Joe Bourdet “Seamist”- Listen

A first listen to LA singer-songwriter Joe Bourdet’s new single is likely to bring to mind ‘Wolfking of LA‘ or ‘Topanga Canyon‘, perhaps leaning more to the latter as Joe Bourdet has more of Skip Battin’s laid back and accepting attitude than John Phillips’ rather barbed view of life.  ‘Seamist‘ has a dreamy floating guitar … Continue reading “Joe Bourdet “Seamist”- Listen”

Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” (Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)

Drawing on Appalachian textures and filtering them through a trio format, acclaimed banjoist Nathan Bowles delivers his latest album, ‘Plainly Mistaken,’ with the addition of fellow band members Rex McMurry on drums and Casey Toll on double bass. Opening with a version of Julie (Driscoll) Tippett’s haunting ‘Now If You Remember,’ Bowles invites us along … Continue reading “Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” (Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)”

Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” – Listen

Nathan Bowles’ upcoming new album Plainly Mistaken, out 5 October on Paradise of Bachelors, extends his acclaimed solo banjo and percussion practice into the full-band realm for the first time. The album’s newest single ‘Now If You Remember’ is a cover of a 1976 Julie Tippetts song that “welcomes you into Bowles’ exploration of a new world of unfamiliar melodies spun from … Continue reading “Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” – Listen”

Josh Taerk “Beautiful Tragedy” (Misty Creek Records, 2018)

Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk, pronounced ‘Turk,’ has, in his relatively short career, garnered praise along the way from some high-profile names such as John Oates (Hall & Oates) and Max Weinberg (E Street Band), along with some eye-popping headlines from esteemed publications such as The Bournemouth Daily Echo – “Rising star hailed as the new boss”.

Pick of the Political Pops: The High Llamas “Checking In and Checking Out”

“It’s been a quiet week in politics and we don’t really have much to say…” …said no one ever. When the ‘leader’ of a ‘government’ suffers two of the three most catastrophic defeats in the history of Parliament one would probably expect them to resign. Not so PM Terry Might. Here is a person who … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: The High Llamas “Checking In and Checking Out””

Track Premiere – The Brookses “Little Miss Raincloud”

The Brookses are a folk duo of daughter and father Meg Brooks and Jim Brooks.  Jim adds the flat top guitar and harmonising vocals, whilst Meg takes the lead on ‘Little Miss Raincloud‘.  The song isn’t inspired by a deep admiration for Roger Hargreaves’ books, rather as Meg explains “I wrote ‘Little Miss Raincloud’ when … Continue reading “Track Premiere – The Brookses “Little Miss Raincloud””

Wanderingted “I Could Be You” (Independent, 2018)

Wanderingted is both the alias of the singer-songwriter Ted Schmitz and the clue to what he sounds like. His debut album ‘I Could Be You’ is a folk-rock journey to a new place somewhere between Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he was born; a garden shed in London where he wrote the album; and his current … Continue reading “Wanderingted “I Could Be You” (Independent, 2018)”

Daniel Steinbock “Out of Blue” (Independent, 2019)

Daniel Steinbock’s first full-length release, ‘Out of Blue’, is a relaxing, calming and often beautiful reflection on love in its various forms. Throughout, there is a sense of hope and positivity, even finding the good in heartbreak and hard times. Steinbock sings: “When the heart feels broke open wide / It’s the beginning of the … Continue reading “Daniel Steinbock “Out of Blue” (Independent, 2019)”

Steve Gunn “The Unseen in Between” (Matador Records, 2019)

Maybe the best example of an “underground” artist coming to the fore that we’ve come across in recent years, Steve Gunn is perhaps best known as having been Kurt Vile’s guitarist. However, he has a healthy back catalogue of solo and collaborative recordings and with ‘The Unseen In Between’ gathering a great deal of media … Continue reading “Steve Gunn “The Unseen in Between” (Matador Records, 2019)”