Von Hertzen Brothers plus Messenger at The Rainbow, Birmingham 23 March 2016


Seeing a band of Von Hertzen Brothers’ quality and experience up close in a small venue was a rare opportunity and a treat for any live music fan. For VHB fans particularly, this was a great opportunity to catch them before they headline larger UK venues, which is where the band deserve to be.

10 best songs of 2014


Here’s a Spotify playlist of my favourite 10 songs released this year:

  1. Dynamo – Johnny Marr
  2. Careless – Royal Blood
  3. Ain’t Got No – Black State Highway
  4. The Dirty Truth – Joanne Shaw Taylor
  5. Eurydice – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
  6. Never Give All Your Heart – Jo Bonamassa
  7. Rockabilly Blues – Brian Setzer
  8. Slingshot – Left Lane Cruiser
  9. Electric Man – Rival Sons
  10. World On Fire – Slash


Valve guitar amps for blues rock


At the end of 2012 I made a resolution to play guitar in a band regularly by the end of 2013. Four months on and things are coming together. I’ve played two gigs with Rhino & The Ranters and I’m starting a blues rock band with Alistair Jones. After two Ranters gigs and rehearsing with Alistair at Highbury Studios, I’ve found that I need a better guitar amp.