February 4 2018 is the 1st International House Concert Day, The European House Concert Hub and FSR are celebrating by organising the 1st International House Concert Festival. Talk to Rob Ellen if you would like to be involved.
Presenting Davy Cowan's "Little Town" our 2017 Christmas Song
Merry Christmas (& a guid New Year) from Medicine Music.
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This is a very classy, straightforward blues set from this Nashville-based outfit. Guitarist Ric Latina – a veteran of many country and blues groups and sessions – teamed up with singer Jeannette Markey in 2012, initially just to write a few songs. This is their second album and for blues lovers, it really hits the spot. As I write this, I am listening to ‘Be My Train’, a fine, funky Little Milton tribute (incidentally all ten songs here are originals), with excellent soulful vocals, clean guitar, funky horns, cracking rhythm section, and even that electric piano sound that denotes a definite era within the soul-blues – now that’s attention to detail. ‘Lay Down Lucille’ is a BB King tribute, but don’t get the idea these guys don’t have anything to say for themselves. All the songs here are carefully crafted, with varied, thoughtful arrangements from raw down-home, slide guitar driven blues to smooth bluesoul, impassioned singing and intelligent lyrics – you won’t find any ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ re-treads on this set, or even any blues-rock outings. The focus is on the songs and everything is tight and to-the-point. That makes it something of a rarity for the modern blues scene; that it is such an unqualified success is a real bonus!
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