ARTIST OF THE WEEK- Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf - Super Bon Bon

Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf are a Funk/soul combo that hails from New York. They are led by the charismatic vocals of Miss Velvet, who is joined by Producer Constance Hauman on Keyboards, Nick Carbone on Drums,  Henry Ott on Guitars, Trevor Neuman on Trumpet, and Trombonists Dan Levine and TJ Robinson.

The bland is an eclectic variation of rock, soul, jazz, and funk that counts 70's funk pioneers Parliament/ Funkadelic, as influencers, whom they have spent the past two years touring with.  The band recently released " Feed The Wolf, A follow-up to the debut album " Bad Get Some". An album that notably features George Clinton of the aforementioned funksters. This release was recorded in Ireland and was published via Isotopia Records.

This review will be looking at the latest single to come from that album " Super Bon Bon", which displays the incendiary delivery of Miss Velvet alongside her fiery blues/jazz band combo The Blue Wolf.

The opening bass lines whet  the listener's appettite with it's silkiness to pave the way for the introduction of Miss Velvet's lung inducing growls, which share an uncanny resemblance to the late Janis Joplin. This is helped by her back up band 's tight musicianship that interlopes between intervals to emphasise her strengths. The mid tempo is an advantage as it gives the saxophones and trumpet more freedom to join in on the interlude, as Miss Velvet explodes on the chorus. The basslines and drumbeats always remain tender homophony to the  soulful melodies on the verses.

" Feed The Wolf" is available now via all good  music platforms.

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You can hear a sample below,



Slant Six- Amnesia

Words Were Written by Anselm Anderson for Rambling Man's Reviews

Slant Six are a five- piece from Edmonton founded in 2015. The band mix old school southern rock with blues to create hard hitting music that focuses on lyrics such as  mental health. The band were named after an old car engine with the band riding high following the release of their EP " Amnesia".

The self- titled single from that album is about losing your memory when you only know who you are. The track is a dark journey through realisation with many influences of differing styles. The song opens up with an intense passage that builds gradually towards its opening like a person scrambling to find themselves. Lead Singer Sascha Hubert enters the fray with his gravitione vocals , as each verse is expressed through reflection.

The chugging guitar lines build through intensity to a standpoint, as the tone changes in the bridge. The clever use of the guitar pedals add depth to what Hubert is expressing, as the mesmerising effects feels like he is looking in from the outside. The vocals change with the tone during the breakdown with a delicious double guitar solo that quickly returns to the chorus before the song settles with a lung busting salvo that ends with an intense outro that reflects the song's resolution .

You can follow the group via their social media accounts www.facebook.com/slantsixbandwww.instagram.com/slantsixband & www.twitter.com/SlantSixBand

You can listen to " Amnesia" in the link below


Album Review: Jimmy Lee Morris Run To The Sun

Words were written by Anselm Anderson for Rambling Man's Reviews
Jimmy Lee Morris is a British Singer/songwriter I have had the pleasure of writing a review for before, as a publisher for The Old School Project

Morris is originally from East Sussex but now resides in Devon. He has been entertaining audiences over the past 30 plus years at various Folk clubs and festivals across Europe and the UK. Morris had previously released “Last Of The Tall Ships” last year, and now returns with his latest album “ Run To The Sun”, an album full of heartfelt lyrics and feelgood tunes that this writer comes to expect from previous releases. Morris blends pop, hard rock, blues and folk to create ten telling tracks full of vigour and energy.

I will be exploring the new release further in this review, which begins with the upbeat Take that Away. The album opens with a blues- fused groove fest that combines the colourful tones of keyboard with the ever-ascending guitar notes that reverberate within the listener’s ears. Morris’ vocals are melodic and hushed that makes it that more infectious.

Rock and Roll Till The Sun Goes Down is more of a hip-swaying rock and roll track straight out of the fifties. Morris enthuses with glee, as he lets the harmonica loose. The carefully struck drumbeats in time with thunderous bass lines and guitar driven riffs that will keep the toes tapping alongside those hips.

Midnight Special Late-Night Radio Show is an ode to those late night radio music shows. Morris captures the essence with the bright keyboard sound set against the backdrop of a more intimate vocal range, as Morris sings softly with some electronica sounds that imitate the feeling of the listener tuning in.

The album continues this trend of drifting through various genres to create songs that strike for the heart and add a spring to your step.

Title track Run To the Sun is a nostalgic track about a local festival in Newquay of the same name. This is a track with all the styling of a sixties' folk song. An enchanting tale of a camper van trip with introspective lyrics that feels like a journey back in time. The overall feeling of enthusiasm combines harmonica and the acoustic guitar does leave a warm feeling stirring at the bottom of your heart.

The album wraps up with the aptly titled Leaving, I have often commented on Morris' writing ability, as he is able to tell stories, and capture images through words. This is one of those tracks that underlines this sentiment. The musician tells the story of a teenager leaving home in a delicate way. This folk song renders home with Morris' soft and emotive voice possibly capturing the very motions many teens feel in this situation.

Morris has always had that skill to write songs that convey emotions of real people, all the while doing it with a smile.

Run To The Sun will be released on July 12th, 2019

for more information on the artist, Please visit http://www.jimmyleemorris.com/

Alternatively, you can follow the artist via these social media links https://www.facebook.com/jimmyleemorrismusic/



Single Review: Allan James- Our dreams

Words were written by Anselm Anderson for Rambling Man's Reviews

Allan James is a much-accomplished singer-songwriter, based in Northern Virginia, USA

James is a self-taught musician, who began playing guitar and singing songs aged 8 and by the time he reached his early teens, James had started to record and perform his original music for school, dances, and charities.

James returned to the US following a successful stint as host of his own guitar TV show in Iceland, whilst living over there. Allan James achieved critical acclaim following the release of his debut single on local radio stations, as well as releasing  6 albums to date. James has always been at the forefront of utilizing technologies and using the internet to build a fanbase.  He now returns with " Our Dreams", the latest single off his forthcoming new album. A beautifully structured track that captures the soul with its succinct guitar play and poetic lyrics. The track conjures feelings of serenity and calmness

" Our Dreams" begins with a reverb-soaked guitar riff that resonates like waves crashing against rocks. The opening sequence combines rich textures to evoke a sense of inner peace, which sets up the track nicely. James' voice reminds me of a younger David Gilmour ; tranquil and engaging. His lyrics interlope with an emotive message I feel is about moving on. The addition of the harmonica replicates an ode to this.

Allan James writes and produces a track that is everything the title says. A powerful and endearing track that will leave you drifting away with him

Allan James' new album is due out in the summer of 2019

https://open.spotify.com/track/14jafrK7mx4cJNyoZaXuDL Click Here to listen to " Our Dreams"

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Rofo Audio- Right Through You

Words Written by Anselm Anderson 

Rofo Audio is a three-piece power rock trio from Royersford, PA, which is where the band's name is derived from. The band has been gaining exposure across the tri-states, promoting their new album. The trio has featured regularly in European and US Radio, as well as publications.

Their new album In the Between is a follow-up to their successful second album Reach ( 2016) They now release their latest single " Right Through Me", a tracking characteristic of power rock music full of guitar-orientated riffs and huge pop choruses.

The song begins with an uptempo surge of one of those aforementioned riffs that go along like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer afternoon. The subtle textures create this vibe throughout with basslines that tumble along to every chord struck. Lead singer Raymond Short's saccharine vocals are joyous and catchy, as the trio plays simple harmonies that are easy on the ear. The nice guitar solo in the mid-eight helps elevate the track to sound fresh and gives it a rockier edge.

"Right Through Me" is an effective track that will help build the band a new fanbase. The band will continue to promote their new album with a regional tour in 2019.

Alternatively, you can follow Rofo Audio via their social media accounts below.




JT Larsen- Old Loud Beat Down Train

Words By Anselm Anderson for Rambling Man's Reviews

Americana star JT Larsen returns with his latest single " Old Beat Down Train". This is a star that Rambling Man's Reviews reviewed previously last month.

Larsen is an Americana/country singer from Indianapolis, USA; who plays simple country music with nuances of Americana.

"Old Beat Down Train" is another example of Larsen's penchant for writing songs that leave the listener feeling like they are on this journey too. I feel the lyrics this may be about Larsen's struggles of leaving loved ones behind to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician. The tonality and textures of this track convey a sense of isolation and anticipation, as Larsen boards the metaphorical train.

The opening passage creates this feeling with the steel lap guitar, accompanied by a strong syncopated strumming pattern. Larsen's vocals are warm and enticing, whilst the lyrics are relatable. The mid-tempo builds towards the chorus like the aforementioned train leading to its preferred destination. The chorus is a harmonization of Larsen's, alongside strong backing vocals,  that creates a sense Larsen has found his calling.

Larsen is a singer/songwriter with an abundance of talent that has a mainstream appeal. who may not be on that beat down train for too long.

You can hear the track below via the link ;


You can also
read my previous review of " Southern Indiana Nights " below



Table Top Joe- Mary Bell

   Words Written by Anselm Anderson for Rambling Man's Reviews

Table Top Joe is the sole project of one Danny Lopez from Peoria, Arizona. The band has transitioned through many changes from its early days as a Post- Punk band to playing folk music.

Lopez has experienced a tumultuous journey in getting his music published. However, This has proved fortuitous for himself in more in regards to help from family and friends, as much to his willingness to do so.

The singer recorded and engineered his latest collection of songs in his home with the plan to release a single to the end of the year; where he hopes to compile them all for an album. Lopez has recorded nine tracks so far with  " Mary Bell"   being the second single, a follow up to " Poppin' Bottles".

Mary Bell was a child serial killer in Newcastle during the sixties, who killed two males toddlers at the age of ten years old. The song looks at the perspective of the suffering and pain she caused.

" Mary Bell" is a melodic folk song handled in the most sensitive of ways that open with the sounds of fingerpicking an acoustic guitar, accompanied by the eerie reverbs of the Mellotron that resonates like a cold wind. Lopez asks the question' s Mary Bell, Oh Mary Bell, what the hell you'd do to me,?/Mary Bell Oh Mary Bell, what the hell you'd do? 

 Lopez's pained vocals reflect the confusion and horrors of the crime as he wonders aloud the natures of what has occurred. The subtle introduction of various instruments like Harp, and the aforementioned guitar and mellotron convey dark and murky textures that combine to create a sense of abandonment and loneliness that is as much beauty in its art, as it is horrifying in its nature.

You can hear more of Table Top Joe via the link below https://tabletopjoe.bandcamp.com/

Alternatively, you can follow Lopez via social media in the link provided in text

The link below is a sample of the song reviewed above.


EP Review: BlackBird Sons- Rock and Roll Ain't Dead

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Words were written by Anselm Anderson

Blackbird sons is a four-piece from Finland, that plays energetic rock and roll with a hint of classic rock. The band is influenced by AC/DC, The Who, and ZZ Top, which can be characterized by the fist-pumping, riff-driven burst of raw sound that exudes from their music.

 " Rock and Roll Ain't Dead" is the first single from the band's upcoming EP, a follow-up to 2017's self-published debut Back In the Game

The track kicks off with a burst of pure adrenaline as the high-tempo riff instantly gets your head swinging. lead singer Niko Hamalainen enters the fray with a lung-bursting roar that tells you this is a band that likes to enjoy themselves when playing.

The band plays with a closeness that excels in how they play off each other. Bassist Lauri Aaltonen plays in impeccable time like a metronome that dictates the tempo, which culminates in some breakdowns that build towards the hook-laden cries of  "Rock N Roll Ain't Dead".  The passages of music are simple, enabling the dynamic to remain loud. The drumming abilities of Tatu Lankinen rolls along like a freight train; each strike resonates throughout, whilst the guitar lines of Riku Kananoja combine with lead vocals and bass to produce a joyous combination of heart-pumping rock that results in a mid-tempo trade-off that proves rock and roll is still very much alive with this talented quartet from Finland.

The band's upcoming 5 track  EP Rock and Roll ain't Dead  is due out in April 2019

Blackbird Sons are ;

Niko Hamalainen-  Lead Vocals/Guitars

Riku Kananoja- Backing Vocals/ Guitars

Lauri Aaltonen- Bass & Backing Vocals

Tatu Lankinen- Drums

You can see the video to " Rock and Roll ain't Dead" below


You can follow the band via their social media accounts


JT Larsen- Southern Indiana Nights

Words were written by Anselm Anderson

JT Larsen is an Americana singer/songwriter from Indianapolis. Larsen grew up in a house of musicians, which he began to focus on after leaving college. He soon concentrated on his own songwriting skills to formulate a catalogue of songs to perform around his local area.

Larsen plays Americana with a hint of Rock and Roll, which has lead to comparisons to Country stars Jason Isbell   and  Blitzen Trapper He now showcases his talents for the first time with debut single Southern Indiana Nights, a track he explains is about ;

"A girl who I was dating at the time called and said she wanted to end things. I remember being obviously upset at the time so I grabbed my keys
and went out for a drive to clear my head. At some point during the drive I started to think about some of the things I still do have,
like some of my good friends from my childhood. When I got back home, I went back to my
little 8-track recorder and changer the lyrics to “I wish I could go back to Southern Indiana
nights.” From there it was simple to find subject matter worth writing about." - Jt Larsen

This opening introduction doesn't fail to impress with its wholehearted appeal of alt-country with nuances that are effective and constructive. Larsen 's guitar play is simple and rigid with a firm strumming pattern that instantly hooks the listener with its upbeat rhythm you can't help but hum.

Larsen's voice is warm and inviting, which benefits the lyrical content about reminiscing about home. The song gradually builds towards the chorus with subtle implementations like female vocals and steel lap guitar that familiarises the listener to what home may be like. The singer creates an atmosphere through these little touches.  The mid-tempo retains this edge before bursting into a nice Solo in the mid-eighth Neil Young would be proud of. Overall, I feel the structure of the track is well written for a targeted audience. And this writer is looking forward to hearing more from this talented musician.

J.T Larsen Southern Indiana Nights is now available via Spotify and Soundcloud

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You can now listen to the track below



The Skys- Communication

Words Were Written by Anselm Anderson

The Skys are a highly revered rock outfit from Lithuania, who have toured extensively around the world to critical acclaim. The band has several albums to date, including Automatic Minds, the band's latest studio release; which was produced by Grammy award-winning Dom Morley ( Amy Winehouse).
Communication is one of the singles from the album that features The Voice USA contestant India Carney on vocals.

The track combusts between a multitude of harmonic lines and heavy beats that are reminiscent of the prog music Pink Floyd and Genesis were so fond of producing.  The opening sequence begins with an apparent transmission before breaking into the eerie vocals that repeats " We all see through cancer". The hypnotic bass lines then join in tandem to create a dreamlike atmosphere that builds through each bar until the counterpoint to male vocals enters with the first verse. The juxtaposition of vocals helps to convey the different textures within the song that feel like the listener is travelling through time.

 The vocals then change tact and speed up before joining in harmony for the chorus. The manipulation of sound helps to retain the tempo and tone of this track before it recycles its original build to a frenetic finish with a whirring guitar and mellotron solo that is capped off by the high pitch talents of our guest vocalist. This Track does remind me of the aforementioned Pink Floyd with its intelligent songwriting and well-crafted compositions that make this a treat worth listening to.

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Song Review: Andrea Templon- Dragonflies on Wings

Words were written by Anselm Anderson 

Andrea Templon is a versatile talent hailing from North Carolina. The singer has a rare ability to encompass a variety of genres into her music, including jazz, folk, blues, and Americana. This is nowhere better explored in her latest release " Dragonflies With Wings", The singer's second album that features covers and originals with Dave Fox.  The ten song album is rich with warmth and poignancy that delivers with charm and attentiveness that is suitable for those who enjoy easy listening music. I will be giving a run through of some of the album's highlights;

The album begins with A Fine Thing, a beautifully written and enchanting track that opens with the bright sound of the piano that gives the song an intimate feel as if Templon is singing directly to the listener in a lounge somewhere. This is reflective in her introspective lyrics that evoke  a love ballad that comes to life with Templon's nourishing tone that maintains a steady tempo along with the piano accompaniment

Next up is a cover of The Band track Atlantic City. This is another example of templon's versatility as a singer with a good back up band. This track begins with the staple diet of any good folk track, a melodic fingerpicking pattern that sets the mood for another strong vocal performance that really captures the feeling of the lyrics, as Templon sings   The vocals begin to move with the music towards a climatic chorus with a change in tone to reflect a more positive sense, which feels more so with the Mandolin playing in the background at the bridge."

Next is the standout track for me personally, Templon's take on the Bonnie Raitt track " ( Going) Wild For You Baby. A song steeped in soul and emotion. Templon makes this cover her own with sultry vocals that encapture every painstaking word of the original. A slow tempo and guitar accompaniment help supplement this with a strong rhythm section. The slick guitar play adds a different dimension to Raitt's version, which is more fragile.

The Only News is another delicate blues number that is sung in a duet with a male vocalist. The opening tinkers of keyboard shuffle along to swinging jazz feel as Templon enters with a lowly purl. The slow tempo maintains this feeling steady drumming falling on the strong beats to create an intimate mood before the dual vocals on chorus reflect lovers entwined under a moonlit beach.  I feel this reflects the story of the lyrics of two people happy with each other in a world of harm. The lovely guitar lick and the impressive combination of piano and bass produce a magical song

Where is the Love wraps things up with another duet between two talented singers. This slow tempo, number exudes with soul and harmony. The  Roberta Flack cover opens with cries of " Where is the Love" causes the heart to ripple with the combination of templon's mellifluous melodies against rich male vocals creates another sense of a couple alone.  The vocals counterpoint one another in a sense of unison, as the rhythm section, supplies a complimentary side to the music.
Dragonflies On Wings is now available through all good Music Platforms like Spotify, Google Play, and Deezer.

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Raven- Interview

 Interview conducted by Anselm Anderson for Rambling Man's Reviews

Raven are the products of the NWOBHM scene from the 1980s that produced an array of bands like GirlschoolMotorhead,  Def Leppard Diamond Head and Alkatrazz to name but a few.

The band were formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England by the Gallagher brothers, John
( Vocals, Bass) and  Mark ( Backing Vocals, Guitars) with ex-drummer Pat Bowden.
They described their music as " Athletic Rock", as they grew a reputation for donning sporting gear ( helmets, knee pads, elbow pads etc) and equipment during their live shows.  The band played hard rock with progressive tendencies. they achieved minor success in the 1980s with hits like   On and On".

The band has released over 10 albums including 1981 debut " Rock Until You Drop", 1985's " Stay Hard" and most recent release 2015's " Extermination. Yet it was these aforementioned performances that led the band to be recognized for a lively and energetic show that has seen them tour extensively over the years across Europe, America, and Japan.

Raven recently appeared for two nights at the Seata Club in Kichijoji and Blaze Club in Shinjuku, Tokyo. They were joined by drummer Mike Heller for their first visit in four years to the country. I spoke to the band about how they felt those two nights went.

RMR: Hello Raven, you have just finished performing two nights in Japan, How do you personally feel it went? 

 JG: A great success! Two very well attended shows .. crazy audience... on our side, everything was great for us to go out and do what we do best!

RMR: The band play with a lot of energy and really involve the audience like in the performances I saw. How do you feel The Japanese crowds are like compared to the European crowds that you’ve played too recently?

JG: Well, a Raven audience is a Raving audience!
So pretty similar but the Japanese fans have such passion... it’s a privilege to play for them! It’s what we do.. we go out with 100% effort and involve the Audience as much as we can.

RMR: I understand this was your first visit in four years, do you feel anything has changed from your previous visit?

JG: Only that the people were even crazier this time!!!!

RMR:  This was Drummer Mike Heller’s first time in Japan with the band, What do you feel Mike brings to the band’s performances?....and most importantly, What did Mike feel about the experience?

JG: Mike brings a lot of passion, energy and technical prowess to the band... He’s given us a few extra gears lol... He’s been to Japan before, but never experienced the Japanese Raven lunatics!

RMR:  Could you tell me a bit about the tracklisting for both nights? I visited on the second and understand you played some new tracks?

JG: Well, we were asked to do stuff from the first 3 albums on the first show.. which we did & added a few oldies we have not played in many years... like “ Hellraiser/Action” which was fun.

We played one new song at both shows just to give a taste of our upcoming new studio album...
So it kept things a bit more interesting than doing the same set twice!

RMR: You are next visiting China, what are you most looking forward to there?

JG: Getting some sleep lol!!!! Hopefully a bit of sightseeing... and it’s our first time in China so that’s always fun to play to an audience that’s never seen us before!

RMR: Could you tell me what the fans in China can expect from your performances?

JG: 100% balls out high energy metal!!!!!

RMR: I am from England like yourselves and originally from Lancashire. There are still a lot of metalheads from the NWOBHM scene that are fans of the band haha  Do you plan on any future tours of the country?

JG: Yes.. we toured the U.K. in late 2018 and will be back hopefully later this year... It’s not easy touring in the UK but we do love it regardless.. even if Mike complains about the food lol.

RMR: And finally......What is next for Raven?

JG: We have a full dance card! We are going to L.A  right after China to do some writing...We are awaiting mixes of the new album which we plan to release later in the year... In June we are touring Latin & South America.. doing some Euro festivals and going to Australia for the first time to tour!

RMR: Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk to Rambling Man's reviews


Black Water Greed- Walk Away ( Single Review)

                                                                             Words were written by Anselm Anderson

BlackWaterGreed is an exciting new Alternative Rock act from Lancaster, Pennsylvania in The US. The band describes their sound as " Classy Rock", which is " A marriage between the '70s and 80's classic rock". The band cite such luminaries as Grand Funk Railroad and Shinedown as influences and have already supported Kix  & Adrenaline Mob.on tour.

The band-  Tyson ( Drums), Michael Mundy ( Vocals) and  Los (Andy) Paltzer ( Guitars-  now are ready to unleash their much-anticipated debut album Circle of Sin,. The first single from that album " Walk Away", amassed over a million views on YouTube upon its release. This statistic comes as no surprise as the band's easy listening ballads format works comfortably for the listener.

The opening sequence of " Walk Away" is a carefully plucked melody that opens the doors for the pain staked vocals,- easily recognized in many radio-friendly American rock acts- that are reflective with lyrics that feel personal.

The difference here is the string arrangements that come as a welcoming addition as they help focus the raw emotions of the song's content. The heavy distorted guitar bridges then come into force as the chorus becomes an outpour of emotions as the singer reveals introspective lyrics that leave this song feeling like the listener has gone on an emotional journey with the band.

Click on the link below to listen to the track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Gh1EUhwUw&feature=youtu.be- BlackwaterGreed- Walk Away

You can follow the band via social media accounts http://www.facebook.com/Black-Water-Greed-
http://www.twitter.com/blackwatergreed & http://www.instagram.com/blackwatergreed


Blind Lemon Peel- Artist review

Words are written, and published by Anselm Anderson

Blind Lemon Peel is the alter ego of the charismatic David Dot Hale from Southern California. A bluesman from a bygone era, his style of New Orleans blues, funk and Jjzz combined leads the listener to feel like they have been transported back in time to the great blues of Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Guitar Watson. BLP has acquired some of the most sought after session musicians from Los Angeles and New York. BLP are  David Dot Hale ( vocals) Joel Diamond (keys), Bobby Hurricane Spencer(sax), Lucky Lloyd (guitar), Ray Brundidge(bass), David Odom (drums), Tadg Galleran (harp).

Hale has been described as ", An old black bluesman trapped in an even older white man’s body". The energy and verve the band bring to the studio conjure images of said aforementioned stars enjoying themselves in a smoke-filled blues bar in downtown LA.  One listens and the listener feels instantly hooked to this husky growl and good time blues. I will be looking at a few tracks of  BLP , as a guide to better understanding the band themselves.

Wear What I Please is a fun blues number that looks at the finest things in life. The combination of Hale's booming voice, a talented backup choral, and a tight rhythm section work well to create contemporary styles of New Orleans blues. The slow tempo and basic structures feel accessible to listeners not schooled on old school blues itself. The tracks begin with the casual tapping of bass before the tinkering piano keys add a layer, and the unmistakable range of Hale's trajectory lifts the tempo to more upbeat one that is compound with the sassy vocals of the accompanying back up singers that playoff Hale's vocals.

No Time Off (for Good Behaviour)  is a blues slow burner with that extra twinkle of charm and panache that is enjoyable listen about A promiscuous woman  The patter of drums introduce a more rounded track that fits in several differing textures. NY Saxophone player Lenny Pickett's saxophone is in more prominent play here as the tones reflect the vocalist's dilemma. The thing I enjoy about listening to this band is the chemistry they have together, especially within the instrumentation. Hale's vocal passages can fluctuate between husky growls or low melodic singing that help dictates the tempo of the music.NY guitarist Steve Burgh's guitar play also deserves a mention with the mix in dynamic his riffs adds to the overlay of the music.

I'm So Horny This is a more countrified track. The subject matter contributes to a more raucous and fun orientated track that will leave your toes tapping to the reverb-drenched squeal of frenetic guitar opens this boogie blues number. The piano lines provide a grand accompaniment throughout as Diamond's fingers dance along the keys to Hale's cheerful roar, and Burgh's blistering guitar work. This combination proves a lasting relationship as the homophonic sounds interlaces with Hale's always impressive vocal lines. This is one of the more rambunctious tracks that feels like a nod to the more country rock acts.

Don't Tear My Clothes is a more soulful take that explores Hale's scat passages and phrasing. The laid back attitude of this track oozes all the sophistication and coolness of a well-produced blues song. The slow temp intro and simplistic rhythm patterns can't help feel like you are drifting away. The horn section, scintillating blues licks and the purrs of choral vocals ushers in Hale's introduction as the protagonist of the piece. Hale's vocals are more gospel-like as he intersects with his backing vocalists. The rich array of instruments are introduced separately like musicians arriving at different times to reflect. I enjoy how each track has this skill and is testament once again to how Blind Lemon Peel grasps the essence of the blues.

Blind Lemon Peel will be opening up the Alligator Records Titans Of The Blues Tour with Tinsley Ellis and Coco Montoya at The Rose Theater in Pasadena on February 28th. click. here for more information.

Blind lemon Peel is currently recording a new album " Too Much Sax, Too Little Jesus" featuring the legendary Saxophonist Bobby Hurricane Spencer, due out later this year.

For more information about the band please visit www.blindlemonpeel.com,

Alternatively, you can access the band via www.facebook.com/blindlemonpeel

and finally, you can hear more of the band's music viahttps://www.reverbnation.com/blindlemonpeel9


The Kut- I am Vain

Words were written by Anselm Anderson

The Kut are a Punk Rock act formed by the alter ego of  Multi-instrumentalist solo artist Princess Maha with Diana Bartmann ( Drums) and Bassist Stella Vie.

The trio has been creating a buzz with several appearances at major festivals and touring regularly, which includes Download and Camden Rocks that has resulted in them gaining major exposure in national newspapers and radio stations too. The Kut released debut album Valley Of the Thorns last April via Cargo Records to critical acclaim, reaching number 7 on the UK Rock Charts. I had the pleasure to review the first track off that album  " Hollywood Rock 'N' Roll" last year, which you can read at the bottom of this article. " I Am Vain " is the new single from it.

The track starts off with the typical raunchy distorted riffs the band tends to produce. The high tempo energy of the trio's sound resonates within the ears to create a sound that comes as no surprise why the band has been so successful. The punky edge and pop-laden hooks feel confrontational as they snarl relentlessly in your face. The lyrical content and attitude is a throwback to 90's grunge bands, with nasal vocals and crunchy guitar riffs. The excellent drumming and guitar solos underlie the band's collective talents as a unit described as " a neat twist of grunge pop"

" Valley Of Thorns" is available now via Cargo records and all good Music Platforms.

 Click on the link below to read Rockstarblogs' previous review of " Hollywood Rock 'N' Roll"

Also, you can follow the band via www.facebook.com/thekut & www.twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock


Abbie and The Roses- All This Time ( Single Review)

Words were written by

Anselm Anderson ( Rockstarpoet)

Abbie and The Roses are an exciting new British band that has steadily forged a following through intimate shows and sessions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The band is led by the charismatic charms of one Abbie Rose, who introduces the band's debut single " All This Time" a self- produced and self- penned single, mixed by Geoff Swan ( Liam Gallagher, Kings Of Leon) amongst many more.

The track is a self- reflection after the breakup of a toxic relationship, it has been described as "an anthem of empowerment for building strength and moving on "

I feel this is testament upon first listen of this powerful track. Abbie Roses' voice is rich with warmth and raw emotion as she takes centre stage in this personal performance of moving on.

Her voice grows with the music as the listener can identify with the pain she feels. The upbeats in acoustic guitar and electronic beats accentuates this sentiment. I feel the track picks up gradually through a talented rhythm section that gives Rose the freedom to explore those painful memories.

This is a catchy pop track that I can hear those influences of Fleetwood Mac more due to the songwriting and r' n' b stylings that give this a 70's edge in its polished production values. I expect this to become a hit on radio stations nationwide and beyond if it isn't already.

Rose explains the meaning of this track as "This song is so close to my heart, and despite its sad backstory I always feel strength with a sense of hope when I hear it; I hope you will too. I’m so proud of the hard work we’ve all put in and beyond excited to share it with the world. To the first of many…”

I expect there to be more from Abbie and The Roses.....

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"All This Time " is available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube Music, Google Play, Amazon, Deezer, Soundcloud, Tidal and more. You can listen to the track below;


Dee Jazzaz- Interview

Interview conducted by Anselm Anderson

As the author of Rockstarblogs, I always felt it was an assumption to just write reviews from the best in unsigned music today. However, every blog and writer needs to evolve, so I'm very privileged to introduce my first interview to this ever-evolving music blog. The recipient of this award is  Dee Jazazz a talented Jazz/blues singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Dee has previously released an EP " Moment of  Love" and is set to release her follow up " Loves Me, Loves Me Not" later this year. I was first intrigued when I listened to Dee's latest single Lose My Number, a powerful and emotional soul song that has similarities to great singers like Janis Joplin and Ella Fitzgerald. 
 I spoke to Dee about her new album, life as a vocal coach, who her key influences are, what makes a good singer, and her Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Music.

1)Good morning Dee, could you introduce yourself to readers, who may be unfamiliar with your work?

Hi everyone, I’m so happy to be here, thank you for having me. I am a New Zealand singer-songwriter and music teacher.

I write predominantly Blues and Jazz, however, I do help other musicians with their work and that could be anything from Pop to Disco to RnB, lol and anything in between.

2)  You have a warm and impactful voice that I believe has similarities to Janis Joplin and Patsy Cline, who are your influences in the industry?

Funny, you’re not the first person to mention Janis Joplin! I love Janis too, her grit, growl, and honesty in her performance are unmatched IMHO.

My Jazz influences would be Ella Fitzgerald for sure- I mean, who doesn’t like Ella- that voice has so much emotion.

I also love Joss Stone and Nina Simone. Joss Stone has a way of expressing the blues with physical emotion, the way she carries herself and that impacts her timbre. And Nina Simone, oh my, her low notes are mouthwatering.

3) What do you believe are the key influences on your writing?

Emotion, emotion, oh and emotion! Of course, I like to tell a story, I mean what is a song if it’s not a story, but without emotion implied in the music and lyrics- it might as well just be a short story.

For me, I try and keep the lyrics positive and empowering. I believe everything we hear and see impacts how we act in our lives and it’s important to me that I don’t generate negative situations for my listeners- This is really important to me.
f you want to change your life or your attitude- start there! Ask yourself what you’re watching and what is it exactly that you’re feeding your brain. I mean, don’t be fooled into thinking just because you’re an adult that you have a choice- your brain still absorbs and reacts to what you see and hear every minute of every day. As an adult, you get to choose what you absorb! So choose!

4) You have a Bachelors and Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music for Performance, Vocal, Education, Jazz, and Keyboard, -I hope I am correct there- Could you explain a little about that, and how this has impacted on your music?

My studies made a huge difference in my life and my music- it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Some people are hobby musicians and that’s ok, but for me, I wanted to know how to do it all- sing, play, write, perform- the whole kit and kaboodle! Before I did my degree I was writing lyrics and trying (without success) how to write music.

There were a couple of online music creation studios that I tried out, but without the music theory knowledge or genre knowledge for that fact, I realized I was limited. This is what prompted my studies. Interestingly enough, I never saw myself as a teacher, growing up I would not have been picked as being a teacher, I would have been last in that group; I was picked as a singer. When studying it was my classmates and tutors that would constantly comment- ‘oh, you’re such a teacher’. I had a choice of taking Education or the Songwriting paper, and I don’t mind admitting I struggled with that choice. I chose education because I knew I would need an income source at the end of my degree and I trusted that others were seeing something I didn’t. It was the love of songwriting that prompted my studies, but I knew I was a natural songwriter and with other musical knowledge, I could develop it with other musicians.
it's amazing what you can learn about a topic just by being around those who are studying it! I did the education paper, and the first semester I wasn’t sold, but something in me told me to keep going and I’m so glad I did. I have to say that when you teach a student something- a vocal technique for example and they get it- I mean, wow, what a moment. There are times I have had tears when my students succeed at a technique- it's so special! And that is priceless.

5) You seem to be a very multi-talented musician, I understand you are also a vocal and piano coach for your community, what are the key attributes you look for in a student, especially ones that harbor aspirations to become musicians themselves?

Wow, good question. Probably work ethic and the ability to trust. Students come into my class and they don’t know me from a bar of soap, so there is an element of trust involved; I think people forget that sometimes.

The students who come to me with an existing belief that they are already amazing are usually some of the laziest- because they think they don’t have to work at it. They’ve been told they’re talented- pff- talent isn't skilled without work, it’s just a natural ability that undeveloped and probably laden with technical failures. Anyone can play or sing, but few master their instrument to the point its part of their being. People think that singing happens just by opening your mouth and letting out a note- so not true. I had a drummer student that took voice for 6 months, he was astounded at how much was involved in using the ‘whole’ body to sing. I’ve had students come to me who couldn’t pitch a note, and now they pitch in the right key and melody line.

When I interview potential students I make them aware that this is just like taking an extra school class with homework etc. Children are built for learning- that’s their job, to learn and I think sometimes we underestimate what they’re capable of! I’m a holistic teacher, I teach the whole student. I pay attention to their moods, their diet, their posture, and their fitness. It all affects how they learn their instrument- no matter what that instrument is.

6) You have recently released a song “Lose my number”, Could you explain a bit about that track?

I love this track, it’s empowering and I hope it engages people to stand up to a person who is taking them for granted. When I wrote it I wanted it to empower and help strengthen a person’s resolve into realizing they deserve not just better- but the best for themselves, in love. But, haha, this track makes me laugh.

When I listen to it I’m taken straight back to the situation that inspired it. I even remember opening the window and yelling at him ‘Lose My Number, don’t phone, don’t come knockin' on my door’ He didn’t believe me at first, he rang me the following day to see if I’d cooled off. I just hung up. I haven’t spoken or seen him for over thirty years. What was ironic, was the day the song was released onto major platforms he was being interviewed on local tv about his trade- and he’d never been on tv before. I thought that was hilarious, OMG, I mean what are the odds!

7) That track is off your upcoming blues EP, “ Loves me, loves me not” Could you explain to viewers what to expect?

There will be 10 songs on this blues album. There are some standard twelve-bar blues, some cross-genre with Jazz and Funk, some ballads, chill songs and a couple of songs that make you stand up and yell- ‘hell yeah’!

The journey is about how when you think someone loves you, well they say they do, but then they do something that makes you question that. We all know love hurts- even the ones that last the test of time, but sometimes your partner will do or say something that makes you question their love for you. Most of the time it’s about yours or their baggage, from growing up or other relationships. Most the lyrics are about that, the questions that run around in your head and maybe some of the answers discovered in that journey.

8) what was the recording process like behind the album?

Like juggling raw eggs and balloons all at the same time. haha. The art of compromise and balance with the study, work, relationships, commitments, and performances is the standard for all working musicians, add recording to that and well, its a real balancing act. It’s why the need for skilled reliable musicians is so important.

Lose my number was recorded with session musicians in an hour; Nataleea Murphy on Bass, Sol Radley on Drums, Josh Hansen on guitar, Hollie Longman (co-owner of Music South) on keys and me on vocals. It was quick because my musicians were rehearsed, warmed up and ready to go- professionals. I prefer to record using live musicians, If I can’t there are plenty of other options available in this world of technology. I’m in the process of building a band, which takes time. I have a local recording studio engineer who is amazing, he has done all of my songs. Shout out to Aaron Ives of Music South in Invercargill for he is my audio wizard. I don’t know the technical terms of audio, I know a bit, but not a lot.

I remember on Lose My Number there was a particular part that didn’t have the ‘colour’ I wanted, so I said to him - can we make that part ‘thicker’. It didn’t need much, but enough to make it a little more present and added texture in the mix. He knew exactly what I was talking about. Having a great engineer can make all the difference.

As I’m the songwriter, I’m also the producer because I know exactly how I hear the creation in my head. Relaying that can be difficult sometimes- even with a degree, but without a degree even more so- near impossible I’d say and very frustrating to the professional musicians you’re working with.

9) Did you find the transition to writing a blues album difficult in comparison to your earlier work?

Not really, it’s a feel thing. Blues is about strong emotion, honest emotion and doing your best to get that across. So is Jazz, but Jazz is ‘sweeter’, ‘easier listening’. For me, Blues is grit, growl, and music that makes your body want to fibrillate. The style of the story is different. Each story can lean itself towards ‘a genre’ and then you add the natural timbre of a singer, this is what leans a creation towards a genre.

I’ve written lyrics and then tried to add it to a Jazz creation or Blues and realized it ‘sounds’ ridiculous because for me the story ‘sounds’ pop or reggae. I hope that makes sense. Shifting from genre to genre for me is like changing my underwear, neither present that much of a challenge, and that is down to my degree and being exposed to all mix of contemporary genres for sure!

10)  And what are your thoughts on musicians like yourself trying to gain exposure for their music with the emergence of platforms like Spotify?

Music platforms have their place and they do make it easier to be ‘on the web’, but they also make it harder. Imagine if you will- ‘You’re in the desert, standing in a 5-foot hole, just enough for your shoulders and head to be above ground. You’re surrounded by people in the same situation, all you can see is sand, dirt and musician’s heads. This mass of people spans the size of the Mojave Desert- 124,000km2.

But all the listeners and music agents are in a big circle around the outside of the desert, every musician needs to not only yell loud enough to be heard but loud enough to be heard over the top of everyone else. Therefore it’s important to gather ‘your’ musician community, where you all help each other be heard and who can and are willing to carry the message through. It's a virtual sandstorm to get noticed these days.

 The best way to get noticed today is in real life, grassroots, gigging on the ground. Which is no different to old. Music platforms are for the convenience of fans, where the bands that they hear at grassroots they can now listen to any time, anywhere. Music platforms are a resource for fans and a tool for musicians to help their existing fanbase find them. It is incredibly hard to gain new followers on music platforms like Spotify if you are a virtual unknown. The right marketing helps, but you really need a marketing degree to understand it. All a band can do is create, gig and build a following- that’s it!

11) Do you feel it is hard for a musician to break into the industry these days?

Hell yes! The truth is, we know our music is good, people tell us this and there is a part of you that would like to make it without the big corporates- because most of them are leeches (that might come and bite me in the backside), but you want to make it, not just for you, but for your existing and potential fans- they have earned the right to know they were part of your successful journey because they supported you through it- its a real buzz knowing you’ve helped your local favourites make it global.  Take six60 and Tomorrow People, for example, we are all so proud of them. Tomorrow People are not just a band anymore, they’re a brand and that’s exciting.
 We have so many exciting bands coming up from grassroots in Southland like Murgatroyd - Sweaty Pits, a local metal band, and Nation a Soul Funk band. Another one very new to the scene worth mentioning is Mistress Molly- buckets of skill! I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible musicians.

12) Do you plan to play any forthcoming shows?

Absolutely- once we have the band together and have rehearsed enough covers to add to the originals to gig it, we will be on it like a tyre grabs the road.

13) And finally, what are the future goals for Dee Jazzaz?

I want to perform my originals at Wellington Jazzfest and New York’s Blue Note. They’re my medium goals. Of course, I want to write a full Jazz album, of which I have a few songs up my sleeve.

But the ultimate goal is of course for my music to be known globally! There are so many people I want to reach with my message- Pay attention to what you’re listening to, what type of person is this making you?

Thank you for talking to Rockstarblogs, It has been a pleasure.

It’s been a blast.. cheers.

" Loves Me, Loves Me Not" will be released later this year,

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Michael Mills band- Artist Review

Words were written by Anselm Anderson

The Michael Mills band are a Blues based unit from Huntington Beach, California that has developed a sound that combines r'n'b, soul, funk, and blues to create the ingredients for a cocktail of emotional lyrics and heartwarming music. Mills is joined in the band by some of the best musicians he could find, which include the talents of drummer Ron Ravicchio, bassist Scott Campbell and guitarist Jesse Godoy.

The band describes itself as" a guitar-based band that likes to " dig in" on every song" which is a testament to the examples I'll be exploring. The quintet is currently recording a new album, which is due for release in February 2019. Meanwhile, I'll whet the appetite of any blues aficionados that may be reading this article with a review of a few tracks they have previously recorded. The idea is to introduce you ( the reader) to a new band and let you have an idea of what they are about.

'Dream a Dream'- A powerful blues number that underlies the band's ability to write hook-laden choruses and thoughtful lyrics all entangled in the structured rhythm of good old-fashioned electric blues that share similarities to the influential Stevie Ray Vaughan. This track begins with percussive upbeats that ignite one of many electrifying guitar lines that lift off like the warm glow of summer. The rhythm section remains tight, as the guitar harmonics remain crisp. Mills' timbre is warm and infectious, which is easier to attain a connection to the music.

'Fade Away'- This showcases a more jazz-influenced side to the band packed full of that raw emotion and power experienced in the previous track. A strong horn section is the setting for this ballad about realizing the time to leave a relationship. Mills' vocal range is on full display as the broken-hearted narrator of this piece.

'Baby, I'm Your Man'- This is another beautiful love ballad by The Mike Mills Band. One that is entrenched in pure soul et al Marvyn Gaye. The track is a feel-good one that could be suitable for those long drives home from work. The simple chord progressions and strumming patterns are accommodated by the harmonic textures of dual vocals that are nicely wrapped up with one of those signature solos that seem to constantly paint the picture for the music.

'Trying To Forget you Baby '- I felt this was another example of the band's versatility to adapt to whatever genre the band are useful in playing, this is a more contemporary blues number steeped with more outpourings from the lead vocalist; each syllable dripping with heartache and emotion The rhythm section deserves another mention for complementing the music with some rigid displays of craftsmanship and timings. The bass seems to always be the platform for another squealing guitar solo. each track thus far delivers on its promise of digging into every song. I can see how the band are masterful songwriters, prepared to create beautiful music for the listeners to enjoy.

The Mike Mills band will be releasing an album in February 2019.

Please find links to their websites and music provided within the article.


The Big Dirty- Pheromone- Single Review

words were written by Anselm Anderson

The Big Dirty is a hard rock act from Northampton, England, respectfully tipping paying homage to '70s and 80's classic rock and heavy metal.

The band consists of lead singer James Shaw, Bassist James Cutler, drummer Dave Quigley, and guitarist Chris Datson. The quintet has gradually forged a notorious reputation for memorable tunes and their live shows that feature onstage exploits like firing whiskey out of pistols, cross-dressing, and the odd streaker.

The Big Dirty has appeared on the BBC Radio, including an appearance on Radio 6's Huey Morgan Music Show, as well as headlining notable venues in London.
The band now release newest single "Pheromone," their latest from mini album Sex Rock City.
A heady concoction of fist-pumping, gritty rock that will truly shake your foundations that starts off with a powerful groove induced riff that instantly hooks the listener into full throttle mode before the introduction of Shaw's whispery vocals that oozes attitude and character. The mid-tempo rhythm helps build tension and retain composure sets up neatly for the bridge of double guitar harmonics before Shaw raises his pitch in time for when the chorus hits like a cannonball full of melody and enrichment.

I feel the lyrical content suits the writer's coolness in the ability to construct an easy on the ear track that would be beneficial for commercial radio stations. The overall chemistry between the four musicians conveys to the listener here. The distorted guitars and tuned down bass help to achieve the rightful goal of a track to be heard.

Sex Rock City is out now via all good musical platforms.  Please listen to the track below;