Kevin Bryan (music critic)
"..."ordinary folks," showcases the excellent New England trio at their most compelling. ..."
Kevin’s reviews are syndicated to up to approx. 90 other regional UK newspaper Full Review
Bluestown Music Geritt Schinkel "...an impressively beautiful album. ..." Full Review
The Rocking Magpie Roy Peak
"...World weary minimalist country songs...“ordinary folks” lives, cut like a knife, leaving a strong impression..."
"...With a good eye for detail and a perfect voice for melancholy (Barry’s vocal chords fire up in a similar way as does Paul Westerberg’s..." “New Year’s Eve, Somewhere in the Midwest” could be a Country Cousin to the songs on Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska...." Full Review
Music Web News 4/5 Stars Andy Snipper
"...The songs are each highly individual, beautiful and crafted with great skill... an uncomfortable view of America but played brilliantly and observed with care and heart…” Full Review
Country Music People magazine December 202o Americana Roundup by Michael Hingston
“…The finished article was worth the effort and the wait…” Magazine Link
At The Barrier John Barlass
"...Rootsy Americana combo, The Pawn Shop Saints, reappraise Trumpland and offer empathy and praise...."
"...Make no mistake, the songs we have here are exceptional....an album that will be enjoyed for years to come...." Full Review
Rootstime Dani Heyvaert - “…I dare to call this “a great little record”…” Full Review
Maximum Volume - Rating 9/10
"...These songs are for us….you can see exactly why Barry has been compared to Jason Isbell, “
"Dry River Song” would have many an Americana artist getting very excited. To be truthful, not many
of them could have made this record. To do that takes a rare talent, one that the four men
here clearly have. Full Review
“..."Ordinary Folks” is a grainy black and white photo of life in the towns after the vultures have picked
the bones clean and moved on...." Full Review
Lonesome Highway Stephen Rapid “…rewarding and restorative…”Full Review
Roots In November David Pearson “…It’s gritty, it’s bleak, it’s totally Americana…” Full Review
Lonestar Time Remo Ricaldone Italy
“…melancholy, mystery and 'dark' storytelling which is a bit characteristic of the Deep South..."
Paris - Move Patrick Dallongeville
“…the Pawn Shop Saints paint a striking portrait of an America ..an album as woody as the landscapes and characters that inspired it.…” Full Review
The People of the Blues “…
Rootsville "...wonderful storytelling..." Full Review
Keys and Chords Marino Serdons “…the hard life, put to melody …” Full Review
Country Music & Dance in Scotland Stewart Fenwick - “…an album of simple observations…” Full Review
Ruta 66 Eloy Pérez
"...A work that contains much more substance than it seems at first glance. …the little details, the lyrics
and the stories behind each song end up catching you...." Full Review
Three Chords and The Truth
"...a decisive slab of acute perceptive songwriting wrapped in a sound that echoes the curiosity of a
southern road trip..." Full Review
Written In Music Cis van Looy 4/5 stars "...Another impressive piece of work by a gifted songsmith...."
Folk and Tumble Damian McNairney
"...It's a deceptively tuneful and honest look at lives in smalltown America...." Full Review
Fatea Magazine Mike Davies "...these 'ordinary folks' are very special indeed.... Full Review
Real Roots Cafe Fred Schmale "...a special songwwriter....his songs are excellent, the atmosphere he evokes
is dark , gloomy, and hazy...beautiful music..." Full Review
RNR Magazine Jeremy Searle "...stripped back, sparse, and above all, honest (songs)..."
Heaven (Netherlands) 3.5 stars Pieter Wijnstekers "...excellent Americana by an excellent songwriter..." Full Review