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Album review: KYLA BROX – Pain & Glory

Kyla Brox - Pain & Glory

Pigskin Records [Release date 29.03.19] Kyla Brox’s ‘Pain & Glory’ is the perfect showcase for one of the great blues singers of her generation. From the striking artwork to the the nascent songcraft of Kyla and her bass playing partner Danny … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS – Killin’ It Live

Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers - Killin

Alligator Records [Release Date 01.02.19] From the moment Tommy Castro yells out “Party time everybody, it’s Saturday night”, we’re in the thrall of a perfect performance. For all his song writing ability and guitar chops, Tommy is the consummate performer … Continue reading

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Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Another World

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Tuohi Records [Release Date 26.04.19] ‘Another World’ is a suitably titled album that reflects blues-rock guitarist Erja Lyytinen growing musical aspirations. She initially learnt her craft as a slide playing blues guitarist, but in recent years she’s brought a sharper … Continue reading

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Album review: SAVOY BROWN – City Night

SAVOY BROWN – City Night

Quarto Valley Records [Release date 07.06.19] ‘City Night’ is a milestone release for Kim Simmons. It’s his 40th album release and comes on the back of his relatively recent 50th anniversary and the chart topping ‘Witchy Feelin’ album. In recent … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 17.05.19] ‘Behold The Electric Guitar’ is a delightful, passionate, adventurous and imaginative album. It’s full of technical mastery that is counterbalanced by a sense of humour as evidenced by the song titles. It’s a restless … Continue reading

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Gig review: VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS – Islington Academy, London, 27 March 2019

Suzi Quatro

Tonight’s 2019 Vive le Rock Awards was always going to be a broad musical church, what with a mix of  punk, new wave and glam artists populating the bill. That said, the spirit of punk hangs heavily on a night … Continue reading

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Album review: GEORGE BENSON – Walking To New Orleans

GEORGE BENSON – Walking To New Orleans

Provogue [Release date 26.04.19] George Benson’s ‘Walking To New Orleans’ continues where his last Nat King Cole covers album left off 3 years ago. It’s not so much a leap of faith , as simply discovering whether his timeless vocal … Continue reading

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Album review: KEITH HOWE – That’s The Vibe

Keith Howe - That

Pete Feenstra chatted to Keith Howe for his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast on 21 April 2019 and featuring tracks from the album ‘That’s The Vibe’. Self release [Release date 31.01.19] Former Blacktop Deluxe leader Keith … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY HOEY – Neon Highway Blues

GARY HOEY – Neon Highway Blues

Pete Feenstra chatted to Gary Hoey in March 2019 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio playing tracks from the new album. Provogue [Release date 15.03.19] Gary Hoey has forged his own musical path since the early 90′s as a best … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN TROWER – Coming Closer To The Day

ROBIN TROWER – Coming Closer To The Day

Provogue [Release date 22.03.19] Robin Trower’s conceptually titled ‘Coming Closer To The Day’ offers a big clue as to the introspective nature of an album on which his guitar playing makes the biggest impact. His vocal are a problem. He … Continue reading

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Album review: SPINOUT UK – My Kind Of People

SPINOUT UK – My Kind Of People

Self release [Release date 18.01.19] From Len Surtees subtly thumbed bass notes on opening ‘Field Of Fire’, to Gary Roberts evocative vocals throughout an album framed by a lush production with a big wall of sound, Spinout UK make an … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE SHARPEEZ/Deep Blue Sea/Spinout UK – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 22 February 2019

The Sharpeez

The 3rd Boom Boom Rocking R&B Festival might not win many prizes for it’s strap  line, but The Sharpeez, DeepBlue Sea and Spinout Uk more than make up for that with three engagingly varied and well received sets. All 3 … Continue reading

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Album review: REESE WYNANS AND FRIENDS – Sweet Release

Reese Wynans - Sweet Release

Provogue [Release date 01.03.19] It’s hard to dislike a guest filled covers album that beats with a southern heart, be it Texas rocking blues, white boy soul meets Muscle Shoals, or out and out Southern Rock. But it takes the … Continue reading

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Album review: TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Signs

Tedeschi Trucks - Signs

Concord [Release date 15.02.19] ‘Signs’ is the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 6th album and it finds them unwittingly embracing middle age with mature songs, deep emotion and intricate playing. What it lacks is a sense of equilibrium, as there’s surfeit of … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON TODD – Half Empty/Half Full

Simon Todd - Half Empty/Half Full

Ginger Tom Music [Release date 21.09.18] Produced by the esteemed songwriter Boo Hewerdine, Northumberland singer/songwriter Simon Todd’s ‘Half Empty/Half Full’ is an aptly titled album that keeps the listener guessing until very end.  The title might be interpreted as a … Continue reading

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Album review: MUSCLE SHOALS – Small Town Big Sound

MUSCLE SHOALS – Small Town Big Sound

BMG Soundstage [Release date 28.09.18] ‘Small Town Big Sound’ is an ambitious attempt to update the famous Southern Muscle Shoals sound for the new generation. A well received documentary led to this all star affair, on a musical meeting of … Continue reading

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Album review: CLIMAX BLUES BAND – Hands Of Time

CLIMAX BLUES BAND – Hands Of Time

Self release [Release date 05.01.19] The Climax Blues Band moniker has existed since 1972 when after 5 years as a blues-rock band they quietly dropped the Chicago part of their name to reflect a broadening of their musical palette. The … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE EGGS – We Humans

STEVE EGGS – We Humans

Self release [Release date 08.02.19] The Steve Eggs Band is a Brit-Americana into country rock outfit with strong songs, sparkling harmonies and a significant Tom Petty influence. ‘We Humans’ showcases ten original Eggs songs and one co-write with bassist Peter … Continue reading

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Album review: DEL BROMHAM – White Feather

DEL BROMHAM - White Feather

In February 2019 Pete Feenstra chatted to Del Bromham for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, playing tracks from ‘White Feather’. Estoteric Antenna [Release date 12.10.18] After a 50 odd year career, ‘White Feather’ finally reveals who … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – The Bookends

ERIC GALES – The Bookends

Provogue  [Release date 08.02.19] Back in his psychedelic rock days, I always used to think that it was Eric Gales’s second solo that defined both the song itself and the guitarist’s signature style. Just like a boxer he bobbed, weaved … Continue reading

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