New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones
How to get noticed in the world replete with Social Chatter? As a Musician release a new album and change your style.Laurence Jones has done just that on The Truth. In an age where intro’s over 10 seconds are deemed too long, will fans of Laurence’s previous releases take the time to listen to the album a few times. As the truth is, it is still Laurence’s melodic vocals, his stinging guitar licks and timing. What has changed, the blues have been mellowed no rich veins of blues shuffles, riffs and hooks. The Truth is accomplished and more commercial. The album definitely has listenability appeal.
The opening track has grab appeal. This is a different side of Laurence with the vocals strong and the guitar slinger is letting his voice be heard. The power of the chorus on What Would You Do will have audiences singing along. Echoes of Hamilton Loomis in tone and delivery.
The inner funkiness of the new Laurence glimmers on Don’t Look Back. That is what I advise listeners to do; don’t compare enjoy the album for what it has to offer. The guitar and vocals play off each other and the harmonies are sweet. Nothing on the album is overplayed. The drama builds and catches you unexpectedly. The album is not a set of ten tracks that are shaped by the guitar. The instruments are the base for the song. The slick and smooth blues licks are there, just not in your face.
The refrain throughout the album is relationships, love and how it makes you feel. The yearning to be loved is explored on Keep Me Up At Night. This is another cross-genre tracks, with radio play potential outside of the inner blues circuit. The sound of the album is mature, catchy and full of great tone with textures smoothed out and an understanding of what is pleasing on the ear.
We have a deep groove laid down by Greg Smith on Bass as Laurence asks you to Give Me Your Time, listening to The Truth is time well spent. Expect it to be different no longer guitar led blues. The replacement is subtle with the feel of blues ever present just under the dominant chorus and strong song.
The title track opens with mellow simple keys from Bennett Holland picked up by Laurence’s guitar with the sweetest refrain, with a beat of Phil Wilson’s drum heralding the vocals as Jones asks, ‘Do you ever wonder what It feels like?’ The tone is mellow, reflective the gentler side then the number builds and the old energy is once again glimpsed. Looking forward to hearing the numbers live under the heat of the lights.
The album livens up with a rocky beat on Gone Away. The instruments howl and wail once again his vocals have the strength to demand centre stage and the harmonizing of the chorus stands out then the guitar punches out the lick that curls and weaves itself around the vocals. The blues guitar is back on Can’t Go On Without You. The timing is spot-on as it is throughout the album. Loving the way there is never a battle between guitar and voice both have their time and place to make a statement across The Truth.
The album is a crossroad moment for Laurence Jones. I am positive The Truth will win him many new fans. Recorded in Miami, produced by Gregory Elias and mixed by Juan Mario Aracil; The Truth hits the mark it is an album that will be returned to and explored with pleasure every time.
Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales. Friday night was alive as the energy of the Mule filled The Tramshed in Cardiffwith over two hours of music that fills your soul. Tonight with the recent release we were expecting tracks from Revolution Come Revolution Gobut what else with the versatility of Warren Haynes would the band produce tonight? Joining vocalist & guitarist Warren drummer Matt Abs; bassist Jorgen Carlsson providing rhythmic grooves and the fourth member Danny Louis behind keys and with a trombone in reserve. The Tramshed was buzzing with excitement many had not seen the band live and the anticipation was hot, as Gov’t Mule stood on a Welsh stage for the first time.
The show started with a series of revolutionary inspired musical snippets warming the stage as Warren picked up his twelve-string and started the night of a musical pleasure dome of a journey with Railroad Boy. What a powerful number to start the show we all knew as Warren asked how we all were that we were fabulous let the show take us on a musical adventure. We were taken back to the second studio album Dose released in 1998 and forward to the latest in the first set. The whole set was spell-binding the interaction between the band mesmerizing. The lead breaks from Warren sparkled with interest, meaty chords were sat next to delicate riffs as tones and textures mixed up. We never knew what was coming next, the only certainty in a Gov’t Mule live show. The whole set was a crescendo of highlights with fabulous instrumental breaks and vocals that pulled out the depth of the words being sung by Warren.
Every number was stretched out and explored revitalised the studio versions with a raw energy. For me two numbers stood out Gordon James from the By A Thread album, the words have a ringing power. Personal and a story of a life sung with tonal passion and empathy. Plus the title track Revolution Come… Revolution Go played powerfully full of revolutionary intent. Highly charged music that set The Tramshed on fire. Now we knew why there was a Trombone on stage as Danny added the sound of brass that vibrated across the venue. Now we were in the zone of the Mule from the front to the back of the balcony. The set closed with two more numbers from the album. As the first hour and a half in their company flew by, the last number of part one may have been Stone Cold Rage. No-one was in a rage we were all high on the mighty drug of music played live with verve passion and style.
Short break as friends caught up and celebrated set one and anticipated what was going to be the second helping. No-one was going to be disappointed as the next hour and a half in the company of Gov’t Mule got underway as Pink Floyd’s One Of These Days was given the treatment by the band.
The second set upped the tempo, the atmosphere was growing the venue was hot. Warren was true to this when he said this is our first time in Wales and we are going to give you a flavour of the Mule’s music. They did dipping into ten of their albums with some tasty covers and hints of other pieces as well. With Monkey Hill ending with The Beatles, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Superb!!!
The inner rock of the Mule displayed in all its glory with Tastes Like Wine as the number starts slow and then builds and builds with guitar intensity and urgency. We were rocking on a Friday night as we returned to the latest album with Travelling Tune. We were travelling tonight on a journey as guitars were changed the tone developed and we explored the inner depths of the music. Next up Mr Man with the riff of Highway Star as a mental teaser to make sure we were listening and alert to the intricacies of the music.
All too soon the clocking ticking was catching up as we heard Blind Man In The dark, an instrumental from Band of Gypsys Machine Gun and back to Blind Man In the Dark. What a band the timing, the clever additions the gentle licks this is music that makes you glad to be at The Tramshed on a Friday night.
The crowd cheered, roared and demanded more. We were all entranced as the crew bought on another amp who was going to be joining the band? It was mighty Bernie Marsden who always delights whenever he plays in Wales. The two numbers were magical first, Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love in The Heart of The City a Whitesnake/Bernie classic. Closing this truly memorable night of music with The Allman Brothers Band cover Blues Sky. How awesome to hear the number live in Cardiff. Two legends, geniuses of modern music jamming the night way brilliant it just doesn’t get better than this. Gig of the year, highly likely in my opinion.
Gov’t Mule live is special as they weave their magic, Jamband, Rock and Blues meld and colour the music, with shuffles and grooves and the heat of Southern Rock. Who cares how they are defined this is jolly good music, entertaining, exciting music you want to hear. Time is suspended in The Tramshed tonight, realities are switched off all that matters is the moment and music.
Set List Part 1
Railroad Boy – (By A Thread 2009)
Thorazine Shuffle – (Dose 1998)
Banks of the Deep – (The Deep End Vol 1 2001)
Time To Confess – (The Deep end Vol 2 2002)
Thelonious Beck – (Dose 1998)
Gordon James – (By A Thread 2009)
Revolution Come Revolution Go – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Dreams & Songs – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Stone Cold Rage – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
One Of These Days – (Dark Side of The Mule 2014)
Fool’s Moon – (The Deep End Vol 1 2001)
Monkey Hill – (Gov’t Mule 1995)
Funny Little Tragedy – (Shout 2013)
Tastes Like Wine – (Life Before Insanity 2000)
Travelling Tune – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Mr Man – (Deja Voodoo 2004)
Lola – (Deja Voodoo 2004)
Blind Man In the Dark – – (Dose 1998)
Encore (With special Guest Bernie Marsden)
Ain’t No Love In the Heart Of The City
Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill – Solo recordings Vol 3
Well, why have I not heard of Steve Hill? Why have I had to wait until Volume Three to discover Steve Hill as a Phenomenon? A One Man Band who is loud, bad and a little bit dangerous. His love of blues and rock spills out of every number he plays on the album Solo Recordings Vol 3. All the instruments are played to an incredibly high-standard live, vocals, guitar and kick drum creating a fluid and fluent sound that makes you want to drink and party. You can hear some amazing bass notes as well how? By feeding 3 strings through an octaver guitar pedal hooked up to a bass amp. He is ready to amaze you on this album.
Steve is no longer one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. The cat is out of the bag, Steve has burst, with tone and attitude, onto the international stage an overnight sensation that’s 20 years in the making. He’s an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian blues-rock scene. Now, he’s ready to break out internationally
Steve Hill is a multi-instrumentalist with a shelf of awards including 2015 JUNO award winner for Blues Album of the Year. With Solo Recordings – Volume 3 more awards must be just following along…
The album has three distinct elements all portraying the depth of imagination of tone and power that defines Steve Hill One-Man band on Solo Recordings Volume 3. The first element is powered by rock, beats that are raw, raucous and exciting, there are six originals. Then we have a further two sets of three songs, stripped backed melodic acoustic and the re-imagined, mainstays of man tables band set list. There may be three styles and approaches but this is for certain they are equally exciting, colourful and brilliant.
Your first exclamation when Damned pours through your speakers. Is dam that must be a band who else is playing with Steve Hill? The rock with influences that are mined deep in the heart of the blues is rich and multi-layered. How can one person make this sound as a one-man band? This is an individual that wants to recreate the sound and energy of rock without bandmates. He achieves that and as he proclaims on Rhythm all over. Joining guitar and his wonderful rich vocals is the harmonica as he is now a Smoking Hot Machine.
This is a one-band band that has a multitude of tonal facets that glisten and make your speakers purr with delight. As he slots in through the album his solo renditions of blues with the deepest blue seas flowing through Still A Fool & A Rollin’ Stone. As he constructs the mood, it is deep, dark and there is a feeling that there is something lurking just out of eyesight. Is it the devil to see if Steve Hill should be down at his infamous crossroads? The guitar takes on new tonal cadence hard-hitting as we are Rollin and Tumblin with Hill’s solo experience he is sharing with us. Lovers of music want to join Steve and be part of the moment he creates. The energy, authenticity and raw power make every track red hot. We definitely will not be Breaking Down in despair in front of the monstrous sound created by Hill.
Joining the blues to the rock and the rock to the blues are the trio of acoustic tracks Slowly Slipping Away, Troubled Times and Emily. The harmonica and the gentle punctuation of the guitar as the vocals become deep and personal singing the lyrics for you. One thing for certain no-one would be Slowly Slipping Away in Steve Hill’s company. Troubled Times a song with a gentle rendition of harsh and thoughtful lyrics with finger-picking showing another facet of his skills. The number flows into Emily and the beat picks up with a country vibe. The tone changes we are having fun.
Steve closes out the musical journey with a rocking original Walking Grave completing the circle of sound he began Damned. The album proving once again Steve Hill performs with his heart on his sleeve, using the textures and tones of all the instruments creating a mood. He plays with instinctive feel letting each part of his band have a voice. Throughout Steve Hill’s voice is in control commanding your attention.
Steve Hill – Solo Recordings: Volume 3 – No Label Records
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jared James Nichols and British rock band The Bad Flowers are thrilled to announce that they will be supporting Stone Broken on their February/March 2018 UK Tour. The tour starts at the Brighton Haunt on Thursday 22nd February.
Planet Rock will start an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 25th October. Tickets can be purchased via http://bit.ly/2gCIO5V. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 27th October via MyTicket – http://bit.ly/2y1BxEA.
Out Of Walsall Stone Broken have been creating a rocking stir whenever and wherever they play their rock infused good time music. The foursome are a force of raw vibrant energy. With Robyn Haycock lead from behind her drum kit. Piling on the rhythm as she joins forces with bassist Kieron Conroy. No-one can ignore vocals from Rich Moss, the lyrics will never be lost in the maelstrom of the sound they produce. Completing the quartet is guitarist Chris Davis, adding the combination of raw riffs, powerful licks and hooks for the rest of the band to build on. Stone Broken have been causing excitement because they create solid rock music that entertains. With a debut album All In Time released in 2016, fans are awaiting the follow-up. Having recently announced that they joined Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Group roster. Buy a ticket to hear the music, with a new album, Ain’t Always Easy out Spring 2018 it is going to be fresh and fantastic.
The Wisconsin-born, Los Angles-based singer and guitarist, Jared James Nichols, releases his new album “Black Magic” on Friday 27th October via Listenable Records. 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. Over the past four years, Jared has built up a solid reputation as a stunning heavy edged blues rock act and stage beast, having shared stages with the likes of ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zaak Wylde, Glenn Hughes, Walter Trout, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO and Saxon.
The Bad Flowers formed from the depths of the Black Country in 2014 comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist, Tom Leighton, whose signature riffs, fuzz emotive guitar and pure vocals have a distinctive sound unlike anybody else. Bassist Dale Tonks provides a deep heavy groove and tasty bass runs that underpins Karl Selickis’ chest pumping drums and impeccable rhythmic feel. The band will release a new single “Secrets” in January to support the release of their debut album, “Starting Gun”, released on February 16th, 2018. The band just finished supporting The Picturebooks on their recent UK tour.
Stone Broken February/March 2018 UK Tour with Special Guests Jared James Nichols & The Bad Flowers
With a crowd full of anticipation to hear once again the vocals of Dan Owen with his twenty-first-century mix of singer-songwriter angst, blues and ‘modern man with a guitar’ sound. Before the main act of the night, the evening opened with a singer-songwriter behind the keyboards as Billy Locketthit the stage. Billy set the scene for Dan with a set that may not have been exciting but was a solid start to the evening. The set was full of romantic originals and into this indie mix, he covered Nirvana, definitely not Kurt Cobain but an interesting choice. Closing the short set the Northampton-born Billy Lockett with his easy smile finished off with Burn It Down. The number that got him noticed when included on Made in Chelsea. Billy also has a full band which would pep up the numbers I am sure.
Short break and Dan stepped onto the stage in The Lantern, Colston Hall. Dan Owen has been touring and shaping his craft. The bluesman who captures the tones of the seventies all packaged in an Indie delight. This is solo music that hits the mark with all ages especially the young who connect with the angst, his tales and manner that connects with the audience. His voice has always demanded attention and he got it. Tonight as a duet his music was up close and very personal. Dan has certainly ‘come of age’ since I saw him last. As he opened with Parachute we knew we were in the assured vocal glow of Dan. The voice now has real controlled power, with a clarity of tone and delivery of lyrics. We flew with Dan close to the sun as he played Icarus. Wow!! Joining Dan on stage tonight was Lewis Cooper on Keys which provided an extra depth of tone and great backing vocals. Dan’s latest E.P. Open Hands and Enemies is a snippet of his talent and a full album is long overdue. From the E.P. he played What Is A Man and Moonlight, a slow burner that lights the auditorium. The tone changed with Splinter as Lewis swapped keys for electric guitar with a twang of Country-meets-Americana and curls into British Indie. With that Lewis left the stage for a couple of solo numbers from the past as Dan, his guitar and harmonica collided with Bob Dylan, Cohen and the seventies with a swirl of blues with the added power of the stompbox. No longer a biscuit tin with wires, now neat smart and full of drumming power. We were treated to a beautiful new song Hand That You Hold as he explored emotions with skill and empathy. Lewis returned to the stage and the set continued. What was noticeable the songs all had short intros the hallmark of songs today. Made To Love You, written about a friend who he had a drink with to make a plan about his relationship. The song Made to Love You was written about domestic abuse experienced at the hands of a woman his friend had experienced while still loving her.
Dan Owen left the stage and quickly returned with guitar and harp with a rousing rendition of Willie Dixon’s Little Red Rooster. Lifting the energy and ambience of the venue. Blues just suits Dan’s vocals.
The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals, the set was accomplished. But just far too short, I was left wanting to hear more, get to know the musician. So with that, the stage darkened and it was an early night as we left Colston Hall.
LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK. How can you help to get the UK Blues Challenge winners to Memphis, USA ad Hell, Norway? Easy! pop over to the Crowd Funding pageand pledge your support. There are lots of fabulous rewards to choose from every time you pledge they will please all the rogues who love LaVendore Rogues interpretation of the Blues.
Raising funds to contribute towards the costs of LaVendore Rogue representing the UK at the 2018 International and European Blues Challenges. The band are looking to raise £8,000 Please NOTE: This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 12:00pm 18th December 2017
Announced recently, UK Blues Challenge winners LaVendore Rogue will be representing the UK when they join more than 250 other acts from all over the world at the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA organised by the Blues Foundation between 16th and 20th January 2018.
They will also compete in the 8th European Blues Challenge (EBC) in Hell, Norway organised by the European Blues Union on 15th, 16th and 17th March 2018 in which 21 bands from across Europe will take part.
LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK
On the 23rd October 2017, as part of UKBlues Federationmission to support the Blues in the UK, we launched a Crowd Funding campaign to raise funds towards the considerable costs which will be incurred by the LaVendore Rogue representing the UK at the 2018 IBC & EBC.
As we as providing financial support to LaVendore Rogue the crowdfunding page also offers a huge range of rewards which you can get in return for your pledge.
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Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight
The Muniis back open for gigs. The crowds outside just show how popular the venue still is and the two acts on tonight Sari Schorr and The Engine Roomopening for the mighty Walter Trout. Whenever Sari Schorr steps on a stage she brings a vibrant dramatic energy. What a voice! What a band that surrounds her! As the Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight.
Sari Schorr, the perfect act to warm up the crowded venue. Always a dramatic performer she delivered today with her unique interpretation of the blues. The music and energy are modern the story behind the numbers is true to the traditions of the blues. The set of eight tracks many from her critically acclaimed album Force of Naturecombined with classy covers. Having the sensational Innes Sibun on guitar gives the band depth and feel. Tonight he was playing a Wudtone, a guitar made by a local company. He laid on every layer of tonal quality and texture from the innovative hand-built guitar. As the crowds lapped up the virtuoso guitar playing The Engine Room ensure that Sari will always stand out from the crowd with her amazing vocal range and control. The inclusion of Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll gave Innes the chance to have lots of fun. This is blues jamming that will always animate an audience hungry for live music.
Sari’s own numbers have deep lyrics reflecting her own experiences and hardships. She explores the love of her Pit Bulls. Numbers about the power of addiction, opening with Ain’t Got No Money about greed, addiction to money and later on Aunt Hazel and heroin addiction. Closing the set with the Leadbelly number she has made her signature song Black Betty. As the set closed the audience was left breathless, invigorated and the magic of live music bringing us all together.
Short break and the applause was rapturous before a note was played as Walter Trout stepped onto the stage. As ever Walter the great showman held the audience in the palm of his hand as his cream Fender Strat took us into the world of Walter’s Blues. Opening with the Johnny Winter classic I’m A Bluesman, the tone, mood and vibe were set. Walter can fit more notes into a crescendo with skill and timing to makes his guitar leap out and grab your ears. Walter Trout is not about fast and furious for the sake of it. He plays with passion, control with changes in tempo and feel. He is from his heart and inner soul the consummate man of the blues. Demonstrated with a slow blues number in A minor. What a wonderful version of the mighty Albert Collin’s Cold Cold Feeling. Under Walter’s dexterous fingers he magic’s up a pure connection to the original whilst making this a pure gold classic Walter playing live moment.
Walter let the guitar do the talking as the band played, no set list this was going with the flow of the evening. With a short introduction about his latest album, We’re All In This Together with a phalanx of guest friends from the world of modern blues. Tonight the guest was Innes Sibun rather than stepping into Joe Bonamassa shoes. Now a five-piece with two lead guitarists fireworks were promised and delivered, with a waterfall of shimmering blues fire. Trout & Sibun tonight gave a spirited battle of guitars which was absolutely captivating. Superb live music. The venue was now hot with blues. As Innes left the stage he was replaced by Sari. The obvious number was Walter Trout’s Work No More. The number was on Sari’s album with Walter guesting. The chemistry between the guitar and vocals was intense. Once again Andrew Ent joined Walter on the stage the power of his vocals rocked the rafters of the Muni.
Two of the numbers tonight were influenced by women in his life, His first wife with an old number as Walter explored the songs from his vast discography spanning twenty-eight albums. The most moving number of the evening was Please Take me Home. The only number taken from Battle Scars. His heartfelt joy of being alive and how much he owes to the donor and the gritty determination of his wife Marie through the ordeal. The acoustic guitar from Andrew Elt made the number dramatic, poignant an emotional journey Walter and his family have been on.
His band was not left out as drummer Micheal Leasure was given the spotlight demonstrating what a powerhouse he is behind the music. Stepping out front was keyboardist Sammy Avila and his son Danny on Bass. The bass was deep with the strings bending under his will the Muni was rocking.
Throughout the set on every number Walter Trout was on top form, he fed off the audience and the audience gave back. This is blues that stirs your heart as everyone connects through the sound of live music.
Walter loves playing in Wales, with a few Welsh words he had the crowd roaring as he said, Cymru am byth. ( Long Live Wales). Once again as he did at the Tramshed last year he was fulsome in his praise for Wales’ forward thinking regarding Organ donation. In Wales, you have to opt out rather than opting into organ donation.
He left the stage the lights dimmed. The audience roared, taking up the chant Walter, Walter. In this heat, Walter returned to tumultuous applause for one more number. For me one of the many highlights of the evening was Prisoner of Dreams, capturing the life of a homeless woman and the words that have been washed away. No one wanted the night to end. Come back soon Walter, there will always be a warm welcome in the Valleys.
For many, the definition of Blues is playing with feeling. Tonight Walter, his band and guests all capture the feel. The River Taff flowed with the blues tonight in Pontypridd.
As many will have read with sadness Kaz Hawkins Band will be no more after the last tour. Kaz and her band, have entertained us in small venues, large venues, festivals and more. Kaz has the power and artistry so that her voice makes you laugh, sigh and cry. The band takes you on a rollercoaster ride always thrilling whenever and where ever she steps on the stage. Kaz may lead from the front with a swish of her skirts a flick of her hair none of the acclamations would be possible without her amazing band. The rhythm section are the brothers Ján and Peťo Uhrin joining the guitar, Nick McConkey,
This is your final chance to hear the band the won the 2017 European Blues challenge and semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Kaz Hawkins Band will be talked about long after the final notes have faded away, whenever you meet up with lovers of blues people will say do you remember when Kaz sang at the festival or blues club.
These are the final few dates, Book Your Tickets show Kaz your love and support.
Stevie Westwood Talking About Bad Touch Headline Tour
BD: Thank you for taking time to talk to Bluesdoodles again before you head out on a headline tour with Mollie Marriott, Celebrating the tour you have just released a video with the download available from Monday 23rd October. The number Baby Get It On sounds fab love the inclusion of Mollie’s vocals. Let’s start off with how did you decide on this Tina Turner Classic? SW: We wanted a new number to promote the tour for our first headline tour. Delighted to have the amazing Mollie Marriott as our special guest real privilege she has such an amazing voice. Seeks our guitarist said let’s try this one and he had a cracking arrangement. We demoed it and recorded the number and sent it to Mollie. Mollie liked it as so she came up to the studio and we recorded the video. The whole this was a quick turnaround from Seeks first suggesting Baby Get It On and then half day in the studio recording the number.
BD: Bad Touch has been touring with some great acts including King King and recently Kentucky Headhunters how does it feel to be Headliners?
SW: Headlining, yes feel bizarre weird place excited nervous, a good nervous will give chance for fans a chance to come out and support us. We are planning to get everyone who has seen us play live out the nights will be good value for money. Good times to be had. The support from Mollie will be immense. So we are asking everyone who has heard a radio play or seen us supporting some amazing acts, come out and support live music. We have as everyone keeps saying come a long way in a relatively short time we just now have to keep moving forward. BD: How do you keep the music contemporary when the influences are clearly out of the 1970’s, that bluesy Southern Rock sound. How do you manage not to be a retro band, but one with a relevance for audiences here and now despite being compared to Black Crowes and others?
SW: Ha! Yes, we do keep getting compared to bands of the ‘70’s. We didn’t go out to do that. Yes, we are all fans of many bands from Lynyrd Skynyrd through to Led Zeppelin. The music we write is what we want to write the music we want to play to audiences. We are also influenced by contemporary bands, including Temperance Movement, The Answer, Rival Sons and Blackberry Smoke. Listening and absorbing music from a variety of bands keeps our finger on the pulse. The truth is Bad Touch sound is the one we have shaped by all the members of the band. You have to keep going nowadays, writing the music you want to write, Bad Touch are creating a sound that is getting us heard. BD: Your album Truth Be Told was out last year and has gained you lots of fans with radio airplay. Will we be hearing some new music in the Headline set list?
SW: Yes thanks to stations like Planet Rock for the support. We have four new songs that will probably be on the new album which we are planning to release in the first half of 2018. It is good to play them live, can see what people think. How audience reacts to them and keeps the set list fresh. So yes there will be some new music on the set list every night we play.
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BD: For people who have missed out on seeing Bad Touch Live how would you describe your sound and live performance. What makes Bad Touch the band to see in 2017. SW: Mmmm… honestly that is hard to answer. None of us has seen ourselves play live or reviewed our shows! What I can say is we play to make people feel good about themselves. We are a feel good Rock N’ Roll Band. We aim to break down the space between band and audiences we want to create that one good party feel. You have reviewed us what do you say?
BD: Ha! That is cheating turning the tables. Yes, feel good music that makes you smile. You certainly are a high energy performers that raise the temperature of any venue. SW: Glad you have enjoyed the show.
BD: Stevie, you are the vocalist and frontman of Bad Touch share with our readers how you interact with the band. From your performance on stage, it always appears that you are having fun. SW: Truthfully why would we be doing this, playing in a band, if we were not having fun? Without being too pessimistic it is certainly not for the money! As a band, we look at it as we are all brothers together. We all communicate on stage I find a raised eyebrow works well along with a quick word in ears. We do talk to each other between numbers. The fun is doing the numbers different to the studio version, keeping it fresh reacting to the audience building a conversation between the band and the audiences.
BD: Having seen you play live a few times, you always include a couple of covers how do you choose them. Also, will the new single Baby Get It On make an appearance in the forthcoming tour? SW: Mmm…. playing number live, the stage could be cramped come to a show and find out. Would be fun Mollie is such a great singer full of talent. So may make an appearance. We always have a couple covers up our sleeves, audiences know these songs which is great if it is the first time they are seeing us live, Secondly used to feel up the time of the set if we have run ahead of ourselves, in fact, that is generally the reason why we add them into the set.
BD: The world of music is tough. Bad Touch seems to have an upward trajectory getting your music heard is a challenge and you have had lots of Radio Plays from the album. What impact both positive and negative is of downloads and streaming services such as YouTube, Sound Cloud, Spotify for Bad Touch’s music and getting the sound heard to a wide audience?
SW: Music business is tough. Thank you, we like to think we are moving upwards long may that continue. I am old fashioned I like to buy the CD. I like building my collection and being able to browse and choose what I am going to play. I cherish what I have bought. That said I am definitely not poo pooing anyone who listens to their music using streaming services. That said though I do feel that there has been a huge devaluation in the value of music now have the ability to have what you want without paying(or only paying minimal amount) for it. It is very hard, don’t know really we use YouTube and Sound Cloud for our music and it is a way to find music. I do though believe that streaming stops people from having to pay for music if you pay you put more value on the music you are listening to. BD: Read recently that people only listen to few seconds of intro before trying another track. SW: Yes, attention spans are now so short need to catch people attention in first few seconds or they move on. Technology is both amazing and scary everything is available in the instant which definitely has positives and negatives. I still like having my CD’s on a shelf they are always available even when Wi-Fi is down.
BD: What other plans and excitements have you got planned for 2018 following a very busy 2017?
SW: Taking it as it comes. First priority is the new album follow-up to Truth Be Told. Bookings for 2018 are coming in so we will be keeping getting out there performing in front of audiences. BD: What was the first album you bought and what is the most recent?
SW: Big Willie Style – Will Smith Like an Arrow by Blackberry Smoke BD: We asked you your fantasy band when we talked last year so what are you listening to at the moment; whether on the tour bus or relaxing?
SW: Everything and anything. When out on tour we all bring the music we are listening to. We talk about it what we like about it. All that we listen to sculpt the Bad Touch sound as we get down and write new stuff together. Currently, we have been listening to lots of Country having been on Tour with Kentucky Headhunters. Some great music out there to be discovered.
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Bad Touch Single Baby Get It On featuring Mollie Marriott
Bad Touch out on a headline tour with Mollie Marriott, opening in Sheffield 9th November and culminating at Planet Rock SOLD OUT Rockstock in December. To celebrate Bad Touch’s headline tour a new single “Baby Get It On” featuring guest vocals from Mollie Marriott. The single is a cover of Tina Turner’s 1975 classic.
The new Bad Touch single featuring Mollie Marriott will be released on Monday 23rdOctober as a free MP3 download.
Bluesdoodles Already excited about seeing Bad Touch on Stage again in November the single confirms why we all should be putting the date in the diary. The music fizzes with excitement and Mollie Marriott’s vocals harmonise with Stevie’s adding texture tone. The reinterpretation of the Tina Turner number. Baby Get It on first appeared on Tina Turner’s second solo album “Acid Queen” that was originally released in 1975. Although it was a Tina Turner solo album, the first single “Baby Get It On” was a duet with Ike Turner (who wrote the song for Tina). The tradition has been replicated here as Mollie Marriot join Bad Touch keeping the heart and soul of the original adding touch of 21st-century badness.
Bad Touchheadline tour in November with special guest Mollie Marriott. The tour is extensive as the visit all points on the compass, North & South plus West & East.
“We’re excited to be taking to the road in November with Mollie,” says Bad Touch’s lead singer, Stevie Westwood. “Not only is she only a great vocalist in her own right, but she’s also the daughter of the legendary guitarist and singer Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie). She’s part of rock royalty. It will be great to have Mollie touring with us. She’s got a killer voice. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
BAD TOUCH – NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MOLLIE MARRIOTT