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.

Jump – Breaking Point (F2 Music / Festival Music)

The only escape route is in the open, across minefields and barbed wire... How to define Jump’s music? Folk rock? Singer-songwriter? Nouveau folk? It certainly combines aspects of rock, folk and prog, but its major, defining feature isn’t on the description card of any particular genre – it is the narrative, storytelling aspect that is..

George Thorogood And The Destroyers – Live in Boston 1982: The Complete Concert (Craft Recordings / Snakefarm Records)

Thorogood’s music was always loud, simple and direct... In 1982, Delaware bluesmen George Thorogood and the Destroyers were at the top of their game. They had recorded a demo in 1974, but having honed their craft for a further three years and relocated to Boston, their incendiary self-titled debut was released in 1977. Any pretence..

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..