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Quick plays: THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, QUIET RIOT

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND What If Rounder Records [Release date 18.08.17] Jerry Douglas has played and appeared on over 1,600 albums, from artists such as Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, plus he has been a member of Alison … Continue reading

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EP review: THE VIRGINMARYS – Sitting Ducks

Self Release [Release date 22.09.17] The Virginmarys have had a roller coaster ride of a career to date, with many favourable plaudits for their music from the press, big name tour support slots and their debut album made the US Billboard … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARTIN SIMPSON, RIVERDOGS, HIRSH GARDNER

MARTIN SIMPSON Trails & Tribulations Topic Records [Release date 01.09.17] Trails & Tribulations’ is Martin Simpson’s twentieth album in a career spanning over 40 years. As he says the album “is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS HILLMAN – Bidin’ My Time

Rounder Records [Release date 22.09.17] ‘Bidin’ My Time’ marks the first solo album from one of the Byrds founding members Chris Hillman in over twelve years. On this album he has long time fan Tom Petty handling production, along with … Continue reading

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Interview: JOHN MITCHELL (LONELY ROBOT)

Lonely Robot aka John Mitchell released the second album in the trilogy, ‘The Big Dream’, earlier this year. Lonely Robot play UK dates supported by Tilt at the end of this month. Over to John Mitchell… Have you been pleased … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TUBES – The A&M Albums

THE TUBES - The A&M Albums

In Part 1 (above) of a two-part special, Fee Waybill chats about the formative years of The Tubes. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 28 June 2015) Part 2 (above) discusses the band’s progress from the early-1980s to … Continue reading

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Album review: SUZI QUATRO – Legend

SUZI QUATRO - Legend

Chrysalis [Release date 22.09.17] To coincide with Suzi’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth albums (1975 – 1979 on RAK) being fully remastered and issued digitally for the first time, Chrysalis issue this compilation that covers a good chunk of her … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DA VINCI, LEPROUS

DA VINCI Ambition Rocks

DA VINCI Ambition Rocks AOR Heaven [Release date 25.08.17] It has been a mere 25 years since Da Vinci last released an album, the rather good ‘Back In Business’. The 2017 version of the band appears to only feature guitarist … Continue reading

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Single review: SHARON LAZIBYRD – Don’t Worry

[Release date 01.09.17] The third single by Sharon Lazibyrd from her upcoming album due later this year. The song features Sharon Lazibyrd on vocals, ukulele, viola and cowbell and she is joined by Damon Bridge (accordion), Kate Bridge (backing vocals), … Continue reading

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Album review: QUARTZ – Against All Odds

Dissonance Often associated with the NWoBHM, Quartz were at the melodic end; a bit like Magnum without the pomp. And before splitting in 1983 they produced some fantastic hard rock (and since their reformation too). The catalogue has been reissued … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM ARNOLD – I Am For You

TA Music [Release date 01.09.17] Tim Arnold has had a busy year to date with the ‘Sounds To Pictures’ album earlier this year, a re-issue of the ‘No Coincidence’ album by indie rockers Jocasta, who Arnold was a member of, … Continue reading

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EP review: SAINT APACHE – Wolf Machine

[Release date 21.07.17] Wolf Machine is a 4 track long EP, by alt-rock band Saint Apache. It is an absolutely solid entry into alt-rock, and could comfortably sit alongside other popular artists of the genre. The whole EP has a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: EMPIRE, LAST BULLET, TOM RUSSELL, DICK

EMPIRE - The Raven Ride

EMPIRE The Raven Ride Pride & Joy Music [Release date 18.08.17] Pride & Joy Music continue their Empire re-issues and here we have the band’s third album which was originally released in 2006. Former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin sang … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGUY – Monuments

Nuclear Blast [Release date 14.07.17] Edguy are celebrating their 25th anniversary in style with this 28 song compilation that has an added live CD and DVD. Edguy main man Tobias Sammet never does things by halves and there are five … Continue reading

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News: JON STEVENS announces new album Starlight (September 2017)

On September 15th  Jon Stevens returns with his new solo album, ‘Starlight,’ out on BMG. ‘Starlight’ is 11-track collection bursting with soulful artistry and honesty, masterfully crafted by one of Australia’s most prolific rock stars. Different as they are, each track overflows with … Continue reading

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Album review: ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope

Frontiers [Release date 07.07.17] All 4 1 are another Frontiers project, with this one overseen by Alessandro Del Vecchio, who produced the album as well as playing keys and co-writing a few songs. The band consists of half of Alliance (about time … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Scarecrow

www.catsinspaceband.com [Release date 25.08.17] Cats In Space’s debut album ‘Too Many Gods’ was released in 2015 and rightly won the band many rave reviews. Since then they have toured supporting Thunder, done a joint headline tour with Space Elevator, appeared … Continue reading

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Album review: TEN – Gothica

TEN - Gothica

Frontiers [Release date 07.07.17] Album number thirteen from the enduring melodic rockers Ten, which also sees them back on Frontiers in a multi-album deal. They have hit a purple patch these past few years, helped no doubt by the same line-up … Continue reading

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Album review: BITCHES SIN – Predator

BITCHES SIN - Predator

Dissonance Formed in 1980, Bitches Sin were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and have since issued a number of classic metal albums, including Invaders, Uduvudu, The Rapture and First Temptation. It’s a genuinely great catalogue. This, … Continue reading

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Album review: FICTION SYXX – Tall Dark Secret

MeldodicRock Records [Release date 21.08.17] Fiction Syxx is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Mark Allen Lanoue who has had these musical ideas for some time now. To help him realise his musical vision he is joined by guitarist JK Northrup (King … Continue reading

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