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.

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..

Kitt Wakeley – Symphony Of Sinners And Saints

One of the defining features of early rock’n’roll was that it did away with all the niceties of classical music. With a few guitar chords and a warbly voice, someone could become a massive international celebrity without any musical education, and with minimal ability. It’s rarely the case nowadays; top rock musicians are often some..

Gary Moore – How Blue Can You Get (Provogue)

I am going to stick my neck out and say that most of the hard rocking guitarists who broke through in the 1970s started out as blues guitarists. That is to say, they learned their chops jamming along with classic 12-bar recordings from the likes of The Bluesbreakers, BB King or Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac...

The Anchoress – The Art Of Losing (KScope)

The Anchoress is a Welsh-born, English-raised producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist named Catherine Anne Davies. Hardly a household name, it comes as a shock to learn just how deep her roots go in the music business – as a classically-trained orchestral flautist, her technical credentials are beyond reproach, while as a singer she guested on the..

The Dust Coda – Mojo Skyline (Earache Records)

The phrase ‘New Wave of Classic Rock’ has always seemed a bit of a contradiction, as ‘new’ and ‘classic’ generally refer to opposite ends of the time scale. And of course, the more time marches on, the less ‘New Wave’ this genre appears. Nevertheless, the continuing surge of new bands espousing classic rock virtues is..