Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Brighter Days

Provogue Records (August 23rd)

 Reviewer: Paul Saripo

The opening track is ‘Baptise Me‘ a stand out, solid blues rock number that really hooks you into the rhythm and depth of the music. A great opener for the album and insight in what’s to follow.

Next is the albums only cover song ‘Simple Man‘, originally by ‘Pops Staples‘, this rendition is smooth and offers some new dimension with the pedal steel work. Whilst not presented quite as personal as Pops, its sole full and arranged well.

Lenesha Randolph takes up lead vocals on ‘Cry Over Me‘ whilst Robert concentrates on working the steel guitar in a relaxed sliding swill allowing room for Lenesha’ fantastic vocal lines. A good compliment of instrumental breaks to really push some fast right hand and pedal work of Robert’s steal.

Second Hand Man‘ is percussive and drives a deep farrow with a sprinkle of a jazz feel at times.

Have Mercy‘, is a soulful gospel duet that is held together by a solid bass line from Danyel Morgan and the melodic pedal guitar woven into the track.

Next up is somewhat slower vocally yet still upbeat on the steel that has a voice in synergy and a bonding part of this album.

I’m Living Off The Love You Give‘ picks up the beat and delivers in a car wash jive beat with whip steel string work.

Cut Em Loose‘ has some fast and prominent work on the pedal steel guitar, leaving the hook of the refrain to combine and invite you in to join.

Don’t Fight‘ is built with a variety musical styles presented in medley fashion with influences of T-Bone Walker then midway into the song following a crescendo a riff developed and I was reminded of Soft Cell with the early 80’s Tainted Love

The album concludes with ‘Strange Train‘ a large anthem track with everyone pushing the tempo and keeping balance and use of a the lap steal in prominence over the pedal.

Overall an enjoyable album, unique rock blues gospel with an upbeat feel.

 

 

 

Scarlet Rebels – Show Your Colours

ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records (09 August 2019)

Reviewer: Paul Saripo

Welsh based Rock band, Scarlet Rebels (previously going by the name of V0id) have produced their debut Album, ‘Show Your Colours‘ with riffs as smooth as mountain slate and groves as deep as the lush green valleys.

The album opens with an impressive track, ‘No One Else To Blame‘ that uses vocal harmonies and head rocking guitars to deliver a solid first track introduction and signature for the album.

Each track on the album is robust and formed together with gifted song writing from the heart.  A tapestry of Musical delight as this album unfolds, delivering an emotional journey with a variety of killer riffs and swirling solos of ‘You Take My Breath Away‘,  then on to a potent anthem track ‘Head’s In The Ground‘ followed by dusty confederate undertones of ‘Part Of Me‘.

Moving on to the next track ‘Heal‘, which begins with an air of tension which develops into a roller coaster of vibrant riffs. ‘Let Your Love Go‘ is another energetic song as is ‘Nothing To Say‘.

Next up is ‘Save Me‘ with solid hook’s and solid construction.

‘Blinded By The Pain‘ is solitude and desperation around mental heath, following on is ‘Shattered Dreams‘ and ‘Can I Open My Eyes‘ continuing with an upbeat energy.

From this we are pulled into ‘Returning Light a heart wrenching ballad. Powerful arrangements combine with Wayne Doyle’s well written lyrics delivered with believable vocals. One of my favourite tracks on the album.

‘Losing End’ picks up pace again showing further dexterity of Scarlet Rebels writing ability. The album closes with ‘Radio Song‘.

This album has a place in everyone’s collection, not only seriously talented musicians and song writers, but a breath of fresh air in contemporary rock.

Rock Goddess release a vinyl version of their acclaimed latest album ‘This Time‘ through Bite You To Death Records/Cargo on September 6th.
Pre-order here: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/rock-goddess-this-time

Since reforming in 2014, Rock Goddess have taken their time to get it right, easing themselves back into the scene with UK and European festival slots plus a short tour as Special Guests to the mighty Saxon in 2018.  In between shows, the band have worked tirelessly on making sure the new album was a current take on the classic Rock Goddess sound.
We always saw a new album as part of our evolution”, remarks vocalist/guitarist Jody Turner, “and we still have a lot to say. But the principle is still the same; make an album, go out and tour, and bring the music to the fans, hopefully gaining new fans along the way.”

Classic Rock writer Malcolm Dome said of the album  – which entered at Number 10 in the official UK Rock Charts in March: “Rock Goddess show on this album they still have dynamism and power, as well as the precious ability to write confident, high grade songs. They’re very much a world class band.”
Paul Davies of The Express newspaper said in his review that it was “a banging album of loud and pleasurable metal anthems.

After cutting short their last run of dates in March when Jody was hospitalised mid-tour. Rock Goddess returned to the stage in July at the Rock n Blues festival

Hitting the road at the end of this month, the band are fully fit and firing on all cylinders with a mission to showcase a lot of the new songs, as well as bring back some crowd favourites.
Of the last few months, Jody continues: “In all honesty, it’s been tough after the criminal demise of Pledge Music, which owed thousands of pounds to us and lots of other bands. Finally, the vinyl will be out but the Pledge debacle made this whole process much tougher. But onwards and upwards: Please come along to our shows. We are so looking forward to this tour!!

Joining Rock Goddess on the September UK tour dates are Glasgow rockers Heavy Pettin’, who reformed in 2017 initially for a one-off performance at Winterstorm Festival in Troon, Scotland.

And, as Heavy Pettin’ frontman, Hamie, enthuses: Rock Goddess and Heavy Pettin’ together!! It’s one helluva bill, in front of the best rock fans anywhere! It’s gonna be Epic!”
“We are especially excited to be touring with Heavy Pettin’,” states Jody, “this is going to be a night you do not want to miss.”

ROCK GODDESS and HEAVY PETTIN’ UK tour:
31 August: The Tivoli, Buckley
1 September: The Exchange, Bristol
4 September: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
5 September: The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
6 September: Oran Mor, Glasgow
7 September: Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby
8 September: The Robin 2, Bilston
ROCK GODESS FESTIVAL DATES:
21 September: Heavy Metal Maniacs, Holland (headline)
4 October: FatFest 2019, Swindon (headline)

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The fast-rising Kris Barras Band are delighted to unveil their star-studded video for their new track ‘What You Get, taken from their new album ‘Light It Up‘ which is to be released on the 13th of September via Provogue, a month before their biggest UK headline tour to date.

The video features wide range of special guest appearances, including  Johnny Lang, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Kenny Aronoff, Joe Louis Walker and many more! Speaking about the song, Barras explains: “I’d say that this is probably the most typical KBB song on the album. It summarises the sound that I have become known for;  foot-stomping, twangy riffs and a big, catchy chorus. We’ve been playing this song live for the past six months and it always goes down really well. People were hearing it for the first time and they’re all singing along by the time it reaches the last chorus. That’s when we knew it had to be a single”

It follows a whirlwind 18 months since the release of ‘The Divine and Dirty’ in March 2018, where he sold 75 tickets for the London album launch at Thousand Island, and only 11 months later returned to play to 500 people at the main room of the Garage, London with an incredible ride to get there.

This journey saw the band not take a breath as they criss-crossed the country on 4 UK headline tours – each time the venues increased in size, and every time with sold out shows. He joined Beth Hart for a 10 date UK run as well as shows overseas, then 9 dates on tour with Joanne Shaw Taylor, not to mention shows with GUN, King King, The Magpie Salute, Therapy?, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, an unprecedented one-in, one out performance at Planet Rockstock and a full European tour with Jonny Lang and Walter Trout.  He played to 3 million people on BBC Radio 2 – which caused host Richard Madeley to exclaim, “that’s the reason I love doing this show!”  They have also had numerous A-Iist singles at Planet Rock Radio, won the stations prestigious 2019 ‘Best New Band’ award which led to him being asked to guest present two shows on the station. He even found time to join Supersonic Blues Machine as the new singer-guitarist with the legendary Billy F. Gibbons, joining for their debut European tour, playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and a host of sold out shows and festivals across the continent. If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, this summer saw him go out on the road with Kentucky arena rockers Black Stone Cherry on their July UK tour before making history as the first band ever to play Ramblin’ Man Fair, three years running on a bigger stage each year; from the Rising Stage to the Main Stage, which perfectly encapsulates this bands journey. Faraway from when Barras played the grassroots circuit with a mixture of originals in amongst covers to 20-30 people – from covering ZZ Top in pubs to playing with Billy F. Gibbons in the same band, in 2 years.

Light It Up‘ sees him at his most expressive yet, forcing himself out of his comfort zone. “I kinda forced myself to write songs a different way. The biggest difference for this album was that I didn’t pigeonhole myself in any way, I didn’t feel like I had to conform. I just sat down and wrote songs I wanted to write, with a sound I wanted to produce, not thinking about genre whatsoever.”

Produced by Josiah J Manning at Momentum Studios in Plymouth, UK, it whips you into action from the opening heart of sleeve song ‘What You Get’ which cries, “You want the best of me, but can’t take the rest of me, well my mama packaged me whole, if you can’t take one little mistake, I think I’d rather be alone.” Right from the beginning it delivers no holds barred emotion and exposes itself as raw, resilient, fragile and protective. The high octane and euphoric ‘Broken Teeth’ is about not being afraid of getting your hands dirty and get a little bit hurt, keeping the pace with an infectious groove is the living on the edge, risk taking ode ‘Vegas Son’ whilst ‘Ignite (Light It Up)’ has already became an insatiable live favourite and ‘6am’ offers a beacon for hope.

He’s played with some giants in music from John Mayall to Beth Hart and Rich Robinson, but it’s been the time with Billy F. Gibbons that really hit home the journey so far. “To be stood on stage with Billy Gibbons every night playing ‘Sharp Dressed Man’, that was just absolutely crazy, I never thought that would happen in my wildest dreams. Just being around Billy Gibbons is hugely inspiring. He had a phrase he used to say; “we don’t have to do it, we get to do it” and that phrase really struck a chord with me, we’re very fucking lucky to be able to go on this stage and play.”

Maybe it’s the songs, the performance and maybe it’s his personal connection to his fans that he meets every night. Because he’s been that fan. A young Kris Barras saw one of his favourite upcoming bands, Black Stone Cherry at the 200 capacity Exeter Cavern in June 2009 and now he can proudly say, just over 10 years later, that he went out on tour with them as support, which included an incredible sold out show at Caerphilly Castle. It may be a rocket of a ride so far, but it’s only just begun.

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny are sharing a new lyric video for ‘Gotta Get Home’  – the radio edit of the epic title track from their hugely successful album of the same name, which has been playlisted by Planet Rock. The band are also delighted to announce the support for their forthcoming headline gig in the form of blues rockers Trident Waters.

Musically, ‘Gotta Get Home’ hits and hooks you from the start with raw, bluesy, sleazy opening chords and almost hypnotic groove. Then, in come Matt’s impassioned lead vocals, enriched by soaring female backing: a combo that fuses together perfectly in the glorious chorus and becomes a fully epic sound: the “Funky Souladelic Blues Rock Jam Thing!“ that Matt loves so much.

The newly-released video with sci-fi visuals was a deliberate decision, making a nod to the recent 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing; also projecting a sense of ‘home’ on a cosmic stage and scale.

Matt puts it this way: “The reaction to the single has been amazing, Darren Redick and Planet Rock have been so supportive once again. I hope people like the video just as much: it was an idea I had of a much wider idea of where our home is in the scheme of things, perhaps inspired by the recent moon landing anniversary. So it’s one small step for Matt…”

Matt certainly hasn’t been standing still since that first step. He and The Mutiny have been striding forth!

Not only have Matt Pearce & The Mutiny recently announced that they will be undertaking their first UK tour (as special guests of Laurence Jones, between November and December), they’re now delighted to announce further details of the debut Mutiny headline show at London’s Thousand Island on 26th September!

I cannot wait for our first headline gig in my adopted home of London, at the very groovy Thousand Island, upstairs from the legendary Garage! says Matt, “It’ll give me a chance to play a longer set, maybe chuck in a bit of new stuff and the odd cover. Whatever makes it a funky night!

And,” he adds “I’m very happy to have the awesome, upandcoming Trident Waters open the night, these guys are a band to watch in the future.”

Trident Waters are a rising, London-based, three-piece rock/blues band,  lauded as the “offspring of a whiskey-drenched Led Zeppelin and Hawkwind”. They’ll perfectly complement the headliners and add extra lift and thrust to what’s going to be a roof-raising night as Matt Pearce & The Mutiny make their triumphant headline debut!

Enjoy the video and check out Matt Pearce & The Mutiny’s website for further updates on the band’s touring and appearances and grab the chance to see a first-class Mutiny, live in progress!

https://mattpearceandthemutiny.com/#livedates/

Upcoming shows

8th Sep: HRH C.R.O.W.S. II

26th Sep: Thousand Island (Upstairs at The Garage)

12th-17th Nov: British Blues Invasion, Moscow

19th Jan 2020: Rock and Blues Skegness

28 Feb-1 March 2020, Winter’s End

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny as Special Guests of Laurence Jones Band Tour

22nd Nov: Norwich, The Waterfront

23rd Nov :London, Oslo

24th Nov: Southampton, The 1865

26th Nov: Shoreham-By-Sea, Ropetackle Arts Centre

30th Nov: Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny

1st Dec: Glasgow, Òran Mór

3rd Dec: Sheffield, The Greystones

4th Dec: Chester, The Live Rooms

5th Dec: Birmingham, Actress & Bishop

7th Dec: Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre

8th Dec: Nottingham, Bodega

12th Dec: Leeds, Lending Room

13th Dec: Manchester, Night & Day Café

Following a sensational 2018 UK tour, legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak titled ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall’ on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

The album was recorded on 5th October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra. The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.  Special guests

Steve commented – “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio. I’m proud to release this exciting product.

The 2CD & Blu-Ray set includes tracks from Steve’s time with Genesis and also from his extensive solo career. The full track-listing is:

Set 1:

Dance On A Volcano

Out Of The Body

The Steppes

Firth Of Fifth

Dancing With The Moonlit Knight

Blood On The Rooftops

Shadow Of The Hierophant

Set 2:

In That Quiet Earth

Afterglow

Serpentine Song

El Niño

Supper’s Ready

Encore:

The Musical Box

The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for Under The Eye Of The Sun, Beasts In Our Time and Peace from the At The Edge Of Light album.

Steve Hackett gained an international reputation as the guitarist in the classic 1970s Genesis line-up alongside Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Steve’s work was a key element of most acclaimed Genesis albums including ‘Selling England by the Pound‘ and ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway‘.

With his solo career spanning more than 30 albums, Steve is renowned as both an immensely talented and innovative rock musician and a virtuoso classical guitarist and composer. This was recognised in 2010 when he was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. He has also worked alongside Steve Howe of YES in the supergroup GTR.

Steve has an extraordinary versatility with both electric and acoustic guitar and his compositions  take influences from many genres, including jazz, classical and blues. His most recent studio works ‘The Night Siren‘ (2017) and ‘At The Edge Of Light‘ (2019) have also seen Steve exploring the influences of world music.

2019 is a busy year for Steve. Following the success of the orchestral tour Steve released his 25th studio album At The Edge Of Light in January. He and the band then embarked on the Selling England/Spectral Mornings Tour across Europe and the USA before they return for 20 dates in the UK in November. This tour marks the first time Steve has performed the whole of his favourite Genesis album Selling England By The Pound together with Steve’s favourite songs from his solo Spectral Mornings album, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and tracks from his current album.

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Review: Danny Vaughn – Myths, Legends & Lies

Vaughnsongs (June 14th 2019)

Reviewer: Grant Foster

I’ve always admired Mr Vaughn. A real honest, down to earth, friendly guy. And it goes without saying, a first class vocalist. Frontman of Tyketto, who’s first release, the classy AOR of ‘Don’t Come Easy’, is always welcome on my stereo / Iphone / cd player.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this release as DV’s solo releases have run the gamut of styles from hard rock to acoustic overtones. But DV hasn’t disappointed here! He has brought an album that is so intimate, so close, so full of joy, earthy, organic and warm.

It’s perfect for warm summer nights, or long drives in the countryside, or parties with good friends. There’s Irish country jigs (The Shadow Of King John), country pickers (Man or Machine, Last Ride of the Sunset Men), blues (Something I Picked Up Along The Way) acoustic (What You Left Behind) and a whole lot more besides.

DV’s voice is warm, rich and smooth. The performances here are of the highest order and the production is bright. If you think DV is a one card trick, then think again. This album is a sheer joy. It would be nothing of course, without good songs and it has plenty of those, amongst the 14 tracks on offer.

Myths Legends & Lies‘ – probably the most surprising album of the year for me so far, but, one of the best yet.

Bloodhound – Humber Street Sesh August 2nd & 3rd August 2019

Photographer: Paul Saripo (Paul Saripo Photography)

Bloodhound, a three-piece grunge peddling outreach of alternative rock, return to play a home town festival In Hull.
Filling the Strummerville Stage at Humber Street Sesh, as the powerful set progressed so did the volume of people pushing up against the barriers to see who was rocking out Humber street on Saturday. These guys are working on a new album over the coming months which will be something to watch out for.

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WDFD Records Ltd are delighted to announce that Anglesey-based rock band BAD DOG have released a stunning new single – ‘Jupiter‘.

The track is from their recently released self-titled 4-track EP and is available for purchase or streaming from all the usual online platforms. Full of punchy riffs and power packed rhythm with nimble lead guitar, pulsating bass lines and catchy vocal melodies, the songs also translate perfectly to a dynamic live show. Indeed it was at a festival that Keith Lamley, owner of WDFD, first saw BAD DOG and decided there and then that he needed to have the guys on board.

BAD DOG are managed by Epic Venom Rock Band Management, and along with WDFD RECORDS, the band are hell bent on showing a wider audience what 4 friends from a sleepy town in North Wales have to offer.

BAD DOG‘s brand of high octane, uncompromising rock n roll is rapidly gaining fans from all over the UK and beyond. The band released a self-titled debut EP, which features four tracks that have been described as full of punchy riffs and power packed rhythm with nimble lead guitar, pulsating bass lines and catchy vocal melodies.

Live, however,  is where BAD DOG really shine. Delivering a relentlessly energetic set that is extremely tight but full of groove and spontaneity at the same time. They make full use of their performance area be it a small club or a big festival stage often even extending it by spilling into the crowd to perform. They have headlined many of the festivals in North Wales and supported acts such as LA Guns, Electric Boys, Quireboys, Big Country, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, Stacie Collins and Stone Broken. They are now looking to push out farther afield and spread the Bad Dog word around the UK.

Taking influences from Classic Rock, Metal, Blues, Funk and country they feel they haven’t even reached the tip of the iceberg of what they can produce and are very excited to share new music with everyone.

Line up:
Martin John Byast – Vocals, Guitar

Ben Langley – Bass

Oli Owen – Guitar

Mark David Beech – Drums

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Modern rock has just been delivered a massive shot in the arm!

Featuring the soaring powerhouse vocals of Englishman Pete Shoulder and drummer Brian Tichy, who has played with everyone from Whitesnake, Ozzy, Slash, Billy Idol, Foreigner and many more legendary artists, along with bassist Daniel Spree, Silverthorne have delivered a monstrous debut single in the shape of ‘Tear The Sky Wide Open.

With its ominous riff, huge chorus, driving bass, weighty drums and a groove that evokes the vast expanse of the Southern California canyons from where the band was born, ‘Tear The Sky Wide Open‘ has already got fans salivating. The teaser video for the track received over 20,000 views in its first 24 hours of release across the bands social media platforms. That figure doubled the second day. An amazing result for a brand new act!

With influences ranging from deep blues to hard rock, and acoustic folk to metal, when asked to describe their sound, Silverthorne replied, “With our studio located in the sprawling canyons on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the canyons and surroundings have an effect on the music we make.That atmosphere gives us space and solitude to focus on creating music with openness and freedom. No rules, no distractions, no limits!
Silverthorne also says of its sound; “You may hear elements that are not unlike being at a Led Zeppelin concert with Cream and Free opening, while Soundgarden and QOTSA hang at the bar.”

‘Tear The Sky Wide Open’ is just a taste of the soulful and earthy rock songs to be found on Silverthorne’s forthcoming debut EP. Music that tips its hat to the classic rock bands of yesteryear as well as looking firmly to the future.

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