A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.

Which is quite lucky for her really – everyone else has probably noticed that 2019 has been one of those years destined to go down in history as interesting – and we all know the value of interesting times. Obviously 2019 will go down as the year of almost continual elections, it’s also the year … Continue reading “A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.”

David Berkeley “The Faded Red and Blue” (Straw Man, 2018)

‘The Faded Red and Blue’ is a five-track EP from Santa-Fe based songwriter,  David Berkeley. It was written in response to the political landscape in America: he began writing in the aftermath of the presidential election in November 2016 and completed the songs just after the shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018. The EP is in … Continue reading “David Berkeley “The Faded Red and Blue” (Straw Man, 2018)”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018

This year’s Maverick Festival was held under glorious sunshine at Easton Park Farm in the deepest part of rural Suffolk. As usual, Director Paul Spencer  had pulled together a tremendous range of polished multinational talent which all just about falls within what we consider Americana. The timing of the event, smack dab in the middle … Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018”

2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched

Maverick Festival officially unwrapped the line up for their 11th year at a launch party held at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London last Thursday.  The festival, winner of several awards and generally reckoned to be one of the best Americana and roots events of the year will take place in July in the tranquil … Continue reading “2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched”

Do you like Good Music ? A year in review

There’s an inevitability that December brings some reflection on what has gone before, there’s this midwinter pause that offers an opportunity for this stocktaking. And this is a personal reflection – there’s some “best ofs”” down below, which in their own way are as inevitable as socks as Christmas presents, but they are in no-way … Continue reading “Do you like Good Music ? A year in review”

2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.

You could point at almost any year this century and it would be a vintage year for music – there’s so much out there that, once one has struggled through the ever expanding amount that is mediocre or just straight dross there’s always a fine collection of musical gems to pluck out and hold high … Continue reading “2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.”

Andrew Hibbard “Andrew Hibbard” (Sofaburn Records 2020)

This self-titled offering is Andrew Hibbard’s third album, following on from ‘Foot in the Door’ from 2012 and ‘Under the Knife’ from 2015.  The first was made when he was 17 so we can assume that he is a precocious talent. Hibbard was born and grew up in rural Ohio in 1995, young in years but … Continue reading “Andrew Hibbard “Andrew Hibbard” (Sofaburn Records 2020)”

Classic Americana Albums: Ry Cooder “Into The Purple Valley” (Warner, 1972)

Ry Cooder has a unique and special place in the Americana realm, his reputation based on his consummate skills on guitar (especially slide, where many rate him among the world’s best) and mandolin, and as an arranger of roots and traditional music, from the USA and beyond. His musical legacy now spans five decades, 17 … Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: Ry Cooder “Into The Purple Valley” (Warner, 1972)”

Ron Sexsmith “Hermitage” (Cooking Vinyl, 2020)

Songsmith Sexsmith arrives with his sixteenth album and it’s a notable departure from much of his earlier work. The Canadian singer/songwriter sounds positively chipper. In the wake of a move from his habitual home city of Toronto to the more rural setting of Stratford, Ontario, Sexsmith seems to have discovered a new sense of well-being … Continue reading “Ron Sexsmith “Hermitage” (Cooking Vinyl, 2020)”