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Album review: JOSE RAMIREZ – Here I Come

JOSE RAMIREZ - Here I Come

Self release [Release date 12.06.20] American based Costa Rica’s blues artist José Ramirez calls himself an interpreter of soulful blues. The aptly titled  ’Here I Come’ can equally be seen as a statement of intent and announces his own considerable … Continue reading

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Album review: LETTUCE – Resonate

LETTUCE - Resonate

Round Hill Records [Digital release date 08.05.20] I have to declare at the outset that I have a soft spot for jazz funk.  After a decade of prog and classic rock buying, in the late-1970s and 1980s I turned my … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – VOODOO RAMBLE – That’s Why

Voodoo Ramble - That

Self Release [Release date 31.08.18] We’re currently in lockdown as I write this review. And having been encouraged to pen some reviews of albums that we may have missed for review – but have certainly played – there’s no better … Continue reading

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Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Ice Cream In Hell

Tinsley Ellis - Ice Cream In Hell

Alligator Records [Release date 31.01.20] ‘Ice Cream In Hell’ is a tasteful album that reaffirms Tinsley Ellis’s contemporary blues-rock credentials. He counterbalances a melodic bent with stinging guitar lines and relationship narratives. It’s an album shot through with generic songwriting … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – DISTANCE – Under The One Sky

DISTANCE - Under The One Sky

Reprise Records [1989] The Distance were a natural successor to the Power Station who featured legendary producer Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson, both of who were members of Chic. Taking the place on vocals of Robert Palmer was Robert Hart, … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – LENNY KRAVITZ – 5

LENNY KRAVITZ – 5

Virgin [Release date 12.05.98] Lenny Kravitz has always been hard to define; it’s entirely possible to imagine Kravitz in the crowd at Woodstock or strutting down a Parisian catwalk. Despite being effortlessly cool and the very embodiment of old school … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MOOD GROOVE – Some Left, Some Stayed

THE MOOD GROOVE – Some Left, Some Stayed

Indie [Release date 29.02.20] The Mood Groove, formed by JK Northrup and Ed Balldinger, released their debut album back in 2018 as an outlet to create and record music that stretched their collective imaginations and to invite listeners to something … Continue reading

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Album review: POPA CHUBBY – It’s A Mighty Hard Road

Popa Chubby - It

Dixie Frog Records [Release date 14.02.20] Popa Chubby’s ‘It’s A Mighty Hard Road’ is the self proclaimed ‘Beast From The East’s 30th anniversary album. It’s a song driven set encompassing rocking blues shuffles, funky feels and surprisingly soulful moments, all … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KENDALL CONNECTION – The Kendall Connection

The Kendall Connection by The Kendall Connection

Pete Feenstra chatted to Nick Kendall for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 15 March 2020. Vibratown Music Records  [Release date 10.01.20] Nick Kendall is a UK based South African session guitarist and a contemporary of … Continue reading

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Album review: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – Chameleon

Zoe Schwarz Blue commotion - Chameleon

33 Records [Release date 03.04.20] ‘Chameleon’ is Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion’s 6th and best release so far. It’s a superbly crafted contemporary blues album with a dozen self penned track and a hidden bonus, full of musical diversity, imaginative arrangements, … Continue reading

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Album review: KING SOLOMON HICKS – Harlem

King Solomon Hicks - Harlem

Provogue Records [Release date 13.03.20]   ‘Harlem’ is the classic example of how American roots music recycles itself by supporting up and coming talent. It surrounds them with experienced hands to revitalise blues covers and interpret related material in the … Continue reading

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Album review: SONNY LANDRETH – Blacktop Run

Sonny Landreth - Blacktop Run

Provogue Records [Release date 21.02.20] ‘Blacktop Run’ is a guitar album with a difference.  It’s full of full of subtle tones, textures, lovely grooves, pulsing riffs and imaginative solos, tempered by startling stylistic diversity. It’s an album sparked by some … Continue reading

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Album review: BYWATER CALL – Bywater Call

Bywater Call

Gypsy Soul Records [Release date 21.11.19] Toronto is suddenly becoming a hothouse for new music with the enterprising 7 year old Gypsy Soul label at its heart. While the emphasis is on the familiar foundations of southern roots rock, in … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR – Run To Me

SAMANTHA MARTIN - RUN TO ME

Gypsy Soul Records [Release date 27.04.18] Released in Canada in 2018, but finally gaining some overdue promo in Europe now, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s ‘Run To Me’ is a deeply wrought album full of heartfelt lyrics (3 originals and … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT HART – Pure

ROBERT HART - Pure

Escape Music [Release date 20.02.20] Vocalist Robert Hart sang on one of my all-time favourite albums, ‘Under The One Sky’ by The Distance, added to his solo album ‘Cries & Whispers’ is still revered in AOR circles. He has also … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBERT CUMMINGS – Believe

Albert Cummings - Believe

Provogue Records [Release date 14.02.19] ‘Believe’ is Albert Cummings debut album for Provogue records. It’s a surprisingly understated affair full of quality musicianship, but a few songs short of being a definitive album. Indeed, some of the best moments are … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN HUGHES – Justified Man

GLENN HUGHES - Justified Man

Cherry Red Records [Release date 31.01.20] Part One: Feel (CD1), Addicted (CD2), The Way It Is (CD3) : This clydebuilt boxset plugs into Glenn Hughes’ solo career in 1995, kicking off with his fourth solo album “Feel” (CD1). It’s the … Continue reading

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Album review: EDDIE MARTIN – Thirst

Blueblood Records [Release date 06.12.19] Eddie Martin’s ‘Thirst’ is an excellent contemporary blues album with strong songs and inspired playing sparked by a sense of adventure. He is one of the UK most underrated blues artists. Were he a footballer … Continue reading

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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: SANANDA MAITREYA – Fallen Angel Tour 2019 Live From The Ruins

SANADRA MAITREYA - Fallen Angel Tour 2019 Live From The Ruins

        TreeHouse Publishing [Release date 13.12.19] In 2001 the singer known as Terence Trent D’Arby legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya, telling The New Yorker at the time that he had meditated for “a new spirit, … Continue reading

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