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Archive: The Pete Feenstra Feature (January – April 2016)

January – April 2016

John Illsley

The Pete Feenstra Feature: JOHN ILLSLEY
Sunday 24 April 2016, 20:00

The one-time Dire Straits bass player and songwriter chats to Pete about his new album ‘Long Shadows’ and chooses some of his favourite tracks

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Dan Patlansky
Photo: Steve Goudie

The Pete Feenstra Feature: DAN PATLANSKY
Sunday 17 April 2016, 20:00 (Tuesday 19 April, 21:00 extended
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Pete chats to blues rock guitarist Dan Patlansky about his new album ‘Introvertigo’ and influential artists

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Toronzo Cannon
Photo: Chris Monaghan

The Pete Feenstra Feature: TORONZO CANNON
Sunday 10 April 2016, 20:00 (Tuesday 12 April, 21:00
repeat )

Toronzo Cannon has released a debut album for the legendary Alligator blues label – ‘The Chicago Way’.  His songwriting is inspired by his deep, homegrown Chicago roots and years observing life whilst as a city bus driver.

Toronzo’s influences include Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King and Albert Collins.  He played as a sideman between 1996-2002 for acts like Tommy McCracken and Joana Connor but by 2003 he was working exclusively as a band leader of his own “The Cannonball Express”.

His three previous albums are ‘My Woman’ (2007), ‘Leaving Mood’ (2011) and ‘John The Conqueror Root’ (2013).

In this hour special Toronzo chats to Pete about his music, with tracks from ‘The Chicago Way’.

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The Pete Feenstra Feature: BANG
Sunday 3 April 2016, 20:00

They’re back! U.S. heavy rock power trio BANG made four albums in the 1970s and reformed 20 years ago.  They play their first European tour in April 2016.

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Pete Feenstra and Erja Lyytinen
Photo: Pasi Rytkonen Photography

The Pete Feenstra Feature: ERJA LYYTINEN
Sunday 27 March 2016, 20:00 (Tuesday 29 March, 21:00
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The Finnish slide guitar star chats to Pete about her music with tracks from her albums including ‘Live In London’

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The Pete Feenstra Feature: THE DGB (Danny Giles)
Sunday 20 March 2016, 20:00 (Tuesday 22 March, 21:00
repeat )

DannyGiles is a former guitar prodigy and a hot shot UK guitar player who has made his name in Europe fronting his own power trio. He is currently touring and recording with The Will Wilde Band.  His ownDGB album called ‘More Is More’ is set for an official release in August 2016.

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Robin Bibi

The Pete Feenstra Feature: ROBIN BIBI
Sunday 13 March 2016, 20:00 (Tuesday 15 March, 21:00
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ROBIN BIBI is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben E. King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in the late 1990s.

The Band’s debut album ‘Blue Thrash Therapy’ was released in 1997 followed in 2000 by ‘Language Of Your Soul’.  Inevitably a live album was recorded and released in 2003 – ‘Live Therapy’ – as was the studio album ‘Tribute To Fast’, a celebration of the songwriting artistry of Robin’s old friend Brian Holmes.

Most recently Robin has worked with guitarist Tony Marten whilst continuing to pick up plaudits and is currently working on a new album.

Robin Bibi Band are now one of the busiest bands round the Southern music venue circuit and have played most of the major Blues festivals in the UK, such as Colne, Burnley, Maryport, Ashburton, Swanage, Blues on the Farm, Ealing Blues Festival etc, Blues on the Bay and Harvest Time Blues in Ireland, and several Festivals in Europe and Scandanavia. Robin has now made his debut in the USA playing successful shows in Atlanta, Alabama and Muscle Shoals, where he recorded an EP in 2014.

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Big Boy Bloater and Pete Feenstra

The Pete Feenstra Feature: BIG BOY BLOATER
Sunday 6 March 2016, 20:00 (Tuesday 8 March, 21:00
repeat )

According to Bloater “I don’t think of myself as a blues artist” and mentions that he has absorbed many influences since the 1970s when he was listening to the likes of Mott The Hoople and T-Rex.  His eclecticism is displayed on the album ‘Luxury Hobo’ released via Provogue in February 2016.

The last few years has seen this performer at the top of the World Trade Center, the Viva Las Vegas Festival and, nearer to home, Latitude and Hop Farm festivals.

He frequently tours with Imelda May and also hosts the Blues Magazine show for Team Rock Radio.

In this hour special, Pete Feenstra chats to Bloater about his music with tracks from the new album.

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The Pete Feenstra Feature: RAINBREAKERS
Sunday 28 February 2016, 20:00

Rainbreakers released their debut EP ‘Blood Not Brass’ in 2015 to wide acclaim and their appearance at the Great British Rock and Blues Festival – in January 2016 – saw them win a spot on Centre Stage in 2017.

In this hour long special Pete Feenstra chats to the band about their music and they select tracks by artists that have influenced and inspired them. Plus tracks from their EP.

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Bernie Torme
The Pete Feenstra Feature: BERNIE TORME
Sunday 21 February 2016, 19:00

Pete chats to the guitarist who stood in for the late Randy Rhoads in Ozzy’s band after his stint with Gillan (1979-81).

He has since pursued a solo career and as part of the power trio GMT with former Gillan colleague John McCoy.

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Pete Feenstra and Monster Truck

The Pete Feenstra Feature: MONSTER TRUCK
Sunday 14 February 2016, 19:00

The Canadian hard-rockers Monster Truck, will release their new album Sittin’ Heavy on 19 February 2016via their new home of Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group (Black Stone Cherry, Black Label Society, Joe Bonamassa) for Europe and Dine Alone Records for the rest of the world.

‘Sittin’ Heavy’ follows 2013’s Juno Award nominated ‘Furiosity’.  For the past two years they have toured through Europe, the US and Canada opening for Guns ‘N Roses, Slash, Alice In Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Rival Sons and Vista Chino as well as the UK’s Hammerfest and Download Festival.

In this special feature Pete Feenstra chats to guitarist Jeremy Widerman and plays tracks from the new album.

Monster Truck are Jon Harvey (Vocals & Bass), Jeremy Widerman (Guitar & Vocals), Brandon Bliss (Organ & Vocals), Steve Kiely (Drums & Vocals)

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Royal Southern Brotherhood live @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

The Pete Feenstra Feature: DEVON ALLMAN
Sunday  7 February 2016, 19:00 Tuesday 9 February, 21:00

Pete chats to blues rock guitarist DEVON ALLMAN about his music ahead of his UK tour, starting 16 February.

Devon Allman is the son of legendary Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band and with whom he occasionally appears as a guest musician. He formed his own band Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and he was also a member of blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood.

His first solo album ‘Turquoise’ was released in February 2013 followed by ‘Ragged & Dirty’ (2014) with The Devon Allman Band.

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Billy Walton Band
The Pete Feenstra Feature: BILLY WALTON BAND
Sunday 31 January 2016, 19:00 Tuesday 2 February, 21:00

The band are currently touring behind their brand new ‘Live In The UK’ album on No Fret Records. This is the band’s 14th tour of Europe, and in between live dates Billy Walton tours with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.  A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

In 2015 the BWB signed to Viztone records for the independent blues chart album ‘Wish For What You Want’.  Pete chats to Billy Walton and William Paris from the Billy Walton Band.

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The Pete Feenstra Feature: JD SIMO
Sunday 24 January 2016, 19:00 Tuesday 26 January, 21:00

Nashville trio SIMO release their new album ‘Let Love Show The Way’ on Provogue Records, on 29 January.

It was blues-rock giant Joe Bonamassa who brought Simo to the attention of the Mascot Label Group and the album highlights the potent mix of blues, R&B and southern rock.

Pete Feenstra chats to bandleader JD Simo and plays tracks from the album.

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Updated interview (December 2016)

Bret Coats
Photo: Bob Zink

The Pete Feenstra Feature: BRET COATS
Sunday 17 January 2016, 19:00 Tuesday 19 January, 21:00

Bret Coats, Americana rocker, singer, songwriter and bass player currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Coats has toured throughout the US and Europe and became a regular player at the famed Antone’s nightclub backing up countless artists and bands.

Bret’s influences include songwriters who take risks and are original such as: Shuggie Otis, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Prophet, Alejandro Escovedo, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and more.

Music For The People is Bret’s second solo album and dedicated to his twin sister Anna who passed away nearly two years ago.

Bret’s band The Roots Music Marathon consists of core members Brandon Custer drums & Chris Bell on guitar.

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Crooked Eye Tommy

The Pete Feenstra Feature: CROOKED EYE TOMMY
Sunday 10 January 2016, 19:00 Tuesday 12 January, 21:00

Featuring tracks from the album ‘Butterflies & Snakes’

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Blacktop Deluxe

The Pete Feenstra Feature: KEITH HOWE (Blacktop Deluxe)
Sunday 3 January 2016, 19:00 Tuesday 5 January, 21:00

Pete chats to the guitarist/frontman of power trio Blacktop Deluxe with tracks from their latest album and a selection of Keith’s favourite tracks.

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