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week.08

Jude Johnstone "A Woman's Work" (BoJak Records)

"“The songwriter capacities of American composer Jude Johnstone doesn’t need to be highlighted anymore, her latest release ‘A Woman’s Work’ may be her ultimate best one yet, as it seems to contain the most personal and emotional songs she has ever written.....“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"Singer songwriter Jude Johnstone delivers a great album full of Randy Newman like songs, easy listening piano songs, some celtic folk, some country folk, some pop and a great r'n'b ballad, this is a great album for lovers of piano music and Randy Newman, great, great album!"

- Peter Jacobs / Keys & Chords -

"Heartfelt, intimate, melancholic, yet somehow hopeful, this could be one of the best things you hear this year....."

- Mike Davies / folking.com -

"Jude Johnstone has been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Jennifer Warnes, Trisha Yearwood, and many more, including a #1 song for Yearwood, and she also penned the title track to Johnny Cash’s Grammy winning album 'Unchained'."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

week.07

Hat Check Girl "Two Sides To Every Story" (Gallway Bay Music)

"10 songs, written in pairs, collected in 5 chapters, with short instrumental interludes, the quirky, but charming, melodies emphasize the poetic lyrics, beautiful album....."

- Lambert Smits / Keys & Chords -


"'Two Sides To Every Story' isn't just the title of the new album by Peter Gallway and Annie Gallup, it's the concept too. Joined by the legendary Jerry Marotta on drums, the Santa Barbara based duo's 6th album is a collection of 10 songs, written in pairs with the couple alternating lead vocals, each of the 5 chapters separated by a brief musical interlude with them coming together to duet on the epilogue. "

- MIke Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"Hat Check Girl is the collaboration between 2 seasoned performers, Annie Gallup and Peter Gallway, 'Two Sides To Every Story', their 6th release as a duo, is a collection of 10 songs, written in pairs, collected in 5 chapters, with interludes and an epilogue."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

week.06

Backtrack Blues Band "Way Back Home" (Harpo Records)

"This is blues par excellence, in truth , this is the best blues album I've ever been fortunate enough to review, musically, this disc is flawless, the arrangements and vocals are superb, and the instrumental renditions are truly magnificent…..”

- Tom Walker / Blues Matters! -


"This is Backtrack Blues Band's 5th CD and sees them in top form, and if you love bands such as Nine Below Zero or The Stumble, and who doesn't, then this is another great blues band to watch out for."

- John Knighton / Fatea Magazine -


"Backtrack Blues Band comes from Florida, but their spiritual home is Chicago, as demonstrated on their 5th and very tight album, 'Way Back Home'."

- Trevor Hodgett / R2 Rock'N'Reel Magazine -


"The Backtrack Blues Band might not be a band that record a lot of albums, but when they do, you can be sure that it’s a nice one and that’s all that you need to know about 'Way Back Home', if you ask me."

- Mr Blue Boogie / BillyBop -


“Backtrack Blues Band's own songs, and their gracious mix of blues guitar and blues harmonica, sounds fantastic, it is r'n'b that is created in the way it should always be, rhythmic and bluesy, swinging and entertaining.”

- Luc Meert / Rootstime -

 

week.05

C Daniel Boling "These Houses" (Berkalin Records)

"These are well crafted story songs, influenced by his upbringing in a traveling Air Force family, along with some years spent as a National Park Ranger, a criminal Investigator for the US Bureau Of Land Management, a very fine performer and songwriting talent....."

- Paul McGee / Lonesome Highway -


"Beautiful new album from one of the most talented folk artists of the moment, C Daniel Boling has a clear vision on people and society, that look he shares through these 13 impressive songs."

- Lambert Smits / Keys & Chords -


“In the songs on his latest album ‘These Houses’, American folk singer and songwriter C Daniel Boling reflects on nostalgic themes from his childhood, he also honours his heroes, ranging from war veterans to his musical inspirations like folk stars Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, these naked, pure and honest stories are the strongest elements on his newest album, next to the accompanying acoustic music.“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

week.04

Jesse Dayton "The Revealer" (Blue Elan Records)

"Texan hell raiser Jesse Dayton is one of a kind, unique as they come, Dayton’s music combine a rock’n’roll beat to Texas bar room country, what a man, what a performer....."

- Maurice Hope / Flyin' Shoes -


"It is his musical output that concerns us here, Jesse Dayton is the real thing, and joins the ranks of those unreservedly in thrall to the throne of high octane country and rock’n’roll, 'The Revealer' offers the listener some righteous unrighteous uncluttered music that will shake, rattle and country roll."

- Stephen Rapid / Lonesome Highway -


"Some days I absolutely love this job, it pains me that this is the first of Jesse Dayton’s albums that I’ve ever heard, but it certainly won’t be the last, Jesse Dayton released his 1st album in 1995 and I’ve only discovered him in 2016, and he’s a welcome inclusion in my world."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


"'The Revealer' by Jesse Dayton really offers a lot if you ask me, and I’m truly happy that I can recommend this album to all of you, even if it is the very last one I’m going to recommend this year, 5 out of 5, what better way to end the year?"

- Mr Blue Boogie / BillyBop -


"12 songs from country infused rockabilly, pure country and country rock, to a little country blues and some mighty rock'n'roll, this is one hell of a great americana CD, the voice, guitar parts, and last, but not least, the songs are excellent."

- Peter Jacobs / Keys & Chords -


“Being a settled name in the world of country music, Austin based guitarist and singer songwriter Jesse Dayton also releases solo records, ‘The Revealer’ is his 9th album, in which he adds influences of rock and punk, to the country sound of his own songs, this album was created with tons of true love for the real and honest sound of good music.”

- Valére Sampermans /Rootstime -


"Come on out and listen to this tall Texan, let him take you on a zydeco flavored trip through his musical mind, you will not be disappointed."

- Branimir Lokner / Time Machine Music -

 

week.03

Jack Tempchin "One More Song" (Blue Elan Records)

"Jack Temchin's iconic songs comprise a soundtrack to a fabled era, but Jack Tempchin creates music in the present tense, as this new release, 'One More Song', reveals the vibrant spirit of an artist always moving forward....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"The penultimate cut here is 'Tumbleweed', a number about a restless soul, a beautiful world weary live recording from a Solana Beach club 2014, leaving the album to close with its arms swaying, lighters aloft title track, a song written back, and mentioning, when he and a friend traded under the name of The Silverados, described as 'The Great American Song' by no less than Jackson Browne, who once played it in concert with Linda Ronstadt, it sounds like something that should be on an 'Eagles Greatest Hits' album, and was, in fact, the title track of Randy Meisner's 1980 solo album, but this, complete with the spoken passage, is the first time Tempchin's recorded it. Meisner's version is great. Tempchin's is better. "I've got sings in heart", he sings, and he's been keeping these close to his chest for far too long."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -

"When talking about Jack Tempchin's legacy, his song 'Peaceful Easy Feeling', written for The Eagles will always be referenced, since 1972, when he gave that song to The Eagles, he has been writing and performing hundreds of other songs of which many were of at least equal or better quality, his solo records are collections of outstanding singer songwriter material and that is most certainly also valid for the 12 tracks on his latest album 'One More Song', a selection made by Jack himself of his best work from the past years and performed on this record in a sober, acoustic and intimate, but magnificent, beautiful setting".

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

week.02

Gerry Beckley "Carousel" (Blue Elan Records)

"There’s something in Gerry Beckley’s work that skews toward the edge, never at the expense of musical quality, but perhaps to avoid being sucked into the maws of commercial conformity, nothing exemplifies this better than his latest album, which is at once similar to and utterly unlike everything he’s written and recorded until now....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"The sound of the week!"

- Benny Sörensen / Musik Fra Kyst Til Kyst -


"This new release is a must for all fans of America and Gerry Beckley, and it most certainly is a winner for me!"

- Rory Stanbridge / Fatea Magazine -


"Gerry Beckley is a certified legend who delivers here once again a fantastic album!"

- Gabor Kleinbloesem / Strutterzine -


“Gerry Beckley just got 64 years young and this fouding member of the legendary band America has celebrated his birthday in 2016 with the release of a terrific new solo album called ‘Carousel’, it is composed of 9 self penned tracks and 3 carefully selected cover versions of great songs from Gerry Rafferty, Spirit and Gerry & The Pacemakers.”

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"Powerplay of the week!"

- Georges Lang / Les Nocturnes -


"'Carousel' contains several original standouts, such as the deeply personal 'Lifeline', 'No Way I'm Gonna Lose You', co-written with Dan Wilson, who won an award for his work with Adele) and Tokyo'."

- Arnaud Leger / Westcoast Rendezvous -


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