Author: Bob Fish

Album | My Darling Clementine with Steve Nieve – Country Darkness

Taking on the Elvis Costello songbook is a risky proposition, yet My Darling Clementine have an ace up their sleeve on Country Darkness, the personal keyboard player of Mr. McManus, one Steve Nieve. Together, Michael Weston King (whose voice has more…

Album | Native Harrow – Closeness

Closeness can be a tall order, especially during the ongoing pandemic, but for Native Harrow Closeness is pretty much all there is. The clock is constantly moving ahead, but as singer Devin Tuel notes, “while the clock is moving, we can hold on…

Album | The Sea The Sea – Stumbling Home

The Sea The Sea are in love with stillness and their third album, Stumbling Home, finds the discovering the beauty in the silence. The husband and wife team of Mira and Chuck Costa have found a way to capture the…

Album | H.C. McEntire – Eno Axis

When she finished a two-year tour with Angel Olsen, H.C. McEntire retreated to her farm by the Eno River in North Carolina. There, listening to the rhythms of life at home, she created Eno Axis, an album that reflects on a…

Album | Emma Swift – Blonde on the Tracks

When you think of people who should do an album of Dylan covers, Emma Swift and her album Blonde on the Tracks probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind. Yet, for her first American album, this is a…

Album | Jason Molina – Eight Gates

The nine songs on Eight Gates that Jason Molina left behind have taken on an almost mythic quality over the last seven years. Having recorded under the names of Songs:Ohia, Magnolia Electric Company as well as his own name, Molina moved…

Album | Bobbie Gentry – The Delta Sweete

Bobbie Gentry has always seemed to be defined by the Ode To Billy Joe, yet her next album, The Delta Sweete, a little heard gem from the 60s, never found the audience it deserved. Which just goes to show how fickle…

Album | Julian Taylor – The Ridge

Julian Taylor has spent his life living between two worlds, while not really being a member of either one. 50% West Indian and 25% Mohawk, he grew up as an indigenous person of colour, raised by a white step-grandmother. As…

Album | Larkin Poe – Self Made Man

“If you’re not going to kick down the door, why go into the room?” asks Rebecca Lovell. It’s really not much of a question for her or her sister and Larkin Poe bandmate, Megan. They are not about to enter…

Album | Stripmall Ballads – Distant

Phillips Saylor Wisor has led an interesting life, wandering the back roads of the American dream. With Distant he channels the ghosts of the highways and byways. He follows paths established by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and…