The Kentucky Headhunters Invite The U.K. On Safari

The Kentucky Headhunters Invite The U.K. On Safari

The Kentucky Headhunters Invite The U.K. On Safari

Following on from last year’s performance at the Ramblin’ Man Fair, Grammy Award-winners The Kentucky Headhunters are set to return to the UK in October, for a handful of shows in support of twelfth album, On Safari’Released last November by Plowboy Records/Practice House Records, the southern rock LP tips the hat to family and the southern way of life in the USA.
Bluesdoodles loved the album “On Safari, is a jukebox of sounds that never crash and burn, they all fit into the album” Why the Album title On Safari? The music is taken from the inspiration gained on their first time trip overseas. Pushed out of their comfort zone by Richard’s son John Fred Young they traveled to Europe. The result is music that sparkles with the excitement of traveling and being On Safari. Band members/brothers Richard and Fred Young poignantly lost their father just three days before heading into the studio to record the album, which they have dedicated in his memory.  Read what else we said HERE
Southern Rock and Live music fans now have eight opportunities to catch The Kentucky Headhunters play their music live, loud and let you join in On Safari with a band that will always excite.  With their trademark rock n roll music this Grammy winning, chart-topping  band will never disappoint when you want fun.
Throughout their envious five decade career, the band have toured the USA extensively, but only ventured to Europe for the first time in 2016. The band credits Richard Young’s son, John Fred, and his Black Stone Cherry band mates for pushing them out of their comfort zone to make the trek abroad, where many of the Headhunters’ rock influences call home.
 
Lauded by Billboard as a “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” don’t miss this rare chance to catch The Kentucky Headhunters live, and witness their one of a kind sound that has given them the longevity in this industry that many acts only dream of.
The Kentucky Headhunters Invite The U.K. On Safari it would rude not to catch them on one of the eight dates.


Tickets are on sale now for the following shows:

Mon 2nd Oct – BILSTON Robin 2 (tickets)
Tue 3rd Oct – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (tickets)
Thu 5th Oct – SHEFFIELD Local Authority (tickets)
Fri 6th Oct – NORWICH Waterfront (tickets)
Sat 7th Oct – LONDON Boston Music Rooms (tickets)
Sun 8th Oct – MANCHESTER Club Academy (tickets)
Mon 9th Oct – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Cluny (tickets)
Tue 10th Oct – GLASGOW O2 ABC2 (tickets)

The Kentucky Headhunters Invite The U.K. On Safari

 

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017 – On January 21st and 22nd 2016 world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated blues-rock, singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were filmed and made into “Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening”.

“Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening” is an evening of extraordinary music with new arrangements of favourite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs.

The line-up is completed with Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (Drums) Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian backing vocalists, Mahalia BarnesJuanita Tippins and Gary Pinto.

Bonamassa comments: “Despite being among the most ambitious things I’ve done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show.”

Everyone knows the old saying about how to get to Carnegie Hall, but Bonamassa has truly lived that advice. His entire life and musical career had been practice for this moment, and a young blues-boy finally made good on a childhood dream of playing one of the most hallowed stages in the world.

This stripped-down, all-acoustic show allowed his fans a glimpse into his soul and presented a thrilling and musically dangerous spectacle akin to walking a tightrope without a net.

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017“JOE BONAMASSA LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL – AN ACOUSTIC EVENING” – TRACKLISTING

This Train
Drive
The Valley Runs
Dust Bowl
Driving Towards The Daylight
Black Lung Heartache
Blue And Evil
Livin
Get Back My Tomorrow
Mountain Time
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
Song Of Yesterday
Woke Up Dreaming
Hummingbird
The Rose

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

Available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray & Vinyl

RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 23rd JUNE 2017

Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017

JOE BONAMASSA
APRIL 2017 UK TOUR

BOOK ONLINE:
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SOLD OUT ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 20th APRIL 2017

Venue Box Office: 020 7589 8212
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Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
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SOLD OUT ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT
FRIDAY 21st APRIL 2017

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Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
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BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE
SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 2017

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97 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HL
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SHEFFIELD ARENA
MONDAY 24th APRIL 2017

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Broughton Lane, Sheffield, S9 2DF
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Joe Bonamassa is the winner of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award 2017 (SEGA). He will receive the award at a special ceremony on 21st May in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom. Last year Steve Vai won and accepted the award in person in the same town. An impressive list of former winners of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award led the way for him: Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Brian May from Queen, Walter Trout and Steve Lukather from the band Toto.

Joe says: “This is really a big thing for me, looking at the people who won it before me. Guitar players like Brian May, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather and Walter Trout are such an inspiration. I’m honoured by this.”

Dan Patlansky In Conversation Touring 2017 and Beyond

Dan Patlansky In Conversation Touring 2017 and Beyond

Dan Patlansky In Conversation
Touring 2017 and Beyond

BD: Morning Dan, great to see and catch up with you in Sheffield at HRH Blues and the opportunity to talk this morning

 BD: Dan Patlansky, Back in UK and Europe for an exciting tour. Latest single Sonova Faith from the award-winning and acclaimed album Introvertigo.  Returning to venues new and old favourites? With a new band tell us about your touring plan. Starting off at Mr Kyps with Ash Wilson opening and HRH festival you have hit the ground running

DP: Yes, back in UK and Europe with second round touring with Introvertigo.  Following the achievement of Introvertigo being number 1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by the influential American website Blues Rock Review.  So we are back with a new band of session musicians from Germany bringing a different feel from my South African band. Part tour back at The Globe in Cardiff which will be such fun with Ash Wilson opening a great band, great songs the combination will be a good night of live music following on from Mr Kyps. HRH Blues was amazing great crowd and some amazing bands the atmosphere was really positive.

BD: Having heard your acoustic set at HRH which was wonderful, elegant, beautiful with lingering notes that I wanted to last forever; have you thought about doing more acoustic in the UK?

DP: Yes, it was fun. Acoustic is a different beast to playing electric. In some ways limiting with the change of guitar style. It is a challenge in the way you play and think about the music. As for playing acoustic in the UK; back in South Africa we often do the combination acting as our own support act. Yet to do that in the UK. Perhaps for the future; the logistic of travelling with an Acoustic rig as well as electric will be another travelling challenge. For acoustic at HRH I borrowed Big Boy Bloaters guitar, it was great to play and a big thank you to Big Boy Bloater’s loan of his lovely acoustic guitar. It was a different vibe when I played the guitar showing the power of acoustic.

BD: We all love to hear you get that special sound out of your Strat Old Red and is certainly how you continue to build your fan base. Tell us about strings, pickups and I believe you are retiring the beautiful guitar. How will you find a replacement?

DP: I play with twelve gauge strings, they are considered heavy, but I have always used them. I don’t just use them for the showmanship of the last number. I like the sound they produce. I use standard Fender pickup. For the last number, I turn my amp up to achieve sonic textures, feedback making it as musical as possible.  I always have the amp fairly high, I play loud which is why I have speakers facing the wings and turn them up which can surprise front of house guys.

Old Red not being retired just refining parts of her. Just the neck is being overhauled. The neck has become a liability, 1960’s Fenders used Brazilian Rosewood, this is now a restricted wood and can cause a problem at customs in some countries. In addition, the neck is getting tired and twisted. When I get back home from this tour I’ll be getting a new neck for the guitar.  A face-lift, not retirement.

BD: How do you keep the tracks we love to hear you play the sound is so fresh and vibrant when playing live? It is as if we are hearing the tracks for the first time as you add interest and surprises.

DP: This tour there is a new dynamic with the German musicians. It is though the nature of the music improvising. I may be playing the same song every night on tour, yes the melody, lyrics and chords stay the same but I go in different directions. Not always the way I expect, I grew up playing Jazz music the king of improvisation so every night has its own journey. Can be good or not that is the nature of the beast. It keeps the music exciting for us as musicians and puts a fresh breath into every night’s performance. We are definitely not playing by numbers, traditional blues is steeped in improvisation. I am just keeping that tradition alive and flourishing through my music.

BD: With a hectic touring schedule here, Europe and South Africa what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

DP: Yes touring is hectic but always great to catch up with friends and fans we make on the tour. This will be the last UK tour focused on Introvertigo. I have dates in South Africa when I return. Then in June we go back in the studio with new songs, new ideas for my next album which will be released Spring 2018. Then back touring South Africa. We are also possibly back in the UK November 2017; where we could be previewing new tracks from the forthcoming album. So watch this space once dates finalized we will be letting the fans know.

BD:  You are back in Cardiff at The Globe, what makes venues fun to return to? Is it building the fan base?

DP: Yes, excited to be playing back in Cardiff. I love the vibe of the venue. Why return to venues, it is a bit of both the venue and the audience is a big part of the show. The Globe is a great little venue, great audience who have such a positive response. I love the sound of the venue, the guitar always sounds good to me on stage which is really satisfying. The Globe is a loud room, lots hard surfaces. It is a venue I will always look forward to playing. The Cardiff crowd are always up for loud music and to enjoy the blues.

BD: Thank you for sharing with your growing group of fans. We have asked you your fantasy band, what you are listening to in previous interviews. So today who would you invite to play with Dan Patlansky band?

DP: Dream scenario would be David Gilmore from Pink Floyd. Gilmore got me into music generally and in particular the guitar.

BD: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule and looking forward to seeing you play live in Cardiff on 4th May.

Dan Patlansky In Conversation Touring 2017 and Beyond

 

Dan Patlansky In Conversation Touring 2017 and Beyond

READ what Bluesdoodles said about the TEN Doodle paw album  Introvertigo – We voted the album as the best Overseas album heard over at Bluesdoodles HQ.

Introvertigo with its carefully crafted lyrics that blend urbane wit and honest observation, this is blues pertinent to today’s lifestyles, not so much whisky and women more the corruption of power and social interaction. Ten tracks there are no fillers every number is full of strength and tonal power but there is not an off note or lyric.  

FULL Review – HERE

Dan Patlansky In Conversation Touring 2017 and Beyond

2017 Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett Tour

2017 Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett Tour

2017 Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett Tour

UK Tour – April/May 2017

 Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Classic

GENESIS Album ‘Wind and Wuthering’

 

 

The continuing popularity of former Genesis guitarist and prog legend Steve Hackett is in no doubt as 4 dates on his latest 15-date UK tour have already sold out.  They are in Cambridge, Reading, London & Manchester.   Tickets for the remaining eleven gigs in April & May are going fast.

Steve will also be introducing fans to music from his new studio album The Night Siren..   

Truly a show not to be missed!

SOLUTION GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!! From My Tickets or Box Offices

2017  UK TOUR DATES

April

Wed 26th  Dublin, Vicar Street
Fri 28th  Cardiff, St. David’s Hall
Sun 30th   Reading, Hexagon – SOLD OUT

May

Mon 1st Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wed 3rd    Sheffield, City Hall
Thurs 4th  Bristol, Colston Hall
Fri 5th   Manchester, Bridgewater Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun 7th   Liverpool, Philharmonic
Mon 8th  Portsmouth, Guildhall
Wed 10th   Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thurs 11th  Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Sat 13th   Oxford, New Theatre
Sun 14th  Cambridge, Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
Tues16th  Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Wed17th Sage, Gateshead
Fri 19th  London, Palladium – SOLD OUT

2017 Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett TourIt’s 40 years since Hackett recorded his last studio album with prog giants Genesis before leaving the band to embark on his highly successful solo career.  That album was Wind and Wuthering. Now Steve and his incredible band celebrate this classic work’s 40th anniversary by treating audiences to thrilling renditions of tracks from the album.

The show features more Genesis gems, including fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’, as well as Genesis tracks ‘Inside & Out’ (released on an EP shortly after Wind & Wuthering) and ‘One for the Vine’ which have never been performed by Steve and his band until now.

Steve’s brilliance, of course, is not limited to his years with Genesis and the show will include plenty of ‘Classic Hackett’ from his remarkable solo catalogue, including popular hits such as  ‘The Steppes’, ‘Serpentine’, ‘Every Day’ and the first ever live performance of ‘Rise Again’ from his 1999 album Darktown.

 

I’m thrilled to bring my latest show of Genesis and Hackett numbers to the UK, adding additional numbers such as One for the Vine and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wind and Wuthering, one of my favourite Genesis albums and popular with Genesis fans the world over…Steve Hackett

 But Steve isn’t the only one excited by this latest live offering… the American leg of the “Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett” tour has received consistently excellent reviews from media across the USA:

All in all, an evening of flawlessly performed music played to a very appreciative audience of prog fans who rarely get to see this genre of music played live in this day and age as well as it was this evening. Elmore Magazine

Steve Hackett was masterful in revisiting Genesis, unfurling solo gems in Grand Rapids. Local Spins Magazine

Hackett’s soaring guitar work still sounded as vibrant that evening as it did nearly 50 years ago when he first joined Genesis.  With a calm and almost stoic demeanour that contrasted him from the more flamboyant axe masters, Hackett showed a dexterity and versatility in his performances, from strumming Latin-style acoustic to tapping on the electric numbers. Ultimate Classic Rock

 

2017 Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett Tour

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

AARON KEYLOCK HEADLINES THE BLACK HEART NEXT WEEK!

Aaron Keylock  supported by Jack J Hutchinson’s Boom Boom Collective and Seafoam Green 

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th AprilDebut album Cut Against The Grain out now
via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.

Bluesdoodles reviewed Cut Against The Grain “Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain  Definitely on to keep watching a listening where will Aaron’s music journey take us? Get Onboard now!” – read the rest HERE

 

Upcoming shows

Tues 4th April: The Black Heart, London: Headline – TICKETS
Sun 16th April: HRH Blues Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield – TICKETS
Sun 30 July: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park Maidstone – TICKETS

“A fabulous new talent” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Aaron Keylock is on the brink of international stardom” Daily Mirror – Top Tips for 2017
If anyone can shred like Gary Moore, this young buck can” Metal Hammer
“The New UK guitar hero” Shindig
“Toe-tapping electric blues beast” Total Guitar

 

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Eric Gales Announces 2017 UK/EU TOUR

Eric Gales Announces 2017 UK/EU TOUR

ERIC GALES
ANNOUNCES 2017 UK/EU TOUR

Weds 24 May – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK TICKETS
Thurs 25 May – The Ferry, Glasgow UK TICKETS
Fri 26 May – Arlington Arts, Newbury UK TICKETS
Sat 27 May – Worthing Pier South Pavillion, Worthing UK TICKETS
Sun 28 May – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth UK TICKETS
Mon 29 May – Sage, Gateshead UK –
Weds 31 May – Robin 2, Wolverhampton UK TICKETS
Fri 2 Jun – Nell’s Jazz & Blues, London UK w/special guest Gary Hoey TICKETS
Sat 3 Jun – Grolsch Festival – Shoppingen, GERMANY – TICKETS
Weds 7 Jun – Tonelades – Valencia, SPAIN – TICKETS
Fri 9 Jun – Leganes Blues Festival South Side – Leganes, SPAIN – TICKETS
Sun 30 Jul – Ramblin’ Man Fair  UK w/ Supersonic Blues Machine TICKETS

 Bluesdoodles reviewed Middle Of The Road – No doubting that Eric Gales is back producing the best music yet. Blues guitar with attitude, lyrics with a heartfelt understanding of the myriad emotions this album lays bare for the listener to explore and understand ….. Read the rest HERE

 New album ‘Middle of the Road’ OUT NOW via Provogue/Mascot Group

Check out ‘Boogie Man’ ft Gary Clark Jr:

“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa
“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro
“This guy could be the best player on Earth” Mark Tremonti
“Sounds like ZZ Top covering Stevie Wonder…If you’re looking for the blues album of 2017. This is going to be very hard to beat”  Total Guitar 5/5
“The injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs…some of his best songs yet” Guitar & Bass 8/10
“The more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent” Powerplay

Eric Gales Announces 2017 UK/EU TOUR

Erja Lyytinen Talking about Stolen Hearts and Being On Tour

Erja Lyytinen Talking about Stolen Hearts and Being On Tour
photo credit Laurence Harvey

Erja Lyytinen Talking about
Stolen Hearts and Being On Tour

 

 

 

BD: Hi Erja hope you are well, thanks for taking time to speak to Bluesdoodles, lots happening new album Stolen Hearts  released 7th April and lots of touring including the UK from 9th April

EL:  Really well thank you it is great to catch up with you again Liz.

BD: Before we talk lyrics, songs and touring how is life back in Finland juggling being Queen of The Slide Guitar with being a Mother

EL: Basically lots of balancing. Right now the twins are in daycare. Touring needs to be planned just organising life as off on a mini tour of Germany & Holland. It is all a rollercoaster ride often rather manic but definitely fun. You just have to jump-in and hope it all goes smoothly, often it doesn’t and you just go with the flow, that way you minimise the stress.  Society and others have high expectations, which we are expected to obey. That we are all brilliant multi-taskers. Well, sometimes you have to concentrate on one thing and let the rest wait. The twins are used to me touring I have been doing it since they were two and half months old. February was a period of intense touring across Scandinavia with 24 shows in 27 days it was rather manic, we got through. Sometimes when I am in Finland the children can come on tour with me which is fun. I have a nanny to help and the twins love sitting in on the sound checks, playing with guitars we have really fun moments making lots of memories. I am a musician, a rock star but when I get home after a tour I am Mama again. The secret is to be versatile and I am definitely super happy. So glad I had the courage to have children, continue my musical journey one thing for certain is three years on I am a different person motherhood has definitely changed me.

BD: Stolen Hearts, your tenth album. Has a different shape to your Live In London and studio The Sky Is Crying. With eleven tracks that shimmer with blues that rock. Tell us about the thinking behind the album?

EL: Tenth album is definitely not a scary place to be. My expectations through life was that I would record lots of music. In fact, Number 10 does feel a good figure.  This one feels like me, it is honest and a way for me to open up on the album. Reflects my life since motherhood and my life over the last two and half years has changed the way I look at things. I now try not to stress, not to be perfect. By the same token, I do lots of things and want to be good at what I do. On the album, this new feeling of relaxedness comes out. I now really enjoy being on stage, I now can open up and share. The album is very personal, the lyrics are heartbreaking stories. It is the end of a period of my life when I had the feeling that everything was going to collapse, eventually, it did, it took time to get out of that dark place. Music became my analyst where I could analyse my thoughts and feelings. This process deepened my musical expressions, now I am not afraid of being vulnerable, not afraid of being weak through that knowledge I have found an inner strength.

Erja Lyytinen Talking about Stolen Hearts and Being On TourBD: You took the decision to record the album in two countries your homeland Finland and then U.K. Was it the lure of Chris Kempsey at the State of The Ark Studios?

 EL:  We recorded the backing tracks in Helsinki, some of the songs I had recorded one and half years ago and I needed to give myself more time as they didn’t sound right.  We used Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki it is new with energetic young guys running the studio. Perfect place to record the backing tracks with the band. I wanted to take the album to the next level to give something new. Not just go to my home studio for the vocals and guitar, thought it would be nice to go abroad. I love England, I sing in English, so be good to have a producer who could check out my lyrics and pronunciation. It is so easy to phrase words that should be beautiful but mean something else English is so complicated with sayings and double meanings.  I spoke to Alan Darby who is the songwriter I worked with in 24 Angels, which has a brilliant video. He suggested Chris, I checked out his CV and was blown away what an amazing history behind him having worked with so many Rock greats including The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton and Bad Company. I contacted him and we started emailing, sent a demo from my home studio of rough over dubs. He instantly messaged back lets do it. He was so active in the 70’s & 80’s and the album was using lots of sounds from that era.

We went through studios and State Of The Ark was available it was cool a small boutique studio, with a homely atmosphere. It was an amazing experience from the first to the last track. I would recommend that everyone explores new soul mates in music it is invigorating.


BD:
  When reviewing the album, on the first listen what struck me was the range of tones and styles across the album from Heavy, brooding Rocking Chair (a new sound for Erja) through to the acoustic feel of Broken Eyes and the prog of Black Ocean. The diversity works there is a continuity in the lyrics, the emotional journey and the heartbeat of the blues ensures they all make sense.  How did you come to create such different sounds and take the decision to record them?

EL: Yes, you are right it is the power of the lyrics they give the whole album a sense of context. I had other songs left out these were the ones that worked brilliant together. The album is about sadness, heartbreak, fear of loss, frustrations. Into the personal mix there is hope, happiness lust and sex.  I cried when I listened to the whole finished album the emotions are so close to me they are personal.  I did for a moment consider dropping Broken Eyes as it is a different tone from the rest but then I realised that it fitted perfectly lyrically. The lyrics are the link but Chris Kempsey is the genius that mixed the album. The engineer that mixes the album can either kill it or make it. Chris used a mix of Pro Tools and Analogue a mix of old and new reflecting the essence of the album.  Old rock is behind the music, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. I decided to forget about the radio, I am not pop, so like the bands of the seventies if the track is seven minutes like Black Ocean it stays that length, I wanted the long killer guitar solos. It is my music, my album and it was a joy to work with Chris. The mastering done at Air studios started by Beatles producer George Martin; working with Ray Staff was a professional joy. What a humble, lovely guy who had mastered icons including Bowie.

BD: 24 Angels, a single from the album, how do you make the decision on which track works as a standalone track? This number Co-written with Alan Darby, certainly sounds like your vocals are flirting with the mic and blues guitar that rocks?

EL: This track was the second, the first single was the title track Stolen Hearts last autumn to boost my tour last year and highlight the forthcoming album. The album was planned to be released earlier with crowdfunding campaign but for various reason it was delayed that is the way often in the music world. 24 Angels is a story worthwhile telling to people with pictures. It is multi-dimensional with lyrics that are about morality and forgiveness; about doing something to someone or someone doing something to you and the resulting suffering.

In the video, a relationship ends in a fight with hints of him dying in a car crash. It is that mix of forgiveness and regrets. Whilst writing the lyrics I was thinking of people walking the last walk on death row would you be regretting, how much you would suffer do you understand all that when walking the path.  When I write I go to the very extremes. I have now opened that box and have for the first time explained my thinking behind my songwriting. This one I co-wrote with Alan Darby, a few years back he came up with the lyrics for the chorus ‘Bring me water, make me stronger’. He also put his emotions into the song. There were only simple chords before Alan jumped in and worked on the Erja idea. He made it rock more which really works. He is a sensitive guy with a long experience in songwriting for many including Eric Clapton & Bonnie Raitt among others.

 BD: With the album taking you on new directions where are you planning to take us on the next road in Erja’s musical journey?

 EL: Blues will always be at the heart of my music. I mainly listen to blues at home. But I like to make it modern for these times. It is more acceptable to do blues differently. There is a blues revival, with European invasion into blues music.  I will always have my own style, I do not want to go back for one thing, it is impossible to get the sound nowadays. I am involved in a Jimi Hendrix tribute in May already sold 1000 seats. The show will be a celebration of fifty years since he visited Helsinki.
In music, you meet people and we all know that Rock n Roll can kill you. You have to take care of yourself so take care of myself try and eat healthy. Returning home after 31 shows in 37 days where you have no time for sports. It is important that you take it easy and do exercise take care of your heart physically and spiritually.

Now I have opened Erja’s box I have a couple of songs in the style of Stolen Hearts and have some ideas for the next album but they are my thoughts at the moment. I feel really strong about my writing new stuff at the moment.

 BD: Having toured the new album, I believe you had a February launch date in Scandinavia.  Do you have a personal favourite that really works on stage in front of an audience?

EL: I have had positive feedback in Scandinavia, where audiences can be a bit tight on the blues. I did wonder if they would like the new songs, a different Erja, but they seemed to like my new songs the edginess. So the feedback has been amazing. Personal favourite Black Ocean.

Looking forward to being back in the UK for five shows including launch party at 100 Club, London; HRH Blues and a double-header with your own Chantel McGregor. Hoping to be back to do more later on with a longer run of shows.

BD:   Last time we finished with what your dream band would be this time – what are you listening to and what Erja Lyytinen track would you liked covered and by whom?

EL: Listening to Robert Randolph, his steel guitar sound is fabulous. Also, listening to John Mayer he is smooth, easy-going and Eric Johnson loving his new album EJ,

Who to cover my song What a question! It would have to be Stolen Hearts by Jimi Hendrix.

BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to hearing the new numbers live at HRH in Sheffield.

 

ERJA LYYTINEN
APRIL 2017 UK TOUR DATES

Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sunday 9 April 2017
Box Office – 01823 480 467

The 100 Club
Record Release Party
Tuesday 11 April 2017
Venue Tel: 020 7636 0933
Book Online – WeGotTickets.com

Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion

Wednesday 12 April
Book Online from SeeTickets.com and Ents24
Venue Tel: 01903 366 017

Durham Gala Theatre, Durham
Co-headline with Chantel McGregor
Thursday 13 April 2017
Book Online: Durham Gala Theatre
Box Office: 03000 266 600


Hard Rock Hell – Blues Festival

Sheffield Academy
Saturday 15 April 2017
Box Office: 0203 287 4994

 

Erja Lyytinen Talking about Stolen Hearts and Being On Tour

Michael Schenker Live Four Special UK Dates November 2017

Michael Schenker Live Four Special UK Dates November 2017
Photo Credit Emili Muraki

“MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST”
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

 

Michael  Schenker announces four UK concerts in November for his “Michael Schenker Fest” Tour that will reunite the original three M.S.G. vocalists, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Michael will be bringing his spectacular show of live Rock to London; Sheffield; Manchester and Hull.

Tickets for the Hull 12 noon on Friday 17th March (today).

Tickets for the London, Sheffield and Manchester shows goes on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday 20th March, but O2 Priority customers can take advantage of the pre-sale which starts at 12 noon on Friday 17th March (today).

Featuring the original MSG vocalists, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin Macauley and MSG musicians, Steve Mann (guitar & keys); Chris Glenn (Bass); Ted Mckenna (drums)

If you have ever heard Michael Schenker play live these are dates not to be missed. The opportunity to hear live in a UK Venue his latest Fest, recorded in Tokyo a superb boxed set, however good is not the same as being in the concert Hall with the musicians.  Read what Bluesdoodles said about the recording HERE

SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON – THURS 2nd NOVEMBER 2017
12 noon Friday 17th March 2017 O2 Priority Pre-Sale  HERE
General Sale 10:00 am on Monday 20th March 2017  HERE

ACADEMY SHEFFIELD – FRI 3rd NOVEMBER 2017
12 noon Friday 17th March 2017 O2 Priority Pre-Sale HERE
General Sale 10:00 am on Monday 20th March 2017  HERE

O2 RITZ, MANCHESTER – SAT 4th NOVEMBER 2017 
O2 Priority Pre-Sale HERE
General Sale 10:00 am on Monday 20th March 2017  HERE

HULL CITY HALL – SUN 5th NOVEMBER 2017
General Sale 12:00 noon on Friday 17th March 2017 HERE

Michael Schenker says, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”

Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”

Michael Schenker Live Four Special UK Dates November 2017

 

More background information HERE

Michael Schenker Live Four Special UK Dates November 2017

For Oh Susanna 2017 Equals New Album New Tour Dates

For Oh Susanna 2017 Equals New Album New Tour Dates

For Oh Susanna 2017 Equals
New Album New Tour Dates

 

 

New Album – A Girl in Teen City

“Here is my story of A Girl in Teen City. Trying to find out who she is while trying to be something she isn’t. Falling in love, getting drunk, having her heart broken, hanging out with friends in bedrooms, basements and parking lots, sneaking into shows in burnt out warehouses, watching the waves, walking home over bridges and railroad tracks in all that endless rain.” Oh Susanna/Suzie Ungerleider

 

A Girl in Teen City reunites Suzie Ungerleider with producer Jim Bryson. Jim and Suzie collaborated on her previous release Namedropper, an album featuring the songs of Canada’s top songwriters written specifically for Oh Susanna to interpret.  With six other critically-acclaimed albums of original songs in her carpet bag, Oh Susanna tells stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity.  They are outsiders, real and imagined, but rarely herself. This time, with the urging by her friend and co-conspirator, Jim Bryson, she embarked on a time machine to visit her teenage self in a sleepy port town that she thought no one had ever heard of.

The Juno-nominated and Genie award-winning Canadian songstress began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well off early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills.

Oh Susanna · Spring 2017 UK Tour · April 19-27

Oh Susanna is touring the UK in April, including four special shows with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, which they’ll be performing in a trio format.

Oh Susanna · Spring 2017 UK Tour · April 19-27

Wed 19      London – Cecil Sharp House

Thu 20       Sheffield – The Greystones  co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Fri 21         Saltaire, West Yorks – The Live Room, Caroline Social Club
Sat 22        Glasgow  – The Admiral
Sun 23       Bury – The Met  co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Tue 25       Hereford  House Concert  co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Wed 26      High Wycombe – Kingsmead House Concert
Thu 27       Basingstoke  – The Forge co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

 

 

Ash Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on Tour

Ash Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on Tour

DAsh Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on TourLincolnshire’s Ash Wilson launches the brand new music video for the single ‘Broken Machine’ taken from his critically acclaimed debut album Broken Machine.

The single is out on Friday 17th March and the album on Friday 21st April 2017.

 

 

 

 

ASH WILSON AS SPECIAL GUEST TO SARI SCHORR

London, Borderline     Monday 20th March

Tickets: HERE Box Office: 0844 847 2465

 ASH WILSON AS SPECIAL GUEST TO DAN PATLANSKY

http://www.ashwilsonmusic.com/shows

Tickets –  HERE  & HERE 

 

 

 

 

Poole, Mr. Kyps                                Saturday 15th April

London, Islington Academy 2     Tuesday 2nd May

Manchester, Deaf Institute         Wednesday 3rd May

Cardiff, The Globe                          Thursday 4th May

Bristol, The Tunnels                       Friday 5th May

Barnstaple, The Factory                Saturday 6th May

Bluesdoodles: Broken Machine Review – HERE

“The song Broken Machine came first, not a deliberate album title. Broken Machine is about relationships that do not work. The whole album is my life up to getting married. It is Ash from 15-30 nothing in the album covers the now it is set in the past. That said the track seemed the perfect words of the album title as it reflected the past.”  What else did Ash Wilson share read it  – HERE

Ash Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on Tour