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)”

Various Artists “The Musical Mojo of Dr John” (Concord Records, 2016)

Mac Rebennack strolled on stage at the Last Waltz to the words “You all know the doctor, Dr, John ? Mac Rebennack. Come on Mac !” And if you didn’t, well you soon did as he gave one of the highest highlights of that evening. This is another evening – Saturday, May 3, 2014 to be exact – which saw a similarly high profile bunch of musicians come together at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre for a concert billed as “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music”. Continue reading “Various Artists “The Musical Mojo of Dr John” (Concord Records, 2016)”

Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album

We can’t embed this clip but it’s well worth clicking through for. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Anyone familiar with the Minnesota bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles might well be shocked by Dead Man Winter, frontman Dave Simonett’s solo alter ego. In contrast to Trampled by Turtles’ overdrive bluegrass raveups, Dead Man Winter’s upcoming album Furnace (independently released by GNDWIRE Records and Thirty Tigers) is lilting, stately roots rock of the sort you’d hear on a large-venue bill with Tom Petty.  Continue reading “Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album”

David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen

News from Uncut with one week to go until doomsday: “David Crosby has posted a new song Capitol. Crosby confirmed on Twitter he was working on “a new song about our shameful US. Congress” on January 10. The song was mixed on January 11 and uploaded onto Soundcloud earlier today (January 13). As promised, the song addresses corruption within the American Congress:  Continue reading “David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen”

Butch Walker “Stay Gold” (Lojinx, 2016)

This is Butch Walker’s eighth album and its one where he’s really let things go and made a record that’s unashamedly in love with classic rock n roll, with Springsteen, Billy Joel, Don Henley and quite likely Ryan Adams (who produced his last record). The result is a stirring high-octane ride; it’s like a kinetic movie switching from scene to scene, with plenty of action and moments of epiphany and reflection. It never lets up – each song is larger than life, chock full of hooks and built from a storytellers perspective with little details that elevate the songs above the workaday. He’s like a frayed blue-collar Jim Steinman pumping out songs that are meant to be enjoyed and which carry a narrative weight. Continue reading “Butch Walker “Stay Gold” (Lojinx, 2016)”

Kodiak Island “The Golden Section” (Musical Bear Records, 2016)

Despite a promising beginning, this latest record from Jo Bartlett (this time with a band in tow) quickly descends into little more than a genre exercise. The opener Frozen In Time and Remembered Days are both efficient and decent efforts with Bartlett’s voice being the beacon. By the time they get to Spanish Steps there’s little if anything to lift it above what you might hear at any folk club around the country on any given night. Yes there’s some curlicues of Spanish guitar that fleck the song with some sunshine but it’s pedestrian at best. Continue reading “Kodiak Island “The Golden Section” (Musical Bear Records, 2016)”

The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month

John Paul White has confirmed a string of shows in February as part of the Transatlantic Sessions tour promoting his new album “Beulah” which is his first solo work in nearly a decade. Produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, it’s apparently a “diverse collection of swampy southern rock, folk balladry and dark acoustic pop, songs that came unbidden to White, who wasn’t entirely welcoming of them at the time.” Little bit hostile.  Click through for the dates.  Continue reading “The Civil Wars’ John Paul White announces shows next month”