Tag Archives: blues

Bonamassa’s Conversation with Alice

If the mood on recent Joe Bonamassa albums, alongside comments made in interviews a while back, has had you concerned about the guitarist’s wellbeing we advise you to check out his latest single, ‘A Conversation With Alice’, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studio in London. Alice, as it turns out, is the alias of a therapist that Bonamassa spoke ...

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Blended Brew

Blended Brew Shove It Down (and up)

Danish band Blended Brew have an album, Hand Patrones and an EP, Laughing At Your Feet to their name and now they have added their latest opus, Shove It Down to the list. Pleasingly for me, they have stayed with their 70s influences and further developed their own identity on this fine rock album. Opening with a great drum and bass line, the riff, hammond and harmonica follow ...

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Brass Owl is a hoot on State Of Mind

I’m always up for a power trio and this one, hailing from Cincinnati, are a welcome addition to the oeuvre…Brass Owl unleash State Of Mind and supply nine tracks of rock with funk, blues and jazz inflections, all wrapped up in a good old jam band. Does it work? It’s a resounding yes from me. Opening with ‘Land Sharks’, the traditional drumstick count-in leads ...

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Gotthard hit lucky #13

Possibly named after the famed tunnel, Gotthard seem to have been on the road nearly as long! Their latest release, imaginatively titled #13, ‘cos it’s the thirteenth is another worthy heavy rock entry into their catalogue. Pleasingly, they’ve kept up the tradition of inventive cover versions – their take on ‘Hush’ in the past, being very good. This time it is ABBA that gets the ...

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Lyytinen May Tour

European blues award winner Erja Lyytinen returns to the UK in May 2020. The critically acclaimed Finnish slide guitarist returns for a nationwide eight date tour. At The 100 Club, London on 2nd May and Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on 3rd May she will be She will co-headlining with Chantel McGregor, and will similarly co-headline The Robin, Bilston on 6th ...

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KB And The Idyllwilde Just Wanna…

I rarely read the press releases that accompany the music we’re asked to review before listening; they all tend to hail the next great thing and often they disappoint. The press accompanying KB & The Idyllwilde, however, is worth repeating… “A soul-rock band based in Nashville, led by high octane vocalist Katie Burke. Her lyrical content deals in the offbeat ...

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Little Albert Is A Swamp King

Take the Italian Doom band Messa, a four-piece influenced by equally doomy bands such as Pentagram or Bathory. Then, extract the superbly named lead guitarist Alberto Piccolo and let him loose in the studio to record a blues album. Sounds fanciful, but that is what Mr Piccolo has done. He uses the moniker Little Albert to give a hint of ...

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Falling Doves

Hollywood hard rockers The Falling Doves off 2020 with a series of dates worldwide. Currently out in Australia they  will also visit China, Turkey, Dubai and South America for the first time as well as a planned return to the UK, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Mexico, USA, France and Germany. This American band fuses British rock, glam and blues, laced ...

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DeWolff Capture The Sprit Of The Road With The Tascam Tapes

Despite their name sounding as though they’re a Norwegian death metal band, DeWolff (the name taken from Harvey Keitel’s character in ‘Pulp Fiction’) is, in fact, a Dutch three-piece whose music has been described as a “luscious brand of expansive bluesy neo-psychedelia“. In spite of only being in their mid-twenties, the trio has been playing together for over a decade, ...

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DeadRisen

From the USA’s East Coast Tri-State area come DeadRisen, embracing the evolutions the metal genre has taken and seeking to push the envelope to the next level as the genre approaches its 50th anniversary. Intended as an explosive cocktail of older, traditional musicians with young, hungry new school guys where you can expect to hear them incorporate anything from blues ...

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