Interview: Chaz Brooks speaks to Chris Rattie, the ex-drummer from The Rustlanders, about his latest album ‘Porch’ by Chris Rattie & The New Rebels.

Chris lives in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. A small, rural community, right in the middle of the state. He wrote all the songs on the album. This is one hellova record, full of great songs, impassioned playing from a great singer … Continue reading Interview: Chaz Brooks speaks to Chris Rattie, the ex-drummer from The Rustlanders, about his latest album ‘Porch’ by Chris Rattie & The New Rebels.

Lorraine Lucas – Messenger — Album Release

Lorraine Lucas is a Scottish singer/songwriter. Her style incorporates delta blues, old time, progressive folk blended with a country twist. Her musical influences include Mary Gauthier, Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. Her latest album Messenger transgresses early American folk and blues to contemporary progressive folk with flavours of flamenco, jazz and blues brought by the studio musicians. This offering compliments her previous album, Loves’ Executioner from 2011. Catch Lorraine Lucas at the Looe Festival in Cornwall, September 22nd/23rd and the Folkestone songwriting festival on October 22nd. @lorrainelucas.music Lorraine Lucas – Messenger — Album Release   Continue reading Lorraine Lucas – Messenger — Album Release

Shriekback — Why Anything? Why This? — Album — First Look

English band Shriekback was formed in 1980 from the punk movement and the band is back with the powerful Why Anything? Why This? The group’s 14th studio album is Shriekback refocused, reinvented and reinvigorated. Whilst the album retains the hallmark feel of previous work a county influence has snuck into the band’s latest offering, including the introduction of slide guitar. Church of The Louder Light would fit well on the Waterboys’ latest offering. Sons Of The Dirt echoes Jim White’s Ten Miles On a Nine Mile Road. Standout track from the album is And The Rain which is dark and infectious, conjuring up the steamy, swampy south – complete with talk of … Continue reading Shriekback — Why Anything? Why This? — Album — First Look

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real — Live at The Garage, London ****

Lukas Nelson has had a busy week or so in the UK, playing three festivals and this headline gig at the Garage club in London’s Highbury. With a changed band line-up from the last UK tour Nelson was accompanied by bass, drums, percussion (a rarity for a so-called country act) and keyboard doubling on guitar. Kicking off with Entirely Different Stars, this iteration of Promise of The Real has a hard and at times an almost psychedelic edge. What Nelson does best is country boogie, with Die Alone being the first to draw whoops and hollers from the capacity crowd. Hot music on a hot night. More of the … Continue reading Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real — Live at The Garage, London ****