Jon Strider  "Soul Reunion"  (New Sky Records)

"On his latest album ‘Soul Reunion’, deviates somewhat from his previously released records, with excellent contributions on hammond b3 by Skip Edwards and highly qualified backing vocals from Mariam Ucharu, ‘Soul Reunion’ may be classified as one of his best records from his long lasting career.....“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"Sometimes Jon Strider sounds just too sweet and corny, but he makes up for those dull and boring moments with a few genius songs where he sounds like Billy Joel at his best, if he can leave the cloyingly sweet songs out of it, he just might make a modern classic in the genre."

- Peter Jacobs / Keys & Chords -

"Unlike many of Jon Strider’s albums, 'Soul Reunion' is keyboards and vocals driven, rather than guitar driven, this gives the record a beautifully warm, yet still powerful and soulful sonic texture."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -


Son Of The Velvet Rat  "Dorado"  (Fluff & Gravy/Mint 400)

"There’s an immediacy to the songs, almost as if they’re emerging into the world fully formed from some other place, some dark well of the unsettling, out in the desert, 'Dorado' is the dry gothic spectre haunting americana....."

- Jonathan Aird / Americana UK -

"'Dorado' is a dark trip into the american psyche and should delight those who admire The Handsome Family and The Walkabouts, a band who infused a dark European feel into their lonesome laments."

- Paul Kerr / Blabber'N'Smoke -

"This is an americana 'Blue Lines' by Massive Attack, and you might not know it now, but in 10 years this will be the best record you ever heard in 2017."

- Rudie Humphrey / Fatea Magazine -

"Dark songs reminiscent of the work of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, a very clever album!"

- Lambert Smits / Keys & Chords -

"Son Of The Velvet Rat consists of Austrian husband and wife duo Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder, after 5 European album releases, they decided to move to Joshua Tree in California where they found top producer Joe Henry ready to help them out with their new record ‘Dorado’, this band and their album is a very pleasant discovery and it will motivate you to go and search for their previous work, but please don’t forget to first buy their newest CD."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -



Johanna Lillvik  "Johanna Lillvik"  (Paraply Records)

"There is such variety in these 5 songs that frankly I'm fascinated to see what Johanna Lillvik would produce from a full length album, this could be the start of something very remarkable indeed....."

- Adam Jenkins / Fatea Magazine -

"Ever get the feeling that an artist is capable of much, much more, and 'you ain’t seen nothin’ yet', I very much look forward to a full length album from Johanna Lillvik, and will be following her career with great interest.

- Simon Redley / Music Republic Magazine -

"Johanna Lillvik is hard to pinpoint musically,  her voice is sharp and acute, and this EP is a great start for her."

- Anna Maria Stjärnell / Luna Kafé -

"There’s a new wind blowing in from Sweden, and if any clever talent scout of a major label could have a closer look, they should find potential enough to get Johanna Lillvik known across the Swedish border."

- Wolfgang Giese / Musik An Sich -

“This mini album introduces the Swedish singer songwriter through 5 self penned songs that are very different in style and melodies, h er vocal range is fully explored in each and every track on the album, which is probably to be seen as a first step towards a soon following full length CD.”

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"Johanna Lillvik is a singer songwriter with respectable artistic career behind, but her 1st EP with 5 tracks is something quite new for a worldwide audience."

- Branimir Lokner / Time Machine Music -



Citizen K "Second Thoughts" (Paraply Records)

"‘Second Thoughts’ contains 23 self penned songs from Klas Qvist aka Citizen K, his strong focus on good melodies and nice vocal contributions are the main features of the songs that appear on this very enjoyable double CD.....”

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"This is pop music of the finest order, with sources in the 60’s and 70’s, music which is bound to be discovered, lend it both of your ears, and you will hear excellent, extremely fine harmonious and melodic pop music with partly psychedelic attempts, every now and then in a fantastic atmosphere, with great compositions, fantastic hooklines, finest arrangements and professional playing, bound for the charts, Klas, you deserve to be a true pop star, this is first class!”

- Wolfgang Giese / Musik An Sich -

"I thought my musical tastes were eclectic, but they are nothing like those of my friends at Hemifran in Sweden, who keep sending me parcels of eclectic CD’s that cover the musical spectrum in ways not seen since the heady days of Volume and Oz Records in the backstreets of Newcastle, during my formative teenage years, the absolute gem this month is the double album, 'Second Thoughts' from Sweden’s very own Klas Qvist aka Citizen K."

- Alan Harrison / The Rocking Magpie -

"The sound of the week!"

- Benny Sörensen / Musik Fra Kyst Til Kyst -



Deni Bonet "Bright Shiny Objects" (Zip Records/PIAS/Rough Trade)

”'Bright Shiny Objects' is the new release from New York based violinist, singer and songwriter, Deni Bonet, and it’s no secret that Deni can rock a violin like nobody’s business, or that she writes memorable songs that make you want to listen again and again and again....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

"Deni Bonet's 'Bright Shiny Objects' is refreshing, melodic, timeless and highly recommended, indeed."

- Declan Culliton / Lonesome Highway -

“When the name of Deni Bonet is mentioned, at the same time the word ‘fiddle’ is to be said. This New York based classically educated instrumentalist is a true reference in the world of pop and rock music when the sound of a fiddle needs to be added to the instrumentation of the songs from amomg otheres Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M. or Sarah McLachlan. Her own new completely instrumental album ‘Bright Shiny Objects’ combines solid rock tracks with romantic tunes that would be fitting perfectly as soundtrack for movies and dramatic scenes.“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"Deni Bonet left the Mountain Stage radio show to pursue a solo career, with a mission to prove that there is more to the violin than concertos and hoedowns."

- Arnaud Leger / Westcoast Rendezvous -

"Deni Bonet's music has been described by the Wall Street Journal as 'Sheryl Crow meets the B-52’s'."

- Branimir Lokner / Time Machine Music -



Kelly's Lot "Bittersweet" (Kelly's Lot)

"Since more than 20 years, it is Kelly Zirbes’ destiny to be the singer and songwriter of LA based band Kelly’s Lot, their new album 'Bittersweet' is their 8th studio record, and 3 live albums complete the extended discography of this americana, blues and folk band....."

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"‘About Her’, ‘Rise Above’, ‘Love Is Hard To Catch’ and ‘Happy’ are magnificent songs!"

- Peter Jacobs / Keys & Chords -

"Not having heard the band's past work, I can't say just how much this reportedly shows a different direction, but hopefully it's one that will turn a few more ears their way."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -

"The Sound of The Week!"

- Benny Sörensen / Musik Fra Kyst Til Kyst -



John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon "To The River" (Castiron Recordings)

"With a jig in your step, you embark on John Cee Stannard's latest album that takes you 'To The River', the flow of music is fresh, free flowing, with the sparkling sunshine, and the fish leaping, with Stannard’s exploration of country blues with Blue Horizon....."

- Liz Aiken / BluesDoodles -

"John Cee is workman like throughout, and with the album peppered with tracks of notable value, the listener has ample to savour."

- Maurice Hope / Flyin' Shoes -

"'To The River' is a fun album, but it also has depth and character, and that will take it a long way."

- Dai Jeffries / folking.com -

"We keep an absolute mature feeling about this album, John Cee Stannard sure knows how to play the country blues."

- Philip Verhaege / Keys & Chords -

"John Cee Stannard has a very distinctive voice, and with the 1st notes of the songs, you hear directly that this is the work of Cee John Stannard. Influences of delta blues, ragtime, actually just like his earlier releases, but again and again, resulting in a fascinating result. Nothing new, but why change something you're good at? 'To The River' is another great album of a very talented musician".

- Luc Meert / Rootstime -



The Bob Cheevers Collection : Fifty Years - A Semi Century Of Songwriting
(Howlin' Dog Records)

"Celebrating his 50th year as a songwriter with over 3 000 songs to his credit, Bob Cheevers offers a 5 disc retrospective box set called 'Fifty Years – A Semi Century Of Songwriting', featuring 83 songs covering his 1st half century of songwriting....."

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

"This collection, culled from 10 CDs, a small sample of his incredible 3 000 song self penned repertoire, Bob Cheevers is a remarkable talent, and he can still cut it, and well capable of showing the young bucks a few pointers."

- Maurice Hope / Flyin' Shoes -

"This box set, which was released on the occasion of 50 years of songwriting of Bob Cheevers, combines in a sublime way, country, blues, rock, folk, and even a touch of pop."

- Lambert Smits / Keys & Chords -

“During half a century, American singer songwriter Bob Cheevers has been composing over 3 000 songs, partly for himself to record, mostly for other American artists to shoot for success, and Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash have noticed the talent of this ‘éminence grise’ in the world of Americana music at a very early stage, and now Bob self selected the 83 best on 5 CD's in a box that is simply called ‘Fifty Years’, it could, or even better, should be yours!“

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -



Wendy Webb "Step Out Of Line" (Spooky Moon Records)

"Having a house in town made the recording more organic and convenient for studio players to stop by after their day sessions to play on what I thought were some artful demos, it was an extraordinary experience and very exciting.....”

- Kenneth Bremer / Blue Desert -

"There's a mellow, warm intimacy about the album that will wrap itself around you, invite it in and feel the glow....."

- Mike Davies / Fatea Magazine -

"Artist Of The Month!"

- Fred Pach /Muziekwereld -

"Wendy Webb impresses with her beautiful voice, the appropriate instrument for her ballads, this is surely an album that holds your attention."

- Lambert Smits / Keys & Chords -

“Wendy Webb's previous album, ‘This Is The Moment’, made us write our best possible poetry to describe the beauty of the songs that Wendy Webb had collected on that CD, and similar, but maybe even more positive words can be used now to describe the quality of the songs on her new, 5th album “Step Out Of Line’, better, however, is that you get yourself convinced about this by listening to it and enjoying every single minute of this glorious experience.”

- Valére Sampermans / Rootstime -

"Songs written under a Nashville skyline, with an urban attitude, attracted legendary musicians Wayne Jackson, David Grissom, Mark T Jordan, Willie Weeks and Dan Dugmore to record with Wendy Webb."

- Arnaud Leger / Westcoast Rendezvous -



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 -



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 -



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 -



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 -



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 -



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 -



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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