Category Archives: americana

Gold Rush – Hannah Aldridge (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It isn’t just the various sounds that make up the songs; hints of country, heartland rock, southern gothic and more that create a geographical fix for Hannah Aldridge’s sophomore album. There is something else that inhabits the spaces between the … Continue reading

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Promised Land – Russ Still and the Moonshiners (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Terms such as country-rock often conjure conflicts in the mind of the would be punter. Rock music tipping its Stetson at more rootsy traditions? Country music making a break for wider commercial markets by betraying the tenets of the genre? … Continue reading

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And You Brutus – Cranford Hollow (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s great when a band throw you a bit of a curveball like the minimalistic, ambient intro of And You Brutus. I’m looking at their image of five bearded bar room savants and thinking that somewhere along the line a … Continue reading

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Freedom Rider – Alun Parry (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  The term “folk singer” comes with some very loaded images. Images of everything from emotive acoustic players, narrative storytellers, traditional bastions of historical musical forms, rabble-rousers, troubadours and street corner orators. Take your pick. Well, with Alun Parry you … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXVII – Tightropin’ – The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show

Frantic, that’s the word that springs to mind. Ramshackle, that’s another. Frantic and ramshackle but wonderfully so. Two Man Travelling Medicine Show are a perfect storm of roots music, bluegrass stomps played with a punk swagger, pastoral folk taken on … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXIV: Fill Me Up – Amilia K Spicer

If the term “Americana” conjures clichéd images of long, dusty highways, clapboard churches and hoedowns in truck stop bars, then you need Amilia K Spicer in your ears…and indeed your life! Whilst blending the heartland sounds of America – lilting … 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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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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New Music of the Day – CLXII: Picture – Russell Lee

Away from the bright lights of Nashville and the more clichéd and commercial aspirations of country music, different, more honest and heartfelt strands of the genre are being hammered out in venues, practice rooms and jam sessions, not just throughout … Continue reading

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Nobody Talks About It – Martin Lucassen (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I guess we live in a world where labels and pigeonholes have become too important. It’s all the fault of us lazy journalists and our attempts to package and market music in neat, easily demarcated bundles. Martin Lucassen’s sophomore album … Continue reading

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Nudists With Really Big Heads – The Blunderbuss Press (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  How can you not be intrigued by a song with such a Bonzo Dog-esque moniker as that? It’s always going to win out over any earnest and meaningful offering with the words love or baby in its title. So … 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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New Music of The Day – CXXXIV : Kat, I’m Sorry – Raze*Rebuild

All bands have their token “slow song” it is part of the rock and roll template. Thankfully alt-country-core rockers (that is a genre honest) Raze*Rebuild are smart enough that rather than use this space to tread musical water they instead offer … Continue reading

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The Consequence – Eddy Mann (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Whenever I see a review of any of Eddy Mann’s extensive back catalogue the opening paragraph always relates to his beliefs, his role as a worship leader and often uses the label Christian music. Why do we need such a … Continue reading

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