Chuck – Chuck Berry (review)

Chuck Berry. The name means so much: rock and roll, some of the finest guitar playing known, inventive and playful songs. 

To think that everyone from Buddy Holly to The Beatles covered his songs is mind-blowing. Without Chuck Berry the world would be a different place. 

I was lucky enough to see Chuck Berry live on one of his later trips to London. Even in old age, he played the guitar like no one else, attacking the strings, duck-walking and bouncing off of the audience reaction. 

I was thrilled to write a review of his last album, Chuck, for Songwriting Magazine. Read it here.

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James Holt – Whatever Happened to John?

James Holt’s new song, Whatever Happened to John? is a Dylan-esque whirlwind. There is a clear nod to John Lennon too, with the bridge sounding reminiscent of Revolver era Beatles.

Holt is clearly an artist to watch out for. He provides the lead and backing vocals, as well as playing all of the instruments featured on the song.

Whatever Happened to John? takes us to a parallel universe. As Holt says: “The inspiration came from a Sky Arts TV programme set in an alternate reality in which John Lennon walked out of the Beatles before their fame in the mid-60s. It’s a fusion of thoughts and ideas and also bears references to George Orwell’s 1984.”

The song, starting out as a blues rocker, leads quickly to a psychedelic meltdown, before taking us back onto the initial riff.

Aside from the Dylan and Lennon comparisons, lines will also be drawn to Fionn Regan’s second album The Shadow of an Empire.

Take a listen to the track below, and be sure to keep a lookout for James Holt in the future.

 

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