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Girls Guns and Glory - Sweet Nothings (Lonesome Day)

The fourth album by Girls Guns and Glory, a band formed in 2005 by Scituate Massachusetts-born Ward Hayden, brings a taste of hard rocking honky tonk music with eleven new and original songs. Joining a body of work that includes FIREWORKS AND ALCOHOL (2006), PRETTY LITTLE WRECKING BALL (2007) and...

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Hedy West - Ballads and Songs from the Appalachians (Fellside)

The three Hedy West albums produced by Bill Leader for Topic in the mid-1960s, OLD TIMES AND HARD TIMES (1965), PRETTY SARO AND OTHER APPALACHIAN BALLADS (1966) and BALLADS (1967) are all re-issued here in this special budget-priced two-disc release through Fellside. Fellside's Paul Adams is at...

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AL Lloyd - Bramble Briars and Beams of the Sun (Fellside)

Beautifully packaged two-disc collection of thirty-three traditional English ballads from one of the architects of the 1950's British folk revival. Based mainly on Francis J Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Bert Lloyd recorded several volumes of these songs, which were never released...

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Brooks Williams - Live Blues EP (Red Guitar Blue Music)

Live EP from Statesboro-born blues singer/guitarist Brooks Williams, recorded at the Crawley Blues Festival in 2010. The six songs here range from a pretty faithful interpretation of Statesboro Blues , written by fellow Georgia bluesman, albeit from an entirely different generation, Blind Willie...

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Fearing and White - Fearing and White (LowdenProud Records)

Stephen Fearing and Andy White celebrate a thirteen year friendship with thirteen co-written songs for this their first album together as a duo. Both songwriters have built up a vast repertoire in their own right over the years, collectively knocking out almost twenty albums between them, whilst...

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Peatbog Faeries - Dust (Peatbog Records)

This sixth studio album from Dunvegan's instrumental Celtic fusion band Peatbog Faeries once again pushes the boundaries of what we perceive as Celtic music. Drawing upon jazz, rock and traditional Scottish fiddle music, and then interlaced with a fair share of pulsating electronica and trance-like...

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Rosie Carson and Kevin Dempsey - Between the Distance (Self Release)

Singer/guitarist Kevin Dempsey, known through his work with such notable bands as Dando Shaft, Whippersnapper and Uiscedwr, together with fruitful collaborations with such diverse outfits as The Marvelettes, Percy Sledge and more recently Joe Broughton, has teamed up with young American singer/...

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Rod Picott - Welding Burns (Welding Rod)

Rod Picott's seventh album release WELDING BURNS features seven new original songs from the pen of one of Americana's outstanding voices, together with three co-writes with long-time collaborator Slaid Cleaves. Recorded in Nashville, WELDING BURNS turns to the ordinary blue collar working man, the...

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Tom Russell - Mesabi (Proper)

No one draws their characters quite as well as Tom Russell. A quick wander through the sprawling back roads of HOTWALKER is testament to that. Just as the dust settles in the blood and candle smoke of Russell's last release, which had me wondering momentarily if I'd actually stumbled upon a career...

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4

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley - Deltaphonic (Electro-Fi)

With roots in southern Florida and Kansas respectively, Toronto-based blues duo Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley present a feast of 1930's and 1940's blues with ten originals penned by the duo together with Tampa Red's It Hurts Me Too and the old Al Lewis/Helmy Kresa classic It Was a Sad Night...

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