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Rod Picott - Welding Burns (Welding Rod)

Rod Picott's seventh album release WELDING BURNS features seven new original songs from the pen of one of Americana's outstanding voices, together with three co-writes with long-time collaborator Slaid Cleaves. Recorded in Nashville, WELDING BURNS turns to the ordinary blue collar working man, the...

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4

Tom Russell - Mesabi (Proper)

No one draws their characters quite as well as Tom Russell. A quick wander through the sprawling back roads of HOTWALKER is testament to that. Just as the dust settles in the blood and candle smoke of Russell's last release, which had me wondering momentarily if I'd actually stumbled upon a career...

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4

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley - Deltaphonic (Electro-Fi)

With roots in southern Florida and Kansas respectively, Toronto-based blues duo Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley present a feast of 1930's and 1940's blues with ten originals penned by the duo together with Tampa Red's It Hurts Me Too and the old Al Lewis/Helmy Kresa classic It Was a Sad Night...

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3

Jacqui Dankworth - It Happens Quietly (Newquay Music/Proper Records)

To be left without any kind of warm and fuzzy glow after hearing Jacqui Dankworth's latest album, you would have to possess a heart made entirely of plastic or some such insentient, inanimate material. IT HAPPENS QUIETLY, like a good Disney film or snow on Christmas day, delivers just the right...

Paul Wassif - Looking Up, Feeling Down (Black Brown and White)

This is a treat for guitar enthusiasts everywhere. Enticing both Eric Clapton (aka Slowhand, aka God) and Bert Jansch (aka Bert, aka God), into the studio at the same time is probably something that is seriously well overdue. Both are celebrated guitarists, one known for being a rock and blues...

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3

Jimmie Vaughan - Plays More Blues Ballads and Favorites (Proper)

Whilst we had to wait a good nine years for Jimmie Vaughan's last solo album, BLUES, BALLADS AND FAVORITES released in 2010, the follow up comes hot on its tails less than twelve months later with more of the same; another selection of classic songs, once again recorded in the Bluesman's hometown...

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3

The Carrivick Sisters - From the Fields (Self Release)

South Devon's Carrivick Sisters' fourth album in just about as many years comes with a good deal of anticipation since 2009's JUPITER'S CORNER, the album that earned the twins some much deserved recognition on the bluegrass/old time music scene. Charlotte and Laura have a gentle approach to their...

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4

Nazareth - Big Dogz (Ear Music)

Anyone who recalls the heyday of the Scottish hard rock band with the Biblical name, will no doubt first of all be reminded of the unmistakable rasping and tortured voice of their lead singer Dan McCafferty, who turned familiar songs that were recognised as gently sublime in their original form,...

Star rating: 
3

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