With all the great CDs and DVDs scheduled for release in the next four to six weeks - plenty of time for your holiday purchases - the Reverend almost overlooked this one. On September 18, 2012 our friends at Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the Live At The Astoria DVD from British blues-rock legends the Groundhogs. Although this show was originally released on CD and DVD in 2008, it's been out-of-print for a couple of years, so kudos to Eagle Rock for bringing it back for the band's new fans. The concert documented by Live At The Astoria captures the Groundhogs performing in London, England on February 20, 1998.
The band was firing on all cylinders all night, with singer and guitarist Tony McPhee, bassist Eric Chipulina, and drummer Pete Correa offering scorching performances of material from across the band's 30-year history. The DVD features Dolby Digital Stereo audio with twelve songs running a whopping 81 minutes and features all the guitar pyrotechnics that fans of British blues-rock have come to expect from McPhee and crew. Get over to YouTube to watch a video of the Groundhogs performing "Eccentric Man" from the DVD.
Here on About.com Blues, the Reverend posted his Blues Bites review column for September, this month's round-up featuring reviews of albums from British blues-rockers Blodwyn Pig, Memphis soul legends Booker T. & the M.G.s, and up-and-coming blues singer and harpist Grady Champion. We also posted our Blues CDs - New Releases column for September, providing valuable information on what you'll be spending your cash on this month. The Reverend also reviewed Michael Burks' final album, Show of Strength, deeming it a stellar conclusion to a too-brief career.
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