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.

Troy Redfern – The Fire Cosmic (RED7 Records)

Anyone familiar with Troy Redfern solely from his 2015 and 2017 releases may well think of him as a country blues rocker. Check out the video for The Line from 2017’s Dirt Blues Ritual, and you’ll see Troy in full Grand Ole Opry Regalia, complete with bootlace bow tie, black leather Stetson and an echo-heavy..

Quinn Sullivan

Oh my god, I'm about to go on stage with Buddy Guy... It’s a big deal when a blues legend like Buddy Guy plays in your home town. It’s an even bigger deal if you have the kind of dad who takes you to meet him backstage at a gig when you’re still of kindergarten..

Quinn Sullivan – Wide Awake (Provogue/Mascot)

Quinn Sullivan - photo by Justin Borucki It's impressive enough that Quinn Sullivan is releasing his fourth full album Wide Awake having just turned 22 years of age. Even stranger that it’s been so long since his last one – Midnight Highway came out in 2017, when the Massachusetts guitar prodigy was just 17. The..

Paul Gilbert – Werewolves Of Portland (The Players Club)

When LA metalheads Racer X released their debut album in the mid-1980s, their teenaged guitar prodigy Paul Gilbert was already gaining legendary status on the local live scene and at the prestigious college where he taught guitar. With blistering speed and a unique picking technique, he came of age alongside Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen..

Doogie White

“The journalists in Sounds and Kerrang used to say on the news pages that so-and-so was in the studio, recording a new album, ‘as yet untitled’”, muses Doogie White in broad, Scottish tones. “And I always thought if I get to do a solo album, I’m going to call it As Yet Untitled. So I..