This Frontier Needs Heroes “Real Job” (Independent 2016)

real-job-2The truly memorable first track says it all: “It Don’t Make No Sense”.  All six minutes plus is a good reason for buying this record. Not since the days of Country Joe can I remember my conscience being roused politically so much by a track and an album. “People must have lost their minds,” Brad Lauretti sings with languorous feeling! As he attempts to internalise all that is wrong at the moment, he is able to involve us in the picture: “One million refugees and everyone looks just like you and me. It don’t make no sense.”  Continue reading “This Frontier Needs Heroes “Real Job” (Independent 2016)”

Interview: Jeff Finlin

Jeff Finlin, 2016Esteemed Cleveland Ohio-born singer-songwriter poet Jeff Finlin peels back the outer layers to reveal the truth. Such is his honesty and high standard he has been compared to many of the great past writers of songs and prose. One of his best known compositions is ‘Sugar Blue’ through it been selected by Cameron Crowe for the soundtrack of his feature film, Elizabethtown (2005). Life after death a twenty-track compilation sees release this month on the West London Man in the Moon label. Continue reading “Interview: Jeff Finlin”

Jason Isbell Takes Home 2016 Americana Awards

That’s the year, not over two thousand awards. Paste reports: “Last night, the 15th annual Americana Music & Awards Show was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The Americana Music Association prides itself on honoring and preserving the roots of American folk music, which was reverently done with last night when Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bob Weir opened the ceremony with Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell Takes Home 2016 Americana Awards”

Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)

album-cover-2Canadian singer-songwriter Trevor Alguire has in Perish The Light his sixth album, and with a wealth of travelling behind him back home and across Europe, he is a seasoned performer. No sooner does the needle drop onto the vinyl and Alguire establishes a groove as he shares stories of his worldly travels, speaks of love and of having to stand strong. “My Sweet Rosetta” produces an eerie piece of music for fellow Canadian, award winner Catherine MacLellan to perform a duet. Gritty, dark and foreboding through fine use of fiddle, Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Star) a moody and captivating canvas is painted. Continue reading “Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)”

New Passenger Album Out Today

The new album by Passenger “Young as the Morning Old as The Sea” is out today in various formats (including Spotify streaming) and it’s a lovely a collection of gentle folk-pop songs as you’re likely to hear, with lyrics that will no doubt still cut you to your core if you’re not careful. Listen with caution. Watch this short “making of” documentary if you’re intrigued to see more.

Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum, 2016)

 

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American singer-songwriter Adam Torres’ pathway to become a fully committed recording artist has taken longer than it might. I can’t help but think his teaching and voluntary work, in rural villages in the Ecuadorian Andes (and other projects) since his 2006 debut has made the 30 year-old act a more rounded human being and instructed songwriter. Continue reading “Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum, 2016)”

Ben Bedford “The Pilot And The Flying Machine” (Waterbug Records, 2016)

a3621921761_10American singer-songwriter Ben Bedford’s fourth album is one of a plaintive, pure open sounding recording. The sound was obtained through utilising the acoustics of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois. The Pilot And The Flying Machine was recorded over five days in January of this year, Bedford (acoustic guitar, vocals) and his touring partner of the past two years, Diederik van Wassenaer (violin, viola) and Ethan Jodziewicz (double bass) plus his wife, Kari Bedford who performs graceful harmony vocals. Jodziewicz studied under the legendary Edgar Meyer; and in turn is linked with him when engineer David Sinko (Punch Brothers, Meyer, Yo Yo Ma) does the honours in the department. Continue reading “Ben Bedford “The Pilot And The Flying Machine” (Waterbug Records, 2016)”

Neil Young Releases New Track Online – Watch

Uncut reports: “Neil Young has released a new song, “Indian Givers“. The song protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. You can read the full lyrics below. Young has previously protested against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2014. Young and Willie Nelson also staged a concert that same year lobbying against Keystone.” Continue reading “Neil Young Releases New Track Online – Watch”

Scott Cook and the Long Weekends “Go Long” (Groove Revival, 2016)

scott-cookA bit overly complicated, you just want Cook to make a record, and forget the Frisbee spin off game sleeves etc.  Musically it is very appealing, lyrically hilarious; “Judging from the angle of the sun its beer o’clock is good that said, as is a “cluster folk”. Recorded in a weekend, recorded live off the floor, it sounds like chums having a good time. Continue reading “Scott Cook and the Long Weekends “Go Long” (Groove Revival, 2016)”

Hattie Briggs “Young Runaways” (Wise Dog Records, 2016)

Hattie BriggsIt’s hard not to draw comparisons to other female singers and songwriters whilst listening to this record, as it has so many of them referenced along the way, it is such a striking lineage you find yourself trying to place the reference constantly. Briggs will clearly be enjoyed by the fans of artists like Bush, King, Chapman, Armatrading and Mitchell; and is deserving of that company.  Continue reading “Hattie Briggs “Young Runaways” (Wise Dog Records, 2016)”