The Rocking Magpie

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We’ve been going for over three years now; but recently there’s been a whole lot of new interest with the website from right around the globe; so I thought I should update the home page, to tell you a little bit about who we are.

Welcome to the Rocking Magpie – a box-room on the Internet for one man and a couple of friend’s thoughts and musings on a variety of music, be it CD’s, Gigs, books and the occasional DVD – usually; but not exclusively based around all things Americana and Roots; because I love R&B, Ska, Reggae, Soul and all things Mod too.

After many years writing reviews for numerous magazines and websites, I had a major fall-out with two major magazine/websites over ‘payments’ (or lack of!) in late 2014 so I decided to break up the band and go solo; putting everything under one roof on my own website…….THE ROCKING MAGPIE.

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Me? I live in the North East of England; but receive music from around the world….most noticeably  the UK, USA, Canada, occasionally Australia and NZ plus all corners of Europe (very little from the vibrant scene in my home region ; which is sad); and our readership reflects this, with followers in 101 countries across all 4 continents who receive e-mail updates whenever reviews are posted; plus my data tell me that ‘occasional visitors’ from 148 countries have actually visited the site over the years! There appears to be less countries not with readers than ones where we have readers; which is mind-blowing when you think about it.

My priority, will of course be bringing you reviews of soon to be released CD’s as soon as I get them. Plus there will be the occasional preview of albums, videos and tour that interest me; but primarily you will read EXCLUSIVE reviews of Country, Americana, Folk, Blues, Ska, Punk and indeed all things Rock & Roll where the music has actually been listened tonot just the regurgitation of a Press Release like most other websites.

I’ve accidentally evolved a ‘house style’ which means that, just like in the olden days when we visited a record shop, I check out the artwork on the sleeve first and if it appeals I play the first track which is always the key to the palace of delights that will follow. This is why I still place major emphasis on that first song; regardless of the artist being a household name or someone self-releasing something they have recorded in their bedroom. That single track has to pique my interest, as it would yours….just like it did as a teenager when we would sit around making lists of the Greatest Top 10 opening tracks of all time.

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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Keep in touch; let me know what you think and what you want to read more of – and feel free to keep in touch rockingmagpie@outlook.com or on Twitter @RockingMagpie

We do like feedback, so leave comments, re-post on Facebook or RT at will. This especially applies to PR’s and Record Companies who don’t appear to give a toss once the review is online!!

Press the like/follow button for irregular postings of reviews that you can read in the comfort of your own home…or workplace, or the train or the loo (or not as the case may be).

FAO Bands, singers and PR’s…….like all other writers and bloggers I put an inordinate amount of time 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

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4 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.
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  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

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  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…..

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  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?

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