TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

 

Rooted in Delta tradition the first collaboration between bluesmen of different generations have delivered eleven tracks on TajMo that will surprise and entertain to a point.  “We wanted to do a real good record together, but we didn’t want to do the record that everyone expected us to do,” blues legend Taj Mahal says of TajMo, his historic collaboration with fellow true believer Keb’ Mo’.  The album is upbeat, the tracks have a happy vibe rather than hand ringing despair, yet with their two different personalities and vocal attributes there is nothing profound no depth of a great story telling number.

Let’s start off with the surprises. As ever sometimes a surprise can be a disappointment, and for me The Who’s Squeeze Box was a quirky inclusion that had no purpose on the album. Yes, the zydeco arrangement has syncopated flow that moves along and the accordion from Jeff Taylor picks up the mood; the childish lyrics mean that however inspired the re-arrangement nothing will uplift this number.  Closing out the album with a John Mayer cover, Waiting For The World To Change, with backing vocals from Bonnie Raitt I know this because it was in the press release her voice just doesn’t add to a closing number that misses the mark.

Now back to the rest of the album full of Delta Blues as Taj & Mo collaborate as they have in the past on stage and how the album over two years in the making has shaped up.  Opening with Don’t Leave Me Here, a strong track replete with horns and the flow if the Mississippi inspiring the music when stuck in Chicago.  The opening is easy on the ear with a promise that never really flies.  The percussive happy pop on one of the originals on the album means that it is full of hope grounded in fluffy lyrics there will be no need for blues… be love peace etc. All Around The World. The clarion call of the horns add a much-needed sharpness of tone on a number that leads nowhere. Then one of the stand out tracks on the album Om Sweet Om; the beat swells and rolls through the track augmented with Lizz Wright’s vocals that soothe the soul.   It is the guitar work from Joe Walsh and the keys that liven up Shake Me in Your Arms combined with the two vocal tones of Taj & Mo playing of each other with harmonization that is full of emotion, a track in which that lacks that missing zing absent form so much of an album.  The inclusion of Diving Duck Blues is no surprises as Taj Mahal revisits the Sleepy Joe Estes number he will be forever associated with after the release of his second album.

Soul, the penultimate track is a favourite. The African warmth in the rhythm adds some spice to the blues and a raw energy. Yes, the lyrics are a geography lesson as we move from city to town across the globe. The vibe is bright uplifting and there are layers of soul power. This feels like a beginning of a collaboration with some voodoo magic. The drumming inspired deep with the heat of Africa infused with the Blues of the Delta the music connects. Where was this bright freedom expression in the rest of the album?

They said they wanted to put a real  good record together; it is real good but just a little bit flat at times lacking that  spark that will ignite  a Delta blues inspired album into something that is stupendous.

 

TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo
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Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo‘ – TajMoConcord Records

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Track Listing

  1. Don’t Leave Me Here
  2. She Know How To Rock
  3. All Around The World
  4. Om Sweet Om
  5. Shake Me In Your Arms
  6. That’s Who I Am
  7. Diving Duck Blues
  8. Squeeze Box
  9. Ain’t Nobody Talking
  10. Soul
  11. Waiting On The World To Change

TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

 

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

72 HOUR PLANET ROCK TICKET PRE-SALE
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 Following Joe Bonamassa’s successful tour including two sold out concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, the celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce that he will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts.

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Dates include Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (March 9), Manchester Arena (March 10), Carlisle Sands Centre (March 11), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (March 13), Gateshead Sage (March 14), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (March 17).

Tickets will then go on general sale at 9am on Friday 14th July from TICKET MASTERS and JOE BONAMASSA 

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

 

The March 2018 UK tour will feature Joe alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from Blues of Desperation, plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites.

Bluesdoodles loved the album “This is the first time Bluesdoodles has given Joe Bonamassa a 10 this is an inspired album that hit my blues-spot. This is a new approach more muted deeper tones, the result a powerful statement an album with direction and purpose.” READ what we said in Full HERE

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Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena                          Friday 9 March

Manchester, Arena                                         Saturday 10 March

Carlisle, Sands Centre                                   Sunday 11 March

Aberdeen, GE Oil & Gas Centre                Tuesday 13 March

Gateshead, Sage                                              Wednesday 14 March

Birmingham, Genting Arena                       Friday 16 March

Brighton, Centre                                              Saturday 17 March

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“I just wish we were standing as this was not music to sit to, as the show drew to the last three numbers Joe, simply signed for the crowded auditorium to stand. We did and then the music became even more scintillating and the energy rose to another level.”
 – Bluesdoodles

“An excellent set, featuring mostly self-penned compositions, but some covers thrown in including Led Zep’s Boogie with Stu and rock classic Hummingbird, made for a fantastic evening’s entertainment.”
– Sheffield Star

“His soloing was, as you would expect,
immaculate and his vocals right on the money.”

– Music-News.com

“Bonamassa has to be heard and seen to be believed.” 
– 
Bristol Post

 “The best guitarist on the planet at the very top of his game.”
– Liverpool Echo

“Bonamassa’s recorded output has been nothing short of extraordinary – there doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t handle … Hugely impressive.”
– Acoustic Magazine

 

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition

 

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition

 

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition, the £20 entry fee has been removed! The innovative music competition announces the great news.

http://bluesdoodles.com/interview/feargal-sharkey-talking-about-salute-music-makers/Since Bluesdoodles interviewed Feargal Sharkey about the competition and his involvement there have been positive developments with the announcement of No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition. Read what Feargal said HERE

Salute Music Makers, the revolutionary songwriter’s competition platform which launched in April amid great media interest, has now taken the unprecedented step of giving back the entry fee of £20 per track to all those who have entered to date, and have made the process totally free for up to four tracks to be entered thanks to the huge impact the initiative has had on the partnerships they have so rapidly developed with the likes of GRM DailyUnsigned Music Awards, UNILAD and many more.

This step to hand back money to thousands of songwriters is clearly a very rare occurrence with any enterprise, but once again highlights the importance of the songwriter to the Salute ethos.

As legendary artist and music industry expert Feargal Sharkey, who is spearheading  Salute Music Makers explains – ‘The level of support and encouragement we have received from the industry since launching our competition has been truly extraordinary. Thanks to the support of our partners, Salute is now in the enviable position to make entry absolutely, 100%, free. Yet again Salute is leading the way in providing proper support and encouragement for the next generation of great British talent. Now is your chance to win a £50,000, no strings attached cash prize and entry is free. One small challenge: just write the best song anyone has ever heard!’

One of the most important aspects of the whole initiative was the ambition of Salute to make their entry free within the second year, but thanks to the huge impact it has had from business partnerships, this dream has been realised within a matter of weeks since its launch. Since contestants began to upload their music, the Salute brand has grown more rapidly than anyone could have hoped. Salute have been emotionally humbled by the response from budding music makers and hence made the decision that giving back had to be the next step, and subsequently have now opened the competition to an even broader audience in their pursuit to find the next best UK grassroots music artist.

http://bluesdoodles.com/interview/feargal-sharkey-talking-about-salute-music-makers/

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

 

The cover is alluring, Karen’s bejewelled eyes inviting you to explore the dozen tracks that tell me once again the Karen is never a Fish Outta Water when singing the blues with soulful emotions.  Building on the power and impressions left from her acclaimed 2010 release Still The Rain. On Fish Outta Water, Karen has handed much of the song writing over to producer Eric Corne;  Five tracks have the Lovely  skills two co-written with her producer, two co-written with Mark Bowden her touring Guitarist.

At the heart of the album is the seductive vocals of Karen Lovely; the tones and textures bounce of the musicians who she has surrounded herself with on Fish Outta Water. Two guitarists are used across various tracks, either Rick Holmstrom  or Doug Pettibone with bassist Taras Prodaniuk and Drummer/percussionist Matt Tecu pulling in the deep driving rhythms that the heartbeat of the album. Other instruments blended in shaping of tracks, used as colourful punctuation.

The title track pulls you deep under the watery depths; as you listen you feel in the company of friends you can breathe; Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues. The instrumentation syncopated to reflect and build on Karen’s powerful vocalization. R’n’B that draws on a moody vibe; lit up by the Skip Edwards mastery of the Hammond B3.

With a beat of the drum, the mood is change as we are sitting Under The Midnight Sun setting the pace and full of clever licks and the use of saxophone adding a soulful aire to the proceedings.  Having listened to the album a number of times I know that it is the variation that makes you sit up, listen and pay attention to every track. The words are there for a purpose as the story of the song is unveiled with a mix of tempos; we have a thread of continuity Karen Lovely’s vocals her understanding of the blues.

Looming with intent is countrified Big Black Cadillac, this is no city slicker leading into for me the song of the album Hades’ Bride (There Was A Time); a slow burner as Lovely explores domestic violence and sexual assault.  Opening with beautiful acoustic guitar tones from Al Bonhomme, the mournful tones picked up by the searing violin and deeper tone of cello creating the tonal palette of the track. The story is sung by Karen with thoughtful delivery of the prose as blues and country meld in a perfect flowing harmony across words of pain and control; as wings are clipped and punches thrown. Emotive words spun with shrewd connections.  Atlas, the world on his shoulders, Frazier’s punch and the use of being the Bride of Hades  heroes from myths pulled together with clever phrases creating the allusion that all is well whilst underneath living‘s hell. Hades Bride a love song, how it can be distorted turned hateful with the control and misuse of power creating a life full of hurt and pain feels like a true story from the past many have lived through. And sadly, many still living through. For Karen this is more than a song as she actively supports RAINN USA’s largest anti sexual violence organisation.

How to follow that opening to the second half of the album, with explosive upbeat sound of Molotov Cocktails. Doug Pettitone’s guitar is sharp underpinning the vocals. The tempo maybe upbeat there is a darker feel once again front the chords of the organ and guitar as Karen sings, “let’s have another round of Molotov Cocktails”.  The song as you would expect form Karen is not a girls night out in a cocktail bar having fun it is the darker underbelly of geo-politics of living in a world surrounded by social justice.

All change as we shuffle into Chicago for an optimistic number Next Time things will be better! Closing out the album we have a country fair vibe almost a jug band sound as  Punk Rock meets Johnny Cash. Vocals observe a busker playing for nickles and dimes in a subway. Once again gritty side of life is captured in a few words in a melodic cry as a picture of now is painted by Karen Lovely’s vocals and words. Closing with a The River’s Wide, we are back at the waters side. Down by the water with the Hammond Organ and Karen’s soulful vocals as once again we visit pain divisions widen.

Karen brings a fluidity to the album it flows and no track is a Fish Outta Water; this is an album that feels at home in any lover of modern blues infused with country and soul collections.  This is an album where the song is the key and every track tells a story you want to hear. Stupendous album of blues that demands you to listen to. With every play you hear another crafted lick; astute vocal phrasing. Fish Outta Water never when in the company of Karen Lovely. I recommend you explore the album it is full of hidden depths; no written review will ever be able to convey.

Karen Lovely – Fish Outta Water

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Track Listing

  1. Fish Outta Water
  2. Under The Midnight Sun
  3. Twist My Fate
  4. Waking Up The Dead
  5. Big Black Cadillac
  6. Everything Means Nothing
  7. Hades Bride (There Was A Time)
  8. Molotov Cocktails
  9. Next Time
  10. Nice and Easy
  11. Punk Rock Johnny Cash
  12. The Rivers Wide

 

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues