By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio
Up in Scotland, even as this pandemic year rolls on, musicians, kind of heart and pure of soul, look for ways to connect with listeners; Andrew Taylor, singer, songwriter and leader of Dropkick, in his garage, guitars and equipment surrounding him, plays during scheduled lockdown concerts of a sort, just him, seated and secure, strumming and singing, one song after another a gem polished to a fault and delivered as signed, sealed and delivered panacea.
As it happens, and as a wonderful respite full of delight, Andrew has corralled 30 quite gorgeous examples of Dropkick’s beauty from across the group’s catalog; that grouping, The Best of Dropkick, contained within a quite beautiful package designed and crafted by Alan Lennon, packs the purest punch on vinyl with an additional 20 examples of Dropkick’s musical art included on CDs, but any way you pick up the package increases the joy you will experience hearing Andrew and the band do their thing.
Andrew and I got together for a fun and informative chat for the latest in the current series of exclusive Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows, all recorded in See! Hear! Pop!, our finely-tuned, video-riffic sight and sound format; our half-hour get-together is now yours to savor.
After you’ve seen and heard the two of us warble, you should spend some minutes delighting yourself with a few of the songs included on The Best of Dropkick (including a lovely, brand-new song, “Into the Background”). I predict you will love what you hear.
Where to Get It: Bandcamp
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