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Mark Atherton - To Bring Me To You (Self Release)

This is the fourth album by Derbyshire-based singer-songwriter Mark Atherton, whose delicate approach to song writing and gentle, almost placid vocal style, creates a pretty laid-back atmosphere from the start. The dozen original songs here include tender love songs such as Look at Me, You and I...

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3

Will Scott - Keystone Crossing (Weather-Tone)

New York-based singer-songwriter Will Scott returns with his third album release and follow up to GNAWBONE (2009), which once again demonstrates a distinctively soulful alt-country Americana feel throughout. KEYSTONE CROSSING sees Scott sharing much of the song writing credits with producer/...

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3

Various Artists - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Deluxe Edition (Universal)

It is without question that the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? brought bluegrass and other roots musics to a much wider audience, selling in excess of nine million copies and influencing an incalculable number of new singers and musicians who have since made...

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4

Annabelle Chvostek - Live From Folk Alley (Self Release)

This first live release from one of Canada's outstanding songwriters, Annabelle Chvostek's LIVE AT FOLK ALLEY features ten songs performed in front of a live audience at New York's BluSeed Studios in 2010. With a fair amount of between song banter, which goes some way towards introducing us to her...

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4

Steve Tilston - The Reckoning (Hubris Records)

We all come to music in different ways. Sometimes we are unlucky enough to have our 'first impressions' marred by an uncharacteristically poor performance, thus putting us off a particular artist for good; at other times we may just be in the right place at the right time. The first time I took any...

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4

JT Nero - Mountains Forests (Self Release)

Anyone fortunate enough to have caught either Po' Girl or JT and the Clouds in concert will know this new venture to be a match made in Heaven. JT Nero, also known as Jeremy Lindsay, teams up with Po' Girl's Allison Russell for a beautiful collaboration featuring the musicians from both of their...

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5

Nick Lowe - The Old Magic (Proper)

It's been a while since Nick Lowe's last album, the widely acclaimed AT MY AGE (2007), which seemed to acknowledge Lowe's status as an elder statesman of British song writing. Long gone are the youthful days of Lowe's involvement with pub rock, punk rock and what was then known as the new wave,...

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3

Rita Hosking - Burn (Self Release)

We are immediately up to speed as to where Rita Hosking is coming from in the opening lines to Something You Got, where the singer not only name checks Johnny and June Cash, but also Van Morrison as well, citing all three as pretty much the ideal place to start when it comes to writing a good love...

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4

Elbow Jane - The Boldest Blood (Fellside)

Merseyside quintet Elbow Jane return to Fellside for the follow up to 3-SIDE ISLAND, which helped the band gain the reputation they thoroughly deserve. With live appearances that reveal a band that resembles a bunch of favourite cousins returning from their travels to entertain the whole family,...

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3

Red Sky July - Red Sky July (Proper)

The now familiar and ultimately more accessible technical aspects of demo sharing was largely responsible for the inception of this debut album by husband and wife team Shelly and Ally McErlaine. As a basic track travelled the relatively short distance via email from Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine'...

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3

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