In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Liz chatting with Tom Leighton Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for The Bad Flowers. Good evening Tom, thank you for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles. The Bad Flowers will be a new band to many readers of Bluesdoodles. So this is the perfect chance to talk about debut album and part of a tour we are all excited about.  With The Bad Flowers as special guests for a night of exciting music with Jared James Nichols & Stone Broken.

 

 

As a Midlands based hard rock band, what were your first musical influences growing up in Cannock?

Thin Lizzie was the first band me and Dale the bass player latched on to so we have that common ground. Then there was Black Sabbath and stuff like that in the Midlands. Dale is a huge Gezzer Butler fan. So all bands of that ilk really. The first band I went to see live with my Dad was Wishbone Ash. So it is all Classic rock that influences me. You have quite a heritage of classic from coming from that area?  Yes, we have Glenn Hughes, Galley Brothers they were obviously Trapeze to start with, Dale was lucky enough to have a jam with Mel Galley which was pretty cool. There are some great bands come out of the area, the likes of Slade, Noddy Holder is one of my favourite singers; Robert Plant is from Wolverhampton so it is a good area from Heritage for sureIt is not just about Heritage though it is about moving music on keeping it modern and fresh. It is definitely about tipping your cap to that but doing your own thing as well trying to keep that flame going. There are a bunch of bands coming out at the minute there is Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, ourselves, and there is Piston from Cannock. Not heard of Piston! Piston, yea they are good guys man, playing similar sort of thing, yes they’re a bunch of great bands coming out of the Midlands at the minute doing lots of good things so all good.

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad FlowersThe opening track of Starting Gun, Thunder Child has been released as a single which is catching the ear of reviewers for all the right reasons. How did you decide on this number to unleash the power of The Bad Flowers album for radio play etc?

It was one of the later songs that we wrote for the album. When we played the riff for the first time, we came up with the riff it was like yea this is kinda us it was fast paced, quite a heavy riff shows us all off. The bass line is great, and the drumming great in it. It is fast paced and catching the ear let’s go with this one. We have similar songs on the album but because it was last it was so fresh and no one had heard it ever. We hadn’t played it so let’s put it out it is totally new. So was the album mainly material you have played live or mainly new material? Majority of it is fresh, majority brand new. City Lights was actually on our last EP; it has been one of the most popular songs when we play live. We have noticed recently that when we play it people starting to sing back the words at the beginning it is a strange feeling to have but good feeling but it is strange. We felt that song still had some legs so we put it on the album the rest we have written in the last year so all pretty new. Tom, are you the songwriter?  Yea all the lyrics and everything. We come up with the riffs altogether.

How do you define the music of The Bad Flowers so that you stand out from the plethora of trios playing rock?

Well, the one word we get a lot is ‘Thunderous’ which is a good word to describe us especially live we’ve always gone out as a three-piece but make it sound like there are more than the three of us. Thunderous Rock n’ roll – I like that description. I think it gets us down to a T really.  But, the album shows off a little bit a softer side to it at times. Trying to be a bit diverse. Yes, there is a really nice acoustic track included.  Yes, it is I Hope   So will you be including the softer side into your live set? In the live set, it is all pretty heavy. From the album, Lets Misbehave that starts softer and builds which we have put into our last two live shows. It went down really, really well so may keep that in for the New Year when we go on tour, and just depends on how long a set we get as it is one of the longer songs. It is one of my favourite songs on the album to be fair.

I didn’t pick up thunderous on the first couple of listens. I felt the Album is full of volcanic rocking energy, with the artwork on the cover of Starting Gun is eye-catching reflecting bands and album name how did you arrive at this image and album name for your debut?

The name is actually a lyric from Thunder Child – it is like The Thunder Clap is my Starting Gun. When we were thinking of a name for the album Starting Gun clicked in my head. It is our first album we are making the statement we want to go in with a bang really. So we came to the conclusion it would be a good name for the album.  Then the artwork was a collaboration between myself and our friend Shaun, who is a singer in a band Liberty Lies and he did the design work for us and we are really happy. Yes, great artwork. Love seeing artwork relevant to the album but not a picture of the band. We have always been a fan of artwork and things. Our previous EP had like a Lion, Shark and a Phoenix on it because each of us has one of these tattooed on us somewhere, so we put it all together and I drew that myself.  This time round got Shaun to do the artwork as he is very talented. Yes, we are really happy with it. We actually got the full CD’s today and they look amazing. It is the vinyl I am looking forward to getting my hands on the most I can’t wait.

Starting Gun, Engineered at Vigo Studios in Birmingham then the music travelled to Hamburg, Germany for Mastering? How and why did you choose this combination?

We spoke to the guy online. He noticed us through the power of Social Media, perhaps Instagram, that we were recording and he sort of pitched himself to us. We sent him a track to test out how it sounded and it came back and sounded really good. It fitted into our budget and we loved the way he worked so it was great. So that was how it came back. So social media chose the path. We spent some time in Germany last year but it was just a coincidence really, it came about at the right time and worked out really well. It has got a lovely sound the album. We tried to keep the sound as analogue as we could and mix it like we were playing live when we were recording trying to capture the energy a bit. We don’t even use a click track, we just go in and play it. Yes, it has got that clean has a natural feel.  Yes, it is the human element we don’t like recording like a machine, we don’t even use a click track. We just go in and play so some of it might speed up a little bit or slow down a little bit but we just like to play how we play live capturing the energy that is how we have always done it and works really well for us as well.   It would take us longer to record to a click track, to be honest with you (laughing). For those who want to know what is a Click Track? It is like a metronome. It is a constant perfect timing that you play along to, but we play by feel.

As the Guitarist and vocalist do you have a favourite track?  Yes, as I said Let’s Misbehave. What made this track the favourite?  Yes pretty much. I was going through a strange point in my life when we did that and it kind reflects that a little bit. We had the music for quite a long time before the lyrics. The lyrics for that I went into the studio and I had very little idea and then recorded it in an evening. It was just one of those moments, you listen back and go that’s the one! So it was done in two or three takes that song was done lyrically. So in an evening you started you had no idea and it has become one of your favourites?  I did have an inkling, a few lines but nothing set in stone.  The chorus which was set in stone it was the verses that took the time.  But we sat down and the Producer Adam really helped me with them in phrasing and things like that, we listened back and did it in an evening. It was one of those great moments that you can only get writing music.

The rhythm section of Dale on Bass & Karl on Drums is a powerhouse how do the three of you work together ensuring the sound is coherent and works so well with your vocals and guitar so that the melodic flow is never lost against that powerhouse?

It is a kinda unconscious thing really. Me and Dale have been playing together since we were about 16/17. So we have only really been in bands playing together and the majority has been as a three-piece. When Karl joined about three and half years ago now, we had to look for the right person to fit in with Dale and myself. We have been playing together for so long it isn’t easy.  As soon as he started playing with us it was like we had been playing together months not minutes. It is something that I have always said. When we are playing together it is like we are all on the same wavelength. Dale & Karl are really good at locking in together. If something is not right Dale or Karl will shout out straight away. We won’t sit on things we are always upfront and honest with each other, if things have to be changed then that is what happens. It works well when we are in the studio/ rehearsing. Hard to explain it just clicks.

The Bad Flowers are out on Tour in March with fellow Midlands’s band Stone Broken and American Jared James Nichols. Which tracks from the album and why will be played live and loud.

We are quite good friends with Jared we toured with him November 2016 and we have stayed in touch ever since.  When he came over last summer for festivals we hung out with him, so it is going to be a tour with all of our friends. It is I think quite a good line-up. Everything that is on the album is or has been on the live set recently. Hopefully get Let’s Misbehave on there because I love that track, Who Needs A Soul, Thunder Child, Hurricane and I Don’t Believe It, which is kinda treading new ground for us.  It is quite a fast paced riffy track with lots of parts to it. When we first started playing it live we struggled then it clicked and is now one of our favourites. City Lights different live to what is on the album and has been the losing number but may shake it up on this tour.  Going to be fun, lots of new venues and people to play to live and loud lots of foot stomping.

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

Drums: John Bonham
Bass: John Entwistle
Guitar: Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive one of the reasons why we got together so have to have their guitarist who is phenomenal)
Vocals: Robert Plant

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

 

BAND MEMBERS

Vocals & Guitar: Tom Leighton

Bass: Dale Tonks

Drums: Karl Selickis

 

 

Bad Flowers on Tour 2018

Read More about the tour and links to tickets HERE

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm & Blues Club supporting live rhythm & blues in Mid Wales. A monthly Blues club promoting the best of contemporary blues, from traditionally acoustic to mashed up nu-blues and everything between. It is a live club with flair and atmosphere.

The Mid Wales R&B Club was started by Chris and Cath Rogers in 2014 and started in pubs around Powys’ but soon moved to Rhayader in 2015 at CARAD until the end of 2016 and in 2017 The MUSE Brecon.
The Mid Wales R&B Club is currently run by a small but perfectly formed husband and wife team. Chris started the club with Cath and new team member Angus Kings as a way to bring together people as passionate about Blues as they were Since then, the club has grown increasingly in size and popularity, with the monthly gigs selling out and Blues artists from far and wide wanting to play.

THE MUSE

The Muse at Brecon, a new arts and community venue based at the Old Museum in Brecon Town Centre.

Built in 1837 as a Congregationalist Chapel, the building later became the town museum. Now privately owned, we want it to be used again to inspire, entertain, educate and amuse.

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

Feb 16th Beki Brindle from The USA at The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10. Doors open at 7.30 and music starts at 8.00 Licensed Bar. Limited capacity.

Beki Brindle – Guitars (lead and rhythm) and Vocals (lead and harmonies)
New York Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee, Beki Brindle was discovered at Indiana University by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of “The Band,” while she was Blues Legend James “Yank” Rachell’s lead guitarist. A consummate player at an early age, Beki toured repeatedly with Jerry Lee Lewis, as his guitarist. A native of Indiana, she spent time living in Ireland where she shared the stage with Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, members of U2 and Thin Lizzy, The Pogues and Francie Conway, as well as recording & touring with blues artists such as Carey Bell, Johnny Mars, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Stokes Band, Tampa Red, Fenton Robinson and more. She was also commissioned by Bono of U2 to create and run a blues workshop on Irish National Television.

Although Beki is a renowned blues guitarist and singer, with a style that is a mix of classic and original blues, peppered with sounds from Chicago and The Delta, she was also the guitarist for the Warner/Reprise band Grace Pool, as well as releasing several albums featuring other guitar stylings.

 

Upcoming Dates at The Muse Brecon

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeMarch 2nd Elles Bailey AT The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10.

Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever.

Reviewers have been wowed by Elles’ debut album Wildfire(which charted at no.2 in the iTunes Blues Charts) with Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) calling every song ‘Fresh & Original’ And Blues In Britain reminding us that ‘It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage but Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now the product.’
Bluesdoodles review of her scorching Debut album Wildfire can be found HERE

 

April 6th Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi AT The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10.

Mat Walklate-Harmonica & Vocals
Paolo Fuschi-Guitar & Vocals
Mat and Paolo play a diverse, dynamic live set illustrating all shades of Blues and allowing each other’s instrumental, vocal and improvisational qualities to shine. Each performance is rock-solid, yet full of inspiration and spontaneity.
Mat and Paolo are an “Electric Blues Duo” as they use old tube amplifiers creating a rich tone that brings the listeners back to the very early days of the 1950’s Chicago Blues. Think of Muddy Waters plugging in his red Telecaster for the first time into an old tube amplifier and Little Walter blowing his harmonica through an old Fender Champ amplifier. The result is a magical performance that stands out for its intensity and energy. Although there are two people on stage, they sound like a 10 piece Blues band.
Living in Manchester and strongly influenced by its Afro-Caribbean community, Mat and Paolo also pay homage to Ska, blending the uplifting rhythms of this genre with the spirit and sentiment of the Blues.
Walklate and Fuschi have an extensive repertoire that covers over two hours of music.

Check-in for updates on Mid Wales Rhythm & Blues Facebook Page 

 

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

Laurence Jones speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Laurence Jones speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truthLaurence Jones speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

4 albums in, what do you do next? You look for something new and fresh, dig deep into your heart and see what comes out, to see what other sides there are to you. This is what Laurence Jones has done with his new album “The Truth”. Laurence continues to make a name for himself on the blues-rock circuit in the UK and Europe and his new album with its commercial feel but rocky edge will no doubt win him new fans further afield. Laurence took a few moments out from rehearsals and over a drink at an after-show party to chat as we were seeking honest answers…

 

“The Truth” is a few steps down a different path than your previous albums in its sound and arrangements…

Well, and between us, I want to be the next Justin Bieber, he’s my hero! Hahaha! But seriously, it is a crossover album for me in terms of the writing and production for sure. You know, all of my real heroes like John Mayer and Eric Clapton have stepped into different territory before and not just relied upon the guitar playing so I guess it’s my turn to do that. I don’t want to churn out the same album time after time as nobody wants to hear that and I’d get bored. I like challenges and I like to challenge myself which is what I’ve done with “The Truth”. Before we go any further, assure your readers that this album was all made with real instruments and real players!

You had me worried for a moment there thinking this isn’t the Laurence Jones I know…

There’s different sides to all of us and I wanted to show a different side of me with this album. I really focused on the songwriting, lyrics and melodic content. I’ve really been building up to making a record like this is taking the guitar side of things and mixing it with something that’s modern but true to itself. We talked about guitar playing when we were at the Black Country Communion after show party at Hammersmith (man what a gig eh!) and I’ve really pushed myself in the guitar solos to make them memorable, like a song in a song. Take the solo in “Hotel California”, that’s crazy long but you can sing it and it tells a story in itself. I hope that mine on this album do that for anyone who listens to it.

We’re talking about putting yourself out there and opening up here…

Absolutely. I can only write about things I know, not what’s up in the sky that I don’t know about. The songs really do the talking on this album and they’ve been finely picked from a whole bunch of demos. It was a dream to have a few weeks of pre-production in Curacao which is a Dutch island in the Caribbean, before heading to Miami to record at the old Sony Studios. Such a cool place man. The legendary Gregory Elias has produced this album and he brought so much to the table but still allowed me the freedom to go my own way. You know, Gregory is the man who brought The Rolling Stones to Cuba and put on a free gig for everyone, how cool is that! That just shows what a nice guy he is and inspirational. If you take songs such as “Hold Me Close”, “The Truth” and “Take Me” my heart’s on my sleeve right there, for better or for worse and I want the listener to feel that. Sure, there’s some rockier moments in “Give Me Your Time” and “Gone Away” but the emotional content is there in all of the songs. It was all about writing catchy songs with guitar solos and I keep up to date with all music out there, it’d be great to hear more guitar in the charts and these songs are more of a commercial feel than my rockier stuff so you never know!

 

What can we expect from your live shows this time around with this fresh take on your writing?

20-minute guitar solos! Hahaha!, not really. There will be some moments where we’ll be jamming out on a few songs, extending the solo’s a bit, in fact, I’m at rehearsals now and we’ve been working the set-out. I’ve got a really cool new band in Bennet Holland on keys, Phil Wilson on drums and Greg Smith on bass. We were playing in Holland before and everything just went super well. The crowds were great, singing along and getting right into it. It’s sounding really slick, the new songs are transferring well to a live setup and we’re psyched to be taking them out on the road. I love playing live and it’s great to connect with the audience and bring something to their day – you never know what’s going on with people and them coming out to your gig may be something they really need in that moment so we’ll be giving everything, every night of the tour. We’ve got a show January 23 at The Borderline in London, love that venue, and the UK tour really begins on May 3 in Manchester at Band On The Wall.

 

What do you think of the current scene in the UK and any advice for those younger than yourself as you had some great success at an early age?

When I first started all this, there was really only myself, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Simon McBride out doing what we do. That was cool, but it’s a lot cooler that there’s more and more bands and artists on the blues-rock scene in the UK now. I never view it as competition and it’s great to see people out playing, the new festivals that have come about as that shows there’s a demand for the music we play and love. As for those starting out, just don’t be afraid to try things. Don’t copy, take influences and mix them up and try and put your own stamp on things.

 

If you could pick any album to have written and made yourself, what would it be?

Oh, that’s tricky. C’mon man, can I have two? Yes? Ah great…it’d have to be “Riding With The Kings” of Eric Clapton and BB King, such a great record and has that crossover feel to it like my new album and Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced”, just because I’d love to know what was going on in his mind when he was writing it!

 

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

 

Laurence Jones new album “The Truth” is due for release Friday, March 9th 2018. Tour dates and ticket links can be found below and pre-order “The Truth” 

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Line-up touring The Truth Tour 2018:-

Laurence Jones (Vocals, Guitar)
Bennett Holland (Keyboards, Backing Vocals)
Phil Wilson (Drums, Percussion)
Greg Smith (Bass Guitar)

Planet Rock presents
LAURENCE JONES –  “THE TRUTH 2018 UK TOUR”
All Tickets: £15.00

London, Borderline – Tuesday 23 January

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Manchester, Band on the Wall – Thursday 3 May

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Venue Tel: 0161 834 1786

Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge – Friday 4 May

24 HR Box Office: 0844 478 0898 – Venue Tel: 01926 311 311
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Southampton Talking Heads – Saturday 5 May

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Birmingham, Hare & Hounds – Thursday 10 May

Book Online: Gig Cartel 24 HR Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Venue Tel: 0121 444 2081

Nottingham, The Bodega – Friday 11 May

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24 HR Box Office: 0844 478 0898 – Venue Box Office: 0115 896 4456

York, Fulford Arms – Saturday 12 May

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Newcastle, The Cluny – Sunday 13 May

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24 HR Box Office: 0844 478 0898 – Venue Tel: 0191 230 4474

 

Laurence Jones has built his reputation in the studio and playing live check out his discography 

Albums in BOLD checkout Bluesdoodles review.

Discography

The Truth (2018)
Take Me High(2016)
What’s It Gonna Be (2015)
Temptation (2014)
Blues Caravan (2014)
Thunder In The Sky (2012)

Laurence Jones speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

 

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

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan Patlansky

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan PatlanskyPerfection Kills as We Talk to Dan Patlansky: 2018 already looks massive with exciting new albums, tours and more. Music rules 2018 that is a certainty. Kickstarting 2018 with his new album Perfection Kills, Dan Patlansky is smoking hot as he follows up his critically acclaimed 2016 album Introvertigo.

BD: Thank you once again for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles from South Africa. I was so disappointed not to have been able to catch up with you in Bristol when the Joanne Shaw Taylor show you were the special guest of was re-scheduled as she was not well. That said New Year, New Album and back touring England in March.

 

BD: When we last chatted we talked about the rebuilding of Old Red. How did the face-lift go and does the guitar feature on Perfection Kills?

DP: It does appear on Perfection Kills and the facelift went really well. I found a vintage neck to use so that was a great start. For the first few shows, it felt different but now feels and sounds right, and is on the whole of Perfection Kills and feels like home now. Old Red has been played for the last twenty years and time was having its effect. When over in the UK last April, Ash Wilson was opening the shows. He loved the sound of the guitar and at the soundcheck at The Globe in Cardiff, he asked if he could have a play. So I said yes, he picked it up and said wow how do you play, this guitar is impossible to play. I have got used to the imperfections and adapted either way I play. Ash said, take my guitar with a straight neck. I then realised how hard it was to play, at that point it was a no-brainer to have Old Red refurbished BD: So you adjusted like we all do when something is worn like the temperature guide on your cooker, it is not until someone else points it out you realise there is a problem DP: Yes, just like that the changes happen gradually and you adapt to the little flaws and I have adapted over time as the neck twisted. The new neck is easier to play, easier on my hands now I do not have to work quite so hard.

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan PatlanskyBD: Ten new tracks, before we talk about the inspiration behind them what is behind the Title Perfection Kills and the artwork of the Album cover with its dark, retro feel?

DP: Well I do like the thing of the dark laughing. The album cover is a representation of the title, Perfection Kills. There is no such thing as perfection in art. There is no yardstick to measure any art form against. By trying to obtain perfection the music is over polished. Polishing out the imperfections, rawness of sound the live organic feel. That is why I decided to produce this album myself.  The producer of Introvertigo and other albums, Theo Crous will always be my mentor. The concept of Perfection Kills called for this new approach.

The cover reflects that I have always been a massive Pink Floyd fan, their album covers are my favourites. This album cover is supposed to be intriguing going outside of music and arts with a family and the vibe being killed. The mum is turning into a plastic mannequin, the girl cannot breathe in the atmosphere being created and Dad may look complacent in fact he has given up living every hour as it comes.

BD: You have recorded the album in Scherzo Production, what prompted this choice other than it being based in your hometown?

DP: Having recorded both Dear Silence Thieves & Introvertigo at Theo’s studio, I had a clear picture of the sound I wanted. It wasn’t going to be achieved in a traditional, very clinical studio with a sound deadened room. The studio that would work for me happened to be close to where I lived. The recording space sounded like a living room with a natural sound the wooden walls made the sound like playing live especially the drum and guitar sound not just close to the mic in a sterile space.  Also, it was fantastic coming home at the end of the day rather than in another hotel room.  I could come home and sleep on it, still many sleepless nights, over what is working, why other parts are not working what needs to be changed to make it good. Sleepless nights at home are definitely better than in a sterile hotel room.

 BD: The first single from the album Dog Day has been receiving airplay ramping up attention for the album and getting the fans excited. How and why did you choose the number that closes the album to be the first out of the traps in the public sphere?

DP: I didn’t choose Dog Day, I initially thought Johnny would be a better single. I am happy with the choice made by my team here in South Africa and U.K that this was the first single. In fact, I just popped Dog Day on last without any thought. It was not my decision, not unhappy as that is why I pay people to make these decisions. In fact, it is perfect that Dog Day is the last track on the album – people will listen to the whole album before hearing what has become familiar the first single Dog Day.

BD: The songs are impactive with many tones and textures and wide-ranging topics covered reflecting the modern world bringing a darker side to the lyrics on tracks such as Too Far Gone, Mayday and even iEyes.  Many of your songs are about stepping out of our and your comfort zone does the guitar playing help you reach those tricky places.

DP: Playing guitar is comfortable, it is my security blanket. I am more confident playing the guitar. My approach to creating the album is about embracing change and taking risks with change speaks to the picture-taking and embracing change. It was a high risk, high reward strategy, I closed my eyes and just hoped that it would turn out successful and as I had imagined it.

BD: iEyes subject makes it a crossover number with many younger people who are getting disillusioned with Social Media?

DP: Yes, we are all entranced with our phones and pads. The inspiration goes back to when I looked up while I was playing to a sold-out gig in London a couple of years ago I saw that 90% were watching the live music they had paid to see and hear was being viewed through the back of a phone as they were filming it. I fail at times, as I am just as guilty spending too much time on the phone. We need quality interaction with people and music not just through our phones.

 BD: On Introvertigo, you had a song dedicated to your daughter, Queen Purree now we have My Dear Boy for your son Jack.

DP: I felt it was a little bit unfair just for my girl to have a song. My wife was pregnant with him while recording the album so felt very relevant topic to write about for the album absolutely had to be on the album. It is gentle and bit more melodic as if speaking to him. Now I have got to know him it suits his personality.

BD: What tracks will you be taking on the road with you when touring England in March.  I know many of your fans will be disappointed that you haven’t fitted in Scotland and Wales. Touring is addressed in Junket Man, how do you plan where to visit when you visit the U.K?

DP:  I don’t plan, I get given the tour by my booking agent/promoter. I was disappointed no Cardiff or Glasgow dates, I know fans will be disappointed. Will only decide the tracks to be played live after rehearsing them with the band along with a couple of shows in South Africa will have a better indication of which tracks. All of the tracks on Perfection Kills should work live so hopefully all of them will appear on the set list.  For the UK tour I will have the German band I toured with it works better logistically they drive the van across and pick me up at Heathrow and the tour begins. This time we start in Bahrain & Dubai so while in the Middle East will have couple days to rehearse the new material and the shows to warm us up before UK tour starting in Manchester.

BD:  Thank you, Dan, for once again taking time to talk to me and sharing your thoughts on the new album, touring and more. Be fantastic to hear the new music played live and loud in 2018.

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan Patlansky

 

 

 

 

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

 

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK – The Dead Daisies have announced tour dates for April-May 2018, to coincide with the release of their eagerly-anticipated 4th studio album. Kicking off the tour 2018 in the UK what a wonderful April – as John Corabi makes the announcement.

 

 

UK Dates – (With special guests THE TREATMENT & THE AMORETTES)

8th April 2018 – Glasgow, Garage Tickets

9th April 2018  – Bilston, Robin 2 Tickets

10th April 2018  – London, Koko Tickets

12th April 2018 – Manchester, Academy 2 Tickets

13th April 2018 – Nottingham, Rock City Tickets

14th April 2018 – Bristol, Academy Tickets

Tickets will be available from Thursday 21st December 2017. Get ‘em while you can!

Fans of this dynamic Australian-American rock supergroup, which pools impeccable pedigree rock talent, will be able to see the band making some serious noise at 6 dates and venues in the U.K. then 20 in Europe (details below). The mighty 26-performance run gets underway at Garage in Glasgow on 8th April 2018 and winds up in Madrid on 12th May. Further dates for Japan, South America, USA, Canada, as well as European Festivals will be announced very soon!

The Dead Daisies’ current line-up is comprised of singer John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream), lead guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), rhythm guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English, Harline)

The band is currently in Nashville, with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, finishing their eagerly-anticipated 4th studio album, and are looking forward to getting back on the road and performing live once more.

“We are so excited to announce the first part of our World Tour for 2018!” the band proclaims with passion, “Having been in the studio for a few months it certainly feels great to rise up and get ready to do what we do best!  We really cannot wait to burn it down with you guys and get the spirit of rock to set us free! And we can finally stop bitching about not having any new songs to play!”

In the U.K. The Dead Daisies will be joined by The Treatment and The Amorettes as special guests, Meanwhile, on the European leg of the tour, the special guests will be German rockers The New Roses.

2018 will be The Year of The Daisies!

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Josh Smith Excited to be Touring UK 2018

 Josh Smith Excited to be Touring UK 2018

Why should audiences across the land be excited? He is a phenomenon, As Joe Bonamassa says, “Josh is one of my favorite musicians on the planet.  His musical depth and guitar playing transcend the boundaries of the blues genre into a genre of his own. I am proud to always share a stage with him and even prouder to call him my friend. “.
Other leading guitarist respect Josh Smith’s skills as a blues guitarist:-
Josh Smith is one of the baddest guitar players that I  know.”   Eric Gales
Josh Smith is one of my favourite contemporary guitarists. A deep respect and understanding for the tradition of the blues, combined with a complete command of the instrument, make for one of the strongest voices in modern blues guitar today. Don’t miss him” Matt Schofield
Josh is like my brother and just happens to be one of the greatest guitar players in the world, he will stand tall in any situation”
Kirk Fletcher

Josh Smith 2018 UK Tour – support Ariel Posen

The arrival of Josh Smith to the UK has been eagerly anticipated and now the wait is over. The wait is over dates have been announced, buy your tickets and 2018 will be special.
Los Angeles based guitarist Josh Smith has worked with some of the industries biggest names, from Mick Jagger, Ricky Fante, Raphael Saadiq & Joe Bonamassa.  He continues to carve a successful solo career and with his latest album “Over Your Head”, with special guests Joe Bonamassa, Charlie Musselwhite and Kirk Fletcher receiving rave reviews has spiralled Josh into the forefront of the blues world. Held in high regard by his peers, Josh is often coined as being one of the best guitarists in the world.
Supporting Josh on the tour is Canadian Ariel Posen. An internationally acclaimed guitarist born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. Other then playing with many bands all over the continent, producing records, composing music and recording on sessions, Ariel has spent the last few years touring around the world and recording with JUNO award-winning, The Bros. Landreth.

Josh Smith 2018 UK Tour – support Ariel Posen

Tickets available from HERE

31st Jan 2018  Guilford – Andertons – Clinic 
1st Feb 2018 Derby – The Flowerpot
2nd Feb 2018 Edinburgh – The Voodoo Rooms *
3rd Feb 2018 Elland – The Meeting Room
4th Feb 2018 Whitstable – Dukes *
6th Feb 2018 Birmingham – Jam House
7th Feb 2018 Swindon – The Vic
8th Feb 2018 London – Under The Bridge *
9th Feb 2018 Worthing –  Southern Pavillion Worthing
10th Feb 2018 Godalming – Wilfrid Noyce Centre
11th Feb 2018 Southampton – The Brook
* pre-gig masterclass (must be booked separately)
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Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS
Announce February/March UK & European Tour with The Temperance Movement
New Album ‘Wade Waist Deep’ out now via Mascot Records

 

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The BelieversBluesdoodles is very excited about the tour we loved this 10 doodle paw album concluding with:-  I thoroughly recommend you immerse yourself and Wade Waist Deep into the musical waters that are Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Check out the rest of the review HERE

Bluesdoodles was not alone singing the praises of Wade Waist Deep:-

“Buy the record and see them live. Fantastic stuff.” Blues Matters
“A thrilling release…A sonic howl of talent” Fireworks
“Hypnotic dirty blues” Country Music Magazine
“Authentic modern Americana for grown-ups” Shindig

 

Orlando, Florida six-piece Thomas Wynn and The Believers have been announced as the support for British rockers The Temperance Movement on their ‘A Deeper Cut’ February/March 2018 UK & European Tour.

A formidable live act they are about to set off for their first ever trip to Europe. “We are so stoked to join The Temperance Movement on their upcoming U.K. And European tour,” says Thomas. “This will be our first tour overseas, and to be able to play in front of such a great band is a real honor. We hope to learn a lot, and meet a ton of new friends along the way…hopefully some folks who dig Southern Soul Rock and Roll!”

 

UK AND EUROPE 2018 – Tickets available from HERE

Feb. 19 – Brighton, UK – Concorde2
Feb. 20 – Cambridge, UK – Junction
Feb. 21 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
Feb. 22 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
Feb. 24 – Poole, UK – Winter’s End Festival
Feb. 25 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Feb. 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Grand Social
Feb. 28 – Belfast, UK – Empire Music Hall
Mar. 02 – Aberdeen, UK – The Garage
Mar. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Mar. 04 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle University
Mar. 05 – Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 07 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramids
Mar. 08 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 09 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
Mar. 19 – Vienna, Austria – Chelsea
Mar. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum
Mar. 22 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Mar. 24 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Mar. 25 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Mar. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Buergerhaus
Mar. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Mar. 29 – Leffinge, Belgium – De Zwerver

Hearing the songs from Wade Waist Deep is an exciting prospect for early 2018, check out the dates and book your tickets HERE

 

 

 

 

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

 

IAN SIEGAL on his All The Rage tour With special guests DAWN BROTHERS

 

In April 2018 blues supremo Ian Siegal will tour a new album of original songs with his young band of ace musicians. 15 shows in England & Scotland.

In more than a quarter-century of touring Ian Siegal’s mission statement has barely changed: songs that are real, shows that resonate, vocals served raw. Today he is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

In 2018 he will be touring a new album, All The Rage his first studio recording of new songs in six years. Produced by American Jimbo Mathus, the album is classic Siegal: full of the dark and light, clever word play and rough-hewn voice box he is known for. It also marks the first studio recording with the band he hooked up with in 2013. Frequent touring has evolved a distinctive sound featuring Dusty Ciggaar’s tex-mex infused guitar licks.

Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” He has taken his music to more than 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 10 British Blues Awards, four European Blues Awards, two Mojo Blues Albums Of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations – an unprecedented nod for a non-American.

Bluesdoodles. Liz Aiken a long time fan and follower of Ian Siegal says this is a MUST See Show of 2018 place the date in your diary and buy a ticket HERE

Adding to the excitement is a new studio album with his band so 2018 once again probably once again be ruled by an Ian Siegal Album being added to the collection.

 

Ian Siegal – Temporary Live @Bimhuis Amsterdam

 

 

Providing a high-energy opening segment on the tour will be DAWN BROTHERS, a young band out of Rotterdam that Ian Siegal has been raving about since seeing them live in 2017. Although these four young men are not related by blood, they most certainly share a genetic bond musically. Think Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Band, and you’re in Dawn Brothers’ territory. As individual musicians they shine, collectively they are a force to be reckoned with.

The Dawn Brothers – Silver Spoon Live @DWDD

UK TOUR SCHEDULE – APRIL 2018

11th April – LONDON Jazz Café Camden
12th April – BRIGHTON Komedia
13th April – GODALMING W Noyce Centre
14th April – DEVIZES Long Street Blues
15th April – TEIGNMOUTH Pavilions
16th April – BRISTOL Tunnels
17th April – POOLE Mr Kyps
18th April – CHELTENHAM Vonnies
19th April – DERBY Flowerpot
20th April – MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
21st April – EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
22nd April – NEWCASTLE Sage
24th April –  NORWICH Arts Centre
25th April –  HULL Fruit
26th April –  SHEFFIELD Greystones

Links for online ticketing are on Ian Siegal’s Web Site

Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Bad Touch Special Guests Skid Row Tour 2018

Bad Touch Special Guests Skid Row Tour 2018

Academy Events and VMS Live by arrangement with IAA and ITB present

Bad Touch Special Guests Skid Row Tour 2018

 

 

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*Supporting Skid Row and Toseland
**Supporting Skid Row, Night Ranger and Toseland

* Glasgow, O2 ABC – Monday 5th March 2018

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*Inverness, Ironworks – Tuesday 6th March 2018

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*Newcastle, O2 Academy – Wednesday 7th March 2018

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*Sheffield, Corporation – Friday 9th March 2018

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**London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Sunday 11th March 2018

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*Hull, Welly – Monday 12th March 2018

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*Manchester, Academy 2 – Wednesday 14th March 2018

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*Cardiff, University Y Plas – Thursday 15th March 2018

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*Liverpool, Hanger 34 – Friday 16th March 2018

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*Coventry, Kasbah – Saturday 17th March 2018

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*Norwich, Waterfront  – Monday 19th March 2018 

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*Bristol, O2 Academy – Tuesday 20th March 2018

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*Brighton, Concorde 2 – Wednesday 21st March 2018

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*Nottingham, Rock City  – Thursday 22nd March 2018

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Bad Touch’s current album, “Truth Be Told” celebrates classic rock with Southern boogie influences, with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. The band have built up a formidable reputation as one of the UK’s premiere rock bands who consistently put on an energetic and compelling live show for their fans. Their commitment to their fans and their music not only reaches new heights but also connects with new fans who are discovering their music for the first time.

Bluesdoodles Thoughts:

Truth Be Told   – Bad Touch by the time the first guitar riff is played, the vocals growl you know this is going to be Classic Rock that will rock and roll your soul on a musical fairground ride of enchantment   -Read the rest HERE       

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically The excitement fizzed like a can of shaken pop as Bad Touch exploded on the stage Read more HERE

In Conversation with Bad Touch before the headline tour – HERE

“Bad Touch know their music and their music knows no bounds.”
– Rush on Rock

“Strong and melodic…Bad Touch are infectious.”
– This Is Not A Scene

“Soaring riffs…powerful vocals…Bad Touch win over the crowd with ease, thanks to a refreshingly modern nd.”
– Unknown Press

“Bad Touch are growing into one of the UK’s best new bands.”
– Rock Gig Reviews

Brilliant as always… Bad Touch’s performance was
of headlining status.”

– Planet Mosh

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Touch Special Guests Skid Row Tour 2018