The Travelling Band – The Borderline, 21 November 2017

Having premiered their ‘Sails’ album live in full for the first time back in August at the Water Rats in King’s Cross, The Travelling Band returned to the Borderline in London on Tuesday as part of a tour to promote the new record. The scope and breadth of The Travelling Band’s ambition is fully apparent … Continue reading “The Travelling Band – The Borderline, 21 November 2017”

The Travelling Band “Mopping Forwards” – Listen

New single Mopping Forwards sees the Travelling Band’s trademark “Mancunian Americana” take the inspiration for lyrics sparked after long night at a bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where lead singer and songwriter Jo Dudderidge used to play a regular Country DJ set: “There was a new guy working his first shift and at the end … Continue reading “The Travelling Band “Mopping Forwards” – Listen”

The Travelling Band “Sails” (Sideways Saloon Records, 2017)

First off, it’s nice to have a vinyl release to review. Vinyl has a warmer sound and a better tonal range than CDs or downloads, so it’s nice to hear a band making the most of the format. It’s a good quality pressing too and on white vinyl – very stylish. Of course, it doesn’t … Continue reading “The Travelling Band “Sails” (Sideways Saloon Records, 2017)”

The Travelling Band + Elle Mary & The Bad Men, Water Rats, London, 10th August 2017

An otherwise quiet Thursday night in King’s Cross for the Travelling Band’s album launch. First up though is Elle Mary and the Bad Men. Elle was born in Wales but is  now based in Manchester, something she shares with the headline act as well as being label mates. Their music is a bit hard to … Continue reading “The Travelling Band + Elle Mary & The Bad Men, Water Rats, London, 10th August 2017”

Various Artists “The Peanut Butter Falcon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Varese Sarabande Records, 2019)

Film soundtrack albums are always interesting beasts. You need to think about how they support the film they are made for but you’ve also got to assess them as a collection of music. There are a number of soundtrack albums that have gone on to be significant hits in their own right and the better … Continue reading “Various Artists “The Peanut Butter Falcon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Varese Sarabande Records, 2019)”

Forgotten Artists – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

Being a bit of a vinyl junkie I was indulging my passion for Record Fairs recently when I came across something of a lost gem – “Rick Sings Nelson” – and that started me thinking about a man who was one of the pioneers of the California sound; the brand of country rock that would … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band”

Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Half Moon, Putney, London, 23rd April 2019

When Hannah Aldridge played at the Lexington in London last year it was to perform a show that was in the style of the Grand Ole Opry, with a selection of her favourite musical friends encouraged to perform along with her. The Lexington was also chosen as the venue to record a live album on … Continue reading “Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Half Moon, Putney, London, 23rd April 2019”

The Frank Burkitt Band “Raconteur” (Independent, 2018)

A Scot, making Americana music out of New Zealand – and making a fine job of it too! It says much for this genre of music that it can take a lot of diverse influences and still retain its core sound and appeal. In 2014 Burkitt and his partner, Kara Filbey, relocated from Edinburgh, Scotland … Continue reading “The Frank Burkitt Band “Raconteur” (Independent, 2018)”

Interview: Broken Witt Rebels

The Broken Witt Rebels have just completed a headline tour and widespread success seems to be knocking on their doors following the release of their debut album. They’ve given up their days jobs in order to seek fame and fortune, remember their values, and are prepared to work hard – but are still at a level … Continue reading “Interview: Broken Witt Rebels”