Category Archives: blues

Lust – Elea Calvet (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In a world of high gloss and cynicism, fashion driven style over substance, it is refreshing to come across a songwriter who exudes real passion through her music. And if you think that truly emotive and heartfelt music can’t also … Continue reading

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Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men – Prick Of The Litter

Reviewed by Ian O’Regan Celebrated three-time Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men will release their newest recording, Prick Of The Litter on January 27th, 2017. Prick Of The Litter contains 12 new songs that feature the soulful blend … Continue reading

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Blood and Bones – Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  With the popular resurgence of alternative takes on the classic American country rock sound, I find myself dealing with terms such as Anglicana or British-Americana, which seek to describe that odd hybrid of the formers take on the latters … Continue reading

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The Morning Kings – The Morning Kings (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes the right band comes along just at the right time. This isn’t some grandiose statement about the nature of the universe, more an insight into how my morning is going. When you have spent the day so far struggling … Continue reading

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Journey To X – The Brainiac 5 (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Things I like: Weird pop music. Intelligent lyrics. Bands that stick two fingers up to the idea that rock and roll is a young man’s game. Musical ideas that have no business being in the same song. Existentialism. Genuine punk … Continue reading

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Hot Cats – The Missing Persians (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  Words such as “timeless” and “classic” are banded around all too freely these days but when a band is working with the very generic building blocks of contemporary music, it isn’t too much of a stretch to describe their … Continue reading

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Holding On – Jeff Healey (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

When I was a kid, I was never really interested in being drawn into speculation about that most important of pre-pubescent questions, “if you had a superpower, what would it be?”. But now that I’m a lot older and a … Continue reading

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Naked – Brielle Von Hugel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It comes as no surprise that Brielle Von Hugel has recently collaborated with and received a big nod of approval from Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox, her voice encapsulates the same vintage vibe meets modern innovation that they also work … Continue reading

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RES 9 – Rik Emmett and RESolution 9 (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

“This album represents a journey through my life,” observes Rik Emmett and what a life it has been, a fact borne out by the calibre of the guest musicians found on the album. As well as the regular RES 9 … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXV : Oh So Hard – Gold Phoenix

About 18 months ago a copy of Gold Phoenix’s EP found its way to me and I went on about their music being built around a scuzzy blues core, mentioned bands like The MC5, described them as musical rebels…you know, … Continue reading

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