Hogjaw ponders the Southern Way Down Yonder

Hailing from Arizona, Hogjaw have just released their sixth studio album called Way Down Yonder. Their debut was released back in 2008, but they have concentrated on their homeland and have only played in the UK once: at the Ramblin’ Man Fair in 2016. The following year Europe was their target and they completed a … Read more…

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Blind Lemon Pledge adds polish to Evangeline

OK, the headline is the last pun on the name…promise; it was used just to put a Sheen on the review. After all, the real inspiration for the name is one of the seminal blues artists of all time; namely Blind Lemon Jefferson. If you don’t know him, do yourself a favour and listen to … Read more…

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Travel South Roman Street With Crow Black Chicken

Crow Black Chicken doesn’t get choked in Charlie’s Bar! The band was formed in 2009 in Cork City in the Republic of Ireland, when lead singer Christy O’Hanlon met the former rhythm section of Punk outfit Aural Ammunition, Stephen McGrath (Bass) and Gev Barrett (Drums). Now, I am guessing, but I think their name could well … Read more…

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The Mitch Laddie Band open up Another World

It always gives me an extra frisson when I get the opportunity to listen to and review artists from my homeland. As a County Durham lad, although I was exiled to the South before Mitch was even born, I had numerous, precious experiences of seeing many high-quality bands that played the working men’s clubs, pubs … Read more…

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The Sharpeez pen a rhythm and blues masterclass

There is a good blend of styles in the lineage of The Sharpeez. In case you are new to them, leader Bill Mead was in a Mod/R’n’B band called Rebel, which was gigging with bands like The Stranglers in the musical melting pot of late 1979. Guitarist Loz Netto also has a history, as he … Read more…

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Matt Edwards Band colour their roots blue

Classing himself as an Alternative Blues Rock artist Matt Edwards has just released his third album and, unlike the first, it is a full (3-piece) band which regale us across the 10 original tracks of Backward Roots. Oxfordshire based Edwards always aims to make the song the focus, rather than the message being lost in … Read more…

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Love Lives On in Dana Fuchs helped by Diamond Guitarist

If you have to ‘pay your dues, to sing the blues’, then Dana Fuchs has paid in spades. Yet despite so many family tragedies and life seemingly skewering her at every turn, she continues to use these experiences to colour and inform her music and, hopefully cathartically, feed the emotions into such striking blues and … Read more…

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Dead Agents spy an opportunity with New EP

The West Midlands has been a hotbed of heavy rock for many a year, being the home of Priest, Zep, Sabbath, Hughes, Diamond Head and many others. Now there is a new, as yet unsigned band, bringing their brand of rock out of Walsall and into your ears. The band is called Dead Agents and … Read more…

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Billy Walton unveils the Soul of a Man

Involved in music for many years and once the guitarist in Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Billy Walton and his band, err, The Billy Walton Band, are back with their sixth album, Soul of a Man. Although New Jersey born and bred, Walton and the band have probably had more success in Europe, and numerous … Read more…

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Blue to My Soul Hold Your Head Up John Verity

John Verity began his music career in the early 1960’s, playing guitar in various local groups around his hometown of Bradford, Yorkshire. He was spotted by Rod Argent to fill the band’s lead vocalist/guitarist vacancy following the departure of Russ Ballard. He joined Argent in late1973 and the rest, as they say, is history. Argent … Read more…

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