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Spring's Abloomin' pt. 2

Apr 11, 2014 / 7:00 pm

He……expresses himself through the tried and true musical excursion of the pure Blues. His, is a journey into the Memphis Blues, textured with genuine soul searching vocals. As soon as he touches that guitar, the emotions just seem to pour out, and then comes that aged whiskeyed...

Silent Voices getting louder

Apr 4, 2014 / 7:00 pm

So before we embark on this week’s little story—“Spring’s A Bloomin’ pt.2” will appear next week with a feature on a local bluesman that is tearing up the stages with renewed vigor! There is trend of late that some long established musical Artists are...

Spring A'bloomin' pt. 1

Mar 28, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A combination of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, ……plus all the Hard Blues you can imagine!!—that is California Breed! A three-piece consisting of none other than Jason Bonham-drummer extraordinaire, Glenn Hughes with his funk infused bass playing and singing, and sizzling...

The Blues Just Got Brighter

Mar 21, 2014 / 7:30 pm

I have always been a fan of Stefan Berggren, ever since he joined up with the original rhythm section of “Whitesnake”! He has performed his way across Europe and the UK for years, building a rock-solid reputation amongst Hard-Rock Blues lovers. It was only a question of time before he...

From The Heart

Mar 7, 2014 / 7:00 pm

In early Summer, “Heart” will touchdown in Kelowna with their “Fanatic-Live” tour! Recently, I had the distinct honour in interviewing “Heart” talking about the “Fanatic” album, touring and more!... Bruce Atkinson: I would like to begin with a...

Just Reviews

Feb 28, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A great package from a fantastic band from the American heartland! “Live at Moondance Jam” is a visual and sonic live testament of one REO Speedwagon. Although on the scene for forty plus years, Kevin Cronin and Company are still very much alive and rocking! The band are squeaky tight,...

This & That

Feb 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm

We will start off with a little more news on “California Breed”, the new group with Jason Bonham, and Glenn Hughes. The group’s debut is set to be released in May of this year. Andrew Watt, the group’s up and coming guitarist-makes up the other third of this Power Trio. A...

They Will Roar

Feb 14, 2014 / 7:00 pm

In keeping with showcasing visionary people in the music industry, here is an individual that not only is a music lover, and fan-- but an influential person whose vision encompasses the forming of potential “supergroups”. I’ve written about him and his organisation before, here...

Heart & Soul

Feb 7, 2014 / 7:00 pm

It was recently announced that two visionary veteran Rock groups will be touching down right here in Kelowna in the next few months! Currently continuing their “Fanatic” tour, Ann and Nancy Wilson will grace the Prospera Place with their long standing group “Heart”! ...

Rock Begins At 40!

Jan 31, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Last week I alluded to a series of stories I will present in this column on several individuals with vision and purpose relating to the Canadian Music Industry…and through the forthcoming weeks, we will most certainly do so! This week, we are going to look at recent events pertaining to one...

Is Rock Dead?

Jan 24, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Being a rocker of the old school and living in North America, one might think that Rock Music is either dead or dying. Try finding new songs from veteran Rockers on our radio. Yeah, I know we can tune to some Classic Rock FM stations, however can we hear the latest from say an Ian Hunter, Styx,...

Things Heating Up!?

Jan 17, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Indie Night In Canada I know it’s January, but things are heating up in the Valley! Thanks to some visionary individuals, the local music scene is getting a boost as far as venues to perform in, and potential National exposure! Here’s an example: Rileys has undergone a recent...

Precious Metal

Jan 10, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Reigning supreme since 1987…’House Of Lords’ began with Lord Gregg Giuffria, ex-Angel keyboardist and Lord James Christian, ex Vocalist for ‘L.A. Rocks’. Initially signed to one Gene Simmons’ label: Simmons Records, the group’s self-titled debut...

A Royal Hunt

Jan 3, 2014 / 7:00 pm

“A Life To Die For” is a stunning Work from this highly respected band! Royal Hunt will spend most of 2014 touring this splendid album, and incorporating some of the orchestral movements we enjoy from this record. I talked with the leader and I say, mastermind of Royal Hunt-(towards...

More Rock?

Dec 27, 2013 / 7:00 pm

As promised…a few predictions for 2014: Let me start with a couple of local groups…the immensely talented foursome: the Flu, saw the release of their debut album in 2013. The debut has garnered many critically acclaimed reviews nation-wide, and should continue in 2014. As...

Bits & Pieces

Dec 20, 2013 / 7:00 pm

Just to round out the year…here are some bits and pieces: By now, most of us know about the forced retirement of Dan McCafferty of Nazareth. Due to health reasons, Dan cannot perform live any longer, however he can still record and has! The very latest Nazareth album will feature...

Rocktober? NOT!

Dec 13, 2013 / 7:00 pm

A Rock Tradition is about to be smashed! The month of October has always been seen as the month when most Rockers release new material. This is about to change, as now it seems that the beginning of the New Year is taking over that distinction! January and February are now the time period when...

Rock News

Dec 6, 2013 / 7:00 pm

Legends in their own time, “Mott The Hoople” are a one of a kind Rock Group! Fronted by Ian Hunter, perhaps, the most prolific Songwriter of our time, the group were a working class outfit from the industrial area of the U.K. Obviously there is not enough space in this column to even...

Metal Cartel

Nov 29, 2013 / 7:00 pm

He is known throughout the guitar world as one of the best. For reasons of his own, he went into an exile over the last few years, turning his face away from the business and the public eye. 2014 will mark the return of one Jake E. Lee!! Jake’s old friend, Ronnie Mancuso has been...

Theocracy: A Spiritual Revival

Nov 22, 2013 / 7:00 pm

If you are a constant reader of this column, you know that I do not write much about ‘Christian Rock’ bands…however I’ve always been a fan of Stryper and now, thanks to a recent assignment from my Editor at Fireworks Magazine, Theocracy is top of mind! Now a group,...

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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