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.

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.

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.

Often artists are able to express their best works when put in a familiar environment, where knowing who they are working with make them feel even more at ease and capable to release their talent in full stretch.

It is, in some way, what happened on the brand new record of the American veteran saxophonist, guitarist and singer/songwriter Jimmy Carpenter, called Soul Doctor, a record where Carpenter, more than in any of his previous solo albums, was able to display his many abilities as a musician in a truly outstanding high standard.

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. 

There is an old saying about the fact that it is never too late for great things to come and this is no exception for music too. After a year from its release date in the United States, finally Europe gets to hear too the new self-titled record of one of the most exciting bands around, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones.

Despite the average young age of all the band members, (front-woman Hannah Wicklund, 21, has started performing live age 8 and this record is the band's third release), what has been achieved on the band's new album is highly impressive, not just in terms of the collective's strong musical cohesion and unity but also for the remarkable quality of the songs present on the record.

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