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

UK TOUR SCHEDULE – APRIL 2018

11th April – LONDON Jazz Café Camden
12th April – BRIGHTON Komedia
13th April – GODALMING W Noyce Centre
14th April – DEVIZES Long Street Blues
15th April – TEIGNMOUTH Pavilions
16th April – BRISTOL Tunnels
17th April – POOLE Mr Kyps
18th April – CHELTENHAM Vonnies
19th April – DERBY Flowerpot
20th April – MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
21st April – EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
22nd April – NEWCASTLE Sage
24th April –  NORWICH Arts Centre
25th April –  HULL Fruit
26th April –  SHEFFIELD Greystones

Links for online ticketing are on Ian Siegal’s Web Site

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

The Most Ugly Child Capturing Copper & Lace Country

The Most Ugly Child Capturing Copper & Lace CountryOut of the Midlands UK and straight into a swirling country with the lyric led songs as the hard edge of metallic copper is softened by the delicate intricacies of lace. The six-piece, The Most Ugly Child knows how to whip up a storm, bring on the hoe-down with a country fueled barn dance foot-tapping melee of laughs and skirts swirling to the beat. The twelve tracks are infused with warmth and energy as is the song-writing of duo Daniel Wright and Stevie -Leigh Goodison. Joining the pair are Matt Cutler and Max Johnson (The Broom Hill String Band), Nicole J Terry (The Rip-Roaring Success) on fiddle ‘Big’ Jim Widdop (The Sadies, Los Pacaminos) on pedal steel and Dobro. The Most Ugly Child Capturing Copper & Lace Country is definitely full of joy.

Opening with What Might have been the piano plays honky-tonk with a country fair flair music that makes you smile and want to clap and dance as they sing What Might Have Been. The sound is huge as they drench the speakers with a cavalcade of sounds that bends and melds shaping the melodies around the vocals. The almost-title song is a play on the game Rock, Paper, Scissors with the title of Paper, Linen, Copper Lace reflecting the album title. This clever play on words is country fun that has the depth of classics and the fun and twisting of the shapes that makes this Midlands band zing with modernity. The songs are taken from the classic mainstays of country, love, heartbreak, alcohol and travel that are pulled together by the honky-tonk. The album pulls you on through the tracks at a pace, no song is ever rushed just the enthusiasm, vim & vigour makes the music sparkle. They re-charge and invigorate every note they touch as demonstrated on Townes Van Zandt’s Lungs wow what a version. This band has two vocalists adding the poser of duets that work as they harmonise and then the two voices exchange lyrics with each other on Just Another Lesson in Pain. Closing out this country ride shaped with blues, powerful rhythms a twist of funk and a twirl of Jazz we close with a gentle ballad My Pony. A sad tale of My Pony told with simplicity, compassion and hope.  It gives us time to draw breath and catch up with a band that on the album Copper and Lace captures and energises the listener. What an exciting sound live they must be exhilarating, in the meantime Copper And Lace will keep my feet tapping.

 

The Most Ugly Child Capturing Copper & Lace Country

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. What Might Have Been
  2. Golden Gates
  3. Roses
  4. Paper Linen Copper Lace
  5. Lungs
  6. Just Another Lesson In Pain
  7. Lost Gone Woman Blues
  8. Today, You Said Goodbye
  9. The Bottle & The Fall
  10. Those Were The Days
  11. Queen of Honky Tonk
  12. My Pony

 

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

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

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

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

 

 

Out of East Nashville, Amelia White is part of the growing phalanx of singer-songwriters that have blended styles around the distinct tonal qualities of their vocal style and range.  Amelia’s previous release Home Sweet Hotel was critically acclaimed building on this she has delivered Rhythm Of The Rain a tonal poem that connects with moods and feelings of a gathering storm explored throughout the album.  Savour and explore the tracks individually and as collections delve deep and discover the attention to detail held within the lyrics painting a picture with her words. The album is full of compelling originals, a mix of her own and those co-written with a number of collaborators. This mix helps to give the album variations and different approaches can be heard so that the songs captivate and never fall into the singer/songwriters trap of being in a rut of similarity. Opening with Little Cloud Over Little Rock we are introduced to her very distinctive vocal tone. Smokey, warm and full of country vibe and intonations.

Rhythm Of The Rain is an exploration of life but that does not make the well-crafted album Blues. The title track opens with a spoken word “Don’t think too much people”, a flippant line but true do not over analyse. The nine tracks that pick over life, from the warmth of summer sun, lust and addiction and the forthcoming storm.  I suggest you take White’s advice. What you do need to do is listen to the carefully crafted lyrics. There is more to the words than being said, as the gothic side of life is explored under the beat of the drum and violin swirls. Yuma, co-written with Ben Glover has a lilting quality as she asks “are you still listening?” Yes, I am and will return to this album when I want to have music that flows with a smoothness. The delivery by Amelia connects to your soul and gives you the space to kick back and contemplate. The beat picks up with a catchy number harnessing the feel but slowed down this is not frenetic rock n’ roll as White, Said It Like A King. Closing the album with a number she wrote with Worry Dolls we are given hope as they Let The Wind Blow. The album has a completeness and complete package of compelling music. The songs let you get to know Amelia White. But only what she wants to share, as underneath there are untold stories and unshared stories and memories.  Sit back and enjoy the music and never over analyze, if it suits your mood, music collection and more, then it is a good album harnessing the gentle ebbs and flows of the craft of a singer/songwriter. Yes, Amelia has captured the Rhythm Of The Rain, sometimes gentle, often refreshing an on occasions delivered with a torrent of hurt.

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Little cloud Over Little Rock
  2. Rhythm Of The Rain
  3. Sinking Sun
  4. Sugar Baby
  5. Supernova
  6. Yuma
  7. Said It Like A King
  8. True or Not
  9. Let The Wind Blow

 

Rhythm Of The Rain – Amelia White – White Wolf Records

 

AMELIA WHITE · UK TOUR · NOVEMBER 2017

Accompanied by Thomas Collison on selected dates *

NOVEMBER
Mon 13*    London Green Note
Tue 14*    Brighton The Greys co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Wed 15*   Bedford The Pavilion, Bedford Park co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Fri 17*    Winchester The Hyde Tavern
Sat 18*    East Grinstead The Dorset Arms co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Sun 19*    London Private House Concert
Mon 20     Leeds  Oporto Bar The Gaslight Club co-bill with Dan Webster
Tues 21    Liverpool Private House Concert  co-bill with Dan Webster
Thu 23     Beverley  The Monks Walk co-bill with Dan Webster
Fri 24     York  The Winning Post
Sun 26     Newcastle upon Tyne Think Tank, Times Square

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

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

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

 

Leaving a LEGACY new Album from Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy Leaving a LEGACY new Album from Cadillac Three
OUT AUGUST 24TH
VIA BIG MACHINE RECORDS

Leaving a lasting impression on fans across the globe with their high-octane live show and chart-topping songwriting skills, THE CADILLAC THREE continue to make their mark with LEGACY, out August 25th on Big Machine Records. The project fueled with lyrics of life moments from weddings and babies to celebrating their road-tested brotherhood as the three Nashville natives craft 11 songs exuding pure honesty over driving melodies. Pre-Order LEGACY HERE

FULFILLING THEIR LEGACY … 
RELEASE VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK TODAY

A natural progression for the band who has been creating music together since high school, Legacy offers a deep understanding of what is truly important – relationships. Grammy-nominated, chart-topping songwriter and frontman Jaren Johnston penned the track alongside Ben Burgess and Laura Veltz delicately crafting lyrics like:
When I’m gone, my name carved in stone
Over husband, friend, and father
Survived by son, wife, and daughter
It won’t be songs that keep me livin’ on
Girl, as hall of fame as I wanna be
It’s a lot of love and a little family tree
Hell, that’s a legacy
“’Legacy’ is a song I am super proud of! In the past, I’ve given away songs of this caliber because I didn’t feel our band was ready to take on that role … or maybe I wasn’t ready to sing those types of lyrics, shared Jaren with American Songwriter. “I think our band is ready, and I am there now. This is the perfect song for where we all are in our lives.”

Another part of TC3’s past and future is their hometown heritage. On August 31st, they will take the stage for their first-ever headline show at the historic Ryman Auditorium. “You grow up seeing your favourite bands with your buddies, date nights with your love and special shows with your family here,” explains Neil. “The Ryman is an institution, and we’re really excited – and honoured – to share the night with so many people who’ve been a part of our journey. It’s always a crazy ride with The Cadillac Three!”

The band also returns to their second home of the UK as part of their ‘Long Hair Don’t Care’ tour, playing nine dates across the country, including a highly anticipated show in the capital at O2 Kentish Town Forum.

They will be joined by special guests Brothers Osborne and Broken Witt Rebels. “We all may be from different parts of the world but it’s really cool to have the spirit of a song bring us together!” said Kelby. “We’re really looking forward to introducing some new tunes.”

UK Tour November 2017

Leaving a LEGACY new Album from Cadillac Three
Bluesdoodles are always delighted when The Cadillac Three announce a new project!!!!

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy

This is what Liz @ Bluesdoodles has written about the threesome previously

Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016Album review – Bury Me In My Boots – This was a Ten Paw album then and now – we said “Cadillac Three, have written fourteen tracks of energised rocked up country steeped in southern
 delights, which work as a narrative within and album. For everyone who have had the joy to see them live, Graffiti, Party Like You , White Lightning and Peace Love & Dixie take you straight back to steamy, hot pack live music venues.”  Read the rest of the review HERE 
Live Review @ Tramshed, Cardiff – Read why this was a hot and steamy night of many fantastic music memories HERE

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

 

 

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

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

Ever wonder about the doodle paws category?

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

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

10 Doodle Paws Stupendous

9 Doodle Paws Exceptional

8 Doodle Paws Marvellous

7 Doodle Paws Splendid

6 Doodle Paws  Pleasing

5 Doodle Paws Satisfactory

Clicking the album cover takes you to the review:-

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

All albums reviewed by Bluesdoodles can be found over at – Recorded Music Reviews

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Wildfire, perfectly captures in a word the burning power of Elles Bailey’s vocals and stage presence as she sings blues that have captured in its blue flame, country, roots and soul. The voice is smoky with textures and tones that pulls out lyrics and coats them in Elles special brand of Bristol fanned Wildfire.

Often the word unique is used when talking about an artist especially on a debut album. In the case of Elles Bailey it is most definitely true. Her blues fuelled sound is lived-in, and is the fortuitous result of a childhood illness. Having recovered from both viral and bacterial pneumonia; her voice at the age of three had changed, leading to her ENT specialist prophetically observing, “If she ever wants to sing, she’ll be a natural blues vocalist!”

Wildfire started out as a demo that she had arranged to cut in Nashville whilst on a family road trip as Elles explained, “You know, ‘when in Rome’ and all that? But what was meant to be just one solitary track took on a life of its own. Before I knew it, boom, we had a whole album!”

Elles has surrounded herself with musicians chosen so that your ears mine through rich veins of blues tones and textures. Using musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, from USA guitarist Brent Mason and Chris Leuzinger, pianist Bobby Wood; and the rhythm combo of bassist Mike Brignardello on bass and Wes Little on drums. We always love some more glitz so joining the Wildfire party legendary Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Roger Cook came on board. Once back in the UK adding their depths of musical talents and blending the music into a continuous perfectly woven tapestry are Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar. Without the skills, oversight and direction from producer Brad Nowell this could have been a fire burning out of control instead we have music that is balanced and sumptuous.

Opening with a howl of guitar conjuring up wilderness, Wild West the scene is set with the title track as blues meets country coming back down the road. What really captures your musical ear is the voice; Elles has an understanding of the lyric taking it slowly, giving the words space and building the tension. The music and lyrics paint a visual picture in your minds-eye creating cinematic music. The winning combination of Bobby’s piano and Jonny’s Hammond soothes the soul as her vocals drop with smoothness of whipped rich cream sharpened with a jolt of citric.  The song is wistful and you empathise with the pain she is feeling as the drums beat out the road she has to travel as the perennial question What If I is asked again and again through the track. Leaving you wondering about your past asking your own What If I question.

Half way through the album and the delta slide guitar blues has an outing with Let Me Hear You Scream, again the shaping of the vocals gets the story told and we just want to hear her vocals growl with intent when she sings the title.  The tempo rises as if the wind is fanning the fire with Shackles of Love her soulful modulation and backing vocals curl around the instrumentation that she has under total control.

Again, the tones are full of interest country with added values as we check in to Barrel Of Your Gun, starting smooth the vocals harden and the mesmeric qualities of music that is rooted in the blues and flowers free using the qualities of lyrics vocals and musicians she has surrounded herself with. With a tribute to the blues man on Howlin’ Wolf we hear her howl and celebrate the blues in her own way that will become a trademark as her career further establishes itself. The music slows, her vocals sung softly as we have a true blues number with Girl Who Owned The Blues; Elles Bailey already owns her style of blues in her hands, Wildfire is going to win her more. Closing the album out with Time’s A Healer; leaving us with a quiet gentle number reflective and the voice shimmering like a reflection in a pool of silver water. Another picture painted and we want to listen to the album all over again.

The only slight dampening of the flames  in the music is that the tempo across the track is fairly similar, perhaps rather than blending the styles as she has in the majority of tracks. Some celebration of soul country and blues so listeners can see the variation and the power of the blending. This minor irritant did nothing to stop me enjoying the dozen tracks. Elles Bailey, has created a debut album that is sassy blues, modern using the rich treasure chest of roots, soul and country to create an album that burns hot and is fresh whilst being hot. This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent. The future of blues in UK is hot and strong with the fiery breath of Elles Bailey singing out to entertain and keep the blues alive. Wildfire, Elles Bailey What a Stunning Voice! Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.

 

Elles Bailey  – Wildfire – Release date 1st September

Pre-order via Elles Pledge Campaign HERE

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Wildfire
  2. Same Flame
  3. What If I
  4. Barrel Of Your Gun
  5. Perfect Storm
  6. Let Me Hear You Scream
  7. Shake It Off
  8. Shackles Of Love
  9. Believed In You
  10. Howlin’ Wolf
  11. Girl Who Owned The Blues
  12. Time’s A Healer

Elles Bailey Scorching New Album Wildfire

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

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

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

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

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

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

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Track Listing

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

La Vendore Rogue Live Album A Night In The North

Justin Townes Earle New Album Kids In The Street

Justin Townes Earle New Album Kids In The Street

Justin Townes Earle New Album Kids In The Street

 

 

For the first time Justin Townes Earle has worked with an outside producer and he chose Mike Moogis, for Kids In The Street as he releases the album on his New West Records and the first not recorded in Nashville, a trio of debuts that definitely gives the album curbside appeal.

Following his previous critically acclaimed albums Single Mothers followed by  Absent Fathers; this album, Kids In The Street completes the trio has an upbeat, optimistic feel that makes you want to play hopscotch on the street as you did as a child; kick off your shoes and run through the grass and make daisy chains. The originals have a fresh simplicity, an enchanting fluidity as the meaningful lyrics entwine themselves around the melodic guitar chords.

The album kicks off in high rolling fast-moving rock n roll beat as we toast Champagne Corolla. With this upbeat number we hear the refrain Pretty little thing riding by in a champagne Corolla; an ode to car life and far much more as you explore his clever lyrics. Achieving the goal from the off-classic rhythms with a modern lyric. We have the country twang of steel guitar and piano and a clicking rhythm building up to a swirl of sadness and Justin sings What’s She Crying For leads in to a 15-25 looking back with the feel of New Orleans the keys have a Professor Longhair feel as his vocals drawl and have a lopping lazy feel as the tempo picks up. Leading into the title track, taking us back with the simple guitar intro the vocals “ My best friend lived in this house we played ball after school…”  looking back to simpler times of 1990’s; full of nostalgia but not rose-tinted glasses just memories that have smoothed out the rough edges. Is this a track that pops out at you? Bringing the album together, not really just misses as so much of the album on first listen it is good, but delving deeper it never raises the game to excellent.

The reflective, retro hazy feel is the tonal phrasing for much of the album; the tone is  brought up with a jolt with Justin’s version of Stagolee, the guitar is harsher, his voice deeper and seems not to fit a pebble sending ripples across Kids In The Street. The re-working is subtle a more drastic re-arrangement may have slotted in but this feels like the unwanted guest at a party. Same Old Stagolee certainly has not received the gentrification that the streets of Nashville referred to in many of the tracks on Kids In The Street.

Closing the album with There Goes A Fool, deep, darker and full of introspective and skillful songwriting, before hitting the bonus track Paul Simon’s Graceland. This acoustic version closes out an album that just doesn’t quite reach the potential that sets it apart from other Americana albums,

The album is reflective and moves on from his last album Single Mothers and Absent Fathers delivering his own innovative Americana feel, where Justin leads others have followed. The music is to Muscle Shoals to be Country – too retro to be cutting edge. Who cares? Kids In The Streets with its layers of music with old style guitar and lyrics that have something to say it is a good listen and has a purpose in its commentary. What more do you want from an album. For Bluesdoodles Kids In The Street is a welcomed addition and will be played for the sheer enjoyment of listening to Justin Townes Earle.

 

Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street –  New West Records

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Track Listing

  1. Champagne Corolla
  2. Maybe A Moment
  3. What’s She Crying
  4. 15-25
  5. Kids In the Street
  6. Faded Valentine
  7. What’s Goin’ Wrong
  8. Short Hair Woman
  9. Same Old Stagolee
  10. If I Was The Devil
  11. There Go A Fool
  12. Graceland (Bonus Track)

Earle has announced a quartet of UK dates in the summer:
Monday 26 June – The Tunnels – Bristol
Saturday 01 July – Maverick Festival – Suffolk
Monday 03 July – The Crescent – York
Tuesday 04 July – Omeara – London

 

 

Justin Townes Earle New Album Kids In The Street