It might be easy to lump My Own Holiday in with other Guitar and Drum ensembles, like The Black Keys or The White Stripes but on their latest album, Reason to Bleed, My Own Holiday carve out a niche all their own. Their traditional meets modern approach is blues for the next generation.
Richard Bennett’s first studio appearance was in 1968, sitting next to Al Casey. Since that moment he is a professional musician, that’s 47 years. In all these years he was record producer, sideman for Neil Diamond and Mark Knopfler, studio musician on hundreds of records and now, April 2015, he releases his fifth studio album “Contrary Cocktail”.
As reissue programmes go, few can be as deserved as Fire’s current project for Giant Sand. The records are being released to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the band in Tucson, Arizona. Over this time the band and their leader Howe Gelb have developed a cult following. Although they may not necessarily be the first name that jump to mind, Giant Sand’s influence has spread far and wide – one need only take a quick look at people who have appeared on their records or live over the years to see the respect in which Gelb is held: M. Ward, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, Vic Chesnutt, Jello Biafra to name but a few. On their most recent album, Blurry Blue Mountain, Gelb seemingly acknowledges his elder-of-the-scene status: “Now I amble 50, and the longest hours move so swiftly / such young fresh folk look to me as a pathfinder.’