Philip Marino “Days Like These” (Independent, 2017)

Philip Marino is an American singer-songwriter living in England, Essex to be precise. Here is a simple case of our gain and their loss. Days Like These was recorded in New York’s Catskills Mountains, and produced by a man from the area, Simon Felice. Beautifully produced, as one would expect with Felice having something to do with it, the 5-track release has both Simone and his brother, James Felice contribute. Simon plays drums, percussion and harmony vocals, while James’ harmonium, piano, organ, accordion, synthesizer and harmony vocals form a solid working bass. Anna Sauchuk likewise lends vocal support to Marino (guitar), and doesn’t his guitar sound good. Continue reading “Philip Marino “Days Like These” (Independent, 2017)”

Anna Coogan “The Lonely Cry Of Space & Time” (Independent, 2017)

Boston-raised singer-songwriter Anna Coogan began her performing career in Seattle (Washington) before moving to her present home of Ithaca, New York. Her diverse musical background, which includes both classical opera and alt-country, shines through on her new album. The Lonely Cry Of Space & Time, Coogan’s fourth solo album (including her album with J.D Foster, The Birth Of Stars), follows on from her collaboration with Pacific Northwest-based alt-country band 19. Continue reading “Anna Coogan “The Lonely Cry Of Space & Time” (Independent, 2017)”

Chantelle Tibbs “Long Time Running” (Mira Records, 2017)

Chantelle Tibbs’ musical tastes cover her first musical experience, that of singing in an R&B group, pop music and a fondness for bluegrass and Americana. Born in Vineyard, New Jersey and later relocating with her family to California, Tibbs is in possession of an incredibly beautiful voice. Tibbs, as a teenager was a member of the group Flipsyde, but was asked to leave because she was too tall. Even as a child Tibbs was involved in artistic activities, an award-winning dancer (one-time member of Dance Attack), and the face on numerous children’s toys. From starting school Tibbs knows what it is to be in front on the camera, but it is only now with her full-debut album “Long Time Running” do we see her throw herself fully into becoming a solo recording act.  Continue reading “Chantelle Tibbs “Long Time Running” (Mira Records, 2017)”

Alun Parry “Freedom Rider” (Independent, 2017)

The voice of Americana folk singer-songwriter Alun Parry bursts from the speakers in a bouncy, upbeat fashion. He loves to delve into themes rich in social injustice. Billy Bragg, Woody Guthrie and Roy Bailey among others of the ilk have no doubt been a huge influence on his music and helped him find a voice in the world. He sings and writes about real people, real situations and of what to some might be small  issues but shape lives, shape the world even, as in the case of the mid-paced title-track Freedom Rider where he speaks of the 1960s struggle for equality in the American South, and though a little lightweight Parry delivers the message. Give it a little Billy Bragg-esque fire to his vocals and lyrics and he would have a winner!  Continue reading “Alun Parry “Freedom Rider” (Independent, 2017)”

Louie Ludwig “I Got Nothin To Say” (Independent, 2017)

New Orleans singer-songwriter Louie Ludwig makes music that jumps off the page as he and his friends have put together an electric variety of sounds. Somewhat quirky, always original Ludwig and this fine set of Louisiana players serve up country, folk, blues, jazz with a hint of pop and 1970s American singer-songwriter.  There are major contributions from Chris Waterman (bass), Clay Parker (acoustic, electric guitar, banjo), Danny Kane (steel guitar) and Eric Reed (drums) plus slots from Gina Forsyth (fiddle), Bart Ramsey (piano), Patrick Sylvest (mandolin), Mike Rosato (harmonica) and brass from Derek Huston (saxophone) and Craig Klein (trombone) and others. Ludwig’s music is about a sound, a thoughtful cool as they come groove; his lyrics are simple, his homespun philosophy of the kind the listener can quickly become lost absorbing the gorgeous hues.  Continue reading “Louie Ludwig “I Got Nothin To Say” (Independent, 2017)”

Ryan Lee “Always A River” (Independent, 2016)

Ryan Lee doesn’t perform like most singer-songwriters since he marches to the beat of a different drum. His style of work reminds me of the anguished torment associated with much of the work of the late Vic Chesnutt, as he weaves images awash in intricate artful beauty. Honest and unbending the lyrics are given flight by his interesting vocals and varied arrangements. Supported by guitars, piano, drums, percussion and harmony vocals Lee, who performs all duties apart from percussion on four tracks is said to have seen his life take an exciting turn when an unexpected love showed up, one to propel him into an exciting world of adventure, creative rebirth and wide-eyed optimism to the degree he now has an urgency to share his work with the world. Lee has grabbed hold of the opportunity to capitalise on the energy gained from this experience with both hands. On the song Simple he speaks of how he (and his love) are in the need of nothing or desire of the finer things such the feeling of contentment gained from them meeting.  Continue reading “Ryan Lee “Always A River” (Independent, 2016)”

Amelia Curran “Watershed” (Six Shooter Records, 2017)

Canadian singer-songwriter Amelia Curran utilises folk, country and pop in fine fashion. Her roving artistic style showing hints of Nashville famed acts Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rosanne Cash, and on the song No More Quiet I found traces of Shawn Colvin. Such the resolute feel of the song, the listener can’t help but be impressed with her work. Continue reading “Amelia Curran “Watershed” (Six Shooter Records, 2017)”