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Mother Road-not Route 66

Sep 12, 2014 / 7:30 pm

This man was a founding member of the German powerhouse “Soul Doctor” which I happened upon, back in 2007, via an assignment to interview and review the band’s then latest release “Blood Runs Cold”. I was so excited to have this assignment, as “Soul...

Unfinished Business

Sep 8, 2014 / 7:00 pm

We are about…to hear brand new material from this iconic West Coast band! “Unfinished Business” is the latest from Canada’s own “Loverboy”!! Comprised of material the group has written over their career, but for one reason or another never quite completed,...

In Review

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:00 pm

YES - Heaven & Earth (Frontiers Records) As I wrote in another column: “Heaven & Earth” is as fresh as a Spring morning! This is the latest offering from that veteran ensemble of musical talent that we have been saying “Yes” to for over forty years! What we have...

Shorts & Sides

Aug 25, 2014 / 7:00 pm

As Summer wanes…here are some interesting notes: Although Dan McCafferty has retired from live performances, he hasn’t given up singing. The latest recorded Work from Nazareth is testament to that! “Rock N’ Roll Telephone” sees Dan up there with his...

California Dreamin'

Aug 15, 2014 / 7:00 pm

From out of the Pacific Northwest, a young guitarist had dreams of California, going there—looking for like minded musicians and making a record. Now what’s wrong with that? Nothing! Only it usually doesn’t happen that way…however for one Jeremy Brunner it did! The...

The Hammer Will Fall Again

Aug 8, 2014 / 7:00 pm

After a much deserved rest, the long standing Rock Veterans-“Hammerfall” are about to return to the world stage, completely energised and armed with a brand new set of songs! I caught up with their drummer in July, and here is what Anders had to say!... Bruce: Hammerfall is known...

Look Up...Way Up!

Aug 1, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Exploding...out of Calgary, we shall soon feel the impact from this thunderous four piece! Keep your eyes on "These Raven Skies"...a funk fuelled straight up rock band that is about to release their self titled debut. The lads are not just a fantastic rock group, they are savvy business...

Bears Repeating

Jul 18, 2014 / 7:00 pm

It all started…in the most unlikely place; Cowtown, Alberta! Paul Dean found himself back in Calgary after leaving Streetheart in late 1979…along with good friend Matt Frenette, ex-drummer of the same Canadian rockers, Streetheart. Both Western Canadian minstrels hooked up...

Get your Groove On

Jul 11, 2014 / 7:00 pm

In just a week, the rhythmic soulful sounds of Motown will float over the core of Kelowna! From the Masters of James Brown to the tenderness of The Temptations—renditions of this famous Detroit sound will fill the Gateway 21 Show Room at Lake City Casino! Saturday July 19th will be the big...

Just Conversations

Jul 4, 2014 / 7:30 pm

This week, just a couple conversations I have had with two veteran groups. Both are facing challenges, in the case of “Shakra”—the group is facing another personnel change and one that they may not be up for. This interview shows a little of what groups face as the years go...

A Little Journey

Jun 27, 2014 / 7:00 pm

He is a driven individual, one that is driven by passion…passion of music. He and his band of minstrels are also road warriors, playing countless gigs across Canada-big and small. A true rocker, Devon Coyote continues to bring his organic, soulful and bluesy notes to the everyday person. ...

Bach-Not The Classical One

Jun 20, 2014 / 7:00 pm

He may just be the most controversial singer from Canada…but, boy can he sing!! Here are a few words from Sebastian Bach! Question: Almost coming off the heels of “Kicking and Screaming”, you give us a brand new kick - ass record!! What have you done differently with...

Stompin' Time

Jun 13, 2014 / 7:00 pm

It’s getting closer……the twenty-fifth Summer Stomp And Burnout is about to happen in Sicamous this July! The weekend of July 17th and running until July 20th, this non-profit organisation…Biker Fest and Music Gala is celebrating twenty-five years of Summer-Fun, and...

Let The Festivals Begin

Jun 5, 2014 / 7:00 pm

The Festival… season has begun in the Okanagan! This coming weekend it is the Summerland Action Festival!... with more than a truckload of Regional and Local Talent! In addition, of course, are other attractions and community based activities. The 3-day Music Fest is in Summerland City...

Rock Revivalists

May 30, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Over the last couple of weeks…I’ve been swamped with assignments from the overseas magazines I contribute too-now this isn’t a complaint, just an observation. One that drew me back to something I wrote in this column several years ago…and that is the emergence of a true...

Out Of Hibernation

May 23, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Sometimes it takes a very long time to cook up a Masterpiece, and this is just what happened to “Vanishing Point”! A Progressive-Rock group in the first degree, we haven’t heard a thing since 2007’s “The Fourth Season”. All that is about to change—the...

All In A Row

May 16, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Celebrating thirty plus years, Pretty Maids are achieving legendary status! Their hard hitting music and lyrical social commentary has been highly anticipated throughout Europe and beyond in an escalating manner in as much time. The group is now poised for the next thirty years, and “Louder...

A Rockin' Summer

May 9, 2014 / 7:00 pm

In June……we can look forward to brand new material from those Iconic American rockers-“Night Ranger”! The “Sister Christian” boys are about to unleash “High Road”. As with most releases from Frontiers Records, great pains have been given to...

Just Reviews II

May 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A Live documentation that announces Heart to the Frontiers Family in a huge way! “Fanatic Live From…” sees this long running powerhouse in top form! Celebrating a critically acclaimed reception for their latest studio effort; “Fanatic”… The Wilson...

Roots Rock?

Apr 25, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Now, what is that saying?...oh! yeah!—“He has a heart as big as the great outdoors!”…that fits Devon to a tee…Devon Coyote that is: Promoted as being a Roots Rock artist and group, Kelowna’s Devon Coyote should actually be identified in the new category of...

About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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