Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.
Photo Credit:© Christie Goodwin

Guitar Heroes’ Mascot

The Mascot Label Group is scheduled to release a number of records featuring the work of men who more than know their way round a six string over the next month or so. Former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden returns with ‘Shine’, his first new solo album in 15 years, and it’s promised to be a rocker to boot. Marsden has ...

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Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant – Temperature Rising

Danny Bryant’s guitar starts wailing straight out the box, his rough breathy voice promising that the woman before him will get the ‘Best of Me’ while panhandling from the blues book of lyrics with tales of full moons, black snakes moaning and spells being a put on him. It’s delivered over a tight bottom end rhythm section with a bolshie ...

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philip sayer

Review: Philip Sayce – Influence

Blues rock guitarist Philip Sayce’s latest album is a kaleidoscopic soundscape capturing an authentic classic feel to which is often added a thoroughly modern in-the-pocket delivery. But then, Dave Cobb is the man of the moment for capturing that kind of vibe, having also produced Rival Sons and California Breed to critical acclaim in recent times. Released as a limited ...

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virgil & The Accelerators

Army of Three Coming Your Way –Young Blues Rock Sensations Virgil & The Accelerators’ New Album & Tour

Photo by by Will Ireland Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album ‘Army of Three’ on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records that will dovetail alongside the band’s nationwide tour.  The band will also support the release of the album with a single and accompanying promotional video ‘All Night Long’. ‘Army of Three’ is ...

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blackberry smoke

Blackberry Smoke – Live!

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are renowned road dogs, playing up to 250 shows a year and now they’re delivering a show you can watch in your very own living room… and listen to until the cows come home by releasing ‘Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina‘ on August 18th. The album is available to pre-order now on double CD, ...

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peter frampton

Review: Peter Frampton – Hummingbird in a Box

In April 2013, as part of its spring production, the Cincinnati Ballet performed a series of dances accompanied by Peter Frampton and his band at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Most were classics from his extensive repertoire but one section featured new material composed by the guitarist, along with producer Gordon Kennedy who he had previously worked with on the ...

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The Answer

The Answer?… Go Samba!

Irish hard rockers The Answer have just released a new World Cup Samba mix of Spectacular, as originally featured on their latest album, New Horizon. Massive footie fans the idea to produce a rock ‘n’ acoustic version of the song was inspired by the 2014 Brazil world cup, as the promotional video produced clearly shows. The track is available digitally ...

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donnie vie

Review: Donnie Vie – Goodbye Enough Z’nuff

Armed with an acoustic six string, in 2013 former Enuff Z’nuff singer/songwriter Donnie Vie headed out with tongue-firmly-in-cheek for what he called the Magical History Tour. Ostensibly, a way for him to bid farewell to his past, giving many of those band songs a final airing, and offering his more devoted fans a chance to see him close-up solo in ...

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no sinner

No Sinner Here to… Save Your Soul!

No Sinner, the Canadian powerhouse blues rock band from Vancouver, have hit the UK, playing the Dot To Dot Festival from Friday 23rd May through to Sunday 25th (taking in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham), they then take in two more dates under their own steam to conclude a short-but-sweet Save Your Soul UK tour. The remaining dates are Leeds Brudenell ...

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Darkyra Black – Dragon Tears

Lands of ice and snow are where we typically think female fronted symphonic gothic metal music is spawn, but it’s to sunnier climes we must cast our ears for Darkyra Black’s debut ‘Dragon Tears’. Darkyra herself is based in Australia, while the nucleus of her band appear to be from Greece, for after connecting with Garry King who’s drummed for ...

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