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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
26th February 2011


'Goofer Dust' is the second album released by The Loving Cup, a precursor to their third album due which will be released in summer 2011 and for those not familiar with their music, is quite simply a stunning collection of country and blues Americana. From a band hailing from Wales!

With a growing reputation for their fantastic live performances and playing what's best described as 'feel good' Southern Boogie Rock, The Loving Cup have their influences firmly based in the deep south, dipping their toes into a wisp of country but always letting their inherent rock and roll roots run to the fore.

Bursting out of the speakers with some delicious slide guitar, they swing into opener 'Deadman Jump', a track oozing with infectious hooks, melodies and swagger, and if that doesn't get you grooving then 'Blood On The Sidewalk' and 'Sometimes' certainly will. You can almost hear the cowboy boots clicking in time on the dance floor, the sweet aroma of Southern Comfort and Jack Daniels filling the air.

'Waiting For My Luck To Change' and 'Troubles Weigh Me Down' are wistful little numbers that stray into a slow tempo country groove, their downbeat lyrics brought to life by the rich vocals of John Livesey.

The blues sodden 'Candyman' is simply a delight, soulful and ridiculously catchy with a wicked glint in its eye, whilst 'Ain't No Doubt' switches up its rock n roll rhythm, instantly getting feet tapping and bodies swaying.

Fusing hints of Steve Earle, The Eagles and early Black Crowes with a soupcon of Skynard thrown in for good measure, The Loving Cup smile, move, stomp and groove in easy fashion throughout and leave us in fine style, closing track 'Life Ain't Easy' kicking its heels up with gusto, pounding boogie beats driving a mesh of riffs and harmonica.

'Goofer Dust' is an absolutely barnstorming album, a musical rollercoaster ride of infectious charm, sadness and passion through the southern states and if the next album is anywhere near as good as this one, it's definitely not to be missed. Quite wonderful.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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