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

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

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

ALBUM REVIEW: Tyler Childers – Country Squire
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ALBUM REVIEW: Tyler Childers – Country Squire

Tyler Childers Country Squire RCA/Sony Music Tyler Childers had a breakout last 12 months with his album Purgatory catching the ear of many a critic and country/folk music fan, winning Emerging Artist Of The Year at the Americana Awards and scoring opening slots with Americana heavyweights John Prine, Margo Price and Sturgill Simpson. That album … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Waugh – The Weir
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ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Waugh – The Weir

Michael Waugh The Weir Compass Bros Records Michael Waugh’s last album The Asphalt & The Oval found him refining his blend of vivid Australian storytelling with impressive results. Now, just a year later, he’s picked up exactly where he left off, with another thirteen songs that use nostalgia in a rich and poetic way yet … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lost Ragas – This Is Not A Dream
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lost Ragas – This Is Not A Dream

Lost Ragas This Is Not A Dream Independent ★★★★½ On their their third album, Melbourne band Lost Ragas take their brand of psychedelic country music further out into the cosmos, though its title and various thematic references suggest the territory they’re exploring is our internal subconscious and its relationship with the realities of the modern … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Skyscraper Stan – Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II
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ALBUM REVIEW: Skyscraper Stan – Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II

SKYSCRAPER STAN GOLDEN BOY VOL. I AND VOL. II Heart Of The Rat Records Stan Woodhouse has been roaming the bars of Australia and New Zealand for a decade now, winning over audiences with his brand of gothic tinged folk, rock ’n’ roll and country and cementing his reputation as a burgeoning talent, part of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) Fantasy / Caroline Australia Lukas Nelson has been busy over the last few years since his and Promise Of The Real’s last, self-titled, studio album. There have been tours as Neil Young’s backing band, their own shows, Nelson’s musical work on … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Eilen Jewell – Gypsy
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ALBUM REVIEW: Eilen Jewell – Gypsy

Eilen Jewell Gypsy Signature Sounds There’s always the sense of an artist playing her own game when it comes to Eilen Jewell. She lets her muse dictate where she places her creative energy, whether that’s whole albums devoted to obscure blues or Loretta Lynn songs, providing backing vocals to other artists such as Pinto Bennett, … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: D.C Cross – Ecstatic Racquet
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ALBUM REVIEW: D.C Cross – Ecstatic Racquet

D.C CROSS ECSTATIC RACQUET No Drums Records D.C Cross is the latest chapter in the career of Darren Cross, he of Gerling fame and more recently as a solo artist and one half of the folk noir duo Jep and Dep. His solo albums have been sonically varied affairs with alt-country, folk, electronica and psychedelic … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Big Thief – U.F.O.F.

Big Thief U.F.O.F. 4AD What started with a debut album in 2016, that introduced a fragile and poetic songwriter and her band, has blossomed into a fascinating and quickly evolving career for Adrienne Lenker and the rest of Big Thief. They’ve been touring relentlessly, Lenker even having time to record a well received solo record … Continue reading