Album review: STEPHEN DALE PETIT – 2020 Visions


333 Records [Release date 27.03.20]

Let me straight away pay tribute here to the cover artwork by Klaus Voorman, which is fantastic. Voorman, of course, was tight with The Beatles from Hamburg days – and he won a Grammy for his artwork on “Revolver”. He was even announced in the press as Paul McCartney’s replacement when he left the band, and in the 70’s also played on many classic rock and pop records. Klaus Voorman doesn’t do artwork for just anyone, so Stephen Dale Petit sets a very high benchmark for himself. SDP (as he likes to call himself) also regularly uses Patty Boyd photographs, and is known for playing live with such luminaries as Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood SDP is a veteran of several releases.

It’s clear his grounding is blues playing, but it often sounds more like 70’s rock than Delta Blues – which is not a bad thing. He is the master of some mean riffs. “Soul of a Man” is a real hook of a riff after only two or three playings. Plus some virtuoso guitar playing, ably backed by a small band.

This album is definitely a grower. Then, just when you feel you’ve got it down, something else pops up to make categorising SDP a tricky proposition. “The Fall of America” is not only a great song title, it evokes more recent years with a kind of Kasabian meets Oasis groove. Other times the album might evoke 70’s band sounds – Dutch group Focus being an example. There’s even a spoken/rap vocal on “Zombie Train” done over the top of a funk baseline.

All in all a high quality release. The vocals are average but everything else top drawer.

Review by Iain McGonigal


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 20 December., imbued with a festive flavour to raise the spirits

More about Josh:

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 20 December 2020 and announces the results of the Popular Poll for Best of 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 20 December 2020 and includes Pete’s best of the year selections

Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
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Featured Albums w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Our Glass House (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 SERGEANT STEEL Truck Tales (Boyz Tyme Records)
14:00-16:00 DAN REED Liftoff (Zero Entertainment)

Power Plays w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)

BLACK SPIDERS – Good Times (Dark Riders Records/Cargo Records)
GRAVITY MACHINE Standing Stones (Zyse Records)
EMPIIRES Love Or Hate (TLG Entertainment/INgrooves)
RAY FENWICK Tam Tam (Singsong Music)
DEAD REYNOLDS Voices (The Fort)
LAYLA ZOE Don’t Wanna Help Anyone (indie)

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