Monthly Archives: February 2018

Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

Alligator Records [Release date 12.01.18] Tinsley Ellis has long been a dependable roadhouse rocke who is equally happy tearing things up as he is searching for an emotive connection. Following in the slipstream of his last CD the soulful ‘Red … Continue reading

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Album review: MITCH WOODS – Friends Along The Way

MITCH WOODS – Friends Along The Way

eOne Music [Release date 29.09.17] It takes a brave musician to oversee a mostly unplugged, all star duo and trio compilation album spanning over 30 years.  But West coast pianist Mitch Woods is as fearless as he is musically talented … Continue reading

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Album review: KRIS BARRAS – The Divine And Dirty

Kris Barras - The Devine And Dirty

Provogue [Release date 23.03.18] If there’s a dichotomy at the heart of  ’The Divine And Dirty’ – Kris Barras’s debut album for Provogue – it’s probably a reference to his first hand knowledge of what to takes to make it. … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

Pete Feenstra chatted to Tom Toomey in his Feature show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 25 February 2018, including tracks from ‘Turquoise’. Giant Records [Release date 06.01.18] Tom Toomey is best known as the guitarist with The … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN MAYALL – Three For The Road – A 2017 Live Recording

JOHN MAYALL - Three For The Road - A 2017 Live Recording

Forty Below Records [Release date 23.02.18] Now here’s a British blues legend of ever there was one. A noted vocalist, pianist and guitarist, John Mayall is probably best known for his band The Blues Breakers, part of the 60s blues … Continue reading

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Album review: KEN HENSLEY – Rare & Timeless

KEN HENSLEY - Rare & Timeless

In this exclusive non-broadcast extract Ken Hensley chats to Pete Feenstra about pre-Uriah Heep and beyond.  The full version of this interview was first broadcast on Sunday 18 March 2018 on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, repeated Thursday 22 March … Continue reading

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Album review: STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX – The Mutual Admiration Society

STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX  – The Mutual Admiration Society

Mascot [Release date 19.01.18] Guitarist Sterling Ball, bassist John Ferraro and drummer Jim Cox explore a musical lineage which their label tells us, is: “A celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.” The label in this … Continue reading

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Album review: KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN – Personae

KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN - Personae

IScream Records [Release date 09.03.18] Husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have been recording and performing for over two decades, during which time they have won twice Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BUTCHER AXIS

 JON BUTCHER AXIS

Escape Music [Release date 19.01.18] If like me you were one of those who spent every fortnight reading Kerrang! and the Wimpwire column by Derek Oliver, Jon Butcher’s name came up quite often and indeed he got a feature in the AOR/melodic … Continue reading

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Album review: DRIVE, SHE SAID – Real Life

DRIVE, SHE SAID - Real Life

Escape Music [Release date  23.03.18] ‘Real Life’ was originally released back in 2003 by Drive, She Said the band who featured vocalist/guitarist/bassist Al Fritsch and keyboards wizard Mark Mangold. This album has been re-mixed in 2017 by Brian Anthony and Mark … Continue reading

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EP review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – Phoenix Volume 1

Facebook [Release date 26.01.18] The Darker My Horizon duo Paul Stead (lead vocals/guitar) and Mark Stephenson (guitars & backing vocals) used to be in Sacred Heart previously and on this EP they have re-recorded four songs from that band, partly as a stop … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVEY LANE – I’m Gonna Burn Out Bright

DAVEY LANE  I

Capgun [Release date 16.03.18] Introspective opener ‘Hell (A Prelude)’ hardly prepares the listener for what’s to come on Davey Lane’s second solo album.  Before you know it, the belting synth epic ‘Taurus All Apart’ swirls into your head – sonically … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS HILLMAN – The Asylum Years

CHRIS HILLMAN - The Asylum Years

Omnivore Recordings [Release date 09.02.18] This new CD brings together Chris Hillman’s first two solo albums, from 1976 and 1977 respectively.  Hillman had a fine pedigree as a member of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Manassas. Immediately prior … Continue reading

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Album review: THE INNOCENTS – Teardrop Kiss

THE INNOCENTS - Teardrop Kiss

Public Records [Release date 02.04.18] Tasmania’s The Innocents have previous form.  In their original guise of Beathoven, they released one of the finest (and obscure) slices of 1970s power pop in ‘Please Don’t Go’ – check it out on YouTube … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Holidays In Eden Live/Size Matters (reissues)

MARILLION - Holidays In Eden Live/Size Matters (reissues)

earMUSIC [Release date 19.01.18] Curious ‘mainstream’ releases for these two double CD sets, that fans will know were originally released on the band’s own Racket Records label (in fact, Size Matters is still currently available, albeit with a different sleeve), … Continue reading

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DVD review: YES – The New Director’s Cut

YES - The New Director

The Store For Music [Release date 16.02.18] Talk about milking it. It may have been a major event when Wakeman reunited with Anderson, Squire, Howe and White in time for the band’s 35th anniversary tour in 2004, but there continues … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEAD SOUTH – Illusion & Doubt

THE DEAD SOUTH - Illusion & Doubt

DevilDuck Records [Release date 23.03.18] Outlaws, modern hillbillies?  The opening strains of ‘Boots’ does, indeed, bring Jed Clampett and his clan to mind.  And regrettably, not Elly May. No, more her half-witted half-brother Jethro, having a banjo/mandolin fuelled bluegrass hoedown … Continue reading

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Album review: MISSISSIPPI STOMP – Shine

MISSISSIPPI STOMP - Shine

[Release date 22.04.17] Mississippi Stomp are an Americana outfit from, yes, you guessed it  [northeast] Mississppi.  Tupelo, to be precise  the home of the King.  Shine is their sophomore release. Together since the early nineties, with the focal point husband … Continue reading

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Album review: FRACTAL MIRROR – Close To Vapour

FRACTAL MIRROR - Close To Vapour

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 26.01.18] My heart sinks when I see a shallow Press Release signposting a band as being of the ‘Progressive/Art Rock’ genre, and then sinks several degrees further when I see the only other information (apart … Continue reading

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Album review: KORBY LENKER – Thousand Springs

KORBY LENKER - Thousand Springs

[Release date 16.03.18] Nashville singer songwriter Korby Lenker chose to record his seventh album, not in the studio, but in places that resonated with him  his guitar and vocals being captured in places as diverse as the edge of the … Continue reading

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