Category Archives: Americana

CULT CLASSIC: JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON-DIXIE FRIED.

Cult Classic: Luther Dickinson-Dixie Fried. All too often, artists spend days, weeks and sometimes even months recording their debut album. Eventually, the album is complete, and it’s delivered to the record company. Nervously and expectantly the artist awaits as the record company plan a marketing campaign.  If the artist is signed to a major label, it …

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GEOFF MULDAUR-FROM THE JIM KWESKIN AND THE JUG BAND TO THE WARNER BROS YEARS.

Geoff Muldaur-From The Jim Kweskin and The Jug Band To The Warner Bros. Years. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Geoff Muldaur was born in Pelham, New York, on August 12th 1943. Growing up, he developed a love music, which led to Geoff learning to play the guitar. Soon, he developed into a talented blues guitarist. Little did he realise that this …

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REGGIE YOUNG-SESSION GUITAR STAR.

Reggie Young-Session Guitar Star. Ace Records. In many ways, session musicians are the unsung heroes of the music industry, and far too often, don’t get the credit that they deserve. They’re mostly anonymous musicians, who are musical hired hands who over the course of a year, will work with countless musicians in the studio or live. However, some of these anonymous musicians have gone on to greater things This previously includes some of the legends …

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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS’ WARNER BROS. YEARS 1970-1983.

The Doobie Borther’ Warner Bros.Years’ 1970-1983. Between 1972 and 1980, The Doobie Brothers could do no wrong when they released eight albums, which sold in excess of ten million copies. It was a roller coaster ride for The Doobie Brothers, whose recording career got off to an inauspicious start in 1971. By then The Doobie …

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PHIL ALVIN-UN “SUNG” STORIES. 

Phil Alvin-Un “Sung” Stories. Label: Big Beat. After the demise of The Blasters in 1985, founder member, lead singer and guitarist Phil Alvin wondered what the future held for him? He knew he could join another group, or even form another band. However, eventually Phil Alvin decided to embark upon a solo career and record …

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DREADNAUGHT-HARD CHARGIN’.

Dreadnaught-Hard Chargin’.  Label: Red Fez Records. For over twenty years, high-energy power trio Dreadnaught have spent much of their time touring America, and have played in more than half of the states of the union. Audiences in each state have been fortunate enough to hear Dreadnaught play songs from the various critically acclaimed and award-winning …

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SEATRAIN-WATCH

Seatrain-Watch. Although Seatrain were only together for four years and released four albums, there were five separate lineups of the band. Drummers and guitarists proved to be Seatrain’s Achille’s Heel. Seatrain featured five different drummers and guitarists between the release of their 1969 debut album Sea Train, and  their 1973 swan-song, Watch which was recently …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.  Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. It was almost inevitable that Melissa Manchester would end up embarking upon a musical career. The Manchester family were a highly creative family, with music playing an important part in everyday life. So it was no …

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GEOFF MULDAUR-IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME AND MOTION.

GEOFF MULDAUR-IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME AND MOTION.  After leaving Paul Butterfield’s Better Days in 1975, Geoff Muldaur decided to resume his solo career. So he signed to Warner Bros. and began work on what would be the followup to his 1964 debut album Sleepy Man Blues.  Later in 1975, Geoff Muldaur released his much …

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DAN WHITEHOUSE-THE REVEAL RECORDS’ E.P.s.

DAN WHITEHOUSE-THE REVEAL RECORDS’ E.P.s. For Dan Whitehouse, 2016 has been without doubt, one of the most important and successful years of his eighteen year career. This began when Dan Whitehouse signed to Reveal Records. On April 22nd 2016, Dan Whitehouse released his Reveal Records’ debut Introducing. It was a mixture of new songs and …

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BOO HEWERDINE-STILL LIVING THE DREAM.

BOO HEWERDINE-STILL LIVING THE DREAM. Boo Hewerdine’s life has always revolved around music. That’s been the case for over thirty years.  The first job Boo Hewerdine had, was  working in the warehouse of Andy’s Records in Bury St. Edmunds. However, Boo Hewerdine always had ambition beyond working in a record shop. Instead, he dreamt of making music. …

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ADAM HOLMES AND THE EMBERS-BRIGHTER STILL.

ADAM HOLMES AND THE EMBERS-BRIGHTER STILL. Edinburgh based singer-songwriter Adam Holmes, is without doubt, one of the rising stars of Scottish music. His debut album Heirs and Graces was released to critical acclaim in January 2014. Later that year, Heirs and Graces was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Award, and the …

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JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON-DIXIE FRIED.

JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON-DIXIE FRIED. All too often, artists spend days, weeks and sometimes even months recording their debut album. Eventually, the album is complete, and it’s delivered to the record company. Nervously and expectantly the artist awaits as the record company plan a marketing campaign.  If the artist is signed to a major label, it …

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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS. Between 1972 and 1980, The Doobie Brothers could do no wrong. They released eight albums, which sold in excess of ten million copies. It has been a roller coaster ride for The Doobie Brothers, whose recording career got off to an inauspicious start in 1971. By then The Doobie …

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DAN WHITEHOUSE-INTRODUCING.

DAN WHITEHOUSE-INTRODUCING. When Birmingham based Dan Whitehouse came to record his debut album, he didn’t head to one of the city’s many recording studios. Instead, his flat became a makeshift studio. That was where Dan Whitehouse recorded the eleven songs that became his eponymous debut album. It was released in 2012, and introduced Dan Whitehouse …

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LOWE COUNTRY-THE SONGS OF NICK LOWE.

LOWE COUNTRY-THE SONGS OF NICK LOWE. Despite enjoying a career that’s lasted nearly fifty years, Nick Lowe’s music still hasn’t found the wider audience it deserves. His biggest hit came in 1978, when I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass reached number seven in Britain. A year later, in 1979, Cruel To Be Kind reached number …

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THE LAST HURRAH!!-MUDFLOWERS.

THE LAST HURRAH!!-MUDFLOWERS. For over thirty years, H.P. Gundersen has been at the heart of Bergen’s thriving and vibrant music scene. The Bergen based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer is a veteran of many groups, including Animal Farm, House Of Hiss, Nekken, Rust, Sensible Twins and The Stain Monster. He’s also discovered and developed many …

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STORNOWAY-BONXIE.

STORNOWAY-BONXIE. It was nine years ago that Brian Briggs first met Jon Quin, at a Freshers Week at Oxford University. Brian’s first words to Jon were that he looked like a member of Scottish indie rock band Teenage Fanclub. That broke the ice. Brian and Jon realised they both shared a love of music. So, …

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET).

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET). Did you ever hear the story about the singer songwriter you sold his guitar to pay for yoga lessons, but still won a Grammy Award? That’s what Loudon Wainwright III did when was growing up. Loudon was born on September 5th 1946, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His …

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GRAM PARSONS-GP.

GRAM PARSONS-GP. Gram Parsons’ career is a case of what might have been. He could’ve and should’ve enjoyed a long and successful career. Sadly, that wasn’t the. He only released one solo album during his career and died aged just twenty-six.  However, Gram squeezed a lot of living into twenty-six years. For many people, Gram Parsons’ epitomises …

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