Mary Spender

Mary Spender – The Taking Shape EP

So here is a four-tracker from Mary Spender, all titles self-written and produced by Jake Bright, who does play on the cuts, accompanied by Ian Bostic and Rob Grist.
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Matthews Southern Comfort

Matthews Southern Comfort – Like A Radio

Out of the blue and with a band of Dutch musicians whose grip on this artist’s feel for roots and folk music and vintage and modern Americana is eminently displayed here…a new album from Iain Matthews and the new Matthews Southern Comfort!
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Leeroy Stagger

Leeroy Stagger – Love Versus

Leeroy looks a little like a missing member of Iron & Wine. On the album cover he is lying in reflective mode on his studio floor, surrounded by leads and gadgets.
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Bad Flowers

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun

All the songs on this debut album by the hard rock trio are group compositions. Guitarist and singer Tom Leighton fronts the act, Karl Selickis plays drums and bass and backing vocals come from Dale Tonks.
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Laurence Jones

Laurence Jones – The Truth

Jones is touring with his four-piece lineup and this new album overall explores contemporary rock elements rather than the rock-blues material upon which he has risen in the field as a live draw.
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Matt Patershuk – Same As I Ever Have Been

Produced by Steve Dawson, this Canadian release stars Matt Patershuk as - going by the tongue-twister titles as chief wordysmith. Sometimes You’ve Got To Do Bad Things To Do Good ( Adolf Hitler - 1944) kicks things off with a dirty girt tone that evokes R L Burnside. read more

Sterling Ball, John Ferraro and Jim Cox – The Mutual Admiration Society

In which these three gentlemen – BFC as I am now naming them, to save time – create an album called The Mutual Admiration Society. Tongue in cheek title? Or straight? A lot of familiar numbers, a lot of familiar guests. The collection turns out to be a set of instrumentals of quite staggering variety, on which BFC make everybody sound fine. Skill of this strength is always going to make for an entertaining listen. read more

The Koch Marshall Trio – Toby Arrives

Under the label’s The Players Club imprint, this collection immediately rolls into earshot with a Medeski-meets-Jimmy Smith groove in the shape of Toby Arrives. I’d be very surprised if Milwaukee guitarist wasn’t a fan of Harvey Mandel. read more

Michael Landau – Rock Bottom

Ace guitar man has played on a ton of albums, for all sorts of people. For this effort he has decided to put together a four-piece with him on guitar and vocal, drummer Alan Hertz, son Teddy Landau on bass and singer David Frazee. Great players, so as ever it’s down to the strength of the material to assess the record’s desirability. read more

Midge Ure – Orchestrated

Ure takes some of his best and certainly some of his best-known material into the studio for orchestral reinvention. Let’s look at who’s involved – well the collection is produced, arranged, recorded and mixed by TY Unwin. read more

In This Moment – Ritual

Recently beset by difficulties healthwise, original rock creatives In This Moment return with a new album. This is an act that sometimes misses me with their songs but at others just knocks me flat. read more

Shane Filan – Love Always

Another album from the still young Irish singer and once again we have tuneful singing, a crisp delivery that still has warmth, clear production and professional arrangements. But once again, what’s missing? read more

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