Red Sky July

Shad­ow­birds

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This Lon­don-based trio of­fers a fresh take on coun­try rock with great songs, smooth lus­cious har­monies and de­light­fully clean gui­tar work from Ally McEr­laine. Ally is prob­a­bly best known for his ten­ure in Texas and is now mar­ried to Shelly Poole (daugh­ter of Brian Poole) who formed Ali­cia’s At­tic with sis­ter Karen. The third mem­ber of the out­fit is Char­ity Hair, who kicked off her singing ca­reer in The Alice Band, so it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that they make ex­cel­lent mu­sic to­gether on this beau­ti­fully pro­duced al­bum. There are plenty of high­lights: Lay Down Your Love opens this set, and it’s pow­er­ful stuff – no sur­prise that it’s been taken as the first sin­gle pull. Jack Sa­voretti sings with Shelly on Any Day Now, a song they wrote to­gether; and the acous­tic gui­tar on the ti­tle track is ex­cep­tion­ally well ex­e­cuted. What started out as a side project pro­duced a suc­cess­ful de­but al­bum re­lease in 2011 and this is the fol­low-up. “We just wanted to make some­thing beau­ti­ful” says Shelly, and in­deed they have.

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