30.12.07: The new issue of roots, rock & blues bi-monthly magazine Rock'n'Reel features a full-page article by Rod in its "Open Mic" slot, which is thrown open to invited artists to have their say about whatever they like. Rod takes as his theme the role of the singer-songwriter and the public's changing perception of what it implies. The piece appears in Rock'n'Reel Vol. 2 No. 7, January/February 2008 (the one with Jools Holland on the front). The magazine will be on bookstands shortly, price £4.25. See also:
Rod has also written a review of the acclaimed new album by Newcastle-based folk group Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, widely tipped for great things in the coming year. The review appears on the Get Ready To Rock website. Read it at:
14.12.07: Rod provided dobro parts for four tracks on Allie Fox's forthcoming album of guitar instrumentals, recorded at Iain McKinna's Offbeat studio situated on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The album, as yet untitled, is scheduled for release in early summer 2008 and also features contributions from Frank Usher, Neil Warden and Fraser Speirs among others.
Rod and Allie
Photo: Iain McKinna
Photo: Iain McKinna
30.11.07: Old Blue Goose Flies Home To Roost: Rodís song Old Blue Goose, about the red-light district of Shreveport, Louisiana where Rodís old-time blues heroes like Oscar Woods and Jesse Thomas plied their trade in the days before World War II, has been adopted as the signature tune of a web page set up to immortalise the area and its musical heritage. You can visit (and even befriend) the Old Blue Goose at www.myspace.com/oldbluegoose.
12.11.07: Rod now has his own page on MySpace at www.myspace.com/rodclements including audio tracks which will change from time to time.
08.10.07: At Rod's double bill with Rab Noakes in Milngavie on the 23rd of September, Rab played the first set, Rod did the second, and then they performed five songs together, with Rab on guitar, and Rod on dobro. These were:
Taking the Back Road Home (Rab on harmony vocal)
Lonely Boy Tonight (Rab on lead vocal)
Donegal Diamond (Rab on lead vocal)
Train in E Major (Rab on harmony vocal)
Blues Around Me Now (Rab on lead vocal)
12.07.07: Excerpts from Rod's performances at the National Forest Folk Festival, Leicestershire (7/8 July 2007) can be viewed on YouTube at: