Albert Castiglia: Up All Night Review

Music is subjective, and what can be great for one listener can sound dry to another. Albert Castiglia’s Up All Night is a perfect example of an album that can be fantastic or disappointing, depending on taste.  Up All Night features Albert Castiglia (guitar and vocals), Brian Menendez (drums), and James Pritchard (bass).  

Top 5 Guitar Players In The World

Determining the world’s best guitar players is no easy task. With all the talented guitarists out there it’s hard to say someone is the best guitar player in the world. With that said, it is a fun conversation to have, so we gave it a shot. Here are the top 5 modern day guitar players in the world.

Greta Van Fleet: From The Fires Review

2017 has been an incredible year for Greta Van Fleet. The young four piece band out of Frankenmuth, Michigan consists of brothers Josh Kiszka (vocals), Jake Kiszka (guitar), Sam Kiszka (bass/keyboards), and Danny Wagner (drummer). Back in April the band exploded onto the scene with the four track EP, Black Smoke Rising, which has been a major success with the single “Highway Tune” reaching #1 on the rock radio charts. Now the band returns with From The Fires, a double EP, which features all four tracks from Black Smoke Rising, plus four additional songs.

Samantha Fish: Belle of the West Review

Samantha Fish’s new studio album Belle of the West will be released on November 17th, and everyone should get excited. Belle of the West is Fish’s second album of 2017 since Chills & Fever. Chills & Fever fans will appreciate the continued vintage attitude and instrumentation found in this new album, however they will find that Belle of the West offers something more rough and stripped.

Dan Patlansky announces “Perfection Kills”

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to the release his new studio album Perfection Kills in the UK on Friday 2nd February 2018. The album is the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed Introvertigo which was voted #1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

Dudley Taft: Summer Rain Review

Dudley Taft’s new album Summer Rain  consists of 11 all-original songs recorded in his recently purchased home studio, which used to belong to Peter Frampton. This album has a much heavier rock bent to it, if that is possible, than his previous albums. With a title like Summer Rain this one sounds like it would be all happiness and joy, but there’s a brooding dark sense of separation throughout the album. Dudley had the hardships of our service men and women on his mind throughout the recording as he was thinking about and what it must be like to “put myself in their boots and explore what their feelings would be when away from home for so long. That is the thread that links all the songs together.”

North Mississippi Allstars: Portland Gig Review

The North Mississippi Allstars (NMAS) comprised of brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson first formed in 1996. They were precursors of duos like the Black Keys or the White Stripes, only using guitar and drums in its most basic form. Most of the time they pick up a bass player ranging from Duwayne Burnside, son of R. L. Burnside to Phil Lesh, from The Dead; tonight it was Rob Walbourne, who also played drums beside Cody the main drummer. NMAS is a “Jam Band” much like the Grateful Dead was, improvising and rearranging as they play “Roots Music,” Their father, the late Jim Dickenson was a contemporary of the “Grateful Dead,” as well as being a session musician, a solo artist fronting his own band, “Mud Boy and the Nuetrons.” The elder Dickinson was also a record producer for  the “Rolling Stones,”Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, founding “Zebra Ranch” in Hernando, Mississippi.

Hamish Anderson Blog: Festival Tour

Australian blues rocker Hamish Anderson has been quite busy on the road promoting his latest album, Trouble. Anderson had the opportunity to play some of the biggest music festivals in the United States over the summer and is blogging about the experience for Blues Rock Review.

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