2016 and 2017 have been two significant years in the life and career of one of the most prominent and creative British artists of the last decade, Big Boy Bloater.

With a comeback album of the calibre of the 2016 Luxury Hobo, a record that saw a huge commercial success with fans both from a record selling perspective and a Tour that registered several Sold Out dates, plus a myriad of unanimous consensus coming not only from the British music press but also from most parts of Europe, it must have been exciting times for the Hampshire-based singer/songwriter and guitarist but also some extra added pressure in the making of the follow-up of such a greatly appreciated and very successful record like Luxury Hobo was.

There are few things in somebody's life really difficult to share with the rest of the world, especially when it comes to talk about anxieties, fears, dreams and hopes. On this subject and having said that, there are very few artists worldwide left able to strip their souls down in such an honest and at the same time, spiritual way as well as the American singer and songwriter Dana Fuchs does.

On her brand new record just released and called Love Lives On, the New York-based artist, despite coming from a very intense couple of years in her personal life, has managed to chisel, through this new album, an authentic musical masterpiece that highlights all the enormous artistic skills that Dana Fuchs possesses. Her voice is more powerful than ever, her autobiographical lyrics reach a compositional level of great depth and Fuchs' grit as a performer, on Love Lives On, resounds more alive and kicking now more than in any of her previous works.

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.

Two glorious decades spent into the music business expressing immense artistry and 14 albums under the belt would make most musicians wanting to slow down and enjoy the fun side of making music.

Maybe many would do so but not the Missouri-born guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer Mike Zito. At this stage of his life and music career, Zito is creating, as the years go by, artworks under form of records of a remarkable depth, quality and intensity, in an unstoppable, artistic progression developed especially in the last 5 years, since the Gone To Texas album.

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. 

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.

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