Funky Dan Reed Talking About Extreme Tour

Funky Dan Reed Talking About Extreme Tour

Dan, you are back in the UK with your band for December the first at a Sold-out Planet Rockstock and then six dates, six cities opening for Extreme.

Thank you for your time on a Monday morning.

BD: How does the Dan Reed Network funky party sound set the scene for the Extreme Show?
DR
: When we first met Extreme they said the Dan Reed Network first studio album was a big inspiration following the path both management and Numo said great things about our first self-titled album. The two bands are fun funk rock guitar-led music. Nuno, I honestly believe is the strongest guitarist on the planet. DRN is the perfect warmup act before the legendary artist and his band Extreme get up and do his thing. We are so excited to be Extreme’s special guests and visiting cities across the UK. The first time for DRN in Leeds and not played Bristol this time around.

BD: For anyone who has not yet caught up with DRN second helping – What makes you the support act of 2017 not to be missed?
DR:
The Network has a great energy, a certain chemistry, I have known the drummer Dan Pred since High School we are all good friends. The bigger the stage the more animation audiences will witness When we play live it is a celebration that we are here on this crazy planet. The band is high energy very visual and a friendship that has stood the test of time for over thirty years. This chemistry adds to our performance which will be energetic and funky. Dan says miss Dan Reed Network opening for Extreme at your own peril!”

Funky Dan Reed Talking About Extreme TourBD: Will the set be shaped around Fight Another Day? Or will you incorporate band versions from your latest solo album Confessions?
DR:
No nothing from solo albums. All Dan Reed Network. We know that 70% of people will have never heard us or heard and not really remember. So the fifty-minute set will sample our whole catalogue from our four studio albums. With two or three tracks from them, definitely no ballads with the shorter time to play. Rainbow Child will be the closest to a ballad.  So the audience will be hot for Extreme having heard numbers from our first self-titled album, Slam Heat and our latest Fight Another Day.

BD: Funk/Rock scene of the late 80’s/90’s was a deep groove we all delved into. What makes the sound right for the 2010’s with the reemergence of Dan Reed Network and other bands doing the funky thing?
DR: Funk Rock has always been at the core of good Rock N’ Roll. I love the funky stuff of Led Zeppelin and funk crossed over most with Disco with bands like Kiss and Queen, think of Another One Bites The Dust. Funky everyone gets the wider groove good to dance, party and have fun. Bands such as AC/DC Fly On The Wall so many records are at 120 BPM’s (Beat per minutes) kick drum Boom Boom add the high hat and you have got disco. Funk has been played always from Sly and the Family Stone onwards showing people a good time there will always be funk and air guitarists enjoying the groove from the guitarist.

BD: What plans have you got for yourself & DRN for 2018

DR: Before 2019 we have a studio date in Manchester with 140 people attending a live recording of a song. The audience will be adding backing vocals. We want to do this is different cities including Portland, New York and Stockholm and hopefully Tokyo, Sydney. This is better than VIP for a 100 euro’s people have the opportunity to hang out with the band for a day with dinner and unplugged session. Planning to hopefully incorporate the sessions into an album. Going into next year will be in Scandinavia with Electric Boy and tour with Danny Vaughan doing our Snake Oil and Harmony February through March. Dan Reed Network more tours this time be good to be co-headliners with someone like Living Colour or King’s X. New Year’s Eve bash with the Network closing out 2018. Beyond that hope in 2019 I can take time out for songwriting. Travelling including India and USA on a cross-country road trip with acoustic guitar giving me the opportunity to hear some stories.
It is tough when on the road touring you get a pattern with a  rhythm but it can be stifling for creativity. I need to break the pattern hearing stories to write some new music.

Thank you, Dan, for taking the time-out to chat to Liz this morning ahead of your opening show as Special guest for Extreme in Lisbon. I am looking forward to Bristol, 18th December great start to Christmas merriment and partying.

DR: Yes, we are excited too, tomorrow Madrid then we hit the UK it is a great privilege and a challenge to open for Extreme going to be an intense experience. Looking forward to playing to Extreme’s very loyal fans who we hope will get into the Networks music. As I said don’t miss the support get to the show early and funk out with Dan Reed Network.

Funky Dan Reed Talking About Extreme Tour

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High TemperatureJW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature tonight on a cold Bristol November night. With lots of gigs on tonight, those with a discernible taste for Canadian driven Chicago Blues were definitely in the right place with JW and his band; on bass Laura Greenberg and new drummer Will Laurin a perfectly formed trio.

Opening with an instrumental that grabbed your ear’s attention you were hooked in with a great SRV styled guitar with the tone and but definitely not a clone! With guitar driven melody this was the start of the warming process we would soon be hot with the delights of blues via JW Jones and his Gibson Les Paul. Tonight was about his music and the opportunity to hear tracks from his stupendous album High Temperature what better way to introduce the album than with the title track a reworking of a Little Walter classic. His guitar playing certainly wooed and excited everyone in the room tonight with authentic electric blues. His music shaped by tradition but never trapped in a cul-de-sac even during the set taking us down the delta showing a different side of the blues.

He makes his gold Les Paul sing to his blues style with a deft touch and depth of feeling for the roots of the blues. The music is contemporary, touching and inspiring everyone with lyrics that told a story or shared emotions. The night was a mix of numbers from his previous album Belmont Boulevard and great covers re-shaped and perfectly formed. The textures and tones change but the quality of sound was constant as we heard BB King and Charlie Musslewhite. Both were stylish with JW Jones treatment of Charlie’s music was a real highlight his interpretation was inspired. The harmony of the chorus with Laura his bassist backing vocals on How Many Hearts gave the number a shape and context. The mood changed with a foot-tapping rockier R&B infused Watch Your Step,
The tempo slowed with a beautiful slow blues number. This was pure, blues crystalline in its purity the perfect contrast to what went before, even the siren of the emergency services on the A4 outside did not distract you and almost acted as a sound effect fitting into the groove. adding to the drama of another impeccable lead break the use of the drumstick as a slide. The blues flowed like a molten river through the venue the tempo changed the mood evolved as we fell under the spell of JW Jones and his band’s spell. Live music, intense, up-close and full of emotion. This connection you will never get at a larger venue. The Thunderbolt is small and perfectly formed and the beer is served at the right temperature and almost as tasty as the blues on offer tonight from the stage.

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High TemperatureAll too soon the set was drawing to the finale a medley, name that tune moment with the up-tempo fun-loving groove of Magic Westside Boogie. The number was fast upbeat lets dancing music with Bo Diddley licks, smoothly morphing into Voodoo Chile all part of a single lead break. Magnificent. This then gave the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Laura and Will. The ‘let’s add to a sense of fun and adventure’ vibe maintained as they played their own form of musical chairs. JW Jones left the guitar and picked up the drumsticks, Will the Bass vacated by Laura who was now up front on the Les Paul. The depth of understanding between the band was demonstrated as we then had a TomTom duel between JW & Will. Then the set was wound up with an incredible medley of Rock n Roll favourites, which smoothly morphed and some intuitive improvisation that saw the temperature and delight of the audience reach fever pitch. The end was a real show stopper as all three members of the band joined JW on his Les Paul. Tonight we had sparkling blues and real entertainment we all had fun.

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Brian Downey Alive and Dangerous In Conversation

Brian Downey Alive and Dangerous In ConversationBD: Firstly, thank you for taking the time out ahead of your shows next weekend in London at Nells Jazz & Blues on Friday 24thNovember and Saturday 25th November (SOLD OUT) with your new band Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS, performing a 40th anniversary concert of one of the greatest live rock and roll albums of all time – Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous”. Before we talk about drums, Thin Lizzy and your new band lets go back to the beginning.

 

BD: What were your first musical influences growing up in Dublin?
Brian:
First influence was my Dad’s record collection mostly Ceilidh music and a mixture of pop tunes of the time including Ruby Murray, Mike Holliday. Music of the late fifties a mixture of what was being played on the radio and Dad’s collection. The music was a mix of Irish plus what was happening in the late fifties pop charts and American bands. Dad used to play drums in a pipe band in Dublin so there was always drums and pipes in the house. There were house parties and hooley’s. They were crazy with fiddles and dancing. Steeped in music growing up unlike now there was little entertainment except for pop music dancing and movies. Ceilidh is easy to listen and dance to. The Pogues were popular putting Irish music back on the map again in 1980’s

 

 BD: What makes Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album such a legendary live album in the world of Rock n’ Roll?

Brian:  We wanted to do a live album, during this period bands were recording live albums. Everyone was saying we sounded better live than on a record. We had the material from the early albums Vagabonds of The Western World, Jailbreak, Johnny The Fox. Lizzy was always a live band. Phil says we should record a live album. Finances from record company sorted so we did a double album. The record company had so much faith in us as we were on the crest of the wave. We knew how to play the songs so took out a mobile unit to Hammersmith and Rainbow in London for the video. Around that time live albums were popular with The Who, Live In Leeds, and Peter Frampton‘s Frampton Comes Alive!. Phil Lynott believed the live album would be popular recording exactly what Lizzy sounded like. I played to the best of my ability as did the rest of the band, for me, there were few bands that could do live music better. The album was recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, Seneca College Toronto and Tower Theatre Philadelphia. Three good nights of music on the tour so we had a nice mix of gigs to choose from so no real overdubbing. Though Tony Visconti did say there were overdubs about 70%. From what I remember about 20% was overdubbed, and there were no drum overdubs. The cymbal and snare I was happy with the performance live. Scott Gorham and Phil Lynott did minimal overdubs yes they cleaned up some of the vocals and solo. Hear Still Dangerous contains never released material which we decided to release and can hear no overdubs can hear just as the songs as they were played on the night. The proof of the pudding, Thin Lizzy can be recorded live with no overdubs, it was a mistake on Visconti’s part.

BD: Do you have a favourite Thin Lizzy Track and why?

Brian: Have to look back to the early years, to this day my favourite track from our first album, Look What The Wind Blew In. The first album was such a novelty for us a brand new experience. The signing of a contract with Decca, leaving Dublin travelling to London to do the recording. The lyrics are really good, and the music a is a tale about Gail, Phil’s girlfriend. The other favourite is Boys Are Back In Town, this is the single that made the band. Phil presented the song in the studio a prototype rock we were all impressed how he was seeing it, the Jailbreak album, Boys Are Back in Town the big-hitting single. These are my two favourites, big hits that still feel good today.  These songs put us on the map, especially in Europe and USA.  It was at the time frantic, and looking back it was the turning point of the band. Without these hit songs, we certainly would not have recorded fourteen albums. At that time if you did not appear on Top Of The Pops (TOTP) you were not in the loop it was the structure to get on TOTP. The modus operandi of the time, today it is a very different situation. Once you appeared on TOTP guaranteed a top ten single. Whiskey In The Jar overnight sensation and on the back of performing on TOTP we sold a bucket load of singles. Thin Lizzy was not like Led Zeppelin who refused to appear on TOTP, we were the opposite couldn’t wait to get on. Top Of The Pops was at the heart of our culture, it was what we talked about the next day in the pub/work or school. It is a show that is definitely missed still today.

Brian Downey Alive and Dangerous In Conversation

BD: Your new band Alive and Dangerous performing mainly Thin Lizzy songs. You are joined by bassist/lead vocalist Matt Wilson, guitarist/vocalist Brian Grace and guitarist/vocalist Phil Edgar. Is it your drumming and links with the original Thin Lizzy that gives your sound an authenticity and not just another cover band?

Brian: Yes, drums do add to the authenticity. The band was originally called the Lowriders who asked me to play with them at Vibe For Phil 2016, I could definitely feel the synergy, I have jammed with other guys playing Lizzy material and it just didn’t feel right. The first thing I noticed with the Lowriders they are close to the original and Matt’s vocals are close to Phil’s I had a chat with Brian after the gig and after a week I still had the same opinion we should have a rehearsal. I invited them down from Belfast to Dublin to play with the band we rehearsed did some gigs and played at the next Vibe for Phil for the whole three nights 4th/5th & 6th January. Had the idea to record those nights and put up on the website. Half the battle as they sounded authentic, the whole set Alive & Dangerous reflects that album we play others in the repertoire so do mix it up a bit.

 

BD: You have two dates next weekend in London are there any plans to tour the UK in 2018?

Brian: Looking forward to the two nights in London few tickets left for Saturday. We are planning to do a UK tour in 2018, promoters are coming to listen to the show so it would be excellent to have a proper UK tour in 2018. We are looking forward to getting out and doing shows across the UK.

 

BD: How did you get into Drumming and who are your influences?

Brian: Simply my Dad. He was a drummer in a pipe band had early lessons when 6 or 7. Was a member of a pipe band and did some St Patrick’s Parades when I was 8/9 years old. When I heard pop music on the radio especially the Beatles I was flabbergasted by the music. I wanted a drum kit. I pestered for a year and then had my first kit, Olympic Drums, Premier from Leicester. There is so much more than playing the snare drum. I had lessons with Jimmy Doyle who played Jazz & Rock he taught me the basics of playing the drum kit. He also taught me how to read the dots. I used to practice, write the stuff out and practice playing 3-4 hours each day for a couple of years. I joined a band, playing with different musicians, guitar, bass and vocals. The impetus for me was to play better. Played drums at rehearsals with the band and in the house. Lots of practicing. Even when rehearsing and touring with Lizzy I practiced everyday with practice pads kept up to date when away gigging. Joining a band was a big eye-opener to get the drums right have to keep your ear open for the other instruments. Need an open mind and ear to the songs we played. It is vital ears are open when playing in a band.

 

BD: Over the years what musicians have influenced you the most?
Brian: Two guitarist have influenced me. Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Jimi Hendrix the guitar on the first album is mind-blowing combined with the drumming of Mitch Mitchell struck a chord with me. Then Eric Clapton’s approaches influenced my drumming. Eric Clapton playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers was an absolute revolution. Incredible experience hard to believe anyone could play so good. His sound everyone else copied Les Paul & 50 W Marshall Amp. Quality of the songs John Mayall picked massive revelation and followed Clapton’s career into Cream. In fact all the offshoots of the Bluesbreakers I have followed Fleetwood Mac, the blues boom of the sixties. Plus over in the USA Paul Butterfield, and Electric Flag were equally inspiring. So many great musicians and albums. I couldn’t afford them all so had to scrimp and save to buy albums

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BD: Thank you for your time and insights into your music ahead of the exciting shows in London.

Brian Downey Alive and Dangerous In Conversation

Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS

Nells Jazz & Blues Club
Friday 24th November 2017

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Nells Jazz & Blues Club
Saturday 25th November 2017 

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Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically. The third night of the first headline tour was a phenomenal success but as Stevie Westwood said, tonight is not about one band as he praised the two acts that set  The tunnels alight for the Headliners.  Opening the night local band Flowerpot and then Mollie Marriott, live music doesn’t get much better.

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels MajesticallyFlowerpot, an all-women outfit have been gaining the momentum of attention by opening for acts visiting Bristol and headlining their own shows. This young band full of raw energy had seven numbers to showcase their own brand of grungy, punk-driven rock.  The music was not hewn from a particular vein of rock. The band had their own sound and energy that flowed from the classy drumming from Jess which defined the shape of the music that allowed Morgan on Bass pick up the rhythm and rock as her flowing and at times revolving hair orchestrated her sound. Pulling the sound together Ellie on guitar provided the melodic chords and riffs for Steph on vocals to hook onto. Up front Steph on vocals controlled the band and had the audience captured as they listened to the lyrics that had something to say as we heard about snails, loser girl and a debut of a new number Bruised.  After their raw, eclectic and blistering set, we were left not battered and bruised or trailing along at a snail’s pace but ready for the next two acts as The Tunnels filled and the temperature raised by Flowerpot.

 

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels MajesticallyMollie Marriott with her critically acclaimed album Truth Is A Wolf was the next band. Quick change round and the band was on stage. A complete contrast to Flowerpot. The raw intensity was replaced by a softer more malleable sculptured rock. Mollie’s voiced captivated with its purity from the first note of her opening number Run With The Hounds with the organ looped in so the full sound achieved on the album can be heard live.   Tonight surrounded by her band Mollie warmed the crowded venue with her winning smile and a vocal range that captured the depth of the lyrics and topics covered.

The rhythm section was solid and the lead guitar giving Mollie the chords, melody and hooks for her vocals to soar.  Early in the set, she slipped in a new number Nobody To Love and if this is what is going to be on the follow-up album I am counting down the days. One of the highlights of the too short set was Broken, the power, emotion and passion shined from Mollie’s face through to the vocal delivery.  We all connected with the feeling of being broken after a failed relationship and hurting people close to us. In this case Mollie’s daughter and her relationship with her.   In the set was title track Truth is a  Wolf and the rockier number King Of Hearts later in the set sleazier, dirty and filled the venue with another side of multifaceted Mollie.  Vocals coloured the stage along with a band that flexed its muscles as she blended rock with jazz, blues and soul a sonic landscape full of texture and tone. Dressed in Black with White guitars and bass the monochromatic visuals contrasted with the music.  Mollie has a famous surname as the daughter of Steve. Tonight she conquered the venue, with her own name Mollie Marriott, and an act to see live. Her voice is better live than in the studio. The voice is warmer and more personal as the lyrics on the numbers take on emotional meaning. She was in total control of the stage as her final number Control finished an accomplished set and we were now in the mood for Bad Touch.

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels MajesticallyThe excitement fizzed like a can of shaken pop as Bad Touch exploded on the stage on their first headlining appearance in Bristol. The crowd were hot for their spectacular feel-good sound captured on the album Truth Be Told. We were definitely not disappointed as they opened with Take Me Away. Yes, we were taken away on the rollercoaster of a band on fire playing the music they love to an audience that was up to be given the Bad Touch treatment from this effervescent five-piece.  The first all-male band of the evening and they knew the audience as already hot for live music so no warm-up numbers for the band they were straight in with high voltage music with a ringing sting that excited The Tunnels tonight. The set definitely elevated them to the deserved headline status one this tour with the hefty heavy/southern rock influences and bags of attitude this is a band that knows how to party. All the musicians understand their role and play to each other’s strengths. With the power of a rhythm section that lays now a depth of sound that grounds the sound as George Drewry’s drumming is timely, powerful and into this he mixes when required a subtleness, a gentle touch. Joining his rhythmic tones is Michael Bailey on bass with his hair flowing, and moving in time with the deep southern hot chords. The guitarist adds the next layer that smarts and stings cajole and weeps as Rob Glendinning takes the lead with stylish slide or plectrum lead guitar work that is simply stupendous. Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seekings adds with top-drawer rhythm guitar work filling in and drawing out the guitar. This quartet is loud and full of imposing attitude and sound. How do you top that? Easy add Stevie Westwood into the vocals as vocals frontman and the glossiest, curly mane of hair and that cheeky waxed moustache, He steps into the frontman role with a swagger, style and talent. Phenomenal!

We have the musicians on stage, full of vim and swagger now for the music. They delivered with a mix of old and new we all were touched with their majestic interpretation of Rock N’ Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majesticallyroll Norfolk style tonight. The set list was the perfect blending of fast, faster furious and the breather we all need. Not once did the band lose control of the sound they are so good at delivering. Stevie’s vocals perfect for the genre and the quality of the backing vocals take the sound to another level. We shared a Sweet Little Secret with the band and delighted as the guitarist played off each other both with their confident cool, arrogant swagger that fills the stage with a six-string punch.  Highlights – every number played. Those that stood out Wise Water and great to hear Down one of their earliest numbers that morphed seamlessly into Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic Can’t You See. Down it doesn’t appear on any album must be a contender for the much anticipated follow up to Truth Be Told. A definite keeper for the forthcoming album is the new song aired tonight  I Belong that makes full use of Rob’s ace slide work.  Something Someone took the tempo down with an acoustic ballad as the Stevie and Rob duet and then the band return picking up the beat and building the energy for the last few numbers of the set. We were rocking and singing along to a perennial favourite My Mother Told Me. With one of their signature tracks Take  Your Time they ruled it as the favourites flowed with Outlaw and closing with the might The Mountain.  What a great atmosphere generated as we wanted the band to play on this was a night to remember. We had two more numbers as the encore-closing with the single from the album 99% that got them noticed by Planet Rock and others closing the night leaving us on a high. But before that, a special moment as Mollie Marriott returned to duet with Stevie and the band on Baby Get it On Tina Turner’s classic given the Westwood/Marriott treatment. What a night! Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically

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2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

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2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

PERFECTION KILLS – MARCH 2018 UK TOUR

DAN PATLANSKY – PERFECTION KILLS MARCH 2018 UK TOUR

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Manchester, Deaf Institute             Thursday 15 March           

Newcastle, The Cluny                      Friday 16 March

Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre              Saturday 17 March

Bristol, The Tunnel                          Sunday 18 March

Sheffield, Greystones                     Tuesday 20 March

London, Borderline                        Wednesday 21 March         

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to the release his new studio album Perfection Kills in the UK on Friday 2nd February 2018. The album is the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed Introvertigo which was voted #1 BluesRock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

Bluesdoodles loved the album Introvertivgo we said this and more “Introvertigo with its carefully crafted lyrics that blend urbane wit and honest observation, this is blues pertinent to today’s lifestyles, not so much whiskey 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”.

To dovetail with the release of the new album, Dan will be the special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s nationwide 7-date UK tour that starts on Tuesday 7th November at Gateshead Sage. To coincide with the tour, he will release a new single Dog Day taken from the Perfection Kills album.  Dan said “There’s going to be a big emphasis on a lot of touring around the new record which I can’t wait for. November 2017 I will be touring with Joanne Shaw Taylor in the U.K and will perform the first single, Dog Day, live for the first time. March 2018 we return to U.K/Europe for the Perfection Kills album launch tour.

Check out the November UK tour dates HERE

Patlansky was nominated as one of Classic Rock magazine’s hotly tipped new artists of 2015. His album, Dear Silence Thieves received accolades and praise from the British press. He’s been voted Most Promising Male Blues Artist by Blues & Soul Magazine, and only recently has he been nominated as Best International Solo Artist at the Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks’ Awards.

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection KillsPerfection Kills was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan’s hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. Dan chose Scherzo because he wanted to make a different sounding record and he felt it was the right studio for his vision.

Patlansky produced the album himself, something he hadn’t done in years. Says Dan, “I learnt so much working with Theo Crous who was the producer on previous two albums Dear Silence Thieves and Introvertigo. I worked on pre-production and songwriting with Theo on a couple of the tracks for Perfection Kills and applied what I learnt to the recording and production process of the album.”

Perfection Kills is all about my vision of making a record that still make the songwriting a priority as in the past, the final product delivers a far more real and organic result.”

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

Do not delay reserve you seat at shows that will heat up the coldest Winter Night

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAN PATLANSKY
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 Gateshead, The Sage – Tuesday 7th November 2017

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Cambridge, Corn Exchange – Thursday 9th November 2017

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Manchester, Bridgewater Hall – Friday 10th November 2017

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Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall – Sunday 12th November 2017

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Bristol, Colston Hall – Tuesday 14th November 2017

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London, Royal Festival Hall – Friday 15th November 2017

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Birmingham, Symphony Hall – Monday 20th November 2017

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As we said when we recently heard Dan play live in Cardiff he is – “Majestic, scintillating jaw-dropping good.”

2018 Dan Patlansky UK Tour Plus New Album Perfection Kills

Kaz Hawkins Band Back On Tour Waving Goodbye

Kaz Hawkins Band Back On Tour Waving Goodbye

Kaz Hawkins Band Back On Tour Waving Goodbye

As many will have read with sadness Kaz Hawkins Band will be no more after the last tour. Kaz and her band, have entertained us in small venues, large venues, festivals and more. Kaz has the power and artistry so that her voice makes you laugh, sigh and cry. The band takes you on a rollercoaster ride always thrilling whenever and where ever she steps on the stage. Kaz may lead from the front with a swish of her skirts a flick of her hair none of the acclamations would be possible without her amazing band. The rhythm section are the brothers  Ján and  Peťo Uhrin joining the guitar, Nick McConkey,
This is your final chance to hear the band the won the 2017 European Blues challenge and semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Kaz Hawkins Band will be talked about long after the final notes have faded away, whenever you meet up with lovers of blues people will say do you remember when Kaz sang at the festival or blues club.
These are the final few dates, Book Your Tickets show Kaz your love and support.
25/10/2017 WOLVERHAMPTON  The Robin 2  BOOK TICKETS
26/10/2017 CHELTENHAM   The Bacon Theatre     BOOK TICKETS
27/10/2017 SHEFFIELD        The Greystones BOOK TICKETS
28/10/2017 NOTTINGHAM  Farnsfield Village Hall     BOOK TICKETS
02/11/2017 BARNOLDSWICK  Music and Arts Centre       BOOK TICKETS
03/11/2017 AMSTERDAM   P&O Blues Cruise       BOOK TICKETS
08/11/2017 WORTHING   Worthing Pier    BOOK TICKETS
09/11/2017 MILTON KEYNES The Stables     BOOK TICKETS
10/11/2017  RUNCORN  Brindley Theatre      BOOK TICKETS
11/11/2017  OLDHAM  Playhouse 2            BOOK TICKETS
12/11/2017  BROADSTAIRS  Sarah Thorne Theatre      BOOK TICKETS
18/11/2017 SWITZERLAND Lucerne Blues Festival BOOK TICKETS
Kaz Hawkins voice will not fall silent as she will continue with her solo career after a short break from the toils of being on the road with her band.
Bluesdoodles has followed her career: here is a selection of reviews
Kaz Hawkins @ The Tunnels, Bristol HERE
European Challenge – HERE
Albums:
Don’t You Know (solo) HERE
Feelin’ Good HERE
Get Ready HERE
In Conversation:
Talking about Feelin’ Good and More – HERE

Stevie Westwood Talking About Bad Touch Headline Tour

Stevie Westwood Talking About Bad Touch Headline Tour

Stevie Westwood Talking About Bad Touch Headline Tour

 

 

BD: Thank you for taking time to talk to Bluesdoodles again before you head out on a headline tour with Mollie Marriott, Celebrating the tour you have just released a video with the download available from Monday 23rd October.  The number Baby Get It On sounds fab love the inclusion of Mollie’s vocals.  Let’s start off with how did you decide on this Tina Turner Classic?
SW: We wanted a new number to promote the tour for our first headline tour. Delighted to have the amazing Mollie Marriott as our special guest real privilege she has such an amazing voice. Seeks our guitarist said let’s try this one and he had a cracking arrangement. We demoed it and recorded the number and sent it to Mollie. Mollie liked it as so she came up to the studio and we recorded the video. The whole this was a quick turnaround from Seeks first suggesting Baby Get It On and then half day in the studio recording the number.

 


 

BD: Bad Touch has been touring with some great acts including King King and recently Kentucky Headhunters how does it feel to be Headliners?

SW:  Headlining, yes feel bizarre weird place excited nervous, a good nervous will give chance for fans a chance to come out and support us. We are planning to get everyone who has seen us play live out the nights will be good value for money. Good times to be had. The support from Mollie will be immense. So we are asking everyone who has heard a radio play or seen us supporting some amazing acts, come out and support live music.  We have as everyone keeps saying come a long way in a relatively short time we just now have to keep moving forward.
BD: How do you keep the music contemporary when the influences are clearly out of the 1970’s, that bluesy Southern Rock sound. How do you manage not to be a retro band, but one with a relevance for audiences here and now despite being compared to Black Crowes and others?

SW: Ha! Yes, we do keep getting compared to bands of the ‘70’s. We didn’t go out to do that. Yes, we are all fans of many bands from Lynyrd Skynyrd through to Led Zeppelin. The music we write is what we want to write the music we want to play to audiences. We are also influenced by contemporary bands, including Temperance Movement, The Answer, Rival Sons and Blackberry Smoke. Listening and absorbing music from a variety of bands keeps our finger on the pulse. The truth is Bad Touch sound is the one we have shaped by all the members of the band.  You have to keep going nowadays, writing the music you want to write, Bad Touch are creating a sound that is getting us heard.
BD: Your album Truth Be Told was out last year and has gained you lots of fans with radio airplay. Will we be hearing some new music in the Headline set list?

SW:  Yes thanks to stations like Planet Rock for the support. We have four new songs that will probably be on the new album which we are planning to release in the first half of 2018. It is good to play them live, can see what people think. How audience reacts to them and keeps the set list fresh.  So yes there will be some new music on the set list every night we play.

Check out Tour Venues, Dates and a click away from buying your Ticket  HERE

BD: For people who have missed out on seeing Bad Touch Live how would you describe your sound and live performance. What makes Bad Touch the band to see in 2017.
SW:  Mmmm… honestly that is hard to answer.  None of us has seen ourselves play live or reviewed our shows! What I can say is we play to make people feel good about themselves. We are a feel good Rock N’ Roll Band. We aim to break down the space between band and audiences we want to create that one good party feel. You have reviewed us what do you say?

BD: Ha! That is cheating turning the tables. Yes, feel good music that makes you smile. You certainly are a high energy performers that raise the temperature of any venue.
SW: Glad you have enjoyed the show.

BD: Stevie, you are the vocalist and frontman of Bad Touch share with our readers how you interact with the band.  From your performance on stage, it always appears that you are having fun.
SW:  Truthfully why would we be doing this, playing in a band, if we were not having fun? Without being too pessimistic it is certainly not for the money! As a band, we look at it as we are all brothers together. We all communicate on stage I find a raised eyebrow works well along with a quick word in ears. We do talk to each other between numbers. The fun is doing the numbers different to the studio version, keeping it fresh reacting to the audience building a conversation between the band and the audiences.

BD: Having seen you play live a few times, you always include a couple of covers how do you choose them. Also, will the new single Baby Get It On make an appearance in the forthcoming tour?
SW: Mmm…. playing number live, the stage could be cramped come to a show and find out. Would be fun Mollie is such a great singer full of talent. So may make an appearance. We always have a couple covers up our sleeves, audiences know these songs which is great if it is the first time they are seeing us live, Secondly used to feel up the time of the set if we have run ahead of ourselves, in fact, that is generally the reason why we add them into the set.

BD: The world of music is tough. Bad Touch seems to have an upward trajectory getting your music heard is a challenge and you have had lots of Radio Plays from the album. What impact both positive and negative is of downloads and streaming services such as YouTube, Sound Cloud, Spotify for Bad Touch’s music and getting the sound heard to a wide audience?
SW:
Music business is tough. Thank you, we like to think we are moving upwards long may that continue. I am old fashioned I like to buy the CD. I like building my collection and being able to browse and choose what I am going to play. I cherish what I have bought.  That said I am definitely not poo pooing anyone who listens to their music using streaming services. That said though I do feel that there has been a huge devaluation in the value of music now have the ability to have what you want without paying(or only paying minimal amount) for it. It is very hard, don’t know really we use YouTube and Sound Cloud for our music and it is a way to find music. I do though believe that streaming stops people from having to pay for music if you pay you put more value on the music you are listening to. BD: Read recently that people only listen to few seconds of intro before trying another track. SW: Yes, attention spans are now so short need to catch people attention in first few seconds or they move on. Technology is both amazing and scary everything is available in the instant which definitely has positives and negatives. I still like having my CD’s on a shelf they are always available even when Wi-Fi is down.

 BD: What other plans and excitements have you got planned for 2018 following a very busy 2017?

SW: Taking it as it comes. First priority is the new album follow-up to Truth Be Told. Bookings for 2018 are coming in so we will be keeping getting out there performing in front of audiences.
BD: What was the first album you bought and what is the most recent?

SW: Big Willie Style – Will Smith Like an Arrow by Blackberry Smoke
BD: We asked you your fantasy band when we talked last year so what are you listening to at the moment; whether on the tour bus or relaxing?

SW: Everything and anything. When out on tour we all bring the music we are listening to. We talk about it what we like about it.  All that we listen to sculpt the Bad Touch sound as we get down and write new stuff together. Currently, we have been listening to lots of Country having been on Tour with Kentucky Headhunters. Some great music out there to be discovered.

Bad Touch are:

Stevie Westwood
Rob Glendinning
Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seeking
George Dewry
Michael Bailey

BD: Once again thanks for your time and looking forward to seeing you with Bad Touch and Mollie Marriott at The Tunnels, Bristol

 

Bad Touch Single Baby Get It On featuring Mollie Marriott

Bad Touch Single Baby Get It On featuring Mollie Marriott
Photo credit Rob Blackham

Bad Touch Single Baby Get It On featuring Mollie Marriott

 

 

 

Bad Touch out on a headline tour with Mollie Marriott, opening in Sheffield 9th November and culminating at Planet Rock SOLD OUT Rockstock in December.  To celebrate Bad Touch’s headline tour a new single “Baby Get It On” featuring guest vocals from Mollie Marriott.  The single is a cover of Tina Turner’s 1975 classic.

 

 

The new Bad Touch single featuring Mollie Marriott will be released on Monday 23rdOctober as a free MP3 download.

Bluesdoodles    Already excited about seeing Bad Touch on Stage again in November the single confirms why we all should be putting the date in the diary. The music fizzes with excitement and Mollie Marriott’s vocals harmonise with Stevie’s adding texture tone. The reinterpretation of the Tina Turner number.  Baby Get It on first appeared on Tina Turner’s second solo album “Acid Queen” that was originally released in 1975. Although it was a Tina Turner solo album, the first single “Baby Get It On” was a duet with Ike Turner (who wrote the song for Tina). The tradition has been replicated here as Mollie Marriot join Bad Touch keeping the heart and soul of the original adding touch of 21st-century badness.

Bad Touch Single Baby Get It On featuring Mollie Marriott

 

Bad Touch headline tour in November with special guest Mollie Marriott. The tour is extensive as the visit all points on the compass, North & South plus West & East.

“We’re excited to be taking to the road in November with Mollie,” says Bad Touch’s lead singer, Stevie Westwood. “Not only is she only a great vocalist in her own right, but she’s also the daughter of the legendary guitarist and singer Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie). She’s part of rock royalty. It will be great to have Mollie touring with us. She’s got a killer voice. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

BAD TOUCH – NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MOLLIE MARRIOTT

TICKETS: www.thegigcartel.com

Sheffield, Corporation                                    Thursday 9 November
Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre                                        Friday 10 November
Hard Rock Hell Festival *Bad Touch Only                   Saturday 11 November
Bristol, Tunnels                                                                 Thursday 16 November

Manchester, Ruby Lounge                                                         Friday 17 November
Newcastle, Cluny                                                                        Saturday 18 November

Nottingham, Bodega                                                                        Sunday 19 November
Glasgow, Stereo                                                                             Thursday 23 November
Leeds, Brudenell                                                                           Friday 24 November
Coventry, Empire                                                                Saturday 25 November
London, Islington Academy                                           Sunday 26 November
Norwich, Waterfront Studio                                        Friday 1 December
Southampton, Talking Heads                              Saturday 2 December
Planet Rockstock                                               Sunday 3 December 

 

Bad Touch Single Baby Get It On featuring Mollie Marriott

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

 

 

SAMANTHA FISH RELEASES NEW ALBUM “BELLE OF THE WEST” ON FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
UK TOUR STARTS ON MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

 

Multi-Award winning American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Samantha Fish, will release her new studio album Belle of the West on Ruf Records on Friday 17th November 2017.  The new album will be supported by a nationwide 8-date UK tour that kicks off at The Stables in Milton Keynes on Monday 20th November.

“You should always get outside of the box,” Samantha Fish says while discussing her boundary-breaking new album Belle of the West. “Challenging yourself is how you grow.”

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”

Having already made it clear that she’s more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumphs, Samantha Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with Belle of the West, her fifth studio album. The deeply soulful, personally charged 11-song set showcases Fish’s sublime acoustic guitar skills as well as her roots, emotionally resonant songwriting

Fish recorded Belle of the West in the relaxed, rural creative atmosphere of the legendary Zebra Ranch Studios in the North Hills of Mississippi with producer Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi All-stars fame), with whom she worked previously on her 2015 album Wild Heart.

The studio team included some of the region’s most iconoclastic musicians, including Dickinson, solo artist and Jack White associate Lillie Mae (whose distinctive vocals are featured on Nearing Home), much-travelled juke-joint blues artist Lightnin‘ Malcolm (whose featured on Poor Black Mattie), Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jumbo Mathus, upright bassist and beloved solo artist Amy LaVereTikyra JacksonTrina Raimey and ShardéThomas, granddaughter of the legendary Southern bluesman Otha Turner.

“I wanted to do this acoustic-electric record, and tap into the style and swagger of Mississippi,” Fish states, adding, “Any time you dive into another place, another vibe and a new group of people, you’re challenging yourself to grow musically. I felt very at home a Zebra Ranch, and I’ve known Luther and Malcolm for years, so it was a very comfortable situation. When you’re making a record like this, it has to feel natural if you want people to respond to it”.

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

 

Bluesdoodles has always loved Samantha Fish Live Her shows are full of energy and guitar wizardry. Bluesdoodles review when she played in Swansea with Mike Zito – HERE

Her recorded albums:- Wild Heart review HERE &  Chills & Fever review HERE

 

 

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour
SAMANTHA FISH

SAMANTHA FISH – NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR DATES

 

Milton Keynes, The Stables        Monday 20 November                  Tickets
Bristol, The Tunnels                    Tuesday 21 November                  Tickets
Bilston, Robin 2                          Wednesday 22 November             Tickets
Southampton, The Brook          Thursday 23 November                 Tickets
London, Borderline                    Friday 24 November                      Tickets
Derby, The Flowerpot                Saturday 25 November                 Tickets
Keighley Blues Live                    Sunday 26 November                    Tickets
Edinburgh, Stramash                 Monday 27 November                  Tickets

 

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

BD: I was delighted when I was sent your latest album High Temperature out Friday 20th October 2017 the follow-up to Belmont Boulevard to review.  But first – let’s go back to the early days

 

BD: What were your first musical influences growing up in Ottawa, Ontario?
JWJ:
JWJ: I started out playing drums at 13 years old.  I was into classic rock: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix etc. As I explored their influences, I discovered blues greats like BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Then, when I was 15 I saw BB King live in Ottawa. I went to the show as a drummer and left wanting to pick up a guitar.

Growing up in Ottawa, there were a couple of great blues clubs. The Rainbow Bistro is still open, and when I’m in town I play there. Another club, Tucson’s, is closed. I saw tons of great blues bands there when I was younger and became friends with so many of my musical heroes. Most touring blues bands don’t come through Ottawa anymore, other than to perform at the Blues Festival.
When the festival started, it was truly a blues festival. Now it’s more of a general music festival with everyone from Kiss to Lady Gaga. But they still bring in great blues artists like Buddy Guy, Dr John, Luther Allison, The Fabulous Thunderbirds etc.

BD: High Temperature is certainly getting noticed for all the right reasons.  Awards seem to follow your releases including for High Temperature produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, which recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis).

JWJ: It was a huge surprise to be nominated since I had not heard of the category. I thought the International Blues Challenge(IBC) was about performances. I have been a judge at the IBC, which was a great experience. The Ottawa Blues Society approached me saying they wanted to submit High Temperature. Out of 93 entries, I heard I was in the top 5 or 6, which was exciting enough. When they announced that it had won, it was a nice surprise.

BD: Tell us about the making of the album number NINE. BD: The album is full of blues, with the genre being mixed in with other influences including Country, was this due to Nashville-based Colin Linden’s influence?

JWJ: Colin Linden is well-versed in roots music. He was mentored by Howlin’ Wolf, so he has a long history with the blues. He also works on the TV show “Nashville” as the musical director, so he brought a combination of influences to the album.

One song that comes to mind is “Where Do You Think I Was”, which I wrote in drop “D” tuning on guitar at home. I had no idea which way it would go in the studio. When I went in there, the studio musicians played their parts, then vocal harmonies were added. All of a sudden, it sounded like it had a bit of a country tinge to it.
My last two albums were recorded in Nashville with producers. This one with Colin Linden, and my previous album, Belmont Boulevard, with Tom Hambridge. Both producers assumed that the albums would be made using studio musicians. I had to fight to get my own band on a few songs. I believe it is important to have my own touring band on the album because they bring a different approach to the songs. They know blues music well since it is what we play every day on the road.

BD: Does the Title of the album High Temperature have any particular significance?

JWJ: “High Temperature” is a song by Little Walter, which we recorded for the album. I thought it would be a good title for the record because it ties into our live show, which is high energy.

BD: The album is inspirational with the track Who I Am being deeply personal as you share life experiences. Do you find it easy to open up using the power of your lyrics, vocals and guitar?

JWJ: That changed on the last record. Before that, I had not written anything really personal. For Belmont Boulevard, I mentioned to Tom Hambridge that I wanted to write a song about my childhood. He said to do it. Once I did this and got a positive reaction, I felt liberated. So on High Temperature I dug deeper with the song “Who I Am”. It is so moving to get emails from people saying they went through similar experiences. It is a beautiful thing to have your songs appreciated and understood.

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. How do you set about writing your music is it words first or sometimes a guitar lick or riff that inspires you?

JWJ: Songs are all individual. Some come all together at once, but that is rare. My brain works in two ways. One side gives me the chord changes, riffs that develop the melody and the other side the words that become the lyric. I then play match-up with the tune to the lyrics to the melodies. It takes a lot of trial and error just have to keep going until it clicks.

 BD: Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting?

JWJ: Every song is different. Some come together all at once, but that is rare. In my brain, there are two sides to writing a song. One side is the chord changes and riffs. The other side is the words and lyrics. I then have to match the chords with the lyrics and melody. Sometimes I try a few different ideas with the same lyrics. It takes a lot of trial and error, so I just keep at it until it clicks.

BD: Having toured the U.K. for the first time in 2016, long overdue having heard you and the band play in Swansea. You are back in the U.K. in November. With 17 dates will you be touring with the same band?

JWJ: The band is Laura Greenberg on bass, who was on the first U.K. tour and has been in the band for over five years, and we’ve got a great new drummer, Will Laurin. The UK tour last year was my favourite tour to date. I was nervous about stepping into the unknown, but the response was incredible with people travelling miles to see us on multiple shows. We really started to develop a fan base.

Now we are coming back to new towns and venues. We are taking a risk by renting venues, when we normally get paid to play, so we have to sell tickets in advance. On the positive side, there is a huge potential for growth. I would love to make this a regular tour, so we need to get everybody talking about us on social media and building a buzz for the tour. I loved the British experience and I am looking forward to going back.

BD: With new album and touring do you have any exciting plans for 2018 and beyond?

JWJ: My goal is to keep playing festivals, clubs, and theatres. I am also planning a live record for 2018. The last nine albums have been studio recordings, so it will be a first. People have been asking about a live record for years, so I think it’s about time.

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

Drums: Richard Innes
Bass: Larry Taylor / James Jamerson
Guitar: Jimmie Vaughan
Harmonica: Little Walter
Organ: Jimmy Smith
Piano: Chuck Leavell
Vocals: Aretha Franklin / BB King

 

Find out more about JW Jones at – www.jw-jones.com

Read Bluesdoodles Reviews for JW Jones:-

High Temperature –  Review HERE

Beaumont Boulevard –  Review HERE

JW Jones Live in the U.K. HERE

JW Jones 2017 UK Tour Information HERE

 

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones