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Rough and Rowdy Ways: Bob Dylan amazes us at 79 years old with a career of more than 30 years, Dylan has managed to be as relevant and successful as he was in the ’60s. Since 2000’s Love and theft Dylan has delivered great albums. Rough and Rowdy Ways is extremely  visual , mysterious, simple,  anecdotal , dark and luminous all at the same time.

His voice is hypnotic as you follow his lyrics down long walks of the mind to depths of oneself. The sweep of humanity follows with you. His voice is in most exceptional shape and fits him well.

https://bobdylan.lnk.to/RARWAW

The Ridge: Julian Taylor A Canadian treasure of extraordinary talent, artist Julian Taylor mines his solo singer-songwriter passion with the new Americana album The Ridge.

Co-produced by Taylor and longtime collaborator Saam Hashemi, the eight-song album was originally scheduled for a fall release date, but Taylor decided to release the album sooner in the hope that his songs might bring joy to listeners in troubled times.

 

The introspective and often tender content of The Ridge is perfectly encapsulated and enhanced by a brilliant cast of sympatico musicians. 

juliantaylormusic.ca

Moon & Mercury: Madison Galloway is an emerging voice in Canadian roots music. With her signature blend of folk, rock and blues, she takes the stage with guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and driving band, charming audiences with her catchy original tunes and soulful voice in a high-energy show.

 

Born and raised in small town Fergus, Ontario, 20-year-old Galloway infuses her music with rustic, earthy tones, reaching back to pay homage to the great artists of the past while forging a sound all her own; at times gritty and groovy, and others sweet and sunny. 

 

She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as 54-40, Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Tyler Shaw, and Colter Wall, she released ' Moon & Mercury ' which was produced by Ron Hawkins, and has just released a new video with him highlighting her immense talent.

madisongalloway.com

Everything Can Change: Adam Karch is from Montreal, his music embodies the spirit of Americana like a scenic ride across the country. He plays a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking that recalls players such as Chet Atkins and Kelly Joe Phelps, along with an innovative percussive technique that is thoroughly modern, while somehow primal and anchored in tradition.

For his brand new album "Everything Can Change" , Adam again present an even mix of original songs and cover songs, featuring Adam with his trio, as well as his signature solo acoustic performances.

www.adamkarchmusic.com

Mother Earth: Liz Jones is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, a singer/songwriter embracing roots, blues and americana influences naturally, with great space and freedom for the musicians that surround her work.

 

Mother earth is a spaced country groove with mellow harmonies, dwelling on regrets & faithlessness with small hint of optimism.


Lap & Pedal Steel by Owen Nicholson, Guitar by John Bruce, Percussion by Suzy Cargill. Recording & production by Jennifer Clark.

lizjonesmusic.com

World Premiere from Australian Band The Rank Outsiders

Balinese: The Rank Outsiders recently found themselves faced, as we all were, with the unique situation presented by Covid-19. As luck would have it, they located the seed of this tune in their secret vault. The bare bones of Balinese existed as a warm up take, prior to recording the first album. They've tweaked it into life here as a nod to their spiritual guides, the lil' old band from Texas, ZZ Top.

Now available on Boundary Road Records.

Check out more from the Australian Blues Rockers, based in Victoria who meat out a wicked combination of tunes with a little something for everybody. Blues, rock'n'roll, Texas boogie, country, funk...you name it, it's all there. This is good time rock'n'roll drenched in classic r'n'b roots.

Website: www.therankoutsiders.com

Single: music.apple.com/au/album/balinese-the-lockdown-sessions-single

The Rank Outsiders

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