Punch Brothers – photo Jim Jacob


The life of an artist has never been easy. 

It demands great sacrifice and discipline. 

In addition, most … musicians have had to endure discrimination, poverty and life on the road. 

Throughout it all, musicians remain committed to their mission:

to create the most sincere, meaningful and beautiful music possible

quote from the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City Missouri




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“Thank you Rob Dickens in Australia for your wonderful review of Trouble and Love, so beautifully written.   I appreciate it!”

– Mary Gauthier

“In case you missed this – I love this review of Fortune. It’s not just that he likes the album. He also really thought out the review and nailed the references like a 30 oz hammer on a 16 penny nail.”

– Rod Picott

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Welcome to our world and thanks for stopping by – we hope you find something useful here.  This site is designed to promote and support roots music and performers – anything alt. country, bluegrass, soul, funk, gospel, Americana, folk or blues.  Words, sounds and images.

Jim is a freelance photographer from Tasmania, Australia whose work lightens up the sounds that we hear.  His radio show can be found under the Radio tab from City Park Radio of which he is the President.

Rob is a freelance writer and music reviewer, based in Melbourne, Australia, who has contributed articles for Rhythms Magazine, Rocket Magazine, No Depression, Addicted To Noise and Steam Magazine. He has travelled extensively in the USA and takes boutique music tours down in various parts of the South.

Together we link words and images, like ‘listening through the lens’.

What you will find here are album reviews, photos, info on new releases, live show and festival reviews, articles about music history and our music trips to the USA, and other travels.  Oh, and check out our guided music tours.  We also have many contributions from guest writer – contact us at team@listeningthroughthelens.com if you would like to share your thoughts here.

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