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: 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

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

NEW MUSIC: Drive-By Truckers – Armageddon’s Back In Town
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NEW MUSIC: Drive-By Truckers – Armageddon’s Back In Town

Great news as we coast to the end of another year – DBT have a new album coming on January 31st via ATO Records and here’s the first single from it, ‘Armageddon’s Back In Town’. The Unraveling is Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mail The Horse – Gimme Gimme
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NEW MUSIC: Mail The Horse – Gimme Gimme

Ramshackle, loose-limbed and groove-heavy countrified rock ‘n’ roll is the order of the day on ‘Gimme Gimme’, the new single from Brooklyn, NY band Mail The Horse. This thing fair gallops along with a ramalama Stones feel to it, complete with horn-accented swagger and sway. The song comes from their new self-titled album which is … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The High Ceilings – On The Line
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NEW MUSIC: The High Ceilings – On The Line

Sydney trio The High Ceilings have released ‘On The Line’, the second single from their forthcoming LP Murrah Hall which is due to see the light of day early in 2020. ‘On The Line’ bounces along on the back of a parched and kicking harmonica and Ben Horder’s plaintiff ache of a vocal. Horder says … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Someday River – Are We Free?
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NEW MUSIC: Someday River – Are We Free?

Someday River hail from Florida and on this recent single, ‘Are We Free?’ they dial into a really nice folk rock sound, run through a gauzy late summer shimmery filter. It sounds and feels nostalgic as the wind their way through a psych-lite landscape of searching guitars and Greyson Charnock’s yearning vocal sound. Continue reading