GospelbeacH “Another Winter Alive” (Alive Naturalsound Records 2018)

GospelbeacH were formed in 2014 by vocalist and guitarist Brent Rademaker ex of Beachwood Sparks amongst others and comprise a group of experienced and well-travelled musicians. As may be expected from a group of people who have a lifetime of experience in the industry the music on show here is of top quality with the … Continue reading “GospelbeacH “Another Winter Alive” (Alive Naturalsound Records 2018)”

Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers + Brent Cowles, Scala, London, 22nd November 2018

Israel Nash proved tonight that not only can he rock out with the best of them, but his big musical sound also draws from the desert folklore of that part of Dripping Springs in Texas where he currently resides that’s the inspiration for so much of his muse nowadays. Opening with ‘Rolling On,’ the first … Continue reading “Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers + Brent Cowles, Scala, London, 22nd November 2018”

J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices + The Miss Tess Duo, Omeara, London 16th November 2018

J.P. Harris, out of Montgomery, Alabama, regards himself as a carpenter first and a singer-songwriter second. That probably speaks to the precariousness of the music business nowadays, but on the conclusion of his set at Omeara tonight what gave most pause is the realisation that he’s a true craftsman in all the best senses of … Continue reading “J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices + The Miss Tess Duo, Omeara, London 16th November 2018”

Tony Rose “Medicine Tunes” (Cannery Row Records 2018)

Tony Rose is from Glasgow and this is his first solo record. He has previously recorded as a member of Two Dollar Bash and has a career extending beyond Scotland, playing across Europe, jamming and swapping songs from Prague to Berlin and Amsterdam and all across Canada and the USA, promoting this important bluegrass related … Continue reading “Tony Rose “Medicine Tunes” (Cannery Row Records 2018)”

JP Harris “Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing” (Free Dirt Records 2018)

For this, his third full-length album, JP Harris has enlisted the production skills of Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) to help capture some of his life stories. JP’s had a rootless existence, with a background resembling that of a latter-day hobo. But what of the music? The album’s songs can best be classed as … Continue reading “JP Harris “Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing” (Free Dirt Records 2018)”

Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Mastersons, The Barbican, London, 29th July 2018

Steve Earle has, as two of the Dukes, lead guitarist Chris Masterson and multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Whitmore. Husband and wife, they record and perform as a duo as The Mastersons and they are the opening act on this evening at The Barbican. Their music is predominantly made up of crystal clear vocals, Chris Masterson’s exemplary guitar … Continue reading “Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Mastersons, The Barbican, London, 29th July 2018”

Steve Earle and The Dukes, O2 Academy, Bristol, 17th July 2018

It was with great anticipation that I finally got to see Steve Earle and The Dukes live for the first time when they came to the O2 Academy in Bristol. As anyone who has seen the great man will agree, with 33 albums, 3 Grammies and a roller coaster 44 year career  behind him this … Continue reading “Steve Earle and The Dukes, O2 Academy, Bristol, 17th July 2018”

Bert Jansch restrospective for October release

Bert Jansch, the dazzling folk guitarist who picked up Davey Graham’s torch and ran with it.  The Pentangler, the creator of themed instrumental albums, one half of ‘Bert and John‘, the surprising seventies electric guitar singer-songwriter with a Monkee for a producer.  So many sides to this talented player, and that is what the upcoming … Continue reading “Bert Jansch restrospective for October release”

The Band’s “Music From the Big Pink” gets 50th anniversary re-release

On July 1, 1968, The Band’s landmark debut album ‘Music from Big Pink’ seemed to spring from nowhere and everywhere. Drawing from the American roots music panoply of country, blues, R&B, gospel, soul, rockabilly, the honking tenor sax tradition, hymns, funeral dirges, brass band music, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, The Band forged a new … Continue reading “The Band’s “Music From the Big Pink” gets 50th anniversary re-release”

Michael Hurley + James Yorkston, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 17th June 2018

It’s been a while since Michael Hurley, occasionally known as Snock, has come to the UK and with him now in his 77th year, news of this tour was somewhat unexpected. Mind you it was only last year when he toured Australia for the first time so it’s perhaps somewhat ageist of us to presume … Continue reading “Michael Hurley + James Yorkston, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 17th June 2018”