I have loved music since hearing Elvis singing about a hound dog. Grew up with The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Little Feat. Lived in America for years before returning to Europe. Result is a brainful of bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, rembetika, zydeco, rock, soul, world and hip hop. And I like classical and opera, too. Come follow me on Twitter @musicJJMG
Bobby Hawk’s first solo album Lights On Kinks Out is one of those releases that requires a few listens. After my first run-through, I thought “meh.” The second left me a bit more positive. When I heard it for the […]
There is a fair bit of banjo on Time Sawyer’s entertaining new album Mountain Howdy, but as befits the alt-country style of the band, it is by no means frenetic mountain bluegrass picking. Indeed, some of it is a refreshing use […]
It is completely unfair to relate the work of a child to that of their parent. But here goes anyway. It barely takes a moment listening to Cancel the Sun, the entertaining new album from The Rails, to be reminded […]
It is becoming almost a rite of passage that veteran singers and musicians who achieved a modicum of success in earlier years try to stir up interest with an album of covers. The latest in this genre is from Rickie […]
Musicians must hate it when a reviewer likens their hard work to that of a more famous performer — particularly if, like New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Anders Osborne, you have been around a while yourself. But Osborne’s lovely new album Buddha and the Blues has moments throughout […]
You certainly get your money’s worth from singer-songwriter Glen Hansard’s new album This Wild Willing. At an hour and five minutes it is a good 20-25 minutes longer than most albums — with five songs over six minutes, two of which […]
The new album from Mekons is not your typical fare for these pages. Deserted runs through a broad range of musical styles including punk, alt folk, even prog rock. It is a delight, but only for those with an eclectic bent when […]
What do you do when you are a 70-year-old rock legend with time on your hands? Well, go on the road again with a new band, of course. It’s the music, stupid. Robert Plant (ex of Led Zeppelin, as if […]
Sometime in 2017, veteran busker-turned-folksinger Peter Mulvey had what his publicist describes as a series of “heart-breaking upheavals”. There are no public details (nor need there be) but it all resulted in Mulvey entering a kind of internal winter exile […]
When asked by No Depression to review this album, my initial reaction was “Bluegrass again? What more can you say about it?” Plinking banjo, thumping bass, and a good deal of yee-haw. Good fun, but often not much difference between one song/band […]
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