It's rather refreshing and inspiring to listen, in these days and age, a rising star of Blues/Rock like the Australian Guitar Prodigy Matty T Wall taking a gamble on releasing an album-homage to his Blues music Heroes like Transpacific Blues Vol. 1.


Since the release of his hugely successful 2016 debut album Blue Skies, which saw Wall gaining the interest and appreciation of the whole Blues/Rock music worldwide press, the last 3-4 years of the Australian artist's career have been constantly on a high, between touring extensively the whole of Australia and releasing the 2018's follow-up album to Blue Skies called Sidewinder, who was also highly praised by music experts and fans of the genre too.

In these days and age and in an art form like music, constantly looking for new and exciting layers of sound or melodies that need to capture the imagination of the listeners, it is rather refreshing to hear a collective that it is, instead, rather focusing on following their own instincts as musicians, privileging their natural, artistic evolution like the Swedish Daniel Karlsson Trio.


With their previous album called 5, a record that received numerous and unanimous plaudits from the worldwide press and by their generous amount of fans spread all over the world on its release, it must have not been easy, for the Scandinavian Jazz Aces, to resist to the temptation to record a new album that would have followed a similar sonic path of its illustrious predecessor.

One of the greatest skills of many musicians of the 70's was that of being able to explore the infinite horizons of Rock'N'Roll, by giving freedom to their own creativity and, at the same time, creating songs of a strong musicality, with inspired bridges and choruses that would add an extra, melodic dimension to an already remarkable body of work.


While some of said artists have not quite been able to maintain a constant high standard of musical longevity, through the years and for reasons unknown, fortunately there are still musicians of that era, like ex-Mountain singer/songwriter and Prodigy Drummer Corky Laing, capable to deliver impressive new material by experimenting diverse and interesting ideas with different layers of sound, build on a familiar Rock'N'Roll sonic ground.

It is often a risky move to make an entire cover album about one of the greatest Rock'N'Rollers of all times, like the late great Chuck Berry and surely, at same point, even an extremely talented guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer like Mike Zito might have thought that too.


Zito has never hidden his huge respect and musical devotion to Berry's huge songbook and it felt almost inevitable that, at a certain stage of his career, Zito would have paid his personal homage to one of the most loved Rock'N'Roll pioneers, like Berry used to and always will be.

One of the greatest qualities, for an artist, is that of willing to expand his/her musicianship by trying to explore different layers of music that can be integrated in the trademark sound that said artist has modeled, through the years. 

Since their extraordinary debut in 2012, Rock Supergroup Flying Colors has vastly expanded their tried-and-true formula made of Progressive, Hard-Rock and Psychedelia, combined with strong melodies and an intricate, but highly palatable, song structure, different every time. 

It is refreshing to see that, in the sometimes artificial contemporary music business, there is still somebody who believes to the fact that music shouldn't be defined by genre, but it should rather be following the artist's instinct, in a sort of natural musical manifestation free by any labeling cage.

This is exactly the way that the English singer/songwriter and talented guitarist Jack Broadbent visions music in his mind and in his soul, through his rather splendid and inspired new record called Moonshine Blue.

The last 24 months of London-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Jack J Hutchinson have been pretty intense, on many levels, personal and artistic ones. His first solo album Paint No Fiction was one of the biggest independent success stories of 2018 in the United Kingdom and beyond, with the artist acquiring an increasing amount of fans and Music Press attention in his country of origin and in few parts of Europe, thanks to a powerful music combo made of 90's Brit-Rock, 70's Psychedelia and Acid-Rock songs, displaying great moments of brilliancy in the songwriting and ability in building catchy tunes with cleverly constructed bridges and choruses. 


Being the prolific songwriter he has always been since the beginning of his career, Hutchinson had a lot to say about what went on, in recent times, in his personal life, about family and the state of his country, in general, facing challenging times, through some new material that revealed the guitarist and singer/songwriter's growth not just on a human level but, most importantly for his fans, on an artistic one too.

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