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Chris Stapleton – Starting Over With Brilliance
Nov14

Chris Stapleton – Starting Over With Brilliance

Chris Stapleton’s ‘Starting Over’ Reviewed Photo: LTTL Chris Stapleton ‘Starting Over’ Out Now By Rob Dickens From bluegrass band vocalist to country hit songwriter through to a stellar solo career of three albums and a touring juggernaut. Winner of Grammys (five-times) , Country Music Awards (ten) and an Americana Music Association gong to boot. It was getting a little difficult to imagine Chris...

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Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – Fiddler’s Pastime
Nov07

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – Fiddler’s Pastime

We review Fiddler’s Pastime Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – Photo: LTTL Bronwyn Keith-Hynes ‘Fiddler’s Pastime’ Out Now By Rob Dickens “Luck’s a fortune” they say. “Timing is everything” as well. Enough with the cliches. The point is that we were in Nashville last September for AmericanaFest. My colleague Jim Jacob and a couple of friends were hanging out at the Station Inn one night...

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Pretty Free Is Justin Farren
Nov05

Pretty Free Is Justin Farren

We review Justin Farren Justin Farren – Photo Wes Davis Justin Farren ‘Pretty Free’ Out Now By Rob Dickens Justin Farren is based in Sacramento, California and has been acknowledged a few times for his songwriting, so many nods in fact that his lyrical cred. is pretty much a given (see list below). His fourth full-length album, Pretty Well (released October 23, 2020) demonstrates again his way with words. His voice...

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Albums Of The Month – November 2020
Oct31

Albums Of The Month – November 2020

Our Top Six Releases Sturgill Simpson – in earlier, long-hair, electric mode – Photo: LTTL Top Six Releases November 2020 By Rob Dickens Allison Forbes Bonedigger Independent 7 February 2020 Allison Forbes’ debut Bonedigger was released back in February this year. It did, however, only come across our decks last month and hence its inclusion here. It is such a stunning, fierce and passionate collection that I simply...

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The Steel Wheels Pen Songs For Everyone
Oct20

The Steel Wheels Pen Songs For Everyone

Album Review Steel Wheels The Steel Wheels – Photo: LTTL The Steel Wheels With Everyone A Song, Vol. 1 Out November 9, 2020 By Rob Dickens I have to thank my wife for putting me on to The Steel Wheels. We were in Raleigh North Carolina in 2014 at the IBMA’s huge festival and conference World of Bluegrass. As I have been known to do at festivals, I was spending a fair amount of time in the Exhibition Centre going around the...

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Sturgill Simpson Cuts The Blue Grass With A Fine Blade
Oct17

Sturgill Simpson Cuts The Blue Grass With A Fine Blade

Sturgill Simpson New Album Sturgill Simpson – Photo: LTTL Sturgill Simpson Surprise Release – Goes Bluegrass ‘Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions’ By Rob Dickens Sturgill Simpson has provided three surprises here – one, he’s released an album with scarcely a word of warning. Two, he’s eshewed his increasingly loud, showy later recordings with a beautifully-weighted...

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