Who Will I Turn To Now asks Husky Tones with Attitude

Who Will I Turn To Now asks Husky Tones with Attitude

Who Will I Turn To Now asks
Husky Tones with Attitude


Husky Tones, not as you have heard them before. This is the raw, urban blues with attitude which illustrates the direction Victoria Bourne and Chris Harper have taken the duo.  Previously a four-piece band they now with have the energy of Victoria and Chris harnessed to the full on the new album showcasing their unique interpretation of contemporary blues as they ask Who Will I Turn To Now. The answer is Husky Tones for modern blues, described by them as Punk Blues. This is blues that is fresh, full of zing and attitude, slightly zany but always melodic and with textures that have grit this is a sound to get your teeth into.

The punk element is that these are songs of pain, protest and self-belief. Husky Tones, want you to sit back and go on a journey of discovery and self-awareness with blues that is for the here and now full of relevant beats and chords that hit the mark as Victoria spits out the vocals with melodic charm.

The album, Who Will I Turn To Now takes you on a journey via the power of Victoria’s drumming, the eloquence of her vocals and the guitar that radiates the texture of blues with attitude as Chris makes the six-strings purr, howl and jump for joy.  Opening with Round The Wrekin; a West Midlands colloquialism taking the longest way to get to where you want to be a description says Victoria of the musical journey her and Chris have been on.  The opener certainly hooks you in with guitar licks that make you want to learn more about the duo with a sense of the dramatic. Throughout the album, they remind me of the Two Timers with the depth and at the same time sparsity of sound. They know when to make a statement loud and clear and then they take the foot off the pedal. Jungle Blues is an example, here Victoria uses her voices as another instrument before picking up the lyrics laid bare above Chris’ guitar licks full of moody intent, reflecting the political message as we empathise with those caught in the refugee crisis. Perfect follow on to Momentum, with its optimism found in protest.

Half-way through an acoustic number has the power that silence and reflection hold. The Island of Barbed Wire is based on the experiences of Ludwig Dollitz, Victoria’s great uncle, interned on the Isle of Man as a German residing in the UK during WW1. The feeling of powerlessness resonates from a century ago to the global events of now. The rhythm is deep and strong on the title number Who Will I Turn To Now? Personal experience gives the words a passion and truth as Victoria explores her (she is not alone) experience of the Benefits system.  Making you feel invisible, unimportant, worthless.

Then we are ready for fun and Husky Tones deliver that with upbeat party vibe These Hips Are Made For You, fast furious and still angry hence ‘punk-blues’. Closing with World’s End Lane, the album brings this part of the Husky Tones narrative using blues to a close. The album leaves you feeling emotionally drained yet empowered. Ready to protest and have an attitude that music is a force for change.

The album recorded at Platform Studio, Reading produced by Stuart Dixon has captured the essence of now. The feeling of loss, we want change, we want things to be better, fairer and a safer place to be.  Husky Tones have set down the marker and the duo will be getting attention as they hit the road and the progression of this dynamic pair will be interesting.

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Round The Wrekin
  2. Momentum
  3. Jungle Blues
  4. One Good Reason
  5. Island Of Barbed Wire
  6. I Worry About Nothing
  7. Who Will I Turn To Now
  8. These Hips Were Made For You
  9. Put Your arms Around Someone You Love
  10. World’s End Lane

King No-One Tour Dates Plus Alcatraz Video

King No-One Tour Dates Plus Alcatraz Video

King No-One Tour Dates Plus Alcatraz Video

Watch the video for Alcatraz it will catch your eye and the indie-pop beats will excite your listening experience.

The video is bright with its fun with vibrant tones and uplifting pop charm of the track. The band’s energy and modern 80’s style radiates throughout as they sing, dance and perform through an explosion of colour in this infectious slice of indie-pop pleasure.

The dynamic Yorkshire four-piece have been capturing the hearts of music fans across the country. Clash Magazine raved about the “fizzing hooks, buoyant energy, and tonnes of charm” that ‘Alcatraz’ delivers. It follows their previous single ‘Halo’, a powerful dancefloor anthem with a huge hooky chorus.

Having just sold out their own UK headline tour, King No-One will be back on the road for a second headline run this December, due to fan demand. All shows are 14+ and the tour includes a show at London’s Boston Music Room on Friday 9th Dec.
Mon 28th Nov– Fruit, Hull
Tue 6th – Bodega, Nottingham
Wed 7th – Sound Control Bar, Manchester
Thu 8th – Exchange, Bristol
Fri 9th – Boston Music Room, London
Tue 13th – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
Wed 14th – King Tuts, Glasgow
Thu 15th – Wardrobe, Leeds
Fri 16th – Fibbers, York“King No-One with Constellations. Loving that!! One, big single!” – Huw Stephens Radio 1“Ambitious young band. They just blew our socks off with their strongest single yet”Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)

‘This is only the beginning for King No-One, I’m tipping them for big things”
– Jericho Keys (BBC Introducing)

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: July – Sept 2016

Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016


Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016:
July – Sept 2016

Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st July and 30th September 2016 Bluesdoodles listened to numerous albums and reviewed 27 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance.

This is the third quarter of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016.

Honey Island Swamp Band  –  Demolition Day
Laurence Jones – Take Me High
Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots

Aynsley Lister – Eyes Wide Open
Devon Allman – Ride Or Die
King King – Live

Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Sari Schorr – A Force of Nature

LaVendore Rogue Darkening The Live Stage

LaVendore Rogue Darkening The Convent's StageLaVendore Rogue Darkening The Live Stage

The Quintet delivered music it is enthralling and delves into the darkness with rocking majesty. At the heart of LaVendore Rogue is the soul of Hokie Joint the band that always defied pigeon-holing. Up-front JoJo Burgess, with a vocal range and texture dexterity that defies comparison he delivers the lyrics with style, cynicism and more than a hint of menace. Joining him from Hokie is the guitarist Joel Fisk whose licks, slide and ability to make the guitar howl in answer to JoJo always adding that little bit extra. The third and definitely not the least at the back is Stephen ‘Cupsie’ Cutmore on drums picking up the beat from dark and hidden places and shining the light onto the rhythm that like a strobe light pierces the melody seeking attention as Rob “Tank” Barry picks up the bass line. Completing the quintet on keys Warren Lynn, whose keys adds an extra textural layer into the complexity that is LaVendore Rogue. The band has one foot in the music of Rolling Stones, Paul Rogers and the other exploring the array of contemporary rock and Rhythm n’ Blues.

LaVendore Rogue Darkening The Convent's StageLa Vendore Rogue, is a complete band borrowing the best from Hokie Joint but never shrouded or swamped in the mantle as they create music that is roguish and has a textural interest that beguiles the listener wrapping the audience in the LaVendore sound. The album Light Up With, introduces the sound which continues to develop and take on a roguish shape a band visual exciting the music is dark, entertaining and tells a good story through lyrics and melodic lines.

LaVendore Rogue Darkening The Convent's StageJoJo is the charismatic front man, full of dramatic gestures augmenting the lyrics of old favourites Chocolate Cake, when celebrating Charlie Patton’s, Oh! Death with lyrics reflecting the stage tonight in front of the altar at The Convent. As JoJo sings, Just look what the Lord has done, Lord I know, Lord I know I’m coming home… Then the latest sound Gangsters, Thieves and Villains from the debut album, Light Up With along with Dead Man’s Chest. This is a quintet that wants to make waves, to be listened to and taken seriously as they create a sculptural sound that tells a story, evokes emotions and connects.

Tonight, LaVendore made an impression as they wowed the audience and will delight and continue to delight with a sound that is live and full of mystery. Spanning genres they are themselves true to the music they want to create and you want to listen too.

Closing with Mrs Jones, revamped and full of energy we listened on the edge of our seats as JoJo unveiled Mr Jones walking upstairs to see Mrs Jones in the afternoon. LaVendore Rogue catch them at a venue or festival whenever you can they will never disappoint and always entertain with fantastic music.


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2016 Archive News Releases More

Blues Sister Convent

Going to be an awesome night of live music and a celebration.
Buy Tickets NOW! –The Convent, Stroud HERE
Buy Live Stream Tickets via Netgig HERE


Bonamassa pays homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page
Due to torrential rain this week, it has been decided that Joe’s concert at Hoghton Tower on Saturday 2nd July will be moved indoors to Preston Guild Hall. The venue will be a mixture of standing and unreserved seating and provides the best opportunity for Joe’s fans not to miss his planned visit to Preston.

01772 804 440

Doors open at 6pm
Special guest ‘Joanne Shaw Taylor’ 6:45 pm
Joe Bonamassa 8:00 pm
Further info: www.symphonyatthetower.co.uk

Billed as JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT: A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION, the American blues rock guitarist will pay homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk and www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates. Joanne Shaw Taylor will open for him at three of his British Blues Explosion concerts in the UK in July – Preston Guild Hall, London Greenwich Music Time Festival and Newark Castle.

Multi-award winning Blues guitarist Laurence Jones, New Album on the way and to whet out music appetite
” Got No Place To Go” (Official Music Video) .

Laurence Jones -” Got No Place To Go” (Official Music Video)
Featuring – Phil Wilson Drums, Roger Inniss Bass
Produced by – Mike Vernon

Yes! ARW Anderson Rabin Wakeman 2017 UK Tour

READ more about this exciting 2017 ARW tour – HERE

poster King KIng Broken Tour

READ more about both bands King King & Broken Witt RebelsHERE

ROADSTARS Touring November Breaking Rules

Full details of tour and more check out information HERE



Check out the dozen UK tour dates October 2016 HERE

momentumlogo288x257Momentum Music Fund

The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5k-£15k for artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers in England.
Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. CLICK HERE to read our guidance to see if you could be eligible to apply for the Momentum Music Fund.

Our next deadline is on Tuesday 9th August 2016.

The Momentum Music Fund was launched in 2013 and is a partnership between the PRS Foundation and Arts Council England, in association with Spotify.


Ian Siegal 25


Ian Siegal is celebrating 25 years of touring with his band. In the Autumn the multi-award winner will tour a program of songs drawn from his 11-album catalogue. Dates so far announced cover Austria, Netherlands and The UK (England, Scotland & Wales). He will also release a deluxe package of his most popular songs together with a book of lyrics.

Checkout all the details on his shiny new website – www.iansiegal.com


Out Today Dan Reed Network Critically acclaimed album Fight Another Day read what Bluesdoodles said HERE



We also had a fascinating conversation with Dan Reed – catch what he said HERE

Dan reed Network

Kelvin Jones – Debut Album Blues Peter appearance and single
Check out all of this and tour Dates HERE

Joanne Shaw Taylor Wild

The much anticipated Joanne Shaw Taylor follow-up album to her 2014 – Dirty Truth

Also available tp Pre-order are Limited edition Bundles

To Pre-order Click HERE

Wild Release Date 30th September 2016


JST Tour

Gov't Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star Sessions’

Legendary rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule
Releasing a new archival album – The Tel-Star Sessions
August 5, 2016 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Read all about the release and a sneak preview video HERE

Pre-order The Tele-Star Sessions HERE out 5th August 2016

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Wonderful conversation with Wayne Proctor – Making records, Drummer nad his own three drummes! super-group

Read the answers to my questions – HERE

JB Cavern



Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, on Monday June 27th, he will perform a FREE “invitation only” concert at the legendary Cavern Club venue in Liverpool, as a thank you to all the fans that have helped his career grow from playing small clubs to sold-out arena tours worldwide.

This intimate concert in front of 350 people will preview material that he will perform at five special concerts in the UK this July, where Joe will pay homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. This one-time only UK concert experience is billed as JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT: A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION.


When Joe plays the Cavern Club on June 27th, he will also be inducted into the Cavern Club’s historic “Wall of Fame”, where he will be commemorated with a special brick in the wall with his name inscribed on the brick.

Previous artists to be inducted on the Wall of Fame include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, The Kinks, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and many more musical icons.

Down In The Woods Festival

The choice of lead single from a debut album to get is notice. Well Elle Exxe’s new single ‘Lately’ achieves the goal full of pop driven energy this will get feet tapping and ears turning. Love Fuelled Hate her debut is out on 9th September. Elle Exxe will be busy in the run up as demand grows.
With her international appeal constantly growing, she will be performing at the Canadian Music Week next week, before returning to the UK for The Great Escape Festival. She’ll also be playing at Liverpool Sound City, and Xpo North in Inverness this summer.
Listen to Lately here.

RUN – with Dan Patlansky – from New Album INTROVERTIGO

Exciting read what Bluesdoodles said about INTROVERTIGO and UK Tour HERE

‘Move It’ from Japanese guitar superstar Hotei, which features guest vocals from Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe

Just under three minutes of black and White intensity the visuals and music refect the driving demands of both artists. Guitar and vocals take teh lead then meldin a hard rock soup reflecting the pain of the lyrics.

Hotei comments on the video saying, “I wanted to make it simple, because Richard has a very strong character, and I think we have different characters. First, we wanted to try to do a story, but now it’s more like a focus on two characters on the same screen.”
The track is taken from his debut UK album Strangers which was released last year and features an array of high profile guests including Iggy Pop and Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine and more. Hotei is best known for his song ‘Battle Without Honor Or Humanity’, instantly recognisable as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill and has played alongside the The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many more across his career.



See the dates and how to get tickets HERE





Read all about the exciting new album HERE

John Mayall

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: Live in 1967 – Volume Two

Available Worldwide on Friday 6th May 20

Following the huge critical and commercial success of 2015’s John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers ‘Live in 1967’, Forty Below Records is pleased to announce the release of a second volume of live material from the legendary short-lived Bluesbreakers line-up of John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums)
Volume Two showcases three John Mayall self-penned tracks; the opening song, all-time blues classic ‘Tears in My Eyes’, ‘Chicago Line’,featuring a John McVie bass solo and ‘Please Don’t Tell’, which is a great example of the power-blues that The Bluesbreakerswere renowned for.
“I am so happy that the remaining usable tracks from these London club dates have been released as a follow-up to the well received Volume One.  Peter Green, as before, is on fire throughout and this set includes a great instrumental based on his composition ‘Greeny’.  There area  couple of Otis Rush tracks that were included on the first volume but they are from different venues and totally different. I couldn’t possibly let these slide. Also, there is another version of T-Bone Walker’s’Stormy Monday’ that is sung by American Serviceman Ronnie Jones, who was lead singer with a British soul band and, who would frequently sit in at our gigs.  John McVie gets in a great bass solo on ‘Chicago Line’ and Mick Fleetwood drives the whole set with his unique and powerful drumming.  With these new tracks added to the collection, it pretty much features all the material we had in our repertoire at that time and I’m very glad that you can now enjoy this great piece of rock/blues history”.

Read what Bluesdoodles said about – John Mayall Live in 1967 HERE



Frontiers Music Srl will release DAN REED NETWORK’s brand new album Fight Another Day on Friday June 3rd, 2016. The new album marks the anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the melodic rock world in the second part of the 1980’s. Originally formed in Portland, Oregon, DRN packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with their infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and soul.

Click Here for the full announcement about the new album on Team Rock.

“It’s been 25 years since our last studio album The Heat was released, says Dan Reed, “and to be honest, I never envisioned making another DRN album despite countless people encouraging us to do so. With a mixture of fate and a collective of trusted friends and supporters in the business coming to the table, I’m excited to say we are poised to release a brand new record entitled Fight Another Day on Frontiers, home of many artists that we in fact admired back when we were first hitting the scene and before.”

Watch the “Fight Another Day” official album trailer

The new album is available for pre-sale from – iTunes and Amazon

Album Track Listing – 1. Divided, 2. The Brave, 3. Infected, 4. Champion, 5. Ignition, 6. Give It Love, 7. B There With U, 8. Save The World, 9. Eye Of The Story, 10. Reunite, 11. Heaven, 12. Sharp Turn, 13. Stand Tall


Saturday June 4 – Hard Rock Cafe – Oslo, Norway
Monday June 6 – Gröna Lund – Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday June 7 – Liseberg – Goteborg, Sweden
Friday June 10 – Sweden Rock Festival
Monday June 13 – The Rock Café – Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday June 15 – 100 Club – London, England

Red Sky July

Single ‘Walking Country Song’ released April 22nd 2016, taken from upcoming new album
‘The Truth And The Lie’ (March 25th release)

Bluesdoodles reviewed The Truth And The Lie – see what we said HERE

Highly Suspect

 Two Grammy nominations celebrated by Highly suspect as they rock deep into the night.

Signed up to 300 Entertainment in May 2014 , Johnny Stevens (guitars/lead vocals) and a twin fueled rhythm section Rich and Ryan Myers on Bass and Drums.

From Mister Asylum is the debut album by American rock trio Highly Suspect, released on July 17, 2015. It features the singles “Lydia” and “Bloodfeather”.

Now a Tarantino inspired video, “Bloodfeather

Iron Maiden



Following the major accident in Chile  http://ironmaiden.com/news/article/ed-force-one-damaged on the morning of Saturday March 12, we are delighted to announce that a fully repaired Ed Force One will take off tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday March 22, from Santiago Airport to rejoin the tour at Brasília Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.

Comments Bruce Dickinson, Maiden vocalist and pilot of Ed Force One: “The speed and thoroughness of this incredibly complex operation was stunning and we are so very pleased to get our plane back! We would like to thank Air Atlanta and their terrific rescue team for a fantastic effort in achieving this in the time they did, and to Boeing, LAN Chile. ACS and Rock-It Cargo for all their invaluable support.  We are sorry though for our fans in Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio and Belo Horizonte who missed out seeing the plane, but we hope they enjoyed the concerts as much as we did.




Blues in Britain Magazine – Discounted Annual Subscriptions

We have negotiated a discounted annual subscription rate with Blues in Britain magazine – exclusive for UKBlues members!

Check out the offer and join UKBlues TODAY! Here.


Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa pays homage to the music of
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page

With Special Guest



Rest of the tour dates and link checkout – HERE


Bonamassa Guitars Blues and UK Tour Joe Bonamassa’s new album

“Blues of Desperation” is released on March 25th via Provogue.

Read Bluesdoodles review HERE






Blues of Desperation: The Making of the Album

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Joe Bonamassa Tour Dates in UK – Check out HERE





The Cadillac Three new video – Grafitti

Read more HERE




Laurence Jones Tour

New Portals


NEW PORTALS – opening the way from Belfast, Mike and Ruth Aicken with their own brand of alt-pop. This is pop for the age of electronica with an ethereal feel echoes of Irish Folk in the rhythmic cadences of the lyrics.

Skyline with harmonies that ebb and flow, build and fade away this is the magic of lying on your back staring at clouds across the clear blue Skyline of summers day. A dreamy, enchanted state of heightened emotions.

Listen to Skyline and you will know why Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart have joined the millions who are supporting them on Spotify as the New Portals and previous folk project The Jepettos.

MARCH 2016

Monster Truck - Touring with Nickelback

Monster Truck Touring Europe & UK opening for Nickleback..

Read ALL about it HERE


Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of DesperationThere is a definite blues scent of originality within the latest album,

Blues of Desperation, from Joe Bonamassa.

The whole album takes on a journey through the geography of the blues as the album explores the physical landscape of rivers, mountains and valleys by train. Other tracks explore emotional blues of love lost, misery and desperation. The eleven original tracks have a depth and musical arrangements that augment and add a wisdom to the lyrics. Building on his last studio recording Different Shades of Blue. READ the review HERE



Corinne Bailey Rae, who after 6 years away, is back with a brand new video and album…

Her new single ‘Been To The Moon’ marking the start of her big comeback. The two time Grammy winner will be releasing her new album ‘The Heart Speaks In Whispers’ on May 13th via Virgin EMI, was recorded at Capitol Records’ studios and features bass playing from legendary session player Pino Palladino (Marvin Gaye, The Who, David Gilmour).



Having listen Corinne Rae Bailey is back with an ethereal pop driven melody with a dancing vibe combined by her velvety and soulful voice. The video has a mysterious beauty with the golden sands falling through her fingers to a tinkle of piano. The music adds the visual story the two together are a complete package of musical artistry.

It is definitely true Corrine Rae Bailey, the Leeds born songstress has emerged from her cocoon and is back a soulful butterfly to entertain once more.




 bristol-jazz-blues-festival18th – 26th March 2016

Watch the film all about the festival..

The line-up is exciting with line-up that will delight listeners of live music from Jazz through to Blues Follow the link HERE For more information and purchase your tickets.

Buy your tickets for musical fun and enjoyment in March at Colston Hall TICKETS HERE




tyf-home-singleHome is the new single from The Young Folk, exciting first single from their 2nd studio album First Sign of Morning . Traditional folk music is rooted deep within the music that has a modern edge boosting the appeal to a wider indie-pop appeal. This is reflected in the radio play and attention Home and The Young Folk are receiving.

Radio news: ‘Home’ has been played recently by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music Recommends: Link HERE and is currently playlisted on RTE 2FM and receiving national airplay on Today FM in Ireland. The Young Folk are doing a headline tour in The Netherlands starting next week: Link HERE

Home is a bitter-sweet tale lyrics deep and soulful combined with a melody that curls wistful around and like a breath of air links the words in perfect harmony.  Home delivers The Young Folk’s signature rich lyrics and layered harmonies with pop punch. In fact, The Young Folk have songwriting deep in their veins. Paul Butler’s great, great uncle wrote the Irish national anthem while in prison in 1907. Irish Republican Peadar Kearney penned The Soldier’s Song which was later put to music and translated into Gaelic as Amhrán na bhFiann. By 1926 it replaced God Save Ireland as the country’s national anthem. With close to 1 million streams for The Young Folk’s former single Way Home and a spot at #2 in the iTunes album charts, all eyes are now on Home and the new material from The Young Folk – a band with world-class songs and international appeal.

Anthony Furey: lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
Paul Butler: vocals, piano, melodica, xylophone
Anthony (Tony) McLoughlin: bass, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals (Writer of Home)
Alex Borwick: trombone, synths
Patrick Hopkins: drums, percussion

Date for Your Diaries – Album release date –  15th April, 2016

Bluesdoodles Special LinksThe UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is a pan-UK Federation to promote and support blues in the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles. A ‘not for profit’ federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues‘ aims. Further details about UKBlues, its mission, its aims and its projects are on UKBlues Federation website HERE

Thunder and more in the Valley’s


Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band




Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Four UK DATES have been confirmed in May and June. The River Tour, which is currently working its way across North American, will reach the UK on 25th May. The tour coincides with the recent release of ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’, a comprehensive look at the era of the 1980 ‘The River’ album. Read More HERE

Tour Details HERE


CORTES – Going somewhere with debut video Going Nowhere

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Listen to the trio’s debut video Going Nowhere

Andy Cortes (vocals) Sam Davies (Bass) and Marijus Aleska (Drums) – Indie Rock gaining attention without no formal release, Facebook fans and no Twitter Cortes had themselves radio plays. Three shows in Camden during February are:
18th Feb – The Hawley Arms
26th Feb – Our Black Heart
28th Feb – The Hawley Arms


Tom Waits contributing to Blind Willie Johnson Tribute AlbumOut on Alligator Records 26th February

Tom Waits has lent his voice and soul to a stunning collection of performances celebrating legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. ‘God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson’ is out through Alligator Records on 26th February and features two contributions by Tom, ‘The Soul of a Man’ and ‘John The Revelator,’ both originally recorded by Johnson in 1930.

A stunning collection of artists and performances celebrate the timeless music of legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. From Derek Trucks’ and Susan Tedeschi’s reverent reading of ‘Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning’ to ‘Lucinda Williams’ slide guitar-fueled lament in ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine,’ from Luther Dickinson’s spirited take on ‘Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King’ (with The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band) to Tom Waits’ virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on ‘The Soul Of A Man’ and ‘John The Revelator’, this record is packed with incomparable recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson.


The Treatment tour

LOng Road to Glory


The Grammy’s 2016

In the summer of 2008, a group of legendary bluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for a cameo appearance in his feature film, The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film’s critical subplot, the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the blues. During breaks in production, these bluesmen thrilled Rosenbaum with their tales of a lifetime spent on the road. First hand accounts of experiences with the mythical Robert Johnson, the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, the seminal Muddy Waters and disciples such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones got the director’s creative wheels spinning. Between takes, Sumlin called Rosenbaum over to the bandstand and prophetically told him of his feeling that they would be working together again. In an instant, an idea that had been germinating with the director for years took root. Read more HERE


Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

Amy Wadge 2015-Amy Wadge brings home Grammy for Wales – co-writer Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud read about it HERE
Amy is a brilliant song writer and her performances are stunning read Bluesdoodles thoughts :-

Live at St David’s Hall Cardiff HERE

Afterglow – Album with Pete Riley HERE




Congratulations read why we loved the album HERE
Buddy Guy truly Born To Play Guitar – Best Blues Album 58th Annual Grammy Awards.







“When we look up, whether in fear or in hope, we look as one. This makes for a remarkable perspective artistically speaking.” Arthur Jeffes 2016

Arthur explains how the music was written, ”The waveforms are exponential curves and as they approach the peak they speed up and shoot up in pitch accordingly. I took these curves and mapped them into MIDI patterns to get the notes for the piano lines. All the other sounds except for the strings come directly from the waveforms – I chopped them up, stretched them out, squashed them in, EQ’d them and compressed them and built up a pallet of new sounds to play with. The result is, I hope, a set of textures that allow one to get a sense of how the waveforms behave and at the same time allow for a beautiful musical narrative.

Samaya reflects on the compositions, “Arthur has taken celestial chirps, sound signals of moving stars sent out billions of years ago, and incorporated them into music. It’s just amazing that we can actually listen for the first time to the most violent events in the Universe. We have opened up a new window or even sense to the Universe”.

Arthur and Samaya are working with creative team MLF to produce an audio visual experience to introduce, immerse and educate audiences in an awe-inspiring and magical show. For the second part of the project, Arthur and MLF are collaborating with planet-hunting astrophysicist Jean-Michel Desert to showcase and explore nine newly discovered Exoplanets (potentially life-supporting planets orbiting other suns discovered using the Hubble space telescope). The audience will be taken on a journey to visit Exoplanets and to immerse themselves in Gravitational Waves. The show ‘Gravitational Waves & Exoplanets’ (working title) will premiere later this year. Please click here for additional information on the project and to hear excerpts of the music – HERE

Bluesdoodles: MUSIC NEWS - 2016
About Arthur Jeffes, Samaya Nissanke and MLF:

Arthur Jeffes is a musician, composer and producer working out of London. He is the founder and frontman of the renowned band Penguin Cafe and is one half of the band Sundog (with Oli Langford) and Aparat (with Mark Springer). Other work includes composing film scores and most recently producing Sam Lee’s highly acclaimed album ‘The Fade in Time’, released in 2015. In 2012, Jeffes was commissioned by the artist Nelly Ben-Hayoun to write several pieces for the NASA Kepler Project to be played by the International Space Orchestra. The pieces ‘1420’ and ‘Aurora’ were beamed into Space in 2013. ‘1420’ was inspired by the WOW! Signal.

Samaya Nissanke’s research focuses on the astrophysics of compact object (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs) binaries. She is particularly interested in modeling and now detecting their gravitational radiation and has spent most of her career working in General Relativity. She is now working with a suite of time-domain telescopes (space and ground) on detecting the electromagnetic counterparts and radiations emitted from these strong Gravitational Wave emitters.

Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is a creative studio that uses experimental technology to make work which reinterprets the idea of human perception. Their expertise has earned a reputation for creating the seemingly impossible – for producing installations that push boundaries, redefine expectations and excite audiences worldwide. Their work is responsive and spans kinetic sculpture, film, live performance and virtual reality. MLF’s approach is one of collaboration, working alongside technologists, engineers and makers to create bespoke software and hardware systems to realise their visions. Directors Barnaby Steel and Robin McNicholas are the driving force behind all MLF projects.


Boyce Avenue’s new song ‘Family‘Taken from their much anticipated third album Road Less Traveled released on April 15th.

Boyce Avenue with their devoted fans will rise to more attention with this orginal number Family – a ballad, catchy melody and mix guitar, drums and clever instrumentation. Family a potential for a Pop HIT! Boyce Avenue achieved getting the  music heard by using the internet effectively. Consisting of brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano, the trio started making music together after Daniel returned to Florida from Massachusetts.

Social Media the way to be heard for Boyce Avenue the statistics prove it:_
2.3 BILLION views on YouTube
Guinness World Record for ‘Biggest Independent Band in the world on YouTube’
Spotify – Boyce Avenue also ended 2015 boasting Spotify domination, with over 200 MILLION streams and 500 MILLION in total
Boyce Avenue – “Be Somebody” World tour and are in the UK from 10-24 March with venues across the country.

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Check out the video for Long May You Sail here:

“Old school to the max and playing vintage guitars!! JD is one of the best out there right now…one of the guys on the scene I’d love to jam with.” Joe Bonamassa

Ones to Watch 2016 – The Blues Magazine
“Raw and brimming with mojo” – Guitar & Bass 9/10
“White hot blues” Guitarist

This is definitely Southern Blues that excites and is full of modern twist and turns whilst the structure remains firmly rooted in the legacy of blues from the delta. This is a bluesdoodles band to watch out for in 2016 as they have lit the blues touch paper with Let Love show The Way. 9/10 Read what Bluesdoodles said HERE

Upcoming Shows

5th April – Basement, York
6th April – Greystones, Sheffield
7th April – Barfly, London


New Album: Kentucky

Out: 1st April via Mascot Label Group

To coincide with last week’s packed out UK arena tour, BLACK STONE CHERRY unveiled their video for ‘In Our Dreams‘, the first single taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album, ‘Kentucky’, which is set for a 1st April release via the Mascot Label Group.

The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world, ‘Hydros’, ruled by a nefarious leader. While the band play, the tale unfolds of two sisters separated in this society by a class structure. They’re eventually reunited when a revolt topples the system and they escape to a new life above water.
BLACK STONE CHERRY tell us, “We’re so proud of this video as visually it’s a direction we really haven’t taken before. We wanted a powerful performance with a very unique narrative and we believe we’ve achieved it! We hope y’all enjoy!”

You can pre-order your copy of ‘Kentucky’ now at iTunes HERE and get new album track, ‘The Way of The Future’ right away!
Pre-orders for physical CDs and special vinyl packages are available over HERE


Revealed the video for their upbeat indie brawler ‘Dying Star’,



Twelve Spells – Album Review HERE Out  March 18th 

Tour continues –
10/02 – Leeds, A Nation Of Shopkeepers
11/02 – Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
12/02 – London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
13/02 – Brighton, The Gladstone


For Full details Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus: Roots To The  CoreTour follow the link HERE



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Jeff Healey Heal My Soul
Listen to the first new Jeff Healey song in 15 years ‘Daze of the Night’ here:

Watch the Album trailer – Heal My Soul:

“He was like another one of my sons… Jeff Healey… (exhales hard)… oh my God.” BB King

“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather

“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A ‘lost’ album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff’s rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we’ve laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

Heal My Soul – Provogue Release Date March 25, 2016


Big Boy Bloater Tour




Joe Bonamassa will play Hoghton Tower, Lancashire (Saturday 2nd July), Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (Sunday 3rd July), Bristol Colston Hall (Tuesday 5th July), Greenwich London Music Time Festival (Thursday 7th July) and Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire (Friday 8th July).

Tickets for the UK concerts will be available as a special pre-sale from Tuesday 26th January 2016 from Planet Rock, 72 hours in advance to the general public – which go on sale Friday 29th January 2016

For more information Click HERE


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Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for their showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 27, 28 and 29, from noon to 5pm, 12 acts from Arizona, Canada, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri (St. Louis & Kansas City), Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin will grace the stage. Seven of these acts are participating in the 2016 IBC.

Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies.

New 2016 services from – Bluesdoodles contact TODAY

Greg LakeGreg Lake Re-releases His Two Solo Albums “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on Double Disc Set.

Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”.

This 2-CD set collects together both of Lake’s two solo albums, his first self-titled album (1981) and his second album “Manoeuvres” (1983). The set includes FOUR BONUS TRACKS which have never been included on any re-issue of the albums, only on separate rarities albums.

The first album and its three bonus tracks feature all of the members of TOTO with the exception of Bobby Kimball as Lake handles all lead vocals. Both albums also feature appearances GARY MOORE on guitar.

Both CDs have received a 2015 REMASTER which has the personal approval of GREG LAKE. The booklet includes extensive liner notes. This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place.

To purchase “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on 2-CD Set: HERE

Alladin SaneSeven Stars have been registered in the shape of the Iconic David Bowie lightning bolt from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane by Studio Brussels and MIRA Public Observatory. Pitchfork has the full story HERE. The constellation is “in the vicinity of Mars.” Studio Brussels and MIRA have also created a website, “Stardust for Bowie”, where fans can upload their favorite Bowie songs to a Google Sky representation of the constellation. HERE




OUT TODAY 15th January 2016 – WHITE Bear – The Temperance Movement Earache Records

Check out why we gave the album White Bear a perfect 10… – HERE



UK Show
Tues 5 Apr: UK – 100 Club, London – TICKETS

European Shows
Tues 29 Mar: Germany – Rockpalast, Bochum – TICKETS
Weds 30 Mar: Germany – Privatclub, Berlin –TICKETS
Thurs 31 Mar: Germany – Strom, Munich – TICKETS
Fri 1 Apr: Netherlands – Melkweg, Amsterdam – TICKETS
Sun 3 Apr: France – La Maroquinerie, Paris – TICKETS

 BLACK STONE CHERRY – Borderline –

Intimate Planet Rock Gig

for Teenage Cancer Trust
Details HERE

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January 8, 1947-  January 10, 2016

The music we have forever 

Lazarus” off David Bowie’s album Blackstar available now

Tributes are written we play the music that for many was the soundscapes of their youth.

Read what the Press is saying –
BBC said – HERE
The Guardian – HERE

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RIP Otis Clay

Rolling Stone – Obit HERE

Tribute to Otis Clay – Soul singer and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee HERE

Otis Clay – The music lives on

 Memorial Service and Celebration of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister

Scheduled for 9 Jan 2016 –  Motorhead want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.


So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.
Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home. Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th January 2016 and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.

If you’d like to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name, please go to:
Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund http://www.diocancerfund.org/“>HERE

Punk, girls in the news – The Ramona’s Read what the Guardian said HERE


 One of the acts that will light the blue touch paper and fly during 2016 = Sari & The Engine Room

NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON MANHATON RECORDS – produced by Mike Vernon will be released on Manhaton Records with the exciting guitarist Innes Sibun and on several tracks Oli Brown with Rhythm Section basaist Nani Conde & Jose Mena on drums creating power-packed soulful blues. Sari and her Engine room will be touring throughout 2016 including Blues on The Farm Friday 17th June check out USA and UK Tour dates HERE

Sneak preview listen here

 The Stone Foxes Twelve SpellsFirst album review of 2016 – The Stone FoxesTwelve Spells
“The baker’s dozen of tracks that have the frisson of experimentation that runs over the rock backdrop; each song has a distinctive element that adds up to the Stone Foxes musical lexicon of sound clouds.”
The Stone Foxes First UK Tour starts in Bristol 3rd February See the dates and towns HERE


Checkout the music that delighted Bluesdoodles during 2015

Bluesdoodles – Pick Of The Bunch 2015 – Check out the albums we are still listening too HERE

Happy New Year from Bluesdoodles…

We are excited to announce Bluesdoodles Dozen albums of 2015 & More check out what we said HERE

King KIng AlbumAlbum of 2015 – King KingReaching For The Light

We said then in April …King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions

IanSiegal_OneNightInAmsterdamLive Album of 2015 – Ian SiegalOne Night In Amsterdam

We Said Like a quality Bourbon Siegal distils the words and the music into a potpourri of smoky, moody delights .. . This album gives you a taste of the live sound in your front-room




2015 News Archive

December 2015

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 30th December 2015

Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Kennedy Center Honors 2015
Long Live The Queen of Soul –

29th December 2015

Ian Fraser Kilmister

Forever known as ‘Lemmy’ 1945 -2015

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Big shout out to Punkrocksalmedia for this fantastic photograph.

Selection of the tributes to the power of Motorhead
Official Motorhead
Classic Rock
Guitar World
The Guardian
Paste Magazine
Rolling Stone

 22nd December 2015

botf-logo Blues on the Farm 2016 – Silver Jubilee 16th – 19th June

Going to be wall to wall music at the friendly award-winning festival at Pump Bottom Farm. Returning after a fun set last year are Brilleaux – headlining on Friday the mighty King King and a Blues On The Farm favourite The Blues Band

Early morning discount on tickets UNTIL MIDNIGHT 31st DECEMBER 2015 – check out website HERE

Read what Bluesdoodles thought of Blues om The Farm 2015 – HERE
Check out what Julian Moores Blues on the Farm festival Organiser had to say when we had a chat HERE

Some photographs from 2015 capturing the moment!






beth1Following her critically acclaimed May UK tour in 2015 and the rapturous response to her latest studio album, Better Than Home, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Beth Hart and her band will embark on a Nationwide 7-date UK tour in November 2016. Sultry blues, jazzy influences, rocking tunes and touching ballads; Beth Hart does it all!

Bluesdoodles loved her show in Colston Hall Read what we said HERE then book your seat at a show near you…


Friday 11 November – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sunday 13 November – Gateshead Sage
Monday  14 November – Glasgow O2 Academy
Thursday 17 November – Bristol Colston Hall
Saturday 19 November – Bournemouth Solent Hall
Monday 21 November – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 23 November – London Royal Festival Hall



 21st December 2015

Bluesdoodles thanks everyone who has read, shared and commented on photographs, reviews on the web page Facebook or twitter – will will keep sharing the music throughout 2016…

Happy Christmas everyone keep music live and loud!

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 18th December 2015

Check out video below and what we say about Love To Hate You EP from Elle Exxe retro-pop one to watch in 2016 HERE

Confidence with a capital ‘C’ = Elle Exxe

 17th December 2015

Bluesdoodles is back some exciting posts over the next few days….

In the mean time check out the fun of our musical advent Calendar – which Christmas Music extravaganza would you like seen over the last EIGHT DAYS – tweet @bluesdoodles your choice…

Click to here the suggestions so far – HERE

12th December 2015


Bluesdoodles will be back shortly. Here at Bluesdoodles HQ the techie people have decided my old machine needs replacing so new machinery in process of coming on line!

9th December 2015





The Mascot Label Group are thrilled to announce the first edition of our new free quarterly newspaper, Mascot Messenger. The exciting new publication with be distributed throughout Europe and will give the reader a little insight into the label with news and regular interviews from the various artists signed to Mascot Label Group. Distribution in the US will follow throughout 2016.

Mascot is a proudly independent record company with a rich history that specializes in guitar based music, using four different labels to cover the various styles: Mascot Records (rock and metal – Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Black Label Society, Counting Days, Stoneghost), Provogue (blues flavoured rock – Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Robert Cray, Beth Hart, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band), Music Theories Recordings (progressive rock – Flying Colors, Teramaze) and Cool Green Recordings (alternative rock – De Staat, Black Crippled Phoenix).

Talking about the label, owner Ed Van Zijl adds; “In the end, it all comes down to the guitar, the instrument I adore. If played right, it is the most expressive tool in music, after the voice of course. We are very lucky in being able to work with great talents such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Robert Cray, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes amongst others but also in the past bands like Volbeat. It’s not just the music but also the stories they have that are great. We will try and share some of that through this paper.”
The Mascot Messenger has a circulation of 240,000 copies and is available in English, French and German. The 8-page full colour paper will be sealed with upcoming editions of The Blues Magazine and Classic Rock (UK), Guitar Part (France) and Rocks Magazine (Germany) and will be distributed by JPC in Germany, the indie record stores in the UK and various retail outlets in The Netherlands, Spain, France and Germany. The Mascot Messenger will also be sealed with all new releases on vinyl, will be packaged with all MLG Web Shop orders and can be found at the merch booth during shows of touring MLG artists in Europe


8th December 2015


Mica & Kardanski – Trouble

Set in the urban beauty spots of Manchester’s concrete jungle, ‘Trouble’ sheds light on life growing up in the city and the perils that may be found there. The innocence of a street-bound child dancer is juxtaposed with the dark looming threat of cold-hearted muggings and violence. As the Mica sings, “You never know when trouble is going to come your way”.






Buddy Guy’s “Born To Play Guitar” is nominated for two Grammy’s – “Best American Roots Performance” and “Best Blues Album” – in the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards – full list nominations HERE
Read what Bluesdoodles said about Born To Play Guitar back in August HERE



3rd December 2015

519144 With over £22,000 pledge already Planet Rock DJ Wyatt sets of to ride from London to Wales to enjoy a weekend of live music Rockstock.

Check Wyatt’s progress HERE


Bluesdoodles sends our Congratulations on a magnificent ride through the Wind and Rain.. over £34,000 raised so far….



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Prog Instrumentalist Leon Alvarado To Release

New Film & Single “Persistence”
“A short adventure of sight and sound”


The new CD single includes the tracks “Persistence” and “Red Like Blood” (from Leon’s “2014 Music From An Expanded Universe” album).

To watch the film:


On the heels of his critically acclaimed album from 2014, prog instrumentalist Leon Alvarado is releasing a new short film and accompanying soundtrack single titled “Persistence” on December 15, 2015. The film is being described as “a short adventure of sight and sound”. The soundtrack single features King Crimson’s Trey Gunn, and was mastered by Andy Jackson who co-produced the latest Pink Floyd album.


2nd December 2015




TOUR DATES – Scotland and England – Selling fast! Four venues already SOLD OUT

More information from Bluesdoodles HERE


1st December 2015

Othello - Christmas 2011 - DSC_0010Bluesdoodles has launched a music inspired Advent Calendar will it be rock, blues. folk or pop each day will be something different will we have Three Kings, Shepherds, Star and Santa Claus by the 24th December?





Monster Truck
The Monster Truck stopped by the Planet Rock studios to drop off their new single “The Enforcer“.
Listen to the single HERE



November 2015

 30th November 2015

Foy Vance announces that he has signed with Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man / Atlantic Records! Foy Vance has also completed three weeks in the studio for a Spring 2016 album release. Check out this acoustic late night rendition of “She Burns”.

Electronic synth light on the ear with a deft touch of flowing rhythms – Delorean’s re-mix of Delaire’s Belief listen for yourself…
This has been getting lots of positive comments:_
Hunger, “You’ll be in Dis’belief’ when you hear this remix of Delaire’s new song… If you loved ‘Belief’, you are going to adore the remixed version.”

Delorean have put remix touches to some of the most formidable names in music including Shura’s ‘Touch’, HAIM ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ and The XX’s ‘Islands’, so Delaire is in great company as she continues to pave her way as one of the most exciting new female prospects on the London scene.

 24th November 2015

TONIGHT – The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson BBC1 @ 10.35pm
Click HERE for more information


Matt Grocott & The Shrives

Remember the name, as this Lincolnshire-based 4-piece

are primed and ready to become 2016’s brightest UK rock prospects.

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Young, vibrant bringing back the hidden punk at Bluesdoodles HQ – you can hear their influences from Clash & Jamie T!

Why were they flown to California to record their debut album? Because Joey Armstrong liked what he heard and told his dad – Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
The album features Billie Joe on Bass and Joey plays Drums – Father and son rhythm combo.

You may have to wait until Spring 2016 to hear Back In The Morrow album – but instant gratification can be found click on the video below to have a listen to  the new single ‘Turn Me On’

As NME said “Matt Grocott & The Shrives are unafraid to experiment, with their music veering from solid indie to pop to punk-funk.”

You can also catch them live at   London’s Proud Galleries – December 16th.



 20th November 2015

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Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti returns to Wales in 2016 to Tramshed Cardiff
on Wednesday 2nd March!

Tickets go on sale Next Friday 27th November!

 19th November 2015



London Palladium concert go on sale

Friday 20th November at 9am GMT HERE


Ian Siegal Jimbo Mathus

Read all about the tour, news and promise of a new album! HERE


 18th November 2015




Last In Line tracks
Read all about the exciting debut album – HERE


 10th November 2015

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 7th November 2015

Photo by Christie Goodwin

Joe Satriani is on “My Planet Rocks” on Planet Rock radio at 7pm on Sunday November 8th. Joe will be talking about his favourite songs and playing tracks. Stream the interview tomorrow night from 7pm UK time and listen to the hour-long interview on PLANET ROCK While waiting read what Bluesdoodles said about the Fireworks at St Davids Hall on Thursday 5th November with Dan Patlansky as special guest – HERE



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mark_humphriesJPGCardiff Busker remembered in style – read what was said ‘What do you say about a man who lived life to the fullest?’ Last respects paid to Cakehole Presley busker HERE

5th November 2015

Photo Credit Greg Waterman
Photo Credit Greg Waterman

Walter Trout becomes a Patron of the British Liver Trust
He has been given the gift of life and now he wants to help others

“I’m only still here because someone donated their liver” Walter Trout

You can find out more info on the British Liver Trust, become a doner and get a free download of the song Move On HERE



 1st November 2015




Watch the video for Bernie Marsden’s ‘Trouble’ ft David Coverdale


Watch the live video for Matt Schofield’s ‘The Day You Left’

October 2015

 30th October 2015

Ride To Rockstock


Support Wyatt Cycling 180 miles from London to Planet Rockstock for

Campaign Against Living Miserably because suicide is the biggest killer of UK men under 45.

Raising Money for CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably –


28th October 2015

Photo credit - Simon Dunkerley
Photo credit – Simon Dunkerley

Joe Bonamassa’s concert at the BIC Bournemouth on Wednesday October 28th has been cancelled. Please see his official Twitter message to his fans: “Unfortunately due to unexpected head cold that settled in over night we are gonna have to reschedule our gig at the BIC tonight.”
NOTE: Fans can still buy tickets to the Brighton Centre gig on Friday October 30th, however, the second Brighton Centre gig on Saturday October 31st is sold out.




 25th October 2015

Red Butler - UK Blues Challenge - Oct 2015_0046kThe winning band UK Blues Challenge 2015 are RED BUTLER they will be representing the UK in Italy. The event was organised by UK Blues Federation and Boom Boom Club Sutton provided superb sound, lights and venue thank you Pete Feenstra


 21st October 2015


The four Bands at The Challenge on 24th October 2015 – The Boom Boom, Club Sutton

and visit UK Blues Federation Subscribe to the new You Tube Channel HERE


 20th October 2015

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 3rd October 2015





 21st October 2015

Rockstock Flyer Oct

Tickets are available

Weekend Gold – 4 day ticket. Access to Thursday night too with free Planet Rockstock T-shirt

Weekend – 3 day Friday – Sunday

Thursday night – Tickets only £10 plus booking fee headlined by Toseland
Friday Night
Saturday – SOLD OUT
Sunday – a chance to see both second and main stage.

 20th October 2015

Celebrating the start of launch of their UK tour tomorrow which kicks off at the The Brewhouse in Burton Upon Trent, King King have issued an official Alan Nimmo / King King enamel badge. More info: HERE




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Walter Trout is back new album and UK tour check it out HERE

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19th October 2015

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Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release ‘Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’, a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. ‘Premonitions’ is released on 23rd October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.

Premonitions’ comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.


steveHackett4_LilianForsberg 1 copy“I’m pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo” – Hackett has declared – “The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I’ve enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There’s also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover. For me it’s a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I’ll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like ‘Icarus Ascending’ and ‘Star of Sirius’ plus all time faves such as ‘Every Day’ and ‘Spectral Mornings’.”


Tue 20th                     LEEDS                       Town Hall

Wed 21st                    LLANDUDNO           Venue Cymru 

Fri 23rd                        LIVERPOOL             Philharmonic 

Sat 24th                      LEICESTER              de Montfort Hall

Sun 25th                     SALFORD                 The Lowry

Tue 27th                     IPSWICH                   Regent Theatre

Wed 28th                    BRISTOL                   Colston Hall

Fri 30th                        BIRMINGHAM          Symphony Hall

Sat 31st                       SOUTHEND             Cliffs Pavilion                                  

Tickets for all shows (apart from London) £29.50, £27.50; London: £37.50 level one, £33.50; (All tickets subject to booking fee).  Online: BookingsDirect.com“>HERE .   Showtime will be 7.30pm – there is no support.









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Juno Award-winning hard hitting rockers Monster Truck return with a colossal brand new track Don’t Tell Me How To Live which will appear on the bands highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album due out in early 2016 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group (Black Stone Cherry, Black Label Society, Joe Bonamassa).


Monster Truck’s unabashed dedication to creating killer riffs and putting every ounce of themselves into their show night after night, has created quite an impression not only with fans across the globe, but iconic rock bands as well. In recent years, they have been championed by the likes of Slash and Alice in Chain’s Mike Inez, have toured extensively in Canada, the U.S, Europe and the UK alongside such iconic acts as Alice in Chains, Slash, Nickelback, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Alterbridge, Kid Rock, The Sheepdogs, and Vista Chino (Kyuss) and has performed a blistering set at 2013s Download Festival as well as Bonnaroo, Welcome to Rockville, Rock on the Range and Edgefest.


Hamilton’s prodigious sons are one of the biggest groundswell stories in recent Canadian rock with two crushing No.1 singles at Canadian Rock radio, a 2013 Juno Award for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ and 2014 Juno Award nomination for ‘Rock Album of the Year’, under their belt. Their critically acclaimed debut Furiosity was a furious statement of intent and Don’t Tell Me How To Live is a raucous taste of what’s to come.



 16th October 2015



Bluesdoodles enjoyed the album MONTEREY – Read what we said HERE

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January 20th – Ludenscheid – Kulturhaus – Germany
January 22nd – London – Union Chapel – United Kingdom  – TICKETS
January 23rd – Utrecht – Tivoli Vredenburg (Cloud Nine) – The Netherlands
January 24th – Berlin – Passionskirche – Germany
January 25th – Stockholm – Sodra Teatern – Sweden
January 26th – Oslo – Kulturkirken Jakob – Norway



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Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ on 4th December. A comprehensive look at ‘The River’ era, the set contains 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. It is comprised of the original ‘The River’ double album; the first official release of ‘The River: Single Album;’ a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s famed 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, long rumored but never-before-seen; rare tour rehearsal footage; a brand new documentary “The Ties That Bind” about ‘The River;’ and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is available for pre-order at Amazon HERE and iTunes HERE.


 13th October 2015

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to present one of the most talented new hard rock bands to emerge from the British underground scene – INGLORIOUS!

INGLORIOUS are five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of Rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born. Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.

Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion. Inspired by musical giants such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the band has recently completed the recording of their self-titled debut album which will see the light of day in February 2016. The band’s song “Breakaway” has already found its way on to Planet Rock’s playlist.

Inglorious will appear live at the Planet Rockstock Festival in Trecco Bay, Wales on December 4th and are working to set more shows around the release of the album.


The four Bands at The Challenge on 24th October 2015 – The Boom Boom, Club Sutton

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Joe Bonamassa Live @



You could be there courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine. 25 pairs of tickets are up for grabs and you could win them HERE:


Ian Siegal tickets for Darlington are on sale in Guru Boutique and in Voodoo Cafe right now… Exclusive gig. Entry is limited to 100 so grab yours as soon as possible! This will be great!!! For more info contact Guru Gigs on 01325461479


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03rd Library @ The Institute,Birmingham, UK
04th Sin City, Swansea, UK
07th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK
08th Liquid Rooms,Edinburgh, UK
13th Trinity,Bristol, UK
14th Leadmill,Sheffield, UK
15th The Roundhouse, London, UK
17th The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
18th Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
19th The Ritz, Manchester, UK
21st O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
22nd The Phoenix, Exeter, UK

For more information and Ireland & European tour dates check out the LINK


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Photo by Keith Newhouse – ChantelMcGregor‬

Planet Rock have added <strong>Chantel McGregorTake The Power‘ single and opening track to her new album Lose Control to their playlist from Monday September 28th. When you hear it, shoot the presenters a message on their Planet Rock web page to let them know how much you dig it.

Contact Darren Redick – Follow the LINK HERE
Contact Sam Hughes – Follow the LINK HERE
Contact Wyatt – Follow the LINK HERE
Contact Paul Anthony – Follow the LINK HERE

Read the news on Chantel’s mailing list:
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Slipknot and Stone Sour singer lends voice to alien warlord Longtime Dr Who fan Corey Taylor will be heard in the next episode of the BBC series.

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British Blues Awards 2015 Results – HERE

Congratulations to everyone, recognition by fans who love the music you play and venues across Britain


downloadJo Harman releases new E.P. ‘Found A Place’ – Jo’s first studio recordings since the 2012 recording of her critically and commercially successful debut, ‘Dirt On My Tongue’ – is now released. Availability is currently limited to physical CD form only.

Two versions are available – a standard 5 track EP (with an additional bonus radio edit track) at £7 (including post and packaging) and a DELUXE edition, at £15 (p&p included) which includes a second disc containing a live concert recording, around 60 minutes long.

Copies will be available at Jo’s shows LINK HERE and also via paypal to info@bigiam.co.uk, subject to stock availability.

Jo returns to Nashville/Memphis this month to work on her much anticipated second studio album, with a March 2016 release date

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Sonny Landreth – Bound by the Blues Lyric Video

05-31-12 Octavia 019-1 Octavia Blues Band On Touring U.K. September 2015

Octavia, from the USA, is Pennsylvania’s First Lady of Blues. She’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player and blues-infused wonder. Octavia wows her audience with her wicked harmonica playing, sultry powerful vocals and her top notch high energy show engaging her audience – one of the hottest Blues-Roots acts around.

Check out Tour dates throughout September starting at The Cider House, Pump Bottom Farm, Chichester – Wednesday 16th September HERE

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John Emil Slide guitarist from U.S.A. touring U.K.
September 2015
17th   Acoustic Oak @ The Royal Oak , Corsham,
18th   The Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage,
19th   The Bear Club, Luton
22th   The Railway  Southend-on-Sea Essex
24th   Hop Pole Inn, Bromsgrove
25th  The Wharf, Macclesfield
26th  Hunsley Acoustic Music Elloughton
27th  Marchington Music Club  Uttoxeter
28th  The Caledonia,  Liverpool
29th Hopstar Brewery Number ,   Darwen

October 2015
1st   The Spinning Top Bar, Stockport
2nd   Carlisle Folk & Blues Club
3rd   Ye Olde Man n Scythe  Bolton
4th   The Leek Blues & Americana Festival @ The Cock Inn, Leek
6th   The Millers Bar, Brighouse
7th   Blakey’s Cafe Bar   Newcastle-Under-Lyme
8th   Platform Tavern, Southampton
9th  The Belle Vue    High Wycombe, Bucks
11th  Winchester Gate, Salisbury




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Israel Nash and his band are excited to release the first single, “LA Lately,” on 2nd October. The track is taken off their new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season, due out on October 9th on Loose/Thirty Tigers.

Of the song, Israel says, “‘LA Lately’ is a song that was written on the road while we were leaving LA after my first headline show. There is something magical about that city and the song is all about our experience. From getting there, to being there, and -as we do- moving along and leaving.”

Portland, Oregon-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter Hip Hatchet announces September-October 2015 UK tour in support of his excellent new album Hold You Like A Harness.

Hip Hatchet September-October 2015 UK Tour

Wednesday 23 Bristol – Kingsdown Wine Vaults
Thursday 24 Newport, Gwent  – Le Pub
Friday 25    Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire – SpArC Theatre
Saturday 26  Nottingham – The Guitar Bar
Monday 28    London – Green Note
Tuesday 29   Norwich – The Bicycle Shop
Wednesday 30 Stafford – The Market Vaults

Thursday 1  Newcastle upon Tyne – The Cumberland Arms
Friday 2    Sheffield – Café #9
Sunday 4    Worth Matravers,nr. Swanage – The Square & Compass
Monday 5    Bristol – The Old Duke
Thursday 8  Folkestone – The Chambers
Sunday 11   London – Ace Hotel, Shoreditch


FRANKIE LEE hear new track BUFFALO’ ~ Debut album ‘AMERICAN DREAMER‘ released – 02 OCTOBER 2015 VIA LOOSE MUSIC

“Acoustic Americana with warm guitars and The War On Drugs-style psych elements. It’s an old-soul performance in the vein of classic country-wanderers” THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Narcoleptic Minnesotan singer – literally – releases a dreaming, hazy piece of Americana” THE GUARDIAN

Frankie Lee will release his debut album ‘American Dreamer’ through Loose Music on 2nd October. Recorded at Real Phonic Studios in Minneapolis, MN, the album will be available on LP, CD and as a download.

Ahead of the album, Frankie has shared a new track, ‘Buffalo’



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King King have been nominated in the Best New band category of the Classic Rock magazine Roll Of Honour awards!


All votes are appreciated by this Band that is redefining British Rock Blues.. VOTE HERE

loved their latest album Reaching For The Light it is definitely in the running for Bluesdoodles 12 albums of 2015.. see what we wrote HERE

King King are touring UK this Autumn check out the dates and book a show – HERE

























Check out the seventeen countries already registered for  the European Blues Challenge 2016 – HERE


Boston’s Willard Grant Conspiracy last toured the UK in 2013 – His band is a loose, ever revolving cast of up to thirty musicians, with the only constant being singer and songwriter Robert Fisher, their Facebook page states, “If someone tells you they play with us, they probably do”.
Willard Grant Conspiracy have shared two new songs ahead of their UK tour, which starts Thursday 10th September in Glasgow. Robert Fisher explains a little bit about the songs: “These songs were recorded live in David Michael Curry’s living room. Jonah Sacks plays cello, DMC plays viola and Robert Fisher plays guitar and sings. The recordings were done as reference demos for future recordings; “Chasing Rabbits” was being played for the third time! The songs are a work in progress and you can hear the three of us listening to each other and reacting during the playing. We like the feel of these tracks and hope you do too.”


10 Sep – GLASGOW, Glad Cafe
11 Sep – EDINBURGH, Wee Red Bar
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14 Sep – LONDON, St Pancras Old Church
15 Sep – SOUTHAMPTON, Talking Heads
16 Sep – EXETER, Phoenix
17 Sep – BRIGHTON, Prince Albert


Listen to tracks and buy a ticket to hear Willard Grant Live…



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Blue Peter Appearance plus Touring For Kelvin Jones

Kelvin Jones

Blue Peter Appearance plus Touring For Kelvin Jones

Hotly tipped singer-songwriter Kelvin Jones, has announced brand new UK and European dates. The Hertfordshire-based musician, who recently released his debut album Stop The Moment, is set to build yet again on his ever-growing fan base.

Kelvin made his debut UK TV performance on May 26th on Blue Peter as part of their Space Spectacular, performing his latest single ‘Call You Home’, which can be seen HERE at 4 mins 50 Secs. As well as an interview, one of the features on the show included using the same team who sent the TV from the ‘Call You Home’ video into space, but this time, they sent up a Blue Peter object.

His debut single ‘Call You Home’ has been lighting up the airwaves courtesy of BBC Radio 2’s B-list. It has also been receiving spins on Absolute Radio and championed by Sir Elton John on his Beats 1 show.


03 June – Germany, Hamm, Hammer Summer
18 June – Netherlands, Hilvarenbeek, Best Kept Secret Festival
19 June – Germany, Duisburg, Traumzeit
24 June – Germany, Scheessel, Hurricane Festival
25 June- Germany, Neuhausen ob Eck, Southside Festival
09 July – Germany, Bonn, Rockaue Festival
10 July – UK, Cornbury Festival
02 Sep – UK, Gwynedd, Festival Number 6
07 Oct – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Upstairs @ Paradiso (TICKETS)
08 Oct – Belgium, Leuven, The Depot (TICKETS)
10 Oct – Germany, Cologne, Luxor (TICKETS)
11 Oct – Germany, Hamburg, Terrace Hill (TICKETS)
12 Oct – Germany, Berlin, Musik & Frieden (TICKETS)
13 Oct – Germany, Munich, Strom (TICKETS)
14 Oct – Austria, Vienna, B72 (TICKETS)
15 Oct – Austria, Linz, Posthof (TICKETS)
17 Oct – Switzerland, Zurich, Mascotte (TICKETS)
18 Oct – Germany, Weinheim, Cafe Central (TICKETS)
19 Oct – France, Paris, Le Pop Up du Label (TICKETS)
20 Oct – UK, London, The Barfly (TICKETS)

Dan Reed Talks about Music Networks, Solo and Life

Dan Reed Talks about Music Networks, Solo and Life

Dan Reed Talks about Music Networks, Solo and Life




BD: Hi Dan hope you are well, thank you for taking the time to speak to me this evening
DR: Yes I’m well and  ready to talk about Network and the new album.

BD: Dan Reed Network back together once again people are still digging the band what is the magic formula?
First put the band together the network with musicians from different backgrounds and ethnicity. Our tastes in music is varied from Mozart to Miles Davies, Doobie Brothers to Led Zeppelin, Earth, Wind and Fire, Rush to Parliament; Rush to The Brothers Johnson.  Blake has left and Rob now playing keys keeps that tradition, he is also a consummate guitar fusion rock etc. Dan Reed Network is still a mutual respect society having a great time. People connect to this and perhaps as they said we were ahead of our time so the music old and new continues to speak to the next generation.

Glad to be back with the Network. I have been doing solo for the last seven years. Solo work is more internal, the band is different with high energy, like a work out at the gym. I like both worlds of music solo and the Network.

BD: What if any differences have you found with the scene in the 21st Century?
DR:  I did quit from the music scene from 1994 -2006; during that time I travelled went off to find myself in India and then Jerusalem where I had a recording Studio. During my twelve years of I did many things including club owner and theatre work, then in 2009 started playing again.

The biggest change is the internet. It has changed and shaped our accessibility. The only way previously  to reach out was record deal and fate was in the hands of A&R and believing in your music. The choice was survive locally or a deal and hope fame followed. Now with internet can be huge for example the success of Justin Bieber. This has grown to the tragic situation of the Kardashians famous no talent, famous for a sense of fashion perhaps, they are like many now famous for being famous. Reality TV feeds it this dream to be wealthy/ famous it is feeding into a shallow part of our Psyche.  Then there are all the mechanical stuff, auto tune etc.

We have an addiction to our devices, social media replaces the need for real human contact. This need to be with people is fulfilled, can find music to listen to so why go out and discover your own live music. I find it interesting that Steve Jobs didn’t let his children have i-phone/pads. On a positive note DRN is re-connecting with fans and young people finding our music when we played shows with only new music eighteen months ago and now we have the new album.

BD: Tell our readers about Dan Reed Network going back into the studio to record your 4th album after a gap of 25 years since The Heat?
DR:  Actually, it is our 5th we recorded our debut album Breathless before we had a record deal. It was similar to what we did in past when all lived in home city. Then we did 12-track, rehearsed and went into studio. Now we do all the pre-production via internet as with time we have moved, with myself in Prague other members in Portland, Los Angeles and Honduras. Then once happy with this meet up and go into the studio. This is a change as we are all older, have families and the commitments they bring.

Still Funk-rock with the Network, solo is different mix of singer/songwriting with lots Middle Eastern instruments incorporated. The Dan Reed Network has changed lyrics are stronger but still hear what made us distinct back in the day.

BD: Having Listen to Fight Another Day does the title reflect the feeling of the band and its comeback.?
DR: The album title has a double meaning for us. Yes the band back doing our music. Also the background of an American presidential candidate, who is popular through inciting fear. It is Trump I am referring to with his narrative of building wall between States and Mexico, not allowing Muslims etc, its is  an archaic politics. Do we give in to this fear of immigration? Why is it okay to bomb others but terrorism if they bomb us?  There is a different way that is growing momentum breathing hope into politics. Bernie Sanders has had more single donations than any candidate had raised the same money as Clinton without corporate deals. It is  exciting the youth as Bernie is using compassion instead of wealth even the current Pope admires. No a fan of Popes in general but he has morals and attributes that Jesus spoke about.  Fight Another Day we want to be on par with bands half our age.
BD:  So you see a change in the axis of society beliefs and motivations? DR: yes there is a turnaround not all about selling our egos and selfies. Our college students are getting active that has to be good.


BD: The track Reunite has a strong lyrical story with strong chorus and luscious chords is this a celebration of DNR getting it back together?
DR: Originally composed by three Swedish guys for Eurovision who asked me to sing it. It is a cover with DRN giving it more edge rather than pop song. Encapsulated what DRN are about in the day not 100% out of my head and thought of me be asked to sing it. In the past we did a couple of B-sides that was a co-written by artists outside DRN. Never has a co-write been on an album, this track felt right though I had to fight to get it on the track listing, it was thought as being too Disco!

BD:  Well I for one as a reviewer am glad it made the final cut as it is an excellent track and more Dance than Disco to my ears. DR: Well the drum has a disco beat, we will do video eventually for the track. BD: Looking forward to that.

BD: The music hooks back to the Funk-Rock sound of DRN of the 1980’s how has your music developed in the ensuing years? Not retro but with a foot in the past?
DR:  We have changed the guitar sound. It is not processed. Not run through pedals but plugged into fairly basic amps. The rhythm guitars have a little reverb no effect pedals. We have lost much of the synth sound. Recently saw AC/DC again last Summer, 60,000 people enjoying the rock with Angus and Brian. I thought this is as raw as it gets. AC/DC crank the amp up as high as we can without distortion and keeping up the sustain as long as possible. DRN continues with typical rock-synth bass like early albums. Drums didn’t use much effect all pretty dry. Rob Daiker keyboard and co-producer. He tracked and mixed the album, I co-produced his first album we have a long-standing working relationship.   Feels organic rather than processed giving the sound a modern edge.

BD: Back on tour in Europe with one UK date promoting the album
DR: June looking forward to being back on the road Pwllheli HRH festival last year, the feedback has been positive with the faithful and  gaining new momentum. Not playing new music when played at Download 18 months ago.  I was shocked at the response from young people asking why they hadn’t heard of the music where can they buy it. Most is no longer available and the music was written before they were born. Things change the rave scene carried over splitting distinct areas Electronica/groove and the grunge scene e.g Alice Without Chains with no electronic music on records. Bands like  U2 who tried go with flow are few and far between.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?


Drums: Bruce Carter  Played with North-West funk band Pleasure  and Cool’r always went to watch him play drums. Great grooves thick put down
Bass: Jaco Pastorious
Guitar Prince most underrated  guitar player
Keys: Jeff Lorberry – Jazz
Vocals: Freddie Mercury

BD: Thank you once again for your time.


DR: Been fun and the band will sound mighty cool.

Divide from the current Album Fight Another Day – read What Bluesdoodles said HERE

Nothing synthetic as The Jezabels – Synthia floats on authenticity


Nothing synthetic as The Jezabels – Synthia floats on authenticity



The Jezabels, third album Synthia floats with waves of sound rather than the tolling crash of drum and cymbal.  Australian indie-band The Jezabels have built a following that grows as the sound seeps through the ether of your consciousness. The Brink, aptly titled second album as surrounded by the turmoil of illness and dislocation.

Why Synthia? As Hayley Mary describes in huge pictures it is the fusing of classics with electronica. The twinning of the Greek Goddess of the moon and synth pop-goddess Cyndi Lauper. The gendered concept of society is central to the band balanced with Hayley and Heather joining up with Sam and Nik and the music concept rock is totally male and yes feminine synthetic!

The vocals are Hayley’s gentle, cajoling with an edge do not be deceived this ethereal synth-pop with ragged teeth. Combining with the arsenal of keyboards that Heather manipulates so that the black and white keys lay a foundation of tones for the vocals to cascade through.  Adding layers of tones are the men Sam on guitar and the drums supplied by Nick giving the music a feel of direction, in reality it is keys and vocals that dictate the music from the Jezabels. The sound produced has an organic, fluid, natural feel. This studio album has the breath of outdoors, wide space and fresh re-vitalising air. Opening with Stand and Deliver, creates an atmosphere of stepping out of reality and into Synthia’s new reality. It opens in a dream-like musical mist that opens up with drums and spoken vocals that work with an innocence this is not a masculine Highwayman but a something far more complicated. Unnatural is synthesizer driven, the words almost spoken and drumming takes second place. The lyrics drive through and dominate you have to take notice as the tempo and passion builds. This creates a movement of the music and a shape that is controlled but at the same time free-form.

Closing with Stamina seven minutes of musical drama. Opening with rippling guitar chords, vocals that carry you so that you find Stamina from the experience of the album that is Synthia. This exploration of women in the world of music, is a confident telling of the truth. Modern music is about the lyric, passion and doesn’t need to be shouted about, screamed or have loud driving riffs to get the message across. This is a feminine concept album progressive without the rock taking up the battle cry for women to stand-up and be heard, be yourselves.  The Jezabels, Synthia is hooked in indie-pop, rooted in folk and challenging the perceived masculinity of rock with a feminine alternative.

All that said overall for me the album lacks that automatic feet tapping response. The music at times drifts on a sea of melody without a hard focus; steal a little bit of rock definition and this would have been up there with the stars of 2016 releases.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

The Jezabels – Synthia  Released on February 12th – To Purchase CD or Vinyl HERE

Track Listing

  1. Stand And Deliver
  2. My Love Is My Disease
  3. Smile
  4. Unnatural
  5. A Message From My Mothers Passed
  6. Come Alive
  7. Pleasure Drive
  8. Flowers In The Attic
  9. If Ya Want Me
  10. Stamina

The Jezabels’ scheduled world tour has been postponed until further notice due to the health of keyboardist Heather Shannon and the decision by the group not to tour without the full band. HERE Bluesdoodles send our thoughts and get well wishes to Heather.

Australian quartet’s latest single ‘Pleasure Drive’, sees frontwoman Hayley Mary, and a diner full of women, overcome by an enchanting power which sees them take control back from their domineering partners.