Tag Archives: Americana

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

THE LOVETONES  Myriad

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

JEFFREY FOUCAULT  Blood Brothers

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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Album review: GARY FLETCHER – River Keeps Flowing

Gary Fletcher - River Keeps Flowing

Pete Feenstra chatted with Gary Fletcher for his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 22 March 2020. Repertoire records [Release date 13.12.19] Gary Fletcher’s ‘River Keeps Flowing’ is all about mood, feel and a musical aesthetic that … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DELLA MAE, FRIGG

DELLA MAE - Headlight

DELLA MAE – Headlight Rounder Records [Release date 17.01.20] Della Mae are a Grammy nominated, Nashville based three piece consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, fiddle player Kimber Ludiker and mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner. ‘Headlight’ is the trio’s fourth album … Continue reading

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Album review: ELIAS T. HOTH – Damascus

Elias T. Hoth - Damascus

CD Baby [Release date 15.04.19] Elias T. Hoth has carved out his own niche over the last decade with a catalogue of 11 southern tinged rock-a-boogie albums.  However, his last couple of albums have gradually broadened his musical outlook with … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY – Under These Lights

THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY - Under These Lights

[Release date 15.11.19] The band’s name and the iconic sleeve/artwork featuring a vintage Chevrolet pick-up would never lead you to the band’s steel hometown – of Sheffield.  But these days, southern rock/Americana knows no bounds. A hard working band, influenced … Continue reading

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Quick plays: WILDWOOD KIN, PAMELA SUE MANN, CATTLE & CANE, CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

WILDWOOD KIN Wildwood Kin

WILDWOOD KIN Wildwood Kin Silvertone/Sony  [Release date 04.10.19] Alt-folkies Wildwood Kin – sisters Beth and Emillie Key, and cousin Meghann Loney follow up their 2017 debut (Turning Tides) with an altogether more ‘grown up’ sounding sophomore self-titled release. Majoring on … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – Avalanche

Nine Below Zero - Avalanche

Pete Feenstra chatted to Dennis Greaves for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in October 2019. Absolute [Release date 04.10.19] ‘Avalanche’ is the first self penned album by Nine Below Zero in big band mode and it’s a revelation. The pivotal … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TONY McLOUGHLIN, KELLY STEWARD

KELLY STEWARD Tales And Tributes Of The Deserving And Not So

TONY McLOUGHLIN True Native Fuego [Release date 15.11.19] Irish born singer -songwriter Tony McLoughlin’s seventh studio album picks up where his previous offering – The Contender (2013) – ‘a glorious Telecaster infused slab of Tom Petty / Springsteen inspired Americana’ … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ROBERT TEPPER, JEREMY IVEY, INTO THE UNKNOWN

ROBERT TEPPER - Better Than The Rest

ROBERT TEPPER Better Than The Rest AOR Heaven [Release date 27.09.19] Robert Tepper is best known for his song ‘No Easy Way Out’, which was the theme to ‘Rocky IV’ and has been subsequently released in various dance remix guises, … Continue reading

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