John Paul White “The Hurting Kind” (Single Lock Records, 2019)

John Paul White is no stranger to working with high-class musicians and in high-class musical situations. Originally one half of Alt-Folk duo The Civil Wars, John Paul White releases his third solo record ‘The Hurting Kind,’ on Single Lock Records, of which White is a co-founder. ‘The Hurting Kind’ was recorded at White’s new home studio in Florence, Alabama, as well as the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. Continue reading “John Paul White “The Hurting Kind” (Single Lock Records, 2019)”

Glen Hansard “This Wild Willing” (Anti-Records, 2019)

This Wild Willing‘ is the 4th solo record by Academy Award and Grammy award-winning songwriter, Glen Hansard. Having originally cut his teeth with Irish band The Frames, Hansard released his first solo album in 2006 and has also written music for the film ‘Once.’ Hansard says about the writing process for this album, “This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads.” ‘This Wild Willing’ was written in Paris, recorded at French Black Box studios and produced by David Odlum.  Continue reading “Glen Hansard “This Wild Willing” (Anti-Records, 2019)”

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Tall Grass” (Old Pup Records, 2019)

Hailing from Rhuddlan in North Wales, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band release their 3rd album, ‘Tall Grass’. Taking influence from artists such as The Band, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, their own brand of country music, which they brand as “Cosmic Country Blues” really refreshes the listener and makes for a mind opening experience.  Continue reading “The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Tall Grass” (Old Pup Records, 2019)”

Better Oblivion Community Center “Better Oblivion Community Center” (Dead Oceans, 2019)

Phoebe Bridgers is definitely not one to shy away from collaborations. After finishing a tour with female supergroup, Boygenius, she turned her attention to working with Bright Eyes main man, Conor Oberst. Sometimes these collaboration projects can feel a little bit half-cocked and can sometimes sound like the artist’s work that wasn’t good enough to make the cut on their own albums. Thankfully this album doesn’t follow suit. Featuring musicians from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Jack White’s band, the pair have gone all out to create what really is a treat for your ears. Continue reading “Better Oblivion Community Center “Better Oblivion Community Center” (Dead Oceans, 2019)”

Michael McArthur “Ever Green, Ever Rain” (Dark River Records, 2019)

Michael McArthur is no stranger to the Americana and Folk world. He’s been releasing singles commercially since 2016, however, has never released anything other than that. Thankfully, McArthur has finally graced us with his full first length release. The album title originates from the idea that you can’t have green without rain and that you must withstand hard times to be rewarded with the good. This concept really sets you up for the journey that the album takes you on. McArthur teamed up with producer Ryan Freeland (Ray Lamontagne, Bonnie Raitt). The pair recorded this album at United Recording Studios, Los Angeles, in the same room that both Frank Sinatra and Elvis once recorded some of their hit songs. Continue reading “Michael McArthur “Ever Green, Ever Rain” (Dark River Records, 2019)”