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 …

New Video/Album News: (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ (King King)

Today King King release the video for the first single from their upcoming 4th record, Exile And Grace. (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ is a full tilt slab of classic, hook filled rock – a heavy blast that Thunder would be proud of, led in by a guitar riff reminiscent of the synth on Won’t Get Fooled Again. The chorus is immediately catchy, and delivered in the video by Alan Nimmo with palpable glee. The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder …

Interview: Wilko Johnson

Interview by Cameron Arndt In a world beset by tumultuous political upheaval, wars, poverty and, on a smaller scale, seemingly unending sad occurrences – not least the perceived epidemic of celebrity deaths in 2016 – the story of Wilko Johnson is a rare, heartwarming and inspirational tale. The legendary former Dr Feelgood/Blockheads guitarist had been ticking along quite nicely in his later years, touring with his vital, high octane solo trio when, in January 2013, he was diagnosed with late …

On & Offstage… with King King/Bad Touch (O2 ABC Glasgow, 05/05/17)

On & Offstage #6 By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Ritchie Birnie/Jace Media ‘If you’re going to see Mr Rodgers then have a ball, it’ll be a great show, but if you’re coming to see us lads… bring a helmet and knee pads… we’re gonna burst through the roof!’ So proclaimed King King singer/guitarist and leader, Alan Nimmo, on Facebook a few days ahead of tonight’s show. King King are a band riding high with justified confidence, having emerged …

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 …

R&RT Presents… The Label (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 …

R&RT Presents… The Rich (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 …

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 …

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 …