One of folk’s brightest young talents sets aside traditional balladry for a self-written third album centred on young love and the exuberance and shadows of twentysomething life. Maz O’Connor swoops up and down the scales with the elan of early Joni Mitchell (though her voice comes with an edge), and pieces like A Winter’s Blues and A Quiet Word roll with the ease of an able guitarist, with producer Jim Moray shading the moods with cello, pedal steel and trumpet. O’Connor shows her mastery on two songs based on paintings. Jane Grey takes the part of the doomed queen of Delaroche, while Greenwood Side gives voice to Millais’s Ophelia, remarking of Hamlet, “he would leave but a shadow behind”.
“Brand new release of a set of home recordings made by John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester. This recording preserves a repertoire of many rare, old Hickman County, Tennessee, tunes that Howdy had learned as a boy from his Great Uncle, Bob Cates. Hartford plays banjo, Forrester fiddles, and the two share informal discussion about the tunes and their sources.” — John Fabke
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320 kbps | 104 MB | UL | BF | TB | OB Grooving, with strong blues and R&B influences. Soulful vocals with echoes of Laura Nyro, Carol King and Joni Mitchell.
Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) – When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang the Blues) & Hearts On Trees (2016)
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It’s hard to believe that Balance The Light is Dropkick’s 14th album. The East Coast Scots certainly don’t sound (or look) like grizzled veterans of the rock’n’roll world while the album is as fresh as a daisy and brimming with energy. Over the course of 16 years they’ve gathered a well deserved reputation as purveyors […]