Category: Feature/Discovery

Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson is The Real Deal, Baby

With a striking stage presence and undeniably soulful bass baritone voice, you should already be listening to contemporary blues vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson. Born Bruce Lester Johnson in Starksville, Mississippi and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Bruce received a musical education most people can only dream about. As a child in his grandfather’s church choir and surrounded by his father’s soul and R&B influenced record collection that included Al Green, Jackie Wilson (his mum’s first cousin), Lou Rawls and Gil Scott-Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing. His life story to date is fascinating, replete with vivid and...

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Indoor Pets Are Escaping Into The Outside World

Bands change their names for all sorts of reasons: different lineup, new sound, copyright infringement lawsuits, or somebody else has already nabbed it. For Indoor Pets it was none of the above. Known as Get Inuit until late last year, the quartet made the change after their pun-based name (a play on “get into it”) sparked some unhappiness within the Inuit community. “See, we didn’t put much thought into the name when we chose it,” they admit in an FAQ on their website, “and it turns out, it wasn’t the smartest move we’ve ever made.” Signed contracts for tours,...

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Fontaines D.C. Boys In The Better Land

Fontaines D.C. comprise Grian Chatten (Vocals), Conor Deegan III (Bass), Carlos O’Connell and Conor Curley (Guitars) and Tom Coll (Drums). They met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears. The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release two singles and 4 accompanying videos: Liberty Belle/ Rocket to Russia and Hurricane Laughter/ Winter In The Sun. Both records were named Rough Trade Single of the Week. “Dublin’s latest...

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Life is Good On The Open Road For Trampled By Turtles

Celebrated Minnesota sextet Trampled By Turtles have announced details of their long-awaited new album Life Is Good On The Open Road, due for release via Thirty Tigers on June 1. After an indefinite hiatus, the band are returning with their first new album in four years following in the wake of previous Billboard-charting records which have included three No.1s on the Bluegrass and Folk charts. In line with announcement, the band have shared the first single Kelly’s Bar which you can listen to here. Coincidentally, the band had arranged to regroup at banjo player, Dave Carroll’s cabin on the...

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The Ebb & Flow Of Blue Rose Code

In the space of a few short years and the release of well-received albums North Ten, The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, and And Lo The Bird Is On The Wing, Blue Rose Code has built a growing reputation as a powerful writer and performer, gaining extensive radio play and the praise of key broadcasters including Edith Bowman, Mary Ann Kennedy, Bob Harris and also actor Ewan McGregor  who made a cameo appearance on And Lo The Bird Is On The Wing  after commenting “My uncle Denis Lawson (star of Local Hero) gave me a copy of The Ballads Of Peckham...

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The Exorcism Of Jenny Wilson

It seems that each day even more sickening misogyny is exposed in the media. However increasingly women are fighting back and refusing to keep their experiences hidden away. They are taking back the power and the control and in so, they are defining themselves as survivors not victims. The Swedish Electro singer, Jenny Wilson is one of these brave women. Jenny’s new album Exorcism, to be released on 20th April, details her own experience of sexual assault. As its title suggests, the uncompromisingly honest album captures Wilson attempting to divest herself of the trauma of the attack and begin​...

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Mo Kenney Releases New Single Announces UK Live Dates

Mo Kenney is releasing her new single On The Roof, which comes from her third and most personal album, The Details, as well as announcing February UK live dates! Mo has released two records with long-time producer and Canadian rock mentor Joel Plaskett since 2012. With her third album, Mo comes fully and completely into her own as an artist; she swaps her trademark acoustic guitar for a Fender Mustang, tracing her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. Mo Kenney has said “I began...

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Ferris & Sylvester: Americana SW16 Style

With 2018 a blank canvas to paint with exciting new musical talent, Ferris & Sylvester’s modern take on Brit folk is a great place to start. The singer-songwriting duo release their forthcoming EP Made in Streatham on 2 February 2018 to follow up last year’s critically acclaimed debut The Yellow Line. Ferris & Sylvester are London-based musicians Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester. First meeting as solo artists, they navigated their way through London’s vibrant live music scene alone before realising that writing together would create an almighty partnership. The twosome swiftly made an impact, including on high profile producer...

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Albums Of The Year 2017

In a bumper year of great albums it has been so difficult for every one of our photographers and journalists to choose their best albums of the year. 2017 saw album releases from Bleachers, Noel Gallagher, Perfume Genius, St Vincent, Lorde, Killers, Liam, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Prophets Of Rage, Frank Carter, Lucas Nelson, Ibibio Sound Machine, Laura Marling, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Jessie Ware, Kevin Morby to name but a few. Those albums are very good indeed but did they make the list of our Albums Of The Year 2017. Here are our favourites. Courtney & KurtREWS  ...

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Terra Lightfoot Shares New Mistakes

“I write lots of songs, but usually I don’t write them from other people’s perspectives,” admits Terra Lightfoot. “But I met a woman in Canada a couple of years back who’s so inspiring to me that I had to write her a song. Her name is Norma Gale and she played bass.” The Canadian musician is introducing her latest single, named after the ’70s country musician, at Stoke Newington’s intimate Waiting Room venue. “She played the Grand Old Oprey, she backed up Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. She was so cool. But she was also raising a young son...

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Mark Mathews – Carrier Bags, Careers and New Music to Heal

It’s a bustling Tuesday lunchtime when I meet Mark Mathews – arguably the hardest working solo artist in the UK right now – for the first time in Camden, North London, the backdrop where Rachel Lipsitz will later take her portraits of Mark. “Over there they used to do an open mic.“ he says gesturing to a stage with an abandoned drum kit. “I’d just moved to London and I played some of my first solo shows here!“ he says with a grin. Back then it was the Oh! Bar and now The Blues Kitchen, a restaurant/bar serving up...

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Promise Realised: Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real

Country music has come a long way, there are now as many variants and classifications into sub groups as there are for rock and roll.  The music crosses over into all other musical genres.  The prevailing image of country as ‘Big Hat’ corporate stadium bands who sing about Christian values, driving your truck and falling in love with a demure ‘good girl’ or a gun toting Daisy Duke wearing ‘bad girl’ has fallen away leaving room for a resurgence of American folk music, storytelling, and crossover. This is process that started in the early ‘60s and hit a kind...

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Nothing But Thieves – Launch of #IAMWHOLE for World Mental Health Day

This morning, alt rock band and Southend’s finest Nothing But Thieves launched the #IAMWHOLE campaign at London’s famous BT Tower and performed an exclusive acoustic set. 10 October 2017 marks World Mental Health Day and the band have lent the title track of their sophomore album, Broken Machine, to highlight the cause. They played a special acoustic set to an intimate crowd to raise awareness and highlight the #IAMWHOLE campaign – the brainchild of the NHS and YMCA as a direct response to mental health difficulties experienced by young people throughout the UK. This year the campaign is specifically...

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The dB’s: Taking Liberties At The Hope & Anchor 1981

In the early 1980s after the punk revolution had being taken over by New Wave, New Romantics and in America by the Second British Invasion. In a slight reversal of this along came a small number of bands from the New York City who wanted to do something more grittier, urgent and more DIY and wanted to do it in Britain. These included The dB’s, RayBeats, Fleshtones, Bush Tetras, Bongos, and Polyrock. In fact all of these bands were put on a plane and delivered to London to appear in a showcase that was put together by Ruth Polsky, who a booker and...

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Buck & Evans: The Debut Album & A Gig In My Lounge

As can sometimes fortuitously happen in the case of your favourite artists, I discovered the band Buck & Evans completely by accident. They were playing the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair festival in 2015, buried in an unassuming mid-afternoon slot on the curiously titled ‘Outlaw’ Country Stage. I was expecting a couple of old timers dressed in dungarees behind a pair of battered acoustic guitars. Instead, I got a sensational ‘rock ‘n’ soul’ band; a guitarist whose playing belied his obviously modest years, a vocalist who’d have made Janis look twice and a rhythm section that would still have you...

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Feature: Hannah White, Turning the Tide for Grassroots Venues

The last decade has been a tough time for music as the way we consume it changes and generating revenue becomes increasingly challenging. One consequence of this change has been less funding being made available for promoting new talent, both from record companies and also from grassroots venues, many of which in London and across the UK have been forced to close. However, fighting against the tide and proving the tide can turn, trendy Tooting’s newest venue offering, The Sound Lounge, provides a generous and welcoming space for independent artists to blossom and thrive. It opened in January, largely thanks to...

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Feature: Taking A Family To Glastonbury Festival

While Glastonbury Festival 2016 might not have had the torrential downpours and rivers of mud the festival makes the headlines for, the festival site was certainly waterlogged leaving the festival one of the muddiest in memory. Everywhere was damp and there were very distinct types of mud, from the soothing diarrhoea-consistency mud that made it quite easy to float through, the heavy sticky stuff that was the new home to many a welly alongside the massive puddles of mud that were best to steer clear of altogether. And as my then six-month pregnant wife re-inserted her foot into a...

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Feature: Big Banksy Reveal?

Pioneering musician, artist and actor Goldie is guilty of a serious slip of the tongue.  His gaff occurred on Tuesday during a podcast interview with Scroobius Pip, on his Distraction Pieces.  Goldie expressed his frustration with the art collectors for buying and selling Banksy’s work for huge sums whilst graffit as an art form remains much maligned. He said “…as it’s the centre of wild style it is still misunderstood…but give me a bubble letter and put on it a t-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re all sorted, we’re good…we can sell that, we can make it...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Cornell

Nail in my hand, from my creator. You gave me life, now show me how to live. Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has passed away suddenly at the very young age of just 52 mere hours after stomping through a massive two hour show with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theatre venue on May 17th. Like many I’m sure, I first heard of Cornell through an audio cassette that had passed through the hands of many of my school friends before being shoved firmly in mine: “You have to listen to this!” I was told. I don’t think that...

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Feature: A Year On The Road Touring With UK Foo Fighters

Some people look at the passing or upcoming year through the change of seasons, birthdays and paydays. And there are some who are looking at it through the windows of trains, buses, vans and the change a city might bring, going about its daily business. There are people who plan their time around scheduled dates, venues and concerts.  This might be musicians and photographers. And no matter that this life is not all roses (there are definitely ups and downs)  I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. So who am I? I am a  freelance music photographer, I need a sea of...

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Feature: Pulled Apart By Horses – Pulling Into Focus With The Haze

The rock album of summer 2017 is here.  You may as well be the one playing The Haze because you are going to hear these tracks everywhere and if you’re very lucky you’ll catch it played live.  The Haze is forth studio album from this hard rocking Leeds four piece.  Until now they have probably been best known for their breakout singles V.E.N.O.M. or Shake Off the Curse from second album Tough Love. The rowdy, youthful energy which first brought Pulled Apart by Horses to attention has become the driving force behind a more sophisticated sound.  The foray into a more accessible rock-pop of...

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Feature: Marianas Trench, Out Of The Abyss

The punk/emo rock band from Vancouver – Marianas Trench is hitting road. “EUROPE! Guess who’s coming back this May? It’s us. Returning to your glorious continent on “The Final Countdown” tour, we’re back at full strength and ready to finish what we started, and then some. New dates, makeup dates, new cities, old cities – stoking! Can’t wait to see everyone soon. Bring your squirrelin’ pail cuz this is gonna get furry!” the band has declared. Last year Canadian band toured Europe for the very first time and they took it by the storm. Now, they’re back, kicking off...

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Feature: Oddity Road, Profile Of An Emerging Band

Earlier this month, we caught up with the four young lads from Oddity Road, while on tour with The Sherlocks. Following their sell-out shows in Sheffield, there has been a certain buzz about this band. We wanted to find out more about what makes these up-and-comers draw large crowds of fans after only playing together for about a year. The last time that I spoke to Oddity Road was at The Leadmill in Sheffield in November 2016 and a lot has happened to the A-level students since then. 2017 has seen them headlining shows and supporting legendary indie art-rock...

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Feature: Israel Nash, On the Lower East Side, There Was A Bar.

When I met Israel Nash he had just finished building his own recording studio on his ranch near Austin, Texas with his great friend and musical confidante Eric Swanson.  After a meeting of minds discussing his new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season we took a stroll down from the Loose Music offices, past Ladbroke Grove to one of London’s oldest and most enigmatic markets Portobello Road. Israel Nash has been making music for a while now. His large following in Europe, particularly in Holland and Belgium, where some of his largest concerts and early record sale successes have been, helps...

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Playlist Of The Year 2016

Meshuggah, Lemon Twigs, Joan As Policewoman, Testament, Black Foxxes, David Bowie, Pixes, Thee Oh Sees, Bob Mould, Leonard Cohen, Anderson Stolt, Alicia Keys, Weezer, Solange and Blossoms. These are just a few of the artists who appear in our Albums Of The Year 2016. Now you can listen to the Playlist Of The Year 2016, it will keep you going for a few days.   Boston Manor Be NothingBob Mould Patch The SkySlaves Take ControlJulia Jacklin Don't Let the Kids WinSolange A Seat At The TableLeonard Cohen. You Want It...

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Albums Of The Year 2016

At Rockshot Magazine we don’t review albums but we do listen to them and this is our list of Albums Of The Year 2016 chosen by our great team of photographers and writers. The albums are not in number order but the titles at the beginning appeared most in everyones top ten. Slaves. Take Control. Post-punk can be very hit and miss, but Slaves’ Take Control hits the mark perfectly with their defiant anti-establishment and less polished sound. Produced by Beastie Boy Mike D, you can hear slight similarities with License To Ill, if you squint a little. GM David...

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Bat Out Of Hell, The Musical & Meat Loaf.

In the 1970’s Jim Steinman wrote a musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C.  Jim had always intended these songs to be theatrical and a larger than life opus. When he met Meat Loaf the opportunity to realise the “rock and roll dream”.. came true. Many of the songs written by Steinman at this time went on to appear on the album by Meat Loaf entitled Bat Out Of Hell which became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back...

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Feature: Joseph @ Radio City Music Hall, New York.

New York based photographer Ebru Yildiz spent time with the band Joseph whose new album, I’m Alone, No Your Not is out now on ATO Records. What follows is Ebru’s photo story and a tour diary by Natalie Closner, who along with her sisters Meegan and Allie are the members of group. They have been on the road with James Bay and the bus stops at Radio City. Ebru Yildiz  “I worked with Joseph on their album artwork and press package for their new album I’m Alone, No, You’re Not. We spent almost three days together, and it was a blast. After that, I was really...

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Moby: These Systems Are Failing & Circle V.

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir, These Systems Are Failing At Circle V Festival. Electronic music genius Moby has just released a new album entitled These Systems Are Failing as the debut album with his band The Void Pacific Choir. Shirley Ann Williams long time vegan, eco activist and music journalist tells more. The album contains the variety of musical delights that we have come to expect from Moby.  Many lyrics are ambiguous, they could be about human emotions, or his emotions, or those of other sentient beings as he blurs the boundaries with tracks such as Almost Loved , The Light Is Clear In...

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Exhibition: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London. The iconic music, art, political dissension, literature and design have all been features of their own exhibitions internationally.  The late 1960’s era is indisputably accepted as an historical and cultural creative uprising that forever changed how we live and express ourselves.  The power of this exhibition is in the timing and the scope with which Curator Geoffrey Marsh approaches such a self imposed narrow time frame, focusing the exhibition on the years between ‘66 and ‘70, that is everything between those times with music being the thread...

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Feature: Tyson Motsenbocker, In Your Name.

“I never meant to play or record In Your Name , I never meant to write it either. I was sitting on the porch at my parent’s house when her doctor called to tell us that her sickness had gathered enough momentum and velocity that it was now an unstoppable force, and ultimately that she was going to die soon. All of the years of my family praying that she would get better shot through my mind, and then alternatively, all of the things people had claimed God had answered their prayers about – weather, sports, traveling mercies or whatever....

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Live: LeeFest Presents: The Neverland @ John Darlings Farm.

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland, is a new and exciting venture for Lee Denny and his pals. Believe it or not this is the Tenth Anniversary of LeeFest, and let me tell you there have been some changes and all of them good. Gone is the total DIY ethos of previous festivals replaced by well thought out and inventively designed play areas for all ages. Take your choice from Mermaids Lagoon with its DJ booths, Rainbow Lounge and hot tubs, Skull Ridge with the small indie stage, pirates, outdoor dance area, comedy tents and 8-bit games rooms or into the...

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In Photos: LeeFest Presents The Neverland

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland. The day in photography as we have a close look around John Darlings Farm (we always wondered what he did after Peter Pan). From the Mermaid’s Lagoon in neon, to pirates at Skull Ridge, we encounter Lost Boys and girls, glitter wrestlers, fashion icons and retro games as well as three great stages of music. Music from Otherkin, Clean Cut Kid and Get Inuit made our day as we watched bands play at Bangerang, Tootles Circus, Hooks Rock and danced the night away at The Goldmine. See our photography below.            ...

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Sound Premiere: Edward Rogers, Bright Star.

Edward Rogers premieres his track Bright Star on RockShot Magazine. A wonderful folk psychedelia poem echoing Clifford T Ward, Al Stewart and the early Canterbury sound. Born in Birmingham and based in NYC, and a former drummer on the NY punk/garage and psychedelic scene, Edward Rogers used to hang out at CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City with artists such as Joey Ramone and the musicians in the Patti Smith group. An incident in the mid-80s left him without the use of the right arm and leg, leading him to start writing songs, which became his absolute passion. Glass Marbles is...

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Premiere: Track A Lackin’ by Xylaroo

Xylaroo are Holly and Coco Chant, two sisters, two peas in a pod, two harmonious voices cut from the same cloth. They unveil their new single Track A Lackin here on RockShot Magazine. The song is out now on Sunday Best Recordings Track a Lackin is the girls 3rd single from their fantastically fun debut album Sweetooth which was out last month via Sunday Best/ PIAS. The sisters are getting a lot of attention as the previous singles are all over the radio. The album is a beautiful array of harmonies and melodies highlighting the sister’s superb vocal collaborations. The B-side, a cover of Gloria...

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Words Of Moby: Porcelain, A Memoir @ Waterstones Piccadilly.

On the last day of May 2016 Moby arrived in Waterstones, Piccadilly, London to talk about his new book Porcelain, a Memoir.  This is a record of his conversation with the audience, including Shirley Ann Williams. Porcelain, a Memoir is set in the ten years preceding the huge success of Moby’s break through album Play.  It is a complex portrait of New York in the 1980s and 90s.  A multi-cultural, multi-sexual city of crack addicts, murders, raves and a blossoming creative community.  It is a city that no longer exists, a New York destroyed by gentrification, by the onslaught...

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Words of Wilko: Don’t You Leave Me Here Book Launch @ Rough Trade East

I’ve documented on these pages once before, that if it wasn’t for Wilko Johnson, I wouldn’t be shooting live music. It was his terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis early in 2013 that made me consider how sad it was that I had no decent lasting memories of any of the many gigs (including Wilko’s gigs) that I’d been to – so I set out to do something about it. Of course, the one artist I thought I would never be able to photograph was Johnson, who by the end of 2013 was supposed to be dead. What happened next is...

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Feature: Lera Lynn, Otherworldly Evocative Americana.

For devotees of HBO’s drama series True Detective, you could be forgiven for thinking Lera Lynn is as dark and melancholy as the mysterious singer she plays so well from The Black Rose, the dive bar featured in the second season which sees its fair share of unsavoury characters (not least Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro). The bar scenes and Lynn’s presence alone are captivating, with a deeply evocative voice and haunting melodies that evoke images of Julee Cruise in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and there is a haunting sadness about her performance. Yet, her music in real life is...

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Feature: Ray Wilson, Song For A Friend.

Stiltskin frontman and former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson is set to release a new album entitled Song For a Friend. It is dedicated to his close friend James Lewis who tragically committed suicide in 2015.  Inspiration also came to Ray from other significant events in the lives of those surrounding him. He utilises music and song as an emotional vehicle, sharing his feelings for the people who have touched his life. The songs are a collection of musical short stories and he poetically describes his mission in writing them: “The meaning of life is the journey: this album encapsulates the journey....

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Feature: Joseph Arthur. Welcome To The Family.

It’s almost two years since Joseph Arthur’s last concert in the UK so I’m more than happy to be at The Borderline this Sunday evening to witness his long-awaited return. It’s my twenty-sixth time seeing Joseph, although if time-money-distance were no impediment it would be more. If I’m normally hyped-up with anticipation before these shows, then there’s an added excitement this time after a surprise invitation to write a feature for this magazine. In those two years the multi-talented Joseph Arthur has been busy. Then he was touring his LP of Lou Reed covers with Mike Mills (R.E.M) and Bill...

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