“Promised Land” by Heathcote Hill, from the album “Fight Another Day”


Fresh from the top of the playlist that is the brand new album Fight Another Day, Promised Land kicks things off with a heavy folk-rock, Americana-soaked core, and a contrastingly delicate, soulful vocal that’s quickly inviting.

As the track builds, it gathers momentum in a natural, organic and brilliantly entrancing manner. At the same time, the lyrics work hard to create this poetic yet deeply thoughtful story-line around listeners, enveloping them entirely in this ambient, rhythmic world of imagery and promises of a better place.

Coming in at just under the three minute mark, Promised Land sounds bigger than it ought to – the latter half in particular sees flickers of detail subtly add hints of further power and colour that really helps increase that weight and rising energy implied by the beginning. Again, the vocal continues to hold close to its smooth and seductive nature – a quality that runs throughout the album, undoubtedly giving Heathchote Hill a sound that’s entirely their own; and one that captivates beautifully.


“Home” by Sean Poluk, from the album “No More Hate”



This is an intimate dreamlike, bucolic and mysterious album, specially devoted to daring and demanding palates who want to go beyond what we normally have the opportunity to listen to. Vicente, La Hora Del Blues

“Talking Reality Television Blues” by Todd Snider, from the album “Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3”

Recording in the late Johnny Cash’s mancave, Snider slings wit, targets hypocrisy, interrogates the blues, and sees ghosts, with Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell assisting.

 Punchlines fly from the get-go (there’s no Vol. 1 or 2), with humanity the usual butt of the jokes, though Trump’s a target, too. Take “Talking Reality Television Blues,” a tribute to Dylan.

“Where the Dogs Don’t Bite” by Old Salt Union, from the album “Where the Dogs Don’t Bite”

Old Salt Union has released their 4th studio album, WHERE THE DOGS DON’T BITE, on Compass Records. The album finds this non-traditional stringband digging deep into their eclectic and diverse interests to create this set of new music, which has already received praise in such publications as No Depression, Rolling Stone Country, Relix, The Bluegrass Situation, and Bluegrass Today.

For this follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut, the Belleville, Illinois outfit once again enlisted GRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce. The resulting album,WHERE THE DOGS DON’T BITE, finds the members tapping into their varied musical backgrounds to deliver a wildly entertaining, eclectic batch of songs.

The quintet — Ryan Murphey (banjo), Justin Wallace (lead vocals and mandolin), John Brighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (lead vocals and bassist) and newest member Graham Curry(guitar) — continues to hone and develop its sound through their relentless tour schedule, cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows.

Farrar, the nephew of Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, kicks off the album with “God You Don’t Need,” a hook-laden ode to a relationship gone bad set against a tapestry of strings and an eerily compelling banjo melody. Bluegrass legend and labelmate Bobby “Rocky Top” Osborne guests on “Tell Me So,” a nod to the bluegrass side of the band’s musical sensibilities featuring lead vocals and songwriting by mandolinist Justin Wallace.

Violinist Brighton delivers the gypsy-tinged instrumental “Johann’s Breakdown,” which pulls from jazz and classical progressions, and Wallace delivers the haunting title track, “Where The Dogs Don’t Bite.”

The dark, but heartfelt song features triple-layered guitar harmonies, stacked vocals and a group sing-along that recalls the last call at a corner pub in the Rust Belt, a fitting closing to this musically diverse and compelling release.

“Devil’s Kiss” by Reloaded Norway, from the album “My Longest Mile”



Strong Rhythm and Slide guitars propel Heidi to her Devil’s Kiss on this track from the successful album My Longest Mile from Norway’s Reloaded.


More Roots Rock than Blues, Devil’s Kiss is a regular on TME’s shows.