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Davina and the Vagabonds - Black Cloud (Self Release)

Minnesota-based Davina and the Vagabonds release their third album, which follows both UNDER LOCK AND KEY (2008) and LIVE @ THE TIMES (2009), with more of their own particular blend of jazz-infused juke joint music. With Michael Carvale on upright bass, Connor McRae on drums, Dan Eikmeier on...

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4

Graham Robins - The Shipping News (Global Sessions)

A good evenly balanced mixture of soul, blues, country and gospel from Watford-born singer-songwriter Graham Robins. There's elements of Van Morrison in Graham's songs, not just in the cool clear water, the winds and breezes and the abundance of rain, but in the apparent Celtic soul connection;...

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3

Piefinger - A Countryman's Favour (Self Release)

This second helping of Piefinger, the follow up to WHERE YOU MIGHT GO (2006), once again sees this three-piece acoustic combo marrying folk and jazz rhythms to create an easily accessible almost pop/folk sound with ten self-penned songs and the one non-original, Jean Ritchie's enduring The L and N...

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3

Buffalo Clover - Low Down Time (Palaver Records)

Formed in 2008, Nashville's Buffalo Clover continue to deliver their own brand of country roots music with ten new songs that just might get you out of your seat and onto your feet. Margo Price is up front once again and means business from the start with her unmistakably assured voice, especially...

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3

Roselands - Faded Postmark (Self Release)

FADED POSTCARDS is the debut album from London-based trio Roselands, heralding the arrival of ten original songs each imbued with a soulful fragility, a delicate almost cracked vocal performance courtesy of Glasgow-born Mark McLaughlin, together with some finely-tuned arrangements. Formed in 2009...

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3

Kami Thompson - Love Lies (Warner Classics)

Interesting debut from Richard and Linda's youngest sprog Kamila, whose earthy vocal and stylish approach to song writing is represented here with nine original songs and the one cover, The Beatles Don't Bother Me , written by the Quiet One, from the days when he was really quiet. Everyone gets in...

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4

The Hot Seats - Live (Self Release)

Recorded live in their home state of Virginia at Ashland Coffee and Tea, allegedly the 'Centre of the Universe's original coffee shop', where you are encouraged not only to blend your own bevvy but also sit and listen to some exciting home-grown music in the 'Listening Room'. The Hot Seats qualify...

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3

Lepistö & Lehti - Radio Moskova (Aito Records)

Finland's Markku Lepistö and Pekka Lehti follow their debut album HELSKINKI with another eight highly inventive multi-textural self-penned compositions for accordion and double bass and the one traditional Finnish composition Vasulaisten Juhlamarssi, which closes the album. Lepistö & Lehti...

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3

Eric Taylor - Live at the Red Shack (Blue Ruby)

I've shamelessly waxed lyrical about Eric Taylor for many years now, based upon the times I've met him, the times I've attended his shows and the times I've popped onto the player any one of the half a dozen studio albums the Texan singer-songwriter has produced over his thirty-year recording...

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4

The Sunshine Delay - Keep It Together (Wrong Train Records)

It's been a while since Edinburgh-based The Sunshine Delay released their debut album OUTRAGEOUS EXPECTATIONS (2004), which introduced the band to a wider audience with their country-inflected roots music. Although Paula McNally's name has changed (to McKee), nothing much has changed about her...

Star rating: 
3

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