Gig Review: Red Pine Timber Company (King Tut’s, Glasgow – 05/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA If Red Pine Timber Company ever need a messy guitarist, average singer or rudimentary harmonica player I really hope they’ll give me a call… Given the stellar level of musicianship in the Perth-based 8-piece Americana collective such an invitation seems unlikely, but I wanted to mention my availability as being in the band just looks so damn fun! I’ve been aware of them for some years, but always at a distance. I listened to …

Gig Review: Matt Andersen (Jungle, Cologne – 15/10/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pic by CA I missed Matt Andersen when he came to Scotland earlier his year. Which was a pity as I’d greatly enjoyed his most recent album, Honest Man (2017). So when the opportunity came up to catch the man live in Cologne during a my own trip round Europe I jumped at the chance. Clearly I didn’t jump fast enough, however, as I didn’t quite make the start of the show. Germany being Germany the ticket …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Known Unknowns: Death In Music

By Cameron Arndt (Edited by Matthew Currie) I know, morbid subject for my first ever article, right?! Facing death is a theme that features heavily in popular culture –books, movies and TV shows to name a few – but it is also a sad reality of life. As someone who enjoys writing and performing songs about all sorts of subjects, the handling of mortality in music is of particular interest to me. How do songwriters who spend their lives crafting …