Category Archives: rhythm and blues

Wound Up – Shane Guerrette (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m always a bit apprehensive when I see Ed Sheeran cited as an influence on a young artist. Don’t get me wrong, there’s worse people to look up to, it’s just that I remember him as a young musical scruff, … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CLXXVI : Just How She Died – Tommy Hale and The Magnificent Bastards

Like most musical labels employed by journalists and music tribe devotees, Americana, roots…even alt-country seem to have lost any meaning rather quickly. Despite hailing from a part of the world where those labels are used in abundance, Tommy Hale is … Continue reading

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Lil’ Lost Lou – Lil’ Lost Lou (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a certain poignancy coming to this album as I do just hours after hearing that Chuck Berry had duck walked off this mortal coil. I wonder what he would make of the fact that here is a female … Continue reading

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Hang on a Second – Them Dead Beats (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It may be a very simple idea, but as is often the case with simple ideas, it’s a good one, namely take the groove and grit of blues and give it the scuzzy garage rock treatment. It worked for their … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXIII: Get Loud – Roadcase Royale

There are so many ways to approach this intriguing new band’s debut single. You could mention that it is spearheaded by two musical icons, Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield. You could wax lyrical about the formers long career with Heart … Continue reading

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Growing Wild – Slang (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Often reviewing music can be tricky, particularly when it is hard to find an interesting starting point, when nothing new or interesting is being offered up. Growing Wild presents a challenge for exactly the opposite reason. With so many intriguing … Continue reading

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In The Henhouse – Kikamora (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music is about revolution, kicking down the barricades and sticking a finger up at the musical status quo, some is about evolution, moving the genre on in a sensible and controlled fashion. Kikamora are definitely the latter. Nothing wrong … 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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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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Banks of The Lea – Stiv Cantarelli and the Silent Strangers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have to admit that I’m a bit late coming to the party on this one, but I’m more than making up for it now. And what a party it is. Banks of the Lea, the bands second album, was … Continue reading

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Mystery Glue – Graham Parker and The Rumour (Cadet Concept) reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You could say that young men light fires and older men sit around and bask in their glow. As younger men Graham Parker and The Rumour certainly lit a fire under the pre-punk, pub rock scene and could be forgiven … Continue reading

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