Okay all you Level One-rs in New Zealand, spare a thought for all us Level Two-ers in Australia…….we will be let out again soon and hopefully can visit each other’s countries and enjoy some live music!
In the meantime here’s another three for you:
First up is the new album Revel In The Drama from UK's Ren Harvieu. This is this singer/songwriter’s second album, it's something a little different for me, lots of Hollywood strings, torch songs, cinematic arrangements…..
Romeo Stodart, the Magic Numbers frontman and songwriter, who emailed Ren after seeing her perform on Later… With Jools Holland, to ask if she’d consider writing together, has co-written and co-produced this album.
Lots to explore on a very well executed album, so try Cruel Disguise and This Is Your Love
James Elkington is now a Chicago folkie, via the UK band Elevate, having played with Jeff Tweedy, Tortoise, Steve Gunn, and the one and only Richard Thompson, who has had considerable influence on Elkington’s guitar playing!
Ever–Roving Eye is the name of his latest acoustic album, and whilst Elkington’s vocals are kind of laid back, the combination of harmonies and exemplary playing more than make the songs hang together….. here is the title track and Late Jim’s Lament
Wow, have Reckless Kelly just released a BIG album…..actually a double vinyl…..and American Jackpot/American Girls is a real beauty!
The album is essentially a look at the American way of life, with all its heartaches, beauty, tragedy, love; looking at various, some real, some not, characters from all walks of life, who make or have made America what it is.
Reckless Kelly was founded in 1996 by Willy and Cody Braun initially in Idaho, and now in Austin Texas, where I was lucky enough to catch them in a bar in 2006!
This is a real journey, played by musicians who know exactly where and what they are up to so listen to American Jackpot and Thinkin About You All Night plus this live shot ‘cos I love this band
Thanks for reading and listening…..now go get ‘em!