Review: Quinn Sullivan – Midnight Highway

It’s a marketing team’s nightmare: Quinn Sullivan is a child prodigy who is about to grow up.
A talented young blues guitarist already a decade into a recording career, Sullivan has performed with Clapton! and BB King! (and some other people) at the Hollywood Bowl! and Madison Square Gardens! (and some other places). This is his third album! His mentor is the great Buddy Guy! Here’s the Unique Selling Point – ready? – Sullivan is only 17 years old.
But next year he’s 18 and they can’t play the ‘kid-with-the-guitar’ card forever. So they’ve checked the marketing handbook. It’s time to “reposition the offering”.

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Review: Los Supremos

Vigilant visitors to The Fountain may have registered my interest in loud electric guitars. Nobody does loud guitars better than occasional geniuses Los Supremos – the best bar band in Britain.

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Review: Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed

I wasn’t looking forward to this. A comeback album by a middle aged blues and soul artist, little known outside his native Chicago. A mix of originals and covers, marshalled by a ‘veteran producer’, using the cream of Nashville and Memphis session players (holy cow, is Steve Cropper still alive?). All this plus cameos by younger, more ‘relevant’ artists, whose name will be less relevant if you live in, say, Inverkeithing. The word ‘featuring’ (never as inviting as marketing guys think) appears eight times in the track listing. I could almost hear the songs before I pressed Play. And then I pressed Play…

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Review: Red Pine Timber Company

I put it to you that Perth is the Nashville of Scotland. Consider the evidence: Perth hosts Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival (approximately 10,000 visitors per year for the last 12 years) and the Southern Fried Festival (coming up on its tenth year – alumni include Steve Earle, Seasick Steve, Rosanne Cash and Lyle Lovett) and now the city seems to have a new barbecue-flavoured event in the form of a Christmas residency by local heroes Red Pine Timber Company.

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Review: The 306: Dawn

It was a war crime. 306 damaged and terrified men and boys shot dead, as a warning to others. The order didn’t come from Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad or Isil. It came from the British Army during  World War 1. The victims were our own soldiers.

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