South For Winter: Acoustic Sessions (2022)

South For Winter: Acoustic Sessions (2022)

Earlier this year I agreed to review a concert of the Nashville-based husband and wife duo of Nick Stone (vocals, guitar) and Dani Cichon (vocals, mandolin), without previously having heard any of their music and it is fair to say I was blown away. I was fortunate...
Kevin Kastning & Laszlo Gardony: Levitation I (2022)

Kevin Kastning & Laszlo Gardony: Levitation I (2022)

On Kevin Kastning’s latest release we find him on his favoured 36-string Double Contraguitar, and he has been joined this time by Internationally acclaimed Boston-based jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony who is Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music and...
Anxiety Club: Carousel (2022) single

Anxiety Club: Carousel (2022) single

Here we have the latest single from Wellington-based Anxiety Club, taken from the forthcoming album Old Dreams, but anyone expecting more of their guitar-led music is going to be in for quite a surprise as there has been a major shift in their sound, caused by...
Jamie McDell: Extraordinary Girl (2018)

Jamie McDell: Extraordinary Girl (2018)

Last Saturday I travelled over to Kumeu with photographer Steve Bone to catch Jenny Mitchell, a wonderful country performer, and while I was aware she had a guest in Jamie McDell I had no idea who she was as I had previously not come across her. We listened to both...
Jamie McDell: Jamie McDell (2022)

Jamie McDell: Jamie McDell (2022)

Generally, but not always, it is debut albums which are self-titled, and there must be a real reason for an artist to do that later in their career (unless of course you are Peter Gabriel and do that for your first four solo albums, just because). There is no hiding...