‘To The Sunset’ – Amanda Shires

Sometimes it was treadin’ water/ I guess it is sometimes for all Eve’s daughters/ Looking for happy ever after/ Forever and ever and ever, again To The Sunset, produced by Dave Cobb and released August 3, speaks to chasing something more. It’s perhaps fitting then that in the album artwork Shires resembles the artist Frida … Continue reading ‘To The Sunset’ – Amanda Shires

The Musical is Political: ‘White Man’s World’ – Jason Isbell

Nina Simone once said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned it’s their choice. But I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. That to me is my … Continue reading The Musical is Political: ‘White Man’s World’ – Jason Isbell

‘If We Were Vampires’ – Jason Isbell

Facebook can be a vortex of wasted time, full to the brim of people you have never even met and their stories but sometimes, just sometimes, Facebook spews up something of interest. In my case it was a Larry King interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American astrophysicist and author. The interview was centered on what … Continue reading ‘If We Were Vampires’ – Jason Isbell

‘My Piece of Land’ – Amanda Shires

Everyone is looking for a home. A place or a person or a state of being; where you can be unapologetically you; where you don’t have to hide; where you can share your dreams and fantasies without fear of reprisals. A place or a person to call your own. Amanda Shires released her fifth solo … Continue reading ‘My Piece of Land’ – Amanda Shires

John Paul White: Live at Bush Hall, London

“Don’t you dare look out your window/ Darling everything’s on fire.” Words and music from a dystopian film but words that are uncomfortably close to us all right now. Dark days are ahead on both sides of the Atlantic today, days that will make us want to close the curtains and hide away, but we … Continue reading John Paul White: Live at Bush Hall, London

‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

“This place is called Beulah. It is a pleasant lovely shadow. Where no dispute can come.” Milton by William Blake Beulah, John Paul White’s first release since the ending of his band The Civil Wars, weaves together folk, Southern rock, Americana and even pop but all on the darker and more melancholy end of the … Continue reading ‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

‘Wreck You’ – Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna, artist, musician and songwriter of melancholy. If you've heard a song that's beautifully understated and introspective but has you weeping into your tea by the last chorus, then Lori McKenna is mostly likely behind it. Think Mandy Moore's 'Everblue' and Ashley Monroe's 'The Morning After' This month, McKenna released 'Wreck You' the first single … Continue reading ‘Wreck You’ – Lori McKenna