Tag Archives: R&B

Album review: BRUCE FOXTON & RUSSELL HASTINGS – From The Jam Live!

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Basstone via Absolute [Release date 01.12.17] Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings’s ‘From The Jam Live!’ ticks all the right boxes. It does what it says on the tin with an updated appraisal of music that stoked a generation some 40 … 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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Gig review: ANDREW ROACHFORD – Live Rooms, Chester, 2 November 2017

ANDREW ROACHFORD - Live Rooms, Chester, 2 November 2017

Andrew Roachford has spent much of 2017 gigging with Mike + The Mechanics – during which time he was described in our review as ‘the epitome of cool.’  We should be grateful, therefore, that he can find the time to … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PRETTY THINGS – Greatest Hits

THE PRETTY THINGS – Greatest Hits

Madfish [Release date 13.10.17] There are few bands who have make it to their 50th anniversary, let alone with such a welter of re-issues to mark the occasion. Indeed, The Pretty Things enthusiastic record company Madfish has already issued three … Continue reading

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Album review: DR JOHN – The Atco Albums Collection

DR JOHN - The Atco Albums Collection

Rhino [Release date 15.09.17] Born Malcolm John Redennack. Dr John is a renowned American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist. Inspired by work with New Orleans R&B and Jazz pianist/singer Professor Longhair, Dr John’s work is often for its New Orleans … Continue reading

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Album review: ROADCASE ROYALE – First Things First (Nancy Wilson, Liv Warfield)

ROADCASE ROYALE - First Things First

Loud & Proud Records [Release date 22.09.17] When the first track released by Roadcase Royale was circulating earlier this year it became an instant favourite on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and bode well for the band’s debut album.  ‘Get … Continue reading

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Album review: KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND – Lay It On Down

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND – Lay It On Down

Kenny Wayne Shepherd chatted to Pete Feenstra about his new album ‘Lay It On Down’. First broadcast 23 July on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. More information Provogue [Release date 04.08.17] When you sign a multi-album deal with Warner Brothers … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE PRETTY THINGS & THE IMPERIAL CROWNS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 7 July 2017

Jimmie Wood – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 7 July 2017

There’s a lot to be said for the art of performance. And tonight The Imperial Crowns front man Jimmie Wood works hard to preach the blues to a sun drenched crowd initially cowering on the edges of the festival square, … Continue reading

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Album review: ZZ TOP – Cinco: The First Five LPs

ZZ TOP - Cinco: The First Five LPs

Warners [Release date 09.06.17] One of the greatest blues rock and boogie exponents, this Texan trio have become as famous for their beards (except for the drummer called Beard – now THAT’s irony) as for their music. 70s tracks like … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE, NORMAN CONNORS, HARVEY MASON (Jazz Funk compilations)

STANLEY CLARKE - The Definitive Collection

Cherry Red Records/imprints The mid to late 1970s was a golden age for disco/jazz-funk.   Bands like Earth, Wind & Fire were ascendant in the charts whilst our more home-grown Level 42 picked up the baton for the burgeoning Brit Funk … Continue reading

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Gig review: VINTAGE TROUBLE – The Tramshed, Cardiff, 1 June 2017

VINTAGE TROUBLE - The Tramshed, Cardiff, 1 June 2017

Every once in  a while you have to step out of your comfort zone, tonight in Cardiff’s  premier venue the Tramshed, I pretty much danced out of it. Leaving behind the rock music and submerging myself in soul. To tag … Continue reading

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

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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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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Live At The Tuesday Night Music Club

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Self release [Release date 24.03.17] There’s something reassuring about The Sharpeez brand of retro rhythm & blues that steadfastly refuses to be cowered the industry re-branding of the term r&b. From the band’s high energy, rhythm guitar driven approach, the … Continue reading

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Album review: THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Change My Game

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado - Change My Game

Ruf [Release date 27.01.17] Danish big band soulful blues/rockers Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado find themselves in uncharted waters with their new album ‘Change My Game’. Such was the critical acclaim of their last 2 albums, that ‘Change My … Continue reading

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Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Stolen Hearts

ERJA LYYTINEN – Stolen Hearts

Tuohi Records [Release date 07.04.17] Given the rigorously defined nature of the blues scene in some people’s eyes, Erja Lyytinen probably wouldn’t thank anyone for suggesting that over the course of the last few years she’s become a beacon on a … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINE BELOW ZERO/Chloe Marriott – Under The Bridge, London, 4 November 2016

NINE BELOW ZERO – Under The Bridge, London, 4 November 2016

Tonight, Nine Below Zero are reborn as a big band. They have all the essential qualities that an 8-piece combo requires, from the core duo of seasoned front man Dennis Greaves and the magisterial harp player Mark Feltham, to a … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – 13 Shades Of Blue

NINE BELOW ZERO – 13 Shades Of Blue

Zed [Release date 30.09.16] Nine Below Zero’s ‘13 Shades Of Blue’ explores every nuance of the band’s blues antecedents. The album takes us on an r&b journey that opens with funk and explores all the essential blues elements from soul-blues, … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVON ALLMAN – Ride Or Die

DEVON ALLMAN – Ride Or Die

Ruf [Release date 16.09.16] ‘Ride Or Die’ is a proud statement of just who Devon Allman is. He’s a southern rocker with a wide musical outlook who over the last decade has carved out his own rootsy niche. ‘Ride Or … Continue reading

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Gig review: EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 18 August 2016

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux 18 Aug 2016

They came, they saw, they waited for the sun to go down and then they finally conquered! Eddie & The Hot Rods didn’t so much tear Bordeaux apart, as gently give it a poke in the ribs to remind a … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES PILLS – Lady In Gold

BLUES PILLS - Lady In Gold

Nuclear Blast [Release date 05.08.16] Second album by Blues Pills who received rave reviews for their debut album. The band’s main focus are the wonderfully soulful vocals of Ellin Larsson. Listen to the ballad ‘I Felt A Change’ and the … Continue reading

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