RMHQ Radio Show on Nova Radio NE Ep:7

RMHQ Radio Show Ep:7
Nova Radio NE
26th June 2022

Just when I thought I’d figured out the Starship Enterprise control deck; that masquerades as the Nova Radio knobs, sliders and whizz bangs …. I missed another cue last night; mercifully not the first link of the evening.
Purely by accident it wasn’t/isn’t the cheeriest of programmes; but that was probably my psyche working overtime when I was selecting the songs to play.
Plus; for once …. not a lot of Blues … which I will put right next week.
Anyways; thanks for listening especially as I introduced a couple of fabulous newish singer songwriters and bands to the RMHQ playlists …. and if by chance you know a North East based singer-songwriter that may fit in …. tell them to drop me a line on the Twitter @rockingmagie

Bob DylanBlowin’ in the wind
PreludeThe First Time I Heard Dylan
Paul WesterbergIt takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry
Richmond FontaineFrom a Buick 6
Neko CaseHonky Tonk Hiccups
Durham County PoetsIn the Groove
Dave AlvinSouth West Chief
Amy Speace & Orphan BrigadeThere Used to Be Horses Here
Our Man in The FieldEasy Going Smile
The DelinesRoll Back My Life
Allison MoorerEasy in the Summertime
John MartynMay You Never
Grainne DuffyShine it on Me
Howe Gelb & The Band of GypsiesCowboy Boots on Cobbled Stones
Hannah WhitePay Me a Compliment
ShipcoteMother Dear
Brennan Leigh & Noel McKayBe My Ball And Chain
Margo CilkerFlood Plain
David Ford and Annie DressnerJust Like You
Anthony TonerEast of Louise
Matt McGinnAnnie (Many moons ago)
Chastity BrownWonderment
Steve PledgerMatches In The Wind
Jay and the CooksFrontline Worker Blues
Anna AshPopularity
George JonesTake The Devil Out of Me
Bobbie GentryOde to Billie Joe
Little WalterBoom Boom (Out go the lights)


Various Artists
Americana Railroad

‘Good Old Fashioned’ Train Songs With a Contemporary Makeover

Only a couple of weeks ago I had a deep and meaningful conversation with a couple of friends regarding the lack of ‘good old fashioned’ Cowboy and Train songs in modern Country and Americana.
We could all name a couple from a few years ago …. but nothing in recent years; well … it appears that Carla Olson and husband Saul Davis had been having similar thoughts about the latter subject; trains and corralled a number of their friends to record this rather marvelous compilation.
In advance I have to tell you that my copy bares very little information about the songs apart from the artist singing them; so I can look like a smart-arse dropping in the name of the album that they were originally released on …. so let’s treat the majority as new songs; if only to make me look like I know what I’m doing.
The first song here is Carla herself alongside Stephen McCarthy on lead vocals. delighting us with a melodious and contemporary slice of Twang infused Alt. Country with Here Comes That Train Again; which may or may not be a metaphor for a love affair ‘on the rails.’
There are a handful of songs and singers I recognise; namely Rocky Burnette with his 90mph Honky-Tonky arrangement of Mystery Train; Dustbowl Revival who retain the original harmonies but still turn Marrakesh Express into something of a ‘Border Country’ dance tune and John Fogerty sounds like he was born to sing the All American Classic; City of New Orleans; the other is Peter Case giving us his best rendition of a modern Woody Guthrie passionately poring over This Train.
Mystery Train oddly enough makes a second appearance further along the line; only this time James Intveld makes it into a sadder than sad heartbreaker….. such is the power of the songwriting.
With this in mind there are surprises around every corner; Paul Burch and Fats Kaplan had me grinning like a ninny the first time I heard the slide guitar in Waiting For a Train and the two Rob Waller’s two inclusions the punchy as Hell; The Conductor Wore Black and Midnight Rail from the other end of the musical spectrum are nearly worth the entrance money on their own!
On the other hand there are acts here I’ve never heard of singing songs that are staples of my own collection; and it’s fair to say Gary Myrick’s pedal to the metal Americana-Grunge arrangement of Train Kept a ‘Rollin is as edgy as Americana gets these days; and sticks out like a sore thumb among songs like Alice Howe’s 500 miles and Deborah Poppink’s beautiful rendition of People Get Ready (which is only tenuously linked to the railroad theme ….. but hey; it’s a winner).
I’d not heard of either Kai Clark or John York before hearing them here, singing Train Leaves Here in The Morning and Runaway Train respectively; but I’ve now had to research both with a view to getting on their mailing lists for future releases; which is why I love VA albums like this …. there’s always someone new to discover.
Plus there are some quite famous names tucked away in the shadows too; Dom Flemon’s Steel Pony Blues will certainly be a song radio stations pick up on; and I don’t think I’ve heard Dave Alvin sing South West Chief before; but it’s the type of song me and my friends were pining for in that conversation.
This now brings me to the difficult choice of Favourite Song; and I’ve gone for a tie between two ….. one by Carla Olson & Brian Ray; the sizzling Whisky Train which rocks like a Mail Train going around a tight corner and the other is from another new act to me; AJ of The Seratones which is majestically different from everything here; almost nursery rhymeish ….. but stunning nonetheless in a delightfully Lo-Fi fashion.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this album; even though some of the songs are only tenuously linked to actual railways and trains; but hey ….. we all have vivid imaginations and Carla Olson has done a fabulous job pulling everything together in this fashion.

Released 17th June 2022


Michael McDermott St PAUL’S BOULEVARD

Michael McDermott
St Paul’s Boulevard
Pauper Sky Records

A Brave and Varied Musical Journey Which Holds its Head Up Optimistically and Boldly

I first got wind of Michael McDermott from friends who’d seen his incendiary performances at a pre-COVID Kilkenny Roots Festival – unfortunately a pandemic got in the way of the ability to consolidate that impact, but now MM is back with “St. Paul’s Boulevard” an album thematically linked by place and character, recorded with a stellar cast including Will Kimbrough, David Grissom and Grant Tye – who for many years was a staple of Robbie Fulks’ band.

The album opens with an aural sound-city scape “Aram Cara” before leaping into the “Dancing in the Dark” paced and styled “Where the Light Gets In”.
The tempo remains pacy on “Our Little Secret” which has the soulful feel of Danny and the Champs, as does the following track “Sick of This Town” where McDermott bemoans the rotting banality of small-town America.

“The Arsonist” takes things down a notch to ballad tempo, a setting where McDermott is at his most affecting – I’ve avoided mentioning Bruce Springsteen up until this point, (he’s often a reference point in reviews of Michael McDermott) but this track conjures up the feel of epic Bruce, with its exploration of personal doubt and mix of dark and light, set against a dynamic mix of guitars and keys – heck, vocally this also verges near to Prince territory in places too.

“New Year’s Day” – one of many songs with this title, sits astride U2 and Slaid Cleaves in its sound over a tale of personal emotional symbolic rebirth. “Meet Me Halfway” takes the exploration of relationships further and tackles issues of communication over a Bon Jovi-type vocal and arrangement (but with far more incisive lyricism than 80’s hair-rock).

“The Outer Drive”, driven (sic) by drums and banjo namechecks “Wonderwall”, but that aside, it’s a song of cars, a girl and escape “with just a hint of holy”.
Classic themes are also seen on “Marlowe”, but in a literary and cultural/historical sense, where everyone from Moses to Michelangelo gets in on the act as touchstones to compare to the effect of a loved one.

Fast strummed guitar kicks in “All That We Have Lost” and it’s soon joined by kick drum and percussion for a stomping and rollocking roll-call of
all that we have lost
from Lincoln to Kennedy and several in between.
This observation on death is shadowed by “Dead By Dawn” with its carpe diem call to embrace a loving moment, to preserve the transient and fleeting bits of goodness that we have.

Title track “St Paul’s Boulevard” is a reflective ode to finding meaning amongst the chaos of life on the eponymous/figurative boulevard, whereas “Pack The Car” again seeks refuge in escape and its myriad possibilities before “Peace, Love and Brilliant Colours” takes an early Steve Earle swerve musically with a rallying cry for community and strength.
“Paris” closes the album out with a sentimental, romantic wish for escape that brings in strings and piano to underscore those rose-tinted, hopefully desires.

On “St Paul’s Boulevard” Michael McDermott has certainly viewed the world in widescreen and technicolour too, on a brave and varied journey which holds its head up optimistically and boldly.
Last time McDermott toured in the UK he was a solo act – here’s hoping that he can bring the band next time to do justice to these broad soundscapes.

Review by Nick Barber
Released 1st July 2022


Tony Baltimore LET’S ALL GO INSANE

Tony Baltimore
Let’s All Go Insane
Conch Town Records

Genre-Fluid Americana; From Folk to Country Via New Orleans on a Saturday Night

Growing up in Maryland to working class parents gave Tony Baltimore a strong work ethic, which served him well when he began playing up to eight shows a week in Key West.
Three albums later and Baltimore has his most accessible collection of songs yet, while doing a good job of checking off all of the requisite Americana check boxes: gospel-tinged backing vocals, funky backbeat drums, snappy Tele-style guitar, and plenty of Hammond B3, but that doesn’t mean he’s a one-trick pony. Co-produced by Ian Shaw, Let’s All Go Insane, is a mix of traditional New Orleans style, alt-country, indie rock, and good old Country-Folk music, making Baltimore a definite genre-fluid artist.
The kick off title song, along with “Seaside Blues,” are pure New Orleans flavored fun, along with “Loot the Joint” which amps up the exuberance considerably.
When Baltimore aims for a party atmosphere he definitely succeeds—and those punchy horns don’t hurt, either!
“Fly Alone” is not your typical love song, rather a one-sided love of patience, hope, and waiting, the violin throughout adding to the quiet desolation.
“Window Pane” gives off Gordon Lightfoot vibes, a story of time passing by, while “Postcard” is a 60’s pastiche of letting go no matter the consequences, making your own way with love at your side.
“Storm the Beach” is the closest Baltimore gets here to protest, yet it’s a doozy, taking both politicians and the media for sowing discord for their own gain.
“That Girl’s Got Eyes” is the album’s pop song and my personal pick for favorite on the album. Contemporary rock guitars and pounding drums, mixed with an extra-catchy chorus, and a vibrant and surprising violin solo.
“What Kind of World” ends the album on a hopeful note, full of triumph and the knowledge that one can always find a way to get by.
Recorded both before, during, and after the pandemic, Let’s All Go Insane is Baltimore’s paen to love and individuality.

Review courtesy the Legendary Roy Peak

Released 17th June 2022


Chastity Brown SING TO THE WALLS

Chastity Brown
Sing To the Walls
Red House Records

Heartfelt and Gutsily Crafted Soul That’s Guaranteed to Make Your World Shine That Bit Brighter.

Very occasionally, when listening to an artist for the first time, just one particular song has the capability to deliver an almighty gut punch, which in that very moment, is the gateway to connecting with the album and indeed their whole world………. today it has happened courtesy of Minneapolis born Chastity Brown.

Digging deep in the vaults of RMHQ, I am aware there is a lot of ground to cover with regards to Ms Brown and her own contemporary twist on a tapestry woven with threads of Americana Soul, Blues, Gospel and a smattering of Funk: her previous release, Silhouette Of Sirens, was way back in 2017 making Sing to The Walls her first musical offering since Pandemic times.
I was half expecting the album to be ladened with Lockdown frustrations and anxieties, but delighted to discover it simply beams out a joyful positivity, a loving groove which most definitely keeps the glass half full for the duration.

The album swoops in with the first two singles, Wonderment and Backseat, the former kicking off with Chastity’s surging, distinctive rich vocals ringing out, powerfully honest.
Musically softly lapping in at the start, with rhythmic plucking adding a spiritual Indian echo. The current gradually gathers pace to a rising driving beat of guitars, explosive drums leading to a swirl of Hammond keys.
Wow by the end of the track I already feel like I’ve been on one hell of a journey, one where we have perhaps witnessed the artist allowing herself to be gradually released from shackles to embrace new experiences: “letting go.”

Neatly rooted in that same spot, Backseat’s exquisite chant of “I never felt so free” introduces us to a contemporary funk groove pulsing with a strong hooky drum beat, the engine of the track which just screams out to be played on the open road.
Oh, so it makes sense, when I skim the press pack, to discover that Ms Brown nurtured her cool rhythmic vibes by teaming up with two drummers, Brady Black in Stockholm and Greg Schutte at her home studio to work on the album.

Perhaps, because I have just returned from Boston (!), another standout track for me is one bearing same name, making me just want to turn around and head straight back out!
Immediately whisking us to Chastity’s blissful happy zone, it lyrically hangs basking in the first flush of a new romance.
With smooth sensual vocals, rolling casual drums and sweet melodic layers, it leads us to a charmingly exhilarating guitar solo, making it one of the happiest peaks on the album for me.
It does not sit all alone though, there are 10 stunning songs to discover here, and transforming Lockdown into writing time resulted in Chastity Brown having a huge pile of new material at her fingertips.

Golden is the heavyweight track of the album and demands our undivided attention.
It’s the only song steeped in, but not dominated by rage and angst: “Why have I got to be angry?”, this is Chastity boldly laying down her reaction to the racial tensions and riots she has witnessed, some being virtually on her doorstep.
She hits us with the hefty, raw emotional force of her uplifting words, a calling to remain strong and steadfast in the face of adversity.
It’s a message we cannot help but take positive inspiration from, as her exceptional vocal delivery booms out:
Does this black woman’s voice have too much power
Would it go down sweetly if I sang softer?

This album is so seriously good that I’m hopping through the title track Sing to the Walls, a piano driven beautifully crafted tribute to breaking through barriers and the rousing Like A Sun which really does what it says on the tin (!) to finally arrive at that aforementioned killer track which started this whole journey off for me……

Curiosity is an instant smash to my ears, another piano led empowering ballad: heartfelt words to a lost love but not wallowing in self-pity, instead flooded with mature emotions that are full of longing yet uplifting and releasing.
Chastity Brown flips heartbreak spelling out that we have to sometimes endure emotional pain to set us on a path to a happier place.

It’s Curiosity setting into motion,
I was a stranger to myself, when I knew ya
I should say thank you, for loving and leaving me

These sentiments sum up the very essence of an album which causes spirits to be raised a little bit higher with every play. In her own words:
What matters to me is my survival – and for my survival, it has been necessary to try and embrace some joy”.
I cannot imagine there has ever been a better moment than this to catch Chastity’s wave of positivity with Sing To The Walls, as we all try and put our best foot forward again.

Review by Anita Joyce
Released 23rd June 2022

https://store.compassrecords.com/products/sing-to-the-walls @ChastityBrown @Aladjoyce

RMHQ Radio Show Ep:6 June 19th 2022 On Nova Radio

RMHQ Radio Show
Episode 6
Nova Radio

We’re getting there, 6 episodes and the mistakes are getting fewer and further between. Sadly I was blighted with croaky voice and nagging cough courtesy Hayfever …. but that just focussed my mind for playing ‘more music and less talking’.
As you will see and hear there is a heady mix of old and new songs across the myriad of genres that make up what we know as Roots Music and Americana …. hopefully ‘something for everyone’ …. thanks for listening.

June 19thNeil YoungUnknown Legend
EP 6CS&NWooden Ships
Rolling StonesRoute 66
Eve SellisHeart Shaped Tattoo
Gipsy Dave SmithBlue World
Heather Lynn HortonFlesh & Blood
Jason Isbell & The 400 UnitSave It For Sunday
Kinky FriedmanBorn Under a Wanderin’ Star
Laura Benitez & The HeartacheA Love Like Yours
Dr JohnSleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
Bap KennedyMoonlight Kiss
Johnny DickinsonOcean Blues
Will HogeJohn Prine’s Cadillac
John PrineAngel From Montgomery
Blackie & The Rodeo KingsKing of This Town
Eliza NealsBucket of Tears
Jack BurnessShepherd’s Yard
Ian SegalPsycho
My Darling ClementineI Lost You (But found Country Music)
Michael UbaldiniBeautiful and Bleary Eyed
Lucinda WilliamsPineola
John Paul WhiteHeart Like a Kite
Bobbo ByrnesLast Hurrah
Bobbie CrynerYou’d Think He’d Know Me Better
Five Points GangDrifting Away
Wily Bo WalkerMotel Blues
Slaid CleavesThe Dad Song

Black Deer Festival 2022

Black Deer Festival 2022
Eridge Park,
Royal Tunbridge Wells

A successful return for the UK’s biggest Americana focused festival

Initial disclaimer – I’ve never been a big fan of outdoor festivals ever since the time my tent flooded at Reading Festival in the late 80s, but this time I’d got a lovely AirBnB to retire to of an evening, so I thought I’d give Black Deer a go – its lineup of largely Roots and Americana acts, with a sprinkle of more populist acts like James and Imelda May promised a fine weekend’s entertainment.

Friday, the first day, somewhat overdid things on the weather front – temperatures in the mid-thirties Centigrade meant that acts in shadier environments became more appealing – on that score, I caught the songwriters’ circle in the Ridge tent at the start of the day, where Irish Mythen set a personal benchmark with an effervescent and lively performance: Emily Barker and Caroline Spence contributed acute observational songwriting on ecology and relationships before Imelda May, delayed in traffic and rounded things off with a poem about the female orgasm!

Caroline Spence made a solo appearance with CJ Hillman, immediately afterwards and her summery voice and acoustic arrangements won over many. The Felice Brothers, over on the main stage produced a fiery, rebel rousing set before the polish of Imelda May – after that I decamped to the Ridge tent for reasons of self-preservation and musical choice to see well-received sets from Israel Nash and Shovels & Rope, whose boisterous performances fired up the crowds. Highlight of the day for me though was the “Ozark Holler Hootenanny” over in the smaller Haley’s Bar – a collection of artists based around the trio of Dylan Earl, Jude Brothers and Will Carlisle with a guest appearance from Lady Nade, who delivered a hugely entertaining collection of songs from Arkansas.
A fine end to day one.

Day two and while less sunny, was incredibly humid.
Early performances by Lady Nade in Haley’s bar and slide-blues maestro Jack Broadbent did nothing to lower the temperatures and provided fine evidence of the breadth of UK roots talent. The much anticipated (not least by me) appearance of Courtney Marie Andrews on the main stage was a brave set, with four as of yet officially unreleased songs taking their place amongst CMA’s strong back catalogue. Wilco’s only UK appearance on their current tour followed immediately after and a festival pleasing set including personal faves like “Impossible Germany” went down well – and Courtney Marie Andrews and band were invited back on to join on the band’s performance of “California Stars”.
Things started to take a turn towards the apocalyptic near the end of an energetic set from the Waterboys when the decision was taken by the organisers to evacuate the arena due to rapidly approaching electrical storms – and a correct decision it was too, as the festival site was battered by one of the worst storms I’d seen outside of travels in the US and mainland Europe. It took over an hour to get off the car park but at least in our case there was dry accommodation at the end of our escape.

Incredibly, Sunday saw the site looking as though nothing had happened – a combination of fortunate geology and hard work meant that, other than a last minute pull-out by The War & Treaty, things were unaffected.
Irish Mythen continued her plan for world domination to a supportive crowd on the main stage, whereas Hiss Golden Messenger drew a rapidly growing audience in the Ridge tent – as did John Smith, in trio format with the core of Lauren Housley’s band. At the end of the day, the Americana punter was faced with a stark choice – the Dead South on the main stage or the Drive-By Truckers in the Ridge Tent – this reviewer stuck with the guitar assault of the DBTs and enjoyed it greatly, right up to the emotional denouement by Patterson Hood, dedicating the final song of their set to his terminally ill father-in-law who he would be rushing home to see post gig (and tour).

All in all, this was an entertaining and enjoyable weekend. Audience numbers were good enough to pack the different stages, but not too full to make movement around the site difficult and there was a pleasingly varied mix of people in attendance.
Black Deer isn’t perfect by any means – there were logistical issues for audience, performers and press that could be tightened up – but such is the friendliness of the whole affair, that you’ll struggle to find anything else that succeeds in bringing Roots and Americana to a mass audience in such a successful way. Other festivals with a similar musical focus are often preaching to the musically converted – Black Deer is bringing new and younger ears to the herd.

Review by Nick Barber

#Photo – Mike Scott of the Waterboys.
More photos from Nick here: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10158582215302115&set=pcb.10158582222807115

Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus GOING THE DISTANCE

Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
Going the Distance
Berkalin Records

Classic American Folk Music With a Twist of Americana and a Splash of Country Too.

This is one of those albums that sits on the desk for ages; never getting moved to the ‘Charity Box’ but never actually getting enough time on the player to get a review … until today.
I’m embarrassed to tell you that the ‘difference’ this morning was that; over a cup of coffee I actually read the sleeve notes and saw that one of my ‘heroes’ Bill Kirchen, plays geetar on three tracks, fiddle player Warren Hood and the ever wonderful BettySoo appear throughout, with the latter providing subtly angelic harmonies.
In my defence; this album errs on the side of Folk, with Americana going on in the background; starting with the title track Going The Distance; a song using ‘life on the road as a musician’ as a metaphor for life itself; and eventually the penny dropped …. giving me the urge to carry on listening and taking notes.
Jim Patton, with his breathy, ‘lived in’ singing style takes lead with Shirley Brokus providing shadowy harmonies; in the way Emmylou made famous alongside Gram.
Now I’ve taken the time to ‘listen properly’, Patton’s writing is very introspective and coupled to their simple, yet emotional melodies make for some rather excellent songs; leading us into Janey It’s Alright, Facing The Lions and especially the most commercial song here, I’m Still a Dreaming Man; which will stand the test of time I’m sure.
The Press Release namechecks a couple of the founding fathers of American Folk Music as links to the couples ‘style’ but personally I think fans of Tom Paxton, Tom Rush and Jimmie Dale Gilmore will find a lot to like here; especially Golden Boy and Words I Can’t Unsay, which you could easily imagine any of those three adding to a set list.
There’s a fabulous song here called Gino; an acoustic Country song about a 53 year old man looking back on a life of ‘perceived failure’ in a way that screams ‘River era Springsteen,’ yes … you read correctly; and it just might be the best Springsteen song that Bruce never wrote.
Patton cites 20th century American fiction (“from Fitzgerald and Hemingway and Faulkner to Kerouac and Salinger and Raymond Chandler”) as inspiration in his writing style and for subject matter; the various lives of the friends he grew up and that comes across in both That’s What I Do and the rawly honest Facing The Lions about growing older, but not necessarily wiser with age.
Of the duo’s friends here, the name Bill Kirchen was the first to jump out at me and he really and truly adds an extra ‘edge’ with his stinging Telecaster on Austin Night; an autobiographical song about proving the naysayers from his younger days wrong; as he’s
Still making music on an Austin night!
As that’s probably the most commercial song here; I suppose it should be my Favourite Track here; but Bil makes an appearance on Brand New Love; which is simply bedazzling and will appeal to youngsters and oldie’s alike if or when they themselves are starting out on a new Brand New Love.
Somehow my ‘second sight’ told me to keep this album for when the time was right; and that came in the last 48 hours ….. and the wait was well worth it.

Released June 3rd 2022



Seth Timbs
Easy Answers
Kool Kat Musik

Pushing The Boundaries of Americana One Melody and a Chorus At a Time.

As the accompanying Press Release was as vague as it was enigmatic regarding singer-songwriter Seth Timbs now living and writing in Nashville, but originally from Murfreesboro, TN , I’ve really had to ‘let the music do the talking here.’
Not that I want anymore ‘info free’ Press Releases, but in this case it did make me play the album before a couple of other releases by more noteworthy acts … and the outcome has been positive to the max!
The title track Easy Answers opens proceedings, leaving me taken aback by the actual intensity of the piano playing and, indeed Timbs’ singing ….. which is full of raging passion as he treads a very fine line between Bedsitland, Dinner Jazz and even Power Pop!
The first names that jumped to mind were Joe Jackson, Billy Joel and our very own Jamie Cullum, as Timbs certainly isn’t afraid to use a melody and strong chorus to draw the listener in to his razor sharp observational and highly articulate songs like One Tough Customer and the pathos drenched heartbreaker, What’s Wrong With You.
I’m even tempted to place some of Timbs songs into a new category that I’m going to call ‘Nu-Americana’; as Seth can ‘tell a story’ about inhabitants of small towns and wayfaring strangers as well as as any of the beardy, tattooed and plaid shirt wearing troubadours we fete like demi-Gods; but makes his songs a lot easier on the ear than average.
There are only 7 songs here and every one is well worthy of its inclusion and I presume Timbs’ is using the ‘leave them wanting more’ adage; as I’d love to hear more songs in the vein of the beautiful Young Lovers and the punchy and metaphoric More Candy; but for my Favourite Song here; I’m going for the slightly less than obvious The Day They Built Rome; which I can easily imagine hearing Billy Joel singing it on National Radio or someone like Sturgill Simpson or Jason Isbell playing with the arrangement until the words become Americana Deluxe!
Obviously not a new starter in the music sphere as you can from the construction and actual delivery of his songs; but that still didn’t prepare me for finding Seth Timbs has 16 previous releases on Bandcamp!
As our regular readers already know; we here at RMHQ have very open-minds and even more eclectic musical taste; so it should come as no real surprise that I’ve been drawn to a very commercial and genuinely articulate album that pushes the boundaries of what we know as Americana!

Released June 17th 2022


RMHQ Radio Show Ep:5 at Nova Radio NE

RMHQ Radio Show Ep:5
Nova Radio NE
Sunday 13th June 2022

Thanks everyone for tuning in; the figures are already 3 x what listened to our first show a month ago; and the ‘Listen Again’ is booming too …. everyone at HQ is over the metaphorical moon.
This week’s show was another mix of what we call Roots, Blues and Americana … even pushing the boundaries with a couple of edgy songs.
As is becoming ‘usual’ the final tracks I played bore very little resemblance to what I set out to play …. hey ho ….I really enjoyed it all and hope you found something that either intrigued you or made you want to buy a song or too.

#Buiy Don’t Spotify

Allman BrosRamblin’ Man
Allman Betts BandSouthern Accents
Elizabeth CookEl Camiino
Eric Burdongto
Alan PriceSavaloy Dip
Davina & The VagabondsSugar Kisses
Billy Bragg & Joe HenryRock Island Line
Jim WhiteErnest T Bass
Big Harp GeorgeUptown Cool
Blinddog Smokin’Bayou Lady
Drive By-TruckersThoughts and Prayers
Elles BaileyCheats and Liars
Green On RedTime Ain’t Nothing
Los LobosFlat Top Joint
Los PacaminosRaised on Margaritas
Dale WatsonAin’t That Livin’
Rob Heron & Tea Pad OrchestraSoul of My City
Rod PicottMark of Your Father
Larkin PoeHorseshoes and Hand Grenades
Billy Bob ThorntonPrivate Radio
Nev ClayLeaving Do
Bo DiddleyRoadrunner
Chuck BerryRock & Roll Music
SWEATY LAMARRAbbey I’m sorry I stole your man
Jason RingenbergGod Bless The Ramones
Speedbuggy USALast Train to Clarkesville
Angaleena PresleyMotel Bibles