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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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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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The Men They Couldn’t Hang

THE DEFIANT ………… There are some serious messages conveyed on THE DEFIANT, yet the album, in parts, is an absolute riot The Men They Couldn’t Hang are back with a new album, and this time it’s thanks to a successful Pledge campaign that raised more than twice the money needed to get the band back […] 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