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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Bryan Ferry Glasgow

Interesting set list from Bryan Ferry - very light on "hits" and some real Roxy obscure material. Probably on the back of the debut album re-release. Really good concert and the band were superb. I would expect more hits at the Bandstand later this year if you happen to be going.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Eric Paslay Broadcast Friday 6 July

I don't know anything about him but he comes highly recommended. Playing in Broadcast, Glasgow and I am hoping for another strong Americana show. Here is the wiki blurb:

Eric Thomas Paslay (born January 29, 1983, Abilene, Texas, United States) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has released one album for EMI Nashville, which contains the hit singles "Friday Night", "Song About a Girl", and "She Don't Love You". In addition to these, Paslay has written several hit singles for other artists, and has collaborated with Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, among others.

And a couple of clips:

Southern Fried Festival

Once again an outstanding line up for Southern Fried Festival.

Steve Earle and Rodney / Iris for me for definite.

Spot the connection


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain

Courtney Marie Andrews has become a strong favourite of mine and I have been lucky enough to see her a few times. 

This is a 4th lp and is getting outstanding reviews. I am really looking forward to hearing it properly. I know she is touring again this year so if you get the chance I would go and see her.

The Guardian had this to say:
"It’s one of the elements – along with the organ and Mark Howard’s spacious but focused production – that gives the album an unusual intensity. May Your Kindness Remain sounds forever on the brink of eruption – no shucks-we-were-drinking-beer-in-your-truck here. Andrews has said the theme of the album is coming to terms with depression, which you can sense without even listening to the lyrics.
Amid the misery, though, there is a search for moments of levity. This House is a long way from Madness’s house or Graham Nash’s house – “Empty cans on the counter / And the laundry’s never done,” Andrews sings, detailing the shortcomings of the surroundings, even as she insists “this house ain’t much of a house, but it’s a home”. May Your Kindness Remain confirms Andrews’ rise. It’s a brilliant record, proof that old forms can still be timeless."

Friday, 30 March 2018

John Prine - Hello In There

Have been talking about Alzheimer's and Dementia and this song sprung to mind. John Prine is an incredible songwriter and the 10,000 Maniacs also covered the track brilliantly.

And here is a wee bit of the great chocolate Genius:


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Chris Stapleton - I Want Love (Audio)

This is a classic track - one of my favourites and great to hear Chris Stapleton version.

As a reminder here is the original with a superb video:

And a wee bonus!

Friday, 23 March 2018

Bob Dylan - Trouble No More

Ok love him or loathe him there is no denying that Dylan's trio of "gospel" albums are a pivotal moment in his career - and in my view completely underrated.
Each album has at least several great tracks and Shot of Love is superb from start to finish (its not totally a Gospel album though).

At 108 tracks I would suggest stick to the 2Cd edition - however I have to say this is an astonishing Live Document. I ordered the 6lp vinyl set which also has 2 CD's and this allows you to "autorip" the full 108 tracks - you don't get the concert DVD but it is much cheaper than the £140 box set! It does have the added bonus of the worst artwork in the planet! Anyway...

Dylan's voice is powerful, the band and backing singers just incredible. The live versions add so much to the studio ones I am amazed that a Live album was not released before now. The set also has a smattering of outtakes and rehearsal versions of unreleased songs.

Really worth checking out.

Solid Rock
Pressing On
Every Grain of Sand (much later version)

Phil Vassar ABC Glasgow 8th April

Another Day In Paradise (first Number 1)

I have to admit I know next to nothing about Phil Vassar - however a few of my friends going to see him at the ABC so as always happy to go along for some live music.

Lifting from his bio : Phil Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter AND as an artist. He has 10 Number 1s, 15 Top 10s, and 26 TOP 40s.  Top songs include Just Another Day in Paradise. Carlene, Six Pack Summer, American Child, For a Little While & My Next Thirty Years (Tim McGraw), Right on the Money (Alan Jackson), I’m All Right & Bye Bye (Jodee Messina) and many more. American Soul is Phil’s ninth album.

So he certainly has a good pedigree and I am looking forward to the gig and I particularly like this version of Another Day In Paradise and no wonder this was a huge hit.

Last Day Of My Life

Six Pack Summer

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Revolution In The Round, Classic Grand, Glasgow 29th March

I am really looking forward to this gig. It is a format I really like where several singers strip back their songs, tell some stories and join in with each other.

I must admit I don't know any of these artists but they come highly recommended. Kevin Morris regularly puts on these types of shows during his Glasgow Americana Festival, notably in 2016 where Roddy Hart, Boo Hewerdine Ben Glover put on a great show.

More recently at C2C in London I was lucky enough to be at the Songwriters show featuring Luke Combs, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Kip Moore. This was an utterly superb show with every performer outstanding on the night.

Here is Luke Combes with One Man, One Guitar.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018


He can’t help being so good

Happy Valentines Day

That's it.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

I am really struggling to work up any enthusiasm for this whatsoever. Oddly I am fairly sure I saw Faith solo back in the day and she was pretty good. But this just screams out "product" to me, totally fake and incredibly underwhelming as a principal act at C2C.

Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini

Its quite odd that the mist you can find out about Morgan is that he is Mr Ballerini! So I guess good to lump them together so to speak.  I like what I hear of his work though got to admit I know very little
Kelsea on the other hand is absolutely a rising star and was absolutely superb supporting Lady A at the Hydro and I was really taken by her (not my normal thing), worth listening to for Peter Pan alone, outstanding track. First Time to me is also a superb song. Could do without their wedding video!

Elvis - The Searcher

Ok so how much more can they milk out of Elvis. And do you really need Take 6 of Suspicious Minds, probably not but hey ho.

This might be worth the cover alone which looks superb and the track listing is excellent. Thom Zimny has directed the documentary and so it is bound to be a first class film, Im looking forward to it. Ernst Michael Jorgensen is of course the Elvis expert and Jon Landau does not lend his name to anything other than perfect:

Vinyl list below:

Side A
  1. Trouble / Guitar Man
  2. My Baby Left Me
  3. That’s All Right
  4. Baby Let’s Play House
  5. Heartbreak Hotel
Side B
  1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  2. Hound Dog
  3. Crawfish
  4. Mona Lisa
  5. Milky White Way
Side C
  1. Like A Baby
  2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  3. It’s Now Or Never
  4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Side D
  1. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
  2. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
  3. Hurt (take 5)
  4. If I Can Dream
Soundtrack Producers: Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, Thom Zimny and Jon Landau

Friday, 9 February 2018

John Prine - Kelvin Bandstand

I was lucky enough to see the legend that is John  Prine at GRCH last year and he was outstanding.

The great news is that he is coming to the Kelvingrove Bandstand this August and even better its not just one of Glasgow's greatest venues (on a rare dry night) but he has the amazing John Moreland supporting.

This will be superb - worth the price for John  Moreland alone. He was the shining star when we went to Nashville. Saw him in Birmingham last year and he is outstanding!