After featuring his new single Taken Too Soon back in October, we’re back in rugged Americana territory with the full LP from London singer-songwriter Dave Giles. Tennessee & 48th is out now, and the title was inspired by the street that housed the Nashcville recording studio used to bring life to the new songs.

Opening salvos Child Again and Shoebox set the tone for this album – alternating between acoustic alt-country ballads and mid-tempo guitar rockers, the songwriting is crisp and superbly embellished by a skilled group of backing musicians (including former members of Skillet and Candlebox). On his recent UK dates Dave was joined by ex-Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, so this is one well-connected musician and songwriter.

With the American singer-songwriters dominating Music City and by extension, the Alt-Country and Americana scene in this country, perhaps it’s time to give some homegrown voices a chance to create and define their own version of the Nashville sound. With this new LP and fresh songwriting start, Dave Giles is doing just that.

Find Dave Giles at facebook.com/davejgilesmusic, on Twitter at @davejgiles and at instagram.com/davejgiles now.