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         Shipcote hails from Newcastle ( where else?) and has been a stlawart of the music scene in those parts for many a year, both as performer and as promoter. In recent years he has taken to songwriting, too and this is just the latest batch of his songs to make it onto cd. Home recorded ( "at Howard's flat in Wallsend" ) and featuring a whole bunch of Shipcote's musical pals, Shipcote Rides Again brings us the man's own particular take on Americana. This particular collection has something of a sub-tropical air about it, whether it's the voodoo style of Pink Rose, the Mexican border style of It's So Good or the atmosphere of the south seas that comes over from time to time - is that the slack key style I can hear? It's a bizarre image to think of a bunch of Geordies conjuring up all this warmth and sunshine whilst recording in a flat in Wallsend, but conjure it they do and very nicely indeed.

         This is really a cd to pick up at a gig whilst the songs are fresh in your head; Shipcote's vocal, as recorded, is way too soft and diffident to make this radio-friendly fare but, even as you're straining a little to catch what he's singing,  you're going to be bowled over by the charm of the man's music. He writes songs that are warm, humane and down to earth - and also leavened with a little gentle humour. I hope it's only a matter of time before his songs get picked up by more commercial acts so that he can get the songwriting royalties he deserves. As it is, there's some gentle pleasure to be won from getting to know these songs in their original form. There's some excellent musicianship on this album and although his pals in the band get a namecheck on the sleeve, there's no clue as to who played what. The guitar playing and the banjo playing are really fine but with me being a particular fan of the pedal steel it would be nice to know who it is in England, other than B J Cole, who plays the pedal steel so well. Keep an ear out for Shipcote, anyway, definitely something of a hidden treasure. 

John Davy


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May 2018

1
John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
7
Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
25
Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental

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