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.

Album Review: Soul of a Man by the Billy Walton Band

By Martine Ehrenclou

Led by former lead guitarist of Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes, Billy Walton and his band hail from New Jersey with their sixth album, Soul of a Man on Vizztone Label Group. With a soulful, crunchy voice and wicked guitar chops, Billy Walton returns with a 13-track album, perfect for getting the party started on a Saturday night.

Having been embraced by the UK Blues scene as a finalist in the “2016 Best Overseas Artist” by the British Blues Awards, these soul-blues rockers are [Read More]

By | 2018-02-19T18:02:59+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones

Album review Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

Released on January 26th on her own Strawberry Moon Records label, the self-titled Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin’ Stones, featuring 20-year-old wunderkind Wicklund and produced by Sadler Vaden, leaves me with one strong impression: The kids are alright.

The South Carolina native, Hannah Wicklund,who has been playing in bands since childhood, thanks to a supportive, artistic family (her mom even did the album cover art here) really comes into her own on this, her third studio album, delivering on the promise heard in [Read More]

By | 2018-02-19T13:17:21+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|4 Comments

Album Review: Slings & Arrows by Michelle Malone

Slings & Arrows, Michelle Malone, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

Well-respected Americana singer/guitarist Michelle Malone emerges from the studio with Slings & Arrows, another winning collection of self-produced tracks, due out on her own SBS Records label on March 2nd.

The Atlanta native has turned in a serious “Georgia Record” here, with everything from the music to the art on the cover created by proud natives of The Peach State. Bassist Robbie Handley and drummer Christopher Burrows hold the rhythm section together, keeping things small when required but easily capable of dialing it up [Read More]

By | 2018-02-17T10:47:24+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Concert Review: Samantha Fish, Moondog’s Pub, PA

Concert Review, Samantha Fish, Dave Resto, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Dave Resto

By Dave Resto

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Samantha Fish, who is currently touring with a hot new band, performed to a full house at Moondog’s Pub, just north of Pittsburgh on February 8, 2018. Prior to the start of the concert, proprietor Ron “Moondog” Esser made a brief announcement, saying of Fish, “This may be the last time you see her in a venue this small and we’re happy for her. She deserves it.”

At 29, the Kansas City, MO native, who [Read More]

By | 2018-02-15T15:22:15+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Concert Reviews|9 Comments

New Video: “The Cove” Black Country Communion

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, reveal their brand new video for “The Cove”, taken from their fourth album, ‘BCCIV’.

“The Cove” represents a subject very close to the heart of Glenn Hughes as he explains. “Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I’m still shaking my head in astonishment. I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful souls are [Read More]

By | 2018-02-15T15:18:40+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Video of the Week|0 Comments