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Jim Lauderdale’s Alien Creation
Jul06

Jim Lauderdale’s Alien Creation

We review the new offering from the prolific one – Jim Lauderdale Jim Lauderdale in Nashville 2019 – Photo: LTTL By Rob Dickens I keep a pretty close tally of every show I’ve attended over the years – it can come in very handy, both to remind and recount. But I admit that I have lost count of the number of times I’ve seen Jim Lauderdale perform. I know the first one – at The Station Inn in Nashville...

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The Truth According To Rod Picott
Jun12

The Truth According To Rod Picott

Read our review of the latest impressive offering from Rod Picott Photo: Neilson Hubbard ‘Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil’ Rod Picott Release Date: July 19, 2019 By Rob Dickens Singer/songwriter Rod Picott is in a rich vein of form. Back in 2015, we extolled the virtues of this Nashville-based artist’s album Fortune. Since then he has released 2018’s Out Past The Wires, published two books of poetry, one...

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Gary and Whitey – Double Class Act
Jun06

Gary and Whitey – Double Class Act

Arresting new releases from Gary Nicholson and Whitey Johnson Both Out 7 June 2019 – Gary Nicholson’s ‘The Great Divide’ and Whitey Johnson’s ‘More Days Like These’ By Rob Dickens Gary Nicholson Gary Nicholson’s list of achievements are super impressive – as songwriter, producer and performer. His name appears on around 600 recorded songs across multiple genres – country,...

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The Felice Brothers Disrobe
May10

The Felice Brothers Disrobe

Here is our review of ‘Undress’ the newbie from The Felice Brothers The Felice Brothers – Photo by Lawrence Braun By Rob Dickens I remember where I was when I first heard The Felice Brothers – the street, who was in the car, the album’s warm sound. The band’s 2008 eponymous release was striking – their upstate New York bucolic musings which would later be claimed to be quintessential Americana...

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John Smith Hums Along Ever So Smoothly
Apr18

John Smith Hums Along Ever So Smoothly

Check out our review of ‘Hummingbird’ by English folk artist John Smith By Rob Dickens When I saw John Smith perform a short in-the-round set in a crowded room at Folk Alliance International last year, I only managed to write three words in my notebook – ‘London’ and ‘John Martyn’. I remember being duly impressed by his songwriting and breathy vocals and for it to invoke a comparison with the...

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Mark Webb Jr’s Striking Banter
Apr08

Mark Webb Jr’s Striking Banter

Read our review of ‘Smoke Wine Banter’ by Mark Webb Jr Mark Webb Jr Photo: Katy Sergent ‘Smoke Wine Banter’ by Mark Webb Jr Out April 26 2019 Smoke Wine Banter is Mark Webb Jr’s second release from Bristol’s niche label Gold Ship Records. The album was engineered and produced by Brad Phillips at Studio 101 in Woodruff, South Carolina. Phillips also produced Mark’s debut release, Home in 2016....

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