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Bill Jackson Completes His Masterful Trilogy
Mar26

Bill Jackson Completes His Masterful Trilogy

Wayside Ballads Vol 3 Bill Jackson Wayside Ballads Vol. 3 Out April 2021 We Talk With Bill Below By Rob Dickens The Album A chance meeting between an Australian music Hall of Famer and a much respected songwriter ended up in the production of two new records during the grim months of Melbourne’s lockdown during 2020.Kerryn Tolhurst had always been on Bill Jackson’s radar. For Jackson it felt like a natural fit with Tolhurst’s...

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John Smith’s ‘The Fray’ Reviewed
Mar21

John Smith’s ‘The Fray’ Reviewed

John Smith new release reviewed John Smith – Photo: LTTL John Smith ‘The Fray’ Out March 26, 2021 By Rob Dickens According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fray is an “usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute” The Fray finds English folk singer and songwriter John Smith with his sixth album, grounded from his usually-busy touring schedule, and reeling from a cascade of even worse...

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Albums Of The Month – March 2021
Mar05

Albums Of The Month – March 2021

Our Top Six Releases Mar 21 Luke Sinclair – Photo: LTTL Top Six Releases March 2021 Our Top Six Releases By Rob Dickens Bones Owens Bones Owens Black Ranch Records/Thirty Tigers 26 February 2021 Bones Owens is Missouri-bred and Nashville-based, but he sounds more like a linchpin of the bluesy rock ‘n’ roll scene in neighbouring Memphis. His self-titled debut is a jubilant concoction – gritty and pulsating...

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You Need To Find Lucero
Feb15

You Need To Find Lucero

We review Lucero’s new release Lucero – Photo: Bob Bayne Lucero’s ‘When You Found Me’ Sets The Artistic Benchmark For 2021 By Rob Dickens Lucero frontman and songwriter Ben Nichols is originally an Arkansan but moved to nearby Memphis Tennessee early on. The music scene there captivated him and before long Lucero (‘Loose-air-o’) was born and the band has over the past twenty years enjoyed...

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Harry Dean Stanton Live in ’93
Jan28

Harry Dean Stanton Live in ’93

New Live 1993 Release By Rob Dickens On paper it looks easier to move from singer/musician to actor rather than the other way around. Some examples where the former career transition has paid off in spades: Cher, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ice Cube, Lady Gaga, James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, Mandy Moore, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Harry Belafonte, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Ross,...

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Best Albums 2020
Jan02

Best Albums 2020

Top 2020 releases plus more Waylon Payne – Photo: LTTL By Rob Dickens Introduction and Observations Welcome to our ‘Best Of’ Vol VIII. I am writing this a little later this year. Maybe it’s a reflection of the lethargy that 20-bloody-20 has left us with. We’ve endured about ten months of pandemic news, restrictions, debates, border closures, travel plans scuttled and not being able to see our loved ones....

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