Joe Stamm Band “Dandelion Woman” – Listen

The title track from the Joe Stamm Band’s recently released EP – it hit the streets on 26th October – opens with menace as a tale of bad choices in love on a trailer park is unfolded.   Mama knew as a glance that “her beauty will fade as she digs her roots into your heart“,  and … Continue reading “Joe Stamm Band “Dandelion Woman” – Listen”

Mountain Lions “We Are” (Independent, 2018)

After contributing to the sunny, catchy pop of The Lighthouse and the Whaler, singer-songwriter Steven Diaz relocated to the Research Triangle in North Carolina – an area covering three counties in the north-central part of the state that includes the capital city of Raleigh as well as Durham and Chapel Hill. The area is a … Continue reading “Mountain Lions “We Are” (Independent, 2018)”

The Lied To’s “Millionaire” – Listen

Wow.  Susan Levine’s vocals are just perfect on this song about how life, and family life in particular, can be so imperfect.  With Doug Kwartler backing her up beautifully a song unfolds that’s full of weary acceptance of the way life goes.  Marriages fall apart, second wives aren’t great stepmoms, and all the time the … Continue reading “The Lied To’s “Millionaire” – Listen”

Mountain Lions “California” – Listen

California may be a destination, but it’s the journey that matters – so says Steven Diaz who has put together the band Mountain Lions as a vehicle for his recent songwriting.  This track is the lead single off the resulting album ‘We Are‘ which is due out on August 10th.  It’s the kind of track you … Continue reading “Mountain Lions “California” – Listen”

Don McLean, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 4th May 2018

To the wonderful De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, a fitting location to see Don McLean. Much like the Pavilion, McLean has been an icon of his age but is now remembered more for the past than the present though, like the Pavilion, he’s stood the test of time particularly well. I’d hoped to … Continue reading “Don McLean, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 4th May 2018”

Jess Vincent “Lion’s Den” (Kosternurka Records, 2018)

Jess Vincent and her partner, Jozeph Chowles, have achieved something quite amazing with this record. Between them they have written and produced every track on this album. They’ve also played every instrument and provided all the vocals. That would be impressive enough if we were just talking about a couple of singing guitarists but the … Continue reading “Jess Vincent “Lion’s Den” (Kosternurka Records, 2018)”

Lloyd Cole, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, 4th March 2018

Lloyd Cole takes to the stage, looking more like a hip geography teacher than the brooding rock star of his youth, and launches straight into ‘Patience’, to the obvious approval of the capacity crowd at the De La Warr Pavillion. Once he’s finished his opening song he stops and takes a long, hard look at … Continue reading “Lloyd Cole, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, 4th March 2018”

H.C. McEntire “Lionheart” (Merge, 2018)

Sometimes records seem to be the obvious culmination of everything that has gone before, so it is with this first solo record from the Mount Moriah frontwoman. The journey from indie-rocker to consummate Country star is completed. She’s assimilated generic tropes and has managed to create songs that pay homage and also sound fresh. Everything … Continue reading “H.C. McEntire “Lionheart” (Merge, 2018)”