The Rocking Magpie

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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 ROOTS:- Americana, Folk, Blues, R&B, all variants of Country, a bit of Ska, Reggae and Soul too.

After many years writing reviews for a variety of magazines, newspapers 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 130 countries across all 4 continents; plus my data tells 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 appreciatednot 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!
As of May 2022 we have returned to the radio on NOVA RADIO NE in Newcastle on Sunday 6pm to 8, with each two hour broadcast available the day after ……

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.
Keep in touch or on Twitter @RockingMagpie

To ‘Follow’ us, press the like/follow button for irregular postings of reviews that you can be read in the comfort of your own home…workplace, train or the loo.
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

6 thoughts on “The Rocking Magpie

  1. We absolutely love your blog and find almost all
    of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking
    for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself?
    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write concerning here.
    Again, awesome site!


  2. Hi Alan – I noticed that you ‘liked’ Paul Kerr’s review of my CD What Did I Come Up Here For? on his Blabber’n’Smoke blog – if you’d like a copy for review, just let me know (postal address, please) and I’ll mail it out pronto.

    Really enjoying this site … right up my alley. – Andrew


  3. Alan, I’ve been looking for your full Summertime Americana weekend review on No Depression for the past few weeks, to no avail, so I thought I’d come looking for it on your Rocking Magpie site. Wow, well done marra, 3 x 11 hours of full on music must be knackering, so it was refreshing to read your take on this years festival.
    Due to my Father-in-Law passing away earlier that week, we were all in sombre moods (including my 85 year old Mother-in-Law), but on Saturday afternoon Chloe Chadwick, Ward Thomas and young Howling’ Wilf did the trick and brought smiles to our faces. Pauline & I had also been on the Friday night to see Emmylou & Rodney, which we agree with you was even better with their splendid band than when they just did the duo thing 2 years ago.
    After reading your full report I now have a few more albums to download and a few more artists to look out for when they are gigging up here in the North East. So, please don’t stop what you’re doing, reviewing gigs and albums, wherever you lay your hat, that’s my home (who said that?). Cheers jack…..


  4. I’m just trying to sign up for your website but it keeps claiming my email address is wrong and won’t let me create a password. How do I correct this?


  5. Hi Alan
    Thank you for your remark on Mine Eyes, this is one of a few songs I wrote that could do with a professional singer.
    I would like it to be the Miners anthem.

    Yours sincerely John Stafford.

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  6. Hi Alan,

    A friend of mine recommended your website to me, Chad Stratham from Mpls, mn. Surprise, surprise…I have a new record out, and he thought you might like to review. BTW, love that sluggers tune, right up my alley.

    My record is pretty true blue Americana, my third record. It’s called ‘Tiny Yellow Room’ streaming on Spotify and everywhere else.

    You can also listen at my website:


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