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November gig picks

There’s another great month of gigs and tours ahead for all live music lovers. Overlapping from our October selections you still have a chance to catch Steve Earle, Kathleen Edwards and Josh Harty. By all accounts the Steve Earle shows with The Dukes have been fantastic, and Josh Harty was outstanding when we saw him … Continue reading

Reviewed : Stiv Cantarelli – Innerstate

Stiv Cantarelli‘s musical adventures began back in the late 90s with Italian alt-country outfit Satellite Inn. Latterly his work has formed the basis of the garage rock influenced Gold Rust and power trio The Saint Four. After more than ten years of tours around Europe and the US with his band projects, Stiv’s journey has led … Continue reading

Richard Hawley inspired charity bonanza

Sometime in 2005 on the Richard Hawley‘s website forum, the idea was raised of holding a gig showcasing the talents of some of the singer/songwriters and musicians who were users of the forum. The idea soon grew into making such an evening a charity event, and Or8 Our Kids was born. The first event in … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #14 Hawksley Workman

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer Hawksley Workman is prolific to say the least. Numerous releases, plus a myriad of musical styles and influences have drawn many wide ranging comparisons, and his debut album For Him And The Girls provides the perfect example of his work. Whilst 12 years old, the record would be difficult to date. Both … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #13 Strays Don’t Sleep

Strays Don’t Sleep was the result of a collaboration between singer/songwriters Matthew Ryan and Neilson Hubbard. Their solitary self titled 2006 release featured a DVD of short films that accompanied each track on the album. The line up of the band was completed by Brian Bequette, Billy Mercer and Steve Latanation. Almost as soon as … Continue reading

Reviewed : Slaid Cleaves – Sorrow & Smoke

It’s been said many times that a good live album is a rare thing. Slaid Cleaves‘ first official foray into the territory is a successful one though. Recorded over two sessions at Austin’s Horseshoe Lounge, as immortalised in its own song on Slaid’s ‘breakthrough’ record Broke Down, the backing is simple. Typically subtle lead guitar … Continue reading

Essential Listening : # 12 Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade are different. That much is obvious. Hailing from the unheralded  city of Hull, the  band maybe reflect their environment. There are no half-measures – you’re either in or out. This isn’t casual pop music. Debut album, “Ten Songs” doesn’t stand still. It can’t be denied that Americana looms large, whether it’s art-rock, spaghetti western or the cosmic country … Continue reading

Free music? Step this way…

A couple of compilations our attention has recently been drawn to that you might want to check out. We’ve previously mentioned the record label Loose and their mighty fine New Sounds Of The Old West compilations. Well they have a new sampler out, and the best bit is you can download it here for absolutely … Continue reading

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