Author Archives: Jack Dempsey

May
8

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James Bay ‘Chaos and The Calm’ – Album Review

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So, ‘Chaos & the Calm’, where do I begin with this one? I’ll start with the artist himself – James Bay first popped up on my radar through BBC Radio 1 during a journey to work. I initially heard his lead single ‘Hold Back The River’ featured as a track-of-the-day and the more I’ve listened the more I’ve liked it. Bay is a 24 year old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hertfordshire, England, who was primarily inspired by Eric Clapton’s acoustic material. I am reviewing this for FTCR because I feel that while it’s subtly different to the artists and albums featured on here, I predict that this album will be appreciated more by fans of this site due to the roots-y sounds that appear here, ones that most mainstream listeners would neither really notice or care for.

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Feb
5

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Hayseed Dixie @ the O2 Academy, Liverpool, UK | January 28th, 2015 – Review

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If you’ve read my review of Hayseed Dixie’s album ‘Hair Down to my Grass’ then some of what I’m about to say may come as no surprise.

From the opening riffs of Hells Bells to the final chords of Comfortably Numb this was a concert that oozed energy and enthusiasm from both the band and the audience alike. It was a cold Wednesday in January and so the turnout may not have been expected to be as much as it was, but despite it being a small venue, it was packed.

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Dec
5

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Hayseed Dixie ‘Hair Down To My Grass’ – Album Review

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With Hayseed Dixie’s upcoming studio album ‘Hair Down To My Grass’ (due January 12), I questioned their ability to do each song well, as there are some big songs on offer with an eclectic mix of genres being transposed into their own ‘Rockgrass’ genre. Too, there is no percussionist in Hayseed Dixie, and with some heavy songs I again questioned whether maybe other songs may have been best suited to their expertise. However, being a big Weird Al Yankovic fan, I was looking forward to an album of covers that were taken out of their original genre and all bunched into one, despite the fact they handle the changing of the music over the lyrics in this instance. So as it is a collection of very different songs, I decided to take us through the album discussing each track, instead of an overview. Read on for more.

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