Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases.

Vince Neads,"Slow Road" (Fab Tone)- The splendidly visceral debut set from experienced British singer-guitarist Vince Neads finds this highly accomplished axeman wielding some of the most iconic instruments produced by the illustrious factories of the Gibson and Fender organisations as he immerses himself in the earthy delights of a batch of timeless blues and rock creations. "Down The Track," "Coming Home" and "Five More Minutes" capture the soulful essence of Neads' refreshingly melodic approach to music-making.

Dervish,"The Great Irish Songbook" (Rounder)- Sligo based traditional outfit Dervish make their Rounder Records debut with a fascinating collection which explores some of the most enduringly popular pieces in the Irish folk repertoire. The veteran performers bring all their usual passion and instrumental virtuosity to bear on cherished ditties such as "Down By The Sally Gardens," "The Parting Glass " and Patrick Kavanagh's poignant "On Raglan Road," aided and abetted by an eclectic assortment of guest vocalists including actor Brendan Gleeson, maverick country rocker Steve Earle and the" Barnsley Nightingale", Kate Rusby.Nashville bluegrass band The SteelDrivers also deserve a mention in dispatches for their rousing rendition of the much recorded "There's Whiskey in the Jar."

Todd Rundgren's Utopia,"Live at the Chicago Theatre" (Wienerworld)-Rundgren's tuneful prog-rock behemoths effectively gave up the ghost in 1976 despite indulging in very infrequent reunion tours in the interim, so a sense of very real anticipation greeted the great man's decision to reassemble as much of the original band as possible and embark on another series of live jaunts in 2018. This beautifully packaged audio-visual extravaganza extends over a DVD, Blu-Ray Disc and 2 CDs and captures the reformed Utopia's show at the Chicago Theatre last May, an enjoyable ramble down memory lane which was liberally peppered with old favourites such as "One World," "Road To Utopia" and the band's solitary Top 40 success,"Set Me Free."

Brooks & Dunn,"Reboot" (Sony Music)- The most successful country duo of all time returned to the recording studio recently after a twelve year hiatus to put together this easy on the ear package. reimagining a dozen hits from their highly lucrative back catalogue in collaborations with some of the leading lights of the contemporary country scene. The finished product isn't an unqualified success but tracks such as "Hard Workin' Man," "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" and "Red Dirt Road" are well worth a few minutes of anyone's time, delivered here by Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde and Cody Johnson respectively.