Neil Hamburger “Still Dwelling” (Drag City, 2019)

Neil Hamburger is the anti-comic creation of Greg Turkington, a thoroughly despicable and creepy looking individual who you wouldn’t want to see talking to anyone you cared about. It’s a brilliant creation whose characteristics and persona are presumably why these songs were chosen for covers, along with the couple of originals thrown in for good measure, but ultimately, your enjoyment of this album rests heavily on how you feel about Hamburger’s shtick. Continue reading “Neil Hamburger “Still Dwelling” (Drag City, 2019)”

Andrew Leahey and the Homestead ‘’Airwaves’’ (Skyline Music, 2019)

36 year old Andrew Leahey was born in Virginia and is now based in Nashville.  He currently fronts The Homestead and has been previously with Hobson’s Choice and The Opera House.  His current release is his second, entitled ‘Airwaves’.  Leahey suffered a concerning hiatus to his career in 2013 due to ill health and is apparently recovered and back to his music. He is known as a touring musician and has added his guitar prowess to others including Rodney Crowell, Elizabeth Cook and Drew Holcomb. Continue reading “Andrew Leahey and the Homestead ‘’Airwaves’’ (Skyline Music, 2019)”

AmericanA to Z – Indigo Girls

Even within such a broad church as Americana, “whatever that is”, as No Depression magazine accurately put it aeons ago, some may be exercised as to whether or not Indigo Girls qualify or should instead fit into folk, folk-rock, alt.something or other or whatever the latest pigeonhole is called.  As far as this writer is concerned however Indigo Girls are Americana; what particular flavour is for discussion by those who enjoy dancing on the head of a pin. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Indigo Girls”

The Strumbellas “Running Scared” – Listen

If you want to talk about infectious then ‘Running Scared‘ is right up there with measles – pass through a room where this tune had been played four hours earlier and you’d still find your toes tapping to its irresistible beat.  The front man of the Canadian psych-influenced alt-rock folk flecked Strumbellas, Simon Ward, has described the album ‘Rattlesnake‘ from which this track comes as “about one main character: this guy, me, who’s out there following his dream to have his music heard, but at the same time, he’s just trying to get home.  The reason it’s called Rattlesnake is because it’s about him facing his fears head on. Shedding his skin, evolving, and realizing he’s got these three kids that he’s responsible for. Little humans, they’re more important than anything. They have a way of really anchoring you.

Tylor & The Train Robbers “Best of the Worst Kind” (Independent, 2019)

There’s a pleasant “open-ness” to some of the best Americana – that feeling of room to move, where you can clearly hear all the instrumentation and the lyrics and yet still see spaces in the songs. Tylor & The Train Robbers have really nailed that sound on this, their second album. The production is crystal clear and it gives the listener the opportunity to hear just how good this band is. Well written melodies supported by some fine playing, guitars and pedal steel weaving together to create exactly the backing these story based songs need. Continue reading “Tylor & The Train Robbers “Best of the Worst Kind” (Independent, 2019)”

D.L. Rossi “A Sweet Thing” (Independent, 2018)

Many singer songwriters use their experience of ‘life’, in whatever form that may take, to inform their art. Inspiration can come from many sources but, for many in this business, how often it seems that it is the lowest points in their lives that are the catalyst for their songs. For D.L. Rossi that well of inspiration is deep, drawing as he does upon a background that includes overcoming cancer, a nervous breakdown and a painful divorce. Continue reading “D.L. Rossi “A Sweet Thing” (Independent, 2018)”

RUNAH “Ground” – Listen

If you like your folky singer-songwriters to spin the occasional eldritch tale, shot through with a relentless wyrd, then we’ve good news for you – you’ve come to the right place!  This song takes supernatural imagery couples it to grumbling guitar lines and applies the result to a relationship that might be going right – but maybe not.  ‘Ground‘ comes from RUNAH’s upcoming album ‘Strange‘.

Video Premiere: The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Bright Lights And Deadbeats”

From their new album Tall Grass, out on March 18th on Bull Pup Records and produced by Romeo Stoddart of The Magic Numbers, this is the rather good Goat Roper Rodeo band.  They’re on tour from today too and well worth catching if they’re in your neck of the woods.

NPR post Kaia Kater Tiny Desk Concert – Watch

Leaving you this weekend dear readers with news that NPR have just posted the latest in their brilliant small but perfectly proportioned Tiny Desk Concerts, this time with Kaia Kater whose way with a banjo can bring grown men, and women, to a trembling halt. Continue reading “NPR post Kaia Kater Tiny Desk Concert – Watch”