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The Annie Duggan Band - If I Knew Then.. (Clarksdale)

With Ann Duggan's distinctive voice backed by a pretty tight rhythmic unit courtesy of the newly re-named 'Annie' Duggan Band, comprising of Rob Hines on guitars, Alan Shotter on bass and harmonica and Gordon Taylor on drums and backing vocals, Ann's fourth album blends country, folk and rock to...

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3

The Whybirds - Cold Blue Sky (Little Red Recording)

Alt-country rockers The Whybirds' second record and follow up to their self-titled debut of 2008, once again demonstrates the band's no nonsense approach to hard-rocking Americana, despite the band coming from Bedford. Produced by Tom Peters (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), COLD BLUE SKY maintains a...

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3

Pete Dilley - Forecast (Self Release)

More and more we see young emerging artists taking their tentative steps in music whilst still at school; the bulk of Ella Edmondson's debut HOLD YOUR HORSES being written at the age of 15 for example or Ruth Notman's early song compositions being done as school projects, complete with dodgy...

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3

Joanna Chapman-Smith - Contraries (Woundup Records)

Joanna Chapman-Smith's follow up to her 2007 debut EYRE CORVIDAE takes us on a journey through the contraries in life, taking William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as a premise, exploring the polarised opposites of right and wrong, mind and body, good and bad. With a real tangible handle...

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3

Hungrytown - Hungrytown (Listen Here Records)

At first glance you might think you'd inadvertently walked into a scene from Annie Hall, with Alvy Singer and his eponymous heroine Annie, not so much wrestling with lobsters or watching the sun come up over Brooklyn Bridge, but maybe that memorable scene of Annie doing her cabaret turn.. la-di-da...

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4

Texas Tornados - Esta Bueno (Proper)

With the passing of both Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm, it was almost taken as a given that the Texas Tornados would never see the light of day again and their extraordinary Tejano brand of Tex-Mex would be assigned to the annals of history. As history has shown though, the music world keeps on...

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3

Lau Vs Karine Polwart - Evergreen (Self Release)

If like me, you were always convinced that Lau was a perfectly formed entity, comprising of three outstanding musicians; one who provides a distinctively fluid fiddle sound, another whose dual role is to provide the robust bottom end as well as throwing in the occasional discordant flight of fancy...

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4

Brooks Williams - Baby O! (Red Guitar Blue Music)

Statesboro-born Brooks Williams releases his 17th album and brings with it a veritable feast of feel-good blues, utilising his trusty bottleneck and resonator guitar to great effect throughout. The album, mostly made up of self-penned songs with a nod to one or two country blues giants such as Son...

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4

Nicky Swann - Matches and Dispatches (Self Release)

The county of Devon is becoming such a rich place for music these days, I have a feeling there's something in the water. Singer-songwriter Nicky Swann is by no means 'run of the mill' and apparently has no quarms in presenting us with the burden of pigeon hole-ing. Equally comfortable with country-...

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4

Trent Miller and Skeleton Jive - Cerberus (Hangman Records)

The guise of Trent Miller and the Skeleton Jive suggests that the London-based singer-guitarist has cobbled together a band for his debut record CERBERUS, but it appears that Miller is on his tod on this one. Armed with just guitar and harmonica rack, together with a world weary booze-drenched...

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3

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