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My Favourite Music 2016

Spotify Playlist My playlist of some of my favourite songs from 2016 (only one per album, it goes without saying many if not all these albums have more than one great song on them but … one per album). What our genre defining overlords have deemed is called “Americana” peppered with soul, blues, hip hop, rock of several stripes, gospel, “world”, some other stuff.  Get it into... read more

My Americana Music Awards Ballot

I joined the Americana Music Association this year because I’m planning to go to Nashville in September for the Americana Conference and Festival and the member’s discount on registration was slightly more than the membership cost.  So, I also get to vote in the Americana Music Awards. Cool. As a staunch member of the NSW Labor Left it’s basically automatic to show my ballot so here is... read more

Revisiting: Dave Alvin – “Romeo’s Escape”

If you know this album (bravo to you) it’s probably as Dave Alvin’s first solo recording after leaving the Blasters (and X) and before he made all those albums people really love. And indeed, it’s a transitional artefact of Alvinology. Everything about it, by context and content, invites us to look to the before and to the after but which also deserves it’s place among the cream of that era’s roots rock... read more