LP & EP Reviews

Reviewed : Greg Harrisburg – Newport Line

“it ain’t just country music gets me moving across this floor
but it’s the only thing that made me cry and kept me coming back for more”

That’s a line that just about sums up what this record is all about. Newport Line is the first release from Welsh singer/songwriter Greg Harrisburg. A stripped down, self produced affair featuring acoustic guitar and backing vocals from Anne Catherine Parkes, it serves as a marker for a full album to be recorded later this year.

Described by recent touring companion Quiet Loner as “The Welsh Springsteen”, opening track Good Times Comin’ could have been written for Bruce and his Seegar Sessions band. Size Zero Blues Again is a slow number, perfectly showcasing the interplay between Greg and Anne’s voices, whilst on Tie Me Down the pace picks up, highlighting the almost Johnny & June-esque interaction between the two.

Closer and title track Newport Line is an ode to changing times, moving on, people that are gone and industries consigned to history, but still always having that connection to home and the past.

The four tracks here are steeped in Americana, and would appeal to any fans of singer/songwriters in that vein. A solid EP that perfectly whets the appetite for the fuller release to come.

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