Top-notch UK-Brewed Moonshine: Mike Ross Shows How It’s Done with ‘The Clovis Limit Pt.2’

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Mike Ross will not sit back and allow the likes of COVID-19 to curtail his very proactive musical life. Although this pandemic seems to have been upon us forever, it has only been a relatively short space of time. Nevertheless Mike has his second release almost ready to be released off the back of the well received experimental offering Dystopia Rising. In addition Mike has been performing his talents on many virtual platforms in the past four months and put together a mid September tour in the Czech Republic.


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Mike Ross, a man you can rely on to conjure up fuzz-charged Heavy Blues and powerful Rock, makes his guitar soar and sing, and deliver smart-as-a-whip lyrics, will be releasing his new 10-track solo album The Clovis Limit Pt.2 on Friday 30th October. The first single from the album, The Loser, drops on 24th July, with an accompanying video premiering via the Ramblin’ Man’s socials during the weekend of 17th-19th July.


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As Kerrang! put it, Mike Ross is “Burnt in Blues, Soaked in Soul!”. That’s true of his songwriting, his multi-instrumental talents, particularly as a gritty riff-busting, yet eloquent guitarist and his vocals, all of which come to the fore on his latest solo releases. The Loser, for instance, coming out as the album’s debut single, has a great, Humble Pie-like vibe to it, and draws on Mike as guitarist, vocalist, bassist, pianist and even percussionist! 



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Mike Ross is well-known to Rock fans as one of the trio of guitarist frontmen in the powerhouse band RHR (named after the line-up of Troy Redfern, Jack J Hutchinson and Mike Ross). Mixing the best of Southern rock, Americana and Blues, RHR are also heavily rooted in the jam band scene and released their debut album Mahogany Drift back in 2018 to great acclaim. Jack J Hutchinson has since left to concentrate fully on his efforts with his own band. Newly recruited Rosco Levee, I am sure, will fill the void perfectly.






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However, Mike’s also been developing his solo work for some years, releasing his solo debut Spindrift in 2014, the snappy, contagious Jenny’s Place (2018), then in 2019 his Nashville-recorded The Clovis Limit Pt.1, which fielded a “sixty-one minute collection of ten new songs made from piss, vinegar and tiny bits of stars” which worked “as high-grade-truck-stop-diner-toe-tappers!” The brand-new sequel album The Clovis Limit Pt.2 continues the Clovis Limit adventure, with fresh, varied, tasty new servings cooked up from similar, well-loved , expertly-put-together recipes!



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The Clovis Limit Pt.2 lives up to Mojo Magazine’s review of Mike’s work as “Fuzzed up, fierce and full frontal fiery attack coupled with sexy, smooth slidin', southern soul!” and Planet Rock Magazine’s equally-on point praise of Mike’s “Hypnotic Blues that revel in dark menace.” One to watch out for, listen to, and much more!


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