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MUSH –FAMILY ALBUM (Self-Released)

Northumberland’s Mush is a hard working band. Nicky Ruston, Sarah Van Jellie, Penny Callow, Bernard Wright and Susanne Lambert are a most innovative set of players, vocalists and with them orchestrating a fine balance between creative, and wry humour as entertaining as they come, live; and…

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THE JELLYMAN’S DAUGHTER —DEAD RECKONING (Boat Duck Records)

www.thejellymansdaughter.com

Edinburgh folk country duo Emily Kelly (vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar) and Graham Coe (vocals, cello, mandolin)…

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THE EQUATRIAL GROUP —APRICITY (Self-Released)

www.theequatorialgroup.com

Recorded in Echo Zoo Studios Eastbourne The Equatorial Group’s debut though steeped in mellow, languid strains the listener is invariably drawn to their…

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DARLING WEST —WHILE I WAS ASLEEP (Ja Jensen Records)

www.darlingwest.no

Oh boy, what a pleasant sound. Norwegian trio Darling West have two previous albums out, last years Vinyl And A Heartache won them a…

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CASE GARRETT —AUTORA (Suitcase Records)

www.casegarrett.com

Every now and again, a really good one appears! As is the case with Case Garrett’s (acoustic, electric guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, B3, backing vocals) album Aurora is given…

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MARTHA REICH —BRAVE BIRD (Self-Released)

www.marthareich.com

New Mexico folk singer-songwriter Martha Reich has a beautiful tone to her vocals, clear and crisp and, the production is sympathetic, gently and warm. It touches one's soul. She spins her…

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THE MAMMALS —SUNSHINER (Humble Abode Music)

www.themammals.love

New England act, The Mammals are all accomplished musicians, and have good pedigree. One of which is a project featuring four members; The Mike + Ruthy Band. I well recall a superb performance two…

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HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE — AWAKE (Proper Records)

Set to capitalise on their 2016 debut album, Before The Sun Cambridge folk act Hannah Sanders (lead vocals, guitars, Dulcimer) and Ban Savage (vocals, Dobro, guitars) are joined by Jon Thorne (double bass), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Evan Carson (percussion), Canadian Chris…

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CARRINGTON MacDUFFIE —KISS MAKE BETTER (Self-Released)

www.carringtonmacduffie.com

Euro Tour Dates and FSR Feature here…

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MARK HUFF –STARS FOR EYES (Self-Released)

www.therealmarkhuff.com

Americana country with dashes of rock is what you get when you place a Mark Huff record on your player, and with his insatiable appetite to stir things up and push outward he…

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GRETCHEN PETERS –DANCING WITH THE BEAST (Proper Records)

www.properrecords.com

Americana singer-songwriterGretchen Peters  is one of the finest female purveyors of the art, and, with her consistently lifting the bar the listener is once again in for a treat when they give her…

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW — VOLUNTEER (Sony Music)

www.sonymusic.com

www.oldcrowmedicineshow.com

On placing the latest album from North Carolina’s finest, the Old Crow Medicine…

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CHARLEY CROCKETT — LONESOME AS A SHADOW  (Thirty Tigers)

www.thirtytigers.com

Benito, Texas-born blues singer, Charley Crockett’s music enjoys a great deal of freedom as you have country, rock, pop and country soul merge into a package in…

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STEVE YOUNG —TO SATISFY YOU (Ace Records)

ww.acerecords.com

Originally out on Rounder in 1981, To Satisfy You is different to your usual Steve Young album. There is only one original song and, those chosen are a diverse set as he includes the likes of Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings (he may have…

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RACHEL BROWN & THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS –RACHEL BROWN & THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS (Self-Released)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH...

www.rechelandthebeatnikplayboys.com

Where has this girl been? For here we have unearthed a real jewel in the form of country, rockabilly singer-songwriter Rachel Brown. As…

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ESOEBO – IV  (Knot Reel Records)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH 

www.esoebo.com

Chuck McDowell (acoustic guitar, vocals) & Gail Burnett (vocals, cello) are Esoebo. With them supported by an amazing set of Nashville sessionmen in the form of producer Phil Madeira…

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JOSH ROUSE —LOVE OF THE MODERN AGE (Yep Roc)

www.yeproc.com

Here we have quite a change in direction for Americana singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, a man who, twenty years into his career felt the need to ease into music of a difference. On…

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COMMANDER CODY —FLYING DREAMS / ROCK ‘n ROLL AGAIN (Floating World)

www.floatingworldrecords.com

Using a quote from the notes that came with this two lps on one cd offering I select ‘the irrepressible George Frayne – better know to the cooloscenti as Commander Cody – was, indeed is, one of the great characters of seventies County Rock. 

Originally released in 1978 and 1977 respectively,…

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SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO —SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO – ONE TIME ONE NIGHT (Floating World)

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

During the mid-1980s, country music enjoyed a shot in the arm when the New Traditionalist era emerged. MCA Records and Columbia were up at the forefront and…

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BETTYE LAVETTE —THINGS HAVE CHANGED (Verve Records)

www.verve.com

Other people write songs, but he writes vignettes, more prose than poetry. I didn’t find his words to be pretty so much as they are extremely practical or extremely logical. He can work…

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July 2018
1
American Aquarium
93 pts.
Things Change
New West
BK,TJ,JB
2
Gretchen Peters
56 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
ML,GF
3
Patrick Sweany
51 pts.
Ancient Noise
Nine Mile Records
FC,RK,BM,CVL,TK
4
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
47 pts.
Downey To Lubbock
Yep Roc
SP,JBO,JJC
5
Melissa Carper & Rebecca Patek
34 pts.
Brand New Old-Time Songs
Independent
 
6
Ry Cooder
33 pts.
The Prodigal Son
Perro Verde Records
DH
7
Jenny van West
32 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
RST,NC
8
Brooks Williams
30 pts.
Lucky Star
Red Guitar Blue Music
 
9
Levi Parham
29 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
 
10
I See Hawks in LA
26 pts.
Live and Never Learn
Western Seed Records
WR
11
Rory Block
25 pts.
A Woman's Soul
Stoneyplain Records
MB,AL
12
Phil Cook
24 pts.
People Are My Drug
Thirty Tigers
LK,JD
13
Mike Aiken
23 pts.
Wayward Troubadour
Northwind Records
BP
14
Karen Jonas
22 pts.
Butter
Independent
HVB
15
Buckley
21 pts.
Las Cruzes
Rum Bar Records
 
 
John Prine
21 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
 
17
Neko Case
20 pts.
Hell-on
Anti Epitha
MW
 
Sam Lewis
20 pts.
Loversity
Loversity Records
HDB
 
Verbraak Van Bijnen
20 pts.
Endless Road
CRS
HH,TV
20
Jesse Dayton
19 pts.
The Outsider
Blue Elan
LM,SZ
21
Dieter van der Westen Band
18 pts.
Me and You
Independent
 
 
Hadley McCall Thackston
18 pts.
Hadley McCall Thackston
Wolfe Island Records
CRS
 
Willie Nelson
18 pts.
Last Man Standing
Legacy
 
24
Carter Sampson
17 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
 
Tami Neilson
17 pts.
SassaFrass!
Outside Music

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