Lance Lopez Set to Unleash Tell The Truth

Lance Lopez Set to Unleash Tell The Truth

 

“Texas has been known throughout the years to be the breeding ground for some of the baddest guitar players of all time…Lance is yet another one to carry on that Texas tradition…” BILLY F. GIBBONS – ZZ TOP

“A very exciting and intense Blues Guitarist…” JEFF BECK
“Lance Lopez got 3 standing ovations when he opened a show for me and I was among those standing…” B.B. KING

Texan Lance Lopez is set to unleash his long-awaited new solo album, Tell The Truth, on March 2nd 2018 on https://www.mascotlabelgroup.comProvogue/Mascot Label Group.

Tell The Truth is an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time-honoured path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the blues-rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival.

“Nothin’ worth having, ever came easy to me, the sweetest victories came within an inch of defeat” ~ “Never Came Easy”

Lance Lopez has a voice that lets you know he’s walked the walk, and his smoky tenor has grown more gravely and passionate with the years, then you remember, he was brought up by the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Miles, Johnny Taylor, and Lucky Peterson. Lance started playing professionally at the age of 14 in bars and clubs in and around New Orleans, joining up with soul great Johnny Taylor when he was just 17, then becoming Lucky Peterson’s band leader at 18, and eventually joining the Buddy Miles Express. He’s lived the life every day since, and you can feel every mile of the road on this album.

Check out the brand new video for Cash My Check here:

The path he has walked has not been an easy one, and even with mentors and friends like Billy Gibbons and Johnny Winter, that road is long and fraught with the necessity of the literally thousands of clubs, endless nights, low wages, and long travels – all of which leads to the many temptations that make for distractions to get one through the day. Lance Lopez, again, was mentored by the best, and that means that along with the priceless lessons in the musical life from legends like Buddy Miles, also came lessons in drink, drugs, late nights, the ravages of road food, and that side of the life that has broken so many. With the grace of good faith, friends, and family, Lance has seen it through to a healthier, happier side.

Defining his solo sound on Tell The Truth expect loads of his famous hard-edged gritty guitars, lovingly parsed and layered throughout, but there’s also a powerful full band sound on every track with throbbing bass lines, sumptuous piano and organ, wicked blues harp, thunderous drums, and Lopez’s industrial strength vocals across the whole of this outstanding song set.

Tell The Truth is above all a working-class blues rock record. Songs like “Cash My Check” and “Never Came Easy” look at life as it’s being lived, in an honest and forthright fashion. Then there are the more harrowing tales of life’s travails and temptations to be found on “High Life” and “Down To One Bar.” Even when he’s covering John Lee Hooker on an incendiary reading of “Mr. Lucky,” this is a fiercely personal record, and Lopez spares himself not one bit as he lays down life as he’s seen and lived it. Lopez has seen has demons, stared them down, and come out on the other side.

Produced and recorded over the last three years by Fabrizio Grossi in Los Angeles, this album clearly shows that Lopez has absorbed everything he’s heard, and the lessons of everyone he’s had an opportunity to share songs and stages within the last few years. Trading verses with singers such as Warren Haynes and Walter Trout, trading solos with Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, and the aforementioned Mr. Gibbons has certainly served Lance well.

The album hits the ground in fourth gear, and it never looks back. The grooves are a mile wide and hit like a sledgehammer. And while there is great guitar, as you’d expect, all over the record, Lopez never overplays. There’s a high-octane reading of John Lee Hooker’s “Mr. Lucky” that sees the sound and style of the Texas legend being updated with some extra horsepower, and a barreling rhythm section. “The Real Deal” is the Lopez manifesto, and one of the cornerstones of this record.  The album’s title track closes out the set, and it’s a massive piece of rock with a funkiness that won’t be ignored. A great album by any measure, regardless of how it may get labelled. Blues-rock? Hell yeah. Rock? Got it covered. The blues? It’s in everything Lance Lopez does. March 2, 2018, on Mascot Label Group.

Tour Dates

9 March – Fabrik, Hamburg, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
10 March – Columbia Theater, Berlin, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
11 March – FZW, Dortmund, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
13 March – Muffathalle, Munich, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
15 March – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
16 March – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, THE NETHERLANDS (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
17 March – The Garage, London, UK (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)

 

Lance Lopez Set to Unleash Tell The Truth

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

ad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting GunStarting Gun launching The Bad Flowers into the spotlight with the attention of radio plays, interviews and national tour. The artwork defines the album as The Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun sums up the rocking ride that kick starts 2018. The music is sharp, melodic, exciting and above all entertaining.  The melodies and rhythms are addictive, with lyrics and licks that become friendly earworms! Definitely, Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

The opening number and first single from Starting Gun is a friendly anthemic clap of rock as Thunder Child cascades out of the speakers. Having checked out the where Bluesdoodles said “Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles”. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem, with the single and B side Lions Blood. Now to settle down and listen to the next nine tracks and fingers crossed they all live up to the heady announcement of the single. Three tracks in and The Bad Flowers are endearing themselves as the must-see live new band in 2018. Secrets is slower has the feeling that Tom Leighton on vocals and guitar is sharing the lyrics just with you the listener.  The last number written on the album is dirty riffs with lots of fuzz that works well. This change of tempo and intensity works adding interest and texture to the album. Joining Tom in this powerhouse of a trio is Dale Tones on deep bass and backing vocals along with Karl Selick’s kick-ass drumming.

Five tracks in and we are given a breather with a complete volte-face as the electric is unplugged and acoustic flowers reign, Tom’s voice has an emotional clarity in complete harmony with the acoustic guitar very personal and fits cooling the album like a summer shower acting as a refresher to the bouquet of rock that is created on Starting Gun.  The tension and ferocity building life is short so are the minutes on an album, not one is missed on Starting Gun even when the Bad Flowers sing Let’s Misbehave. Then we have rock blues that is so dark and dirty the blue is indigo and the rock has the power of granite the groove pulls you deep as they ask Who Needs A Soul. Not sure when there is music like this to fill the void!

Heading for home we are now in a for heavy weather with Hurricane and I Don’t Believe. This is an album that is building and though you want the music to go on how will it then end cool and personal, dirty blues or heavier rock as we visit City Lights with the boys. First, we have Tom’s vocals and I am sure I am not the first or last person to compare his vocal sound to Cult’s Ian Astbury.  The drumming from Karl is precise with strong rhythms laid down by Dale’s bass playing off the rocking solid guitar of Tom. The lyrics throughout are strong and the refrain “Can’t afford the champagne … I’m just addicted to the City Lights” then the power of guitar-charged up and electric. Another addictive track from the new boys The Bad Flowers the album is a wow!

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

When I review I have four simple rules of life.
Rule ONE: Play the music loud YES
Rule TWO: Listen To new Bands YES
Rule THREE: Celebrate the gems from artist that are unknown to you YES

Rule FOUR: Never give a debut album 10…. Hey Ho! Rules are made to be broken and so early in 2018, I have broken my own rules! Still 3 out of four is pretty good. Which one did I break? Well, Starting Gun is a celebratory stupendous TEN. Will The Bad Flowers sophomore album reach the same dizzy heights, time will tell. Until then the boys are on tour February/March 2018 with Jared James Nichols and Headliners Stone Broken

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun – Released 16th February

Released on CD; Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Standard Digital Download – Bluesdoodles recommend you pre-order before catching them on tour.

 

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

  1. Thunder Child
  2. Lions Blood
  3. Secrets
  4. Rich Man
  5. I Hope
  6. Let’s Misbehave
  7. Who Needs A Soul
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Hurricane
  10. I Don’t Believe It
  11. City LIghts

 

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At HomeThanks to the release of a DVD and Album we can Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home. For the majority of fans sitting in the Hollywood Bowl on the 10th August 2016 was just a dream. Now it can be a virtual experience thanks to the release of DVD, CDs and Blueray.  First I watched the DVD, the energy of the show is captured, the feeling of live music permeated through the speakers. Jeff Beck is in absolute control from the first note, his band is in stunning form as The Revolution Will Be Televised is announced by Rosie Bones. We are off to a show-stopping guitar fest no one speaks or move I am in the Beck Zone. The same feeling is on the double CD.  The recording of the live show has kept the warm fluid tones of a live performance and the night just gets better and better no wonder the audience is so enthusiastic.

The collection of tracks reflecting the half century of his incredible contribution to modern music. This is a party with true style as the eight-time Grammy award winner fills his golden moment with a phalanx of special guests. The guests add but never detract from Beck’s glittering virtuoso guitar performance. How far has the road been since Jeff Beck stood on the stage as a tourist to performing to a packed house of fans who hung on every note played and string bending moment. This would not have been a Jeff Beck celebratory party without Jan Hammer on keys bring the textured wonder that shapes Prog-Rock. Freeway Jam is the first but not the last time we hear Jan’s fingers dancing across the keyboards.

Early on in his career as a member of The Yardbirds Jimmy Hall takes on the lead vocals on Over Under Sideways and For Your love. Tonight we journey through his career dipping into an array of albums Truth his debut album through to the 2016 Loud Hailer album.  The albums are crammed full of one highlight after another the guests all adding pizzazz as Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler and Beth Hart all help create the celebratory mood. But the crowning glory on every track is the magical guitar sound from the maestro himself Jeff Beck. There is no need to be a guitar expert, or understand the technicalities of strings, pickups and pedals to sit back and listen in awe to the range and complexity of chords and riffs that flow with incendiary precision from the flying fingers across the six-strings.

To pick out a few of the tracks just doesn’t do justice to the album celebrating the depth and breadth of Beck’s long and illustrious career to-date. With Beck’s Bolero creating a pictorial landscape visualized through the sound and shape of Beck’s guitar, followed by a twin helping of glorious Beck, instrumental Rice Pudding always a live favourite morphing into Morning Dew with Jimmy Hall replacing Rod Stewart on vocals what a classic duo of tunes to showcase contemporary rock. We have to have a jam with the energy on the stage as Beck’s voice once again praises the great Jan Hammer on keys as we zoom down the Freeway. The keyboards create a sound that towers above the instrumentation then in reply Beck’s guitar sweet, controlled and determined that the keys will not win this road race.

The blues classic is given a Hart/Beck rendition as I’d Rather Go Blind is heard across the Hollywood Bowl as Beth relinquished the microphone Buddy Guy picks up the challenge to play with Jeff Beck. As Let Me Love You fills the auditorium and the guitars emit some mighty licks. Then Beck plays Rough Boy with Billy Gibbons, replaying the ZZ Top 2016 hit. Now with Steve Tyler as vocalist, the party is rocking and the show is heading to a close with the 1968 Yardbirds, Train Kept A-Rollin followed by Shape of Things. Who what a night of music live in your sitting room.

How to top that for an encore? Firstly, let the guitar do the talking with a glorious instrumental version of A Day In The Life from Beatles Sgt. Pepper Album. Then invite everyone back on stage and a tribute to the late Purple majesty, Prince with Purple Rain that left everyone listening stirred, shaken and over-awed by the wonderfully emotional performance leaving you astounded by the wonders of contemporary rock.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

CD1:

  1. The Revolution Wil be Televised (Featuring Rosie Bones)
  2. Over Under Sideways Down (feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  3. Heart Full of Soul ((feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  4. For Your Love (feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  5. Becks Bolero
  6. Medley Rice Pudding / Morning Dew (feat Jimmy Hall)
  7. Freeway Jam (feat Jan Hammer)
  8. You Never Know (feat Jan Hammer)
  9. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (feat )
  10. Star Cycle (feat Jan Hammer)
  11. Blue Wind (feat Jan Hammer)
  12. Big Block

CD2

  1. I’d Rather Go Blind (feat Beth Hart & Jan Hammer)
  2. Let Me Love You (feat Buddy Guy)
  3. Live In The Dark (feat Rosie Bones)
  4. Scared For The Children (feat Rosie Bones)
  5. Rough Boy (feat Billy Gibbons)
  6. Train Kept A Rollin’(feat Steven Tyler)
  7. Shapes of Things (feat Steven Tyler)
  8. Day In the Life
  9. Purple Rain (feat Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Rosie Bones, Jimmy Hall & Steven Tyler)

 

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Festival and Gig Reviews  2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse family came together on a Welsh Mountain united by rain, sun and MUD! The glue binding us was live music and the super glue the brilliance of Bernie Marsden not once, not twice but all three days on the stage entertaining.  We had dragon magic gracing the festival that you climb up slowly to the top driving up a rough track to the top of a Welsh Mountain above Aberbeeg.  Read More HERE … Steelhouse 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed.

Opening the cauldron of fiery guitar curling around the blues, we have Laurence Jones Band. The lead breaks were scintillating Kenny certainly makes the Strat bend to his fingers demands as it weeps, curls around tones of joy and pain. Tonight the setlist was a mix of old and new with six tracks from his current acclaimed album Lay It On Down. Read more HERE

Kenny Wayne Shepherd with support from Laurence Jones @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales.

Friday night was alive as the energy of the Mule filled The Tramshed in Cardiff with over two hours of music that fills your soul.  Read More HERE

Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

The Muni is back open for gigs. The crowds outside just show how popular the venue still is and the two acts on tonight Sari Schorr and The Engine Room opening for the mighty Walter Trout.  …. What a wonderful version of the mighty Albert Collin’s Cold Cold Feeling. Under Walter’s dexterous fingers he magic’s up a pure connection to the original whilst making this a pure gold classic Walter playing live moment. READ More HERE

Walter Trout with Special Guest Sari Schorr @ The Muni, Pontypridd October 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

Tonight the last Friday of April the packed St David’s Hall was treated to a programme of two halves. A musical programme of two movements. The first Prog Rock modern, progressive and pertinent as Steve Hackett unveiled live numbers from his stunning album The Night Siren and dipping onto four of his many solo albums.  The second helping on this musical palette of delights was a revisiting of Genesis, the majority drawn from Wind and Wuthering celebrating forty years since its release. Read more HERE

Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

With a sold out show, everyone was at The Globe to hear the unique Hayseed Dixie take on classic songs we love to hear. Before the main event up on stage was an unknown entity, on the second night of their first UK Tour, a young French band, Dätcha Mandala. Read more HERE

Hayseed Dixie with Dätcha Mandala – The Globe, Cardiff April 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

April Roadstars Are
Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch

Spring sunshine warming  Cardiff pavements, but not as hot as The Globe scorching from the two rock n roll sets from rising British Bands 2017 Planet Rock Roadstars show; Broken Witt Rebels Bad Touch.  Read more HERE

 

The Roadstars: Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch – The Globe – Cardiff – April

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Do not let the clear blue skies deceive you, Cardiff is in for a British rock invasion with the promise of stormy weather brewing under the mighty hammer of Thor as Thunder hit the stage with an array of cameras. The show was being filmed tonight which added to the eagerness to get the show underway. Opening the evening, Cats In Space filled The Motorpoint Arena’s stage with energy and ready to warm up an already excitable Cardiff crowd. Read More HERE

Thunder with guests Cats In Space – Motorpoint – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Once again we were the Third Level courtesy of Roots UnearthedSt David’s Hall, Cardiff bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley Daniel Kimbro a duo playing roots music with style. The roots are twisted and twirled as blues meets country and folk tales are re-told in new exciting arrangements. Read More HERE

 

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – St David’s Hall – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Sunday night, The Globe was buzzing with anticipation with Dan Reed Network back in Cardiff after 27 years. … The set was a Jukebox of live music as after the first few songs Dan Reed asked the audience to suggest the numbers. From the first album to the latest we were taken on a tour of DRN depth and breadth of music they deliver with energy and the pure delight of playing live music for an enraptured dancing clapping and definitely noisy and appreciative Cardiff crowd. Read More HERE

Dan Reed Network with Special guests Vega – The Globe Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

Black Star Riders, attracted the rock fans of Cardiff and beyond tonight at The Tramshed. Tonight with a trio of bands would we have three jackpots in a row? Find out by reading on HERE

 

Black Star Riders – with Amorettes & Gun – Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

The wind was biting and vicious as we waited for doors to open at The Globe in Cardiff on St David’s night. The Queue was excited The Answer were in town as the long white tour bus parked outside confirmed. Before the mighty Answer would take to the stage with their distinctive blending of rock, with Irish folk to have us rolling with delight in the aisles, (we all wanted to hear our favourite tracks from Solas performed live for us)…. Read if we did HERE

 

The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

Friday 13th bringing joy to The Globe Cardiff as Blues Rock drenches the packed audience with a medley of chords, lyrics and emotions. Special guest Broken Witt Rebels and the mighty King King turned up the Blues thermostat, the venue and the music was scorching.

Sold Out, music to the ears of bands, venues and promoters alike, as Cardiff gives a loud and enthusiastic shout out for the Blues Rock power that is King King with their special guests Broken Witt Rebels. Read More HERE

King King with special guests Broken Witt Rebels – The Globe, Cardiff – Jan 2017

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme as he set the O2 Academy alight with spiritual funky Rock n’ Roll. Tonight Dan Reed Network, was on fire as the light blazed and swathed the stage in shots of red, gold, blue and green. Dan Reed choreographed the energy of the music through his movements conjuring the stillness of meditation and the power of Rock n’ Roll what an empowered fusion. The bye words of the all too short set have to be Funky Energy.   Dan Reed holds court centre stage with the emotive power of his vocal delivery as they played Bristol for the first time surrounded by a Network of talent. Joining Dan on stage were guitarist extraordinaire Brion James whose silvered dreadlocks swayed and rose in time to the melodies, bassist Melvin Brannon II and Dan Pred on drums.  Binding this heady mix of funkiness is Rob Daiker behind the keys pulling the sound and attitude of the 1980’s. We were on a Cruise Together as Dan Reed warmed up the rapidly filling O2 Academy on this sold out show. This was a trip of nostalgia revisiting the early albums delivered with an enthusiasm that comes from the love of playing the music you love on a stage to a packed and delighted audience. No hard sell for his latest album Fight Another Day, Champion summing up the feel of the dynamic set tonight championing the funky side of rock. The drama of Skin played by a band on top form, the band were entertaining. Stretching out the numbers despite time constraints, this did not stop them from jamming and adding in snippets and riffs from other songs. The interaction between Dan, Brion and Melvin was warm as they exchanged smiles and knelt in front of the audience never slowing the beat.  The crowd clapped, sang along in the warm and wonderful atmosphere. The tempo changed with Rainbow Child slower and adding to the tonal textures and shapes being created by a band in the zone. Ritual always catches the ear as the band closes out with Get To You.  There will be no argument that this opening act connected and got to the heart and soul of the audiences inner funk.  For many, this was the last gig of 2017 and the opening act was setting the bar very high with real Rock n’ Roll attitude and entertainment that fizzed with funkiness.

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

With a short break and the late arrivals filled the venue to its extremities. This was for me Extreme and uncomfortable overcrowding as we had another setlist that was bound together with nostalgia and memories.  From the opening, It (‘s A Monster) through to the last of the four numbers in the encore with the crowd-pleasing roar of We Are The Champions. Extreme tonight performed a set that pleased their own brand of funk-metal. The guitar playing of the acclaimed Nuno Bettencourt who tonight did not disappoint with the swish of his hair and the manipulation of the six-strings.  Vocals provided by Gary Cherone, who eats up the stage as he moves across the stage, up the lighting rigging using every centimetre of the stage. With bassist Pat Badger, bass sounds deep rolling funk that hits your backbone with a pleasing thump as the percussive force of Kevin Figueiredo’s drumming. The sound rose and rose, the energy was sustained with Get Your Funk Out not reserved for an encore but delivered as the energy built and the heat and excitement rose.  For two hours Extreme entertained they want the fans to re-live and enjoy the energy from the youth captured tonight with music created over a quarter of a century. We remembered when grunge was emerging a new re-writing and re-forming of rock.  The fans were ecstatic, reflecting this was a gig sold out months ago so the anticipation had been growing and growing. To temper the energy and allow a breather the acoustic number Hole Hearted brought an opportunity to sing along on the track from Pornograffitti.

Nuno, as always needed a lead break to play those wonderful notes and these were granted in Midnight Express another highlight from the back to where I had retreated, not from the music but the claustrophobic crush. So with limited view, every person tonight seemed to be over six- foot, it was the music that became the whole show. No visuals to distract. Highlights were Midnight Express and Flight of The Bumblebee for the guitar magic and Hole Hearted.

The formation of the set built the energy then with acoustic interlude gave the audience space that they did not have around them! The Encore numbers reinforced the crowd-pleasing Extreme. The fans were happy the music set us up ready for a funky Christmas, where many will be getting Extreme And Dan Reed Network Vinyls off the shelve and back on the turntable.

Nostalgic music was hot in December 2017 as we heard Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme.

 

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Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

 

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017 – Festivals are so much more than the music. Music is the glue that binds the fun time together making friends catching up with people and discovering new bands.  So thank you for the music we will be exploring festivals in 2018 I am sure.

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

 

UKBlues Federation hosted – 4th UKBlues Challenge September 2017 

 

 

The winner was LaVendore Rogue – The band are off to represent the UK and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and The European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway.

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Fun and Music creating Perfect Mayhem Old Bush Blues 2017

Rising to New Heights of Perfection Old Bush Blues 2017. How? Matt Williams found the music and bought three days of live fun to Callow End. Read More HERE – Old Bush Blues August 2017

 

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse family came together on a Welsh Mountain united by rain, sun and MUD! The glue binding us was live music and the super glue the brilliance of Bernie Marsden not once, not twice but all three days on the stage entertaining.  We had dragon magic gracing the festival that you climb up slowly to the top driving up a rough track to the top of a Welsh Mountain above Aberbeeg. Read The rest HERE – Steelhouse 2017

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

 

Chocolate Free Music Fueled HRH Blues Easter

Back in the O2 Sheffield for the second year HRH Blues III promised with a deep blues infused line-up to be an Easter full of music. They certainly delivered across the two stages, as ever clashes were at times frustrating, demonstrating the wealth of blues in town this weekend. READ the rest HERE – HRH Blues III Sheffield 15th – 16th April

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Blues Shone Bright at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

Colston Hall was buzzing to the sound of live music from the Foyer, through The Lantern and into the Main Stage. Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival has become a regular event in music lovers diaries from Bristol and beyond with its sparkling mix of Jazz & Blues. Bluesdoodles dipped into the weekend for a Smörgåsbord of blues on offer, from Sari Schorr to Mud Morganfield and we had listening fun and the magic of live music, festival delights of food, beer and meeting and making friends.

 

Sari Schorr – March 2017
Northsyde – March 2017
Robben Ford – March 2017
Kirk Fletcher – March 2017
Mud Morganfield – March 2017

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Skegness Solid Live Music More Blues than Rock in 2017

January drawing to a close, Christmas lights a fading memory. Then your calendar clicks around to Butlins, Skegness for the Great British Rock & Blues Festival, the next year of musical journeys begins. This year the emphasis is on Blues, Rock has fallen if not silent but reduced to a whisper this year, upsetting some and definitely changing the balance and feel of the weekend. READ The Highlights on the weekend HERE The Great British Rock & Blues Festival – Jan 2017

 

 

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017 – The music was superb, the friendship immense and at times the Mud was sticky. What will 2018 Festival fun be bringing as Bluesdoodles kicks off 2018 at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness January 2018?

 

Advent 20 Festival Fun Music and Antics 2017

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight. With three Cd’s we are immersed in the power and glory that has insured Alter Bridge success across the world. The Bridge created heavy, strong rising out of the fall of Creed. Live albums keep the memories alive, the energy and charismatic wizardry of Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti.

The first two albums recorded at The O2 Arena, London in November 2016 with the mix of nineteen songs in the set we see every side of Alter Bridge. This is a show that re-visited the back catalogue from across the years, the opportunity to play the hits whilst providing the audiences with a chance to hear tracks from the current album Last Heroes live.  One thing that cannot be argued the band and the audience were having the time of their lives. The clapping and cheering were not lukewarm but hot as molten metal.

Opening the nineteen strong set with The Writing on The Wall, from Last Heroes. Reworked and the stage performance gives the number a lift as the guitars drive the melody which has a heavy tone. We are up and running and the writing on the wall is live is the perfect arena for Alter Bridge. With the fiery energy of two M’s upfront Myles & Mark the timing and depth of sound from the rhythm section is imperative; tonight there is no doubt that bassist Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips on drums nailed it to perfection.

The crowd is warmed up and Myles’ voice is two as he asks the crowd to clap and participate in Ghosts Of Days Gone By, showing why Alter Bridge continue to please their phalanx of fans with music we all want to sing too.  With Water Rising giving Mark his voice the two vocal ranges work together and the emotion builds as the guitars take the lead breaks.  The tracks flow like a fever cascading wild and free, never curtailed by the audience the music is formed as the set unveils the rock energy that defines Alter Bridge. The band has the confidence to include as the first CD closes in an Arena setting the solo acoustic Watch Over You. How the audiences cheer that quietens captivated in the sound waves created by Myles’ vocals and guitar as he sings Watch Over You. A moment of gentleness that soothes the ears and soul the perfect counterbalance to the high octane driven songs played so far.  This is raw acoustic energy that moves the crowd as Myles asks them to join in ensuring the energy is never dampened whilst retaining the emotional outpouring and beauty of this acoustic number. The emotion is raw and personal as Myles sings and despite e the legion of fans around you it feels as if he is singing to you as he connects with his fans on an intimate level. For nearly seven minutes the audience is transfixed and then when asked to sing they give song and a rock communion is formed that is only experienced when a band playing live is in the zone and delivering music that connects on so many levels

With no album to flip CD 2 seamlessly flows from the speakers as at the live event. We are back heavy and driven by stinging guitar and driving beats of the drum as Myles’s voice takes up the melody with Isolation. With five albums under their belt, and audiences flocking to gigs across the world Alter Bridge will never be playing in Isolation.  With the throttle opened to full that band pulls back with Blackbird a firm favourite with the crowd and a number that always grabs my attention. A highlight when Bluesdoodles reviewed the Cardiff show.  Now we are taken back to the first album One Day remains with the swirling rocking heavy riff-laden Metalingus.  With Show Me Your Leader, the audience if asked in the moment would shout out Alter Bridge or Myles Kennedy or Mark Tremonti they are leading us into the wild frenzied uplifting joy of music played live. This part of the set includes the hit from Lost Heroes Poison In Your Vein and closing with the feel-good uplifting My Champion

For everyone, who experienced Alter Bridge Last Heroes tour during November 2016 and especially those at this special night in the O2 Arena, London the music was a reminder of the memories. Collectively for all listeners CD3 is an intriguing addition to the set Live at The O2 Arena + Rarities. The live segment of the album has been carefully produced ensuring the flow of the live performance is never lost

The third side is Eleven tracks, nine have only been released in Japan with Cruel Sun & Solace having never been released.  Opening with Breathe, the opening slower, gentler with a feeling that the band are in their own introspective place. The introspection is maintained with the tone and delivery of the lyrics by Myles as the instruments rise and fall around him.  Now for the two unreleased numbers, they are linked in the tone and pace of delivery again both are thoughtful. Another side of Alter Bridge, not heavy rock but crossing the Bridge towards Prog Rock. Interesting pairing and delicious listening. Zero opening fast and furious with drums and the swirl of guitar is the stand out track for me on this part of the album. The harmonization of vocals gives the number a positive direction full of hooks and riffs to catch your ear.  This part of the album is closed with Symphony Of Agony (The Last Of Our Kind).  Heavy ending that has a dark sentiment full of despair for the planet we are left with Alter Bridges beats and rocking power and the lyrics from Myles Kennedy whirling through our brains.  Alter Bridge a band that keeps on delivering rock that is relevant, powerful and music you want to keep listening too.

Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is available as a 3-CD set, but there’s also a limited edition deluxe edition package that includes an exclusive documentary packed with interviews and a backstage look at preparations for the concert. Variety of Bundles Available HERE

 

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CD1 (LIVE)

  1. The Writing On The Wall
  2. Come To Life
  3. Addicted To Pain
  4. Ghost Of Days Gone By
  5. Cry of Achilles
  6. The Otehr Side
  7. Farther Than The Sun
  8. Ties That Bind
  9. Water Rising
  10. Crows On A Wire
  11. Watch Over YOU (Solo Acoustic)

CD2 (LIVE)

  1. Isolation
  2. Blackbird
  3. Metalingus
  4. Open You Eyes
  5. Show Me A Leader
  6. Rise Today
  7. Poison In Your Veins
  8. My Champion

CD3 (RARITIES)

  1. Breathe
  2. Cruel Sun
  3. Solace
  4. New Way To Live
  5. Damage Done
  6. Zero
  7. Home
  8. Never Born To Follow
  9. Never Say Die (Outright)
  10. Symphony of Agony (The Last of OUr Kind)

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory SeznecEnjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec.  After living in Ethiopia for over three years Cory’s second album, Backroad Carnival is released. Once again with the musicians, he has surrounded himself he has conjured up an array of songs reflecting the light and dark sides of Carnival. The album refuses to be ring-fenced into a marketing genre. This is music that flows over the ten tracks reflecting the breadth and depth of Cory’s talents.  The sound ebbs and flows with shards of brilliant sunshine countered by complexity of sounds and shapes hidden in the shadows.

Cory Seznec knows how to instil a feeling, capturing and freezing a moment in time in the beat and cadences captured in the percussive melodic forms that share sounds from mainstream through to alternative. Sounds of Africa melding with melodies from the streets of Paris. How has he retained the simplicity of roots music in the complex world we have created? Cory has gone analogue, recording the album mainly at Tonehouse Studios in Noisy-le-Roi, France on a Studer A80 24 track tape machine with old amps and other gear, the sound produced is warm and full. This approach combines the modernity of rock with music rooted in tradition melding but never obliterating the tonal shape each number has created.

If you expect the album to have an Ethiopian fuelled tone, then you will be disappointed the stories that fill the lyrics are shaped, honed and turned by experiences of his travels through Africa and beyond combined with modern events and Cory’s worldview in his bespoke and special world-music.

Opening with Picayune Baliverne, an instrumental number that invokes a carnival Carousel turning mixed with jazz, Eastern European beats fused together with hints of Cajun into a distinctive Seznec sound that defines Backroad  Carnival. The mood changes as we hear Sell My Soul.   The song inspired in Ethiopia when a young boy tried to sell him his two sisters! Here afrobeats morph into a blues-rock salvo that fits the story with the howl that curls around the melody hitting the mood now the backroad carnival is definitely on the move. Throughout the album, Cory’s distinctive vocals shape the story being told with artfulness and creativity so not a word or meaning is left. Hawk On  A Haystack opening with a banjo and reminiscent of the sound created with Groanbox yet totally fresh and new. Every track has a new angle and star turn on Pigeon Man it is the claps and slide guitar, as we learn about the man who feeds the pigeons in Paris.  With Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow) no words are required the percussive form and African guitar take us deep into the backstreets of a town scented with spice and mystery. Closing the album of many colours reflecting the movement of a backroad Carnival, we are left with The Parting Glass. The folk is traditional and a tear jerker as the timeless flow of Scots-Irish music is reflected in the African fingerstyle of the guitar.

This is an album of the expected and unexpected. The quality of lyrics and composition of melody is expected from Cory Seznec. The unexpected is the carefully crafted, mixed musical styles. Creating a musical cocktail of sounds that never clashes but enhance each other without ever losing their originality and authenticity.

Like any Carnival, we have that beguiling mix tasty and intriguing as we listen and travel with Cory Seznec on his Backroad Carnival once again.

Cory Seznec –  Backroad Carnival – Captain Pouch Records

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Track Listing

  1. Picayune Baliverne
  2. Sell You My Soul
  3. Hawk On A Haystack
  4. Tattered Flag
  5. Pigeon Man
  6. Let It All Go
  7. Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow)
  8. Colette Bar & Restaurant
  9. God Will Change Your Situation Barbershop
  10. The Parting Glass

Cory Seznec on tour check out dates HERE –  NOTE: Cory touring England March 2018

Musicians
Cory – vocals (2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10), guitars (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10), bass (1,4), banjo (1,3,6), piano (1), claps (4,5,6), percussive noise 1
Kenny Allen – backing vocals 5, 8, 9
Benjamin Body – upright bass 2,9 electric bass 5
David Chalumeau – harmonica 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9
Paolo Conti – pedal steel 3
Geoffroy Dauptain: claps 4, 5, 6
Thomas Garoche: upright bass 3, 6, 8
Patrick Gigon – drums 2, 5, 9
Albert Leroy Johnson – backing vocals 2,6
Jean-Etienne Loose: claps 4, 5, 6, Juno synth 4
Daniel Mizrahi – electric guitar 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Renaud Ollivier – percussion/calabash 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, drums 1,4,6
Joseph Parker: backing vocals 2, 6
John L. “Buster” Pickett Jr.: backing vocals 2, 6
Yann Seznec – Rhodes keys/Juno synth/piano 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Ronald T. Thornton Sr – backing vocals 2, 6, 9

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality Blues

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality Blues

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality Blues

Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar December 2nd

2017 Manhaton Records have kept on delivering music that excites with their bands in the recording studio and gigging live.

 

 

 

Albums – Manhaton Records Delivering Quality Blues

 

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality Blues

 

King King continues to wow the crowds with Critically Acclaimed Exile And Grace – we said  Rock just got classic again thanks to Exile & Grace with blues roots are never exiled Read More….. 

Alan Nimmo Talking  to Liz @BluesdoodlesRead What he said HERE

 

 

 

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality Blues

 

Robin TrowerTime & Emotion – we said The album is full of strong chords, interesting licks and deft hooks from the wizard of the six-strings – Read More HERE

 

 

 

 

 

The album is full of strong chords, interesting licks and deft hooks from the wizard of the six-strings;Sari Schorr – A Force of Nature

Muni Centre Pontypridd Sari Schorr & Engine Room opening for Walter Trout – READ HERE

Sari in Conversation with Liz @Bluesdoodles Read what we talked about it HERE

Sari Schorr delighting Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 Read What We said HERE

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this Album

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this AlbumSamantha Fish is the Belle of The West on her second studio album of 2017. Belle Of The West takes us on a completely different musical journey a complete contrast to Chills & Fever. For this album, Samantha has gone deep into the roots of Blues, country and Mississippi Hill Country music. Samantha Fish has pushed aside preconceptions about her, kicking the door open to break boundaries and let her creativity, artistry and golden talent shine through as she takes the title as Belle of The West.

Samantha travelled to Zebra Ranch to record the album retracing the footsteps taken with Wild Heart (2015)  with the influence of Luther Dickinson and friends shining through but never dampening or curtailing the heady heights and depths of Fish interpretation of the blues her way.

Opening with American Dream the click of drums sticks beat of the drum and life gets the listener marching to Fish’s branded form of acoustic fuelled country blues.  With Luther Dickinson as the producer, we are promised from the first number a studio album that flexes its muscles with a natural fluidity the instruments and vocals find the tone taking the tune and vocals to unfold all the depths of roots music with a story to tell.  The tempo goes down and Sam’s vocals deepen as we find out why there is Blood In the Water. With fiddles and guitar, the story will not be a happy one as Lillie Mae on violin picks up with a haunting melodic riff. Infectious, beguiling as roots of Eastern European folk are entwined into hill country music. The sound is held together by the power and confidence of Samantha’s vocals. This is an original that just demands being heard on repeat.

The storytelling is the theme of the album, not power guitar chords and fast electric sound. The inclusion of the band talking before the music begins gives the album a personal and warm feeling. This is studio music kept close to the live sound. Now we are in another bar another hotel room alone with guitar and violin waiting for a call. Samantha captures the emotions and draws them out on every syllable sung we connect to her as she sings ‘Needing you more than you will ever know. We here all the conversations we have left unsaid’, emotions never shared and loneliness we have experienced as we get up close to the vocal glories that define the Belle of The West.

In between the originals are a trio of carefully chosen covers fitting perfectly as a glove into the tone and feel of the album. With Poor Black Mattie the tempo rises to match the beating of your pulse as the music soars through your soul sending tingles down your spine. RL Burnside feel and magic captured as Fish answers to Lightnin’ Malcolm’s call as gospel captured with some sweet harp lead breaks.  Lillie Mae’s Nearing Home is luscious full curling violin and as Samantha’s vocals take a dreamy air as the melody is woven into the lyrics.  Capping them is the title track from the pen of Jimbo Mathus.  We now are on the river riding the lady we love best. The music and tone shaped by the undulation on the river that like the whole album on every listen you hear another nuance and the deeper meanings behind the songs chosen by Samantha Fish.

With the deep bass, Samantha Fish on No Angels has backing vocals that add to the vibe and gives her something to work on as we find out there is No Angel around here full of deep bass grooves the Mississippi flows strongly through the music that captivates.  Samantha surrounded by quality musicians that add to the tracks, the central role throughout is the vocals that have a depth that colour the lyrics and shapes them with emotional maturity, empathy and understanding. The music is genuine and authentic, this is the sound that Fish wants to define her as 2017 closes. As the album reaches its finale we have Nearing Home percussive full lilting sound from the violin and Samantha poses the question where are we going? With a slowness that builds and weaves throughout the song.  Then the final track Gone For Good, leaving us with a foot tapping number. Gone for Good has a rawness, dirtier sound reflecting the lyrics and a celebration you are gone for good. Raw and dirty leaving you shouting don’t go Samantha Fish. Giving you the perfect excuse to slow down and sit back and rewind back to the beginning. You will cherish the time spent listening to the classy album Belle of The West.

The album is full of songs that just take time to get to know, this is an album that is not the product of the digital Download, listen for a few seconds or once then throw away. Belle of The West is an album to savour, get to know the intricacies of the instrumentation the style of the vocals capturing emotions as the story unfolds. Like friends, invest the time and get to know Samantha Fish, Belle of the West whether this is a pit stop on a journey of a musician maturing and developing her approach to blues. One thing is a certainty that like a good vintage on the sound, it grows in complexity with every tasty listen.

Belle of the West – Samantha FishRUF Records

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Track Listing

    1. American Dream
    2. Blood In The Water
    3. Need You More
    4. Cowtown
    5. Daughters
    6. Dan’t Say You Love Me
    7. Belle of the West
    8. Poor Black Mattie
    9. No Angels
    10. Nearing Home
    11. Gone For Good

     

    Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this Album