Radical Face, The Scala, London – Tuesday 22nd November 2016

The Scala’s stage had been transformed into a magical winter forest – with bare skeletal trees adorned with tiny lights and a drifting mist from the smoke machine making for a Narnian backdrop for both Radical Face and their opener Austin Basham. In a checked shirt and bearded, of course, and sporting a wholly unnecessary … Continue reading “Radical Face, The Scala, London – Tuesday 22nd November 2016”

Michael Baker ”Dust & Bone” (Keys To The Kingdom Records, 2016)

Michael Baker may be a relative unknown in the world of Americana, but he shouldn’t be. ‘Dust & Bone’ is a mighty-accomplished album, with more than a hint of alt-rock and acoustic folk thrown in with the beautiful songwriting and smooth vocals. Kicking off with ‘Steady & The Stuck’, the acoustic intro quickly drops into a … Continue reading “Michael Baker ”Dust & Bone” (Keys To The Kingdom Records, 2016)”

Oriental Sunshine “Dedicated to the bird we love” (Round 2 Records, 2016)

Dedicated to the bird we love is the debut, and only, album by Norwegian psychedelic folk band Oriental Sunshine. They got together in the heady year of 1968 – a trio consisting of singer Nina Johansen, tabla and flute player Satnam Singh and proud owner of possibly the only sitar in Norway Rune Walle. Fleshed … Continue reading “Oriental Sunshine “Dedicated to the bird we love” (Round 2 Records, 2016)”

The Good Intentions “The Long Unbroken Line” (Drumfire, 2016)

Lovers of old-time country/folksy ballads probably know about Liverpool’s ‘The Good Intentions’ by now. This latest record, as with 2013’s ‘Travelling Companion’, sits outside of the constraints of time and trends. The knowing, wistful tones of R. Peter Davies (with a hint of Gram Parsons in timbre), augmented by spouse Gabrielle Monk’s sympathetic harmony voice, … Continue reading “The Good Intentions “The Long Unbroken Line” (Drumfire, 2016)”

Red Tail Ring “Fall Away Blues” (Independent Release, 2016)

Red Tail Ring are Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp and ‘Fall Away Blues’ is their fourth full length album. Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, this duo has produced a stripped back album with gorgeous vocals and harmonies accompanied only by fiddle, banjo and guitar. With a mix of traditional and self-penned songs this feels like a … Continue reading “Red Tail Ring “Fall Away Blues” (Independent Release, 2016)”

Vote for your favourite stuff from 2016 and win some promos!

It’s that time of year again when Christmas is round the corner and the creaking signs of post-capitalism eating itself are evident in every snow filled shop window dressed by George Osborne’s (RIP) living wage.  Let’s face it, there might not be a world around to celebrate Christmas next year, so on that cheery note, why … Continue reading “Vote for your favourite stuff from 2016 and win some promos!”

Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire “Swithering” (Middle of Nowhere Recordings, 2016)

“Swithering” is an unusual title for and comes from a Scottish word meaning to be uncertain about things, which, according to Glasgow based Hart, summed up the album process for him. It was a different way of working as a songwriter whereby he would bring in ideas, lyrics and melodies and then collaborate with the band … Continue reading “Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire “Swithering” (Middle of Nowhere Recordings, 2016)”

Joe Purdy “Who Will Be Next?” (Bread and Butter Music, 2016)

Neil Young, around the time of his Living With War, bemoaned the absence of other, and younger, protest singers. This was never really true, the difference was the level of media attention such artists could attract – and to be fair to Ol’ Neil he recognised this by showcasing songs on his web site. This is … Continue reading “Joe Purdy “Who Will Be Next?” (Bread and Butter Music, 2016)”

Interview: John Paul White

Producer, songwriter and recording artist Alabama-born and breed, John Paul White returns to a solo career after the break-up of the four-time Grammy winning duo Civil Wars. Enjoying a pace of life befitting the history of the American south, family man White has been doing things at his own pace. Working on other projects prior … Continue reading “Interview: John Paul White”