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Book review: THE MEANEY OF LIFE – Sean Meaney

Sean Meaney - The Meaney Of Life

Cunas Music & Publishing – 329 pages paperback [Publication date: 28.07.2017] ‘The Meaney of Life’ is an autobiographical journey though the life and times of a proud Irishman Sean Meaney. He’s a passionate music fan who rises above what the … Continue reading

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Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

There’s always something heart-warming about a Walter Trout show. Indeed, long before his miraculous recovery from ill health, he always made a virtue of making a connection with his crowd, either through socially conscious songs, universally applicable narratives or simply … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel’s Story

BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel

Big Wolf Records [Release date 15.5.17] In this age of instant downloads, there’s something reassuring about a Brummy blues-rock band with well crafted songs, deep grooves, tight arrangements and inspired playing fuelled by plenty of passion. Big Wolf Band come … Continue reading

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Album review: COCO MONTOYA – Hard Truth

COCO MONTOYA – Hard Truth

Alligator Records [Release date 24.03.17] Coco Montoya’s ‘Hard Truth’ is a career highlight for Coco Montoya. It’s an object lesson in old school dynamics and an album glued together by an essential flow. It’s given a contemporary sheen by drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

Jazzhaus Records [Release date 21.04.17] There’s huge vacuum to be filled when you leap from a power trio to a nine piece big band. Apart from the statistical logistics, there’s the intricacy of the arrangements, the need for a big … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINE BELOW ZERO/Chloe Marriott – Under The Bridge, London, 4 November 2016

NINE BELOW ZERO – Under The Bridge, London, 4 November 2016

Tonight, Nine Below Zero are reborn as a big band. They have all the essential qualities that an 8-piece combo requires, from the core duo of seasoned front man Dennis Greaves and the magisterial harp player Mark Feltham, to a … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLIGATOR RECORDS – 45th Anniversary Collection

ALLIGATOR RECORDS – 45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator [Release date 10.06.16] With a back catalogue of 300 albums and a roster that spans generations, Alligator Records has every right to make a claim to being the premier independent blues label of our time. The ‘Alligator 45th Anniversary … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – Blood Money

DANNY BRYANT – Blood Money

The Pete Feenstra Feature – Danny Bryant (13 December 2015) by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud In this hour radio special Pete Feenstra chats to Danny Bryant and plays tracks from ‘Blood Money’ Jazzhaus  [Release date 29.01.16] Danny … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORKY LAING BAND /Rainbreakers – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

CORKY LAING BAND /RAINBREAKERS – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

Tonight, Mountain drummer Corky Laing looks like a man who is prospering without the combined egos of Leslie West and Jack Bruce in front of him (think Mountain and West Bruce & Laing). Pitching up at the 100 Club at … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBERT CRAY – The Barbican, London, 13 October 2015

Once upon a time Robert Cray was the future of the blues, but tonight he’s cast in the role of a remarkably young looking veteran of the genre. Outside of Buddy Guy he’s almost the last man standing and tonight’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT CRAY – 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

ROBERT CRAY – 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

Mascot [Release date 04.09.15] In an age where volume, speed and showmanship dominate, Robert Cray is here to remind us of the value of heartfelt lyrics, a resonant tone and a soulful singer’s ability to explore every nuance of the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES CARAVAN 2014 – Laurence Jones, Christina Skjolberg, Albert Castiglia

BLUES CARAVAN 2014 Laurence Jones, Christina Skjolberg, Albert Castiglia – Live

  Blues Caravan 2014 Live Ruf Records [Release date 12.01.15] The Blues Caravan 2014 is a CD and DVD that gives it you as it really was, right down to the husky voices and the sharp band interplay. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Album review: LUCKY PETERSON – I’m Back Again

Lucky Petersen - I

Blues Boulevard [Released 08.07.14] Lucky Peterson’s ‘I’m Back Again’ is an 11 track live CD, culled from the mammoth 3 3DVD/2 CD ‘Live at the 55 Arts Club in Berlin’ box set. For those who can’t face such a huge … Continue reading

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Gig review: COCO MONTOYA – Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, 22 May 2014

COCO MONTOYA – Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, 22 May 2014

  There are great blues players and then there is Coco Montoya. He’s a purveyor of a historic blues lineage that stretches back to his formative years with Albert Collins, but he transforms it into his own exciting blues hybrid, … Continue reading

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Album review: COCO MONTOYA – Songs From The Road

Coco Montoya - Songs From The Road

Ruf [Release date 17.05.14] Coco Montoya’s ‘Songs From The Road’ stands or falls by his record company’s claim that it transports you to the front of the crowd at his two appearances at The Triple Door in Seattle. Happily this … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT SCHOFIELD – Far As I Can See

        Provogue [Release date 17.02.14] ‘Far As I Can See’ could be the breakthrough album for Matt Schofield, a major Brit blues talent who has teetered on the brink of success for some time. This is an … Continue reading

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Album review: GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS– Live At Montreux 2013

Eagle Rock[Release date 18.11.13] Having paid his dues through relentless road work – including a 50 states in 50 nights tour – and his self titled debut album in 1976 – George Throrogood made his major label breakthrough on Capital … Continue reading

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Album review: HAMILTON LOOMIS – Give It Back

Ham-bone Records [Release date 06.13] Some artists spend their whole careers trying to nail their sound to label and package it. Hamilton Loomis is a fiercely independent musician who stridently walks away from all that. He even left his blues … Continue reading

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