Category Archives: country

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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Lives On The Line, Songs For Our Troubled Times – Rev. Peter Unger (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even from the perspective of a music reviewer, I can see that there is a shift in the intent and message driving an increasingly more visible sector of new music. People feel more and more that they should speak out … Continue reading

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Gretchen Peters announces new album and extensive UK tour dates

Dancing with the Beast, the new album from Gretchen Peters, puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women. And intentionally so. With the 2017 Women’s March and the #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, … Continue reading

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Born To Walk Alone –  Black Sheep Apprentice (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If good things come to he who waits then this first full album from Black Sheep Apprentice is proof that the longer you wait the ..err..gooder those things are. Richard Skidmore has guided his musical vehicle through many line-up changes … 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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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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Texas Paintbrush –  Ranzel X Kendrick (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This first outing in a planned trilogy of albums under the arching title of the “Texas Series” is a masterfully  understated slice of rootsy, country acoustica or as the artist himself refers to it Freestyle folk. The songs found within … 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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