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 have retired early & 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!
Elles Bailey

UK Blues Awards 2020

The 2020 UKBlues Awards virtual presentation event took place on Sunday 17th May 2020. Inevitably, with the current restrictions, it was held online rather than at Dingwalls as originally planned. Congratulations must go to the Federation; it was magnificently managed and as good as an event of this nature could be. If you want to catch up on the awards or ...

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Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey and ‘Road I Call Home’ sweeps up

British Blues singer, Elles Bailey has much to celebrate despite the restrictions and hardships across the UK thanks to Covid-19. The 2020 UKBlues Awards took place on 17th May (online, of course) and Elles picked up the prestigious ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ and ‘Blues Album of the Year’ for her, frankly, stunning second album Road I Call Home. She ...

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Magick Touch prove Heads Have Got To Rock ‘n’ Roll

If I tell you that this band’s last album was called Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire and that their new album, Heads Have Got To Rock ‘n’ Roll has a cover adorned by a guillotine dripping blood, then I think you can guess we are talking serious rock…and Magick Touch delivers both in spades. This Norwegian trio (Bård Nordvik: drums/vocals, Christer Ottesen: bass/vocals and HK ...

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Axel Rudi Pell watches the Sign of the Times

With the release of his nineteenth studio album, Germanic guitar maestro Axel Rudi Pell has again surrounded himself with quality musicians (and maintains his Blackmore ties) with Bobby Rondinelli on drums along with Johnny Gioeli (vocals), Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards) and Volker Krawczak (bass) they supply a solid and well-crafted album of metallic, melodic classic rock. So expect fireworks across the fretboard ...

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Double Experience

Double Experience construct Alignments EP

Canadian alt rockers have assembled the last three EPs (plus a bonus track) into an album called rather aptly, Alignments. The album is out now on out on Drakkar Entertainment. To trail/celebrate the release there are also three videos available to illustrate their broad approach. ‘Your Biggest Fan’, ‘New To Me’ and ‘Born For It’ are available now and reflect the maturity of the ...

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Dead Reynolds

Dead Reynolds set to release new EP Frontier

East Anglian alt rockers Dead Reynolds have a new EP called Frontier out on 19th June this year. As a taster for this 4-star release, the single and accompanying video are available now.’ Lines’ is the song in question and the video shows the band in full flight on this upbeat rocker. They are due to play at a number of festivals this ...

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Dali reveal video for ‘Borrowed Time’ taken from their new EP

Southampton band Dali have released a video for ‘Borrowed Time’ taken from their Vol 1 EP which got 4 stars in the latest RAMzine mag. Shot in black and white, it shows the band in the reflective mood before breaking into the alt rock raucousness they are known for. Current situation apart, they promise that this debut is just the start… See our review of ...

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Brothers Osborne reschedule tour

The Brothers Osborne UK headline tour due to take place this month has had to be rescheduled because of the current crisis. Rather than wait until it’s all over, the duo have planned for January 2021 in the belief that the isolation and distancing rules will have been relaxed by then… fingers crossed! All tickets remain valid for these new dates, ...

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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones release NEW single

The Rolling Stones like all of us, are in lockdown however, they’ve managed to assemble a new song and video called ‘Living In A Ghost Town’. Written by Jagger and Richards, it began life over a year ago as they did preparatory work for a forthcoming album but they decided, in isolation, to complete and release it now to reflect how it ...

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Sari Schorr

Sari Schorr releases a new video from NYC lockdown

In the rock music domain the tendency seems to emphasis when a band is “female fronted”; the blues world it is different as there are so many fine blues outfits with females at the forefront so it, rightly, doesn’t matter what gender is at the front only that the music is high quality. One of the most revered and exciting ...

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