Joe Purdy “Who Will Be Next?” (Bread and Butter Music, 2016)

joe-purdy-2016Neil Young, around the time of his Living With War, bemoaned the absence of other, and younger, protest singers. This was never really true, the difference was the level of media attention such artists could attract – and to be fair to Ol’ Neil he recognised this by showcasing songs on his web site. This is all by way of saying that Who Will Be Next? sees Joe Purdy more than fill this gap. Continue reading “Joe Purdy “Who Will Be Next?” (Bread and Butter Music, 2016)”

Justin Wells “Dawn in the Distance” (August Music, 2016)

justin-wells-jpegLiving in these ‘post-truth’ times, after the disaster of the Brexit result and the uncertainty following The Donald’s recent election victory and imminent move into the White House, we have to take cold comfort where we can find it. Just in time, Justin Wells, has shown up with his new solo album Dawn in The Distance. Wells used to be a member of Kentucky based-band Fifth on the Floor until they split late in 2014. Continue reading “Justin Wells “Dawn in the Distance” (August Music, 2016)”

AMA-UK Awards Nomination Party: Gibson Studios, London – 15th November 2016

The Christmas lights in Oxford Street are certainly pretty this year – simple glowing globes all done the centre of the street, their supports hidden in the gathering dark so they appear to hang unsuspended in the night. I’d show you a picture, but I forgot to pick up my camera before leaving. It was just as well, as it would have just gotten wet – I’d decided to gamble on it not raining and so had left my coat as well. I lost that bet. Which is a shame as I ended up wandering around for almost an hour in the drizzle as I’d got the start time wrong. So your intrepid reporter eventually approached the doors to the Gibson Studio with some trepidation Continue reading “AMA-UK Awards Nomination Party: Gibson Studios, London – 15th November 2016”

Dietrich Strause “How Cruel That Hunger Binds” (Independent, 2016)

"Dietrich-Strause-2016"With no prior knowledge of Strause, this album on its initial listening, harks back to a simpler era of music with nods to Gospel and R ‘n’ B and touches of Americana. The vocals are sweet and crystal clear, creating an image of a clean cut American teen idol singing his heart out on a 1940’s/50’s stage, wearing pressed trousers, a neat shirt and sporting a short and Brylcreemed hairstyle. The mixing has a faint echo on it, reminiscent of this bygone era and the use of a Wurlizer adds to the nostalgia. But it is fashioned with a modern edge and has a charming wistfulness about it. Continue reading “Dietrich Strause “How Cruel That Hunger Binds” (Independent, 2016)”

Doghouse Roses “Lost is Not Losing” (Yellowroom Music, 2016)

 

doghouse-roses-jpegDear Danny Boyle, if it’s not too late, you should consider some of the tracks from the new Doghouse Roses album for inclusion on the Trainspotting 2 soundtrack. Danny, I know that you know they’re from Glasgow (and not Leith Walk) and that Lost Is Not Losing is their third album. I guess you’ve already picked up on the buzz that Iona Macdonald’s voice has been creating way above and far below the Trossachs. But did you know that there are tracks on Lost is Not Losing that could have been tailor-made with Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie in mind? Continue reading “Doghouse Roses “Lost is Not Losing” (Yellowroom Music, 2016)”

The Coal Porters “No.6” (Prima Records, 2016)

coal-porters-2016On their latest studio album Sid Griffin’s alt-bluegrass rootsy Americana combo continue to do what they do best – proper bluegrass, there ain’t no drums in this here band boy, with a twist. No.6 finds the band in a reflective and slightly nostalgic mood with several songs that are like extended and expanded anecdotes which may, or may not, be completely true but certainly have elements of some kind of truth in them. Continue reading “The Coal Porters “No.6” (Prima Records, 2016)”

Sam Gleaves “Ain’t We Brothers” (Community Music, 2015)

"Sam-Gleaves-2015"Sometimes timing really is everything. The ‘Donald’ is everywhere. A man who, in the course of a presidential campaign unlike any other, managed to insult and denigrate just about every minority on the planet. And so it was, in the midst of the gloom and the bile emanating from across the pond, that a CD arrives from a young man from the mountains of Virginia who shouts, in his own understated way, of tolerance in the face of prejudice. Although released in the USA as long ago as November 2015 its relevance to the political discourse makes it feel current and relevant, and ripe for reviewing. Continue reading “Sam Gleaves “Ain’t We Brothers” (Community Music, 2015)”