Mill Town Rounders – Not The Love You Wanted – Album Review

Mill Town Rounders formed in 2012 as a joint project between friends Don Shulsinger (banjo) and Joy Walsh (vocals), who’d been playing music together on stage for several years. Like Don and Joy, the band’s other members, Joy’s husband Dave (harmonica), John Harper (guitar), Josh Olivier-Mason (vocals, ukulele) and Michael Carotenuto (bass) share a passion for folk, rock and traditional bluegrass. The band’s name refers to its spiritual home in Maynard, Massachusetts, the old mill town where four of the band members live. This is an album (Not The Love You Wanted) review with a difference. We sent an email asking for background on some of the songs and all six members chipped … Continue reading Mill Town Rounders – Not The Love You Wanted – Album Review

Aaron Lee Tasjan – Live in London **** Omeara Live Review

                      Oozing self confidence and owning the stage, the flamboyantly attired 32-year old Aaron Lee Tasjan thrilled at London’s Omeara. “Hi London. I’m Aaron Lee Tasjan. I hope I’m pronouncing that right”. Dry humour abounds in Tasjan’s world. Quirky, catchy songs were delivered with style and panache from this New York city resident. He began with Dangerous Kind which sprung into life with surprising guitar virtuosity from Tasjan, former lead guitarist of a reiteration of the New York Dolls. Then cameThe Best Is Yet To Come and the Beatle-esque The Truth Is So Hard To Believe from his excellent new Karma … Continue reading Aaron Lee Tasjan – Live in London **** Omeara Live Review

American Aquarium Astonish in London – Live at The Borderline Review *****

Alt-country rockers American Aquarium, one of the hardest-working bands in America who regularly play 250 gigs a year, blew London’s Borderline apart with an astonishing display of power, passion and panache. Frontman BJ Barham smiled, sneered and snarled throughout with charisma and commitment. He is one hellova performer. This new iteration of his band, he made wholesale band member changes last year, is sensational. To single one out would be difficult, but it was good to see Adam Kurtz’ pedal steel prominent in the mix, so often the instrument is kept in the shadows. The show got off to a great start with solo support from New … Continue reading American Aquarium Astonish in London – Live at The Borderline Review *****

BluesFest: Van Morrison and Robert Plant Live at London’s O2 Arena *****

A late addition to the bill and opening proceedings was Colin Macleod. Third on the bill and a five-piece band? Pretty impressive but this was BluesFest at a sold-out O2. Hailing from the Isle of Lewis, Macleod, whose Twitter profile describes him as “Musician. Crofter. Islander”, and his group of keyboard, bass, drums and lead guitar gave a superb opening 35-minute set which was a bonus and a treat. With a full wall of sound and a great style, familiar yet unfamiliar, Macleod ripped through a six-song set, with several tracks taken from his debut album Bloodlines. This was a great opportunity for Macleod to introduce … Continue reading BluesFest: Van Morrison and Robert Plant Live at London’s O2 Arena *****

Country Music Week – Drake White, Ryan Kinder, Tenille Townes Live in London ****

Camden’s Koko hosted this quality triple bill as part of Country Music Week.Opening was Canadian Tenille Townes with a great solo spot, including a cracking cover of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. She received a positive reaction from the audience. Next up was Alabaman Ryan … Continue reading Country Music Week – Drake White, Ryan Kinder, Tenille Townes Live in London ****

Country Music Week — Duane Eddy twangs the London Palladium ****

The London Palladium buzzed with anticipation as “Mr Country” Bob Harris introduced two of his favourite acts. Firstly, his protégé the Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Robert Vincent and later his good friend Duane Eddy. Vincent kicked off proceedings with a new song My Neighbour’s Ghost. You’ve got to have some confidence to debut at the Palladium with a new song. Vincent delivered a fine set backed by drums, double bass and electric guitar. “I was introduced to Duane’s music at an early age by my father. He listened to it a lot” commented Vincent. The beautiful So In Love saw his guitarist seemingly giving a nod to Eddy with some extra … Continue reading Country Music Week — Duane Eddy twangs the London Palladium ****