ALBUM REVIEW: Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife – You Be The Lightning
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ALBUM REVIEW: Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife – You Be The Lightning

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife You Be The Lightning Cooking Vinyl Australia Across four albums, Tracy McNeil has woven a wistful strain of Americana that conjures up US West Coast country-rock and Australian East Coast sun-kissed FM pop. You Be The Lightning is her most realised and well executed iteration of that blend to date. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Dan Croll – Yesterday
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NEW MUSIC: Dan Croll – Yesterday

There’s a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic folk quality to this new Dan Croll track that sounds like it was plucked from the 60s and dropped into a modern 21st century studio. Indie folk I guess is where it’s landed but it has all the hallmarks of contemporary Americana in its Laurel Canyon melodic harmonies, the interplay of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury

Sturgill Simpson Sound & Fury Elektra Records Sturgill Simpson’s last album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was a soulful, expansive and personal welcome-letter to his infant son. It was his first major step away from the traditional worlds of country and alt-country and showed he was someone prepared, and able, to follow his muse and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: North Mississippi Allstars – Up And Rolling
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ALBUM REVIEW: North Mississippi Allstars – Up And Rolling

North Mississippi Allstars Up And Rolling New West Records The new album from Luther and Cody Dickinson’s North Mississippi Allstars was inspired by photos on a forgotten roll of film from the ‘90s. It got the brothers and their fellow musicians back into the studio, along with guests Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Cedric Burnside and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Every Single Star
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Every Single Star

Dori Freeman Every Single Star Blue Hens Music The evolution of Dori Freeman continues on this fine third album from the Southwest Virginian songwriter. Her first was rooted in Appalachian folk but since then she’s added studio polish and incorporated wider influences (sixties pop, jazz balladry) and a lush and more nuanced sound. Teddy Thompson … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Charley Crockett – The Valley
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ALBUM REVIEW: Charley Crockett – The Valley

Charley Crockett The Valley Thirty Tigers / Cooking Vinyl Australia Descendant of legendary frontiersman Davy, traveling troubadour and heart surgery survivor – Charley Crockett sure has a big back story. The most pleasing factor is of course his music, a lackadaisical country blues sound with a New Orleans soul swing to it, which he’s been slowly … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Bone Idle Bros – Lately
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NEW MUSIC: Bone Idle Bros – Lately

The group harmonies and the rough and ready blend of country, bluesy rock and bluegrass from the Scottish group Bone Idle Bros are what caught our ear when we trawling the wild frontier of the internet for some new sounds. ‘Lately’, their second single, mixes things up but never overcooks things. It sounds just like … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Cauthen – Room 41
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ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Cauthen – Room 41

Paul Cauthen Room 41 Lightning Rod Records Out of misery and heartache comes great art. That seems to be one of the great recurring themes of all the artistic mediums. On his new solo album, Paul Cauthen has clearly lived and by the sound of it, learned from a particularly low period in his life … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dan Brodie – Funerária Do Vale
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dan Brodie – Funerária Do Vale

For a decade now, Dan Brodie has been a master at skirting around the edges of a number of musical genres. He’s taken from rock, blues, alt-country and rockabilly, combining them all into his own decidedly Australian take on rock ’n’ roll. It’s the sound of cold beer and back porches in the summertime, sweaty … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders – Special
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NEW MUSIC: Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders – Special

Last year, Australian group Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders released their latest album The Southern Sessions and one of its highlights is this slow burning gem ‘Special’. Elsewhere on the album they dig into some bluesy rock ‘n’ roll territory, straight country rock and folk rock. With a voice that reminds me a bit of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: M Ward – Migration Of Souls
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NEW MUSIC: M Ward – Migration Of Souls

The inimitable dusky, intimate dream charred voice of M Ward returns with the first taste of his forthcoming new LP Migration Stories, due April 3rd on Anti-. ‘Migration Of Souls’ is an ethereal, reverb-laden acoustic revelry that floats through the atmosphere as that voice sings “float through space and time…” and propels the gentle interstellar … Continue reading

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2019
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FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2019

Another year and the end of another decade of great music. Time flies but at least we’ve got a great soundtrack. As ever 2019 saw some wonderful new music released. There was the return of artists who had been on a hiatus of sorts – Bill Callahan, Crazy Horse and most importantly… David Berman (R.I.P.) … Continue reading