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 …

News/Preview: Highway 491 Announce ‘In The Loop – The Acoustic Sessions’

HIGHWAY 491 ANNOUNCE NEW RECORD IN THE LOOP: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Released 2nd September 2017 via Rock & Roll Traffic Recordings Glasgow blues rockers Highway 491 are pleased to announce the release of their new CD, In The Loop – The Acoustic Sessions. Recorded in April/May 2017 in Glasgow and engineered/produced by guitarist Cameron Arndt the songs were mastered by Village Mastering UK and will be released on September 2nd via Rock & Roll Traffic Recordings. The nine tracks were …

News/New Video: Black Country Communion Announce New Album, Tour Dates & Release New Video

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”. BCC have this week issued a new in-studio video for the first track from the new record, Collide, and the hard-rockin’ number is sure to please fans of the band: Just like its three predecessors, “BCCIV” was …

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 …

News/Preview: Edinburgh Blues And Rock Festival (Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 29/07/17)

  Coming up a week tomorrow (Sat 29th July) is an eagerly awaited anticipated event in the calendar of the rock and blues fans of central Scotland. This year’s Edinburgh Blues And Rock Festival takes place at The Corn Exchange from 1pm-11pm that day and there’s a stunning line up of bands to entertain and amaze what’s sure to be a bumper crowd. Rock And Roll Traffic favourites like the Stevie Nimmo Trio and Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band …

Gig Review: Blue Oyster Cult (O2 ABC Glasgow, 29/06/17)

By Cameron Arndt   As far as I can work out, it’s been almost ten years since Blue Oyster Cult played in Scotland. Back then they played a much smaller venue, The Ferry, whereas tonight they grace the O2 ABC up on Sauchihall Street. Whether this apparent resurgence is due to a renewed drive within the band themselves, or indicative of a wider renaissance in the rock scene as a whole I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, their return …

Album Review: Defying Gravity (Mr. Big)

By Cameron Arndt. All images via Redsand PR and © Mr. Big   Defying Gravity is the first album from melodic hard rockers Mr Big since 2015’s Stories We Could Tell. While by no means a bad record – it certainly had some cool moments, great songs and the four piece’s usual stellar musicianship – for me Stories… didn’t quite reach the heights of comeback album, What If. The melodies were a touch lacklustre in places, the ideas maybe not quite …

Gig Review: Dan Reed/The King Lot (Dreadnought Rock Bathgate, 01/07/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © John McIntyre Photography   Dan Reed – a man with a stellar resume from his trailblazing days in the Dan Reed Network, where he played to sold out stadiums on tours with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and others – makes no secret of the fact that he loves playing smaller gigs these days – club shows, house concerts, even bigger but still reasonable-sized shows with the reformed DRN.   As he told us …