Dan Patlansky headed for the UK

Dan Patlansky

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to release his new album Dear Silence Thieves in the UK on Monday 27th April. The album will coincide with a special London album launch showcase “concert” at London’s Borderline venue on the same day.

Richie Kotzen: Cannibals Review

Richie Kotzen Cannibals

Richie Kotzen is a music-making machine. Twenty solo records, formerly part of the bands Poison and Mr. Big, ongoing work with the power trio the Winery Dogs, frequent touring – Kotzen does it all. He was most recently in the spotlight last fall for the release of his first solo collection The Essential Richie Kotzen, and now he’s back with Cannibals. Comprised of material invented specifically for the album and unused song ideas from earlier in Kotzen’s career, Cannibals reveals as much about Kotzen’s work ethic as it does about his musicianship. How many artists can keep up such a pace and seem no worse for the wear?

Beth Hart releases “Better Than Home” trailer

Beth Hart has released a trailer for Better Than Home. The new album will be released worldwide in April through Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

King King announce “Reaching For The Light”

Reaching for the Light

King King have announced Reaching For The Light. The new album is set to be released in the UK on May 5th through Manhaton Records.

“We’re really proud of this album,” said front man Alan Nimmo. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”

Reaching For The Light is the group’s third studio album and is the followup to Standings in the Shadows, which was voted #3 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2013.

Robin Trower: Somethings About To Change Review

Something's About To Change

March 9th is Robin Trower’s 70th birthday and we are the ones who get a present that day with the release of Something’s About to Change. You do not keep recording at that age unless you have a real passion for music. Robin has been quoted as saying “I still enjoy making music. I practically live for playing the guitar.” and just like his last critically acclaimed Roots and Branches his passion for the guitar shows.

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers: Living by the Minute Review

Living by the Minute

One year after releasing their debut album, Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers are at it again with a brand new record entitled Living by the Minute. The nine-piece soul band showed their strengths both as a group and as individual musicians on this new album, each sound, instrument and voices alike, complementing the others seamlessly.

No Refund Band: Current State of Blue Review

Current State of Blue

Current State of Blue is the second album from the Texas based No Refund Band (NRB). It’s a 12 song offering of nine originals and three very well done remakes. NRB combines gritty, greasy vocals and guitars with smooth horns and a hard-grooving rhythm section. As “horn bands” go, this is not your dad’s overproduced Chicago or Tower of Power. The horn section of Jim Brady (trumpet) and Anthony Terry (saxophone) adds to the punch on the up-tempo/rockers and gives a sultry, smoky dynamic to the ballads. Both Brady and Terry are also fine soloists in their own right and compliment Ricky Jackson’s voice and lead guitar work nicely.

Magnus Berg: Cut Me Loose Review

Cut Me Loose

18 years young with promising musical talent that will lead a long-lasting career for Magnus Berg is the vibe conveyed on his first studio album, Cut Me Loose. Berg’s passion for blues rock music is obvious through his seven original tracks, and also through his three cover songs; “Kansas City Blues,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “San-Ho-Zay.” Berg’s display of talent has captured the attention of many in the blues rock music scene, and rightfully so. As the genre breaks boundaries through incorporation of diverse instrumentation and arrangement stylings, Berg uses this to his advantage. By incorporating stylings from ’70s-era rock n roll, like the Zeppelin-esque opening riffs heard on “Drifitng,” to blending gritty vocal techniques displayed by blues legends like Muddy Waters, and trickling all the way down to swinging blues-country harmonicas as a staple in the album’s instrumentation, Berg has concocted the perfect stew of a great blues rock album.

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