Yearly Archives: 2018

Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – I Hope You’re Happy

BLUE OCTOBER - I Hope You

Up/Down-Brando Records [Release date 17.08.18] Blue October return with their ninth album with expectations high after the excellent ‘Home’ album released in 2016.  Vocalist and main songwriter Justin Furstenfeld is in a happy place in his personal life being a proud and … Continue reading

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EP review: EPICA – Epica vs Attack On Titan

EPICA - Epica vs Attack On Titan

Nuclear Blast [Release date 20.07.18] This EP features Epica covering songs based on the Japanese anime ‘Attack On Titan’. It features four songs (along with an instrumental version of each song) originally written and composed by Revo of Linked Horizon (who is a fan of … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL (Planet Rock Stage) – Olympia, London, 9 August 2018

Broken Witt Rebels - GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL - Olympia, London, 9 August 2018

While musical entertainment has been supplied for many years at the Great British Beer Festival, it has tended to be a bit ‘end of the pier’, whether it be oompah bands or covers acts. However this year the penny finally … Continue reading

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Gig Review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 2-5 August 2018

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 2-5 August 2018

I must begin with a confession; this was my first time attending Cambridge Folk Festival and I only recognised a handful of the acts scheduled to play.  I know, I’m a folking heathen.  Especially when you consider that the festival … Continue reading

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Album review: SUNSTORM- The Road to Hell

(Release Date 08.06.18) The Sunstorm studio projects, now over a decade old, can be viewed in two distinct phases. A vehicle for legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner, the first three records were a showcase for his more AOR side with … Continue reading

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News: Texas alt-rockers BLUE OCTOBER release new album (August 2018)

Blue October

David Randall chatted to Justin Furstenfeld for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2017.  In the first hour of his weekly show, David plays tracks from the current and recent albums whilst asking Justin about the band’s background and … Continue reading

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Album review: TAS CRU – Memphis Song

Tas Cru - Memphis Song

Subcat Records [Release date 01.06.18] Tas Cru is a blues artist and an observatory story teller for whom the combination of songcraft, feel and an underlying groove are sacrosanct. He also leaves plenty of room for quirky lyrics, ironic humour … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

Self release [Release date 01.08.18] The fact that the Delta Ladies have re-mastered and expanded their 2016 ‘Hillbilly Trance’ album suggests they think they are on to a good thing. And they are not wrong. They have expanded their folk … Continue reading

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EP review: THE JUPITER BLUES

Facebook [Release date 01.09.18] Formed in 2017 under the moniker Jupiter Hollow, the Jupiter Blues play a mix of blues, southern rock and a little bit of soul. The band’s line-up is Dale Orenda (vocals, percussion), Chris Mitchell (lead guitar) Rick … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – High Water 1

THE MAGPIE SALUTE - High Water 1

Mascot Label Group [Release date 10.08.18] Saluting the magpie is an old English country tradition meant to ward off unsavory events or bad tidings and is, by extension, a symbolic gesture of “coming in peace”. Delving into the background of … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GJB Records [Release date 23.07.18] If ‘Live At The Blue Note’ evokes a Manhattan jazz club then the opening track  ‘Sherry Dee’, from Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band second live album in 2 years, quickly suggest otherwise. It’s a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN KUNDER, STONE THE CROWS (Best of)

BEN KUNDER - Better Human

BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18] Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of … Continue reading

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Album review: EARTH FOR SALE – Reset

EARTH FOR SALE - Reset

Anderstein Music [Release date 25.05.18] I’ve seen it all now!  A female fronted melodic Italian pop/rock band debut, with sci-fi imagery/artwork, and on a Japanese label – complete with obi strip bearing those immortal words ‘Made In Japan’.  Now that’s … Continue reading

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Album review: TURYA – Ocean

TURYA - Ocean

Turya Music [Release date 10.08.18] The debut album from Nicki Wells, aka Turya, is a thing of fragile, delicate beauty. Born and now settled in London, Turya takes her inspiration from Indian classical music, having grown from the age of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANN WILSON – Immortal

ANN WILSON - Immortal

BMG [Release date 14.09.18] One of the most gifted female rock singers of her generation, Immortal sees Heart’s Ann Wilson continue her dalliance with cover versions – a journey she began on her last solo outing Hope & Glory (2007).  … Continue reading

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News: 10cc UK Tour – GRAHAM GOULDMAN album and radio interview (August 2018)

10cc - Liverpool, 6 December 2013

On Sunday 12 August at 18:00 GMT Graham Gouldman chatted about his career in a one hour special for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. (Thursday 16 August, 22:00 repeat) In this exclusive edit using non-broadcast material Graham chats about his … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSH TAERK – Beautiful Tragedy

JOSH TAERK - Beautiful Tragedy

Misty Creek Records [Release date 28.09.18] Josh Taerk returns with a new album his first since 2015′s ‘Here’s To Change’, although four of the songs on here were on last year’s ‘Stages’ EP. Teddy Morgan (Kevin Costner and Modern West, … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 3 – 29 July 2018

Black Star Riders - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 3 - 29 July 2018

There was a tentative start to Sunday as the dreadful weather continued with what can only be described as monsoon rains decided to throw in some 40mph gusts for good measure. The organisers opened the arena early so those in … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 2 – 28 July 2018

Aaron Buchanan - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 2 - 28 July 2018

When the weather is already a little inclement, you’re tempting fate slightly when the first band of the day play their tracks “Hurricane” and “Thunder Child”, but that’s exactly what The Bad Flowers did. If the rain hadn’t woke everybody … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 1 – 27 July 2018

Phil Campbell - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 1 - 27 July 2018

Even if you have never been to Steelhouse Festival, you may have heard tell of the road up the top of the mountain that is home to the highest festival in the UK. I can assure you, all these stories … Continue reading

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