Dolly Parton “Pure & Simply” (RCA, 2016)

Dolly Parton, 2016The undisputed Queen of ‘Big Hat’ country music, now deemed cool having worked with Jack White has 42 studio albums to her name, and with this record her first No.1 in 25 years.  She is so famous and well known that she has become mono nominture; like Pele or Freud, this record is no change to the Dolly formula and is no change to what she’s done the best in that 25 years. Continue reading “Dolly Parton “Pure & Simply” (RCA, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Rob Richings

Rob Richings, 2016If second chances are for the lucky, singer-songwriter Rob Richings is one of the luckiest. Diagnosed in 2009 with what proved to be a near-fatal illness, once he beat it Richings decided enough was enough and it was time to get serious about his music. So after jacking in his decorating job, and now relatively healthy, it’s time to make good on his promise to himself. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Rob Richings”

Dirty Dozen: Laish

Laish, 2016Danny Green, aka Laish, is set to release his third album Pendulum Swing on Talitres. A set of twelve songs that span the spectrum of gentle fingerpicked acoustic guitar ballads, through to more robust art-rock jams. Laish’s plaintive tenor – rich, deeply textured and affecting – takes centre stage as he sings honest, self-reflective songs of relationships failed and survived.   Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Laish”

Dirty Dozen: Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson, Esmé made a name for herself with 2014’s Woman To Woman, an album of ‘answer songs’ written from the perspective of women such as Jacko’s ‘Billie Jean’ and Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ (more on all that at this piece Esmé wrote for the Guardian). Esmé also collaborated on Shakey Graves’ hit ‘Dearly Departed’, performing in the U.S. on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Esme Patterson”

Dirty Dozen: Pete Fallon

Pete FalloonPete Falloon is a multi-instrumentalist and folk-pop/country rock singer/songwriter. Having played in several West Country acts, and the cult duo with his brother Matthew, Brothers Falloon, Pete is gearing up to release his debut solo long player Reed In The River in Winter 2016.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?  I’m blessed to be based in Exmouth, Devon, UK, a beautiful part of the world. I was born in Kent but definitely call Devon home now – I love the outdoors and the natural environment here is spectacular. Over the last few years, I have been working on writing and recording my debut album. It’s taken quite a while and been a lot of work alongside raising a young family and a day job, but it has been really rewarding and an incredible journey. I had no idea it would turn out just how it has, but it’s exactly what I wanted it to be! Since the album was completed, I’ve been playing live a lot more, mainly solo and everything from tiny fully acoustic folk clubs to support slots in bigger venues. I’m really enjoying that, and sharing the new songs with new people. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Pete Fallon”

Dirty Dozen: Silas Lowe

Silas LoweAfter decades apart, Lowe and Michaels were reunited in Austin, Texas, here they built a new relationship and shared their passion for music. Michaels passed away in 2008, but Lowe has nurtured his father’s musical legacy as a standout singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Americana music As a founding member of Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys in ‘60s New York, Lowe’s father Roy Michaels worked closely with Jimi Hendrix(who produced Cat Mother’s first album) and shared bills with many in the rock pantheon. Wandering Father, Forgotten Son, Lowe’s second record, is a bridge between the the ghost of a father who drifted to Thailand and a son who was left to fit the pieces together.. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Silas Lowe”