Gig Review: Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival (Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 29/07/17)

Review/Interviews by Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © Stuart Stott After a successful first year in 2016, the Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival returned to the Corn Exchange last week boasting another sterling – and surprisingly eclectic – line-up of some of the best blues/rock talent that Scotland, Britain, and indeed the world has to offer. This time Rock And Roll Traffic was there to catch all the action, sample the atmosphere backstage, and grab many of the bands for …

Review: 3 Days At The Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

By Cameron Arndt, all photos by CA, all shows reviewed took place 9th-12th July 2017   It’s been a stormy day in Montreux. We step off the train into a torrential rainstorm and struggle through the short walk to our hotel near the lakeside. The usual spectacular view is completely obscured by clouds and mist, with only the start of the lake visible and no hint of the stunning vista of mountains that lies on the far side.   Fortunately the …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases June 2017

New/Recent Releases June 2017 Time for another look at some of the best music released on the unsuspecting public in the last few months. We’ve got yet another varied bunch of stuff for ya, all bound together by the high quality of each of the acts featured. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Rocket Turtle EP (The Double Standards) Free Spirits EP (Lisa Kowalski) Goo Goo Shoom (Joe …

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 …

Interview/Preview: The Roadstars Tour Feat. Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch

By Cameron Arndt March 2017 sees the start of the latest Planet Rock-sponsored Roadstars tour, which kicks off in Leeds on the 16th and comes to Glasgow’s O2 ABC2 on the 18th. The show will make it’s way all round the UK before concluding at London’s Borderline venue on April 8th. It features two of the most exciting young bands to form on these islands in recent years. Both play their own brand of tough, bluesy American-style rock, infused with an …

#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 …

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 …