Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Reunions” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)

Jason Isbell is the kind of artist who can always be relied on to draw from experience and speak the truth exactly as he sees it, so it’s good to see he’s sticking to what makes him stand out from his contemporaries on ‘Reunions’. But there is a different kind of introspection too, one that … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Reunions” (Thirty Tigers, 2020)”

Jarrod Dickenson + Darrin Bradbury, The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 28th November 2019

Just in case we needed any persuasion to come out and see Jarrod Dickenson on his sold-out ‘Unplugged & Distilled’ tour, he ensured everyone was welcomed to the show with a taste of Balcones Whisky, all the way from Dickenson’s hometown of Waco, Texas. Their ‘Baby Blue’ has a southern kick, the ‘Texas Rye’ is … Continue reading “Jarrod Dickenson + Darrin Bradbury, The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 28th November 2019”

Jessica Risker “I See You In The Stars” (Western Vinyl, 2018)

‘I See You In The Stars’ has a gossamer lightness; it’s wooden music – mostly just a percussive guitar, but with occasional synthetic sounds strung across a tune – like a wispy strand of the glinting lights of Faery. Jessica Risker maintains a dreamlike presence across the album, her vocal the distilled essence of blissed out … Continue reading “Jessica Risker “I See You In The Stars” (Western Vinyl, 2018)”

Dirty Dozen: Little Mammoths

Little Mammoths are a London-based Rock’n’Roll Bar Band formed in 2014, that continue charging down the vein of The Hold Steady, Drive-by Truckers and Wilco. Their 2016 debut  ‘Phantom Dreams’ prompted Texan legend Ray Wylie Hubbard to declare: “If your ears dig gnawing on the gritty sounds from a young, dirty, cool rock band, I … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Little Mammoths”

Mandy Rowden “1000 Miles” (Independent, 2017)

Sometimes some records just don’t hit the mark… and from the drab artwork  to the confusion of the songs that dwell within, that seems to be the case here. It’s a dreadful shame – given some of the names Rowden has worked with in the past, this is a record that should have presented far … Continue reading “Mandy Rowden “1000 Miles” (Independent, 2017)”