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Gig review: BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS – 100 Club, London, 15 May 2016

BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS – 100 Club, London, 15 May 2016

In a world of unrelenting hype and instant downloads there’s something reassuring about seeing Big Boy Bloater at the 100 Club. Perhaps it’s the perfect match of an unpretentious artist holding court at a venue that has outlived just about … Continue reading

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Album review: VARGAS BLUES BAND – Hard Time Blues

Vargas Blues band - Hard Time Blues

Santo Grial [Release date 15.02.16] Its 22 years since Carlos Santana covered Javier Vargas’s song ‘Blues Latino’. And while the Spanish guitarist has built up an impressive discography in the interim, the challenge he continues to sets himself is to … Continue reading

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Album review: MALAYA BLUE – Heartsick

MALAYA BLUE – Heartsick

MBM [Release date 08.04.16] Malaya Blue is a versatile singer who is equally at home singing a variety of musical genres as she is singing blues. ‘Heartsick’ is a lyric driven work which starts out as a blues album, but … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RIDES – Pierced Arrow

THE RIDES – Pierced Arrow

Provogue [Release date 06.05.16] ‘Pierced Arrow’ isn’t so much a concept album as a confirmation of shared values, which extends from the music of Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to their predilection for vintage cars. Their 10 track musical … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – I Can Destroy

PAUL GILBERT – I Can Destroy

In the Pete Feenstra Feature on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 8 May 2016 at 20:00 GMT, Pete chatted to Paul Gilbert, with tracks from the album ‘I Can Destroy’. More information earMUSIC [Release date 27.05.15] Paul Gilbert is … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN TROWER – Where You Are Going To

ROBIN TROWER – Where You Are Going To

Manhaton [Release date 06.05.15] You don’t so much listen to a Robin Trower album these days as simply immerse yourself in his grooves. His combination of guitar artistry, syrupy grooves, heartfelt vocals and a constant search for the emotional core … Continue reading

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Album review: ELIZA NEALS – Breaking and Entering

ELIZA NEALS – Breaking and Entering

In this special hour-long feature, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chats to Eliza Neals about her music. E-H Records [Release date 20.02.15] ‘Breaking And Entering’ is a rip roaring rock/blues album with plenty of musical … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROB TOGNONI BAND/Salvation Jayne – Boom Boom Club, Sutton,15 April 2016

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It would be surprising if the Australian rock-blueser Rob Tognoni still had a lot to say lyrically after nearly 40 years on the boards. And while his early recording career was much more song-driven, he now lets his guitar do … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN PATLANSKY – Introvertigo

DAN PATLANSKY – Introvertigo

Caroline International P&D [Release date 06.05.16] Dan Patlansky tell us ‘Introvertigo’ is a concept album, but you’d have to delve into an urban dictionary to discover that the title means: “The dizzy feeling an introvert gets when he or she … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDY FRASCO AND THE U.N. – Happy Bastards

ANDY FRASCO AND THE U.N. – Happy Bastards

Ruf [Release date 26.02.16] Often described as a party band full of ‘orchestrated chaos’, Southern Californian outfit Andy Frasco and the U.N. is no such thing on record. They are every bit as organized and astute as Zappa was in … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN ILLSLEY – Long Shadows

JOHN ILLSLEY – Long Shadows

Pete Feenstra chatted to John Illsley about his new album and his influences in a one-hour special broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 24 April.  This is repeated on Thursday 28 April at 23:00 GMT.  In this … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLACK CIRCLES – Undone

THE BLACK CIRCLES – Undone

Self Release [Release date 05.03.16] The Black Circles is a power trio from Warrington who made an initial splash with their ‘From The Top’ EP/CD, released about a year ago. Those 4 tracks are all included here and accurately reflect … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNIE LUSH BAND – Renaissance

CONNIE LUSH BAND – Renaissance

Boom Recordings [Release date 15.04.16] ‘Renaissance’ is easily Connie Lush’s best album as she embraces a new sophistication with strong songs, an intuitive production and subtle band support, all of which is illuminated the clarity of John Astley’s mastering. When … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLA BROX – Throw Away Your Blues

KYLA BROX – Throw Away Your Blues

Pigskin Records [Release date 15.04.16] From the opening gospel feel of ‘If You See Him’ to the closing heartfelt love song ‘I Will Love You More’, this album reconfirms Kyla Brox as a peerless confessional – sometime torch singer – … Continue reading

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Album review: ADRIAN WEISS – Easy Game

ADRIAN WEISS – Easy Game

CD Baby [Release date 06.07.14] Just in case you dozed off listening to too much AOR, or you’ve have been concussed by too much metal, you may have missed the emergence of a whole new school of prog-metal instrumentalists including … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco

Provogue [Release date 26.02.16] In terms of their name alone, Supersonic Blues Machine, has a lot to live up to. Based around the power trio of bassist, producer and songwriter Fabrizio Grossi, guitarist and earthy vocalist Lance Lopez and drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: TORONZO CANNON – The Chicago Way

TORONZO CANNON – The Chicago Way

Alligator [Release date 26.02.16] From the opening sustained notes of Toronzo Cannon’s ‘The Pain Around Me’, you know he’s got something to say both lyrically and musically. In many ways he represents an updated version of a previous Alligator artist … Continue reading

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Album review: GEOFF CARNE AND THE HATZ – Get Close

GEOFF CARNE AND THE HATZ – Get Close

Advision UK [Release date 07.03.16] At times it’s hard to believe that Geoff Carne and his long time musical partner Mick Hatz are only a duo, but having taken their inspiration from the likes of The White Stripes, they pursue … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVIE NIMMO – Sky Won’t Fall

STEVIE NIMMO – Sky Won

Manhaton [Release date 04.03.16] Stevie Nimmo’s returns to his solo career with a broad based but coherent set of songs that play to his strengths as a thoughtful song writer, impassioned vocalist and stellar guitar player. Where his solo debut … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLUE HORIZON – Volume1

THE BLUE HORIZON – Volume 1

Self Release [Release date 01.04.16] The Blue Horizon is a power trio from the Weston-Super-Mare, UK. Their wide musical sweep is a breath of fresh air on the current rock/blues scene. The band sparkles on the soulful, melodic  funk and … Continue reading

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