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Gig review: CRACKER – Dingwalls, London, 7 December 2015

A spirit-lifting gig on a miserable Monday night from an inventive band who refuse to be pigeon-holed. Cracker have variously been described as alt rock, alt country, country rock, post-punk and blues-folk. I kid you not. Who needs labels when … Continue reading

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Album review: CURLY WOLF – Calling Your Bluff

CURLY WOLF – Calling Your Bluff

The Curly Wolf  [Release date 07.08.15] ‘Our aim is to show that there is more to country music than radio pop lets you believe’. Curly Wolf hammers home their sense of purpose with a defining mission statement and from the … Continue reading

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Album review: WATKINS FAMILY HOUR

WATKINS FAMILY HOUR

Family Hour Records [Release date 24.07.15] With Nickel Creek seemingly back on ice, Sara and Sean Watkins have gone back to one of their favourite live formats for their latest release. The Watkins Family Hour brings to record their long … Continue reading

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Album review: CHA CHA’s CADILLAC – Battle Hymn

CHA CHA

Cha Cha’s Cadillac [Release date 28.11.14] 32 years and plenty of miles separate the cowpunk of San Diego’s The Beat Farmers and the roots rockabilly and alt. country appeal Cha Cha’s Cadillac, but cutting edge rocking music is still alive, … Continue reading

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Album Review: NINA FERRO – Into The Light

Night Creatures Records– [Release Date: 01.11.13] The trick with a singer songwriter is always to finds a suitable niche with which to build their profile. In the case of Anglo Australian Nina Ferro things are slightly different. She’s already a … Continue reading

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Album review: EILEEN ROSE – Be Many Gone

Eileen Rose - Be Many Gone

Rarely have I seen a PR sheet so devoid of information about an album.  And the absence of sleeve and associated credits, lyrics etc doesn’t help either.  But here goes. A few year’s back singer songwriter Eileen Rose’s album – … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WESTERN SIZZLERS – For Ol’ Times Sake

Roar Hide Records [Release date: 20.05.13] ‘Unfinished Business’, the penultimate track on The Western Sizzlers ‘For Ol’ Times Sake’, neatly summarises self exiled British musical maverick Kevin Jennings’s situation. A former catalyst for the Georgia Satellites (he got them signed … Continue reading

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Album review: I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. – Mystery Drug

I See Hawks In L.A.

Blue Rose Records [Release date: 01.05.13] Alt-country outfit I See Hawks In L.A. are “dabblers” says their guitarist Paul Lacques. “There really are about 20 different ways to chop up country roots music”, he adds, while singer Rob Waller summarizes … Continue reading

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MIM GREY – Chasing Tigers

Mim Grey - Chasing Tigers

Rightrack Records (Released October 8th) Mim Grey returns with her follow-up to her highly enjoyable debut album ‘Grey Matters’. She has also been busy touring with the likes of Tom Jones and Roxette. Like the debut album she is helped … Continue reading

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NANCI GRIFFITH – Intersection

Now I confess I am not much of a lover of country music in its more traditional form but I have long been a fan of Nanci Griffith’s work, mainly due to her voice and the excellent songs she produces, … Continue reading

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