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Gig review: BLACK STONE CHERRY – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 5 December 2016

BLACK STONE CHERRY – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 5 December 2016

To say Black Stone Cherry deliver the kind of impassioned Southern tinged classic rock that their fans demand, is to grossly underestimate the versatility of a remarkable performance and the strength of their songs. Tonight they lyrically bare their soul … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART/Colin James – Royal Festival Hall, London, 23 November 2016

BETH HART/Colin James – Royal Festival Hall, London, 23 November 2016

It isn’t just her remarkable voice and emotive songs, let alone her vivacious stage presence that marks Beth Hart out as special, it’s much more than that. She’s a force of nature and a previously troubled soul who has dragged … Continue reading

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Gig review: THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 14 November 2016

THORBJORN RISAGER THE BLACK TORNADO – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 14 November 2016

Just like their viking history, Danish bues-rockers Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado came, saw, conquered by funking up the house with a high energy show that breathes fresh life into the big band blues review format. With a name … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MUTANTS – Your Desert My Mind

THE MUTANTS – Your Desert My Mind

Killer Tracks [Release date 23.09.16] Fortified by a mission statement that reads: “The Mutants take to the underworld to plot and scheme with their network of punks, hippies, dandies, rude boys, lowlifes and degenerates to hatch a diabolical plan to … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINE BELOW ZERO/Chloe Marriott – Under The Bridge, London, 4 November 2016

NINE BELOW ZERO – Under The Bridge, London, 4 November 2016

Tonight, Nine Below Zero are reborn as a big band. They have all the essential qualities that an 8-piece combo requires, from the core duo of seasoned front man Dennis Greaves and the magisterial harp player Mark Feltham, to a … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC JOHNSON – EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic and Piano

Eric Johnson - EJ

Provogue [Release date 07.10.16] ‘EJ’ is a stripped down celebration of simplicity and feel, bolstered by Eric Johnson’s dazzling technical ability on original material and some imaginative arranged covers. Austin guitarist Eric Johnson pushes himself into new musical avenues by … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN HUGHES – Resonate

GLENN HUGHES – Resonate

On Sunday 30 October at 22:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Glenn Hughes chats to GRTR!’s David Randall about his music, wih tracks from the new album ‘Resonate’ News item Frontiers Music Srl [Release date 04.11.16] To say that … Continue reading

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Album review: RED BUTLER – Nothing To Lose

The Best of 2016 - Breakthrough Act

Red Butler Original [Release date 11.11.16] From the sudden explosive opening burst of ‘Got To Make It’, Red Butler confidently announce that they have moved on a quantum jump from their ‘Freedom Bound’ debut album. ‘Nothing To Lose’ lights a … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBIN TROWER/Stevie Nimmo – Islington Town Hall, London,18 October 2016

ROBIN TROWER – Islington Town Hall, London,18 October 2016

Everything about tonight is a reminder of a bygone era. From the venue – a good old fashioned town hall with a cranked-up PA and ridiculous volume levels – to the whippersnapper support band Stevie Nimmo and a frisky London … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton,14 October 2016

ERJA LYYTINEN BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton,14 October 2016

What a difference year makes. While Finnish guitarist Erja Lyttinen is a regular visitor to these shores for festival and select clubs dates, she’s upped her game with a revamped line-up, some excellent new songs and stellar performance levels that … Continue reading

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Album review: JON HERINGTON – Adult Entertainment

JON HERINGTON – Adult Entertainment

CD Baby [Release date 14.06.16] Jon Herington is best known as the guitarist in Steely Dan for the last 16 years, yet he’s also managed to carve out his own solo career that stretches back to 1992. ‘Adult Entertainment’ – … Continue reading

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Album review: BETH HART – Fire On The Floor

Beth Hart - Fire On The Floor

Pete Feenstra chatted to Beth Hart for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, first broadcast 16 October 2016. This hour special includes tracks from the album ‘Fire On The Floor’. More information Provogue [Release date 14.10.16] Beth … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Greek Theatre

JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Greek Theatre

Provogue  [Release date 23.10.16] CD/DVD/Bluray The key element in Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Live at the Greek Theatre’ DVD/CD release is his integral role in ‘blues heritage’ music, as reflected in the DVD’s strap line ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’. The broad based … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

In this two-hour special Pete Feenstra plays some of those acts appearing at the 2016 Newark Blues Festival and some of the award-winners.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 13 September 2016. It’s one of those days in … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – 13 Shades Of Blue

NINE BELOW ZERO – 13 Shades Of Blue

Zed [Release date 30.09.16] Nine Below Zero’s ‘13 Shades Of Blue’ explores every nuance of the band’s blues antecedents. The album takes us on an r&b journey that opens with funk and explores all the essential blues elements from soul-blues, … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBERT CASTIGLIA – Big Dog

Albert Castiglia - Big Dog

On Sunday 11 September in the Pete Feenstra Feature on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete chats to Albert Castiglia about his music with tracks from ‘Big Dog’ More information Ruf [Release date 20.05.16] ‘Big Dog’ is a bulldozer of … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY HOEY – Dust & Bones

Gary Hoey - Dust & Bones

Provogue [Release date 29.07.16] ‘Dust & Bones’ is guitarist Gary Hoey’s 20th album, 12 of which are instrumental. It’s all  you might expect from a rock-into-blues guitarist who has made his name by re-invigorating favourite 70’s rock songs with metal … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTOINE FAFARD – Sphere

Antoine Fafard - Sphere

Timeless Momentum [Release date 01.09.16] From the purposeful opening of ‘Renaissance Man’ – Gary Husband’s introductory synth and bristling drums lock in with Antoine Fafard’s fretless bass and guitarist Jerry De Villiers Jr.’s sonorous theme – we’re quickly into tension … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVON ALLMAN – Ride Or Die

DEVON ALLMAN – Ride Or Die

Ruf [Release date 16.09.16] ‘Ride Or Die’ is a proud statement of just who Devon Allman is. He’s a southern rocker with a wide musical outlook who over the last decade has carved out his own rootsy niche. ‘Ride Or … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIGHTY MO ROGERS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 25 August 2016

Relache Festival

Picture the scene, its 38c – that’s 100 degrees fahrenheit, though it’s mercifully cooler in the shade – and septuagenarian blues man Mighty Mo Rogers is holding court in front of a big crowd in Square Dom Bedos. In the … Continue reading

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