John Prine – For Better or Worse
Dec14

John Prine – For Better or Worse

Originally published on AddictedToNoise.com.au   By Rob Dickens   It’s been a year of some moment for John Prine. The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter turned seventy and, to celebrate, played a sold-out, two-night engagement at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium with a slew of special guests.  Just two weeks before he treated fans (including yours truly) to a special show at another famous Nashville venue –...

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Lisa LeBlanc’s Runaway Queen
Nov12

Lisa LeBlanc’s Runaway Queen

Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?  In banjo, there is power. Lisa LeBlanc proves on her new record that her banjo provides an excellent bedrock of power chords and driving rhythm. LeBlanc is 26 years old.  A singer, banjo player, guitarist, she is originally from a tiny town called Rosaireville (“it doesn’t have traffic lights or even a stop sign it’s so small”) in New Brunswick, Canada....

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Small Town Romance
Nov02

Small Town Romance

Small Town Romance Hit Their Stride This is an understated, yet classy release. Small Town Romance has just released a self-titled debut.  Fronted by Jim Arneman and Flora Smith, the band has been working hard, successfully getting their name to a wider base.  The pair share writing and singing duties, complementing each other between Arneman’s story-telling and Smith’s narrative and Smith’s ear for a tune. Jim...

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Their Innocent Road
Oct28

Their Innocent Road

Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms New Album – Innocent Road I have seen the Caleb Klauder Country Band play live twice – both times in Nashville, The City Winery and the iconic Station Inn. The blend of true harmonies, the sharply-written country songs and the un-showy authenticity strike a rich vein that makes them seem like they are born and raised in Music City.  But no, to my surprise the band that I had tagged as one of...

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A Potent Follow-up Statement
Oct26

A Potent Follow-up Statement

  Josh Rennie-Hynes released an acclaimed debut in 2014 – February.   With that release Rennie-Hynes exhibited great talent and dropped a very impressive outing indeed, with help from classy producer (and songwriter) Shane Nicholson.  You can read my full review. The befittingly-named follow-up Furthermore was released last August through MGM.  Second albums (I won’t use the term...

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Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Oct26

Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor

Beth Hart’s New Release Fire On The Floor Beth Hart continues to produce quality work at a creditable output rate.  She also continues to distance herself from the somewhat restrictive descriptor of ‘blues siren’. The Grammy-nominated singer furthers her songwriting chops with her new album Fire On The Floor, just out on Provogue/Mascot Label Group.  Her last release Better Than Home (2015) was a critical success and...

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