Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition NowSave Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now

 

The Old Bush Blues Festival is a special weekend for many. Potentially being spoiled by the very few. The bureaucrats are turning the cogs, using their power make common sense be heard and acted upon. Make your voice heard by supporting Matt & Karen Williams.

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now! HERE

I declare Bluesdoodles has a vested interest. Not money but the feeling of attending a festival that is about music and friendship. I love taking the photographs, laughing and hearing old favourites play and then new bands that add to the flavour of the weekend. Bluesdoodles has a vested interest in the love of live music, fun and friendship.

Background to Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now!

In the case of Old Bush Blues Festival. Common-sense has gone out of the window and it is the views of the minority (just two people) who appear to be wielding the power in Callow End.  The majority have welcomed the re-opening of the pub as Matt Williams the previous Landlord twenty years ago returned to run the pub. The festival happens on one weekend during August, bringing visitors to the area, campers who spend money in the shop. The festival has a true community feel with fun at the heart of the weekend’s proceedings.

This year the third Old Bush Blues festival was held. What a success despite the worry that the objection by two neighbours regarding noise pollution caused. Matt a true professional dealt with the complaint putting in noise absorption and suppression, noise assessments and control, constant monitoring to the Malvern Hills District Council requirements and a dedicated telephone hot line for any complaints. Did the festival play on into the early hours – no, the music was finished by 11 pm. I know that if you walked up the lane to the main road running through the village the music was a faint background hum.

The two complainants live near the pub. Once again like so many music venues, people buy a place nearby and then complain about noise and inconvenience. If you want to be in a quiet area buying near a popular community Pub is not the best location for you.

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now! HERE

We want community pubs at the heart of villages. To make a business sustainable Pubs have to offer more than a dusty ale house with a decaying dart board in the darkest corner for entertainment. Old Bush Blues Festival one weekend a year is just such an enterprise that is making Old Bush Inn a popular place to visit.  To run the festival extra staff are employed, and Matt, has improved the pub inside and out making this an attractive Pub for Callow End to enjoy all year.

 

Live music has always been at the heart of village communities.  The garden in the pub is child-friendly, people can enjoy a drink and eat knowing the children are in a safe environment. Villages get a discounted ticket for the weekend. The festival brings a buzz to the village and in the past, many villagers loved the fact they could sit in their gardens and listen to the music. Not This year they complained. Two people are complaining ruining the fun and live music for the majority.

Stop the unfairness and support Matt & Karen Williams who want to run a successful business that includes a festival loved by the many.

Save Old Bush Blues Festival Sign the Petition Now! HERE

Show your support keeping music live, local and at the heart of the community.

Read Bluesdoodles ReviewsOld Bush Blues 2017  – Old Bush Blues 2016Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

 

 

Looking to the stars Kev Minney combines his passions, guitar, songwriting, and astronomer to create a debut album Stories of the Skies. The singer-songwriter’s acoustic debut shows the depths of style the Brighton-based musician has explored. The album has a simplicity on first listening. Underneath the lyrics and change in guitar, tempo creates a layering reflecting when you first look into the night skies it takes a while to distinguish the stars and constellations spread out before you.

The use of instruments from violin to piano to augment the tonal shaping of the acoustic guitar includes using open tuning to create a melodic haunting sound. The combination works throughout the album. There is always just enough to add but never dominate.  This is an album created with thought and attention to detail. The one constant is Kev’s vocals that gently caresses the lyrics and floats above the instruments giving the tracks an ethereal feeling.

Opening with the title track you are instantly transported into the world the Minney has created. The beat changes with a dance rhythm a pop melody as the essence of the Bossa Nova is captured in Like I Always, as anxiety when trying to o beyond the horizon facing a challenge. The narrative told with innate sensitivity.

Inspired by Joni Mitchel and Nick Drake he has created a sound that is uniquely his. Dark Skies demonstrates once again his skills on the acoustic guitar. The track that was the starting point of the album showcasing the perfectionist element of the singer obsessed with astronomy.  The haunting violin pulses through the melody with Fairy Tales and Chains a track that looks at changing times, asking questions that are relevant and emotionally engaging. The stars once again a certainty and constant grounding force.

Closing with the most upbeat number the piano adds a twinkle to the tone as we explore Stardust. Minney’s vocals are more relaxed the journey examining stars, change and emotions have been cathartic and Stardust is the magic ingredient of release and freedom.

The ten tracks on the debut album without the backing of a label were made possible with help from the Arts Council in the form of a grant awarded in 2016, so Kev has been able to pay everyone involved in creating the album.  There is no argument this is an album for lovers of acoustic. For those who appreciate sparsity the space between notes and lyrics where you can gather your thoughts as you try to make sense of life and emotions.

A debut album with promise. The only thing that holds it back is the sound blends at times there feels like there is no definite change in mood and feeling between the tracks as they meld together. Your attention to the lyrics gets lost at times. Anger sometimes is a good thing combined with on occasion a more assertive sound.

Soon to be out in tour, the translation of the songs from studio to stage will be interesting. Having battled with a stutter and stage fright he has used his obsessive nature to overcome and master the power of being a singer/songwriter to share your inner feelings and turmoil with sensitivity and openness.

Kev Minney –  Stories of The Skies

Release Date 8th September

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Track Listing

    1. Chaos In The Sky
    2. Like I Always
    3. Just Another Day
    4. Dark Stars
    5. Time
    6. Can You Feel It Too
    7. Fairy Tales & Chains
    8. Gravity
    9. Chances
    10. Stardust

 

Like I Always  the second single from Stories of The Skies

 

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

 

Robert J. Hunter Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

Robert J. Hunter Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

Robert J. Hunter Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

Robert J. Hunter Talks about
2017 Blues Challenge

 

BD: Firstly, thank you for taking the time out to chat about participating in the 4th UK Blues Challenge, Blues, your music and more.

RHB: Our pleasure, this is an incredible opportunity for us.

BD: Before we start, tell us about performing at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne over Bank Holiday Weekend as part of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned bands.

RHB: We were lucky to have been chosen by JFU to perform and it was an amazing experience. A festival we had been trying to get onto for a long time, and it did not disappoint. We were worried that our blend of original dirty blues may not have suited, but we had the best time and received amazing feedback. So thanks to JFU again for giving us a chance.

BD: 2017, sees the fourth UK British Blues Challenge.  This year the UKBlues Federation are “Bringing The Blues back to The cavern 60 years on..” Tell us what it means to Robert J. Hunter Band to have been nominated to participate in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in Hell, Norway and Memphis U.S.A in 2018?

RHB: We are a struggling band on the blues scene, if we are even on the blues scene is up for debate. We work very hard and we are playing the long game, enjoying every step of the way. But to have an opportunity like this is an absolute honour, we have been given a chance and we promise we won’t disappoint. Thank you to JFU and UKBlues Federation for believing in us.. the opportunity to be able to play somewhere called Hell is exciting on it’s own.

BD: What are the Blues to Robert J. Hunter Band? Do you feel British Blues has a different feel to what is being currently produced in Europe, United States and elsewhere in the world?

RHB: Our sound is rooted in British blues and RnB, but sonically is in the direction of more American southern blues. America is where it all began after all and I think it is any musicians dream to have the opportunity to play in the States. Blues-rock seems to be the chosen weapon of lots of new bands across Britain, Europe and the US, including us, it is interesting seeing how bands are taking the blues in its rawest form and creating something truly original with the pallet they have to work from.

BD: Your current album is Where I’m From; tell us a bit about the album and have you plans to return to the studio?

RHB: That album was a way for me to showcase the variety of my writing, aside from the band. Solo, just me and a guitar for a day of recording.

We are working on new material and spent a weekend in the studio recently recording all live and we are currently mixing the record, and deciding about the release. We have always struggled capturing the adrenaline and passion of a live show on record, but this time we are a step in the right direction. It’s essentially an old school rhythm and blues album wound around the raucous dirty blues people may be used to hearing from us.

BD: What do you feel The UKBlues Federation can bring to the UK Blues what would you like the Federation to be doing for Blues artists on the circuit in Britain today?

RHB: The British blues scene is really buzzing at the moment, there are more and more young bands experimenting with the blues and there are some incredible blues guitarists on the scene. Sadly, a lot of bands go unnoticed, with a lot of the same few acts working the scene with only one or two new additions now and then. There a lot of artists putting their heart and soul into their craft but struggling to make a dent into the scene. I think more opportunities for young original blues bands need to be available and I think the UKBlues Federation can and is doing that. We are very lucky to have this opportunity.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?

RHB:
Lee Brilleaux on vocals and harp,
Big Mama Thornton on vocals
Norman Watt Roy on bass
Mitch Mitchell on drums
Bonnie Raitt on slide
Keith Emerson on Hammond
Rory Gallagher on lead guitar.
It would be chaos, but damn would it be good.

 

BD: Thank you for your time. The challenge at The Cavern on 10th September will be an amazing night of live music as we hear the five bands – LaVendore Rogue – Elles Bailey – Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – The Rainbreakers and Robert J. Hunter Band.

Buy Your ticket here and be part of a great night HERE.

 

UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together.  The love of the Blues unites music lovers around the world. The Blues has an unchanging heart and Walter Trout is a giant in the world of electric guitar fuelled blues.  Walter’s latest album is brimming with blues guitars they shimmer and shine like a brilliant sapphire as his Telecaster is joined by a phalanx of blues guitar maestro.

Fourteen tracks give Walter plenty of scope to play with the blues and sing some powerful lyrics. As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together. The album is a celebration of blues, a journey through Walter’s life with friends. Coming together with friends and laying down the music is the essence that makes Blues hum with power and emotion. All of life’s experiences are laid out before you captured in a few moments with lyrics and the emotive six-strings, love, hate, betrayal, loyalty and addiction all are explored. The friends that join Walter bring their own styles and interpretation of the blues. Listen to explore the intricacies they bring to Trout’s sound. You will hear a different musician on every track.

The embodiment of the blues is the shuffle and it is the perfect combo to extol its movement and rolling power as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter join forces on the opening number, Gonna Hurt Like Hell, written with Kenny’s guitar style in mind up-tempo and gets the party off to a flying start. The narrative is central pleasure and can be short-lived coming down is Gonna Hurt Like Hell! The guitars meld and play off each other blues energy is up and running.

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together; as we step aboard the blues bus. Exploring the myriad of tonal shapes and styles. The songs matching the attributes of Sonny Landreth whose slide playing is legendary the master of zydeco,   as we hear Ain’t Going Back. Then the harp of Charlie Musselwhite pouring out emotional wizardry on The Other Side of The Pillow; co-written with Musslewhite combine with Robert T. Bear’s lyrics. As the album takes shape one of my favourite tracks She Listens To The Blackbird Sings, with Mike Zito. It has a rawness with a driving riff of electric over acoustic and lyrics that just connect.   What an opening quartet of tracks phew! There are still ten to go will the album have staying power? Yes, of course, it has with Walter Trout at the helm.

No blues corroboration would be complete without a jam. The Sky Is Crying, the only cover, is a revisiting of a number he played with Warren Haynes many years ago at New Orleans Jazz Festival. The two guitars bring a fluidity as the number builds and builds leaving you breathless with delight. This is Trout and Haynes playing music that moves them and audiences.  The mood changes heavier, harder hitting as Eric Gales joins the party with Somebody Goin’ Down the energy is burning up the track.

A celebration of family style and talent as the question is asked, Do You Still See Me At All. The tempo as Walter is joined by his son Jon in the studio. The dueling between them is immense and this number definitely benefits from having both guitarists in the studio at the same time. Written together, played together this is a track that oozes an understanding of the electric guitar.

The closing two tracks leave you on a musical high. John Mayall joins Walter on Blues for Jimmy T, with searing harmonica mirroring guitar and vocals in a duet as they recall the day Jimmy died. The two bluesmen from different sides of the Atlantic. Acoustic works, stripping away layers and exploring the kernel lamenting the loss of friend and bass player Jimmy Trapp.  Closing out with the second track where both guitarist were in the same studio as Joe Bonamassa adds his guitar and vocals to the title track We’re All In This Together.  What a way to finish the latest Trout studio album. Just under eight minutes played live with the band, no overdubbing as they take us on a memorable road trip around the electric guitar. They had three hours to get the track completed sitting three feet apart they nailed it. Yes, We’re All In this Together.

The album is a shimmering exploration of the blues. The listener to Walter Trout’s latest studio album will discover some of the many tributaries that run from and into the great running river as wide and deep as the Mississippi that is twenty-first-century blues.  It is certain that this is an album about fun, enjoying the blues, celebrating the interaction of styles. The passion is played out in every night a perfect follow-up to the personal pain and intensity of Battle Scars.

Reviewers often say this is an album that will listen to often. In the case of We’re All In It Together that is a certainty. Celebrating the insight of Walter Trout a blues supremo bringing fourteen friends together with their own track shining a light on facets of the blues,

Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Gonna Hurt Like Hell – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  2. Ain’t Goin’ Back – Sonny Landreth
  3. The Other Side Of The Pillow – Charlie Musselwhite
  4. She Listens To The Blackbird Sing – Mike Zito
  5. Mr Davis – Robben Ford
  6. The Sky Is Crying – Warren Haynes
  7. Somebody Goin’ Down – Eric Gales
  8. She Steals My Heart Away – Edgar Winter
  9. Crash and Burn – Joe Louis Walker
  10. Too Much to Carry – John Nemeth
  11. Do You Still See Me At All – Jon Trout
  12. Got Nothin’ Left – Randy Bachman
  13. Blues For Jimmy T. – John Mayall
  14. We’re All In This Together – Joe Bonamassa

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

Creating a Legacy with The Cadillac Three New Album

Creating a Legacy with The Cadillac Three New Album

Creating a Legacy with The Cadillac Three New Album

 

 

Creating a Legacy with The Cadillac Three New Album certainly, brightens the summer as we are drenched in deep southern music vibe. The eleven track album oozes classy licks, hefty riffs, and vocals the curl around your ear and you just want to hear the tracks again and again on shuffle, in the order of the album the traditional way tracking the progression through one to eleven. Whatever takes your fancy Legacy is mighty good.

I love the listening to albums as they have been crafted by the band and producer there is a journey, a sense of purpose. Call me old-fashioned it was the way the needle flowed across the vinyl. The Cadillac Three, delivering a live show is always immense, high energy creating a sound that infects the venue with a hot party feel. Legacy, captures the feeling in a studio, dim the lights, turn up the volume crack a bottle of beer, whiskey or gin then join in the Cadillac fun.

The Cadillac Three, Jaren Johnson, guitar and vocals along with Kelby Ray (Bass steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic and vocals) plus the drumming and percussive beats of Neil Mason want you to smile have fun and dig the music. This is genuine Southern Rock full of whiskey, party, and politics; Cadillac Three providing a legacy of a sound full of the steamy heat and passion of the south. We visit Tennessee and homesickness for the southern sound; instantly recognizable but defining is harder. It is a mood a feel as blues collides with country via hill country music hardened by rock. It is shaped by memories and experiences of the band and makes us smile rooted in a land shaped by history and evolving and changing in this globalized world. Three tracks in, the legacy of the music is further explored with Hank & Jesus a tribute to the gifts from Dad & Mama; homespun and rocks your socks off as retro collides with modernity. The lyrics have a sassy edge; as Johnston sings of how he needs to ‘Thank Daddy for Hank, thank Mama for Jesus, Between the vinyl and the Bible …. With a touch of King James and St James’ and a touch of King Elvis’ as the bible collides with Rock N’ Roll.

The single from the album is an anthem that will have live audiences singing along wherever and whenever they play thanks to the radio play of Dang If We Didn’t. Every track is a picture book story of the legacy of music fuelled by the Southern States, as Ain’t That Country flows into a tonal change on American Slang this is a song of movement a train song without the whistles and harp. It is about movement and what we see as we travel from city to country. The urgency is resonant as the universal language unites from the commercial and popular from Coca Cola to vampires. The track proclaiming the tour. Long Hair Don’t Care; is about being yourself, having an identity you are comfortable with. A devil my care attitude will keep you going through dark days as life moves on. The beat is slower but never a ballad the guitar curls and swirls around the lyrics thoughtful and considered more country than rock. With the guest appearance of Lori McKenna, Love Me Like Liquor is a love song full of tenderness as we are drawn into Demolition Man and the closing and title track, pulling the album together asking questions what is our legacy. How did this happen? Reflecting on our mortality and Legacy? The Cadillac Three’s latest album will form a central pillar of the legacy of Southern Rock for many years to come. With the combination of deep lyrics; melodies hook onto the listener’s soul and the power of a party they have combines in Legacy.

The Cadillac Three – Legacy – Big Machine Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Cadillacin’
  2. Tennessee
  3. Hank & Jesus
  4. Dang If We Don’t
  5. Ain’t That Country
  6. American Slang
  7. Take Me To The Bottom
  8. Long Hair Don’t Care
  9. Love Me Like Liquor (Feat, Lori McKenna)
  10. Demolition Man
  11. Legacy

 

Creating a Legacy with The Cadillac Three New Album

 

Creating a Legacy with The Cadillac Three New Album

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

 

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic. The band bring rocking Blues magic
features Dennis Holm (drums), Jared James Nichols (guitar, vocals), and Erik Sandin (drums).

 

ALBUM TRACKS BY TRACK 
1. Last Chance (2:48) 
2. The Gun (3:22) 
3. Don’t Be Scared (3:27) 
4. Honey Forgive Me (2:22) 
5. Home (2:57) 
6. Got To Have You (2:50) 
7. End Of Time (2:46) 
8. Run (2:54) 
9. Keep Your Light on Mama (2:54) 
10. What Love (2:51) 

Listen to the opening track Last Chance and get the feel. described in Jared James Nichols own words as: “Last Chance is easily the hardest-hitting song I’ve ever wrote,” says Jared. “I completely let it all hang out and went wild. Even the guitar solo is off the wall, blazing fast, and absolutely crazy. I needed to set the bar high for the new record and come out with a bang.”

The single, produced by Tony Perry (Joe’s Son) and Jared James Nichols, features drummer Aquiles Priester (Angra, WASP, Tony McAlpine), and is mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax).

 

Download the new single “Last Chance”
Available from Amazon UK 
Listen on Spotify

Bluesdoodles has listened to the whole album, review coming soon it is an exciting ride crossing genres and alighting your ear with searing music that burns.

Jared James Nichols knows how to deliver as Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jared James Nichols, returns with his new album “Black Magic” which is the follow-up to 2015’s debut album “Old Glory & The Wild Revival”.

“Black Magic” features 10 tracks and will be released by Listenable Records on Friday 27th October. All tracks on the new album were recorded at The Boneyard in Boston as well as Johnny Depp’s home studio in Los Angeles and produced and co-written by Tony Perry and Jared James Nichols.

 

Check out these links where Bluesdoodles have reviewed Jared live and recorded.

In conversation – Talking about Black Magic, Music and Touring. Read More HERE

Playing Live – Opening for Glenn Hughes at The Robin 2. Read More HERE

EP Review –  Highwayman

CD Review – Old Glory & The Wild Revival

 

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

 

 

UKBlues Federation are delighted to announce that following their outstanding performance at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne over the weekend Robert J. Hunter Band are the fifth and final piece of the jigsaw for the 4th UK Blues Challenge.

Robert J. Hunter Band described as ‘Dirty rhythm and blues from the depths of Alderney, based in London.’ Born on Alderney, Channel Islands but now based in London, Robert J. Hunter combines his gruff and powerful voice with the wild thud of overdriven blues guitar. Read more over at The Federation’s NEWSLETTER

The Line Up for 4th UK Blues challenge is:

Elles Bailey

LaVendore Rogue

Rainbreakers

Robert J. Hunter Band

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

 

Bluesdoodles looks forward to chatting to the fifth piece of the Challenge jigsaw puzzle Robert J. Hunter Band. In the meantime check out what the other four bands have said – HERE.

Get your tickets now for what promises to be a great celebration of Blues in the UK.

Doors will open at 15.30 with the first band on stage at 16.00. It is anticipated that the event will finish by about 21.00 and will close with a set from the winners and, we hope, feature some top guests who will be at the event.
Bluesdoodles invites you to share this news, help support UKBlues in what it is doing. Visit our website – UKBlues to read about membership benefits and to join

UKBlues Federation supporting the 4th Challenge

“Bringing the Blues back to The Cavern 60 years on….”

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UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Due to typical Welsh weather it made it very difficult for many people to attend due to the car park being bogged out and a situation with drainage.

So myself (Josh) and a good friend (Mark) have set up this funding project to help the amazing Steelhouse Team sort problems such as the above…

Plz donate as much or little you can spare as every penny donated will be used to make the necessary improvements to OUR AMAZING FAMILY ROCK FESTIVAL – BEST KNOWN AS STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL!

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD – 2017 was a wonderful festival but the Mud caused mayhem that did not overshadow the music BUT … Bluesdoodles had an awesome, wonderful Steelhouse 2017 the title of the review summed it up – Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUDMy poor boot will never be the same – in fact, Sunday morning saw boots being replaced. The organisers of Steelhouse feel the same. Things have to change Welsh Weather is changeable and unpredictable that i is the only certainty.  So Mark & Josh f have decided to set up a Fundraising goal of £5000 to help towards costs of Parking, Drainage and other things on site to help make our festival better and to help out the guys behind the scenes. Please donate and help us reach our goal! STEELHOUSE CROWD FUND

The money will help our Rock Festival family, let’s help the organisers and volunteers out with funding towards drainage, parking and walkway matting. There is no argument that Steelhouse Festival 2017 was an amazing year for all including the Festival itself. Selection of the shots what a memory!

 

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Due to typical Welsh weather it made it very difficult for many people to attend due to the car park being bogged out and a situation with drainage.

So myself (Josh) and a good friend (Mark) have set up this funding project to help the amazing Steelhouse Team sort problems such as the above…

Plz donate as much or little you can spare as every penny donated will be used to make the necessary improvements to OUR AMAZING FAMILY ROCK FESTIVAL – BEST KNOWN AS STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL!

Donate – share on Facebook & Twitter keep the energy and the music live and mud free at our favourite festival mountain – Steelhouse – Please donate what you can HERE keep music live.

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

 

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem

Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

Rising to New heights of Perfection Old Bush Blues 2017. How? Matt Williams found the music and bought three days of live fun to Callow End.

Old Bush Blues works because they have a winning formula and does not mess about with the three tenants Live Music, Beer and Friendship’ whether this is your first, third or seventeenth having followed the festival from its old home in Bentworth.  Friday was a blinder two young bands getting noticed for all the right reasons, Elles Bailey and The Rainbreakers certainly had the festival hitting the ground running. The Old Avengers hit the spot with many, with a big welcome back for Ian Parker who entertained. Sam Anderson, of Sugar Mama and an Old Bush regular, gave a taste of the mayhem of frivolity and music that Sugar Mama will deliver on Saturday. As ever Tommy Allan’s Trafficker raised the pulses and excited the dancers. In fact, it was Tommy Allan and the boys from Five Field Holler who had filled the stage earlier and are seen around all weekend behind the sound desk. They certainly have a busy, productive weekend at OBB. Trafficker certainly lifted the vibe we were now in full on Friday night festival mode. The baton was picked up as the Tom Walker Trio applied their take on the blues. Energised with deep groovy bass lines with a touch of funk from Deano Bass, combining the rhythms with Nathan’s superb drumming that never takes the focus of attention from Tom. His vocals are full of power and tonal texture combined with the guitar this is how a trio should sound, full of depth with all members adding to the sound.  Tom Walker Trio is definitely everything a blues trio should be. With a mix of covers including a great version of John Henry and their own material, they hit the sweet spot.   Everyone now had shed the stresses of the week and were in the weekend mode that was about fun, laughing and being immersed in the blues.  The outside music finished at 11 pm; for those who wanted more music continued in the bar, festival goers had been spoilt with the quality of bands in the Bar, Garden, and Carpark stages.  With the outside areas covered the rain only added to the soundscapes, we all were hoping that the rest of the weekend would bring more sunshine than showers.

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Saturday morning of a festival weekend has that special quality of time slowing down and stretching out over the horizon. All that matters is the moment.  With my festival buddy, we kicked started the day with a pint and crisps from the bar. The selection is wide and with breakfasts available up to 11 before the BBQ takes over at midday until late and Curry night from 5-8 no one was going to go hungry or thirsty while they soak up the music on offer and enjoy the sunshine.  Saturday is hat day so the array of head-gear was varied adding to the festival fun before we all doff our bobble hats when bobble hour and Northsyde collide.  At the heart of the festival is the music. The beating pulse that heats the vibe is the friendships that are formed. This is what Old Bush excels in with plenty of seats you can listen and chat between the acts and still catch every note. Matt is here there and everywhere, having fun himself loving the music, enjoying the excitement and making sure at the same time everything runs smoothly. His staff are as ever helpful with a ready smile.

 

The music on Saturday certainly started in festival mode as Richard Clarke stepped in while Steve Whalley set himself up after a late arrival. The curse of Motorway delays had struck but slightly later than planned Steve Whalley delivered his branding of the blues, deep down below the Dixie line where the weather and music steams with sultry intend. Into the mix they included a number about a Pill Box Hat perfect for Hat Saturday; with solid glass slide playing perfect Saturday afternoon music for a festival in a pub garden and the sun shining. Stage changes and the blues moved into the city with Chicago 9.  One thing for certain blues is a flexible beast and Matt knows when selecting the bands he needs to change the tone. We are putting the electric flow into the beat and the mix of classics and their own numbers pleasing the crowds and dancers alike.  Now Matt changed the tone with blues that rocked as Stuart James Band enthralled with an eclectic and interesting mix of classics. They had reached out and explored the depth of music that suited the beefier sound of the band. When you add rock you are walking a tightrope and they definitely landed on the side of the blues with the mix of SRV; Aynsley Lister, Talking Heads and Rory Gallagher.

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Now treated with a complete change of tone with a festival favourite Lucy Zirins. This year with her band Southern Comfort we now had the singer songwriter colliding with  Americana; weaved together with a the smile and charm that defines Lucy today complete with the ends of her locks dyed purple.  Calming the festival down, we are now mellow, replete with an afternoon of music that made us smile. No Old Bush Blues festival would be complete without a set for these two bands. Northsyde, time to put on bobble hats and enjoy the feast for our ears that is a Northsyde set. The quartet fizz with a latent energy, they capture the heart soul and body of the song. Lorna’s vocal powers through the lyrics adding grit to the sound pulling out the sweetest hooks from Jules beautiful red guitar. His lead breaks make you weep with the pure pleasure that is floating from the stage. The power rocks from the rhythm section from funky Ian ‘Doby’ Maurico’s bass and Hadyn’s drumming. Northsyde has the bobbles bobbling dancers and everyone to the feet making OBB a hot festival as they weave there magic with tracks from Storytellers Daughter and the back catalogue of delights and the obligatory Whipping Post.  Joining the band for one night only in a guitar duel was young guitarist Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens.  He took the challenge and dueled with Jules old school, matching note for note and raising the challenge. With a winning smile the dexterous manipulation of the six-strings this is a blues guitarist that has the potential to challenge the best. We will see him again on stage this weekend.  How do you follow the powerhouse that is Northsyde with their awesome set that alights the festival. It has to be Sugar Mama.  The set was energetic, so get ready to boogie with the infectious beat as we dive into the Summertime Blues. This is a set that adds to the discography of the weekend as we are immersed into Tainted Love from Soft Cell, Van Morrison’s Gloria. Oh Well from Peter Green was superb and Talking Head’s Psycho Killer. What a set the energy was Electric, a name they played under for a while. This is three young men who know how they deliver music that overflows with superlatives.  Joined by Marcus and then Jules Fothergill we were full of music as the sound was stilled and the night drew to a close.

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Sunday. The morning after the night before. Matt has the perfect antidote – Kyle and Shaw. They are the opening act every Sunday with a combination of guitar and bass they drift along with perfectly timed blues soothing the soul and making all right with the world, especially at OBB on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  As we sit relax soaking up the sunshine, friendship, and music to feed the mind Kyle & Shaw are followed by Steve Brooks. We are now hyper-chilled. Then with a boom, we are bought back to the reality that we are at a festival with Paddy Maguire Band. This is blues that rocks you into a vibrant party mode with Jenna on vocals that power through the Old Bush and guest guitarist Paul Lamb from Detroit beefing up the tone.  With the bar playing music and the Del Ray Rockets bring the jive back with rocking good party, a move that meant the festival was now awash with smiles. La Vendore Rogue pulled no punches with an imaginative take on blues full of gothic mystery. With songs about The Chemist and every other subject they can weave into their roguish approach to live music. With a new bassist joining the band adding to the rhythm section and Stephen ‘Percy’ Cutmore’s distinctive drumming, Warren’s keyboard that pulls in the melody captured in the Hammond’s chords. The heart of LaVendore are without doubt Joel Fisk on guitar the licks and riffs are full of purity of tone and little surprising kicks mirroring the vocals, and  JoJo Burgess their charismatic and beguiling frontman who pulls the crowds in like the showman he is. He tells us tales including one about putting the bins out, building the tension by adding a bit more to the tale with each rendition before closing out with Mrs Jones and they left the stage to resounding cheers. LaVendore Rogue ensured the festival kept smiling despite the weather not behaving. Troy Redfern then added to the layers of blues full of deep slide and a sharp tone full of controlled power. The festival on Sunday night was hot with the power of live music. Closing out the festival Jules Benjamin, the MC across the weekend pulling the good time feel that will last long after the marquees have been tidied away and the pub returns to being a Country pup once again.

 

Now. If you want to see Elles Bailey, The Rainbreakers, LaVendore Rogue plus Zoe Schwarz Blues Commotion and the winner from the unsigned Jessica Foxley Acts playing over the Great British Rhythm and Blues Weekend in Colne, then put the UK Blues Challenge, run by UK Blues Federation in your diary – 10th September 2017 at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

Old Bush Blues 2017 once again is a perfectly formed combo of music, food, camping and fun with a capital F.  This is achieved not by magic but the hard work and commitment from Matt and his team of staff. Thank you, Matt, already counting down the days to August 2018.

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line up
Luther Grosvenor
Lavendore Rogue

Chicago 9
Troy Redfern
Steve Whalley
Richard Clarke
Electric
Elles Bailey
Steve Brookes
Rainbreakers
Northsyde
Trafficker
Redhouse
Kyle and Shaw
Paddy Maguire Band
Lucy Zirins
Stuart James Band
Tom Walker Trio
Del Ray Rockets
Howlin Matt
Jules Benjamin
Some Haunted Souls
Five Field Holler
The Old Avengers
Tone Tanner
Barflys

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots

New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry are back from visiting Kentucky. Turning the world of Blues Classics upside down, inside out and definitely rollin’ and tumblin’ is a new direction. Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots in their New Album Black To Blues has reshaped the genre without missing a beat, shuffle or riff. The EP of six tracks is a tribute to the blues roots and heroes of the band, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King & Albert King.

Opening with Built For Comfort, the sound is dense, deep and moody, the sound is not the low-calorie version – this is full fat, moonshine back to the woods with the air of sinister intent. Carry this much blues no one is going to be running anywhere. The lead break has the guitar howling with a density of growling riffs that then calm down into slow blues with sweet guitar licks and vocals that go from whiskey soaked roughness to honey tones of yearning. What a start, Built For Comfort heard many times BUT never like this.

Follow that! Easy for Black Stone Cherry on a roll as they stomp out the opening of Champagne & Reefer. The slide guitar slips and slides across the vocals as the smooth sound of the original from Muddy Waters is replaced with a slide that rocks, Faster, louder and more raucous, what is never lost for a beat is the sentiment. We know that Champagne is for when you are thirsty and Reefer to get high. No longer Chicago Blues it is BSC turning Black to Blue with an arrogance of understanding the music. Now we are joining Freddie King, Living In A Palace Of The King. The track is the darkest indigo blue how did they achieve this without losing the King feel? Chris revealed they “moved one note to make it more dark”.

Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man is reinvented without losing the heart and soul of the original. The sound is full-on rock capturing the big band sound via the Blues. Leaving you enthralled, breathless, reigniting your passion for the blues ignited originally during the explosion of British R n’ B sixty years ago as John Mayall and Peter Green, and the Rolling Stones re-invented the sound with blues that rocked with modernity.

No tribute to the blues is complete without a number from Albert King, the re-working of Born Under A Bad Sign is monstrous. Loud, bad and very dangerous in the right way Chris’ vocals spit out the lyrics and the rhythm is dramatic. Closing out with I Want To Be Loved, we re-visit the genius that is Muddy Waters. The Guitar is fast, on fire with determined blues licks. Fired up with the tone of the band BSC will always be loved for the style and honesty in the music they produce.

Across the six numbers, we have twenty-one minutes of Black Stone Charry covering classics. Expect the unexpected, expect the unique sound of the band blended through the tracks. What is missing from this compact, blues that whizzes around the block to be the new black Midnight Blue, is missing one thing a few more tracks of BSC originals in the genre of the blues now known as Black to Blues 2017.
We may have our wish. The blues is always a sage teacher, and making the ‘Black To Blues’ EP was a transformative experience for Black Stone Cherry. Chris says: “It was humbling and freeing at the same time. It reignited our passion for this music, and it will definitely have an effect on our next album.

The numbers crack like a pistol shot from a well-oiled six-shooter as Black Stone Cherry have covered but not Copied!

Black Stone Cherry – Black to Blues – Mascot Label Group

Out 29th September 2017

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Built For Comfort
  2. Champagne & Reefer
  3. Palace Of The King
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man
  5. Build Under A Bad Sign
  6. I Wanted To Be Loved

 

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues