News: Get Ready to ROCK! announce Best of 2020 Popular Poll winners

Snake Oil & Harmony

Rock music website Get Ready to ROCK! has announced the results of the Popular Poll for Best of 2020.

Readers and listeners could vote in two categories this year: Top Albums and Breakthrough Act.

Snake Oil & Harmony (aka Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn, pictured) were voted Top Album for ‘Hurricane Riders’.

In his original review,  News and Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie commented about “songs that draw the listen in and create images in your head based on the lyrics and music.”

Also in the top five line-up this year were albums by Legacy Pilots, AC/DC, Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult.

The Best of 2020

Commenting on the original reviewer selections published in early December Jason said:

“2020 has been a strange year for music.  Our Best of lists as always reflect the great judgment and hard work of our reviewers.  They don’t always mention the most obvious.

However, this year there was a consensus for AC/DC’s brilliant comeback, closely followed by Blue Oyster Cult.  Both give examples of older, classic rock bands producing something that still sounds fresh, authentic and exciting.  And the same applies to our third “best of” album, the latest from Deep Purple.”

Breakthrough Act in the Popular Poll is pop/country/rock artist Jessica Lynn.  Reviewing  a recent single, Jason wrote “enough pop and country to get that all important airplay/playlists, but also a little bit of rock in the guitar and a smattering of soul in her vocal delivery.”

Also in the listings this year hard rockers Hollowstar and Collateral, the latter were also mentioned in 2019.

The Best of 2020 is celebrated in a  two hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Monday 21 December, and repeated Christmas Day, both at 22:00 GMT.

The Best of 2020 (incl. results link)


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

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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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