Category Archives: country rock

Kick Out The Twang – Speedbuggy USA (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Bakersfield,CA always sat at a sonic crossroads. That scenes reaction to the slick, string lead, over-produced Nashville country sound of the time saw them embrace a sound based around the surf guitar tone and honky-tonk bar driven twang, a sound … Continue reading

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1969 Frey/Souther collaboration gets CD debut

Longbranch/Pennywhistle, the legendary 1969 collaboration between late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and longstanding songwriting partner, JD Souther, will make its CD debut as well as return to vinyl for the first time in nearly 50 years on September 28 via … Continue reading

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You’re Free –  Dan Israel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Americana is a strange term for what is essentially the roots rock sound of the New World. It’s a bit like the term Chinese Food, in that it has no real meaning in the country of China itself, after all … Continue reading

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Pieces  –  Luke Tuchscherer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although previously pursuing a solo path associated with a more restrained countrified sound, Pieces not only marks a big stride forward, sonically speaking, but reunites him with the incendiary roots rock of his earlier days as a member of The … Continue reading

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Meant 2 Be –  The Happy Curmudgeons (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When Idle Time first wafted across the office space, I had The Happy Curmudgeons pegged as folk rock wranglers of the old school. They threaded a path through the likes of CSN, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead and other such … Continue reading

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Float Your Boat  –  The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Given their cow-punk credentials, their brilliant collision of roots sounds from both sides of the Atlantic, their gypsy blues bar band busk swagger, it is fairly unexpected that the opening and titular song on their second e.p. Float Your Boat, … Continue reading

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So Happy Birthday…Ronnie James Dio

Today would have been the 75th birthday of the man christened Ronald James Padavona, famous for fronting Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven and Hell and, if legend is to be believed,  populariser of the devil horns sign and the … Continue reading

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Along The Road – Dirk Schwenk and the Truth  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Along The Road follows in some classic musical footsteps. The blend of smooth country tones, deft and dexterous blues licks and just the gentlest of rock muscle to push everything along and bands like The Eagles and CSN spring to … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXLVII : On Down The Road –  Few Miles South (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In recent years there has been a move to take country out of its traditional sonic stamping ground and bend it into new, supposedly cooler, versions of itself and adding “post” or “alt” or “new” and the like to the … Continue reading

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Black Sheep Apprentice – Born To Walk Alone  (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

I’ve been listening to this album on and off for the last week trying to formulate a way of starting off this review but never really feeling like I have enough information to give a review befitting what occurs within … Continue reading

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