Beth, I’m sorry, but this week is probably not going to be one of your favourites. A couple of cautionary tales here – be careful whose knee you fondle. And just remember, country music aint nothin’ but the blues with a twang. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to the tracks here:
The Delines – Sirens in the Night – glasshalfempty: The Delines released Scenic Sessions this year. The languid and bleak vignette of ‘Sirens in the night’ is an absolutely typical Willy Vlautin slice of life.
Doug Seegers – Going Down to the River – tincanman: Two years ago Seegers left a homeless shelter in Nashville determined to give sobriety a better chance this time. He was busking, playing this song, when a Swedish documentary maker heard him. Jump ahead a few months and his song tops the Swedish iTunes chart. Jump ahead a few more months and the 62-year-old’s debut album has gone platinum. PROFILE: http://goo.gl/IkLF7b
Shamekia Copeland – Drivin’ Out of Nashville – goneforeign: A blues singer with a country message. “Drivin’ Out Of Nashville,” is about a struggling singer who resorts to extreme measures to combat sexual harassment. Catch the Charlie Pride reference, the only other black, country singer.
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Coulda Shoulda Woulda – tincanman: A Brit with styles ranging from garage to countryabilly, Golightly’s latest album isn’t one to run off to the record shops (?) for. But if you fancy a dance ’round your flat while cleaning up, this title track is just the thing.
Gary Clark, Jr. – Grinder – Ravi Raman: I normally don’t go in for distort heavy guitarists but I like this guy, especially this number from his latest album Story of Sonny Boy Slim which has a very Jimi Hendrix sound.
Louis Berry – 25 Reasons – AliM: This lies somewhere between Dr Feelgood and Paulo Nutini – a young Liverpool artist with much promise. I chose another track, “Rebel”, in the Festive Ones. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/musician-louis-berry-kirkby-named-8960011
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