Category Archives: blues

Shout – Hip Route (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

So what do you get when you take the funky, rootsy blues of Hip Route and add in the distinctive and raw vocals of Reef’s Gary Stringer? An infectious, bass-driven slab of sassy, low-end swagger and attitude filled earthiness, that’s … Continue reading

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Lust – Elea Calvet (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Bristol based Canadian songwriter Elea Calvet delivers her  gorgeous debut single, Lust, on 15th April and then rolls it out to the masses via a show at St John’s on The Wall in Bristol on 13th May. And why is that a big … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CLXXVI : Just How She Died – Tommy Hale and The Magnificent Bastards

Like most musical labels employed by journalists and music tribe devotees, Americana, roots…even alt-country seem to have lost any meaning rather quickly. Despite hailing from a part of the world where those labels are used in abundance, Tommy Hale is … Continue reading

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Lil’ Lost Lou – Lil’ Lost Lou (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a certain poignancy coming to this album as I do just hours after hearing that Chuck Berry had duck walked off this mortal coil. I wonder what he would make of the fact that here is a female … Continue reading

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Hang on a Second – Them Dead Beats (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It may be a very simple idea, but as is often the case with simple ideas, it’s a good one, namely take the groove and grit of blues and give it the scuzzy garage rock treatment. It worked for their … Continue reading

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Florescentia – Charlotte Cardinale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ever since a string of, essentially pop, artists from Amy Winehouse to Duffy to current hyperbolic sensation Adele re-appropriated and repackaged soul for a shallower, style over substance world, the genre seems to have traded in its essential elements for … Continue reading

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Songbag – Jimmy Ragazzon (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I shouldn’t be that surprised that a man with his feet planted so firmly in Italian soil can sound so authentically part of the American music canon, after all, the development of a musical style is the story of influence … Continue reading

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Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men – Prick Of The Litter

Reviewed by Ian O’Regan Celebrated three-time Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men will release their newest recording, Prick Of The Litter on January 27th, 2017. Prick Of The Litter contains 12 new songs that feature the soulful blend … 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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The Morning Kings – The Morning Kings (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes the right band comes along just at the right time. This isn’t some grandiose statement about the nature of the universe, more an insight into how my morning is going. When you have spent the day so far struggling … Continue reading

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