About Martine Ehrenclou

Award-winning author, freelance journalist, musician and past music reviewer, Martine is a music enthusiast. Having attended hundreds of concerts, local live shows, and open mike nights, all around Southern California, she has shared her music playlists for many years with friends and others just for the fun of it.

Honoring Prince: master guitar player, so much more


Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958- April 21, 2016)

To honor Prince who died two years ago on April 21st, I wanted to showcase this phenomenal artist. He was a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, master guitar player, and more. His music ranged from rock, R&B, Blues, psychedelia, funk, to pop. He won eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for the movie, Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Some didn’t know that [Read More]

By | 2018-04-20T18:24:15+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Rock Muse|0 Comments

How Did I Miss Blues Rock Guitar Slinger, Eric Steckel?

Eric Steckel, Polyphonic Prayer, album review, Rock and Blues Muse, blues-rock, guitarist

By Martine Ehrenclou

One of the joys of Rock and Blues Muse is discovering thrilling new music. I stumbled upon Eric Steckel’s new-ish album, Polyphonic Prayer, released early 2018. I wish I’d tripped the sound of this six-string powerhouse guitarist/vocalist before now. Polyphonic Prayer is Steckel’s 10thalbum and a follow up to his 2015 Black Gold record.

As soon as I heard the opening, “Waitin’ For the Bus” (ZZ Top cover,) I grabbed the album on Spotify. This was no ordinary cover—Steckel’s version is similar [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:11:58+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|8 Comments

New Video by Joe Bonamassa, “Plynth (Water Down the Drain)”

Joe Bonamassa, "Plynth (Water Down The Drain)", British Blues Explosion Live, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Christie Goodwin

Two-time Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon, Joe Bonamassa, released the video “Plynth (Water Down the Drain)” from his upcoming British Blues Explosion Live album, out Friday May 18thon CD/DVD/Blu-ray and 3LP via Mascot Label Group in Europe and J&R Adventures in North America.

Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration, and for the first time with this unforgettable performance he was able to give special homage to the British [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:14:11+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Videos & Singles|2 Comments

Album Review: Revelation by Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant, Revelation, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

British blues-rock guitarist Danny Bryant will be releasing his twelfth album, Revelation, on April 20th, on Jazzhaus Records. At the age of 37, Bryant will be celebrating his 20thyear as a professional, working musician in 2018. Although Bryant is new to me, he is well thought of in the blues world. As one example, Bryant filled in for Walter Trout when Trout was recovering from his known health issues.

Revelation comes in the wake of a tough year for Bryant, as [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:15:52+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

New Tommy Emmanuel Video “Tittle Tattle” feat. Jack Pearson!

Tommy Emmanuel, Jack Pearson, "Tittle Tattle", new video, Rock and Blues Muse

Tommy Emmanuel, the Grammy nominated guitarist, composer,  and performer, released the video, “Tittle Tattle” today featuring his collaboration with celebrated guitarist, Jack Pearson. This is finger pickin’ heaven! This track is featured on Tommy’s new album, Accomplice One.

Jack Pearson is best known as an A-list blues/rock lead and slide guitarist and soulful songwriter. He was a member of The Allman Brothers Band from 1997-1999 and has worked with music legends Gregg Allman, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’ , Gov’t Mule, Lee Roy [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:18:45+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Videos & Singles|0 Comments