Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January

tom-paxtonTom Paxton, that cheeky chappie with the avuncular face, is heading to the UK next month for some dates, with support from Cathy and Marcy (no surname provided). Tom has had a music career spanning more than 50 years, with thousands of live performances around the world, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2009.  “We are all born singing Tom Paxton songs” says Nancy Griffith’s, although having just spoken to my mum I can confirm I definitely wasn’t.  I couldn’t sing until I was three apparently.  The dates…  Continue reading “Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January”

Fred’s House “Fault Lines” (Cracking Tunes, 2016)

freds-house-2016Fault Lines is the second album by Fred’s House, following on from their well-received debut, Bonnie and Clyde. Wikipedia cites them as an award winning band based in Cambridge mixing elements of Folk, Pop, Country, Classic Rock and West Coast with a definite vintage feel to their music, echoing the 70’s but creating a fresh new sound that is very much part of now. Continue reading “Fred’s House “Fault Lines” (Cracking Tunes, 2016)”

Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen

natalie-bNatalie Bouloudis is a native of East Sussex who first got her musical education in childhood, having played clarinet in jazz bands and had a few guitar lessons at school.  Her debut EP is her first proper recording, all recorded live at Wax Studios in London and produced by Robert Strauss, and she’s releasing her new single online – ‘Burning Pier’ is set in a fictionalised amalgamation of the burnt-out husks of Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne piers – “Essentially a meditation on how disasters can both evoke nostalgia and make us question our future in a new light.” Continue reading “Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen”

Michael Baker ”Dust & Bone” (Keys To The Kingdom Records, 2016)

michael_bakerMichael Baker may be a relative unknown in the world of Americana, but he shouldn’t be. ‘Dust & Bone’ is a mighty-accomplished album, with more than a hint of alt-rock and acoustic folk thrown in with the beautiful songwriting and smooth vocals. Kicking off with ‘Steady & The Stuck’, the acoustic intro quickly drops into a full-band chorus and whilst it is not overly electric or loud, it does contain a lot of power that turns the track into a wonderful introduction to Michael’s Anglo-French take on a classic Americana style. Continue reading “Michael Baker ”Dust & Bone” (Keys To The Kingdom Records, 2016)”

The Ormewoods “The Bedroom Sessions” (Independent, 2016)

Thithe-ormewoodss is unashamedly happy music from a new Atlanta based duo Don McCollister and Claire Pearson who appear all loved up and want the world to know about it. And why not in a year full of fraction and strife? Just to add to the frisson we are told that the record was recorded in the bedroom of Claire Pearson who wrote the lyrics on the ten tracks here. There is an energy and enthusiasm to the music which is refreshing and uplifting and whilst the excellent “Hey Babe” has a rootsy feel in the main the songs are mainstream pop fare.

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