Album Release: Radiogram by Gwyn Ashton
Release date: 22 October 2012
Label: Fab Tone
Guitar maestro Gwyn Ashton’s back with Radiogram, a hard-driving renegade rock and blues album heaving with hook-laden songs and killer riffs.
A truly accomplished master of electric, acoustic and slide guitars, singer / songwriter / guitarist Ashton was voted third place as "Guitarist of The Year 2001" by French readers of Guitar Part magazine, behind Jeff Beck and Gary Moore at number one and two. Italian company Liutart has recently released the Gwyn Ashton signature model guitar, designed to his own specifications.
Radiogram boasts nine self-penned tracks plus a phat groove version of Willie Dixon’s I Just Wanna Make Love To You with the Ashton trademark stamped all over it. This feast of electric blues, heavy funk and melodic rock has been inspired by his well-worn vinyl record collection and sounds like it could have been recorded in 1971. Old-school retro is in and nobody does it better.
The rhythm section on Radiogram features Ashton (also on bass) along with stalwart drummer Kev Hickman, who has been the backbone of Ashton’s European touring duo for the past three years. The diverse guest artist roster includes Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant, Bronco, Silverhead), Johnny Mastro (LA’s Mama’s Boys), Mark Stanway (Magnum, Phil Lynott) and Mo Birch (UB40, Go West, Culture Club). Radiogram was recorded in England, mixed in LA by Lost Prophets’ producer Justin Hopfer and mastered in Australia by Don Bartley, who was recently commissioned by EMI to remaster the audiophile version of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Radiogram is the follow-up to 2009’s Two-Man Blues Army. Dixiefrog released Prohibition in 2006 with guests Chris Glen, Ted McKenna (Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Ian Gillan, Rory Gallagher) and Don Airey. In 1999 Virgin France released Fang It! which was recorded with Rory Gallagher’s rhythm section - Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O’Neill. Ashton’s first two albums Feel The Heat and Beg, Borrow & Steel were recorded in Australia and released through Virgin France in 1997 and 1998. In 2000 Feel The Heat and Fang It! were simultaneously in the Amazon France Top 100 album charts. They also garnered Ashton European support slots with the likes of B.B. King, Johnny Winter, The Yardbirds, Mick Taylor, Peter Green and Status Quo.
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