Tag Archives: Solo

Album review: TOBY JEPSON & THE TRUTH – Ignorance Is Bliss

TOBY JEPSON & THE TRUTH – Ignorance is Bliss

Website [Release date 13.07.20] Toby Jepson is a national treasure and one of the finest musicians, songwriters and producers in the country. From his time fronting Little Angels, his successful solo career, stints with Fastway, Gun and Dio Disciples through … Continue reading

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Album review: NICK D’VIRGILIO – Invisible

NDV - Invisible

English Electric Recordings [Release date 22.05.20] NDV is Nick D’Virgilio, the current drummer in Big Big Train, having also played in Spock’s Beard, Genesis and been musical director for Cirque de Soliel. This is the second solo album from Nick D’Virgilio … Continue reading

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Single review: JAMES REYNE – Toon Town Lullaby

JAMES REYNE – Toon Town Lullaby

Bloodline Records [Release date 08.06.20] First single from his forthcoming “Toon Town Lullaby” album (his 12th, due out 12 July). ‘Toon Town Lullaby’ confirms that Reyne has reached the ‘mature balladeer’ stage in his long career. The distinctive, powerful voice … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOBY JEPSON – Online, Thursday April 23 2020

Toby Jepson

In these strange and unsettling times one part of the music we love that has been hit hard is that of live music. Currently venues are closed and artists are off the road, many tours and gigs have been postponed … Continue reading

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Album review: RAY ALDER – What the Water Want

RAY ALDER – What the Water Want

Inside Out [Release date 18.10.19] It takes a lot of guts to step out from the safety an established band but Fates Warning frontman Ray Alder has produced an album of extraordinary depth and passion in this, his debut solo … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL CAMPBELL – Old Lions Still Roar

PHIL CAMPBELL - Old Lions Still Roar

Nuclear Blast [Release date 25.10.19] Since the end of Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has found a home with the Scorpions and guitarist Phil Campbell has been forging ahead with his band the Bastard Sons. Now Campbell has decided to release … Continue reading

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Book review: Where’s My Guitar? by BERNIE MARSDEN

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4th Estate [Publication date 28.11.19] Previously self-published by Bernie as a limited release via a Pledge campaign in early 2017 under the title ‘Where’s My Guitar?: On the Tour Bus with the Snakeman’, the book now gets a full publication … Continue reading

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Gig review: DANNY VAUGHN – Eleven, Stoke, 29 August 2019

Eleven has been going a couple of years now and although it is a converted warehouse, it has that rock club/gig venue vibe that suggests it has been here a lot longer. Excellent sound on the night too, plus a … Continue reading

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Album review: JONES – Carver’s Law

JONES - Carver

Bandcamp [Release date 12.07.19] Jones is Trevor Jones, principle songwriter with the critically acclaimed duo Miracle Mile, the other half of this duo being arranger and musical partner Marcus Cliffe. Jones has released four solo albums to date, with ‘Carver’s … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY VAUGHN – Myths, Legends & Lies

DANNY VAUGHN - Myths, Legends & Lies

Self-release [Release date 14.06.19] It has been eleven years since Danny Vaughn’s last solo outing, although this one was delayed by issues caused by Pledge Music going into administration. Luckily Danny Vaughn has a loyal fan following meaning this album … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM STAFFELL – aMIGO

TIM STAFFELL - aMIGO

Moscodisc  [Release date 12.07.19] Tim Staffell’s 2006 solo album ‘aMIGO’ gets a timely re-issue, given the ongoing success of the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film, plus Tim Staffell released his latest solo album ‘Two Late’ last year (the title a nod to … Continue reading

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Album review: STING – My Songs

STING - My Songs

A&M Island [Release date 24.05.19] Longevity can be both a blessing and a curse. Music industry economics are such that a tour is more successful with an album behind it and if that album isn’t of new material, a compilation … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT PEARCE AND THE MUTINY – Gotta Get Home

MATT PEARCE AND THE MUTINY – Gotta Get Home

Pete Feenstra chatted to Matt Pearce for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in September 2018.  This hour special features tracks from ‘Gotta Get Home’ Mutinear Records [Release date 03.05.19] Voodoo Six axeman, Matt Pearce releases his first solo project with … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVIN TOWNSEND – Empath

Hevy Devy/Inside Out [Release date 29.03.19] Devin Townsend has rested his Project and with ‘Empath’ we have his first solo album since ‘Ziltoid’. Guests include regular contributor Anneke van Giersbergen, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music … Continue reading

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Album review: GINGER WILDHEART – G.A.S.S Mark 2

GINGER WILDHEART - G.A.S.S Mark 2

Round Records [ Release Date 20.09.18] The approach with every Ginger Wildheart album is ‘expect the unexpected’. Ginger is not one for sticking to a particular genre or style on his albums and this release is no different, only Devin Townsend can touch Ginger in the … Continue reading

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Album review: HANK ERIX – Nothing But Trouble

HANK ERIX - Nothing But Trouble

Cargo/Livewire [Release date 05.10.18] Hank Erix is probably best known as the frontman for Swedish melodic rock band Houston and now, after releasing five albums with said band, is about to unleash his debut solo album “Nothing But Trouble”. Very … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN CARTER – One

COLIN CARTER - One

The first ever solo album by one-time vocalist with prog rockers Flash.  This was a band who shared some similarities with early Yes not least because their guitarist Peter Banks was the original Yes guitarist.  Sadly Banks died in 2013 … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM McCARTY – Walking In The Wild Land

JIM McCARTY - Walking In The Wild Land

Angel Air [Release date 09.03.18] Jim McCarty, of course, is known to rock fans as the long-standing drummer of the Yardbirds. Indeed, he is the only original Yardbird left in the latter-day version of the band and the only member … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL LANZON – If You Think I’m Crazy

PHIL LANZON - If You Think I

Following the GRTR! reviewers’ choice for ‘Best of 2018′ Top Album, David Randall chatted to Phil Lanzon at the start of Uriah Heep’s UK tour in December 2018.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LUKE JACKSON, TOM TOWNSEND

LUKE JACKSON Solo, Duo, Trio First Take Records [Release date 09.02.18] Luke Jackson has been steadily building a name for himself since his debut album ‘More Than The Boys’ was released in 2013. Indeed, he has been nominated for the BBC … Continue reading

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