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 …

Gig Review: Voodoo Six + Support (Bannerman’s, Edinburgh – 22/09/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by Blaine Ferguson As powerful as recorded music can be, it’s no surprise that when you catch a band live it often has even more of an impact – not for nothing is touring now the most lucrative outlet for all sorts of rock bands, pop outifts, even large orchestral concert tours. A live show connects you with the music, with the band onstage. At their best you feel part of the action. Sometimes it can …

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 …

Album Review: BCCIV (Black Country Communion)

By Cameron Arndt After a five year hiatus Black Country Communion (BCC) have reconvened and on the 22nd September release BCC IV, having returned to the convention of numbering their albums after previous record Afterglow (2012) – which should have been ‘III’. That’s not all that’s reverted to first positions, as the band are all friends again after a stormy split following the release of Afterglow which unfortunately played out in the music press. We’ll not dwell on negatives from the past …

Album Review: Exile & Grace (King King)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos © Rob Blackman King King are a band much in demand. With deservedly rapturous responses to their third album (2015’s Reaching For The Light) ringing in their ears they’ve spent much of the last two years criss-crossing Europe on tour, gathering an army of fans wherever they go. Last year they finally recorded and released a much requested live album and DVD, which quickly proved another triumph. This seemed to only heighten the clamor for more …

Album Review: Truth Is A Wolf (Mollie Marriott)

By Cameron Arndt I wanted to write this review without mentioning Mollie Marriott’s famous father. This is her album after all, and should certainly be judged on it’s own merits. However, her career leading up to this has been such that a few names can’t help but be dropped – not many singers have performed at a memorial concert to their father alongside stars like Paul Weller, Zak Starkey and Deborah Bonham. Plus Mollie Marriott also appeared at Ronnie Lane’s …