Category Archives: blues

Bobby’s Blues –  Brother Jon Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The groove never goes out of fashion, Bobby’s Blues is proof of that. Built on one of those timeless blues rock rhythms, one that slinks rather than drives, that swaggers rather than rushes, this is a song which could have … Continue reading

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She Can Flow  – Rob Larkin and The Wayward Ones (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As someone who has visited the country mainly through its music and media, She Can Flow sounds like nothing less than America’s beating heart. And to be fair it is probably an America that never existed outside its road movies, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXVIII : Strange – Indira May (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a wonderful visual metaphor running through the video for Indira May’s debut single, or is it a simile, I should know the difference really. Anyway, the point is that visually the video paints a suitably strange picture, one … Continue reading

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Seasons Change – Joel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As soon as opening salvo Spirit of Summer kicks in, you know that you are in for a bit of a treat. Its deft blend of addictive pop vibes and solid rock drive, its sass, and sublime, slick lines hits … Continue reading

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Extended Play Catalogue Vol  1 – Neil Gregory Johnson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Country music has a habit of taking itself a bit seriously, all those over-earnest, brooding acoustic guitar slingers singing of unrequited love, darker times and driving off into the sunset. And that’s fine, there is obviously a market for such … Continue reading

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Hard On Things –  The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even if I didn’t rate the music you have to love a band with a name like The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, doubly so once you find out that their current album is called Apocalipstick! Thankfully I do rate … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Hide and Hunt –  True Strays (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If the fashion of the moment seems to be pop and indie bands appropriating retro and roots goodness to add cool and credibility to their sound, True Strays have always made music for more honest reasons. Yes, there are a … Continue reading

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Shadowlight – Forrest Hill (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Still Crazy Over You gave us a teasing glimpse into Forrest Hill’s deft musical world, this full album proves to be the wonderful experience that the single hinted at. There is an inherent groove that runs through the songs, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXVIII : Gingers (or We Ain’t Got No Souls) – The Amber Bugs (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As a country we have a funny relationship with our redheads. It borders on racism, rubbish racism, but racism none the less. The sort of racism that is limited to someone shouting GINGERRRRRRR! across the street at the russet bonced … Continue reading

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Vol 1 –  LucidFer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop music with a rock and roll spine? Rock music with plenty of funky grooves? Sassy contemporary blues with a soulful kiss? Indie music which has grown up and stopped checking its hair in the mirror? Well, how about we … Continue reading

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