CD Reviews


Rock, Blues and Roots Treasures Highlighted on New Discs

Leave it to the gifted likes of Dawes, Roy Rogers, John Wetton, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and The Rolling Stones to mix it up on their latest releases. Artist: Dawes. Title: All Your Favorite Bands (HUB Records). You might like if you enjoy: Jackson Browne, The Eagles, CCR. Tell me more: While Dawes is at the forefront of today's globe-spanning roots and...

Billy Price and Otis Clay - This Time For Real

Soul music at its best here. As usual, there's nothing to fault with Otis Clay, a genuine voice of southern soul from backwoods Mississippi who learned his craft in the churches, bars and Juke Joints of his native deep south before moving, like many musicians before him, to the northern blues capital, Chicago. Here he refined his craft and became an important and...

Dan Livingstone & The Griffintown Jug Addicts - Self-Titled

This is a delicious album full of traditional, acoustic blues music from an American picker now based in French Canada, Montreal. The music comes from a bellowing, billowing Jug Band of the old kind, full of whomping sound, style and love for the music. The nine tracks cover the usual gamut of acoustic blues from Fred Mc Dowell's 'Write Me A Few Of Your Lines'...

The Durries - We Build Schools

“Mate, there’s nothing I’d rather kill myself with than a Marlboro Gold.” That may tell you all you need to know about Brisbane’s The Durries, who have taken over from The Beards as the supergroup of jokesters everyone loves. Comprised of eight members from Boss Moxi, Twin Haus, and Baskervillain, The Durries make entertaining music...

LoveCollide - Self-Titled

“We completely changed our direction. Although our music before was positive and we were faith-based, it wasn’t overtly Christian. We both felt like our music was missing a really important part, which was the message, which was the Gospel,” says Brooke and Lauren DeLeary in a 2014 Hickory Daily Record interview. These sisters, previously professionally...

Groundbreaking Artists Release Superb New Titles 

Melissa Etheridge, Florence + the Machine, Sonny Landreth and Ryan Montbleau have returned with fantastic new releases providing a growing appreciation for their ever-expanding legacies. Artist: Florence + the Machine. Title: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Republic Records). You might like if you enjoy: Kate Bush, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Rós...

The Sideshow Tragedy - Capital

“Generally I am drawn to ambiguities in lyrics. That’s what makes songwriting so compelling to me. Stuff that goes beyond literal, political, or philosophical statements and tries to get at something deeper and human,” says songwriter Nathan Singleton about working on his fifth album as a duo with Jeremy Harrell, known collectively as The Sideshow ...

Laura Bell Bundy - Another Piece of Me

It’s been five years since Laura Bell Bundy’s last album. Her latest, “Another Piece of Me,” was finished two years ago. But after a spat with Universal, she signed with Big Machine to get this one out. LBB seems determined to make up for the lost time. She comes out swinging on the first two tracks with the rocking opener, “Love Me Like A Lady” followed by a sassy duet with Colt Ford. Bundy penned over half the tracks and elsewhere enlisted heavyweights like Kristian Bush, Ashley Monroe and Jerry Flowers...

Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run - Blood In My Eye For You

A simply cracking release from a sparkling blues-roots band from Sweden. Acoustic, slide, resonator driven jumping stuff here with 12 tracks of generous goodness. Bert Deivert is a personal favourite of mine and with his last offering, Kid Man Blues now a few years old it's encouraging to know he's still producing the Scandinavian goods with this album.
The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson: Meet Me In Bluesl

The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland

This is the album that almost got lost forever. But thanks to Alligator Records we can finally hear this amazing project that puts one of America’s most original and underrated bands together with the man that Rolling Stone called “the greatest sideman in rock and roll history.” Back in January 2003, pianist Johnnie Johnson was booked to record...

Upskirts - Barely Moving

Sydney four piece Upskirts have been going from strength to strength lately. Their single Nothing Happens In Roseville has been getting plenty of radio love, with the boys working their asses off in and out of the studio. Now they’re on the cusp of releasing their third EP Barely Moving, and to celebrate the release everyone in the band, except Mitch, took some time out...

Harrison Storm - Sense of Home

Released on March 31 this year, Harrison Storm’s debut EP Sense of Home is a savoury bite of life lessons with a sprinkling of sensitivity, sure to contort your heart into shapes you never knew existed. Based in the Victorian seaside town of Mornington, Harrison sings with maturity beyond his 22 years. Channeling parts of modern folk artists like former The Middle East, Angus Stone...

Fred Gillen Jr. - Wage Love

In the midst of the Occupy Movement, “Along the way I got re-acquainted with America, warts and all. I fell back in love with my country and got angry again. It inspired me to pick up this record and finally finish it. Whatever else you do, keep waging love wherever you can! It works,” writes folk artist Fred Gillen Jr. in the liner notes of his latest ...

Seth Sentry - Strange New Past

Australians on Australia day love him, and so do triple J, but it’s on his latest record that that love is affirmed. Adored Melbourne bred hip-hop luminary, Seth Matron is back with his highly anticipated album, Strange New Past. Seth has been quiet since 2012 and This Was Tomorrow. Strange New Past is said to entertain a new Seth...

Past and Present Riches Celebrated on New Collections   

Great music never goes out of style or sounds dated. Look (and listen) no further than a fantastic box set featuring Little Richard's '50s and early '60s recordings, deluxe reissues focusing on classic heavy metal outfit Thor and power-pop champions The Knack, as well as a Rhett Miller's exciting collaboration with Black Prairie and a wonderful new celebration of the...
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