Don McLean in a Botanical Gardens

Don McLean in a Botanical Garden

The title track announces Don McLean’s 19th Studio Album, the first in eight years was it worth the wait. Yes, it was. The title Botanical Gardens is the hook that the whole album revolves around. Like all gardens, the thirteen tracks are reflective as Don puts it, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on, I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.” Botanical Gardens from the first track to the closing Last Night We Were Young has an intimacy created by the easy flow of the songs. Nothing has been over processed there is the rawness of the natural below the surface this is a garden built on the song.

The album is timeless as the tones of textures from Americana, country and easy listening are woven with the insertion of boot stomping rocking tones.  Don McLean will forever be instantly connected to American Pie, his biggest hit. Many years have flown under the bridge, Botanical Gardens is more reflective, with an assured delivery the voice has mellowed but the delivery still has an intensity and the tones of American  Pie can be heard as an echo linking the past to the presence on many of the phrasing and guitar licks throughout the album.

The title track has been inspired by walks around the gardens in Sydney, opens with a rocky drum roll and determination. This is not loud clashing rock but a singer/songwriter catching the power of rock. A narrative that sets the tone of the album. We are going to wander through the flowers on a path of stepping stones labelled, with Trouble, Love, Life,  Regrets, Relationships, Pain and Peace the garden is a journey of reflection through life so we can assess the present.

The happy sunny beat of The Lucky Guy lifts the spirits, the tempo and vocal range suiting McLean’s vocal range and the rolling driving rhythm is a wonderful detour in the garden that at times is rather serious. This is fun, he is The Lucky Guy. Waving Man is a jaunty road trip we get in the car and take a musical country journey picking up the beat adding a lightness to the album, whilst the lyrics look back showing we all have a history of memories many are sad. Now the highlight of the album a complete juxtaposition to Waving Man. Opening with the stillness of a piano, When July Comes attracts your attention immediately. Now McLean with is reliable companion his Martin guitar and his vocals at their best. The vocals pour with emotional pain looking for redemption. The tones and range give the song a melancholy air with the strings underpinning the lyrics.

The change of tempo with a good old Rock n’ Roll Your Baby, this is a number that makes you smile and tap your feet. The music flows and you are taken on an imaginative journey that can at times seem self-indulgent but this is avoided by the witty and at times humble approach from Don McLean demonstrated on Total Eclipse, an Americana fuelled number.

Closing with Last Night We Were Young, the Sinatra cover closes out the journey through the imagined Botanical Garden as we all reflect back to the days when American Pie was young and fresh.

Overall, Botanical Gardens is at times too safe, there are no unexpected but exciting weeds springing up among the at times contrived rhymes.  Highlights that give the garden some of the sparkles that after a rain shower and the sun comes out again are, When July Comes and The Lucky Guy. The album is a welcomed addition to every Don McLean fans collection the gems really do sparkle,

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing 

  1. Botanical Gardens
  2. The Lucky Guy
  3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
  4. Waving Man
  5. When July Comes
  6. You’re All I Ever Had
  7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Your Baby
  8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
  9. Ain’t She A Honey
  10. The King of Fools
  11. Grief and Hope
  12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
  13. Last Night When We Were Young



Pre-order now with Amazon, iTunes, Spotify  and more and visit Don’s new Pledge store for exclusive signed copies of the CD, vinyl and tour posters.


Don McLean in a Botanical Garden

Ian Siegal New Album Is Definitely All The Rage

Ian Siegal New Album Is Definitely All The Rage

New studio album from Ian Siegal, drops on the doormat. Thank you, Mr Postman bringing the hope of joy with a shiver of anticipation of something solid, positive and reassuring in a world of uncertainty. The album cover monotones of dark greenish hue and stark font Ian Siegal All The Rage has arrived. Now Listen!

The album All The Rage has been fuelled and inspired by the world that Siegal looked out on last year. He saw poison in the veins of the planet, the election of President Trump, the rise of right-wing factions across Europe. His starting use of words is evidenced in the title – All The Rage – normally understood as popularity, being a craze, here we have a shaking of the Siegal’s fist on our behalf in anger, frustration and bemusement in the distorted rise of populist politics and world solutions that do not rest easy on our consciences.

Going straight to the track listing, rewarded with the immense intrigue of what these ten new original songs will be like. The songs all have Siegal’s hand in the mix with six of the tracks co-written this will be an interesting first listen.  Three of the numbers co-written by album producer Jimbo Mathus who Ian has toured with as an alluring double act. The album is definitely full of promise before a note is heard, but here is the question will it deliver?

So turn up the speakers ready to sit back and absorb the songs. The album was explored a number of times before the review, mostly played for the pure unadulterated pleasure of hearing Siegal’s vocals, guitar and the interplay with his band.

Drumming followed by the familiar guitar sound the perfect intro to the latest album adding to Ian Siegal’s amazing and powerful discography that ensures he remains the award-winning troubadour delivering the strong songs we want to hear.  As the opening track, Eagle-Vulture fills out with slide-guitar with an urgency and vocals, Eagle-Vulture is a number demanding your attention like the military walking through your headspace.

As you would expect from the mercurial troubadour that refuses to be defined by genre every track brings a new twist in lyrics and tonal texture. The beat compliments the lyrics and the vocals change to suit sometimes spat out, other times delivered with a cajoling tone the words as required with melodic spiciness.

The trademark recognisable riffing squealing guitar opens The Sh*t Hit, for a brief moment you expect Mortal Coil but no this is dark and new. This is sharp, blues that is gritty reflecting the moment that we are living in.

A highlight of an album that sparkles with glorious riffs, lick and lyrics is Ain’t You Great. This is Siegal dark penning dark lyrics and combining with a dancing Latino beat. This contradiction of styles works it makes you listen to the lyrics that have a political prophecy.  A number where the album title is hidden and the charismatic wonders of listening to Dusty Ciggar’s guitar playing shines through like a beacon of hope.

The trio of numbers written with Jimbo Mathus has a special tonal quality this is a pairing that captures the blues but never confined by convention. My Flame is a gentler finger-picking number with an intimate personal delivery. With the blues of If I Live capturing your ears and Sweet Souvenir following conversation with a bartender as we try to remember. This is a trio of numbers once heard never easily forgotten.

The two tracks written by a trio of talent have lyrical storytelling and at the heart is the infectious Jacob’s Ladder with its mix of guitar and even some whistling. Jacob’s Ladder is the stand out track until you hear One-eye King a classic from birth. A ballad with oomph and again the darkness that Siegal has enfolded the album in so you are never far from death and destruction of our own making

The final track, Sailor Town, as Ian explains, “Herrera and I were discussing the areas we grew up in…” Siegal described his as “kinda rough y’know a ‘sailor town”. Herrera declared, “Boom, there ya go – that’s the title of our first song together!” closing out the album with a number full of Siegal swagger, verve and style that is present throughout All The Rage. From meeting the devils blues, ballads and cowboy songs all woven together by the power of vocal delivery of the clever storytelling lyrics.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Ian Siegal – All The Rage – Nugene Records

Released  16th March 2018 Available for pre-order

All The Rage – dedicated to the memories of Freddy James and Jim Dickenson


  1. Eagle-Vulture (Siegal)
  2. Jacob’s Ladder (Azier/Den Haring/Siegal)
  3. The Sh*t Hit (Siegal)
  4. Won’t Be Your Shotgun Rider (Siegal)
  5. Ain’t You Great? (Siegal)
  6. My Flame (MathusSiegal)
  7. One-eyed King (Azier/Den Haring/Siegal)
  8. If I Live (MathusSiegal)
  9. Sweet Souvenir (MathusSiegal)
  10. Sailor Town (Herrera/Siegal)


Band Members
Ian Siegal: (Vocals, electric, acoustic, slide and resonator guitars; percussion)
Dusty Ciggaar: (Electric, acoustic and pedal steel guitars, backing vocals)
Danny Van’t Hoff: (Bass, backing vocals)
Rafael Schwiddessen: (Drums, percussion, backing vocals)
Merel Moelker: (Backing vocals)
Jimbo Mathus: (Electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, organ, percussion, drums (track 7) backing vocals)

Recorded at Island Studios, Amsterdam
Produced by Jimbo Mathus

All The Rage, Album Launch tour April 2018 – dates, venues and links to ticks for a gig you do not want to miss HERE


Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Women in Music – International Women’s Day

This is a place for all women involved in Music who celebrate their art through Blues, Americana, Roots and Rock music the focus of Bluesdoodles. Welcome aboard and join the day women’s voices were heard louder with confidence. Email your story to and get involved with Bluesdoodles Women in Music. Today and every day.

Today is International Women’s Day and thought how male-dominated Bluesdoodles the ration is dismal not deliberately but how music is promoted perhaps or internal and unrecognized biases.

As a woman and blogger of music, it dawned on me that this needed to be rectified not for one day but every day. So to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 a new page is being launched Women In Music.

The Women In Music Zone is a place for women involved in the music business, singers, musicians and as importantly women involved across the industry. Photographers, Sound & Lighting Engineers, Producers, Promoters, bloggers etc.

This is a place for all women involved in Music who celebrate their art through Blues, Americana, Roots and Rock music the focus of Bluesdoodles.

Welcome aboard and join the day women’s voices were heard louder with confidence.

Email your story to and get involved with Bluesdoodles Women in Music. Today and every day.


You can find the fledgeling Women in Music Page HERE

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross


Make Your Way to Jenny’s Place Courtesy of Mike Ross. Why? This is modern contemporary music crossing and melding genres. Refusing to be confined to one room, he saunters through the rooms of Jenny’s place exploring tones and textures. What is never lost across the tracks is form and purpose. Every track belongs in Jenny’s Place.

Openeng with Bamboozled which opens with a crescendo of distorted keys we know this will be a contemporary ride. Bamboozled thought Mike Ross was an Americana rootsy guy. Only for a second when meaty guitar and vocals pulls you back with a fantastic sing-a-long, dance-athon chorus. Hooked? Definitely a resounding Yes!

All tracks have vim, vigour and a listenability that makes you want to hear the tunes live. By the third track, Dakota bluesy undertones are in control of the album. This is a number that takes on a guitar fuelled journey as the lyrics show you the path. The sound is thick as the dirt you kick up heading south from his hometown in the North-East to the seaside delights of Brighton. Dakota is a journey, not a place pinned down by geography. We all are on the go and the beat picks up with a caffeine-injected Coffee Can Telephone. A number that flows with a rocking and rolling pizazz and good fun until the string breaks! Every album needs that moment of fun as modern music is twisted and turned into a contemporary melting pot of styles. A number that is so retro it speaks to us now.

The almost-title track is Jenny (Sun Goes Down) Country Americana fusion on a gentle number that suits Mike’s warm vocals this is a beautiful number melodic and emotionally heartwarming. The chorus holds this melodic number. Following on is a magnificent brooding number. Dark Powder written in 12/8 minor blues capturing the darker side and the chords from the keys act as an echo of something just out of eyesight.  This is full of pain, anguish as the guitar cries and the vocals plead as we are journeying through addiction and hitting the crossroads of recovery. Personal and captivating blues.

Building on the success of his previous Americana Album Spindrift we all want to be seen listening to Jenny’s Place, this working title stuck as it felt right. Where and what is Jenny’s Place? It belongs to Jenny, Mike’s wife deep in the northern Swedish countryside. On Mike’s first visit he had a feeling of familiarity that he had been there before. Like the album, you have that deja-vu feeling as the music is familiar, warm and comforting like a sound blanket. What Mike has done is shifted the familiarity slightly to the left and right so there is nothing complacent about any of the tracks on Jenny’s Place.

You will not be Bamboozled by the end you will know with certainty that listening to the album is the right move. The mixing of quality deep blues with roots music into the Ross sound that fills the speaker with power and evocative playing and singing.


NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Mike Ross – Jenny’s Place  –  Taller Records

Released: 2nd March 2018
Format: Physical & Digital

  1. Bamboozled
  2. The Big Picture
  3. Dakota
  4. Coffee Can Telephone
  5. Baby I Love You
  6. Harpo
  7. Jenny (Sun Goes Down)
  8. Dark Powder
  9. Loveslide


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Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Having heard Sonia Leigh play live in Bristol opening for The Broken Witt Rebels on a boat in Bristol. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review her studio album, Mad Hatter.  The studio Album is an Americana ride down a musical rabbit hole. Expect a variety of sound and textures as we taste the musical elixirs on offer across the eleven tracks. Some are edgy, others, nostalgic some are sad. Like any great tea party, it is the combination and flow of sounds that makes Mad Hatter a truly wonderful listening experience.

Mad Hatter starts with Waste The Day, energized sound that pumps out the energy and fun captured by the instrumentation, The first thing is the voice it is rough and smooth, low and fall of emotionally driven contours. As we Waste A Day again with Sonia Leigh. The sound is always rooted in country, country celebrating modernity and we love wasting a day at the Mad Hatter musical mayhem.  Now how to follow that let’s turn the corner swirl around 180 degrees with a journey in the Sky Submarine. The electro buzz burns through the country vibe as you stamp your feet and cheer on the dynamic vocal charms that capture the force that is Leigh.

No way will you ignore the title track Mad Hatter. It hits your listening senses from the off.  Sonia’s vocals have the cadences of Mary Gauthier. As she sings She didn’t wish me Happy Birthday this Year. Guess that says it all.  Then we go back in time the song tinged with sadness and regret. Time has passed but that friendship has never be rekindled. The story is told through Alice in Wonderland characters. Here again clever effects never overused but making a statement underpin the narrative of the song that is the purpose of the music.  This is a clever, edgy track everything a title track should be. We explore the narrative of losing your own sense of reality.

The songs have something to say Diamond in the Desert is sharp with use of violins it is country that intrigues and pleases. We are lost in the desert in the company of the wonderful vocals of Leigh. The country vibe is deep in Shelter with the whine of guitars and percussive beats. Again Gauthier’s vocals are r-kindled and shaped by Sonia’s tones. The singing across the album is personal. The narrative shared are for you to explore and relate to. AS we get lost in Leigh’s world at her invitation.

Then we have a scuzzy, fuzzy crescendo with Jack Is Back. This track works brilliantly live. The sign of a great number is when it fits in an album perfectly. Drink deep from this number it is dirty, grungy and full of vocal rawness as you join Leigh for a swim in the Tennessee River because Jack Is Back. This is down the creek whiskey-fueled rockier guitar speaking number.

Closing out this album that has taken you the Mad Hatter’s table. Sonia Leigh cloaks you in music that rests in the world of country/Americana. Then breaks out with rockier numbers, pop-infused ditties and music that is blended with pure talent. As we taste the last morsel with the Mad Hatter we have rap-infused Mind on the Prize.

This is an album that your mind stays in tune with every number. As you travel down Sonia Leighs Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter you explore her agony and ecstasy. The light and dark of her soul and above all the contained aggression gives determined grit from the first to the last note.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Waste The Day
  2. Sky Submarine
  3. Mad Hatter
  4. Walking in the Moonlight
  5. Diamond in the Desert
  6. Acid Rain
  7. Shelter
  8. N.Y.C.
  9. Jack is Back
  10. Dead Mans Sunrise
  11. Mind on the Prize

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Americana Duo The Grahams UK Tour 2018

Vibrant Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams (pronounced Grams) announce extensive February-March 2018 UK tour previewing material from two eagerly anticipated projects due later this year – their new studio album produced by Richard Swift (Black Keys, Arcs, Shins), and continuing their adventurous exploration of the USA – this time around on two wheels – the soundtrack to their new feature-length documentary Love & Distortion. So while we wait for the opportunity to hear The Grahams play live in the U.K. – here are two new numbers enjoy!!!!

On the first taster from the soundtrack, which will only be available as a limited edition 7” single at UK shows, until the full soundtrack’s official release later this year, The Grahams interpret The Pretenders’ ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986, and Mazzy Star’s 1994 cult classic ‘Fade Into You’.

In the Fall of 2016, while the country reels from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, musicians & lifelong soul mates The Grahams, set out on a spectacular motorcycle expedition across America’s time-warped Route 66. Amidst the neon, the romance, the heat, the music and the sheer power of nostalgia, The Grahams explore the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66.

Featuring a surreal soundtrack with contributions from Nashville’s finest; Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dylan LeBlanc, Chuck Mead, Lilly Hiatt, The Grahams and many more, Love & Distortion is not a travel guide or a musical biopic. This feature-length documentary, which follows The Grahams down the Mother Road, is an unconventional narrative weaving in and out of moments and realities that can be found in the various sub-cultures of America’s Main Street.

Bluesdoodles reviewed Glory Bound the tour will give everyone the opportunity to hear the new music as The Grahams share the sound the duo create live for our enjoyment

Get to know the Grahams before you hear them live in the U.K.

Americana Duo The Grahams UK Tour 2018Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, Riverman’s Daughter. For its follow-up, Glory Bound, they rode the rails – and wound up recording not only a studio album but Rattle The Hocks, a documentary and live album recorded on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train.


Buy your tickets HERE


Wed 14      Taddingtonnr. Buxton                         Village Institute

Thu 15       Swayfieldnr. Grantham                       Village Hall

Fri 16        Caunton Dean Holenr. Newark            Community Centre

Sat 17       Crichnr. Matlock                                  Crich Glebe Field Centre

Sun 18      Yoxallnr. Burton-on-Trent                       Parish Hall

Thu 22       Drimptonnr. Beaminster                       Village Hall

Fri 23         Ashmorenr. Shaftesbury                       Village Hall

Sat 24       Hinton Martellnr. Wimborne                 Village Hall

Sun 25      Milborne St. Andrewnr. Blandford         Village Hall

Tue 27       Liverpool                                          Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room

Wed 28      Sheffield                                           The Greystones


Thu 1        Bristol                                               The Tunnels

Fri 2          Poole                                                Lighthouse

Sat 3         Lichfield                                           Lichfield Arts

Sun 4        Maidenhead                                      Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Mon 5        Cardiff                                              The Moon

Thu 8        Newbury                                           Arlington Arts Centre

Fri 9          London                                             C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Sat 10       London                                             C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Praise for The Grahams

“full of warmth and a generosity of spirit that ensured the audience was happy to join in making its music in the round.” Bluesdoodles

“Americana doesn’t come much better.” Acoustic magazine

“The Grahams are never far away from waving the banner of the road though they change the mood of their songs like the scenery flying by outside a southbound boxcar.” Alternate Root

“Doug’s mastery of the resonator guitar is matched by Alyssa’s spectacularly dexterous vocal chords ensuring their blend is beautifully matched to the breadth and scope of their music” American Roots UK

“This is mighty fine modern cowboy, ride those rails music, strong on evocative lyricism and driving, piston-pushing instrumental ability.” Cashbox magazine

“Alyssa and Doug deliver songs alive with wit, detail, interesting asides and hooks” Country Music magazine

“…really impressive…diverse articulate songs…expertly performed” Country Music People

“Highly recommended”

“The Grahams guarantee a good time that captures the rhythms of the past with some cracking vocals and a healthy head of contemporary steam.” Get Ready To Rock! 

Grainne Duffy Third Album Where I Belong Delights

Grainne Duffy Third Album Where I Belong Delights

This is Grainne’s third album having listened unless it’s by choice, it amazes me that a major label has not taken up this stunning talent. Now I am, by preference a stompin’, blues-rocking type and it may surprise some, that this is not as blues/rock biased as her previous releases, but this album is a pearl of quiet, beautifully performed songs. It deftly weaves a heartfelt tapestry of emotions. Recorded with the help of such luminaries as Doyle Bramhall II, this is a majestic, mainly acoustic journey through this lady’s heart & soul.

The new album,  Where I Belong kicks off with the title track, the lovely warm acoustic guitar washes across the background as Grainne’s voice (especially on the multi-tracked parts) takes hold of you and doesn’t let go. Whilst on Blame It On You sharpens the tempo with its gorgeous and far too short electric guitar solo which grabs as much as the lyrics. One word of caution if you have recently been parted from a loved one the track Don’t Want To Be Lonely will reduce you to tears… yes, she can put that much emotion into her voice and playing so that it feels as if it is your heartstrings she is stroking rather than guitar strings. A piano introduction followed by a guitar sound to die for leads us into the final track… the instrumental Canyon Road. Three minutes of such lyrical playing, that words would have been superfluous; a perfect demonstration of how to play the right amount of notes.

Grainne Duffy Third Album Where I Belong delights you, relaxed and full of rootsy Americana tones with one boot in the blues.  That hits the right places and fills the moments with a rounded sound showing a different side as rock is pushed to one side for the different side of Grainne Duffy. She is joined by a host of talented musicians including Paul Sherry with backing vocals and various guitars joining Grainne once again. With the rhythm section and piano add colour depth and shape to the stripped back approach taken by Grainne on the album.

Rather than dissect each track, it is easier to summarise by saying simply buy this album and, when the mood is right, lose yourself in a landscape of quiet country-infused soulful blues – you will not be disappointed. Why? Grainne pronounced Graw-nya; the red-haired Irish beauty delivers perfect country infused blues.

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track List:

  1. Where I Belong
  2. My love
  3. Don’t You Wanna Know
  4. Home
  5. Shine
  6. All Of My Life
  7. Blame It On You
  8. Don’t Want To Be Lonely
  9. Open Arms
  10. Canyon Road


Grainne Duffy: Vocals, Lead Guitar/ Rhythm Guitar/Acoustic Guitar
Paul Sherry: Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar/ Rhythm Guitar/Acoustic Guitar
Shawn Davis: Bass Guitar
Aaron Redfield: Drums
Tyler Chester: Keyboards/Piano


Previous Grainne Duffy reviews by Bluesdoodles: 2nd Album  Test of Time; and Live at Beaufort South Wales



Grainne Duffy Third Album Where I Belong Delights

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

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

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

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 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

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour


IAN SIEGAL on his All The Rage tour With special guests DAWN BROTHERS


In April 2018 blues supremo Ian Siegal will tour a new album of original songs with his young band of ace musicians. 15 shows in England & Scotland.

In more than a quarter-century of touring Ian Siegal’s mission statement has barely changed: songs that are real, shows that resonate, vocals served raw. Today he is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

In 2018 he will be touring a new album, All The Rage his first studio recording of new songs in six years. Produced by American Jimbo Mathus, the album is classic Siegal: full of the dark and light, clever word play and rough-hewn voice box he is known for. It also marks the first studio recording with the band he hooked up with in 2013. Frequent touring has evolved a distinctive sound featuring Dusty Ciggaar’s tex-mex infused guitar licks.

Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” He has taken his music to more than 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 10 British Blues Awards, four European Blues Awards, two Mojo Blues Albums Of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations – an unprecedented nod for a non-American.

Bluesdoodles. Liz Aiken a long time fan and follower of Ian Siegal says this is a MUST See Show of 2018 place the date in your diary and buy a ticket HERE

Adding to the excitement is a new studio album with his band so 2018 once again probably once again be ruled by an Ian Siegal Album being added to the collection.


Ian Siegal – Temporary Live @Bimhuis Amsterdam



Providing a high-energy opening segment on the tour will be DAWN BROTHERS, a young band out of Rotterdam that Ian Siegal has been raving about since seeing them live in 2017. Although these four young men are not related by blood, they most certainly share a genetic bond musically. Think Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Band, and you’re in Dawn Brothers’ territory. As individual musicians they shine, collectively they are a force to be reckoned with.

The Dawn Brothers – Silver Spoon Live @DWDD


11th April – LONDON Jazz Café Camden TICKETS
12th April – BRIGHTON Komedia TICKETS
13th April – GODALMING W Noyce Centre TICKETS
14th April – DEVIZES Long Street Blues TICKETS
15th April – TEIGNMOUTH Pavilions TICKETS
16th April – BRISTOL Tunnels TICKETS
17th April – POOLE Mr Kyps TICKETS
18th April – WORCESTER Huntingdon Hall TICKETS

19th April – DERBY Flowerpot TICKETS
20th April – MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge TICKETS
21st April – EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms TICKETS
24th April –  NORWICH Arts Centre TICKETS
25th April –  HULL Fruit TICKETS
26th April –  SHEFFIELD Greystones TICKETS