Category Archives: country

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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New Music of the Day – CLXII: Picture – Russell Lee

Away from the bright lights of Nashville and the more clichéd and commercial aspirations of country music, different, more honest and heartfelt strands of the genre are being hammered out in venues, practice rooms and jam sessions, not just throughout … Continue reading

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Texas Tears – Luanne Hunt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It seems that country music has in recent years been subjected to a lot of meddling and mischief. Strange experiments in East Nashville basements, psychedelic influxes from the west coast, indie splicing from the eastern seaboard and much more besides … Continue reading

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Blood and Bones – Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  With the popular resurgence of alternative takes on the classic American country rock sound, I find myself dealing with terms such as Anglicana or British-Americana, which seek to describe that odd hybrid of the formers take on the latters … Continue reading

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Madelyn Victoria E.P. – Madelyn Victoria (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Country and pop have a way of sharing the same bed to very effective ends. Such a blend is never going to please the purists but genres should be allowed to evolve and spread their wings and if records such … Continue reading

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Misery Road – Cranky George (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love the cyclical nature of music, the fact that the sounds of your formative years despite going through many twists and turns manage to find their way back into your life. So I’m currently sat in my office space … Continue reading

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Magnificent Bastard – Tommy Hale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Is it really nine years since the sure-footed tones of Stolen Conversations… first washed into my ears? Tempus does indeed fugit but what has changed? Well, in many ways not much. The same alt-country, punk, pop, soul and rock’n’roll influences … Continue reading

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Proudfoot – Flower of London (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

British Americana is a strange term, a bit of an oxymoron if you ask me, that is until you look at it from a slightly different angle. I tend to think of it a bit like the languages of the … Continue reading

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One More Flight – The Sawtooth Brothers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Musical genres are made up of  gradients running from one extreme to the other with bands being positioned along it based on factors not always as pure as just playing songs. The line begins in its heartland traditions, music made for the … Continue reading

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