Red Sky July
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.