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20
Jul

Robert LaRoche & – A Thousand Shades – cd – Relief Records

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16
Jun

The Rods – Brotherhood Of Metal – cd – Steamhammer/SPV

The Rods from New York definitely have been one of the iconic protagonists of heavy metal in the 80*ies. They are still in the consistent lineup since 2008 featuring David “Rock” Feinstein on guitars & vocals; Carl Canedy on drums and Gary Bordonaro on bass. A three-headed fiery beast is to hail or demonize you on the cd cover. Heavy Metal maniacs set your amplifiers at maximum loudness and be enchanted by “Brotherhood Of Metal”!

The title song “Brotherhood of Metal” is introduced by classical piano melodies. The threesome were inviting to the studio recordings as special guest Lonnie Park on keyboards. David sets in by his epic canto and guitar-solo. When Carl joins in by a drum-blast followed by Gary a modern True Metal Hymn to the worship fo the lord of the pandemonium is performed. “Everybody’s Rockin’” is to kick your ass and make you headbang consecutively and David manifests that he is a virtuoso axe-shredder. TR were also in devotion to good ole‘ hard rock by “Smoke On The Horizon” and featuring Lonnie on keys in the style of Jon Lord. By “Louder Than Loud” Mr. Feinstein, the cousin of Metal-God Ronnie James Dio roars all the evil away from his soul. “Tyrant King” is for devotees of “Pain Killer”. “Party All Night” is a metal-jamboree song, with funky grooves by the excellent rhythm section and guitar-shredding. You have to judge yourself if you like this or eliminate the listening… “The Devil Made Me Do It” is definitely the culmination of BOM, by hooky songwriting, vocals and axe-bass-drums escapades in the final part. “Evil In Me” is the final track and kind of worship to DIO. Just dream of this title with him as front shouter and it would have been orbital.

Brotherhood Of Metal” is a highly intoxicating new work by The Rods. They keep up to their ancestral sound and the songs are damn rousing a lot of metal-fun, hell yeah!

Line-Up:

David “Rock” Feinstein (guitars, vocals)

Carl Canedy (drums)

Gary Bordonaro (bass)

13
Jun

Axel Rudi Pell – XXX Anniversary Live – cd – Steamhammer/SPV

Axel Rudi Pell is doubtless on of the best gitarreros worldwide. For his 30th Anniversary as solo artist he salutes his fans by a live-release of the “Knights Call Tour” entitled XXX Anniversary Live. He has gathered around him various extraordinary vocalists, but by Johnny Gioeli he definitely has a longtime excellence singer. Ferdy Doernberg on keyboards, Bobby Rondinelli on drums and Volker Krawczak on bass are the additional band-virtuosos.

When the band set in after the intro “The Medieval Overtrue” by “The Wild And The Young”each venue was definitely on fire. You can immediately fell the passion and blitheness of Axel to play for the delight of his freaks. “Fool Fool” was a joyride for his freaks to agitate as louder than hell background-choir. The consecutives “Oceans of Time” & „Only The Strong“ are the absolute highlights. Maestro Pell is devoted into love for classical guitar melodies and the canto of Johnny is ever so fervent. “Mystica” next features a rousing jam of axe, bass and keys and on top Bobby is to twirl his sticks by his varied drum-solo. “Tower Of Babylon” is the song of the magician on keyboards Ferdy, he really is wasd to hoodoo! “Warrior” captivates by the mélange of hard-rock and heavy-metal and Volker is the lowtone lord. “Rock The Nation” concluded every night as fiery headbangers neck-breaker and Axel was to shine again in the spotlight “Over The Rainbow” by his final soli.

The songs have been recorded at various locations, but they make you feel that there is presented one totality at one highlight-show and the sound is stunning!

Blessed be ARP to be continuing his musical journey by live-tours and studio-opuses.

Axel Rudi Pell as magical mystical six-string-genius and his bandmates at their best by XXX Anniversary Live*****

Line-Up:

Axel Rudi Pell . Guitars

Johnny Gioeli – vocals

Ferdy Doernberg – keyboards

Bobby Rondinelli – drums

Volker Krawczak – bass

20
Mai

Steel Shock @ Iduna – Drachten (NL) – 17-05-2019

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19
Mai

Tygers of Pan Tang @ Iduna – Drachten (NL) – 17.05.2019

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17
Apr

Erja Lyytinen – Another World – cd & lp – TUOHI Records – Bluesland Productions

Erja Lyytinen is definitely one of the most shiny and iconic guitar-ladies in the modern blues scene and beyond musically. Additionally she is gifted also by a virtuoso, captive voice. She has been on her tour-journeys an outstanding jam-partner on stage for many artists. After her last output “Stolen Hearts” she was into the creativity by all these experiences to broaden her style-horizon by her next recording. She invited fellow, renowned musicians as her band-escort and on top the one and only Jennifer Batten and Sonny Landreth joined her for three tunes. So praise the 26th of April 2019 when “Another World” by Erja Lyytingen will see the daylight in Europe for your musical joyride!

Snake In The Grass” opens with a little Texas boogie-rock intro. By her first electrifying heavy solo she was in the mood for some “Electric Ladyland – escapades”. Her voice is absolutey more powerful than ever. By the second passage she integrated some spicy jazz-funk-rock as “Uncle Frank-obeisance”. Jennifer Batten was her congenial duet-six-string partner. What a sensational opener to kick your ass, haha! The title track “Another World” is a beautiful ballad by the first passage with spheric melodies. By the second passage she takes you on a trip-mélange to the world of prog- crossing heavy-rock. Lady Lyytinen’s canto reigns above the soundtrack by her grace and affection. The absolute magical culmination crown-song! By “Hard As Stone” she lets her axe do the talking by assistance of her wah-wah pedals. The second part spreads latino-music magic. This was definitely coming up in her mind after maestro Carlos Santana loved to have her as congenial guitar-partner on the Stars Stars TV series. “Wedding Day” next is manifesting why Erja is a brilliant slide-guitar derwish-queen. On top she duels with Sonny Landreth as lord of the slide. A hotter than hell heavy boogie-cracker to your pleasance and off course all demons. “Miracle” is to reveal as beautiful fusion ballad featuring even some world-music influences. “Break My Heart Gently” is the balladesque highlight. Enchanting warmhearted singing by Erja. She and mister Landreath perfom some slide-guitar extraordinaries! “Over The Rainbow” grand cd-conclusion.

Erja Lyytinen has created by “Another World” more than this title. This opus is an sbolute musical highlight extravaganza which reveals all its wizardry only by several listening-pleasures. This is an abolute tantalizing starry musical orbit-universe*****

Thank you Bluesland Productions and Bianca Dost for the download.

To watch the electrifying video for „Another World“ click on the photo

 

Erja Lyytinen: Vocals, guitar, violin

Band:

Tatu Back: Bass

Iiro Laitinen: Drums

Harri Taittonen: Keyboards

Abdissa Assefa: Percussion

Guests:

Jennifer Batten: Guitar on “Snake In The Grass”

Sonny Landreth: Slide guitar on “Wedding Day” and “Break My Heart Gently”

Tracklist:

Snake In The Grass

Cherry Overdrive

Another World

Hard As Stone

Wedding Day

Miracle

Torn

Break My Heart Gently

c@Erja Lyytinen, Bluesland Productions and Tuohi Records

10
Mrz

Stef Paglia – “Never Forget” – cd & lp – Self-Release

Stef Paglia got into The Blues by his father, R.I.P. He died unfortunately in 2014. By the age of 12 he was grabbing for the first-time a guitar. He is definitely off course best known as guitar-maestro of The Blues Bones. By his continuing axe-career he was influenced also by additional styles from rock to funk. He has jammed with great artists like Laurence Jones, the Nimmo Brothers and been a member in the group of Sean Webster live. By 2018 he was joined by Joel Purkess on drums and Geert Schurmans on bass to found the Stef Paglia Trio. And in 2019 here is “Never Forget” as first cd & lp for your enchantment!

“Watch Out” starts by a short intro the Mississippi Delta Blues Style and melts into a diversified heavy blues-rocker with slow sensitive passages. By his guitar wizardry Stef manifests that he is definitely a fan of Jimi Hendrix and he sets his wah-wah pedals in activity. His voice is strong with a sweet touch. By the sing-along refrains this will be definitely a live-favourite to communicate with his fans. The second track “Take Me” is culminated by the bluesy jam-passages. The phenomenal rhythm section by Joel and Geert provides hell of a rhythm-groove sound-floor by their funky escapades. No feet can stand still by these… A song to flip out. By “The Dead Tree” Stef manifests what a awesome, diversified composer he is. “Mystery Heaven” is a love-tune for romancers, utmost sensitive and melodious by the slide-guitar extravagances. The absolute peak of “Never Forget” as broad instrumental. By “Twilight” the Trio was in the mood to blues’n boogie. “Dirty Woman” is absolutely puttin‘ its spell on you by the chants of Monsieur Paglia and on top the countryesque twangs. By his solo he lets his axe frak-out and Joel and Geert are able to manifest by their solos what a hot vibe-duo they are. By “Head Into The Unknown” Stef and mates were in the mood to blues-rock the Texas style. “Warmth Instead Of Cold” is by the calm passages absolutely thoughtful and Paglia’s six-string plays even have a jazzy note. In controversary Stef’s guitar solos in the heavier part are ever so sensational and shiny. Phenomenal, rousing conclusion!

The meaningful lyrics are by his girlfriend Iris Theunissen.

The sound-producer for the superb sound was no one less than fantastic drummer Wayne Procter.

Never Forget” by the Stef Paglia Trio a great oeuvre and proof of Stef’s creativity escorted by the exceptional musical twosome of Joel and Geert!

Stef Paglia Trio:

Stef Paglia – Vocals, guitar

Joel Purkess – Drums

Geert Schurmans -Bass

Songs:

Watch Out

Take Me Away

Freedom

The Dead Tree

Mystery Heaven

Twilight

Dirty Woman

Crush On You

Head Into The Unknown

Warmth Instead Of Cold

For the video pls. click on the pic above.

For tourdates pls. click above!

Logos & Photos c@Stef Paglia & Iris Theunissen

 

18
Feb

Ralph De Jongh – Quantum – cd & lp – Ralph de Jongh Recordings

Welcome to the WIZ-WORLD of Dutch Beethoven as musico & Michelangelo as pictor – Ralph De Jongh in early 2019! When other manimals are taking a hibernation pause Monsieur De Jongh is ever so creative all time of the year and by day and night! Even in his weirdest nightmares he is creating and composing ever so haunting-beautiful melodies and songs and also is painting new colorful artistry. If one day is arriving still in a long, long period and he will be Baron Samedi or in the Mexican Realm Of The Dead or in Valhalla he will off course write tunes and will thunderstrike the holy earth with them. So Punxsutawney groundhogs wake up and freak-out to explore the sensations of the new 4 chef d’oeuvre cd’s “Quantum”!

„School“ is Ralph’s reminescence to the immoral Jim Morrison & The Doors. His canto in the first passage is melancholic and the music is perceptive-slow and utmost seductive. In the second his voice is exploding and his guitar artistry on fire. Starry extraterrestrial opus! By the consecutive „On The Rolling Wave“ he is hi-jacking you back to the good ole Woodstock era with a musical retro flair. His voice is powerful, freaked-out and his six-string lunacy is combining all ecstasy-styles of the axe-masters of the festival. These long-run titles will set devotees heart aflutter. By „Boy Boy Boy“ the first single of „Quantum“ De Jongh solicits as Ian Hunter by vocals and Mick Ronson on axe in personal union. „Heart School Lover“ is his personal ode to his pubertal fantasies. His beloved heart-lady Moon Anderson is spicin‘ it up by her soulfoul background-suffrage. Ralph is jammin‘ the Stones-style with his mates. „On The Dance Floor“ unites disco with funk-grooves. „Going Away To Stay“ is the heart-touching and loveable ballad culmination. „Old Country Road“ is a most poignantly mélange of country music with finest fingerpickin‘ six-string plays. By „Ease“ the master is the lord of the slide-bottleneck-magic the stirring delta-blues-style. „Angel“ is the heart-touching and warming ballad in love to all the divine loveables on earth and in heaven. Starry soulful grand-final!

Cd’s 2-4 are titled „Quantum Uncensored“. They feature brilliant different versions by play- and jam-style of the songs on the „Best Of cd“ and shiny additional tracks that flashed out of Ralph’s brain and absolutely deserve not to be hidden and to appear in bright sunny daylight!

On cd 2 the highlights are:

„Ache“ which is a ballad with an Indian flair, as the guitar sounds like in some passages like a sitar. „Deep Blue Sea“ by the captive voice of Ralph and the dreamful melodies. „Every Day“ as laid-black blueser to evolve good-time spirit.

On cd 3 the tipps are:

„Light“ as boogie-blues-boozer the Texas style. „Wider View“ – A dream would come true if Ralph would jam this in duett with Keith Richards in a small night club and Moon in burlesque outfit as hottie! „Used“ as spiritual, magical blues-ballad.

Cd 4 hottie’s:

„Your Soul“ by the jungle-rhythm grooves and the laid-back guitar-solos. „Honky Baba“ by the unplugged honky zonk & rockabilly wizardries. „Be With You“ by the funky bass-drums duels. „On The Dancefloor 2“ by the „Rock- Meets Motown-Sounds“ Arrangements.

Ralph de Jongh At His Best Again on his new ouvre „Quantum“*****.

A Unique Dutch Rock’n-Blues’n-Roll Majesty!!!

Covers & design c@ Moon Anderson

Photos c@photographers

 

LP-Maniacs – Quantum is available as limited lp, hurry up and order it here:

‘Q’ROWDFUNDING🌟 🙏🌟SIGNED and numbered first 50 SHOP PRESALE TILL APRIL €30,99! SALE+0+0+0+QUANTUM 2VINYL!

QUANTUM RELEASE IN AMSTERDAM with RALPH DE JONGH TRIO + SPECIAL GUESTS – Max Joosten & Ewa Pepper! 2nd of March in top blues club walhalla Maloe Melo! Absolute Highlight cd-presentation not to miss! Tickets a €15,- via: dejonghralph@yahoo.com

28
Jan

Tiny Legs Tim – “Elsewhere Bound” – LP/cd/Digital – Record Co. – Sing My Title – SMT-013 – Distribution – N.E.W.S.

Belgiun got the celebration of the Blues by internationally renowned festivals like Blues Peer, Swing Wespelaar Gevarenwinkel Blues Festival, Hook Rock Festival, Swamps like the Hoge Venen, river deltas of the Rhine-Maas&Schelde & special, palmary blues-artists like Tiny Legs Tim a.k.a. Tim De Graeve. He is a maestro to slide his bottleneck in red-heat on acoustic or electric six-string and to be a crooner with a special, barnstorming suffrage. He has recorderd 3 studio cd’s more or less as solo/duo-artist and one live cd featuring a small combo. For his 5th release and a glorified, magnified 2019 he was in the mood for a release with a large band, he entitled it “Elsewhere Bound”!

Elsewhere Bound” as title and album-track opens the round-dance as first song. The horn section inaugurates it with a big-bang. By the Grooves no feet will stand still and this song will definitely glorify your day. The rhythms remind a bit of “Get It On” by T. Rex. Tim’s guitar solos are Memphis-bound. The following “One More Chance” has a jazzy spirit, down way yonder in New Orleans. By “Still In Love” Tim’s retro chant is ever so seductive. He lets his electric baby talk in the reminiscence of the one & only B.B. King. “In The Morning” is a ever so outstanding Big-Band-Jazz with fabulous horns, piano and rhumba-vibes. “Nowhere My Home” is a melancholic ballad featuring Tiny Legs Tim as solo artist and playing his acoustic the finest, virtuoso fingerpickin‘ style. By “The Lovin‘ Kind” mister De Graeve was by his canto and guitar-escapades in the mood to boogie and his band, specially the horns for some finest “Latino Meets Jazz” celebration. Great unique and rousing blend ot the two styles. It manifests also the great skills of him as songwriter. “Don’t Be Sorry” spreads swampy, spooky sound-flair. “The Game” is the absolulte culmination of “Elsewhere Bound” as highlight ballad, with intoxicating, sensitive voice and acoustic delta-style reveries. It can be entitled an ode to all the big, smal rivers and swamps worldwide. “New Place” will take you by closed eyed on a trip from the Mississippi River to the Amazonas, great percussion-drums and bass solos. Blues Meets Jazz & South American Vibrations. “I Ain*t Reday is the final worship to all the blues-men in heaven from John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Albert and Freddie King to Stevie-Ray-Vaughan. Hell of a great empathetic solo blues-ballad as grand-final.

Elsewhere Bound” unites Blues-, -Rock, Jazz, Latino Sounds in sensational harmony. A fascinating opus for all music-devotees.

Elsewhere Bound“ available as LP/cd/Digital!

Pls. click on the cover above for purchase Link!!!

Tiny Legs Tim a starry, creative song-mastermind, virtuoso guitar-magician and chanteur*****

Tiny Legs Tim: guitar & vocals

Pics from Blues Peer 2015

Musicians:

Tom Callens: horn arrangements, bariton & tenor sax

Mark De Maeseneer: tenor sax

Marie-Anne Standaert: trompet

Yves Fernandez: trumpet

Luc Vermeir: Piano

Steven Troch: Harmonica

Filip Vandebril: Bass/double bass

Amel Serra García: percussion

Frederik Van den Berghe: drums

Pls. click on the pic below for the magnificient video of „Elsewhere Bound“:

RELEASE TOUR 2019:

22 February – De Singer – Rijkevorsel – Try-Out

1 March – AB – Brussel – Première

8 March – De Roma – Antwerpen

23 March – Estrado – Harderwijk, NL

28 March – De Casino – Sint Niklaas

29 March – 4 AD – Diksmuide

14 May – De Handelsbeurs – Gent

17 June – Banana Peel – Ruiselede

c@Tiny Legs Tim/Sing My Titel/photographer

20
Nov

Vinnie Moore @ Meisenfrei – Bremen – 19.11.2018

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