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: 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: 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 …

Gig Review: Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band/Taped Live (Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow – 25/08/17)

By Cameron Arndt, Pics by CA On the 26th August I was faced with a small problem. I was fortunate enough to be asked to go along and see – for a fourth time this year – Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band. No problem there, I knew from experience a great show was guaranteed and, even a mere month after catching them in Edinburgh at the Corn Exchange, I was no less excited for seeing them again. No, the …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases August 2017

NEW/RECENT RELEASES AUGUST 2017 With a million things going on in July, we didn’t get a chance to post a round up of reviews. Don’t worry though, that just means there’s all the more for August! Once again we’ve got a tonne of top class music for you, with reviews by Cameron Arndt and Chris Small. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Over The Covers EP (Brownout) …

Album Review: In The Loop (Highway 491)

By Chris Small I’ve been aware of Highway 491 for some time now. The Glasgow-based group have evolved over the past five years from playing weekly jam sessions to becoming a powerful trio and have played shows all over the country. They excel at keeping things simple and tight – two things I think blues/rock should be. But can you go even simpler? Yes you can, by unplugging the guitars and throwing away half the drum kit. Which is exactly …

New Release Singles: The Naked Feedback, Chris Small and Pure Grief

For reasons of which we are not aware, there seems to have been a good lot of great new singles/videos released in the past week or so by bands from up, down and across the country. While we can’t be sure of the cause of this phenomenon, (if it can indeed be called a phenomenon) we thought we’d take the opportunity to gather together a few of our favourites for you to check out… Rather Be Me (The Naked Feedback) …

Album Review: Time And Emotion (Robin Trower)

By Cameron Arndt I didn’t know Robin Trower ever sang. Or, in fact, that he could sing. Being honest, I’ve not got a completely in-depth knowledge of his career in general, so it would have been fairly easy for this fact to escape me. Beyond his celebrated ‘Hendrixian’ Bridge Of Sighs era, a passing familiarity with Procol Harum, and his work with Jack Bruce I’m a bit lost. The only time I’ve caught the man live was during the Seven …

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 …