MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER SOMETIMES JUST THE SKY

Produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne), this 13-track album was recorded entirely live at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios outside Bath, England. Joined by long-time collaborator Duke Levine on guitar and a handpicked band of Johns’ favourite musicians, Carpenter reimagined one song from each of her twelve studio albums along with […]

BEN MASTWYK WINNING STREAK

Melbournite Ben Mastwyk’s second outing explodes the delicate poise of excellent debut Mornin, Evenin with lashings of cosmic American pedal steel and psych-guitar glitz. Backed by hot band the MILLION$, Mastwyk plunges headlong into Seventies country-soul glam with opener ‘This Country’, with its sensuous saxophone and J.J Cale slink. Inspired by Hank Snow’s take on […]

BRANDI CARLILE BY THE WAY I FORGIVE YOU

Carlile is in a class and genre all her own in terms of giving commonplace occasions and incidents a cinematic status that makes you wonder how she does what she does so flawlessly. Smash single, ‘The Mother,’ is the second offering from the Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings produced project and is a superb piece […]

LANCO HALLELUJAH NIGHTS

This album has been trumpeted elsewhere as a launching pad for a glittering career to come, heralding the creation of yet another new sub-set of Country music, a genre that fractures and splits on a weekly basis, much to the wailing and angst of the traditionalists – that subset being huge arena anthems played on […]

SALLY ANNE WHITTEN BURGUNDY STREET

Sally-Anne Whitten has yet again embraced her unique blend of swampy blues, R&B, southern rock and West Coast country. Over the years the artist has honed her very own style of ‘funky country’ and this one reeks of New Orleans where she was inspired to create it. Collaborations abound – with her favourite singers, songwriters […]

THE SHIRES ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

The biggest selling UK country act of all time, this new album, recorded in Nashville, combines massive country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. “Accidentally on Purpose is full of personal songs that really sums up the whirlwind journey we’ve been on together. From the first […]

SECRET SISTERS YOU DON’T OWN ME ANYMORE

Acclaimed as one of the year’s most confessional and cathartic collections of songs, this album came via the Rogers sisters overcoming a lawsuit, impending bankruptcy and a crisis of creative confidence to craft inspired songs that traffic in newfound resilience (the title track), quirky lonesomeness (‘Tennessee River Runs Low’), nostalgic identity (‘Little Again’ and ‘King […]

BRETT YOUNG SELF-TITLED

In the spirit of going back to revisit what we missed, here is another thrown up by the end of year best-of lists. Noted as the only Country act on Shazam’s “Emerging Artists of 2017,” Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. […]

BLAKE SHELTON TEXOMA SHORE

Blake Shelton is known for his quick-witted sense of humour, and he shows it off in the song ‘Money’ which details a life of living in squalor filled with bouncing rent checks, frequent takeaway and cheap, one-ply toilet paper. But none of this matters because the love of his life makes him feel like the […]

MATT SCULLION I’M JUST A SONG

Ten years in the making, this amalgam of thirteen well crafted songs and the first album from the “man behind the music”, Matt Scullion, in a decade – a caravan of love, loss and dare it be said, drunken escapades, have lyrics that resonate and melodies that stick in your head, with the reflective ‘Outta […]

LANGHORNE SLIM LOST AT LAST VOL. 1

‘Life is confusing and people are insane,’ sings Nashville-via-Pennsylvania troubadour Sean Scolnick on ‘Life Is Confusing’, the first track of his sixth studio outing as Langhorne Slim. It’s an opening salvo of striking stillness, telegraphing a marked departure from the country-punk fire of 2015’s The Spirit Moves in favour of softer, sweeter textures. Whatever Scolnick’s […]