Author Archives: Tom Dixon

North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to be semi retired & I can now take full advantage of the 40 years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!
All Them Witches

All Them Witches burn on ATW

This is the fifth album by Nashville based All Them Witches and if you’ve heard any of the previous ones (the excellent Sleeping Through the War springs to mind), prepare for something different, something even better. This latest album, ATW, owes more to Blue Cheer and the 13thFloor Elevators than their earlier output, although the signs were there… now they are ...

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Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman gets Between the Space(s)

For a man whose first band, Myra Mains, may not have set the world alight, Monte Pittman has certainly made up for it with his subsequent success in very different areas. His stint in the metal legends Prong, a number of collaborations with various artists and to cap it all he was the guitar player for Madonna. He has released a ...

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Dirty Streets release Distractions

A three-piece blues rock band is usually my goblet of wine and although onto their 5thalbum, new to me band Dirty Streets are now firmly in my list of ‘bands to imbibe with’. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, their latest album Distractions is a follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 release White Horse and contains a great blend of heavy, soulful and sometimes psychedelic blues-rock. Think Blue ...

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The Ghost and the Machine

The Ghost and the Machine are slick on Red Rain Tires

Named, I assume, after a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe aspects of the mind-body relationship, The Ghost and the Machine was formed in 2014 by Andi Lechner, who plays, predominately, Resonator guitars, and Heidi Fial, a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in the double bass. They expanded to a trio in 2016 with the recruitment of drummer Matthias Macht. ...

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Ashbury hit new heights on Eye Of The Stygian Witches

Ashbury have been around for a while, having released Endless Skies in 1983 and eventually the follow-up, Something Funny Going On in 2004. They have now got around to releasing their third album, Eye Of The Stygian Witches and continue where they left off with a classy album full of 80s inspired heavy rock. Hailing from Tuscon in Arizona and made up of brothers ...

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Beggars Opera - Pathfinder

RAMzine Classic: Beggars Opera – Pathfinder

I’m sure we have all bought a vinyl album on the strength of the cover alone, some were absolute rubbish (I own up to a Faust album, which was unfathomable, amongst others) and there were gems you were delighted to own. One such gem for me was Pathfinder by a band unknown to me before this, called Beggars Opera. I bought ...

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Airrace Untold Stories

Airrace soar on Untold Stories

Airrace were originally formed in 1982 and are probably best known these days as the band that saw the musical debut of drummer Jason Bonham. That is a disservice as the band put together by the former More guitarist Laurie Mansworth could stand easily without him. The 1984 release of their debut album, Shaft Of Light, saw the band supporting bands ...

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Enuff Z'Nuff

Enuff Z’Nuff… nuff said

Enuff Z’nuff formed in 1984 and released their self-titled debut five years later. Founding members, Chip Z’Nuff and Donnie Vie along with guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx enjoyed huge success with that album and the two singles from it – ‘New Thing’ and ‘Fly High Michelle’. Bass player and vocalist Chip is still in the band today and has recruited ...

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The Room 1985 open their doors

Manchester-based The Room 1985 trio included Sam Stone (vocals/bass), Chris Crysand (guitars/synths) and John Hulse (drums/programming). They mix electronica with various rock genres and a chunk of psychedelia thrown in. Their self-titled debut came out in 2017 and they follow that up now with The Bliss, if you imagine Floyd all synthesised up and performed by Dépêche Mode, you’ll be close to their ...

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Daughtry – uncaged and rattled

Twelve years on from their debut, Daughtry are set to release their fifth album called ‘Rattle That Cage’.  Firstly, let’s dispense with the American Idol rubbish – Chris Daughtry and his eponymous band have always been rock and not the fluff that the Idol stuff suggests. In saying that, the new album, is different to the previous releases in that it ...

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