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Album review: JOHN McLAUGHLIN – Liberation Blues

John McLaughlin - Liberation Blues

Abstract Logix [Release date 16.07.21] It was John McLaughlin who on being asked about his “loud” playing in the Mahavishnu Orchestra pricelessly responded: “Who said spiritual music should be quiet?” On the evidence of ‘Liberation Time’ he’s turned down, but … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot…CALVERT FLEMING PROJECT – Shotgun Pixie

Calvert Fleming Project - Shotgun Pixie

Amazing Radio 2021 ‘Shotgun Pixie’ is the ultimate album that time forgot, except it’s not been forgotten. This post psychedelic gem of an album by Ohio  guitarist Jimmy Fleming and Robert Calvert’s grand daughter Maya Calvert is very much available … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY CASTRO Presents A Bluesman Came To Town: A Blues Odyssey

Tommy Castro - A Bluesman Came To Town

Alligator Records [Release date: 17.09.21] Every since breaking nationally on NBC’s Comedy Showcase, San Francisco’s Tommy Castro has enjoyed a well founded reputation in the new blues vanguard for his willingness to explore new avenues in the blues genre. Down … Continue reading

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Book review: WHO IS BLUES Vol.2 – The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000 – 2020 by Vincent Abbate

Vincent Abbate - Who Is Blues

Self Published [Publication date 01.09.21] ‘Who Is The Blues Vol.2: The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000-2020′ is an interesting cross section of 20 years of interviews of contemporary blues artists by the German based, New York blues scribe Vincent Abbate. Abbate … Continue reading

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Book review: BOBBY RUSH with Herb Powell – I Ain’t Studdin Ya: My American Blues Story

Bobby Rush with Herb Powell - I Ain't Studdin' Ya - My American Story

Hachette Books [Publication date 15.07.21] Grammy award winner Emmett Ellis Jnr aka Bobby Rush’s  ‘I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story’ is easily one of the best musical biographies of the year. It’s the life and time of a … Continue reading

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Album review: MEDICINE HEAD – Warriors Of Love

Medicine Head - Warriors of Love

Living Room Records [Release date 03.09.21] ‘Warriors of Love’ is a career high for Medicine Head founder member, British Lions and Box of Frog main man John Fiddler. And while the original Medicine Head featured Fiddler and Pete Hope Evans, … Continue reading

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Book review: ERJA LYYTINEN – The Blues Queen by Mape Ollila

Erja Lyytinen - The Blues Queen

Docendo Oy Publishing [Publication date 06.11.20] ‘Erja Lyytinen – The Blues Queen’ is a refreshingly honest biography about a hugely talented classically trained violinist turned rock blues guitarist,  singer-songwriter,  band leader and perfectionist in search of respect and acceptance. It’s … Continue reading

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EP review: ASHLEY SHERLOCK– If You’re Listening

Ashley Sherlock - If You're Listening

Pete Feenstra chatted to Ashley Sherlock about the EP and his music for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 15 August 2021.  Self Release [Release date 09.07.21] Ashley Sherlock is a passionate singer-songwriter who fronts a powerful roots and … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KORGIS – Kartoon World

THE KORGIS – Kartoon World

Pete Feenstra chatted to James Warren about the album Kartoon World for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 1 August 2021.  Korgi Music [Release date 16.07.21] ‘Kartoon World’ is the first proper studio album since 1992. And it marks … Continue reading

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Album review: TROY REDFERN – …The Fire Cosmic!

Troy Redfern - The Fire Cosmic

RED7 Records  [Release date 06.08.21] ‘…The Fire Cosmic!’ is the album Troy has always wanted to make. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s proud, it rocks hard and he achieves his goal of making a big impact. His imperious power trio … Continue reading

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Album review: EDDIE 9V – Little Black Flies

Eddie 9V - Little Black Flies

Ruf Records [Release date 28.05.21] The explosive Eddie 9 Volt (real name Brooks Mason), is a man on a mission. He’s the personification of a post Covid cathartic release. After all, what is there left to do after a year … Continue reading

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Album review: BERNIE MARSDEN – Kings

Bernie Marsden - Kings

Bernie Marsden is the subject of a two-part special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, celebrating the release of a new album and his addition to the station’s exclusive “Featured Artists” section.  Part 1 (above) was first broadcast on 25 … Continue reading

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Album review: BRITISH BLUES INVASION TO RUSSIA FESTIVAL – On-line Invasion Anthology

BRITISH BLUES INVASION TO RUSSIA FESTIVAL – On-line Invasion Anthology

Pete Feenstra chatted to Boris Litvintsev in July 2021 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio featuring several tracks from the new compilation. Hot Draft Productions [Release date 26.05.21] “It’s 9 o’clock in Moscow, 7pm in London….” Boris Litvintsev’s time check … Continue reading

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Album review: TITO JACKSON – Under Your Spell

Tito jackson - Under Your Spell

Pete Feenstra chatted to Tito Jackson for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in July 2021. Gulf Coast Records And Hillside Global [Release date 06.08.21] ‘Under Your Spell’ is an expected delight. Having made his solo debut in 2016 with ‘Tito … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE ZITO – Resurrection

Mike Zito - Resurrection

Gulf Coast Records And Hillside Global [Release date 16.07.21] It is 13 years since Mike Zito cut his first major label album, the David Z produced ‘Home’. 7 collaborations later, the duo reunite again on a project that sounds as … Continue reading

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Film review: SPARKS: Annette / Cannes Festival Opening – The Vox, Montignac-Lascaux, SW France 6 July 2021

Sparks - Annette

It’s early evening in heart of Montignac-Lascaux, a small sleepy South West French town. And I’ve just discovered that the once thriving (pre-covid) art house cinema – which used to double as an outdoor gig – is showing a world … Continue reading

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Album review: MICK PINI AUDIO 54 – Backtrack

Mick Pini - Backtrack

Pete Feenstra chatted to Mick Pini and Craig Marshall for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 29 August 2021. Bandcamp [Release date 01.07.21] Mick Pini’s ‘Backtrack’ marks his 55th anniversary in the music business. It’s a career defining contemporary … Continue reading

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Album review: LAST OF THE MISFIT HEROES – Hope For The Hopeless

The Last Of The Misfit Heroes - Hope For The Hopeless

Self release [Release date 26.03.21] South London trio Last Of The Misfit Heroes confidently tap into rock’s pre-corporate ability to channel anger and frustration into socially conscious and meaningful songs with enough intensity and frisson to bottle the excitement. As … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE BROOKFIELD – Hey Kiddo!

Mike Brookfield - Hey Kiddo!

Pete Feenstra chatted to Mike Brookfield for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in June 2021.  First broadcast 27 June 2021. Golden Rule Records [Release date 09.07.21] Mike Brookfield’s catchphrase is: “keep it burnin”.  And he certainly does that on ‘Hey … Continue reading

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Album review: ROGER CHAPMAN – Life In The Pond

Roger Chapman - Life In The Pond

Ruf Records [Release date 25.06.21] ‘Life In The Pond’ isn’t quite the defining Roger Chapman solo album, but it’s a real return to form and a lyrical triumph. With the exception of Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Michael Chapman (no … Continue reading

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Album review: SCOTT MCKEON – New Morning

Scott McKeon - New Morning

Scott McKeon chatted to Pete Feenstra about his album ‘New Morning’ for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 20 June 2021. Idaho Records [Release date 23.04.21] ‘New Morning’ is Scott McKeon’s first solo album for 11 years. He’s been … Continue reading

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Album review: STEPHEN FOSTER & HOWLER – Southern

Stephen Foster & Howler - Southern

Thoroughbred Music [Release date 21.04.21] With a career spanning Americana, r&b, blues, rock, country, zydeco, gospel, folk and even electronica, Stephen Foster has plenty of scope to dive into his southern roots for an album full of swampy grooves, strong narratives, … Continue reading

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Album review: ROB KORAL – Wild Hearts

Rob Koral - Wild Hearts

Pete Feenstra chatted to Rob Koral for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio playing tracks from the album ‘Wild Hearts’.  First broadcast 13 June 2021. RKUK [Release date 28.05.21] Rob Koral’s ‘Wild Hearts’ is an exhilarating instrumental album comprising guitar, Hammond … Continue reading

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Album review: KAI STRAUSS – In My Prime

Kai Strauss - In My Prime

Continental Record Services [Release date 20.11.20] Kai Straus’s aptly titled album ‘I’m In My Prime’ sees him updating traditional blues styles from Chicago to the West Coast, while confirming his own impressive elements of tone, taste and feel. Strauss is … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY F GIBBONS – Hardware

Billy F Gibbons - Hardware

Concord [Release date 04.06.21] Billy F Gibbons new album ‘Hardware’ is a return to his rock-a-boogie template, but with a contemplative feel born of the band’s isolated recording environment in the Mojave desert. There’s always something consistently familiar about Billy … Continue reading

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