Category: Celebrities

Dolly Parton

BLUE SMOKE-THE BEST OF Sony Records Country icon in fine form It is, quite simply, astonishing that, pushing 70 and after nearly half a century making music, on her new …

Kris Delmhorst

BLOOD TEST Signature Sounds-SIG 2065 Few albums are as artistically genuine as BLOOD TEST Sometimes al bums take on a character of their own and BLOOD TEST is an album …

Alaina Blair

Identikit Nashville country with nothing to say Alaina Blair describes her music as ‘country/soul/pop’. Well, as somebody once sang, two out of three ain’t bad. The problem, of course, is …

Lucy Billings

CARRY THE WATER Sassy Time Records ★★★☆ CARRY THE WATER isn’t an album that immediately grips thelistener, but is nonetheless a thoughtful, mellow and commendable collection of songs AfirstlistenofCARRYTHE WATER …

Jenny Gillespie

CURE FOR DREAMING Narooma Records/BM ★★ Sensitivity and melancholy; but something missing This album was not exactly my cup of tea but listening to it, it is difficult for me …

The Lumineers

CLEOPATRA Dualtone Records ★★★★★ A perfect summer album The Lumineers came to fame in 2012 with the release of their breakout single Ho Hey. Since then they have been touring …

Hayes Carll

LOVERS AND LEAVERS Thirty Tigers ★★★★★ More subtle, more laid back, more ‘quiet’, vulnerability Bob Harris is a big fan and was first to introduce Grammy-nominated US Americana artist Hayes …

Simon Scardanelli

MAKE US HAPPY Resonator Records ★★★ Not happy, just pleasant Mr Scardanelli seems to reside in the Brighton area and MAKE US HAPPY is, by all accounts, his fourth solo …

Ina Forsman

HANGING LOOSE Ruf Records ★★★ Classy blues nod to giants, drenched with horns It is encouraging to see young talents like Ina Forsman acknowledge their predecessors, yet deliver a sharp …

The Mudbirds STUMBLE TRIP

Mudbirds Records ★★★ Acoustic blues Have you heard the one about the London street musician and the Dutch portrait painter? Neither had I, but their lives crossed some ten years …

Dave Hanson BLIND FAITH EP

Six String Social Records ★★★★ Not just a guitarist in a band but a formidable artist in his own right Maverick magazine was the first national publication on the planet …

Ashton Lane NASHVILLE HEART

Redhead Records ★★★★★ Impressive album that showcases the duo at their strongest Available from December 1, NASHVILLE HEART is the new album from Scottish country duo Ashton Lane. Opening track, …

Webb Wilder MISSISSIPPI MODERNE

Landslide Records ★★★★★ Rock ‘n’ roll blues spun to perfection by a Nashville web master For 30 years Webb Wilder has mesmerised Nashville and Austin with his amazing amalgam of …

Catfish Keith

Forest Arts Centre, New American delta blues and roots singer and master of the bottleneck slide guitar, Catfish Keith, is always a welcome visitor to these shores. In 23 years …

Corn Potato String Band

Nearing the end of a punishing 40-odd-date tour of the UK and Ireland, the Corn Potato String Band entertained a healthy turnout at the intimate surroundings of Bournemouth Folk Club’s …

Jack Henderson

Jack Henderson asks the audience Am I a romantic? while looking cool and Western in a subtle, city sort of way. In the broadest sense of the word, yes. Henderson …

Elaine Davidson CANT TELL THE RIVER

Self-released A Cumbrian singer, Aerosmith’s producer, recording in the legendary Laurel Canyon – it all makes for an interesting and eclectic mix Ms Davidson is the possessor of a beautiful …

The Black Sorrows ENDLESS SLEEP

Head Records Compilation album from Australian ‘legend’ celebrates our musical heroes The Black Sorrows may be well-known for their own music, but their latest work is dedicated to the talented …