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Jeff Lowe - Suicide River EP (HeartQuake)

This handsomely packaged single release from London-born Jeff Lowe contains two compositions, the modern fantasy Suicide River and accompanying song, Travesty of Justice , which in my day would have been referred to as the 'B' side. Both are tasters of what is to follow on the forthcoming album...

Star rating: 
3

Devon Sproule - I Love You, Go Easy (Tin Angel)

Devon Sproule's latest collection of songs were initially presented to me in their entirety one after the other in a raw acoustic form, making up the entire final set in an intimate house concert. The set came across as an unashamed outpouring of emotion, whilst the singer maintained a stoic...

Star rating: 
4

Faded Circus - Faded Circus (Politely Fighting)

An almost whispered selection of songs from Cheltenham-based songwriter Paul Jones, who performs under the guise of Faded Circus, presumably to avoid confusion amongst the blues fraternity. Comparisons have already been made to the late Elliott Smith in terms of the desire to create ambient and...

Star rating: 
3

Barbara Nesbitt - The Bees (Self Release)

Second solo album release from Georgia-born, San Diego-based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt, whose strong assured vocal delivery dominates this collection of a dozen original compositions and just the one cover, Boudleaux Bryant's timeless Like Strangers , previously known through the singing of...

Star rating: 
3

Amy Lashley - Travels of a Homebody (Wanamaker)

Now settled in East Nashville with partner Otis Gibbs, Indiana-born Amy Lashley turns her pen to a more confessional style of writing, with a dozen well-crafted personal songs set against a rich and warm acoustic backdrop. With a voice like a fine red wine, a wine that's been given a little time to...

Star rating: 
4

Foghorn Trio - Sud De La Louisiane (Self Release)

From the opening few bars of Bill and Mary Reed's I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You) , we know we're in for a highly entertaining retro-filled old-time knees-up with this offshoot project from the 'ass-kickin'' Foghorn Stringband. Portland, Oregon's Foghorn Trio play this music as it should be...

Star rating: 
4

Kimmie Rhodes - Dreams of Flying (Sunbird)

Kimmie Rhodes' new album DREAMS OF FLYING has been in the car so long now I almost forgot to review it. With ten originals and just the one cover, Donovan's Catch the Wind , performed here with fellow Lubbock songwriter Joe Ely, the album joins a fourteen album strong body of work that only just...

Star rating: 
4

Larkin Poe - Fall/Winter EPs (Edvins)

Once again a seasonal Larkin Poe EP pops through the letterbox just in time for their eagerly awaited debut UK tour, along with their WINTER EP to boot. You know the story, you wait for a bus to come along, then along comes two at the same time. When I first heard the SPRING EP, I knew I was...

Star rating: 
5

Larkin Poe

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Monday 4 April 2011 Fresh from their weekend appearance at the Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival, where the band had the luxury of space on the large Kingstone School Hall stage, Larkin Poe squeezed into the relatively minute Wheelhouse for an intimate evening of fun and...

Bruce Cockburn - Small Source of Comfort (True North Records)

It's difficult to believe that this is Bruce Cockburn's 31st album to date, an astonishing achievement by any standard and one that sees a welcome return after a six year period away from the studio. Cockburn's four decades of productivity, both in terms of his music and his humanitarian work...

Star rating: 
4

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