In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Liz chatting with Tom Leighton Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for The Bad Flowers. Good evening Tom, thank you for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles. The Bad Flowers will be a new band to many readers of Bluesdoodles. So this is the perfect chance to talk about debut album and part of a tour we are all excited about.  With The Bad Flowers as special guests for a night of exciting music with Jared James Nichols & Stone Broken.

 

 

As a Midlands based hard rock band, what were your first musical influences growing up in Cannock?

Thin Lizzie was the first band me and Dale the bass player latched on to so we have that common ground. Then there was Black Sabbath and stuff like that in the Midlands. Dale is a huge Gezzer Butler fan. So all bands of that ilk really. The first band I went to see live with my Dad was Wishbone Ash. So it is all Classic rock that influences me. You have quite a heritage of classic from coming from that area?  Yes, we have Glenn Hughes, Galley Brothers they were obviously Trapeze to start with, Dale was lucky enough to have a jam with Mel Galley which was pretty cool. There are some great bands come out of the area, the likes of Slade, Noddy Holder is one of my favourite singers; Robert Plant is from Wolverhampton so it is a good area from Heritage for sureIt is not just about Heritage though it is about moving music on keeping it modern and fresh. It is definitely about tipping your cap to that but doing your own thing as well trying to keep that flame going. There are a bunch of bands coming out at the minute there is Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, ourselves, and there is Piston from Cannock. Not heard of Piston! Piston, yea they are good guys man, playing similar sort of thing, yes they’re a bunch of great bands coming out of the Midlands at the minute doing lots of good things so all good.

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad FlowersThe opening track of Starting Gun, Thunder Child has been released as a single which is catching the ear of reviewers for all the right reasons. How did you decide on this number to unleash the power of The Bad Flowers album for radio play etc?

It was one of the later songs that we wrote for the album. When we played the riff for the first time, we came up with the riff it was like yea this is kinda us it was fast paced, quite a heavy riff shows us all off. The bass line is great, and the drumming great in it. It is fast paced and catching the ear let’s go with this one. We have similar songs on the album but because it was last it was so fresh and no one had heard it ever. We hadn’t played it so let’s put it out it is totally new. So was the album mainly material you have played live or mainly new material? Majority of it is fresh, majority brand new. City Lights was actually on our last EP; it has been one of the most popular songs when we play live. We have noticed recently that when we play it people starting to sing back the words at the beginning it is a strange feeling to have but good feeling but it is strange. We felt that song still had some legs so we put it on the album the rest we have written in the last year so all pretty new. Tom, are you the songwriter?  Yea all the lyrics and everything. We come up with the riffs altogether.

How do you define the music of The Bad Flowers so that you stand out from the plethora of trios playing rock?

Well, the one word we get a lot is ‘Thunderous’ which is a good word to describe us especially live we’ve always gone out as a three-piece but make it sound like there are more than the three of us. Thunderous Rock n’ roll – I like that description. I think it gets us down to a T really.  But, the album shows off a little bit a softer side to it at times. Trying to be a bit diverse. Yes, there is a really nice acoustic track included.  Yes, it is I Hope   So will you be including the softer side into your live set? In the live set, it is all pretty heavy. From the album, Lets Misbehave that starts softer and builds which we have put into our last two live shows. It went down really, really well so may keep that in for the New Year when we go on tour, and just depends on how long a set we get as it is one of the longer songs. It is one of my favourite songs on the album to be fair.

I didn’t pick up thunderous on the first couple of listens. I felt the Album is full of volcanic rocking energy, with the artwork on the cover of Starting Gun is eye-catching reflecting bands and album name how did you arrive at this image and album name for your debut?

The name is actually a lyric from Thunder Child – it is like The Thunder Clap is my Starting Gun. When we were thinking of a name for the album Starting Gun clicked in my head. It is our first album we are making the statement we want to go in with a bang really. So we came to the conclusion it would be a good name for the album.  Then the artwork was a collaboration between myself and our friend Shaun, who is a singer in a band Liberty Lies and he did the design work for us and we are really happy. Yes, great artwork. Love seeing artwork relevant to the album but not a picture of the band. We have always been a fan of artwork and things. Our previous EP had like a Lion, Shark and a Phoenix on it because each of us has one of these tattooed on us somewhere, so we put it all together and I drew that myself.  This time round got Shaun to do the artwork as he is very talented. Yes, we are really happy with it. We actually got the full CD’s today and they look amazing. It is the vinyl I am looking forward to getting my hands on the most I can’t wait.

Starting Gun, Engineered at Vigo Studios in Birmingham then the music travelled to Hamburg, Germany for Mastering? How and why did you choose this combination?

We spoke to the guy online. He noticed us through the power of Social Media, perhaps Instagram, that we were recording and he sort of pitched himself to us. We sent him a track to test out how it sounded and it came back and sounded really good. It fitted into our budget and we loved the way he worked so it was great. So that was how it came back. So social media chose the path. We spent some time in Germany last year but it was just a coincidence really, it came about at the right time and worked out really well. It has got a lovely sound the album. We tried to keep the sound as analogue as we could and mix it like we were playing live when we were recording trying to capture the energy a bit. We don’t even use a click track, we just go in and play it. Yes, it has got that clean has a natural feel.  Yes, it is the human element we don’t like recording like a machine, we don’t even use a click track. We just go in and play so some of it might speed up a little bit or slow down a little bit but we just like to play how we play live capturing the energy that is how we have always done it and works really well for us as well.   It would take us longer to record to a click track, to be honest with you (laughing). For those who want to know what is a Click Track? It is like a metronome. It is a constant perfect timing that you play along to, but we play by feel.

As the Guitarist and vocalist do you have a favourite track?  Yes, as I said Let’s Misbehave. What made this track the favourite?  Yes pretty much. I was going through a strange point in my life when we did that and it kind reflects that a little bit. We had the music for quite a long time before the lyrics. The lyrics for that I went into the studio and I had very little idea and then recorded it in an evening. It was just one of those moments, you listen back and go that’s the one! So it was done in two or three takes that song was done lyrically. So in an evening you started you had no idea and it has become one of your favourites?  I did have an inkling, a few lines but nothing set in stone.  The chorus which was set in stone it was the verses that took the time.  But we sat down and the Producer Adam really helped me with them in phrasing and things like that, we listened back and did it in an evening. It was one of those great moments that you can only get writing music.

The rhythm section of Dale on Bass & Karl on Drums is a powerhouse how do the three of you work together ensuring the sound is coherent and works so well with your vocals and guitar so that the melodic flow is never lost against that powerhouse?

It is a kinda unconscious thing really. Me and Dale have been playing together since we were about 16/17. So we have only really been in bands playing together and the majority has been as a three-piece. When Karl joined about three and half years ago now, we had to look for the right person to fit in with Dale and myself. We have been playing together for so long it isn’t easy.  As soon as he started playing with us it was like we had been playing together months not minutes. It is something that I have always said. When we are playing together it is like we are all on the same wavelength. Dale & Karl are really good at locking in together. If something is not right Dale or Karl will shout out straight away. We won’t sit on things we are always upfront and honest with each other, if things have to be changed then that is what happens. It works well when we are in the studio/ rehearsing. Hard to explain it just clicks.

The Bad Flowers are out on Tour in March with fellow Midlands’s band Stone Broken and American Jared James Nichols. Which tracks from the album and why will be played live and loud.

We are quite good friends with Jared we toured with him November 2016 and we have stayed in touch ever since.  When he came over last summer for festivals we hung out with him, so it is going to be a tour with all of our friends. It is I think quite a good line-up. Everything that is on the album is or has been on the live set recently. Hopefully get Let’s Misbehave on there because I love that track, Who Needs A Soul, Thunder Child, Hurricane and I Don’t Believe It, which is kinda treading new ground for us.  It is quite a fast paced riffy track with lots of parts to it. When we first started playing it live we struggled then it clicked and is now one of our favourites. City Lights different live to what is on the album and has been the losing number but may shake it up on this tour.  Going to be fun, lots of new venues and people to play to live and loud lots of foot stomping.

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

Drums: John Bonham
Bass: John Entwistle
Guitar: Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive one of the reasons why we got together so have to have their guitarist who is phenomenal)
Vocals: Robert Plant

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

 

BAND MEMBERS

Vocals & Guitar: Tom Leighton

Bass: Dale Tonks

Drums: Karl Selickis

 

 

Bad Flowers on Tour 2018

Read More about the tour and links to tickets HERE

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

The excitement of a new release from Joe Satriani is a bubbling elixir of anticipation of sizzling guitar and an energy captured in the music that takes you on an instrumental journey of delightful discoveries.  Listening to What Happens Next? Is that a question Satriani is asking himself, where is his musical journey taking him in 2018 and beyond? For me What Happens Next, open CD put on the player, turn the volume up, sit back then be absorbed into every musical moment created on the album. Once again Joe Satriani’s scintillatingly sharp and persuasive manipulation of the six-strings sent a shiver of pure pleasure down my spine, my music antenna were pulsating with delight. As Joe Satriani guitar asks What Happens Next?

Joe Satriani’s immense guitar presence is at the heart of this twelve-track instrumental album. Joining him with perfect rhythm and timing with the pairing of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith.  Deep Purple burns up the Red Hot Chili Pepper the two creating a monstrous beat. Building the perfect wall of sound for the wildness of Satriani in full flight. The trio complements each other resulting in the artistry of the Satriani guitar develops with a myriad of tones and textures. All three instruments talk to you as the notes replace the need for words whilst being transported to the world of Satriani.

Opening the album with Energy we are instantly drenched in a rich high-octane tonal experience. The beat is alive and kicking we are with feet firmly on the ground and the ears in tune with a journey that will energise, uplift and mesmerize as the notes cascade and follow each other in a perfect procession of rock glory. Opening with the drum kicking up a roar Thunder on High Mountain is a building storm the drum beat persistent with guitar in a swirling frenzy as the notes are whipped into a whirling maelstrom. Then bass adds depths that Thunder on High Mountain is intriguing, dangerous and never ignored.  We move from stormy mountains to Cherry Blossoms. A change in beat, tone and textures as the number unfurl as warm as a Spring day full hope and lyrical melodies. Catchy and beguiling the swirling mass of cherry blossoms are conjured into a thing of beauty performed with a gentle touch and lyrical emotions played out through the clever instrumentation.

Every track is a golden nugget of guitar playing spontaneous, alive, controlled and wild. No note misplaced this is music that creates a visual soundscape through the notes. The album is not a sprint with a headlong rush to close one number and fall into the next; neither is it a marathon with long tracks looping around itself often going nowhere. We are lopping along at the perfect pace to enjoy the box of delights as we find out What Happens Next. The title track towards the end of the album is slower the guitar stretches the notes exploring the cadences in a thoughtful exploring way. The track has a synergy as the three monsters of rock explore the sounds and asks once again What Happens Next? With the reuniting of Smith and Satriani could it be that Chickenfoot is to rise once again from the ashes as the supergroup we want to hear?  A new approach with bass driven Super Funky Badass brings out the inner funkiness of rock and re-energises an album that has no flaws.

Closing out an album that celebrates the power of the six-strings and the virtuosity of Satriani, Forever and Ever is an appropriate number as the superlatives describing the stunning playing of Satriani truly could go on Forever and Ever. While we think up some let’s go back to the beginning and see if this time we can answer the question What Happens Next?

 

Joe Satriani – What Happens Next – Sony/Legacy Recordings

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  1. Energy
  2. Catbot
  3. Thunder High On The Mountain
  4. Cherry Blossoms
  5. Righteous
  6. Smooth Soul
  7. Headrush
  8. Looper
  9. What Happens Next
  10. Super Funky Badass
  11. Invisible
  12. Forever and Ever

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

ad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting GunStarting Gun launching The Bad Flowers into the spotlight with the attention of radio plays, interviews and national tour. The artwork defines the album as The Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun sums up the rocking ride that kick starts 2018. The music is sharp, melodic, exciting and above all entertaining.  The melodies and rhythms are addictive, with lyrics and licks that become friendly earworms! Definitely, Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

The opening number and first single from Starting Gun is a friendly anthemic clap of rock as Thunder Child cascades out of the speakers. Having checked out the where Bluesdoodles said “Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles”. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem, with the single and B side Lions Blood. Now to settle down and listen to the next nine tracks and fingers crossed they all live up to the heady announcement of the single. Three tracks in and The Bad Flowers are endearing themselves as the must-see live new band in 2018. Secrets is slower has the feeling that Tom Leighton on vocals and guitar is sharing the lyrics just with you the listener.  The last number written on the album is dirty riffs with lots of fuzz that works well. This change of tempo and intensity works adding interest and texture to the album. Joining Tom in this powerhouse of a trio is Dale Tones on deep bass and backing vocals along with Karl Selick’s kick-ass drumming.

Five tracks in and we are given a breather with a complete volte-face as the electric is unplugged and acoustic flowers reign, Tom’s voice has an emotional clarity in complete harmony with the acoustic guitar very personal and fits cooling the album like a summer shower acting as a refresher to the bouquet of rock that is created on Starting Gun.  The tension and ferocity building life is short so are the minutes on an album, not one is missed on Starting Gun even when the Bad Flowers sing Let’s Misbehave. Then we have rock blues that is so dark and dirty the blue is indigo and the rock has the power of granite the groove pulls you deep as they ask Who Needs A Soul. Not sure when there is music like this to fill the void!

Heading for home we are now in a for heavy weather with Hurricane and I Don’t Believe. This is an album that is building and though you want the music to go on how will it then end cool and personal, dirty blues or heavier rock as we visit City Lights with the boys. First, we have Tom’s vocals and I am sure I am not the first or last person to compare his vocal sound to Cult’s Ian Astbury.  The drumming from Karl is precise with strong rhythms laid down by Dale’s bass playing off the rocking solid guitar of Tom. The lyrics throughout are strong and the refrain “Can’t afford the champagne … I’m just addicted to the City Lights” then the power of guitar-charged up and electric. Another addictive track from the new boys The Bad Flowers the album is a wow!

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

When I review I have four simple rules of life.
Rule ONE: Play the music loud YES
Rule TWO: Listen To new Bands YES
Rule THREE: Celebrate the gems from artist that are unknown to you YES

Rule FOUR: Never give a debut album 10…. Hey Ho! Rules are made to be broken and so early in 2018, I have broken my own rules! Still 3 out of four is pretty good. Which one did I break? Well, Starting Gun is a celebratory stupendous TEN. Will The Bad Flowers sophomore album reach the same dizzy heights, time will tell. Until then the boys are on tour February/March 2018 with Jared James Nichols and Headliners Stone Broken

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun – Released 16th February

Released on CD; Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Standard Digital Download – Bluesdoodles recommend you pre-order before catching them on tour.

 

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  1. Thunder Child
  2. Lions Blood
  3. Secrets
  4. Rich Man
  5. I Hope
  6. Let’s Misbehave
  7. Who Needs A Soul
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Hurricane
  10. I Don’t Believe It
  11. City LIghts

 

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old Courts

Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old CourtsA live album with the young, talented vivacious Lancashire Lass Lucy Zirins, will always be beguiling full of songs and tales that sparkle like the clearest blue sky. Lucy with a smile in her voice brings to any audience a warmth as she shares her thoughts and the cascading laughter that makes any moment full of smiles and friendship.  Throughout the fifteen live tracks the interludes weaving the songs into the musically filled life of Lucy, performing since her teens she has a back catalogue of songs that are a memory box for her and you as you remember the first time you heard Lucy sing the song. With twelve originals, the album also has three covers that give the album breadth as acoustic blues, Americana and British Folk are explored through her guitar, sweet vocals and Andy Crowdy on bass or as Lucy describes The Big Guitar. Across the album are old favourites and two previously unreleased tracks.  From her EP What’s in Front of Me, Lucy opens the show with the title track. If Lucy is asking the question regarding her career it has to be one that will be filled with highs and the inner knowledge that audiences up and down the land and across oceans will always respond to the musical hug that is Lucy Zirins music. We then have the first dip into her acclaimed album Chasing Clocks with One Day Soon. We are now in the mellow, insistently tasty acoustic world of Lucy Zirins A Whirling exploration on gentle clouds pushed forward by a summer breeze.  The first of the two previously unreleased numbers Right Side of Wrong, is modernity and the traditional colliding into a delightful mix as is it the first song whose inspiration is taken from Netflix? In celebration of the darker side of politics of The House of Cards and we hear a deeper darker tone to the guitar and vocals.  The other unrecorded track is an upbeat party song Changing Ground. With a fairground excitement, the beat is like riding the merry-go-round as we are on the Zirins carousel of life in music as the audience joins in with some call and response.

The favourites are dispersed through this melodic journey full of warmth and friendship with Mercy, Wine and Worry In Tall Buildings and closing out with Stand By Me a reworking of a classic. With this is a delectable live album yes fans of singer/songwriter Americana roots music will always Stand By Lucy Zirins.

 

Live at the Old Courts – Lucy Zirins – Gingersnap Music
Released 18th December 2018

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Track Listing

  1. What’s In Front Of Me
  2. One Day Soon*
  3. Interlude: The Big Guitar
  4. Tearing Me Down*
  5. Interlude: Netflix
  6. Right Side of Wrong*
  7. Interlude: Hi Dad
  8. Separate Ways*
  9. Interlude: First BBC Session
  10. You Won’t Remember Me*
  11. In Tall Buildings (Hartford)
  12. Make Me Down A Pallet on Your Floor (trad)
  13. Interlude Bins & Moisturiser
  14. Mercy*
  15. Changin Ground*
  16. Worry & Wine*
  17. Goodnight*
  18. Interlude: Thanks & Cottage Pie
  19. Stand By Me (Nelson/Leiber/Stoller)

*Composed by Lucy Zirins

Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old Courts

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At HomeThanks to the release of a DVD and Album we can Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home. For the majority of fans sitting in the Hollywood Bowl on the 10th August 2016 was just a dream. Now it can be a virtual experience thanks to the release of DVD, CDs and Blueray.  First I watched the DVD, the energy of the show is captured, the feeling of live music permeated through the speakers. Jeff Beck is in absolute control from the first note, his band is in stunning form as The Revolution Will Be Televised is announced by Rosie Bones. We are off to a show-stopping guitar fest no one speaks or move I am in the Beck Zone. The same feeling is on the double CD.  The recording of the live show has kept the warm fluid tones of a live performance and the night just gets better and better no wonder the audience is so enthusiastic.

The collection of tracks reflecting the half century of his incredible contribution to modern music. This is a party with true style as the eight-time Grammy award winner fills his golden moment with a phalanx of special guests. The guests add but never detract from Beck’s glittering virtuoso guitar performance. How far has the road been since Jeff Beck stood on the stage as a tourist to performing to a packed house of fans who hung on every note played and string bending moment. This would not have been a Jeff Beck celebratory party without Jan Hammer on keys bring the textured wonder that shapes Prog-Rock. Freeway Jam is the first but not the last time we hear Jan’s fingers dancing across the keyboards.

Early on in his career as a member of The Yardbirds Jimmy Hall takes on the lead vocals on Over Under Sideways and For Your love. Tonight we journey through his career dipping into an array of albums Truth his debut album through to the 2016 Loud Hailer album.  The albums are crammed full of one highlight after another the guests all adding pizzazz as Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler and Beth Hart all help create the celebratory mood. But the crowning glory on every track is the magical guitar sound from the maestro himself Jeff Beck. There is no need to be a guitar expert, or understand the technicalities of strings, pickups and pedals to sit back and listen in awe to the range and complexity of chords and riffs that flow with incendiary precision from the flying fingers across the six-strings.

To pick out a few of the tracks just doesn’t do justice to the album celebrating the depth and breadth of Beck’s long and illustrious career to-date. With Beck’s Bolero creating a pictorial landscape visualized through the sound and shape of Beck’s guitar, followed by a twin helping of glorious Beck, instrumental Rice Pudding always a live favourite morphing into Morning Dew with Jimmy Hall replacing Rod Stewart on vocals what a classic duo of tunes to showcase contemporary rock. We have to have a jam with the energy on the stage as Beck’s voice once again praises the great Jan Hammer on keys as we zoom down the Freeway. The keyboards create a sound that towers above the instrumentation then in reply Beck’s guitar sweet, controlled and determined that the keys will not win this road race.

The blues classic is given a Hart/Beck rendition as I’d Rather Go Blind is heard across the Hollywood Bowl as Beth relinquished the microphone Buddy Guy picks up the challenge to play with Jeff Beck. As Let Me Love You fills the auditorium and the guitars emit some mighty licks. Then Beck plays Rough Boy with Billy Gibbons, replaying the ZZ Top 2016 hit. Now with Steve Tyler as vocalist, the party is rocking and the show is heading to a close with the 1968 Yardbirds, Train Kept A-Rollin followed by Shape of Things. Who what a night of music live in your sitting room.

How to top that for an encore? Firstly, let the guitar do the talking with a glorious instrumental version of A Day In The Life from Beatles Sgt. Pepper Album. Then invite everyone back on stage and a tribute to the late Purple majesty, Prince with Purple Rain that left everyone listening stirred, shaken and over-awed by the wonderfully emotional performance leaving you astounded by the wonders of contemporary rock.

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CD1:

  1. The Revolution Wil be Televised (Featuring Rosie Bones)
  2. Over Under Sideways Down (feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  3. Heart Full of Soul ((feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  4. For Your Love (feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  5. Becks Bolero
  6. Medley Rice Pudding / Morning Dew (feat Jimmy Hall)
  7. Freeway Jam (feat Jan Hammer)
  8. You Never Know (feat Jan Hammer)
  9. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (feat )
  10. Star Cycle (feat Jan Hammer)
  11. Blue Wind (feat Jan Hammer)
  12. Big Block

CD2

  1. I’d Rather Go Blind (feat Beth Hart & Jan Hammer)
  2. Let Me Love You (feat Buddy Guy)
  3. Live In The Dark (feat Rosie Bones)
  4. Scared For The Children (feat Rosie Bones)
  5. Rough Boy (feat Billy Gibbons)
  6. Train Kept A Rollin’(feat Steven Tyler)
  7. Shapes of Things (feat Steven Tyler)
  8. Day In the Life
  9. Purple Rain (feat Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Rosie Bones, Jimmy Hall & Steven Tyler)

 

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home

DAY 24 Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar of Delights

DAY 24 Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar of Delights

DAY 24 Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar of Delights

Today, Christmas Eve we will glimpse back and the highlights of 2017 and pull the digital curtain on what is already exciting Bluesdoodles  in 2018

 

 

2018 Snippets

Bluesdoodles is growing faster than ever. From January we will have a team of five so more Interviews and Album reviews for starters.  We are very excited about this as next year already looks like it is going to be wall to wall music recorded and live.

Early in January expect reviews for Dan Patlansky: Perfection Kills Joe Satriani: What Happens NextJoe Bonamassa & Beth Hart: Black Coffee These three setting the scene.

Tours and festivals 2018 – check out them HERE

 Albums achieving the accolade that is 10 Doodle Paws 

 

Samantha Fish – Belle of the West

Supersonic Blues Machine – Californisoul 

Black Country Communion – BCCIV

SIMO – Rise & Shine 

King King –  Exile & Grace

Dave Arcari – Live At Memorial Hall

Cadillac Three – Legacy 

Karen Lovely – Fish Outta Water

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Lay It On Down

Joe Bonamassa – Live at Carnegie Hall

Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come Revolution Go

Kaz Hawkins – Don’t You Know

La Vendore Rogue – A Night In The North

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew

Nikka & Strings – Underneath and In Between

Inglorious – Inglorious II

Thomas Wynn & the Believers – Wade Waist Deep

Eric Bibb – Migration Blues

Steve Hackett – Night Siren

Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready For The Grave

Zoe Schwarz  Blue Commotion – This Is  The Life I Choose

Matt Anderson – Honest Man

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – Change My Game

Erja Lytinnen – Stolen Hearts

Thunder – Rip It Up

Jo Harman – People We Become

Catfish – Broken Man

 

Gigs & Festivals whose effect sizzling long after the last note in 2017

Old Bush Blues August 2017

Steelhouse 2017

HRH Blues III Sheffield 15th – 16th April

Sari Schorr – March 2017
Northsyde – March 2017
Robben Ford – March 2017
Kirk Fletcher – March 2017
Mud Morganfield – March 2017

Dan Reed Network Opening for Extreme – O2 Academy Bristol December 2017

 Samantha Fish @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

Flowerpot Opens – Special Guest Mollie Marriott & Headliners Bad Touch @The Tunnels Bristol – November 2017

Beth Hart @ The Forum, Bath – November 2017

Kenny Wayne Shepherd with support from Laurence Jones @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

Walter Trout with Special Guest Sari Schorr @ The Muni, Pontypridd October 2017

Big Boy Bloater with support from Ruzz Guitar (solo) @ The Louisiana, Bristol October 2017

Kirk Fletcher with support from Ruzz Guitar Blue’s Review @ The Tunnels – September 2017

Ash Wilson – The Tunnels – September 2017

Devon Allman  – The Tunnels – May 2017

Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017

Blackberry Smoke with guests Biters – O2 Academy – Bristol – April

Thunder with guests Cats In Space – Motorpoint – Cardiff – March 2017

Monster Truck with Guests The Picturebooks – The Marble Factory – Bristol – March 2017

The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017

Glenn Hughes with Special Guests Stone Broken – The Fleece, Bristol February 2017

King King with special guests Broken Witt Rebels – The Globe, Cardiff – Jan 2017

 

 DAY 24 Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar of Delights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent 21 Celebrating Music with RUF Records

Advent 21 Celebrating Music with RUF Records

Advent 21 Celebrating Music with RUF Records

 

 

Samantha Fish 

Samantha Fish New Approach Gives You Chills & Fever

Chills & Fever

Musically Chills & Fever hits you from the first note on Samantha Fish’s latest album.  This is something fresh, different a new dimension of the talented musician. The music gets under your skin, crawling through your veins the skilful blending of roots fueled guitar and vocals. Read the rest HERE

 

 

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this Album

Belle Of The West – 

Samantha Fish has pushed aside preconceptions about her, kicking the door open to break boundaries and let her creativity, artistry and golden talent shine through as she takes the title as Belle of The West. Read the rest HERE

 

Bluesdoodles was delighted to catch one of her amazing shows in 2017 in Bristol.

Advent 21 Celebrating Music with RUF Records

 

The last song of the night demanded some audience participation we were loud and enthusiastic as from Wildheart we heard Bitch On The Run to close the evening. Her guitar mastery sent Chills down our spines and her vocal power meant The Tunnels were at fever pitch tonight. Read more HERE

 

 

 

 

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is PerfectBig 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. Read The rest HERE

 

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Says Change My Game

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – Change My Game

This is an album that drives through and visits many styles and shapes into a Tornado that whirls and swirls around you. Change My Game, excites, soothes and beguiles. It is full of Soul, Funk and buckets of Blues of every hue rocked up at times with jagged tones. Read what else we said HERE

 

 

Thankyou RUF Records for the music and a trio of 10 doodle paws album reviewed in 2017.

 

 

 

Advent 21 Celebrating Music with RUF Records

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS
Announce February/March UK & European Tour with The Temperance Movement
New Album ‘Wade Waist Deep’ out now via Mascot Records

 

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The BelieversBluesdoodles is very excited about the tour we loved this 10 doodle paw album concluding with:-  I thoroughly recommend you immerse yourself and Wade Waist Deep into the musical waters that are Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Check out the rest of the review HERE

Bluesdoodles was not alone singing the praises of Wade Waist Deep:-

“Buy the record and see them live. Fantastic stuff.” Blues Matters
“A thrilling release…A sonic howl of talent” Fireworks
“Hypnotic dirty blues” Country Music Magazine
“Authentic modern Americana for grown-ups” Shindig

 

Orlando, Florida six-piece Thomas Wynn and The Believers have been announced as the support for British rockers The Temperance Movement on their ‘A Deeper Cut’ February/March 2018 UK & European Tour.

A formidable live act they are about to set off for their first ever trip to Europe. “We are so stoked to join The Temperance Movement on their upcoming U.K. And European tour,” says Thomas. “This will be our first tour overseas, and to be able to play in front of such a great band is a real honor. We hope to learn a lot, and meet a ton of new friends along the way…hopefully some folks who dig Southern Soul Rock and Roll!”

 

UK AND EUROPE 2018 – Tickets available from HERE

Feb. 19 – Brighton, UK – Concorde2
Feb. 20 – Cambridge, UK – Junction
Feb. 21 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
Feb. 22 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
Feb. 24 – Poole, UK – Winter’s End Festival
Feb. 25 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Feb. 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Grand Social
Feb. 28 – Belfast, UK – Empire Music Hall
Mar. 02 – Aberdeen, UK – The Garage
Mar. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Mar. 04 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle University
Mar. 05 – Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 07 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramids
Mar. 08 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 09 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
Mar. 19 – Vienna, Austria – Chelsea
Mar. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum
Mar. 22 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Mar. 24 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Mar. 25 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Mar. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Buergerhaus
Mar. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Mar. 29 – Leffinge, Belgium – De Zwerver

Hearing the songs from Wade Waist Deep is an exciting prospect for early 2018, check out the dates and book your tickets HERE

 

 

 

 

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight. With three Cd’s we are immersed in the power and glory that has insured Alter Bridge success across the world. The Bridge created heavy, strong rising out of the fall of Creed. Live albums keep the memories alive, the energy and charismatic wizardry of Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti.

The first two albums recorded at The O2 Arena, London in November 2016 with the mix of nineteen songs in the set we see every side of Alter Bridge. This is a show that re-visited the back catalogue from across the years, the opportunity to play the hits whilst providing the audiences with a chance to hear tracks from the current album Last Heroes live.  One thing that cannot be argued the band and the audience were having the time of their lives. The clapping and cheering were not lukewarm but hot as molten metal.

Opening the nineteen strong set with The Writing on The Wall, from Last Heroes. Reworked and the stage performance gives the number a lift as the guitars drive the melody which has a heavy tone. We are up and running and the writing on the wall is live is the perfect arena for Alter Bridge. With the fiery energy of two M’s upfront Myles & Mark the timing and depth of sound from the rhythm section is imperative; tonight there is no doubt that bassist Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips on drums nailed it to perfection.

The crowd is warmed up and Myles’ voice is two as he asks the crowd to clap and participate in Ghosts Of Days Gone By, showing why Alter Bridge continue to please their phalanx of fans with music we all want to sing too.  With Water Rising giving Mark his voice the two vocal ranges work together and the emotion builds as the guitars take the lead breaks.  The tracks flow like a fever cascading wild and free, never curtailed by the audience the music is formed as the set unveils the rock energy that defines Alter Bridge. The band has the confidence to include as the first CD closes in an Arena setting the solo acoustic Watch Over You. How the audiences cheer that quietens captivated in the sound waves created by Myles’ vocals and guitar as he sings Watch Over You. A moment of gentleness that soothes the ears and soul the perfect counterbalance to the high octane driven songs played so far.  This is raw acoustic energy that moves the crowd as Myles asks them to join in ensuring the energy is never dampened whilst retaining the emotional outpouring and beauty of this acoustic number. The emotion is raw and personal as Myles sings and despite e the legion of fans around you it feels as if he is singing to you as he connects with his fans on an intimate level. For nearly seven minutes the audience is transfixed and then when asked to sing they give song and a rock communion is formed that is only experienced when a band playing live is in the zone and delivering music that connects on so many levels

With no album to flip CD 2 seamlessly flows from the speakers as at the live event. We are back heavy and driven by stinging guitar and driving beats of the drum as Myles’s voice takes up the melody with Isolation. With five albums under their belt, and audiences flocking to gigs across the world Alter Bridge will never be playing in Isolation.  With the throttle opened to full that band pulls back with Blackbird a firm favourite with the crowd and a number that always grabs my attention. A highlight when Bluesdoodles reviewed the Cardiff show.  Now we are taken back to the first album One Day remains with the swirling rocking heavy riff-laden Metalingus.  With Show Me Your Leader, the audience if asked in the moment would shout out Alter Bridge or Myles Kennedy or Mark Tremonti they are leading us into the wild frenzied uplifting joy of music played live. This part of the set includes the hit from Lost Heroes Poison In Your Vein and closing with the feel-good uplifting My Champion

For everyone, who experienced Alter Bridge Last Heroes tour during November 2016 and especially those at this special night in the O2 Arena, London the music was a reminder of the memories. Collectively for all listeners CD3 is an intriguing addition to the set Live at The O2 Arena + Rarities. The live segment of the album has been carefully produced ensuring the flow of the live performance is never lost

The third side is Eleven tracks, nine have only been released in Japan with Cruel Sun & Solace having never been released.  Opening with Breathe, the opening slower, gentler with a feeling that the band are in their own introspective place. The introspection is maintained with the tone and delivery of the lyrics by Myles as the instruments rise and fall around him.  Now for the two unreleased numbers, they are linked in the tone and pace of delivery again both are thoughtful. Another side of Alter Bridge, not heavy rock but crossing the Bridge towards Prog Rock. Interesting pairing and delicious listening. Zero opening fast and furious with drums and the swirl of guitar is the stand out track for me on this part of the album. The harmonization of vocals gives the number a positive direction full of hooks and riffs to catch your ear.  This part of the album is closed with Symphony Of Agony (The Last Of Our Kind).  Heavy ending that has a dark sentiment full of despair for the planet we are left with Alter Bridges beats and rocking power and the lyrics from Myles Kennedy whirling through our brains.  Alter Bridge a band that keeps on delivering rock that is relevant, powerful and music you want to keep listening too.

Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is available as a 3-CD set, but there’s also a limited edition deluxe edition package that includes an exclusive documentary packed with interviews and a backstage look at preparations for the concert. Variety of Bundles Available HERE

 

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

CD1 (LIVE)

  1. The Writing On The Wall
  2. Come To Life
  3. Addicted To Pain
  4. Ghost Of Days Gone By
  5. Cry of Achilles
  6. The Otehr Side
  7. Farther Than The Sun
  8. Ties That Bind
  9. Water Rising
  10. Crows On A Wire
  11. Watch Over YOU (Solo Acoustic)

CD2 (LIVE)

  1. Isolation
  2. Blackbird
  3. Metalingus
  4. Open You Eyes
  5. Show Me A Leader
  6. Rise Today
  7. Poison In Your Veins
  8. My Champion

CD3 (RARITIES)

  1. Breathe
  2. Cruel Sun
  3. Solace
  4. New Way To Live
  5. Damage Done
  6. Zero
  7. Home
  8. Never Born To Follow
  9. Never Say Die (Outright)
  10. Symphony of Agony (The Last of OUr Kind)

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

Mascot Label Group once again building on the amazing year of 2016. Throughout 2017 from January to December the label keeps delivering albums from Artists & Bands Rocking the blues and more they excite the listening ear.

 

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

 

Beth Hart

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

Beth Hart’s music stripped back, with the lyrics laid bare was an emotional journey for everyone tears were shed on stage and in the auditorium tonight. This is music that connects a great performer with the audience.

READ MORE With PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

Beth Hart – back with her band touring the UK in 2018 check out Dates HERE

 

 

Joe Bonamassa

 

“The album, where nothing is overdone, acoustic authenticity maintained, Joe’s vocals the best I have heard. No theatrics,  music and the power of lyrics telling the story in perfect harmony”. Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album Live At Carnegie Hall HERE

2018 UK our Dates HERE

 

Aaron Keylock

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Big Boy Bloater

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live at The Louisiana Bristol HERE

Bootsy Collins

 

Black Country Communion

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Black Stone Cherry

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Eric Gales

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review The Robin 2 Bilston HERE

 

Jonny Lang

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review Tramshed Cardiff HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Kenny Wayne Shepherd? Check the conversation out HERE

Galactic Cowboys

 

Quinn Sullivan

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Little Hurricane

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Rock Candy Funk Party

 

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Ronnie Baker Brooks? Check the conversation out HERE

Sonny Landreth

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Sonny Landreth? Check the conversation out HERE

SIMO

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to JD Simo? Check the conversation out HERE

 

Supersonic Blues Machine

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Fabrizio Grossi? Check the conversation out HERE

Triggerfinger

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Walter Trout

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review Muni, Pontypridd HERE

10 Years

 

Thank you, Mascot for the music Bluesdoodles is positive 2018 will continue to be fun with Mascot Label Group

 

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen