Tag Archives: Americana

Album review: SIMON TODD – Half Empty/Half Full

Simon Todd - Half Empty/Half Full

Ginger Tom Music [Release date 21.09.18] Produced by the esteemed songwriter Boo Hewerdine, Northumberland singer/songwriter Simon Todd’s ‘Half Empty/Half Full’ is an aptly titled album that keeps the listener guessing until very end.  The title might be interpreted as a … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – El Dorado

Facebook Slogger Records [Release date 04.02.19] John Sloman is known to rock fans of a certain age for his singing in Lone Star and the ‘Conquest’ album by Uriah Heep. He has released a series of solo albums starting with … Continue reading

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EP review: STEVE BALSAMO – Circle The Wagons

www.stevebalsamomusic.com Steve Balsamo came to my musical attention via the country rockers the Storys, who are well worth checking out and sadly another of those bands that had heaps of talent, yet never got the musical success they deserved. He … Continue reading

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Album review: ROADHOUSE – 25 Years And Counting

Roadhouse - 25 years And Counting

Self release [Release date 04.01.19] There can be few independently run bands that have made it to their 25th anniversary with consistently good new material, but Roadhouse is no ordinary band. Originally a roots-rock and Americana outfit with Southern rock … Continue reading

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Album review: HELEN ROSE – Trouble Holding Back

HELEN ROSE - Trouble Holding Back

Monkey Room Music [Release date 21.01.19] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sax toting singer songwriter debut produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice bassist and a founder member).  Perhaps, a cross between Maria McKee and Rindy Ross … Continue reading

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Quick plays: COME TASTE THE BAND, MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN, YOUNG FAST RUNNING MAN

COME TASTE THE BAND - Reignition

COME TASTE THE BAND Reignition AOR Heaven[Release date 25.01.19] Come Taste the Band is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. Since then they have released a couple of Deep … Continue reading

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Album review: LARKIN POE – Venom & Faith

LARKIN POE - Venom & Faith

In March 2011 David Randall interviewed Larkin Poe for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio during one of their earliest UK tours. This exclusive edit provides insight at an early point in the duo’s career. (9:45) Proper Music [Release date 09.11.18] … Continue reading

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Album review: BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers

Pride & Joy Music [Release date 07.12.18] Buckets Rebel Heart is the new band formed by ex-Bad Company and Humble Pie guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell, along with former 720 & New Torpedoes drummer, Paul “Taff” Edwards. The line-up is completed … Continue reading

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Album review: SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America’s Child

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America

Alligator Records[Release date 03.08.18] Shemekia Copeland’s ‘America’s Child’ is very much an album of our times. The title is an all enveloping concept that leads into a bunch of related, philosophical and at times analytical songs that shift from the … Continue reading

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Album review: JR HARBIDGE – First Ray Of Light

Absolute via Universal/Sony [Release date 05.10.18] Involved in the Midlands music scene since his teens, in bands such as the grunge-influenced Third Bullet as well as production work for a variety of outfits, a change of direction, together with a … 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: THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE – Red Rain Tires

THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE - Red Rain Tires

Noise Appeal Records [Release date 28.09.18] Formed in 2014, The Ghost And The Machine are an Austrian ‘post blues’ three piece – Andi Lechner (resonator guitar, lapsteel, vocals), Heidi Fial (double bass, vocals) and Matthias Macht (drums). While their eponymous … 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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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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Quick plays: BEN KUNDER, STONE THE CROWS (Best of)

BEN KUNDER - Better Human

BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18] Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of … Continue reading

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Album review: COWBOY JUNKIES – All That Reckoning

COWBOY JUNKIES - All That Reckoning

Proper Music [Release date 13.07.18] “All That Reckoning” is the 17th studio album from Cowboy Junkies since they formed back in 1985. The album is easy to listen to with every song telling a story, whether that be deep, personal … Continue reading

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Album review: AMANDA SHIRES – To The Sunset

AMANDA SHIRES - To The Sunset

Silver Knife/ Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18] I was impressed when Amanda Shires first featured on the GRTR! radar back in 2012 with her excellent Carrying Lightning album.  In particular, her ‘Dolly Parton’ twang and vibrato, her haunting fiddle playing, … Continue reading

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News: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL – First Aid Kit and Patti Smith headline (2-5 August 2018)

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 27-30 July 2017

On Sunday 15 July, in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall previewed the Folk Festival playing several tracks from some of the artists appearing at this year’s event (14:11) One of the longest established folk … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN STUART – The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

DAN STUART - The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.07.18] Green On Red were a brief mid-eighties reincarnation of the spirit of The Byrds, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Stones.  Featuring Dan Stuart on vocals, and Chuck Prophet on guitar they made an album in … Continue reading

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