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Album review: MONSTER TRUCK – True Rockers

MONSTER TRUCK – True Rockers

Mascot Records [Release date 14.09.18] 18 months after their breakthrough album ‘Sittin’ Heavy’, Canadian rockers Monster Truck are back with ‘True Rockers,’ an album with a built in mission to reconfirm their hard rocking credentials, while adding extra sonic colour … 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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Album review: TAS CRU – Memphis Song

Tas Cru - Memphis Song

Subcat Records [Release date 01.06.18] Tas Cru is a blues artist and an observatory story teller for whom the combination of songcraft, feel and an underlying groove are sacrosanct. He also leaves plenty of room for quirky lyrics, ironic humour … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

Self release [Release date 01.08.18] The fact that the Delta Ladies have re-mastered and expanded their 2016 ‘Hillbilly Trance’ album suggests they think they are on to a good thing. And they are not wrong. They have expanded their folk … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GJB Records [Release date 23.07.18] If ‘Live At The Blue Note’ evokes a Manhattan jazz club then the opening track  ‘Sherry Dee’, from Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band second live album in 2 years, quickly suggest otherwise. It’s a … Continue reading

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Album review: TAYLOR’S UNIVERSE – Almost Perfected

TAYLOR

Marvel Of Beauty Records [Release date 17.11.17] If it’s hard to retain a serious notion of progressive rock in a genre that arguably ran its short lived course in the early 70’s, then Robin C. Taylor takes the instrumental jazz-rock … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG APPLE BLUES – Manhattan Alley

Big Apple Blues - Manhattan Alley

On Sunday 5 August in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chatted to Admir Hadzic from Big Apple Blues, playing tracks from ‘Manhattan Alley’ Stone Tone Records [Release date 19.04.18] Big Apple Blues is a … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN POOLE – Anytime You Need Me

BEN POOLE – Anytime You Need Me

Manhaton Records [Release date 14.09.18] ‘Anytime You Need Me’ is a very accessible, funk laden album with one eye firmly on the mainstream. From the hook led title track, through 10 groove laden cuts which come to rest on the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE VOODOO SHEIKS – Unstoppable

THE VOODOO SHEIKS – Unstoppable

775402 Records DK [Release date 13.07.18] ‘Unstoppable’ is The Voodoo Sheiks’ 3rd album in 8 years and continues their quest to cement their unique style on the rhythm and blues circuit. It’s arguably their best album so far. It’s solid, … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION – Cut And Run

CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION – Cut And Run

CBO Music UK [Release date: 13.05.18] It’s rare you come across a top class big band blues outfit with real pedigree when the front man is relatively speaking unknown, Stoke On Trent’s bass playing, vocalist Chris Bevington didn’t front a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KATE GEE BAND – Legacy

THE KATE GEE BAND – Legacy

Tigga Records [Release date: 01.11.17] ‘Legacy’ has a profound meaning for vocalist Kate Gee and her band who saw their original producer Mike Dolan die half way through a project that took 5 years. And while Kate Gee’s ethereal phrasing … Continue reading

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Album review: GLAS – Blue

Glas - Blue

The Last Music company [Release date 30.03.18] South Wales band Glas describe themselves as a: “blues rock n’ roll roots band”, which is a handy ‘catch all’ banner with which they explore their naturally eclectic style. Glas is that rare … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 27.07.18] Former Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo’s ‘War of the Worlds’ has very little to do with the enduring Jeff Wayne adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic sci-fi book. However, the title does give the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE – The Shape Of Blues To Come

THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE -  The Shape Of Blues To Come

Provogue [Release date 20.07.18] ‘The Shape Of Blues To Come’ is a conceptual titled album that pushes the blues envelope into unexpected directions The Apocalypse Blues Revue is a head-on collision between metal (Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola from Godsmack)and … Continue reading

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Album review: VICTOR WAINRIGHT AND THE TRAIN – s/t

VICTOR WAINRIGHT AND THE TRAIN

Ruf Records GmbH [Release date 09.03.18] Victor Wainwright is a musician in motion. Where once he led the ‘Wildroots’ and briefly settled on ‘Southern Hospitality’, he’s spreading his musical roots again with ‘Victor Wainright And the Train’. Newly signed to … Continue reading

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Album review: ERROL LINTON – Packing My Bags

ERROL LINTON – Packing My Bags

Brassdog Records [Release date 02.03.18] ‘Packing My Bags’ is that rare thing, a blues related album that pushes the stylistic envelope while still making an essential emotional connection. Errol Linton has long carved out his own niche in the roots … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG BOY BLOATER AND THE LIMITS – Pills

BIG BOY BLOATER AND THE LIMITS – Pills

Provogue [Release date 15.06.18] Big Boy Bloater And The Limits new CD ‘Pills’ strips things down to the bone in a power trio format, with Bloater on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Cowley on drums and bv’s, bassist Steve Oates … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Wild One

The Sharpeez - Wild One

Pete Feenstra interviewed Bill Mead for his Sunday Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features tracks from ‘Wild One’ 3Ms Music [Release date 30.05.18] The Sharpeez ‘Wild One’ makes a big statement of intent. For … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE SHARPEEZ – Half Moon, Putney, 30 May 2018

THE SHARPEEZ – Half Moon, Putney, 30 May 2018

British rhythm and blues is alive and well in the capable hands of The Sharpeez. They set the bar high for a genre of music that was almost rendered extinct by American rebranding of the genre as contemporary urban music. … Continue reading

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