Tag Archives: blues rock

News: Albums of the Month (October 2019 – December 2019)

Buck & Evans - Write A Better Day

January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July – September 2019 BUCK AND EVANS Write A Better Day (Departure Records) …feels like an old school album crafted with contemporary values.  Given enough airplay this impressive debut album should help … Continue reading

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Gig review: BUCK & EVANS – 100 Club, London, 19 November 2019

BUCK & EVANS- 100 Club, London, 19 November 2019

When I saw them at the prestigious 100 Club only six months ago, Buck and Evans were still previewing songs from an album that, like Billy Bunter’s postal order or an election manifesto promise, was constantly  about to be delivered- … Continue reading

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Gig review: SARI SCHORR – Water Rats, London, 4 November 2019

SARI SCHORR- Water Rats, London, 4 November 2019

2019 has been something of a breakthrough year for powerful blues rocker Sari Schorr. The New Yorker began the year with a prestigious Blues Week slot at the 100 Club then as a very well matched support for King King. … Continue reading

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Gig review: GOODBYE JUNE – Colours, Hoxton, London, 29 October 2019

GOODBYE JUNE- Colours, Hoxton, London, 29 October 2019

There seems to be a never ending series of hirsute young bands, influenced by their parents’ record collections, coming out of the USA, and the southern states in particular. One such is Goodbye June who first appeared on my radar … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOCUS/Chantel McGregor – Under the Bridge, London, 25 October 2019

FOCUS/Chantel McGregor- Under the Bridge, London, 25 October 2019

This show in one of London’s more enjoyably upscale venues was an opportunity for me to kill two birds with one stone, as well as bringing together two contrasting acts in an interesting pairing. Chantel McGregor has been a rising … Continue reading

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Album review: THE IRONTOWN DIEHARDS – Linchpin

THE IRONTOWN DIEHARDS - Linchpin

www.theirontowndiehards.com [Release date 08.11.19] Second album from the Irontown Diehards who formed in 2014 and released their self-titled debut album in 2016. The band consists of Phil Dixon (vocals), Andrew Baxter (guitar), Mark McCallion (bass) and Eamon Lenehan (drums). They … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STEELEYE SPAN, GALLAGHER & LYLE, HUMBLE PIE

GALLAGHER & LYLE - Live at De Montfort Hall Leicester 1977

STEELEYE SPAN Live at De Montfort Hall Leicester 1977 Store For Music/Angel Air [Release date 04.10.19] One glaring error on this CD is the concert was in fact recorded in 1978 on the band’s then farewell tour (although the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: DATURA4 – CherryDon, Marseilles, 6 October 2019

Five Australians blokes walk into a bar in Marseilles on a Sunday night……and just kill it. Having appreciated these guys from a distance and reviewed Datura4’s excellent trio of albums (Demon Blues, Hairy Mountain and Blessed Is The Boogie), GRTR!’s … Continue reading

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Album review: SAYER & JOYCE – Makes You Stronger

SAYER & JOYCE - Makes You Stronger

Pete Feenstra chatted to Ron Sayer Jr. and Charlotte Joyce about the album ‘Makes You Stronger’.  This interview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in November 2019. Gulf Coast Records [Release date 04.10.19] When Pete Feenstra reviewed … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

THUNDER- The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

Thunder gigs come in all shapes and sizes, from the crowd pleasing festival appearances, to their semi-legendary Christmas shows, to the recent ‘Please Remain Seated’ semi-unplugged tour. Since their latest reformation for a third spell they have even played arena … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2019 – September 2019)

DANNY BEARDSLEY - Blood From A Stone

January-March 2019 April-June 2019 October – December 2019   DANNY BEARDSLEY Blood From A Stone www.dannybeardsley.com [Release date 20.09.19] Just when you thought it was safe to go back in to your ageing album collection – frustrated that much new … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Coloured vinyl re-issues (October 2019)

NAZARETH - Coloured vinyl re-issues October 2019

‘Snaz (2LP, orange / green vinyl, gatefold, innersleeves), 2XS (turquoise vinyl LP), Sound Elixir (orange vinyl LP, inner sleeve), Cinema (white vinyl LP, inner sleeve), No Jive (clear vinyl LP + insert), Move Me (red vinyl LP) BMG [Release date … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

Ruf Records [Release date 11.10.19] It’s a great idea to release a live album from an extensive tour that can be sold on some of the dates, as it was in the UK in September.  This CD/DVD captures the latest … Continue reading

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Gig review: STRAY – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 20 September 2019

STRAY- Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 20 September 2019

For every guitar great that sprang to prominence in rock’s golden age- a Blackmore, a Page, a Schenker – there were other guitar heroes who given the breaks should have become equal household names on musical terms alone, one of … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN BAIRD AND HOMEMADE SIN, JASON AND THE SCORCHERS, KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 6 September 2019

Package tours are an increasingly common feature of the gig scene, but it’s rare for one with three bands to have equal billing for each. The fact that Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, Jason and the Scorchers and the Kentucky … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Ina Forsman, Ally Venable, Katarina Pejak), The Iron Road, Pershore, 13 September 2019

BLUES CARAVAN 2019 - The Iron Road, Pershore, 13 September 2019

Friday 13th may have seemed more than ominous to the girls in the Blues Caravan with a six hour journey from Scotland taking fourteen hours.  But that didn’t seem to quell their enthusiasm for the South Midlands stop on a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FLUFFY JACKETS – Something From Nothing

THE FLUFFY JACKETS - Something From Nothing

Cargo Records [Release date 16.08.19] Second album from this bluesy melodic rock group, and it follows on nicely from their debut, the acclaimed ‘Fighting Demons’. Again featuring guitarist Manny Charlton (also dobro, best known as a founder member and chief … Continue reading

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News: MARGATE RHYTHM & ROCK, 6-8 September 2019 with headliners LINDISFARNE, WILKO JOHNSON & STEVE HARLEY

WILKO JOHNSON BAND – Royal Albert Hall, London, 26 September 2017

This preview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 25 August featuring two of the bands appearing at the three-day Margate event: Curved Air and Man. (12:16) Margate Rhythm & Rock 2019 takes place 6th – … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DUFFY & BIRD, DREW HOLCOMB, TIM GRIMM, BOB BRADSHAW, 3TIMES7

DUFFY & BIRD - Spirit Level

DUFFY & BIRD Spirit Level [Release date 20.09.19] You can’t go wrong with a voice and an acoustic guitar.  That is, if you’ve a decent singer, a decent song, and decent player.  It’s a formula as old as the hills. … Continue reading

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Gig review: UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL – Never The Bride, 20 July 2019

UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL - Chris Bevington Organisation, 20 July 2019

A free music festival. A mini-beer festival.  Lots of food outlets. Easy parking. Family friendly.  Great weather. What more could you ask for? The Upton Blues Festival is a well established event now in its second decade and takes place … Continue reading

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