Looking back at one of our summer issues from 2020, here is a review of ‘Martha’ by Dougie Burns, which featured in the May/June edition
Journalist turned musician delivers with aplomb
It’s likely that no-one could win an argument with Dougie Burns in a way – if he were to ever critique someone’s work and they didn’t like what he said, to the point they went, ‘well why don’t you try?’, he can point at this! For the last 15 years, Burns has been touring around and playing his songs, supporting the likes of Seasick Steve, while he also puts on a monthly exhibition for singer/songwriters from the Velocity Café in Inverness, Scotland. To say music runs through him would be an understatement and that is hugely evident on his latest record ‘Martha’, which is dedicated to his mother. The Americana infused collection has a number of top tunes on, such as Keep Your Mad Hat On, Silver Dollar and Shrine, with Burns merging in classic honky tonk, elements of classic country and of course, that Americana influence as well. All things taken into consideration here, Burns has released a very, very good album that further magnifies the talent that is at his disposal. Not everyone can do it, of course, but Burns has found a way to do it and sound very good in the process.
King of the blues Bonamassa runs the gamut from blues-rock to cool 40s and 50s dancehall blues to country-blues, always with a rootsy edge. Here