Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

 

 

What a start to 2017 – two festivals and some fantastic live gigs, memory box of 2017 filling up fast. Adding to the mix of delights is a cascade of albums arriving through the letterbox both the electronic format and the traditional front door.

First thirteen weeks, I have listened to many and thirty-three have been reviewed Bluesdoodles keyboard warrior 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 first quarter of 2017 from the 1st of January through to 31st March 2017: EIGHT albums shone bright, thus ten doodle paws were stamped on the cover.

Clicking the album cover takes you to the review:-

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready For The Grave – Hurricane Ruth Records  “Hurricane Ruth delivers blues with gritty determination. She sets the music going and raises the tempo and heat until a perfect storm is created, with energised, swirling blues that are fueled with high-octane rock.  ….  The album is delivered with passion and determination the lyrics are set free by Hurricane Ruth’s vocal interpretation.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – This is The Life I Choose – 33 Records: “With three studio albums under Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion’s belt the fourth is definitely not running out of steam, it is full throttle blues. The blues are stylish, a mix of pathos and humour, reflections and looking forward, sadness and hints of joy”  Read the rest of the review HERE

Thunder Rip It UpearMUSIC: “Rip It Up will never be a boring listen.  Why? … Thunder’s eleventh studio album they a have definitely roared out of the studio with Rip It Up. An album for Thunder fans who have followed them over three decades and for those discovering them at today. …..  Rip It Up as new fans come under Thunder’s rock spell.”  Read the rest of the review HERE

Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Hearts –  Tuohi Records.  “The only answer as the last notes fade is listen and explore Stolen Hearts again. Why? Stolen Hearts is an album of musical maturity that will remain a firm favourite for years to come in collections of lovers of contemporary blues without boundaries.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Jo Harman – People We Become – Independent:The ten track, superbly crafted album closes out with piano and voice as Lonely Like Me with deep melody and a song that is timeless as we feel the hurt of loneliness and understand the begging for forgiveness as it is part of our own life’s journey. It is why we are the People We Become”. Read the rest of the review HERE

Catfish – Broken Man – Independent:Broken Man is definitely not Broken giving contemporary British Blues that resonates curling around your speakers with sparkling class. …  an album early on in the year that has to be a contender for Blues Album of 2017. This is a blues gem that is multi-faceted and a prism of blue hues that hits you from every direction.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Matt AndersenHonest ManTrue North Records: … The music has a freshness, with a twist of retro and crosses across genres if you love a good song, superb vocals and interesting melodies then Honest Man will be a much-loved addition to your collection of music that is personal and political.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado – Change My Game – RUF: “…a studio album that sets down clearly the intent that Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado have once again picked up the baton of creativity and the game has changed for them building on their previous catalogue …. full of freshness as all the skills, dexterity and feel of the eight musicians are used to maximise the blues, rocking funky sound that flows through the album.” Read the rest of the review HERE

 

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For Oh Susanna 2017 Equals New Album New Tour Dates

For Oh Susanna 2017 Equals New Album New Tour Dates

For Oh Susanna 2017 Equals
New Album New Tour Dates

 

 

New Album – A Girl in Teen City

“Here is my story of A Girl in Teen City. Trying to find out who she is while trying to be something she isn’t. Falling in love, getting drunk, having her heart broken, hanging out with friends in bedrooms, basements and parking lots, sneaking into shows in burnt out warehouses, watching the waves, walking home over bridges and railroad tracks in all that endless rain.” Oh Susanna/Suzie Ungerleider

 

A Girl in Teen City reunites Suzie Ungerleider with producer Jim Bryson. Jim and Suzie collaborated on her previous release Namedropper, an album featuring the songs of Canada’s top songwriters written specifically for Oh Susanna to interpret.  With six other critically-acclaimed albums of original songs in her carpet bag, Oh Susanna tells stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity.  They are outsiders, real and imagined, but rarely herself. This time, with the urging by her friend and co-conspirator, Jim Bryson, she embarked on a time machine to visit her teenage self in a sleepy port town that she thought no one had ever heard of.

The Juno-nominated and Genie award-winning Canadian songstress began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well off early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills.

Oh Susanna · Spring 2017 UK Tour · April 19-27

Oh Susanna is touring the UK in April, including four special shows with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, which they’ll be performing in a trio format.

Oh Susanna · Spring 2017 UK Tour · April 19-27

Wed 19      London – Cecil Sharp House

Thu 20       Sheffield – The Greystones  co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Fri 21         Saltaire, West Yorks – The Live Room, Caroline Social Club
Sat 22        Glasgow  – The Admiral
Sun 23       Bury – The Met  co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Tue 25       Hereford  House Concert  co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Wed 26      High Wycombe – Kingsmead House Concert
Thu 27       Basingstoke  – The Forge co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

 

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson, takes you on a lyrical musical ride that you will want to repeat. Music and storytelling are in harmonious unison under the reins of Jarrod as he Ready the Horses. Opening with Faint of Heart is the acoustic guitar with percussive power and the Hammond adding warmth to a number that has its hooks deep into your musical soul. You want to listen to more, Jarrod’s influences reach deep into the Lone Star State, where he was born, with his immense talent he builds on traditions and creates a depth of tone and feeling of modern Country with the cleanness of freshly mown grass.

The ten numbers work with the change of textures and beats, through clever songwriting and imaginative instrumentation that builds and adding to the focus of Jarrod’s distinctive tuneful vocals. The timing on Take It From Me adds drama, integrity and searing emotions as the number builds. The tempo slows, with the duet of Your Heart Belongs To Me, the vocal duties are sung by husband and wife Jarrod and Claire. The guitar and vocals combine with lyrics creating a heavenly love song.
His Debut The Lonesome Traveller was critically acclaimed and for many, the second album is often a tricky beast. No problem for Jarrod Ready The Horses, the stallions are punching the air with delight ready to take you on an exhilarating Country gallop.

A trio of Jarrod style Americana with California, Gold Rush and A Cowboy & The Moon three songs three distinct sounds. California, retro in its acoustic gentleness, mesmeric in its simplicity. This is a tale of questions, do you still think of me even though I am in the past. Then we darken with a heavier growling Jarrod, with Gold Rush. The power of the number is barely contained, nothing is rushed we are stepping out on a journey with a bluesy feel that adds but never defines the number. Jarrod’s vocals are the gold in this Gold Rush, Anyone listing to the album will be all the richer for having Ready The Horses in their collection. The cowboy meets his horses with A Cowboy &The Moon, a dose of Tex Mex a ballad that explores the cowboy’s feelings.

Closing out the album of ten delicious sonic treats with I Won’t Quit., in which the vocals shape the lyrics with hurt, sorrow and pain as he has said the words all wrong. A ballad that lingers and connects. One thing is positive once heard you will never quit the Jarrod Dickenson sound.

The album from first note to last has an honest elegance and integrity in the shaping of the lyrics and the music. This has been added to by the excellent production and recording the core band live onto 2” tape as musicians of yesteryear did. Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound’” Yes, the sound is warm, emotions are heartfelt so Ready The Horses and listen to Jarrod’s distinctive vocals.

Jarrod Dickenson Ready The Horses – Hooked Records
Out 10th March

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Track Listing

  1. Faint Of Heart
  2. Take It From Me
  3. Way Past Midnight
  4. In The Meantime
  5. California
  6. Gold Rush
  7. A Cowboy & The Moon
  8. Nothing More
  9. I Won’t Quit

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

SHINE ON RAINY DAY
DEBUT ALBUM OUT MARCH 24TH
via Atlantic Records

 

 

Black Crow – from Debut album Shine on Rainy Day

Brent performing the laid-back, melancholic album track ‘Black Crow’ from a session recorded at the Sam Philips Studio in Tennessee.

Full of textures, tones rooted deep in the lexicon that is the sound of Americana.

After the huge success of his debut dates in the UK in February, Brent Cobb will be returning for a full UK tour in May plus two festival appearances including The Great Escape. On his earlier visit Brent sold-out headline shows in London and Manchester and stunned crowds in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections festival with his raconteur’s wit, tales of rural life in the Deep South and heart-rending performances of songs from his critically acclaimed debut album Shine On Rainy Day.

UK shows – May 2017

Sat 20th – Brighton, The Great Escape
Sun 21st – Oxfordshire, Wood Festival
Tue 23rd – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Wed 24th – London, The Borderline
Thurs 25th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Sun 28th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah

Released in the US last year to widespread praise, Shine On Rainy Day made number 11 in Rolling Stone Country’s Top 40 Albums of 2016. The album saw him enlist the help of his cousin and fellow Georgian, Dave Cobb, the Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson and album guest Jason Isbell.

2017 is a busy year for Brent with him heading out on the road across the US supporting the likes of Nikki Lane The Cadillac Three, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and the aforementioned Chris Stapleton, as well as playing California’s Stagecoach Festival, before hitting the UK in May.

“…what promises to be Cobb’s breakout LP as a singer-songwriter.”— Rolling StoneBRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

“…masterfully understated wit…”— NPR Music

“It’s a soft, acoustic ballad, different from what you may have already heard from Cobb. The Georgia-born singer/songwriter has a knack for joyous, energetic songs that celebrate life and the good things in it.”— Noisey

“Let me just say that Brent Cobb is pretty damn good.”— Sounds Like Nashville

 

 

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

 

 

The latest melodic, politically charged outpouring from Canadian Matt Andersen is full of tonal depths and interest. Acoustic at the heart filled out with rhythmic beats deep keyboard chords and brass Honest Man goes Pop with rhythmic soul.

This is Matt Andersen, lighter in tone having fun as he explores new territory on Honest Man. In the new songs, Matt combines his soulful gospel-rich voice with the power of Commissioner Gordon. “Gordon has worked with so many different people, like Santana and Quincy Jones, on so many historic albums,” says Andersen. “He has such a great approach and was able to tie-­in so many new ideas to what I’ve done in the past without losing touch with my sound.”

This is Matt Andersen with a spring in his fingers moving on from the guitar driven acoustic wealth of Coal Mining Blues, he has created a fresh and bright Honest Man. Opening with Break Away, one thing for certain is that from the first to the last you will not want to break away from the music that Matt is producing.  Opening with upbeat with cascading chords from the organ and country fuelled sound with the hint of reggae in the beat your feet will connect you to the rhythms and your soul will soar with the vocals.

The title track, co-­written with Chris Kirby, was inspired by a US political cartoon. Has a deep rhythmic pull with the trumpet pushing the melody on and Matt’s gospel-toned vocals adding blues to Honest Man as politics are explored. The movers and shakers may be turning their backs on Matt we certainly won’t be. The music as he explores both the personal and the political has an honest pull music that is of and for the times we are all wading through.

Let’s Get Back,  is an anthem for now as you realise things have changed and not necessarily for the better how we can find our way back in a soul of searing demanding vocals with the cadences of Warren Haynes with added brass acting as the cheerleaders.  The album touches on the questions posed post elections and referendums, what is the truth or Who Are We Listening To? How social media influences and how we can make up our own minds with honest information.

For the personal side of Matt as the Honest Man check out, I’m Giving In, stripped back combination of piano and vocals works perfectly on this ballad as he considers making a commitment. Then we continue with the personal journey with All the Way, written with Gordie Sampson, has a dance beat that swings with energy as Matt sings about taking the step and committing to a relationship with all the emotions, fears and hope this journey will take your life on.

A new branch of the  Matt Andersen musical journey is being formed in Honest Man. Across the ten tracks styles are explored and sounds are experimented with. The important thing is the essence of Matt Andersen is never lost or drowned out by the new approach. The music has a freshness, with a twist of retro and crosses across genres if you love a good song, superb vocals and interesting melodies then Honest Man will be a much-loved addition to your collection of music that is personal and political.

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Matt AndersenHonest ManTrue North Records

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Track Listing

  1. Break Away
  2. The Gift
  3. Honest Man
  4. I’m Giving In
  5. Quiet Company
  6. Let’s Get Back
  7. All The Way
  8. Last Surrender
  9. Who Are You Listening To?
  10. One Good Song

Catch Matt Andersen European Tour 2017

bringing to you his

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Jamie Williams Sits Back Sharing His Beautiful Dreams

Jamie Williams Sits Back Sharing His Beautiful Dreams

Jamie Williams Sits Back Sharing His Beautiful Dreams

 

The album Beautiful Dreams and the second acoustic solo album from Jamie Williams, normally part of his big band sound of Jamie Williams and The Roots Collective. Songwriting flows from Jamie’s pen and as he says; “performing and writing are my way of taming my demons and are as natural as life itself to me” The album is fourteen mellow tracks out of Essex via Nashville more country than British Folk. The album has a flow the tempo nudges up and down with the addition of Paul Hollingsworth on trumpet adding an extra dimension on many of the tracks.  As you listen to the album you are soothed into a Williams zone gentle and never shocking. The beat stays true and for me, fewer tracks with more tonal shape and variance would have turned the image of a Beautiful Dream into a reality.  Sometimes you need a bolt of lightning and a clash of thunder to give the dreams shape and a sense of reality especially on tracks like In My Times of Darkness that are looking at the darker side of life.

Opening with Spare A Thought it is asking us to think of others and introduces us to Jamie’s distinctive vocals with the trumpet piercing through adding a rawness as the theme of love of humanity is explored with the feeling of disempowerment across Britain today. A political anthem with no real anger or passion that matches the lyrics in the melody.  Love of his wife is celebrated with Love of My Life; exploring love is the essence of the album and the romance continues with the release date of 14th February.

The title track is with a guitar that stings and Naomi Poole weaving her cello as the words are at times more spoken than sung a poem of a Beautiful Dream as the lyrics are intoned matching the chords of the weeping cello.

Pulling back into the English Countryside with Bitter Is My Beer, a melancholy song definitely warm British beer not fizzy light American beer from a bottle. This is beer that you cradle as you hold your emotions in and feel a deep sadness. The album has a vulnerability summed up with Box Marked Fragile this is music that drifts and turns dipping into emotions but never resolving your angst that is left to mournful trumpet and cello strings that shiver with tears.  Jamie uses the solo album to explore a variety of styles, snatches of mariachi style trumpet and echoes of blues on Whispering Blues with its percussive backdrop.

Jamie Williams’ solo album, Beautiful Dreams floats away off a soggy cloud. The musicianship is good, but for me something is missing an injection of purpose and a shaping of a sound that is acoustic Jamie. As the last notes of We Are One, the resounding memory is for the atmospheric trumpet the words have got lost in the mix. Acoustic album works if the lyrics empower, entreat and connect and in this dream land they didn’t for me.

Jamie Williams – Beautiful Dreams 

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Track Listing

  1. Spare A Thought
  2. Love Of My Love
  3. Lovely In Libson
  4. Beautiful Dream
  5. Mama
  6. Twinkle In Your Eye
  7. Bitter Is My Beer
  8. Remember
  9. Box Marked Fragile
  10. Trying To Get In Touch With Me
  11. Whispering Blues
  12. In My Times Of Darkness
  13. You Still Looked So Good To Me
  14. We Are One

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

 

Beautiful album cover as Sarah says thank you for being the stars in my sky. As the cover opens revealing golden stars sparkling with the mysteries of the moon against an indigo background.  Allowing the listener before hearing a note played capturing the ethereal, dreamy feel of the music Sarah Darling has captured on the ten tracks from Wandering Star around Halley’s Comet and onto the closer Stargazer.  To categorise the album in Country is just simplistic, a form of genre blindness. Sarah is a singer full of poise and sophistication who has weaved into the foundation, jazz, folk and a purity of melody ensuring the lyrics shine with startling force reflecting a starry night.   The exploration of Dream Country begins with Wandering Star. Like a shooting star capturing the emotional journey of following one’s heart as one takes the first step pinto an unknown future.  English folk assails the ear with Anchor, co-written by Sam Palladino who grew up in Cornwall, which captures the wildness of the Cornish coast and safe anchorage of harbour and home. Nashville colliding with Cornwall is a partnership that has perfect harmony.

The tempo picks up and darkens, all is not sweet as Sarah sings Tell The Devil. With country rocking out with a gentle but persistent percussive beat, we have a wildness and the feeling of a journey going out of control.  The Smiths Cover, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, acoustic and with a gentle vocal never as good as the original in my opinion, Morrissey’s gruffer vocals gave the original an edge missing on this outing.

We have violins, sharp and with a gypsy melancholy opening to Montmartre, Sarah’s journey takes us to a city she loves Paris. Gently dreamlike and romantic as we float around the streets. We lose the violins and a gentler orchestration takes over. So much more could have been done with the violins showing a darker underbelly of the city.

The debut UK Single You Take Me All The Way has a gentle jazz cocktail hour vibe. With a breathy vocal that lingers on with the vocals leaving you wanting more. As we meet Stargazer the last track, ethereal her vocals silky and otherworldly, the album fades away with a gentle wave rather than a memorable shout.  An album that under 40 minutes is a quick jaunt leaving us wanting to hear more and listen to greater exploration of the harmonies that define Sarah Darling. Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Sarah Darling – Country Dream – Be Darling Records

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Track Listing

  1. Wandering Star
  2. Where Cowboys Ride
  3. Anchor
  4. Tell The Devil
  5. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
  6. Starry Eyes
  7. Montmartre
  8. Halley’s Comet
  9. You Take Me All The Way
  10. Stargazer

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

 

 

New album for the New Year from the Americana singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player Daniel Kimbro. A winning combination as they twist the blues through the Americana roots acoustic music they play with aplomb.

The album is breathtakingly beautiful as they cast the spell of music emotionally charged, played with style creating Static In The Wire that sends shivers of connectivity through your spine. The winning combination starts with strong lyrics, the power of telling a story through a song and Martin’s guitar with the distinctive sound of the Weissenborn and added to the mix is the double bass blossoming with an array of sounds and tones under the skilful guidance of Daniel Kimbro.

Opening with One Horse Town, a perfect introduction for the next fifty minutes of music that simply delights. Sit back breath slowly and relax as the eleven tracks have a special quality the music static that makes the hairs stand up to attention at the back of your neck. One Horse Town has a country fair feel that something exciting is going to happen around the corner with its jaunty beat of a juke joint piano.

The dynamic sound the duo creates for the album that was tracked live at Wow & Flutter studios in East Nashville filled out with a selection of guests adding their shades to the static Harley & Kimbro create. The guests includes Jerry Douglas, Derek Mixon and Micah Hulsher and they add extra depth to the sound. The drums which sounded great in the kitchen, listen very careful and the sound of the freight train synonymous with the blues can be heard in the background.

With the music as lush and as precious as this roots delight it’s not surprising to find Gold. They reach deep into your emotional soul to root out gold that doesn’t glitter, is not cold metal but a moment of golden opportunity.

The album speeds up with the spinning and weaving of a melodic tone with Eastern allure as we are found Dancing on The Rocks. Another story the lyrics are the soul the melody the beating heart as we trace our fingers along the static wire. The pathos of This Little Bird that I tired of singing is reflected in the stark melody sharp and cruel as Martin’s vocals explore the feeling of the bird. A sad and poignant number with a chorus that pulls you deep into the song’s lyrics, this could be about any of us when tired of all that life throws at us.

Closing with Daniel Kimbro’s deep bass strings reverberating and Martin Harley intoning the vocals the song is dark deep and full of blues as in the Mean Old City – part 2.  The track is full of rhythmic tones and the guitar interrupting with a purity and a lighter feel. An album full of good solid lyrics and shapes of music from people this is folk that sings the blues.

Static In The Wire is proof perfect that slow, carefully formed acoustic music picking up traditional styles is not boring. It is full of deep emotions, coloured by experience, using the tones inherent in the instruments and engaging with the listener. Static In The Wires is timeless and for now and forever, Like  A Postcard From Hamburg will always be treasured by the owner.

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – Static In the Wires – del Mundo Records

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Track Listing

  1. One Horse Town
  2. Feet
  3. Don’t Fail Me (feat. Jerry Douglas)
  4. Postcard From Hamburg
  5. Gold
  6. Sweet & Low
  7. My Lover’s Arms
  8. Dancing On The Rocks
  9. Trouble
  10. This Little Bird
  11. I Need A Friend
  12. Mean Old City

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro – Static In The Wire UK Tour

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro - Static In The Wire UK Tour

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro –
Static In The Wire UK Tour

 

With a new album, Static In The Wire recorded and released on 10th February 2017 – so  Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro are on the road throughout March across the U.K.  This follows on from the critically acclaimed album 2015’s Live at Southern Ground

 

TOUR DATES MARCH 2017

MARCH

Fri 3             Leicester – The Donkey
Sat 4            Barton upon Humber –  The Ropewalk
Sun 5           Gateshead –  Sage Gateshead
Tue 7           PerthInchyra Arts Club
Wed 8          Glasgow – Cottiers
Thu 9           Manchester – Band on the Wall
Fri 10           Liverpool – Liverpool Philharmonic
Sat 11          Barnsley – The Civic
Tue 14         Wimborne  Tivoli Theatre
Wed 15        Farnham – Farnham Maltings
Thu 16         London – The Forge
Fri 17           Canterbury  – The Marlowe Theatre
Sat 18          Lewes – The Con Club
Tue 21         Cardiff  – St David’s Hall
Wed 22        Bristol – The Lantern, Colston Hall
Thu 23         Exeter – Exeter Phoenix
Fri 24           Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
Sat 25          Dorchester  – Dorchester Corn Exchange
Sun 26         Didcot – Cornerstone Arts Centre

Static in the Wires is the new album from blues-Americana singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player extraordinaire Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe).

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Static in the Wires is his seventh album and the second with Daniel. The two first met through mutual friend, Sam Lewis, at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table; Martin playing a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), while Daniel beats scratches and bows a double bass to create an unexpected array of textures and sounds.

Static in the Wires was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V. McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past. At one point heavily armed police sealed off the area to conduct a manhunt.

Mixing elements of Santo & Johnny, JJ Cale and Taj Mahal, Static in the Wires follows 2015’s Live at Southern Ground, glowingly described by The Observer as“A spellbinding 50 minutes”.

Guests on Static in the Wires include multiple Grammy Award-winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis), and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona For David Phillips The Roof Top Recordings 2

Barcelona For David Phillips The Roof Top Recordings 2Barcelona For David Phillips
The Roof Top Recordings 2

 

Back on his rooftop in Barcelona for the second album of  Roof Top recording, repeating the style of his 2011 Rooftops his first record on Black & Tan Records. On this album, David Phillips delivers eighteen tracks exploring his guitar, lyrics and warm vocals. On a rooftop, the recording process is simple, stripped back, only the essentials joining David in making this album. His guitar and voice are captured with just two microphones and all the doors and windows wide open. Adding some variation in guitar tone his Resonator and Cigar Box guitars make their appearances but nothing else to complicate the process of sharing his music.  What we get is an artist who is at one with the whole process concentrating on delivering the twelve songs. The last six numbers are instrumentals providing a bonus EP to complete the rooftop stripped back vibe.

This is music that relaxes from the opening track Making It Up through to the last fading notes of the instrumental Long Flight Home.

Here It Is we hear in fleeting a Spanish neighbour then into an upbeat number, with this percussive number David captures your attention. Listen out through the album for when the outside makes a guest appearance including Swifts and House Martins, perfectly reflected in instrumentals Migration and Dance of The Swallows. Beat Box opening and we Are Flying High with the soulful vocals of David Phillips.

An acoustic, stripped back album. The making may have been simple, the result is an album full of shadows and moody mystery. The album captures that live, spontaneous feel as the bird song and a few unwitting neighbours captured when David Philips records the songs we want to hear. The Rooftop Recordings 2 is a must for lovers of acoustic simplicity, the power of lyrics, blues and soul to add to the collection of chill out tunes. The Cigar box adds a ripping it up-country blues tone to Tied Up Gagged and Bound the track is a foot tapping extravaganza. Counting himself in gives the feel of an intimate bar setting of a live acoustic session as he opens on Old Red Haze. A lyric about anger and is gentle as his guitar curls around the lyrics as he gets angry and blind. Country fueled with blues as we swing on the veranda and listen to the music flow.

The finale is a bluesy number Long Flight Home with birdsong getting the tune underway. Only one solution is to listen again!

David Phillips The Roof Top Recordings 2Black & Tan Records

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Track Listing

  1. Making It Up
  2. That Dirty Road (Beach version)
  3. Washes Over Me
  4. Guitar On my Knee
  5. Here It Is
  6. Flying High (Acoustic version)
  7. Tied Up Gagged and Bound (CGB version)
  8. My Baby Needs Love (Acoustic version)
  9. 5 Long Years
  10. Guilty Sunday (Acoustic version)
  11. Ellie
  12. Old Red Haze
  13. Migration
  14. Dance Of The Swallow
  15. The Acrobat
  16. Waterproof
  17. Long Flight Home

 

Barcelona For David Phillips The Roof Top Recordings 2David also a talented painter/draughtsman and the CD artwork is made up of a selection of his own watercolour paintings of birds that visit the Barcelona rooftops regularly. The special CD / artwork version is limited to 1000 numbered copies. You can order your copy HERE direct from the source for only 14,99 EURO (shipping included):