Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real “Naked Garden” (Fantasy Records, 2020)

Last June’s ‘Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)’ was Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s eighth and most successful album – it was also their best to date. ‘Naked Garden’ is an album of out-takes and alternative versions from the sessions, at The Band‘s old Shangri La studio and Village Studios in LA, … Continue reading “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real “Naked Garden” (Fantasy Records, 2020)”

Forgotten Artists – Willis Alan Ramsey

Willis Alan Ramsey was not only in at the start of the Austin music scene of the ‘70s but he was also one of the first of the new wave of singer-songwriters, subsequently tagged as progressive country, to get a contract with a major label. His first self-titled album, released in 1972, contained eleven self-written … Continue reading “Forgotten Artists – Willis Alan Ramsey”

Miranda Mulholland “By Appointment Or Chance” (Roaring Girl Records, 2019)

Miranda Mulholland has a gift for the co-incidental, and the very existence of her new album ‘By Appointment or Chance‘ is a reflection of this. It see’s Canadian Mulholland return to her folk roots for a while, recording a set of songs and tunes that have come to her mostly in personal ways – for … Continue reading “Miranda Mulholland “By Appointment Or Chance” (Roaring Girl Records, 2019)”

Home Life: Doug Hoekstra

As a regular reader you may well be thinking, ‘not sure those ‘Van Life’ pieces are particularly relevant at the moment given all these musicians are holed up riding out the lockdown.’  And you would of course be right. But, even though the wheels on tarmac may be on hold, the ears on vinyl is … Continue reading “Home Life: Doug Hoekstra”

Cash Back In Fife, Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife, 6th – 8th March 2020

A new addition to the Scottish music scene, Cash Back In Fife is a weekend of music dedicated to the memory of Johnny Cash and in particular, Cash’s delight at discovering he had ancestors who had come to the new world from the ancient kingdom of Fife in Scotland. It’s the brainchild of Dean Owens, … Continue reading “Cash Back In Fife, Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife, 6th – 8th March 2020”

Interview: Frank Turner talks about the perils of purity, and Chas & Dave

After eight studio albums and almost two and a half thousand shows, Frank Turner has gathered legions of loyal fans and earned a reputation for exciting live performances. Recent release, ‘No Man’s Land’, was Turner’s fourth consecutive top-three album, a level of commercial success that may have seemed unlikely when he emerged from punk band … Continue reading “Interview: Frank Turner talks about the perils of purity, and Chas & Dave”

AmericanA to Z – Iris DeMent

When the current vinyl revival started and I switched from CD to once again buying vinyl records, one thing I swore that I wouldn’t do, was to re-purchase my CD collection as titles were inevitably re-issued on vinyl.  But then Iris DeMent’s 1992 debut ‘Infamous Angel’ was re-issued on vinyl and in true country style, … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Iris DeMent”

Joshua Radin “Here, Right Now” (Nettwerk, 2019)

It’s hard to begin listening to a Joshua Radin record without it conjuring visions of the kind of melodramatic scenes that might feature in a certain breed of US television drama. Radin first found success in 2006 when actor Zach Braff had a hand in selecting one of his songs for his movie ‘The Last … Continue reading “Joshua Radin “Here, Right Now” (Nettwerk, 2019)”

Frank Turner “No Man’s Land” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2019)

The title of Frank Turner’s eighth album is a bit of a pun as the thirteen songs it consists of all are stories of women. No men. Get it? On ‘No Man’s Land‘ Frank Turner sets out to tell the stories of remarkable women who have been written out of history, or are in danger … Continue reading “Frank Turner “No Man’s Land” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2019)”

I’m With Her + John Smith, Hackney Empire, 19th March 2019

Considering I’m With Her performed at the Bush Hall and Union Chapel when they toured the UK back in 2018, the choice of venue this evening could be interpreted as a measure of this trio’s ambition, or is perhaps a testament to their burgeoning popularity, or maybe it’s just a desire to play in arguably … Continue reading “I’m With Her + John Smith, Hackney Empire, 19th March 2019”