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Gig review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Roundhouse, London, 28 March 2017

Blackberry Smoke

I was already a fan of this band’s eclectic mix of blues, hard rock, boogie and country before seeing one of their gigs.  Afterwards, I was ready to declare them my new favourite live act.  Excellent show. That said, the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Like An Arrow

The Best of 2016

Earache Records [Release date 15.10.16] Blackberry Smoke are back with the follow-up to last year’s ‘Holding All The Roses’, an Album of the Year selection here at GRTR! and a rare five star album from me. So no pressure then … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 1 – 02 Arena, London, 18 June 2016

Alice Cooper - STONE FREE FESTIVAL DAY 1 - 02 Arena, London, 18 June 2016

Once upon a time, gigs took place indoors, or in football stadiums for the very largest acts, and festivals in a muddy field. While rock festival demographics have gradually got older, the havoc wreaked by the vagaries of the English … Continue reading

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News: BEST OF 2015 rock radio special on Sunday 27 December

FM - Planet Rockstock - Trecco Bay, South Wales, 4 December 2015

On Sunday 27 December, at 22:00 GMT David Randall presents a two-hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio featuring the Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer choices for ‘Best of 2015′.  The show will also reflect the popular vote that … Continue reading

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News: Readers and listeners vote for their favourite albums and live acts – Best of 2015

Thunder

Every year the reviewers at Get Ready to ROCK! choose their Top Albums and Live Acts.  Their selection covers a range of genres from rock to blues and progressive and reflects the musical spread of the well-respected website. The reviewers … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The Roses

Earache Records [Release date 09.02.15] www.blackberrysmoke.com This is amazingly Blackberry Smoke’s fourth studio album, as their last album ‘The Whippoorwill’ was released in the UK last year (although it dated from 2012 when it was released in their native US) … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 19 October 2014

BLACKBERRY SMOKE - Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 October 2014

Fellow GRTR! scribe Nikk Gunns posed a fascinating discussion question online recently – ‘if there were no new music from this point onwards, could you live with the music we have already had’? Judging from the mixed response he received, … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina

BLACKBERRY SMOKE - Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina

Earache [Release date 18.08.14] 2-CD/DVD Skynyrd fans, lovers of the Georgia Satellites and The Black Crowes – you need read no further, just go buy. If you like good, honest Southern rock – just go buy. The rest of you? … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – O2 Islington Academy, 3 March 2014

Blackberry Smoke, O2 Islington Academy, London, 28 February 2014

After treading the boards in the USA for some years, Blackberry Smoke’s belated marketing push to crack the UK seems to be paying off: hot on the heels of their belatedly released The Whippoorwill album reaching the top 30, the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WESTERN SIZZLERS – For Ol’ Times Sake

Roar Hide Records [Release date: 20.05.13] ‘Unfinished Business’, the penultimate track on The Western Sizzlers ‘For Ol’ Times Sake’, neatly summarises self exiled British musical maverick Kevin Jennings’s situation. A former catalyst for the Georgia Satellites (he got them signed … Continue reading

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Albums of the year…to date

Saga – 20/20 (Ear Music/Edel) Michael Sadler returns as the band release one of their finest albums to date. Jeff Scott Soto- Damage Control (Frontiers) Back with a more straight ahead melodic hard rock album. Flying Colors – S/T (Ear … Continue reading

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