Tag Archives: Bob Dylan

Album review: JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE – Diff’rent Gravy

JAMIE WILLIAMS & THE ROOTS COLLECTIVE - Diff

3Ms Music [Release date 20.04.18] What’s in a name?  Well, Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective is a suitably titled, all encompassing name for a band that is rooted in 60’s British R&B – minimalist production with evocative vocals – … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN SIEGAL – All The Rage

IAN SIEGAL – All The Rage

Nugene Records [Release date 16.03.18] There’s a lot to be said for just following your stream of consciousness and moulding it into a song by simply plugging in and laying down your art. It’s something Ian Siegal and his exemplary … Continue reading

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Album review: DS4 – Sweet Georgina

DS4 - Sweet Georgina

Critical Discs [Release date 11.05.18] DS4′s ‘Sweet Georgina’ is a lyric-led album, full of Ray Davies style vocals and coloured by imaginative narratives that leap from the page. And right there at the bottom of the credits is the great … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE LOGAN – Backstreets Of Eden

STEVE LOGAN – Backstreets Of Eden

Moondragon Records [Release date 24.03.18] Steve Logan is a Welsh roots rocker, bordering on Americana, who explores a musical arc that merges the acoustic singer songwriter mode with what he terms “high octane rock”. He’s a song writer whose relationship … Continue reading

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Album review: STORM WARNING – Take Cover

STORM WARNING – Take Cover

Self release [Release date 09.04.17] Storm Warning’s ‘Take Cover’ is an object lesson in fine interpretive skills on original arrangements that drip with feel and are framed by an intuitive production. After 3 albums of mostly original material, the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: SUMMERFEST – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 28 June-9 July 2017

In a world of constant change in popular music, for a festival to celebrate its 50th year, as Milwaukee’s  Summerfest did this year, represents a lifetime. I’d been to the festival certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest … Continue reading

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Gig review: JONI’S SOUL – 606 Club, Chelsea, London, 6 February 2017

Gina Foster - Joni

How to approach the musical concept of ‘The Soul Of Joni Mitchell’? Firstly, find a versatile, but focussed singer like Gina Foster – her credits include Eric Clapton and Sinead O’Connor – with the requisite vocal range, an intuitive understanding … Continue reading

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Album review: DOUG ABRAHAM – Better Late Than…

DOUG ABRAHAM – Better Late Than...

BBM [Release date 27.10.15] Doug Abraham is a fine Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and confident guitarist who has a solid background in instrumental music and funk rock, though this album goes well beyond those genres. The title of the album ‘Better Late … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE JAMMER’S ALL-STAR CHICAGO BLUES REVUE – London Jazz Festival, Bulls Head, London,16 November 2015

JOE JAMMER

Joe Jammer’s All-Star Chicago Blues Revue appears in Barnes as part of the London Jazz Festival. And whatever the debate about whether jazz or blues came first, Joe Jammer makes sure that his blues show is both essential and fun! … Continue reading

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Album review: LYNYRD SKYNYRD – One More For The Fans

        earMUSIC [Release date 24.07.15] There’s nothing quite like an enduring back catalogue and a whiff of nostalgia to bring out the fans. And seeing as Bob Dylan, The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers etc., have … Continue reading

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DVD review: LOST SONGS: THE BASEMENT TAPES CONTINUED

LOST SONGS: THE BASEMENT TAPES CONTINUED

Eagle Vision [Release date 25.05.15] ‘The Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued’ is a publishers dream. Take a bunch of recently discovered and unrecorded Dylan songs from the legendary ‘Basement Tapes’ era, get a bunch of cross-generational roots artists and … Continue reading

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Album review: WILLY DeVILLE – Live at Rockpalast 1995 & 2008

WILLY DeVILLE – Live at Rockpalast 1995 & 2008

Repertoire [Release date 26.01.15] ‘Live at Rockpalast 1995 & 2008’ is a triple CD and DVD release that finds Willie DeVille revisiting his back catalogue on two shows recorded 13 years apart and presented back to front. Surprisingly, the early … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN SIEGAL – One Night In Amsterdam

 IAN SIEGAL – One Night In Amsterdam

Nugene [Released 09.03.15] Like all the best outlaws, Ian Siegal aggressively sings about the kind of lifestyle that his fans love to hear about but wouldn’t want to live. ‘One Night in Amsterdam’ casts him as the perennial outsider who … Continue reading

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Album review: CARL CARLTON – Lights Out In Wonderland

Carl Carlton - Lights Out In Wonderland

          Caroline International [Release date 24.11.14] Carl Carlton is an American based German songwriter, musical director, producer and triple Grammy Award nominee whose credits include Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Herman Brood, Mink Deville, Joe Cocker and … Continue reading

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Album review: ROGER CHAPMAN – Peaceology

Roger Chapman - Peaceology

Hypertension [Release date 24.11.14] ‘Peaceology’ is a successfully re-mastered version of the 2007 Americana influenced album ‘One More Time For Peace’. It comes with a new title, new art work, three new tracks and a completely different running order that … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES FEST 2014 – Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 October 2014

Georgie Fame - Blues Fest 2014, Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 October 2014

An afternoon session at the Albert Hall for the 2014 Blues Fest was a pleasant surprise, as the old building opened its doors to some of smaller rooms to house a wide array of exciting blues talent. Perhaps it was … Continue reading

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Album review: LOVE – Love Songs

LOVE - Love Songs

Salvo [Release date 27.10.14] ‘Love Songs’ compiles the first three Love albums (minus ‘Emotions’ and ‘Glazing’ from ‘Love’ and the elongated ‘Revelation’ from ‘De Capo’) and replaces the latter with a thrilling Arthur Lee and Jimi Hendrix wah-wah led collaboration … Continue reading

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Gig review: DANNY BRYANT – The Borderline, London, 12 September 2014

DANNY BRYANT – The Borderline, London,12 September 2014

Danny Bryant’s career is on the up escalator. In an age of orchestrated hype, Danny is the real deal. His unstinting road work and solid recording career has given way to more carefully chosen gigs and better produced albums.  And … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROGER CHAPMAN & THE SHORTLIST– Under The Bridge, London, 10 September 2014

ROGER CHAPMAN & THE SHORTLIST– Under The Bridge, London, 10 September 2014

It’s hard to remember a time when Roger Chapman looked happier than tonight. He seems positively relaxed and beaming in front of a twenty foot illuminated banner bearing his name, He compliments his band members and then extends his appreciation … Continue reading

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Album review: ULTAN CONLON – Songs Of Love So Cruel

ULTAN CONLON – Songs Of Love So Cruel

Darksideout [Release date 09.06.14] The fact that the ‘Songs Of Love So Cruel’ dominates the CD sleeve tells you all you need to know about Ultan Conlon’s mindset, on an album full of enduring relationship and love songs. He treads … Continue reading

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