More love for Loose bands on Americana UK
Wednesday, 16th February 2011
This has got to be the last of the 2010 Best of lists, but what with the love shown for The Duke & The King and Danny & The Champs, we couldn't not share with you the Americana UK Staff Writers' Top 10s.Take a look at the lists in full HERE. Allow us to share with you the highlights...Topping the The Americana-Uk Editorial Team’s Top Ten of 2010, we have Long Live The Duke & The King, beating so many great albums by the likes of John Grant, Phosphorescent, Drive-By Truckers and Justin Townes Earle."What we have here is a near enough perfect exposition of Americana – that crossroads (to paraphrase Levon Helm) where folk, blues and soul meet, shake hands and share a drink"The writers then had their own say in their individual polls. Here's what they had to say about Long Live The Duke & The King:"Another glorious creation from Felice""Another Americana/soul mash up which pushes all the right buttons""A masterpiece of psychedelic country-soul, fully showcasing their ever-developing vocal playfulness""The Duke & The King are currently the best live band on the planet and ‘Long Live The Duke & The King’ expands their musical palette with a worthy follow-up to last year’s 'Nothing Gold Can Stay'"Meanwhile, editor Mark Whitfield places Danny & The Champs' Streets Of Our Time at No.7 on his list. This being our most favourite quote from the article:"The nicest bloke in music, Danny George Wilson, releases yet another album of classic sounding country-soul with his band of epic proportions, a genre which he almost owns himself he's that good at it."
“there’s always been a sense of a tasteful restraint to the studio albums but unleashed on stage with their raspy vocals and heartland rock and soul, they’re like a power station on steroids.”
“This is a proper old school live album, makes you want to go to a gig”
ROBERT ELMS, BBC LONDON
“songs like This Is Not a Love Song and and Stay True which come at you one after the other; are destined to make ‘new fans’ wonder why these kids aren’t topping the bill at Glastonbury with their magic formula and bittersweet songs.”
THE ROCKING MAGPIE