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Pete Feenstra

The Pete Feenstra Feature

Interviews and the Blues...

Sunday 20:00

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

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

Please note that if you are in the USA, for copyright reasons, you might not be able to listen again via our Mixcloud player.  Where possible, we have used an alternative inline player.

Due to licensing restrictions many of these shows are edited versions of the original broadcast.

Shows are posted within five days of the last repeat broadcast.



The Pete Feenstra Feature Archive (Index, 2016-2022)



Rocky Athas

Sunday 12 May ROCKY ATHAS  (Tuesday 14 May, 21:00 repeat)

Guitarist Rocky Athas is known as The Texan Tornado, and a Rock Texas Blues legend.

He played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for eight years, Black Oak Arkansaw for five years, recorded with Buddy Miles, SRV’s Double Trouble, Glenn Hughes and played with Mick Taylor, Joe Walsh and others.

He’s appeared on 21 albums in all, including eight solo albums- the latest of which is called ‘Living My Best Life’, his first for 7 years.

Tom Killner

Sunday 5 May TOM KILLNER  (Tuesday 7 May, 21:00 repeat)

South Yorkshire based Tom Killner is a 27-year-old award-winning powerhouse vocalist, subtle singer songwriter, guitar player, and band leader who brings together soulfully infused Blues, with Southern Rock, Country, and Americana.

In 2015 he signed with the LA based Cleopatra Records for his ‘Hard Road’ debut album.

He’s since cut a live follow up, and a second studio album called ‘Get Back Up’, as well as an EP and a single.

His new cross genre release is called Borrowed Time and is a big statement about who he is, and is notable for strong songs, an intricate production and fine vocals

Sunday 28 April  Psych & Space

Sunday 21 April  New Blues

Sunday 14 April  It’s 1974!…(Monday 15 April, 16:00, Thursday 18 April, 23:00 repeat)

George Jones, Son Of Man

Sunday 7 April GEORGE JONES (Son Of Man) (Monday 8 April, 16:00, Thursday 4 April, 23:00 repeat)

George Jones is a Welsh guitarist, vocalist and band leader of Son Of Man.

The band features members of Man and Sassafras. They originally formed to pay homage to legendary Welsh psychedelic rock band Man – which featured Micky Jones, the band’s founder member who was also George’s Dad.

Since then Son of Man have now forged their own hard hitting heritage rock style’ with two well received albums, and a brand new release called ‘Gaslight’, set for a 26 April release via Esoteric (Cherry Red).

The new album is a riff driven, harmony heavy, classic rock album, with prog edges and an imposing wall of sound.

They play Nene Valley rock festival, at Grimsthorpe Castle near Bourne in September.

Album review

Sunday 31 March The Rock Show (Monday 1 April, 16:00, Thursday 4 April, 23:00 repeat)

Struggle Buggy

Sunday 24 March LEE BATES (Tuesday 26 March, 21:00 repeat)

Lee Bates is a vocalist slide guitarist guitarist and kazoo player for the 5 piece Struggle Buggy, a 30’s and 40’s acoustic blues band from Newcastle.

The band play good time blues that spans Hokum, Ragtime, Swing, and Jug band blues played on National Resonator Guitars, lap steel, harmonica, double bass and drums, the way roots music should be played.

Adam Sweet

Sunday 17 March ADAM SWEET (Tuesday 19 March, 21:00 repeat)

Adam Sweet is a riff driven, groove laden, roots-rocking and acoustic guitar player and singer-songwriter with a soulful voice.

Taking his cue from the British Blues Boom and rock riffs of the 60s and 70s, he’s carved out his own territory between classic rock, blues and Americana and Country on 2 albums, 2 EP’s, a single.

He’s just released a new 4 track EP called ‘Live At Crescent Records’ on Bandcamp, complete with live filmed performances of each song.

He was a ‘Breakthough Artist Of The Year’ on Get Ready To ROCK!

Guitar Techniques noted he had: “A whole new perspective on the blues genre,” while Laurel Canyon Music called Adam’s music: “Wonderful rock, blues and roots guitar and very classy arrangements.”

His band was also voted Introducing Stage Winners at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in 2023

Robbie McIntosh

Sunday 10 March ROBBIE McINTOSH (Monday 11 March, 16:00, Thursday 14 March, 23:00 repeats)

Robbie McIntosh is a singer, songwriter and guitar playing session man extraordinaire.

Aside from his own 8 album solo career, he’s spent over 10 years in The Pretenders and Paul McCartney’s band as well as touring and recording with John Mayer’s Band & Norah Jones.

He has a stellar musical CV that includes Talk Talk, Mark Knopfler, Tears For Fears, Roger Daltry, Sinead O’Connor, Kirsty McColl, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, CandY Dulfer, Tom Jones, Zucherro, Paul Young Joe Cocker, Nine Below Zero, and early career bands such as The Foster Brothers, Night and Chris Thompson.

Holly Lerski

Sunday 3 March HOLLY LERSKI (Monday 4 March, 16:00, Thursday 7 March, 23:00 repeats)

Holly Lerski is a British alt-Americana singer songwriter, band leader, label boss, author and artist.

Her 30+ year career, has included bands such as the indie pop outfit The Nivens, folk rockers the Rainbyrds, and the more adventurous Angelou who signed with Sanctuary Records.

Her subsequent solo career since 2006 has seen her gain critical acclaim.

Her new solo album is called ‘Sweet Decline’ on her own Laundry label. It’s the result of a relationship break up which led her to travel through 7 American states in 20 days, as well as a subsequent trip to Southern California, during which time the songs flowed.

Gary Brewer and Pete Feenstra

Sunday 25 February GARY BREWER

Gary Brewer is a stalwart of the London R&B/blues scene.

In the 80s, his highly regarded outfit Little Sister toured the world and backed musical greats such as Etta James, Alison Moyet, Ronnie Hawkins and Country Joe MacDonald (of Woodstock fame).

His current band includes former Little Sister bassist Malcolm Hoskins and drummer Peter Stroud.

Pete Feenstra met up with Gary in February 2024. As Pete says, the background clatter of a London pub shouldn’t detract from an interesting chat about Gary’s career.

John Fiddler (Medicine Head)

Sunday 18 February JOHN FIDDLER/Medicine Head (Monday 19th, 16:00, Thursday 22nd, 23:00 GMT repeat)

John Fiddler is an original member of the groundbreaking two man band Medicine Head.

The band formed in 1968 and were mentored and signed by John Peel for 3 albums on his Dandelion label, as well as being encouraged by John Lennon.

He was also an integral member of the all star Box of Frogs and the later British Lions.

After a ten year hiatus in the US, John returned with the name Medicine Head for the acclaimed ‘Warriors of Love’. Now comes the follow up, an exquisite album called ‘Heartwork’, arguably a career highlight.

Gregg Wright

Sunday 11 February GREGG WRIGHT  (Tuesday 13 February, 21:00 repeat)

Gregg Wright is known as The King of the Rocking Blues.

He’s a singer songwriter and left handed rock-blues guitarist who apart from a 45 year solo career, has a musical CV that includes 3 years with The Jacksons, as well as Mick Fleetwood, The Gap Band, Spencer Davis, Aynsley Dunbar, Zac Harmon, Buddy Miles etc

He’s been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the “Living Legend” Blues Award in 2019.

He was also presented with the Fret King Black Label Guitar “GWR” artist model, created by guitar maker Trev Wilkinson.

His latest album is called ‘Big Dawg Barkin’ on Left Hook Records.

Lazarus Heights

Sunday 4 February DICK GRISDALE (Lazarus Heights)

Lazarus Heights is an Anglo-French rock band based in Dordogne, South West France.

They cut a few well received singles from 2006 onwards and by 2023 a revised line up of Dick Grisdale (singer, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist), Simon Pearson bass, Jeff Gautier drums & percussion and keyboard player single Paul Mouradian, cut a debut album called ‘Strangers’.

They’ve also just recorded 14 songs for an as yet untitled follow up due for a Spring release.

Texas Scratch

Sunday 28 January  BUDDY WHITTINGTON (Tuesday 30 January, 21:00 repeat)

Buddy Whittington spent 15 years in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers as well as establishing a 3 album solo career, to go with the 8 he cut with John Mayall and 2 with Dr Wu & Friends.

He’s one of 3 guitarists featured on the ‘Texas Scratch’ album, which was originally recorded 14 years ago and has recently been issued by Quarto Valley Records.

The all star band features Buddy Whittington, vocals/gtr; Jim Suhler (George Thorogood & The Destroyers/Monkey Beat), vocals/gtr; Vince Converse (Sunset Heights), vocals & gtr; Nathaniel Peterson (Savoy Brown/Buddy Miles/Twin Dragon) on bass, and Jeff Simon (original member of George Thorogood & The Detroyers, with additional input from Roger Earl, drums (Foghat).

Dan Patlansky

Sunday 21 January DAN PATLANSKY (Tuesday 23 January, 21:00 repeat)

Dan Patlansky is a blues/rock singer songwriter, guitarist and riff master who is promoting his 11th album called ‘Movin On’, released on 1 March.

He will be supporting the album with an 8 date UK tour in April 2024.

Sunday 14 January Music from Black Top Records

Sunday 7 January: Rockin The New Year (Monday 8 January, 16:00 and Thursday 11 January, repeat)

Grand Slam – 19 from Hit The Ground on Marshall Records 3.19
Rob Tognoni – Rebel & A Gamble from Rebel on Mig / Indigo 3.37
The Petal Falls – Sometimes from The Rhythm Train, self release 4.07
Troy Redfern – The Strange from Invocation on RED7 Records 3.22
Cassidy Paris – Song For Broken Heart from New Sensation on Frontiers Records s.r.l. 4.22
Voodoo Ramble- Street Livin’ from Home Again on Thoroughbred 3.52
Bernie Marsden – Foolish Day from Working Man on Conquest Music 4.03
Clutch – We Strive For Excellence from Sunrise On Slaughter Beach on Weathermaker 2.55
Ivy Gold – Got What I Need from Golden Silence on Ivy Gold 3.46
Richard Rozze – Living Man from Lion, self release 5.28
James Leg – Mighty Man from Blood On The Keys on Alive Naturalsounds 3.10
Vambo – World’s Collide (Struggle for Power) from Vambo 2 on Pride & Joy Music 3.34
Matty T. Wall – Slide Ride from Live Downunder on Hipster Dumpster Pty Ltd 3.45
Shinedown – The Crow & Butterfly from The Sound of Madness on Atlantic 4.13


The Pete Feenstra Feature Archive (Index, 2016-2023)
The Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues Show
Pete Feenstra Bio



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