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“Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story”
Mar04

“Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story”

See our review of the new documentary about bluegrass fiddler extraordinaire Michael Cleveland “Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story” Released Globally March 1 2019 By Rob Dickens I first saw Michael Cleveland play at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh North Carolina in 2013. Peter Rowan had a set in one of the large rooms at the Conference Hotel and had...

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Catching Live Marlon
Feb14

Catching Live Marlon

Check our review of ‘Live At Auckland Town Hall’ by Marlon Williams Marlon Williams – photo LTTL By Rob Dickens He looks like Valentino straight out of the boxing ring. He sounds beautifully mournful, his vocals have grown up on Orbison or Isaak or Caruso but somehow refuse to be derivative, which is no mean achievement. Just released, Marlon Williams treats us with his new album, Live At Auckland Town...

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Riverland Hits The Spot
Jan31

Riverland Hits The Spot

Our review of the album from Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz Eric Brace, Thomm Jutz, Peter Cooper (L-R) – photo: John Partipilo Riverland is about Mississippi. The River or the State, you might ask? Well, very clearly BOTH are in the minds and sights of Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz on this, their second record as a trio (out 1 February 2019 on Red Beet Records). While Brace hails from Washington, Cooper...

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Yola’s ‘Walk Through Fire’ – A Modern Classic
Jan21

Yola’s ‘Walk Through Fire’ – A Modern Classic

Read our review of the spellbinding “Walk Through Fire’ by Yola Yola Carter – photo: Alysse Gafkjen Debut Album  ‘Walk Through Fire’ Out February 22 2019 By Rob Dickens This is a truly remarkable album. An epic. It sweeps up stunning arrangements, well-crafted songwriting and masterful session playing, with Yola’s commanding and glorious vocal presence to give us, and I say this with the...

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How Many L’s in Glassellland?!
Jan10

How Many L’s in Glassellland?!

Read our review of Glasellland by Jordie Lane on its world-wide release   By Rob Dickens         Jordie Lane’s album Glassellland has been around Australian traps for a while, having been released here in September 2016.  The album has received significant acclaim from this warmly-regarded ex-pat Australian roots artist and now, with its world-wide release in late 2018, I thought it timely to reflect on...

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Danny Burns and Friends – A Collaborative Gem
Dec07

Danny Burns and Friends – A Collaborative Gem

Read our review of ‘North Country’ by Danny Burns   By Rob Dickens       When I saw Danny Burns a while back at Music City Roots (please find a new venue MCR, we miss your intelligent spirit!), I learned a few facts – a lad from County Donegal in Ireland, given the opportunity to work with some impressive musicians, a new album with some gifted contributors, the new songs previewed that night...

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