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Album review: IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

Eye Pea Records (Release date 23.10.17) It’s over 15 years since Ian Parker originally signed to Ruf records and confounded his fans and probably his record company too by cutting a deeply introspective album that became a best seller. Since … Continue reading

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Album review: JASON BECKER – Triumphant Heart

Jason Becker - Triumphant Heart

Mascot (Release date: 07.12.19) Without overlooking the desperate circumstances of guitar virtuoso Jason Becker being stricken by motor neurone disease, the idea of an album filled with some of the greatest rock guitarist of our time playing mostly his music, … Continue reading

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Album review: RYAN McGARVEY – Heavy Hearted

RYAN McGARVEY – Heavy Hearted

Self release [Release date 27.11.18] Ryan McGarvey has made a name as a subtle blues-rock guitarist with an emotional lyrical pull. ‘Heavy Heated’ feel more of stab at the mainstream than his previous studio albums. Up to this point it … Continue reading

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Album review: WALTER TROUT – Survivor Blues

WALTER TROUT – Survivor Blues

Provogue Records [Release date 25.01.19] Walter Trout doesn’t do things the easy way, especially when it comes to searching for conceptual meanings for his albums. He’s an old school blues-rock talent for whom the notion of an album is a … Continue reading

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Album review: BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Provogue  [Release date: 30.11.18] The double set ‘Live At The Albert Hall’ squares the circle of Beth Hart’s roller coaster career. The former wild child and rock chick has matured into a stellar performer who delivers a career defining live … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

The Store For Music  [Release date: 09.11.18] And so to the endlessly recycled ‘Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds with Sonny Boy Williams’ (Williamson) and a few tracks from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. This material will always hold some interest … Continue reading

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Album review: LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

Self Release [Release date: digital 23.11.18 and CD 07.12.18] Lethbridge Owen are about to make significant splash. The musical pairing of vocalist /guitarist/songwriter Kelly Lethbridge and guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jimmy Owen may sound like an estate agent, but they are in fact … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Borderline, London, 6 November 2018

ERJA LYYTINEN – Borderline, London, 6 November 2018

Erja Lyytinen is on the up escalator. She done her musical schooling on the West Coast, paid her dues on the blues circuit, established herself as virtuoso player, grown into her role as a songwriter and has been smart enough … Continue reading

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Gig review: CHRISSIE HYNDE – Adding The Blue Exhibition, After Nyne Gallery, London, 6 Nov 2018

CHRISSIE HYNDE – Adding The Blue Exhibition, After Nyne Gallery, London, 6 Nov 2018

You could be forgiven for taking a wearisome sigh on discovering that The Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde is the latest in stream of rock stars who have taken up the paintbrush and canvas in the autumn of their career. However, … Continue reading

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Album review: P.O.D. – Circles

P.O.D. - Circles

Mascot Records[Release date 18.11.18] After a 26 year existence played out over a fast changing music scene, San Diego’s rap-rock into metal band P.O.D. (Payable On Death) are too long in the tooth to be caged in by any specific … Continue reading

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Album review: SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America’s Child

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America

Alligator Records[Release date 03.08.18] Shemekia Copeland’s ‘America’s Child’ is very much an album of our times. The title is an all enveloping concept that leads into a bunch of related, philosophical and at times analytical songs that shift from the … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBBEN FORD – Purple House

ROBBEN FORD – Purple House

Ear MUSIC [Release date 26.10.18] There’s a lot to be said for a blues oriented guitarist willing to explore new directions deep into a lengthy career that has straddled rock-blues, jazz and fusion. Robben Ford makes much of the fact … Continue reading

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Album review: JAWBONE – Jawbone

Jawbone

Pete Feenstra chatted to Marcus Bonfanti about Jawbone for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and playing tracks from the new album. Self Release [Release date 09.11.18] Jawbone take their name from a song from The Band’s self-titled 1969 second album, … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM KILLNER – Get Back Up

Tom Killner - Get Back Up

OTE [Release date 26.10.18] Imagine an endless library of rock-blues CD’s, or perhaps a laptop full of similar audio files that are all of a certain standard and leave you scratching your head as you listen for something that really … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN JAMES – Miles To Go

Colin James - Miles To Go

True North Records [Release date 21.09.18] Canadian blues-rock artist Colin James recently reflected that : “Blues is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.” And while there’s no doubting the veracity of … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRITS BURNING & MICHAEL MOORCOCK – An Alien Heat

Spirits Burning - An Alien Heat

Gonzo/Multimedia [Release date 19.10.18] ‘An Alien Heat’ pairs Don Falcone’s innovative San Francisco band Spirits Burning with 70′s Hawkwind alumnus and sci-fi fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. Best known for his work on Hawkwind’s 1975 album ‘Warrior on the Edge of … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – Into The Electric Castle

AYREON - Into The Electric Castle

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 26.10.18] Aside from being the 20th anniversary of its release and a long overdue vinyl release, the most significant thing about the Arjen Lucassen’s remixed and re-mastered 1998 Ayreon project, is the way it successfully … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP BLUE SEA – Live It Up

DEEP BLUE SEA – Live It Up

Krossborder Rekords [Release date 20.07.18] Deep Blue Sea are an international blues-rock band who describe themselves as: “new shoots from old roots”, and musically speaking they aren’t too far off the mark. ‘Live It Up’ is a live album that offers … Continue reading

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Album review: VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Pete Feenstra chatted to Vola’s Asger Mygind in a show first broadcast in October 2018 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features tracks from the new album. Mascot records [Release date 12.10.18] Vola’s name means flying in … Continue reading

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Album review: RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

Taller Records [Release date 01.11.18] ‘Mahogany Drift’ is an exciting new album by RHR (Troy Redfern, Jack J. Hutchinson and Mike Ross), a potential new riff heavy powerhouse super group with southern roots rock and blues antecedents. From the sepia … Continue reading

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