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Old Crow Medicine Show REMEDY

Ato Records …………† Career best from old-time/ bluegrass/folk stars Old Crow Medicine Show have a fair claim to being the outfit that first took old time and bluegrass music out the back and gave it a roughing up. They had the chops of their be-suited forebears but not the slickness and in their wake followed […] Read more

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Seldom Scene

LONGTIME… Smithsonian Folkways SFWCD40199 …………… Vintage stuff from the vintage progressive bluegrass kings It’s hard to believe that Seldom Scene have been around for 42 years and whilst they’ve endured many personnel changes, their current line-up has been settled for nearly two decades. Original band member Ben Eldridge (banjo) is still going strong and is […] Read more

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Nell Bryden

WAYFARER Absolute/Universal ……… Strong album that would benefit from more pace changes WAYFARER, the newest release from Nell Bryden was released on July 28. The release includes two CDs, the second holding acoustic versions of the first disc’s tracks. The acoustic album is a lot better than the full production release with many more dimensions, […] Read more

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Royal Southern Brotherhood

HEART-SOULBLOOD RufRecords ………… Royal Southern Brotherhood return with a second album showcasing their wide range of musical influences Fresh from a world tour and various solo projects, the Royal Southern Brotherhood is back, with an album designed to be turned up loud. Featuring an impressive fusion of genres, the tracks on the new album HEARTSOULBLOOD, […] Read more

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Richard Thompson

ACOUSTIC CLASSICS Proper Records/ Beeswing Records ………… Back to basics for legendary British folk singer I like to think of myself as a fan of Richard Thompson; but when push comes to shove I probably only like (love) three albums and another four or five songs from his 30 or so albums spread over 42 […] Read more


Jim Hornsby

THEBOOMCHANG SESSIONS Boomchang ………… A gentle taster that leaves you wanting more Jim Hornsby, former leader of the sadly defunct Diesel Therapy, is an uncanny musician. He remains a master of tasteful understatement. His voice has a wisdom and warmth that at once feels comfortable, sort of a cross between Mark Knopfler, and J J […] Read more

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Chip Taylor

GASOLINE Charming, but definitely not a wild thing The debut album from the early 70s by the songwriter who by then had hit the big time with Wild Thing, andwhonowisa master of laid back Americana, much of it recorded in Europe. It’s not country, really, and it’s not even singer-songwriter; it’s gentle, lushly-produced set that […] Read more

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Dave Edmunds

LIVE AT ROCKPALAST -LORELEY 1983 Repertoire REPUK 1224 ……… Concert recording with a rough-edged appeal Lively 17-track set from the German TV show’s annual rock festival. Edmunds’ band Rockpile, with Nick Lowe, had gone by this point but there’sa powerful roots-rocking band pumping out the guitarist’s retro rockabilly-tinged hits and more. The set kicks off […] Read more

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Emmylou Harris

WRECKING BALL (DELUXE EDITION) Nonesuch …………… A classic re-release and much more Originally released in 1995, WRECKING BALL represented a significant departure from what Emmylou diehards had come to know and love overthe previous two decades. Produced by Daniel Lanois,the album had a very moody feel but immediately attracted critical acclaim and won the 1996 […] Read more