Album Review: Infinite (Deep Purple)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos © Deep Purple/Ear Music After a long break from the studio Deep Purple return with their 20th album and, nearly 50 years into their career, the title, Infinite, seems somewhat appropriate. It includes ten tracks (nine new, one cover) and a cool new logo on icy cover art. I particularly like the ‘Deep Purple In Ice’ image behind the CD! Before we dig in to the new record, however, cards on the table: The band …

R&RT Presents… IdKid (13th Note – Glasgow, 29/04/17)

By Cameron Arndt This coming Saturday we’ll be going live for our first Rock And Roll Traffic Presents… showcase. Taking place in the cool, laid back, underground confines of the 13th Note’s basement venue it’ll see four bands, handpicked by us, take the stage to put the spotlight on some of central Scotland’s best young musical talent. The show on the 29th April will feature Glasgow’s The Naked Feedback and The Label along with Idkid from West Lothian and Edinburgh’s …

#8: Classic Rock/Blues – Harry Slater (Bad Touch)

Roads To Rock N Roll #8: …in which we try to pin an artist down to a particular genre that’s influenced or inspired them, foolish though that may be, and in the process hopefully find out more about the journey they’ve taken to to discover the music that’s important to them. Are there songs which have stayed with them from an early age? Have they just recently discovered something which changed their entire outlook? What got them to where they are today? Classic …

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: Joe Bonamassa (The Usher Hall Edinburgh, 18/04/17)

By Cameron Arndt and Garry Murrie, all photos courtesy and © Martin Bone (Martin Bone Photography) Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘Salute To The British Blues Explosion’ show at the Glasgow Clyde Auditorium, Joe Bonamassa returns to Scotland to kick off his 2017 UK tour with a night at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. This time he’s brought with him a stellar 7-piece band – including long-time Letterman show drummer Anton Fig, Stevie Ray Vaughen’s former Double Trouble keyboard player Reese …

Onstage And Backstage…with Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band (Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, 07/04/17)

Onstage And Backstage #3, Part 2 By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott except where noted. ‘GERRY JABLONSKI IS NOT A BLUES PLAYER’ are the words I felt compelled to scrawl in my notebook as the Aberdeen-based guitarist’s set with The Electric Band reached a peak of pyrotechnic soloing a week past Friday. But let me immediately qualify that statement – it does not for one second mean that Jablonski can’t play the blues, nor does it mean that …

Onstage And Backstage…with The Giles Robson Band (Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, 07/04/17)

  Onstage And Backstage #3, Part 1 By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott except where noted. The Giles Robson Band strictly adhere to the 12 bar blues format, with a stripped to the bone guitar/bass/drums line-up backing vocalist/harmonica maestro Giles Robson. But it’s within this format that they showcase their own method of modernising the blues as they push, strain and tear at the walls of the box they’ve put themselves in, resulting in a thrilling, vital, downright …

Video/Tour News: Dan Patlansky New Single ‘Sonnova Faith’ & Tour with Ash Wilson

Celebrated South African guitarist and vocalist Dan Patlansky releases his highly anticipated new single Sonnova Faith on Monday 10th April – coinciding with his upcoming April / May UK tour with special guest Ash Wilson. Get all the tour dates and info you need at the bottom of the page! Sonnova Faith is taken from Patlansky’s excellent 2016 record Introvertigo which was recently voted the #1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by the Blues Rock Review.  This marks the second time Patlansky has been voted #1 in Blues …

Introducing: Neon Suicide

By Cameron Arndt In an increasingly crowded field of two piece bands – from The White Stripes to The Black Keys, The Kills, Royal Blood, The Graveltones… – Glasgow’s Neon Suicide are eschewing the prevailing notion to take a stripped-back bluesy route in favour of something far more mixed and, indeed, up to date. Drummer Andy Paton and guitarist/singer Connor McWinnie have created a set of songs that mix the modern pop/rock stylings of the Arctic Monkeys with grungier/heavier elements …

Album Review: Fight And Flight (Tequila Mockingbyrd)

By Cameron Arndt Australian power trio, Tequila Mockingbyrd, recently signed to Off Yer Rocka Recordings, home of such acts as The Quireboys, Hellyeah, Bonafide and The Amorettes. Their debut album, Fight And Flight was released on March 24th and anyone who’s caught these ladies in concert – as we did on their recent UK tour with Bonafide – won’t be surprised to hear that it’s a no-holds-barred feast of riffs, hooks and attitude – with style to burn! The record …