Quick Plays: DONOVAN’S DEVILS, SAKLIF KEITA, WILD ROSE, HEIDI TALBOT

DONOVAN’S DEVILS – Brothers Above All www.donovansdevils.com

 Formed in 2011, Donovan’s Devils consists of Teddy Venezia (vocals/guitar), Austin Martinez (lead guitar), TJ Bernhard (bass) and Michael Gangino (drums). Their debut album is an acoustic driven one and despite on their website declaring themselves as blues influenced they reminded me a lot of Green Day in their acoustic moments. The songs are enjoyable with ‘Strongest Stones’ and ‘What Dreams May Come’ the stand out songs. Give them a listen on their website particularly if you enjoy blues flavoured acoustic rock.

***1/2

Jason Ritchie

SALIF KEITA ‘Tale’ UMC

Malian singer Salif Keita is very well known and regarded in African and world music circles. This may not be your usual fare for a reader of GRTR! but if like me you are a music fan who likes all forms of music then do give this a listen. Salif Keita has a soothing, soulful voice as can be heard on ‘Natty’ and the title track. Do check out the wonderful ‘Simby’ with Bobby McFerrin guesting on the most amazing vocal effects. Not so keen on the reggae/rap of ‘C’est bob, C’est bon’ with Roots Manuva guesting. For a musical treat and something different this album is just the ticket.

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Jason Ritchie

WILD ROSE ‘Dangerous’ AOR Heaven (Released 22nd February)

Second album from this AOR band featuring  guitarist Andy Rock and the band’s new vocalist David A Saylor (check out his cracking solo album ‘City Of Angels’ released last year on the same label or the Push UK album).

If this album didn’t feature the wonderful vocal talents of David A Saylor this album would be bypassed by many as the music whilst well played, is very much ‘heard it all before’. Also you can play cut ‘n’ paste with the song titles – ‘Hold On’, ‘Dream On’, ‘Is This Love’- you get the picture. Saylor does put in a fine performance and that’s what saves this album. It’s safe AOR/melodic rock with a good vocalist and although it won’t win any year end best of awards many lovers of melodic rock will enjoy this album.

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Jason Ritchie

HEIDI TALBOT – Angels Without Wings Navigator Records (Released 18th February)

This is Heidi Tablot’s fifth solo album to date and one of her most star studded with guest appearances from Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Kenny Anderson (King Creosote) and legendary accordion player Phil Cunningham to name but a few.

Heidi has a lovely high and wistful voice as deftly illustrated on the title track. ‘Button Up’ features Kenny Anderson on co-vocals, one of the album’s stand out songs along with ‘Wine and Roses’ (which features Knopfler’s distinctive guitar playing).

If i had one criticism it is that although she has a lovely voice some of the songs lack that certain something to make them stand up to repeated plays. There is no doubting her talent and it is a good album, just not quite as spectacular as the guest list would have you expecting it to be.

***1/2

Jason Ritchie



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



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