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The New album released December 2021

Thanks to CFBX – FM for playing moonlight door!

Top 10 Roots Albums – February 2022

  1. Sean McCann* – Shantyman (Independent)
  2. Gordie Tentrees* – Mean Old World (Independent)
  3. The Fretless* – Open House (Birthday Cake)
  4. Leeroy Stagger* – Dystopian Weekends (Tonic)
  5. Garnett Betts* – Moonlight Door (Independent)
  6. Red Dirt Skinners* – Bear with Us (Independent)
  7. Calico* – Under a Sudden Sun (Independent)
  8. Jacquie Drew* – Lifelong Truth (Independent)
  9. Jaclyn Reinhart* – Sleep with Ghosts (Independent)
  10. Ben Caplan* – Recollection (Independent)

Singer-songwriter: album review

Garnett Betts ‘Moonlight Door’

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Following his 2020 album Highfield (reviewed here), Canandian singer-songwriter, Garnett Betts, has a new album out. Like its predecessor, this latest offering Moonlight Door is another pleasingly eclectic selection of original songs rounded off with a couple of instrumentals.

“The thread of story is always central to my love of songwriting, and often the twill is spun from my observance of a friend, the village that surrounds us, or a personal event,” says Betts. “Gone Like The Wind is my telling of a friend’s life with his band-mates, who would throw their gear and a generator in the van and head out to the Joshua Tree Forest, from their regular house gig at the Starwood in L.A., to play in the desert for a day or two. Though his recounting of those days was richly detailed, I found that I could only ‘speak’ of it from the point of view of my imagined and mystified listeners in the desert.

With his laid-back country-tinged, bluesy vocal delivery and influences that take in rock, jazz and blues, Betts makes for a compelling storyteller. He’s also a fine guitarist, too. Top-notch musical back-up courtesy of acclaimed jazz pianist Karel Roessingh (piano and keyboards), Rick May (bass) and Sascha Enns (hand percussion) makes for a highly listenable package. Beautiful original cover art is provided by Lorraine Thorarinson Betts. Once again, another fine album from Mr Betts and well worth checking out.

Thanks to Grant Grindley
at Witney Radio
West Oxfordshire, U.K.

A community station – “no robots, no algorithms,  just people passionate about music and it’s diversity – willing to open our ears to something new”.
Many thanks to Andy Olson for putting “Looking Back At Lonely” into rotation at Radio Free Phoenix!

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James McMurtry — Pocatello
The Red Locusts — Love Is Going to Save the Day
Garnett Betts — Looking Back at Lonely
Rossington Collins Band — I’m Free Today
Alison Krauss — You Led Me To The Wrong
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers — I Got This
Old Sea Brigade — Resistance
Tedeschi Trucks Band — I Am The Moon
ZZ Top — Brown Sugar
Gymnasium — Little Disaster

Thanks to George Graham for playing Moonlight Door on WVIA NPR Pennsylvania

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Thank you George for featuring “Looking Back At Lonely

Thanks to Greg Archibald at KCR-FM NelsonGreg’s show presents a cross section of music genres: rock and roll, blues, jazz, country, classical, folk.
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6:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesdays & 11 AM Mondays.

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Thanks to CIOE Nova Scotia for playing songs from Moonlight Door