Tag Archives: roots

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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Album review: VANESSA PETERS – Foxhole Prayers

VANESSA PETERS - Foxhole Prayers

[Release date 05.10.18] For some reason, Texas based indie-folk singer songwriter Vanessa Peters’ last album – The Burden Of Unshakeable Proof (2016) seems to have bypassed GRTR!  But a quick listen on bandcamp.com suggests it was a welcome return to … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAWBONE – 02 Islington Academy, London, 12 September 2018

JAWBONE – 02 Islington Acadamy, London, 12 September 2018

And so to Jawbone, a new roots rock band with some familiar faces. Jawbone isn’t so much a case of old wine in new bottles, as a thoughtful and musically excellent quartet exploring a new significant context for their collective … 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: KAT DANSER – Goin’ Gone

KAT DANSER - Goin

Black Hen Music [Release date 12.10.18] If you ever wondered what it might sound like if Chrissie Hynde/Joan Armatrading did a stripped back Deep South blues roots album, Goin’ Gone by Edmonton based Canadian Kat Danser is the answer. And … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

Self release [Release date 01.08.18] The fact that the Delta Ladies have re-mastered and expanded their 2016 ‘Hillbilly Trance’ album suggests they think they are on to a good thing. And they are not wrong. They have expanded their folk … Continue reading

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Gig review: BABAJACK – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, 2 May 2018

BABAJACK – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, 2 May 2018

On Tuesday 8 May on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio at 21:00 GMT Pete Feenstra chats to Babajack More information And suddenly they are back. Tribal roots and contemporary blues stylists Babajack return with a significant line-up change, with multi-instrumentalist … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE – A Beautiful Lie Or The Ugly Truth

MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE - A Beautiful Lie Or the Ugly Truth

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.04.18] Mark Vennis, a 20 year veteran of the film industry, with production credits on 33 films to his name, including the comedy drama Funny Cow, and the recent documentary ‘Here To Be Heard; The Story … Continue reading

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Album review: MONGREL STATE – Mestizo

MONGREL STATE - Mestizo

Mongrel State [Release date 29.01.16] Did I tell you the one about the two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American? No, sorry, that was last week’s Americana review. This week it’s a tale of an Irishman, an Italian, a Spaniard … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TRACK DOGS, ULTAN CONLON, FUNNY COW

TRACK DOGS - Kansas City Out Groove

TRACK DOGS Kansas City Out Groove Mondegreen Records [Release date 01.06.18] Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American (no, it’s not the opening line of a joke), Track Dogs came together in 2011 when the four folk … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL MCDERMOTT, COLD TONE HARVEST, LUCKY BONES

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Out From Under

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Out From Under Pauper Sky Records [Release date 18.05.18] On the cover of his last album (Willow Springs (2016)) Illinois-based singer songwriter Michael McDermott looked like a shaven headed ex-con.  Two years on, he looks like Jimmy Carr’s … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BIRDS OF CHICAGO, IAN SHERWOOD

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime JT Nero (JT & The Clouds frontman Jeremy Lindsay) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl) first combined their talents on the 2011 JT Nero-branded Mountains/Forests album – an album of Americana that lacked a commercial … Continue reading

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Album review: JEB BARRY AND THE PAWN SHOP SAINTS – texas, etc…

JEB BARRY AND THE PAWN SHOP SAINTS - texas, etc...

Dolly Rocker Recordings [Release date 27.04.18] Upbeat isn’t a word you ‘d associate with this gritty, lo-fi debut release from Jeb Berry And The Pawn Shop Saints – a sparse acoustic-based set focusing on the darker side of life from … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – God Bless America

THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – God Bless America

Self Release [Release date 01.12.18] ‘God Bless America’ is an album full of colourful narratives – both real and imagined – deep grooves, intricate guitar work and an array of sparkling tones. It invites us to immerse ourselves in a … Continue reading

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Gig review: JARROD DICKENSON – St Pancras Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

JARROD DICKENSON - Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

Win a vinyl copy of Jarrod Dickenson’s new album!  Listen in to the singer songwriter sequence on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Mon-Fri, 14:00- 16:00 GMT) until Wednesday 25 October.  ‘Ready The Horses’ is the Featured Album. Set to the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM BYRNES, INTASTELLA, THE JAMIE PORTER BAND, BILL FEEHELY

JIM BYRNES - Long Hot Summer Days

JIM BYRNES Long Hot Summer Days Black Hen Music [Release date 27.10.17] Sixty nine year old, multiple Canadian Juno and Maple Blues Awards winner, Jim Byrnes turns the clock back to his St Louis high school days for inspiration on … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RICKY ROSS, MATT PATERSHUK

RICKY ROSS - Short Stories Vol. 1

RICKY ROSS Short Stories Vol. 1 earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] While there’s no argument Ricky Ross can pen a decent tune, and has a signature vocal timbre, he’s perhaps not the most technically gifted of singers, which in no small … Continue reading

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Album review: AMELIA WHITE – Rhythm Of The Rain

AMELIA WHITE - Rhythm Of The Rain

[Release date 27.10.17] East Nashville based singer and songwriter Amelia White’s 2014 offering Old Postcard, her 6th long player, was what I’d describe as ‘a keeper’ – an Americana/soft rock cross over album reminiscent of classic Tom Petty and delivered … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 27-30 July 2017

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 27-30 July 2017

Sometimes I think the term ‘Folk Festival’ puts some people off but if they look under the skin they might see something very special. A glancing look through this year’s programme of events showed a whole array of arts and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BRUCE COCKBURN, A BLUE FLAME, MORNING STAR

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone True North Records [Release date 15.09.17] Sounds like a name I ought to know, but maybe I’m thinking about ‘Rooster’.  But, in reality, Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn sounds more like a cross between Mark … Continue reading

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