ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires
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ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires

Darren Watson is a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene with a lineage in the bands Chicago Smoke Shop and Midge Marsden Band. Primarily he’s cut his teeth as an electric guitarist and singer so this acoustic record is a departure from the template and as a result it feels like a special project.  … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – La Jungla
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ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – La Jungla

Suicide Swans are seemingly a band on a mission. The dust has barely settled on the release cycle for their excellent Augusta album of last year and they’re already releasing it’s followup – the sprawling, psych, rock and cosmic country double album that is La Jungla. Recorded live in one day in an amphitheatre, the band … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – One Punch
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ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – One Punch

Davey Craddock draped his debut album in Americana sounds as he wove stories about places and people, primarily in Australia. It was a superb debut and its followup, One Punch, is equally compelling whilst coming from different angles. One Punch steps back, and assesses the world with a brutal honesty. It takes stock of the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cat Canteri – Inner North
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ALBUM REVIEW: Cat Canteri – Inner North

Singer songwriter Cat Canteri has been slowly been building herself an impressive career that now numbers three solo albums. The sense of patience, self-determination and the evolution and refinement of her songwriting makes Inner North her most rewarding record to date. Canteri’s ability to drift between styles is a real strength and the way she … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed
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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed

The Horizon Just Laughed comes on the back of the loosely thematic trilogy of albums he recorded with producer and musician Andrew Swift. They were psychedelic in nature though still rooted in the folk form. In contrast, this feels like a retreat from the density and experimentation, to a place of reflection and solitude. Jurado … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

“I like you honey, being with you is like being alone”. It’s a line in I’ve Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews’ sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to … Continue reading

NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs
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NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs

Lucero are back with a new album scheduled for release on August 3rd via Liberty & Lament/Thirty Tigers. Among The Ghosts will be their ninth LP and marks their 20th anniversary as a band. It sounds like they’ve gone for a tantalising blend of the big, live and loose sound based on ‘For The Lonely … Continue reading

PTW PREMIERE: Diamond Duck EP
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PTW PREMIERE: Diamond Duck EP

Diamond Duck release their self-titled debut EP this week and it’s a wonderful showcase for the talents of Jimmy Daley and Brian Campeau. Lush and ornate are two words that come to mind listening to the EP. The duo’s harmonies are beautifully intertwined, rising and falling, complementing and contrasting each other. They recall some of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
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ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished – polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the album’s 15 tracks. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)

Dori Freeman only released her self-titled debut album in 2016 but she’s already gone and followed it up with Letters Never Read, an album that takes the template of her first release and adds greater warmth, soul and depth of writing. Freeman has again employed the services of Teddy Thompson as producer, and he in … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years

Reflecting on The Disarmers previous record, Sidelong, it is near impossible for this reviewer to hear train beat and tremolo without immediately conjuring the Old 97s, and if this is the jump off, think of Sarah Shook as Rhett Miller’s badass younger cousin. Sidelong, re-released on Bloodshot in 2017, was originally recorded and self released … Continue reading

Waitin’ Around To Die column: Americana podcasts
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Waitin’ Around To Die column: Americana podcasts

AMERICANA PODCASTS One of the great strengths of Americana music is that it celebrates and honours both the traditional and contemporary aspects of the many strands and variations of country, folk and blues music. Musicians and songwriters are always moving forward, singing about modern times while incorporating the instruments and compositional structures of those who … Continue reading