“If there’s any doubt there is no doubt”: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (2016)

Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since Sturgill Simpson released Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.  His second album found him dragging outlaw country right into these troubled modern times (and drawing comparisons to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard and the likes).  It was a far better album than the hype would suggest (yeah, I … Continue reading “If there’s any doubt there is no doubt”: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (2016)

“You’ll never pass beyond the gate if you don’t hear my warning”: Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006)

Americana: "contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often … Continue reading “You’ll never pass beyond the gate if you don’t hear my warning”: Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006)

“Put the cow horns back on the Cadillac”: John Hiatt – Bring The Family (1987)

John Hiatt is someone I got into a bit at the start of the millennium.  Truth be told, I drifted away from his stuff; very rarely listening to much at all these days.  So, I can hardly even call myself a fan.  However, I do like to revisit a handful of albums and, whether I … Continue reading “Put the cow horns back on the Cadillac”: John Hiatt – Bring The Family (1987)

“Strange religion”: The March Record Round Up

I've been offline a few weeks with limited internet access (urgh) and limited record spinning (double urgh).  However, I have had coffee and still got some new records (which I have been listening to! Hurrah!). What are they?  Oh, all right, then. Causa Sui - Live in Copenhagen My buddy JH posted about this one … Continue reading “Strange religion”: The March Record Round Up

“Too late to talk about it”: Spirit – The Thirteenth Dream (1984)

Although their original line-up was together for just 3 years, Spirit are one of my favourite bands.  Now, while some chap named Jimmy Page might disagree, he was a big fan of their first album, and it is said that his walls were plastered with Spirit posters.  In fact, he liked them so much that he … Continue reading “Too late to talk about it”: Spirit – The Thirteenth Dream (1984)

Art: Part 1

Aaron over at Keeps Me Alive was chatting at the weekend there about creating.  Finding time to not only listen, collect, and write about music, but to actually create his own stuff.  Whatever that may be.  That post resonated with me, which is pretty much why I'm posting this. Y'see, for the longest time I've … Continue reading Art: Part 1