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Bill Bourne and the Free Radio Band - Bluesland (Linus Entertainment)

With this first time collaboration with son Pat Bourne, whose electric guitar is prominent throughout, Alberta-based bluesman and multiple Juno Award nominee/winner Bill Bourne is on form on each of these eight cuts, with his distinct vocal cutting through like a razor sharp knife. Some of the...

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3

Diana Jones - High Atmosphere (Proper)

The third album release from Diana Jones, which follows MY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU (2006) and BETTER TIMES WILL COME (2009), continues to draw upon the music and sounds of a bygone era, with a dozen personal songs from one of Nashville's leading songwriters. Dedicated to Diana's late cousin Harold...

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4

Jack Harris - The Flame and the Pelican (Self Release)

With this latest release by Welsh-born singer-songwriter Jack Harris, the follow up to his 2006 debut BROKEN YELLOW, we find ten mellow songs, each beautifully crafted and each in turn treated to an assured finger-picked guitar style and gentle vocal. Gaining a reputation as a fine literate and...

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4

Wing and Hollow - Frozen Trees (Self Release)

Delightful debut mini-album from Los Angeles-based Haven and Jill Lamoureux, otherwise known as Wing and Hollow, who effectively provide something of a taster of what should put us on until the full album arrives. Eight songs then, all of which are easily accessible complete with great melodies and...

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3

Blame Sally - Speeding Ticket and a Valentine (Ninth Street Opus)

With this self-produced follow up to 2009's NIGHT OF 1000 STARS, San Francisco Bay area all-female quartet Blame Sally introduce another ten songs that indicate that the band might just be at the top of their game. The band, which consists of Renée Harcourt on guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals,...

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3

Jilly Riley - Organic Soul (Self Release)

West Yorkshire's Jilly Riley has been writing and singing since she was eight years-old, but has waited until her own eight year-old daughter began to follow in mum's footsteps, singing together on the racial harmony single I Don't See Colours I Just See Faces , before embarking on her long awaited...

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4

Andy Steele - Night Fishing (Talking Elephant)

Sounding in places like early Tim Buckley, whilst in others like John Tams (imagine that), Cheshire-born Andy Steele creates a breezy atmosphere with the songs on this album; the arrangements seemingly acknowledging more than a passing nod to retro-folk, whilst maintaining a thoroughly contemporary...

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3

Jim Stapley - Live (Self Release)

Described as the 'whippet-thin master of soulful blues rock', this twenty-five year-old is possessed of the same spirit of the blues as the likes of Paul Rodgers, whether that be circa the Free or Bad Company era. So much so, that the singer has been known to rattle out pretty faithful versions of...

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3

Paul Liddell - Milestones and Motorways (Self Release)

Follow up to A LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DIARY, which in turn followed Paul's debut SKETCHY LITTLE PEOPLE, this third full length album from singer-songwriter Paul Liddell is probably as near to a complete solo effort as is possible. Paul plays all the instruments here, taking full control of all aspects...

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3

Ahab - KMVT (Navigator)

Ahab's breakthrough has been long overdue. With humble beginnings as the a.h.a.b. duo with Callum Anderson and Dave Burn, whose eponymous album was released in 2009, the expanded and renamed Ahab four-piece is now ready for what should be a promising career. With Seebs Llewellyn and Luke Price now...

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3

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