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Album review: TREVOR SEWELL – Calling Nashville

TREVOR SEWELL – Calling Nashville

Self release [Release date 25.07.17] Singer songwriter Trevor Sewell knows the value of anchoring a song in a deep groove and with a layered sound to showcase his own gruff voice. He’s a British singer songwriter who hails from the … Continue reading

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Album review: STORM WARNING – Take Cover

STORM WARNING – Take Cover

Self release [Release date 09.04.17] Storm Warning’s ‘Take Cover’ is an object lesson in fine interpretive skills on original arrangements that drip with feel and are framed by an intuitive production. After 3 albums of mostly original material, the band … Continue reading

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Book review: THE MEANEY OF LIFE – Sean Meaney

Sean Meaney - The Meaney Of Life

Cunas Music & Publishing – 329 pages paperback [Publication date: 28.07.2017] ‘The Meaney of Life’ is an autobiographical journey though the life and times of a proud Irishman Sean Meaney. He’s a passionate music fan who rises above what the … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLE SHUTT – Doom Side Of The Moon

Doom Side Of The Moon

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 08.12.17] ‘Doom Side Of The Moon’ celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd by re-imagining a heavier version of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It’s an attempt to get inside the textural richness of Pink Floyd’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: COLIN BLUNSTONE – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 24 November 2017

COLIN BLUNSTONE – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 24 November 2017

In an era when the term ‘The Voice’ generates much derision among rock fans, Colin Blunstone is here to remind us of the staple, old school values that have continued to provide a bedrock for the quality end of the … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

Hrpp records [Release date 26.o8.17] Mark Olbrich is a veteran Anglo/Polish blues bass player with an impressive CV both that spreads right across eastern Europe to the States. Both the material and band is built round Olbrich’s rock solid and … Continue reading

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Album review: VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 03.11.17] ‘War Is Over’ isn’t so much a concept album as a dramatic prog rock album with associated musical influences, ranging from classic, hard and symphonic rock, to more poppy and synth influences. There’s plenty … Continue reading

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Album review: BRUCE FOXTON & RUSSELL HASTINGS – From The Jam Live!

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Basstone via Absolute [Release date 01.12.17] Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings’s ‘From The Jam Live!’ ticks all the right boxes. It does what it says on the tin with an updated appraisal of music that stoked a generation some 40 … Continue reading

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Album review: PROJECT MAMA EARTH – Mama Earth

PROJECT MAMA EARTH – Mama Earth

Provogue [Release date 10.11.17] The thematically titled ‘Mama Earth’, is an all-star collaboration featuring Joss Stone on vocals,  Nitin Sawheny on guitar, Jonathan Joseph on drums, Etienne M’Bappe on bass and Jonathan Shorten on keyboards. It’s a stellar line-up that … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES LITHERLAND – Back ‘N Blue

JAMES LITHERLAND – Back

Self Release [Release date 01.05.17] ‘Back ‘N Blue’ is a loving crafted DIY song driven blues-rock album with a funky fusion undertow. James Litherland’s musical credentials go all the way back to Colosseum – check out the ‘Valentyne Sweet’ style … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMANTHA FISH – Belle Of The West

SAMANTHA FISH – Belle Of The West

Ruf [Release date 17.11.17] Samantha Fish is fast turning into a musical chameleon, as she pursues a broad musical sweep that is well suited to her versatile voice. She’s teamed up with roots producer Luther Dickinson – best known for … Continue reading

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Album review: POPA CHUBBY – Two Dogs

POPA CHUBBY – Two Dogs

earMUSIC [Release date 27.10.17] Popa Chubby’s ‘Two Dogs’ is one of his best ever albums. That’s no mean feat for an artist who has cut 36 odd albums in 25 years. ‘Two Dogs’ is a consistent and coherent album spread … Continue reading

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Gig review: KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – London Blues Fest at Indigo, 02 London, 28 October 2017

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – London Blues Fest at Indigo, 02 London, 28 October 2017

Right now Kenny Wayne Shepherd is at the height of his powers. He’s a modern day techno-blues man who marries speed with a range of contrasting attacks. He explores feel and tonal variety as part of an avalanche of bluesy … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

Provogue [Release date 20.10.17] The all star Supersonic Blues Machine’s second album ‘Californisoul’ isn’t so much a concept as a feel and attitude, as revealed by the album title. It’s all there in the sparkling interplay on a subtle melange … Continue reading

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Gig review: SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

It’s take some gumption to start a new band when celebrating the 50th anniversary of your pro career, but then Stevie Smith, the former Bad Manners, Ruthless Blues, Salt and Long John Baldry harp player, is no ordinary performer, and … Continue reading

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Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

There’s always something heart-warming about a Walter Trout show. Indeed, long before his miraculous recovery from ill health, he always made a virtue of making a connection with his crowd, either through socially conscious songs, universally applicable narratives or simply … Continue reading

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Gig review: TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

Belgian power trio Triggerfinger have got something going on. They rock hard with a set of diverse material that has a freshness and purpose too often lacking in cliché ridden rock and they deliver it all with a welcome sense … Continue reading

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Album review: TRIGGERFINGER – Colossus

Triggerfinger - Colossus

Mascot [Release date 25.08.17] The three piece Belgian rock band Triggerfinger – Ruben Block vocals and guitar, bassist Paul Van Bruystegem and drummer Mario Goossens – push the stylistic envelope with a creative, cross genre, alt.rock album that is aptly … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PRETTY THINGS – Greatest Hits

THE PRETTY THINGS – Greatest Hits

Madfish [Release date 13.10.17] There are few bands who have make it to their 50th anniversary, let alone with such a welter of re-issues to mark the occasion. Indeed, The Pretty Things enthusiastic record company Madfish has already issued three … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Hippopotamus

Sparks - Hippopotamus

BMG [Release date 08.09.17] ‘Hippopotamus’ is a triumph of pop’s true potential over the usual clichéd familiar fare. It’s a cross genre album bursting with creativity, humour and stylistic diversity. The lyrical word plays, eclectic themes and nuanced melodies are … Continue reading

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