Bluebird Reviews Music Awards 2016 - The Winners

The first ever Bluebird Reviews Music Awards has been one of the proudest moments in the history of our website and we are, without hiding our excitements, pleased to announce the winners for the two Award's categories:


The Award for 2016 Bluebird Review's Artist Of The Year goes to:





                                                                                                         Beth Hart




The Award for 2016 Bluebird Review's Best Live Act goes to:









Many congratulations to the Award's winners and to all the artists nominated in both categories for being part, through their immense talent of Bluebird Review's shortlists.


Thank you also to all our readers and to who support music every single day through their hard work and dedication. A piece of this Awards belongs to you all too.





Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

Bob Dylan Wins the Noble Prize in Literature

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Bringing it all back home: Dylan Wins the Noble Prize in Literature

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016

Imagine the surprise of hearing Bob Dylan's raw untrained voice for the very first time back in the mid-60s. Recently the world experienced the same revelation when the famed and coveted Noble Prize in Literature was awarded to Dylan. This was the first time this honor was bestowed upon a musician. (The last "award" hoisted upon him was "spokesman of a generation." One that Dylan refused to accept.) Although his press team acknowledged the award with enthusiasm the iconic singer and songwriter did not speak out about it publicly for several weeks.Subsequently the committee was left in the dark.
On the other end of the spectrum the public and press were thrilled to honor him. This was a watershed moment for both the Noble prize as well as for popular music itself.Yet Dylan chose to remain in the shadows.
A committee statement issued from the chairwoman stated that they would move forward and celebrate the honor, even if Dylan failed to show.
After approximately 2 weeks had passed without any form of communication from Dylan the Prize committee released a statement, indicating that his silence on this occasion could be cited as nothing less than rude(more accurately one member of the committee called Mr. Dylan 'impolite and arrogant'").
Unfortunately the committee does not know the real Bob Dylan.On October 29,Dylan finally broke his silence and stated to the Nobel Prize Committee that he was 'speechless' and was happy to accept the honor. Awesome Bob.

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Dan Reed Network - The New Single "The Brave"

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(Photo By Anders Gustavsson III)


It's always refreshing to hear that band's reunions is not, all the time, about money and trying to cash in as much as possible but sometimes, as in the case of Dan Reed Network, purely for the love of music. When Dan Reed Network, one of the most eclectic rock bands of the 80's decided to call it a day, back in the early 90's, nobody would have expected to see them making such a successful comeback as they have done with their 2016 brand new album, Fight Another Day, just released last month.

The album of the Oregon's collective features a collection of 13 brand new songs and see the band dazzling their fans with catchy rock tunes. It's a very interesting and highky entertaining record, containing an interesting amalgam of Prog Rock elements, thanks to the excellent work of The Man Himself Dan Reed, Funk and even Soul.


Dan Reed Network

The first single extracted from the album, Divided, had showed already the band's new found inspiration, not just musically but also lyrically through a very uptempo rock beat that somehow echoes especially in the intro of the song, the sound that made Bon Jovi one of the most famous rock bands worldwide.

Dan Reed Network has now released a second single called The Brave, equally uplifting, with excellent lyrics and choruses, a guaranteed radio-friendly tune.

The song is released Monday 18th July worldwide and the video of the song can be found at the YouTube link below:

The Brave - YouTube



Giovanni "Gio" Pilato


Narcao Blues Festival 2016 - 20th-23rd July - Sardegna (Italy)

Narcao Festival


It's one of the longest running Blues Festival ever in Italy and one of the most prestigious music event for Blues music worldwide. Throughout the years, in this wonderful corner of the world, deep in the heart of Sardegna, one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, the Festival has featured some of the most important names of the Blues and Blues/Rock circle, artists like Scott Henderson, Popa Chubby, Canned Heat, Mick Taylor, John Mayall, Robben Ford, Peter Green, The Neville Brothers and many more.

For the 26th edition of the Narcao Blues Festival, which will take place from 20th to 23rd of July, the event organisers have done, once again, a fantastic job in assembling some of the most popular artists worldwide.

The program of the Festival will include 2 concerts every night and the artists performing will be the following:


Wednesday 20th July:

Mr. Owl & The Groovy Walkers (Italy)

Roland Tchakounte' (Cameroon)


Thursday 21st July:

Laurence Jones (United Kingdom)

Lucky Peterson (United States)


Friday 22nd July:

On The Road Quartet (Italy)

Moreland & Arbuckle (United States)


Saturday 23rd July:

Luke Winslow-King (United States)

Sweet Soul Music Revue (United States).


If you happen to be in Sardegna in Italy, for leasure or for any other purpose, this is a music event not to be missed. Twenty-six years featuring the cream of the Blues artists on the planet and thousands of music fans coming from all over the world to witness it every year say so.



Giovanni "Gio" Pilato


Rival Sons to Play Portland, Maine

Rival Sons    

The Long Beach, California quartet, RIVAL SONS, are touring with Black Sabbath. Sabbath has embarked on their final world tour, before the band settles into retirement. Rival Sons, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are just beginning to claim their own stake in the future of Rock and Roll Legendry.

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Out On The Tiles

Joe Bonamassa: Wang Theatre, Boston, MA, November 3, 2011

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Joe Bonamassa ROCKS Boston, November 3, 2011.

Joe Bonamassa descended on the Wang this Thursday playing to a crowd of 3,000. This self made Blues Titan stayed close to his roots, yet soared through the roof with classic and electric blues. Just a day before taping a live DVD of his solo work, he performed a wide range of songs from his deep catalog, including the recent release, Dust Bowl. He started off sleek and fantastic, building a show that ended with sporting a Bruins jersey and jamming ZZ Top and Zeppelin. Fans who had seen him several times told us after the show that this was one of his best performances. He was completely on his mark.

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