Category Archives: Roots Rock

THE BRANDOS – Honor Among Thieves – (Relativity) – 1987

I had no knowledge about this band till now. They weren't on my radar and that's strange because the 80s and the 90s were the decades I spent a lot of time searching out new non-mainstream sounds, especially from the … Continue reading

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JOHN HIATT – Riding With The King – (Geffen) – 1983

Who is John Hiatt? It's a question that has been raised many times, sometimes unfairly, by others. I have asked it, in a round about way, myself (see my other comment), but cut him slack because he deserves it. Hiatt … Continue reading

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ARLO GUTHRIE with Shenandoah – Outlasting the Blues – (Warner Brothers) – 1979

For those who need to read up on who Arlo Guthrie is check the links at the end, or better still check my other entries on him in this blog. For those who can't be bothered I will say he … Continue reading

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NICK LOWE – Pinker and Prouder Than Previous – (Demon) – 1988

This is generally considered to be Nick's worst album (or one of the worst). That doesn't mean it's bad it just mean's it's not up to the standards of what Nick Lowe fans expect.  Having said that there are those … Continue reading

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JOHN SEBASTIAN – The Four of Us – (Reprise) – 1971

Checkout my other blog entry for some detail on why I like John Sebastian. I didn't really link much of a biography on him so for those of you who cant be bothered clicking here in an annotated biography. Wiki[edia: … Continue reading

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FRED GERLACH – Songs My Mother Never Sang – (Takoma) – 1967

I’m not a guitarist. Sure, I learnt how to play basic guitar with the Sisters of Mercy nuns on Given Terrace in Paddington as a kid. Sure, I fooled around with the guitar. I’m not a guitarist. I never played … Continue reading

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NICK LOWE and his Cowboy Outfit – The Rose of England – (Columbia) – 1985

In my (probably) myopic view of rock 'n' roll Nick Lowe is one of the holy ten of English acts who have practiced that distinctly American idiom over a lengthy time with any conviction. He knows how to rock out, … Continue reading

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DAVE EDMUNDS – Tracks on Wax – (Swan Song) – 1978

Edmunds' immersion and love of 50s and 60 straight ahead rock 'n' roll  meant he has kept the spirit of that music alive in times when it had very little commercial potential.   And, importantly, he did it with incredible … Continue reading

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JESSE COLIN YOUNG – Together – (Warner Brothers) – 1972

It's hard to put on a finger on why Jesse Colin Young never had a more successful solo career. He had all the right attributes to be a successful singer songwriter in the 70s… He was an ex folkie who … Continue reading

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JOHNNY RIVERS – Blue Suede Shoes – (UA) – 1973

Johnny does a covers album. Well, Johnny was never adverse to covers anyway. Normally, three quarters(or more) of the songs on any of his albums are covers. He wrote, but rarely. What he does is add his “go go” beat … Continue reading

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