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Archive: The Pete Feenstra Feature (2023)

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This weekly show gives listeners the opportunity to explore in more depth an artist or album. 

Pete chats to a variety of artists, frequently discussing (and featuring) their own favourite tracks that have inspired or influenced them over the years.

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The Pete Feenstra Feature Archive

Sunday 31 December: GRTR!@20 – The Best Of

Roger Earl (Foghat)

Sunday 24 December: ROGER EARL (Foghat)

Drummer Roger Earl made his name on the classic Savoy Brown albums, before he formed Foghat in 1971 with fellow Savoy Brown members Lonesome Dave Peverett, Tony Stevens and slide guitarist Rod Price.

Foghat went on to become FM Radio favourites with songs like ‘Slow Ride’, ‘Stone Blue’, ‘Drivin’ Wheel’, ‘Third Time Lucky’ & ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’.

They also earned eight Gold records, one Platinum and one double-Platinum record.

Roger was also an early member of Mungo Jerry and played with Chris Jagger and years later fronted an all-star side project called Earl & The Agitators.

52 year since their formation, Foghat’s new ‘Sonic Mojo’ album has given them their first ever #1 chart album.

Rosalie Cunningham

Sunday 17 December: ROSALIE CUNNINGHAM (Monday 18 December 16:00; Thursday 21 December 23:00 repeat)

Rosalie Cunningham is a hugely original singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who following early career success with Ipso Facto and Purson, has now established herself as a solo artist with two albums and a single.

Her musical hybrid spans prog rock, 70’s rock, psychedelia and a singer-songwriter style in which she is both a storyteller and poet, while frequently drawing on Beatles influences.

Richard Rozze

Sunday 10 December: RICHARD ROZZE (Monday 11 December 16:00; Thursday 14 December 23:00 repeat)

Richard Rozze is an electric and acoustic guitarist, vocalist, composer and arranger.

His musical influences are classic British rock, blues, jazz, fusion, Celtic and bluegrass music.

He’s recorded two acoustic albums with Open Water, while the new cross-genre ‘Lion’ is his second solo album.

It finds him in a power trio format – using subtlety and finesse instead of simply power – with bassist Jonathan Noyce (Jethro Tull/ Gary Moore), and drummer Simon Lea (The Temperance Movement/Katie Melua).

Malcolm Bruce

Sunday 3 December: MALCOLM BRUCE (Tuesday 5 December 21:00 repeat)

Malcolm Bruce is a composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and solo artist who has toured, performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in music including Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, his dad Jack Bruce, Dr John, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Elton John & Ozzy Osbourne etc.

He’s also toured worldwide with ‘The Music Of Cream’, and played guitar for the late Pete Brown who put together a newly released album called ‘Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute to Cream’ on Quarto Valley Records (together with a soon to be released documentary).

Will Pike

Sunday 26 November: WILL PIKE (Monday 27 November, 16:00; Thursday 30 November, 23:00 repeat)

Will Pike is a synth-guitar playing, multi instrumentalist, composer and artist.

He’s branched out into a solo career, whilst playing guitar for anthemic rockers Spin Out UK, and an ebow for a two album ambient project called Thudweil.

He has so far released three solo albums including the new ‘Under A Delphic Moon’, with another as yet untitled album about to be released.

He’s influenced by Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane, Robert Fripp, Andy Summer and Led Zeppelin and more.

Rafael Pesce

Sunday 19 November: RAFAEL PESCE

Rafael Pesce is the owner of the cutting edge Spiritual Bar, to be found at 4 Ferdinand Street Camden NW1. He’s also a blues harp playing record label boss and video maker.

Since opening the venue in August 2011 it has become a hotbed for new singer-songwriting talent.

Such was the explosion of creativity that Rafael created his own label in 2015, and two years later released the first compilation volume of Spiritual Records.

Vol 4 is set to be released on the 24 November.

Long Road Home

Sunday 12 November: LONG ROAD HOME

Long Road Home is brand new band with a rich history and a fine debut album called ‘Are We Invisible?’ released on October 31 2023.

The full line-up is Mike Sebbage vocals, Steve Summers guitar. Ian Salisbury keys, Derek White bass and Lee Morrell drums.

Album review

Francis (Tombstone) Dunnery

Sunday 5 November: FRANCIS DUNNERY

Francis Dunnery is perhaps best known as front-man for prog rockers It Bites.  He’s also worked with artists such as Robert Plant and Carlos Santana.

In October 2023 he released his first blues album.  Reviewing for Pete Feenstra wrote: “blues fans will surely warm to an album on which old school blues is given a welcome shot in the arm by an album full of meaningful songs in a big band setting.”

In this interview special we hear tracks from ‘The Blues Of Tombstone Dunnery Vol.1’.

Album review

John Simpson

Sunday 29 October: JOHN SIMPSON 

John Simpson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bass player currently the musical force in the pop-rock duo Feenstra & Simpson.

Originally an indie rock band member, he became enamoured by the late great Wilko Johnson. This led to a decade as being the guitarist and main man in The Feelgood Band.

He came off the road to make some music in his home studio, and this led to the pop rock and occasional retro R&B duo of Feenstra & Simpson, They have so far have released 5 singles – which have unexpected enjoyed chart success in the UK and Netherlands,

The current single is called ‘No Coming Back’.

Pete Feenstra & Greg Douglass

Sunday 15 October: GREG DOUGLASS (Monday 16 October, 16:00 GMT; Thursday 19 October, 23:00)

Greg Douglass is a Legendary San Francisco Bay Area guitarist who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with The Steve Miller Band.

Amongst his many credits, he penned the best selling ‘Jungle Love’ on the ‘Book Of Dreams’ album, and featured on the 13 million selling ‘The Steve Miller Band‘s “Greatest Hits 1974–78’

His stellar CV includes Steve Miller, Hot Tuna, Terry & The Pirates and Raven, – both with John Cipolinna – Van Morrison, The Greg Kihn Band, Mistress and Country Weather.  He also played with Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Tom Fogerty and Eddie Money.

He’s currently touring the Steve Miller catalogue in the US with The Pompatus of Love and this October the UK with the Greg Douglass Band.

Sunday 8 October: BERNIE MARSDEN in 2014

Sunday 1 October: DANNY BOWES (Thunder) in 2017

Ian Shaw

Sunday 24 September IAN SHAW (Monday 25 September, 16:00, Thursday 28 September, 23:00 repeat)

Ian Shaw is a multi award winning singer songwriter and pianist.

Widely regarded as one of the best male jazz vocalists in the UK, he is also a talented pianist, songwriter, radio presenter, record producer, stand-up comedian, actor and podcaster.

He’s releasing his 18th album called ‘Greek Street Friday’ on Silent Wish label on October 20th.  It’s a mostly self penned album that explores jazz, soul, rock, blues and pop.

Laurence Jones & Pete Feenstra

Sunday 17 September LAURENCE JONES (Tuesday 19 September, 21:00 repeat)

Laurence Jones is a multiple award winning rock-blues guitarist, who broke into the Dutch pop rock market, scoring a Top 40 hit, as well as appearing with the likes of Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy.

Now he’s back in the UK with a new power trio and a hard hitting chart topping rock album called ‘Bad Luck & The Blues’ on Marshall Records.

Laurence launches the new album on 22 September at the Omeira venue in London.

Album review

Rob Tognoni EP

Sunday 10 September ROB TOGNONI (Tuesday 12 September, 21:00 repeat)

Fiery Aussie rock blues guitarist Rob Tognoni spent the first 10 years of his career touring Australia and leaning his craft.

His first pro band was the award winning Outlaws, before fellow Aussie and slide guitar legend Dave Hole helped him get a deal with Provogue records in the Netherlands.

He’s since cut a staggering 25 albums leading into the newly released archive BBC session from 2007.

He’s a rhythmically strong player with killer riffs, barn burning solos, unrelenting energy and snappy hooks.

The new ‘Product Of A Southern Land – BBC Paul Jones Session’, EP, is released 4 September to tie in with his forthcoming UK tour.

September 2023
19 Barnoldswick Arts Centre
20 The Cluny, Newcastle
21 Krakatoa Aberdeen
22- 24 Orkney Blues Fest
26 The 100 Club London
27 The 1865 Club in Southampton
28 Temperance Bar, Leamington Spa
29 & 30 Callander (Stirling) Jazz & Blues Festival

Paddy Wells (Dust Radio)

Sunday 3 September PADDY WELLS (Dust Radio) (Tuesday 5 September, 21:00, repeat)

Paddy Wells is a harp playing vocalist and co-songwriter with guitarist Tom Jackson in a roots rock duo and band called Dust Radio.

The British blues harp playing veteran made his name with a 7 year stint with the Leeds based, Chicago style blues band Poorboy and 3 year stretch with Crosscut Saw. He’s also a respected blues and music journalist.

Dust Radio is his first band with mainly self penned music, firstly with an EP called ‘Shotgun Shack’ and now with a debut album called ‘Problem & Remedy on Bandcamp Records.

Andy Sharrocks

Sunday 27 August: ANDY SHARROCKS

Andy Sharrocks is a singer songwriter, band leader, tour manager, label boss and artist.

A mainstay of the North West Music scene for over 4 decades Andy is a singer songwriter with folk, blues, rock, punk and roots into Americana influences.

He’s just released a 36 track triple vinyl album open called Country Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Durty Blues on Roach Records.

Album review

Del Bromham, Stray

Sunday 20 August DEL BROMHAM (Stray)

Pete chats to Del with tracks from the new album ‘About Time’ on Talking Elephant Records.

Del Bromham was a founder member of the hard rocking Stray 57 years ago.

His recording career boasts 20 studio albums, 3 solo albums, a Blues Devils Live album and a further live album with John Verity called ‘Live! At Last’.

He’s also toured with Iron Maiden, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss and Leslie West Mountain.  Del’s autobiography called ‘Rock & Roll Survivor’ is available through Wymer books.

Album review

Danny Bryant - Rise

Sunday 13 August: DANNY BRYANT (Tuesday 15 August, 21:00, repeat)

In this hour special Pete discusses the new album ‘Rise’ with blues guitarist Danny Bryant.  The album is due for release 29 September via Jazzhaus.

Album review

Marcus Malone & Dan Smith

Sunday 6 August: MARCUS MALONE & DAN SMITH (Tuesday 8 August, 21:00, repeat)

Pete chats to the main men of a new project Marcus Malone & The Motor City Hustlers.

Detroit music legend, Marcus Malone and Dan Smith of The Noisettes have collaborated on ‘Interstate 75’ on Ramrock Red Records, loaded with 60’s style Rhythm and Blues, old school Soul and back to the future Funk.

Marcus Malone and Dan Smith first met at a Blues jam night in Croydon in the early ‘00s, before Dan eventually joined Marcus’ band and subsequently featured on his albums ‘Walking Shoes’ (2002) and ‘Blue Radio’ (2003). Dan also founded the internationally acclaimed group, The Noisettes, with stunning vocalist, Shingai Shoniwa, and together they toured the UK, EU and the USA with the likes of Bloc Party and TV On The Radio.

Album review

Sunday 30 July: Pete’s Prog Emporium

Boris Zamba

Sunday 23 July: BORIS ZAMBA (Tuesday 25 July, 21:00, repeat)

Boris Zamba is an award winning Croatian rock-blues guitarist. A finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (USA) and Tuscany in Italy, he’s been the leader of Voodoo Ramble for over 13 years.

Signed to the UK label Thoroughbred Music, Voodoo Ramble have cut 3 albums – ‘That’s Why’, ‘Can’t Write A Pop Song When You’ve Got the Blues’ and the newly released ‘Home Again’ album.

As a guitarist Boris has been influenced by Ritchie Blackmore, Leslie West, Rick Derringer and Billy Gibbons, though Voodoo Ramble’s music takes in rock, boogie, blues, prog, funk, soul and even gospel influences.

This interview feature is followed by an exclusive live session.


Jan James

Sunday 16 July: JAN JAMES (Tuesday 18 July, 21:00, repeat)

Jan James, the Chicago based rock, blues, soul, and R&B singer with Motown influences.

Together with her long time partner, guitarist Craig Calvert, she’s enjoyed a 12 album career, updated by their best yet album called ‘Time Bomb’ on Blue Place Records.

The duo paid their dues in Lansing and Detroit Michigan in various musical genres from rock, punk, rockabilly and hair metal (always with a blues edge), before making their name in Chicago with a powerful blues-rock, soul and roots niche.

They’ve appeared at high profile venues such as Buddy Guy’s Legends and The House of Blues, while also working with the likes of James Brown, Koko Taylor, Little Feat, Jeff Beck, BB King, Bruce Willis and John Mayall.

Jan also starred in the acclaimed Janis Joplin show called ‘Love Janis’, but the favourable comparison has too often overlooked Jan’s own versatility and broader musical sweep, as evidenced by the new ‘Time Bomb’ album.

Album review

Clay Melton

Sunday 9 July: CLAY MELTON (Tuesday 11 July, 21:00 repeat)

At only 28, the Louisiana-born and Texas-based rocker has already spent 14 years performing live.

In 2022 Clay released ‘Live in Texas’, which includes ten original songs and one cover – ZZ Top’s Jesus Just Left Chicago – which climbed to the  No.1 song in the world on the Roots Music Blues Rock chart. The album was the follow-up to 2021’s critically acclaimed release, ‘Back to Blue’, where the title track also climbed to the # 1 song in the world on Roots Music Blues Rock chart, and the album climbed to #9.

The John Williams Syndicate

Sunday 2 July THE JOHN WILLIAMS SYNDICATE (Monday 3 July, 16:00 repeat)

John Williams is a singer songwriter, producer, former A& R man, label manager, record plugger, journalist and producer of over 200 BBC Live sessions.

In 2022 he produced Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s chart-topping album ‘N.K-POP’ and he co-wrote xPropaganda’s Top 10 album ‘The Heart Is Strange’.

He’s worked with a wide range of artists including Cathy Dennis, The Blue Nile, The House Martins, The Proclaimers, J.J. Cale, Status Quo, Jethro Tull, The Almighty, Robert Plant, Blancmange The Cure, Alison Moyet, Siouxsie Sioux Level 42, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Hall And Oates, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Suzi Quatro.

He’s also worked for a number of years with Petula Clark who appears on both his John Williams Syndicate debut album ‘Out Of Darkness’ and also his new ‘Into The Light’ album.

Album review

Ritchie Dave Porter & Debra Susan

Sunday 25 June RITCHIE DAVE PORTER & DEBRA SUSAN (Tuesday 27 June, 21:00 repeat)

Initially working in a power trio mode, Ritchie Dave Porter has carved out a solo career with five well received acoustic albums, which have drawn comparisons with Jimmy Page.

Now he’s teamed up with musical and life partner Debra Susan who contributes vocals, songs, lyrics and melodies for their latest album called The Story So Far.

Album review

The Milk Men EP

Sunday 18 June ADAM NORSWORTHY (The Milk Men) (Tuesday 20 June, 21:00 repeat)

Adam Norsworthy is founder member of the British to Heritage R&B Band The Milk Men, a veritable supergroup made up of the cream of UK blues rock talent.

The band have just released a newly re recorded and remixed 5 track EP called ‘Mini Milk’

The band features Jamie Smy – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Adam Norsworthy – Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Lloyd Green – Bass Guitar and Mike Roberts – Drums & percussion.  Formed by Adam and Jamie in 2010, the former Pirates rhythm section of Mike and Lloyd joined around 2015, leading to the 2016 debut album ‘Full Phat album.

Four albums later they are back with the new EP featuring their most popular tracks.

Richard T. Bear

Sunday 11 June RICHARD T BEAR (Tuesday 13 June, 21:00 repeat)

Richard T. Bear is a pianist, singer-songwriter, solo artist, session player, jingle writer & one time actor.

His musical credits include Cher, members of The Rascals, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Blues Brothers, Billy Squier, Gene Simmons & Peter Criss of Kiss.

After a 34 year break from the music industry between 1983 and 2017, he’s cut a stellar album called ‘Fresh Bear Tracks’. He’s also recorded a duet with Paul Rodgers called ‘Red Harvest’, about the war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis.

And he’s just finished a European tour with Walter Trout.

Bitume Records

Sunday 4 June BITUME RECORDS (Monday 5 June, 16:00 repeat)

The French rock into Metal label Bitume records was founded in September 2016 by drummer Germain Orliange.

Bitume’s history is tied to two labels – Chabane’s Records (active from 2006 to 2015) which advocated free music on the internet – and Renverse Prods (active from 2015 to 2016, which had limited distribution.  Subsequently the two labels merged into the Bitume (tarmac) label.


Savoy Brown

Sunday 28 May SAVOY BROWN (Tuesday 30 May, 21:00 repeat)

Long time Savoy Brown rhythm section, drummer Garnet Grimm & bassist Pat De Salvo, chat to Pete about the band and their 42nd album ‘Blues All Around Us’ – sadly the last album recorded before founder member Kim Simmonds’ passing in December 2022.


Sunday 21 May GRTR!@20 Part 2 (Tuesday 23 May, 21:00, repeat) (Part 1 Sunday 9 April)

Pete plays a selection of artists who feature in his 20 year overview based on reviews at

Feature: The Best of 2003-2023

Mick Pini

Sunday 14 May MICK PINI (Tuesday 16 May, 21:00)

Mick Pini is a German based, Leicester born blues guitarist, musician, band leader, studio owner, artist, and cyclist whose early career bands incuded Ned Ludd, Baby, Marble Orchard, and Pini, Steam wth harp player Simon Hickling and the 10 Foot Tall Soul Band.

He also played with Rich Grech, recorded as the Mick Pini Band when he was discovered by Mike Vernon, and cut a couple of albums with Jimmy Carl Black.

His new album is called ‘Way Ahead’, a collaboration with Craig Mitchell (Audio 54).

Album review

Trev Turley

Sunday 7 May: TREV TURLEY

Bass playing musician and author Trev Turley celebrates a 50 year career that has included various prog rock, soul and blues bands including Still, 3am, The Mojo Preachers, Malaya Blue, The Bare Bones Boogie band and Trev Turley & Friends

He’s penned an autobiographical memoir called, ‘Sky Trails & Pie Tales’, recorded a legacy project called Cherish Ever, and now comes a brand new prog rock project Random Earth Project and a debut album called ‘Airwaves’.

Rob Orlemans

Sunday 30 April: ROB ORLEMANS

Rob Orlemans is a Dutch left handed powerhouse boogie guitarist. He is an intense and dynamic player who has fronted his own power trio Half Past Midnight for over 20 years.
The band has just released his 6th solo album called ‘Shake Them Down’.

Rob learned his craft with the former Jimi Hendrix Curtis Knight who discovered Hendrix back in ’64, cutting 2 albums with Knight before making his own debut recording with ‘Half Past Midnight’ on the 1997 album ‘Night Licks’.

Rob’s breakthrough came with the highly regarded ‘Live In Chicago’, and apart from his 6 studio albums, has released a DVD called ‘Open The Cage’ and teamed up with Michael Katon for the ‘Live KO’ album.

He’s also worked with fellow Dutch rock-blues guitarist Julian Sas and the late great slide guitarist Sammy Mitchell.

The Mel Outsider Reformation


The frontman of The Mel Outsider Reformation chats about his music with tracks from the album ‘Miss Victory V’.

Album review

John Otway

Sunday 16 April: JOHN OTWAY

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John Otway/Wild Willy Barrett partnership, Pete Feenstra chats to John Otway about his music with key tracks.

Sunday 9 April GRTR!@20 Part 1 (Part 2 Sunday 21 May)

Pete plays a selection of artists who feature in his 20 year overview based on reviews at

Feature: The Best of 2003-2023

Sunday 2 April: KEYS IN ROCK

A celebration of keyboard players in rock including Jimmy Smith, Edgar Winter and Jon Lord.

Frank Zappa

Sunday 26 March: FRANK ZAPPA 30th ANNIVERSARY Part 2

Sunday 19 March: FRANK ZAPPA 30th ANNIVERSARY Part 1

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Frank Zappa’s death in 1993.  Pete Feenstra discusses his music and plays key tracks including The Mothers Of Invention.

Random Earth Project/Trace

Sunday 12 March: PETE’S PROG EMPORIUM 1

Pete features tracks from Random Earth Project and looks back to Dutch progsters Trace.

Victor Brox

Sunday 5 March: VICTOR BROX TRIBUTE (Tuesday 7 March, 21:00)

Pete pays tribute to the Mancunian bluesman who passed away recently.  Featuring tracks with Aynsley Dunbar, solo, and a rare single with Jimmy Page on guitar!

George Lamb

Sunday 26 February: GEORGE LAMB (Tuesday 28 February, 21:00)

Hailing from Sunderland in the North East of the UK, George Lamb is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and solo artist.

George spent 7 years with the popular Southern rock band Southbound between 1976 and ’83.

He’s since made name for himself as a songwriter, and a session musician playing with the likes of Keith Emerson, Saxon and with George Shovlin and The Radars, before stepping out the other side of Lockdown with a batch of new songs and a fine debut album called ‘Family And Friends’ with lots of special guests

Mike Ross

Sunday 19 February: MIKE ROSS (Tuesday 21 February, 21:00)

MIKE ROSS is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi instrumentalist with a new album called Third Eye Open (Taller Records) set for a spring release.

Oli Brown

Sunday 12 February: OLI BROWN (Monday 13 February, 16:00; Thursday 16 February, 23:00)

Hard rock into Goth guitarist and singer songwriter Oli Brown talks about his new band The Dead Collective

Oli learned his craft as an award winning rock blues artist. He cut four albums under his own name, before striking out in a hard rock direction with the powerful RavenEye with whom he toured extensively and opened for the likes of Slash, Deep Purple, The Darkness, Kiss and Aerosmith.

Now he’s back with a brand new project called The Dead Collective, helmed by himself and producer/drummer Wayne Proctor with a debut EP called ‘Prelude’.

Sunday 5 February – DAVID CROSBY tribute

Chantel McGregor

Sunday 29 January: CHANTEL McGREGOR (Monday 30 January, 16:00; Thursday 2 February, 23:00)

Launching  our February promotion as part of GRTR!@20, Pete Feenstra chats to Chantel McGregor who is the latest nominee in “The Grotto of Greatness”.

Get Ready to ROCK! has covered Chantel’s music since at least 2010 and Pete has interviewed her several times.

We’ve gathered much of this material for a special feature (link below)

GRTR!@20 – The Grotto – Chantel McGregor

Dave Morgan

Sunday 22 January: DAVE MORGAN (ex-ELO)

Dave Scott Morgan is a Brum Beat veteran singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, author, speaker, inventor, label boss and studio owner.

His on-going 60 year career includes Jeff Sylva & The Four Strangers, Danny King & The Mayfair Set, Blaises, The Uglys, Balls, a solo album called Morgan, Magnum, ELO, Morgan Cleary, The Morgan Tandy Band and Morganisation.

He penned two singles for The Move and enjoyed success in Germany with Wishful Thinking and Sandra who took his ‘Hiroshima’ song into the charts.

After eight albums Dave current project is the re-mastered 1976 Morgan Cleary album called ‘The Secret Album’, so called as it was never properly released.

Jeff Beck, photo by Steve Goudie

Sunday 15 January: Tribute to JEFF BECK

Sunday 8 January: New Releases

Sunday 1 January: GRTR!@20 Anniversary Albums


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