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Album review: SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Pick Your Poison

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Pick Your Poison

Alligator [Release date: 19.05.17] Mentored by Sonny Rhodes and now some 7 years into his own solo career, Selwyn Birchwood’s second album ‘Pick Your Poison’ is a celebration of everything that makes him a unique presence on a blues circuit … Continue reading

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Album review: HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

Self release [Release date: 11.11.16] The Irish-Australian duo of Hat Fitz and Cara stand out among their contemporaries because of their hill country grooves, their bluesy minimalism, some well crafted folky songs, occasional great hooks and an essential contrasting dynamic … Continue reading

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DVD review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

JOE BONAMASSA – Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening

Provogue [Release date 23.06.17] From the opening Manhattan rooftop shots to the individual band instruments, the familiar team of producer Kevin Shirley and director Philippe Klose cleverly draws us into the latest J&R Adventures extravaganza. ‘Live At Carnegie Hall – … Continue reading

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Album review: SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

Provogue [Release date: 30.06.17] Not so much a live career résumé – there’s no ‘Speak Of The Devil’ or ‘Congo Square’ – Sonny Landreth’s ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ is more of a dip into a re-invigorated past and a tip … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERIC GALES BAND & Gary Hoey Band – Nells Jazz & Blues, London, 2 June 2017

Eric Gales #1

This may well be the first time two American label mates who have known each other down the decades make their UK debut’s on the same night. And while the evening brings a sharp contrast in styles, the two guitarists … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE HACKETT – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 16 May 2017

STEVE HACKETT – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 16 May 2017

Over the last few years Steve Hackett’s profile has risen significantly with his Genesis Revisited tours. The lure of hearing the early Genesis classics played as they should be has proven to be a big success. Again on this current … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHN MAYER – 02 Greenwich, London, 12 May 2017

JOHN MAYER – 02 Greenwich, London, 12 May 2017

So there I was nursing my £10 gin and tonic (ice not an option) in an executive suite at the Greenwich 02, pondering the mysteries of how 20,000 people can go crazy over a perfunctory blast of John Mayer’s harmonica … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

Jazzhaus Records [Release date 21.04.17] There’s huge vacuum to be filled when you leap from a power trio to a nine piece big band. Apart from the statistical logistics, there’s the intricacy of the arrangements, the need for a big … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Carnegie Hall, An Acoustic Evening

OE BONAMASSA – Live At The Carnegie Hall, An Acoustic Evening

Provogue [Release date 23.06.17] Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Live at Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’ is a successful mid-career sleight of hand. It’s a live acoustic album that recycles mostly familiar material while keeping the career juggernaut moving forward. Being Bonamassa, … Continue reading

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News: STEVE HACKETT on tour in the UK from 28 April

Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett commences his UK tour on Friday 28 April. Promoting his new album ‘The Night Siren’ the tour is also billed as “Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett” and culminates in a sold out show at The London Palladium. The … Continue reading

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Album review: HANK MARVIN – Without A Word

HANK MARVIN - Without A Word

Demon Music Group [Release date 02.06.17] Hank Marvin is a guitar legend of that is there no doubt, having influenced many other guitar greats like Brian May, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler and even those not associated with guitars like Jean-Michel Jarre, who … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2017

 JOE BONAMASSA - Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2017

The hardest working blues rocker in the business was returning to the iconic RAH for the first time since 2014, in support of last year’s ‘Blues of Desperation’ album. He had elected for a very basic stage set up. One … Continue reading

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Album review: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

Provogue [Release date 24.03.17] Best known as Buddy Guy’s protégé, 17 year old Quinn Sullivan’s third album ‘Midnight Highway’ takes a major step up in carving out his own niche in the crossover blues rock-world He’s got the chops, he’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Album Showcase, Ain’t Nothing But The Blues, London, 10 April 2017

ERJA LYYTINEN  - Album Showcase,  Ain

The intimate surrounding for Erja Lyytinen’s ‘Stolen Hearts’ album showcase is well suited to an award winning artist who this afternoon willingly shares the rudiments of her creative process with the assembled members of the press and guest musicians. She’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBBY KRIEGER – In Session

ROBBY KRIEGER - In Session

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 24.02.17] Like the Cleopatra release before it by Joe Lynn Turner “In Session” collects together some of Robby Krieger’s session work over the years.  The Doors guitarist was always a master of restraint in terms of … Continue reading

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Album review: BERNIE TORME – Dublin Cowboy

BERNIE TORME - Dublin Cowboy

Retrowrek Records [Release date 07.04.17] Bernie Torme I first came across via his days in Gillan and loving the band’s performance of ‘New Orleans ‘ on ‘Top Of The Pops’. Then I didn’t really take much notice of his solo … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL KATON – Ror’ Outta Hell

MICHAEL KATON – Ror

Michael Katon chatted to Pete Feenstra about the album ‘Ror’ Outta Hell’ for “The Pete Feenstra Feature”, first broadcast by Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 26 February More information Sunhair Music [Release date 06.02.17] ‘Ror’ Outta Hell’  is Michael … Continue reading

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Album review: KRISSY MATTHEWS – Live At Freak Valley

KRISSY MATTHEWS – Live At Freak Valley

Proper [Release date 14.04.17] Krissy Mathews lives or dies by the first take and his road tested band do him proud on an album full of tight interplay, scorching solos, raw aggression and a magnificent unexpected finish. He makes up … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – Middle Of The Road

ERIC GALES – Middle Of The Road

Provogue [Release date 24.02.17] Eric Gales is a former child protégé and post Hendrix disciple who isn’t so much enjoying a comeback as pouring his big toned licks and life experiences into meaningful songs. ‘Middle Of The Road’ isn’t the … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN BIBI – No More A Secret

Robin Bibi - No More A Secret

Ashwood Records [Release date 08.07.16] For a musician with a stellar CV and a solid back catalogue, it come as something of a surprise to realise that this is Robins Bibi’s first set of original songs. ‘No More A Secret’ … Continue reading

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