There is so much that has been said and written about the American Guitar Prodigy and singer/songwriter Eric Gales, throughout his solo career so far.

Unquestionably, whilst being universally recognized as a true Guitar Virtuoso, Gales has also gone through various highs and lows in his career and personal life, in recent years, until finally finding peace and clarity with himself, as a human being. This positive outcome helped the American guitarist to re-gain, as a natural consequence, that desire that helped him to focus on his many artistic talents and ignite again that spark and creativity that has and still makes of Eric Gales one of the classiest and most inspired Blues/Rock guitarists of this generation.

The world of music is a very difficult one to understand. In the last half century, in particular, it seems that often (and sadly) aestheticism supported by low artistic talent is preferred to artists with immense compositional, singing and musical skills, thus placing, in this way, the global concept of "music" at a somewhat immature and disrespectful level.

It may therefore seem a total nonsense that there is still someone who in the last twenty years has never heard of the Danish singer-songwriter Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, an artist who has, repeatedly, in this first part of the century, produced records of great value and staure, showing off not only talent in industrial quantities but also an eclectic and extensive musical background that is rarely easy to find, in the context of contemporary music of the century that we are currently experiencing.

In these days and age, it is very gratifying for a writer to review a Blues album that encapsulates the original values of the genre so well like Wasted Youth, the brand new album from American singer/songwriter and guitarist Mick Kolassa.

Written largely during the height of the pandemic in 2020, Wasted Youth is a heartwarming, disarmingly sincere and incredibly well structured record in all its aspects, in a year particularly difficult for the veteran American Blues artist, from a personal level.

It has been some time since Canadian Electro-Synth/Punk group Men Without Hats had a new studio album released. Their very last effort, back in 2012 and called Love In The Age Of War had received excellent reviews, something that doesn't surprise those that have known Men Without Hats since the early 80's, at the time that their hit single Safety Dance topped the charts of several countries in the world.

Their band-leader Ivan Doroschuk, who co-founded the album back in 1978, had decided to use wisely the time given by the worldwide pandemic that had stopped the world in its tracks for almost 18 months by focusing on gathering together some new material written in studio or in the back of their tour bus, during their Neverending Tour around the world (prior to Covid19). On top of that, Men Without Hats also decided to dust off some never-before-released songs written back in the 80's from their archive and re-work on them by chopping and adding new parts to them.

There is something undeniably special, about the contemporary Hard Rock formula brought by Eric Harmon and Dustin Back, aka Reverend Jack, through their debut album called A Mile From Home.

After spending the last 14 months On The Road, prior to the beginning of the pandemic that has hit the whole world, Harmon and Back have been working solidly with some of the biggest names of past and present of Rock'N'Roll, from Foreigner to Jared James Nichols and Crobot, just to mention a few. 

It's good to have the Welsh guitarist and singer/songwriter Bedwyr Morgan back on the music scene, through his brand new album called Looking Ahead.

Always an inspired and talented artist all around, Morgan has certainly used the forced pause from the music scene mainly dictated by the pandemic wisely, in the last 18 months or so, to gather together an album that symbolizes the Welsh artist's state of mind about the future and what does the future hold, not only for himself but also for Wales, his native country for which Morgan holds a strong emotional attachment since forever.

It would be a great shame to leave behind, without tributing to it the deserved justice, a record of such strong and powerful musical and lyrical depth, like Break, from the American Singer/Songwriter Pamela Sue Mann.

Released towards the end of 2019 and self-produced by Mann herself, the record released has undoubtedly suffered, as many other hundreds of thousands of records worldwide, of the negative and often tragic knock-on-effect created by the pandemic that has severely hit the whole planet very early in 2020 on many levels, including the music industry.

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