The best gigs of 2019: a personal reflection

“I think that live music is something that the internet can never kill”  – Jim James (My Morning Jacket).  In an age when we can access our favourite music in so many ways and so many forms, for me the best way remains – live. I’m not talking massive stadium or arena gigs, but small … Continue reading “The best gigs of 2019: a personal reflection”

Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)

Acoustic duo Jackson Pines are singer-songwriter guitarist Joe Makoviecki and stand-up bassist James Black.  Originally from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey they are now based in Philadelphia and have received multiple local awards (Asbury Music Awards/Jersey Acoustic Music Awards).  On tour they have opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, The Avett Brothers, … Continue reading “Jackson Pines “Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings” (Independent, 2019)”

Marie Danielle “Soldier” – Listen

Americana singer-songwriter Marie Danielle releases her debut UK single “Soldier” today which features The Felice Brothers/Fleet Foxes’ Christian Wargo on backing duties. She’s currently touring the US, working on a new album with Simone Felice & Drive-By Truckers’ Mike Patton and will be touring the UK later this year. And if you needed any more … Continue reading “Marie Danielle “Soldier” – Listen”

The Lumineers “Cleopatra” (Decca Records 2016)

It’s time to reevaluate any preconceived conclusions you may have drawn about the Lumineers over their tub thumping, chart topping Ho Hey past. Those halcyon days of devil may care presidential playlist fun and games were glorious indeed, but now it seems it’s time to get serious. Rather than cashing in on the neo-folk knees-up … Continue reading “The Lumineers “Cleopatra” (Decca Records 2016)”

The Lucky Strikes “The Motion and The Moving On” (Harbour Song Records 2016)

The Lucky Strikes, from Southend, have been together for ten years now and this is their fifth album. Without doubt they are one of our best Americana bands. Lead singer is Matthew Boulter, long time member of the Simone Felice group and an accomplished solo artist in his own right with four albums.  With him here … Continue reading “The Lucky Strikes “The Motion and The Moving On” (Harbour Song Records 2016)”

The Lumineers: Hammersmith Apollo, London – 4th November 2016

The Lumineers burst onto the scene with a huge breakthrough hit Ho, Hey, and quickly found themselves pigeonholed alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons. Whereas that band had shot religious imagery right through their lyrics and clung to a “every song builds to a crescendo” formula, The Lumineers were more interested in girls and … Continue reading “The Lumineers: Hammersmith Apollo, London – 4th November 2016”

Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates

Lucky Strikes frontman M G Boulter has announced a UK tour for the Autumn. Boulter, who has also served with Simone Felice and The Duke & The King, released his second solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie to great acclaim earlier in the year. He’s spent much of the Summer playing shows in … Continue reading “Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates”

Philip Marino “Days Like These” (Independent, 2017)

Philip Marino is an American singer-songwriter living in England, Essex to be precise. Here is a simple case of our gain and their loss. Days Like These was recorded in New York’s Catskills Mountains, and produced by a man from the area, Simon Felice. Beautifully produced, as one would expect with Felice having something to … Continue reading “Philip Marino “Days Like These” (Independent, 2017)”