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Essential for existing fans and sure to impress newcomers to Gwyn Ashton.

Welsh guitarist/vocalist Gwyn Ashton is back with ‘Radiogram’, his sixth solo album to date. Honing his craft opening for acts like Rory Gallagher, Albert Lee, Status Quo, Johnny Winter and many others, Gywn has released albums with usually a three year gap between each release. With ‘Radiogram’ he has another excellent collection of songs to add to his canon.

‘Little Girl’ opens proceedings with vinyl crackle and a delta blues feel before kicking in with some raucous blues rock. ‘Don’t Wanna Fall’ keeps the momentum going with some great guitar work and strong vocals from Ashton, who also handles bass duties. “Killer” Kev Hickman provides the drums and a collection of high profile guests flesh out the cast of players. Some of the better known names include Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey, Robert Plant’s guitarist Robbie Blunt, Mark Stanway from Magnum and others. This calibre of players really helps bring the songs to life.

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There’s a cool funk tinged blues rock re-working of the classic ‘I Just Wanna Make Love’ alongside some sterling originals like ‘Dog Eat Dog’ or the melancholy ‘Angel’. The driving power of ‘Comin’ Home’ is a rollicking way to draw you toward the closing piece of the album, the seven minute instrumental ‘Bluz For Roy’ which showcases Aston’s skill as a lead guitarist. With a bright mix by Lost Prophets’ producer Justin Hopfer and mastering by Don Bartley, the album sounds great, has great playing and some quality songs.

Essential for existing fans and sure to impress newcomers to Gwyn Ashton.

James Gaden

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