October 25, 2020

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.

Joe Bonamassa – Royal Tea (Provogue/Mascot)

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..

Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix (InsideOut)

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..

Erja Lyytinen – Lockdown Live 2020 (Tuohi Records)

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..

Kiss The Gun – We See You (KTG Records)

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..

The Best Of Rory Gallagher (UMC)

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..

Lee Abraham – Harmony/Synchronicity – F2 Music

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..

Geoff Tyson – Drinks With Infinity (Cargo Records)

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..