Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts

Ned Roberts is a hotly-tipped folk musician, who has drawn comparisons with the likes of Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen. With a timeless quality to his sound, a poetic turn of phrase, and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, his songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era. The highly anticipated new album … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts”

Bob Dylan, London Palladium, London 28th April 2017

This was the first of three nights at The London Palladium, and this pretty theatre is by far the smallest venue I’ve ever seen Dylan in with just a 2,2866 capacity: Wembley Arena or The Dome this is not. Which means that even up in the Upper Circle the seats aren’t really that far from … Continue reading “Bob Dylan, London Palladium, London 28th April 2017”

OCMS ready Dylan tribute album

And after you’ve read this if you want to see them BURST into Columbia Nashville unannounced (the bare faced arrogance) then watch the clip below. Rolling Stone Country reports: “In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde with a live re-creation of the album at the … Continue reading “OCMS ready Dylan tribute album”

New Dylan “No Direction Home” Box Set Features Unseen Footage

A reminder of that rather fine festival from a few years back comes by way of some nice news from Uncut who report: “A special edition of Bob Dylan’s No Direction Home is being released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the documentary.  The Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition contains over two hours of never before seen … Continue reading “New Dylan “No Direction Home” Box Set Features Unseen Footage”

White Owl Red “Existential Frontiers” (Hush Mouse Records, 2019)

There are certain albums that cry out to be the soundtrack to a long road trip and White Owl Red’s third album ‘Existential Frontiers’ is one of those, whether you’re driving from Nashville to Memphis or Norwich to Middlesbrough. The album gets off to an excellent start with the Dylanesque title song, with its ‘Subterranean … Continue reading “White Owl Red “Existential Frontiers” (Hush Mouse Records, 2019)”

Forgotten Artists – Steve Goodman

Every so often the world of roots music will deliver an outstanding talent – a Robert Johnson or a Bob Dylan – someone who really makes everyone sit up and take notice, someone you know will be a game-changer. And, every so often, there will be a talent who never quite gets the acknowledgement he/she … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Steve Goodman”

Josh Ritter + Ida Mae, Union Chapel, London, 23rd July 2019

It was another warm evening for this second night of a two-night stand at London’s famed Union Chapel – the record-breaking temperatures of the day trailing off with a long tail. Under the stage lights, Josh Ritter, with his full band backing him, was showing the effect of the heat but held nothing back on … Continue reading “Josh Ritter + Ida Mae, Union Chapel, London, 23rd July 2019”

Karen Jonas “Lucky, Revisited” (Independent, 2019)

“Hang on to your hats boys”… and so begins the first bit of advice from Karen Jonas at the start of ‘Ophelia’ the first song on ‘Lucky, Revisited’. It would be well to take heed because what follows is a rip-roaring hoe down played with the sort of gusto any thrash-metal band would be proud … Continue reading “Karen Jonas “Lucky, Revisited” (Independent, 2019)”

John Jenkins and the James Street Band “Looking for That American Dream” (Independent 2019)

Here is a notable and established band from Liverpool. The reliability of John Jenkins’ work is demonstrated in the title track ‘Looking for That American Dream’ which begins the record and captures the listener’s attention immediately with its references to ‘The American Song Book, John Denver and Dolly.’ You are in safe hands. Look out … Continue reading “John Jenkins and the James Street Band “Looking for That American Dream” (Independent 2019)”

Old Man Luedecke “Easy Money” (True North Records, 2019)

Old Man Luedecke is the performing name for Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke who typically crosses a number of folk-ish styles in his music, and the new album ‘Easy Money‘ is no exception to that. It’s an album that takes a lot of inspiration from family, one way or another. The opening, and … Continue reading “Old Man Luedecke “Easy Money” (True North Records, 2019)”