Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th 2018 via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

Featuring songs made famous by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Lucinda Williams, LaVern Baker & more.

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It has been 4 years since Grammy nominated and number 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they have both been on fire, both in the studio and live. So, the time was perfect to reunite for another collection of ten soul gems that encompass Hart’s breath-taking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing. Black Coffee will be released on January 26th, 2018.

With producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the result digs deep into the soul catalogue where they honour and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta, James, Ike & Tina Turner/Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck.

Recorded in 5 days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas in August 2016 they have once again recalled some familiar names to provide the depth of instrumentation including Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion), Ron Dziubla (Saxophone), Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone) and welcomed in Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Michael Rhodes (Bass).

Talking about the sessions behind Black Coffee, Seesaw, 2011’s Don’t Explain and 2014’s Live in Amsterdam, Shirley gives some insight of what they are looking to achieve; “We’re trying not to dig into a playbook that’s been done many times, which is the old soul classics. We try and find a different spin on it; originally, it was about trying to find some songs that people didn’t know at all and bring them back to people’s attention.”

One such song was Give It Everything You Got, taken from 1971’s Edgar Winter’s White Trash album. With its hard rock meets Stax infused sound, the band delivers a formidable performance. “I don’t think that’s a song a lot of people know; it’s an old soul classic, but it’s not really one you might expect,” says Shirley

“One of the things Jeff Beck had said to me once that I thought was so wonderful,” explains Hart, was “as soon as you get comfortable, and if you stay there, you’re just gonna start dying as an artist. And I feel that one of the gifts that I’ve got with working with Joe is that I’m always uncomfortable – in a good way. “

Shirley adds about the band, ”those guys just played live and it was incredible to be in the studio when that happens.”

“For me I’m able to explore the kind of music I have always admired from afar,” reveals Bonamassa. “But you don’t want to hear me singing Ella Fitzgerald…” he explained as Beth joins in. “I would never do Ella Fitzgerald without being with Joe, the things I get to do with you are things I grew up always wanting to do, but never believed I could.”

The title track harnesses prime Steve Marriott on his take of Ike & Tina Turner’s Black Coffee. The inspiration came from his 1973 live version on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test.

“It’s really predicated on the vocals,” Bonamassa explains. “We can’t cut these tunes without Beth singing and once she starts singing, it’s the glue that inspires us to get the extra 10% out of the playing. If we just cut them and sang later, the magic wouldn’t be there.”

“That’s something the two of us stopped doing many years ago,” agrees Hart. “There was all this layering, and then it’s time for you to sing. It’s like you’re not even making music anymore. There’s nothing like being able to sit there live and see Joe, seeing the drums, seeing the bass, being able to see Kevin. I can feel the vibrations, it changes the whole thing.”

“Kevin really gets that,” she continues. “It works the best. In the old days, that’s how they did it; bad ass singers and bad ass musicians would have a couple of hours to get a whole record done.”

One of the key aspects of the sessions is to push everyone as much as possible. “They are always out of their comfort zone in the studio; this session especially wasn’t comfortable,” Shirley reveals. “This isn’t a summer in the grass session, just a couple of chords; this is people digging in. Everyone left feeling totally challenged, and at the end of the day, completely enthusiastic.”

 

Black Coffee Track List

  1. Damn Your Eyes
  2. Black Coffee
  3. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  4. Why Don’t You Do Right
  5. Saved
  6. Sitting On Top Of The World
  7. Joy
  8. Soul On Fire
  9. Addicted
  10. Baby I Love You (bonus track)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

 Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

 

 

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

 

Blues that energizes so that you join in agreeing with the opening refrain, Let’s Do This Thing. The fifteen track album gathers under Kathy’s sumptuous vocals that curl around the melodic depths and shapes conjured up by the Kilowatts.  This is Texan blues-rock delivered with style and Let’s Do This thing is a definite for lovers of Texan fuelled blues.  Song-writer and singer Kathy Murray is in control of the Kilowatts who add a stinging spark to every number on the album. Who are the Kilowatts? They are Kathy’s husband, Bill “Monster” Jones on guitar and Kathy’s brother David who plays bass, percussion and more. The family are joined by Dylan Cavaliere on upright bass, Jeff Botta on bass and organ, Richard Ross and Nina Singh on drums, and Dan Torosian, Al Gomez and Henry Rivas on horns adding depths of tone and texture.

Opening with the title track the blues fuse is well and truly set alight, and with the cadence and tempo, it is not surprising that Kathy & The Kilowatts are often compared to the Fabulous Thunderbirds.  This album is drenched in the heat of musical tones and textures as she weaves in soul, pop beats and country fused with the infectious rhythm of good old Rock n’ Roll.  Yes, we will do this thing and keep on listening to the sound the band and Kathy are sharing with us. The sound changes across the fifteen tracks. Those that stood out were Call Me Mrs Blues, this sets the tone and provided the basis for all the music played, Texas blues with its strong guitar led riffs that fuels the energy for the vocals.

The horns take centre stage as Kathy weaves her sultry magic on Beautiful Moments In Time. Soulful and stinging the horns define this number. The song allows Kathy to croon the lyrics with an emotional understanding that the horns pick up and punctuate.  Now there Is no need for Kathy to Spell It Out, she understands how to make a song stand out from noises surrounding herself, and different numbers connect depending on your mood. Want some pop led funk then checkout Spell It Out. Whereas Each Kiss uses the horns to pick at Latino vibe then grounded by Kathy’s delicious vocals. We have timeless rocking good time music, followed on by One Lie Leads to Another and the perfect combination of a Texan shuffle, strong lyrics and the sound that makes Texan fused blues compulsive listening.

Reflecting the whole album as one track seamlessly leads to the next perfectly timed and formed number ensuring that for the whole fifty-five minutes you are immersed in the warm, melodic zone that defines Kathy & The Kilowatts who certainly did this Texan thing for me on the album Let’s Do This Thing.

The album is definitely no one-trick interpretation of the blues. It is modern, sassy and fun with the closing track picking up and weaving into Loveaholic a country feel leaving your feet tapping and a confirmed fan of Texas infused blues from Kathy and her Kilowatts on Let’s Do This Thing.

 

Let’s Do This Thing – Kathy & The Kilowatts – Lectro Fine Records

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Let’s Do This Thing
  2. Call Me Mrs Blues
  3. Talking Out My Head
  4. 10 Most Wanted
  5. Love Came Knocking
  6. Read ‘em and Weep
  7. Beautiful Moments In Time
  8. Each Kiss
  9. One Lie Leads To Another
  10. Spell It Out
  11. I Want To
  12. Exception To The Rule
  13. These Lonely Hours
  14. Your Barn Door
  15. Loveaholic

 

 

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon

 

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon

 

No reviewing year would be complete without the wonderful thud as the postman delivers another package of gems from Betsie Brown at Blind Raccoon. The albums are always full of gems that have been shaken, stirred and moved by the Blues. The music comes in every hue and tempo and will always be listened to with pleasure.