Category Archives: Country Rock

IAN MATTHEWS-VALLEY HI AND SOME DAYS YOU EAT THE BEAR…SOME DAYS THE BEAR EATS YOU.

Ian Matthews-Valley Hi and Some Days You Eat The Bear… Some Days The Bear Eats You. Having completed recording of Journeys From Gospel Oak, Ian Matthews had discharged his contractual obligations to Vertigo. Journeys From Gospel Oak was the third and final album he owed Vertigo. This left Ian Matthews free to sign a two …

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THE RISE OF JUDY COLLINS 1961-1970.

The Rise Of Judy Collins 1961-1970. Judy Collins was never meant to become a folk singer. Originally, she had studied classical music and made her public debut when she was just thirteen. That night in Denver, Judy Collins played Mozart’s Concerto For Two Pianos. All Antonia Brico’s tuition and encouragement had been worthwhile. Her pupil …

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WARREN STORM-THE HUEY MEAUX YEARS.

Warren Storm-The Huey Meaux Years. Often, an artist or band spends a large part of their career working with the same producer. That producer seems able to get the best out of the artist or band. Musical history is littered with examples. However, despite this success, there’s often the temptation to change producer. It’s as if the artist is keen …

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OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS-OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS.

Ozark Mountain Daredevils-Ozark Mountain Daredevils. When Ozark Mountain Daredevils signed to Columbia Records in 1979, it was a new start for one of the finest purveyors of Southern fried country rock. They were keen to enter the studio and begin work on their seventh studio album Ozark Mountain Daredevils, which was recently reissued by BGO …

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STONEGROUND-STONEGROUND AND STONEGROUND 3.

Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3. The Stoneground story began in San Francisco in 1968. That was when Tim Barnes and Luther Billed and Mike Mau founded Stoneground. By late 1970, they had released their eponymous debut album, Stoneground. It’s joined by Stoneground 3 on  BGO Records’ recently reissued two CD set. These two albums document the early …

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CROMWELL-AT THE GALLOP.

CROMWELL-AT THE GALLOP. By 1975, Dublin had an eclectic and vibrant music scene. There literally was something for all musical tastes. This ranged from the traditional showbands that had long been part of the Irish music scene, right through to traditional Irish music and sentiment-laden pop music. However, this was only part of the story.  …

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TERRY ALLEN- JUAREZ AND LUBBOCK (ON EVERYTHING).

TERRY ALLEN- JUAREZ AND LUBBOCK (ON EVERYTHING). Terry Allen’s career began back in 1966, when he was just twenty-three. Since then, his various careers have blossomed, and he’s now a successful country singer, conceptual artist, sculptor and painter.  Given his many talents, nowadays, Terry Allen means different things to different people. Some people know Terry …

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CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION.

CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION. It was back in June 1999 that Ace Records released Chartbusters USA Vol.1. Little did they realise that this occasional series would still be going strong over seventeen years later. That’s quite a feat in the increasingly competitive compilation market. What has been crucial to the continued success of Chartbusters USA …

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FEEL LIKE GOING HOME-THE SONGS OF CHARLE RICH.

FEEL LIKE GOING HOME-THE SONGS OF CHARLE RICH. When Sam Phillips first encountered Charlie Rich, he was singing demos for Sun Records, in Memphis. On hearing the demos, Sam Phillips thought Charlie Rich’s music wasn’t commercial. It was also: “too jazzy.” Sam Phillips then picked up a pile of Jerry Lee Lewis records and handed …

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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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TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER.

TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. For many people, Terry Reid is music’s nearly man. He could’ve been the lead vocalist of two of the biggest rock bands in musical history. Sadly, that wasn’t to be, instead,Terry Reid decided to concentrate on his solo career.   He released six studio albums between 1968s Bang, …

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SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK.

SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK. On August the 4th 2007, Lee Hazlewood passed away aged seventy-eight. That day, music lost one its most talented sons. During a career that had spanned six decades, Lee Hazlewood had worked as a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Somehow, though, Lee Hazlewood found time to found …

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT-DREAM SWEET ROSE, SHADOWS AND SALUTE.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT-DREAM SWEET ROSE, SHADOWS AND SALUTE. By 1980, the man dubbed “Canada’s greatest songwriter” was about to release the fourteenth album of his career, Dream Sweet Rose. It was the first album Gordon Lightfoot had released since Endless Wire in January 1978.  Endless Wire had reached number two in Canada, and number twenty-two in …

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FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN.

FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN. In 1973, Gram Parsons and The Fallen Angeles headed out on tour. Little did anyone realise that this tour would be Gram Parsons’ swan-song. By then, he had an insatiable appetite for drink and drugs. Sadly, this would result in Gram Parsons’ death on September 19th 1973.  The cause of …

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COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE.

COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE. By 1975, it was all change for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. After releasing four albums for Paramount, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen moved to Warner Bros. They were hoping …

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BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE-VINYL EDITION.

BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE-VINYL EDITION. 2015 has been the year of the comeback. Some of the biggest names of yesteryear have returned after a lengthy absence.  The year started well with critically acclaimed comeback album  from Bob Dylan. Then recently, Dave Gilmour, released his first solo album since Pink Floyd called it a day. …

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SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO-PIGS IN THE BULL RING [HUMANS LIKE BEASTS].

SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO-PIGS IN THE BULL RING [HUMANS LIKE BEASTS]. Concept album. These two words are guaranteed to divide opinion amongst music critics. That’s despite many classic albums falling into the category of concept albums. This has been the case for nearly fifty years. One of the first concept albums was The Beach …

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BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE.

BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE. 2015 has been the year of the comeback. Some of the biggest names of yesteryear have returned after a lengthy absence.  The year started well with critically acclaimed comeback album  from Bob Dylan. Then recently, Dave Gilmour, released his first solo album since Pink Floyd called it a day. However, …

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LINK WRAY-3-TRACK SHACK.

LINK WRAY-3-TRACK SHACK. Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Iggy Pop all have one thing in common. They were all influenced by Link Wray, whose 1958 instrumental hit Rumble, popularised the power chord. As a result, several generations of guitarists, owe a debt of gratitude to Link Wray. He’s regarded as one of greatest guitarists in …

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ZACHARY CALE-DUSKLAND.

ZACHARY CALE-DUSKLAND. Before embarking upon a solo career, Louisiana born singer-songwriter Zachary Cale was a member of several college bands. By Zachary’s own admission, most were short-lived, and none of them were particularly successful. However, they taught Zachary Cale about stagecraft and songwriting. So when Zachary embarked upon a solo career, he was more than …

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