Saturday, July 11, 2020

Single Review - Every Story - Tennessee Twin



Despite Lockdown, Tennessee Twin have kept themselves busy livestreaming as part of The Songs and Stories Collective as well as on their own for various pages and now by releasing their new single Every Story produced entirely remotely.

Opening with a strident electric guitar, Victoria’s gentle voice comes in as a wonderful counterpoint and starts telling the first story of the song.  Geoff’s deeper voice is in stark contrast, but when they blend, they blend superbly, with the guitar, banjo and drums underpinning the vocals.

The track has a fabulous melody and a lovely rhythm to it, managing to be relaxed while keeping a certain pace to it.

The changes of tempo, the switch from acoustic guitar to electric guitar are clever and add to the feeling of a narrative, or story telling which is the theme of the track. Weaving mini stories into the lyrics we are reminded that there is more than meets the eye - and two sides to Every Story.

The words make you want to listen, to appreciate the stories contained in it, but you just can’t help tapping your foot and starting to sing along.  The music draws you in just as much as the stories do!

The repetition of two sides to every story to end the song really makes the point and encourages you to always look at both sides of every story.

Every Story, the new single from Tennessee Twin is available to download and stream now.

Find and follow Victoria and Geoff on Facebook, and catch them every Sunday livestreaming with The Songs and Stories Collective



Thursday, July 9, 2020

Single Review - I Want You - The Rising



This Friday sees the latest in The Rising’s bold plan of releasing a single per month.  I Want You shows that Chris and Chantelle have delivered on that intent, and still managed to do so despite Lockdown affecting us all, and the music industry especially.

To describe the band as pop country doesn’t quite do them justice, and although they are definitely more on the pop side of country, this manifests as happy dance-along music, with this newest single having a very “breezy and summery” feel – you’ll be tapping your steering wheel in the car or tapping your feet as you listen, if only the weather could give us the same feel!

The Rising are not afraid to experiment and push boundaries – with the idea of monthly releases, with cover versions and with the way they play and play around with instruments in the studio.  Despite now being based in the Midlands, there is still a definite Irish influence to their music, some of it reminiscent of the Coors.

Time and statistics will tell if the concept has worked, but for now we can sit back and enjoy the music and also applaud how hard working Chris and Chantelle have been throughout Lockdown with their frequent releases, social media presence and their regular Monday night livestreams  - a strong work ethic that deserves success and recognition.

Whatever happens, you certainly sense that musically these guys want to have fun – so kick back and have fun listening!

I Want You, the new single from the Rising is available on all major platforms on Friday 10 July

Find and follow the Rising on Facebook and Spotify – and catch them on Monday evenings livestreaming

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Single Review - You - Phoenix Morby



The new single You from Phoenix Morby opens with a simple acoustic guitar, and this sets the style and tempo for the whole song.  Our storyteller, is honest and open about his feelings, there’s no recriminations, no over emotion.  It’s a simple tale of love that isn’t to be, and he understands that.  He wishes that it was different, he wishes that she will “one day see the truth” but his main concern is that she is happy, whatever her decision is.

As long as you're happy, I'm happy for you

The light percussion behind the guitar and vocal underline the calm acceptance of the situation, it is almost haunting.  The instrumental sections give you time to reflect, what have you lost? do you understand the grief?

This is a rainy day song.

The song was produced by Donna Marie Songs under her Climbing Mountains label, and she has done a great job of balancing the vocals and instrumentation, drawing us in to the feelings of the singer

Sit and listen, reflect. 

You, the new single from Phoenix Morby is released on 10 July on all major platforms.  
Find and Follow Phoenix on Facebook and his website and listen to him on Spotify      

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Single Review - Laura Mae - Swamp Doctor



Laura Mae opens with a beautiful acoustic guitar with strings to open, and then that voice, oh my word that voice.  Deep, husky, you can smell the tobacco, taste the whisky and the dirt from the trail when Alex MacLaine starts half singing/half speaking the lyrics.

In case the song didn’t sound Country enough a pair of female voices come in to support that gruff lead vocal.

Swamp Doctor says 
Laura Mae sounded southern & old fashioned for a fallen Alabama soul suffering still and seeing the dusk of life for all it means to her. I was inspired by the simple arrangement and harmony of southern folk songs, often with one guitar and two voices.

The style of this song immediately transports you back in time,  to the Country and Western era of rugged cowboy types  where saloons offer the only entertainment in those dirt road towns; which is fitting as the story itself is a look back, the life of Laura Mae.  Laura Mae was once young and pretty, and even though she is no longer either of those, she is turning grey along with the skies, but she still tries. Life is getting harder and she is becoming wearier, but the drink helps her forget. She isn’t brave as the young girls thinks, but just carries on and tries to recreate her youth.  It is important for her because – due to circumstances – Laura Mae is a lady of the night.

The video for the track is a hand-drawn animation by Hussam Aamir that depicts Laura Mae in a state of self-isolation as she contemplates life, her actions and how the world keeps turning without her engaging in it. However, the imagery is all there in the song, the picture all too clear.  

Although it is a sad song, about a sad life there is still that glimmer of hope for Laura Mae because she has never given up – although the ending seems inevitable. Typical country, life often throws you a bad hand, there is nothing to do but get on with it.

Laura Mae, the new single from Swamp Doctor is available on all major digital platforms on Friday 26 June

Join Swamp Doctor on facebook and join us as we raise a toast to the struggles of Laura Mae

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Single Review - Pick Me Up - Vicki Manser



Vicki Manser comes to us via the world of musical theatre where she has appeared in the West End and touring shows.  This is quite evident when you listen to her debut single Pick Me Up, as her voice shows beautiful control and range as the song progresses.

The song opens with just an acoustic guitar with a hint of mandolin and then comes Vicki’s soft, almost breathy voice.  Throughout, the instrumentation – adding in drums and electric guitar – gently supports and highlights the vocal so that your full attention is on the words and sound of the voice, the pleading for help from someone who is experiencing personal trouble and doubt and is looking to that one person who can “Pick Me Up

It is a country inspired song, although more toward that folk end of the spectrum, and is a co-write by Tim Prottey-Jones, Demi Marriner and Dan Weller, very well known names in UK Country, and Vicki herself cites the influence of family in her love of Country Music and Bluegrass

Country and Bluegrass has always played such a big part in my life and I am so excited to release my debut single. UK Country music is forever blossoming and this is just the start for me, so expect a lot more new music to come from me!

Well Vicki, if this is your first single we can’t wait to see what else you do!

Pick Me Up, the debut single from Vicki Manser is available on all major platforms from 12 June


Friday, June 5, 2020

EP Review - Big Man Small Town - Alan Finlan



Alan Finlan’s new EP is part anthology, part new material – it is the three singles that he has already released (Whiskey Eyes, Battle of the Bands and the title Track Big Man Small Town) plus three new tracks Alan tells us “because I couldn’t wait to release them as singles!

Those new tracks are

Cowboy Truth
The title suggests,  this track is very country, giving a good life lesson about relationships, work and the way to live your life. Its upbeat with some great guitar work under that slightly gruff vocal. 
There is a lovely chorus that will stick, the intention behind the song is that a father tells his son “If you want to wear the boots, you tell the cowboy truth”.
This and the following two songs give the impression that Alan is starting to find and acknowledge his own style in the studio 

No Money By Monday
Very much vocal driven to start with a big dual electric guitar break coming in before we return to that vocal/acoustic verse. It’s a working man’s tale of working all week, to spend all your pay over the weekend. The instrumental section lifts the energy within the track. Guitar picking adds a nice touch.  As the song progresses it highlights Alan’s vocal range – soft here, raw and edgy there.

Making Your Mark
An unusual opening; you’ll be transported to an old Irish bar, someone has a hand drum whilst the other tap out the beat, and arms are swinging, mostly linked with a Guinness in them. Its reminiscent of the music of the Saw Doctors. 
With a squeezebox and some plucked strings adding to the overall effect it’s a little different from Alan’s almost trademark gruff country but we are starting to see that his recorded music is a little different to his live performances, however despite the change of style here it does get closer his live energy and is quite a fun song to listen to  

Big Man Small Town, Alan Finlan's new EP is available now to download and stream

You can find and follow Alan on facebook and wandering around his home town...

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Single Review - Against The Grain - Tommy Taylor



Tommy’s done it again – locked down in his restaurant he has recorded a new song in one take.  Having not been recorded with the luxuries of a recording studio it has a slightly rough edge to it – but that just serves to add a certain grittiness to the track and to his vocal.

Tommy’s restaurant – “Tommy’s” in Filey looks like it is a must visit when we are out of lockdown – it provides an American South inspired menu, it provides American South inspired music and now it seems to be providing American South inspired recordings!

Against The Grain is free to stream – Tommy seems to be more interested in making music than chart position – and his previous single Popcorn was raising money for a local charity

It's Tommy with his guitar and his voice with a gentle string track behind, and he is playing that guitar like he really means it!  Soft and gentle music suits everyone’s mood in these circumstances, the long opening provides the opportunity to reflect and then in comes the voice that seems to suit the bleak view outside the window. 

The song sounds raw and honest – Tommy called the recording “warts and all” and in a way that seems to sum up the theme of the song – take me as I am.  The storyteller knows that he isn’t perfect, but that’s just how he is, he “goes against the grain”


Against The Grain, the new single from Tommy Taylor is available now to stream 

You can find and follow Tommy on Facebook  and find Tommy's on Facebook too!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Album Review - Pantomime Villains - The Outlaw Orchestra



We were thrilled to be sent the new album Pantomime Villains from The Outlaw Orchestra as we have of course missed the chance to see them for the first time at this year’s Buckle and Boots festival.  Describing themselves as “Heavy Grass” I’m not sure that mere words on a page can do their music justice!


The album opens with Take A Bow which from the start is thigh slapping toe tapping southern music.  The harsh sound of the electric guitar is beautifully underlined by the picking of a banjo to give a fascinating sound.  Chicken Fried Snake, the first single off the album, opens with just a plucked banjo punctuated by a beat, which is then joined by electric guitar and pounding drums to truly demonstrate the musicianship of this “orchestra” , combining with stand up bass and a lap steel.  The vocals, when they come in, are very 70s rock – imagine motorhead listing a very unique takeaway menu! Hanging Tree takes us straight to the bayou with its fast banjo, faster singing and duelling guitars.


Whiskey Drinking Liar is a warning tale - “Should have listened to your Momma”– but at least he is being honest! This track is mainly driven by the vocal and you can picture the denim clad bad boy sitting at the bar with a half empty bottle of bourbon and a shot glass.  The vibe and the energy are constant through the whole album though each track has its own styles from the guitar driven Arabia to the more rockabilly than hillbilly Jumpin’ Jive – its hard to sit still thorough this one! 


It Happened Again is a more measured song, about needing to score – but his addiction is to guitars!  Clever and humorous – and probably relatable to many musicians -and their partners!  Voodoo Queen has a Spanish style guitar opening that goes on and on followed by  a slow beat of banjo and drum. Growly voice, stand up bass, there is a smoky feel invoking the spirit of old time Jazz Clubs.  The ending speeds up to almost a flamenco with much clapping and foot stamping called for.  Too Much Wille Nelson again has its own style and its own humour – it’s a bit Jimi Hendrix and it explores the different ways of listening and emulating the habits of some of the Country Greats.  The album ends with possibly the most “country” sounding song – Send Some Whiskey Home has less rock and bluegrass influence and a real chance to appreciate not only the musicianship but also the quality of Dave Roux’s voice


Whether playing the big barn stage or the more intimate party atmosphere on the paddock stage it is sure that the Outlaw Orchestra would have raised the roof at Buckle and Boots or at any festival.  It’s Heavy Metal meets bluegrass, it’s a little bit bonkers, and you might feel like they don’t take themselves too seriously.  

While my feet were tapping, my face was grinning the whole way through listening to this album



Pantomime Villains, the debut album from The Outlaw Orchestra is available now on all major platforms

Find and follow The Orchestra on facebook, their website or in a bar down South - Southampton that is!  


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Single Review - Made For Mornings - Lockeland



Was it really only March 2019 that Mark, Michael and Kyndon released their debut single, and only last summer that we were lucky enough to not only see them perform at Millport but also learn more about their personalities and sense of humour as we shared a giggle or three over breakfast each day.


Following a great guitar intro that has the Lockeland energy, Made For Mornings starts with almost a whisper, suitable for those that have just been woken up. The volume and the beat increase as we hear how the character of the song was a night owl.  It a great catchy chorus that will have you singing along the next time you hear it – “ I used to be a late night, party type, sippin’ on the high life, getting in at 5am, sleeping in till its night again…..”
  

Their intricate three-part harmonies can be clearly heard, especially on the “You”, laying the blame in the change in personality but without any resentment only admiration, it is after all a love song.


There is a lovely mix of instruments evident on the song, each taking their turn and then combining for the energetic chorus – the steel, the mandolin, the thump of the kick drum alongside the electric and acoustic guitars and Mark’s percussion underlying the whole track.


It’s a simple storyline as per Lockeland’s style, one that probably relates to most people even if your world hasn’t been turned upside down by another.


This song works in any setting. If you can’t enough of Lockeland find and follow them on Facebook and their website

Made For Mornings, the new single from Lockeland is available on all major platforms from 29 May  

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Single Review - Safest Place - Phoenix Morby


Phoenix Morby’s latest single Safest Place is very much on the folk side of country, the track features just his voice and an acoustic guitar with some little bits of electric guitar serving as a sort of “highlight” in places.  Phoenix’s singing style is very reminiscent of Bob Dylan, again with that folk edge to it.  It is deep, measured and quite soothing – which suits the feel of the song.

The lyrics use great imagery describing the feeling of being lost – “the roads you walk become crossed” “when the volcano erupts around you, your life is in a whirl” and the safest place in the world is in his arms – the singer is telling is that whenever we feel like we need some help, then he will be there ready to hold you to make you feel safe.  Its not about making things better, just about being there to support.

You feel like the singer is singing about something he has experienced – and perhaps the song is coming from a personal experience, it sounds genuine both inside and outside the story being told.

The song is a warm soothing hug, perhaps quite needed at the moment.

Safest Place, the new single from Phoenix Morby is available on all platforms from 29 May

You can find and follow Phoenix on Facebook  and his website

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Single Review - How Good You Are - Reya Jayne



How Good You Are has a mellow opening carried by the guitar and drum beat,  fitting for a warm summer's day, gentle, not rushed and lends itself to the story,then giving way and softening to allow Reya to start her story.  

The story is about a love, a partner who is so good for her but perhaps doesn’t realise it.  Our storyteller sure knows it, as does her mother – and in a nice Country style so does Grandma!  Its sometimes the little things that count – being there to tow her car, bringing her luck.  It’s a love story told from the point of view of one partner feeling so lucky, and the other not realising how appreciated they are.


Reya has a very high-toned voice, which rises during the song, perhaps in an effort to express her strong feelings, backed by a strong drumbeat and some lovely guitar inserts both with and separate to the vocal.


There is a lovely, calming verse, toward the end of the track, introduced by some wonderful keys where it feels like a deep breath before a final declaration of “How Good You Are” to end – with those keys finishing the track after Reya’s final, gentle repetition of that title theme.

The whole song gently carries you through the story...

How Good You Are, the new single from Reya Jayne is available on all major platforms from 29 May

Find and follow Reya Jane on Facebook 

Single Review - On The Line - Backwoods Creek



We know the Creekers like to give a big stage performance and that can be witnessed in the accompanying video to the latest single – On The Line.

Everything we have learnt to expect from the band is here. A big opening showing off their musical skills, a long stroke of the electric guitar grabs your attention before the catchy beat takes over.


In the video the boys have cleverly put together images from all of their gigs: Nash Nights, Buckle & Boots, Millport and Luna.



Silverball Country wants to say Goodbye and good luck to Jack and welcome George into the band; we saw you at New Year and think you have blended in perfectly albeit with the long hair 😉   High energy, good fun and friendship can be seen on stage, encouraging the audience to sing and dance along. 




The music mellows a touch as we hear Jamie’s vocals, he sings about nights out in the bar-room, but the band gives it the contradictory line “I’ve spent too many nights at home alone”.   


So, what’s on the line? it’s a relationship!


The character in our song, presumably coming home after a night out explains to his partner that he never looked at another, but he may have drunk too much whiskey, the call of Jack and Jim too strong to avoid.  He recognises all too late, he should have stayed home and he has jeopardised things.


A couple of instrumental sections punctuate the song, the skills of Yannick and Dean complementing each other. The electric guitar also help create the feeling of being a little drunk, the sound spins you around and become a little disorientated.


The repeated line “Our love is on the line” builds tension in the song, will something bad happen? The final time is excellently executed by Jamie with the full power of his voice and the rocky edge.


The song ends on the chorus, but despite the “it could have gone better” country storyline, you still feel upbeat. The Creeker Boys have a unique, authentic sound- different to everything else out there.


Nothing is on the line with this single, we are sure that you’ll want to be a CreekHead and catch a live show soon.  

On The Line, the new single from Backwoods Creek is available on all major platforms from 29 May



Find and follow the boys on Facebook, on their website and on Youtube to catch the new video






Thursday, May 21, 2020

Single Review - Nashville - Zoee



Australian born but UK based, Zoee is clearly no stranger to travelling – which is reflected in her latest single Nashville


A quite dark opening – do we detect a nod to Australian roots? – a plucked guitar and an almost staccato vocal set the foot stomping rhythm of the song. The raw edge means that you will stomp rather than tap your foot! This is picked up by the solid drum beat and the introduction of an electric guitar adding to that almost menacing undertone.  Even as Zoee’s vocal starts to climb the notes the rough edge is still there! The song itself shares that edge with The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow.


No matter where she has travelled “from the Rockies down to Mexico” it seems that there is always a pull to Nashville, as it sounds like home and is of course considered the spiritual home for Country Music.


With the song being about Music City, not only is it to be used as the theme tune for Nashville Meets World but also the first 3 months of proceeds are being donated to the victims of the terrible Nashville Tornado Disaster in March.

Nashville, the new single from Zoee is available now to download and stream.



Find and follow Zoee on facebook and her website - or travelling to Nashville!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Album Review - Growing Old (Songs From My Front Porch) - John Jenkins



John Jenkins is releasing a new album with an old feel!  Growing Old (Songs from My front porch) has a theme running through it of reminiscing, of memories. The whole feel of the album reflects this, including the choice of instruments, with piano, soft violin, brushes on drums and strummed acoustic guitar.  In a modern world of Spotify and single-only releases an album such as this can be savoured as a whole piece of work, and allows the mood to flow through all of the tracks so that rather than being 12 songs (plus a bonus) it is essentially one piece telling a fuller story.  


Opening with Growing Old the tone is immediately set, and the tone of this song is cleverly set by the gentle, brushed drums ad words “I’m growing old” sung slowly, drawn out.  He’s looking back over his life; he doesn’t like growing old but he accepts it. Daniel White shows off John’s storytelling voice, continuing the theme of looking back, using an almost martial drumbeat to talk about Daniel White’s time in the military, the violin emphasising the emotion, as we are asked to consider looking at what used to be there.


Heartlands uses an old house for a metaphor for a life, a relationship and for moving on while A Mothers Devotion tells the story form a mother’s point of view wondering of she somehow affected how her son turned out in a way she didn’t want. The haunting mandolin in the long intro to this song lends a real folk feel.


The Mountain Between Us introduces the stunning voice of Siobhan Maher-Kennedy (River City People) as a couple discuss their relationship and the mountain that seems to be obstructing their happiness, with a wonderful upturn at the end as they agree to climb that mountain together.


Bear Lake County is a little more up-tempo, but about a guy with a past, a secret he is hiding from and a family he has lost – so he drinks, he works, and he hopes that someone will say a prayer “for his daddy’s son”. Dying By Inches is regretting a society where things always seemed better in the past and has a simply gorgeous harmonica solo, Jacksons Farm was the first single and the storyteller is looking back on a love, on a life, remembering how it was with memories all around him, while A Wiser Man Than Me sees our storyteller seeking advice from someone who has walked the same roads – but that man is himself in the mirror.


I’m almost Over You is a simple arrangement of a tale of getting over someone – but still missing their presence in your life and by contrast I’m Coming Home is an everyday story of a love that has lasted many years, with many memories but they are still together.  A reflective but uplifting song.  The album’s story ends with The Last Song  which, according To John’s sleeve notes, is actually inspired by a bird singing for its mate year after year – and yet it can so easily be about anyone who feels like they too are just whistling in the woods looking for whatever it is they are hoping for.  The flute on this track is simply superb.


Finally, we get to I Just Don’t Care (Bonus Track) - quite bouncy compared to the rest of the album!  A fun little song about not worrying about what’s happening in the wider music world, not poring over charts and festival listings and it makes for a fabulous encore on the album!

Growing Old (Songs From My Front Porch), the new album from John Jenkins is available on all major platforms from 15 May

Find John on Facebook, online and on his front porch...reminiscing and growing old!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Single Review - My Kinda City - Danny McMahon



If you have seen Danny McMahon and his band play live, you’ll know that Danny is as much a showman as he is a singer, but with this new single My Kinda City he has dialled back the rock in favour of a thoughtful, descriptive song.  Don’t worry, it still has his trademark energy but he is reflecting on his travels and love.  In the song – and real life? – despite travelling the world, its good to have that one person that is a real anchor and no matter where you go and what you see, everything can remind you of and compare to that one person.  Comparing the best of towns and cities to the one you love is a nice take on a love song – a slight flip on Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man”!


The song opens with a country-pop flavoured drum and guitar intro before Danny’s recognisable vocals join.  As you’d expect from the team behind Puzzle Maker studios the song is well crafted and well produced, and while the vocal is very much centre stage the backing instrumentation is spot on, with some lovely little guitar inserts and  great drum rhythm – plus a guitar solo sneaking in at the three quarter mark!


Up-tempo, bouncy with a well thought out theme, this co-write with Nashville based Tyler Bank will surely be a solid addition to Danny’s live setlist – and of course we look forward to seeing Danny bouncing back onto stages in his own style!


My Kinda City, the new single from Danny McMahon is available on all major platforms from 15 May

Find and follow Danny and the band on facebook 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Single Review - Is This Home - Stuart Landon



Like many of us, Stuart Landon is getting a bit fed up of being cooped up inside his four walls, so he’s written a song about it!  Not only has he written and recorded Is This Home, but he is putting it out only on Spotify so that everyone can stream it for free – a lockdown gift to us all.



For a song recorded in lockdown the production is great – and the sound is very much more like the sound of Stuart live, the raw and powerful edge to both his voice and the instrumentation – the keys, the guitar, the drums – especially the opening guitar licks that start the song off.



The song is about being locked in, but while it lists the issues of being “trapped inside” it isn’t a song of despair. The energy and the repeated line “I’m not alone” makes you feel the strength and that any form of lockdown isn’t necessarily forever.  Even when “the minutes feel like hours” there is still the hope of freedom!



Is This Home from Stuart Landon is available to stream on Spotify from 8 May
Find and follow Stuart on Facebook his website and of course, Spotify!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

EP Review - Blown Away - Charlotte Young



It’s a brave decision to give your EP the same title as an album and song from a country great.  Is this intentional to grab out attention?


Charlotte has already grabbed attention when her debut single Whiplash went to number 1 in the UK iTunes Country chart.  She has quickly followed up with her EP of four songs, including that number 1.


The EP is about relationships in their various stages, with each song covering a different theme.  Charlotte fills her verses with words, as she clearly has plenty to say on the topics, and plenty to say to/about the guy in the relationships!  She balances this with catchy choruses and she certainly includes Country memes in her song writing.  Blown Away, the title track demonstrates this, using Sunday in the Chapel as a metaphor for the regularity with which she thinks of the guy that she just can’t let go of, it also shares the faster tempo of the first track Whiplash

Half A Bottle slows the pace with a gentle acoustic guitar intro and uses the half empty whiskey bottle as a symbol for a relationship that is over leaving just memories and regrets.  The fourth track Passenger Side is full of hope with those first kisses stolen at every moment in a new relationship that helps repair the past and allows you to look forward and dream, the slightly increased tempo reflecting that hopefulness


For a young Country singer songwriter, Blown Away is an impressive collection of works, and has been well produced by the team at Puzzle Maker studios and some great instrumentation, from the bass guitar that drives whiplash, the big drum intro to Blown away and the softer acoustic guitar in Half a Bottle – all well chosen to complement the tracks.  Charlotte’s voice is certainly recognisable, quite powerful but gravelly – perhaps whisky fuelled!

Blown Away, the new EP from Charlotte Young is available on all major platforms from 8 May.

Find and follow Charlotte on facebook 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Single Review - Get Wild - Donna Marie Songs



Whilst I’m not sure that we need a song that suggests “rules are meant for breaking” in this current situation,  we certainly need songs that can lift our spirits, and Get Wild, the new single from Donna Marie Songs is exactly that.


With a toe tapping, thigh slapping beat from the very first bar, you can’t sit still while listening to this absolute party track.


Co written with Emma Moore back in 2016 Donna Marie has picked exactly the right moment to pull this one out.  Even though festivals are becoming a fading hope this song conjures up the image of dancing in the barn while the band cut loose on stage – and it’s a traditional sounding band too – one is tempted to use the phrase “rootin’ tootin’” – with drums, guitar, banjo and strings expertly mixed and mastered by Patrick Jordan.


In fact this is possibly the perfect post lockdown song – reminding us as it does that 
if you want to have a good time, forget your worries and feel alright


Of course, Silverball Country reminds you to drink responsibly – we run a redneck bar, consider G&T to be a cocktail and don’t even stock ice; but we are happy to mix Music and Whiskey!



Get Wild, the new single from Donna Marie Songs is available to download and stream from all major platforms from 8 May.

Find and follow Donna Marie on facebook and her website, you can also see her livestreaming with her new joint project The Songs & Stories Collective