Some music fans may find difficult to believe that a band that has been together for 25 years and released countless live albums, they may be still able to surprise and entertain their followers at a very high level of musicianship.

In most cases, this way of thinking may prove true to many artists, but it certainly doesn't apply to one of the most powerful, sonically multi-faceted and forward thinking bands in the world today, the American four-piece collective Gov't Mule.

For the best part of her artistic life, the music career of Canadian singer/songwriter Holly Hyatt has been linked to her father's one, guitarist and singer Jon Burden. As one half of the project called Holly and Jon, Hyatt has achieved great artistic goals, together with her father, in the last decade.

Throughout their careers, the duo heavily impressed fans and music press in Canada and in the States especially through two key records, the 2012's album called 1929 and Shufflin' The Blues, released in 2016, two albums that combined elements of Roots, Americana and Folk in an irresistible musical and vocal combo of great beauty and intensity created by both father and daughter.

In the lifetime of many musicians, it often happens for them to go through personal rites of passage, that translate sooner or later, into an artist’s own body of work.

Universally known as one of the best guitarists on a worldwide scale, Blues/Rock’s King Midas Kenny Wayne Shepherd has not only, through the years, demonstrated that he has an excellent singing voice (sharing, in this way, more vocal responsibilities with that fabulous singer in the KWS Band’s that is Noah Hunt) but he is also greatly skilled as a songwriter.

Italy has always been one of those country able to provide an endless amount of music artists through times and different generations. Italian music has grown and evolved a lot, through the years and the last half a century has been, so far, one of the most inspired, artistically speaking, for "Il Bel Paese".

One of those artists that has been building, since the beginning of his career, an increasing amount of appreciation coming from the worldwide press and music fans, is World Music and Jazz singer/songwriter Joe Barbieri.

There are very few artists, currently, on the contemporary musical scene, who greatly gratify music writers, whenever they release a new body of work. The reason is related to the fact that these artists are able to move their musical path forward with effectiveness, intelligence and talent, applying new musical streaks to their sound but always remaining very recognizable, stylistically, in the eyes of their fans, thanks to their talent, either in playing an instrument at very high levels or thanks to a remarkable vocal talent.

And when it comes to incorporating talents of all kinds, vocal and sonic ones, together with constant artistic growth, one of those names that immediately springs to mind is that of the guitarist and singer/songwriter Albert Castiglia.


German Industrial Techno-Metal band Rammstein used to be, in the early days of their career, to the eyes of some music fans, like marmite, you either loved them or hated them.

Their 1997 biggest ever hit to date though, called Du Hast, became an authentic game changer for the Teutonic Rock band, with the German collective growing exponentially, from that point on, in popularity year after year and album after album. Their explosive formula of Metal and dark Industrial Rock, slowly moved, through the years, in wider musical territory, from Techno to minimalistic Electronica, culminating in that masterful record called Liebe Ist Für Alle Da in 2009, which was, coincidentally, also their last studio album to date.

Sometimes, some music producers tend to be hyper-cool about the artists they are working with and their records and often, they come out with grand adjectives to define a new body of work and the quality of who makes such records.

As an exception, producer Peter Collins got it absolutely spot on, when describing the time he was working with Rockabilly Heroes Stray Cats, on the making of their new album called 40, due to be released on 24th May, by saying: "There's something very special about Stray Cats; nobody else sounds like them".

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