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Mike O'Donovan - No Time Like the Present (Self Release)

Smooth soulful Celtic Blues from Mike O'Donovan, a vocalist with patina and gravitas with some top players to swell his sound. Spoken blues of Ghosts and If There's Time delivered with a knowing edge like Ireland's own Tom Russell. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Jess and the Bandits - Smoke and Mirrors (Absolute Marketing)

Jess is a passionate vocalist and with the bandits delivers an engaging, smooth, radio friendly, Gospel Soul Country Rock. There are swampy dirty numbers and moments where the band broods with an intensity that will appeal to Hozier fans as well as Shires & Lady Antebellum ones. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Sue Foley - The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)

Ottawa-based blues gal flaunts her deliciously smokey vocals and lithe guitar licks on this sizzling record. With a little help from Jimmy Vaughan and Charlie Sexton, this cleanly produced selection of old and new blues numbers proves that, seventeen years after receiving her Juno, Foley is still...

Star rating: 
3

Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides of the Sky (Legacy)

Third and final album in a trilogy of previously unreleased recordings from Jimi's final two years, once again showcasing the bewildering talent of an artist who left us far too soon. A treat for blues fans, the album includes roaring renditions of Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy, Guitar Slim's Things I...

Star rating: 
3

Jakob Bro - Returnings (ECM)

The Danish guitarist's third ECM outing presents another selection of sprawling sonic textures with Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet, Jon Christensen on drums and Thomas Morgan on bass. Moving ghost-like between minimalism and sumptuous climaxes, the album is a thing of dreamlike beauty that rejuvenates...

Star rating: 
4

Pilgrims' Way - Stand and Deliver (Talking Cat)

Lively highwayman themed concept album. Driving music mixes classic folk with some surprising twists, courtesy of the bewildering array of instruments the band plays and the glorious sound of four voices singing together. Pilgrims' Way also manage to folk up Stand And Deliver that most famous...

Star rating: 
4

Dan Caine - Journey Through An Open Mind EP (Fluttery Records)

Wirral-born ambient/post rock guitarist's eighth release, comprising four lengthy pieces, including the ten minute title opus, an atmospheric and adventurous statement of restraint. Although released as an EP, the whole is long enough for headphones on, feet up and relax for half hour. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Mo Pitney - Behind This Guitar (Curb Records)

Mo Pitney makes a tasteful Country sound as smooth as Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's Five O'clock Somewhere. Twanging guitars, thoughtful lyrics and an easy on the ears voice, with that plaintive yelp of Melancholy. Pop Country with moments of real beauty and emotion. (MH)

Star rating: 
4

David Green - Unsteady on Our Feet (Self Release)

Debut album by Bristol-based singer, songwriter, novelist and physics teacher, whose easy almost throwaway delivery is just the thing that makes the songs entirely listenable. One of those albums which invites us into an entirely different world. Wish my maths teacher had been more like this. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Will Stewart - County Seat (Cornelius Chapel Records)

Rolling Stone cites Alabama-born Will Stewart in its '10 New Country Artists You Need To Know' list and it's not difficult to see why. Americana's latest face delivers nine mature songs in this remarkable full-length debut. Deserving of several listens, and then some. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

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