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Album review: LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

Top Stop Music [Release date: 09.03.18] ‘The Truth’ is Laurence Jones’s fifth album and it finds him taking a brave leap of faith into commercial waters with the emphasis firmly on songs. It’s an album that finds him diversifying his … Continue reading

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Gig review: MALONE SIBUN BAND/Lethbridge Owen Band – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

MALONE SIBUN BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

The Malone Sibun Band might not win any medals for the originality of their name, but musically they surpass all expectations with a perfect blend of kick-ass, but soulful rocking blues. They perfectly balance the explosive guitarist Innes Sibun with … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROCKIN’ THE BLUES 2018 – The Garage, London, 17 March 2018

Eric Gales - ROCKIN

The inaugural Rockin’ The Blues Festival hit London after 7 gigs – coupled with special meet and greet sessions and guitar clinics –  in 8 days over three countries,. Clearly the Provogue label is taking its concept of a musical … Continue reading

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Album review: BETH HART – Live From New York: Front And Center (CD/DVD)

BETH HART - Live From New York: Front And Center

Provogue [Release date 13.04.18] Beth Hart’s ‘Live From New York: Front And Center’ (sic) is her first live album for 13 years, and it’s essentially an update of a career that has taken off like a rocket in the last … Continue reading

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Album review: BERNARD ALLISON – Let It Go

BERNARD ALLISON – Let It Go

Ruf [Release date: 02.02.18] Bernard Allison’s return to Ruf Records after 12 years finds him in a mellow, reflective mood. He’s ditched the horns and keyboard to focus on the rhythmic quality of a song-driven album. As a result, he … Continue reading

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Album review: VANJA SKY – Bad Penny

VANJA SKY – Bad Penny

Ruf Records [Release date 23.02.18] ‘Bad Penny’ is a 12 track rock-blues album on which the young Croatian guitarist Vanja Sky impressively crafts her own style. She’s a song driven artist with a locker full of licks who moulds the … Continue reading

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Album review: LANCE LOPEZ – Tell The Truth

Lance Lopez - Tell The Truth

In this hour special first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chats to Lance Lopez with tracks from the new album. More information Provogue Records [Release date 02.03.18] ‘Tell The Truth’ is in Lance Lopez’s own words: … Continue reading

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Album review: BAD PENNIES – Songs From The Medway Delta

BAD PENNIES – Songs From The Medway Delta

Top Dollar Music [Release date 02.02.18] In many ways the Bad Pennies’ ‘Songs from The Medway Delta’ is a snap shot of the high standard of rocking blues that used to fill the nation’s pub and club music circuit. But much … Continue reading

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Book review: GORDY MARSHALL – Postcards From A Rock & Roll Tour

GORDY MARSHALL – Postcards From A Rock & Roll Tour

Splendid Books Limited – 251 pages paperback [Publication date: December 2012] ‘Postcards From A Rock & Roll Tour’ is: “a series of personal daily journals,” or as the Moody Blues co-drummer and author Gordy Marshall further elucidates: “more like extended … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEW GENERATION BLUES 2018 – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 February 2018

NEW GENERATION BLUES 2018  – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 February 2018

The New Generation Blues 2018 rolled into the Boom Boom Club for the penultimate date of a UK tour that has seen them work their way from Hartlepool to Worthing. The Danny Giles Band (aka The DBG), Red Butler and … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – Revelation

DANNY BRYANT – Revelation

Jazzhaus Records [Release date 20.04.18] For an album that Danny Bryant tells us features songs that: “confront memories and emotions I didn’t really want to face”, and material with: “dark subject matter”, it might have made sense to include a … Continue reading

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Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

Alligator Records [Release date 12.01.18] Tinsley Ellis has long been a dependable roadhouse rocke who is equally happy tearing things up as he is searching for an emotive connection. Following in the slipstream of his last CD the soulful ‘Red … Continue reading

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Album review: MITCH WOODS – Friends Along The Way

MITCH WOODS – Friends Along The Way

eOne Music [Release date 29.09.17] It takes a brave musician to oversee a mostly unplugged, all star duo and trio compilation album spanning over 30 years.  But West coast pianist Mitch Woods is as fearless as he is musically talented … Continue reading

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Album review: KRIS BARRAS – The Divine And Dirty

Kris Barras - The Devine And Dirty

Provogue [Release date 23.03.18] If there’s a dichotomy at the heart of  ’The Divine And Dirty’ – Kris Barras’s debut album for Provogue – it’s probably a reference to his first hand knowledge of what to takes to make it. … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

Pete Feenstra chatted to Tom Toomey in his Feature show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 25 February 2018, including tracks from ‘Turquoise’. Giant Records [Release date 06.01.18] Tom Toomey is best known as the guitarist with The … Continue reading

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Album review: STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX – The Mutual Admiration Society

STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX  – The Mutual Admiration Society

Mascot [Release date 19.01.18] Guitarist Sterling Ball, bassist John Ferraro and drummer Jim Cox explore a musical lineage which their label tells us, is: “A celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.” The label in this … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – God Bless America

THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – God Bless America

Self Release [Release date 01.12.18] ‘God Bless America’ is an album full of colourful narratives – both real and imagined – deep grooves, intricate guitar work and an array of sparkling tones. It invites us to immerse ourselves in a … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY WALTON BAND – Soul Of A Man

Billy Walton Band - Soul Of A Man

Vizztone Records [Release date 12.01.18] Not to be confused with the Blind Willie Johnson song, the Billy Walton Band’s ‘Soul Of A Man’ album strikes the perfect balance between their natural exuberance and nascent song craft. If you include a … Continue reading

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Album review: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – The Blues And I Should Have A Party

ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – The Blues And I Should Have A Party

33 Records [Release date 02.03.18] ‘The Blues And I Should Have A Party’ is as much a thematic statement of the band’s musical intent – let alone history – as it is a specific title track about a troubled relationship. … Continue reading

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Book review: JACKIE MCAULEY – I, SIDEMAN: The Story Of Me In The 60′s & 70′s

JACKIE MCAULEY - I, SIDEMAN: The Story Of Me In The 60

www.jackiemcauley.com – 253 pages paperback [Publication date: December 2017] Jackie McAuley’s ‘I Sideman: The Story Of Me In The 60′s and 70′s’ is an eloquently written, partial biography by a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who takes three quarters of the … Continue reading

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