It is time for a quick, and long overdue, dip into the ReviewShine goodie bag.
First up is our old friend Kathryn Caine. Kathryn's new album is called "Better" and - with no slight intended to her previous records, all of which I enjoyed - I think it probably is. The backing band seems to have a bit more oomph this time out, and it suits the songs well, especially the title track. Check it out then track down the album on the usual digital sites.
The second act today is a sort of German alt-country super-group (although they would need to sign up the Dad Horse Experience to make it a real super-group). The album "Sample & Hold" is what happens when Mr A Million Mercies and Mr Broken Radio - neither I suspect the names they were born with - set aside their solo careers and make music. Very good it is too. It is out now on Hausmusik.
For our final selection we leave Germany (and ReviewShine) behind and head over to Sweden, where we find Johan Hedberg waiting for us. His new album, "Paradiset", is out on Labrador Records on 23 September, and the nice folks at Labrador have sent out a taster to share with you. His whistling, while not exactly up to Roger Whittaker standards, is perfectly passable and sets the whole thing up nicely.
"Better" - Kathryn Caine
"Easy Come Easy Go" - A Million Mercies & Broken Radio
"Nackamasterna" - Johan Hedberg
I don't know about you, but "Nackamasterna" reminds me a little bit of this...
But somehow not of the bits of "Flight Test" that remind me of this...