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Album review: JOSE RAMIREZ – Here I Come

JOSE RAMIREZ - Here I Come

Self release [Release date 12.06.20] American based Costa Rica’s blues artist José Ramirez calls himself an interpreter of soulful blues. The aptly titled  ’Here I Come’ can equally be seen as a statement of intent and announces his own considerable … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – VOODOO RAMBLE – That’s Why

Voodoo Ramble - That

Self Release [Release date 31.08.18] We’re currently in lockdown as I write this review. And having been encouraged to pen some reviews of albums that we may have missed for review – but have certainly played – there’s no better … Continue reading

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Book review: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music by Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff

Ted Templeman

ECW Press [Publication date 21.04.20] Ted Templeman started out on the other side of the mixing desk as a musician, being part of Harpers Bizarre who had a number of US hits, the most well-known being ‘59th Street Bridge Song … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – LENNY KRAVITZ – 5

LENNY KRAVITZ – 5

Virgin [Release date 12.05.98] Lenny Kravitz has always been hard to define; it’s entirely possible to imagine Kravitz in the crowd at Woodstock or strutting down a Parisian catwalk. Despite being effortlessly cool and the very embodiment of old school … 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: THE KENDALL CONNECTION – The Kendall Connection

The Kendall Connection by The Kendall Connection

Pete Feenstra chatted to Nick Kendall for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 15 March 2020. Vibratown Music Records  [Release date 10.01.20] Nick Kendall is a UK based South African session guitarist and a contemporary of … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 8 February 2020

Beth Hart has certainly established a large and loyal following in the UK, reward for the magnetic Californian’s intensive touring over here. Way back in 2008, on an early assignment for GRTR!,  I saw her at a tiny club, the … 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: GLENN HUGHES – Justified Man

GLENN HUGHES - Justified Man

Cherry Red Records [Release date 31.01.20] Part One: Feel (CD1), Addicted (CD2), The Way It Is (CD3) : This clydebuilt boxset plugs into Glenn Hughes’ solo career in 1995, kicking off with his fourth solo album “Feel” (CD1). It’s the … Continue reading

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Interview: JEFF GAUTIER

Jeff Gautier & PF

This is the audio version of Pete Feenstra’s interview with French drumming legend Jeff Gautier including music from his band Bars On Fire and other examples from a 40 year career.  The English translation is below. (58:26) Interview: JEFF GAUTIER … Continue reading

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Album review: SANANDA MAITREYA – Fallen Angel Tour 2019 Live From The Ruins

SANADRA MAITREYA - Fallen Angel Tour 2019 Live From The Ruins

        TreeHouse Publishing [Release date 13.12.19] In 2001 the singer known as Terence Trent D’Arby legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya, telling The New Yorker at the time that he had meditated for “a new spirit, … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY FLETCHER – River Keeps Flowing

Gary Fletcher - River Keeps Flowing

Pete Feenstra chatted with Gary Fletcher for his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 22 March 2020. Repertoire records [Release date 13.12.19] Gary Fletcher’s ‘River Keeps Flowing’ is all about mood, feel and a musical aesthetic that … 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: 24 PESOS – Flesh & Bones

24 Pesos - Flesh & Bones

Our Gate Records [Release date 22.11.19] It’s tempting to view 24 Pesos ‘Flesh & Bones’ as a Julian Burdock solo album, he did after all pen all the material apart from one co-write and delivers it all with ripping guitar … Continue reading

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Book review: NOW That’s What I Call A Quiz: Puzzle Your Way Through Sixty Years of Pop by Michael Mulligan

Trapeze [Publication date 31.10.19] Based on the bestselling series of NOW compilation albums this is a good all-round music quiz book. Split into sections that include decades, the themed NOW compilations (e.g. Disney, football anthems) and genres (rock, classic rock … Continue reading

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Album review: JULIAN TAYLOR BAND – Avalanche

Julian Taylor Band

Gypsy Soul Records [Release date 29.03.19] The Toronto based Julian Taylor Band make music on their own terms with deeply meaningful emotional narratives and lingering hooks. They mix soul, funk, roots rock and essential song craft in a memorable album … Continue reading

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Album review: INCOGNITO – Tomorrow’s New Dream

INCOGNITO – Tomorrow’s New Dream

Absolute [Release date 08.11.19] While the name may not immediately trigger recognition, acid jazz group Incognito are a group that have a long association with the London club scene. Formed in 1979 by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul “Tubbs” Williams, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SOUL REBELS – Poetry In Motion

THE SOUL REBELS – Poetry In Motion

Rebelution Music Group [Release date 25.10.19] From the opening of notes of ‘Blow the Horns’ The Soul Rebels exude swagger and confidence, promising to “shake the world up like an earthquake”. ‘Poetry in Motion’ marks the first release in seven … Continue reading

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