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Album review: MIKE ZITO – First Class Life

MIKE ZITO – First Class Life

Ruf [Release date 11.05.18] ‘First Class Life’ is Texas based Mike Zito’s 14th album. It’s is a stripped down blues album on which he sets himself the challenge of penning some meaningful narratives to fill the genre with fresh input … Continue reading

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DVD review: JEFF BECK – Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story

Eagle Vision [Release date 18.05.18] The guitarist’s guitarist, Jeff Beck has been getting new notes and sounds out of his six strings since his rise to fame in the mid 60s, and this DVD tells the story, from comparing record … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

Top Stop Music [Release date: 09.03.18] ‘The Truth’ is Laurence Jones’s fifth album and it finds him taking a brave leap of faith into commercial waters with the emphasis firmly on songs. It’s an album that finds him diversifying his … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE DARK LIGHT, MOOD GROOVE, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR

THE DARK LIGHT - Keep Off The Grass

THE DARK LIGHT Keep Off The Grass [Release date 06.04.18] The Dark Light formed in 2015 and this is their debut album with a line-up consisting of Gerrard Edwards (vocals), Henning Brand (drums), Roberto Cicorella (guitars), Sonny Moylan (guitars) and … Continue reading

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Album review: DEAN WEEN GROUP – Rock2

DEAN WEEN GROUP - Rock2

Schnitzel Records [Release date 16.03.18] Dean Ween, aka Mickey Melchiondo, is one half of the duo behind US band Ween, who split in 2012 and then returned in 2015 with live shows and a live album. This is the second … Continue reading

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Album review: BAD PENNIES – Songs From The Medway Delta

BAD PENNIES – Songs From The Medway Delta

Top Dollar Music [Release date 02.02.18] In many ways the Bad Pennies’ ‘Songs from The Medway Delta’ is a snap shot of the high standard of rocking blues that used to fill the nation’s pub and club music circuit. But much … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHIE KOTZEN, IAN GILLAN (reissues)

RICHIE KOTZEN - Telecasters & Stratocasters - Klassic Kotzen

The Store For Music [Release date 17.11.17/23.02.18] A welcome outing for three late-1990s solo albums from the underrated Richie Kotzen, repackaged as Telecasters & Stratocasters: Klassic Kotzen.  Kotzen might be best known for his stints in Poison and Mr.Big and … Continue reading

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Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

Alligator Records [Release date 12.01.18] Tinsley Ellis has long been a dependable roadhouse rocke who is equally happy tearing things up as he is searching for an emotive connection. Following in the slipstream of his last CD the soulful ‘Red … Continue reading

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Album review: STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX – The Mutual Admiration Society

STERLING BALL, JOHN FERRARO, JIM COX  – The Mutual Admiration Society

Mascot [Release date 19.01.18] Guitarist Sterling Ball, bassist John Ferraro and drummer Jim Cox explore a musical lineage which their label tells us, is: “A celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.” The label in this … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LUKE JACKSON, TOM TOWNSEND

LUKE JACKSON Solo, Duo, Trio First Take Records [Release date 09.02.18] Luke Jackson has been steadily building a name for himself since his debut album ‘More Than The Boys’ was released in 2013. Indeed, he has been nominated for the BBC … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON PHILLIPS – Protocol 4

SIMON PHILLIPS - Protocol 4

Phantom Recordings [Release date 27.10.17] We couldn’t resist ‘Protocol III’ with its fusion flavours and great musicality but arguably it is edged by the latest iteration.  This time Simon Phillips (best known for his work with Toto) brings in guitarist … Continue reading

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Gig review: EXTREME/Dan Reed Network – Bristol Academy, 18 December 2017

Dan Reed Network - Bristol Academy, 18 December 2017

A double bill tour that not only sees the return of Extreme to these shores – capitalising soon after a headline slot headline at this summer’s Ramblin Man – but also the return of the groove masters in Dan Reed … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

Hrpp records [Release date 26.o8.17] Mark Olbrich is a veteran Anglo/Polish blues bass player with an impressive CV both that spreads right across eastern Europe to the States. Both the material and band is built round Olbrich’s rock solid and … Continue reading

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Album review: PROJECT MAMA EARTH – Mama Earth

PROJECT MAMA EARTH – Mama Earth

Provogue [Release date 10.11.17] The thematically titled ‘Mama Earth’, is an all-star collaboration featuring Joss Stone on vocals,  Nitin Sawheny on guitar, Jonathan Joseph on drums, Etienne M’Bappe on bass and Jonathan Shorten on keyboards. It’s a stellar line-up that … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES LITHERLAND – Back ‘N Blue

JAMES LITHERLAND – Back

Self Release [Release date 01.05.17] ‘Back ‘N Blue’ is a loving crafted DIY song driven blues-rock album with a funky fusion undertow. James Litherland’s musical credentials go all the way back to Colosseum – check out the ‘Valentyne Sweet’ style … Continue reading

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Album review: POPA CHUBBY – Two Dogs

POPA CHUBBY – Two Dogs

earMUSIC [Release date 27.10.17] Popa Chubby’s ‘Two Dogs’ is one of his best ever albums. That’s no mean feat for an artist who has cut 36 odd albums in 25 years. ‘Two Dogs’ is a consistent and coherent album spread … Continue reading

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Gig review: TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

Belgian power trio Triggerfinger have got something going on. They rock hard with a set of diverse material that has a freshness and purpose too often lacking in cliché ridden rock and they deliver it all with a welcome sense … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVID CROSBY – Sky Trails

David Crosby - Sky Trails

BMG [Release date 29.09.17] Who would have thought that after a 20 year gap, septuagenarian David Crosby would return to cut three of his best albums in the last few years? For all its Californian whimsy and introspection, ‘Sky Trails’ … Continue reading

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Album review: DJABE & STEVE HACKETT – Life Is A Journey – The Sardinia Tapes

DJABE & STEVE HACKETT - Life Is A Journey - The Sardinia Tapes

Esoteric Antenna [Release date 06.10.17] I recall when chatting to Steve Hackett several years ago he mentioned that he is very receptive to  his environment  in terms of new sounds and possibilities.  This might simply be hearing something ear-catching whilst … Continue reading

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Gig review: GUN – St Luke’s, Glasgow, 14 September 2017

GUN – St Luke’s, Glasgow, 14 September 2017

With Gun about to unleash their excellent new album ‘Favourite Pleasures’ on an expectant public, what better way to introduce a few of the songs than a short showcase gig. The fact that the show was on home turf for … Continue reading

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