Friday, September 26, 2008


We're having an Indian Summer here in the UK, I've just got back from vacation in Wales and we spent every day on the beach making sandcastles and paddling in the sea. This kind of weather always makes me want to whip out the 12 string rickenbacker (360/12MG), get a band together and just jangle some classic countryrock in a Byrds style.

The first few tracks I heard from A.H.A.B. occupy the same kind of ground as some other bands soundtracking my Summer - Grantura and the Tailors. Both are British bands doing a fine line in classic feelgood songwriting. Having said that, the CDBaby samples of the remainder of the album shows plenty of variety and considerably more edge to sustain interest over the coming Autumn & Winter too.

I asked for something downbeat to post and they sent this gentle song to soothe your Friday afternoon away:

Listen: A.H.A.B. - Crows

Buy it

Grantura album review coming soon, as soon as I can pick which song to post.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Chris Flew - Kingston Bridge

That's Kingston Bridge as in Glasgow, by the way. An incongruous choice of a title - this is about as far away from an impersonal motorway (cold, grey and long) as you can get.

Chris Flew writes and makes impeccable Scottish americana folk, as well as doing all kinds of creative filmy things. He's opened for lonesome types Laura Veirs and Damien Jurado, among others, and that alone should be enough to get you all to take a listen.

It's a lo-fi swoon of an album, full of twang, a bit of slide, and hushed vocals. Just the ticket for indie kids who are on the turn towards the country light... go on, you know you want to.

Listen: Chris Flew - Audrey

Listen: Chris Flew - R+J

More mp3s and tour dates on the official site.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Annie Keating - Belmont

It's been a bit of a week all round, hasn't it? Let's knock it on the head with a spot of Annie Keating. This is good stuff for a Friday - warm and tender, easy listening in the best of ways.

Belmont is not only a lonesome Rosebud of a name, more importantly (to you lot, anyway) it's a proper slab of big-hearted americana.

Twangy joy with some cracking slide guitar - think Bonnie Raitt crossed with The Comforters. Nice.

Listen: Annie Keating - For the Taking

Listen: Annie Keating - Belmont


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Of heaven and home

I've written about this before and here we are again.

Post-holiday Sunday blues, a conversation about will-making and then an aggressively sentimental radio programme have left me feeling the call of home. Time for a trip to the seaside, I think.

Listen: The Lonesome Sisters - Going Home Shoes (Buy)

Listen: Dennis Wilson - Carry Me Home

Listen: Patti Griffin - Long Ride Home (Buy)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Just a quick post today, but this is what lonesomemusic is all about - this is from the Just the two of us album, that i don't seem to be able to find anywhere selling, although I'm sure it's on one of the many compilation albums somewhere.

Listen: Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - the Party

Monday, September 01, 2008

Jordan T West - Love, An Asylum Amongst the Convulsions

This album has quietly nestled its way to my heart in the same way that Leatherbag did last year. It's revving up to be one of my favourite records of the year.

Good lord, it's a raw and unflinching look at the joys and horror of love, all to a bittersweet boy/girl vocal, with added cello. Approach with caution. Delicious.

Listen: Jordan T West - Heart Hurts

Listen: Jordan T West - The Procreation Song