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Ray Wylie Hubbard

DANGEROUS SPIRITS Roots Collectables ……… Welcome reissue of former outlaw’s return to grace Dating from 1997, DANGEROUS SPIRITS was the second salvo fired by a rejuvenated Ray Wylie Hubbard (after various problems had sidelined him for a period of time) with its predecessor Loco Gringo’s Lament sweeping up awards in his local Texas. With a […] Read more

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Jug Band

INDIAN SUMMER Esoteric Hdb ………… A nice pair of Jugs Ah, progressive jug band music. The first of these records came out in 1969, on the Harvest label alongside the likes of Kevin Ayers and Pink Floyd. And yet in retrospect this is a pretty straightforward rootsy album with growled vocals, picked guitars, banjo, harp, […] Read more

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Linda Ronstadt

HAND SOWN… HOMEGROWN/ SILK PURSE/ LINDA RONSTADT BGO Records ………… Ronstadt’s first three solo albums in one package from the re-release experts BGO As folk trio The Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt, Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards were signed to Capitol Records in the mid 1960s and released three albums in fairly rapid succession. The record […] Read more

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Linda Davis

SHOOTFORTHE if MOON/SOME THINGS ARE MEANTTOBE Up Country ……… Another two CD release comprising her two albums forArista-Nashvillein the mid 1990s Having played this a few times, I admit to finding this a difficult album to comment on. Possessed of a fine natural singing voice, as the sleeve notes say, this was a lady who […] Read more



Up Country ……… For most British country fans during the 1980s, Alabama must have been a complete musical enigma as just about every time you picked up a UK country magazine you would find Alabama riding high in the American country charts, yet I believe that they meant very little to the average British country […] Read more

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Clint Bradley

RIDING AFTER MIDNIGHT Bluelight Records …………… A trip out West, but mainly a tribute to his great hero Marty Robbins It used to be said of many pop singers, there was a country album lurking in them somewhere! Well this is certainly true of Chris Bradley, normally the lead singer of the British rockabilly group […] Read more

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

THE THINGS THAT WE AREMADEOF Lambent Light Records …………… Simply an easy listening gem Originally marketed as a country singer, multi Grammy award winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter, has in recent years become increasingly difficult to pigeon hole stylistically. For THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MADE OF, she has teamed up with famed producer Dave Cobb […] Read more

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Frank Solivan

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HEROES Compass ………… It must be all in the genes Somewhere in the world there is a bluegrass band called Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen who have been making splendid music for several years, and during none of those several years have I read about or heard of them, entirely my loss […] Read more

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Kacy and Clayton

STRANGE COUNTRY Big White Cloud Records ………… Kacy and Clayton draw on the folk tradition but create their own modern sound Kacy and Clayton are second cousins from Saskatchewan but their influences are almost completely rooted in the 1960s British Folk Revival. They cite influences such as Shirley Collins and Davey Graham and these are […] Read more