it was the last review I wrote before shutting things down for Christmas. Secondly because it dripped with a real Neil Young vibe. But mainly because it was a … Continue reading

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She Can Flow  – Rob Larkin and The Wayward Ones (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As someone who has visited the country mainly through its music and media, She Can Flow sounds like nothing less than America’s beating heart. And to be fair it is probably an America that never existed outside its road movies, … Continue reading

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A Snake’s A Snake –  The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The wonderfully named Two Man Travelling Medicine Show wander some long forgotten music byways. You find them exploring dusty paths that result in some archaic and awesome blends of punked up bluegrass, sideways Americana and European gypsy folk to create … Continue reading

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Gretchen Peters announces new album and extensive UK tour dates

Dancing with the Beast, the new album from Gretchen Peters, puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women. And intentionally so. With the 2017 Women’s March and the #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, … Continue reading

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Born To Walk Alone –  Black Sheep Apprentice (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If good things come to he who waits then this first full album from Black Sheep Apprentice is proof that the longer you wait the ..err..gooder those things are. Richard Skidmore has guided his musical vehicle through many line-up changes … Continue reading

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Extended Play Catalogue Vol  1 – Neil Gregory Johnson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Country music has a habit of taking itself a bit seriously, all those over-earnest, brooding acoustic guitar slingers singing of unrequited love, darker times and driving off into the sunset. And that’s fine, there is obviously a market for such … Continue reading

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