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Album review: IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

Eye Pea Records (Release date 23.10.17) It’s over 15 years since Ian Parker originally signed to Ruf records and confounded his fans and probably his record company too by cutting a deeply introspective album that became a best seller. Since … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE WILLOWS, ME AND MY FRIENDS, JEROME MAZZA

THE WILLOWS Through the Wild [Release date 30.11.18] ‘Through the Wild’ is the third album from the Cambridge folk band the Willows, who have picked up praise from the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. Listening to this album … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBIE DONNELLY’S SUPERCHARGE – Get Hip

ALBIE DONNELLY

3MS Music [Release date 18.01.19] On a number of occasions back in the early 1970s, fellow scribe David Randall and I would venture to the Sportsman Bar in Liverpool, often post gig, to catch Albie Donnelly’s Supercharge. The band – … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBBEN FORD – Purple House

ROBBEN FORD – Purple House

Ear MUSIC [Release date 26.10.18] There’s a lot to be said for a blues oriented guitarist willing to explore new directions deep into a lengthy career that has straddled rock-blues, jazz and fusion. Robben Ford makes much of the fact … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM KILLNER – Get Back Up

Tom Killner - Get Back Up

OTE [Release date 26.10.18] Imagine an endless library of rock-blues CD’s, or perhaps a laptop full of similar audio files that are all of a certain standard and leave you scratching your head as you listen for something that really … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBREAKERS – Face To Face

RAINBREAKERS - Face To Face

www.therainbreakers.com  [Release date 31.08.18] The Shrewsbury based Rainbreakers have now recorded their debut album, after releasing  a couple of well received EPs and touring with the likes of Corky Laing (Mountain) and played a handful of festivals. Comprised of Ben Edwards … Continue reading

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Album review: SARI SCHORR – Never Say Never

SARI SCHORR – Never Say Never

Manhaton Records [Release date o5.10.18] Sari Schorr returns with ‘Never Say Never’, an album that goes a long way to establishing her own niche. She is a versatile singer with big range and an intuitive ability to get inside a … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNOR SELBY – Made Up My Mind

CONNOR SELBY – Made Up My Mind

3Ms Records [Release date 07.09.18] With a soulful wash of blues, r&b, funk and nascent songcraft, Connor Selby works hard to pull together an album that slowly, but surely unveils his own imprint He’s a white boy soul singer with … Continue reading

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Album review: DANA FUCHS – Love Lives On

DANA FUCHS – Love Lives On

Get Along  Records [Release date 14.05.18] Having established herself as a Janis Joplin influenced rock chick with emotive autobiographical lyrics, Dana Fuchs celebrates the launch of her own Get Along Records with a surprisingly soulful album built on the conceptual … Continue reading

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Album review: TAS CRU – Memphis Song

Tas Cru - Memphis Song

Subcat Records [Release date 01.06.18] Tas Cru is a blues artist and an observatory story teller for whom the combination of songcraft, feel and an underlying groove are sacrosanct. He also leaves plenty of room for quirky lyrics, ironic humour … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG APPLE BLUES – Manhattan Alley

Big Apple Blues - Manhattan Alley

On Sunday 5 August in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chatted to Admir Hadzic from Big Apple Blues, playing tracks from ‘Manhattan Alley’ Stone Tone Records [Release date 19.04.18] Big Apple Blues is a … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN POOLE – Anytime You Need Me

BEN POOLE – Anytime You Need Me

Manhaton Records [Release date 14.09.18] ‘Anytime You Need Me’ is a very accessible, funk laden album with one eye firmly on the mainstream. From the hook led title track, through 10 groove laden cuts which come to rest on the … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORNBURY FESTIVAL – The Great Tew Estate, Oxfordhire, 14 July, 2018

CORNBURY FESTIVAL - July, 2018

After 14 years and appearances by some of the world’s biggest names in music the Cornbury Music Festival held its ‘last ever’ showcase of music and performances in July last year. However, barely three months after many fans asked for it … Continue reading

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Album review: RAMSEY LEWIS – Funky Serenity, Solar Wind, Sun Goddess (reissue)

RAMSEY LEWIS - Funky Serenity (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] I immediately recognised three of the albums on this 2-disc four album compilation.  In fact that’s the great thing about BGO releases.  They tend to bring together a series of albums spanning a couple of discs, … Continue reading

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Album review: NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN – Looking At You…, The Nature Of Things, Divine Emotion (reissue)

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN - Looking At You, Looking At Me (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s it wasn’t unusual for fusion funk bands to be drummer-led.  We might recall Maurice White in Earth, Wind & Fire but then of course, there was Lenny White and Harvey … Continue reading

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Album review: VICTOR WAINRIGHT AND THE TRAIN – s/t

VICTOR WAINRIGHT AND THE TRAIN

Ruf Records GmbH [Release date 09.03.18] Victor Wainwright is a musician in motion. Where once he led the ‘Wildroots’ and briefly settled on ‘Southern Hospitality’, he’s spreading his musical roots again with ‘Victor Wainright And the Train’. Newly signed to … Continue reading

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Album review: DS4 – Sweet Georgina

DS4 - Sweet Georgina

Critical Discs [Release date 11.05.18] DS4′s ‘Sweet Georgina’ is a lyric-led album, full of Ray Davies style vocals and coloured by imaginative narratives that leap from the page. And right there at the bottom of the credits is the great … Continue reading

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Album review: DEL BROMHAM BLUES DEVILS – Del Bromham Blues Devils Live

DEL BROMHAM BLUES DEVILS – Del Bromham Blues Devils Live

In May 2018 Pete Feenstra chatted to Del Bromham for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and played tracks from the new album ‘Blues Devils Live’ Self release [Release date 01.05.18] Del Bromham Blues Devils Live’ does what it says on … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART – Royal Albert Hall, London 4 May 2018

BETH HART – Royal Albert Hall, London 4 May 2018

Tonight Beth Hart reaffirms her qualities as a great singer, a passionate performer and an unfettered spirit. She draws on every sinew of her professionalism to conquer the unforgiving spaces of the Royal Albert Hall and the claustrophobic presence of … Continue reading

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