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Album review: VANESSA PETERS – Foxhole Prayers

VANESSA PETERS - Foxhole Prayers

[Release date 05.10.18] For some reason, Texas based indie-folk singer songwriter Vanessa Peters’ last album – The Burden Of Unshakeable Proof (2016) seems to have bypassed GRTR!  But a quick listen on bandcamp.com suggests it was a welcome return to … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIE DRESSNER – Broken Into Pieces

ANNIE DRESSNER - Broken Into Pieces

www.anniedressner.com [Release date 26.10.18] A native New Yorker, but an adopted Brit of seven years, folk singer songwriter Annie Dressner has found favour on these shores with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and appeared at the Green Man and … Continue reading

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Album review: KAT DANSER – Goin’ Gone

KAT DANSER - Goin

Black Hen Music [Release date 12.10.18] If you ever wondered what it might sound like if Chrissie Hynde/Joan Armatrading did a stripped back Deep South blues roots album, Goin’ Gone by Edmonton based Canadian Kat Danser is the answer. And … Continue reading

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Album review: BOBBIE GENTRY – The Girl From Chickasaw County (Box set)

BOBBIE GENTRY - The Girl From Chickasaw Country

UMC [Release date 21.09.18] It’s always frustrating when a ‘definitive’ box set promo amounts to a couple of discs of largely alternative versions, demos, and live recordings.  In other words, a handful of album tracks and, in this case, a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN KUNDER, STONE THE CROWS (Best of)

BEN KUNDER - Better Human

BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18] Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANN WILSON – Immortal

ANN WILSON - Immortal

BMG [Release date 14.09.18] One of the most gifted female rock singers of her generation, Immortal sees Heart’s Ann Wilson continue her dalliance with cover versions – a journey she began on her last solo outing Hope & Glory (2007).  … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Love And Work

GRAHAM GOULDMAN - Love And Work

Graham Gouldman chatted to David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 12 August. More information (and additional interview) Wienerworld [Release date 17.08.18] If ‘Love And Work’ had been released back in the seventies or eighties it would no … Continue reading

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Album review: AMANDA SHIRES – To The Sunset

AMANDA SHIRES - To The Sunset

Silver Knife/ Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18] I was impressed when Amanda Shires first featured on the GRTR! radar back in 2012 with her excellent Carrying Lightning album.  In particular, her ‘Dolly Parton’ twang and vibrato, her haunting fiddle playing, … Continue reading

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Album review: FAY & LATTA – Dust To Stars

FAY & LATTA - Dust To Stars

Release date [03.18] Ex-Exoterik hard rockers Tom and Anneka Fay (nee Latta) continue their one man, one woman, acoustic soft rock journey that they so successfully began in 2008 with The View From Here, and capped with the wonderfully chilled … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN STUART – The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

DAN STUART - The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.07.18] Green On Red were a brief mid-eighties reincarnation of the spirit of The Byrds, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Stones.  Featuring Dan Stuart on vocals, and Chuck Prophet on guitar they made an album in … Continue reading

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Album review: TRACEY BROWNE – The Doctrine Of Song

TRACEY BROWNE - The Doctrine Of Song

[Release date 4.05.18] You could be forgiven – listening in a ‘blindfold test’ to this sophomore release from Manchester-based singer songwriter Tracey Browne, for occasionally thinking, “blimey, where did these ‘lost’ Thea Gilmore songs come from?” But dig a little … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN SIEGAL – All The Rage

IAN SIEGAL – All The Rage

Nugene Records [Release date 16.03.18] There’s a lot to be said for just following your stream of consciousness and moulding it into a song by simply plugging in and laying down your art. It’s something Ian Siegal and his exemplary … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TALITHA RISE, GIULIA MILLANTA

TALITHA RISE An Abandoned Orchid House

TALITHA RISE An Abandoned Orchid House Sonicbond [Release date 01.06.18] This full length debut from Sussex based indie folk singer songwriter Talitha Rise is an ambitious, ethereal, set that at times bears the hallmarks of Robert Plant’s Zeppelin and solo … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

Self release [Release date 01.04.18] From the opening filmic feel of ‘Blues At Sunrise’ to the conceptually opposite of ‘Blues At ‘Twilight’ – two ambient blues instrumentals that top and tail Ritchie Dave Porter’s ‘End Of The Line’ – this … Continue reading

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Album review: ASH JOHNSON – The Mad Ship

ASH JOHNSON – The Mad Ship

Stunted Records www.stuntedrecords.co.uk [Release date 25.06.18] Ash Johnson has been a key figure on the North Lincolnshire music scene for many years working in various bands in the area. Now on the suggestion of the record label boss he has … Continue reading

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Interview: JIM LEA

JIM LEA - Lost In Space

Jim Lea, the former Slade bass-player and one half of the mega-hit Holder-Lea song-writing duo, has a brand new six-track EP out: Lost In Space. I caught up with Jim to discuss the inspiration behind the title track and the … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURA MEADE – Remedium

LAURA MEADE - Remedium

Doone Records [Release date 18.05.18] Anyone heard of New York-based progressive rock band Izz?  No, me neither, but they’re another in a long line of bands inspired by the pioneers such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, and Renaissance. Laura … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHARKS, GIG, SANDERS & SAVAGE

SHARKS Ready Steady Go

SHARKS Ready Steady Go 3MS Music [Release date 29.06.18] Sharks can trace their origins back to 1972 when they were formed by former Free bass player Andy Fraser, guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, both of who are in this … Continue reading

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Album review: NINEBARROW – The Waters & The Wild

NINEBARROW - The Waters & The Wild

[Release date 20.04.18] Ninebarrow hail from Dorset (the duo’s name comes from Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills) comprised of Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere. On this, their third album, they use an outside producer for the first time … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE THOMPSON – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 25 March 2018

STEVE THOMPSON - Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 26 March 2018

Inspired by the passing of two close friends and wonderfully talented musicians, Tyneside-born songwriter Steve Thompson reflects and celebrates a career that truly illustrates the ups and downs that have been the songwriters lot to him. Only three shows old, … Continue reading

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