Gig Review: Eric Gales/Bourbon Street Band (Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 24/05/17)

By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott ‘We’ve been waiting for you twenty years Eric!’ comes the elated shout early in the show as the guitarist thanks everyone for coming along to his first ever UK show. The man onstage looks truly moved, and this is just one small special moment in an evening packed full of emotion, intensity and spellbinding musical skill. By any way you’d care to measure Eric Gales has had an illustrious career so …

Gig Review: Iron Maiden (Glasgow Hydro, 16/05/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © Mark Rutherford The strains of UFO’s Doctor Doctor reverberate around the venue. Iron Maiden’s perennial intro track is beloved of band and fans alike, and the anticipation in the densely packed SSE Hydro reaches fever pitch as the masses sing along with the classic British rock anthem. The light’s go down and a video – showing the band’s mascot, Eddie, hacking his way through an exotic jungle – plays as the road crew …

Gig Review: The Naked Feedback, IdKid, The Rich, The Label (13th Note, Glasgow – 29/04/17)

By Cameron Arndt This past Saturday saw our first ever ‘Rock And Roll Traffic Presents…’ showcase gig. Held at the 13th Note in Glasgow we assembled four handpicked bands for an evening of no holds barred rock and roll, at it all went down a storm! We’re not going to feature a full review of the show, as we were really too busy to take notes on the night, but here’s a quick roundup of some of the highlights! The …

On & Offstage… with the Danny Bryant Big Band (La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – 28/04/17)

On & Offstage #5 Written by Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott ‘I think because I do blues/rock most people think that’s what I listen to, and I have, but now it’s sort of BB King, and a lot of stuff that was recorded in the 60s, and even the 70s. I don’t mean 70s music, but when the blues guys took those big road bands out in the 70s. That’s the stuff I really love.’ Danny …

Gig Review: Raveneye (Glasgow Garage, 08/04/17 supporting Hellyeah)

Written by Kristaps Baumanis, all photos courtesy of and © Iain Mitchell Photography On 08/04/17 yours truly had the privilege to go see a Raveneye show. Actually, it was a triple bill that saw Raveneye and Sanguine supporting Hellyeah on the UK leg of their world tour for new album Undeniable. But I was there mainly to see Raveneye. They are a power-rock three piece from Milton-Keynes. Raveneye are an already an established act – partially thanks to frontman Oli Brown’s …

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 …

On & Offstage…with Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band (Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, 07/04/17)

On & Offstage #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 …

On & Offstage…with The Giles Robson Band (Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, 07/04/17)

  On & Offstage #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, …

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 …

Gig Review: Sari Schorr & The Engine Room (Cottiers Glasgow, 26/03/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy of and © Martin Bone Just over halfway through Sari Schorr’s headline set at Glasgow’s Cottiers Theatre on Sunday, deep in the middle of a showstopping version of T-Bone Walker’s Stormy Monday, the frontwoman belts out the line ‘Sunday I go to church’ then, with a grin and a look round at the converted kirk which is tonight’s venue exclaims, ‘Yeah we do!’ It’s typical of Schorr’s exuberant, cheerful attitude tonight and, one suspects, …