Category Archives: country

Medicine Tunes –  Tony Rose (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s nice to know that in this age of meticulous studio production, where even the smallest amount of natural talent can go a long way with the right engineer and the right box of tricks, that some people are still … Continue reading

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Love Come Down –  Thea Hopkins (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If asked to name an exquisite songwriter, we could all roll a bunch of names off without hesitation. Questioned to name a brilliant performer and again we could do so with ease. If pushed for someone who plays with a … Continue reading

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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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Just Like Whiskey – Todd Barrow (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If there is one form of music that seems best equipped to do the whole love and longing, nostalgia and wistful romance routine, country music seems to have all the tools to hand, and Todd Barrow’s latest release is the … 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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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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Scene and Heard – CCCLV : Otherside – The Olsten Brothers Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Regular perusers of this site will know that we are not so hot on covers of songs. They rarely bring anything new to the table and if they try to there is a certain arrogance in thinking that you can … 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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The Mezcaltones Second –  The Mezcaltones (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anyone who opens their album with a Spaghetti Western theme medley is not only laying out a pretty clear statement of intent (if the band name and album cover hadn’t already done that) but is playing right into my musical … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCLIII : Wagon Wheel – Marianne Nowottny and Her All American Band  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Marianne Nowottny does a very interesting thing on Wagon Wheel and walks a fine artistic line between the familiar and the fresh as she takes a sort of established, country template and subjects it to a touch of avant gardening. … Continue reading

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