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Dolly Parton

DOLLY Sony Music4CD bookset RCA Nashville Legacy …………… A far reaching look at five decades in the life of one of country music’s most famous stars! Wow, where to start with this? In simple terms you have four long running CDs with in total 99 tracks and a profusely illustrated and well written booklet. It […] Read more

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Brett Dennen

SMOKE AND MIRRORS …………… Brett Dennen’s SMOKE AND MIRRORS is something of a tourde force, and most probably his best album to date… For Brett Dennen, a gentle-natured Californian with effortless depth, the recording of SMOKE AND MIRRORS required a reconnection with the feelings he had when he first fell in love with making music. […] Read more

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The Balham Alligators

BAYOU-DEGRADABLE Proper …………… The Alligators set everybody grinning all over again Don’t let the title fool you – this is musicthat will go on, a perennial Saturday night of fun and laughter. In the 80s and early 90s the Alligators were the band to see for a good time, Cajun and zydeco played with a […] Read more

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Pete Molinari

THEOSOPHY Cherry Red Records ………… Amazing folk singer with a rubber soul The snappiest dresser in the wacky world of Americana has gone and done it again; producing another album that sounds nothing like its predecessor but still sounding quintessential ‘Molinari.’ Since debuting with WALKING OFF THE MAP in 2006 the Man of Kent hasn’t […] Read more

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Chuck Prophet

NIGHT SURFER Yep Roc Records ………… Razor sharp power rock from San Francisco’s finest… Chuck Prophet’s last album, TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL, was a fantastic, hook filled, tribute to San Francisco with every song a pelter, radio fodder for perfect radio. In a perfect world he’d be wearing Tom Petty’s hat and playing amphitheatres while Petty would […] Read more

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John Lewis and His Trio

SANITY Atomic Cowboy Records ……… Relentless rockabilly from South Wales Rockabilly isn’t normally something that features on my radar, as a rule. I usually find it (and no offence to any hardcore rockabilly fans) a tad annoying and incessant. I therefore picked up SANITY, John Lewis’ 17th album (and second with HisTrio), with a slight […] Read more

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Herb Pedersen

SOUTHWEST/SANDMAN BGO Records BGOCD1151 ………… Pederson’s two classic albums from the 1970s unearthed and re-mastered Highly respected in the industry, Herb Pedersen’s collaborations read like a who’s who ofthe greatest in country, bluegrass and ‘soft’ rock. Better known as a song writer, session musician and for his work with the likes ofthe Dillards and Desert […] Read more

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Collin Raye

Collin Raye, whose given name was Floyd Elliot Wray had a string of country music hits in the 1990s from his breakout number one hit Love Me to fun-loving songs like That’s My Story to ACM award-winning videos like Not That Different. From 1991 through to today Raye has scored 24 top ten records and […] Read more