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Album review: LOS PACAMINOS – Viva!

Recado Records [Release date 02.11.18] To describe Los Pacaminos as Paul Young’s band is slightly misleading, although he assembled the seven piece Tex Mex outfit back in 1992, the bands members are each of a high calibre and indeed highly … 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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Quick plays – MONTANA, DEER TICK, JOHNNY GIOELI

MONTANA Change In The Weather Angel Air [Release date 18.01.19] Montana formed out of the Mission Mountain Wood Band (M2WB), when that band broke-up in 1981. ‘Change In The Weather’ was the debut album under the Montana name and featured … Continue reading

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Album review: THE STEEL WOODS – Old News

Thirty Tigers [Release date 18.01.19] The Steel Woods released their debut album ‘Straw In The Wind’ in 2017. ‘Old News’ (for that retro feel it is also released as a double vinyl) sees the band’s main songwriters Wes Bayliss (vocals, … 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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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: JOHN HIATT – The Eclipse Sessions

JOHN HIATT - The Eclipse Sessions

New West Records [Release date 12.10.18] Doing anything consistently well for nigh on 45 years is a near impossibility, especially when it comes to artistic endeavor. Many artists simple aren’t around for 45 years in the first place and those … Continue reading

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Album review: ACE OF CUPS

High Moon Records [Release date 08.11.18] Get ready for an incredible story you just couldn’t make up; the journey of a band and its music spanning over 50 years, from the heady, idealistic-hippy days of 1967’s Summer of Love in … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TAMI, ATLAS, LUNA KISS

TAMI Velvet & Steel Man In The Moon [Release date 12.10.18] Tami (Tami Jones Andrews) is an American singer who debuted on the Nashville back in the 1990′s, however major life changing events came along, which Tami channels into her singing on this her … Continue reading

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Album review: JP HARRIS – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing

Free Dirt Records [Release date 05.10.18] JP Harris is a country singer who is has gained many plaudits for his music to date. JP Harris had a novel way to record the album. He sent acoustic demos to the six … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – Home

Because Music [Release date 28.09.18] ‘Home’ is the John Butler Trio’s first album since 2014′s ‘Flesh & Blood’, which reached number 2 in his native Australian charts, as well as topping the US Billboard chart and those of France and Switzerland. … Continue reading

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Album review: RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

Taller Records [Release date 01.11.18] ‘Mahogany Drift’ is an exciting new album by RHR (Troy Redfern, Jack J. Hutchinson and Mike Ross), a potential new riff heavy powerhouse super group with southern roots rock and blues antecedents. From the sepia … Continue reading

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Album review: HOGJAW – Rise To The Mountains

HOGJAW - Rise To The Mountains

Snakefarm Records [Release date 2015] Hogjaw embark on their maiden UK tour this autumn and they have a new album, ‘Way Down Yonder’ to promote, along with this, their 2015 album which is now getting a full UK release via Spinefarm … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RUSTON KELLY, MARC RIBOT, KITTY MACFARLANE

RUSTON KELLY Dying Star

RUSTON KELLY Dying Star Rounder Records [Release date 07.09.18] This is the debut album by Nashville based Ruston Kelly who has Jarrad K as collaborator and producer, with a number of guests including his wife Kacey Musgraves. Kelly said he wanted “to … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEVON ALLMAN – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 4 September 2018

DEVON ALLMAN BAND - Islington Assembly Hall, London - 4 September 2018

The legacy of the Allman Brothers Band unfortunately now needs to be secured by other means with the pioneering southern rockers having called it a day in 2014 and further members, including Gregg Allman having sadly passed away since. Fortunately … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE – Diff’rent Gravy

JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE - Diff

3Ms Music [Release date 20.04.18] What’s in a name?  Well, Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective is a suitably titled, all encompassing name for a band that is rooted in 60’s British R&B – minimalist production with evocative vocals – … Continue reading

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Album review: BOBBIE GENTRY – The Girl From Chickasaw County (Box set)

BOBBIE GENTRY - The Girl From Chickasaw Country

UMC [Release date 21.09.18] It’s always frustrating when a ‘definitive’ box set promo amounts to a couple of discs of largely alternative versions, demos, and live recordings.  In other words, a handful of album tracks and, in this case, a … Continue reading

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EP review: THE JUPITER BLUES

Facebook [Release date 01.09.18] Formed in 2017 under the moniker Jupiter Hollow, the Jupiter Blues play a mix of blues, southern rock and a little bit of soul. The band’s line-up is Dale Orenda (vocals, percussion), Chris Mitchell (lead guitar) Rick … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSH TAERK – Beautiful Tragedy

JOSH TAERK - Beautiful Tragedy

Misty Creek Records [Release date 28.09.18] Josh Taerk returns with a new album his first since 2015′s ‘Here’s To Change’, although four of the songs on here were on last year’s ‘Stages’ EP. Teddy Morgan (Kevin Costner and Modern West, … Continue reading

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Album review: COWBOY JUNKIES – All That Reckoning

COWBOY JUNKIES - All That Reckoning

Proper Music [Release date 13.07.18] “All That Reckoning” is the 17th studio album from Cowboy Junkies since they formed back in 1985. The album is easy to listen to with every song telling a story, whether that be deep, personal … Continue reading

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