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High Fives 2016 – The Warden

Next up in the MusicRiot 2016 High Fives is a contribution from Dallas bass player, songwriter and manager Ward Richmond, better known as The Warden. There are some great lines on his eponymous album released earlier this year, including (from the raucous “Our Town”) ‘Miller Lites and shots and fights’ and the run-out at the end of “Sun Goes Down” which sort of sums up the album: ‘What... [Read more]

High Fives 2016 – Neil Sheasby

One of the bands that the Riot Squad has supported for a few years now is Stone Foundation. Live and on vinyl, they are the real deal; great songs, rock solid rhythm section (that’s the stone foundation) and some superb horn arrangements. Founder members and songwriters Neil Jones and Neil Sheasby are a formidable partnership and also a pair of diamond blokes. Among other things, Neil Sheasby likes... [Read more]

High Fives 2016 – Photos (1)

High Fives? Is it that time already? Another year gone, loads of gigs attended and some pretty good pics, if I say so myself. Looking through this year’s galleries, it’s really obvious that it I have to claim two entries for the feature again, one for male artists, one for female; well, they do it at the Oscars, why shouldn’t MusicRiot do it as well. So, in no particular order, here we go. Click... [Read more]

Rachael Sage teams up with Ditch the Label

You might not have heard about this, but today is the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. You might wonder what that has to do with a music website, so I’ll tell you. The incredibly gifted singer-songwriter Rachael Sage (who we interviewed a few weeks ago) is supporting the anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label by donating the proceeds of her latest single to the charity. The single, “I Don’t Believe... [Read more]

Dean Owens Winter tour 2016

One of our Riot Squad favourites has been incredibly busy this year. Dean Owens has playing gigs around the country, solo and with his band The Whisky Hearts, but that’s just the start of it. He’s been in Nashville recording a new album with his old collaborators Will Kimbrough and Neilson Hubbard and playing some gigs. The album’s well on the way to being ready and he’s launched a crowdfunding... [Read more]