Welcome to the Rocking Magpie – a box-room on the Internet for one man and a bunch of his Roots Music loving friend’s thoughts and musings on a wide variety of music, be it CD’s, Gigs, books and the occasional DVD; usually; but not exclusively based around all things Americana, Folk, Blues, R&B, a bit of Ska, Reggae, Soul and all things Country too.
After many years writing reviews for numerous magazines and websites I decided to break up the band and go solo in 2014; putting everything under one roof on ……THE ROCKING MAGPIE.
Me? I live in the North East of England; but receive music from all around the world….mostly the UK, USA and Canada and our readership reflects this, but we have followers in over 100 countries across all 4 continents; plus my data tell me that ‘occasional visitors’ from 173 countries have actually visited the site so far; which is mind-blowing when you think about it.
Our priority is bringing you reviews of music that has actually been listened to and appreciated…not just the regurgitation of a Press Release (like too many other household name websites).
We do this because we want you to get an Independent view from someone just like yourself; and in theory this will make you want to actually buy a copy not just scam a free listen on the likes of Spotify and Apple Streaming and genuinely don’t understand artists and their labels promoting these ventures; it’s a bit like is ‘turkeys voting for Christmas!
Dig deep into the site; as the bonus is a myriad of my old reviews (400+), some dating back to 2010 which really are a snapshot in time – some I got bang on, others I raved about yet the album and artist still drifted into musical obscurity.
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FAO Bands, singers and PR’s…….like all other writers and bloggers we put an inordinate amount of time and effort into these reviews; so please, please, please promote them on your websites, social media and the telephone ……they do actually lead to SALES….I have written proof!!!!
Alan aka The Rocking Magpie
If there’s one song that sums up our attitude to what we do and why we do it, it’s this song……. Rex Bob Lowenstein by Mark Germino