Pop rock revivalists Cats In Space and their second album ‘Scarecrow’ has been selected as Top Album of 2017 by popular music website Get Ready to ROCK! Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie wrote “Cats In Space have succeeded in taking their love of 70′s music and adding a modern shine to it all, purrrfect.”
Top Live Act award goes to Black Star Riders who consolidated their popularity this year with a new album and touring. Live Editor Dave Wilson is a big fan and, reviewing the band in Edinburgh, described them as “one of the most consistent live acts on the circuit”.
Breakthrough Act was named as Eliza Neals who Blues Editor Pete Feenstra described as “the most original and hardest hitting voice to come out of the Detroit blues scene for years”.
Since 2003 the website has published a selection of ‘Best of’ the year, as chosen by their reviewers.
There are always some surprises. As Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie points out: “The list includes the less obvious and reflects the eclectic tastes and nature of the website.”
Managing Editor David Randall adds: “2017 marked our fifteenth year and I’m happy to say for most of that time we have maintained our superb review team. This means that our end of year selections build into a definitive listing and reflect the writers’ knowledge and authority.”
Get Ready to ROCK! has a wide brief and, together with a complementary radio station, covers classic rock, blues, progressive and singer songwriter.
GRTR! genre specialists voted the following albums ‘Best of 2017′:
Blues Rock: MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man
Progressive Rock: MAGENTA – We Are Legend
Melodic Rock: ECLIPSE – Monumentum
Singer Songwriter: JUDIE TZUKE – Peace Has Broken Out
From Monday 4 December, readers and listeners can vote for their favourites in a Popular Poll the results of which will be announced in a radio special on Sunday 17 December. Participants can also enter a prize draw to win a selection of CDs and vinyl.
Throughout December the Get Ready to ROCK! Radio playlists will include Best of selections.
The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.
More about Josh: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/?s=%22Josh+Taerk%22
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 15 November 2020.
UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 17 November 2020
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Featured Albums w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 JEFF SCOTT SOTO Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 LAZARUS DREAM Alive (Pride & Joy Music)
14:00-16:00 RONAN FURLONG The King Of Leaves (Thoroughbred Music)
Power Plays w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)
L.A. GUNS All That You Are (Golden Robot Records)
THE DUST CODA Limbo Man (Earache)
EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND 68 Twin (indie)
IRON SAVIOR Souleater (AFM Records)
IVY GOLD This Is My Time (indie)
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