Tag Archives: R&B

Album review: SANDRA BOUZA – Falling Away From Me

Sandra Bouza - Falling Away From Me

Sabucedo Records [Release date 18.09.20] If Toronto has provided a creative backdrop to the recent renewed interest in all aspect of soul, Sandra Bouza takes things a step further with a cross genre, radio friendly album that is refreshingly lyrically … Continue reading

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Album review: KAT RIGGINS – Cry Out

Kat Riggins - Cry Out

Gulf Coast Records [Release date 14.08.20] ‘Cry Out’ is a high energy album full of heartfelt lyrics, stylistic diversity and booming arrangements that gives Kat Riggins the best possible context for her gritty and soulful vocals. The album’s arts work … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNOR BRACKEN AND THE MOTHER LEEDS BAND – Nightbird Motel

CONNOR BRACKEN AND THE MOTHER LEEDS BAND - Nightbird Motel

[Release date 25.09.20] Based in Astbury Park, New Jersey, Connor Brand (lead guitar and vocals) has a whiff of a look of a young Springsteen.  But hometown aside, that’s about where the similarities end – MLB being a blues rock … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC ROBERSON – Erro Live: Vol. UK

ERIC ROBERSON – Erro Live Vol. UK

Blue Erro Soul [Release date 16.03.20] “We celebrating music tonight and we celebrating those who have made music and made art”. So proclaims Eric Roberson, he might also proclaim that he’s celebrating those who make music independently. In the age … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES OLIVER BAND – Twang

James Oliver Band - Twang

Pete Feenstra chatted to James Oliver for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in April 2020. The Last Music Company [Release date 03.04.20] When it comes to the concept of ‘Twang’,  Deke Leonard’s last book about guitarists, ‘The Twang Dynasty’, may … 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: 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: BILLY PRICE– Dog Eat Dog

Billy Price - Dog Eat Dog

Gulf Coast records [Release date 02.08.19] Billy Price’s ‘Dog Eat Dog’ is a well crafted slice of contemporary soul. This is the  peerless soul singer’s 17th album and he surrounds himself with an intuitive band, a killer horn section and … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

David Randall chatted to Katarina Pejak in November 2019 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special includes tracks from her earlier albums as well as the latest – ‘Roads That Cross’ – and the Blues Caravan 2019 live … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Ina Forsman, Ally Venable, Katarina Pejak), The Iron Road, Pershore, 13 September 2019

BLUES CARAVAN 2019 - The Iron Road, Pershore, 13 September 2019

Friday 13th may have seemed more than ominous to the girls in the Blues Caravan with a six hour journey from Scotland taking fourteen hours.  But that didn’t seem to quell their enthusiasm for the South Midlands stop on a … Continue reading

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News: MARGATE RHYTHM & ROCK, 6-8 September 2019 with headliners LINDISFARNE, WILKO JOHNSON & STEVE HARLEY

WILKO JOHNSON BAND – Royal Albert Hall, London, 26 September 2017

This preview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 25 August featuring two of the bands appearing at the three-day Margate event: Curved Air and Man. (12:16) Margate Rhythm & Rock 2019 takes place 6th – … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMANTHA FISH – Kill Or Be Kind

Samantha Fish - Kill Or Be Kind

Rounder [Release date 20.09.19] There’s no denying the natural vivacity, or the cigar box guitar driven grooves and songcraft of Samantha Fish. Since bursting on the rock-blues scene a decade ago, she’s cut 6 solo albums of which the last … Continue reading

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Album review: INA FORSMAN – Been Meaning To Tell You

Ina Forsman - Been Meaning To Tell You

Ruf [Release date 25.01.19] ‘Been Meaning To Tell You’ is a challenging cross genre album that suggests Ina Forsman will be a musical force to be reckoned with. The low key vocal and piano intro to the opening ‘Be My … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLA BROX – Pain & Glory

Kyla Brox - Pain & Glory

Pigskin Records [Release date 29.03.19] Kyla Brox’s ‘Pain & Glory’ is the perfect showcase for one of the great blues singers of her generation. From the striking artwork to the the nascent songcraft of Kyla and her bass playing partner Danny … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE SHARPEEZ/Deep Blue Sea/Spinout UK – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 22 February 2019

The Sharpeez

The 3rd Boom Boom Rocking R&B Festival might not win many prizes for it’s strap  line, but The Sharpeez, DeepBlue Sea and Spinout Uk more than make up for that with three engagingly varied and well received sets. All 3 … Continue reading

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Album review: TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Signs

Tedeschi Trucks - Signs

Concord [Release date 15.02.19] ‘Signs’ is the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 6th album and it finds them unwittingly embracing middle age with mature songs, deep emotion and intricate playing. What it lacks is a sense of equilibrium, as there’s surfeit of … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

Eye Pea Records (Release date 23.10.17) It’s over 15 years since Ian Parker originally signed to Ruf records and confounded his fans and probably his record company too by cutting a deeply introspective album that became a best seller. Since … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

The Store For Music  [Release date: 09.11.18] And so to the endlessly recycled ‘Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds with Sonny Boy Williams’ (Williamson) and a few tracks from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. This material will always hold some interest … Continue reading

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