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Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind (Proper)

Legendary figure of the Civil Rights movement, activist and enduring folk singer Joan Baez deserves our attention at the best of times. Here Joan pays tribute to some of her contemporary song builders through a beautifully weathered voice. Her final album? I sincerely hope not. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Jerry Harmon - Walk Softly (Self Released)

Jerry Harmon's voice is warm and knowing, shot through with a slice of Townes Van Zandt knowing regret and Gordon Lightfoot's slurr. Backing is Nashville twang beautifully picked and strummed. Play this with the top down, focused on the desert horizon and you won't be disappointed. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

John Stamp - Franklin 54 (Simply Hymns)

Lived in vocals with integrity and a touch of Boo Hewerdine. Air punching 'outdoor summer festival' feel good songs. Fine duet with Leigh Nash from Sixpence None The Richer. Atmospheric guitar from Will Kimbrough. Familiar warming and smooth like an old acoustic. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Oran Project - Music Without Borders (Self Release)

A real voyage of discovery as cultures merge to create some of the most compelling instrumental music gathered from places as far and wide as Morocco, sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritius and Fife. Transcend your boundaries immediately with this as your dependable soundtrack. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

John Forrester - Restless (Irregular Records)

A rather engaging little album of reflective songs, written and performed seemingly from the heart after certain unexpected personal events. In essence, songs grown organically from the relatively simple and at the same time complex rhythm of life. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Darling West - While I Was Asleep (Jansen Records)

Norweigian Americana in the shape of Oslo-based Darling West, whose accessible music touches on Union Station territory, with fine performances from Mari, Tor and Kjetil, on this the trio's third album release. At times, Mari Kreken's voice comes very close to that of Alison Krauss. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Frander - Frander (Mad King)

A breath of fresh Estonian and Swedish air in nine songs, as Natasja, Sade, Gabbi and Daniel delight us with their own distinctive brand of acoustic folk. As their name suggests, they're currently making friends around the world and judging by the music on their debut album, it's no surprise. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Jim and Jesse - Diesel on My Tail (Floating World Records)

Re-issue of Jim and Jesse's fuelled-up 1967 album featuring some vintage yet fresh truck songs from the Virginian Bluegrass siblings, including Six Days on the Road, Truck Driving Man and other roadworthy tunes, such as Ballad of Thunder Road, co-written by Robert Mitchum. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Torgeir Waldemar - Jamais Vu (Jansen Records)

With each of the five lengthy tracks indicating they are either acoustic or electric, we feel suitably warned, especially as the Neil Young-like rockers take flight. So Young-like, that the opener Sylvia has more Southern Man references than Lynyrd Skynyrd could shake a stick at. Interesting. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

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