Category Archives: country

Pastures New – Blind River Scare (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Blind River Scare has always been a great reminder that when it comes to roots genres, the lines blur easily. Country music is just folk with a fancy hat, or perhaps folk is country under smaller skies. The point is … Continue reading

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Promised Land – Russ Still and the Moonshiners (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Terms such as country-rock often conjure conflicts in the mind of the would be punter. Rock music tipping its Stetson at more rootsy traditions? Country music making a break for wider commercial markets by betraying the tenets of the genre? … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXVII – Tightropin’ – The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show

Frantic, that’s the word that springs to mind. Ramshackle, that’s another. Frantic and ramshackle but wonderfully so. Two Man Travelling Medicine Show are a perfect storm of roots music, bluegrass stomps played with a punk swagger, pastoral folk taken on … Continue reading

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Lil’ Lost Lou – Lil’ Lost Lou (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a certain poignancy coming to this album as I do just hours after hearing that Chuck Berry had duck walked off this mortal coil. I wonder what he would make of the fact that here is a female … Continue reading

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Songbag – Jimmy Ragazzon (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I shouldn’t be that surprised that a man with his feet planted so firmly in Italian soil can sound so authentically part of the American music canon, after all, the development of a musical style is the story of influence … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXIV: Fill Me Up – Amilia K Spicer

If the term “Americana” conjures clichéd images of long, dusty highways, clapboard churches and hoedowns in truck stop bars, then you need Amilia K Spicer in your ears…and indeed your life! Whilst blending the heartland sounds of America – lilting … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXII: Comes A Moment – Jonathan Cavier

One of the things I find myself on a bit of a mission to defend these days is that most mercurial of beasts…pop music! Okay, let me qualify that. The term pop has too long been sullied by production line, … Continue reading

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Dreamland – Matt Hannah (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I often feel a bit of a fraud as a Brit reviewing music that comes from a very American place. Am I equipped to understand all the nuances can I empathise with its narrative and imagery? Well, maybe it comes … Continue reading

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Falling Star – Ray William Roldan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Terms such as alt-country, Americana, roots and the like sometimes get a bit lost on us music consumers on this side of The Atlantic. I guess these terms refer to something that carries the distilled essence of the country’s musical … Continue reading

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Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men – Prick Of The Litter

Reviewed by Ian O’Regan Celebrated three-time Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men will release their newest recording, Prick Of The Litter on January 27th, 2017. Prick Of The Litter contains 12 new songs that feature the soulful blend … Continue reading

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