- Woman’s Hour : Unbroken Sequence *
- Boz Scaggs : Sierra **
- Allen Toussaint : Freedom for the Stallion
- Colin Blunstone : I Don’t Believe in Miracles
- Rod Picott : Rust Belt Fields
- GirlBoy : 28 Years ***
- Boz Scaggs : Just Go
- Willie Nelson : Nothing’s Changed, Nothing’s New
- P P Arnold : Different Drum
- John Stewart : Kansas Rain
- Tracey Thorn : Guitar ****
- Slaid Cleaves : One Good Year
- Judy Collins : My Father
* I first became aware of Woman’s Hour [the band, not the radio programme] when I saw a video using their music as part of a display at London’s Photographers’ Gallery. They released two albums, the first of which, Conversations, contains this track; their second, and last album, Ephyra, was released earlier this year. They played their last ever gig in March at The Dome in Tufnell Park, north London, just a few hundred metres from where I live – something I only discovered after the event.
** Like many things in my life, large and small, I owe my early knowledge of Boz Scaggs to my friend from Goldsmiths, the late Tom Wild. Scaggs’ 1974 album, Slow Dancer, gave me the name for Slow Dancer Press, which began publishing three years later
* * * GirlBoy are (is?) a two-piece band made up of a female rapper and a male country singer – shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. First came across them on one of Tom Robinson’s programmes on BBC Radio 6.
* * * * Once half of Everything But the Girl, and the pride of Kentish Town, this is one of many excellent songs on Thorn’s 2018 album, Record. Following her first memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen, her second, Another Planet about growing up in the outer suburbs, was published earlier this year. Both good reads.