Spoiler alert - We are living through what we may one day refer to as Joe's ‘classic period’. Like many a musician, Joe Bonamassa has settled into a routine of releasing studio albums of original music once every couple of years for the last decade or so. Unlike most artists, he has been interspersing this..
About forty years ago, I bought a second-hand LP by a band called Isotope. Not because I had heard of them, or indeed of any of the musicians involved, but because the bloke who owned the market record stall knew what kind of stuff I liked, and he slapped it on when he spotted me..
It’s no secret that the music industry has taken a severe beating from the COVID-19 lockdown, and the recent restrictions-off-restrictions-on pantomime just seems to be rubbing salt into the wounds. Musicians have found various ways of surviving through their personal crises. Some have taken advantage of the break in their gigging schedules to record new..
Samantha Martin is a soulful singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada, and she fronts a huge band with a huge sound. Promo photos for this release show her with six musicians and backing vocalists, but the liner photo to her previous album, 2018’s Run To Me, displayed 10 supporting musicians plus another one that didn’t make the..
They did what all serious bands would do if they had the chance and the initiative, and hired an impressively hirsute, classically-trained trombonist... Kiss the gun are a melodic metal band based in Salisbury in Wiltshire, founded in 2016 by a duo of New Wave of Heavy Metal veterans, rhythm guitarist Graham Exton and bass..
Ireland has been no stranger to musical success, from the traditional folk of The Chieftains to the Irish soul of Van Morrison and Celtic pop acts such as The Cranberries, Clannad and Enya. Punk and New Wave saw a veritable wave of Irish bands such as The Undertones and the Boomtown Rats, while politico pop-rockers..
A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Hampshire in southern England, Lee Abraham has released or been involved with an impressive array of masterful prog over the last 20 years. Having played in a succession of bands, both original and covers, he started to delve into recording his own material for limited release as the new..
Not everyone here is going to be familiar with Connor Bracken and the Mother Leeds Band I’ll wager, but they are a notable group of youthful rockers out of New Jersey, with a definite penchant for New Wave, punky sounds. Bracken writes all the songs and fronts the band, backed by the capable trio of..
We had a very American sound, and when we came over, bang, it just fitted... A common theme with articles about classic European bands is their failure to ‘crack America’. It seems strange that bands that are household names over here, or even part of the British or European psyche, are virtually unknown to our..
Geoff Tyson is a California-born guitarist with a long history, but who is only just now releasing his first full-on solo guitar instrumental album. Tutored on classical piano as a boy, Tyson’s world was turned upside-down when he first heard Eddie Van Halen and became a guitar convert. As soon as he hit his teens..