Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

 

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

 

 

Who are the four excited bands talking about 4th UK Blues Challenge? They are Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion; LaVendore Rogue, The Rainbreakers and Elles Bailey. There will be a fifth band joining the quartet of superb bands. The fifth band will be announced shortly after the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival taking place at Colne 25th-27th August. The Jessica Foxley Unsigned bands who will be playing on the main stages have now been selected. From these Eight bands one will be chosen to join the bands already announced to take part in the Challenge on the 10th September. Find out who the eight bands that are in with a chance HERE.   

While we all wait in anticipation as to which band are joining the four who have already been nominated read about the bands and what they said when Bluesdoodles spoke to them.

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeFour Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeTell us what it means to Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion to have been nominated to participate in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in Hell, Norway and Memphis U.S.A in 2018?

 ZSBC: Firstly, the fact that the number of our peers nominating is so large gives real credibility to the artists involved, so we are also proud about that.    We are also proud to be nominated as we see it as a recognition of our original music, concept and style.  We don’t write the songs to any kind of formula or to fit in with any cliche or pre-conceived ideas of what defines blues in 2017. Read more…..

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeFour Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

Tell us what it means to LaVendore Rogue to have been nominated to participate in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in Hell, Norway and Memphis U.S.A in 2018?

LVR: We’ve been to hell and back a few times over the years, and playing in the states has to be a dream of any UK musician, so it’s an honour to be considered for the UK British Blues Challenge – we’ve been working hard over the last few years, and it’s great to see its been recognised by the UK Blues Federation. Read More …

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeRainbreakers Talks About 2017 UK Blues Challenge

Tell us what it means to The Rainbreakers to have been nominated to participate in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in Hell, Norway and Memphis U.S.A in 2018?

RB: We were overwhelmed to have been nominated, especially when we don’t really consider ourselves to be a blues band as such. We think it shows willingness from the scene to accept the new approach to the blues that some of the younger bands of today are displaying. Obviously we would be thrilled to go through to the European and American challenges especially as we are hugely influenced by a plethora of bands from the states! Read More….

 

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

Tell us what it means to Elles Bailey to have been nominated to participate in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in Hell, Norway and Memphis U.S.A in 2018?

EB: Love the fact that European Challenge at Hell – didn’t know it existed on Earth. I am chuffed to bits to be performing in the Challenge this year. I am a newbie on the scene over the last twelve to eighteen months I have been quickly accepted in the Blues community. It has just exceed my expectations, definitely delighted to be performing in Liverpool and looking forward to seeing the other acts. It is definitely going to be a great night. Read More…

More about The UK Blues Challenge

What is the UK Blues Challenge (UKBC)?

An annual event organised by the UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) at a different location in the UK at which a number of bands/acts compete in front of a panel of judges drawn from across the blues spectrum. The winning band/act is invited to represent the UK at the following year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis and European Blues Challenge (EBC) which is held in a different European country each year.

The International and European Blues Challenges are organised by, respectively, the Blues Foundation  and the European Blues Union (EBU)

We are very pleased that this year’s event will take place at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool on Sunday 10th September 2017 starting at 16.00. More details can be found  and how to buy a ticket for the event HERE. UKBlues is excited to be bringing the blues back to the Cavern sixty years on!

How are the contestants in the UKBC chosen?

As an Active Member of the EBU meeting the EBU’s laid down criteria (see EBC rules here) and the sole UK Affiliate of the Blues Foundation, UKBlues are honoured to be invited to create and manage the selection process to choose the band or artist who will represent the UK at these prestigious events each year.
The first stage of the process this year saw a panel of more than 250 people from across the blues spectrum in the UK which included members of UKBlues, all UK based Active Members of the EBU, members of the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, festival and gig promoters, writers (both online and print media), musicians, fans and blues supporters etc. being invited to submit the three UK acts that they felt would best represent the UK at the EBC and IBC.

Members of this panel were asked to place their choices in order (first, second, third) and points were awarded according to the position in which the acts are placed by you.

The 4 top scoring available acts after this process was complete were invited to participate in the UKBC where the contestants will perform in front of a panel of judges who will use the same criteria to award points to the contestants as are used at the EBC and IBC.
In a new departure this year, a fifth band will be invited to participate which will be selected from the bands who have been invited by Jessica Foxley Unsigned to play at the Great British Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival which takes place in Colne over the August Bank Holiday weekend –  These bands are, generally, under the radar and being selected to play at Colne is a big step up for them.

The band will be chosen by a panel of representatives of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned project and will be chosen on the strength of their performance at Colne.

The winner of the UKBC will be invited to represent the UK at both the 2018 EBC and IBC.

What are the selection and judging criteria?

When making their selections, the members of the panel are asked to bear in mind the following EBC rules which apply:

  • The leader of the band must have the nationality of the country he/she represents.
  • At least 50% of the members of the contestant bands must reside in the country they represent.
  • Acts who participated in a previous edition of the EBC, but did not win, may compete again after a period of 3 years.
  • Bands of which half or more of the musicians participated in a previous EBC with another band, may compete again after a period of 3 years.
  • Bands of which less than half of the musicians participated in a previous EBC with another band, may compete again after a period of 2 years.

Contestants at the UKBC, EBC and IBC are expected to perform at least 50% original music in their set and they are awarded points using the following criteria as laid down by the EBU:

  • Originality
  • Instrumental talent
  • Vocal talent
  • Stage presence
  • Blues content

You can read the full EBC rules here

This process is the same as that which has been used in previous years and is approved by the Blues Foundation and the European Blues Union

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues Challenge

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands Announced

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedNews from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands Announced

Unsigned Artist Competition – Winners Announced playing live on main  stage at Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne on Saturday & Sunday.

The festival requested unsigned acts… and received them by the bucket-load! Following an overwhelming response, The Jessica Foxley Unsigned judging panel chose 8 finalists to open the festival main stages this summer.

The finalists are:
Robert J Hunter Band
Tom McCartney
Tom Walker Trio
Lem And The White Fire
The Ragamuffins
Old Bohemia
The Greasy Slicks
The Joe Anderton Band

The eight bands all bring to the stage all the excitement of live music.  One of the eight will then be chosen toparticipate in the UK Blues Challenge on 10th September 2017 at the Iconic venue The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
 
Jessica Foxley Unsigned Band will be performing alongside the four bands, LaVendore Rogue; Elles Bailey; Zoe Schwarz & The Rainbreakers. The winning band will step into the shoes of Kaz Hawkins who in 2017 was semi-finalist at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis and Winner of the European Blues Challenge.
Read more about the 4th UK Blues Challenge and the UKBlues Federation who organise the event HERE


News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedSeeking Festival Volunteers
The festival seek volunteers to help at the event.In return for skills, time and energy, volunteers receive free festival tickets, vouchers for food and refreshments, an exclusive crew t-shirt, plus of course, be part of what is shaping up to be one of the best blues-rock based event of the year.Colin Hill, the CEO of Colne Town Council comments “And… for any young person over 16, not yet experienced in the workplace and wanting to gain some hands-on experience of what running an event like this entails, this a great opportunity to be part of something exciting and challenging…”To register interest and for further information, here’s more…Festival ‘Headline’ Sponsors Announced
Colne Town Council are delighted to announce that Barnfield Construction Ltd and Roaming Roasters have kindly agreed to support the Town Council as main partners.


Barnfield Construction are based in Nelson and have been established for over 40 years. The family run contractors, developers and investors offer honest, thought-through and practical solutions to a diverse array of new and refurbishment building contracts ranging from industrial, commercial, retail, leisure, plus hospitality and residential schemes.

Roaming Roasters are a farm shop and deli on Barrowford Rd, Higham, and sell locally sourced, grass fed and free range meat, along with handmade pies and loads more tasty stuff.

Further information on the festival supporters is right here.

 

Main Stage Evening Line-ups:

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News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedHippodrome Theatre, Friday Evening, 25th August 

Ian Siegal & Band
 – celebrating 25 years of professional touring with his songs that are real, shows that resonate and vocals served raw + 

The Lachy Doley Group – “The Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ” +
Tom Attah & The Bad Man Clan – A modern, living bluesman…

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedThe Muni, Friday Evening, 25th August 

Joanne Shaw Taylor
 – UK’s number one star in the blues rock world +
S
tevie Nimmo Trio – one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’ +
The Revelator Band – unpredictable, fun festival-style blues.

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News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedHippodrome Theatre, Saturday Evening, 26th August

Aynsley Lister When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister… +
Rob Tognoni Explosive guitar playing and unique songs +
TJ & The Suitcase Vocal / Harmonica / Suitcase drum / Home made tambourine beater pedal… Its time to get packed!

 

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedThe Muni, Saturday Evening, 26th August

Grammy nominee Janiva Magness + the blues, soul, gospel of Jo Harman + The Kaz Hawkins Band – Northern Ireland’s fun, heartfelt, soulful rock ‘n’ roll-blues…, Lisa Mills

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News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedHippodrome Theatre, Sunday Evening, 26th August

Lucky Peterson –
Searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist
Clay Shelburn – 
Funk, rock, blues and country from this incredible self­taught multi­-talented artist
Michael Messer’s Mitra – A remarkable fusion of country blues with Hindustani music

News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands AnnouncedThe Muni, Sunday Evening, 26th August

King King – Soulful, dynamic, blues-rock from Glasgow
John Fairhurst – The Wigan Jimi Hendrix
Gwyn Ashton – Solo, hardcore, 21st Century, alternative blues
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This is just a snap shot of the array of music available at the Festival:-
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival:
3 Days
12 Official venues
100+ Acts
150+ Gigs
1 Great Festival
News from Colne August Music Festival Jessica Foxley Bands Announced

In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd

In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd

 

In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd

BD: I was delighted when I was sent your latest album Lay It On Down to review via Mascot Label Group. The album has a beguiling mix of complexity and simplicity. Before we talk about the album, Ramblin Man and UK Tour lets go back to the beginning

BD: What were your first musical influences growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana?
KWS:
It was the first concert I went to Muddy Waters & John Lee Hooker when I was three years old. What an introduction to the blues in anybody’s life. For me it was the start of a lifelong connection with the blues. I just gravitated to the blues, there is an honesty about the music. It is music played with heart and soul. Blues define lyrical content. Dad loved the blues and introduced me to the music. I was influenced by and love a wide spectrum of genres including country R’n’B; Rock’n’ Roll and Funk but it was Blues I naturally gravitated to.

BD: What was it about the guitar that made this the instrument of choice and music your passion.
KWS: I loved the guitar and taught myself. I also love the drums, but have never sat down and learnt them. Not sure my parents fancied a drum kit being practiced in the house. I was attracted to the kinda music that features the guitar. Rock/Blues and Country they all featured the instrument and a lead vocalist. Not sure if I chose the guitar or it chose me.

BD: During your long career leading up to the release of your 8th Kenny Wayne Shepherd studio album you have explored the blues. What does the blues mean to you and how would you define the blues?
KWS: Blues is a timeless genre, it addresses the ups and downs in life. Often about difficult subjects it is the feel you get as the music takes you beyond overcoming what is troubling you. I myself play the happy side of blues what makes life good, celebrating life.  Blues is timeless it speaks to people whatever their age, colour or background. Add into the mix all this and it has spawned every type of modern popular music; inevitably you find yourself back at the blues.

BD: Lay It On Down, your 8th solo album, focuses on the lyrics as you take the listener on a journey.  The guitar is ever present whilst often complex in the tones and shapes achieved and the lead breaks are curtailed giving a contemporary fresh feel.  Moving away from blues power what led you to this change in direction?
KWS: I always play to the opportunity to shape and show the musical image that I feel needs to be created. Some songs like Ride Of Your Life gives you the opportunity to lay it on down hard. It was not the intent to play one way or the other the guitar chords just used to showcase everything. Records should take people on a journey. I set out with the goal that this would be the best album of my career. You have to continually set the bar high if you want to accomplish anything.

BD: Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting?
KWS: Historically I have always based my song writing on my life experiences; or when writing with someone else their experiences. Until now actually written from fiction. Ride for Your Life is definitely fiction definitely not literal. I haven’t and I am sure none of the band have experienced escaping capture from the law. The music has an outlaw on the edge vibe so we wrote the song. It was a lot of fun, whereas Louisiana Rain is very personal showing an appreciation of where I come from.  BD: Do you write the music or the lyrics first? KWS: Nine times out of ten starts with the tune and then the lyrics but there are exceptions.

BD: You are playing Ramblin Man on the Outlaw Country Stage & Holmfirth in July and then back in UK & Europe in October for a tour. Does a new album help keep touring with your music fresh and vibrant?
KWS: Yes, have asked but been assured that on that day it is the right stage as calling that, but same thing as the Blues stage.  Looking forward to being back in the UK and again later in the year. I love touring and playing my music have a large back catalogue to choose from with a career spanning twenty-five years. New album is good and brings its own challenges; new songs to learn outside of the studio and having to work them into the set list so they fit in. I have worked songs from the album into shows I was playing last week in America. Still work to do to ensure the songs make the biggest impact, it is often trial and error revising the set lists as a tour progresses. It definitely keeps it interesting and always gauging the reactions from the audiences that all have favourites they expect to be in the set list.  The expectation from the fans is inevitable with a career of twenty-five years, lots of records played on radio and in the charts. There is a group of songs fans expect and want to hear so you have to walk a fine line when introducing new stuff.

 BD: If you were putting together the perfect fantasy band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
KWS: Already have it with The Rides. Myself, Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg.
Let me think

Drums: Chris Layton; my drummer, he is the best drummer for what I do

Bass: Danny McCormack No let’s put together a legendary group so have to be Willie Dixon he is so impactive on a song

Guitar: Albert King, Jimi Hendrix I would just love to have the opportunity to play alongside these guys.

Vocals: Muddy Waters

BD: Having mentioned The Rides, I loved the last album Pierced Arrow are you likely to tour in the UK with the band?  
KWS: We have toured in the States and have tried to put together a UK/European tour twice now just not come about.  We are planning a third album so hopefully a tour will come about.          

BD: Thank you for your time and insights into your music. Anything you would like to say to your many fans.
JWS: First I would like to say how much I appreciate the support I have ever since the first time I played when I opened for The Eagles in Wembly back in 1996 for a three night run. The loyalty of the fans once they find an artist they like they are a life-long fan. Secondly, I am really looking forward to playing UK & Europe again. I make a conscious decision to come back and tour Europe every couple of years whenever possible.  There has been a longer gap this time as been touring States with The Rides. I want to reach out to new fans of the blues, continuing to build a fan base for our brand of Blues and Rock n’ Roll.

In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition

 

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition

 

No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition, the £20 entry fee has been removed! The innovative music competition announces the great news.

http://bluesdoodles.com/interview/feargal-sharkey-talking-about-salute-music-makers/Since Bluesdoodles interviewed Feargal Sharkey about the competition and his involvement there have been positive developments with the announcement of No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition. Read what Feargal said HERE

Salute Music Makers, the revolutionary songwriter’s competition platform which launched in April amid great media interest, has now taken the unprecedented step of giving back the entry fee of £20 per track to all those who have entered to date, and have made the process totally free for up to four tracks to be entered thanks to the huge impact the initiative has had on the partnerships they have so rapidly developed with the likes of GRM DailyUnsigned Music Awards, UNILAD and many more.

This step to hand back money to thousands of songwriters is clearly a very rare occurrence with any enterprise, but once again highlights the importance of the songwriter to the Salute ethos.

As legendary artist and music industry expert Feargal Sharkey, who is spearheading  Salute Music Makers explains – ‘The level of support and encouragement we have received from the industry since launching our competition has been truly extraordinary. Thanks to the support of our partners, Salute is now in the enviable position to make entry absolutely, 100%, free. Yet again Salute is leading the way in providing proper support and encouragement for the next generation of great British talent. Now is your chance to win a £50,000, no strings attached cash prize and entry is free. One small challenge: just write the best song anyone has ever heard!’

One of the most important aspects of the whole initiative was the ambition of Salute to make their entry free within the second year, but thanks to the huge impact it has had from business partnerships, this dream has been realised within a matter of weeks since its launch. Since contestants began to upload their music, the Salute brand has grown more rapidly than anyone could have hoped. Salute have been emotionally humbled by the response from budding music makers and hence made the decision that giving back had to be the next step, and subsequently have now opened the competition to an even broader audience in their pursuit to find the next best UK grassroots music artist.

http://bluesdoodles.com/interview/feargal-sharkey-talking-about-salute-music-makers/