Interview: Brian Downey (Alive & Dangerous, Thin Lizzy)

Interview by Cameron Arndt 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s iconic Live And Dangerous album (it was recorded in 1977, but released in 1978). In 2017 the band’s stock has arguably never been higher. Offshoot band Black Star Riders have just released their third album of original Lizzy-inspired hard rock, while the original band’s biting twin lead guitar style has influenced huge bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica and countless others through the years – and of course frontman …

Gig Review: Steve Hill (The Ferry, Glasgow – 12/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA I want to make one thing clear about Steve Hill before we go on to his unique selling point, or anything else: Musically he’s very, very good. It wouldn’t matter if this music was being played by a four piece band, a duo, or a big blues band. The songs are hard edged, prime blues/rock of the highest order; Hill’s guitar playing is sensational, and his voice is great – perfect for the style …

Gig Review: Y&T/Voodoo Vegas (The Garage, Glasgow – 03/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all pics courtesy and © Ritchie Birnie/Purple Skull Photography One of the first articles we published on Rock And Roll Traffic after starting out a year ago was something of a retrospective on one of the most consistently brilliant – and hard working – bands out there: Y&T tour constantly, and every year they make a welcome return to Scotland in October/November. For ten years or more we’ve been going along, and each and every year the show …

Gig Review: Red Pine Timber Company (King Tut’s, Glasgow – 05/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA If Red Pine Timber Company ever need a messy guitarist, average singer or rudimentary harmonica player I really hope they’ll give me a call… Given the stellar level of musicianship in the Perth-based 8-piece Americana collective such an invitation seems unlikely, but I wanted to mention my availability as being in the band just looks so damn fun! I’ve been aware of them for some years, but always at a distance. I listened to …

Gig Review: Michael Schenker Fest (O2 Ritz, Manchester – 04/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt ‘For the newcomers, I am Michael Schenker!’ The roar that greets the axeman’s announcement as he takes the stage at Manchester’s O2 Ritz suggests that that description applies to few, if any, in attendance. Either way the enthusiasm in his voice, and the almost childlike look of joy and wonder with which he surveys the venue, are infectious. For the past ten years Michael Schenker has been on a steady upwards curve as reunions with old bandmates, …

Gig Review: Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous (Nachtleben, Frankfurt, 17/10/17)

By Cameron Arndt, Pics by CA When the final touring line up of Thin Lizzy morphed into Black Star Riders in 2013, Brian Downey opted to retire from the band – citing the touring schedule a new album would entail. Three albums in BSR are an increasingly different proposition from the original band – though still though still heavily indebted to the Lizzy sound – and this perhaps explains Downey’s choice more thoroughly. Anyway, four years on and the sticksman …

Gig Review: Matt Andersen (Jungle, Cologne – 15/10/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pic by CA I missed Matt Andersen when he came to Scotland earlier his year. Which was a pity as I’d greatly enjoyed his most recent album, Honest Man (2017). So when the opportunity came up to catch the man live in Cologne during a my own trip round Europe I jumped at the chance. Clearly I didn’t jump fast enough, however, as I didn’t quite make the start of the show. Germany being Germany the ticket …

Album Review: Californiasoul (Supersonic Blues Machine)

By Cameron Arndt I stumbled upon Supersonic Blues Machine’s debut album quite by accident a couple years ago. It was the band name that caught my eye on the rack in a record store and made me pick up the CD. The group’s moniker certainly proved apt as West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco was a turbocharged platter, verging almost more on hard rock more than blues. I enjoyed it, but in truth only come back to it every now …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases October 2017

NEW/RECENT RELEASES OCTOBER 2017 Into October, and here’s another batch of excellent new and recent releases with work from the legendary Dave Arcari, debuts from Crimson Star and Mitch Underwood, and more. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Live From Memorial Hall (Dave Arcari) Songs By Liz Jones (Broken Windows) Bay View EP (Crimson Star) The Space Between (Mitch Underwood) Seven Sounds EP (Taped Live) Dave Arcari: …

Album Review: Solo Recordings Volume 3 (Steve Hill)

By Cameron Arndt I seem to continually find movie actors I thought were American who turn out to be Canadian. Through the years there’s been a fair few secretively Canadian musicians as well, but this last week I’m really wondering if they’re making a major play to take over the blues. Hot on the heels of JW Jones’ slick, soulful High Temperature album (reviewed here) comes this offering from Steve Hill. Another artist I was previously unfamiliar with, he occupies …