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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Greek Theatre

JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Greek Theatre

Provogue  [Release date 23.10.16] CD/DVD/Bluray The key element in Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Live at the Greek Theatre’ DVD/CD release is his integral role in ‘blues heritage’ music, as reflected in the DVD’s strap line ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’. The broad based … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

In this two-hour special Pete Feenstra plays some of those acts appearing at the 2016 Newark Blues Festival and some of the award-winners.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 13 September 2016. It’s one of those days in … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – 13 Shades Of Blue

NINE BELOW ZERO – 13 Shades Of Blue

Zed [Release date 30.09.16] Nine Below Zero’s ‘13 Shades Of Blue’ explores every nuance of the band’s blues antecedents. The album takes us on an r&b journey that opens with funk and explores all the essential blues elements from soul-blues, … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBERT CASTIGLIA – Big Dog

Albert Castiglia - Big Dog

On Sunday 11 September in the Pete Feenstra Feature on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete chats to Albert Castiglia about his music with tracks from ‘Big Dog’ More information Ruf [Release date 20.05.16] ‘Big Dog’ is a bulldozer of … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY HOEY – Dust & Bones

Gary Hoey - Dust & Bones

Provogue [Release date 29.07.16] ‘Dust & Bones’ is guitarist Gary Hoey’s 20th album, 12 of which are instrumental. It’s all  you might expect from a rock-into-blues guitarist who has made his name by re-invigorating favourite 70’s rock songs with metal … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTOINE FAFARD – Sphere

Antoine Fafard - Sphere

Timeless Momentum [Release date 01.09.16] From the purposeful opening of ‘Renaissance Man’ – Gary Husband’s introductory synth and bristling drums lock in with Antoine Fafard’s fretless bass and guitarist Jerry De Villiers Jr.’s sonorous theme – we’re quickly into tension … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVON ALLMAN – Ride Or Die

DEVON ALLMAN – Ride Or Die

Ruf [Release date 16.09.16] ‘Ride Or Die’ is a proud statement of just who Devon Allman is. He’s a southern rocker with a wide musical outlook who over the last decade has carved out his own rootsy niche. ‘Ride Or … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIGHTY MO ROGERS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 25 August 2016

Relache Festival

Picture the scene, its 38c – that’s 100 degrees fahrenheit, though it’s mercifully cooler in the shade – and septuagenarian blues man Mighty Mo Rogers is holding court in front of a big crowd in Square Dom Bedos. In the … Continue reading

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Album review: SARI SCHORR – A Force Of Nature

SARI SCHORR – A Force Of Nature

This interview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 28 August 2016.  Pete Feenstra chatted to Sari Schorr about her music and played tracks from her debut album. More information Manhaton [Release date 02.09.16] ‘A Force Of … Continue reading

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Album review: JULIAN SAS – Coming Home

Julian Sas - Coming Home

Cavalier [Release date 18.03.16] ‘Coming Home’ is an aptly titled,  solid rock-blues album with southern rock edges and spiritual references. It incorporates Holland’s leading rock-blues guitarist Julian Sas’s penchant for gritty vocals, evocative guitar playing and anthemic blues balladry. It … Continue reading

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Gig review: KYLA BROX – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 17 August 2016

KYLA BROX – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 17 August 2016

There’s a lot to be said for mixing genres on a festival bill, as it provides contrast, dynamism and even brings in a different crowd during the course of 5 hours or more, of rock/blues related music. Tonight’s bill of … Continue reading

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Gig review: EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 18 August 2016

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux 18 Aug 2016

They came, they saw, they waited for the sun to go down and then they finally conquered! Eddie & The Hot Rods didn’t so much tear Bordeaux apart, as gently give it a poke in the ribs to remind a … Continue reading

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Album review: HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND – Demolition Day

HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND – Demolition Day

Ruf [Release date 08.07.16] Honey Island Swamp Band take their name from the Eastern part of Louisiana, a bayou area that infuses their music with a broad based outlook. It’s rare in the rock/blues world to come across an album … Continue reading

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Album review: THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE – The Apocalypse Blues Revue

Apocalypse Blues Review by Apocalypse Blues Review

Provogue [Release date 26.08.16] The Apocalypse Blues Revue is a back to the basics, heavy-duty, blues-rock project anchored by Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola. The band features baritone vocalist Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone who sounds like a cross … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON, Boo Boo Davis– Relache Festival, Bordeaux 28 July 2016

Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson HD1

They say music is an international language and tonight the Australian /Irish duo Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson provide the perfect example of that, with a uplifting show that connects with their French crowd. Faced with the graveyard shift at … Continue reading

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Album review: BEKI BRINDLE BLUES BAND – All Kinds Of Beki

Beki Brindle - All Kinds Of Beki

Check out Pete Feenstra’s recent interview with Beki on Tuesday 2 August at 21:00 GMT More information Random Chance [Release date 15.04.16] ‘All Kinds Of Beki’ admirably lives up to its name. It’s a wide ranging showcase for a singer-songwriter and … Continue reading

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Gig review: SHAKURA S’AIDA, The Howlin Blues Trio – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 20 July 2016

Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 20 July 2016

In an age of instant celebrity where the mundane too often passes for the exceptional, the Canadian double Maple Blues award winner Shakura S’Aida (pronounced Shack-oora Sigh-ee-da), is here to remind us of the true merits of a soulful blues … Continue reading

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Album review: GREGG KOFI BROWN – Rock ‘n’ Roll And UFO’s

GREG KOFI BROWN – Rock

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 05.02.16] Gregg Kofi Brown’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll And UFO’s is an archtypal summer album, with a broad based appeal stretching from the beach to the dance floor. The career anthology by the Osibisa vocalist is full … Continue reading

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Album review: LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

Melodic Revolution [Release date 30.07.16] Based on an original short story by multi instrumentalist keyboard player Leon Alvarado, ‘Future Left Behind’ is a prog rock instrumental concept album that is a triumph of innovation and musical substance over recycled ideas … Continue reading

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Gig review: SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, JAMES LEG, THE LIMBOOS, ELLI de MON – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 12 July 2016

Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 12 July 2016

Bordeaux’s Relache Festival has quickly carved an important niche on the Euro Summer Blues Festival circuit. It’s an annual umbrella for two months worth of rock/blues/soul and related music in different parts of the city. Tonight we’re treated to the … Continue reading

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