Billy Bragg “Bridges Not Walls” (Cooking Vinyl, 2017)

2017 was a tumultuous year, Brexit and Trump providing an endless spectacle of rancour and discord, right wingers on the march, reason stifled by media barons (aside from those accused of printing “fake news”).  Billy Bragg, a voice of conscience since day one, pondered, “What’s a singer -songwriter to do when events keep challenging the … Continue reading “Billy Bragg “Bridges Not Walls” (Cooking Vinyl, 2017)”

Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month

Billy Bragg, currently in North America for the first leg of his ‘Bridges Not Walls’ tour, has released his new single Saffiyah Smiles which you can see the video to below.  The song is a rousing Hammond-drenched country soul shuffle written by Bragg and was inspired by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan who smiled benignly in the face of the incensed leader of … Continue reading “Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month”

Video Premiere: Market Junction “Out of Love”

The latest single from Market junction is the heartfelt, familiar story of relationships unravelling.  We can all relate to the recognition that the initial, overpowering love and connection has gone and the resignation of, “It’s just easier to live here in the way.”  We are delighted to share this exclusive video premiere in the week the … Continue reading “Video Premiere: Market Junction “Out of Love””

David Ramirez “My Love Is A Hurricane” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)

David Ramirez is releasing his fifth album ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’ via SweetWorld/Thirty Tigers, the second not self-produced after first using an outside producer on 2017’s ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’. This time that role goes to Jason Burt (who has worked with Leon Bridges), and the album explores different musical influences moving away from … Continue reading “David Ramirez “My Love Is A Hurricane” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)”

Video: Nathaniel Rateliff “Time Stands”

Let’s start the week – not for the first time – with a little bit of Nathaniel Rateliff.  Deserted beaches, empty streets and abandoned fairground rides feature in the apocalyptic video for ‘Time Stands’, a beautiful visual ride through quarantine across the continents.  Rett rogers, who directed the video, says: “The global pandemic we are … Continue reading “Video: Nathaniel Rateliff “Time Stands””

Americana Roots: Leftover Salmon

Americana Roots highlights the freshest and most original Americana and bluegrass from across the pond in the US.  It covers everything from brand-new, just out of the box bands, to cult favourites, to established acts who have yet to reach the UK’s shores.  From the mountains of Colorado is Leftover Salmon who for thirty years … Continue reading “Americana Roots: Leftover Salmon”

Market Junction “Nebraska” – Listen

You could be mistaken for thinking that Market Junction hail from a particular place in the USA.  Hell, the hints are right there in the lyrics: “Unless a man’s in love with wind or dust or corn / There ain’t no reason to stay in Nebraska / I’d go home, but I don’t know / … Continue reading “Market Junction “Nebraska” – Listen”

William Prince “Reliever” (Glassnote, 2020)

Following up his 2018 debut release with the Dave Cobb and Scott Nolan produced ‘Reliever‘, First Nations Canadian William Prince brings his not-so-secret weapon to bear on a set of songs that muse on the brevity of life and the importance of living in the now. With a voice so deep that it tends to … Continue reading “William Prince “Reliever” (Glassnote, 2020)”

The Felice Brothers + Carson McHone, The Old Market, Hove, 31st January 2020

My brother moved to Hove many years ago. More sedate than its brash next-door cousin, Brighton, he often told me about this independent venue that was walking distance from his flat and whose previous incarnation had been a BBC music theatre. The gig-goers of Brighton/Hove were different too, he said. “How do you mean?” I … Continue reading “The Felice Brothers + Carson McHone, The Old Market, Hove, 31st January 2020”