Drew Morrison and the Darkwood “Electric-Notes Wild” (Storm Cloud Agency Records, 2018)

Electric-Notes Wild is the debut album by Drew Morrison and The Darkwood. The Scottish songwriter and his combo have been the house band at Country Soul Sessions in London’s Soho for over 5 years, performing with acts such as Rotifer, Paul McClure and The Local Heroes, Matthew Edwards and The Unfortunates, Morton Valence, Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers, Lynette Morgan and The Blackwater Valley Boys and many others. Continue reading “Drew Morrison and the Darkwood “Electric-Notes Wild” (Storm Cloud Agency Records, 2018)”

Edward David Anderson “Chasing Butterflies”(Black Dirt Records, 2018)

Edward David Anderson (EDA) is a gifted songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who spent a decade fronting the revered Midwest rock band Backyard Tire Fire, before he broke away and released his ambitious debut ‘Lies & Wishes’ in 2014. That album was lauded “a superb solo effort” by No Depression and David Dye (NPR World Cafe) praised its follow-up ‘Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions’ as a wonderfully soulful record. Continue reading “Edward David Anderson “Chasing Butterflies”(Black Dirt Records, 2018)”

Jordie Lane “Glassellland” (Blood Thinner Records, 2018)

Glassellland’ is the latest offering from Australian indie roots artist Jordie Lane, who recently moved from Melbourne to LA to Nashville. He describes his music as ‘Tropicalia’; combining influences of his Antipodean forebears with those of the Southern folk of his new home Produced by Clare Reynolds (Timbaland, Haley Reinhart, Greyson Chance), ‘Glassellland’ was recorded in Teardown Transitory Studios, in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Jordie Lane “Glassellland” (Blood Thinner Records, 2018)”

The Mutineers “Threshold” EP (Mutiny Studios, 2018)

The Mutineers are a rock’n’roll duo from Portland comprising guitarist/singer Brian Mathusek and drummer/singer Merry Young. Their influences range from Springsteen, late 60s Elvis Presley and Loretta Lynn. They have played over 120 shows across America and their new 5 Track EP ‘The Threshold‘ is a follow up to their ‘Live at B-Side‘ album. If you like the harder/punkier side of Americana Music then you might just enjoy this. Clearly there is a strong Jack White/PJ Harvey influence throughout this enjoyable EP. Continue reading “The Mutineers “Threshold” EP (Mutiny Studios, 2018)”

Chris Stills “Don’t Be Afraid” (River Gauche Music, 2018)

Don’t Be Afraid’ (written with collaborators including Ryan Adams & Death Cab’s Zac Rae) is Chris Stills’, son of CSNY’s Stephen Stills, first release in over a decade, deferred and influenced by the breakdown of his marriage. The fallout brought Chris back to Los Angeles, having previously lived in Paris; his mother is French singer Véronique Sanson. Continue reading “Chris Stills “Don’t Be Afraid” (River Gauche Music, 2018)”

AHI “In Our Time” (Thirty Tigers, 2018)

In Our Time’ is the second album by the Canadian, Stingray Award-winning artist, AHI. Following his DIY-released January 2017 debut ‘We Made It Through The Wreckage,’ this is his first album on the Thirty Tigers label. With no publicity or label, AHI had developed a fan base via word-of-mouth and viral campaigns, securing spots in the Billboard Spotify Viral 50 Chart and bagging over 2.5 million (and rising) streams for his track, ‘Sweet Ol’ Day’. Building on his performance at Nashville’s DIY Musician Conference in late 2017, AHI scooped the opportunity to appear in one of NPR’s cult Tiny Desk Concerts in January 2018. Continue reading “AHI “In Our Time” (Thirty Tigers, 2018)”

Philip Marino “Chasing Ghosts”(Independent, 2018)

Philip Marino is an American singer-songwriter who resides in Essex, England. He is influenced by the likes of John Mellencamp, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, and you can certainly hear this in his latest offering ‘Chasing Ghosts.’ A fine record, it is his fourth offering and most definitely worth a listen. Kicking off with ‘The Way it Goes,’ we are instantly taken in by Marino’s gravel voice, not dissimilar to Eddie Vedder. We are provided with an immediate lyrical statement of intent: ‘…in my life I’ve lost my way…….well I rolled the dice and I hoped I’d win’. Continue reading “Philip Marino “Chasing Ghosts”(Independent, 2018)”

Steve Earle and The Dukes, O2 Academy, Bristol, 17th July 2018

It was with great anticipation that I finally got to see Steve Earle and The Dukes live for the first time when they came to the O2 Academy in Bristol. As anyone who has seen the great man will agree, with 33 albums, 3 Grammies and a roller coaster 44 year career  behind him this guy is Americana Royalty. Continue reading “Steve Earle and The Dukes, O2 Academy, Bristol, 17th July 2018”

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis “Wild Wild Wild” (Bloodshot, 2018)

Wild Wild Wild’ is the debut collaboration between Grammy nominated and long-time Bloodshot Records artist Robbie Fulks and Memphis rock-n-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, the little sister and frequently performing partner of Jerry Lee. This great ball of fire was recorded in Chicago with Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Cactus Blossoms, Pokey LaFarge) and features musical contributions from a who’s-who of American roots music legends, stalwarts, and peers including Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), Danny B. Harvey, Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough (NRBQ, The Flat Five), Kelly Hogan (Mavis Staples, Neko Case), Joan Collaso, Yvonne Gage and others. Continue reading “Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis “Wild Wild Wild” (Bloodshot, 2018)”

Luke Winslow King “Blue Mesa” (Bloodshot, 2018)

Blue Mesa is Luke Winslow King’s fifth album, and his fourth for Bloodshot Records, coming two years after ‘I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always’. His latest offering serves up a familiar sound with well-constructed, heartfelt songs that make this an easy listen. Recorded in Lari, Italy with long-term collaborator and blues guitar dynamo, Robert Luti, the album includes contributions from Chris Davies (King James and The Special Men) and Mike Lynch (Bob Seger, Larry McCray) amongst others. Continue reading “Luke Winslow King “Blue Mesa” (Bloodshot, 2018)”