Yearly Archives: 2019

Album review: SAYER & JOYCE – Makes You Stronger

SAYER & JOYCE - Makes You Stronger

Gulf Coast Records [Release date 04.10.19] When Pete Feenstra reviewed British blues duo Ron Sayer Jr and Charlotte Joyce’s debut Hard To Please in 2013 he observed that contemporary roots music had never sounded so good, and had the album … Continue reading

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Album review: ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND – Elemental

ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND - Elemental

[Release date 02.11.19] Folk rock imbued with flute?  It’s impossible not to make Tull/Anderson comparisons.  Violin – Curved Air anyone? But Elaine Samuels and her Kindred Spirits (no relation Siobhan Maher’s all too short lived post River City People liaison … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVID HASSELHOFF – Open Your Eyes

DAVID HASSELHOFF – Open Your Eyes

Cleopatra Records [Release date 29.09.19] David Hasselhoff, or the Hoff to his many fans, is no stranger to the recording studio having released his first album way back in 1985.  He has always been big in Germany, indeed this album … Continue reading

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Album review: YOGI LANG – A Way Out Of Here

Yogi Lang - A Way Out Of Here

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 08.11.19] Although probably a new name to those not in the know, Yogi Lang’s day job is as vocalist and front-man for exceptional German progressive rock luminaries RPWL (he’s the ‘L’). He’s flown solo … Continue reading

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Album review: STONEWIRE – Life As We Know It

STONEWIRE - Life As We Know It

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Step aside Anne and Nancy, there’s a new Favorite Bitch in town – big-lunged Sky Hunter and her cohorts who testify as StoneWire and they kick up one helluva sandstorm. This is an outstanding album of … Continue reading

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Album review: DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Dandelion Charm – John Fowler and Clare Fowler – return with their second studio album and ‘Maybe Dreamers’ marks a big leap forward for the band, as they widen their musical horizons further. Sadly this album … Continue reading

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Album review: RPWL – Live From Outer Space

RPWL - Live From Outer Space

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 15 .11.19] Back in the day, bands such as Pearl Jam recorded all their gigs, pressed the CDs at the venue and flogged them to fans on their way out as a souvenir. A … Continue reading

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Album review: COLD – The Things We Can’t Stop

COLD - The Things We Can

Napalm Records [Release date 13.09.19] Cold return after an extended break – eight years to be precise – with main man Scooter Ward admitting to suffering writers block, which he overcame after discovering Nick Cave’s ‘One More Time With Feeling’ … Continue reading

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Album review: LUKE JACKSON – Journals

LUKE JACKSON - Journals

First Take [Release date 08.11.19] Luke Jackson returns with his fifth album where he is joined by Andy Sharps on bass and Elliott Norris on drums, with both adding harmony vocals. Luke Jackson tackles a number of subjects on the … Continue reading

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Interview: PETE WAY

Pete Way Band

Ahead of his UK tour Darren Johnson talks to the former UFO bass supremo Pete Way. It wasn’t that long ago that the only news we’d be reading about Pete Way was in connection with his various ongoing health battles. … Continue reading

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Gig review: FLIGHT BRIGADE – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, 4 October 2019

FLIGHT BRIGADE - Telford

What’s not to like? An architecturally interesting venue for food, drink and music.  A beer festival.  And a free gig!! The first thing you might say about Flight Brigade, two days into a 14-date tour, is “where are the girls?”.  … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – Under the Bridge, London, 27 September 2019

MARTIN TURNER- Under the Bridge, London, 27 September 2019

Martin Turner’s latest tour revisiting his Wishbone Ash catalogue one step at a time, took him to Under the Bridge,  home of his beloved Chelsea FC, with their 1971 sophomore album ‘Pilgrimage’ following in the footsteps of ‘There’s The Rub’, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

THUNDER- The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

Thunder gigs come in all shapes and sizes, from the crowd pleasing festival appearances, to their semi-legendary Christmas shows, to the recent ‘Please Remain Seated’ semi-unplugged tour. Since their latest reformation for a third spell they have even played arena … Continue reading

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News: earMUSIC release high quality vinyl reissues of classic albums – win copies! (October 2019)

earMUSIC Classics

earMUSIC/Edel have announced the first phase of their high quality vinyl-led Classics range. The first batch of releases – available as lavishly presented, limited edition 180g. virgin vinyl – will be released 25 October and include The Who (‘Live At … Continue reading

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Album review: KING CALAWAY – Rivers

KING CALAWAY - Rivers

BMG [Release date 04.10.19] King Calaway formed last year, released an EP earlier this year and now are set to unleash their debut album ‘Rivers’. I will admit this is not your standard GRTR! fare, however good songs are just … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2019 – September 2019)

DANNY BEARDSLEY - Blood From A Stone

January-March 2019 April-June 2019 DANNY BEARDSLEY Blood From A Stone www.dannybeardsley.com [Release date 20.09.19] Just when you thought it was safe to go back in to your ageing album collection – frustrated that much new stuff merely recycles the old … Continue reading

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Album review: CRASHDIET – Rust

CRASHDIET - Rust

Frontiers [Release date 13.09.19] “Rust” is a welcome return for Sweden’s Crashdiet, their first album since 2013’s “The Savage Playground” and the first to feature new(ish) vocalist Gabriel Keyes. The album is top quality melodic yet sleazy rock, with heavier … Continue reading

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Album review: SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream Tour

SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPRIATORS - Living The Dream Tour

Eagle Vision [Release date 27.09.19] Recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (yes, technically it’s not called that anymore but I’m still stuck firmly in the past) earlier this year, this newly released double CD and DVD package serves to show … Continue reading

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Album review: LEE ABRAHAM – Comatose

LEE ABRAHAM - Comatose

F2 Music [Release date 27.09.19] I really enjoyed Lee Abraham’s 2017 album ‘Colours’, a veritable AOR meets prog delight and now Lee Abraham is back with a new solo outing, this time a concept piece. ‘Comatose’ tells the story of … Continue reading

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Album review: TURBOKILL – Vice World

TURBOKILL - Vice World

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.10.19] What we have here is a contender for the next generation of classic rock. In 2019 we get album based on the kind of classic trad metal that, at the heavier end, influenced and then rode … Continue reading

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