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Jim and Jesse - Diesel on My Tail (Floating World Records)

Re-issue of Jim and Jesse's fuelled-up 1967 album featuring some vintage yet fresh truck songs from the Virginian Bluegrass siblings, including Six Days on the Road, Truck Driving Man and other roadworthy tunes, such as Ballad of Thunder Road, co-written by Robert Mitchum. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Keith James - Captured (Hurdy Gurdy)

For many years now, Keith James has been regarded as a leading interpreter of the songs of Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and John Martyn, together with selected poetical works of Dylan Thomas, William Blake and Federico García Lorca, to name but a few. Although there might be a question mark over why...

Torgeir Waldemar - Jamais Vu (Jansen Records)

With each of the five lengthy tracks indicating they are either acoustic or electric, we feel suitably warned, especially as the Neil Young-like rockers take flight. So Young-like, that the opener Sylvia has more Southern Man references than Lynyrd Skynyrd could shake a stick at. Interesting. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Cua - Songs of the Hollow (Self Release)

Tight three voice harmonies as rich and sharp as anything that came out of Laurel Canyon CSN, razor sharp instrumental folk music that manages to be part Celtic, part Balkan and part Hot Quintet of The Hot Club Of Paris. Unaccompanied singing with the vim and social comment of Coope Boyes and...

Anne-Marie Sanderson - Book Songs Volume 1 (Self Release)

Anne-Marie Sanderson's third EP release is inspired by a handful of books the singer has devoured over time, books like Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth , Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible and Sarah Hall's Haweswater for instance. Celebrating literature in such a symbiotic way is quite novel (no...

Yvonne Lyon - Metanoia (Self Release)

20 years into her recording career with seven previous solo albums under her belt, Scots singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon releases METANOIA (a new way of seeing), in which she sees things a little differently in a dozen splendid songs, some new, some revisits, with strong performances throughout. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

May Erlewine - Mother Lion (Earth Work)

It's taken a while to get around to this one and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's the sparse cover artwork - just the name of the artist and the title on a white ground - I'm not sure, but I do know that once I had it on the player, I was moved to keep listening. Never judge a book by the...

Bird In The Belly - The Crowing (GFM Records)

Through a kind of cyclical Folk reincarnation, the spirt of the original Steeleye Span, the much under rated Psych Folk 70s Band courses through Bird In The Belly. To be clear this is not a Maddy Prior side project, although I think she'd be impressed by this bands stripped back but layered dark...

Zoe Mulford - Small Brown Birds (Azalea City Recordings)

Fifth album release by American singer songwriter Zoe Mulford. Now resident in the UK, Zoe accompanies herself on both guitar and banjo, her songs resonating with these times. Little wonder then that The President Sang Amazing Grace has just been covered by Joan Baez. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

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