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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Sonia Leigh Delivers The Album with Friends at Abbey Road London

Sonia Leigh’s album opens and closes the album at the piano with a delicate instrumental Debussy’s Clare De Lune. The simplicity and elegance of the notes reflecting the moonlight captured in each note. Is this a cover or an interesting reprise of a classic inspired by a poem by Paul Verlaine, whatever – it is … 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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I Don’t Give A Damn Anymore shaping Husky Tones EP

I Don’t Give A Damn Anymore shapes the Latest Husky Tones Recording capturing once again music with attitude for the twenty-first century. The Husky Tones will never be standing in concrete boots reproducing the same music or simply replicating the talents of yesteryear. What the dynamic Bristol-based power duo do is capture and distil their … Read more…

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Please Don’t Be Dead requests Fantastic Negrito on New Album

Please Don’t Be Dead requests Fantastic Negrito on New Album. Why? This is an album you want to listen to while still very much alive! The phrase contemporary, alternative quickly comes to mind on an album informed by the Blues (sound and feeling) yet not dictated by the rules of blues. Fantastic Negrito has put … Read more…

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Seventeen Moments While Waiting For The Tide To Rise with Mudlow

Seventeen Moments While Waiting For The Tide To Rise with Mudlow raises expectations with a cracking introduction that builds with the growling of Tobias’ adding another textured layer as we are Down In the Snow. What a mix of tonal shades searing horns, fast guitar and drumming that pulls in the beats.  This is grungy, … Read more…

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Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters release The Luckiest Man

Multi-award winning guitarist Ronnie Earl is back with his band The Broadcasters and latest release The Luckiest Man presents ‘ an unwavering resolve to live with faith and gratitude ‘ according to the man himself. 12 tracks of super cool, with a homage to much-missed bassist Jim Mouradian, who sadly passed away after a show in January 2017. Things … 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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