Author: Graeme Stroud

Graeme is a published author and journalist, having been an interviewer, reviewer and feature writer for the Classic Rock Society for five years. A multi-instrumentalist, he also records original, instrumental music under the name Chalkhill Blue.

Paul Di’Anno’s Warhorse – Warhorse (BraveWords Records)

As the founding vocalist with heavy metal monolith Iron Maiden, Paul Di’Anno’s place in the hard rock pantheon is assured, but he still polarises opinion alarmingly. Since Di’Anno and Maiden parted company after two albums, the band has gone on to become a mega monster with the extraordinary powerhouse and polymath Bruce Dickinson at the..

Al Di Meola – Twentyfour (earMusic)

Guitar wizard Al Di Meola is not easy to pigeonhole. His blistering electric guitar licks first entered the public consciousness in the mid-70s, when he was a teenage prodigy with jazz-fusion pioneers Return To Forever. But Di Meola’s heart is in flamenco, an inherently acoustic genre. His career has vacillated between stunning, Latin-flavoured acoustic jazz..

Issa – Another World (Frontiers)

I don’t know about you, but it never seemed to rain when I was a teenager. I can’t really claim to be a carefree and optimistic kind of bloke all of the time, but still, when I think of the 1980s, it always seemed to be full summer, with the ice cream van chiming in..

Quinn Sullivan – Salvation (Provogue / Mascot)

There is something wrong with the universe somewhere. Massachusetts-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Quinn Sullivan first picked up a guitar when he was just three years old and started taking lessons straight away. He made his first TV appearance at the age of six, played on-stage with Buddy Guy at age eight, toured as Buddy’s..