“I haven’t been so excited by a new artist for quite a long time. Seasick Steve was to many a breath of fresh air, but to me the brashness and lack of melody just didn’t ring true. Tom Rodwell however is quite the opposite…what great music he’s made.” Blues Matters magazine / Merv Osborne
“This uncomplicated stripped down collection of traditional numbers by Sheffield based blues performer Tom Rodwell is as pure example of modern day roots music as your likely to come across… invest a little bit of time in this album and you'll reap the pleasures of a rewarding piece of work.” Fatea magazine / David Hughes
"Rodwell tunes into the disregard of musical convention of early country-blues players and prison gospel hollerers, building on the inherent dissonance, the wilful examination of the guitar vernacular shorn of all the bluster and noxious rock moves so many white players have encumbered the genre with."
"But despite its minimalist austerity and lo-res recording, Rodwell is a pragmatist, and the music swings. This is no dry exercise in ethnomusicology but a subtle reinvention of the most daring and entertaining aspects of music styles long thought atrophied, and with just voice and guitar (and odd smatters of percussion), he wills it alive." Metro magazine / Gary Steel
"It’s not often you hear a convincing new take on American southern roots music, especially so far from the music’s geographic source, but the blues and gospel mix of local guitarist/singer Tom Rodwell stands out. That’s because his compass takes in calypso and Spanish and Pacific-tinged rhythms, and he renders old spirituals like Adam in the Garden and Working on a Building with all the blues feeling of a Pops Staple. Cut live to tape with just occasional percussion to support Rodwell’s strong voice and supple electric guitar, LIVE HUMBLE (Fireplace) would make a unique and worthwhile addition to any roots playlist." The Listener magazine / Nick Bollinger