Towards the end of last year, I spent an hour on the phone interviewing the great Americana songwriter Tom Russell for a feature in fRoots magazine. It ran in the mag's Jan/Feb 2018 issue, but has never appeared online till now. I've supplemented the original interview here with a bonus Q&A exchange between Russell and I, my review of his latest album and some photographs and notes from his recent run of UK gigs. [more inside]
In July this year, I started reviewing blues CDs and similar material for fRoots, the UK's leading folk music and world music magazine. With its editor's permission, I've now posted the first four installments of this work on PlanetSlade, which covers releases by Ian Siegal, Big Head Blues Club, Pokey LaFarge, Meschiya Lake, Jack Blackman, The Lil’ Band O’ Gold and Charles Shaar Murray. More reviews will follow as my arrangement with fRoots permits.