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Album review: JAMES OLIVER BAND – Twang

James Oliver Band - Twang

The Last Music Company [Release date 03.04.20] When it comes to the concept of ‘Twang’,  Deke Leonard’s last book about guitarists, ‘The Twang Dynasty’, may have beaten fellow Welsh guitarist James Oliver to the punch, but this breakneck album pays … 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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Gig review: KIEFER SUTHERLAND – The Junction, Cambridge, February 26 2020

Kiefer is now two albums into his country styled music redirection and four years on the road, a very tight band the question is does he cut it? The answer is yes, the type of country Americana that Kiefer peddles … Continue reading

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Album review: SNAKE OIL & HARMONY – Hurricane Riders

SNAKE OIL & HARMONY - Hurricane Riders

Zero One Entertainment [Release date 28.02.20] Five years ago, Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network) decided to combine their talents in to form a live acoustic touring act called Snake Oil & Harmony. Since then they have … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKWATER CONSPIRACY – Two Tails & The Dirty Truth Of Love & Revolution

  Bulletproof 20/20 Records [Release date 14.02.20] This is the second album from County Tyrone southern tinged rockers Blackwater Conspiracy following on from their 2017 debut ‘Shootin’ The Breeze’ and it is a bit of a cracker. The band master … 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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Album review: THE BURRITO BROTHERS – The Notorious Burrito Brothers

THE BURRITO BROTHERS -- The Notorious Burrito Brothers

Store For Music [Release date 06.03.20] This is one of those situations where a little knowledge is a bad thing. Without any “previous” one would pick up this disc and be introduced to very pleasant, competent country rock. Non-threatening, if … Continue reading

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Interview: JEFF GAUTIER

Jeff Gautier & PF

This is the audio version of Pete Feenstra’s interview with French drumming legend Jeff Gautier including music from his band Bars On Fire and other examples from a 40 year career.  The English translation is below. (58:26) Interview: JEFF GAUTIER … 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: JASON ALDEAN – 9

JASON ALDEAN - 9

BMG [Release date 22.11.19] Jason Aldean is the reigning Academy of Country Music ‘Artist of the Decade’ and has scored 23 Number One Country singles. He’s also the only country act in history to top the Billboard 200 album chart … 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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Album review: KING CALAWAY – Rivers

KING CALAWAY - Rivers

BMG [Release date 04.10.19] King Calaway formed last year, released an EP earlier this year and now are set to unleash their debut album ‘Rivers’. I will admit this is not your standard GRTR! fare, however good songs are just … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLAN CLARKE – Resurgence

ALLAN CLARKE - Resurgence

BMG [Release date 20.09.19] Former Hollies singer Allan Clarke returns with his first new album in 29 years after he had seemingly retired from music back in 1990. However, his son Toby set him on the road to recording this … 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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Album Review: DIANA REIN – Queen Of My Castle

Diana Rein - Queen Of My Castle

Gulf Coast Records   [Release date: 21.06.2019] Diana Rein’s 3rd album, ‘Queen Of My Castle’ is easily her best album so far. Together with her kick-ass band which is driven relentlessly by her drummer/producer/writer Michael Leasure, she’s pushed out of … Continue reading

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Single review: THE RISING – Endless Summer

THE RISING - Endless Summer

Facebook [Release date 02.08.19] The Rising – Chris Logan (guitars, banjo, mandolin), Chantelle McAteer (vocals) and Brian Mellors (bass) – have been gaining attention and interest in their mix of country, pop and rock. They have released two albums and … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY VAUGHN – Myths, Legends & Lies

DANNY VAUGHN - Myths, Legends & Lies

Self-release [Release date 14.06.19] It has been eleven years since Danny Vaughn’s last solo outing, although this one was delayed by issues caused by Pledge Music going into administration. Luckily Danny Vaughn has a loyal fan following meaning this album … Continue reading

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Album review: DE WOLFF – Live & Outta Sight II

De Wolff -  Live & Outta Sight 11

        Mascot Records [Release date 14.06.19] Dutch rock band De Wolff is a contemporary cross-genre band who tap into the moment to produce a varied, but coherent live album with plenty of innovation and spark. Variously described … Continue reading

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