Sheryl Crow: Country artists are beholden to the NRA

It’s the bit about money that’s the killer in this claim which also happens to be bang on it (the money that is).  The Guardian reports: “Money and fear have kept country music artists from speaking out about gun laws, the nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow said, even after thousands of country fans were targeted in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. “You would think after Vegas we would see some leadership from our country community,” Crow told the Guardian. “But all I can say about that is if there’s money involved, and fear, these conversations come to a screeching halt.
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Broken Witt Rebels, Boston Music Room, London, 29 November 2017

The Broken Witt Rebels brought their unique blend of heavy blues, high energy rock, southern soul and Americana to north London last Tuesday, during a tour for their debut album which they’ve just released. Continue reading “Broken Witt Rebels, Boston Music Room, London, 29 November 2017”

VanWyck “Listen to you Breathe” – Listen

Just to show that it’s never too late to hear a contender for the song of the year, VanWyck’s Listen to you Breathe is, ironically, a breath taking piece of music.  An artist that has tried her hand at a variety of musical genres, here her singer-songwriter chops are unassailable, and the dramatic tension of this song – from her album An Average Woman due out in January – is undeniable.

Daisy Chapman “Good Luck Songs” (Songs & Whispers 2017)

Good Luck Songs is the third album from Bristol based Daisy Chapman who presents here an album of eight original songs and one remake of an old standard. With a distinctive soaring vocal she is able to set herself apart from other singer-songwriters with the opening title track being a perfect example. Effectively saying good luck in many languages the overall refrain is Kila la Kheri,  which appears to be that sentiment in Swahili, delivered over lush strings and choir. This really is a mesmerising and enchanting track. Continue reading “Daisy Chapman “Good Luck Songs” (Songs & Whispers 2017)”

Graham Nash: CSNY might reunite to fight Trump

FAKE NEWS!  Actually it’s not although don’t get your hopes up too much – the Independent is reporting this morning: “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fans: there’s a chance the band is getting back together. Well, at least according to one of the four members.  It’s no secret that band member Graham Nash has held some resentment toward musician David Crosby during the past two years. It’s gotten so heated that the possibility of a band reunion seemed like it was off the table. But now, Nash has spoken out and given us some hope. They’d have to be talking to each other first, however.  Continue reading “Graham Nash: CSNY might reunite to fight Trump”

Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs + The Disappointment Choir, The Institute, Kelvedon, 9 December 2017

When you see a band a like Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs and listen to their “East Angliacana” (sic) your first thought is “why aren’t this lot huge?  Or at least significantly bigger.”  This is said of many outfits of course but this lot really should be.  With four singers, all of whom can take lead or deliver great harmonies, casually excellent playing, particularly from Shane Kirk on guitar and “Fiddly” on, of course, fiddle, and a truck load of great songs – there wasn’t a single piece that could be classed as filler all night – they really are a class act.  “Not The Kind Of Girl”, resurrected from their previous incarnation as Songs From The Blue House, Tony Winn’s “What’s A Rainbow” and the loping “Harrogate” were perhaps highlights but throughout the set the band laid down a serious groove, rocked out when they needed to, sang their hearts out – Helen Mulley has a fabulously aching voice – and generally had a ball, as did the audience. Continue reading “Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs + The Disappointment Choir, The Institute, Kelvedon, 9 December 2017”