Tag Archives: blues

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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Album review: STATUS QUO – Backbone

earMusic [Release date 06.09.19] On the release day of this album I will be avoiding social media at all costs. The luddites and trolls will be out in force to decry this album as a travesty and a slur on the Quo legacy, produced, … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Road Chronicles: Live!

Supersonic Blues Machine - Road Chronicles: Live!

Provogue [Release date 12.07.19] Supersonic Blues Machine ‘Road Chronicles: Live!’, is snapshot of an evolving band on one night at the end of a 10 date European run of dates, rather than the culmination of a lengthy tour as in … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURENCE JONES – Laurence Jones Band

Laurence Jones - Laurence Jones Band

Top Stop Music [Release date 27.09.19] ‘Laurence Jones Band’ is a career departure for the former rock-blues hero who makes a major pitch for the pop market. They say the most significant thing about the blues genre is that historically … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone – 21 July 2019

RAMBLIN

Andy Nathan writes: Sunday was another day when there was a chance to check out a band in the tent before the main stage opened. This time it was used as the ‘Grooverider’ stage- I have no idea whether this … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 2 – Mote Park, Maidstone – 20 July 2019

Cheap Trick - RAMBLIN

Andy Nathan writes: Saturday at the Fair saw the full range of stages. When Ramblin’ Man started they had a dedicated prog stage attracting such heavy hitters as Marillion and Family, but that genre has been steadily marginalised. Saturday was … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone – Day 1 – 19 July 2019

The Darkness - RAMBLIN

Once again the rock hordes decended on Mote Park in Maidstone for another weekend of rock, blues, good beer and good company. GRTR! despatched Andy Nathan and Dave Atkinson to cover all the action, come rain or shine… Andy  Nathan … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND – Down To The River

The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River

BMG [Release 28.06.19] The Allman Betts Band don’t so much reinvent the wheel as relive subliminal snapshots of the band’s musical antecedents. They formed on the 50th anniversary of the first Allman Brothers gig and brought with them a weight … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBERT CASTIGLIA – Masterpiece

Albert Castiglia - Masterpeice

Gulf Coast Records [Release 15.07.19] It’s often said that an artist discovers their best work when they find their muse. And when Albert Castiglia tells us that his new ‘Masterpiece’ album resulted from finding a daughter he didn’t know he … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: HM JOHNSEN

In 2017 HM Johnsen released his debut album ‘Chased’, then in 2018 he was awarded the title “Norwegian Blues Union Artist” and now he has a new single Walk This Road out now. We caught up with HM Johnsen to … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – Means Of Escape

Danny Bryant - Means Of Escape

Pete Feenstra chatted to Danny Bryant about the album ‘Means Of Escape’  in August 2019.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 4 August 2019.  (30:31) Jazzhaus [Release date 20.09.19] It’s tempting to view Danny Bryant’s ‘Means Of Escape’ … Continue reading

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News: FREE FESTIVAL – Upton Blues Festival, Upton On Severn, Worcestershire, 18-21 July 2019

Wille And The Bandits - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

In this hour special for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Pete Feenstra previews some of the artists appearing at this year’s Upton Blues Festival, including Big Boy Bloater, Kyla Brox, Wily Bo Walker, Rainbreakers and Danny Bryant.  For reviews/interviews of … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORNBURY FESTIVAL – Great Tew, Oxfordshire, 5-7 July 2019

Friday 5 July Arriving onsite just in time to catch the tail end of former Supergrass singer/songwriter Gaz Coombes set. Being a bit of a local musical hero his set was well received although he may have missed a trick … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMANTHA FISH – Kill Or Be Kind

Samantha Fish - Kill Or Be Kind

Rounder [Release date 20.09.19] There’s no denying the natural vivacity, or the cigar box guitar driven grooves and songcraft of Samantha Fish. Since bursting on the rock-blues scene a decade ago, she’s cut 6 solo albums of which the last … Continue reading

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Gig review: GARY CLARK JR. – Albert Hall, Manchester, 18 June 2019

GARY CLARK JR. – Albert Hall, Manchester, 18 June 2019

Gary Clark Jr. is a man out of time, resplendent in battered denim and wide brimmed hat he is the embodiment of the classic blues man. Immediately launching into 2012 single ‘Bright Lights’ and demonstrating deep, smoking guitar chops that … Continue reading

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Album review: INA FORSMAN – Been Meaning To Tell You

Ina Forsman - Been Meaning To Tell You

Ruf [Release date 25.01.19] ‘Been Meaning To Tell You’ is a challenging cross genre album that suggests Ina Forsman will be a musical force to be reckoned with. The low key vocal and piano intro to the opening ‘Be My … Continue reading

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Album review: JOOST DE LANGE BAND – Lonesome Wolf

Joost De Lange Band - Lonesome Wolf

Pete Feenstra chatted to Joost de Lange for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, playing tracks from ‘Lonesome Wolf’.  First broadcast 7 July 2019. Self release [Release date 01.03.19] Joost de Lange Band’s ‘Lonesome Wolf’ is a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN HEMMING

BEN HEMMING The Devil Beside Me

BEN HEMMING The Devil Beside Me [Release date 31.05.19] ‘Nu-blues’ man Ben Hemming opens his latest release with the impressively broody/ doomy Dead Man Blues which reminds me (strangely) of PJ Harvey circa Bring Your Love To Me.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Gig review: VINCENT FLATTS FINAL DRIVE – Kings Head Theatre, London, 7 June 2019

VIncent Flatts Fina Drive by Cath

There ‘s something indefinable about the true spirit of rock and rock. And whatever it is, Vincent Flatts Final Drive front man Steve “Bertie” Burton has it in buckets. It’s not just the spontaneous humour, the belligerent phrasing, the way … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERIC GALES – Nell’s Jazz & Blues, London, 5 June 2019

Eric Gales at Nells by Ryan Swanich

An evening with Eric Gales is like a rock-blues therapy session. Every song is analysed, the crowd’s response is measured, the autobiographical stories are analytical in nature and the short burst of incendiary guitar are the proof of his God … Continue reading

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