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News: The Best of 2019 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2019

The Get Ready to ROCK! end of year ‘Best of’ fully reflects the reviewers’ and the website’s eclectic tastes.  Their reviews are amongst the most highly visible and authoritative on the web. The Best of… has been a feature on … Continue reading

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Gig review: LAST IN LINE/Vega – The Tivoli, Buckley, 27 November 2019

LAST IN LINE - The Tivoli, Buckley, 27 November 2019

This gig was nearly, but not quite, ring out the old ring in the new. With some gigs rearranged from early December, this was a chance to see a band of essentially old stagers with two of the “nu-breed” of … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2019 – December 2019)

Buck & Evans - Write A Better Day

January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July – September 2019 BUCK AND EVANS Write A Better Day (Departure Records) …feels like an old school album crafted with contemporary values.  Given enough airplay this impressive debut album should help … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION (DBA) – Live In England (CD/DVD)

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION (DBA) - Live In England (CD/DVD)

Magical Thinker Records [Release date 29.11.19] Geoff Downes has been involved in a whole range of projects over the years, outside of Asia and Yes.  His collaboration with UK born, LA-based Chris Braide seems to be one of the more … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY – Under These Lights

THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY - Under These Lights

[Release date 15.11.19] The band’s name and the iconic sleeve/artwork featuring a vintage Chevrolet pick-up would never lead you to the band’s steel hometown – of Sheffield.  But these days, southern rock/Americana knows no bounds. A hard working band, influenced … Continue reading

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Album review: MILES NIELSEN AND THE RUSTED HEARTS – Ohbahoy

MILES NIELSEN AND THE RUSTED HEARTS - Ohbahoy

[Release date 10.01.20] The cynic in me always puts extra scrutiny on the veracity of projects by the offspring of famous ‘rock ‘n’ roll parentage – in this case, the son and heir of Cheap Trick lead guitarist and principle … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – From A Page/In The Present Live From Lyon (box set)

YES - From A Page/In The Present Live From Lyon

Yes [Release date 27.10.19] This boxed set is perhaps best considered as a “stop-gap” for fans in the absence of any new product following this summer’s Yes 50 Live release, and ahead of the band’s 2020 UK tour. One-time Yes … Continue reading

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News: CANCER ON THE ROCKS – charity gig at Bush Hall, London features Romeo’s Daughter, Piston and others (23/24 November 2019)

Romeo

Cancer On The Rocks, a two day festival in aid of Macmillan and The Royal Marsden Hospital, takes place for the first time this year in London at Bush Hall, 23/24 November.   The brainchild of Skyfire Records’  Rick Palin, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: WILDWOOD KIN, PAMELA SUE MANN, CATTLE & CANE, CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

WILDWOOD KIN Wildwood Kin

WILDWOOD KIN Wildwood Kin Silvertone/Sony  [Release date 04.10.19] Alt-folkies Wildwood Kin – sisters Beth and Emillie Key, and cousin Meghann Loney follow up their 2017 debut (Turning Tides) with an altogether more ‘grown up’ sounding sophomore self-titled release. Majoring on … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4 November 2019

MARILLION - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4 November 2019

Rightly acknowledged as one of the bands at the forefront of crowdfunding, I’m beginning to think Marillion should also be given credit as pioneers in recycling. Because whilst I’ve been a fan since Fish jumped ship 30 years ago, I … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – reissues

DAN REED NETWORK - Slam

UMC [Release date 25.10.19] For fans, the question for these reissues has to be – firstly – why has it taken 30-odd years to get definitive remasters?  And, secondly, where are the bonus tracks? OK, the analogue to digital transfer … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI – Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, 1 November 2019

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI - Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, 1 November 2019

In the first part of a two part special Kiki Dee chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about her early career.  First broadcast in March 2015.  Part 2 is available here Kiki Dee is a Featured Artist at Get … Continue reading

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Album review: CHASING THE MONSOON – No Ordinary World

CHASING THE MONSOON - No Ordinary World

[Release date 20.09.19] Once upon a time, in a Galaxy far, far away – well, OK, maybe not a Galaxy far away, but Swansea isn’t a place most people could pinpoint on a map without the help of Google – … Continue reading

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Album review: VINNIE MOORE – Soul Shifter

VINNIE MOORE - Soul Shifter

Mind’s Eye Music [Release date 09.10.19] What does a still-relevant guitarist do when his main band says farewell?  You keep releasing solo albums, that’s what.  Vinnie Moore’s last solo outing was in 2015 – Aerial Visions – but in fairness … Continue reading

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News: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR 17-19 July 2020 announces early additions

Hawkwind - GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL - Skegness 22-24 January 2016

Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2020 for the sixth consecutive year, 17-19 July. The full “Prog In The Park” line-up includes Big Big Train(Headliner), Curved Air (Special Guest), Pure Reason Revolution, Moon Safari, Lazuli and Blurred Vision. Also announced are … Continue reading

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Album review: DERECHO – Beneath A Stained Glass Sky

DERECHO - Beneath A Stained Glass Sky

www.derecho.band [Release date 16.11.19] Oh dear, there’s always added pressure when a band sends a direct copy of their latest album for review.  No one, not even seasoned GRTR! reviewers, wants to tell proud parents that their baby is never … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TONY McLOUGHLIN, KELLY STEWARD

KELLY STEWARD Tales And Tributes Of The Deserving And Not So

TONY McLOUGHLIN True Native Fuego [Release date 15.11.19] Irish born singer -songwriter Tony McLoughlin’s seventh studio album picks up where his previous offering – The Contender (2013) – ‘a glorious Telecaster infused slab of Tom Petty / Springsteen inspired Americana’ … Continue reading

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Album review: JAN AKKERMAN – Close Beauty

JAN AKKERMAN - Close Beauty

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot [Release date 25.10.19] Let’s be honest.  Jan Akkerman hasn’t exactly been active in terms of album releases in the millennium.  I also have to declare an interest having managed several UK tours for the guitarist in the … Continue reading

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Album review: RISE – Strangers

RISE - Strangers

Wise Queen Records [Release date 18.10.19] Strangers is the new album by Sussex based singer songwriter RISE – the artist formerly known as Talitha Rise (aka Jo Beth Young). The follow up to her 2018 debut An Abandoned Orchid House, … Continue reading

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Album review: SAYER & JOYCE – Makes You Stronger

SAYER & JOYCE - Makes You Stronger

Pete Feenstra chatted to Ron Sayer Jr. and Charlotte Joyce about the album ‘Makes You Stronger’.  This interview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in November 2019. Gulf Coast Records [Release date 04.10.19] When Pete Feenstra reviewed … Continue reading

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