Video: Billy Bragg “There is Power in a Union”

A little bonus video for you today on this International Workers Day from the lefty bard of our time. The words seem as resonant today as when they were first written: “Money speaks for money, the Devil for his own, Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone, What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child, There is power in a union.” Have a good one comrades!

Gerry Spehar “Anger Management” (Independent, 2018)

Despite the title of this excellent record Gerry Spehar is clearly a very angry man, the subject of his ire being mainly about a certain US President. However, this is not a one dimensional piece but rather a protest record in the grand tradition of years gone by with anti-war sentiment and concern for the downtrodden.  A little background for anyone who is not familiar with Spehar – he is from Colorado and started performing in the 1970’s, although having a family meant that financial necessity drove him to hold down a non-musical job for a while before returning to what is his musical calling.  This album of 13 tracks is co-produced by Spehar and Paul Lacques of I See Hawks In L.A. and backed up by most of that band. Continue reading “Gerry Spehar “Anger Management” (Independent, 2018)”

Shakey Graves “Mansion Door” – Listen

Shakey Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) has a full album out on Star Wars Day (May 4th)  called ‘Can’t Wake Up’, and ‘Mansion Door’ , which draws on nineties-indie influences – is one of the thirteen tracks on it.  Speaking of the new album Shakey Graves mused that the songs are all in some way reflections of personal experiences dating as far back as high school: “The beautiful lesson of all this is having to trust yourself, to be willing to start something that you don’t know the outcome of, or to lean toward something just because it feels right”.

The Lowest Pair, The Green Note, Camden London, 22nd April 2018

With the feel of a 1960’s coffee shop music parlour, the Green Note in Camden is surely one of the shining jewels in London’s musical crown. Priding itself on the intimacy between artiste and audience and for providing a rare outlet for less mainstream acoustic musical styles it was an appropriate final stop for The Lowest Pair on their Spring tour of the UK. The duo comprises of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, both playing guitar and banjo and trading vocals; hers an achingly beautiful distinctive tone that complements his smoky delivery to perfection. Continue reading “The Lowest Pair, The Green Note, Camden London, 22nd April 2018”