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Palace of the King-Valles Marineris

Following on almost immediately from their debut album White Bird/ Burn The Sky, which has received much critical success, Australian Rock sextet Palace of the King have now released Valles Marineris, which has moments of high quality and also – on occasion – Bad Newsesque clichedom. Let’s get the good …

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Walter Trout and Special Guests: The Trout Brothers Band Chester Live Rooms July 22, 2016

You know, sometimes you go to a gig not expecting anything more than a good night out and come away with your perception of what ‘a good night out’ actually is. At Chester Live Rooms, as a part of his ongoing Battle Scars tour, Walter Trout and his band – …

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The Kentucky Headhunters – Chester Live Rooms July 21, 2016

I guess if you are going to wait 30 years to come and play the UK, the gig had better be better than okay. Rest assured, then, that if you are planning to take in The Kentucky Headhunters on their first ever UK tour, including a set at the upcoming …

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Sari Schorr-A Force of Nature

Chance may well have brought Sari Schorr to the attention of esteemed – not to say legendary – producer Mike Vernon, but what they and their happy band of cohorts have managed to create with Schorr’s damn near eponymously named debut album, A Force of Nature, is nothing short of …

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Bad Touch interview

Ask someone to think of Norwich and most people will picture canal boat holidays, a distinct lack of hills and football teams in canary yellow shirts. Oh, and mustard. Few though will think exemplary Rock Blues music, despite some pretty notable names hailing from the idyllic county of Norfolk.  Roger …

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Jupiter Way interview

It’s what every parent must dread: you save up for years to send your kids to university, only for them to turn their backs on their careers and pursue a life in Rock music. After all, who knows what the world of dentistry has lost with Queen’s Roger Taylor foregoing …

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Jupiter Way-Catch Fire E.P

London based Jupiter Way consisting of Kevin Thomas (guitar, vocals), Jullian Vuitton (lead guitar), James Collymore (keyboard), Alex Walls (bass) and Sebastien Solsona (drums) are, if nothing else, an interesting listen. The band’s debut EP, Catch Fire, is available now and what you’ll get, above all else, is a sound that …

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Interview with former Stiltskin and Genesis front man Ray Wilson

They say ‘write what you know’ and with his latest album, Song for a Friend, former Stiltskin and Genesis front man Ray Wilson has certainly taken that advice to heart. This is the Scotsman’s fifth solo studio album and has been warmly received with some critics citing that the mostly acoustic songs it …

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Rich Robinson – Flux

Moody, heartfelt and outstanding. Three words that quite nicely sum up the vibe running through Rich Robinson’s latest solo album, Flux. The Black Crowes founder member and guitarist has more than enough capability to pack so much into the thirteen original songs, broaching a broad spectrum of genres.  This is testament not only to his own self-belief, but …

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Joe Bonamassa: A Salute to the British Blues Explosion Preston Guild Hall July 2nd, 2016

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Special Guest of Joe Bonamassa, The Preston Guild Hall. July 2nd, 2016 She may be quite diminutive in stature, but what Joanne Shaw Taylor lacks in physique she certainly makes up for in musical and vocal strength, tearing The Preston Guild Hall apart with her sultry smooth …

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Ray Wilson- Song for a Friend

If you are expecting something akin to Stiltskin’s 1990s monolith Mind’s Eye from the band’s front man Ray Wilson’s latest solo album Song for a Friend – or indeed something as multi-layered as his contribution to the Genesis catalogue, Station to Station – then you’re going to be in for …

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Rebecca Downes-Believe cd

That difficult second album,eh? It can be a bit of a bother but, apparently, that’s not the case as far as West Midlands blues artist Rebecca Downes is concerned. With her debut Back to the Start from 2014 still basking in the glow of positivity, along comes her second offering …

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Joe Bonamassa: A Tribute to the British Blues Explosion, The Cavern Club, Liverpool June 27th, 2016

Joe Bonamassa holding a free gig? At The Cavern Club, Liverpool? Seriously? Oh yes and, what’s more, not only was this a gig to honour three of the finest blues players of all time in Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, it was an event that is unlikely to …

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Dave Hanson- Almost Horizontal

Cool is probably the best way to describe Dave Hanson’s Almost Horizontal. With its multi-genre musical idioms appealing to lovers of a great many genres – funk, rock, soul and even an occasional nod towards electro-pop – at its heart lies the blues and there is no getting away from …

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