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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

Mascot records [Release date 12.10.18] Vola’s name means flying in Italian and that is precisely what the band aims for with a mixture of prog-metal, electronics and big resolving hooks, as they envelope the listener with a judiciously used wall … 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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Album review: LAYLA ZOE – Gemini

LAYLA ZOE – Gemini

Self release [Release date 05.10.18] Layla Zoe’s ‘Gemini’ is one of the most honest and hard hitting blues-rock albums of the year. She openly tackles the pain of the blues, but you always get the feeling that there’s a more … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG BOY BLOATER/Jack J. Hutchinson – The Blackheart, London, Camden 20 September 2018

BIG BOY BLOATER - The Blackheart, London, Camden 20 September 2018

If there was something incongruous about finding Big Boy Bloater & The Limits and in a dark biker pub in Camden,  it’s nothing that bothers Bloater and his powerhouse trio, who revel in a typically boisterous show built from the … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAWBONE – 02 Islington Academy, London, 12 September 2018

JAWBONE – 02 Islington Acadamy, London, 12 September 2018

And so to Jawbone, a new roots rock band with some familiar faces. Jawbone isn’t so much a case of old wine in new bottles, as a thoughtful and musically excellent quartet exploring a new significant context for their collective … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Redemption

JOE BONAMASSA – Redemption

Provogue Records [Release date 21.09.18] ‘Redemption’ is a loosely based concept album on which some of the songs explore the titular theme. The dozen self penned songs track Joe Bonamassa’s musical evolution as one of the most broad based blues … Continue reading

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Gig review: SUSAN SANTOS BAND/The Underground Vault – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 8 September 2018

SUSAN SANTOS BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 8 September 2018

Pete Feenstra chatted to Susan Santos ahead of her UK tour for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, with tracks from her album ‘Skin & Bones’.  First broadcast 26 August 2018. Its rare to come across a left handed blues-rock guitarist … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BETTERDAYS – Backlash

The Betterdays - Backlash

NTB Records [Release date 14.09.18] The Betterdays were the South West’s leading British r&b band in the mid-60′s. They paid their dues, did the mileage, filled the clubs and enthusiastically played a compelling mixture of rhythm and blues, all neatly … Continue reading

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Album review: BAD TOUCH – Shake A Leg

Bad Touch - Shake a Leg

Marshall Records [Release date o5.10.18] Bad Touch isn’t a band that is about to rewrite the rock and roll handbook, but ‘Shake A Leg’ neatly reaffirms the potency of riff-driven, fist pumping, hook-laden hard rock. They impressively focus on their … Continue reading

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Album review: ZED MITCHELL – WOW

Zed Mitchell - WOW

Timezone Records [Release date o7.09.18] Zed Mitchell is a German based guitarist with a beautiful touch and tone. His playing owes much to the Peter Green meets Mark Knopfler school of feel, meaning ‘WOW’ is a very laid back album … Continue reading

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Album review: SARI SCHORR – Never Say Never

SARI SCHORR – Never Say Never

Manhaton Records [Release date o5.10.18] Sari Schorr returns with ‘Never Say Never’, an album that goes a long way to establishing her own niche. She is a versatile singer with big range and an intuitive ability to get inside a … Continue reading

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Album review: DOYLE BRAMHALL II – Shades

Doyle Bramhall 11 - Shades

Provogue Records [Release date o5.10.18] Doyle Bramhall II’s ‘Shades’ is an eclectic album with real musical and spiritual depth. It’s a song-led album with interwoven vocal harmonies, sculpted guitar parts and plenty of emotive lyrics. It’s a musical tableau in … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE – Diff’rent Gravy

JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE - Diff

3Ms Music [Release date 20.04.18] What’s in a name?  Well, Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective is a suitably titled, all encompassing name for a band that is rooted in 60’s British R&B – minimalist production with evocative vocals – … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNOR SELBY – Made Up My Mind

CONNOR SELBY – Made Up My Mind

3Ms Records [Release date 07.09.18] With a soulful wash of blues, r&b, funk and nascent songcraft, Connor Selby works hard to pull together an album that slowly, but surely unveils his own imprint He’s a white boy soul singer with … Continue reading

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Album review: DANA FUCHS – Love Lives On

DANA FUCHS – Love Lives On

Get Along  Records [Release date 14.05.18] Having established herself as a Janis Joplin influenced rock chick with emotive autobiographical lyrics, Dana Fuchs celebrates the launch of her own Get Along Records with a surprisingly soulful album built on the conceptual … Continue reading

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Album review: MONSTER TRUCK – True Rockers

MONSTER TRUCK – True Rockers

In this hour special first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chats to Monster Truck guitarist Jeremy Widerman, playing tracks from the album ‘True Rockers’. Mascot Records [Release date 14.09.18] 18 months after their breakthrough album ‘Sittin’ … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO – Beyond The Blue Horizon

MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO – Beyond The Blue Horizon

Manhaton Records [Release date 07.09.18] Producer, songwriter and vocalist Mike Vernon’s award winning career has encompassed the birth of British blues including Clapton, Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac etc. He also worked with the younger David Bowie, Focus and soul singer … Continue reading

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Album review: FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

Wire Sound Records [Release date 14.09.18] Federal Charm’s fourth album finds them with a significant line-up change featuring new singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler. Lead guitarist Paul Bowe and solid bassist LD Morawski continue to be part of … Continue reading

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