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 …

Tour News/New Video: Dan Reed Network Announced As Support for Extreme UK Tour

  DAN REED NETWORK ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON EXTREME’S DECEMBER 2017 UK TOUR   Dan Reed Network are pleased to announce they will be special guest on EXTREME’s December 2017 UK tour. The O2 Pre-sale starts Wednesday, 2 August at 9am, followed by a Live Nation Pre-sale on Thursday 3 August at 9am. Tickets go on sale to the general public from livenation.co.uk andwww.ticketmaster.co.uk on Friday 4 August at 9am.   All cylinders are furiously firing, Dan Reed Network are back all guns blazing. With the recent release of their critically acclaimed album “Fight Another Day”safely in their pockets, the band have indulged Europe and the …

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 …

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 …

Preview/Interview: Dan Reed returns to Dreadnought Rock (01//07/17)

Interview by Cameron Arndt   One of the world’s greatest musical talents and a true internationally renowned musician returns to Dreadnought Rock to perform a solo acoustic show on Sat 1st July supported by local heroes The King Lot who will also perform acoustically, with their new line up. After successes with the reformed and rejuvenated Dan Reed Network who toured globally in 2016 and early 2017 (read our review of their excellent show at Glasgow’s Oran Mor here!) this …

Album Review: Nikka & Strings – Underneath And In Between (Nikka Costa)

By Chris Marshall, edited by Cameron Arndt Nikka & Strings: Underneath and In Between is a varied collection of songs featuring emotive and honest vocals, a talented string quartet, tasteful piano and a perfectly in-sync rhythm section. The album has a coherence that can be lacking these days and shows off the singer’s experience and maturity through old classics and re-worked originals. I’ll be honest, up until very recently I had never heard of Nikka Costa. Whilst I may not …

Music Review: Rise Up (Rainbreakers)

By Cameron Arndt Rise Up, the second EP from Shrewsbury based quartet Rainbreakers, follows the critical success of last year’s Blood Not Brass is released tomorrow and sees the band take big steps forward in developing their sound. While the building blocks were apparent on the first EP, it was a little more in-your-face, favouring angular chords and Stevie Ray Vaughen licks. On Rise Up, however, the edges are smoothed out a little while the group’s songwriting has been pushed up …

News: Nikka Costa releases new single, ‘Nothing Compares 2U’

American soul singer Nikka Costa released her version of the Prince classic Nothing Compares 2U on Friday 24th March. It’s taken from her highly anticipated album Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between which is due out later this year and showcases the extensive arrangments and lush production values that will feature on the album – here they take the track from a subtle piano-led beginning featuring Nikka’s bright, soulful and intense vocals to a stirring cresendo featuring massed strings and choral background vocals. …

Album Review: Stolen Hearts (Erja Lyytinen)

Review by Cameron Arndt Finnish singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen releases her 10th studio album, Stolen Hearts, on Friday 7th April. It’s her first studio album since 2014’s Elmore James tribute, The Sky Is Crying, and she’s thrown everything at this one – with stellar results. It was recorded and mixed by multi-platinum selling engineer, Chris Kimsey, who’s worked with artists including The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, INXS, Bad Company. Not only that but the vocals were recorded on the same desk …

Gig Review: Dan Reed Network/VEGA (Oran Mor – Glasgow, 08/03/17)

Written by Keith Reid, edited by Cameron Arndt All photos courtesy of and © Martin Bone As with my previous trip to Glasgow (to review Tyketto at the ABC) there were three other bands in town this evening, namely Black Star Riders, GUN and The Backyard Babies at the O2 ABC. A sizable crowd had, however, selected Oran Mor as their venue of choice and the Dan Reed Network as their band this Wednesday night, and they were not to …