Author: Mark Buckley

Album | Fay Hield – Wrackline

“We all search to connect with others – we are entranced by those we cannot connect with and find ways to tell their stories to explain our own.” – Fay Hield Wrackline is Fay Hield’s first release since 2016’s Old…

Album | Shirley Collins – Heart’s Ease

In a career that’s spanned the best part of 60 years, Heart’s Ease is another triumph in a late-flowering that’s seen Shirley Collins rightfully recognised at the top table of British folk music. It’s an album that’s a celebration of…

Album | The Jayhawks – XOXO

The Jayhawks are a band that need no introduction to anyone who is reading these pages. XOXO is their third album since returning from their latest hiatus back in 2014 and the follow up to Back Roads and Abandoned Motels. It’s 25 years since…

Album | Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions

“Thought I was alone in the world, until my memories gathered round me in the night” Jason Isbell sings on ‘What I’ve Done to Help’, the opening track to Reunions. The rolling chorus repeated like a mantra towards the end,…

The Amazing Devil – The Horror and the Wild

“Every brick you’ve hurled, I’ll use to build the world” The Amazing Devil’s record begins, as all should do, with the wind howling and a low bass reverberation, with Joey Batey and Madeline Hyland’s spoken-word delivery. It then spills directly…

My Girl the River – Cardinal in the Snow

My Girl the River is the project of Louisiana singer and musician Kris Wilkinson Hughes. The band is fleshed out by her husband Joe and daughter Ruby on double bass and harmonies respectively. Cardinal in the Snow is the follow…

Mr. Alec Bowman – I Used To Be Sad & Then I Forgot

A scoundrel of the mundane, Mr. Alec Bowman describes himself in the sleeve notes to this album. He goes on to dedicate it to his grandparents and to those who are struggling to stay alive, amongst others. The album itself,…

Album | Lucinda Williams – Good Souls, Better Angels

“The world’s falling apart – it’s like the apocalypse” spits the accompanying press release to Lucinda Williams’ latest record Good Souls, Better Angels. It sounds like something that could’ve been written about these strange times we’re living through, but it…