Category Archives: bluegrass

Some Part of Something –  Whiskey Shivers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I always prefer my roots music ragged, and so anything described as “frenetic bluegrass, ” or “apocalyptic Americana” is always going to be something that I’m going to be drawn to. Roots music is the music of the people, the … 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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Peripheral Vision – Alpha Mule (reviewed by Sarah Ryan)

With harmonies reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkle and imagery reflective of a whiskey-fuelled fairy-tale, Alpha Mules’ ‘Peripheral Vision’ boasts an array of original and Tuscon-tuned tracks. Taking inspiration from the music of the American south and American southwest, Alpha Mule … Continue reading

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We’ll Be Fine – Flood County  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anyone with half a good ear would place Flood County fair and square in the country oeuvre, but genres are tricky things to get to grips with. Either they are so vague as to be next to useless, or, and … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi – Alpha Mule (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Whilst it is pretty much impossible to find music which totally encapsulates America as an idea and an entity, by virtue of its size and diversity, cultural blends and creative explorations, there is some music which when heard makes you … 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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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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One More Flight – The Sawtooth Brothers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Musical genres are made up of  gradients running from one extreme to the other with bands being positioned along it based on factors not always as pure as just playing songs. The line begins in its heartland traditions, music made for the … Continue reading

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Fern Girl and Ice Man – The Lowest Pair (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Banjos get a hard time generally, especially over on this side of the water where they aren’t a part of the collective musical heritage as it is Stateside. But right from the opening salvo of The River Will, you quickly … Continue reading

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