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Daniel Hertzov - Believing (Red Cat Productions)

There is little on BELIEVING, other than the name Hertzov possibly, that indicates this singer-songwriter originates from Moscow. Having lived in the USA for the best part of his life, Daniel has crafted his musical endeavours whilst listening to rock music in Boston. Eventually moving to the UK...

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3

Winter - A Matter of Time (East Central One)

Looking every bit Johnny and Edgar's kid sister, AnnaLena Winter (no relation) has rock chick written all over her, from her faded denim jeans and black leather jacket upwards as she sits for the cover shot, not exactly smiling, but with grinning, almost confrontational eyes. Seated to the left...

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3

Richard Kitson - Home and Dry (Self Release)

Barnsley-based Richard Kitson has been playing around the South Yorkshire area since 2004 as a solo singer-songwriter/guitarist. Having dabbled in the post-punk band Strawberry Jack in 1999 he went on to further dabble in a handful of blues-based outfits before heeding to the urge of trying his...

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3

The Quebe Sisters Band - Timeless (Fiddletone)

When you first hear the sibling harmonies of Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe on this record, you would be forgiven for thinking these recordings were made several decades ago in the heyday of Bob Wills' particular brand of Western Swing, especially when backed by the tight rhythm section of Joey...

Star rating: 
4

Demon Barbers - The Adventures of Captain Ward (Self Release)

Just when it seemed the world was bereft of a super hero, along comes the formidable Captain Ward, the swashbuckling pirate extraordinaire, as created by Tony Hall for the cover of the third full length Demon Barbers album THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN WARD. The cover, reminiscent of the Mothers of...

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4

The Annie Duggan Band - If I Knew Then.. (Clarksdale)

With Ann Duggan's distinctive voice backed by a pretty tight rhythmic unit courtesy of the newly re-named 'Annie' Duggan Band, comprising of Rob Hines on guitars, Alan Shotter on bass and harmonica and Gordon Taylor on drums and backing vocals, Ann's fourth album blends country, folk and rock to...

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3

The Whybirds - Cold Blue Sky (Little Red Recording)

Alt-country rockers The Whybirds' second record and follow up to their self-titled debut of 2008, once again demonstrates the band's no nonsense approach to hard-rocking Americana, despite the band coming from Bedford. Produced by Tom Peters (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), COLD BLUE SKY maintains a...

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3

Pete Dilley - Forecast (Self Release)

More and more we see young emerging artists taking their tentative steps in music whilst still at school; the bulk of Ella Edmondson's debut HOLD YOUR HORSES being written at the age of 15 for example or Ruth Notman's early song compositions being done as school projects, complete with dodgy...

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3

Joanna Chapman-Smith - Contraries (Woundup Records)

Joanna Chapman-Smith's follow up to her 2007 debut EYRE CORVIDAE takes us on a journey through the contraries in life, taking William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as a premise, exploring the polarised opposites of right and wrong, mind and body, good and bad. With a real tangible handle...

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3

Hungrytown - Hungrytown (Listen Here Records)

At first glance you might think you'd inadvertently walked into a scene from Annie Hall, with Alvy Singer and his eponymous heroine Annie, not so much wrestling with lobsters or watching the sun come up over Brooklyn Bridge, but maybe that memorable scene of Annie doing her cabaret turn.. la-di-da...

Star rating: 
4

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