Category Archives: roots

Static in the Wires – Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Even if you’ve never heard of Martin Harley before, the words “feat. Jerry Douglas” tagged on to the title of track 2 should set expectations as high as they come before you’ve even broken the seal on the cd packet. … Continue reading

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Deep In The Waves –  J. Briozo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Solo albums aren’t always a sign that cracks are beginning to show in the ranks of an established band, more often they are just a way of finding an outlet for music which doesn’t fit into the existing musical journey. … Continue reading

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I Swear I’m Going To Learn This Time –  Chris Murphy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Chris Murphy’s musical mastery seems to spread itself across any number of genres, styles, eras, instruments and tastes, a troubadour in the truest sense, a storyteller, a communicator and an entertainer. Here we find him in the realm of rootsy … Continue reading

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Long Wind –  Mat Caron (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have been listening to and writing about Mat’s music for a while now from the skittering acoustica of Moths to the scuzzy blues of Bookclub and finally on to music released under his own name and We Are Lovely … Continue reading

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Rainbow Girls – American Dream (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further. Singing close harmony is not easy. In fact it’s damn difficult, and demands the highest level of every skill that a singer possesses to get it anywhere close to being … Continue reading

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Gallery – Jimmy Lee Morris (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In a world of genres and sub-genres, labels and pigeonholes, Jimmy’s music reminds us that once you strip back the journalistic jargon, the post-this and that-core, the fashionable moniker and the industry marketing, if what is left is worth keeping, … Continue reading

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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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Shout Out – Hip Route (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

So what do you get when you take the funky, rootsy blues of Hip Route and add in the distinctive and raw vocals of Reef’s Gary Stringer? An infectious, bass-driven slab of sassy, low-end swagger and attitude filled earthiness, that’s … Continue reading

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Memories – Nathan Leaman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anything that instantly evokes Damien Rice’s brilliant use of special awareness and atmosphere as an instrument is going to find favour with this music scribe. Here is the same space between the notes, the same anticipation bridging the sentences that … Continue reading

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We All Want The Same Things – Craig Finn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anyone who is a fan of the mid-20th century, classic American novel will appreciate the voice that Finn uses to weave his small town narratives. It is the same voice you find chattering away at the heart of Bukowski and … Continue reading

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