Grainne Duffy VOODOO BLUES

GRAINNE DUFFY
Voodoo Blues

Self-Release

A Fully Paid Up Member of the ‘Lady Plays The Blues’ Clan.

Over time Ireland; both North and South has produced some of the world’s finest musicians, finest singers and finest song-writers that fit comfortably into most accepted genres of popular music.
So, if you didn’t know already, Blues Singer and guitarist extraordinaire, Grainne Loucia Duffy easily hits the criteria to stand up proud, side by side with all those who came before her.

Voodoo Blues is the 5th. album from the native of Co. Monaghan and surely consolidates her place in the Blues, Soul and Americana fields; not just in Europe but throughout the entire World.
A talented vocalist, a genuine guitar player and a substantial, eloquent song-writer she makes an indelible impression with this powerful new release.
Long time band member Paul Sherry not only adds some sparkling guitar but co-wrote all the songs with Grainne, whilst the album itself has been well produced by the multi-talented Troy Miller who adds his drumming skills to all ten cuts, as well as providing swirling Hammond Organ too.

The title track “Voodoo Blues” undoubtedly sets the tone with an up-tempo, stomping blues tune that also has a memorable chorus.
Slightly slower is “Mercy” with Miiller’s Hammond aiding the atmospheric backing behind the superb, wide-ranging, expressive vocals.
Another strong beat pumps “Blue Skies” with catchy guitar riffs, subtle organ fills and further evidence that the lyrics and chorus are instantly familiar.

You can clearly see just where Grainne and Paul Sherry have their strong US influences, no more so than the John Fogerty inspired “Roll It” which has a genuine foot-tapping Swampy beat that you don’t ever want to end. “No Matter What I Do” and “Don’t You Cry for Me” are the slower cuts that are no-where near token gestures, both could quite easily have been recorded in Muscle Shoals with full backing by the legendary Swampers themselves.
So, full credit to Grainne, Paul and Troy plus their very solid Bassist, Dale Davis.

Hard Rain” is the album closer maintaining the very high standard throughout a really excellent album, with more catchy chorus chants for you to pick up on, even on first play.
Tick Tok” and “Wrek It” are both up-front Blues, power chords with boogie guitar type songs that don’t let the side down.

However, my favourite song is the anthemic “Shine;” with another very positive sing-a-long chorus that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Fact is, close your eyes you could be transported to an outdoor festival in warmer climes with this Southern Rock crowd pleaser.

For those people who still think “Blues Music” is depressing and doom laden, then here is the album to reverse your previous judgement and perception.
Voodoo Blues just might be the album that finally opens your ears and eyes to the talented Grainne Duffy; as she delivers a splendid set of songs that not just lifts the listeners spirits, but confirms that the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Shaun Murphy, Teresa James et-al now have a new member of the ‘Lady Plays The Blues’ clan, and one who can clearly justify her place at the top table.

Released in UK on 15th. October 2020
https://www.grainneduffy.com/
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King King MAVERICK

King King
Maverick
Channel 9 Music

Between Rock and a Heavy Place?

It took a while; but I was eventually won over and counted myself as a Fan of King King; when I received an e-mail saying that the band were splitting up; but ….. to ‘watch this space.’
The key ‘news’ when it came; was that frontman, Alan Nimmo was not just putting together a whole new band; but being joined by … brother Stevie!
For Blues fans of my generation this was a huge shock, as while we knew that they had ‘kissed and made up’ a couple of years ago; but surely their ‘fiery relationship’ precluded a full on reformation of the fantastic Nimmo Brothers?
Well, that appears to be a yes AND no answer.
After years of hard graft the King King brand is at an all time high; so it appears that the future lies under that moniker; but Hell’s Teeth! Their sound has changed so dramatically.
Although MAVERICK has been one surprise after another; the concept shouldn’t be, as no two previous King King albums had been the same, even though there was always a distinctive ‘sound’ that I grew to love.
From the outset, this is now nearer the Heavy Rock of Rainbow, Dio and Europe, than the Bluesmen of yore.
The new Heavier sound comes at you straight from the traps with opener Never Give In sounding like they are cramming a 9 minute workout into 3 and 1/2 claustrophobic minutes; and daring you to take your mind off what they are doing for even a second.
While never shy of including actual stories and/or ‘messages’ in his songs; after all these years, Alan Nimmo still retains the power to astonish and astound …….. the powerful and anthemic One World Forever and Dance Together are almost ‘political’ statements, with the latter being a banker to be the last song of the set before the encores come in; plus it’s so rifftastic it’s almost guaranteed to be what we used to call a Radio Hit.
Alan and band also show their mellow side on the bittersweet Power Ballad Whatever It Takes To Survive and when you hear him pour his heart out alongside Johnny Dyke’s pathos laden piano playing on When My Winter Comes you will absent mindedly find yourself waving your mobile phone in the air as you sway from side to side.
Maybe I’m being a bit ‘tongue in cheek’ there; but it’s a strikingly beautiful song; the likes of which I never expected to hear from King King.
On an album full of twists and turns; there’s even a funky bass/keyboards slant to I Will Not Fall and the grizzly guitar interplay will come close to making several heads implode!
Before I let loose with my Favourite Track; which is actually a ‘given’ for fans who remember the halcyon days of the Nimmo Brothers in their prime; but I have to say that this album has taken some getting used to.
I’ve never really been a fan of Heavy Rock; and to all intents and purposes that’s where this will sit; albeit with more melodies and actual tunes than you will hear listening to Classic and Planet Rock radio for 24 hours back to back!
So; it’s to the finale, End of The Line that I go for my Favourite Song; and it’s an easy choice as it’s a top quality Love Song, with the glorious fluid guitar solos I was hoping for from both Nimmo Brothers; but scratch away the veneer and while it’s certainly a Love Song; damn me if it isn’t from one brother to another!
OK I’m spoiling it for some of you; but it’s one Hell of a brave thing to do on record; and all power to Alan and Stevie Nimmo for burying the Claymore and bringing their very special brand of music back for the masses.

# One last thing; if I didn’t know any better I’d have pictured the singer here being a tall, slim Lothario, long hair flowing across his tattooed shoulders, while wearing skin tight leather trousers ala David Coverdale or maybe Ian Astbury; but nope …… this lad is the one and only Alan Nimmo who couldn’t be further from that description at all!!

Released 26th November 2020
https://www.kingking.co.uk/

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Rory Gallagher THE BEST OF

Rory Gallagher
The Best Of
UMC

The Flame Burns Brighter Than Ever.

Does the world really need a BEST OF Rory Gallagher?
Seriously, that’s a serious question.
Rory Gallagher fans; like my good self will undoubtedly already own all, if not most of his recorded work; (he has that effect on people) but ……. and here’s the genius behind Brother Donal’s management of Rory’s archives; this is ‘all killer and absolutely no filler’ whatsoever; and is; no doubt intended for the lucrative Christmas market.
Although a cynical old sod by nature; I have no issue with that at all …….. because just imagine handing this Double Album over to your favourite son, daughter, nephew, niece or just about anyone under the age of 40 who may have only heard about the legend that is Rory Gallagher and watch their faces light up as they hear What’s Going On by the Irishman’s incarnation in the Taste for the very first time!
Then the music takes a magical leap forward 8 short years to Shadow Play; which is mystically completely different but somehow showcases the guitarist’s guitarist and his distinctive singing like probably no other here.
I’m reviewing the Double Album; which is what you should buy; as the Single release will surely leave you feeling short changed; and if you’ve received it as a gift left thinking the giver was a cheapskate and didn’t love you as much as you thought.
One of the funny things about this is that the tracks aren’t in chronological order; but that’s no problem as you get to hear and appreciate Rory’s amazing diversity in a whole new manner; CD 2 starts with the dirty Blues of 1979’s Bad Penny then follows with the Bluesiest song I’d ever heard in 1973, Walk On Hot Coals; then we get transported back to 1969 with Blister on the Moon (from Taste’s debut album) then if your senses aren’t already off the Richter Scale by this stage, our Man goes acoustic AND electric on Loanshark Blues.
Even if we just judge him by those 4 songs alone; I defy you to give me the name of another act who could possibly evolve so much, while still maintaining quality control like no other?
That was always the beauty of buying a new Gallagher album; you didn’t really know what to expect in advance, but you were always sure that your blind faith in his talents would be rewarded to the hilt.
In theory there should be no surprises here; as I already own every song and every album he ever released (plus a couple he and his record company didn’t know about #wink) but there are ………. I’ve not heard it in years, so Philby blew me away last week and again this morning; what a fabulous song ….. and let’s not forget what a truly great songwriter Rory was; which again comes to the fore on the slow and sleazy Bought & Sold, Jinxed (which I’d completely forgot about!) and even Cruise On Out which is perhaps the Rockiest song here.
There was nothing wrong in what his contempories were releasing in this period; but I loved and indeed, still love the way he sometimes went left of centre in his subject matter; Tattoo’d Lady? This was 1973 when such creatures were only seen in Fairgrounds and not in the Asda on a Tuesday afternoon.
Philby of course was an infamous Spy in the 1960’s and one of my favourite songs of all times, Daughter of The Everglades now sounds like Rory invented Americana!
With hindsight, the imagery in Rory’s songs really does transcend what most everything those around him were releasing back in those days. Moonchild? Ghost Blues? Calling Card? None are really his most ‘famous tracks’ but show a man who had a fertile imagination; and a romantic one too when you re-hear They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore (which now sounds a bit like latter day Taste? Discuss?), Just The Smile and I Fall Apart after all these years.
There’s obviously an obligatory ‘never before released’ track to tempt completists; and it’s been a bit of a slow burner for me. Although famous for including older Blues standards in his repertoire; I can’t think of another contemporary track he’s ever recorded (or played live; apart from a Born Under a Bad Sign and Politician with Jack Bruce) so hearing him turn the Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction alongside Jerry Lee Lewis into a down and dirty Chicago Blues has been fascinating and illuminating in it’s own way.
To some greater or lesser degree I could stick a pin in and find my Favourite Track, as they probably were at some time in my life; but today I’ve narrowed it down to three; all of which I hadn’t played in donkey’s years and have not just surprised me but re-kindled my admiration for Rory Gallagher …….. It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again from the much maligned ON THE BOARDS by Taste, with it’s Jazzy undertones and liquid gold guitar playing; then there’s Crest of a Wave which still sounds nothing like anything else he ever recorded; and conjures up memories of seeing him play it live several times.
The winner though (I think) is A Million Miles Away; possibly because I had forgotten about it; but the sublime skill and nuances in his guitar playing are truly exemplary and the song itself is as romantic a Blues tale as ever straddled what we now call Americana as I may ever have heard.
Old Farts like me are always going to look at the track list and think, “why is X not here?”
But, even if your favourite track isn’t here (and these are all from the studio albums; before you ask) ……. what would you actually miss off?
Every album is featured in one way or another; and remember …… this is a retrospective of an all too short career destined for a whole new generation to discover ……. so if that’s you, get over yourself and Trust in Brother Donal to keep the flame burning brightly.
Damn ……. in this format, Rory Gallagher just may be even better than I have been telling people for half a century!

Released October 9th 2020
https://rorygallagher.com/

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The Georgia Thunderbolts GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS

The Georgia Thunderbolts
GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS
Mascot Records

Deluxe Southern Rock With Added Fire and Water.

Even before I’d heard a note I pretty much knew that I was going to like this debut EP from Mascot Records’ latest signings; but nothing prepared me for how much!
To the uninitiated and the lazy among the Reviewing Fraternity, The Georgia Thunderbolts sound a lot like Lynard Skynard; but that’s primarily because singer TJ Lyle sounds uncannily like Ronnie Van Zandt; especially on the cocksure and swaggering opening track Looking For an Old Friend; which features some liquid gold guitar breaks from Riley Couzzourt and Logan Tolbert; but the more you check out the fine print, the more you unearth ever more amazing influences that all come together in a way that makes me hanker for being 18 again.
While the twin guitars on track #2 So You Wanna Change the World are ‘trademarked Southern Rock’, their ‘Heavy’ arrangement and actual guitar playing is more Paul Kossoff and Stevie Marriott than anyone I can think of who hails from South of the Mason Dixon Line; and that rock solid bass/drum combo must surely come from a lifetime listening to Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke from Free.
So, dear reader …….. add the Best of Southern Rock to the Best of British Blues Rock with an extra shot of Black Crowes for good measure; and you will understand why the pounding beat of Lend a Hand (courtesy of drummer Bristol Perry and bassist Zack Everett) not just set the hair on the back of my neck upright; but had me desperately trying not to ‘head bang’ in the car!
The songs and stories therein, are instantly memorable and the finale Set Me Free is almost anthemic with a hook so big and phat that I couldn’t help thinking “Captain …….. we’re gonna need a bigger boat!”
Of course there’s one other track on this all too short EP; and that’s the epic and perhaps epoch-making Spirit of A Workin’ Man; which majestically captures the spirit of the bands’ name The Georgia Thunderbolts.
My major criticism is that this is an EP and not an actual Long Player; but Lordy do I wish that I could turn back time to be 18 again and if I could; The Georgia Thunderbolts would easily be my new Favourite Band of all time ……. duuuuude!

Released August 21st 2020
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Jeff Fetterman Band SOUTHERN SON

Jeff Fetterman Band
Southern Son
Self-Release

Sizzling, Soulful and Southern Blues Straight Outta Pennsylvania.

As regular readers know we desperately try to be as up to date as possible with our reviews at RMHQ; but a new supplier of amazing Blues Music in America keeps sending us albums from his 2020 back pages; and some are just too hot to ignore ……. so let’s welcome Jeff Fetterman into our crazy little world.
The accompanying bio is limited; so apart from this probably being the Bands 4th album and they hail from the Rock and Roll capital of Pennsylvania ….. Bradford!
It’s all about the music.
The opening drums/keyboard intro to I Don’t Want To was already more than enough to capture my attention; but when a tight and funky horn section kicked in to introduce Fetterman’s husky and ‘lived in’ voice; my SPIDEY-SENSES already deduced that this was going to be a rather special song ……. and it is.
A crippling story of heartbreak after capturing his lover in another man’s bed ……… but the the cruel twist in the tail is that he still loves her; all told over a red hot rocking Blues melody full of Fetterman’s signature liquid guitar playing.
What’s not to like kids?
Who said start with an explosion and then build the tension? Well; that’s what we get here.
There’s a whole lotta Soul in Fetterman’s songs but the band and he are Rhythm and Blues Rock personified on Ain’t Got You and extra spicy 49/61 which has a sting in the tail that has to be heard to be believed.
The horn section sit out a few songs; and bizarrely aren’t even missed on Tell Me Baby and the sublime and sultry Living With the Blues which are exemplary examples of why The Blues can be as sad can be, yet still sound truly beautiful too.
Blues instrumentals can often be a bit ‘light’ but here; Blues For Charlie comes over like a velvety mix of Booker T with Buddy Guy or Robert Cray on soul affirming geetar.
There’s a cover version here that took me three plays to recognise; as I thought it was some kind of nod to Curtis Mayfield; but who would ever have expected a Funk rendition of All Along The Watchtower to be this damn good? Not me, that’s for sure; but it is.
On my copy there are two bonus tracks; Voodoo Funk, which is exactly what it says on the tin and will be a floor-filler at the Hoockie Coochie Club in Newcastle if Warren ever hears it and the other couldn’t be more apposite – Southside Blues, which features some phenomenal electric keyboard playing.
Which brings me back to choosing a Favourite Song; which is sort of easy; but also highlights the incredible diversity that Jeff Fetterman shows in not just his playing but the way he chooses his songs to suit the music.
Going Down to Nashville just stands out from the crop; full stop. Twang guitar that’s worthy of Chet Atkins but a melody and a dynamic taken straight from the Chuck Berry play-book makes this sizzle, shake and shimmy like the girl Fetterman is singing about and it works for me.
Jeff Fetterman has been around a long time; playing every club withing a 300 mile radius of his home town and sharing stages with just about every household name Rock or Blues guitarist to venture into that part of America; but this album is far too good to stay in Pennsylvania …… it deserves a much wider audience; and Europe is gonna love it!

http://www.jefffetterman.com/
Released May 2020



Wily Bo Walker and Danny Flam AIN’T NO MAN A GOOD MAN (Deluxe Edition)

Wily Bo Walker and Danny Flam
AIN’T NO MAN A GOOD MAN (Deluxe Edition)
Self-Release

Taking British R&B to a Whole New Swampy and Rapscallion Level.

I can’t keep up date with Wily Bo Walker’s musical releases. Sometimes they are brand new songs and others remixes and AIN’T NO MAN A GOOD MAN (Deluxe Edition) is a wonderful hybrid of the two; with album #1 being all new songs featuring Wily Bo and the Danny Flam Big Band while album #2 is full of yet more re-mixes of Mr Walkers recent songs put through the veritable musical mixer.
So, let’s start with the new stuff; which is why you will be parting with your hard earned pocket money.
The title track Ain’t No Man a Good Man storms out of the speakers and not just grabs you by the throat; but shakes you to the core and hardly leaving you able to breathe.
Walker’s expressive and rasping vocals are marched perfectly by Danny Flam’s Big Band and perhaps it takes such a big sound to bring out the best in not just his words, but Walker’s vocal enthusings too ……. as he ain’t sounded much better than this!
The themes here are not just very cinematic but timeless and full of raw energy, none more so than the swinging R&B of Velvet Windows (Treme Trippin’) which fair rattled the office window when turned up to 9.
When you hear songs like Fool For You (2020 Hindsight) and Ain’t Hungry No More you will wonder why the grave voiced Wily Bo and the majestic Danny Flam Big Band don’t have their own Saturday night TV Show; but sometimes we like to keep some things a secret, don’t we?
It’s far too obvious to compare this album to Dr. John’s output; but there certainly is plenty of Gris Gris in Did I Forget (to tell you I love you?) and Time to Forget You; but to these ears, there’s more than a smidgen of Georgie Fame and Zoot Money in their too; making this British R&B on steroids!
If you even vaguely like Van Morrison’s Big Band excursions, you will simply love Wily Bo’s sultry and storming version of St. James’ Infirmary Blues to death!
Album #1 closes with an amazing reinvention of Build My Gallows (Ain’t No Return) and on any other album this dark and brooding five minutes would easily be my Favourite Track, but …….. there’s the enigmatic Night of The Hunter which is most obviously thematically linked to the film of the same name; and certainly lives up to its Film Noir credentials too.
Historically I’m not re-disposed to re-mixes of songs; but here I can’t urge you strongly enough to buy the Deluxe Version or else you will miss out on hearing I Want To Know (NY Funk Mix) and When the Angels Call Your Name (Bourbon Street Mix) as both sizzle like a bloody steak on a red hot BBQ.
Drive (Two Lane Blacktop Mix) and Walk In Chinese Footsteps both deserve a courteous mention too; with the latter making me hunt out my old Was Not Was 12″ singles for the first time in years.
I’ve always loved Bo Diddley; but never imagined someone could re-imagine Who Do You Love? in the way Wily Bo does with his NYC Chiller Mix; but it’s truly amazing ……… think of it as a Michael Jackson/Tom Waits mash-up featuring Miles Davis and the Meters then mixed by Aaron Neville!
Then; last but not least there is the majestic For The Children which I don’t believe I’ve heard before in any guise; but have fallen head over heals in love with.
There you have it, Wily Bo Walker (and friends) have come right out of left field to deliver not just one; but two stunning new albums that I can’t recommend highly enough.

Released 31st July 2020
https://wilybo.com/

Hurricane Ruth GOOD LIFE

Hurricane Ruth LaMaster
Good Life
Showplace

Phwoah! Sizzling, Slinky and Impassioned Blues With a Soulful Slant.

Some weeks I feel I’m part of a Rhythm & Blues Secret Society as I keep receiving amazing albums from bands and singers that neither I nor anyone I know has ever heard of; but are always World Class!
This is Hurricane Ruth LaMaster’s fifth album and has not just blown my Lockdown cobwebs away …. but blown my mind too.
The opening track Like Wildfire certainly lives up to its title ……. Ms. LaMaster comes at you like a wild cat on hormones as the guitars sound like they were recorded during the St Valentine’s Day massacre and the rhythm section powered by the Springfield nuclear reactor; and is that Jerry Lee Lewis on piano? I doubt it; but hear this song and you will easily understand my query.
Phew …… first time I heard this song I felt like I needed a lie down in a darkened room straight afterwards; but Ruth ain’t taking any prisoners, so the next song; Dirty Blues may not be quite as fiery but it sizzles and slinks in a way that will make a maiden Aunt blush.
After only two tracks I knew I was in for the long haul; and said a silent prayer to the God of the Blues that this band will tour the UK in the very near future.
As her CV suggests, Ruth LaMaster sure isn’t no one trick pony; she simply scorches your senses on She’s Golden and Late Night Red Wine, while she can break your heart in two with the sad and soulful Good Life which features some truly mournful Hammond organ too.
The songs are in general quite suburb, mixing Classic Blues themes with contemporary edginess and all channeled through Ruth’s vocals which can be dynamic one moment and truly melancholic the next yet always sounding engaging to the listener.
As usual I’ve played this album in the car and the RMHQ office too; and it’s slotted into all kinds of moods …… both good and bad tempered!
Choosing a Favourite Track hasn’t been particularly easy; as 4 or 5 have jumped out at different times (see my notes about my mood swings) but I’ve narrowed it down to three Black Sheep, Who I Am and I’ve Got Your back. All are completely disparate and sum up the album in their beautiful differences; with I’ve Got Your Back being a slow Soulful groove and lyrics that will bring a lump to your throat; and with the way things have been recently, the punchy, potent and powerful Black Sheep has become something of a theme tune whizzing around inside my head. Then, there’s Who I Am ….. phwoah ………the Hendrix meets Prince in a roadhouse melody does it no harm at all and Ruth’s intensely passionate and feverish delivery sent not just shivers, but tingles too down my back! The song certainly sounds like it’s meant to be autobiographical but as with all the best written songs through the ages; a lot of listeners will think “that is about me!” Therefore it is the official RMHQ Favourite Song on what will become one of our Favourite Albums of 2020.
While the themes here may not be of the happiest of varieties; I’m a grown up so GOOD LIFE has been a joy from start to finish; and several times in the last month has been played 3 or 4 times on rotation, which is quite some feet in my office.

Released July 10th 2020
https://www.hurricaneruth.com/


Jimmy The Dog RATTLESNAKE LOVE

Jimmy The Dog
Rattlesnake Love
Studiodawgs

Is it Classic? Indie? Blues Or Glam? Who Knows; But it Certainly Rocks.

Where does the time go? It only seems like 5 minutes since I thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy The Dog aka Jim Ferrie’s last release RUNNIN’ WITH THE PACK yet it was 2016 he tells me!
Whatever, it’s 2020 now and the time is right for some Classic Indie Rock and Roll with a Glam heartbeat …… isn’t it?
Or is that just me?
The title track with it’s wonderful ‘metaphor’ for a tempestuous relationship starts the album and immediatly had me turning the dial to nine (I can’t cope with 11 anymore).
Ferrie’s grizzled vocals, blistering guitar playing (somewhere between Hank B Marvin and Jeff Beck!) coupled to bass and drums that wouldn’t have been out of place on TOTP anytime in the mid 70’s sets the tone for a bunch of songs that will set your heart racing and your feet shuffling.
The 2020 ‘Lockdown’ meant that work dried up in Ferrie’s recording studio …… so with time on his hands and songs in his heart …. this album is the outcome.
They say the ‘Devil makes work for idle hands’ and that may be the case here; but ……… ‘The Devil also has all the great tunes’ too!
Hard For You and Needle in a Haystack are slinky and sleazy in equal measure and destined many a Late Night playlist on those streaming sites I detest; but when Ferrie unleashes his inner sinner, the Twangtastic Lovin’ The Old School Way and Little Miss must surely be heading for the Classic Rock radio stations too, won’t they?
Although they actually sound a bit left of centre tucked away among the Rockers, Ferrie slides in a couple of lowdown Bluesy tunes too …….. and it won’t break my heart to hear a full album of songs like Bourbon & Rye or Sunrise or album closer, the rather racy and naughty Johnson, either!
But, it’s really the Rockers that you will remember for years to come.
MAN! The squealing and squally guitar in Race to Win very nearly overshadows Ferrie’s nicotine stained powerful vocals, but loses out by the second verse; and at this stage I can’t not mention the organ playing; which is somewhat akin to Keith Emerson in his Nice days! (There’s a reference for the oldies out there!)
The other doozy; The Devil Takes Care of His Own is by far and away my Favourite Track here; echoes of Thin Lizzy and my favourite Glam Rock band Hello are in there, but this is pure and simple Jimmy The Dog at their (his?) very, very best.
It’s odd to think, for someone of my vintage; how much music has and hasn’t changed in the last half century.
I hear so many influences here, it’s frightening; but add them all together and they add up to what is now known as Classic Rock I suppose; but with an Indie slant as well as a Blues heart
I think Jimmy The Dog’s RATTLESNAKE LOVE could be the sound of my Summer.

Released July 1st 2020
https://www.jimmythedog.com/music

Rory Gallagher 25th ANNIVERSARY

Sunday the 14th June, will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of the late, lamented musician Rory Gallagher.
With the current lockdown restrictions, understandably, events have had to be curtailed for the occasion; with the postponement of the unveiling of a statue outside of the Ulster Hall in Belfast, and the annual Rory Gallagher four-day music festival, in Ballyshannon, Ireland plus other planned tribute shows too.

However, like the musician’s own ability to improvise, the day will be marked by Rory followers around the world. 
WDR TV, in Germany, will be transmitting his many infamous Rockpalast performances and other European countries will be broadcasting Rory documentaries and concert programming too.

On the 14th June, Eagle Rock in partnership with YouTube will screen Rory’s performance with Taste at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 at 8:00 p.m. (BST) and in the build up to that a streamed mini Rory festival will be taking place across Facebook and YouTube, staring at 5pm, featuring a number of musicians who played with or are inspired by Rory.
Hosted by radio legend David ‘Kid’ Jensen, the stream will include ‘Band Of Friends’ featuring Rory’s former drummer and bass player Brendan O’Neil and Gerry McAvoy, Belfast born singer/songwriter Dom Martin and Peter Donegan, son of Rory’s first musical hero Lonnie Donegan.

Hot Press, Ireland’s premier music and cultural, magazine are producing a special edition to honour the occasion (released June 18th) and together with Fender Musical Instruments they will host the opportunity for someone to win a Fender ‘Rory Gallagher’ replica Stratocaster. The publication will also feature contributions from the Rory’s many admiring peers including new interviews with SlashJohnny MarrJ Mascis amongst others.

2020 has already been a successful year for Rory’s legend, with the release of the ‘Check Shirt Wizard’ album (a live collection of Rory’s early 1977 UK performances), saw the artist return to the album charts, notably, claiming the No.1 spot in Billboard’s Blues chart for three consecutive weeks. “This is a crowning honour in celebrating my brother, in his anniversary year and especially an acknowledgement of his devoted following” said Dónal Gallagher, Rory’s brother and manager.
RMHQ Review by John Jobling
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/rory-gallagher-check-shirt-wizard-live-in-77-2/

Rory Gallagher Online Tribute Concert 5pm to 8pm June 14th can be streamed from:
www.facebook.com/RoryGallagher/ & www.youtube.com/rorygallagherofficial

At 8pm the Taste Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 concert can be streamed from:
www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

Eliza Neals BLACK CROW MOAN

Eliza Neals
Black Crow Moan
EH Records

A Blues Rockin’ Emotional Rollercoaster.

I was first told about this album two months ago, and due to the vagaries of the Postal system in the US at the moment, it’s now arrived three weeks after the original release date.
Hey Ho! Due to the Covid-19 ‘lock-down’ around the world time appears to be standing still; so no harm – no foul!
Yikes! First song, Don’t Judge The Blues opens with some of the dirtiest Resonator guitar I may ever have heard; and not just sets the tone for the next two and a half minutes; but the whole album itself! It’s a veritable foot-stomper with Eliza’s expressive voice showing no signs of wear and tear in the three years since her last release; 10,000 Feet Below …… which still finds it’s way onto the Rocking Magpie Mobile stereo.
I received this album at about 9.30 this morning and it’s been hermetically sealed to the office stereo all day …….. and the expression ’emotional rollercoaster’ has sprung to mind several times ….. phew, this lady has absolutely drained me over the last nine hours!
I will get the ‘Guest Stars’ out of the way early on; as this album is about Eliza, pure and simple; but Joe Louis Walker adds his amazing trademark guitar licks to The Devil Don’t Love You and the title track Black Crow Moan; but doesn’t even come close to ‘stealing the show’ on either; with the former being a sizzling Gospel song and the latter a fabulously slow and slinky ballad that will set the hair on your neck on end.
The other is a new name to me, Derek St Holmes from Ted Nugent’s band; but fear not comrades; he shows an immaculately subtle touch on the emotionally fragile Never Stray and then on Ball & Chain gives us a bit of an Albert King style Masterclass as Eliza raises her game in the sultriest of manners; proving that she really, really should be taken more seriously by Blues Aficionados and critics the world over.
On Why You Ooglin’ Me? she not just matches those two Cats, note for note on the electric guitar, but her words and vocal performance show she’s a lady that’s not to be messed with ……… she fights back, and most likely wins!
For an hour this afternoon album closer, the Chuck Berry homage Take Your Pants Off! was a shoe-in to be my Favourite Track here; and history will probably show it be a Show-Stealer and Show-Stopper at future gigs; but I’m now being drawn back to the innovative Watch Me Fly and the intensely romantic Run Sugar Run; which is now tipping the scales in its favour, as it’s just that ‘little bit different’ and is now touching me in ways the other one isn’t; so Run Sugar Run is the Official RMHQ Favourite Track ….. for today.
Because of my historical love of ‘Blues Rock’ PR’s and Labels across the world somehow find our tiny site and inundate us with albums by singers and bands with only a hint of The Blues in their music; and for future reference …… I/we grew out of Hard Rock when we a) learnt to shave and b) discovered girls!
Stop It!
Eliza Neals on the other hand takes the Blues and Rocks every drop of passion, pathos and S.O.U.L out of it in a way that could and should actually the benchmark for the genre.

Released April 20th 2020
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