Gov’t Mule On Tour plus New Album

Gov't Mule On Tour plus New Album

Gov’t Mule On Tour plus New Album

ANNOUNCE UK/IRISH SHOWS OCTOBER 2017

NEW ALBUM – Revolution Come… Revolution Go
Out June 9 on Spinefarm Records

 

 

LISTEN TO THE NEW COMPOSITION
‘DREAMS & SONGS’

“[Gov’t Mule‘s] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft” – NPR

“Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful slide player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter” – Rolling Stone

“A band heavy enough to be James Hetfield’s favourite; grungy, gritty and bluesy enough to earn the praises of ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons; and swirly enough to speak loud and clear to the Phishheads who flock to their shows to twirl the night away” 
– Guitar World

Gov’t Mule On Tour plus New Album, Revolution Come… Revolution Go, and the visit to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales we all get a chance to hear the new music live!.  Following the announcement of their eagerly anticipated 10th studio album, American rock band Gov’t Mule have confirmed their return to the UK in October this year.The band will be heading to Ireland to play a show in Dublin before coming to the UK for four dates in Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

Oct 22nd –  Academy, Dublin, IE | Tickets
Oct 24th – Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK | Tickets
Oct 26th – Ritz, Manchester, UK | Tickets
Oct 27th – Tramshed, Cardiff, UK | Tickets
Oct 28th – London Bluesfest, London, UK

The band first return to the road at Summerstage in New York’s Central Park and have dates booked through the summer in North America and Europe, with hopes of also heading to Japan, Australia and other territories to promote the upcoming album Revolution Come… Revolution Go. After celebrating 20 years and then taking a few years to work on other projects, the album is “the new chapter opening up for the band”, according to founder Warren Haynes. It’s due for release June 9th via Spinefarm Records. You can pre-order the album here.

The 12-song set, Gov’t Mule‘s 10th studio outing, was recorded primarily with long-time collaborator Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) in Austin, Texas, but the musicians also worked on a pair of tracks with Don Was, with whom Haynes recently toured as part of the recent The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour.

The record features the song ‘Dreams & Songs’, which Haynes deems autobiographical, reflecting on a career that started professionally with David Allan Coe’s band in 1980 and has gone through the Dickey Betts Band, the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends and more.

“It’s about looking back at your life and family and changes,” Haynes explains, “and the general message is you never go back home — not in the literal sense of the word, but things have a way of growing in their own directions, and you wake up one day and look at everything you’ve been through and think, ‘Wow, how did I get here?’ It’s a journey and you look back on it. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had, but it’s been a wild ride and in some ways has gone so much quicker than I would ever expect. Thankfully, I’m still going strong and my career’s as good as it’s ever been. I’m thankful for that.”

 Gov't Mule On Tour plus New Album
Revolution Come…Revolution Go Standard Track-listing:
1. Stone Cold Rage
2. Drawn That Way
3. Pressure Under Fire
4. The Man I Want To Be
5. Traveling Tune 6. Thorns Of Life
7. Dreams & Songs
8. Sarah, Surrender
9. Revolution Come, Revolution Go
10. Burning Point (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
11. Easy Times
12. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Deluxe Version – Bonus CD:
1. What Fresh Hell
2. Click-Track
3. Outside Myself
4. Revolution Come, Revolution Go (Alternate Version)
5. The Man I Want To Be (Live In Studio Version)
6. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Live In Studio Version)
Gov't Mule On Tour plus New Album

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy LEAVE THEIR MARK WITH NEW ALBUM
LEGACY
OUT AUGUST 25TH
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.

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy
The trio brings the same energy from their sold-out crowds into the studio, self-producing the new music. As critics have suggested “There is no doubt that The Cadillac Three have never been ones to play by the traditional rules of country music…” (Rare Country).The Cadillac Three will travel the world this summer, performing for their rabid fan base at Download Festival in Paris, France with Linkin Park on the 9th of June and in the UK with Aerosmith on the 11th. They also have a full summer tour of the USA and Canada, taking in cities across the whole of America. For tour dates and album updates, visit the home of The  Cadillac Three 

Bluesdoodles are always delighted when The Cadillac Three announce a new project.
This is what we have 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

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

 

When Nathan James stormed onto the stage at Planet Rockstock 2015 with Inglorious eighteen months ago the potential for something huge, replicating the rock bands of the past was written in the stars, as reflected in the crystal ball on the cover of their first self-titled album. From that point they have grown into the band they promised to be. The second album is always difficult. Not for Inglorious they didn’t waste time and effort on a title – it is simply Inglorious II. That is the only simply thing.

With a dozen original numbers written by the whole band the feeling of musicians working together creating an organic living musical identity from first to the last chords is evident. This is all underpinned by this studio album having the fluidity, driving energy of a live sound. Being on the road, receiving audience reactions have shaped and formed the sound as they recorded as they play live, with raw energy and the building of tones from the instruments and not trickery.  With the mixing done by  Kevin Shirley  the album has a the stamp of Classic Rock, not trapped in the past but as a sounding board for music you want to rock to.
The band wrote the whole album with no guest writers this time, they said “It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time poss.”

The opening chords are full of controlled restraint, the feel of acoustic, building the suspense we have all been feeling since announcement date 12th May for the release of the album on Frontiers Records. The crash of cymbals the melodic howl of Nathan as we are off on an Inglorious rush of melodic rock, play it often and play it loud Nathan may sing I Don’t Need Your Loving! BUT! We need your heady rock fueled energy it is fresh, modern, created for the twenty-first century with a quality that is firmly stepping back in time.

Third track in and you know that this is an album that will perform superbly live, and in the meantime will stay on repeat. Tell Me Why; demonstrates that Nathan has the freedom to perform those toe curling with delight vocals because of the band. The four musicians throughout provide more than a solid platform they give the sound shape and form for the lyrics and vocals to curl round, whether in anger, love or for the pure joy of singing.  The drumming from Phil Beaver is rhythmically strong as we Read All About It and Andreas’ guitar work has a sting in its tail.  As the groove changes with Change Is Coming and its deep bass line from Colin Patterson. Inglorious are a band connected through the music they love to play.

The blistering guitar opening of No Good For You, they may sing and play like that every day for me and will definitely be good for lovers of rock. As the album reaches its finale, we have time to draw our breath, reset our energy levels with Faraway, simple, quieter, a controlled vocal delivery from Nathan full of delicate intricacies. Faraway is a beguiling track. Then the grand closing number with High Class Woman. High class certainly describes the album.

Do not expect surprises, this is a rock album and they deliver.  As ever Inglorious are being compared and contrasted to bands and singers of the past. For me that is a useful starting point, the reality is Nathan James and Inglorious on the second recorded offering are proving they are not pale imitations. The sound is Inglorious’ own, the sound is glorious.

Before, making albums Nathan thought to himself, “Why are those classic albums so awesome?” He realised it was because “the musicians were recording in an organic way; they could track it live and capture amazing energy.” He certainly has lived up to his observations on the whirlwind raw and tamed Inglorious II. Joining the charismatic front man and vocalist Nathan James are lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson, rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, and drummer Phil Beaver.  With the departure of Wil from the band it is welcoming back former guitarist Drew Lowe.

Inglorious II is a mighty fine rock album with all the necessary components, but definitely not playing rock by numbers. This is modern rock with attitude, raw and at times a little bit dangerous. They want to thrill you through music and inglorious ii definitely thrills.

 

Inglorious – Inglorious II –  Frontiers Music Srl

on May 12, 2017.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

    1. I Don’t Need Your Loving
    2. Taking The Blame
    3. Tell Me Why
    4. Read All About It
    5. Change Is Coming
    6. Making Me Pay
    7. Hell Or High Water
    8. No Good For You
    9. I Got A Feeling
    10. Black Magic
    11. Faraway
    12. High Class Woman

    Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious IIThe album will be released as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles “I Don’t Need Your Loving” and “Taking The Blame”.

    A vinyl release will also be made available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.
    Inglorious II features
    Nathan James – vocals
    Andreas Eriksson – lead guitars
    Wil Taylor – guitars
    Colin Parkinson – bass guitar
    Phil Beaver – drums

    TOUR DATES

    2017  Dates announced so far are:

    19th May 2017- UK, London, Islington Assembly
    16th June 2017 – FRANCE, Clisson, Hellfest Festival
    18th June 2017 – BELGIUM, Dessel, Graspop Festival
    22nd June 2017 – DENMARK, Copenhagen Festival
    24th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
    19th August 2017 – UK, Tilford, Weyfest Festival

    Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017 – On January 21st and 22nd 2016 world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated blues-rock, singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were filmed and made into “Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening”.

“Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening” is an evening of extraordinary music with new arrangements of favourite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs.

The line-up is completed with Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (Drums) Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian backing vocalists, Mahalia BarnesJuanita Tippins and Gary Pinto.

Bonamassa comments: “Despite being among the most ambitious things I’ve done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show.”

Everyone knows the old saying about how to get to Carnegie Hall, but Bonamassa has truly lived that advice. His entire life and musical career had been practice for this moment, and a young blues-boy finally made good on a childhood dream of playing one of the most hallowed stages in the world.

This stripped-down, all-acoustic show allowed his fans a glimpse into his soul and presented a thrilling and musically dangerous spectacle akin to walking a tightrope without a net.

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017“JOE BONAMASSA LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL – AN ACOUSTIC EVENING” – TRACKLISTING

This Train
Drive
The Valley Runs
Dust Bowl
Driving Towards The Daylight
Black Lung Heartache
Blue And Evil
Livin
Get Back My Tomorrow
Mountain Time
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
Song Of Yesterday
Woke Up Dreaming
Hummingbird
The Rose

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

Available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray & Vinyl

RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 23rd JUNE 2017

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

JOE BONAMASSA
APRIL 2017 UK TOUR

BOOK ONLINE:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 844 0444

SOLD OUT ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 20th APRIL 2017

Venue Box Office: 020 7589 8212
24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Tickets: www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
www.royalalberthall.com

SOLD OUT ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT
FRIDAY 21st APRIL 2017

Venue Box Office: 020 7589 8212
24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Tickets: www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
www.royalalberthall.com

BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE
SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 2017

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Box Office: 0844 856 1111
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Tickets: www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
97 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HL
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SHEFFIELD ARENA
MONDAY 24th APRIL 2017

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Box Office: 0114 256 56 56
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Tickets: www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
Broughton Lane, Sheffield, S9 2DF
www.sheffieldarena.co.uk

Joe Bonamassa is the winner of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award 2017 (SEGA). He will receive the award at a special ceremony on 21st May in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom. Last year Steve Vai won and accepted the award in person in the same town. An impressive list of former winners of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award led the way for him: Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Brian May from Queen, Walter Trout and Steve Lukather from the band Toto.

Joe says: “This is really a big thing for me, looking at the people who won it before me. Guitar players like Brian May, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather and Walter Trout are such an inspiration. I’m honoured by this.”

Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Hearts New Studio Album and Tour Announced

Erja Lyytinen - Stolen Hearts New Studio Album and Tour Announced

Stolen Hearts
New Recording from Erja Lyytinen

Release date 7th April 2017  – Tuohi Records

Released on CD, Digital Download and Vinyl

The release of Stolen Hearts coinciding with April 2017 UK Tour.   The perfect chance to hear Erja’s new music live.  The album is  the first album to be released since 2015’s “Live In London”, and the first studio album to be released since 2014’s Elmore James tribute “The Sky Is Crying.”

The UK Tour starts at the Square & Compass in Ilminster on Sunday 9th April finishing in Sheffield at on Saturday 15th, See Tour dates below.

Erja Lyytinen - Stolen Hearts New Studio Album and Tour AnnouncedErja chose to record Stolen Hearts at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. Erja’s vocals were recorded at State of the Ark Studios in London by multi-platinum selling engineer and producer Chris Kimsey, known for his contributions to classic Rolling Stones albums Sticky Fingers and Some Girls. Kimsey also mixed the album.

 

Expect to have your hearts stolen with the new album. as Erja flexes her blues muscles as we would expect. This album has more as she explores musical genres with influences country, Americana, funk, folk, prog, R&B, jazz and rock create an exciting album. The one certainty her trademark slide guitar blues is used with force to interconnect roots and its musical shoots together this is an adventure that Erja wants to share with you.

“Working with Erja was a revelation,” says Kimsey. “She has the ability to perform and write so many different kinds of songs, and her vocals and lyrics are powerful and they connect with listeners.”

Erja Lyytinen - Stolen Hearts New Studio Album and Tour Announced

ERJA LYYTINEN
UK TOUR DATES APRIL 2017

Square & Compass, Ilminster – Sunday 9th April 2017

Box Office – 01823 480 467

The 100 Club – Tuesday 11th April 2017 Record Release Party

Venue Tel: 020 7636 0933 or Book Online – WeGotTickets.com

Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion – Wednesday 12th April

Venue Tel: 01903 366 017  or Book Online from SeeTickets.com and Ents24

Durham Gala Theatre, Durham – Thursday 13th April 2017
Co-headline with Chantel McGregor

Box Office: 03000 266 600 or Book Online: Durham Gala Theatre

HRH – Blues Festival, O2 Academy Sheffield – Saturday 15th April 2017

Box Office: 0203 287 4994 or Book Online – HRHBlues

Booked your tickets now listen to 24 Angels from the forthcoming album Stolen Hearts

Fourth track of the Album, 24 Angels  a song is about morality and forgiveness. While Erja wrote the lyrics she  was thinking of death row, when the final judgement comes. How does the person feel while walking that last walk? Relief? Fear?  Written in a more minor key and co-written with songwriter and guitarist Alan Darby. Last year I went to India to play some shows. During the slide solo I played an Indian scale with semitones, which gives the song a more of a mysterious vibe.

Eric Gales Studio Album Middle Of The Road

Eric Gales Studio Album Middle Of The Road

Eric Gales Studio Album
Middle Of The Road

 

 

Legendary guitarist Eric Gales announces new studio album 

Out 24th February via Mascot Label Group/Provogue HERE

 

Check out the brand new track ‘Carry Yourself’ here: 

“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa

“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana

“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro

“This guy could be the best player on Earth” Mark Tremonti

“Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free”, says Memphis born Eric Gales. “Now, I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid”, he opens up. “You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.”

The title of his new album Middle of the Road will be released on 24 February 2017 and is the running theme throughout the record. “It’s about being fully focussed and centred in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”

Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) after Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007) and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish.

Recorded in several locations; Room A Studio and Fab’s Lab in North Hollywood as well as Cuz Studio and Sound in Cleveland, MS and ‘Cotton Row Studios in Memphis, TN. With Aaron Haggerty (drums), Dylan Wiggins (B3 Organ), LaDonna Gales (All backing vocals), Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Drummey (Mellotron on Repetition) and Eric Gales providing all lead vocals, guitar and bass. It’s a beautiful snapshot of life right here, right now. “I played bass on the entire record, it was beautiful” he beams. “I’m a bass player at heart so Fabrizio was like ‘bro you need to be playing the bass’. It was something that was very natural for me to too, I loved it.”

Talking about the accolades he is starting to receive he humbly adds;” It’s absolutely great, I’m grateful to see the recognition for the work that God has allowed me to continue to progress with. It’s beautiful to see the recognition to be finally coming and in the proper way, unlike times where I was engaged into heavy addiction, where it wasn’t such good publicity, but to see it be changed around, it’s a great turn of events.”

This refers to the time he spent in jail serving at the Shelby County Correction Center in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. Elaborating he adds; “While I was in there all the officers and guards were like, ‘bro you know this isn’t where you’re supposed to be. When you get out of here, go take the world by the horns and ride it all the way out.’ It took a couple of years after but, I’m here.” Whilst he was incarcerated he was able to play shows, for the Mayor, the city and festivals, his own version of Johnny Cash Walk the Line.

This is where Middle of the Road finds the rebirth of Eric Gales.  A new album that has seen him more free than he’s ever been and on the biographic songs you take this journey with him. Along the way he brings in not only a host of guest and collaborators, but also those closest to him: Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr, Eugene Gales, LaDonna Gales, Lance Lopez, Raphael Saadiq and Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram.

Much of the album is achingly heart on its sleeve and Change in Me [The Rebirth] is one of those moments, it’s about a new change in life. “I changed up some things in life and decided to go a new route”. “I wrote Carry Yourself with Raphael Saadiq and strangely enough, as I sit here looking at her that song is about LaDonna actually. It’s about how we met and how we grew to get to know each other through life and how she’s always carried herself. It has always been something I’m fascinated with. The only cover is the mesmerising interpretation of Boogie Man featuring Gary Clark Jr is something to behold.  “I’m a fan of Freddie King anyway and I like that song. I just enjoyed the original version and I just put a little twist on it and music wise.” “Basically”, Gales adds, “The Boogie Man is about, so watch out cos there’s a bad guy on the way and you know, I’m coming! I think me and Gary did a really good job on that song.” Continuing the rebirth is Help Yourself,  features 16 year old guitar sensation Christone ‘Kingsfish’ IngramI’ve Been Deceived has a multi-layered meaning to it. “Personally,  I was talking about how I was deceived by addiction” he confesses and on Repetition, he goes back to the very beginning and where it started by collaborating with his ‘mentor’ and older brother Eugene Gales

“When I say the world will hear about it, you’ll see what I mean when you hear the record,” he says. “This record is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been, and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.” Eric Gales

Releases in first quarter 2017 are looking exciting and this is top of the pile when measure against the Bluesdoodles excitement meter!

Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more






Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more

Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more

 

BD: Afternoon Katie, great to catch up with you and have a chance to talk about the forthcoming album and projects you are keeping you busy.

KB: Having a good time, keeping busy with projects and tours that keep rolling in.  So lots of variation in my approach to the Blues. I have been involved with Matt Long recording new material and I have a single out with a dance/electronic duo Jettricks – it is available via i-tunes and limited edition vinyl via my website.

BD: Tell us about the crowdfunding project with Indiegogo for your new album C’est la vie and choosing Indiegogo.

KB: I have invested a lot of time and money getting my exciting new project to this stage. Now on post production stage, feel it is going well people are being very generous. Crowd funding nearly reached half way and with eighteen days to raise the rest. The great thing about Indiegogo is that after paying a fee even if the full amount is not achieved I do still receive the money that has been raised by the end of the fundraising period. A good way of investing in an artist and getting something tangible in return

This is what your money is going towards

What We Need & What You Get

I have already invested what I can to the album to this point, so now we need your additional help to complete the process ready for release. In effect you are receiving the album in advance as a pre-order, with great bonuses and unique gifts available to this campaign as ‘perks’. Thank you for contributing and contributing to this venture, making it happen for us – not mentioning ordering a great present or a gift for yourself!

We are aiming to raise £3000 to cover:

  • Final studio session with special guests
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Artwork
  • CD production

 Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more

C’est La Vie Indiegogo Crowdfunding HERE

BD: So the album title is C’est la vie; has the blues got a French feel?

KB: No it hasn’t I just like the French take on life, very philosophical and I think that is true of the blues as well. Whatever hardships you come across you have to get on with it “such is life” so thought it was the perfect phrase. The title song has a line “C’est la vie comme ci comme ça that is the way we are baby”. Yes, to do with the philosophical edge of the French.

It has been exciting working on ‘C’est la vie’ with one of the UK’s most exciting and inventive guitarists, Chris Corcoran. Chris is an incredible artist who has been featured in Guitarist Magazine, and is internationally noted for his innovation and authenticity as a composer and musician. I have known Chris for over twenty years, only worked together closely for the last  three years playing on the London circuit, the live scene We have been talking about making an album over the three years but between us we have just been too busy. Chris has been playing over one-hundred & Eighty gigs a year. We didn’t want to do a covers album, didn’t see the point. So he came with some grooves with Jamie Lawrence on Bass and I wrote the words. Quite a few of the songs are quite personal feel that it is quite a magical feel on the album personally. On drums is Mike Thorne who has played with all sorts of people. They are all part of the London scene. There are really authentic Chicago 1950’s flavours but really inventive as well reflecting the diverse catalogue of the musicians creating a lovely mix. I had to get Paul Jobson involved on keys, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organs and Grand Piano, he just sat there and played it plus he is doing some backing vocals with me a continuity from my first album She’s Ready.  Also joining us is percussionist Paul Elliott who is in a duo with Jamie called Jettricks which is really cool and funky.

BD: With that mix is there a funky groove going on as well?

Yes there is, we have variety across the tracks with a gospel number which is heartfelt with a Staples Singers  influence, then there is Southern  Soul,  New Orleans, Memphis, Sun Studios influences and one of them is definite funky, 1970’s diva style. There is a whole mix of influences and everyone has added there take on them even a jazzy one song about having a muse. Chris Corcoran playing stands out it is just lovely, very melodic. The whole album draws on all of our passions for traditional Blues and Roots whilst continuing the traditions through experiences and bringing them to you bound by infectious grooves and melodies

BD: Where was the album recorded?

KB: The album is being recorded at the brilliant Rimshot Studios in Kent, renowned for award winning records and recording artist’s and so we are in the best possible hands with Mike Thorne behind the desk as well as on the drums. The studio is perfection as it offers authentic microphones and expertly sourced recording equipment, ensuring techniques that are reminiscent of the old recording companies such as Stax and Chess.

BD: Is the album self-released?

KB: Yes it is. The plan is to move it forward with an international release on a record label. The idea is to use the crowdfunding to have all the promotional material of a quality to get the album noticed and out there.

It is going to be released on CD, Had lots enquiries regarding vinyl so may bring out a single on vinyl. Vinyl is attracting young people. Whole new generation who are finding the blues through dance like a flash mob almost? as after a lesson in  Brixton & Islington  they dance to live music Would love to integrate this into festivals.

BD: Is there a release Date?

KB: End of January with a launch night in February. Check out the crowdfunding as one of the rewards is tickets for this event and you can be there at the launch of C’est la vie.

BD: With the album out early 2017 what other plans in the pipeline?

KB: Other things happening new website with shop. Some rather nice gigs including support to Popa Chubby at 100 Club in January and tour and festivals planned over Europe and the U.K. Keep in touch with Katie over at her Website HERE.

 


Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plans

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plansZEAL & ARDOR SIGN TO MVKA

SINGLE AND ALBUM RELEASE PLANS ANNOUNCED

LIVE SHOWS IN APRIL 2017

 
 
Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plansThe forthcoming album ‘Devil Is Fine’ – set for release February 24, 2017 –  thematically revolves around more typical black metal fare – rituals, human sacrifice, fire, and blood. Zeal & Ardor take the blaspheme up a notch by delivering the lyrics in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs. Black metal from the cotton fields.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves (just as it was imposed in Norway) and black metal in the ‘90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: what would satanic spirituals sound like?

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plans The double first single, which includes album title track ‘Devil Is Fine’ and ‘Children’s Summon’, is set for release in Europe on November 11.  Pre-orders for the ‘Devil Is Fine’ album, described by Noisey as “one of the year’s most intriguing”, launch the same day.
Having listened to the single’s first side Devil Is Fine, not once, twice or three times it has left me a mixture of excited, intrigued and confused. This is not  Blues  simply revisited and rewritten it has been re-imagined as to what the voices of slaves would sound like today.  The sound is a mash-up as the essence of blues meets metal and gospel colliding with electronica. The beat is pagan, the chains clang with painful memories and the  music is totally dark and modern as the holler of the chain gang rings loud and clear. The pain is deep with the vocals full of open pain and anguish. This is a loud message that will gain attention across the genres of music.  The genre is mixed and has been garnering attention online since April 2016 belongs to Zeal & Ardor.
Gagneux comments, “Devil Is Fine was not created thinking that this many would ever hear it. There is no stylistic compromise or pandering on it. Only things I personally like.”

Zeal & Ardor intend to bring the live experience to Europe in Spring 2017. When asked earlier this year by toiletovhell  about performing live, Gagneux commented, “I’d really like it to be somewhere between a concert and a seriously f*cked up play. Not just something people haven’t heard before, but something people have never seen before, leaving them frightened, weak, and loving it. That is the thing I’m currently striving for.” The following dates are now on sale:

14.04.2017 – CH – Basel, Czar Fest

19.04.2017 – FR – Paris, Backstage By The Mill

20.04.2017 – UK – London, Underworld

21.04.2017 – NL – Tilburg, Roadburn Festival

22.04.2017 – DE – Berlin, Urban Spree

24.04.2017 – CZ – Prague, Roxy

25.04.2017 – PL – Warsaw, Hydrozagadka

26.04.2017 – GR – Athens, Kyttaro

03.05.2017 – IT – Milano, Lo Fi Club

04.05.2017 – CH – Geneva, Usine

 

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

We all make resolutions, listening to quality music is an easy one to keep, put Res 9 on and sit back and enjoy the bluesy rock fuelled ride taking you on across the eleven tracks. This is blues that sparks with the electricity of musicians that are playing at the top of the game. The line-up joining Rik Emmet’s guitar and vocals are Dave Dunlap, guitar and Steve Skingley on Bass and Keys and completing the rhythm section is Paul DeLong on drums. Then adding to the excitement are a number of guest James LaBrie vocals via Dream Theatre, Alex Lifeson, Rush guitarist, the rhythm section are a Triumph Mike Levine bass is joined by drummer Gil Moore. This is Canadian Rockers that have resolved to come together and create an album with a sting in its tail.

Res 9 a debut album for this line up and a welcome return of Rik Emmett and the album promised a lot. If you were expecting solid classic hard-core rock with clashes of guitar then you will not be disappointed. The album is much more considered, the instruments are in control the vocals are strong, but unfortunately the lyrics are at times rather weak for a blues driven rock album.

Opening with Stand Still the rolling blues guitar is definitely not standing still. This is a track that is driving blues with a ZZ Top feel and even the Red House is mentioned as blues are given an out with stinging guitar and Riks vocals imploring us to relax with an intimidating growl that is to be obeyed!

Four tracks have special guests and you do not have to wait long before Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson makes his first appearance on the second number Human Race. Adding to the Dunlap Emmett guitar partnership is the twelve-string of Alex adding that tonal power that gives the number an attention grabbing vibe as the last note fades and the last lyrics ‘I’m still this guy. I still live this”. Then a change of tempo as I Sing with Dream Theatre’s vocalist James LaBrie, he sings for his supper with vocals that rise above he will never go hungry. Now three tracks in the album had me hooked, not as a reviewer but a lover of music that weaves with the blues and creates music for now and not yesterday. Both Alex & James join in the fun on the last track End Of The Line. With a rocking riff the track opens and the drums are secure as the vocals take up the guitar challenge. This is a guitar number with not one, but three exhilarating guitar solos the third being a Lifeson special what a last track full of rock energy verve and style with all the excitement of a blues jam. Wait, all is not over, there is a bonus track as joining the band on Grand Parade is Gil Moore & Mike Levine a triumph of rhythm. The bonus is a slower ballad infused number, acoustic and floats on a sea of blue that laps around the shoreline.

The numbers that the band are left to their own devices are full of blues, ballads and emotions. Rik’s vocals on My Cathedral are laid back reflecting the soothing guitar. The trend continues with the slow mournful The Ghost Of Shadow Town that has drumming the makes the foundation solid. This is a track that needs strong power infused lyrics and they miss the mark for me. Blues colour the next two tracks exploring the link that connects rock and the blues with Sweet Tooth. Just as you are smothered by laid back vibes rock hits the spot and Heads Up we have hooks and chorus that re-energises the album before the smooth road home.

There is no doubt that Res 9 is an album that intrigues, whets the appetite with the mix of slow and intense blues and rock and the interface where the morphing of blues jam into a harder rock number. The album is an exploration of guitars relationships with vocals, the losers here at times are the vocals as the songs are just not strong enough to be a real triumph of narrative driven blues rock.

Rik Emmett & RESolution9 – Res 9 – Mascot Group Label

release Date 11th November 2016

EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Stand Still
  2. Human Race (feat. Alex Lifeson)
  3. I Sing (feat. James LaBrie)
  4. My Cathedral
  5. The Ghost of Shadow Town
  6. When You Were My Baby
  7. Sweet Tooth
  8. Heads Up
  9. Rest of My Life
  10. End of the Line (feat. Alex Lifeson & James LaBrie)
  11. Grand Parade (feat. Gil Moore & Mike Levine)

Rob Tognoni The TasMANian Devil New Album Brave

Rob Tognoni The TasMANian Devil Brave New Album

 

Rob Tognoni The TasMANian Devil New Album Brave Now Out

 

Having heard Rob Tognoni live at HRH Blues 2016, I was excited at the opportunity  to listen to the single Brave from the album. Bluesdoodles predicts that the  single will get lots of airplay. Why? It is strong, brave rock with a hard vein of blues flowing through. The vocals have power and purpose the drumming kicks up the beat and then the blue icing that fills the track  Rob Tognoni’s guitar. The tone, pace the riffs that fit into a pocket earworm that you want to carry around this is a confident number that sets out the stall and makes you run to get the album Brave.  This is easily done as Rob is on Tour in the UK throughout November.

GIG DATES

Thursday, 03/11/2016, The Arc, Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees
Friday, 04/11/2016, The Iron Road,  Evesham, Worcestershire
Saturday, 05/11/2016, Haven Club @ the Art Bar, The Bullingdon  Oxford
Sunday 6th November Black Market Warsop
Monday, 07/11/2016, The Half Moon,  Putney, London
Wednesday, 09/11/2016, Winchester Discovery Centre,  Winchester

Best wishes
Joining Rob Tognoni are Gaz Rackman – bass and Mike Hellier – drums

A stunning guitarist with killer licks, and a fine blues rock feel…” Jazz FM, London

 

Rob Tognoni The TasMANian Devil Brave New Album

From Tasmania, Australia & introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994, Rob Tognoni delivers a 100% powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise, which is strongly evident in his music.

After 45 years his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues & festivals as well as gaining many fans of hard blues rock worldwide.

His latest release “Brave” is a testament to his writing and production skills. The album consists of 12 original tracks with the influences ranging from Rory Gallagher to Frank Zappa.