From Oklahoma by way of Basildon, Bob Collum makes a cool noise. How cool you ask? Well, it’s kinda alt-country, a lot of rock & roll, add a smidgen of folk, and a dash of blues. Stick in a potent dose of guilt, a dollop of sin, a drop of salvation (just one drop), and equal measures of joy and sadness. He’s dwelled long enough here in Essex for the sound of the Thames Delta to percolate into his fibre and in particular that mix of country, rock, blues and R’n’B that informed the likes of The Kursaal Flyers, Eddie and The Hotrods, Roogalator and eventually flowered in the mature work of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. Martin Belmont was born in Bromley, Kent, and after working as a roadie for Brinsley Schwarz, he formed Ducks Deluxe in 1972, issuing two albums on RCA. In 1975 he was a founding member of Graham Parker and the Rumour, who released six albums, and of The Rumour who recorded another three on their own. Then he spent two years from 1980 as guitarist for Carlene Carter, succeeded by five years with Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit, in both line-ups playing alongside Paul Carrack. He continued as an in-demand sideman across a wide spectrum of music, with sessions for Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, Carl Perkins, Jona Lewie, John Hiatt, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Cash, Eddie Grundy and many others.