Dylan LeBlanc returns to the UK for dates next month

The rather dashing Muscle Shoals, Alabaman singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc returns to the UK with a tour next month for the first time in almost five years to promote his latest album ‘Cautionary Tale’ which came out on Single Lock Records last year. LeBlanc’s first two releases were the 2010 recording ‘Pauper’s Field’ and 2012’s ‘Cast The Same Old Shadow’ which saw the Guardian favourably compare him with Harvest-era Neil Young and Fleet Foxes.  Continue reading “Dylan LeBlanc returns to the UK for dates next month”

Dirty Dozen: The Roseline

The Roseline is the musical moniker of singer/songwriter Colin Halliburton, and a myriad collaborators. Over the course of ten years and five albums, The Roseline has forged a sound that is at once familiar and singular.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
We’re from Lawrence, Kansas USA. We recently finished our fifth full length album titled “Blood” and it’s coming out October 6th. We recorded it at our local public library’s studio which is free to use with a library card. Just goes to show how dreamy our town can be. 🙂 Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Roseline”

Mekons “Existentialism” (Bloodshot, 2017)

It would be a terrible thing were you to be unfamiliar with The Mekons. Over almost 40 years they’ve recorded more than 20 albums of punky, post-punky and folky music that is at worst okay, generally very good and occasionally excellent (see 1989’s The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll, for example). That said, if you are indeed unfamiliar with The Mekons, this is either the best place to start, or the worst. Recorded shortly after composition, these 12 songs were recorded in one take around a single microphone in July 2015 with 75 die-hard Mekons, fans who themselves become part of the process, at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn. Part performance art, part album.  Continue reading “Mekons “Existentialism” (Bloodshot, 2017)”

Dan Raza ”Two” (Independent, 2017)

Growing up in the Home Counties to British & Indian descent, Dan Raza is a soft-sounding songwriter of sincere disposition. His record ”Two” is an impressive mix of musical styles and instrumentation, from the electric organ to the accordion and fiddle. This creates an interesting listen and an intriguing record. Silent’s The Night Wind kicks off the record, with an acoustic, sincere vibe. This is a good introduction to Dan as a writer and musician, with a whole host of influences, from celtic folk to the classic rock organ. This erupts in Payday which is a blues-rock song with a slight twist of heavy fiddle in the verses and Dan’s vocals not quite possessing the depth or grit to make it quite as deep as Rock ‘n  Roll goes. Continue reading “Dan Raza ”Two” (Independent, 2017)”

Interview: Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters)

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters perform a brand of americana music dripping class – such are the dynamics of Platt’s songs, and the playing of the band they come in at a higher level. Consistency is another term you could fire at her and the band. Their recent albums are of the kind you would not want to miss. Maurice Hope talked to her about her music and the future. Continue reading “Interview: Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters)”

Alex Seel ”Circles EP” (Independent, 2017)

Native of the UK, Alex Seel has been steeped in folk music, and this is audible in the guitar playing on this ”Circles EP”, especially in the title track kicking off the EP. With gorgeously rich picking and with vocals almost secondary, this feels quite authentic and without polish. There is more of a full beat on Broken Faucet, which adopts more percussion and bass to create a richer sound. There is also a bit more bounce and power in the vocals, particularly in the chorus which uses more different rhythms to keep the listener interested. Continue reading “Alex Seel ”Circles EP” (Independent, 2017)”

Alice Howe “You’ve Been Away So Long” (Fish Records, 2017)

Alice Howe’s journey as a musician takes in all points of the compass. Hailing from Boston, she recorded her new EP on the opposite coast of the US in Seattle. And while the record traces her time in the Pacific Northwest the influences she cites look hundreds of miles to the south to the Californian Laurel Canyon of Joni Mitchell. To her name could easily be added another – and with it a move back east to Nashville – Gillian Welch. In which case, the Dave Rawlings to Howe’s Welch is multi-instrumentalist Jeff Fielder whose plaintive guitar augments her songs’ emotions or articulates what the words cannot or dare not say.  Continue reading “Alice Howe “You’ve Been Away So Long” (Fish Records, 2017)”

Chris Murphy “Hard Bargain : Live/Solo” (Teahouse Records, 2017)

Americana UK featured Chris Murphy’s video of the title song from this album a while back and if you liked the video then you’ll love this album. Raised in Hudson Valley, New York, a place with a rich musical tradition, Murphy is an accomplished fiddler who draws inspiration from various sources – bluegrass, swing, folk and jazz along with world music. He cites musical magpies such as Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson and David Lindley as his heroes and on this album, recorded live and featuring just him, his fiddle, voice and foot stomps, he roams throughout a stirring set of raw energy and unbridled fun. Continue reading “Chris Murphy “Hard Bargain : Live/Solo” (Teahouse Records, 2017)”

Viper Central “The Spirit of God & Madness” (Independent, 2017)

Viper Central have been known as a first-rate Bluegrass band since their debut album The Devil sure is hard to please appeared in 2008, but this latest release – Viper Central’s third album – sees them heading off in some new directions. The Canadian quintet have taken the bold step to incorporate a more modern folk band feel onto several new tunes, as well as some western swing (the Mariachi trumpet infected Losing My Mind) and country-folk, it certainly makes for an eclectic mix and something quite different from their previous offerings. Continue reading “Viper Central “The Spirit of God & Madness” (Independent, 2017)”