• Emma Swift: Blonde On The Tracks

    Emma Swift: Blonde On The Tracks

    Australian-born country singer-songwriter Emma Swift’s Blonde On The Tracks is a collection of covers of some of her favourite Bob Dylan songs and it’s perfectly timed. Bob is back with his best album in years, ...
  • Staying in is the new going out

    Staying in is the new going out

    One of the first statistics published in January, the country’s main music industry body – the British Phonographic Industry – is keen to tell the world just how many records, CDs, downloads, streamed songs and ...
  • Music Interview: Dan Penn

    Music Interview: Dan Penn

    I’m talking to a songwriting legend, although I’m a bit worried that I can’t hear everything he’s saying. Dan Penn, Southern soul singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, is on the phone to me from ...
  • Carly Simon: No Secrets

    Carly Simon: No Secrets

    The year 2020 may seem like the darkest of times but look back at some old favourite records and they may awaken memories of other very dark times. No Secrets, recorded and released in 1972, ...
  • Malojian: Humm

    Malojian: Humm

    Humm, the fifth album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Stevie Scullion, aka Malojian, wasn’t supposed to be released until September, but the COVID-19 lockdown prompted him to put it out as a digital download from Bandcamp ...
  • Eyelids: The Accidental Falls

    Eyelids: The Accidental Falls

    Eyelids, from Portland, Oregon, could lay claim to being the coolest supergroup ever. They’re made up of US indie-rock royalty who’ve played with Guided By Voices, The Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus and Elliott Smith. The band’s ...
  • Music Interview: Amy LaVere

    Music Interview: Amy LaVere

    Painting Blue, the new album by Memphis-based singer-songwriter Amy LaVere, was penned against a backdrop of doom and gloom and global issues, including Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, global warming and racist and civil tensions. ...
  • Music Interview: The Hanging Stars

    Music Interview: The Hanging Stars

    London country-psych-folk-rock band The Hanging Stars are in a good place – and I’m not just talking about the traditional East End pub that we’ve agreed to meet in. The five-piece – singer and guitarist ...
  • Music Interview: Jerry Leger

    Music Interview: Jerry Leger

    Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is a voracious collector of vinyl records. When I spoke to him on his last UK tour, ahead of a gig with his band, The Situation, in East London, he told ...
  • Music Interview: Hannah Rose Platt

    Music Interview: Hannah Rose Platt

    Letters Under Floorboards, the second album by Hannah Rose Platt, is a big departure for the UK country and Americana singer-songwriter. Musically, it’s a major shift from her largely acoustic 2015 debut, Portraits – this ...

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