Category Archives: americana

Falling Over –  Sarah Morris (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Having built a steady momentum and a loyal following via two critically and commercially well received albums, 2015’s Ordinary Things spending 6 months on rotation on the Americana radio charts, Sarah Morris would have to do something pretty drastic for … Continue reading

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Methylene Blue  –  Jane Allison (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is strange, admittedly, but there is something quite enjoyable about a well-penned mournful song, something universal and comforting in its sad refrain and they don’t come much better than the dark, slow and majestic Another Prayer, a song of … Continue reading

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

Genres are tricky things, full of implication and assumption. Pop music isn’t always popular, soul bands don’t always connect deep down and not all blues is melancholic. Similarly the term Americana might imply that it is a sound taken from … Continue reading

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Directions – The Singer and The Songwriter (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As we found out when listening to the wonderfully cinematic Anywhere, Everywhere, The Singer and The Songwriter revel in escape, freedom, travel and more importantly sharing that journey together. They are themes which run openly through their latest e.p. Direction, … Continue reading

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Rainbow Girls – American Dream (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further. Singing close harmony is not easy. In fact it’s damn difficult, and demands the highest level of every skill that a singer possesses to get it anywhere close to being … Continue reading

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Spokeswoman of The Bright Sun – Mark Olson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As one half of the beating heart of The Jayhawks, Mark Olson helped champion a new take on tight-harmonised, country rock, which pretty much set a template for what modern Americana could be all about. Love, marriage, quitting the Jayhawks … Continue reading

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Eoin Glackin – Wear It While You Can (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

There’s a corner of the music scene in the UK and Ireland these days that’s becoming more noticeable – insistent, even – under the increasingly inaccurate and irrelevant banner “Americana”. What started as a more rootsy, stripped back objection (in … Continue reading

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12 Kinds of Lost – My Politic (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If American country and English folk music often seem like distant cousins, similar but separated by time and distance, it is in the Appalachian fused sound of bands like My Politic that the family bond seems strongest. It is here … Continue reading

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Bye Bye – Sophia Marshall (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

It’s always good to be given the opportunity to get rid of labels that are attached to artists. However well-intentioned they are at first, designed to provide some point of reference when an artist has little or no previous public … 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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