Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No Fiction

Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No FictionReality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No Fiction

Jack J Hutchinson, causes a stir whenever and wherever he plays live. His music catches the ear and pulls you deep into his dirty interpretation of the blues. The hooks are deep in the roots and the riffs have the energy of the contemporary music. On Paint No Fiction Jack is joined on this twelve track album that was six months in the making by an intoxicating and exciting array of U.K Blues, Rock and Americana musicians. Genres reflected in an album redolent with raw and dirty dripping with genre-busting intrigue and excitement as he Paints No Fiction; the music is authentic 21st Century British blues-infused music.

Before you listen to a note, the artwork by Aaron Gardner has an inner power, capturing Jack’s personality in shades of brown and yellow. You want to hear the music from a man who dominates the front cover and reflects back images in his sunglasses. You want to uncover what makes the musician tick.

Opening with Deal With The Devil, you are assailed by full on rock crescendo. No traditional blues fuelled deal with the devil. The rock is countered by beats and textures that fall within Americana,  as we get to know the Paint No Fiction music of eleven self-penned numbers. The guitar is raw fuzzy energised with the fluidity of a jam captured and ordered in a studio. As Jack sings ‘The World Don’t Own You A Dime…. Deal With The Devil – The Devil Ain’t Mine’, your attention is truly captured. Moving swiftly into Written In Stone the tone changes as we have hints of dirty rawness inspired by Mississippi Hill Country with guitar work with its fuzzy tone that demands your ears take note whilst your feet just absorb the beat with pure delight.

Each number has its own clear texture tone and approach, Jack has chosen the group of musicians used on each track with care. On the slower Hold Me Close, the acoustic guitar picks out the melodic path and Hutchinson’s vocals still have the signature gruffness but delivered with a gentler cadence. The keys pick up the melodic flow building the tension and creating a soundscape of emotional tension as Jack yearns to be held close. As we Cut The Noose, the blues is strong and pure, considered and reflecting the lyrical depths.  Halfway through the album and we are still in reflective mood with Set Your Heart For The Sun. The percussive tones reflecting and adding shadows to the vocals from Jack that are at the heart of every number.

The tempo heats up the rawness is cutting through the beat on the first single from the album Rattlesnake Woman. This is blues that is mysterious and reflects the psychedelic elements of the cover. The guitar duelling is immense as Hutchinson and Ross battle it out with the six-strings – rather that than a six-shooter. The blues theme is picked up with a harmonica driven whip cracking Skin and Bone.  Jack may sing about Skin and Bone, the sound is full boned nuanced with sharp and sweet licks and melodies as we turn the corner into the last three tracks of the album.

The penultimate track is calmer with Send Me A Signal with a countryesque phrasing of the vocals contrasting with the guitar picked with precision.  The album closes with a full-on luscious sound that floats as we explore Hard Right In My Dreams. Jack Hutchinson and his myriad of guests have created an album that is a sonic exploration of music dipped in the wealth of roots music, shaken and stirred with flashes of modernity.   Every number is a chapter in the story Jack J Hutchinson is creating in Paint No Fiction. It is music genuine to the here and now. The lasting truth of this work of musical art is authenticity.

Hutchinson album launches Paint No Fiction with a special ‘Last Waltz’ style gig at Ain’t Nothing But, Soho London featuring all the musicians on the album.
A Date for your diaries that is a certainty – 8th December 2017.

Musicians:
Jack J. Hutchinson: Vocals and guitar
Mike Ross: Electric Bass and guitar
Alberto Manuzzi: Keyboards
Marc Burguera: Guitar
Tom Brundage: Harmonica
Stuart Moir: Violin & 8 string bass
Dani Rock: Double bass
Loris Peverani: Drums and percussion
Morgan Platt: Drums and percussion

Producer: Tony Perretta

Paint No Fiction – Jack J. Hutchinson

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Track Listing

  1. Deal With The Devil
  2. Written In Stone
  3. Hip Slickin’
  4. Hold Me Close
  5. Cut The Noose
  6. Set Your Heart For The Sun
  7. Rattlesnake Woman
  8. Skin and Bone
  9. I Got Your Number
  10. Send Me A Signal
  11. Hard Right In My Dreams

Explore A Small World Enlarged Beautifully by Dan Burnett

Explore A Small World Enlarged Beautifully by Dan BurnettSometimes an E.P. disappoints, not just because it leaves you wanting more but as often with a collection of Short Stories the artist has not used the six tracks to truly promote the nuances that make an artist demand attention. This is not the case on Dan Burnett’s Small World E.P. Yes, you are left wanting more. But he opens the door into his world of musical tones and shapes on Small World a collection of five originals and the bonus track a stylish cover of the oft-covered Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower.  Explore A Small World Enlarged by Dan Burnett, on an E.P. that connects to you personally up close with intimate insights into Burnett’s music.

Opening with the title track, Small World is a light ditty with strong piano with hints of New Orleans as we are in Pittsburg with Dan as he realizes how small and connected we are in a world where contact with each other is easy.  The harmonica moans as we eavesdrop on a drunken conversation in the early hours at a hotel bar. The power is in our hands to change relationships and feelings to communicate.  The Piano from Dan is superb promising more of what is to come. The mood changes with Battle Scars, Dan refers to this as his ‘mental health anthem’. Taking us behind visible scars with a simple number sung with passion and empathy and deep understanding as the organ takes up the melodic tones. The next two tracks explore relationships as the deepness of keys are added with another set of strong lyrically driven songs. The last of the originals Reason For Living, written for Dan’s son Alfie and life-affirming about the changing power of his son in his life. The piano is strong with a driving beat and leaves you understanding Dan and yourself a bit more.

The bonus track Dan re-arranges the Dylan classic All Along The Watchtower. Stripped back with grand piano and organ intermingling creating the atmosphere that lets the lyrics pop out with intensity and poetry. Reminding us of the influence of Dylan on songwriting, Burnett has reclaimed this classic for the singer-songwriter and not just for a would-be Hendrix. The atmosphere is built and the laughter heard in response to the words adds to the intimacy of the album. For twenty-four minutes we are in a deeply personal space, the songs sung for us in the most intimate of shows that you can listen to whenever you want. These are six shining gems produced and delivered with love Get close and personal and explore a Small World enlarged beautifully by Dan Burnett.

Small World – Dan Burnett 

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Track Listing

  1. Small World
  2. Battle Scars
  3. Last First Kiss
  4. Time Has Come
  5. Reason For Living
  6. All Along The Watchtower

Explore A Small World Enlarged Beautifully by Dan Burnett

Robert Plant Solo Album Carry Fire Music Burns Deep

Robert Plant Solo Album Carry Fire Music Burns Deep

 

Robert Plant’s Solo Album Carry Fire the music burns deep. The music has hidden depths, as layers of tonal shapes and textures interlace with the thoughtful lyrics. Carry Fire is rooted in the earth, ethereal as air, turbulent as water and hot as fire as the four elements encapsulated across the eleven tracks. Joining Plant on his eleventh solo album for the second time are The Sensational Shape Shifters. The tonal range of the album is mellow and fruitful as Plant captures a misty melancholy yearning that is often felt in autumn. The colours are rich and fiery but these soon will fade as the year turns and seasons come and go.  The soundscapes are painted that weaves through the tracks shaped by the instruments chosen as the passions wax and wane. Opening Carry Fire, with a jaunty number The May Queen we start off looking forward or back to a different season. The percussive beats hint at dance, light and merriment and surrendering as folk and rock merge at a crossroads of Plant’s own design contemporary and rooted deep in the roots of world folk traditions from North Africa and closer to home. Beguiling leaving you wanting to hear more as we Carry Fire on a journey with the lyrics of Robert Plant once more.

The use of a myriad of instruments on Carry Fire reflects the wealth of tones available to artists like Plant and Steve Hackett’s album Siren Nights earlier this year. Modern folk/roots/rock music is not just guitar led it is strengthened with the tonal complexity of instruments used across the world rooted in the earth creating a fiery musical backdrop.   The array of instruments is a reflection of the virtuosity of The Sensational Space Shifters, who are with a selection of the instruments captured on Carry Fire. They are Austin Adams (Guitars, Oud, Percussion & Tambourine) Liam “Skin” Tyson, (Guitars, Dobro, twelve string, pedal steel etc.) John Baggott, (Keyboards, Moog, t’bal, bendir, slide guitar) Dave Smith (bendir, djembe, drums) and joining them are Seth Lakeman (Viola & fiddle) and Albanian Cellist Redi Hasa.

We are on the move, a feeling of urgency with the beating of drums as Plant explores the negativity of colonialism and modern topics that are part of the political, cultural and personal landscapes with nationalism addressed in Carving Up the World Again… A Wall Not A Fence. The beat is frenetic, his voice raised in passionate anger as he spits out the words. The instruments burn and coil around the lyrics, the attention is one-hundred percent on Plant’s impassioned lyrical outpouring. Powerful music for the age.

The title track coalesces around the instruments conjuring a fire in the deep darkness of a desert encampment. Plant once again captures the mood with the depth of lyric and the power of delivery. Deeper and with a sultry edge the younger Plant voice did not deliver. Age has shaped the interpretation of lyrics and music. The traditional North African instruments a song of love and the pain we inflict on ourselves and each other full of wistfulness and hope as Robert sings “I will Carry Fire for you….”  Once again the song is rooted in tradition ground deep in the desert sands.

The tonal resonance changes with Bones Of Saints, hard-edged less fusion more rock. On the only cover on the album, Ersel Hickey’s  Bluebirds Over The Mountain, Robert Plant is joined by a Chrissie Hynde the vocals reflect the changes in vocal ranges.  The play of percussive power and violin adds to the hunger and energy in the number. Closing the album with Heaven Sent, the embers of Carry Fire are fading and the song gently leads us to the closing notes. Seasons turn and we all age. This is a testament to the longevity of Robert Plant who has delivered a beautiful reflective album. The hints of his past musical explorations can be heard as gentle echoes. They never overwhelm Carry Fire an album-defining Robert Plant in 2017.

Robert Plant – Carry Fire – Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records

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Track Listing

  1. The May Queen
  2. New World
  3. Season’s Song
  4. Dance With You Tonight
  5. Carving Up The World Again… A Wall Not A Fence
  6. A Way With Words
  7. Carry Fire
  8. Bones Of Saints
  9. Keep It Hid
  10. Bluebirds Over Mountains
  11. Heaven Sent

Robert Plant Solo Album Carry Fire Music Burns Deep

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

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2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

PERFECTION KILLS – MARCH 2018 UK TOUR

DAN PATLANSKY – PERFECTION KILLS MARCH 2018 UK TOUR

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Manchester, Deaf Institute             Thursday 15 March           

Newcastle, The Cluny                      Friday 16 March

Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre              Saturday 17 March

Bristol, The Tunnel                          Sunday 18 March

Sheffield, Greystones                     Tuesday 20 March

London, Borderline                        Wednesday 21 March         

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to the release his new studio album Perfection Kills in the UK on Friday 2nd February 2018. The album is the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed Introvertigo which was voted #1 BluesRock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

Bluesdoodles loved the album Introvertivgo we said this and more “Introvertigo with its carefully crafted lyrics that blend urbane wit and honest observation, this is blues pertinent to today’s lifestyles, not so much whiskey and women more the corruption of power and social interaction. Ten tracks there are no fillers every number is full of strength and tonal power but there is not an off note or lyric”.

To dovetail with the release of the new album, Dan will be the special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s nationwide 7-date UK tour that starts on Tuesday 7th November at Gateshead Sage. To coincide with the tour, he will release a new single Dog Day taken from the Perfection Kills album.  Dan said “There’s going to be a big emphasis on a lot of touring around the new record which I can’t wait for. November 2017 I will be touring with Joanne Shaw Taylor in the U.K and will perform the first single, Dog Day, live for the first time. March 2018 we return to U.K/Europe for the Perfection Kills album launch tour.

Check out the November UK tour dates HERE

Patlansky was nominated as one of Classic Rock magazine’s hotly tipped new artists of 2015. His album, Dear Silence Thieves received accolades and praise from the British press. He’s been voted Most Promising Male Blues Artist by Blues & Soul Magazine, and only recently has he been nominated as Best International Solo Artist at the Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks’ Awards.

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection KillsPerfection Kills was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan’s hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. Dan chose Scherzo because he wanted to make a different sounding record and he felt it was the right studio for his vision.

Patlansky produced the album himself, something he hadn’t done in years. Says Dan, “I learnt so much working with Theo Crous who was the producer on previous two albums Dear Silence Thieves and Introvertigo. I worked on pre-production and songwriting with Theo on a couple of the tracks for Perfection Kills and applied what I learnt to the recording and production process of the album.”

Perfection Kills is all about my vision of making a record that still make the songwriting a priority as in the past, the final product delivers a far more real and organic result.”

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

Do not delay reserve you seat at shows that will heat up the coldest Winter Night

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAN PATLANSKY
TICKETS – 

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 Gateshead, The Sage – Tuesday 7th November 2017

Tickets: £30, £27.30, £25.10, £21.80
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Cambridge, Corn Exchange – Thursday 9th November 2017

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Manchester, Bridgewater Hall – Friday 10th November 2017

 Venue Box Office: 0161 907 9000 or Gig Cartel: 0844 478 0898
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Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall – Sunday 12th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50, £25.00, £23.50, £20.00
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Bristol, Colston Hall – Tuesday 14th November 2017

Tickets: £21.50 to £29.56 incl. booking fee
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London, Royal Festival Hall – Friday 15th November 2017

Tickets: £20 – £29.50 plus booking fee
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Birmingham, Symphony Hall – Monday 20th November 2017

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As we said when we recently heard Dan play live in Cardiff he is – “Majestic, scintillating jaw-dropping good.”

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

 

The Forum, a former Art Deco Cinema in Bath tonight is the backdrop for a Beth Hart Solo Concert. The lights dimmed and Beth strode onto the stage full of smiles and confidence. Her opening number was stunning setting the tone of the evening. Alone on the stage, she did not sit behind the Grand Piano but knelt on the stage and sung A Capella giving the audience a true taste of her incredible vocal talent. She greeted the audience, welcomed her sister sitting in the auditorium who had flown in from the States especially for the concert tonight.

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum TonightThen with a grace, she sat behind the Grand Piano her first instrument of choice. Tonight without a band Beth was her own accompaniment choosing the instrument that suited the song, so we heard her play acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and electric piano as the evening progressed. We heard her version of Tom Waits Chocolate Jesus and by the third song in Beth had the audience entranced. We were hanging onto every note played and every word she sung and the openness with which she shared her bad times that were at times painful to hear, this was not self-pity but gave context to the songs. Many of the experiences the audience could personally relate to. 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.

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum TonightThe frailty of trying to set yourself free from abuse, it was as if while singing the title song from her album Better Than Home alone on a stage behind the Grand Piano we all experienced a cathartic experience, as the vocal crescendo rose up over the piano in a beautiful art deco setting. Music has power and Beth harnessed it tonight majestically. St Teresa was the next Hart classic sung with pure emotion, the words flowed like a blessing for everyone in the room tonight, touching our inner soul healing hurts and uniting us.

Stepping out from behind the piano with a huge smile she picked up the acoustic sharing family tales and how Scott and her bought an affectionate wreck resulting in a song written in his honour The Ugliest House On the Block from her Bang Bang Boom Boom album.  The Boogieman with soft gentle guitar, calming almost a lullaby despite the dark words. Closing the number with whistling that was sublime, eerie and stunning as the song closed the silence was filled once again with rousing applause. Third instrument of the evening, acoustic bass for Spiders In My Bed from her first album Immortal. The inspiration from the effects of sleep deprivation being wired and tired.

Now a change of tone, that moving from instrument to instrument achieved as she sat behind the electric piano. We heard how after her first career crashed, she was ashamed of the drugs, drink and failure. She had screwed up everything. “For the first time since I was four” she told us she stopped playing the piano. Then she wrote Leave The light On emotional, Beth was wrung out, the tempo was warm with a gospel feel. Tears were spilt with the emotional beauty. Then the mood lighted with Coca-Cola, summertime, beach and boys. Inspired from when the younger ten-year-old Beth thought boys would taste of Coca-Cola! What a set of tubes Beth Has. Warm, sultry, angry, soft and beguiling shape the highest to the lowest notes.  The voice rose up to the top of the vaulted dome as the theatre reverberated with the pure joy of hearing Beth Hart’s voice tonight.

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum TonightWith a wave, a smile and thank you for being a lovely audience Beth left the stage, the audience erupted standing on our feet cheering clapping shouting for more. We were not disappointed Beth obliged. With another four songs from behind the Grand Piano. Starting with Tell Her You Belong To Me from Better Than Home, with more tales, some laughs and the inspiration behind Love Is A Lie when Mark left her eighty-two-year-old Mum for another woman!

Two hours of glorious entertainment and Beth left the stage we wanted more as the applause continued as the house lights went up. A Very special evening in the company of Beth Hart and her wonderful voice.

Many of the numbers were taken from her critically acclaimed album Fire on the Floor they worked perfectly in this setting. Beth Hart’s solo performance was special. Interweaving her performance were songs that reflect her life as her career grows from strength to strength the second time around.

Tonight, Beth Hart at The Forum captivated the audience. Loving every moment Beth was on stage. The music was stripped back, exposed at times showing vulnerability, then brutal and beautiful the link between all the emotions Beth shared tonight was heartfelt honesty.

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

 

 

Missing the voice already? Not long to wait. Beth is back in the UK April 2018 with her band Check out the dates below and book your tickets.

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

DUBLIN VICAR STREET  – TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: +353 1 775 5800
BOOK ONLINE: Ticket Master or Beth Hart Website 

IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE – THURSDAY 12th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01473 433 100
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

BEXHILL DE LA WARR PAVILION – SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01424 229 111
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

NOTTINGHAM CONCERT HALL – SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0115 989 5555
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OXFORD NEW THEATRE – WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 3020
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FOLKESTONE LEAS HALL – THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01303 228 600
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

CARDIFF ST DAVIDS HALL – SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0292 087 8444
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website  

CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE  – TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01223 357 851
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE – THURSDAY 26th APRIL 2018

VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01253 625 252
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HULL CITY HALL – FRIDAY 27th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01482 300300
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

READING HEXAGON – MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0118 960 6060
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL – TUESDAY 1st MAY 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 023 9387 0200
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

SOLD OUT LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT – FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0207 589 8212
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or Royal Albert Hall
or   Beth Hart Website 

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL – SATURDAY 5th MAY 2018
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01242 850 270 
BOOK ONLINE: Cheltenham Jazz Festival or   Beth Hart Website 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

How to get noticed in the world replete with Social Chatter?  As a Musician release a new album and change your style. Laurence Jones has done just that on The Truth. In an age where intro’s over 10 seconds are deemed too long, will fans of Laurence’s previous releases take the time to listen to the album a few times. As the truth is, it is still Laurence’s melodic vocals, his stinging guitar licks and timing. What has changed, the blues have been mellowed no rich veins of blues shuffles, riffs and hooks. The Truth is accomplished and more commercial. The album definitely has listenability appeal.

The opening track has grab appeal.  This is a different side of Laurence with the vocals strong and the guitar slinger is letting his voice be heard. The power of the chorus on What Would You Do will have audiences singing along. Echoes of Hamilton Loomis in tone and delivery.

The inner funkiness of the new Laurence glimmers on Don’t Look Back. That is what I advise listeners to do; don’t compare enjoy the album for what it has to offer. The guitar and vocals play off each other and the harmonies are sweet. Nothing on the album is overplayed. The drama builds and catches you unexpectedly. The album is not a set of ten tracks that are shaped by the guitar. The instruments are the base for the song. The slick and smooth blues licks are there, just not in your face.

The refrain throughout the album is relationships, love and how it makes you feel. The yearning to be loved is explored on Keep Me Up At Night. This is another cross-genre tracks, with radio play potential outside of the inner blues circuit. The sound of the album is mature, catchy and full of great tone with textures smoothed out and an understanding of what is pleasing on the ear.

We have a deep groove laid down by Greg Smith on Bass as Laurence asks you to Give Me Your Time, listening to The Truth is time well spent. Expect it to be different no longer guitar led blues. The replacement is subtle with the feel of blues ever present just under the dominant chorus and strong song.

The title track opens with mellow simple keys from Bennett Holland picked up by Laurence’s guitar with the sweetest refrain, with a beat of Phil Wilson’s drum heralding the vocals as Jones asks, ‘Do you ever wonder what It feels like?’ The tone is mellow, reflective the gentler side then the number builds and the old energy is once again glimpsed. Looking forward to hearing the numbers live under the heat of the lights.

The album livens up with a rocky beat on Gone Away. The instruments howl and wail once again his vocals have the strength to demand centre stage and the harmonizing of the chorus stands out then the guitar punches out the lick that curls and weaves itself around the vocals. The blues guitar is back on Can’t Go On Without You.  The timing is spot-on as it is throughout the album. Loving the way there is never a battle between guitar and voice both have their time and place to make a statement across The Truth.

The album is a crossroad moment for Laurence Jones. I am positive The Truth will win him many new fans. Recorded in Miami, produced by Gregory Elias and mixed by Juan Mario Aracil; The Truth hits the mark it is an album that will be returned to and explored with pleasure every time.

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Track Listing

  1. What Would You Do
  2. Don’t You Let Me Go
  3. Hold Me Close
  4. Keep Me Up At Night
  5. Give Me Your Time
  6. The Truth
  7. Take Me
  8. Gone Away
  9. Can’t Go On Without You
  10. Never Good Enough

 

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in WalesGov’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. Tonight with the recent release we were expecting tracks from Revolution Come Revolution Go but what else with the versatility of Warren Haynes would the band produce tonight? Joining vocalist & guitarist Warren drummer Matt Abs; bassist Jorgen Carlsson providing rhythmic grooves and the fourth member Danny Louis behind keys and with a trombone in reserve.  The Tramshed was buzzing with excitement many had not seen the band live and the anticipation was hot, as Gov’t Mule stood on a Welsh stage for the first time.

The show started with a series of revolutionary inspired musical snippets warming the stage as Warren picked up his twelve-string and started the night of a musical pleasure dome of a journey with Railroad Boy. What a powerful number to start the show we all knew as Warren asked how we all were that we were fabulous let the show take us on a musical adventure.  We were taken back to the second studio album Dose released in 1998 and forward to the latest in the first set.  The whole set was spell-binding the interaction between the band mesmerizing. The lead breaks from Warren sparkled with interest, meaty chords were sat next to delicate riffs as tones and textures mixed up. We never knew what was coming next, the only certainty in a Gov’t Mule live show. The whole set was a crescendo of highlights with fabulous instrumental breaks and vocals that pulled out the depth of the words being sung by Warren.

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in WalesEvery number was stretched out and explored revitalised the studio versions with a raw energy. For me two numbers stood out Gordon James from the By A Thread album, the words have a ringing power. Personal and a story of a life sung with tonal passion and empathy.  Plus the title track Revolution Come… Revolution Go played powerfully full of revolutionary intent. Highly charged music that set The Tramshed on fire. Now we knew why there was a Trombone on stage as Danny added the sound of brass that vibrated across the venue. Now we were in the zone of the Mule from the front to the back of the balcony. The set closed with two more numbers from the album. As the first hour and a half in their company flew by, the last number of part one may have been Stone Cold Rage. No-one was in a rage we were all high on the mighty drug of music played live with verve passion and style.

Short break as friends caught up and celebrated set one and anticipated what was going to be the second helping. No-one was going to be disappointed as the next hour and a half in the company of Gov’t Mule got underway as Pink Floyd’s One Of These Days was given the treatment by the band.

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in WalesThe second set upped the tempo, the atmosphere was growing the venue was hot.  Warren was true to this when he said this is our first time in Wales and we are going to give you a flavour of the Mule’s music. They did dipping into ten of their albums with some tasty covers and hints of other pieces as well. With Monkey Hill ending with The Beatles, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Superb!!!

The inner rock of the Mule displayed in all its glory with Tastes Like Wine as the number starts slow and then builds and builds with guitar intensity and urgency.  We were rocking on a Friday night as we returned to the latest album with Travelling Tune.  We were travelling tonight on a journey as guitars were changed the tone developed and we explored the inner depths of the music. Next up Mr Man with the riff of Highway Star as a mental teaser to make sure we were listening and alert to the intricacies of the music.

All too soon the clocking ticking was catching up as we heard Blind Man In The dark, an instrumental from Band of Gypsys Machine Gun and back to Blind Man In the Dark. What a band the timing, the clever additions the gentle licks this is music that makes you glad to be at The Tramshed on a Friday night.

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in WalesThe crowd cheered, roared and demanded more. We were all entranced as the crew bought on another amp who was going to be joining the band? It was mighty Bernie Marsden who always delights whenever he plays in Wales. The two numbers were magical first, Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love in The Heart of The City a Whitesnake/Bernie classic. Closing this truly memorable night of music with The Allman Brothers Band cover Blues Sky. How awesome to hear the number live in Cardiff.  Two legends, geniuses of modern music jamming the night way brilliant it just doesn’t get better than this. Gig of the year, highly likely in my opinion.

Gov’t Mule live is special as they weave their magic, Jamband, Rock and Blues meld and colour the music, with shuffles and grooves and the heat of Southern Rock. Who cares how they are defined this is jolly good music, entertaining, exciting music you want to hear. Time is suspended in The Tramshed tonight, realities are switched off all that matters is the moment and music.

Set List
Part 1
Railroad Boy – (By A Thread 2009)
Thorazine Shuffle – (Dose 1998)
Banks of the Deep – (The Deep End Vol 1 2001)
Time To Confess – (The Deep end Vol 2 2002)
Thelonious  Beck – (Dose 1998)
Gordon James – (By A Thread 2009)
Revolution Come Revolution Go – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Dreams & Songs – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Stone Cold Rage – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)

 

Part 2
One Of These Days – (Dark Side of The Mule 2014)
Fool’s Moon – (The Deep End Vol 1 2001)
Monkey Hill – (Gov’t Mule 1995)
Funny Little Tragedy – (Shout 2013)
Tastes Like Wine – (Life Before Insanity 2000)
Travelling Tune – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Mr Man – (Deja Voodoo 2004)
Lola – (Deja Voodoo 2004)
Blind Man In the Dark – – (Dose 1998)
Machine Gun

Encore (With special Guest Bernie Marsden)
Ain’t No Love In the Heart Of The City
Blue Sky

 

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill – Solo recordings Vol 3

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill - Solo recordings Vol 3

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill – Solo recordings Vol 3

 

 

Well, why have I not heard of Steve Hill? Why have I had to wait until Volume Three to discover Steve Hill as a Phenomenon? A One Man Band who is loud, bad and a little bit dangerous. His love of blues and rock spills out of every number he plays on the album Solo Recordings Vol 3. All the instruments are played to an incredibly high-standard live, vocals, guitar and kick drum creating a fluid and fluent sound that makes you want to drink and party. You can hear some amazing bass notes as well how? By feeding 3 strings through an octaver guitar pedal hooked up to a bass amp.  He is ready to amaze you on this album.

Steve is no longer one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. The cat is out of the bag, Steve has burst, with tone and attitude, onto the international stage an overnight sensation that’s 20 years in the making. He’s an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian blues-rock scene. Now, he’s ready to break out internationally

Steve Hill is a multi-instrumentalist with a shelf of awards including 2015 JUNO award winner for Blues Album of the Year. With Solo Recordings – Volume 3 more awards must be just following along…

The album has three distinct elements all portraying the depth of imagination of tone and power that defines Steve Hill One-Man band on Solo Recordings Volume 3. The first element is powered by rock, beats that are raw, raucous and exciting, there are six originals. Then we have a further two sets of three songs, stripped backed melodic acoustic and the re-imagined, mainstays of man tables band set list. There may be three styles and approaches but this is for certain they are equally exciting, colourful and brilliant.

Your first exclamation when Damned pours through your speakers. Is dam that must be a band who else is playing with Steve Hill?  The rock with influences that are mined deep in the heart of the blues is rich and multi-layered. How can one person make this sound as a one-man band?  This is an individual that wants to recreate the sound and energy of rock without bandmates.  He achieves that and as he proclaims on Rhythm all over. Joining guitar and his wonderful rich vocals is the harmonica as he is now a Smoking Hot Machine.

This is a one-band band that has a multitude of tonal facets that glisten and make your speakers purr with delight.  As he slots in through the album his solo renditions of blues with the deepest blue seas flowing through Still A Fool & A Rollin’ Stone. As he constructs the mood, it is deep, dark and there is a feeling that there is something lurking just out of eyesight. Is it the devil to see if Steve Hill should be down at his infamous crossroads? The guitar takes on new tonal cadence hard-hitting as we are Rollin and Tumblin with Hill’s solo experience he is sharing with us.  Lovers of music want to join Steve and be part of the moment he creates. The energy, authenticity and raw power make every track red hot. We definitely will not be Breaking Down in despair in front of the monstrous sound created by Hill.

Joining the blues to the rock and the rock to the blues are the trio of acoustic tracks Slowly Slipping Away, Troubled Times and Emily. The harmonica and the gentle punctuation of the guitar as the vocals become deep and personal singing the lyrics for you. One thing for certain no-one would be Slowly Slipping Away in Steve Hill’s company. Troubled Times a song with a gentle rendition of harsh and thoughtful lyrics with finger-picking showing another facet of his skills. The number flows into Emily and the beat picks up with a country vibe. The tone changes we are having fun.

Steve closes out the musical journey with a rocking original Walking Grave completing the circle of sound he began Damned. The album proving once again Steve Hill performs with his heart on his sleeve, using the textures and tones of all the instruments creating a mood. He plays with instinctive feel letting each part of his band have a voice. Throughout Steve Hill’s voice is in control commanding your attention.

 

Steve Hill – Solo Recordings: Volume 3 – No Label Records

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Track Listing

    1. Damned
    2. Dangerous
    3. Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone
    4. Slowly Slipping Away
    5. Rhythm All Over
    6. Smoking Hot Machine
    7. Troubled Times
    8. Emily
    9. Can’t Take It With You
    10. Rollin Tumblin / Stop Breaking Down
    11. Walking Grave

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill - Solo recordings Vol 3

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.With a crowd full of anticipation to hear once again the vocals of Dan Owen with his twenty-first-century mix of singer-songwriter angst, blues and ‘modern man with a guitar’ sound. Before the main act of the night, the evening opened with a singer-songwriter behind the keyboards as Billy Lockett hit the stage. Billy set the scene for Dan with a set that may not have been exciting but was a solid start to the evening.  The set was full of romantic originals and into this indie mix, he covered Nirvana, definitely not Kurt Cobain but an interesting choice. Closing the short set the Northampton-born Billy Lockett with his easy smile finished off with Burn It Down.  The number that got him noticed when included on Made in Chelsea. Billy also has a full band which would pep up the numbers I am sure.

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.Short break and Dan stepped onto the stage in The Lantern, Colston Hall. Dan Owen has been touring and shaping his craft. The bluesman who captures the tones of the seventies all packaged in an Indie delight. This is solo music that hits the mark with all ages especially the young who connect with the angst, his tales and manner that connects with the audience. His voice has always demanded attention and he got it.  Tonight as a duet his music was up close and very personal. Dan has certainly ‘come of age’ since I saw him last. As he opened with Parachute we knew we were in the assured vocal glow of Dan. The voice now has real controlled power, with a clarity of tone and delivery of lyrics. We flew with Dan close to the sun as he played Icarus. Wow!! Joining Dan on stage tonight was Lewis Cooper on Keys which provided an extra depth of tone and great backing vocals.  Dan’s latest E.P. Open Hands and Enemies is a snippet of his talent and a full album is long overdue.  From the E.P. he played What Is A Man and Moonlight, a slow burner that lights the auditorium.  The tone changed with Splinter as Lewis swapped keys for electric guitar with a twang of Country-meets-Americana and curls into British Indie. With that Lewis left the stage for a couple of solo numbers from the past as Dan, his guitar and harmonica collided with Bob Dylan, Cohen and the seventies with a swirl of blues with the added power of the stompbox. No longer a biscuit tin with wires, now neat smart and full of drumming power.  We were treated to a beautiful new song Hand That You Hold as he explored emotions with skill and empathy. Lewis returned to the stage and the set continued. What was noticeable the songs all had short intros the hallmark of songs today.  Made To Love You, written about a friend who he had a drink with to make a plan about his relationship. The song Made to Love You was written about domestic abuse experienced at the hands of a woman his friend had experienced while still loving her.

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.Dan Owen left the stage and quickly returned with guitar and harp with a rousing rendition of Willie Dixon’s Little Red Rooster. Lifting the energy and ambience of the venue. Blues just suits Dan’s vocals.

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals, the set was accomplished. But just far too short, I was left wanting to hear more, get to know the musician.  So with that, the stage darkened and it was an early night as we left Colston Hall.

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

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.  Whenever Sari Schorr steps on a stage she brings a vibrant dramatic energy.  What a voice! What a band that surrounds her! As the Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightSari Schorr, the perfect act to warm up the crowded venue. Always a dramatic performer she delivered today with her unique interpretation of the blues.  The music and energy are modern the story behind the numbers is true to the traditions of the blues.  The set of eight tracks many from her critically acclaimed album Force of Nature combined with classy covers. Having the sensational Innes Sibun on guitar gives the band depth and feel. Tonight he was playing a Wudtone, a guitar made by a local company. He laid on every layer of tonal quality and texture from the innovative hand-built guitar.   As the crowds lapped up the virtuoso guitar playing The Engine Room ensure that Sari will always stand out from the crowd with her amazing vocal range and control. The inclusion of Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll gave Innes the chance to have lots of fun. This is blues jamming that will always animate an audience hungry for live music.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightSari’s own numbers have deep lyrics reflecting her own experiences and hardships. She explores the love of her Pit Bulls. Numbers about the power of addiction, opening with Ain’t Got No Money about greed, addiction to money and later on Aunt Hazel and heroin addiction. Closing the set with the Leadbelly number she has made her signature song Black Betty. As the set closed the audience was left breathless, invigorated and the magic of live music bringing us all together.

 

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

 

Short break and the applause was rapturous before a note was played as Walter Trout stepped onto the stage. As ever Walter the great showman held the audience in the palm of his hand as his cream Fender Strat took us into the world of Walter’s Blues. Opening with the Johnny Winter classic I’m A Bluesman, the tone, mood and vibe were set. Walter can fit more notes into a crescendo with skill and timing to makes his guitar leap out and grab your ears.  Walter Trout is not about fast and furious for the sake of it. He plays with passion, control with changes in tempo and feel. He is from his heart and inner soul the consummate man of the blues. Demonstrated with a slow blues number in A minor. What a wonderful version of the mighty Albert Collin’s Cold Cold Feeling. Under Walter’s dexterous fingers he magic’s up a pure connection to the original whilst making this a pure gold classic Walter playing live moment.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightBlues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightWalter let the guitar do the talking as the band played, no set list this was going with the flow of the evening. With a short introduction about his latest album, We’re All In This Together with a phalanx of guest friends from the world of modern blues. Tonight the guest was Innes Sibun rather than stepping into Joe Bonamassa shoes. Now a five-piece with two lead guitarists fireworks were promised and delivered, with a waterfall of shimmering blues fire.  Trout & Sibun tonight gave a spirited battle of guitars which was absolutely captivating. Superb live music. The venue was now hot with blues. As Innes left the stage he was replaced by Sari. The obvious number was Walter Trout’s Work No More. The number was on Sari’s album with Walter guesting. The chemistry between the guitar and vocals was intense.  Once again Andrew Ent joined Walter on the stage the power of his vocals rocked the rafters of the Muni.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightTwo of the numbers tonight were influenced by women in his life, His first wife with an old number as Walter explored the songs from his vast discography spanning twenty-eight albums.  The most moving number of the evening was Please Take me Home. The only number taken from Battle Scars. His heartfelt joy of being alive and how much he owes to the donor and the gritty determination of his wife Marie through the ordeal. The acoustic guitar from Andrew Elt made the number dramatic, poignant an emotional journey Walter and his family have been on.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightHis band was not left out as drummer Micheal Leasure was given the spotlight demonstrating what a powerhouse he is behind the music. Stepping out front was keyboardist Sammy Avila and his son Danny on Bass. The bass was deep with the strings bending under his will the Muni was rocking.

Throughout the set on every number Walter Trout was on top form, he fed off the audience and the audience gave back. This is blues that stirs your heart as everyone connects through the sound of live music.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightWalter loves playing in Wales, with a few Welsh words he had the crowd roaring as he said, Cymru am byth. ( Long Live Wales).  Once again as he did at the Tramshed last year he was fulsome in his praise for Wales’ forward thinking regarding Organ donation. In Wales, you have to opt out rather than opting into organ donation.

He left the stage the lights dimmed. The audience roared, taking up the chant Walter, Walter. In this heat, Walter returned to tumultuous applause for one more number. For me one of the many highlights of the evening was Prisoner of Dreams, capturing the life of a homeless woman and the words that have been washed away. No one wanted the night to end. Come back soon Walter, there will always be a warm welcome in the Valleys.

For many, the definition of Blues is playing with feeling. Tonight Walter, his band and guests all capture the feel. The River Taff flowed with the blues tonight in Pontypridd.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight