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.

Jan James – Time Bomb (Blue Palace Records)

Michigan-born soul and blues singer Jan James started writing lyrics for guitarist Craig Calvert’s music over three decades ago, bringing out her first album Last Train in 1992. Relocating to Chicago, they have become stalwarts of the musical scene, and the intervening 30 years have seen the partnership produce 12 albums, culminating in this latest..

Gary Moore – The Sanctuary Years 1999-2004 (BMG)

Gary Moore’s label history is quite complicated. He had been with Virgin and/or its subsidiaries throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, but jumped ship to Castle Music for his mould-breaking 1999 album A Different Beat. Via a complex series of business acquisitions, Castle was swallowed up by Sanctuary the following year, with the rights now owned..

Ivy Gold – Broken Silence (A1 Records / Golden Ivy Records)

Ivy Gold is a multi-national rock band formed in 2020 by German guitarist Sebastien Eder, formerly of hard rock band Avalon, with beauteous Austrian lyricist and singer Manou. Having recruited bassist Kevin Moore from New York, drummer Tal Bergman from the US West Coast and keyboardist Anders Olinder from the UK, they released their debut..

The John Williams Syndicate – Into The Light (Wulfrun)

The vocals are credited to none other than Petula Clark... Is that the John Williams? I hear you cry. Well, that depends on who you think the John Williams is. Do you mean the Australian classical guitarist of Cavatina fame, who was instrumental in forming ‘80s classical/rock crossover band Sky? No, it’s not him. What..

The Schwager-Oliver Quintet – Senza Resa (Cellar Live)

Guitarist Reg Schwager and sax supremo Ryan Oliver are two top jazz musicians currently residing in Canada, both sporting a list of credits as long as your proverbial arm. Born in the Netherlands, Schwager has been playing professionally since he was 15, having collaborated with such luminaries as Mel Tormé and Diana Krall amongst others,..

Ana Popović – Power (ArtisteXclusive Records)

Serbian guitar prodigy Ana Popović returns to the fray this spring with her 10th studio album Power, a welcome return to the limelight, as the Covid crisis and a bout of life-threatening illness had threatened to put her out of action for good. This is her first album since Like It On Top in 2018,..

Baldassarre – Grand Boulevard

Carl Baldassarre may not be a familiar name to many, due to various fluctuations in his fortunes and his career choices. Some may remember him from his time with Sam Giunta in US prog duo Abraxas, which eventually became the band Syzygy, releasing their first album in 2009 – not to be confused with the..