One of the secrets behind the success of a great album is the ability to keep the sound fresh and vibrant throughout the record, at the same time entertaining the listeners and jiggling different musical layers that magically fits inside one another, like a perfectly shaped sonic Matrioska.

This is something that the Leicester-born and London-based troubadour Jack J Hutchinson and his band of brothers Boom Boom Brotherhood fully manage to achieve in their debut album called Set Your Heart For The Sun.

There is no doubts about the fact that American Guitar Titan Joe Bonamassa is one of the most skilled and talented blues/rock guitarist worldwide. As such, Bonamassa likes also to challenge himself continuously, motivating himself and his artistry by doing, from time to time, Tribute Concerts dedicated to those musicians that meant a lot to him, during his early years of guitar playing and perhaps, mean a lot still now.

The American Guitar Maestro has never hidden his love and devotion to a time where Blues/Rock reached incredible artistic peaks, especially in the United Kingdom, thanks also to extraordinary guitarists that, just as Bonamassa is achieving in modern times right now, wrote memorable pages of music history through the 70's.

The 70's have been, without a doubt, a decade that has created a vital turning point in the history of rock and roll. The genre was progressively moving, during that time, into new dimensions and forms, from Progressive to Psychedelia, from Glam to Hard-Rock.

Many of the best records of all times came from this very important stage of rock & roll history and the genre was flourishing every day with new ideas, new incredible talents, new ways to move forward a music style so close to millions of people around the globe.

There are not many bands around able to materialize, through their music, not just their individual talent as musicians but also the Scandinavian rhythm of life and human nature as well as the Swedish collective Daniel Karlsson Trio does.


The band's new album, simply called 5 (being this indeed the band's fifth release), is one of those records that, straight from the first notes of the dreamy opening tune Dubious Whisper, captures immediately everyone's attention, intrigues and entertains the listener thanks to an instinctive, eclectic and imaginative sonic blend of Jazz, Ambient and occasionally, even Electronica.

It's hard to believe that 25 years have gone by in the artistic life of Finnish Blues Baron Micke Bjorklof and his band of brothers Blue Strip. Formed back in 1991, at the core of the collective's backbone band leader, singer and multi-instrumentalist Bjorklof and bass player Seppo Nuolikoski have always been there from the beginning, with different band members replaced throughout the Finnish collective's history. 


Despite having recorded few studio albums throughout their career, Bjorklof and his band have built, throughout this last quarter of a century, a solid reputation and credibility as one of the most fresh and exciting live acts coming from Europe. The secret being not just the strong individual skills of each band member, but also their winning blues/rock formula, one able to embrace and to amalgamate cleverly various elements belonging to different styles, from Blues to Latin, from Jazz to Rock. 

For many artists, a new record is like a new re-birth and this is a concept that singer/songwriter and guitarist Bernard Allison applies often in his records, especially when hard times hit him hard, as it happened in the making of his new album called Let It Go, using music as a therapeutic weapon to release all the negative things happening during the making of the new record.


His 18th album had indeed met deep obstacles to overcome, emotionally, for the American artist. The loss of a brother and a sister in a relatively short amount of time had a profound effect on Allison, somebody that, in his life, had often faced painful situation, starting from the premature death of his father, the great Luther Allison. 

Who said that you cannot combine passions like martial arts with rock and roll and perform them both at an outstanding level of ability? Guitarist and singer/songwriter Kris Barras certainly know well how to make a lifestyle recipe like this to work until 2014, when he retired from his cage fighting activity and fully focusing solely on music.


Somebody that has never been shy to live his life at full throttle, Barras has loved music and martial arts since a very early stage of his life, opting for the latter when he realized, at some point, that bookings for cage fighting were coming more often than live touring as a musician, until his change of direction in 2014.

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