AmericanA to Z – The Flying Burrito Brothers

Fifty years after their seminal debut album ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’ was released in Spring 1969 The Flying Burrito Brothers shine out as Americana pioneers, their reputation based more on artistic reputation and credibility among their peers and successors, than commercial success. It was famously said of Velvet Underground’s output that  ‘The Velvet Underground … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – The Flying Burrito Brothers”

Josh Okeefe “Bloomin’ Josh Okeefe” (Independent, 2020)

At some point during a review of Josh Okeefe’s music there’s going to be a reference to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and for good reason.  In addition to his voice and his delivery style, Okeefe’s music is, when needed, bitingly direct, complete with much of the anger and vitriol associated with those musical giants.  … Continue reading “Josh Okeefe “Bloomin’ Josh Okeefe” (Independent, 2020)”

Studio Life: Kerri Watt

You may have seen Kerri Watt performing at various festivals, including Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival.  You may have heard her on Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show.  You may have seen her supporting popular acts like Curse of Lono.  The Scottish singer-songwriter is certainly building a reputation as an energetic performer … Continue reading “Studio Life: Kerri Watt”

Forgotten Artists – Roger Tillison

Roger Tillison is not a name many will have come across in the first place let alone forgotten. However, he is a fine example of the Tulsa Sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which included Leon Russell and J J Cale as its standard-bearers. Additionally, he spent time in Woodstock when Dylan and The Band … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Roger Tillison”

Tribute to The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Stables, Wavendon, 18th January 2020

There must be some residual ownership of the Flying Burritos name that prevents this band from dropping the “Tribute to” part of their billing – on the face of it this line-up has about as much right to be called by that illustrious name as any of the many line-ups that have been put together … Continue reading “Tribute to The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Stables, Wavendon, 18th January 2020”

Alabama 3 + Curse Of Lono, 02 Academy, Bristol, 20th December 2019

It’s been a long time coming but Brixton’s perennial sharp-shooters Alabama 3 are once again hungry for that “Sweet Pretty Muthafuckin Country Acid House Music.” The unholy congregation of talent who put the menace into ‘The Sopranos’ and whose lifestyle choices have frequently put both Keith Richards and Old Nick himself to shame have just … Continue reading “Alabama 3 + Curse Of Lono, 02 Academy, Bristol, 20th December 2019”

AmericanA to Z – Iris DeMent

When the current vinyl revival started and I switched from CD to once again buying vinyl records, one thing I swore that I wouldn’t do, was to re-purchase my CD collection as titles were inevitably re-issued on vinyl.  But then Iris DeMent’s 1992 debut ‘Infamous Angel’ was re-issued on vinyl and in true country style, … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Iris DeMent”

Trials of Cato and Brìghde Chaimbeul are winners at Radio 2’s Folk Awards

The winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 were announced last night in a ceremony presented by Mark Radcliffe at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester as part of the Manchester Folk Festival, the whole thing being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. Radcliffe himself won an award for 40 years of “talking … Continue reading “Trials of Cato and Brìghde Chaimbeul are winners at Radio 2’s Folk Awards”

The Vegabonds “V” (Blue Elan Records, 2019)

‘V‘ is, unsurprisingly, The Vegabonds fifth album and also their first for their new LA based label. The Vegabonds have been playing for some ten years, gaining a following on the college circuit in the Southeastern States of the USA. Their brand of rock is similarly rooted in straight-ahead Southern Rock, which has seen them … Continue reading “The Vegabonds “V” (Blue Elan Records, 2019)”

Strong Water “Bearfoot” (Independent, 2018)

Strong Water are a folk/americana group coming out of Harrisonburg, VA and their second full length ‘Bearfoot’ is a self funded, released and recorded effort put together after a fantastic reception to their previous release, the self-titled ‘Strong Water’ released in 2016. Since then, the group have performed together a lot more and which has … Continue reading “Strong Water “Bearfoot” (Independent, 2018)”