The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Cosmic Country Blue” (Aveline Records, 2016)

This North Wales trio show just what you can achieve with a couple of acoustic guitars, a stand-up bass and the voice of a pinch-faced Kentucky miner’s son. Turns out you can do an awful lot – they sound as though they’ve been pickled in moonshine for generations. The harmonies flow easily, the songs sound … Continue reading “The Goat Roper Rodeo Band “Cosmic Country Blue” (Aveline Records, 2016)”

Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)

As is probably obvious from the title, this is the companion album to The Boss’ recent biography Born To Run – the songs chosen by him – and as such covers the breadth of his career, including a few pre-E Street Band recordings. It’s not exactly a best of, but with five previously unreleased tracks … Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)”

Chip Taylor: Glasgow Americana Festival The Classic Grand – 7th October 2016

You know you’re in the presence of greatness when the artist onstage is recounting his recent meetings with Tom Petty and Elvis Costello and you just know that they were in awe of the artist as opposed to the other way around. But then not everyone is Chip Taylor, a man whose story is so … Continue reading “Chip Taylor: Glasgow Americana Festival The Classic Grand – 7th October 2016”

Erynn Marshall “Greasy Creek” (DittyVille, 2016)

Erynn Marshall is probably best known for playing in the Haints Old-time String Band alongside fellow Canadians Pharis and Jason Romero.  Having relocated to Virginia, Greasy Creek sees her forging a solo path for her highly respected fiddle playing, alongside many other collaborators, but still staying firmly in that Old Timey vein. This is pre-bluegrass … Continue reading “Erynn Marshall “Greasy Creek” (DittyVille, 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”

Eve Selis “See Me with Your Heart” (Hippy Chick Twang, 2016)

In any other part of the world I’d expect the backstory to this album – Eve Selis’ ninth studio offering – to elicit the requisite sympathy. Eve Selis suffered a torn hamstring in 2014, that needed six months of rehabilitation and this affected her opportunities to make and record music – but also offered her … Continue reading “Eve Selis “See Me with Your Heart” (Hippy Chick Twang, 2016)”

Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)

Wire & Wool are a lively 7-piece from Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2014 they combine elements of bluegrass, folk and country with energy akin to punk. As with their American counterparts, North Carolina band Chatham County Line , the well-structured unit may push back boundaries, but at the same time they respect the old values. Recorded up … Continue reading “Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)”

Mogwai: The Barbican, London – 15th September 2016

There is a dichotomy that is going to run through this review – is it a review of a live gig or is it a review of a documentary film? Mogwai’s last album was the soundtrack for the film “Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise” and this concert neatly solved the problem of how to play … Continue reading “Mogwai: The Barbican, London – 15th September 2016”

Jon Boden “Painted Lady” (Navigator Records, 2016)

Folk superstar Jon Boden has always had itchy feet. Not content with an acclaimed partnership with box ace John Spiers and fronting Bellowhead, the eleven piece big band that he founded with Spiers which went on to become probably the biggest star in the UK folk firmament, he also released a concept album “Song From … Continue reading “Jon Boden “Painted Lady” (Navigator Records, 2016)”