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I hope to post stuff that tells you about my travels, taste in music, my thoughts on this crazy world around us and other whimsical interludes.

Residing in the beautiful city of York, the capital of God’s own County, that is, Yorkshire in the North of England.


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        Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

        However, it would be fair to say that I am always lost in music...

        Welcome to Tony Ives' web site. I suppose it is a terrible indulgence to have one for personal use but you can go further from here and read about my travels, music & observations on the immediate and wider world. I hope you take a look.

        November 12, 2019

        Luke Combs - What You See Is What You Get

        Luke Combs’ Midas touch has propelled him to the top of the charts. What You See Is What You Get will shortly take its place on top of the pile. This domination is down to his voice. It draws you in and wraps its arms around you...

        November 4, 2019

        The East Pointers - Yours To Break

        This award-winning Canadian 3 piece have released 10 absorbing, self-penned songs of electric roots music. The album has Country sensibilities coupled with intense and mesmerising Celtic folk. The musicianship is to the fore with fiddl...

        October 24, 2019

        Erin Enderlin - Faulkner County

        This is the next step in the emergence of Enderlin with her third solo album. It’s very much is a continuation of the sound and arrangements of her 2017 effort Whiskeytown Cryer. Her credentials as a songwriter, for the top-drawer Country...

        September 4, 2019

        Two of 2018’s best traditional country albums were released by Erin Enderlin and Kayla Ray respectively. (I sifted through a lot of music to come to this conclusion). However, whilst they’ve accumulated accolades and awards Stateside, with the cost of visiting these sh...

        June 26, 2019

        Jesse Dayton - Mixtape Volume 1

        Dayton started his career playing covers and absorbing his sister’s record collection. It can come as no surprise that he’s garnered considerable affection for some of the icons and great tunes of that time. His own 11 studio albums are a...

        May 28, 2019

        The Hollering Pines - Moments In Between

        (Unusually with all the music around me then this band enjoys it’s second appearance on my site as a Record Of The Week).

        The Hollering Pines rely on Marie Bradshaw’s song writing; it’s a fine gift. Possessing a sweet and melliflu...

        May 21, 2019

        Blue Moon Rising - After All This Time

        On a hot day I might enter a bar and accept any of the several lagers on offer. All the beer would be at a prescribed temperature, straw like in colour and probably have a foamy white head. My trying to identify the brand would be...

        May 1, 2019

        Taylor Alexander - Good Old Fashioned Pain

        Taylor Alexander sent me a message about his influences on the ‘sound’ of this brilliant release:“I remember me and the producer Brendan St. Gelais sitting down and listening to albums like a Portrait of Merle Haggard, Grievous...

        April 6, 2019

        Chad Richard - Worthy Cause


        If you’re engaged with Americana or Country music you’ll know about the bitter civil war that is taking place. Those who think they know better are apoplectic that Country Pop (as mass produced by the Big Three record companies) is...

        January 17, 2019

        Boo Ray - Tennessee Alabama Fireworks

        I’m sometimes suspicious of the ‘copy’ that comes with a new album but I have no problem with calling Ray a ‘Self Styled Southern Troubador’. Firmly seated in Country Rock he writes killer tunes and delivers a lyric with memorable s...

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