Category Archives: americana

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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New Music of the Day – CXC: Hard Bargain – Chris Murphy

Folk music, roots music, world music, Americana…all terms which only go a very small way to describing what Chris Murphy does, for in many ways they are terms far too loaded down with implication to do the job efficiently. This … Continue reading

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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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