John Murray on the media buzz around a new name ...
When national newspaper reviews take notice and programmers list you on their ‘wants’ list you get the feeling great things are about to happen.
Blending folk and rock can be filed under ‘Americana’ and rightfully so yet Polly and the Billets Doux defy description.
Different enough to keep listening for more so that when you hear What I’ve Got (Is All Yours) as a fast pace pop where Texas meets KT Tunstall, leads you to the loose old time waltz of Old Virginia then you will beg for more.
Well sample The Fallow Road for starters which could have come from Deacon Blue’s Chocolate Girl sessions and pure West Coast while Calico Blankets continue the theme but with harmonies and wild blues harmonica diverting.
All of these can be found on the forthcoming album Money Tree and showcased on a 30 date UK tour currently underway.
They previously supported Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Van Morrison and this time they are headlining as a four piece led by vocalist Polly Perry.
An ideal tour bill would include Glasgow based songwriter John Hinshelwood with his own blend of Country Rock.
A festival veteran now he continues to tour the folk and acoustic clubs with music from his albums Holler til Dawn from 2002 and Shattered Pleasures from 2009.
With his co-writer guitarist Tim Black and The City Sinners band they recorded a new set at Glasgow’s Carlton Studio.
With 11 new tracks Lowering The Tone (Littleroots Records), has some fine solo writing in Little Rowdy, some swing country with slide guitar in I Don’t Wanna Hear That and some cool acoustic like Look Back In Anger that would not be out of place on an Eagles set.