Welsh/Australian guitar maestro, Gwyn Ashton, is back with Radiogram, a hard-driving renegade rock and blues album heaving with hook-laden, catchy songs and killer riffs. We reckon it's a pretty good album. So do Kim Wilson, Robbie Blunt, Don Airey and Mark Stanway. In fact, they liked it so much they PLAYED on it!
Guitar wiz Ashton was previously voted third place as “Guitarist of The Year” by French readers of Guitar Part magazine, behind Jeff Beck and Gary Moore at number one and two. Radiogram boasts nine self-penned tracks plus a phat groove version of Willie Dixon’s “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” with the Ashton trademark stamped all over it. This feast of electric blues, heavy funk and melodic rock has been inspired by his well-worn vinyl record collection. The production finds the perfect balance of being earthy and vintage without sounding retro and has a modern polish without being too clinical.
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Marty's review: With his feet planted firmly in the blues, Gwyn Ashton's Radiogram is a contemporary testament to blues music. Combining raunchy blues guitar with slightly raspy vocals and delivered at a blistering pace, the 10 tracks on this release will leave you breathless. With nods to past guitar masters like Rory Gallagher and Roy Harper and matching, if not surpassing, most other blues guitarists, Gwyn's talents are a force need to be heard and appreciated. My favorite track is the 7.43 epic blues instrumental "Bluz For Roy".
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