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Gig review: INTERPLAY – Le Chaudron, Montignac, SW France, 17 January 2020

INTERPLAY STAGE

Jazz is alive, well and prospering in the inventive hands of a French modern quartet called Interplay. There was once a time when jazz fusion and rock almost coalesced and took the music beyond its historical antecedents. And while Interplay … Continue reading

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Album Review: BAI KAMARA JR & THE VOODOO SNIFFERS – Salone

BAI KAMARA JR & THE VOODOO SNIFFERS – Salone

Moosicus/M.I.G. Music [Release date 24.01.20] It is said that an artist brings their own experiences to any work that they create and if that’s the case Bai Kamara’s biography would suggest a varied and interesting album. Son of the former … Continue reading

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Interview: JEFF GAUTIER

Jeff Gautier & PF

This is the audio version of Pete Feenstra’s interview with French drumming legend Jeff Gautier including music from his band Bars On Fire and other examples from a 40 year career.  The English translation is below. (58:26) Interview: JEFF GAUTIER … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY FLETCHER – River Keeps Flowing

Gary Fletcher - River Keeps Flowing

Repertoire records [Release date 13.12.19] Gary Fletcher’s ‘River Keeps Flowing’ is all about mood, feel and a musical aesthetic that allows him to subtly explore a mix of relationship songs and beyond. It’s an album of well crafted songs – … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBIRD & CROW – Ailm

BLACKBIRD & CROW - Ailm

M.I.G. Music [Release date 24.01.20] Blackbird & Crow are the duo of Maighread Ní Ghrásta and Stephen Doohan, who released their debut album ‘Shock Shatter Convince’ in 2017. Maighread wrote the majority of the lyrics which cover themes of abuse, … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY PRICE– Dog Eat Dog

Billy Price - Dog Eat Dog

Gulf Coast records [Release date 02.08.19] Billy Price’s ‘Dog Eat Dog’ is a well crafted slice of contemporary soul. This is the  peerless soul singer’s 17th album and he surrounds himself with an intuitive band, a killer horn section and … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMMY PAGE & FRIENDS – Tribute To Alexis Korner

JIMMY PAGE & FRIENDS - Tribute To Alexis Korner

The Store For Music (released 6.12.19) Dubbed “The Godfather of British Blues”, Alexis Korner died, aged 55, on the first day of the year, 1984. His influence was felt by many. Without him, Fifties rock’n’roll in the UK would not … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SANGUINE, GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR

SANGUINE - Cold Blood

SANGUINE Cold Blood   [Release date 06.13.19] Sanguine caught this reviewer’s attention with their 2016 release ‘Black Sheep’, where they successfully melded melodic metal riffs with the impressive vocals of Tarin Kerrey, along with some screamo vocals from guitarist Nick Magee … Continue reading

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Album review: ELIAS T. HOTH – Damascus

Elias T. Hoth - Damascus

CD Baby [Release date 15.04.19] Elias T. Hoth has carved out his own niche over the last decade with a catalogue of 11 southern tinged rock-a-boogie albums.  However, his last couple of albums have gradually broadened his musical outlook with … Continue reading

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Album review: 24 PESOS – Flesh & Bones

24 Pesos - Flesh & Bones

Our Gate Records [Release date 22.11.19] It’s tempting to view 24 Pesos ‘Flesh & Bones’ as a Julian Burdock solo album, he did after all pen all the material apart from one co-write and delivers it all with ripping guitar … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURA COX – Burning Bright

LAURA COX - Burning Bright

Edel [Release date 08.11.19] Billed as half English, half French, 100% Rock’n’Roll, this is Laura Cox’s second album and from the outset it is serious rock’n’roll. Her 2017 debut Hard Blues Shot sold well in France and the lady has … Continue reading

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Album review: DEWOLFF – Tascam Tapes

DeWolff – Tascam Tapes

Mascot Records [Release date 20.01.20] Dutch funk/soul rockers, DeWollf, strip it back to bare bones – literally – for their extraordinary new album, Tascam Tapes. Dedicated followers of this fine young group of musicians already appreciate their ability to adapt … Continue reading

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Album review: MALONE SIBUN – Come Together

Malone Sibun - Come Together

Redline Records [Release date 31.01.20] Take one of the best soulful, honey voiced rock-blues vocalists in the country and pair it with arguably the most intense guitar player on the circuit, then anchor them with a versatile rhythm section and … Continue reading

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Album review: CHANTEL McGREGOR – Bury’d Alive

Chantel McGregor - Bury

Tis Rock Music Ltd [Release date 24.09.19] ‘Bury’d Alive’ is an album that celebrates honesty, integrity and intensity. It’s honest because what you hear is what went down on the night. It’s full of integrity because Chantel McGregor champions new … Continue reading

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Album review: BUCK AND EVANS – Write A Better Day

Buck & Evans - Write A Better Day

Departure Records [Release date 15.11.19] Buck And Evans have called themselves a rock and soul band, but they also embrace a palpable West coast feel, especially so on Sally Ann Evans more introspective moments which recall Christine McVie. Then there’s … Continue reading

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Album review: KRIS BARRAS – Light It Up

Kris Barras - Light It Up

Provogue Records [Release date 13.09.19] Kris Barras is a contemporary rock-blues hero for the new generation. He’s got the chops, the back story, a booming voice, an eye for a good melody and a catchy chorus, topped by some coruscating … Continue reading

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Album review: LARRY MILLER – The Sinner And The Saint

Larry Miller - The Sinner And The Saint

Code7 – Big Guitar Records [Release date 06.09.19] Just given Larry Miller’s serious health issues alone, ‘The Sinner And The Saint’ double album is a remarkable achievement. Released exactly three years since his last self-titled album, it’s arguably his most … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – Avalanche

Nine Below Zero - Avalanche

Pete Feenstra chatted to Dennis Greaves for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in October 2019. Absolute [Release date 04.10.19] ‘Avalanche’ is the first self penned album by Nine Below Zero in big band mode and it’s a revelation. The pivotal … Continue reading

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Album review: KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND – The Traveler

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - The Traveller

Provogue [Release date 31.05.19] While its tempting to portray Kenny Wayne Shepherd as the leading contemporary blues rocker of his generation, it would be wrong to forget that he fronts a road tested band that is 100 per cent the … Continue reading

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Book review: Where’s My Guitar? by BERNIE MARSDEN

Where

4th Estate [Publication date 28.11.19] Previously self-published by Bernie as a limited release via a Pledge campaign in early 2017 under the title ‘Where’s My Guitar?: On the Tour Bus with the Snakeman’, the book now gets a full publication … Continue reading

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