Lauren Housley GIRL FROM THE NORTH

Lauren Housley
Girl From The North
Lovebird Recordings

A Dusty Springfield for the 21st Century?

A long time coming, but worth the wait.
2021 has seen Lauren Housley not only become a Mum, but she’s also managed to squeeze in recording her next album.
The field of Americana, with which Lauren has mostly been associated is a wide one, and on this release, she reaches out to the edges of that genre and many places beyond and in between too. This musical magpie-ery is far from fragmented though; as this album sees Lauren formulating a mature body of Country-Soul drenched Americana loveliness.
“Bless His Soul” starts things off with pedal steel and twangy reverb-drenched guitar in reflective mode – perhaps an unusual comparison to make, but it is reminiscent of Sheridan Smith’s extremely underrated “A Northern Soul” album of a couple of years back, in both tone and musical style.
The catchily and jangily “Guaranteed Sunshine,” accelerates the album and is everything its title suggests – it’s a West Coast top-down driving anthem that Stevie Nicks would be proud of.
“What’s Troubling You Child” – straight outta South Yorkshire – is deep South of the States Southern Soul; and not for the last time here, the Dusty Springfield influences can be heard here; muted brass and soulful rhythm guitar give it that “Dusty in Memphis” feel, set off by Lauren’s very own gloriously rich voice.
“Sing To Me” which follows, starts with delicate Spanish flavoured guitar and is a song which evokes warm nights and tender romanticism – with Lauren’s vocal delivery being beautifully pitched on this – other singers might have been tempted to a degree of emotional exaggeration, but this is firmly on the side of sincerity and S.O.U.L.
“Breakdown” is of a similar tempo and is a tender homage to coming through the other side of life’s difficulties.
“Two Lovers Lost In Space” takes a trippier approach musically; and fans of the spacy style of Erin Rae (i.e. me) will love it.
There’s a cornucopia of melody on this album, but for me, the one that screams “HIT!!” is “This Ain’t The Life” – a 60’s stop-start beat, layered vocals and a BIG chorus that will work equally well in a club, a large concert hall or just in front of the mirror with a hairbrush – mix them all up and it’s a sonic delight.
“Why Are We Making It So Hard” then takes a turn towards late night reflection , wrapped up in rhetoric and girl group melody. Things stay deep and soulful on “Stay Awake to Dream” – Memphis soaked guitar and keys with washes of pedal steel, provide terrific backing to yet another classy – and classic – vocal.
The album ends on a more up-tempo note with “We’re Not Backing Down” is a Fleetwood Mac/Tom Petty union, via the American Sound Studio.
It’s absolutely amazing that this album was largely recorded in a Rotherham basement studio – it has the genuine feel of the American South throughout; from the musicians who know this sound and Lauren – who puts a very considerable vocal cherry on top of it all.
There is absolutely no reason at all why this album shouldn’t sell millions, quite honestly – forget limiting labels – it’s a timeless, classic album that puts forward Lauren Housley as a Dusty Springfield for the 21st century.

Review by Nick Barber
Released 23rd April 2021

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Heath Cullen SPRNGTIME IN THE HEART

Heath Cullen
Springtime in the Heart
Five By Nine Recordings

Grown Up Songs From the Bottom Left Corner of Rarefied Record Collections

We pride ourselves in trying to get our reviews out as near to the release date as humanly possible but sometimes that’s not possible for a variety of reasons; and in this case the album will be having it’s first birthday on the day this review goes out; but that also coincides with its European release ….. the wacky world of Rock and Roll, huh?
After all these years, I’m still a sucker for a great album cover; and this would certainly have caught my attention in a record shop ……. with a wonderful Mono photo of Australian singer-songwriter, Heath Cullen looking like a Mick Jones/Nick Cave/Tom Waits hybrid; and thankfully the music therein certainly matches the artwork.
The opening track, Things Are Always Looking Up has a sort of mellow Native American drum beat to it; and when you hear the opening verse:
“It’s a miracle this world
it grew up right out of the ground
we are seven billion monkeys
burning it all down”

you know you’re not in the presence of a Eurovision winner!
This is the dark singer-songwriter territory that inhabits the bottom left hand corner of rarified record collections; the ones that aren’t for the feint hearted.
Matched to Joe Henry’s pearlescent production and a group of highly respected session players, Cullen’s worn and weary vocals are the perfect combination for his enigmatic and thoughtful songs from very left of centre field.
For someone I’ve never heard of before; Cullen’s songwriting is quite exceptional and at times thought provoking as he prods the listener with a sharp stick on the title track, Springtime in The Heart as well as the bewitching The Last Match which describes a relationship from the ‘last chance saloon’ in a magic and tragic manner.
Between them, Cullen and Henry have conjured up a really, really special collection of songs here; somehow mixing Jazz and Country melodies to come out with songs as achingly beautiful as Cowboy Truths (for Sam Shephard) and Home too.
For my favourite Song I’ve been drawn to Cullen’s blood raw rendition of T Bone Burnett’s Kill Switch, which leaves us on a haunting note from Day #1, but the more I play the album track #2 The Song Always Remembers has grown and grown on my conscious and sub-conscious. It’s a song of love; but in the mode that we expect from Waits or Cohen; and then some ……. but to some degree that sums up the whole album; so that’s where I’m stopping in my quest …. The Song Always Remembers. Music doesn’t get much better than this.

If you like your music slightly left of centre, dark and brooding, grown up and thought provoking then this is the record for you.

BTW Just when I thought I couldn’t love him any more; on Heath Cullen’s website homepage he explains why you will never find his music on Spotify.
God bless you kidda.

USA Release 17th April 2020
Europe Release 20th April 2021

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RMHQ Music Hour Ep:16

RMHQ Episode 16
April 16th 2021

Four months in and our aim is still and always will be to bring you the best in new Roots Music and mix in some similar music from across the ages that you may have forgot about.
This week, after Bill Kirchen gets the show on the road with an alternate theme song; it’s all a bit rocky and noisy at the beginning, with a bundle of new songs from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Vanessa Peters, Hitman Blues Band, Janet Simpson and Wily Bo and ED Brayshaw.
This week’s Gateway Record comes from local hero Paul Handyside and provides something of a surprise for me (and him too!).
I’ve slid in one of my favourite ever songs courtesy Chris Difford; and we close out with two songs for people everywhere who may have ‘one or two things going on’ that they can’t talk about.
The new songs carry on via Scotland’s Anton & The Colts, and we close out with yet another Alternate Theme song for the show, from Sturgill Simpson.

Bill Kirchen#16 PodcastToo Much Fun
Rev’d Peyton#16 PodcastRattle Can
Hitman Blues Band#16 PodcastAngel In the Shadows (remix)
Vanessa Peters#16 PodcastThe Weight of This
Wily Bo and ED Brayshaw#16 PodcastSINGLE Wild Dogs
Anton and the Colts#16 PodcastSINGLE where art thou April?
Janet Simpson#16 PodcastI’m Wrong
Chris Difford#16 PodcastFat as a Fiddle
Paul Handyside#16 PodcastGoodnight Lover
Bob Dylan#16 PodcastTears of Rage
Leigh Thomas#16 PodcastBeautiful Pain
Gretchen Peters#16 PodcastDancing With The Beast
Sturgill Simpson#16 PodcastLiving the Dream

Danny and the Champions of the World LOS CAMPEONES EN VIVO.

Danny and the Champions of the World
Los Campeones En Vivo
Loose Records

A Welcome Addition to Their Already Wonderful Canon of Work.

Where to start?
If you are already a Danny fan you will be buying this Double Album anyway, regardless of what I or anyone else says about it; and if you’re not …… why not?
That last bit is a joke btw.
Danny and the Champions of the World are a bit of an enigma really; they’ve been around for 14 years (I Googled that) and are now guaranteed to sell out any venue they play across the UK, to an ever growing band of erstwhile and loyal followers who generally found out about them via ‘word of mouth;’ or are dragged along to a gig; and came out two hours later a Born Again Groupie.
So far the band have released 5 studio albums; and each one is highly recommended by my very own self; and in 2014 there was another Live Album mysteriously called Live Champs! and subsequently raved about in these very pages; so why another Live Album now?
It’s actually not made clear the reasons why; but I’m damn glad those awfully nice chaps and chappesses at Loose Records have turned up this ‘warts n all’ Recording from a heady night in 2018 at the Azkena Festival in Asturias Mountains in Spain; where they claim ‘nobody knew them.’
As per usual the mood is set as early as the opening track, Let The Water Wash Over You (Don’t You Know) which cranks up the tension via twinned fuzzy guitars and an industrial strength rhythm section before Danny George Wilson comes at you like a serial killer in a felt hat.
You wouldn’t know it from this one enigmatic song, but Champs’ gigs are great fun …… although not ‘laugh out loud fun’ ……. but songs like This Is Not a Love Song and and Stay True which come at you one after the other; are destined to make ‘new fans’ wonder why these kids aren’t topping the bill at Glastonbury with their magic formula and bittersweet songs.
They themselves claim their ‘sound’ is Heartland Rock & Soul; and when you hear the crackling versions of It’s Just a Game (That We Were Playing) and Every Beat of My Heart (or Long Distance Tears too) who am I too disagree? But any band that utilises the services of Henry Senior Jr on pedal-steel and Tom Collison on the Honkiest and Tonkiest piano you will hear this year ; obviously has to have a Country Heart too and boy does that come across during Brothers in the Night and during Everything We Need too; when your feet will just have a mind of their own ….. dancing like there’s no tomorrow; which is true too of the finale Restless Feet; which also goes to show how good these cats are at sequencing a show.
For a Favourite Song it would be all too easy; and a little bit lazy of me to select either the ever beautiful This Is Not a Love Song or Never Stop Building That Old Space Rocket; which is one of my Favourite Songs of the Century; and this version simply sizzles and simmers so much it made me jealous of all those people hearing it for the very first time that balmy March evening in 2018.
No; I’m going for a song that, although not forgotten completely; but seems to have been dusted down and given a fresh lick of paint; and that’s Gotta Get Things Right in My Life, which builds and builds like an incendiary device in a way I’ve not heard it performed before; and like so many other songs here show what a great and highly underrated songwriter Danny George Wilson is.
I have a strange relationship with ‘Live Albums’; generally dismissing them now as ‘contractual obligation’ releases; especially the ones that are several nights stitched together; but sometimes the magic of a single live performance is allowed to shine through; and that’s exactly what we get here; a tight band on top form playing in front of a very appreciative and excited audience ……. making it a welcome addition to Danny and the Champions of the World’s rather excellent canon of work.

Released April 16th 2021
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RMHQ Music Hour Ep:15

It’s April already and the Music Hour is getting ever more listeners every episode …… thanks for being there.
This week’s edition features exciting new tracks from Wonders of The Yukon, Amy Speace, The Annie Oakley, Mary Karlzen and Jesse Brewster.
A Modern Blues Classic from Johnny Winter follows the wonderful Samantha Fish in our Blues section; and our Gateway Record is from Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger and is quite a surprise; but a pleasant one.
I’ve slid in quite a few of my ‘favourite songs’ from the last few years and the show closes with a song I heard by the bass player in Slaid Cleaves band, which made me contact Slaid’s wife Karen to buy the album it came from and sent hard cash via the post as this was long before the Internet and Paypal were a twinkle in anyone’s eye!
Samantha Fish#15 PodcastAmerican Dream
Johnny Winter#15 PodcastMean Mistreater
Wonders of The Yukon#15 PodcastRachel and the Goofs
The AgencyLocal#15 PodcastPoor Robin
Amy Speace and Orphan Brigade#15 PodcastShotgun Hearts
Jesse Brewster#15 PodcastBitter Pill
Mary Karlzen#15 PodcastTry to Find
Jerry LegerGateway#15 PodcastDen of Sin
Dillard and ClarkGateway#15 PodcastOut on The Side
Hannah White and Nordic Connection#15 PodcastPay me a Compliment
Ian Segal and the Mississippi Mudbloods#15 PodcastBayou Country
Annie Oakley#15 PodcastHow Could I Have Known? (Single 16 April)
Jeff Crosby#15 PodcastHotel Bibles
Robbie Fulks#15 PodcastSarah Jane
Ivan Brown#15 PodcastHe’s Old He’s Six

Steve Cropper FIRE IT UP

STEVE CROPPER
Fire it Up
Mascot Label/Provogue

Original Music from a Master Craftsman That Simply Oozes Class and Dignity

Steve Cropper moved, with his family, from Willow Springs, Missouri to Memphis when he was just 7 years old, acquiring his first guitar at 14, and with Charlie Freeman formed The Royal Spades who eventually became The Mar-Keys.
When Chips Moman left Stax Records in 1964, Cropper became the company’s A&R man; plus he was a founding member of the iconic Stax “house band” Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

Now, well into his seventh decade as a recording artist he will be 80 years old later this year.
Also famous for his role in both Blues Brothers movies he has led an incredibly eclectic musical career as a hugely admired guitarist, creative producer and a legendary song-writer too.
Whilst he has been featured on innumerable albums over those years, there are not many that just have his name as the sole artist.
In fact Cropper calls Fire It Up his first proper solo album since 1969 and has called upon long-term collaborator Jon Tiven to twiddle the knobs as his co-producer

Never known as a singer he has the benefit of bringing in Roger C. Reale to add his gruff and funky voice to the album; leaving Steve to apply the rhythms and subtle grooves, as he, the absolute epitome of a team player, has done for many others these years.
The album kicks off with “Bush Hog Part 1” a very upbeat, funk-groove instrumental that really sets the tone, quickly followed by the title track, “Fire It Up” a bluesy foot-tapper introducing the energetic vocals of Roger Reale to the fray. Trademark laid back guitar licks open up “One Good Turn” with the maestro delivering a couple of additional mid-song solos that are the polar opposite of declamatory.

I’m Not Having It” brings back that funky groove again, before “Out of Love” ups the tempo and has the catchy strap-line chorus of
when push comes to shove, I’d rather be out of love”.
A tight horn section are featured on most tracks, indeed very prominent on “Far Away” once again with peachy, under-stated guitar solos ensuring we all know whose name is on the album cover.

The “Say You Don’t Know Me” opening bars remind me of Judy in Disguise as it chugs along with the guitar fills coming straight from a Stax sounding Sam & Dave type memory, with Mr. Reale telling you
It’s a offer you can’t refuse, It’s a deal you can’t lose”.
Everyone should be up on the floor with “She’s So Fine”, with the full might of the brass section complimenting Steve’s recognisable repetitive six string under score.
Two Wrongs” is mostly about Rogers lyrics informing you of the obvious “don’t make a right” whilst “Heartbreak Street” cranks up the band with the familiar storyline chorus of
You’re leaving me on on Heartbreak Street, That’s where the lonely go to meet”.

Before the album ends with 2 more variations on the “Bush Hog” instrumental we have another brass laden soul number “The Go-Getter is Gone”, which follows the theme and tone of the album with Croppers’ clean and crisp picking refreshingly continuing in the middle of the mix.

Listening to the album 7 or 8 times now I’ve struggled to come up with an absolute favourite track, that is apart from the ear-worm groove of the 3 Bush Hog instrumentals. However, this is not a negative thing, far from it as what we have here is a really solid Rhythm & Blues / Soul album, which could easily come from the 1970’s but has a much more contemporary and 21st. Century vibe to it.

In a world full of gregarious show-offs and axe-wielding extroverts all trying to make your speakers explode, it’s just plain wonderful that there are still humble and respectful musicians plying their trade.
Steve Cropper is and always has been a real creative, genuine southern gentleman, but we should all marvel that he continues to produce original music that oozes so much simpatico and dignity.

Released on 23rd. April 2021

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Janet Simpson SAFE DISTANCE

Janet Simpson
Safe Distance
Cornelius Chapel Records

More Country Pathos and Darkness Than You Could Ever Dream Of

It’s been a mad couple of weeks here at RMHQ making us a tad behind in the review stakes; while I have the other hacks urgently beavering away with forthcoming releases (and there are some doozies!) I’m trying to play catch up with some we’ve over looked.
Janet Simpson is a brand new name to me; but as her album is on our recently discovered and absolutely fabulous Cornelius Chapel Records I went straight to it, 6 weeks ago, and fell in love ……. only for other teasers to come along and make me forget Janet’s charms….. until last night.
There’s a lot of a lot of things going on in this album; starting with the edgy Country opener Nashville Girls; which could easily find a comfortable home on an Ashley MacBryde or Carlene Carter album; and it’s a similar story with Reno too ……. razor sharp lyrics and a modern twist on Twang; yet in between we get Slip; which is a whole lot introspective and swoonsome straight from the Bobbie Gentry play book.
That’s the joy here; Janet Simpson takes the Traditional Country Music ‘sound’ and puts her own indelible (occasionally edgy) stamp on it; making her songs Uber-Contemporary as she sings about and for women in suburbia all over the world.
Ain’t Nobody Looking simply oozes the ‘hurt’ only a woman can feel inside and outside a relationship; and it’s played out through a cinematic backdrop too.
Double Lines sort of treads a similar path; but stopped me dead in my tracks the third time I heard it ….. phew ……. just when you thought you were safe out there; Janet Simpson has produced an Modern Gothic Melodrama that will send a shiver down your spine.
In between she uses her smoky and smouldering voice to sing about love and lovers in a way that will leave you weak at the knees; none more so than Awe and Wonder, the initially twee Black Turns Blue will leave you wide eyed and open mouthed when you first hear it too.
Towards the end there’s a song called Silverman Mountain which is pretty much as dark as modern Country Music gets and the limited combination of Janet’s acoustic guitar and a bottle-neck guitar make it quite scary and still pertinent too.
There’s even a song here that I never thought I’d hear from a woman’s perspective and certainly not in public; which is why the passionate and powerful I Was Wrong is such a brave song; taking Tom Petty as her guide, Janet Simpson punches way above her weight on this exceptional Alt. Country belter.
While she predominantly sings about the darker side of romance; with break-ups and ‘looking back’ on what went wrong, to the fore …… this is a Country Album after all; Janet finds things in the nooks and crannies that makes her stand out from a very packed crowd.
Which brings me to the two songs I can’t slide a cigarette paper between in my quest to find a Favourite Song.
The finale, Wrecked is Country-Folk Deluxe, but with more pathos than you could ever dream of; and in the accompanying notes Nick Lowe is mentioned as an inspiration and I can hear that in every line of this beautiful tune.
I’ll give you a clue as to how good Janet’s articulate songwriting is; here’s the chorus ….

“Maybe I’m wrecked, but I’m not too far gone
Maybe the edge is right where I belong
I’m not a fighter but I’m a dancer…
It might just be …. your grave I’m dancing on.”

The title track Safe Distance is the other and sounds like a supergroup made up of Lucinda, Elizabeth Cook and the Chicks when they came from Dixie singing a lost Tammy Wynette song at the Ryman ….. yep; and that’s not even half the story ….. try it; you’ll like it too.
So; Janet Simpson?
Bizarrely this is her first album under her own name since her debut in 1997; but in between she’s been a key player in numerous bands of many different persuasions and is the cornerstone in duo Timber too, alongside Will Stewart; but if my opinion is worth anything; I doubt we will wait as many months as we have years for a follow up.

Released March 19th 2021
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Mary Karlzen SHINE

Mary Karlzen
Shine
Y&T Records

Back To Where It All Started For an Alternative to Traditional Country Music.

Both Mary Karlzen and her label Y&T Records are new to me; but a cursory glance at both of their bios shows they’ve been around a long time; and our paths should have crossed before now.
The interesting part of the relationship is that Mary was one of Miami labels’ Y&T’s first signings in the 1990’s (alongside The Mavericks!) and after Major League success on Atlantic and Dualtone; Mary has returned to home base for this; and hopefully future releases.
I was still looking at the quaint cover as the first song spooled out of the office speakers; and for some reason the two don’t match. I was expecting something akin to a Folk Songstress; but what we get is a good ole Friday Night Honky Tonker ……. with scorching electric guitar and pedal-steel, while Tennessee Three bass n drums align themselves to a velvety, worldly wise set of female vocals purring out a smashing toe-tapper of a heartbreaker on Slowly Disappear.
I knew that I was in for the long haul after four exquisite minutes!
The mood and pace drops quite dramatically on Track #2; One Step Away From Home, but the class still comes across in every purred word and strummed note.
After four ‘listens’ this is one of those rare albums that will sound just as good on your home stereo as they will in the car on a hot n dusty road trip.
Erring on the side of more Traditional Country Music; Try To Find, You Still Belong To Me and Something That I Missed still manage to sound as edgy and Alt. as many of today’s young ladies in their check shirts, tight Levi’s and cowboy boots can only dream of releasing.
On the other hand; and to my ears Mary excels when she slows things down and goes into introspective singer-songwriter mode; with I’ll Be There and the title track Shine having the ability to not just break your heart, but to melt the shattered parts too.
While this is most certainly a ‘Country Album’ in spirit and in deed; Mary Karlzen isn’t afraid to take risks with her songs; which is where The Burgeoning Road and Left Alone come into play; stopping you dead in your tracks, making you listen to the words more carefully than you might have originally intended ….. but, trust me ….. it’s well worth it.
From start to finish SHINE has been a joy and a surprise in equal measures; and selecting an individual Favourite Track has been a difficult choice; although I’ve now narrowed it down to two rather special songs; the Twangtastic and feisty Try To Find, which conjures up memories of me first discovering Bloodshot singers Lydia Loveless and Sarah Shook.
The other is just as raucous and erudite; Dumb Game is the type of song that you will only hear fleetingly on the car radio and then miss the name of the singer; then haunting you until it comes on again a week or mare later and you ssshh everyone so you can hear the singers name; then when you do ……. it’s off to the Record Shop to buy the album; without stopping at Go or collecting $200!!
Although it’s only April and I already have a dozen or so titles in my Top 20 albums of 2021 file; I’m damned sure SHINE by Mary Karlzen will feature in there somewhere come Christmas …… what a find (after all these years).

Released April 9th 2021

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Jesse Brewster THE LONELY PINES

Jesse Brewster
The Lonely Pines
Crooked Prairie Records

Full to the Brim with Imaginative, Classy and Personal Country Rockers of All Hues.

Where to start? This album intrigued me as soon as I took it out of the packaging; primarily because of the beautiful painting that makes up the cover; but ‘alas’ it had arrived after the Release Date and the Team and I were beavering away trying to hit future deadlines; so there it sat until last Friday night when I accidentally uploaded it to my IPhone then serendipitously played it on the second half of my constitutional walk on Saturday morning (this after listening to 6 other opening tracks that didn’t appeal).
Some days; that’s how I select albums to review ….. it’s not Rocket Science!
There was something Tom Petty/ John Mellencamp that instantly caught my attention on and during Let’s Run Away …….. power chords, catchy Country Rock melody and slightly edgy lyrics about star crossed lovers ……. come on; that’s all we love about Rock and Roll in four minutes; isn’t it? It certainly did Springsteen no harm.
While Track II Kicking and Screaming doesn’t exactly live up to the title; it’s an intensely brooding and claustrophobic song of rejection that runs parallel to that pot-boiling opener; that’s for sure.
To some greater or lesser degree Brewster’s nomadic childhood and subsequent life ‘on the road’ effects the way he constructs his songs and songwriting; with no two sounding the same; but pulled together create a series of fascinating stories that reflect a life well lived; broken hearts included.
After all these years you’d think there would be nothing left to say about love and said ‘broken hearts’ but Jesse Brewster seems to have taken this as a personal challenge and comes out shining like a beacon with No One To Blame and the delightful Woman In My Mind (does she really exist or is she a fantasy in his mind? Who knows?).
I certainly wasn’t expecting anything as articulate and reflective as Follow It Down, with it’s punchy Folk Rock stylings; but looking back at what comes before it; why not and it fits in perfectly; especially that sublime guitar playing.
Although five albums into a longish career, Jesse Brewster is a new name to me; but a welcome one as my dilemma for selecting a single Favourite Track suggests, with all three sitting slap bang in the middle; coming one after the other like a Summer storm.
There’s a glorious Honky-Tonk/Roadhouse feel to Bitter Pill that reminded me of Scot Daniel Meade a couple of albums ago; but when I listened again a few days later the story unravelled and I was left going “Oh!” …… “Oooohhh!” check it out yourself …. it’s an absolute belter; in an understated manner.
Then there is Southern, which immediatly follows.
The mournful Southern, with the chorus
“Sometimes it’s tough being Southern”
is a lot less Skynard as it is Jason Isbell, American Aquarium and Drive-By Truckers in the way Brewster spells it his love for the much maligned Southern States that have produced so many things that have helped make America Great; but are sadly more known for the darker aspects of the inhabitants behaviour.
Sad but true.
Then; there is Close To Home; one of Brewster’s ‘Covid Songs;’ written and recorded during Lockdown and giving this World Wide Wanderer the time to reflect on what he really has in his life, and that’s the people around him that allows him to be who he is …….. a song many of us can relate to as the New Dawn beckons; making it my actual Favourite Song on an album full to the brim with imaginative, classy and personal songs that will make your pulse race then melt your heart.

Released 05 March 2021

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RMHQ Music Hour Ep:14

If you’re listening ‘live’ it’s Good Friday – if not, it isn’t!
A belting show this week with more loud R&B than normal …. but that’s the mood I’m in; plus two EXCLUSIVE FIRST PLAYS, singer-songwriter Steve Grozier’s new single AND a first play for a track from the forthcoming Danny and The Champions of The World Live Album, Los Campeones which comes out at the end of April.
The Gateway Record this week comes from Scottish singer Roseanne Reid and it’s a surprise on two level; it’s a lot rockier and grittier than I’d have expected plus it’s our first ‘doubler’ ….. keep listening to hear what it is.

Until next week; thanks for listening.

EASTER Good Friday#14 Podcast
Hitman Blues Band#14 PodcastNot My Circus Not My Monkey
Dr Feelgood#14 PodcastNo more milk and alcohol
Bottle Rockets#14 PodcastBuilding Chryslers
Danny and the Champs#14 PodcastNever in the Moment (live) EXCLUSIVE
LindisfarneLocal#14 PodcastMeet me on the corner
Brigitte DeMeyer#14 PodcastAlready In
Steve Grozier#14 PodcastPower in the Light
Lucinda Williams#14 PodcastPineola
Jarrod Dickenson#14 PodcastYour Heart
Roseanne ReidGateway#14 PodcastYou underestimate me
Steve EarleGateway#14 PodcastJohnny Come Lately
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa#14 PodcastSittin on top of the world
New Moon Jelly Roll Rockers#14 PodcastMessin with the kid (ft Jim Dickinson)
Rev’d Peyton#14 PodcastNothin’s easy but you and me