NEW MUSIC: El Warren – The Long Lonely Time
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NEW MUSIC: El Warren – The Long Lonely Time

Hell yeah, this thing kicks along like a fleet-footed mountain cat. Locomotive drumming, brisk strumming and some killer electric guitar playing are the hallmarks of this song from Californian El Warren who has played in a bunch of other bands, across a myriad of styles. He know country and folk though by the sound of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: August Knight – Arizona Rain
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NEW MUSIC: August Knight – Arizona Rain

August Knight gets bare and desolate on this stripped back take on his song ‘Arizona Rain’. Though minimal in its musical dressage, it still sounds lush within its high and lonesome pedal-steel draped sound. Over all of that, Knight hits the sweet spot between heartache and simple lyrical impact. “Arizona rain bring me an angel, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Party Of The Sun – Sea Surrounds
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NEW MUSIC: Party Of The Sun – Sea Surrounds

Party Of The Sun have just released their new album Trekker and this song, ‘Sea Surrounds’, caught our ear with its warm and rambling psychedelic folk sound. The group hail from New Hampshire and are led by songwriter Ethan McBrien and producer/multi-instrumentalist Rory Hurley. There’s a wonderful production sound on this track as the guitars gently … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Kathryn Legrande – Going Crazy/Making It Up
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NEW MUSIC: Kathryn Legrande – Going Crazy/Making It Up

Texan Kathryn Legrande has released two superb new tracks. The first, ‘Going Crazy’ is a wonderful Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard-channeling, hard honky-tonk song topped off by Legrande’s fine vocal. There’s a touch of Nikki Lane in her sound too but less floorboard-stomping extrovert. ‘Making It Up’ takes a smoother and more wistful approach, soaked … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue
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ALBUM REVIEW: Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue

TOWNES VAN ZANDT SKY BLUE Fat Possum Records/Inertia Early in 1973, Townes Van Zandt visited his journalist and musician friend Bill Hedgepeth in Atlanta, Georgia, as he often would through his life, and recorded these stripped down acoustic songs in Hedgepeth’s home studio. Some are instantly recognisable TVZ classics while two are unreleased tracks, others … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Derek Senn – How Could A Man
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NEW MUSIC: Derek Senn – How Could A Man

It’s the late-night vibe on this song and the contrasting darkly humorous lyrics on this track from San Luis Obispo, CA singer-songwriter Derek Senn that caught our ear. He dials into a sweet rhythm that forms the backdrop for some great lyrics. The song comes from Senn’s recently released album of the same name How … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle & Roll
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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle & Roll

Album number three for Melbourne-based songwriter Matt Joe Gow and this one finds him hitting his stride with his most compelling and realised set of songs to date. Gow co-produced the album and it certainly sounds world class with space for the songs to breathe and backed up with some wonderful and stylistically varied playing … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Real Ponchos – Whatever You Do
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NEW MUSIC: Real Ponchos – Whatever You Do

Real Ponchos hail from Vancouver, British Columbia and a couple of weeks ago they released their album Sunshine, a languid collection of nine songs that sway and shimmer via soul grooves and a light psychedelia that at times shares a similarity with the hypnotic qualities of Kurt Vile, albeit in a slower and more folk … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tar & Flowers – Ten Ton Heart
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NEW MUSIC: Tar & Flowers – Ten Ton Heart

‘Ten Ton Heart’ comes from Tar & Flowers’ recently released album Indian Summer. Head over to their Bandcamp page to stream and buy or hit up the usual streaming services. The band hail from California and dial into a countrified folk of sound. It’s laid back, evocative, blending acoustic and electric instrumentation. Plenty of strum … 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

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: Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street
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ALBUM REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street

By now Justin Townes Earle has released enough albums and developed his songwriting to the extent where he’s found his own distinct corner of the country music world. He’s developed an identifiable sound, particularly in the effortless swing he places in his music and the way he delivers his lyrics – that fluid and melodious, … Continue reading