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week.42

Jaime Michaels  "If You Fall"  (Appaloosa Records)

"In the same style as his musical example Tom Rush, folk and americana artist Jaime Michaels has recorded his excellent new album ‘If You Fall’, with 9 self penned compositions and 3 greatly selected cover versions from Greg Trooper, Townes Van Zandt and Francesco De Gregory, this record is a true listening joy....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"Chances are you won't have heard of Jaime Michaels, but please give him a try, as the song says 'any given moment can change your Life'....."

- Mike Davis / Fatea Magazine -


"A venue operator in California refers to Jaime Michaels as a songwriters’ songwriter....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"#5, with a bullet....."

- The Euro Americana Chart -

 

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week.41

Jordi Baizan  "Free And Fine"  (Berkalin Records)

"Jordi Baizan's new album 'Free And Fine' is surely a gem of an album, beautiful, with some exceptional moments, stunning imagery, his sweet voice on sometimes engaging, sometimes subtile melodies, delicate and beautiful harmonies, stunning sound, a really beautiful album....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


"How international can you be? Jordi Baizan is the son of Spanish and Cuban parents, married to a Mexican girl, which gave him 4 kids, and he is since childhood living in Austin, TX. After his 1st solo album ‘Like The First Time’, from 2017, he is now releasing a magnificent 2nd album, called ‘Free And Fine’, with 11 new self penned songs and recorded with the help of several top Texan musicians."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"Jordi Baizan is a 1st generation American and native Texan songwriter. He is multicultural, born in Houston to Spanish and Cuban parents, and married to Carmen who hails from Mexico. Jordi is also a multi tasker, writing songs and managing his flourishing music career in the same home office where he runs his small business, which helped them raise their 2 girls and 2 boys. Now that the kids are away at college and beyond, the empty nest at home has provided Jordi the opportunity to take his music on the road."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"#7, with a bullet....."

- The Euro Americana Chart -

 

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week.40

Michael Jerome Browne  "That's Where It's At!" (Borealis Records)

"This is such a refreshing album of stripped back acoustic blues, by an artist who clearly has a passion for his music, he brings this 1960's style material alive, in doing so, making it relevant today, the CD cover has an endorsement by Eric Bibb which should be sufficient to warrant you searching out this album, a must have....."

- Adrian Blacklee / Blues Matters! -


"American singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Michael Jerome Browne moved to Montreal, Canada, from where he explored his musical career, starting as a busker and moving on to a solo career as performer of folk music, fueled with elements of blues and soul, on his latest album 'That’s Where It’s At!' he is covering ancient blues pearls and revitalizes classics from among others Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke, complemented by a few own new compositions, with this album he may candidate for an award in the category Canadian Folk Music.....”

- Marcie / Rootstime -


"Michael Jerome Browne's 'That’s Where It’s At!' is an album for the followers of acoustic blues, roots, also soul music, mr Brown is brilliant instrumentalist, who also choose interesting  and nice songs for his actual album....."

- Branimir Lokner / Time Machine Music -

 

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week.39

Mark Rogers  "Laying It Down"  (Mark Rogers Songs)

"American artist Mark Rogers has collected 5 songs from his previously released EP ‘Qualifiers’, and added another 6 tracks to create his 1st full CD, numerous musical influences can be heard in the songs, Jesse Winchester, Gram Parsons, Lowell George, but also Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, Gerry Raferty provided a few traces of recognition....."

- Dani Heyvaert / Rootstime -


"A mix of styles and influences on Rogers' first full length album....."

- Tim Martin / Americana UK -


"Mark Rogers is a well traveled songwriter whose music reminds us of the years we spent scouring lyric sheets and liner notes, when vocal harmony would induce a palpable reaction and words would take us to places we couldn’t always describe. Introspective, thoughtful, melodic and soulful. A nod to the past, but with both hands on the wheel, Mark’s music endures. With his new album, 'Laying It Down', Mark Rogers continues the American rich tradition of literary songwriting."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"The sound of the week!"

- Benny Sörensen / Musik Fra Kyst Til Kyst -

 

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week.38

Mara Levine "Facets Of Folk"  (Mara's Creations)

"New Jersey based folksinger Mara Levine is the lucky owner of a crystal clear voice, and she's using it in a magnificent way to sing the 13 versions of well known and less known folk songs, these tracks have been carefully selected by her to record them in a highly personalized way on her 3rd album ‘Facets Of Folk’....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"This is just an artist delivering a personal selection of folk songs, addressing loosely connected themes in a pure, unfiltered matter, and it's a treat....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine, like a skilled gem cutter, selects songs with inherent beauty, examines them carefully, then crafts and polishes them to a glittering brilliance....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

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week.37

Henrik Cederblom  "Zobop"  (Kakafon Records)

"Multi musician Henrik Cederblom sounds like a young Carlos Santana, with a witchbrew of Africa and Sweden, an album that swings so hard it sings about it, without actually singing....."

- Hans Bloom / Dalademokraten -

"Henrik Cederblom has played guitar behind artists such as Freddie Wadling, Daniel Lemma, Sofia Karlsson and Timo Räisänen, among others, and is also known for his work with the Swedish Grammis award winning band Den Fule....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

"Henrik Cederblom's fusion and jazz rock draws from the yesterday, and can assert itself today, the entertainment value is great, it has invigorating arrangements and very enjoyable playing....."

- Wolfgang Giese / Musik An Sich -

"Swedish guitar player Henrik Cederblom has released his solo debut album ‘Zobop’ with 8 of his own compositions, these instrumental tracks are presented in a mix of folk and groovy jazz sounds that are layered on smooth melodies, they are often dominated by an excellent tenor and soprano sax by Sten Källman and joyful guitar work from Henrik Cederblom himself.....”

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.36

Anna Einarsson Ensemble  "Life In Pieces"  (Anna Einarsson Music)

"Contemplation, intricately entwined in compositions spanning jazz, folk music, experimental and the nordic, is at the heart of the new album by Anna Einarsson Ensemble, 'Life In Pieces'....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 
"Eclectic music, a mixture of jazz, world music and light classical, this is for experienced ears....."

- Patrick van de Wiele / Keys & Chords -


"The sound of the 11 tracks on the 1st album from Swedish and Belgian Anna Einarsson Ensemble is pretty experimental, minimalistic and only produced by piano, double bass and accordion, Anna’s singing on this jazz album can be called rather intimate and laid back....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.35

Ralph Molina  "Love And Inspiration"  (Vapor Records)

"Drummer and vocalist Ralph Molina has just released his 1st solo album, best known for his work with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, however, Molina is a superb vocalist and songwriter in his own right, as evidenced by the album’s 11 self penned tracks....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"This album probably won’t be what you would expect from Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, but if you can get past your preconceptions, this album really is the gift that keeps on giving....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -

 
"Ralph Molina really is a gifted vocalist and songwriter, with love he inspires modesty, enjoy....."

- Marino Serdons / Keys & Chords -


"Through almost 6 decades Ralph Molina has been the drummer of one of the most legendary bands in music history, Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, at the age of 76, he finally has decided to try his own luck by releasing his 1st solo album, 'Love & Inspiration', in these 11 tracks, he is demonstrating that his vocal and songwriting capabilities are of almost equally high quality as those of his Crazy Horse frontman.....“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.34

White Owl Red  "Existential Frontiers"  (Hush Mouse Records)

"White Owl Red, the alter ego of Josef McManus from San Francisco, has released a few excellent albums before bringing 'Existential Frontiers' to the market, Americana, alt country and indie folk are forming the basic ingredients of his songs of which 14 new ones are now appearing on this most recent album....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"White Owl Red's current fanbase, and the musically curious, won't be disappointed in exploring these frontiers....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"'There are certain albums that cry out to be the soundtrack to a long road trip', Americana UK decrees, 'and White Owl Red’s ‘Existential Frontiers’ is one of those, whether you’re driving from Nashville to Memphis or Norwich to Middlesborough, it contains Dylanesque vocals, with resonances on various tracks of Steve Earle, David Byrne, Howe Gelb and Willie Nile among others', and Marino Serdons of the Belgian music website Keys & Chords adds, 'so diverse, so emotional, so melodic, so honest'....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

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week.33

Faris Nourallah  "Minus One"  (Paraply/RuthRecords/Border Music)

"On 'Minus One' I hear vibes of David Bowie at times, partly due to the voice of Faris Nourallah, but also in the songs, slightly quirky pop with a melancholic touch, but with very nice melodies....."

- Ola Gränshagen / Melodic Net -


"8 years since the latest release from Faris Nourallah, his 9th solo album sees the light of day, 'Minus One' contains 14 out of 30 unreleased songs, the remaining songs are planned to be released in the future, these songs, sent by e-mail in 2004 and 2005 to the founder of Ruth Records have been preserved in a basement."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"Fans of Ray Davies, Lou Reed, John Cale, Robert Wyatt and other prog pop stars will enjoy the breadth and scope of Faris Nourallah and his colorful and underrated brand of pop music on this left field, sleeper of an album release."

- Robert Steven Silverstein / mwe3.com -


"On this album with lost songs, Faris Nourallah presents pop songs that sometimes sounds like The Kinks."

- Patrick Van De Wiele / Keys & Chords -


"It is almost unbelievable that nobody ever decided to release an album with the songs that Faris Nourallah composed over 15 years ago and that he did send to record label managers, his vocal performance brings us memories of Kinks frontman Ray Davies, but also contains elements of Elliott Smith and even John Lennon in a few slow ballads on his 9th album ‘Minus One’."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.32

Arroyo Rogers  "Single Wide"  (Arroyo Rogers)

"Kip Powell and Lisa Mednick Powell each have a long history in the world of country music, the married couple has now also united in the country duo Arroyo Rogers and recorded 7 joyful and catchy country rock songs on their debut EP 'Single Wide', this record makes us hope strongly for a soon following release of a full CD with equally pleasing songs."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"This 'Single Wide' need to be updated to a 'Double Wide' as soon as they can, with a  full album of songs to hear, I think, on the strength of these 7 songs, it would be very welcomed."

- Stephen Rapid / Lonesome Highway -


"Arroyo Rogers is a California country band steeped in the classic country and western sound of the 60's and 70's, founded by Kip Powell and Lisa Mednick Powell, the band continues to perform classic covers and original americana in and around the high desert community of Joshua Tree."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

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week.31

John Cee Stannard  "Moving On"  (Castiron Records)

"What an impressive list of musicians it is on this album, they all shine on songs with an infectious groove, a warm and rich sound that gives a good idea why John Cee Stannard is the real good deal, from acoustic country blues to a more big band sound, each song is a pleasure....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

"On his latest album, 'Moving On', blues guitarist John Cee Stannard is offering 11 new tracks which cover varying styles like bluesrock, swamp blues, ballads, tex mex and jazzy songs, the broadly orchestrated variation ensures that this album could be loved by fans of many different kind of music genres more than blues."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"No less than 17 guest musicians have contributed to this album, his friends guitarist Mike Bake and Howard Birchmore on harmonica, also accompany John during his live performance, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon are also present, not bad at all!"

- Philip Verhaege / Keys & Chords -

"This is a very enjoyable album that may not be a big departure from many out there, but that doesn’t detract from the quality on display here....."

- Tom Dixon / Blues Doodles -


"The sound of the week!

- Benny Sörensen / Radio Skagen FM -

 

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week.30

Lazy Afternoon  "Almost Home"  (Artache/Paraply/Border)

"Lazy Afternoon offers folk rock with a strong identity on their 2nd album ' Almost Home', it comes from the infectious accordion, the vocals and the melodies that really catch you, they have found a sound, a style, a joyful style that makes you feel good....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


"In 2016 we were pleasantly surprised by ‘Whatever!’ from Swedish band Lazy Afternoon, and now all positive thoughts and comments are confirmed by a very strong 2nd album called ‘Almost Home’, they are once again delivering brilliant and enjoyable country, folk, americana, cajun and tex mex songs on this very recommendable album....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"Lazy Afternoon from Sweden delivers catchy americana, a pot of influences from country and folk rock, with a pinch of tex mex in it, and now their 2nd album, ”Almost Home”, is out....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"The sound of the week!"

- Benny Sörensen / Skagensexpressen -

 

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week.29

Dan Navarro  "Shed My Skin"  (Red Hen/Blue Rose Records)

"Everything about Dan Navarro's 'Shed My Skin' is quietly pristine, from the quality of the songs, the musical contributions, beautifully organic production qualities, the endlessly creative arrangements and of course, that voice, a very fine album indeed....."

Paul Jackson / Fatea Magazine -


"Dan Navarro’s songs on 'Shed My Skin'are all pulled from a world of experiences that only a man of a certain age can attain and articulate, and Dan Navarro does it with style, grace and class....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


"As an established singer songwriter for other artists since more than 30 years, it might sound a bit surprising to now find the 1st solo album from Dan Navarro, on this album 'Shed My Skin', for which he has support from several legendary Californian instrumentalists, Navarro is performing 8 self penned songs and 4 nicely selected covers, and this makes this one of the most beautiful americana records of the 1st half of 2019....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.28

Leaf Rapids  "Citizen Alien"  (Coax Records)

"Canada is a hotbed of country rock these days, and fans of the genre should give a listen to 'Citizen Alien' from Winnipeg duo known as Leaf Rapids, featuring the sublime female vocals and acoustic guitar of Keri Latimer and her husband Devin Latimer on bass....."

- Robert Steven Silverstein / mwe3.com -

"Husband and wife duo Leaf Rapids, situated in north west Manitoba, described as one of Canada's hidden treasures, and the same could well apply to this duo....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"Great album from Keri and Devin Latimer with hidden stories, a time picture in a partly family chronicle....."

- Marino Serdons / Keys & Chords -

"What a fantastic record Canadian duo Leaf Rapids has created, a husband and wife couple of musicians consisting of Keri and Devin Latimer, the touching history of the anchestors of Keri during the previous 2 centuries has been translated into 10 great songs on their album ‘Citizen Alien’, all being supported by the golden and platinum layered voice of Keri....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"I totally succombed to the charm of this soundscape, Leaf Rapids are incredible talented musicians, I love that delicious feeling to listen to these songs that sound both traditionnal and modern, and Keri's voice is just the perfect thing for this beautiful roots folk, listening to this album is pure delight, I can't say with words how it moves me....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


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week.27

The Maes  "The Maes"  (Blue Grace Music)

"What started as a plan to make a 4 track EP mid tour last year at Lake Echo studio in Nova Scotia, Canada, with producer Daniel Ledwell, turned into recording a brand new album in studios across Canada, Ireland, Scotland and back home in Melbourne, Australia....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"A terrific album and as sublime as ever, treat yourself to some aMaesing grace....."

- Mike Davies / Folk Radio UK -


"Singing folk songs in harmony together as real sisters is something we already know from Swedish duo First Aid Kit, now also Maggie and Elsie Rigby from Melbourne, Australia, are doing this in an excellent manner under the name of The Maes in these 10 self penned songs from their new album....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"This is a great surprise, I really really enjoy The Maes' rootsy americana, there is a grace, there's a delicate beauty in these recordings, stunning vocals, the delicate and minimalistic instrumentation are real pleasures, this beautiful album has a great, peaceful vibe....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.26

The Smoking Flowers  "Let's Die Together"  (Bandaloop Music)

"This band have influences that range from Zeppelin to Gillian Welch, and Ramones to Neil Young, and Kim was ironically considered by one of those very influences when she was up for the female vocalist spot in Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy, who had been listening to some of her recordings and loved her voice, but as fate would have it, her friend Patty Griffin got the role....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"It takes a while before you hear how great this album really is, once accustomed, 'Let’s Die Together' turns out to be an addictive album that increasingly falls into place, after which the Nashville couple Scott and Kim Collins grasps you more and more with their intense music and fantastic vocals....."

- Erwin Zijleman / Muziekwereld -


"Husband and wife Scott and Kim Collins from Nashville are blending powerful rock music with gentle country tunes on their latest album 'Let’s Die Together’, the songs were largely inspired by the breast cancer that Kim luckily has been cured from, hopefully they won’t live up to the album title and continue to please us with their excellent rootsy music and equally inspiring and hopegiving stories....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.25

Martha L Healy  "Keep The Flame Alight"  (Frog Eye Records)

"Martha L Healy was raised on a diet of Eagles, Traveling Wilburys, Bruce Springsteen, and folk heroes, The Dubliners, these were, and still are, staples of the Healy family vinyl  collection, at the same time, in her native Scotland, she was listening to female artists like Sheryl Crow, Carole King, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, and picked up the guitar to start writing her own songs....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

"Scottish born singer songwriter Martha L  Healy went to the heart of her so dearly beloved country and americana music in Nashville, TN, to record the songs for her new album 'Keep The Flame Alight', classical themes like love, friendship, dreams, happiness and sadness are the subjects in the lyrics of her songs in which she highlights the role of women in today's world....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"Martha L Healy is really a talented singer with a confidence in her voice that gives these great songs a special dimension....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.24

E.L.S. Band  "Dark Blues Sky"  (Sound Station Records)

"E.L.S. Band has built up a faithful and growing crowd of followers which is not so strange, with a singer of absolutely highest class and a very experienced and competent band, they have  just released their 1st full length album, 'Dark Blues Sky', and the goal now is to release an album with their own material, the work has just started....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


" E.L.S. Band's repertoire was and is, until now, well chosen covers that span blues, soul and some rock'n'roll, Stig's rough voice timbre lends itself perfectly to their intended sound, just like his exciting guitar riffs, the tight drums and the very exciting B3 organ arrangements, the goal now is to release an album with their own material, the basis has already been laid....."

- Philip Verhaege / Keys & Chords -

"Prior to the release of a 2nd album with their own material, Swedish bluesrock group E.L.S. Band is presenting their debut album ‘Dark Blues Sky’, consisting of 11 creatively selected cover versions of top songs from blues, soul and rock legends in music history, complemented with 2 self penned tracks....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"What an exceptional vocalist, behind him, a very good band that plays a really soulful blues that generally doesn't actually fit with my radio format, but the song 'Further Information' really does, just love it, a super sound, a super groove ....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


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week.23

Christian Draghi  "Black Roses & Hats"  (Ultra Sound Records)

"This is music that took me back, to a time when I was young, and when I still listened these sounds, it will clearly talk to the nostalgics of that era, but the modern sounds brings a freshness to the genre, Christian Draghi is clearly a good vocalist, he gives specific intensity to these songs….."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


"On this chef’s table you won’t miss a taste of crispy grunge cookies with psychedelic seasoning, on top, some groovy riffs and guitar solos in which Christian Draghi bursts out his 70’s rocker attitude, all of this is kept together by melodies characterised by the author’s personal voice timbre....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"I think Christian Draghi succeeds very well with his 1st solo album, the glance back towards his old heroes works great, as he manages to carve out something totally his own from his influences, he’s surely an artist to keep your eyes on in the future….."

- Roger Bengtsson / Ung Tro -

 

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week.22

The Campfire Flies  "Sparks Like Little Stars"  (OverPop Music)

"The Campfire Flies' 'Sparks Like Little Stars' are a songwriter’s dream sextet, bringing together some of New Jersey’s most acclaimed indie rock writers and performers....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"The strongest numbers are those on which Toni Baumgartner or Deena Shoskes take the vocals, suggesting that next the time they gather round the campfire, they should let the girls do the cooking....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"Bringing 6 excellent indie rock singer songwriters from New Jersey together in one musical collective called The Campfire Flies is leading to a splendid, heartwarming record called ‘Sparks Like Little Stars’, 4 of them wrote the 11 songs that will make you shiver and glow during the whole period of listening to this amazingly beautiful album....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"A collection of songs that these great vocalists and instrumentalist make shine, they are good in expressing the nuances of the music both vocally and instrumentally, they make sophistication sound easy....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


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week.21

Doug Collins & The Receptionists  "Good Sad News"  (Doug Collins Music)

"By no means some retro-rocker or vintage-white-dude-come-lately, Doug Collins is nonetheless a songwriter, rocker, man out of time, his lived in and poetic songs evoke the glory days of am radio country pop rock, and this 10 song long player is his most fully realized collection of songs to date....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"This is a  twin cities combo with their roots firmly planted in Beatles and Buddy Holly pop, this is feelgood bouncy country pop, kicking off with 'Conversation With My Heart' and cheerfully sailing through another 9 numbers that lift the mood, even if they don't linger when the lights go out....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"When I’m reviewing, I try to picture the demographic that the artist is aiming for, and for once I can honestly say that this is for everyone, hipsters, teenagers, and lovelorn oldies like me, romantics, all, we will all get the same feeling that there is someone else suffering from love in exactly the same way we are, and that man is Doug Collins....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


"This is a melodious  voice on a rich collection of easy melodies in a timeless rock and pop style, the steel and the accordion are killers, excellent drive back into the 50's....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.20

BR Lively  "Into The Blue"  (BR Lively)

"BR Lively's 'Into The Blue' is a cinematic record rooted in folk music, southern gothic soul, and the therapeutic rush of the open road, at the center of the mix is Lively himself, a self taught singer and multi instrumentalist who isn’t afraid to shine a light on the lessons learned during his physical and spiritual journey....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"The album 'Into The Blue' is the debut record of Bryan Blaylock, recording his music as BR Lively from Dallas, TX, he succeeds in a true magnificent way to convince us of his singing and songwriting talents with these 11 songs about love, heartbreak and gratitude, may the release of his next record not let us wait too long, as his emotional and melancholic songs will help to make living in this violent and turbulent world nicer and easier....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"I love this album, a voice and a soundscape that leads to 'rêverie'....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.19

Robert Hill & The Muskogee Few  (Muskogee Music Inc)

"The introduction that Robert Hill & The Muskogee Few have created with the 9 tracks on their self named 1st record shows that these guys enjoy playing americana music, and we are pretty sure that we will be hearing a lot more from this Swedish band in the coming years….."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"This is a sweet and melodious voice on sweet sounds, on sweet and engaging melodies, the killing steel really adds to the delicious charm of the soundscape, a music that slowly flows, a real musical identity....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

"This is the sound of the week!"

- Benny Sörensen / Radio Skagen FM -

 

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week.18

Berra Karlsson  "The Good Day"  (Lindell Production/Paraply Records)

"You know what? I simply adore Berra Karlsson's 'The Good Day'! And I love 'Let It Be Me', as well! When will his long awaited physical full length CD be released?"

- Roberto Rossi / Mystery Train PNR FM -


"Beautiful, great playing, great tune!"

- John Lacey -

"Super! Genau mein Geschmack!"

- Steffen Fiedler -

"Flott fremført av en av Skandinavias fremste steelere....."

- Lars Egil Vågseter -

 

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week.17

Good Lovelies  "Shapeshifters"  (Good Lovelies Inc)

"Undeniably, the goodwill built up of being a Good Lovelies fan for over a decade played a part in giving 'Shapeshifters' the space to make its presence, on this occasion, time delivered the rewards and this well crafted album settled into its intended spot, oh, and those harmonies never cease to amaze....."

- David / 3 Chords & The Truth -


"'We are the heavy lifters', the Good Lovelies sing in a celebration of women's capacity to take on many different demanding roles, let them lift you too....."

- MIke Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"You hear it a lot these days, the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts, and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies,  Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore and Caroline Brooks, immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right, however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony, powerful and pure, organic and inspiring, that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

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week.16

Dan Krikorian  "Grandeur"  (Dan Krikorian)

"Dan Krikorian is a very, very talelented musician, his melodious voice on a rich, deep and captivating soundscape gives these songs a very special musiciaship, from folk to pop to rock, his talent really shines in combining poetry with clear melodies....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


"Dan Krikorian has never let us down with his previous 4 albums and yet we dare say that his 5th one, 'Grandeur', is going to be his very best one until today, 16 intelligently crafted and emotional songs will be played very often in my stereo during the following weeks and months, it certainly looks as if this record will also be appearing in my top 10 favorite albums list of 2019....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"'Grandeur', uniquely divided into 2  'acts', begins with the powerful 'Words', where Dan Krikorian sings, 'And when we talk about it, I wish that you would use your words', setting the stage for what will be the beginning of a deeply personal 'act 1'....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

 

 

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week.15

The Feralings  "The Feralings"  (The Feralings)

The debut from folk and americana trio The Feralings is a very pleasant acquaintance, the six self penned songs on their 1st EP are a valuable contribution to the extensive songbook of rootsy folk music, they make us anxiously waiting for more on a future full length CD.....“

- Valere Sampermans / Rootstime -


"This is the debut EP of the Feralings, and if you stick with it, there's a positive future ahead of it, there's a lot of development potential in their great music....."

- Wolfgand Giese / Musik An Sich -


"As the Feralings debut EP having finally emerged into the light of day, here's hoping the road ahead has no more speed bumps to slow down their future progress....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -

 

 

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week.14

Billy White Jr  "It's About Time"  (Ayemaydah Records)

"I've got a new favorite guitarist that reminds me a little bit about Dickey Betts and  Alvin Lee, and maybe also Gary Moore, but Billy White Jr plays a lot more varied and nuanced, with great joy and pleasure, without going to excesses....."

- Börje Holmén / Musikbloggen 67 -


"True to form, Billy White Jr's 3rd and latest album, “It’s About Time”, takes a wholly different approach, described as classic rock and blues, with a side of r'n'b, this one features 10 original songs and lots of rockin’ guitar, without a steel or fiddle in sight....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


"Billy White Jr has been named one of the best guitar players in the contemporary rock music scene, but he is more than a guitarist from Texas, as he also composes and sings his own songs, that's now the case on his 3rd album released under the more than perfectly well fitting title 'It's About Time....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.13

John Blakeley & Jeff Larson  "Yesterday's Dream"(NCompass Music)

"They don't often make new records like this anymore, a brilliant throwback to the golden era of singer songwriters, vocalist Jeff Larson evokes the fragile authenticity of the greats and unsung twang scholar John Blakeley of 'Endless Summer' soundtrack fame lights up the spare, supple tracks on this haunting, compelling, altogether intoxicating debut....."

- Joel Selvin -

"Guitarist and string instruments virtuoso John Blakeley and Californian singer songwriter Jeff Larson have created a gorgeous example of the best available singer songwriter stuff with their album ‘Yesterday’s Dream’, for the recording, they got professional assistance from famous musicians like Scott Matthews, Jeff Pevar and Beach Boys members Randell Kirsch and Jeffrey Foskett.....“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"This is a collection of delicate melodies on a rather unexpected instrumentation, a good surprise that brings more attention, the vocals are sweet moments....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -


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week.12

Bob Livingston  "Up The Flatland Stairs"  (Howlin' Dog Records)

"On his brand new album, 'Up The Flatland Stairs', Bob Livingston's song instincts remain impeccable no matter the style....."

- Doug Freeman / The Austin Chronicle -


"Each facet of 'Up The Flatland Stairs' glimmers as an authentic dimension of Livingston’s singular aesthetic....."

- Brentney Hamilton / Cowboys & Indians -


"Bob Livingston is a brand new discovery to me and as such, is the driving force behind the website, bringing the best from the shadows into the daylight....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


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week.11

Dave Rosewood  "Gravel And Gold"  (Dave Rosewood)

"Dave Rosewood may well be making a name for himself in Sweden, but could garner a wider audience on the strength of this, bringing together his many years on the road (gravel) and the songs that have come from those experiences (gold)....."

- Stephen Rapid / Lonesome Highway -


"I’m no longer sure what country music actually is these days, as it appears to have splintered off into a thousand sub-genres, but this album is 100% pure damn country in the spirit of Cash, Merle, Waylon and even the Allman Brothers!"

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


"Having grown up in the Ozark Mountains, singer songwriter Dave Rosewood moved to the love of his life in Sweden, there he has been writing songs for almost 2 decades, but it took until now to release his debut album ‘Gravel And Gold’, a collection of 12 mainly country songs that were recorded with solely Swedish musicians."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"Dave Rosewood is an excellent discovery that take us back to the 70's country rock, songs full of charm, an authentic country voice, killing harmonies, stunning guitar, a real pleasure for all the nostalgic eardrums of the country rock movement....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.10

David Haerle  "Garden Of Edendale"  (Edendale Records)

"David Haerle's 'Garden Of Edendale' is a most engaging album and one to surely seek out if you like guitar oriented commercial rock with a touch of class....."

- Paul McGee / Lonesome Highway -


"Titled for the original name of L.A.'s Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz neighbourhoods, David Haerle's debut album is firmly rooted in the sound of sunny California pop, but also influenced by the country music to which he was exposed as a child, it's pitched at a decided niche audience and probably works better in a live setting, where he and the musicians can cut loose, but there's some solid musicianship and song craft to admire here."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"Los Angeles based singer songwriter David Haerle has really surprised us positively with his debut album ‘Garden Of Edendale’, his excellent self penned songs are perfectly fitting for the fans of artists like Jackson Browne, Peter Case, Tom Petty and Mark Knopfler, but the well deserved merits for this magnificent record are all going to its performer David Haerle.“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.09

Mikael Ramel  "I Huvet På Varann"  (Paraply Records/Hemifrån/Border Music)

"Det nya albumet 'I Huvet På Varann' innehåller starka sånger som rymmer den typiska och bästa Ramel-blandningen, kanske något av det bästa Mikael Ramel gjort.....”

- Bengt Eriksson / HiFi & Musik -


”Klas Qvists låtar badar i ett nostalgiskt skimmer, Mikael Ramels omtolkningar är fria och finurliga, mötet är musikalisk romantik....."

- Fredrik Söderlund / Borås Tidning -


"Hur låter det? Bra. Nästan överlag mycket bra. Och troligen som inget annat svenskt anno 2019. Klas Qvists sinnrika musik med massor av effekter och svängningar hit och dit, här även kryddad av legendariske gitarristen Kenny Håkansson, har i sällskap med Ramels kluriga texter blivit lättare att ta till sig. Fast det gäller att öppna öronen och ge albumet chansen. Då sitter den garanterat fast mellan öronen."

- Hans Bloom / Dalademokraten -


”Musikaliskt samarbete med känsla av 60-talet.....”

- Torbjörn Berlin / Sundsvalls Tidning -


"'I Huvet På Varann' är ett riktigt mästerverk. Mikael Ramels sköna sång och fina texter, till Klas Qvist storslagna musik, som innehåller en hel värld av influenser från 60- och 70-tal. Vi får verkligen hoppas att detta är början på ett fortsatt samarbete mellan herrarna Ramel och Qvist. Så mycket bättre än det här kan det inte bli. Vilken drömstart på musikåret 2019."

- Pär Dahlerus / Uppsala Nyheter -


"Både textmässigt och musikaliskt låter 'I Huvet På Varann' som en fantastisk uppföljare till Mikael Ramels 47 år gamla 'Till Dej', skivan som han och hans band turnerade runt med förra året och i sin helhet framförde på scen. Den gränslösa lekfullheten, de melodiska höjdpunkterna och den välskrivna poesin har de faktiskt gemensamt."

- Håkan Pettersson / Håkans Pop -


"Låtarna är helt underbara. Så genomarbetade, så rent arrangerade med stämmor och avväga inpass. Så hjärtevärmande. De lockar fram solen och smälter snön. Tar en i handen, smeker kinden. Lovar med ett, för all dels stundtals melankoliskt, leende att det kommer att bli bättre. Och det kommer det, för ”I Huvet På Varann” lovar ingenting den inte kan hålla. Detta är frisk musik i en mycket sjuk värld. Hur skulle det INTE kunna vara en av årets bästa skivor?"

- Peter Sjöblom / Mono Magasin -


"Vad är det vi har framför oss? Tja, en slags psykedelisk pop med rötter i 60-talet. Härligt melodisk och kryddad med barockpop och softrock och, vilket är lite otippat, lite jingeljanglig indiepop. Det låter Beatles, garnerat med allt möjligt från Beach Boys-körer till en och annan blinkning i riktning Prefab Sprout, och, obviously, Mikael Ramel själv. Inte bara för att det är han som sjunger utan också för att flera av låtarna har likheter med det han ägnade sig åt på de tidlöst ljuvliga 70-talsalbumen ”Till Dej” och ”Extra Vagansa”. Psychiga proggvisor som han sedan några år tillbaka åter baxar land och rike runt inför entusiastiska skaror av unga och gamla medborgare."

- Dan Backman / Musik Konst -


"Ett underligt, annorlunda och minst sagt lustigt upplägg. Men som slutprodukt totalt lyckat, smakfullt och mycket njutbart. För alla med ett stort melodiskt pophjärta är de 11 svenska omgörningarna på ’I Huvet På Varann’ en musikalisk gåva och lika nödvändigt självklar som ’Second Thoughts’.”

- Björn Bostrand / Popgeni -


"Det här låter verkligen som Mikael Ramel till hundra procent och det är bara att konstatera att en av årets bästa skivor på svenska redan har anlänt....."

- Tom Arvidsson / Thirsty Boots -


"Klas snygga melodier och Mikaels träffsäkra översättningar och tolkningar funkar lika väl tillsammans som deras röster harmonierar med varandra, och flertalet av skivans elva låtar bör uppskattas varmt av den som gillar välgjord proggpop med en tydlig ton från guldåren under 60- och 70-talet."

- Roger Bengtsson / Ung Tro -


"Vad vi pratar om här är en sorts progressiv folkpop, inte svår eller ’jobbig’ musik att lyssna på, utan tämligen lättlyssnad, men ändå infallsrik, fantasifull, rolig och varierad. Innehållet är som en bra storm, först smyger den sig på lyssnaren för att med lyssningarna tillta i styrka, och så småningom bli oförglömlig som en orkan. Ett absolut måste för 70-talsfans, de som gillar Dungen, och andra med smak för högkvalitativ progpop.”

- Robert Ryttman / Zero Magazine -

 

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week.08

A/B Trio  "Trioliloquy"  (Chronograph Records)

"'Trioliloquy' is one of a recent batch of releases on the excellent Canadian label Chronograph, it's the latest release by one of my favourite live jazz groups, A/B Trio, a consistently entertaining, varied, well played and stimulating album, an excellent follow-up to 2017's album 'Out West', highly recommended....."

- Martin Price / Fatea Magazine -


"With a melodic, yet improvised sound, this new album by the A/B Trio brings original material and a re-interpretation....."

- Patrick van de Wiele / Keys & Chords -


"Sax player Dan Davis, Josh McHan on bass and Thom Bennett on drums are the 3 members of Canadian jazz band A/B Trio, originating from Edmonton, Alberta, their 3rd album 'Trioliloquy' contains 8 fully instrumental tracks and shows guest trumpet player Kevin Turcotte excelling on a few tracks where this instrument is creating added value....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"With cheeky word play, thoughtful melodies and rhythmic playing, 'Trioliloquy' is sure to get your heart racing....."

- Branimir Lokner / TIme Machine Music -

 

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week.07

Hat Check Girl  "Cold Smoke"  (Gallway Bay Music)

"I have always found the music of Hat Check Girl both challenging and rewarding in equal measure, not for them the simple love song or whimsical throw away line, rather they build their story songs from historical context or imagined characters, placed in all kinds of straitened circumstances….."

- Paul McGee / Lonesome Highway -


"'Count yourself blessed', Hat Check Girl sing, a copy of this album will go a long way to ensuring that....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -


"Peter Gallway and Annie Gallup are performing since many years as duo Hat Check Girl, and now they released their 7th album, ‘Cold Smoke’, on which they alternate as lead vocalist in 13 songs, don’t expect anything spectacular or renewing from them anymore, but as in all previous records their quality as singer songwriters is once again strongly proven....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.06

Suzie Vinnick  "Shake The Love Around"  (Suzie Vinnick)

"In a blind test I doubt anyone would hear this album and guess Suzie Vinnick is Canada born and bred, but she is, and that possibly even helps her sound as cool and reverential as she does throughout this dozen quite exquisite songs. 'Shake The Love Around?'. It’s a keeper....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


"The Canadian blues and roots singer songwriter Suzie Vinnick just released a new album called 'Shake The Love Around’. On this 6th record, she once again demonstrates her variability, diversity and excellent quality as vocalist, guitarist and bass player.....”

- Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime -


"This is a joyous, funky and very good CD, a convincing singer on all styles she explores with talent, or I should say with talents, a singular vocal talent, but also a stunning instrumentalist....."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.05

Ted Russell Kamp  "Walkin' Shoes"  (P.O.M.O. Records)

"'Walkin' Shoes' has been like a breath of fresh air this week, creating a cracking album that criss crosses all of the strands we can think of in country music with consummate ease and skill, plus these songs are capable of sounding right at home in your local bar or on the stage of some gigantic hall in front of 10’s of thousands....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


"The album is a cheerful, insightful and inspiring ride with roots rock'n'roll, California country and the Texas and Tulsa sound that Ted has been known for years, highly recommended album!"

- Philip Verhaege / Keys & Chords -

"The title of his newest album ‘Walkin' Shoes’ can’t be more applicable to the American singer songwriter Ted Russell Kamp. During the whole year, he is traveling from his home place in Los Angeles throughout the globe to sing his songs during live shows for his fanbase. The 13 songs on this new record are vintage Ted Russell Kamp, folk ballads, country tunes and southern rock music of continuous top quality. When will this ultra sympathetic artist get the recognition that he deserves so strongly?”

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

 

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week.04

Surrender Hill  "Tore Down Fences"  (Blue Betty Records)

"Surrender Hill perform over 200 shows a year and it is clear from their sound they must a really good club act, they harmonize well, and overall, it's predictable, but in a really good way....."

- Spencer Leigh / Country Music People -


"In our review of the 3rd album ‘Tore Down Fences’ from American couple Surrender Hill we had to mention the title of every single track, just because it was impossible to find just one less great song, it is absolutely wonderful what Robin Dean Salmon and his lovely wife Afton Seekins have been realizing on this recently releases record....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -


"Surrender Hill's country rock offers engaging sounds with guitars, steel guitar and dobro, but the cherry on the cake is the excellent vocals and killing melodies, a real exciting duo....."

- Mike Penard /Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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week.03

Swampcandy  "Mine"  (Swampcandy)

"Swampcandy are the type of band that will play to a crowd of 50 in a tent at Glastonbury when U2 or Coldplay are headlining in front of 250 000 across the field, but 2 years later those 50 people will still be talking about the night that they had their lives changed....."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -


“Swampcandy's 'MIne' is more than a sonic expansion, it’s Ruben Dobbs’ finest work in what is already an impressive catalogue.....“

- Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime -


"If the game consists of categorizing this band, then I failed, this is just an incredible band that without any doubt has to be seen on stage, such an energy, a good vibe that we can feel in these recordings, the soundscape is more than rich, but they add tempo changes that really make their music sound unique, great arrangements, both disturbing and exciting, fasten your seatbelts, this is an area of musical turbulence….."

- Mike Penard / Radio I.S.A. FM -

 

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