Interview: Bill Kirchen

When it comes to unique talents in the field of guitar players and entertainers, Bridgeport, Connecticut born, Ann Arbor, Michigan raised and now Austin Texas-based, Bill Kirchen is up there with the best. What a wonderful musical history comes with this unique act. He grew up at a time when pop music was in its infancy and the Beatles and the UK pop scene was influencing the US big style. Heady days. Tagged as the Titan of the Telecaster Kirchen is still shaking things up with his creative playing, and for his latest venture he has called on his old friend, Austin de Lone (Godfather of Pub Rock) not only to share a record with him, but also tour the UK. Steeped in numerous different styles of the guitar playing Bill Kirchen defies nature when he picks up his Telecaster, and steps on stage. It is like he is taken over by a dynamic power.  Continue reading “Interview: Bill Kirchen”

Osborne Jones “Only Now” (Continental Song City, 2016)

UK born and raised, Osborne Jones’ latest album “Only Now” is produced by esteemed West Coast (America) singer-songwriter musician Rich Shea (Dave Alvin etc).  Recorded and engineered by Mark Linett at Your Place or Mine Studio in Glendale California, the quality of music from David-Gwyn Jones (lead vocals) and David Osborne (electric guitar) strikes a new high for them. Accomplished songwriting is supplemented with a top set of players; for not only do they benefit from the playing of seasoned act Shea (acoustic, electric, pedal steel guitar, mandolin), but stellar efforts by David Jackson (bass, piano, organ, accordion), Jim Shirley (fiddle), John Palmer, Shawn Nourse (drums) and beautiful harmony vocals (Cindy Wasserman, Gia Ciambotti) plus guest slots by Pete Anderson on electric guitar (You Used To Be) and Jerry Donahue on electric guitar (The Bond) as icing on the cake. Continue reading “Osborne Jones “Only Now” (Continental Song City, 2016)”

Interview – The Cactus Blossoms

Though steeped in sounds of the past The Cactus Blossoms simultaneously bring a refreshing infectious energy to today’s Americana music scene. Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum learnt their trade playing local small bars and gigs performing songs thirty years or more older than themselves. Ranging from classic country to traditional folk ballads by way of tongue-in-cheek obscure heartbreakers, nothing was too quirky for the Minneapolis boys.    Continue reading “Interview – The Cactus Blossoms”

SASO “The Levee” (Independent, 2017)

Texas raised singer-songwriter Jaime Saso (who plays, wait for this… acoustic, bass guitar, mandolin banjo, harmonica, melodica, Hammond organ, ukelele and percussion) provides music of a pop, rock and blues variety. Having travelled extensively, there are also worldly influences present – he has after all played Flamenco in the caves of Grenada, and sampled Eastern music while trekking in the Himalayas.On first listen I felt the album was nice enough, but in need of something to set it aside from the wealth of singer-songwriter fare available. Saso is able to lay claim to the fact, because the album is one of those that creeps up on the listener he is the business.    Continue reading “SASO “The Levee” (Independent, 2017)”

Stephen Fearing “Every Soul’s A Sailor” (Lowden Proud, 2017)

Seasoned singer-songwriter, guitarist Stephen Fearing is one of those acts who radiate quality and great depth; a real professional Fearing has honed his talent to the zenith degree. Nothing is surplus. Everything dovetails perfectly into place. Canadian Fearing performs with a driving rhythm complemented with sensitive ballads where you could hear a pin drop – a good example is the mellow, effortlessly drifting classic Red Lights In The Rain that’s awash in lyrics to study.  Continue reading “Stephen Fearing “Every Soul’s A Sailor” (Lowden Proud, 2017)”

AJ Hobbs “Too Much Is Never Enough” (Independent, 2017)

Too Much Is Never Enough may be California-born and raised singer-songwriter AJ Hobbs’ debut full-length album but he also has two EPs to his name. His first Shit Just Got Real was released under the pseudonym of Carl King, and the second The Den Sessions was recorded in one day at musician, producer Ted Russell Kamp’s studio. Continue reading “AJ Hobbs “Too Much Is Never Enough” (Independent, 2017)”

Interview: Austin Lucas

Indiana-born, much-travelled singer-songwriter Austin Lucas places enough spark into the Americana scene to ignite an atom bomb! Son of bluegrass songwriter – producer Bob Lucas (his songs have been covered by Alison Krauss no less) is no stranger to Europe. He lived in the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2008. The same goes regards his association with punk music. He was in a number of bands as a teenager, and a while after that.   Continue reading “Interview: Austin Lucas”