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

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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

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Wildfire, perfectly captures in a word the burning power of Elles Bailey’s vocals and stage presence as she sings blues that have captured in its blue flame, country, roots and soul. The voice is smoky with textures and tones that pulls out lyrics and coats them in Elles special brand of Bristol fanned Wildfire.

Often the word unique is used when talking about an artist especially on a debut album. In the case of Elles Bailey it is most definitely true. Her blues fuelled sound is lived-in, and is the fortuitous result of a childhood illness. Having recovered from both viral and bacterial pneumonia; her voice at the age of three had changed, leading to her ENT specialist prophetically observing, “If she ever wants to sing, she’ll be a natural blues vocalist!”

Wildfire started out as a demo that she had arranged to cut in Nashville whilst on a family road trip as Elles explained, “You know, ‘when in Rome’ and all that? But what was meant to be just one solitary track took on a life of its own. Before I knew it, boom, we had a whole album!”

Elles has surrounded herself with musicians chosen so that your ears mine through rich veins of blues tones and textures. Using musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, from USA guitarist Brent Mason and Chris Leuzinger, pianist Bobby Wood; and the rhythm combo of bassist Mike Brignardello on bass and Wes Little on drums. We always love some more glitz so joining the Wildfire party legendary Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Roger Cook came on board. Once back in the UK adding their depths of musical talents and blending the music into a continuous perfectly woven tapestry are Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar. Without the skills, oversight and direction from producer Brad Nowell this could have been a fire burning out of control instead we have music that is balanced and sumptuous.

Opening with a howl of guitar conjuring up wilderness, Wild West the scene is set with the title track as blues meets country coming back down the road. What really captures your musical ear is the voice; Elles has an understanding of the lyric taking it slowly, giving the words space and building the tension. The music and lyrics paint a visual picture in your minds-eye creating cinematic music. The winning combination of Bobby’s piano and Jonny’s Hammond soothes the soul as her vocals drop with smoothness of whipped rich cream sharpened with a jolt of citric.  The song is wistful and you empathise with the pain she is feeling as the drums beat out the road she has to travel as the perennial question What If I is asked again and again through the track. Leaving you wondering about your past asking your own What If I question.

Half way through the album and the delta slide guitar blues has an outing with Let Me Hear You Scream, again the shaping of the vocals gets the story told and we just want to hear her vocals growl with intent when she sings the title.  The tempo rises as if the wind is fanning the fire with Shackles of Love her soulful modulation and backing vocals curl around the instrumentation that she has under total control.

Again, the tones are full of interest country with added values as we check in to Barrel Of Your Gun, starting smooth the vocals harden and the mesmeric qualities of music that is rooted in the blues and flowers free using the qualities of lyrics vocals and musicians she has surrounded herself with. With a tribute to the blues man on Howlin’ Wolf we hear her howl and celebrate the blues in her own way that will become a trademark as her career further establishes itself. The music slows, her vocals sung softly as we have a true blues number with Girl Who Owned The Blues; Elles Bailey already owns her style of blues in her hands, Wildfire is going to win her more. Closing the album out with Time’s A Healer; leaving us with a quiet gentle number reflective and the voice shimmering like a reflection in a pool of silver water. Another picture painted and we want to listen to the album all over again.

The only slight dampening of the flames  in the music is that the tempo across the track is fairly similar, perhaps rather than blending the styles as she has in the majority of tracks. Some celebration of soul country and blues so listeners can see the variation and the power of the blending. This minor irritant did nothing to stop me enjoying the dozen tracks. Elles Bailey, has created a debut album that is sassy blues, modern using the rich treasure chest of roots, soul and country to create an album that burns hot and is fresh whilst being hot. This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent. The future of blues in UK is hot and strong with the fiery breath of Elles Bailey singing out to entertain and keep the blues alive. Wildfire, Elles Bailey What a Stunning Voice! Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.

 

Elles Bailey  – Wildfire – Release date 1st September

Pre-order via Elles Pledge Campaign HERE

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Wildfire
  2. Same Flame
  3. What If I
  4. Barrel Of Your Gun
  5. Perfect Storm
  6. Let Me Hear You Scream
  7. Shake It Off
  8. Shackles Of Love
  9. Believed In You
  10. Howlin’ Wolf
  11. Girl Who Owned The Blues
  12. Time’s A Healer

Elles Bailey Scorching New Album Wildfire

Tuesday Night Brightened Devon Allman Live in Bristol

Tuesday Night Brightened Devon Allman Live in Bristol

Tuesday Night Brighten with Devon Allman Playing Live in Bristol

 

Tuesday Night Brightened Devon Allman Live in BristolKick starting the evening loud, Mark Pontin Group who had traveled over the bridge to open for Devon Allman once again tonight. His set had a jam feel that didn’t showcase the music from his albums. Joined by Gwyn Ashton slide guitar was added to the rock-blues mix. They certainly got the crowd ready and impatient to hear Devon Allman in Bristol tonight.

Tuesday Night was definitely brightened with Devon Allman Band in town to play live music at The Tunnels. We were in for a guitar driven festival of music that hits all the right pleasure spots. Devon, jams, moulding the southern riffs and licks with vocals that have a tale to tell. Tonight Devon dipped into his back numbers from Honeytribe through to the last three superb albums.

Tuesday Night Brightened Devon Allman Live in BristolThe band that surrounded Devon, had a raw energy that bounced of the tone and textural delight that is the winning combination that sets Devon above many other troubadours of modern song; his and voice, he warms the room, engages the audience and leaves them wanting more of his music. This is why the atmosphere was electric, the audience surged forward as Devon played from the edge of the stage. Tonight, weaving the numbers together from his three Devon Allman Band albums on this Ride Or Die World Tour, with artful covers and a dip back into time to the Honeytribe his glorious licks from his Les Paul, a beautiful listening experience.

Following on from a favourite opening number Wash In A, we stepped on the Ragged & Dirty trail with Half The Truth, with that familiar yell of inclusion from Devon as he got the crowd clapping. Flowed by the distinctive open cascading of notes leads us into Can’t Lose ‘Em All leading us as the dance rhythm hits into Devon’s vocals, rich more and emotive.  The room ant the The Tunnels was awash with the vibe of music that flows with an organic texture and form, not contrived this is music from the hearts, soul and talented fingers of every musician on stage. The interaction between Jackson Stokes animated playing and Devon was spellbinding it was music that you want every track to last longer.  The rhythm section, powerhouse to any band did so much more that keep the beat. Between bassist Justin Corgan and drummer Anthony Steinhaur they shaped the music; providing the strong base for Devon to fly from.

Tuesday Night Brightened Devon Allman Live in BristolFrom his time with Royal Southern Brotherhood, Left My Heart In Memphis joined the party, and it was a true Tuesday night party atmosphere as the wonderful lyrically driven Turn Off The World from Turquoise held us all in the hands of Devon’s guitar hands, with pick in his mouth and the fret board manipulated under his powerful direction.

Dipping into Honey tribe we heard Mahalo (Hawaiian for Thank you) from their debut album back in 2006, a wonderful instrumental that allows the instruments to communicate with you. The vibe is cool hints of Santana but one-hundred percent Allman a jam full of depth and wonder. We collectively thanked Devon for the music by loud cheers, clapping and dancing. We didn’t need any encouragement to participate in Bob Marley & The Wailers, No Woman No Cry. The Tunnels rocked on a Tuesday.

The music was an amalgamation that is all the strong with southern rock and the interpretations of the blues with Checking In On My Baby (Junior Wells); the music has a raw edge, slightly dangerous as Devon grins you are never sure what trickery will come out of the Les Paul. It always weaves its magic and tonight was no different.

Closing the set with Midnight Lake Michigan, we could not believe the time had flown by. The interludes and extras that Devon and the band blended into the set list let everyone shine a true celebration of music, live, dirty and energised. There had to be more in the bands tank of music. Yes, there was as they came back for a demanded encore. First, Devon teased us, with licks and riffs, named that tune. Before two numbers from Ride or Die Night Like This and Say Your Prayers. If we are good and say our prayers lets hope Devon Allman is back in Bristol real soon. As the last notes of the encore faded away with, we were all on a live music, Tuesdays just became a Saturday night as no-one was thinking about work the next day we had the uplifting melodies of live music, meeting of friends lingering in a haze of delights from Devon and the band.

You know it was a fabulous night when writing the review the music you choose has to be Turquoise, Ragged & Dirty & Ride or Die. However, good words can be let live music do the talking for you the energy s dramatic, uplifting and the perfect tonic for a Tuesday night in Bristol.

Tuesday Night Brightened Devon Allman Live in Bristol

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

SHINE ON RAINY DAY
DEBUT ALBUM OUT MARCH 24TH
via Atlantic Records

 

 

Black Crow – from Debut album Shine on Rainy Day

Brent performing the laid-back, melancholic album track ‘Black Crow’ from a session recorded at the Sam Philips Studio in Tennessee.

Full of textures, tones rooted deep in the lexicon that is the sound of Americana.

After the huge success of his debut dates in the UK in February, Brent Cobb will be returning for a full UK tour in May plus two festival appearances including The Great Escape. On his earlier visit Brent sold-out headline shows in London and Manchester and stunned crowds in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections festival with his raconteur’s wit, tales of rural life in the Deep South and heart-rending performances of songs from his critically acclaimed debut album Shine On Rainy Day.

UK shows – May 2017

Sat 20th – Brighton, The Great Escape
Sun 21st – Oxfordshire, Wood Festival
Tue 23rd – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Wed 24th – London, The Borderline
Thurs 25th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Sun 28th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah

Released in the US last year to widespread praise, Shine On Rainy Day made number 11 in Rolling Stone Country’s Top 40 Albums of 2016. The album saw him enlist the help of his cousin and fellow Georgian, Dave Cobb, the Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson and album guest Jason Isbell.

2017 is a busy year for Brent with him heading out on the road across the US supporting the likes of Nikki Lane The Cadillac Three, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and the aforementioned Chris Stapleton, as well as playing California’s Stagecoach Festival, before hitting the UK in May.

“…what promises to be Cobb’s breakout LP as a singer-songwriter.”— Rolling StoneBRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

“…masterfully understated wit…”— NPR Music

“It’s a soft, acoustic ballad, different from what you may have already heard from Cobb. The Georgia-born singer/songwriter has a knack for joyous, energetic songs that celebrate life and the good things in it.”— Noisey

“Let me just say that Brent Cobb is pretty damn good.”— Sounds Like Nashville

 

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014Fish @ The Globe, Cardiff – December 2014
Brit Floyd @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – December 2014
Banned From Utopia @ The Scene, Swansea – December 2014
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus @ The Flowerpot, Derby – November 2014
Bellowhead @ St David’s Hall Cardiff – November 2014
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ali Clinton Band @ The Flowerpot, Derby – November 2014
Show Of Hands @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – November 2014
Rich Robinson Band & Federal Charm @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2014
Joanne Shaw Taylor @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2014
Mike Zito & The Wheel and Samantha Fish @ The Scene Swansea – November 2014Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014
Sandi Thom @ Pontardawe Arts Centre – November 2014
Katie Bradley & Kirk Fletcher @The Convent – Stroud ~ October 2014
Laurence Jones @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Oct 2014
King King supporting John Mayall @St David’s Hall – October 2014
Larry Miller @ The Globe, Cardiff – October 2014
Guy Tortora & Ben Tyzack @Southhill Park, Bracknell – October 2014
Carl Verheyen @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2014
ELO Again @ St David’s Hall – September 2014
Grainne Duffy @Beaufort Theatre, Beaufort September 2014
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014Cut The Funk – Riffs Bar, Swindon – Aug 2014
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson – The Moon Club, Cardiff – Aug 2014
Layla Zoe & Ali Clinton Band – Robin 2, Bilston – July 2014
Paul Weller @ Cardiff Castle – July 2014
JJ Grey & Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl, London – July 2014
Lisa Mills & Ian Jennings @ West End Club, Barry – July 2014
The Heritage Blues Orchestra @ The Moon Club, Cardiff – July 2014
Larry Miller @ The Scene, Swansea – June 2014
Blind Boys Of Alabama @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – June 2014
Royal Southern Brotherhood @ The Globe, Cardiff – June 2014
Ryan McGarvey @ The Met, Abertillery June 2014
Hamilton Loomis with Mark Pontin Band supporting @ The Garage, Swansea June 2014
Robert Cray Band @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff May 2014
Ian Siegal & Quimby @ La Scala, London – May 2014
Ian Anderson @ Colston Hall, Bristol – May 2014
Jeff Beck @ Colston Hall, Bristol – May 2014
Gwyn Ashton Solo @ The Garage, Swansea May 2014
Jo Harman & Company @ Beaufort Theatre, Beaufort – April 2014
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014The Hoax Supported by Well Hung Heart & Federal Charm @ The Globe Cardiff – April 2014
Ian Siegal Solo @ The Garage, Swansea – April 2014
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – April 2014
Wooden Horse @ West End Club, Barry – March 2014
Simon McBride @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2014
Giles Robson @ The Garage, Swansea – Feb 2014
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – Feb 2014
Babajack with support from Rita Payne @ The Flowerpot, Derby – Feb 2014

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Northsyde @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Stark @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Chantel McGregor @ The Tunnels Bristol – December 2015
Waterboys @ Colston Hall, Bristol – December 2015
Planet Rockstock 
Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – November 2015
The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig November 2015
Spikedrivers ~ Pontardawre Arts Centre – Pontardawre November 2015
Joe Satriani with special guest Dan Patlansky ~ Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Nov 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Steve Hackett ~ Live at Colston Hall Bristol October 2015
Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff October 2015
Glenn Hughes & Special Guest Jared James Nichols @ Robin 2, Bilston – October 2015
Steve Earle @ Colston Hall Bristol – October 2015
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons @ St Davids Hall Cardiff October 2015
Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite @ The Convent, Stroud – September 2015
Crosby Stills & Nash @ The Motorpoint, Cardiff – September 2015
Kirk Fletcher @ The Convent Club, Stroud – September 2015
Aynsley Lister @ The Tunnels, Bristol – August 2015
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Babajack & Marcus Bonfanti @ The Cube, Malvern – July 2015
Cara Dillon @ The Convent Club, Stroud
James Hunter Six @ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Brother Strut @ The Globe Cardiff, July 2015
Coolhand Album Launch @ The Globe, Cardiff July 2015
The Jar Family @ The Convent Club, Stroud, July 2015
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Elvis Costello @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Suzanne Vega @ Colston Hall, July 2015
Dave Arcari @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale June 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Doug MacLeod @ The Convent Nr, Stroud, Glos June 2015
Blues on The Farm
Ben Poole supported by The Della Grants @ The Flowerpot, Derby May 2015
Larry Miller @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale May 2015
Dana Fuchs Live @ The Tunnels, Bristol May 2015
Gill Landry Guest of Laura Marling @ Colston Hall May 2015
Kara Grainger: Live @ The Convent Club May 2015
Beth Hart: Live @ Colston Hall May 2015
Dan Patlansky with Tristan MacKay Opening @ The Borderline, London April 2015<a
Mike and The Mechanics @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff April 2015
Band Of Friends @ The Globe, Cardiff April 2015
Duke Garwood @ The Louisiana, Bristol April 2015
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Ben Poole @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Grand Opening @The Convent Club, Stroud, April 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol March 2015
The Handsome Family @ The Globe, Cardiff March 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Flowerpot, Derby – March 2015
Oysterband @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2015
King King with support from Laurence Jones @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2015
Joan Armatrading @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
10cc @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
JAKS & Introducing Stage @ Great British Blues Festival ~ Skegness 2015 – January 2015
Thomas Ford @ West End Club Barry
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – February 2015
Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury – February 2015
Chantel McGregor @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Jan 2015
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Johnny Cash Roadshow @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

People We Become Sings Inspirational Jo Harman

People We Become Sings Inspirational Jo Harman

 

People We Become Sings Inspirational Jo Harman

 

The People We Become is the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed 2013 album Dirt On My Tongue. Worth the wait, YES in one simple word. Is it the same, a variation on Dirt On My Tongue NO. Jo Harman has deepened her musical framework the album is considered artistry of sound, tone and lyrical textures.

The album opens with a crackle and the distant voice of Jo as singing from the past. Quiet then thirty seconds in the tempo hardens with drum and bass we are in the now as Jo’s vocals come forward and take control. No One Left To Blame, opens the album with spine-tingling emotional power and if you don’t listen on you only have yourself to blame.

As the album unfolds, this is Jo Harman being herself full of poignancy and personal. As ever the vocals are smoky, smooth and/or pure depending on the tone and shaping the lyrics around her tongue adding joy or bitter-sweetness. This is the seductive power of Jo Harman’s voice, once heard never forgotten.  Jo has been described as a blues singer; that is just a part of the full musical equation of Jo Harman as she weaves in gospel, soulful Motown, and the angst of a singer-songwriter exploring personal hurts.  Jo is a singer who understands the power of using her exceptional voice as the focal instrument throughout the album.

The percussive forces on tracks reflect the intensity of Jo’s voice.  Then as in a perfectly balanced black and white photograph, the shadows and greys say more. Lend Me Your Love the piano and vocals give the track a simplicity so the soaring lyrics sung capture your attention. The percussion gives the track tonal texture and the underlying hurt and anger. Energy is added with Reformation and its tribal, urgent percussive intro, harking back but not copying a holler. The clapping adds a sting as we stomp to the number influenced by her work with Amnesty International.

Recorded in Nashville, at Sound Emporium and other noted studios, with acclaimed producer Fred Mollin (including Billy Joel, , Carly Simon, Joe Cocker and Johnny Mathis more) the album features Michael McDonald on the first single ‘When We Were Young’. With its up-tempo fun beat lightening the album blending in a song that will definitely be getting radio play with its easy listening dance rhythm and smooth backing singer it is a hit.

 

 

The ten track, superbly crafted album closes out with piano and voice as Lonely Like Me with deep melody and a song that is timeless as we feel the hurt of loneliness and understand the begging for forgiveness as it is part of our own life’s journey. It is why we are the People We Become.

Bluesdoodles believes this is an album that will delight her phalanx of fans and bringing many more into the Jo Harman camp, they will relate to the album for its timeless majesty and it fearless uncompromising delivery of songs. Songs that Jo wanted to write and sing not because they are a particular musical style.

TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. No One Left To Blame
  2. Silhouettes Of You
  3. Lend Me Your Love
  4. Unchanged and Alone
  5. Reformation
  6. Changing of The Guard
  7. Person of Interest
  8. When We Were Young
  9. The Final Page
  10. Lonely Like Me

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

What a fabulous year for music at Bluesdoodles HQ. I have enjoyed listening to all the recorded music sent. Liz makes a note (must do better in 2017 and review more! I have started a new hopefully more organised system!).

One Hundred and Forty-eight reviewed. What an array of music from Folk to Metal Rock to Blues. The genre to everyone at Bluesdoodles  HQ is unimportant, that is a marketing tool it is whether the music vibes hits our collective DNA. Liz, Kevin & Othello a very discerning Bandana wearing Labradoodle.

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016  read why these albums HERE

pawprint half inchTen Doodle Paws of 2016 read why HERE

Below are the album covers of the recorded music we reviewed throughout 2016 – click on the cover to be taken to the review. Every recording has something special. remember the doodle paws rating is subjective. This is the view of the reviewer you may differ I am pretty sure that your album of the year will probably be different from Bluesdoodles. It is how we hear and enjoy music differently that makes listening to music something very special.

 

Love recorded music  – live music has that special edge – read the Pick of the Gigs we travelled to in 2016 HERE. Make sure you support live music throughout 2017.

Holding On being the companion to Heal My Soul

Heavy Chimes with Glenn Hughes Resonate

Here We Go says Simpson and Flemons Sing Favourites

Slim Butler Blues Has No Bad Intention

Larry Miller Delivers Larry Miller Blues That Rock

Starlite Campbell Band Baking Up Tasty Blueberry Pie

Federal Charm Crossed Wires into Acoustic

Live Trouble with Gerry Jablonski Electric Band

The World Moves On with The Hitman Blues Band

Definitely NOT The Wreck of The Blues Pontus Snibb

It Is not Broke as Mick Ralphs Blues Band Set Down the Blues

Lightnin’ Malcolm Foot Soldier Delivering Roots Delights

It’s Christmas Time with John Cee Stannard

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Leopard says Be Live With Rebecca Downes

Blues Full of Grit Grease & Tears with Deb Ryder

Listen to Beoga Before We Change Our Minds

Buckle Up with JOANovARC for a Ride Of Your Life

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Robin Bibi Brilliance Is No More A Secret

On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters

Ian Siegal 2wnty5ive The Collection

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More Is More as DGB Adding to the Blues

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Michael Baker Making Dust & Bone Shimmer Musically

Rainmakin’ Guitar Driven Music By Steve Summers Band

Definitive Collection of Down Home Blues from Detroit

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Bad Touch Bringing Rock and Roll Truth Be Told

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

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The Swamp Stompers New Single All My LovingWild Guitar with Joanne Shaw Taylor

Beth Hart Fire On The Floor

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016

Aynsley Makes YOU Listen with Eyes Wide Open

The Apocalypse Blues Revue Bringing Heavy Blues

Small Town Talk with Ma Polaine’s Great Decline

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Dan Owen Explores Emotions Open Hands and Enemies

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One Of A Kind as Grady Champion Brings His Blues

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A Force Of Nature Sari Drives the Blues

Bury Me In My Boots with Cadillac Three

Tempt Releases Debut Album Runaway

Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones

Sari Black Betty Single-

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later

Dan Bubien New Album Keeps Grinding These Gears

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Honey Island Swamp Band Demolition Day Review

Live In 1967 – Volume Two John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

Virginmarys Never Divides Rock That Grabs Attention Now

Villiers and The Villains Songs Of Love And Fate

Albert Castiglia Big Dog Has The Blues

Royal Southern Brotherhood presents The Royal Gospel

Hard Times, Bad Decisions Sings Lisa Mann

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Federal Charm reaching Across The Divide Album Review

Walter Trout Alive In Amsterdam playing Hot Blues

Hoka Epic Journey for Nahko and His Music

On Tour Harry Pane releases Changing

Rhythm Zoo Sold For Love Debut Album

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Michael Schenker Enter the Temple of Rock Live In Madrid

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

For Those Who Need The Blues There Is Giles Robson

Enjoy The Ride, Debbie Bond instructs with blues and more

The Roots Collective Live and Kickin’ Up a Storm

Lucky 13 Kris Barras Band Ain’t Superstious

Rocking Time Will Come for Rod Scott

It is an Excellent Day sings Lizanne Knott

Livewire describing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Robin Trower Knows Where You Are Going To

Musics Emotion Breaking Free with Layla Zoe

Breaking and Entering The Blues with Eliza Neals

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Bygones will make you Smile thanks to Amy & Pete

Dan, solo acoustic from Dan Israel

Throw Away Your Blues, Listening To Kyla Brox You Will

Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter Showcasing Soaring Rainbird

Guitar Blizzard Of Blues with Tommy Z

Red Sky July Exploring The Truth and The Lie

Blues is the Truth for Guy King

With One Eye Open – Swampgrass Will Get You Wide Awake

Get Close to Geoff Carne and the Hatz

There is a Magic Corner sings Pete Lashley

Solomon Hicks is definitely Carrying On The Torch of the Blues

A Bassist, Singer/songwriter and Drummer creation is Ghost Riding

Debut Album, Undone from The Black Circles

Blues are Alive with Johnny Rawls Tiger In A Cage

Monster Truck rolling into town Sittin’ Heavy

Behind The Wheel with Red Dirt Skinners

Sonic Gumbo spicing up music Mumbo Jumbo Way

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

Michael Messer’s Mitra Live at the Convent

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

Benjamin Bassford's Songs From The Blue Door

West of Eden follows the emigrant path – Look To the West

Wink At July sings Rachel Garlin

Wolfmother’s Heavy Rock reigning Victorious

Self-Titled Ina Forsman Presents her Blues

Tasha Taylor bringing Honey For Your Biscuit

Unconditionally Live with George Shovlin & The Radars

Broken Witt Rebels take to the Road

First Fix from The Della Grants

Broken Wings Heal sings Caroline Aiken

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg

Believe has Rebecca Downes Singing the Blues

Big Boy Bloaters Journey to Luxury Hobo Blues

In Conversation with Guitarist JD Simo

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Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 20162016 has seen many miles on the clock, dark roads and festivals and venues that make the trip worthwhile. The live music we have heard has been reviewed thanks to the winning combination of my trusty note taker and the driver of the car Kevin Hewitt and my Camera capturing the moment that memories are made of. We also need to include our faithful hound Othello our Labradoodle who loves his music and Bandanas.  Sometimes my trip planning can be faulty classic example South Wales to Salisbury to Derby and home to Blackwood, South Wales. The bonus was we did get to see both Alan Nimmo aka King King and Stevie Nimmo that weekend and eat fabulous cake thanks to Sandy and Paul Gregory at Cup Cake Heaven. The rewards of listening to have been amazing and the music tremendous – hot loud and live. Forever etched in my memory bank will be the Friday evening phone call and a trip across the Atlantic. Before we get to that let’s roll the year back to January 2016.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016Started the year with bands that play at the opposite ends of the music spectrum Oysterband 3 and RavenEye and then the annual trek to Skegness for a weekend of musical fun and meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Another wild weekend of cold weather and hot music. As ever the music is mashed up from Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Catfish and the magic of seeing Rebecca Downes, one to catch on stage her voice is spellbinding and The Della Grants rising to the occasion on the main stage. (FridaySaturdaySunday reviews)

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016January warmed us up for a hot music fuelled February.  The first visit to the new Cardiff venue Tramshed; it proved to be a great venue that delivered music throughout 2016;  for The Cadillac Three who were stunning combined with a new band for us and a find of 2016 Whiskey Myers who delivered one of the strongest sets of the weekend at the end of the year at Planet Rockstock.  This was quickly followed by King King opening for the mighty Thunder at Colston Hall. King King just keep improving another gig of the year would be the winning combination of Dan Patlansky and King King later in the summer.  The glories of February continued with Runrig at Colston and then the first time we would see Devon Allman live starting at The Flowerpot, Derby courtesy of Raw Promo a venue that consistently put on music that thrills. The second time was at The Scene in Swansea, both competing to be the gig of the year. Could the momentum of the first two months continue in 2016 yes it can we were on the road to prove it.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016March saw the winning combo of King King with support from Laurence Jones at The Globe, blues and rock collided this is the highest standard of British R n’B and then back at the Tramshed a hot night with Jack Savoretti entertaining and delighting the jam-packed house. A quick visit to Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and  Ian Siegal with his band opening his celebration of touring with a band for twenty-five years. The enthusiasm to deliver his wild Rock n’ Roll music cocktail infused with country, blues and hill country music swampy, moody and surprisingly refreshing.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016As the weather warmed the gigs increased with so many bands touring in April.  Welcoming compelling prog rock from Karnataka at The Globe and Canadian bluesman J W Jones to The Garage in Swansea and rockers The Sheepdogs to The Globe saw the red Maple leaf fluttering with musical pride over Wales. The Sound Garden was hushed as Chris Cornell held the audience enraptured with his sell out solo acoustic show and Colston Hall.  A first for us was a trip to Sheffield for HRH Blues Festival weekend what an array of talent that just played the blues with heart, soul and a helping of rock. Ten Years After acoustic was a sight to see and a joy to listen as was their headlining electric jamboree.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016At the start of May, we said farewell to Fish at Robin 2 and across the land a performer that will be missed from the circuit. Gov’t Mule at the 02 Academy, Bristol was a scorcher wow we just can’t get enough of Warren Haynes at Bluesdoodles HQ. The Tunnels delivered with stellar guitar playing from Simon McBride, and then a double act full of anecdotes laughs and stunning music as the wayward sons Ian Siegal & Jimbo Matthus entertained. The final of the trio of Tunnel delights was the effervescent JJ Grey & Mofro. The journey of the year followed, and I will not live this down for a while. We can see both the Nimmo brothers perform this Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016weekend journey looks fine to me the non-driver of the Bluesdoodles team. So stage one Wales to Salisbury fortified by two delicious cakes celebrating Introvertigo and  Reaching For The Light from Cupcake Heaven in Salisbury as King King & Dan Patlansky performed at The Civic Centre.  Up early next day for a cross-country jaunt to Derby and the winning combination of Ben Poole opening for Stevie Nimmo and a finale with Aynsley Lister joining in – what a top-notch weekend. Plus some Prog rock Yes in Bristol and Magnum in Cardiff, May played out in every musical style.

 

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016June nearly half way through the year and Bonnie Raitt certainly bringing a ray of musical sunshine to Colston Hall. Brightening June with high energy entertaining nights of music were Vintage Trouble at Tramshed and Kaz Hawkins Band at The Convent. Soulful. delights at The Tunnels from JJ Grey & Mofro.  The festival celebrating a Silver Jubilee, Blues On The Farm was not so much a festival in the midsummer sun but more of a deluge of water and mud thankfully drowned out by the glorious selection of acts that kept smiles on out faces and the thought of British Summertime in our hearts. Festivals for Bluesdoodles is meeting frBluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016iends and discovering new and interesting acts and those we just never tire of hearing play. These included Ian Siegal; King King and Stevie Nimmo Trio. New discoveries were Sari Schorr and The Engine Room, Debbie Bond and  Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado. A first and quite possibly the last time I will hear the bagpipes played in a Blues band; Dr. Schwamp definitely delivered a musical feel good vibe.

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A first for me in July I was asked to act as interviewer/link person for a celebration of women in music. Sisters definitely bought blues and friendship
to the Convent. A scary but definitely fun night.  July also meant a local festival and a trip up a mountain. Firstly taking us back to a mellow Blues explosion that shaped the 1960’s and beyond was Joe Bonamassa at Colston Hall. Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016Two days later and we had sunshine and wet and cold just had to be Steelhouse Festival, near Ebbw Vale, South Wales. The rock was varied loud and very good. The mountain thundered its roar of approval. With so many highlights, laughs with friends. Bands that
caught attention who I had not seen play live before were Bigfoot, Vega, Von Hertzen Brothers. Into the mix add RavenEye, Dirty Thrills, The Answer, Thunder and The Dead Daisies the festival was musical mayhem and fun.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016With the summer upon us, highlights of August were hearing Devon Allman and his band for the second time and LaVendore Rogue with their special music mix-up with hints blues. punk/rock and always quality.  Off to Old Bush Blues, where Matt once again opened the pub and grounds to bands that just want to entertain. This is a weekend to kick off your shoes and enjoy yourselves. With Chris Farlowe, Northsyde, jammings sessions that left you breathless, any excuse to taste the real ale again!

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To BostonAutumn, life is in a spin as Liz won a competition on Planet Rock Radio, a weekend to Boston to see the Dead Daisies play in Worcester. The excitement and delight will take many months to wear off. What a weekend from taking off at Heathrow until we landed back home. What laughs and adventures, staying in the same hotel as The Daisies, going to the gig on the tour bus and the AAA passes. This was a magical few days filling many pages in the music memory diary. Could any gigs compete as the year drew to a closes yes they could! Sari Schorr playing The Tunnels followed by Mike Zito at TheScene, Swansea with Albert Castigalia opening and kicking up a Blues storm. These two acts definitely kept live music hot and exciting as the year tumbled into October.

For me it has to be one of 2016 best events The Tubes in Cardiff, what a musical spectacle, myriad of costume changes, music energy and lyrical messages. Pure platinum entertainment. The nights were dark but the music and the warmth and light to cheer the shortening days. Saxon in Bristol another highlight even the gig of the year if it hadn’t been for that trip to Boston! Then two amazing nights by artists whose vocal power and emotional intensity always capture my musical soul. Ian Siegal celebrating twenty-five years on the road with his band and Beth Hart celebrating her wonderful album Fire On the Floor. These two are my absolute highlights of the year. when artists have that fire in their performance it is a real privilege to be in the audience.  In the midst of the gigs, we went to the 3rd UK Blues Challenge at Robin 2 organised by UK Blues Federation. The four acts were superb, Rebecca Downes, Wille and The Bandits, Dove and Boweevil and Kaz Hawkins Band. On the night the judges agreed that Kaz Hawkins delivered, winning the challenge and will in 2017 represent Britain for the fist time at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and will sing in the European Blues Challenge. Great opportunity to be heard and noticed. The emotion was raw and the blues deep when Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It LiveWalter Trout visited Tramshed in Cardiff. A trio of acts closed November as The Planet Rock Roadstars. We saw them at The Globe & The Tunnels as two British bands blues rockers Federal Charm and young rising star Aaron Keylock were joined by SIMO from Nashville Tennessee.  SIMO stole the show they were superb with high-octane music that flowed with a cascade of notes and beats. Closing out November Black Stone Cherry at St Black Stone Cherry Bringing Kentucky To CardiffDavids Hall, Cardiff. A sit-down venue seems wrong for BSC. But it worked. The first half acoustic the second portion rocking BSC with tracks from Kentucky played loud sending through the rafters and out into the night.  The final act though was for Alter Bridge supported by Gojira and Volbeat. Volbeat stole the show the heaviest band I have seen this year but one I will definitely go again too.

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayDecember started with Planet Rockstock, what a weekend friends, laughs rock and the seaside of Porthcawl always a winning combination. Stage two delivered those wow must see them again moments with JoanOvArc; Tequilla Mocking Bird and Lazuli. With a French Horn played the first time for me outside of an orchestral piece. Lazuli delivered progressive horn, chapman stick and so much more. Broken Witt Rebels fulfilled my expectations and more looking forward to seeing them in 2017 as they open for King Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayKing. The other highlights of the weekend were seeing SIMO again and Stone Broken, A Thousand Horses and Whiskey Myers they rocked. Hitting the notes once again with their irascible brand of Rock n’ Roll the Dead daisies re-ignited the excitement of September. What a difference a year makes as Inglourious returned and they were glorious full of confidence the crowds were ecstatic.  Closing the festival Black Stone Cherry left everyone on a Winter rock fuelled high.

Once again 2016 confirmed that from January to December music will always take Bluesdoodles on a rollercoaster of musical highs.

We attended fifty-seven gigs; five festivals and 1 UK Blues Challenge. Notching up a few many miles and hearing a myriad of notes, chords and voices having listened to and watched over One Hundred and Sixty acts.