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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Borderline, London, 6 November 2018

ERJA LYYTINEN – Borderline, London, 6 November 2018

Erja Lyytinen is on the up escalator. She done her musical schooling on the West Coast, paid her dues on the blues circuit, established herself as virtuoso player, grown into her role as a songwriter and has been smart enough … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBBEN FORD – Purple House

ROBBEN FORD – Purple House

Ear MUSIC [Release date 26.10.18] There’s a lot to be said for a blues oriented guitarist willing to explore new directions deep into a lengthy career that has straddled rock-blues, jazz and fusion. Robben Ford makes much of the fact … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM KILLNER – Get Back Up

Tom Killner - Get Back Up

OTE [Release date 26.10.18] Imagine an endless library of rock-blues CD’s, or perhaps a laptop full of similar audio files that are all of a certain standard and leave you scratching your head as you listen for something that really … Continue reading

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Album review: RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

RHR (REDFERN HUTCHINSON & ROSS) – Mahogany Drift

Taller Records [Release date 01.11.18] ‘Mahogany Drift’ is an exciting new album by RHR (Troy Redfern, Jack J. Hutchinson and Mike Ross), a potential new riff heavy powerhouse super group with southern roots rock and blues antecedents. From the sepia … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM SHEPARD, PHILLIP HENRY, SIR REG

JIM SHEPARD Jaded

JIM SHEPARD Jaded MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.08.18] This is the third solo album by US musician Jim Shepard who has been on the music scene for some years including a band called Taxi, who had some success in their local … Continue reading

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News: STEVE HACKETT – orchestral tour, box set, radio interview

Prog-meister Steve Hackett tours with a 41 piece orchestra in October, plus there is the release of a 6-CD/2-DVD box set covering the years 1984-2006. Steve’s orchestral tour stems from a one-off performance in March 2017 in the USA.  He’ll … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Redemption

JOE BONAMASSA – Redemption

Provogue Records [Release date 21.09.18] ‘Redemption’ is a loosely based concept album on which some of the songs explore the titular theme. The dozen self penned songs track Joe Bonamassa’s musical evolution as one of the most broad based blues … Continue reading

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Album review: ZED MITCHELL – WOW

Zed Mitchell - WOW

Timezone Records [Release date o7.09.18] Zed Mitchell is a German based guitarist with a beautiful touch and tone. His playing owes much to the Peter Green meets Mark Knopfler school of feel, meaning ‘WOW’ is a very laid back album … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Roads Less Travelled

MARTIN BARRE - Roads Less Travelled

Garage Records [Release date 31.08.18] You always thought with Martin Barre’s post-Tull albums that he was searching for his own niche.  ‘Away With Words’ in 2013 was a largely acoustic mish-mash of Tull covers and originals, ”Order of Play’ (2014) … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GJB Records [Release date 23.07.18] If ‘Live At The Blue Note’ evokes a Manhattan jazz club then the opening track  ‘Sherry Dee’, from Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band second live album in 2 years, quickly suggest otherwise. It’s a … Continue reading

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Album review: TAYLOR’S UNIVERSE – Almost Perfected

TAYLOR

Marvel Of Beauty Records [Release date 17.11.17] If it’s hard to retain a serious notion of progressive rock in a genre that arguably ran its short lived course in the early 70’s, then Robin C. Taylor takes the instrumental jazz-rock … Continue reading

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Album review: ROY BUCHANAN – My Babe

ROY BUCHANAN - My Babe

Angel Air Records [Release date 17.08.18] It wasn’t until the mid-1980s – and a series of albums for the Alligator label – that Roy Buchanan really found his calling on album: fiery, blues rock.  Back in the 1970s when he … Continue reading

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Album Review: FERNANDO PERDANO – Out To Sea

FERNANDO PERDANO - Out To Sea

Cherry Red Records [Release date: 04.05.18] There are not that many rock guitar players who can really carry off an instrumental album. Once you get beyond Satriani, Jeff Beck, Vai and Malmsteen the list tails off and, in the field … Continue reading

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Album review: GLAS – Blue

Glas - Blue

The Last Music company [Release date 30.03.18] South Wales band Glas describe themselves as a: “blues rock n’ roll roots band”, which is a handy ‘catch all’ banner with which they explore their naturally eclectic style. Glas is that rare … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 27.07.18] Former Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo’s ‘War of the Worlds’ has very little to do with the enduring Jeff Wayne adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic sci-fi book. However, the title does give the … Continue reading

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Album review: RAMIN PARTOVI – 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart (Simon Phillips, Mike Stern & c.)

RAMIN PARTOVI - 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart

[Release date 18.02.18] This album is an interesting concept.  Take a song and invite a couple of dozen musicians to add their extemporisation.  Yes, that’s 27 versions of the same tune!  Surely the tune can’t be that good?  Well, the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Wild One

The Sharpeez - Wild One

Pete Feenstra interviewed Bill Mead for his Sunday Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features tracks from ‘Wild One’ 3Ms Music [Release date 30.05.18] The Sharpeez ‘Wild One’ makes a big statement of intent. For … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE SHARPEEZ – Half Moon, Putney, 30 May 2018

THE SHARPEEZ – Half Moon, Putney, 30 May 2018

British rhythm and blues is alive and well in the capable hands of The Sharpeez. They set the bar high for a genre of music that was almost rendered extinct by American rebranding of the genre as contemporary urban music. … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

Self release [Release date 01.04.18] From the opening filmic feel of ‘Blues At Sunrise’ to the conceptually opposite of ‘Blues At ‘Twilight’ – two ambient blues instrumentals that top and tail Ritchie Dave Porter’s ‘End Of The Line’ – this … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

Provogue [Release date 18.05.18] ‘British Blues Explosion Live’ is the latest conceptual vehicle for the prodigiously talented Joe Bonamassa and his constant search for a meaningful context with which to keep the blues alive. Playing to a seated outdoor crowd … Continue reading

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