Babajack In Departure Lounge Before A New Destiny

Babajack In Departure Lounge Before A New Destiny

Babajack In Departure Lounge Before A New Destiny

Departure is a collection of recordings made in 2 017, originally intended to form part of a full CD now released as a Limited Edition. Following the decision of Trevor Steger to leave the band and pursue his solo career, the band decided to release the tracks already recorded as a tribute to the original Babajack line up  The band are now working on new songs, with a new band member, Troy Redfern, who had joined them on tour in 2017.

The first track, Daddy’s gone, asks “What are you going to do when your Daddy’s gone?”. It is a familiar-sounding rootsy Babajack track, with Becky’s voice and Trevor’s guitar blending well and a driving beat from Becky’s cajon drum to take us on.

800 miles is a gentler song, showcasing Becky’s voice and a full band sound. Some soulful guitar work in the middle before the vocals build again, gently and steadily to the chorus. A really dynamic track, this one, building and sinking away to a quiet and poignant finish.

It’s your parade is a rhythmic song with some great harmonica in the middle. It is hard to hear the lyrics on this album without thinking of the back story and the emotion is clear throughout. This is particularly so on Nobody’s fault but mine, the old Blind Willie Johnson classic, This is the only non-original song on the EP and it is sung with enormous feeling by Becky, with some superb slide guitar from Trevor. The song starts with just the vocals, then the slide comes in and the voice picks up, echoed by harp. With lyrics part sung, part spoken over a solid instrumental background the track develops, accompanied by Trevor’s growled “how hows ” before dying away to the single voice to end. This is one of the best versions of this song that I have heard in a good while.

The final track on the EP is Long time dead. Once again, this brings us the familiar Babajack approach and showcases the strengths of all the band.

I came to this disc with mixed feelings, but having played it several times, I am glad the band have chosen to release these tracks. They show how strong there were and this, for me, is the key indicator of how much more they have to give in the future. I will look forward with relish to hear.

Babajack – Departure – Running Rooster Records

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  1. Daddy’s Gone
  2. 800 Miles
  3. It’s Your Parade
  4. Nobody’s Fault
  5. Long Time Dead

 

Babajack In Departure Lounge Before A New Destiny

Stomping Southern Rock Flavoured Good-time Band

Stomping Southern Rock Flavoured Good-time BandStomping Southern Rock Flavoured Good-time Band

Imagine an industrial strength music blender; tip in some ZZ Top, some Steven & the Seagulls, add a dash of Aerosmith, a soupcon of Cajun sauce & a sprinkle of bluegrass spice – set blender to maximum & watch it spit out… The Outlaw Orchestra. Still not clear? Try Brothers Osborne but with banjo & spoons! Yes, they are really that diverse a blend – an energy filled, stomping southern rock flavoured good time band. This is what you get on Dirty & Diesel  @ The Dugout high-octane fun.

They are a 4-piece band hailing from the Southampton area comprising David Roux – Guitars/Lead Vocals, Ryan Smith – Drums/Percussion/Vocals, Alex Barter – Double Bass/Vocals, Stephen Welch – Banjo & was for a short time known as Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra; having dropped the Dirty & the Diesel they still provide a mighty fine southern boogie on this release.

The first track kicks off with a solid groove based on a recurring mouth organ theme & sets the tone for a fun ride throughout. Hangin’ Tree starts off at a frenetic pace & this is where the spoons make an appearance – with the banjo to the fore, Deliverance inevitably enters one’s mind! Whiskey Drinkin’ Liar has a humorous, lyrical take on the perils of drink backed with the best backing banjo playing this side of Otis Taylor’s album Recapturing the Banjo (worth a listen if you appreciate this often maligned instrument). Chicken Bones, with its slide guitar intro & cowbell, is really fun.

The rest of the tracks follow the pattern with the true stand out being the 5 minute plus Brand New Day – a story of drink, money & relationship problems sound-tracked by some tasteful guitar & (at last) some tempo changes. With the distinctive vocals of David Roux, they are a cross between Bon Scott, Lemmy & Andrew McClatchie… this is a good thing.

The only fault with this intriguing album is the lack of true light & shade resulting in all of the tracks sounding little too similar. Stopping this live album from standing out from the crowd and achieving a higher rating. They are very active on the live scene & Facebook the live album is a taster, as the band have a new EP planned for release early 2018.

The Outlaw Orchestra – Dirty Diesel @ The Dugout – Independent

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Track Listing:

  1. Too Much Willie Nelson
  2. Hangin’ Tree
  3. Whiskey Drinkin’ Liar
  4. Another World
  5. Chicken Bones
  6. Voodoo Queen
  7. Burn the House
  8. Send Some Whiskey Home
  9. It Ain’t Right
  10. Brand New Day

Stomping Southern Rock Flavoured Good-time Band

Bluesdoodles Recorded Music Reviews 2017

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS – 2017

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10 Doodle Paw Albums 2017

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this AlbumWith Supersonic Blues Machine CalifornisoulBlack Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIVQ&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour Creating a Legacy with Cadillac Three New AlbumFish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Nikka & Strings Soulful New Album Underneath and In BetweenBig Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is PerfectJoe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic AlbumThomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist DeepMigration Blues the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues MasteryHurricane Ruth Album Ain’t Ready for the GraveThis Is The Life I Choose Says Zoe Schwarz Latest AlbumHonest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful VocalsThorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Says Change My GameErja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen HeartsThunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the SpeakersGov't Mule New Album Revolution Come...Revolution Go

 

 

 

 

 

Album Reviews 2017 – some sparkling gems

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon

Lisa Biales Blues On The Beat Of My Heart

Irish Traditions found In Foxglove & Fuchsia

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory SeznecBlack Water Debut Album From Toriah FontainePariah Brothers Never Exile Crow Black Chicken Music Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old Courts

 

Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No FictionExplore A Small World Enlarged Beautifully by Dan Burnett

 The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your HouseNew Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

 

 

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album

 

Suzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New Album

Signs are Positive on Johnny Lang Latest Album

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

Gun Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks

TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

  KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos

 

KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaoshttp://bluesdoodles.com/cd-review/sonny-landreth-new-album-recorded-live-in-lafayette/ JFK Blue Debut Album Rough Round The Edges Michele D'Amour Album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge Elles Bailey Scorching New Album Wildfire Steel Union New Album Life…And Other Problems!Samantha Fish New Approach Gives You Chills & FeverLittle Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same MoonMustangs Exploring Love & Life on Just Passing ThroughDave Hunt Travelling Blues With New Album 100 HorsesLiquor And Iron Fuels Russ Payne and The Unison BendsBlues Engine Are on The Right Blues Tracks Nothing Poor Boy Blues About The StoneCoats Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland Mick McConnell Gets Under My Skin With Blues Jack J Hutchinson Set Your Heart For The SunPeople We Become Sings Inspiration Jo Harman

 

 

 

 

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Rocks Your Socks OffAnother Mile Another Minute From Australian Geoff Achison Blues and MoreJohn Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

 

 

 

Eric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The RoadRise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

 

 

 

Join Troy Redfern With A Dirt Blues Ritual

Youthful Guitarist Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain

Zeal & Ardor Deepens Blues with Grinding Metal Devil Is Fine Vika Bull Sings At Last: The Etta James StoryBarcelona For David Phillips The Roof Top Recordings 2 On The Lonesome Plain With Donal ClancyDebut Album Broken Machine from Ash WilsonBritish Blues Talk About That With John MayallWhen Ashton and Finnen Join Forces Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands HappenRECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

Singles

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

Festival & Gig Reviews 2017

Festival & Gig Reviews 2017 – live music made 2017 full of friends and fun and the power of live music never disappoints. We travelled to Sheffield for an Easter weekend without chocolate but a fist full of blues. Visited Callow End for a favourite festival, travelled to Liverpool for the UKBlues Challenge. In 2018 the winner LaVendore Rogue will be off to Memphis, USA and Hell in Norway to represent the UK. On the gig front crossing the bridge into Bristol was the favourite Bluesdoodles city for gigs that were full of rock, blues and joy of music. Bluesdoodles is now looking forward to 2018 where there is some wonderful live music promised to make 2018 sparkle.

Check out the forthcoming gigs on 2018 UK Tour Page

FESTIVAL REVIEWS 2017

UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

 

UKBlues Federation hosted – 4th UKBlues Challenge September 2017 

 

 

 

 

Old Bush Blues August 2017

 

 

 

Steelhouse 2017

 

 

Chocolate Free Music Fueled HRH Blues Easter

 

 

HRH Blues III Sheffield 15th – 16th April

 

 

Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017

 

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

 

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The Great British Rock & Blues Festival – Jan 2017

 

GIG REVIEWS 2017

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

 

Dan Reed Network @ O2 Academy, Bristol – December 2017

 

 

Broken Witt Rebels Rocking Thekla Boat Tonight with their brand of rocking and rolling Music. Before the Rebels took to the stage the night opened with Sonia Leigh. Sonia’s band whilst she is over from Nashville Tennessee are The Healers with Katy Hurt on backing vocals. What an amazing voice is the first thing you notice about diminutive Sonia. Full of textured gravel swirling around melodic tones delivering songs full of emotional intent. Sonia is a rocked up Mary Gauthier. The set was shimmering with powerful intent as country rocked and rolled as her vocals were supported by the percussive rhythmic shaping and guitar playing from Steve, Ace & Gab who are the Healers. With her new album Mad Hatter we were treated to Jack Is Back, wow this is a band that wants you to have fun as the set included My Name is Mary, Rocking In The Moonlight and Shelter. Sonia and the band surrounding her tonight played music that warmed the venue and left a lasting impression. We all agreed the set was far too short as they closed with Alabama Band full of Southern Rock and energy. We were ready and waiting to shout Up The Rebels as the main band of the night set foot on a stage in Bristol for the second time. Short break and our wishes were granted, first time playing on a boat for the Rebels the third time this year Bluesdoodles were excited to once again be listening to Broken Witt Rebels. Tonight they hit the ground running with Low from their self-titled debut album. The crowd need no encouragement from Danny Core to join in they were soon singing along confirming this as a firm favourite when played live & loud. The set flowed warming the atmosphere, with Breathless one of the new numbers on the album, Bang Bang and Howlin. We were now deep in the zone that Broken Witt Rebels create when playing live, they have a special sound blending influences as this Midlands based band meld Southern Rock with country with the drive of Brit-Pop pulled together by the talented and ebullient energy of front man Danny Core whose vocals connect to the audience. His vocals, groan, cry, beseech and take you to a special place as the tonal depth sends shivers of pure delight down your spine. This is a quartet of musicians who understand the intricacies of the sound they create and love playing the music. Danny’s vocals will always gain your attention but without the soaring driving platform of the other musicians it would be a voice and nothing more. Tonight James Tranter’s backing vocals were smooth and his guitar playing clever with hooks that pulled Danny’s vocals in, and riffs that hit home with the audience that showed the clever use of his pedal board. Then the rhythm section never to be ignored when the Rebels play their brand of Rock as Luke Davis on bass and James Dudley’s drumming combine to give every number a percussive deeper growling force. With fabulous backing vocals from James and Luke the choruses build and connect the verses and how the audience loved to add their voice. With two new numbers inspired and reflecting on their recent US tour opening for Whiskey Myers. Fearless, this reflects the playing of a band that is fearless in their intention for the whole venue to have fun. We rocked long and hard and like the music the boat stayed steady in its delivery. Followed by Give It Up, from tonight’s performance, that is definitely not a consideration for a band on this form. The musicianship was top-notch. The current single now was played live, however good the music is on a radio, when played live it takes on a new deeper energy and that was the case tonight with Wait for You. Now let’s have some drama, as they continued putting a Spell on You a highlight that glimmered brightly in a set of seventeen songs that were glorious from the first note to the last note. An acoustic guitar was picked up by James, as he and Danny stepped off the stage as Danny explained ‘going to try something different’. Turn On me, performed pure acoustic in the heart of the crowd who were spellbound. For me once again the centre-piece of the night was Georgia Pine which they nailed tonight live and will always be that special song, the one that caught my attention when I heard the EP Georgia Pine for the first time. Every time you hear this young band play they just keep getting better, songs you know like the closing numbers Snake Eyes and Guns prove that. Always full of rebelling attitude now they have been shaped and honed into a pressure pack of controlled energy that bursts out of the blocks as the energy builds and grows to a thunderous climax. From the performance tonight and the length of the queue at the Merch desk Broken Witt Rebels are welcome to return to Bristol anytime and we say make that soon, your music rocked our boat tonight.

 

 

Broken Witt Rebels @ Thekla, Bristol – December 2017

 

 

Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol

 

Samantha Fish @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

 

 

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically

 

Flowerpot Opens – Special Guest Mollie Marriott & Headliners Bad Touch @The Tunnels Bristol – November 2017

 

 

 

Crow Black Chicken @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

 

 

Simon McBride Triumphantly Ends this Tour at The Tunnels

 

Simon McBride @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

 

 

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

 

Beth Hart @ The Forum, Bath – November 2017

 

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed

 

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

 

 

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales

 

Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.

 

Dan Owen with support from Billy Lockett @ The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol October 2017

 

 

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

 

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

 

 

Live Music Came Outta The Swamp to Play The Louisiana, Bristol.

 

Big Boy Bloater with support from Ruzz Guitar (solo) @ The Louisiana, Bristol October 2017

 

 

 

Erja Lyytinen with support from Red Butler @ The Tunnels – September 2017

 

 

Kirk Fletcher and Friends turn The Tunnels Blue

 

Kirk Fletcher with support from Ruzz Guitar Blue’s Review @ The Tunnels – September 2017

 

 

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

 

Ash Wilson – The Tunnels – September 2017

 

 

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

 

King King & Bad Touch @ The Fleece Bristol

 

 

Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and Politics

 

Husky Tones – Rita Lynch – Drunken Butterfly @ The Louisianna June 2017

 

 

 

 

Devon Allman  – The Tunnels – May 2017

 

 

 

Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017

 

 

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more

 

Led Zeppelin Masters (Zep Boys joined by Black Dog Orchestra) – Colston Hall April 2017

 

 

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff Tonight

 

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

 

 

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

 

Blackberry Smoke with guests Biters – O2 Academy – Bristol – April

 

 

 

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

 

 

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

 

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

 

 

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels

 

Kaz Hawkins – The Tunnels – Bristol – March 2017

 

 

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

 

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

 

 

 

 

Monster Truck with Guests The Picturebooks – The Marble Factory – Bristol – March 2017

 

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

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

 

 

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

 

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

 

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

 

The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleece

 

Glenn Hughes with Special Guests Stone Broken – The Fleece, Bristol February 2017

 

 

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS

 

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

 

 

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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

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

Advent Day 18 What Bluesdoodles Talked about in 2017

Advent Day 18 What Bluesdoodles Talked about in 2017

Throughout 2017 Bluesdoodles has had the opportunity to talk to some wonderful musicians. Adding to the excitement We now have Wes O’Neill who will continue throughout out 2018 bringing you insightful interviews; Liz will be adding some as well. Bluesdoodles giving you an inside view of the artists we love to hear play live and recorded. Everyone at Bluesdoodles thanks, to the PR and Record Companies and most of all our gratitude to all the artists for their valuable time and willingness to answer the questions.
Bluesdoodles discussed, new albums, debut Albums, first Headliner Tour and what makes a great song.  Explore the thirty conversations, listen and buy the music and see artist live where and whenever possible

Now to explore our conversations 2017!

Alastair Greene

Chantel McGregor

Jack J. Hutchinson

Dan Reed – Dan Reed Network

Fabrizio Grossie – Supersonic Blues Machine

Brian Downey – Alive and Dangerous

Stevie Westwood – Bad Touch

JW Jones

Mollie Marriott

Rebecca Downes

SIMO

Erja Lytinnen

Five Bands talking about UK Blues Challenge (LaVendore Rogue – Elles BaileyRobert J HunterZoe Schwarz Blue CommotionRainbreakers)

Alan Nimmo – King King

A Thousand Horses

Ray Dorsett – Aka Mungo Jerry

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Feargal Sharkey

Sonny Landreth

Jared James Nichols

Wilko Johnson

Dan Patlansky

Sari Schorr

Ash Wilson

Husky Tones

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Danny Core – The Broken Witt Rebels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Plant Solo Album Carry Fire Music Burns Deep

Robert Plant Solo Album Carry Fire Music Burns Deep

 

Robert Plant’s Solo Album Carry Fire the music burns deep. The music has hidden depths, as layers of tonal shapes and textures interlace with the thoughtful lyrics. Carry Fire is rooted in the earth, ethereal as air, turbulent as water and hot as fire as the four elements encapsulated across the eleven tracks. Joining Plant on his eleventh solo album for the second time are The Sensational Shape Shifters. The tonal range of the album is mellow and fruitful as Plant captures a misty melancholy yearning that is often felt in autumn. The colours are rich and fiery but these soon will fade as the year turns and seasons come and go.  The soundscapes are painted that weaves through the tracks shaped by the instruments chosen as the passions wax and wane. Opening Carry Fire, with a jaunty number The May Queen we start off looking forward or back to a different season. The percussive beats hint at dance, light and merriment and surrendering as folk and rock merge at a crossroads of Plant’s own design contemporary and rooted deep in the roots of world folk traditions from North Africa and closer to home. Beguiling leaving you wanting to hear more as we Carry Fire on a journey with the lyrics of Robert Plant once more.

The use of a myriad of instruments on Carry Fire reflects the wealth of tones available to artists like Plant and Steve Hackett’s album Siren Nights earlier this year. Modern folk/roots/rock music is not just guitar led it is strengthened with the tonal complexity of instruments used across the world rooted in the earth creating a fiery musical backdrop.   The array of instruments is a reflection of the virtuosity of The Sensational Space Shifters, who are with a selection of the instruments captured on Carry Fire. They are Austin Adams (Guitars, Oud, Percussion & Tambourine) Liam “Skin” Tyson, (Guitars, Dobro, twelve string, pedal steel etc.) John Baggott, (Keyboards, Moog, t’bal, bendir, slide guitar) Dave Smith (bendir, djembe, drums) and joining them are Seth Lakeman (Viola & fiddle) and Albanian Cellist Redi Hasa.

We are on the move, a feeling of urgency with the beating of drums as Plant explores the negativity of colonialism and modern topics that are part of the political, cultural and personal landscapes with nationalism addressed in Carving Up the World Again… A Wall Not A Fence. The beat is frenetic, his voice raised in passionate anger as he spits out the words. The instruments burn and coil around the lyrics, the attention is one-hundred percent on Plant’s impassioned lyrical outpouring. Powerful music for the age.

The title track coalesces around the instruments conjuring a fire in the deep darkness of a desert encampment. Plant once again captures the mood with the depth of lyric and the power of delivery. Deeper and with a sultry edge the younger Plant voice did not deliver. Age has shaped the interpretation of lyrics and music. The traditional North African instruments a song of love and the pain we inflict on ourselves and each other full of wistfulness and hope as Robert sings “I will Carry Fire for you….”  Once again the song is rooted in tradition ground deep in the desert sands.

The tonal resonance changes with Bones Of Saints, hard-edged less fusion more rock. On the only cover on the album, Ersel Hickey’s  Bluebirds Over The Mountain, Robert Plant is joined by a Chrissie Hynde the vocals reflect the changes in vocal ranges.  The play of percussive power and violin adds to the hunger and energy in the number. Closing the album with Heaven Sent, the embers of Carry Fire are fading and the song gently leads us to the closing notes. Seasons turn and we all age. This is a testament to the longevity of Robert Plant who has delivered a beautiful reflective album. The hints of his past musical explorations can be heard as gentle echoes. They never overwhelm Carry Fire an album-defining Robert Plant in 2017.

Robert Plant – Carry Fire – Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. The May Queen
  2. New World
  3. Season’s Song
  4. Dance With You Tonight
  5. Carving Up The World Again… A Wall Not A Fence
  6. A Way With Words
  7. Carry Fire
  8. Bones Of Saints
  9. Keep It Hid
  10. Bluebirds Over Mountains
  11. Heaven Sent

Robert Plant Solo Album Carry Fire Music Burns Deep

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

 

 

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017  the recorded music keeps arriving such diversity and quality the excitement of sound captured to be relived again & again. It is proving to be a bumper year for music from Blues to Americana – Rock to Prog Rock many intriguing albums and musicians skills that cross the genres merging styles, melding influences into  a diversity of sonic delights that intrigues and keeps your entertained. 2017 is going to have a overflowing memory box of special music as the cascade of albums arriving through the letterbox both the electronic format and the traditional front door.

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017Over the last thirteen weeks, I have listened to many and thirty-four reviewed by Bluesdoodles keyboard warrior, Liz Aiken loves the listening, enjoys the typing. The hard part is deciding the number of doodle paws for the superb musicianship and variety of styles we listen to. At the end of the second quarter of 2017 from the 1st of April through to 30th June 2017: TEN albums shone bright, thus ten doodle paws stamped on the cover.

Ever wonder about the doodle paws category?

All numbers given to artistry are subjective, mine are no different; they are indicative in relationship of previous music released by the musicians; also how the music compares to the current releases.  We rarely give below five as so many excellent albums below satisfactory rarely see the light of scrutiny.

Bluesdoodles Album Picks Second Quarter 2017

10 Doodle Paws Stupendous

9 Doodle Paws Exceptional

8 Doodle Paws Marvellous

7 Doodle Paws Splendid

6 Doodle Paws  Pleasing

5 Doodle Paws Satisfactory

Clicking the album cover takes you to the review:-

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Check out the other albums reviewed they are an exciting mix of music many not to be missed and will become firm favourites.

All albums reviewed by Bluesdoodles can be found over at – Recorded Music Reviews

Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

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Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

 

Sonny Landreth, back with his first live album for twelve years. A double CD; part acoustic/ part electric Recorded Live in Lafeyette is a gem.  This is most definitely a two-set celebration of bottle-neck guitar; Landreth style, interaction of his band of long-time cohorts is just what his phalanx of fans have been asking for. With sixteen carefully selected tunes reflecting his musical career with the added energy of being recorded live across three nights and co-produced with Tony Daigle.

Opening with Blues Attack, rearranged for this acoustic offering the title track from his debut album gets the mood going and your ear hooked into the sound blues coloured in with Louisiana creole.  ’ “It gives you a chance to explore those songs in a different way,” Landreth says, describing the textures created by the intersection of Dave Ranson’s ukulele bass, Brian Brignac’s cajón, Steve Conn’s accordion and Sam Broussard’s acoustic guitar. “The familiarity is there,” he adds, “but I also wanted to turn those guys loose as much as possible.” From the first note to the last this is a band having fun enjoying the music and painting through the notes a warm atmosphere of foot-tapping, dancing music.
The album seamlessly moves on to Hello Home. The music has that all-encompassing feel of a safe harbor soothing the soul with the many extended instrumental breaks. Never power-driven lead breaks but beautifully structured interludes between the lyrics. Throughout the album the applause is genuine, the cheers real this is live music every audience at the venue or through the speakers will find solace in the crafted slide guitar with its percussive shaping weaving through cajón, accordion music that is infectious.

With a percussive jolt, sharp acoustic and Sonny’s vocals we enter the world of the Creole Angel. The beat is relentless, demanding attention as Steve Conn’s accordion joins the party. Now we have the Creole tempo, textures and tones urging you to smile, clap and dance to the music with an exuberant vibe.  The album is led by the instrumentation with the vocals adding another tone as the tempo and changing the mood. The blues is cold and determined as acoustically Sonny explores Bound By The Blues, with a holler and a cry we cross seas, hear names of bluesmen united by the musical form.

The U.S.S Zydecoldsmobile a perennial live favourite is unplugged, full of driving force at Live at LaFayette. The guitar work has an energy that is Landreth’s trademark always exciting and entertaining as blues is shaken and stirred up with the warmth of Creole spice and rooted in quality.

The second set, the guitars are plugged in electric and duel as we hear the other side. The guitar has a purity, sharp-edged as True Blue is explored the sparks of the six electric strings sparking off the vocals. Ümbresso tempo is fast with a distortion that adds a dangerous element; always in control nothing is overdone as the sonic sounds pours from the speakers and you are immersed into the instrumental you are in the room with Landreth.

A click of the drumsticks, hill country blues tones are fresh as we are striding out with Walkin’ Blues. Closing out with high-stepping accordion, this is fun as Sonny sings about the One and Only Truth or mama’s philosophy, having fun with life , this closing track certainly has the crowd cheering. Who can resist dancing to the foot tapping infectious beat.

The perfect time for the project as Landreth found himself at one of life’s inevitable crossroads. The result is ninety-three minutes of music heaven, smooth, warm and spiced up with clever licks and breaks to keep the listening ear totally engaged.

 

Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

 

 

Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette – Mascot Label Group

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

CD1

  1. Blues Attack
  2. Hell At Home
  3. Key To The Highway
  4. Creole Angel
  5. A World Away
  6. The High Side
  7. Bound By The Blues
  8. The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile

CD2

  1. Back To Bayou Teche
  2. True Blue
  3. The Milky Way Home
  4. Brave New Girl
  5. Ûmbresso
  6. Soul Salvation
  7. Walkin’ Blues
  8. The One And Only Truth

Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette