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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popa Chubby Album Two Dogs In Perfect Harmony

Popa Chubby Album Two Dogs In Perfect Harmony

Popa Chubby Album Two Dogs In Perfect Harmony

 

 

Popa Chubby Album Two Dogs In Perfect Harmony, there is no dog fights no growling or squabbling the thirteen tracks fit together ensuring a sonic delight.  A majority of the tracks are written by T Horowitz Except for the two live covers as bonus tracks and Sam Lay’s Pistol and Shakedown (Written by Galea T. Horowitz).  Popa Chubby’s blues is a crystalline cocktail of sparkling guitar, mixed with a passion fuelled songwriting. His style is his own as he merges blends and shapes the guitar with one dog being led by traditions out of the delta and Chicago the other dog is electrifying as rock collides with Hendrix all swirled together with a generous dollop of Canned Heat. The song that became the album title Two Dogs, for Pop it reflects the times we live in. As he says “We have become polarized as a race. There is a battle inside each of us. Each day we rise and must choose our path calling upon each other and our own spirits for strength and courage. The dog we feed is the one that rules, the dog we starve dies of neglect. It is up to each of us to use our spirit to feed the dog that will enable all of us to thrive.”

The album opens with warm guitar and a beat that fills the speaker then Pop’s vocals pick up the tone full of deep soul as he sings Its Alright.  The album is stunning as we have the ZZ Top beat on Rescue Me with curling warm blues riffs. I for one never need to be rescued from the glorious sound from Ted Horowitz aka Pop Chubby; live he is superb and the personal passion is captured and bottled in the studio.

The guitar is ever-present which long with great singing is the preexisting condition of Pop Chubby, into this is added piano and horns on Two Dogs artistically arranged by his daughter Tipitina Horowitz who also plays a sweet trumpet.  Halfway through the album and following on from the title track is a gem Dirty Old Blues.  The winning combination of Dave Keyes on piano and Chubby’s guitar ensures this track drifts to the top of many playlists. This is compelling listening, blues that tethers itself to your soul and has an uplifting rolling beat. Music that is good, very, very good indeed.

The album moves and shakes you as it moves through styles the jazz-infused instrumental Clayophus Dupree calms and soothes. It is like an iced drink of a warm day or a cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s day. Comforting and reassuring, the perfect solution as the album heads towards the later tracks. We are left with a Boogie that is one-hundred percent Popa Chubby’s passion in a tin. Then we have more the two bonus tracks recorded live they really are the cherry on top of the cake. Or the music that ensures the dog’s ears are very well fed with sounds that linger.  With the beguiling mix of Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

The music on Two Dogs from Popa Chubby and the band certainly feed my music dog, it is thriving on music that sustains the inner soul. As we started the review it still holds true, Popa Chubby Album Two Dogs In Perfect Harmony. Blues infused with passion that will never disappoint. Electrifying pleasure.

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

    1. Its Alright
    2. Rescue Me
    3. Preexisting Conditions
    4. Sam Lay’s Pistol
    5. Two Dogs
    6. Dirty Old Blues
    7. Shakedown
    8. Wound Up Getting High
    9. Cayophus Dupree
    10. Me Won’t Back Down
    11. Chubby’s Boogie

Bonus Live Tracks

    1. Sympathy for the Devil
    2. Hallelujah

 

Popa Chubby Album Two Dogs In Perfect Harmony

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Festival and Gig Reviews  2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse family came together on a Welsh Mountain united by rain, sun and MUD! The glue binding us was live music and the super glue the brilliance of Bernie Marsden not once, not twice but all three days on the stage entertaining.  We had dragon magic gracing the festival that you climb up slowly to the top driving up a rough track to the top of a Welsh Mountain above Aberbeeg.  Read More HERE … Steelhouse 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed.

Opening the cauldron of fiery guitar curling around the blues, we have Laurence Jones Band. The lead breaks were scintillating Kenny certainly makes the Strat bend to his fingers demands as it weeps, curls around tones of joy and pain. Tonight the setlist was a mix of old and new with six tracks from his current acclaimed album Lay It On Down. Read more HERE

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

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales.

Friday night was alive as the energy of the Mule filled The Tramshed in Cardiff with over two hours of music that fills your soul.  Read More HERE

Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

The Muni is back open for gigs. The crowds outside just show how popular the venue still is and the two acts on tonight Sari Schorr and The Engine Room opening for the mighty Walter Trout.  …. What a wonderful version of the mighty Albert Collin’s Cold Cold Feeling. Under Walter’s dexterous fingers he magic’s up a pure connection to the original whilst making this a pure gold classic Walter playing live moment. READ More HERE

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

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

Tonight the last Friday of April the packed St David’s Hall was treated to a programme of two halves. A musical programme of two movements. The first Prog Rock modern, progressive and pertinent as Steve Hackett unveiled live numbers from his stunning album The Night Siren and dipping onto four of his many solo albums.  The second helping on this musical palette of delights was a revisiting of Genesis, the majority drawn from Wind and Wuthering celebrating forty years since its release. Read more HERE

Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

With a sold out show, everyone was at The Globe to hear the unique Hayseed Dixie take on classic songs we love to hear. Before the main event up on stage was an unknown entity, on the second night of their first UK Tour, a young French band, Dätcha Mandala. Read more HERE

Hayseed Dixie with Dätcha Mandala – The Globe, Cardiff April 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

April Roadstars Are
Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch

Spring sunshine warming  Cardiff pavements, but not as hot as The Globe scorching from the two rock n roll sets from rising British Bands 2017 Planet Rock Roadstars show; Broken Witt Rebels Bad Touch.  Read more HERE

 

The Roadstars: Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch – The Globe – Cardiff – April

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Do not let the clear blue skies deceive you, Cardiff is in for a British rock invasion with the promise of stormy weather brewing under the mighty hammer of Thor as Thunder hit the stage with an array of cameras. The show was being filmed tonight which added to the eagerness to get the show underway. Opening the evening, Cats In Space filled The Motorpoint Arena’s stage with energy and ready to warm up an already excitable Cardiff crowd. Read More HERE

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

 

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Once again we were the Third Level courtesy of Roots UnearthedSt David’s Hall, Cardiff bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley Daniel Kimbro a duo playing roots music with style. The roots are twisted and twirled as blues meets country and folk tales are re-told in new exciting arrangements. Read More HERE

 

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – St David’s Hall – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Sunday night, The Globe was buzzing with anticipation with Dan Reed Network back in Cardiff after 27 years. … The set was a Jukebox of live music as after the first few songs Dan Reed asked the audience to suggest the numbers. From the first album to the latest we were taken on a tour of DRN depth and breadth of music they deliver with energy and the pure delight of playing live music for an enraptured dancing clapping and definitely noisy and appreciative Cardiff crowd. Read More HERE

Dan Reed Network with Special guests Vega – The Globe Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

Black Star Riders, attracted the rock fans of Cardiff and beyond tonight at The Tramshed. Tonight with a trio of bands would we have three jackpots in a row? Find out by reading on HERE

 

Black Star Riders – with Amorettes & Gun – Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

The wind was biting and vicious as we waited for doors to open at The Globe in Cardiff on St David’s night. The Queue was excited The Answer were in town as the long white tour bus parked outside confirmed. Before the mighty Answer would take to the stage with their distinctive blending of rock, with Irish folk to have us rolling with delight in the aisles, (we all wanted to hear our favourite tracks from Solas performed live for us)…. Read if we did HERE

 

The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

Friday 13th bringing joy to The Globe Cardiff as Blues Rock drenches the packed audience with a medley of chords, lyrics and emotions. Special guest Broken Witt Rebels and the mighty King King turned up the Blues thermostat, the venue and the music was scorching.

Sold Out, music to the ears of bands, venues and promoters alike, as Cardiff gives a loud and enthusiastic shout out for the Blues Rock power that is King King with their special guests Broken Witt Rebels. Read More HERE

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

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

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

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017 – Festivals are so much more than the music. Music is the glue that binds the fun time together making friends catching up with people and discovering new bands.  So thank you for the music we will be exploring festivals in 2018 I am sure.

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

 

UKBlues Federation hosted – 4th UKBlues Challenge September 2017 

 

 

The winner was LaVendore Rogue – The band are off to represent the UK and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and The European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway.

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

Rising to New Heights of Perfection Old Bush Blues 2017. How? Matt Williams found the music and bought three days of live fun to Callow End. Read More HERE – Old Bush Blues August 2017

 

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse family came together on a Welsh Mountain united by rain, sun and MUD! The glue binding us was live music and the super glue the brilliance of Bernie Marsden not once, not twice but all three days on the stage entertaining.  We had dragon magic gracing the festival that you climb up slowly to the top driving up a rough track to the top of a Welsh Mountain above Aberbeeg. Read The rest HERE – Steelhouse 2017

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

 

Chocolate Free Music Fueled HRH Blues Easter

Back in the O2 Sheffield for the second year HRH Blues III promised with a deep blues infused line-up to be an Easter full of music. They certainly delivered across the two stages, as ever clashes were at times frustrating, demonstrating the wealth of blues in town this weekend. READ the rest HERE – HRH Blues III Sheffield 15th – 16th April

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Blues Shone Bright at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

Colston Hall was buzzing to the sound of live music from the Foyer, through The Lantern and into the Main Stage. Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival has become a regular event in music lovers diaries from Bristol and beyond with its sparkling mix of Jazz & Blues. Bluesdoodles dipped into the weekend for a Smörgåsbord of blues on offer, from Sari Schorr to Mud Morganfield and we had listening fun and the magic of live music, festival delights of food, beer and meeting and making friends.

 

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

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Skegness Solid Live Music More Blues than Rock in 2017

January drawing to a close, Christmas lights a fading memory. Then your calendar clicks around to Butlins, Skegness for the Great British Rock & Blues Festival, the next year of musical journeys begins. This year the emphasis is on Blues, Rock has fallen if not silent but reduced to a whisper this year, upsetting some and definitely changing the balance and feel of the weekend. READ The Highlights on the weekend HERE The Great British Rock & Blues Festival – Jan 2017

 

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017 – The music was superb, the friendship immense and at times the Mud was sticky. What will 2018 Festival fun be bringing as Bluesdoodles kicks off 2018 at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness January 2018?

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Trippin Backwards Robert Hokum East Meets West Blues

Trippin Backwards Robert Hokum East Meets West BluesTrippin Backwards Robert Hokum East Meets West Blues

Having Fun ‘Trippin’ Backwards With Robert Hokum, this Live Retrospective is fun and full of blues, roots and a twist of funkiness. The album is divided into three segments and show why Robert Hokum is a mainstay of the West London Blues scene and should be known far and wide.

Opening an album with three distinct segments is Robert Hokum & The Guvnors from the Album Live in Ealing. The band formed in 1987 and split in 2012 and this album was a limited edition release after the demise of the band. The album’s claim to fame is it was the most listened to album on the British Airways In-flight playlist in the Jazz-Blues category. With six tracks including Tripping Backwards you can understand why. The sound is fat and stylish with horns and a driving blues rhythm that is infectious from Kickin’ It Back through to Don’t Make Your Move Too Soon. Your inner funkiness connected on the title track and as Robert sings, “Don’t Burn Your Bridges it is a dead-end track”. One thing for certain there is nothing dead-end about this funky bluesy maelstrom Robert Hokum is kicking up with The Guv’nors. Into this mix is a stylish cover of Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower via Hendrix’s guitar.

THE GUV’NORS – Formed in 1987 as an outlet for Robert’s BB King Fixation, they developed into ‘A Funky Spanking of the Blues’. Successful on the Blues circuit but mainstream recognition eluded them. The band split in 2012 with a posthumous limited edition (300 copies) CD ‘Live In Ealing’ being produced. In 2015 chance circumstance led to ‘Live In Ealing’ getting on to the British Airways In-Flight playlist and became the most listened to album in the whole Jazz-Blues category……

The mood changes with Careless Love and Dorris Henderson. The mood is sultry and has a gentle bluesy feel mixing folk with jazz. A melting pot of roots music creating a tree that is flowing with musical integrity. Sadly, the recording on ‘Trippin’ Backwards’ was made less than a year before she passed away. The power of Dorris captured in the four numbers she sings and the spoken introduction. We learn about the songs from a woman who was part of the New York Greenwich Village scene, before moving to London in the early ‘60s and probably the first Afro-American to commercially record English Folk Music. We learn about her time in jail and closing this mini set a Southern White Spiritual Wayfaring Stranger. The pass is spiritual and moving and the applause warm as Robert thanks her and Part Two comes to an end.

For the closing segment of the album we are going East of Ealing as we Circle Round The Sun with Blues Sans Frontieres. Inspired when Robert visited Indonesia and on hearing a call to prayer that had the uncanny resemblance to one of Leadbelly’s recordings. We now hear how the blues works in perfect harmony with world music. The roots of musical form are explored adding interesting texture and form. Variety spicing up the blues as the album closes with a holler answered by a sitar on Walking The 1020. Referring to The Uxbridge Road that runs through Ealing and the tonal cadence is pure blues and adding in a multi-cultural collaboration that reflects the diversity of the borough.

It is Ealing that is the blues thread that holds the segments diversity together. The music never losing the connection with blues and is fun to listen to from beginning to the end.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Part One – Robert Hokum & The Guv’nors from the album Live In Ealing

    1. Kickin’ It Back
    2. Trippin’ Backwards
    3. All Along The Watchtower
    4. Change
    5. Hot Latin Blues
    6. Don’t Make Your Move Too Soon

Part Two: Dorris Henderson with The Robert Hokum Blues Band from the album Blues on the Loose at Moose

    1. Careless Love
    2. Rocks In My Bed
    3. 30 Days in Jail
    4. Wayfaring Stranger

Part Three – Blues Sans Frontieres (previously unreleased)

    1. Circle Around The Sun
    2. Walking The 1020

ROBERT HOKUM – TRIPPIN’ BACKWARDS – A ‘LIVE’ RETROSPECTIVE featuring: THE GUV’NORS, DORRIS HENDERSON & BLUES SANS FRONTIERES Will not be available on any streaming or download services and will only be purchasable in CD format. It will be available by Mail Order via website at www.ealingclub.com price £10 inc. P&P (UK) £15 inc.P&P (overseas)

Ealing Blues  is part of Ealings Annual Summer Festivals – check out and catch the Blues in Ealing HERE

 

Trippin Backwards Robert Hokum East Meets West Blues

Advent Day 16 Nothing Wilful About Music

    Advent Day 16 Nothing Wilful About Music

Advent Day 16 Nothing Wilful About Music

 

The wonderful team at Wilful have kept Bluesdoodles entertained and supplied with an array of music from Pop to Rock, We will try to share more of the music that arrives via emails.

 

Creating a Legacy with Cadillac Three New Album

 

Cadillac Three – Album review Legacy

 

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.

 

Dan Owen – Live at The Lantern, Bristol

 

Magpie Salute – Single Omission

 

 

A Thousand Horses In Conversation with BluesdoodlesA Thousand Horses – Conversation

 

A Thousand Horses – Album – Bridges

 

 

 

Josh McGovern

The dark piece of folk/Americana opens with his unique deep tones, which are achingly beautiful among hushed guitar strums before he breaks into a deeply emotive chorus. The result is similar to the songwriting work of Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen.

The video features haunting shots of sea-swept cliffs, cut between Josh delivering his mournful, melancholic and mesmerising voice. The atmosphere is dark and introspective, with soulful searching sentiments conjured by rolling waves on the British coast.

Catherine McGrath

Lastly, perfect for an Advent Calendar – It’s very nearly time for the Christmas Holidays to begin, a gorgeous stripped-back version of the classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by country-pop star Catherine McGrath.

It’s a beautiful and warming acoustic ballad. No jingle bells, just her gorgeous voice and melodic guitar-playing to get you ready for the festive season.

 

Bluesdoodles is looking forward to working with Wilful throughout 2018.

 

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band

 

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band. Out of Birmingham, the band have a big blues sound as Honky Tonk piano rocks out with deep vocals a swing guitar. The Blues Rock sound is strong as the quartet not from Birmingham Alabama but Birmingham West Midlands share over thirteen tracks blues that are spiced with rock.

The album has is easy on the blues ear and captivating with its controlled energy. A Rebel’s Story is an album that grows with every listen as you become acquainted with Big Wolf Band on their debut album. The quartet are guitarist & vocalist, Jonathan Earp, bassist Mick Jeynes, Drummer Tim Jones and on the keys Paul Bambani.  The foursome opens the album with Heaven’s Got The Blues. That may be true, the absolute truth is Big Wolf Band definitely have.  The sound has a distinctive mix as the keys lead into a huge guitar riff, laying down the scene for an album that will surprise as the hues of the blues are explored with a mix of the traditional that has been re-shaped but never loses its musical form into a contemporary sound. The foot-tapping rock’n’ roll is fused with a shuffle in Done Wrong By You. Earp’ s guitar work is fresh with the cadences that take you back deep into the seventies with more than a tipping of a hat to Gary Moore.

The tone changes with the Honky Tonk Piano leading the pack as we get to know Long Time Mary, Earp’s vocals pierce through the melody set down and links seamlessly in with the percussive drumming.  The vocals are intense but never overpower as they rest and the lead break is taken up by Bambani’s fingers caressing the keys. Intoxicating blues.

A debut album full of blues shades and hidden depths, never overproduced the warm live slightly dangerous sound is captured in the studio. You can expect a full-on live performance on the strength of A Rebel’s Story, Big Wolf Band’s debut album. The album never shocks but as A Rebel’s Story unfurl you are never left disappointed.

The title track in the middle of the album has a harder rockier edge. The title has a raw energy contained within the control of musicians in the studio. Live, it is easy to imagine the track stretched out with lead breaks that up the pace and leave you breathless as a rebel hound.

A quartet of songs with love in the title brings this stylish and enjoyable album to its close.  I Don’t Love You opens with a classic blues beat fast with an urgency and the vocals have an ear-pleasing tonal quality. You know exactly what is meant in a song about love ending it. There is no future for this love story. What is clear Big wolf Band have a future delivering blues that give a contemporary edge to the blues. They may not be shaking any Willow Tree or delivering the unexpected what they are delivering is blues with ear appeal.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

  1. Heaven’s Got The Blues
  2. Done Wrong By You
  3. Hot Blooded Woman
  4. Darkest Of My Days
  5. Long Time Mary
  6. Rolling With Thunder
  7. One More Time
  8. A Rebel’s Story
  9. Been Here Too Long
  10. Love That Hurts
  11. I Don’t Love
  12. Love Isn’t Free
  13. If I Ever Loved Another Woman

 

 

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory SeznecEnjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec.  After living in Ethiopia for over three years Cory’s second album, Backroad Carnival is released. Once again with the musicians, he has surrounded himself he has conjured up an array of songs reflecting the light and dark sides of Carnival. The album refuses to be ring-fenced into a marketing genre. This is music that flows over the ten tracks reflecting the breadth and depth of Cory’s talents.  The sound ebbs and flows with shards of brilliant sunshine countered by complexity of sounds and shapes hidden in the shadows.

Cory Seznec knows how to instil a feeling, capturing and freezing a moment in time in the beat and cadences captured in the percussive melodic forms that share sounds from mainstream through to alternative. Sounds of Africa melding with melodies from the streets of Paris. How has he retained the simplicity of roots music in the complex world we have created? Cory has gone analogue, recording the album mainly at Tonehouse Studios in Noisy-le-Roi, France on a Studer A80 24 track tape machine with old amps and other gear, the sound produced is warm and full. This approach combines the modernity of rock with music rooted in tradition melding but never obliterating the tonal shape each number has created.

If you expect the album to have an Ethiopian fuelled tone, then you will be disappointed the stories that fill the lyrics are shaped, honed and turned by experiences of his travels through Africa and beyond combined with modern events and Cory’s worldview in his bespoke and special world-music.

Opening with Picayune Baliverne, an instrumental number that invokes a carnival Carousel turning mixed with jazz, Eastern European beats fused together with hints of Cajun into a distinctive Seznec sound that defines Backroad  Carnival. The mood changes as we hear Sell My Soul.   The song inspired in Ethiopia when a young boy tried to sell him his two sisters! Here afrobeats morph into a blues-rock salvo that fits the story with the howl that curls around the melody hitting the mood now the backroad carnival is definitely on the move. Throughout the album, Cory’s distinctive vocals shape the story being told with artfulness and creativity so not a word or meaning is left. Hawk On  A Haystack opening with a banjo and reminiscent of the sound created with Groanbox yet totally fresh and new. Every track has a new angle and star turn on Pigeon Man it is the claps and slide guitar, as we learn about the man who feeds the pigeons in Paris.  With Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow) no words are required the percussive form and African guitar take us deep into the backstreets of a town scented with spice and mystery. Closing the album of many colours reflecting the movement of a backroad Carnival, we are left with The Parting Glass. The folk is traditional and a tear jerker as the timeless flow of Scots-Irish music is reflected in the African fingerstyle of the guitar.

This is an album of the expected and unexpected. The quality of lyrics and composition of melody is expected from Cory Seznec. The unexpected is the carefully crafted, mixed musical styles. Creating a musical cocktail of sounds that never clashes but enhance each other without ever losing their originality and authenticity.

Like any Carnival, we have that beguiling mix tasty and intriguing as we listen and travel with Cory Seznec on his Backroad Carnival once again.

Cory Seznec –  Backroad Carnival – Captain Pouch Records

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Track Listing

  1. Picayune Baliverne
  2. Sell You My Soul
  3. Hawk On A Haystack
  4. Tattered Flag
  5. Pigeon Man
  6. Let It All Go
  7. Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow)
  8. Colette Bar & Restaurant
  9. God Will Change Your Situation Barbershop
  10. The Parting Glass

Cory Seznec on tour check out dates HERE –  NOTE: Cory touring England March 2018

Musicians
Cory – vocals (2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10), guitars (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10), bass (1,4), banjo (1,3,6), piano (1), claps (4,5,6), percussive noise 1
Kenny Allen – backing vocals 5, 8, 9
Benjamin Body – upright bass 2,9 electric bass 5
David Chalumeau – harmonica 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9
Paolo Conti – pedal steel 3
Geoffroy Dauptain: claps 4, 5, 6
Thomas Garoche: upright bass 3, 6, 8
Patrick Gigon – drums 2, 5, 9
Albert Leroy Johnson – backing vocals 2,6
Jean-Etienne Loose: claps 4, 5, 6, Juno synth 4
Daniel Mizrahi – electric guitar 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Renaud Ollivier – percussion/calabash 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, drums 1,4,6
Joseph Parker: backing vocals 2, 6
John L. “Buster” Pickett Jr.: backing vocals 2, 6
Yann Seznec – Rhodes keys/Juno synth/piano 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Ronald T. Thornton Sr – backing vocals 2, 6, 9

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

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