Album Review: North Mississippi All Stars

After 10 albums of roots, blues and mountain music focusing on improvisation and experimentation, the founders of North Mississippi Allstars, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, were inspired to create their latest record by a photograph. It was taken by Wyatt McSpadden in 1996, but the brothers didn’t get to see it for over 20 years….

Album review: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

In a rare suitable for work moment, Urban Dictionary defines ‘pollywog’ as a boy growing up without a father. Another definition, stemming from the Middle English ‘polliwog’ meaning tadpole, has a pollywog as a young sailor crossing the Equator for the first time. Telling, then, that the first song on Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide…

Amanda Shires – London (May 14, 2014)

I can’t say I was familiar with Amanda Shires when I went to this show.  I was kindly given a free ticket and since it was at the venue where I saw Matt The Electrician and Shovels & Rope, it seemed worth a try. Well worth it.