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Blue O'Connell - Choose the Sky (Self Release)

Upon first hearing Charlottesville-based singer/guitarist Blue O'Connell's album CHOOSE THE SKY, with its complex guitar instrumentals and well-crafted self-probing songs, the standard of musicianship should come as no surprise, bearing in mind that Blue has experienced no less than 36 years of...

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3

Madison Violet - The Good in Goodbye (True North Records)

Toronto's Madison Violet return with a stylish follow up to the JUNO nominated NO FOOL FOR TRYING (2009) which established Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac once and for all as one of the outstanding Canadian duos in the Americana field. THE GOOD IN GOODBYE maintains the duo's trademark tight...

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4

Jerry Leger - Traveling Grey (Self Release)

Raised on a diet of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, the hereditary staple of his grandfather, father and mother respectively and fuelled by an observant nature, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jerry Leger writes and performs with a certain drive and immediacy, demonstrated once again on...

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3

O'Hooley and Tidow - The Last Polar Bear (Download)

Much praise was poured upon SILENT JUNE, O'Hooley and Tidow's debut album release last year and rightly so in my opinion. The much anticipated follow up album THE FRAGILE is due for release in February and this new download single is a taster of what's to come. Belinda and Heidi's richly...

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4

The Lennerockers - High Class Lady (AGR Television Records)

The Lennerockers take their name from the Lenne River upon which their hometown of Hohenlimburg stands in West Germany. The roots of their rockabilly music couldn't be further from the medieval Limburg roots of their town. HIGH CLASS LADY is the best of the Lennerockers, twenty-five years on from...

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3

Pharis and Jason Romero - A Passing Glimpse (Lula)

Endorsed by the likes of Tim O'Brien and Ricky Skaggs, Pharis and Jason Romero release their first album as a duo, having already taken tentative steps into recording with two previous albums that the duo made with a bunch of friends; The Haints Old Time Stringband's SHOUT MONAH (2009) followed by...

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4

The Deadly Gentlemen - Carry Me Home (Self Release)

Thoroughly enjoyable debut from The Deadly Gentlemen who put their own distinctive stamp on bluegrass. Five young players deliver a completely new sound that incorporates their instantly recognisable 'group shouting'; no lead singer to speak of, just a combined all-encompassing choral holler that I...

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4

DownTown Mystic - Standing Still (AGR Television Records)

The opening few bars of Modern Ways from this third album release by Sha-La Music president Robert Allen, otherwise known as DownTown Mystic, points in the general direction of Chuck Berry as a fitting starting point for this collection of rockers on STANDING STILL. With an immediately hard rocking...

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3

Navaro - Home Is Where Your Heartlands (Leading Horses Records)

Navaro's second album and follow up to the well-received UNDER DIAMOND SKIES (2008) features sixteen songs plus an additional five demos and live cuts labelled 'rough diamonds', from the pens of both Steve Austin and Pete White, with the one cover, JD Souther's Wishing On Another Lucky Star...

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3

Roadhouse - Dark Angel (Cross Border Records)

DARK ANGEL is the eleventh album release by Roadhouse, one of the UK's long established blues and rock outfits, whose collaborative endeavours between experienced male musicians and considerably younger female vocalists seems to have an unexpected dynamic. Led once again by Gary Boner, the singer/...

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