Category Archives: alt-country

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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A Voice in The Wilderness Vol. 1 – David Vaters (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

David Vaters may fall into the category of new solo artist, although he’s anything but new to making music, but he also falls in with a small band of artists who have a unique sound and singular voice. Not as … Continue reading

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Time & Life – Red Moon Joe (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Bands returning from a long hiatus have a tendency to take one of two routes. Either they comeback with a view to reliving past glories and deliver an album which reminds you just why side two of their previous release … Continue reading

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The Collection – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a point a few songs in to The Collection, possibly somewhere around Always You that I recognised the same battered style and ragged glory of one of my favourite musical cult heroes, Nikki Sudden. In my book, it … Continue reading

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Chip Shop E.P. – Tex Pistols (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We are not normally that big on straight out covers here at Dancing About Architecture, but there were a number of reasons, musical and otherwise, why we wanted to give this cheeky little release some room. Firstly the lead track … Continue reading

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Brilliant Light – Danny and The Champions of The World (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Danny and his Champ’ chaps have always been hard to pin down generically. Americana is always a label which raises its head and indeed they are, to a degree but not in the way that we normally associate with the … Continue reading

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CradleRock – Craig Johnstone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When I first encountered Craig’s music it was via the refreshingly raw, honest and self-deprecating country-punk meets frantic folk collision of last years We Humans album. And if within that that wonderfully raw musical landscape of satire and sympathy, profanity … Continue reading

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Weeding Out The Wicked – The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last time I dipped my toe into the crazy waters of The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show it was to experience their clattering cider-punk-country-hoedown Tightropin’ a song which gave me the opportunity to roll out all those literary juxtapositions and … Continue reading

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We Humans – Craig Johnstone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

First impressions are always interesting events and so it is with the first 30 seconds of Key of D, the opening salvo of We Humans. If I had been led to assume that this was just another collection of alt-country … Continue reading

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