Interview: artist, Alexander Rhys

Music is a bit of a saviour for Alex. It’s often his means of escape from the day-to-day anxiety he deals with. In fact, artists like B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Santana help him lose himself and relax… I’m an abstract artist. In fact, abstract expressionism is my thing. Just painting, in the moment,…

Review: Red Rooster 2019

The blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and soul of the US of A land at a stately home in Suffolk for a weekend of all things Americana… Words Russ Cook It’s 10pm, the stars are out and I’m swiggin’ from a bottle of Jim Beam. Me and a bunch of friends are watching the awesome J.D…

Feature: Riff rundown

To highlight just how many great tunes are remembered, primarily, for the guitar lines at the heart of the song, we’ve compiled 15 of our favourite riffs… Words Russ Cook 15. Cream – ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ Despite his protestations, Eric Clapton was once hailed as ‘God’. This riff, among the gazillion more he’s written since…

Feature: Tracing the riff

We’ve themed this month’s box around them, but what exactly is a riff? Allow us to breakdown its history for you… Words Russ Cook The Oxford English Dictionary defines a riff as: “A short repeated phrase in popular music and jazz, typically used as an introduction or refrain in a song.” Perhaps more specific to rock…

Interview: artist, Vijaya

When she’s not drawing, you’ll find Vijaya dancing, listening to stories or indulging in her favourite past time: napping in the scorching sun of the Sultanate of Oman… I’ve always been a television brain. I live in my head. But I grew up in the most picturesque place, with the most peaceful beaches. I love…

Interview: Joe Hastings, Help Musicians UK

In recent years, the mental health of those working in creative fields (not least in music) has become a real issue requiring a new understanding of the demands and pressures involved. We chatted with Joe Hastings of Help Musicians UK to learn more about what might have changed and what can be done about it… Words Russ Cook Russ Cook…

Feature: Lost legends, the stats

In recent years it has started to seem like we’re losing legends on a daily basis. So, our team writer Isla has compiled  a list, Top Trumps style, detailing  our legend’s characters’ highlights and their legacies. Words Isla McGregor Born 17.09.1969 From Redbridge, London How it started Flint got his moment to shine when he performed for…

News: More acts confirmed for Black Deer

The all-things Americana and country festival has just confirmed a host of new acts for this year’s event in East Sussex’s Eridge Park. The bill already features Band of Horses, John Butler Trio, The Staves, Kris Kristofferson and Billy Bragg, along with many, many more. So, the addition of The Shires, The Magic Numbers and…

Interview: artist, Phillip Cullen

Born in Dublin and now living in Japan with his wife, Phil’s an 80s kid at heart. He grew up on a steady diet of cartoons like The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Thundercats, which might explain his obsession with drawing animals… I love to draw expressive characters. Mainly animals. So, when I’m working on…

Feature: Festival Fever

Nowadays there are so many festivals to choose from. Making a decision on one can be tough. So, we’ve rounded-up those we’ve tried and tested to help you make your choice. Then if that doesn’t whet your appetite, we’ve got a selection of festivals further afield in Europe… Words Russ Cook and Isla McGregor Wilderness Festival…