CD and EP Reviews
Little Rock (CD 2015) The Ungrateful Depression (EP 2012) The New Old Thing (EP 2011) Twisted Lines and Mixed Up Rhymes (EP 2009) Set The Stupid Free (CD 2007) The Boy Most Likely To (CD 2004) Low Rent Romeo (CD 2001) More Tragic Songs of Life (CD 1997)
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Live Show Reviews

Maverick Festival 8
4th July 2015
Bob Collum and the Welfare Mothers playing Maverick Festival 8, 4th July 2015

Reviews

Having reviewed Bob’s latest album at the start of the year and thoroughly enjoying it on many repeat plays, listening to the songs live proved to be the icing on the cake.

Three Chords And The Truth
Monday, 6 July 2015
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.. it was back into the sun to see the tremendous Bob Collum and the Welfare Mothers performing some of Bob's high quality songs that are probably best, or reasonably accurately described, as modern day country rock. He and his band are artists for whom consistent excellence is not an exaggeration, with their tremendous playing, Bob's warm expressive vocal style, his melodic guitar playing and his highly literate songs. The icing on the cake is provided by the charismatic back up and sometimes lead vocals of Marianne Hyatt, another truly gifted performer...

American Roots Music
July 2015
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Little Rock
(CD 2015)
★ Released January 2015 ★

Little Rock

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Features in in Macwood Fleet's Albums of 2015
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#20 in Three Chords and the Truth
Top 40 Favourite Albums of 2015
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Reviews

.. a terrific album of melodic ‘country rock’ ..

American Roots Music
14th December, 2014
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.. an album of hook laden country tinged roots music .. .. like all great songwriters such as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello etc, Collum catches you , you see things through his eyes and that's a wonderful talent to have.

Ian Cripps
Fatea
December, 2014
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.. a brand of Americana viewed through an exile‘s perspective.
7/10

John Lewis
Uncut Magazine
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Making a New Year resolution to check out the work of Bob Collum and the Welfare Mothers is one of your easier January commitments and will definitely be a rewarding one.

Three Chords and the Truth UK
1st January, 2015
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.. like Elvis Costello, Collum is able to frame scenes and tell stories with vivid and compelling effect.
9

AmericanaUK
6th January, 2015
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Collum is a superb storyteller but this collection of songs are also so catchy they should come with an earworm warning.
Album of the Month

Lea Valley records
January, 2015
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Wat ons betreft moet Bob Collum niet nog eens 7 jaar wachten om een nieuw album uit te brengen, want als de kwaliteit van die toekomstige plaat vergelijkbaar zal zijn met deze cd “Little Rock”, dan kan een opvolger voor ons niet vlug genoeg komen

ROOTSTIME.BE
January, 2015
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.. what you get here is engaging small scale, intimate country-ish powerpop ..

Nick Coleman
The Independent

25 January, 2015
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.. a very fine offering indeed.

Paul Kerr
Blabber 'n' Smoke

28 January, 2015
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If you want an album that contains excellent vocals, very good songs, great arrangements and playing and also covers many of the bases within the edgier side of country you will be hard pushed to find a finer album than this quite addictive recording.

American Roots Music
5th March, 2015
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It would not be unreasonable to compare Bob Collum to a mid period Nick Lowe.
4-Star

Jeremy Searle, R2R Magazine
March, 2015
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There is a genteel Country musicality pervading all of the fine songs on the album...

Some Diurnal Aural Awe
October, 2015
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The Ungrateful Depression
(EP 2012)

The Ungrateful Depression

Beat Surrender
** Best of 2012 EP's Nominee **
Show Nominations

Sample Tracks
> Primer Grey

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Reviews

.. maintains his prolific output of quality American slanted music with this new 5-track EP..
4-Star

Maverick Magazine
January, 2013
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今回の3枚のミニアルバムであるが、演奏はペダルスチールの音色が印象的なオルタナ・カントリー。
好度:4

Indies-CDMania
CD購入バカ日記

December, 2012
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.. five tracks of widescreen melancholy including the outstanding 'Primer Grey'.

R2 Rock n Reel Magazine
November, 2012
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.. strong on melody and blessed with a comforting familiarity .., suggestions of early Elvis Costello..

John Davy, FlyinShoes Review
October 14, 2012
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.. the Oklahoma born artist delivers up five original tracks with the lyrical stylings of Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello in his authentic Midwest twang ..

Simon, Beat Surrender
September 21, 2012
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The writing and playing on the EP is typically solid and could win some new converts..
Reviewers Score 6

Ian Fildes, Americana UK
September 10, 2012
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..Collum's Anglophile Americana reaps subtle yet sustaining dividends...
daily mirror 4star

Daily Mirror
September 7, 2012
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A fine, five-track EP.. ..played with passion and flair.
is this music 3.5

Ed Jupp, is this music?
August 9, 2012
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Good songs are what you get here .... Bob Collum is thus worthy of your attention.
bluesbunny 3-carrots

bluesbunny
July 30, 2012
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Bob Collum and his band have made a truly gorgeous bundle of country joy with this new release and trust me when I say that your music collection just won't be the same without it.

Emma Sutherland, 
July 2012

The Ungrateful Depression is a delightful, short collection of rootsy rock and country folk that should find favour with anyone..
Rhythm & Booze Rating 9

Rhythm & Booze
July 25, 2012
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The New Old Thing
(EP 2011)

The New Old Thing

Sample Tracks
> Next Time
> Crawford County
> SuperClyde and Me

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Reviews

Collum .. like Nick Lowe is able to express a wry riposte and an aching heart within the same breath
4-Star

Gerry Ranson, R2 Rock n Reel Magazine
(Issue 28) July, 2011
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This latest six-track EP is possibly his finest yet as he continues to redefine his songwriting with some quite stunning musical arrangements that run the gamut from traditional, mountain music through Americana to a slightly more modern country sheen.

Adrian Cooke, Maverick Magazine
June, 2011

The Old New Thing showcases shiny singer/songwriter pop gems done up in their best western wear.

The Alternate Root
May, 2011

The comparison that comes to mind is a more country Marshall Crenshaw.. ..the same slightly leftfield approach, the same ear for a good tune and the same intelligent lyrics.

Jeremy Searle, Americana UK
April 27, 2011
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I'll recommend Bob Collum's "The New Old Thing". Collum is an Oklahoman relocated to London, and his loping between solid country-rock ("Crawford County") and string-band laments ("Not Quite You") must be showing Mayfair how to mosey.
2 and a half stars

Thomas Conner, Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2011
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Twisted Lines and Mixed Up Rhymes
(EP 2009)

Twisted Lines and Mixed Up Rhymes

Sample Tracks
> My Little Hurricane
> She Hates Me

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Reviews

"My Little Hurricane" is 2:13 of Popicana bliss, while "She Hates Me" is quality straight-up country, "Devil in the Details" adds some power pop to the recipe, and "Knockdown Dragout" recalls Nick Lowe's "Raging Eyes". Yet another outstanding entry in the Year of the EP.

Absolute PowerPop
October 16, 2009
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Set The Stupid Free
(EP 2007)

Set The Stupid Free

Sample Tracks
> Virginia Mystery
> Disco Jesus

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Reviews

"'Set The Stupid Free' is more a case of locking several like-minded country-inclined practitioners into a confined space and simply sitting back to enjoy while they do what they do best. The Welfare Mothers have it down pat. Impressive stuff indeed."

Whisperin' & Hollerin'

"Whilst ‘Set The Stupid Free’ may be firmly rooted in alt country in terms of sound, it manages to incorporate a solid pop sensibility, with pop melodies and hooks that’ll have you humming the chorus to each song before the record is halfway through"

Subba Cultcha

The Boy Most Likely To
(CD 2004)

The Boy Most Likely To

Sample Tracks
> Merry Go Round
> Murder in Arkansas

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Reviews

"A turn of phrase to rank with Nick Lowe's, and an instinct for hook and melody mean you're thinking of the Byrd's with a country edge to boot. The Boy Most Likely Too... is a testimony to the enduring power of finely crafted songs played well . It deserves a wide hearing and appreciation."

Bucketful Of Brains

"On The Boy Most Likely Too..., Bob Collum masterfully combines melodicism and rootsy twang.The result is as honest and refreshing a record as has come down the dusty two laned highway this year. With TBMLT, Collum has crafted roots pop perfection"

Amplifier

"Anyone who wants to hear what Top 40 sounds like in a perfect world should pick up The Boy Most Likely Too... and turn it up! "

Being There

Low Rent Romeo
(CD 2001)

Low Rent Romeo

Sample Tracks
> Falling Blue
> Heartbreak this Town

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Reviews

An underlying high quality of songwriting & an ear for strong hook lines are evident behind all the arrangements & overall this is a well-constructed, highly listenable album that may just contain a couple of truly great songs.

James Hibbins

More Tragic Songs of Life
(CD 1997)

More Tragic Songs of Life

Sample Tracks
> Across a Crowded Room

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