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Gig review: COLIN BLUNSTONE – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 24 November 2017

COLIN BLUNSTONE – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 24 November 2017

In an era when the term ‘The Voice’ generates much derision among rock fans, Colin Blunstone is here to remind us of the staple, old school values that have continued to provide a bedrock for the quality end of the … Continue reading

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Single review: DANIELLE MORGAN – Shy

DANIELLE MORGAN - Shy

Fatdan Productions [Release date 7.07.17] You don’t have to be a Christian rocker to have an exclusive claim to focused, emotionally driven music, but I guess it helps. Either way, Danielle Morgan delivers her music with passion and an effortless … Continue reading

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Album review: BRUCE “MISSISSIPPI” JOHNSON – The Deal Baby

Bruce MIssissippi Johnson - The Deal Baby

Self Release [Release date 26.05.17] Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson is a singer with a colourful past. As his nick name suggests, he hails from Mississippi, and aside from being a marine, he learnt his craft in Paris with veteran B.B. King … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Album Showcase, Ain’t Nothing But The Blues, London, 10 April 2017

ERJA LYYTINEN  - Album Showcase,  Ain

The intimate surrounding for Erja Lyytinen’s ‘Stolen Hearts’ album showcase is well suited to an award winning artist who this afternoon willingly shares the rudiments of her creative process with the assembled members of the press and guest musicians. She’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – This Is The Life I Choose

ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – This Is The Life I Choose

33 Jazz [Release date 10.03.17] From the way she attacks the opening note of ‘Hold On’, to a sultry Nina Simone style finish on ‘Feeling Good’, Zoe Schwarz dominates a diverse album rooted in the blues but not bound by … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man

MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man

Redline Music [Release date 30.03.17] ‘A Better Man’ is UK based, Detroit blues rocker Marcus Malone’s 8th album. And in his journey from being a West Coast Metal star, via Motown, to becoming a 5 star soulful blues/rocker , he’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC JOHNSON – EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic and Piano

Eric Johnson - EJ

Provogue [Release date 07.10.16] ‘EJ’ is a stripped down celebration of simplicity and feel, bolstered by Eric Johnson’s dazzling technical ability on original material and some imaginative arranged covers. Austin guitarist Eric Johnson pushes himself into new musical avenues by … Continue reading

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Album review: SARI SCHORR – A Force Of Nature

SARI SCHORR – A Force Of Nature

This interview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 28 August 2016.  Pete Feenstra chatted to Sari Schorr about her music and played tracks from her debut album. More information Manhaton [Release date 02.09.16] ‘A Force Of … Continue reading

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Gig review: SHAKURA S’AIDA, The Howlin Blues Trio – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 20 July 2016

Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 20 July 2016

In an age of instant celebrity where the mundane too often passes for the exceptional, the Canadian double Maple Blues award winner Shakura S’Aida (pronounced Shack-oora Sigh-ee-da), is here to remind us of the true merits of a soulful blues … Continue reading

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Album review: GREGG KOFI BROWN – Rock ‘n’ Roll And UFO’s

GREG KOFI BROWN – Rock

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 05.02.16] Gregg Kofi Brown’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll And UFO’s is an archtypal summer album, with a broad based appeal stretching from the beach to the dance floor. The career anthology by the Osibisa vocalist is full … Continue reading

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Album review: MALAYA BLUE – Heartsick

MALAYA BLUE – Heartsick

MBM [Release date 08.04.16] Malaya Blue is a versatile singer who is equally at home singing a variety of musical genres as she is singing blues. ‘Heartsick’ is a lyric driven work which starts out as a blues album, but … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNIE LUSH BAND – Renaissance

CONNIE LUSH BAND – Renaissance

Boom Recordings [Release date 15.04.16] ‘Renaissance’ is easily Connie Lush’s best album as she embraces a new sophistication with strong songs, an intuitive production and subtle band support, all of which is illuminated the clarity of John Astley’s mastering. When … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLA BROX – Throw Away Your Blues

KYLA BROX – Throw Away Your Blues

Pigskin Records [Release date 15.04.16] From the opening gospel feel of ‘If You See Him’ to the closing heartfelt love song ‘I Will Love You More’, this album reconfirms Kyla Brox as a peerless confessional – sometime torch singer – … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DUNWELLS – Light Up The Sky

THE DUNWELLS - Light Up The Sky

Concord Records [Release date 26.02.16] The Dunwells debut album ‘Blind Sighted Faith’ is a firm favourite in my collection and there has been high anticipation for this follow-up. It has been a few years in the making, with the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: SARI & THE ENGINE ROOM – Surya, London, 7 December 2015

SARI & THE ENGINE ROOM – Surya, London, 7 December 2015

New York vocalist Sari Schorr has the effortless range and sense of drama to give any song real purpose and tonight she connects with her showcase crowd as if delivering a personal message face to face. And it’s her unabashed … Continue reading

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Gig review: JARED JAMES NICHOLS with GLENN HUGHES, Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, 1 November 2015

JARED JAMES NICHOLS - Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, 1 November 2015

Tonight the Electric Ballroom plays host to the master and apprentice as Glenn Hughes reinforces his credentials as a rock god, while Jared James Nichols shows plenty of energy and promise, but still has a way to go to reveal his … Continue reading

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Album review: THORBJØRN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Songs From The Road

THORBJØRN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO - Songs From The Road

Ruf [Release date 25.09.15] If ever there was ever a case to be made for a European blues band emulating or surpassing their American counterparts, then you need look no further than Denmark’s Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado. ‘Songs … Continue reading

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Album review: WILY BO WALKER – Moon Over Indigo

WILY BO WALKER – Moon Over Indigo

Mescal Canyon [Release date 25.09.15] Blues award nominee, prodigious songwriter, multi band leader and genre hopping roots rock artist, Wily Bo Walker returns with the concluding part of his 2015 trilogy of solo albums. ‘Moon Over Indigo’ comes complete with … Continue reading

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Album review: CHANTEL McGREGOR – Lose Control

Chantel McGregor - Lose Control

Tis Rock Music Ltd [Release date 09.10.15] For an artist who has made her mark by always being in control – she’s the songwriter, co-producer, guitarist, vocalist and is even responsible for the art work and photography of the CD … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL DES BARRES – The Key to the Universe

        FOD [Release date 05.04.15] Michael Des Barres is a descendant of a 13th century French knight and the son of the 25th Marquis Des Barres, who blew his fortune on opium and ended up behind bars. … Continue reading

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