Tag Archives: Americana

Quick plays: JANET SIMPSON, D’ERCOLE

JANET SIMPSON – Safe Distance

JANET SIMPSON Safe Distance Cornelius Chapel Records [Release date 19.03.21] Singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Janet Simpson’s latest album covers many human stories and emotions from running away from demons, to retreating from your troubles, and more. It also marks … Continue reading

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Album review: ADAM DOUGLAS – Better Angels

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Sonnet Music [release date 05.02.21] I first heard Adam Douglas about five or so years ago singing ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ a la Sam Cooke / Otis Redding on a TV game show. Now that’s some song to tackle, … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC BLUES MATES – Electric Blues Mates

Electric Blues Mates

Timezone [Release date 18.12.20] Given the recent number of lockdown and remotely recorded albums, ‘Electric Blues Mates’ is by no means a unique project.  But when it comes down to the spirit of cooperation, focus, intensity and sheer exuberance, this … Continue reading

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Album Review : WALTER EGAN – Fascination

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Red Steel Music [Release date 05.02.21] Westcoast/Americana/AOR wizard, Walter Egan is back, with a smoothed out rock’n’roll love story, Fascination, just 2 years after his Burritos’ album, Sound As Ever, created a few fresh waves. Imbued with bygone vibes, it … Continue reading

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Album review: LUCERO – When You Found Me

LUCERO – When You Found Me

Thirty Tigers [Release date 29.01.21] Lucero’s last album, 2018’s ‘Among The Ghosts’, was a real treat and new discovery to this reviewer. Lucero have reunited once more with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive-by Truckers) … Continue reading

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Album review: KEVIN BROWN – Six Strings And A Dream

Kevin Brown - 6 Strings And A Dream

Pete Feenstra chatted to Kevin Brown for his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 6 December 2020. Doodah Records [Release date 18.11.20] Kevin Brown’s ‘Strings and A Dream’ is a reminder that somewhere in between the avalanche of PR … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE ROSS – The Clovis Limit, Pt 2

Album review – MIKE ROSS: The Clovis Limit, Pt 2

Taller Records (Release date: 30.10.20) Talented Brighton-based blues/americana merchant Mike Ross is back with a follow up to last year’s ‘The Clovis Limit, Pt 1’. Durham-born Ross has been a busy chap, releasing albums in each of the last three … Continue reading

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Quick plays: OGD, DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS, SUN KING RISING

OGD - The Big Game

OGD The Big Game Bandcamp [Release date 25.08.20] The Big Game is the debut release from OGD who feature Derek Olivero (guitars, lead vocals), Bobby Gavin (drums), and Dave DeRanieri (bass). OGD recorded the album with legendary drummer Jerry Marotta … Continue reading

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Album review: SHANNON LaBRIE – Building

SHANNON LABRIE - Building

Moraine Records [Release date 25.09.20] Since when did just 7 songs make an ‘album’?  And it’s not as if we’re talking prog – this is Americana.  And just 27 minutes of it. But then we live in strange times.  And … Continue reading

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Album review: ADAM SWEET – Sink Or Swim

Adam Sweet - Sink Or Swim

Adam Sweet Music [Release date 11.09.20] Although credited as an Adam Sweet solo album, the conceptually titled ‘Sink or Swim’ is very much a band effort. Singer songwriter Adam Sweet has taken a step up by working with an A-team … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN REEL – The Nashville Calling

BEN REEL - The Nashville Calling

Ceol Music [Release date 03.03.20] Recorded in Nashville, produced by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack, and featuring E Street Band’s Garry W Tallent on bass, Ben Reel’s 9th studio album finds him paying homage to The Boss.  At least, in … Continue reading

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Album review: KIERAN CONAWAY – Your Ghosts

KIERAN CONAWAY - Your Ghosts

Buoy 58 Records [Release date 29.05.20] Kieran Conaway is a singer/songwriter from Delaware, USA. Kieran began his musical studies as a classical pianist and cellist, later receiving instruction in orchestral arranging and composition. Kieran developed his acoustic guitar, piano and … Continue reading

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Album review: TROY REDFERN – Island

Self release [Release date: 22.05.20] Troy Redfern’s ‘Island’ may well be his best work yet. It’s an atmospheric nuanced album full of vacillating emotions and material that he might not have envisaged writing a few months ago. It’s a splendid … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE LOVETONES, JOE EDWARDS, PATSY THOMPSON

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THE LOVETONES  Myriad Cleopatra Records [Release date 28.02.20] I can’t say I’m familiar with The Lovetones – an Aussie indie psychedelic rock band previously active between 2002 and 2010.  But main man Matthew J Tow’s song writing has been compared … Continue reading

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Album review: NOBLE JACKS – Stay Awake

NOBLE JACKS - Stay Awake

Noble Ground Records [Release date 27.03.20] Brighton-based duo Noble Jacks (Will Page on fiddle, piano and Matty Deveson on guitar/bass) originally released their second album ‘Stay Awake’ in March 2019, gaining a Top 10 spot in the UK Americana album … Continue reading

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Album review: EILEEN ROSE – Muscle Shoals

EILEEN ROSE - Muscle Shoals

Holy Wreckords [Release date 17.04,20] Looking back, I had my last encounter with Eileen Rose with the release of her third solo album, Come The Storm, a record I had down as a strong contender for my 2005 album of … Continue reading

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Album review: SIERRA HULL – 25 Trips

SIERRA HULL – 25 Trips

Rounder [Release date 27.03.20] Sierra Hull has built her reputation as a world class mandolin player, becoming the first woman to be voted Mandolin Player of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in 2016, after a near-decade … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JEFFREY FOUCAULT, AMBERLY CHALBERG, DANIEL STEER

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JEFFREY FOUCAULT  Blood Brothers Blueblade Records [Release date 27,03.20] No question, Americana is the new rock n roll. And the opening number – ‘Dishes’ – on Jeffrey Foucault’s follow up to his critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves – … Continue reading

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EP review: STONE THIEVES – Church Of The Medicine Man

STONE THIEVES - Church Of The Medicine Man

3MS Music [Release date 14.02.20] Stone Thieves are a London band who have been building a solid reputation with their Americana repertoire. One might argue that the music is American rock or even Southern Rock, rather than pure Americana, but … Continue reading

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Album review: DUSTBOWL REVIVAL – Is It You, Is It Me

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL – Is It You, Is It Me

Medium Expectations/Thirty Tigers [Release date 31.01.20] Dustbowl Revival present their fifth album and one that sees them shift away from their original Dixieland jazz, swing and Depression-era folk songs. The band revolves around the singing talents of Z Lupetin and … Continue reading

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