Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright

“Cinematic Americana” was how someone once described Dusty Wright’s music. For a guy that loves to write, and not just music, it aptly described his vignettes of love, loss, and the mysteries of life. Darkness abounds, wonderful darkness.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?

I’ve been a music junkie since my earliest memories of seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I’ve been so passionate about music that it nearly consumed me. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright”

Dirty Dozen: Patch and The Giant

Indie-folk quintet Patch & The Giant, release their debut album, ‘All That We Had, We Stole’, out 10th February 2017.  Produced by Nick Trepka, whose credits include Emmy The Great and Mercury Prize Winner Speech Debelle, it showcases Patch & The Giant’s eclectic take on folk music, the album having elements of indie, rock and blues . Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Patch and The Giant”

Audrey Spillman “Thornbird” (Independent, 2016)

It’s a sultry slipcase that drops through the letter box following a Facebook conversation about the merits of sending out physical versions of an album to review, and it creates an element of wondering what the record will be like; the answer is simply, it’s a wonder. The Producer, Neilson Hubbard, is fast becoming the go to man for the musical traveller from the UK and a watch word in records of quality.  This is no exception.  It’s full of storm, naked emotion, passion, quirky musical stylings that leave you going “oh I love that”. Essentially a last shout before impending motherhood, Spillman has made a very modern, genre-bending record.  It will go on to be many things to many people, a returner, which 10 years from now you’ll slip from the rack and greet like an old friend. Continue reading “Audrey Spillman “Thornbird” (Independent, 2016)”

James The Fang & Serious Sam Barrett “The Dime Horseshoe” (Independent, 2017)

Having spent a few months every year touring the States playing with the likes of Al Scorch, Charlie Parr and The Pine Hill Haints, Yorkshireman Barrett here is on great form with James The Fang (of the afore mentioned Pine Hill Haints) for their second release together.  They are very much old souls, and this could quite easily be a lovely scratchy 78. Continue reading “James The Fang & Serious Sam Barrett “The Dime Horseshoe” (Independent, 2017)”

Ruth Theodore “Cactus” (Aveline Records, 2016)

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but this has been kicking about a while, the sleeve just didn’t want to make me play it.  I was wrong, it’s a sort of Alisha’s Attic does dustbowl blues, strange.  Wonky and slightly out of focus its wordy off kilter is like little else, refreshingly.  The cacophony of odd ball percussion and woozy ethereal voice is like the first time you hear Kate Bush, revelatory, we she sings “can’t help who you love” it recounts those pangs of teenage love in real clarity. Continue reading “Ruth Theodore “Cactus” (Aveline Records, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Yola Carter

Yola Carter is a new country-soul/americana singer songwriter from the UK, who  has written, produced and released her Debut EP “Orphan Offering” in November 2016 to much critical acclaim from NPR, Bluegrass Situation, The Guardian, The Times  and American Songwriter Magazine reaching #29 in their top 50 songs of 2016. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Yola Carter”

Dirty Dozen: Nathan Bell

Nathan Bell is a songwriter’s songwriter, a man who has shared bills with legends like Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Norman Blake. His concise narratives come wrapped in gorgeously downhome yet ethereal production. He’s got a keen eye for detail, and an unapologetic penchant for the political, populist humanism of his literary heroes John Steinbeck, Jack London and Studs Terkel –Paste Magazine Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Nathan Bell”

Jessica Rhayne “Song in Me” (Self Released, 2016)

You’d swear it was going to be Joni Mitchel from the opening bars, its achingly beautiful mid-tempo lament, with a china gong flourish landing like tears dropping in to a quickly emptying whisky glass – you know something special has landed.  It’s a record of the flourish, gorgeous embellishments that set this record apart, built like an old Merc, all hand finished leather upholstery and sweet tuned blocks.  Rhayne has gone that next step, great songs, great delivery, but with an ear that has fostered enough twang to feel Americana enough for the purist and pop enough to garner her widespread appeal. Continue reading “Jessica Rhayne “Song in Me” (Self Released, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Corniglia

With recent reviews including, “a stunning single accompanied by an astonishing video”, “one of the most well-crafted debuts of the year”, “Endearingly sincere and wondrously imaginative.” (Happy Mag) and “pristine retro-pop, like something out of the late 60s. We are digging this.” (Power of Pop), Perth band Corniglia are causing a minor buzz with their debut single “Oh My Love”. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Corniglia”

Live: Ben Kunder & Sarah MacDougall – York House Concerts, 26th November, 2016

Playing as a duo in the round over split sets to an enthusiastic, if older, red wine sipping crowd Kunder and MacDougall win the room with, I would guess, a previously unknown set of songs, Kunder’s album, ‘Golden’ is one of the best of 2016 and its taught songwriting is always going to come away with the spoils. MacDougall, finger picked Martin and double denim, with songs about growing up reading Pippi Longstocking, living in the Yukon is full of unusual phrases and a very confused (and confusing) accent, reel the punters in, easily hooked.  Kunder is a wonderful blend of Young, Taylor, Simon and Van Morrison – he’s a hell of a songwriter, and his first trip to the UK is a definite success.  Continue reading “Live: Ben Kunder & Sarah MacDougall – York House Concerts, 26th November, 2016”