Album Review: Massy Ferguson – Great Divides

Massy Ferguson (not to be confused with Massey Ferguson, the agricultural company responsible for tractors around the globe) have been crafting their unique rock-Americana vibes for over a dozen years now. With their extensive touring having taken them across the world and back again, giving them ample incentive and opportunity to write their albums, the latest of which is released this June.

Great Divides is the latest offering from a band who have carefully honed their music to straddle both country and rock into a virulent twang of Americana paradise. Their album launches into life with the dark and almost angsty vocals of Ethan Anderson who seems to have a voice of that beyond his years. Somewhat similar to the docile tones of Jonathan Coulton his voice is impassioned and seemingly tender but there is also the guttural crackle of electricity hidden behind it. His passion is contagious as his earnest and rusting voice creaks out atop some of the most stunning and elegant tunes the band has ever produced.

Nobody could ever say that Massy Ferguson weren’t an ambitious band as their music focusses itself on a decadent atmosphere that is afforded to them by their astounding musical abilities. Leading it all is a dutiful and artful bass line that’s tightly coiled with delicate slide guitar. Their sound is so simultaneously grand and natural that it’s easy to forget that this isn’t an overly large band on a stage, propped up with a host of backing performers. Instead these gents just throw everything they have into what they do and the result is a terse and powerful album that is also immeasurably fun. Songs like Momma’s in the Backseat have an amazing melody running through them that counteracts the poetic and almost aggressive tales they tell, making them warm and jovial.

Great Divides is a beautiful and disjointedly harmonious album that pieces country, Americana and rock together like a jigsaw puzzle that’s being worked on from the inside out. Things don’t quite feel like they’re supposed to be there just yet and yet there they are; looking and sounding better every moment.



Sat 6         EastonSuffolk                    Maverick Festival 2019

Sun 7        EastonSuffolk                    Maverick Festival 2019, Gospel Brunch

Sun 7        ChristchurchDorset           The Thomas Tripp

Wed 10      Sheffield                           The Greystones

Fri 12        Bristol                              The Golden Lion

Sat 13       Dedhamnr. Colchester          Al Festo Beer & Music Festival (2pm)

Sun 14      EctonNorthants.                  The Three Horseshoes

Wed 17      London                             The Windmill, Brixton        with guest Peter Bruntnell

Thu 18       Cardiff                              Clwb Ifor Bach            with guest Peter Bruntnell

Fri 19        Chester                             Telford’s Warehouse        with guest Peter Bruntnell

Sat 20       Gateshead                         SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 (6:30pm)

Sun 21      Gateshead                         SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 (Noon)

Wed 24      Kinross                             Backstage @ The Green Hotel

Thu 25       Montrose                          Montrose Folk Club, The Links Hotel

Sat 27       Poole                                Beer and Bluegrass Festival 


Review by Joe Knipe


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