We’re big in Belgium, Buster – ROOTSTIME.BE has spoken

January 11th, 2015

When this stellar review of Bob Collum’s #LittleRockLP came out in ROOTSTIME.BE, I had a pretty good inkling that they liked us.  However, I couldn’t be sure til my great multi-lingual, cosmopolitan buddy, Justine Harcourt de Tourville gave me the skinny, via a smooth translation from Belgian to Texan.  A lone star salute to you Ms Justini, first your mother introduces my parents to one another, and now this.  The IOU is infinite, my dear friend! xxxxxxx


Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but living in Essex county, near London, singer and songwriter Bob Collum has crafted an impressive musical career during the past years. He started as a solo artist in 1997 with the debut album More Tragic Songs Of Life followed by the album Low Rent Romeo in 2001 and a number of solo EPs.

The first recorded album, The Boy Most Likely To… , with his group “The Welfare Mothers,” in 2004 and its successor, Set The Stupid Set Free, in 2007 received rave reviews in Roots Time. They were followed by Twisted Rhymes & Mixed Up Lines in 2009, and The New Old Thing and The Ungrateful Depression, two EPs, so there was a wait until now for Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers’ full second studio album to appear.

The Welfare Mothers is comprised of Bob’s muse, singer Marianne Hyatt, steel guitarist Allan Kelly, bassist Gareth Davies and drummer Paul Quarry. Along with the singer and guitarist, Bob Collum, they put ten songs on this new album Little Rock, the link to the video below will serve as an introduction.

With alternating rock songs and alt-country or Americana tunes, we are talking about a very successful record. With the exception of the beautiful song, “Superdome,” written and sung by Marianne Hyatt, all other songs flowed from Bob Collum’s composer pen.

Our favorite tracks from this album are the country-rock song “Wasted Wonderland,” the clever country ballad “Broken Down,” the rocking “Seven Kinds Of Sorrow,” the Nick Lowe-esque “Good Thing We’re In Love” that Bob and Marianne perform in duet form and the catchy closing song “Empty Hands Of Love” with strong steel guitar work by Allan Kelly.

As for us, we believe Bob Collum should not wait another seven years to release a new album, because if the quality of that future record would be similar to this Little Rock cd, then a follow-up can’t come soon enough.



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