Darn pretty Country music from a darn pretty lady
Jessica Rae took me by surprise on this; her second album; judging by her portrait on the cover; I was anticipating something twee and antiseptic; but right from the start with Holes in Your Shoes; she couples the gritty edge of her home town Chicago with the classic Country licks of her adoptive home Nashville to…Continue
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm
Who knew that Choral flavoured Folk music could be this cool?
When I first encountered Bridie Jackson and the Arbour three years ago they were like a breath of fresh air blowing across a very stale and dusty Folk music scene; and nothing has changed in the intervening years; apart from them getting better.
For once it is genuinely difficult to point you to individual tracks as this is; as we used to say, a conceptual piece that is best heard in its entirety so…
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:00pm
Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words
Even at the tender age of 22, Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro: fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second album.’
So, can the young man meet the expectation of a doting public? It’s an emphatic yes, from me,…Continue
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:00pm
Folk meets Torch via a big dollop of the Blues
When Eddi’s original band, Fairground Attraction stormed the parapets of the UK Pop Charts in 1988 with Perfect; their quirky Folk Music was like a breath of fresh air in a sterile industry. Subsequently her solo career had some commercial success in the early years; but the ever smiling singer has continued unabated; rarely treading very far from that Folk path in the intervening quarter century.
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 10:00am