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Blues Rock


Tofteberg – I Wanna Wake Up: Tight As You Like Americana Blues Rock

Americana Blues Rock doesn’t come much tighter than what you’ll find in up and coming artist Tofteberg’s debut album “Line Up Behind Me”.

While each of the singles is a masterfully polished aural treat, there’s no better introduction to Tofteberg’s sound than the standout single “I Wanna Wake Up”. Whether the sex-appeal was accidental or mindfully implanted in the bass licks, it was efficaciously captivating all the same.

I Wanna Wake Up shares similarities with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, yet, under Tofteberg’s deft talent, the soundscape has an infinitely more mellifluous smooth-flowing feel. But that’s not to say that you won’t find a handful of mind-altering guitar riffs in the mix.

You can check out Tofteberg’s single I Wanna Wake Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also find the rest of their provocatively rhythmic album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers – Fyre: An Alt Indie Rock Essential

Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ latest single “Fyre” comes with that rare chest-swelling electrifying feeling you as you listen to the alchemic-beyond-definition dynamic instrumental progressions.

The seriously nuanced instrumentals carve a sublime mix of Indie, Blues, Rock, and Psych. While the dreamy synergetic Indie Rock vocals lace the soundscape with plenty of personable appeal. If you can imagine what it would sound like if Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, (when they were good), Interpol, and Angel Olsen produced a record together. You’d get an idea of just how distinctively innovative Fyre is.

The anthemically-charged single affirms that this up and coming artist definitely won’t be classed as up and coming for long. Their talent is only matched by their ingenuity when it comes to their tonally-diverse hits which carry the perfect amount of nostalgic appeal without trying to revive a sound which has had its time.

You can check out Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ single Fyre by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ryan Snyder – Some Things Never Change: A Super-Charged Blast of High-Octane Rock

Whatever your sexual orientation, I can guarantee that you’re going to find the riffs in Nashville-based artist Ryan Snyder’s latest single “Some Things Never Change” more than a little bit sexy.

The feisty ode to Rock is a high-octane blast of pure rhythmic wonder. But it isn’t through intensity or speed where Ryan Snyder sets themselves apart (although there’s a lot of that too). It’s how their eclectic array of influences find their way into their sound.  Within Some Things Never Change, you’ll find the mesmerism of Blues along with combined with reminiscences of the likes of Guns n’ Roses, Buckcherry, and Led Zeppelin.

Even if you’ve been plugged into a constant stream of Rock music since the 70s, Ryan Snyder will still give you plenty to get excited about. It’s discovering artists like this that makes you realise just how skewed lists of ‘top guitarists’ truly must be.

You can check out Ryan Snyder’s single Some Things Never Change for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Callie Tomblin – I Don’t Know You: Unflinchingly Evocative Alt Rock

Hitting play on a new artist can be daunting, but the prelude to Callie Tomblin’s standout single “I Don’t Know You” from their latest album immediately greets you with a comfortingly rhythmic guitar hook which pulls you into a visceral feat of Alt Rock.

With Country, Indie, and Blues all infused into the arrangement, I Don’t Know You has plenty of unpredictable increments of alchemy at the same time as being incredibly accessible.

The nuancedly sublime groove of the Bluesy Rock instrumentals creates the perfect platform for Callie Tomblin’s vocals. The unflinchingly evocative style of the raw vocals allowed me to find reminiscences between Callie and Eddie Vedder’s as they found the perfect combination between rough and smooth.

You can check out I Don’t Know You along with the rest of Callie Tomblin’s second album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joey Rodriguez – Loathsome Blues: Meet Your New Jazz Blues Guitar Hero

If you’re not compelled to hit play on up and coming Jazz & Blues artist Joey Rodriguez’s latest release “Loathsome Blues” for the melancholically intriguing name alone, there are plenty of added incentives infused into the soundscape itself.

The first being the sheer talent of Joey Rodriguez as an instrumentalist, it’s not just about the technical ability possessed to create such absorbing riffs, but it’s their ability to lace each note with resonant emotion. With the percussion and bass setting a solid backbone of the track, Joey Rodriguez’s Bluesy riffs are free to soar above the rest of the arrangement. And that’s all before the archaically inspired vocals kick in. Even though Joey Rodriguez may have borrowed a few dulcet tones from decades past to create Loathsome Blues, through the production there’s still a modern, sleek feel to the track.

Jazz and Blues may not be commonly found in the UK top 40, but it is tracks such as Loathsome Blues which make the genre more accessible than ever.

You can check out Joey Rodriguez’s Hendrix-style riffs and Blues Pop vocals for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Michael Tyree – All the Time: Timelessly Captivating Folk Rock

Up and coming artist Michael Tyree has recently released their latest orchestration of Bluesy Folk-Rock “All the Time”. And it is exactly the kind of track which is handy to have on your playlists as an aural pick me up.

Michael Tyree’s melodically arrestive approach to Rock is timeless. While the single comes with lashings of nostalgia, his style is nuanced enough to make the vibrant rhythms as potent as they were the first time they stung you.

Yet, I’m fairly certain that a soundscape quite like All the Time has ever been created before. Along with filthy Heavy Rock riffs, you’ll also be ingesting uplifting elements of Folk which aren’t all too dissimilar to what you can expect from the Levellers. The vocals also see plenty of progression in the track from gentle harmonized versing to high-octane Rock vocals. There’s little room to wonder why All the Time feels like such an emotional rollercoaster.

So, if you could imagine a combination of the sounds of the Levellers, Bob Dylan, and Springsteen, you’d get a fairly good idea of what Michael Tyree has to offer with their latest single.

You can check All the Time out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Mellifluous Alt Blues Rock Powerhouse Cowboy Diplomacy Are Back with Their Latest Single “Bad Man”

There was no forgetting Cowboy Diplomacy after they explosively burst onto our radars with their raucous Blues Rock single “The Get Down” this summer.

And we’re more than happy to see that they’ve poured more of their authentic Alt Southern Blues Rock sound onto the airwaves with “Bad Man”. There may be plenty of gritty, grimy imagery contained within the single, but the instrumental arrangement carves out a succinctly fluid soundscape.

The music industry suffers from a collective apathy when it comes to hitting play on new artists. Which is totally understandable, frequently, music asks for your attention and gives little in return. But that most definitely isn’t the case with Bad Man, through the perfectly polished layers of Blues you’ll be treated to a potent dose of cathartic aural escapism.

The Austin-based mellifluous powerhouse seems to be in the habit of creating smooth, jazzy, soulful tonalities through energetically rhythmic tracks, it’s going to be incredibly exciting to hear what comes next.

You can check out Cowboy Diplomacy’s latest single Bad Man for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


John Black Wolf – Last Train Home: Roots-Deep Vintage Blues

“Last Train Home” is just one of the emotively piercing singles which you will find on Folk Singer-Songwriter John Black Wolf’s debut album.

The wanderlust Blues single unfolds with a vintage tonality which should be plenty of appeal to fans of Springsteen and Bryan Adams. But make no mistake, Last Trian Home won’t offer you predictability or familiarity. The intricately progressive nature of the single moves from pensive piano melodies into striking semi-orchestral swells before seamlessly building up to roots-deep Rock complete with sonically powerful choruses.

Last Train Home is like listening to one of Bob Dylan’s more pensive aural treats and a high-octane Rock hit all in one. With the cinematic production on the single, along with the magnetic draw of John Black Wolf’s effortlessly unflinching vocals, Last Train Home is a single which we definitely won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

You can check out Last Train Home which was released on September 1st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Todd Morse – My Shoes: The Blues Rock Track to Shake the Cobwebs Off Your Soul

LA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Todd Morse has recently released their debut 2019 album “Late Bloomer”. And after 20 years of homing in on his craft performing with of Juliette and the Licks and the Offspring you’re more than entitled to have plenty of expectation when you hit play on this album. But Todd Morse certainly doesn’t disappoint especially with their standout single “My Shoes”.

While each of the 13 tracks is swimming in infectiously uplifting energy wrapped up in well-matured talent, My Shoes possesses an ethereally arrestive propensity right from the prelude. You can sense the life seeping from the notes, and the high-octane passion which is potent enough to shake the cobwebs off your soul. As if that wasn’t enough, Todd Morse has also proven with his angularly absorbing riffs that if anyone is taking names for contemporary guitar heroes, he should definitely be counted.

Todd Morse has used his album to show that age is irrelevant when it comes to artistic expression; which I commonly argue using the National as an example, but my argument has never been stronger thanks to tracks such as My Shoes.

While Todd Morse has more than done his dues in the music industry with major artists, it would have been criminal if his album which uses influence from the likes of Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Clash were never recorded. His talent as a songwriter almost transcends his vibrant vocal dynamic and fretboard mastery.

You can check out Todd Morse’s track My Shoes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Whitebeard – Bent Out of Shape: Roots of Authentic Blues Wrapped Up in an Alt Rock Arrestive Arrangement

If it’s been a while since you hit play on an authentically immersive Blues Rock track, Whitebeard’s single “Bent Out of Shape” is the perfect reintroduction to the ambience of the melodies combined with the emotivity of the lyricism.

Bent Out of Shape was just one of the singles found on the Canadian up and coming artist’s latest album “Plaid is the New Black”.

Even though there may be plenty of artists still playing plenty of odes to the roots of blues with their archaic takes on sound, the overwhelming amount of vocal harmony combines with the intricacy of the guitar progressions until you’re left with a mesmeric hit of aural synergy.

You can check out Bent Out of Shape along with the rest of the album by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast