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: 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: 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 …

Album Review: High Temperature (JW Jones)

By Cameron Arndt Canadian blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, JW Jones, has already had some impressive plaudits for his new record, High Temperature – not least from The Rolling Stones’ Chuck Leavell who commented, ‘His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people. JW is the real deal.’ High Temperature also recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis), and was also named …

EP Review: Seven Sounds (Taped Live)

By Cameron Arndt, pics from Taped Live Facebook Page, © Taped Live We’ve discussed previously the apparent proliferation of two piece blues/rock bands going around these days. We also noted how it’s incumbent on such bands to find their own style and selling point within the format in order to differentiate themselves from the many potentially similar bands. The flipside of that is that the two piece set-up seems to be uniquely suited to allowing a duo to stretch themselves; the potential …

Interview: Alan Nimmo (King King)

Interview by Cameron Arndt   King King will return next month with the release of 4th album, Exile & Grace, on 6th October. It’s a spirited blast through ten self-penned new tracks that follow a more robust, rock & roll direction to their previous efforts – though with plenty of blues & soul in the grooves and seams of the music – read the Rock And Roll Traffic review here! It’s been a difficult leg in a whirlwind few years for …

Album Review: Change My Game (Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado)

By Cameron Arndt, all pics © Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Quite by chance I caught Thorbjørn Risager And The Black Tornado live a few years ago at the blues festival in the small town of Sierre, nestled in the mountains above Lake Geneva in Switzerland. In a stunning setting the band made the most of a warm and sunny early evening slot and, although the crowd – many of whom were there to see headliners Nazareth – weren’t really warmed …