Thomas Charlie Pederson “Second Hand War” (Karmanian Records, 2016)

It’s a family affair as Thomas Pederson is joined and produced by Daniel Pederson. This is a sparse album recorded by someone who has obviously listened to his Dylan and many other confessional singers and there is a spark of something wonderful here. It is only a spark at present, but there is sufficient evidence of … Continue reading “Thomas Charlie Pederson “Second Hand War” (Karmanian Records, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Roger Roger

Roger Roger is a sibling folk/roots duo from Winnipeg, Canada. Twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger are both singer-songwriters who have joined forces, each playing guitar and shamelessly harmonizing all over each others’ songs. The offspring of producer/engineer/musician Lloyd Peterson, the twins have a knack for songwriting that must have something to do with growing up … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roger Roger”

Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47

  For the last 5 years, Nottingham’s Jack Peachey (AKA Gallery 47) has been crafting lyrical folk music from various apartments, studios and other large rooms in Nottingham. Influenced heavily by other artists, writers, and the inherited chaos of the Beat Generation, Gallery 47 writes songs about a radical range of topics, from skin pigment … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47”

Black Angel Drifter “Black Angel Drifter” (Bastard Recordings, 2016)

Landing somewhere between the Cramps and the Handsome Family, this one-off project creates its own feral sound. It’s a musical collage with a Gothic heart. It flirts with genre but shies away from commitment – instead it skids from one thing to another, the opener skitting between avant electronica, Morricone western soundtrack and something swampy. ‘Black-Eyed … Continue reading “Black Angel Drifter “Black Angel Drifter” (Bastard Recordings, 2016)”

The Band to Release 40th Anniversary Editions of “The Last Waltz”

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. For the show, aptly billed as The Last Waltz,  Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers, including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, … Continue reading “The Band to Release 40th Anniversary Editions of “The Last Waltz””

Interview: Jeff Finlin

Esteemed Cleveland Ohio-born singer-songwriter poet Jeff Finlin peels back the outer layers to reveal the truth. Such is his honesty and high standard he has been compared to many of the great past writers of songs and prose. One of his best known compositions is ‘Sugar Blue’ through it been selected by Cameron Crowe for the … Continue reading “Interview: Jeff Finlin”

Ben Abraham “Sirens” (Secretly Canadian, 2016)

Ben Abraham first released Sirens in Australia in 2014; it has now been picked up for world-wide release and promotion by Secretly Canadian. Its thirteen songs have been described by Abraham as “a roadmap to my awkward and naive twenties”, and it’s clear from the first listen that these are more than randomly selected songs. … Continue reading “Ben Abraham “Sirens” (Secretly Canadian, 2016)”