ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet
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ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet

Lately I’ve been listening to and writing about the sound of ambient country music. I guess it’s the state of the world – but quieter, more ruminative and relaxing sounds have become even more important than ever of late. There are the traditional ambient go-to’s such as Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassall, Williams Basinski and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC:Oskar Schönning & The Calle Stenman Quintet feat. Sara Parkman – America, Oh America
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NEW MUSIC:Oskar Schönning & The Calle Stenman Quintet feat. Sara Parkman – America, Oh America

Jazz and Americana. It’s been melded many a time before – from the streets of New Orleans to the beautiful fusion of artists like Bill Frisell. This track from Oskar Schönning & The Calle Stenman Quintet feat. Sara Parkman is another that does just that, with an effortless and relaxed approach that’s full of dusty … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mark Moldre – White Lightning
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NEW MUSIC: Mark Moldre – White Lightning

To mark its one year anniversary, Mark Moldre has today released the fourth single and fifth video clip from his acclaimed 2019 album Fever Dreams.  ‘White Lightning‘ is a raised-glass country sway, an intoxicating tale of love lost and found – with soft shuffling drums, woozy electric guitar and a loose and heady, end-of-the-night vibe. ‘White Lightning’ was a … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – I Don’t Belong
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NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – I Don’t Belong

Jordan Merrick has released another single from his forthcoming Night Music album (October 25th). ‘I Don’t Belong’ swing alongs with a bluesy junk shop malevolence. Think Tom Waits, or closer to home, someone like Mark Moldre and his recent album Fever Dreams. There’s some fine scratched and shimmering guitar, parping horns and ramshackle percussion going … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Kate Vargas – Nothing Turns My Lock
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NEW MUSIC: Kate Vargas – Nothing Turns My Lock

Kate Vargas, the NYC-based, half-Mexican singer-songwriter, already has a few albums under her belt, including last year’s fine For The Wolfish & Wandering. Now, after a songwriting experience at the Holiday Music Motel (see below), she’s released the jazzier sounding ‘Nothing Turns My Lock’ single. Vargas’ appeal lies in her husky voice and her willingness to explore … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The California Honeydrops
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INTERVIEW: The California Honeydrops

A DECADE OF MAKING SWEET SOUNDS After a decade of relentless touring, from street corners to bars and festivals, The California Honeydrops have forged a strong bond with their audiences. Drummer Ben Malament discusses the band’s achievements with Chris Familton, ahead of their return to Bluesfest in 2019. This will be the third year in … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore
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ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore

The harmony vocal and acoustic stringed instrument quintet return with their fifth album of ornate chamber folk and bluegrass. There’s no denying the exquisite playing and arrangements on All Ashore but for all its sensitivity and detail there’s a lack of emotional connectivity. Punch Brothers are a band that have reached that point where their … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son

Ry Cooder is the great circler, a musician who seems to have a hand in all manner of scenes and genres and the ability to drift between all of them seamlessly. He played on Captain Beefheart’s Safe As Milk, produced Buena Vista Social Club, scored film soundtracks and played guitar on The Rolling Stones’ Let … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
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ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

In the pantheon of modern songwriters only a few explore the dark corners of the heart and soul with such poetry, precision and weight as Leonard Cohen. He’s in that revered group alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and increasingly, Nick Cave. Now 82, Cohen sees the end in sight, the curtains closing on a storied … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
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ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis

Sturgill Simpson might be pegged as the renaissance man of modern country music but there’s a strong case for Texan Robert Ellis as the true heir to that throne. Over four albums he has progressively distanced himself from traditional country and delved deeper and deeper into a rich exploratory style of confessional songwriting. On this … Continue reading

NEWS: Howe Gelb Announces New Solo Album Future Standards
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NEWS: Howe Gelb Announces New Solo Album Future Standards

Earlier this year Howe Gelb announced that Giant Sand were coming to a conclusion after 30 years stating, “30 years seems an adequate number to aptly utter ‘I kinda quit.” They released Heartbreak Pass in 2015 and are this year releasing a three volume vinyl boxset called The Sun Set. Gelb certainly isn’t wallowing in self-abandoned misery though. Instead … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pokey LaFarge ~ Something In The Water
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pokey LaFarge ~ Something In The Water

Like a straighter American cousin to C.W. Stoneking’s more esoteric old-timey sound, Pokey LaFarge blends all manner of traditional musical forms – from jazz and swing to folk, country, doo-wop and mariachi. It’s all woven together in LaFarge’s authentic style on this, his most realised album to date. With a band that he’s been playing … Continue reading