Category Archives: blues

Sooner or Later – Lynne Taylor Donovan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is something that lies at the heart of Lynne Taylor Donovan’s sound which seem to make me picture it playing from an old radio at a low volume at night, perhaps as the quiet sound track to the scene … Continue reading

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Larger Than Life – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is one thing you can say about Nelson King, he’s no slouch when it comes to musical output. It seems that no sooner have the last notes of his trademark scuzzed-up and sleazy garage blues faded on the wind … Continue reading

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Trials & Tribulations – Martin Simpson (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Martin Simpson is a phenomenal guitarist! I’ll broach no argument on that – he just is. And I don’t mean a “he’s a bit tasty, I must practice a bit more and get better” sort of phenomenal. No no! I … Continue reading

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Wildfire – Elles Bailey (reviewed by Ian O’Regan )

I’ll nail my colours to the mast right out of the blocks here: I hate Genre Snobbery! Always have. It’s one of the most pointless things ever in the history of music, right up there alongside Kanye West’s modesty consultant. … Continue reading

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Bleed 432 – Roddan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some things just remain part of modern history. The sleek lines of a Volkswagen Beetle, the iconic shape of a Coca-Cola bottle, the fit of the blue jean, the sound of the classic singer-songwriter. And that is exactly where Roddan … Continue reading

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The Collection – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a point a few songs in to The Collection, possibly somewhere around Always You that I recognised the same battered style and ragged glory of one of my favourite musical cult heroes, Nikki Sudden. In my book, it … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCIV: Too Bad – Elle Casazza

As if to support my seemingly endless narrative about this being a “post-genre” era, along comes Chicago chantress Elle Casazza to musically underline my point with a big red marker pen. Too Bad makes the argument more succinctly than my … Continue reading

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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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Is There Something – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is possible that Nelson King subscribes less to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy and more to a “if it ain’t broke it’s still okay to beat the crap out of it and sculpt battered and … Continue reading

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CradleRock – Craig Johnstone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When I first encountered Craig’s music it was via the refreshingly raw, honest and self-deprecating country-punk meets frantic folk collision of last years We Humans album. And if within that that wonderfully raw musical landscape of satire and sympathy, profanity … Continue reading

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