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Gig review: BABAJACK – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, 2 May 2018

BABAJACK – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, 2 May 2018

On Tuesday 8 May on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio at 21:00 GMT Pete Feenstra chats to Babajack More information And suddenly they are back. Tribal roots and contemporary blues stylists Babajack return with a significant line-up change, with multi-instrumentalist … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE – A Beautiful Lie Or The Ugly Truth

MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE - A Beautiful Lie Or the Ugly Truth

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.04.18] Mark Vennis, a 20 year veteran of the film industry, with production credits on 33 films to his name, including the comedy drama Funny Cow, and the recent documentary ‘Here To Be Heard; The Story … Continue reading

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Album review: MONGREL STATE – Mestizo

MONGREL STATE - Mestizo

Mongrel State [Release date 29.01.16] Did I tell you the one about the two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American? No, sorry, that was last week’s Americana review. This week it’s a tale of an Irishman, an Italian, a Spaniard … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TRACK DOGS, ULTAN CONLON, FUNNY COW

TRACK DOGS - Kansas City Out Groove

TRACK DOGS Kansas City Out Groove Mondegreen Records [Release date 01.06.18] Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American (no, it’s not the opening line of a joke), Track Dogs came together in 2011 when the four folk … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL MCDERMOTT, COLD TONE HARVEST, LUCKY BONES

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Out From Under

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Out From Under Pauper Sky Records [Release date 18.05.18] On the cover of his last album (Willow Springs (2016)) Illinois-based singer songwriter Michael McDermott looked like a shaven headed ex-con.  Two years on, he looks like Jimmy Carr’s … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BIRDS OF CHICAGO, IAN SHERWOOD

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime JT Nero (JT & The Clouds frontman Jeremy Lindsay) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl) first combined their talents on the 2011 JT Nero-branded Mountains/Forests album – an album of Americana that lacked a commercial … Continue reading

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Album review: JEB BARRY AND THE PAWN SHOP SAINTS – texas, etc…

JEB BARRY AND THE PAWN SHOP SAINTS - texas, etc...

Dolly Rocker Recordings [Release date 27.04.18] Upbeat isn’t a word you ‘d associate with this gritty, lo-fi debut release from Jeb Berry And The Pawn Shop Saints – a sparse acoustic-based set focusing on the darker side of life from … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – God Bless America

THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – God Bless America

Self Release [Release date 01.12.18] ‘God Bless America’ is an album full of colourful narratives – both real and imagined – deep grooves, intricate guitar work and an array of sparkling tones. It invites us to immerse ourselves in a … Continue reading

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Gig review: JARROD DICKENSON – St Pancras Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

JARROD DICKENSON - Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

Win a vinyl copy of Jarrod Dickenson’s new album!  Listen in to the singer songwriter sequence on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Mon-Fri, 14:00- 16:00 GMT) until Wednesday 25 October.  ‘Ready The Horses’ is the Featured Album. Set to the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM BYRNES, INTASTELLA, THE JAMIE PORTER BAND, BILL FEEHELY

JIM BYRNES - Long Hot Summer Days

JIM BYRNES Long Hot Summer Days Black Hen Music [Release date 27.10.17] Sixty nine year old, multiple Canadian Juno and Maple Blues Awards winner, Jim Byrnes turns the clock back to his St Louis high school days for inspiration on … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RICKY ROSS, MATT PATERSHUK

RICKY ROSS - Short Stories Vol. 1

RICKY ROSS Short Stories Vol. 1 earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] While there’s no argument Ricky Ross can pen a decent tune, and has a signature vocal timbre, he’s perhaps not the most technically gifted of singers, which in no small … Continue reading

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Album review: AMELIA WHITE – Rhythm Of The Rain

AMELIA WHITE - Rhythm Of The Rain

[Release date 27.10.17] East Nashville based singer and songwriter Amelia White’s 2014 offering Old Postcard, her 6th long player, was what I’d describe as ‘a keeper’ – an Americana/soft rock cross over album reminiscent of classic Tom Petty and delivered … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 27-30 July 2017

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 27-30 July 2017

Sometimes I think the term ‘Folk Festival’ puts some people off but if they look under the skin they might see something very special. A glancing look through this year’s programme of events showed a whole array of arts and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BRUCE COCKBURN, A BLUE FLAME, MORNING STAR

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone True North Records [Release date 15.09.17] Sounds like a name I ought to know, but maybe I’m thinking about ‘Rooster’.  But, in reality, Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn sounds more like a cross between Mark … Continue reading

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Album review: CIARA SIDINE – Unbroken Line

CIARA SIDINE - Unbroken Line

[Release date 06.10.17] The follow up to Dublin-based singer songwriter Ciara Sidine’s excellent debut Shadow Road Shining (2011) has been a while coming. Unbroken Line follows the same pattern in featuring a self-written set, with the exception of a haunting … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, QUIET RIOT, WORLD TRADE

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND What If

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND What If Rounder Records [Release date 18.08.17] Jerry Douglas has played and appeared on over 1,600 albums, from artists such as Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, plus he has been a member of Alison … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY ROSANO AND THE CONQUEROOS – Anthony Rosano And The Conqueroos

ANTHONY ROSANO AND THE CONQUEROOS

Self release [Release date 11.04.17] Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos hail from Virginia, so presumably the decision to hook up with producer/guitarist Mike Zito and high profile engineer David Ferrell and record in New Orleans was in the hope that … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MATISYAHU, DAVID RAMIREZ, MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ

MATISYAHU Undercurrent

MATISYAHU Undercurrent Fallen Sparks/Thirty Tigers [Release date 19.05.17] Reggae, hip hop, rap and beatboxing.  Four musical styles I’d cross the road to avoid.  Period.  Add in Orthodox Jewish themes, and Matisyahu should be a big no, no, no, no, NO. … Continue reading

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Album review: SUSAN CATTANEO – The Hammer & The Heart

SUSAN CATTANEO - The Hammer & The Heart

Jersey Girl Music [Release date 25.08.17] Now that’s something you don’t see many of these days – a double album!  Although, in truth The Hammer and The Heart (the two ‘albums’) would have fitted on a single CD!! Cattaneo’s fifth … 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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