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!
Boomstik's Rocked and Loaded

Boomstik’s Rocked and Loaded

Hailing from Kentucky (a town called Glasgow), Boomstik came together in 2014 with Ken Massey on lead vocals, Wade England on guitar, Jason Thurman on drums, and Kevin Pope on bass. The album also has a few guests featured: Shane Williams on guitar, Lindsey Lawhon and Sandra Dye on vocals. They come across as a classic rock/melodic grunge hybrid with ...

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Heavy rock group Deadline to release Nothing Beside Remains

Deadline are a French band comprising Arnaud Restoueix on Lead vocals, Gabriel Lect and Christophe Gatter on Guitar, Sébastien Debbane on Bass and Backing Vocals and Fabrice Trovato on Drums and Backing Vocals. Although new to me, they have been around since 2009 when they released an EP and then, in 2014, their debut full-length album called Fire Inside. This ...

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James Stevenson 40 Years in the Rock 'n' Roll Wilderness (CD1)

James Stevenson releases 40 Years in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Wilderness

James Stevenson has had a long and distinguished career, predominately in the late punk and post-punk era. While still at school, in 1977 he was playing with Chelsea before moving to Gen X. He also spent some time with Glen Matlock in Hot Club, then was recruited into the ranks of Gene Loves Jezebel, and served time in the Cult ...

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Old Man Wizard

California’s Old Man Wizard return with their new release Blame It All On Sorcery

Old Man Wizard is a Californian 3 piece band who, have been around since 2011 and are about to release their second album called Blame It All On Sourcery. Band members Francis Roberts (Guitar, Vocals), Andre Beller (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Kris Calabio (Drums, Backing Vocals) have put together 10 tracks of carefully structured rock with psych and prog ...

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Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball return with their 10th album Crystallizer

Back in 1995, there was a Swiss cover band called Cherry Pie and, after numerous live gigs, they decided they could do just as well themselves. Crystal Ball was born, and they released their debut album In The Beginning. They have now released their 10th album called Crystallizer. The current line up features Steven Mageney (Vocals), Scott Leach (Lead and ...

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Axel Rudi Pell

Axel Rudi Pell releases Knights Call

Axel Rudi Pell or ARP, as I will call him to save my fingers, has been on the scene for over for over thirty years. His first band, Steeler, released four albums between 1984 and 1988. He then went solo and including live albums and compilations, has over thirty albums bearing the ARP name. All of them have been firmly ...

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W.E.T. Earthrage

W.E.T. release melodic rock album Earthrage

W.E.T. are Robert Säll (the “W” from Work of Art), Erik Mårtensson (the “E” from Eclipse) Jeff Scott Soto (the “T” from Talisman), along with the engine room from Eclipse, guitarist Magnus Henriksson and drummer Robban Bäck. Now, it is unusual to say the least that a band is brought into existence by the desires and interests of a record label executive. ...

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Pit Brothers Band

Pit Brothers Band release Rock and Roll album Rosce

The Pit Brothers Band began as a collaboration between two brothers from New York, Eric (guitars/vocals) and David Pitagorsky (Keyboards, vocals). Joined by Hide Omachi on bass and Flaco on drums and vocals they have new album Roscoe on release. On first listen it comes across as a blend of Tom Petty, Joe Walsh with a bit of John Mellencamp thrown ...

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David Hannah

David Hannah crafts some great rock tracks without words

David Hannah is a songwriter, arranger and an in-demand session musician from a small market town in Ayrshire, Scotland. His main passion is instrumental heavy rock and he lists Priest, Satriani, Stratovarius and Nightwish amongst his favourite bands. So far he has self-released five albums including his latest, Long Road Home, which has just been issued. A multi-instrumentalist, Hannah also plays Bass, Keyboards, ...

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Karabas Barabas

The quirky yet captivating sound of Karabas Barabas

Karabas Barabas formed in late 2015 in Jacksonville Florida when Andrew Tuzhilin (bass/vocals), Josh Davis (drums) and Phranque Gallo (guitar/vocals) got together. The name comes from a villain in a Russian fairytale and they have released a follow up to their first album, Return of the Sexy Demon. Subtly titled Sex With The Devil this new one features guest musicians, ...

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