Category: Reviews



Live gig review for ‘KING KING’ + ‘REBECCA DOWNES’ by Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive @ The Grand Venue, Clitheroe – 30/10/15 http://www.kingking.co.uk/ http://www.rebeccadownes.com/ A full house greeted us at the Grand Venue in Clitheroe, for a wild evening of blues and rock. Opening the evening, in this amazing purpose build venue, was vocalist […]

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Review: Chris O’Leary – Gonna Die Tryin’

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 8, 2015

Chris O’Leary – Gonna Die Tryin’ (American Showplace Music: ASM5227) The New York State-based Chris O’Leary is a mighty fine harmonica player and possesses a huge vocal delivery, perfectly suited to the material on “Gonna Die Tryin’” – 11 tracks of varied blues, in the company of a top band who perfectly embellish the music. […]

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Review: Lauren Anderson – Truly Me

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 8, 2015

Lauren Anderson – Truly Me (Self-release) Lauren Anderson originally hails from Chicago, and now resides in Kansas City. On “Truly Me”, her first full length release, she has delivered an enjoyable 14-track collection which mixes blues influences, rock and more rootsy material – that shows off her fine, gutsy voice and the abilities of her […]

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Review: Fiona Boyes – Box & Dice

Posted on: Saturday, Nov 7, 2015

Fiona Boyes – Box & Dice (ReferenceRecordings: FR717) In 2014, singer/guitarist Fiona Boyes was the first Australian blues artiste to be invited to play at the prestigious US traditional acoustic festival ‘MerleFest’. She is also a winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. This album comprises eleven tracks, eight of which are original compositions. […]

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Review: D’Mar & Gill – Take It Like That

Posted on: Thursday, Nov 5, 2015

D’Mar & Gill – Take It Like That (Airtight Records) The experiences of drummer Derrick L. ‘D’Mar’ Martin and guitarist Chris Gill, has again produced a subtle, gentle homage to the living history of rural blues and you can only assume that they live their lives very much away from the fast lane for this is […]

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Live gig review for MIKE ZITO & THE WHEEL by Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive @ True Blues Club, Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside 31/10/15 http://www.mikezito.com/ Another memorable evening at the North West’s premier ‘Juke Joint’, the True Blues Club in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside. Breaking ground with the support act for the evening, the Tom Kilner Band, a […]

It was a pleasure to see this band again with its original line-up of Mark Taylor on lead vocal – the son of King Size Taylor, and his band The Dominoes from the 60s, who were one of the emerging bands from Liverpool who played at The Cavern along with another band to be called The Beatles. Joan Bimson […]

Zora Young & Little Mike And The Tornadoes – Friday Night (ELROB: ER15234) Born in Mississippi, Zora Young moved with her family to Chicago at the age of seven, where she began singing gospel music in church. Despite being a relative of Howling Wolf’s she only picked up on the blues as an adult, becoming a regular on […]

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Live gig review for WILLE & THE BANDITS @ The New Continental, Preston, Lancashire – 24/10/15 http://www.willeandthebandits.com/ By Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive This was the third visit to the superb venue, The New Continental in Preston, for Wille & The Bandits and yet again they upped their game. Hailing from Cornwall, they produce […]

Review: Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King

Posted on: Monday, Oct 26, 2015

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (Provogue: PRDPPROMO469) A bit of a belated review for this all-star collective’s second album, following on from 2013’s “We Want Groove” – as the core band of producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar) and Mike Merritt (bass) ‘mash up’ rock, dance, funk, jazz […]

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Review: Mitch Mann – Blackwater Creek

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 25, 2015

Mitch Mann – Blackwater Creek (Crazy Chester Records: CCR 001) Shortly after he was born in Birmingham, the family moved home to Lynn, Alabama. Mitch was eleven years old when he first started playing the guitar, after this initial interest, he began to not only start playing in local bands but, also to practice his emerging […]

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Review: Stolen Hearts – Dirty Southern Soul

Posted on: Saturday, Oct 24, 2015

Stolen Hearts  – Dirty Southern Soul (Independent release) Stolen Hearts is a duo consisting of Carolina born Robert Johnson Jr. (no relation) and Pam Taylor with their own individual approach to blues and roots music (and with a large supporting cast of musicians). Both had their own music careers before joining forces, with Pam having been […]

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Live gig review for ‘CHRIS BEVINGTON & FRIENDS’ by Rosy Greer -Lancashire Blues Archive @ Bluefunk R&B Club, Poynton Legion, Poynton, Cheshire – 15/10/15 http://www.chrisbevingtonmusic.co.uk/ This was my first visit to the Bluefunk R&B Club in its Poynton home, and what an excellent venue! Tonight was going to be something of a treat, with the […]

Review: Soul Suga & Diane Durrett – Self-Titled

Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

Soul Suga & Diane Durrett – Self-Titled (Blooming Tunes Music) Diane is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and can trace her musical stirrings from the heady days of attending the services of the Ponce De Leon Baptist Church on Peachtree Street with her mother, who was also musical director there for the choir and as Diane […]

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To cap off a great weekend for all devotees of the late, great Irish rock and blues master, Rory Gallagher – following on from Saturday’s 20th Annual British Tribute Concert in Manchester – Band of Friends made a welcome return to The Cavern in Liverpool. This is as close as it is probably possible is to […]

Review: Todd Wolfe Band – Long Road Back

Posted on: Monday, Oct 19, 2015

Todd Wolfe Band – Long Road Back (Hypertension:  HYP15310) If you’re having trouble defining blues-rock to someone, play them this album – then they should get it (pun intended!) New York born and based singer and guitarist Todd spent much of the 90s as guitarist for Sheryl Crow but has concentrated on his own career since […]

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