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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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3

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...

Star rating: 
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...

Star rating: 
4

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