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Get lost in the dreamy Americana Rock tones in Colm O’Mahony & The Hot Touches’ single “Preacher’s Daughter”

Sail away with the nostalgically lush tones in the standout release, “Preacher’s Daughter”, from Killarney, Ireland-based artist Colm O’Mahony & The Hot Touches.

Preacher’s Daughter is just one of the singles which features on the band’s debut album which borrows some stylistic elements from across the pond while keeping the folkish tones of Ireland still ringing in the euphoric aural pipe dream. The dreamy hazy melodicism combined with the soul-awakening vocal vibrato proves to be a powerful combination which will be a hit with any fans of Springsteen and the Heart Breakers.

You can check out Preacher’s Daughter for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Desert Shade: “All For Nothing” – Classic Americana of the very best kind

Bringing the Classic Rock all the way from Annapolis, Maryland, comes Desert Shade. Describing themselves as ‘born out of necessity in the fall of 2019 to fulfil a headlining slot’, the band came from a scrabbled first headline set to a show that landed them on the Baltimore Soundstage just a few months later. Now, following a couple of early singles, they’re bringing their brand of Americana-influenced classic rock via this, from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP.

Awash of laid-back harmonica and tweedy Fender twang, meandering bass, and graced by a beautiful heavily wah-and-distorted lead-line from Nick M, ‘All For Nothing’ is a cigarette-lighters-at-the-ready burner in the style of ‘Someday Never Comes’ of ‘Forever Young’.

Quietly forceful and evocative without being schmalzy, ‘All For Nothing’ smoulders like the best of laid-back Neil Young, the Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, or the Grateful Dead.

You can check it out here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Patchwork – “Black Hole”: College Radio Alt-Rock from Cincinatti

‘Black Hole’ is a bouncy, poppy alt-rock banger from the Cincinnati fourpiece Patchwork’s forthcoming album ‘Hive Mind’. A catchy, hooky ascending guitar riff that lodges inside your brain and doesn’t let go.

There’s an early Foos vibe to it, or maybe Queens Of The Stone Age if the Gin Blossoms’ Robin Wilson was singing lead vocals, but the overarching feel is a ‘Shame About Ray’-era Lemonheads. That’s no bad thing, it’s poppy without being throwaway, the vocal’s infectious and pushed to the fore, and the lyrics marry a certain world-weariness to the grungy guitar melody, but there’s some excellent musicianship going on too. This has got US-College Radio hit written all over it.

You can check out Black Hole here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Wild Sundays have served up a fresh slice of American Indie Pop Rock with their debut single “Exception”

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Exception” is the debut single from the Boston, Massachusetts-based Indie Pop Rock newcomer Wild Sundays. Prepare for a rhythmically slick soul-soothing Indie earworm before hitting play.

The anthemic energy of Exception is nicely paired with the intimately candid lyrics and vocals which invite you to aurally swim in the depths of the vocalist’s authentic and sincere expression.

With most Indie tracks, you can immediately guess who the artist is trying to assimilate. But Wild Sundays pull from a variety of sub-genres to deliver an overwhelmingly contemporary resounding sound which will appease Rock fans of all inclinations.

Whether you love to listen to Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, or Manic Street Preachers, you’re sure to appreciate Exception.

You can check out Wild Sundays’ track Exception for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jon Davis featuring the Kenny Rogers Band – Someone Else’s Problem

In American singer-songwriter Jon Davis’ rhythmically infectious, resonantly magnetic standout single “Someone Else’s Problem” there are sentiments we can all undoubtedly relate to.

There’s potentially no better feeling than getting rid of insidiously toxic people, and the rhythmically indulgent feat of Americana Rock n Roll perfectly captures that sensation of freedom and elation along with the bitter-sweet aftertaste of lament.

The single stands as a testament to the artist’s nuanced talent in orchestrating Americana Country Rock perennial earworms which are laced with connectable emotion. It feels quite criminal that Jon Davis has spent a significant amount of his musical career in tribute bands. Their natural ability when it comes to aural expression is not easily paralleled.

You can check out Jon Davis’ single Someone Else’s Problem for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Post Punk Meets Americana in Rob Howe’s Latest Single “Promised Glory”

If you could imagine an amalgamation of the atmospheric edge of the Chameleons and the anthemic appeal of Springsteen, you’d get a good idea of what is in store if you hit play on Rob Howe’s soulfully riff-driven Rock single “Promised Glory”.

The UK singer-songwriter and artist found the perfect balance between romanticism and high-octane Americana Rock energy in Promised Glory. Better yet, the distinction in the frill-free soundscape comes with no hindrance to the accessibility of the radio-ready track.

It’s safe to say you won’t hear a more infectiously rhythmic track produced this side of the 21st century if you turn on the radio today. We instantly warmed to Rob Howe, and we have no doubt that any fans of Americana Folk Rock will feel the same.

You can check out the lyric video to Promised Glory for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jerry Impini has added a new raucous twist to Americana Rock with their latest single “Not Involved”

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Jerry Impini’s latest single “Not Involved” kicks off with a sonic blast of overdriven guitars which you may not be used to hearing in Americana Rock. But anyone who appreciates fresh new approaches to the genre will definitely want the Texas-based up and coming artist on their radar.

After hearing Jerry Impini’s Duelling Piano Rock track “Been Bad For Me”, we’ve learned that we can always expect attention-piquing ingenuity. Not Involved definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s animated, it’s fierce, and charisma drips from it.

Some of the guitar progressions may not be the cleanest, but the disorder in the track amplifies that raucously infectious Rock n Roll energy which will never go out of style.

You can check out Not Involved for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Magnolia Red – Ancient River: A Glacial New Take on Americana Rock

Magnolia Red has created a brand-new trajectory for the timeless Americana Rock sound with their single “Ancient River”.

The Norweigan artist alchemically created a single which simultaneously exuded warmth and a hauntingly ethereal chill. The eclectic instrumental arrangement sits organ wails around guitar riffs which are so glacial they weave in elements of Post Punk.

While, for the most part, the full-bodied sound makes it hard to pinpoint where the mesmerism is pouring from, the distinctively virtuosic guitar solos take Magnolia Red’s sound to a pioneering new level. They demand repeat attention.

Blues riffs have never sounded colder or more phantasmic. In perfect contrast to the instrumentals are the inviting, nostalgically beguiling vocals which will instantly enamour any fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Naturally, we’re hooked.

You can check out Magnolia Red’s latest single Ancient River for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tofteberg – I Wanna Wake Up: Tight As You Like Americana Blues Rock

Americana Blues Rock doesn’t come much tighter than what you’ll find in up and coming artist Tofteberg’s debut album “Line Up Behind Me”.

While each of the singles is a masterfully polished aural treat, there’s no better introduction to Tofteberg’s sound than the standout single “I Wanna Wake Up”. Whether the sex-appeal was accidental or mindfully implanted in the bass licks, it was efficaciously captivating all the same.

I Wanna Wake Up shares similarities with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, yet, under Tofteberg’s deft talent, the soundscape has an infinitely more mellifluous smooth-flowing feel. But that’s not to say that you won’t find a handful of mind-altering guitar riffs in the mix.

You can check out Tofteberg’s single I Wanna Wake Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also find the rest of their provocatively rhythmic album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heads Up Penny – Rabbit’s Got the Gun: Electrically Eccentric Americana Rock

Whilst the emerging Indie act don’t take themselves seriously, the same can’t be said for the rhythmically harmonious Blues Rock anthems. Their latest single Rabbit’s Got the Gun has all of the low down and dirty ethereal sounds that you’d expect from an Americana track. The complexity in the guitar chord progressions would put Johnny Marr to shame whilst the vocals are gloriously gruff, filthily soulful and ethereally immersive.

There isn’t a flaw to be found in Rabbit’s Got the Gun. The North Carolina 4-piece powerhouse of talent have an undoubtedly refined sound which has minimal reminiscence to any other act on the scene to date. As you can imagine from a track name such as a Rabbit’s Got the Gun the lyrics are genius. The narrative style of the bands lyricism creates an amiable edge to their sound which almost translates to be playfully nihilistic but more importantly, the lyrics are like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Which is what every band should strive to achieve. Sure, you can write the same old love songs, but who is really listening anymore?

You can check out Rabbit’s Got the Gun by Heads Up Penny on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast