Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

 

Join the journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul. Following on from 2016 debut album West of Flushing South of Frisco we continue the sonic journey with Californisoul.  Thirteen tracks with special guests adding to the heat and excitement on five numbers is a journey you will want to be part of as Californisoul  Comes Alive On Supersonic Blues Machine’s New Album. The concept behind the title and album, “CALIFORNISOUL! That’s exactly what it is. It’s the missing soundtrack to a summertime drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1971!” says Fabrizio Grossi.

 Supersonic Blues Machine is three musicians who definitely know how to create a storyboard of music that shapes the carefully crafted lyrics. They comprise Lance Lopez (guitars/vocals/songwriter), Fabrizio Grossi (bass, producer, songwriter), and Kenny Aronoff (drums). They want to have a party of a trip so have invited some friends, and for Californisoul, who is joining Californisoul? Robben Ford. Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Gales, Steve Lukather and Walter Trout.

If you are expecting traditional electric based blues from Supersonic Blues Machine, disappointment awaits you. BUT, if you are looking for exceptional grooves digging deep into the vein of the blues extracting the essence and weaving a new road to tread your blues shoes then you are in for a fun ride.  The opening track is full of sunshine and genuine warmth, I Am Done Missing You. Yes, they are back with a follow-up album that builds on the debut with music that charms and endears. A blending of vocals that adding the tension to the rhythms and adds a sting in the tail to the guitar. An opening number that pulls you onboard pumped with excitement at what the rest of the album will unveil.

Foot stomping swirling blues introduces us to Robben Ford’s guitar connecting with Lance’s vocals. Somebody’s Fool has a rocky edge that has been smoothed by the instrumentation and luscious backing vocals the energy is contained as Robben’s guitar stings in a solo confirming that one thing is for sure no-one is a fool for getting on board this journey.

Continuing with tracks with a guest Billy F. Gibbons joins the party on Broken Heart. This is a gigantic rocking and rolling curve in the road get on board the guitar is dirty and the oily rag of a rhythm section is keeping us on the road driving forward for the fun of the ride. Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to this number because none of us wants a Broken Heart.

Eric Gales guitar sound is distinct adding a powerful punch to the journey as the Elevate takes on a swooping flyover on route to San Francisco. The speed is gathering the wheels are burning up the miles with a sharp stinging fulsome guitar from Gales. The backing vocals curl and pull the guitar and connect the vocals with a party that is full on assertive and loud. Phew, that is a road you want to explore again.

The fourth guest guitarist is Steve Lukather as he and the band explore Hard Times. Kenny Aronoff’s drums add a hardened edge to a number that takes us into the second half of the album. Last but not least is Walter Trout. The instantly sweet note filled tone and texture of Trout’s guitar fills the speaker. The intro to What’s Wrong you just want to go on and on. Then the vocals pick up a perfect duet of emotions are amalgamated as they ask what is wrong with my blues? Absolutely nothing.

The seven tracks delivered by the band are the glue that makes the journey work. The Pit Stops, the viewing points of interest on this supersonic blues journey we are exploring on Californisoul. The trio of Lopez, Aronoff and Grossi capture the swirling dust and grit of the road combining this rawness with the magic of their personal interpretation of the blues. Fabrizo Grossi writer of lyrics and bassist delving deep into the grooves that adds the rhythmic poetry of this road trip.  The spirit of the Supersonic Blues Machine is captured in L.O.V.E. we are now travelling in the same direction the music is taking us. This is an album where the musical tones and textures change reflecting the changing scenery on a road trip. The funkiness of the machine is captured on The Stranger, once again the judicious use of backing vocals add so much to the seventies backdrop of the album. Closing out the album with This Is Love, chatting opening reflecting back to gospel blues and back to communal singing full of vigour and hope. The track combines blues with rhythmic beats and a spicing from a reggae groove hitting the blue sweet note they are looking for throughout the journey we have joined them on. We are left feeling upbeat with the Supersonic Blues Machine.

Without the skills and clear approach from the principal band delivering the remaining tracks giving a consistency a firm grounding to Californisoul the album could have missed its mark. Thankfully it did not this is so much more than a compilation of a band with guests. It is a coherent journey through music and lyrics with Lance Lopez vocal prowess the key to keeping the thirteen tracks on a road with a clear sense of purpose and direction. We are never taken to a backwater or miss our turning. The Satnav of music power has been set to ensure the styles may vary, the approach may be different. But the journey is clear to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco with blues-infused soulfulness.

Californisoul is full of confidence the trio know they have the power to add soul to your blues. The guests are the spice in the mix adding new tones and textures. It is the Supersonic Blues Machine that are in full control on this musical journey of Californisoul.  As Fabrizio Grossi says, “Lots of people have been saying to me ‘why does Supersonic Blues Machine always bring guests around? You guys can stand your own ground’, and there are three answers to that: 1) we’re all super friends and we’re having a blast, 2) most of them don’t give lessons and for us it’s only way to learn their secret “ways”, and three because the inspiration and the challenge they bring to the table!” We are as the band described, being taken back to 1971 immersed in a soundtrack on a drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  Sit back, turn up the volume enjoy an exuberant modern blues with twists and turns that any great journey will always take you to the unexpected.

 

Supersonic Blues MachineCalifornisoulMascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. I Am Done Missing You
  2. Somebody’s Fool (feat Robben Ford)
  3. L.O.V.E.
  4. Broken Heart (feat Billy F. Gibbons)
  5. Bad Boys
  6. Elevate (feat Eric Gales)
  7. The One
  8. Hard Times (feat Steve Lukather)
  9. Cry
  10. The Stranger
  11. What’s Wrong (feat Walter Trout)
  12. Thank You
  13. This Is Love

Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

 

 

Three Queens of the Blues come together across England to sing the blues.  Connie Lush, Kyla Brox & Erja Lyytinen all on one stage at a venue to bring the power of vocals, guitar and flute. Melding the blues to entertain you.

With superb albums and the power of bringing music that touches the soul. As The Ladies of the Blues Kyla, Connie, Erja together 2018 with mascara, smiles and the joy of playing live music.

 

Bluesdoodles has heard this talented threesome many times but never before on one stage it is going to be blues with smiles, laughs and gin.

Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Lush Renaissance Album review HERE

Kyla Brox Throw Away Your Blues Album review HERE

Erja Lyytinen Stolen Hearts Album Review HERE

Exclusive UK Tour 2018

Wednesday 21st March WHITBY Pavilion Theatre
Thursday 22nd March COVENTRY The Albany Theatre
Friday 23rd March LONDON Under The Bridge
Saturday 24th March LINCOLN Alive
Sunday 25th March DURHAM  Gala Theatre
Tuesday 27th March BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
Wednesday 28th March BRISTOL The Tunnels
Thursday 29th March KEIGHLEY The Octagon
Friday 30th March SOUTHPORT The Atkinson

 

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Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

 

With the album full of golden energy. A burning saffron Phoenix. The cover shouts to you listen I am a mighty album ready and waiting for your attention. When you are a reviewer sometimes you forget to write and just let the music pour out of the speaker. This is just one of those occasions. I kept listening filled with a golden rock glow but could not find the words. Now here are my humble thoughts.

Like the Roman Legions march straight and true BCCIV rock goes straight to your Rock jugular and connects. Mark Anthony may have led the IV legion – did he ever visit The Black Country… that is a History lesson! In the here and now Black Country Communion fourth studio album is firmly in the grip of the vocal might of Black Country’s son Glenn Hughes.

Opening the album with the first single Collide, it is the count in from the studio you here first. Then the Collision as guitar meets the mighty vocal tubes of Glenn. The Rhythm section gives the track power and shape provided by the keys. It is undeniably Glenn Hughes’ vocals that demand attention the rest is just the platform.

The hype of Black Country Communion being back in the studio is justified from the first to the last, not across the ten tracks. The coming together of musicians who individually shine, sometimes is a disappointment, not this time it is a communion that is holy.  The album flows as the shapes change burning brightly from hot red to amber glows. Out of the embers is the epic Joe Bonamassa number The Last Song For My Resting Place. For nearly eight minutes you are captured entwined in a warm Celtic fused magic as the album calms down, takes a breath but never loses its energy. With a lyrical story reaching back to harvest and music around the fire created by the judicious inclusion of fiddle and mandolin. It is the crying pain and glory of Bonamassa’s guitar that holds you in the grip of the music with its soul and passion pain and joy. A truly inspirational tale of the Titanic’s Violinist Wallace Hartley.  The magic as the guitar fades and the hook for mandolin and the story continues. What a number, follow that BCC. They do. Upping the tempo with sharp guitar collecting together the muscle of Classic Rock on Sway.

Now we are taken to the ocean shore for The Cove. Full of atmospheric swirls of guitar and keys as Joe guitar takes the helm. Ode to the dolphin is breathtaking. A tribute to the senseless killing of dolphins every year at The Killing Cove, Taiji, Japan.  The heartache is captured through the assured delivery of the message. Parcelled in instrumentation that reflects words and builds the emotions.

An album that has no fillers, The Crow, full of guitar the urgency picked up by the bass then Jason Bonham’s drums. The urge to move is then pulled together with the keys of Derek Sherinian, leading you into the longest track Wanderlust. Full of tempo changes, melodic as if you were walking down Abbey Road. Masterful playing and an inspired use of a Grand piano leading us into the last verse.

Tribute to Glenn Hughes’ Dad, sung for both his parents. Melodic, and leaves you in the certainty that at the end it is love that remains.  Closing out the album with When The Morning Comes. Returning home, dream-time and we are left with the glorious echoes of an album that is classic, modern, entertaining and has a message.

The legions of Classic rock are mighty. The influence and legacy of the greats can be heard echoing throughout. BCCIV rises from these ashes creating an album that heralds a new golden age of rock for now. Relevant, contemporary and magnificent.

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Track Listing

  1. Collide
  2. Over My Head
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place
  4. Sway
  5. The Cove
  6. The Crow
  7. Wanderlust
  8. Love Remains
  9. Awake
  10. When Morning Comes

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

If you are impatient then Beth Hart plays three solo shows late 2017.

EXCLUSIVE SOLO SHOWS IN BEAUTIFUL SETTINGSOCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2017

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BATH FORUM – 1st NOVEMBER
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL – 3rd NOVEMBER

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Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

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IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE – THURSDAY 12th APRIL 2018
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BEXHILL DE LA WARR PAVILION – SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018
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NOTTINGHAM CONCERT HALL – SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018
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OXFORD NEW THEATRE – WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 2018
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FOLKESTONE LEAS HALL – THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2018
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CARDIFF ST DAVIDS HALL – SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
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CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE  – TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018
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BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE – THURSDAY 26th APRIL 2018

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HULL CITY HALL – FRIDAY 27th APRIL 2018
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READING HEXAGON – MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018
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PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL – TUESDAY 1st MAY 2018
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SOLD OUT LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT – FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018
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Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

Bluesdoodles Reviews Live Shows and Recorded Music:

Read about her live show at Colston Hall, Bristol HERE

Fire On The Floor Review – Bluesdoodles Album of 2016 Read Why HERE

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

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
STARTS TUESDAY 11 JULY 2017
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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

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018
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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

Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall

“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

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

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd new album Lay It On Down; Bluesdoodles can sum up his eighth solo album as searingly confident modern blues.  You want to read a little bit more? Happy to oblige as I listen once again with intense pleasure to Lay It On Down.

Lay It On Down, on Mascot Group Label with a release date of 21st July 2017. The album was recorded in January as Shepherd and his band entered the Echophone Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. New Year, New Project , with an ambitious mission statement: the greatest songs of Shepherd’s career. No more. No less. “The point of this album,” he says, “was that I wanted to put a heavy emphasis on the songs themselves and the writing behind them. I wanted each song to really stand on its own with the songwriting, the music, the words.” Having listened mission accomplished full of fresh vibes; strong lyrics surrounded with the brilliance of electric blues.

Throughout the album the guitar sizzles with a controlled intent. The shining Goldilocks never too hot, never too long and definitely not cold. Kenny always leaves you wondering as the voice is hooked in what guitar lick was left out for the main event the lyrics.  It is that feeling of intrigue, the notes that have not been played that leaves you not wanting more but satisfied, intrigued and with melodies and lines that flash into your head as the most welcomed of earworms. Lay It Down, the music has been laid down with thought, commitment and self-belief that less is often more when it comes to electric guitar lead breaks.

Opening the narrative that connects the album’s eleven tracks is Baby Got Gone; starting off at full throttle with rock that is full of attitude we know we are embarking on a musical journey that will take us around an interesting circuit of songs recorded in Nashville out of Louisiana as rocks in the road are explored.  Rock and romance in the air combine on romantic number Nothing But the Night. Diamonds & Gold is full of soulful luxuriousness, a cascade of notes on guitar, drum and horns the sound is funky, modern and energised. The title is two objects of desire signifying for many power, and wealth giving us our status and identity.  Shepherd manages through the lyrics to look beyond to bigger more meaningful and fulfilling things as the guitar squeals delivering a crescendo of sound more valuable to the listener than Diamonds & Gold.

With a floating, Americana feel of the title track, Lay It On Down takes the musical road in another direction. This light and fresh number has a darker lyric trapped in a gilded cage as Shepherd sings “Who broke your will now honey who stole your dreams like money who made you think you were keeping around”. The lyrics build the story, the guitar break fills in the gap as we travel the road knowing we need to look at the inner beauty to pass the self-doubts that we often show to the world. .

The lap-steel curls with a depth of tone on Hard Lesson Learned and the electric guitar adds a salty sharpness. Then into blues shuffling glory that is the signature of Kenny Wayne shepherd for many. Followed by another vintage bluesy number we are then showered with Louisiana Rain.  The acoustic guitar is gentle reflecting rain on a window, distorting the view with its shades of grey. A song sung with heartfelt personal emotions. As we are led to the final stop on the journey that is Ride Of Your Life.  The music hooks back to the driving rocky feel of the opener. This is as it says a Ride Of Your Life the guitar crackles with static electric power, the flashes of sparks are iridescent with every shade of blue from baby blue to darkest indigo.  The encore is an acoustic version of the title track; we revisit the bird in the gilded cage the lyrics suit the acoustic sound. Lay It On Down is an album that will grow with very outing and tracks will become live favourites..

By the eighth album an artist can become predictable, all feels like heard that before. DEFINITELY NOT with Lay It On Down, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, picking up on his other passion motor cars has given his music a complete overhaul, the guitar driven engine still has its power and integrity but added to the accelerator taking us on a journey are strong lyrics and modern Americana influence. As KWS said recently, “I feel like the band’s best days are still ahead of us. And the next album could be completely different…”  He has certainly succeeded as Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album. While we wait for the next re-vamp we can Lay It On Down with pleasure in the company of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Lay It On Down – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Baby Got Gone
  2. Diamonds & Gold
  3. Nothing But The Night
  4. Lay It On Down
  5. She’s $$$
  6. Hard Lesson Learned
  7. Down For Love
  8. How Low Can You Go
  9. Louisiana Rain
  10. Ride Of Your Life
  11. Lay It On Down (Acoustic)

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

 

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

 

 

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017  the recorded music keeps arriving such diversity and quality the excitement of sound captured to be relived again & again. It is proving to be a bumper year for music from Blues to Americana – Rock to Prog Rock many intriguing albums and musicians skills that cross the genres merging styles, melding influences into  a diversity of sonic delights that intrigues and keeps your entertained. 2017 is going to have a overflowing memory box of special music as the cascade of albums arriving through the letterbox both the electronic format and the traditional front door.

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017Over the last thirteen weeks, I have listened to many and thirty-four reviewed by Bluesdoodles keyboard warrior, Liz Aiken loves the listening, enjoys the typing. The hard part is deciding the number of doodle paws for the superb musicianship and variety of styles we listen to. At the end of the second quarter of 2017 from the 1st of April through to 30th June 2017: TEN albums shone bright, thus ten doodle paws stamped on the cover.

Ever wonder about the doodle paws category?

All numbers given to artistry are subjective, mine are no different; they are indicative in relationship of previous music released by the musicians; also how the music compares to the current releases.  We rarely give below five as so many excellent albums below satisfactory rarely see the light of scrutiny.

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

10 Doodle Paws Stupendous

9 Doodle Paws Exceptional

8 Doodle Paws Marvellous

7 Doodle Paws Splendid

6 Doodle Paws  Pleasing

5 Doodle Paws Satisfactory

Clicking the album cover takes you to the review:-

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Check out the other albums reviewed they are an exciting mix of music many not to be missed and will become firm favourites.

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Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

 

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

 

Bluesdoodles recommendation to you is, switch off the phone, lock the doors sit back in a comfortable chair press play and Big Daddy Wilson’s Neckbone Stew will warm you aural senses as you are drenched in the music of Southern States of America.

As we step into the musical journey we start off at Cross Creek Road, opening with a deep, tuneful acoustic number reminding me of Eric Bibb in tone and texture. The title track reflecting the gospel intoning with his soulful vocals, stepping back to a time when he sang in Church back in Edenton, North Carolina. Then with a stylish swirl the beat picks up with a reggae rhythm overlaying vocals sung in a traditional blues style, the musicianship from his trio and guests makes the whole album sizzle with music that is soul food for your ears. Big Daddy’s combination of vocals that cajole and percussive beats are joined by bassist and vocalist Paolo Legramandi; completing the threesome is multi-instrumentalist
Cesare Nolli, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboard and Vocals. This threesome delivers on every track. The piano introduces us to Tom Cat and guitar that pulls us into a holler, in homage to his father John Henry Wilson. The emotion is raw and genuine the tone full of mournful intricacies. Follow that! Easy when you are Big Daddy Wilson with a number he wrote with Eric Bibb He’ll Make Away. A number that would sit with ease on any Bibb album it shows the versatility and dexterity of delta inspired traditional southern music.

Now a cover, no it is a complete rearrangement as Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason is re-shaped into a delta-blues number, with the winning combination of Big Daddy’s vocals and Ruthie Foster. This is a stew that is shaped by delicious sounding varied music. We visit the love of bad food, with Cookies Gonna Kill Me. A real change for whiskey going to kill me blues. Up beat country fair dance tempo as Eric Bibb joins him on guitar and must be the first tine sugar diabetes has been a line in a song.

Closing out with The River, full of evangelical fervour with Big Daddy Wilson imploring the preacher is this a sign, slow and with an emotive edge. Closing the album with Peanut Butter Pic; up beat country blues that gets your feet tapping and now you are relaxed replete with Neckbone Stew.

Big Daddy Wilson has created musical concoction the effortlessly with artistry and feel blends, blues, roots, country spiritual, soul and reggae; this is music that flows mighty fine on the ear. The spicing in the musical mix is just right, it is definitely a bowl of Neck Bone Stew served at the right musical temperature!

Big Daddy WilsonNeckbone StewRUF Records

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Track Listing

  1. Cross Creek Road
  2. 7 Years
  3. Neckbone Stew
  4. I Just Need A Smile
  5. Tom Cat
  6. He’ll Make A Way
  7. Give Me One Reason
  8. Running Shoes
  9. My Babe
  10. Damn If I Do
  11. Cookies Gonna Kill Me
  12. The River

Musicians
Big Daddy Wilson – Percussions, Vocals
Paolo Legramandi – Bass, Vocals
Cesare Nolli – Guitar, Drums, Percussions, Keyboard, Vocals

Guest Musicians

Staffan Astner – Guitar
Eric Bibb – Guitar
Sven Lindvall – Tuba
Nik Taccori – Drums
Ruthie Foster – Vocals
Davide “Dave” Rossi – Keyboard
Alessandro Meroli – Horn, Flute
Paris Renita – Backing Vocals

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

What a winning and charismatic formula,  LaVendore Rogue captured live to be enjoyed in your front room. Turn the lights down low, the volume up to eleven and step aboard to immerse yourself in A Night In The North. Once again the quintet delivers music that is enthralling delving into the darkness with rocking majesty. Music that intrigues and refuses to be caught on a single genre coat peg this is inventive using the skills of every member of the band. Before getting down to the set-list of ten tracks, here is an introduction to the band, done by JoJo himself on the album. Upfront full of dramatic phrasing and vocal turns is JoJo Burgess; Joel Fisk brings in licks and riffs and tonal treats on his guitar combining his chords with those of Warren Lynn on the keys.  The flourishes of tonal delights continues deep into the rhythm section Rob ‘Tank’ Barry on Bass and the sticks of Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore on the drums. That’s the personnel introduced now for the reason we all loved Hokie Joint and now LaVendore rogue, the wealth of music that mixes blues with good old rock n roll where the Rolling Stones collides with Charlie Patton.

Opening with Deadman’s Chest, from their debut album Light Up With. JoJo’s vocals are distinctive warm and he articulates every word adding dramatic emotions as the story unfolds with a bottle of rum and the harmonizing on the live version adding in intensity as the keys pull the cascade of sound that assaults you. We are now hooked in by the music.  Into the mix are two more tracks from the debut album, Honey Murder and A.S.A.D. Live these two tracks work so very well, the shredding of the six-strings by Joel imploring and demanding attention this is controlled playing with the guitar talking to you and then the deep velvet vocals this is a story that is full of Gothic intrigue.  On A.S. A.D is where Warren’s superb playing on the Hammond & Keyboard comes to the fore with an opening that has a fervor, JoJo’s vocals are quieter, sad reflective as he builds the debate about drugs and the power of money and then there is a death and the message changes what a powerful track redolent of so much in the news today.

Two survivors tonight of the Hokie Joint days is Chocolate Cake, as moist and tasty as any triple chocolate cake it is the equivalent of a calorific sugar overload in musical terms.  The number makes the transformation it is delicious displaying the prowess of their mercurial drummer at the back Steve Cutmore. The second is The Way It Goes….Sometimes with Joel’s guitar building the tension with judicious use of feedback and ripping chords that Warren picks up. This is popular music rock that rolls with the beat, never pure blues but has a magical air that connects us back to the days of the Delta, as  demonstrated by the inclusion of Charlie Patton’s Oh Death between these numbers.  Joel gives Charlie’s music a freshness and the lyrics re-interpreted and shaped around the velvet tongue of JoJo. Blues forever adaptable and the beat and rhythms remain strong and true.

The tracks so far are familiar is there something new on the album Oh! Yes there is! The Chemist, with a fresh melodic beat and a story that unfolds as ever with one of their original lyrics, as we met the industrial chemistry.  The number demonstrates the chemistry between the whole band with a Jaggeresque/Rolling Stones vibe this is the one-hundred percent LaVendore Rogue sound, layers of complexity an aural maze that enchants whether the guitar passion from Joel or the chords of the keys or the deep bass from Rob.  This is a band playing music they want to share. The second new number is Hikkomori which is Japanese for reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social like.  Another darker subject, reflecting today’s complex society. The music is the opposite, bright, open and engaged, love the stick clicking from Stephen a clever sound that adds texture and interest during another superlative guitar solo from Joel.

The last two numbers bring us back to the familiar the second cover this time Rolling Stones, Get Off Of My Cloud pure energetic fun and then closing out we re-visit the debut album with Siesta Resistance about staying up all night and drinking perfect for the blues club the album was recorded at. Throughout the album the applause is warm and the audience appreciate the unique creativity that is La Vendore Rogue the band that understands how to entertain you. Definitely a keeper La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North.

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Track Listing

  1. Dead Man’s Chest
  2. Honey Murder
  3. Chocolate Cake
  4. Oh Death
  5. The Way It Goes….Sometimes
  6. A.S.A.D.
  7. The Chemist
  8. Hikikomori
  9. Get Off My Cloud
  10. Siesta Resistance

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North