Video Premiere: DeFrance “Runaway Heart”

Here’s some proper rootsy rock’roll to start the week.  With shades of Tom Petty and southern rock the Arkansas outfit absolutely nail it.  They’ve apparently got five (!) albums in the can waiting to go and hopefully they’ll appear sooner rather than later as we definitely need more of this sort of thing.

Video: The Gary Douglas Band “Deep In The Water”

Now here’s something important.  It’s the powerful new single from the Gary Douglas Band, just out, and it deals with the dreadful consequences of the DuPont Corporation dumping cancer-inducing chemicals in the Ohio river.  As well as being a musician, Douglas is a legal eagle and was the trial attorney who helped bring Dupont to justice in the courts.  Good on him we say.

Video Premiere: Leeroy Stagger “Mother”

This is the new single from AUK favourite Leeroy Stagger, taken from his latest, excellent, album “Strange Path“, out now.  It’s a powerful song about, as you’ve probably already worked out, mothers and matriarchy and has a great video to go with it too.  He’s also in the UK for three dates this month: Wednesday 27th @ Broadcast, Glasgow, Thursday 28th @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester and Friday 29th @ The Slaughtered Lamb in London.

Tony McLoughlin “True Native” (Fuego, 2019)

Irish veteran Tony McLoughlin has something of the late Jimmy LaFavre about his delivery and style, particularly where his grizzled, hardscrabble vocals are concerned. However, despite his songs also being the sort that haven’t brushed the dirt of their boots (a good thing) they all tend to the slightly chugging; solid but not particularly remarkable. Populated with outlaws, lost highways, wide-open spaces and the like they sit snugly in the Americana furrow but have little to truly engage the listener about them and when the opening pair extend to more than ten minutes in total it becomes rather too much of a good thing. Continue reading “Tony McLoughlin “True Native” (Fuego, 2019)”