News/Preview: Joe Bonamassa announces ‘Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’

As Joe Bonamassa wraps up his triumphant UK tour tonight in Sheffield he also announces the 23rd June release of a new CD/DVD/Vinyl collection capturing his superb acoustic show at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. How does he find the time? We really don’t know! Read our review of Joe’s excellent show at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall last week. Coming a few years after Bonamassa’s previous critically acclaimed acoustic outing At The Vienna Opera House this new release again sees the bandleader …

Gig Review: The Temperance Movement (Fat Sam’s Dundee, 17/03/17)

Review and pictures by Cameron Arndt Following an initial batch of acoustic shows last year, The Temperance Movement returned for a mini-tour of four acoustic dates in Scotland last week. It was an intriguing proposition, as their back catalogue contains a number of songs which would clearly work well in an acoustic setting. Even more interesting was how they would approach their heavier, fuzzed-up blues rock numbers. Having missed last year’s Glasgow show we took to the road last Friday …

Single Review/Kickstarter Info: Hollow Tree (Red Pine Timber Company)

By Cameron Arndt Perth-based Scottish Americana collective, Red Pine Timber Company, are poised to return in 2017 with their eagerly awaited second record. The follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Different Lonesome, the band recorded and self-produced the new LP at Perth’s Clearwater Studios. The band have gone from strength to strength in the years since their debut record was released, with excellent shows including three sold out headline slots at Perth Concert Hall, and an inventive online presence which has …

#6: Americana/Jazz – Chris Marshall (Red Pine Timber Company, Solo)

 Roads To Rock N Roll #6 One of the most interesting features in Classic Rock’s – sadly recently discontinued – Blues Magazine was ‘The First Time I Met The Blues’ where a musician was asked what got them interested in blues  music in the first place. While it’s perhaps a little foolish to try to pin an artist down to a particular genre, in this series we’re going to attempt to do it anyway! What we’re really interested in is …

Music Review: Honest Man (Matt Andersen)

Review by Cameron Arndt Honest Man is an apt title for Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Andersen’s new album, for it’s a record filled with direct, raw and sincere songs, each delivered with empathy and intensity. The ten tracks contain touches of Americana, folk, rock, soul and R&B, but really it’s a release that refuses to be pigeonholed. What really ties it all together are Andersen’s adventurous spirit and tremendous, impassioned singing voice. Based in New Brunswick, Andersen is rapidly becoming known …

Monthly Roundup: January 2017

It’s been a pretty rock & roll-filled start to the year, both here on Rock And Roll Traffic (naturally!), and in the wider world. Huge tours by Black Sabbath, Rival Sons, Glenn Hughes and Tyketto have kept us busy in recent weeks, as well as plenty of new music. Here’s our first regular monthly roundup showing you everything we’ve featured in the last four weeks – hit the titles to go to the article in question. Maybe you missed some …

#4: Delta Blues – Dave Arcari

Roads To Rock N Roll #4 One of the most interesting features in Classic Rock’s – sadly recently discontinued – Blues Magazine was ‘The First Time I Met The Blues’ where a musician was asked what got them interested in blues  music in the first place. While it’s perhaps a little foolish to try to pin an artist down to a particular genre, in this series we’re going to attempt to do it anyway! What we’re really interested in is …

Music Review: If It Ain’t Broke (Stoney Broke)

By Cameron Arndt If It Ain’t Broke adheres to it’s title by adopting a minimalist approach with confidence, including no more than is necessary, and emerging all the better for it. Across five tracks – four on the EP proper, plus jaunty, folk influenced bonus track Champagne, Lights And Whiskey – it features simply acoustic guitar and vocals, proving that talent, enthusiasm and – most importantly – good songs are often all that are needed. Layers of instruments, fancy studio …

The Best Of 2016

By Cameron Arndt It’s been a year of uncertainty… tumultuous political happenings, distressing incidents, seemingly neverending celebrity deaths, including many in the music world, and – in the last month – the shocking demise of Team Rock, owners of Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer and others who were the undisputed leaders in rock journalism. None of that is what we’re here for though and, through all the craziness, there’s been plenty of great new rock releases. Here we’ve collected just a few …

Music Review: So Long EP (Chris Marshall)

By Cameron Arndt So Long is the first solo release from Perth-based multi-instrumentalist Chris Marshall. Despite this, and his relatively young age, he has long been established as a prolific live performer, session musician and songwriter. His cv ranges from playing drums with rock n roll misfits Same Jane – a highlight of whose shows was Marshall stepping out front to sing and play harmonica – to providing vocals and trombone in Bar Room Crawl and acoustic guitar/vocals in The …