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Album review: MARY STOKES BAND featuring SARAH MICHELLE – Comin’ Home

Mary Stokes band - Comin Home

Self release [Release date 03.12.20] Mary Stokes Band’s ‘Comin’ Home’ is for the most part a live off the floor ‘warts and all’ album culled from 2 rehearsals with a couple of additional studio cuts. Mary Stokes is an enduring … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live Stream, Austin City Limits Live, Austin, Texas – Thursday April 1, 2021

Joe Bonamassa - Live Stream, 1 April 2021

There’s almost an irony about Joe Bonamassa livestream coming from Austin, Texas, which in the late ‘80s was coined ‘live music capital of the world’ by Austin Music Network’s Ronnie Mack, before officially being designated as such in 1991. Quite … Continue reading

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Album review: THUDWAIL – Ignition

Thudwail - Ignition

Self release [Release date 30.10.20] ‘Ignition’ is a reflective, ambient, acoustic album full of subtle moods, textures and grooves that drip with feel. It’s acoustic guitar driven music with a meditative and contemplative feel that is predicated on intricate dynamics, … Continue reading

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Album review: JULIAN TAYLOR BAND – Desert Star

Julian Taylor - Desert Star

Julian Taylor chatted to Pete Feenstra on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 28 March, 20:00 GMT including tracks from ‘Desert Star’. Aporia Records [Release date 28.05.21] Julian Taylor Band’s ‘Desert Star’ is the album that refuses to lie down. … Continue reading

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Album review: KINGS OF THE QUARTER MILE – Whatever It Takes Is What I’ve Got

Kings Of The Quarter Mile - Whatever It Takes I've Got

Pete Feenstra chatted to Pete Juzl guitarist of Kings Of The Quarter Mile for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 21 March 2021. Retroflector Records [Release date 29.01.21] Kings Of The Quarter Mile hail from Worcester in the UK. It’s … Continue reading

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Album review: VINCENT FLATTS FINAL DRIVE – Back In The Saddle

VINCENT FLATTS FINAL DRIVE – Back In The Saddle

Pete Feenstra chatted to Steve “Bertie” Burton for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in July 2019.    Self release [Release date 01.06.20] Vincent Flatts Final Drive’s ‘Back In The Saddle’ is a barn burner of an album. You flick the … Continue reading

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Album review: KAT PEARSON – My Roots

KAT PEARSON – My Roots

Pete Feenstra chatted to Kat Pearson on Sunday 14 March for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Tone Trade Records [Release date 06.01.20] Kat Pearson is a London based, West Coast American roots-rock singer with a blues heart. Unlike many of … Continue reading

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Album review: GHALIA VOLT – One Woman Band

Ghalia Volt - One Woman Band

Ruf Records [Release date 29.01.21] ‘One Woman Band’ is much more than it says on the tin. Ghalia Volt is a force of nature, who lets nothing stand in her way to fulfilling her musical vision. You’ll either buy into … Continue reading

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Album review: TROY REDFERN – Thunder Moon

Troy Redfern - Thunder Moon

In this interview special for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Troy Redfern chats to Pete Feenstra with tracks from the album ‘Thunder Moon’.  First broadcast 7 March 2021. Self release [Release date 03.12.20] When it comes to recording, Troy Redfern … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGGIE E ROGERS – No Going Back

Maggie E Rogers - No Going Back

Self release [Release date 09.03.21] Maggie E Rogers’ ‘No Going Back’ is both a pleasant surprise and absolute delight. It’s a surprise simply because it’s a vast improvement on her previous album in terms of material, performance, and above all … Continue reading

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Album review: LESZEK CICHONSKI AND FRIENDS – Thanks Jimi Symphonic

Ledzek Cichonski And Friends - Thanks Jimi Symphonic

Pete Feenstra chatted to Leszek Cichonski for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, including the background to his album, world record-breaking and the Hendrix festivals.  First broadcast 21 February 2021. Luna Music [Release date 26.06.2o] From the guitar and orchestral intro … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC BLUES MATES – Electric Blues Mates

Electric Blues Mates

Timezone [Release date 18.12.20] Given the recent number of lockdown and remotely recorded albums, ‘Electric Blues Mates’ is by no means a unique project.  But when it comes down to the spirit of cooperation, focus, intensity and sheer exuberance, this … Continue reading

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Album review: CATFISH – Exile – Live In Lockdown

Catfish - Exile Live In Lockdown

Self release [Release date 01.12.20] With their first gig in 5 months, with no rehearsals, a new drummer in Kev Hickman and just their own frisson to feed the adrenalin for a live stream, Catfish join the ranks of bands … Continue reading

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Album review: HENRIK FREISCHLADER – Missing Pieces

Henrik Freischlader - Missing Pieces

Cable Car Records [Release date 04.12.20] Henrik Freischlader returns with ‘Missing Pieces’ another exquisitely woven blues album full of restrained playing, whispered sprechgesang and deep blues. The album title could almost refer to his own artistry, which though full of musical … Continue reading

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Album review: LAYLA ZOE – Nowhere Left To Go

Layla Zoe - Nowhere Left To Go

Pete Feenstra chatted to Layla Zoe for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast Sunday 27 December 2020. Self Release [Release date 08.01.21] Layla Zoe is back with ‘Nowhere Left To Go’, her 15th album in 15 years. And though … Continue reading

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Album review: DUKE ROBILLARD & FRIENDS – Blues Bash

Duke Robillard - Blues Bash

Pete Feenstra interviewed Duke Robillard for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 13 December 2020. Stony Plain Records [Release date 20.11.20] You don’t need to have paid your blues dues for 50 years or more to be able to … Continue reading

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Album review: RONAN FURLONG – The King Of Leaves

Ronan Furlong - The King Of Leaves

Thoroughbred Music [Release date 20.11.20] Ronan Furlong’s ‘The King Of Leaves’ is an essential jagged-edged, genre bending, Celtic tinged roots rocking album of the highest order. It’s shot through with unrelenting intensity, yet understated swagger. And there’s enough musical diversity, … Continue reading

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Album review: KEVIN BROWN – Six Strings And A Dream

Kevin Brown - 6 Strings And A Dream

Pete Feenstra chatted to Kevin Brown for his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 6 December 2020. Doodah Records [Release date 18.11.20] Kevin Brown’s ‘Strings and A Dream’ is a reminder that somewhere in between the avalanche of PR … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Live At Leo’s Red Lion

The Sharpeez - Live At Leo

Black Frog Records [Release date 01.11.20] The Sharpeez ‘Live at Leo’s’ is a celebratory live album full of vim and vigour, despite being recorded outside and at short notice under socially distanced circumstances. The Sharpeez are song driven outfit with … Continue reading

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Album review: STRAY – Roll Up! Roll Up!

STRAY – Roll Up! Roll Up!

Monstrous Child [Release date 23.1o.20] Stray’s ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ is a very honest warts and all document of what went down on the night. If anything, it could have done with a few edits to bring a more mellifluous … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN TROWER, MAXI PRIEST, LIVINGSTONE BROWN – United State Of Mind

Robin Trower, Maxi Priest, Livingstone Brown - United State Of Mind

Manhaton [Release date 09.10.20] By the time listener’s read a review like this they will probably have got used to the idea of an unlikely soul collaboration by three disparate talents from three different musical backgrounds, albeit bass playing producer Livingstone Brown … Continue reading

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Album review: STORM WARNING – Different Horizons

Storm Warning - Different Horizons

Pete Feenstra chatted to Storm Warning’s frontman Stuart Maxwell in January 2021, playing tracks from the album ‘Different Horizons’. Lightnin’ Fingers  [Release date 06.11.20] Different Horizons is that rare thing, a finely honed mature album by a heritage rock- band, full … Continue reading

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Album review: MUDDY MANNINEN – River Flows

Muddy Manninen - River Flows

Pete Feenstra chatted to Muddy Manninen about the album ‘River Flows’ for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 8 November 2020. (45:38) Presence Records [Release date 23.10.20] Muddy Manninen’s ‘River Flows’ is an aptly titled album that has a … Continue reading

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