Tag Archives: Americana

Quick plays: UNION DUKE, AUBURN, CARRIE TREE

UNION DUKE Golden Days

UNION DUKE Golden Days [Release date 14.06.19] Bridging indie rock with bluegrass and country, and laden with three, four and even five voice harmonies, Toronto-based quintet Union Duke put the pedal to the metal with their third release. With banjo, … Continue reading

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Album review: MASSY FERGUSON – Great Divides

MASSY FERGUSON - Great Divides

North & Left [Release date 17.05.19] Massy Ferguson plough a fairly industrial, ‘heavy duty’, furrow of country rock.  Or as the PR sheet for the Seattle based band’s 5th album aptly describes it, ‘amplified Americana’. Driven by the song writing … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEXT OF KIN – Zonnehuis, Amsterdam, Saturday April 13 2019

Hallelujah and hot-damn if there wasn’t a spotlight shining from above on Amsterdam Saturday night as Dutch Americana virtuosos Dawn Brothers, DeWolff and friends put on a quite extraordinary show to launch their new collaborative EP/album under the appropriately-named, band … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE FREEMAN – Dreams About Falling

Union Music [Release date 17.05.19] Jamie Freeman (brother of the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Martin Freeman aka Dr Watson!) returns with his third album, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard in Nashville. The songs are themed around the fine … Continue reading

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Album review: CORMAC NEESON – White Feather

Cormac Neeson Music [Release date 26.04.19] The solo debut album from the Answer’s vocalist Cormac Neeson has had a bumpy ride as it was one of those caught up in the recent Pledge Music issues, which have scuppered plans for … Continue reading

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Album review: ELLES BAILEY – Road I Call Home

ELLES BAILEY – Road I Call Home

Outlaw Music [Release date 08.03.19] After attracting a slew of favourable reviews with her debut album, 2017′s ‘Wildfire’, the Bristol-based singer-songwriter Elles Bailey is back with a follow-up. Like its predecessor, recorded primarily in Nashville’ Road I Call Home’ is … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KRISTINA STYKOS, DANNI NICHOLLS

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light Thunder Ridge Records [Release date 05.04.19] With many of the songs delivered in an enforced semi-spoken style (in 2017, she was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that makes speaking and singing difficult or even … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL McDERMOTT, DANNY SCHMIDT

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans Pauper Sky Records [Release date 12.04.19] In Orphans, a set of songs that while not making earlier records refused to be left to collect dust, Michael McDermott has come up with perhaps his best album yet – … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON TODD – Half Empty/Half Full

Simon Todd - Half Empty/Half Full

Ginger Tom Music [Release date 21.09.18] Produced by the esteemed songwriter Boo Hewerdine, Northumberland singer/songwriter Simon Todd’s ‘Half Empty/Half Full’ is an aptly titled album that keeps the listener guessing until very end.  The title might be interpreted as a … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – El Dorado

Facebook Slogger Records [Release date 04.02.19] John Sloman is known to rock fans of a certain age for his singing in Lone Star and the ‘Conquest’ album by Uriah Heep. He has released a series of solo albums starting with … Continue reading

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EP review: STEVE BALSAMO – Circle The Wagons

www.stevebalsamomusic.com Steve Balsamo came to my musical attention via the country rockers the Storys, who are well worth checking out and sadly another of those bands that had heaps of talent, yet never got the musical success they deserved. He … Continue reading

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Album review: ROADHOUSE – 25 Years And Counting

Roadhouse - 25 years And Counting

Self release [Release date 04.01.19] There can be few independently run bands that have made it to their 25th anniversary with consistently good new material, but Roadhouse is no ordinary band. Originally a roots-rock and Americana outfit with Southern rock … Continue reading

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Album review: HELEN ROSE – Trouble Holding Back

HELEN ROSE - Trouble Holding Back

Monkey Room Music [Release date 21.01.19] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sax toting singer songwriter debut produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice bassist and a founder member).  Perhaps, a cross between Maria McKee and Rindy Ross … Continue reading

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Quick plays: COME TASTE THE BAND, MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN, YOUNG FAST RUNNING MAN

COME TASTE THE BAND - Reignition

COME TASTE THE BAND Reignition AOR Heaven[Release date 25.01.19] Come Taste the Band is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. Since then they have released a couple of Deep … Continue reading

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Album review: LARKIN POE – Venom & Faith

LARKIN POE - Venom & Faith

In March 2011 David Randall interviewed Larkin Poe for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio during one of their earliest UK tours. This exclusive edit provides insight at an early point in the duo’s career. (9:45) Proper Music [Release date 09.11.18] … Continue reading

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Album review: BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers

Pride & Joy Music [Release date 07.12.18] Buckets Rebel Heart is the new band formed by ex-Bad Company and Humble Pie guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell, along with former 720 & New Torpedoes drummer, Paul “Taff” Edwards. The line-up is completed … Continue reading

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Album review: SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America’s Child

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America

Alligator Records[Release date 03.08.18] Shemekia Copeland’s ‘America’s Child’ is very much an album of our times. The title is an all enveloping concept that leads into a bunch of related, philosophical and at times analytical songs that shift from the … Continue reading

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Album review: JR HARBIDGE – First Ray Of Light

Absolute via Universal/Sony [Release date 05.10.18] Involved in the Midlands music scene since his teens, in bands such as the grunge-influenced Third Bullet as well as production work for a variety of outfits, a change of direction, together with a … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP BLUE SEA – Live It Up

DEEP BLUE SEA – Live It Up

Krossborder Rekords [Release date 20.07.18] Deep Blue Sea are an international blues-rock band who describe themselves as: “new shoots from old roots”, and musically speaking they aren’t too far off the mark. ‘Live It Up’ is a live album that offers … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE – Red Rain Tires

THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE - Red Rain Tires

Noise Appeal Records [Release date 28.09.18] Formed in 2014, The Ghost And The Machine are an Austrian ‘post blues’ three piece – Andi Lechner (resonator guitar, lapsteel, vocals), Heidi Fial (double bass, vocals) and Matthias Macht (drums). While their eponymous … Continue reading

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