between the wars reviews (2019-2020)

The Rustic Heartworn Highway is Re-Opened…PHWOAR! I was totally engrossed straight from opening track Border Blues, a ‘song of our times’…in the vein of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Everything from Litton’s weary and grizzled voice through the rusty yet sharp lyrics and story and coming out with a minimal production that makes every note and word as clear as a mountain stream. This is Folk Music at its finest…” - Alan Harrison

The Rocking Magpie (UK)

Murder ballads score high in terms of attractiveness in country folk. Melvin's raw voice impresses and triggers. And musically Dan Hermreck conquers every sceptic with his virtuoso mandolin. A successful combination that now translates into this collection of captivating acoustic songs. Highly recommended …” - Marino Serdons

Keys and Chords (Belgium)

Melvin Litton's vocals have been compared to JOHNNY CASH American Recordings, which I certainly agree with, but also Bob Dylan / Neil Young during their acoustic moments. Good arrangements with talented fellow musicians...”

Musikbloggen (Sweden)

Love your solo album, there are so many great songs in a vein reminding me of the best Texan singing songwriting...Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, and the like. Will include "Between The Wars" in my next list for the EuroAmericana chart !!” - Massimo Ferro

Highway 61 (Italy)

Tired of drums, electronics, programming, distal pedals and wailing? A desire to once again hunt for traditional, acoustic prairies? Then the double album Between The Wars with The Gothic Cowboy & Mando Dan may be just what you are looking for…listen to it, at least if you love dark americana where the stories are the focus. Here are killer ballads based on real events, songs that take place now and in the past, here and there in time and space. The Gothic Cowboy’s raspy, ruddy, dark voice stands for all guidance. This music is down to earth, American, traditional and absolutely no glitter, glamor, or rock ‘n roll. Do you like the albums Johnny Cash made towards the end of his life (and doesn’t everyone?), Townes van Zandt, Bob Dylan and Neil Young's acoustic moments, there is every reason to give The Gothic Cowboy & Mando Dan an honest chance…” - Robban Rytman

Zero Music Magazine (Sweden)

Straight from the get go you know what you’re getting here, a gruff/lived-in voice backed by guitar and mandolin. In the way that in previous times folk music was a means of spreading folk tales and stories, you listen to these stories of the darker characters who inhabit the songs…dip in and sample the delights of these hard, rough-hewn, stripped-back lessons in life...” - Stephen Rapid

— Lonesome Highway (Ireland)

Rough and direct music that touches the heart and has great expressiveness... ” - Wolfgang Giese

— Musik an Sich (Germany)

Sometimes it is astonishing how dynamic country or americana can be...” - Micheles Kindh

— Blaskans vanner (Sweden)

Lots of booze and a heavy life have marked the hoarse voice of the American singer-songwriter Melvin Litton who is performing under the name of ‘The Gothic Cowboy’, assisted by his best friend and mandoline player Dan Hermreck aka ‘Mando Dan’. Together they have recorded 26 storytelling songs on the acoustic double cd ‘Between The Wars’ where several influences from a.o. Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt can easily be traced… ” - Valsam

Rootstime (Belgium)

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