Category Archives: country-pop

Feel Fearless – Carolee Rainey (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I keep reading reviews which compare Carolee Rainey’s sound to Fleetwood Mac in general and Stevie Nick’s in particular. And whilst there is something in the voice which connects the two women, I think that they are missing the most … Continue reading

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Time Between Us –  Trent Miller (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Trent Miller is a great example of why the various tribal demarcations found in music, its generic barriers, its tribal affinities, its journalistic pigeon-holing and listener driven expectations, are all attitudes that thankfully are receding into the past. For whilst … 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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Lightning In A Bottle  –  Luanne Hunt and Steven Bankey (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a part of country music which errs on the side of over-earnestness. 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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Come Back To Me  –  Molly Kruse (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Molly Kruse has that classic Americana sound, it is hard to pin down musically in anything other than a general sense but geographically it is the cultural pulse of that great nation. Tilt your head one way and it is … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  – CCLXVI : If Love Had a Butt – Seth Hilary Jackson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is easy to make a case for the fact that country music can take itself a bit too seriously. A gross generalisation I know, but you know the ones I mean, those moody looking, lonesome cowboys waxing lyrical about … Continue reading

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One Louder –  The Nadas (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you were so inclined or are naturally one of those people who needs everything in neat generic packages I guess you would drop The Nadas into the alt-rock pigeon-hole…or the pop-rock one…or perhaps alt-country…roots? It just shows you the … Continue reading

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The Letting Go –  Natalie Jean & Levi Moore (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

On paper this duet from Natalie Jean and Levi Moore may seem to be coming from a very familiar musical place, a gentle balladic country-pop place, rich in harmony and minimalist deliveries. But music doesn’t exist on paper, it exists … Continue reading

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Memories –  Echoglass  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Drowning saw Echoglass playing with subtle balladry, Blackburn Boulevard took a more indie-pop route and Last To Know wandered some wonderfully Americana musical pathways, Memories seems to tie all those ends together. It has depth yet sass, it tugs … Continue reading

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Last To Know –  Echoglass  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

And just when you have Echoglass pegged in the broad indie-pop spectrum, when you think you have worked out their musical approach they go and throw a curve-ball. Not satisfied with just ploughing the same musical furrow, Last To Know … Continue reading

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