Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

Some say he came out of the swamp. The truth is; the number is  It Came Outta The Swamp.  Check out this clever video below.  It Came Outta The Swamp is just one of the superb tracks on Big Boy Bloater & The Limits album Luxury Hobo. Bluesdoodles has listened and agrees this is a soundscape of what many of us feel but do not have the talent to encapsulate in a 4-minute display of blues that may not be pure but is definitely mean dirty and very good. Read more to find out why the album was a perfect TEN – HERE

 

Now you have read the review of the album, watched the video. Next move os to go and hear Big Boy Bloater and The Limits LIVE! The Band is out around the country September & October.

22nd September SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre
23rd September GRAVESEND: Bluesrock Fest, Red Lion
29th September BRISTOL: The Louisiana
30th September NEWBURY: Arlington Arts Centre
5th October NOTTINGHAM The Maze
6th October GLASGOW Stereo
7th October PRESTON The Continental 18th Beer Festival****
7th October BIRMINGHAM The Dark Horse
12th October SHEFFIELD The Greystones
13th October DARLINGTON The Forum
 
14th October HULL New Adelphi

**** Continental *** change of gig *** NOW headlining the Beer Fest – if you have a ticket already you will receive a refund of the difference on the door.

Looking forward to Big Boy Bloater at The Louisiana in Bristol on 29th September 2017 – Check out the Event, buy a ticket it will be so much fun – HERE

Bluesdoodles reviews & INterview with Big Boy Bloater:

Luxury Hobo CD review HERE

Interview with Big Bot Bloater HERE

 

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

 

 

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

 The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem. The Black Country once again is serving up rock that packs a punch, full of melodic undertones pulling through on riffs that clap like a mighty thunderstorm. The single opens with a burst of cymbals introducing you to drummer Karl Selickis’; the beat is picked up with deep and full bass grooves provided by Dale Tonks. Then the outpouring of vocalist Tom Leighton. This is a rock power trio that keeps the music pumped up and full of intense tonal shapes and textured rhythms.  The Bad Flowers have a distinctive, compelling sound the three musicians interact creating a maelstrom of rock a bouquet of sound that no simple ribbon can hold in place as the notes are bent and turned into Thunder Child.

The ‘B’ side completes the tasty single with Lions Blood, two tracks that definitely leave you wanting more of the trio’s Black Country rock, full of fuzz, heavy grooves and a rawness that keeps an edge to the music which is sharp and imaginative with an energy. This means that the band are in a hurry to be noticed. They will achieve that with this couplet of rock tones as Thunder Child flows into Lions Blood.The single, Thunder Child, unsurprisingly is getting radio play and the trio is being noticed as they embark on an 8-day tour; including five dates supporting The Picturebooks in October.

The Bad Flowers, deliver a sweet rock riffy sound do not miss out on the chance to be in on the action.  Having formed in 2014 they have been making formidable rock foot in the past whilst full of  21st-century rock sensibilities.

 

OCT/NOV 2017 UK TOUR
*Supporting The Picturebooks
**Supporting Skinny Molly

Tickets: www.thebadflowers.uk

Birmingham, The Flapper – Thursday 5th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £8.00 – Book Online: See Tickets 

Manchester, Satan’s Hollow – Friday 6th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £8.80 – Book Online: See Tickets

Workington, Lounge 41 – Saturday 7th October 2017

Bristol, Mothers Ruin – Sunday 8th October 2017
Tickets: £6.25 (includes booking fee) – Book Online: IBA Events 

Grimsby, The Yardbirds – Friday 13th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets:£8 advance / £10 door – Book Online: See Tickets 

Swansea, The Pit – Saturday 14th October 2017
Tickets: £6.25 (includes booking fee) – Book Online: IBA Events 

Sheffield, Corporation – Sunday 15th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £9.56 – Book Online: See Tickets 

London, The Lexington – Monday 16th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £10.00 – Book Online: See Tickets 

Oxford, The Bullingdon – Tuesday 24th October 2017
**Supporting Skinny Molly
Book Online: We Got Tickets

Leicester, The Soundhouse – Friday 24th November 2017
Tickets: £6.60 (Inc. Booking Fee) – Book Online: We Got Tickets 

Planet Rock presents Winter’s End – Friday 23rd February 2018
Weekend Tickets / Tickets without Accommodation
Book Online: Planet Rock 
www.planetrock.com
Sandford Holiday Park, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JZ
www.planetrock.com

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

Q&A with Erja Lytinnen Stolen Hearts Guitars and Touring

Q&A with Erja Lytinnen Stolen Hearts Guitars and Touring

Q&A with Erja Lytinnen Stolen Hearts Guitars and Touring

 

 

BD: Hi Erja hope you are well, thanks for taking time to speak to Bluesdoodles, for the second time this year as you embark on a UK tour.  

EL:  Yes, really well and looking forward to talking again as I am about to hit the road across the UK at the end of the month.

BD: Let’s start off with the tour seven nights in the UK starting in Sheffield at Greystones on the 20th   How do you prepare and plan for a tour?

EL: It is nice to be back touring, it is an extension of the tour that started back in April to promote Stolen Hearts. Always wonderful when new people come to a show as well as meeting old friends.  It is fun playing the music live. The twins see this as part of life, it is normal for them for Mum to go off playing her music. They go and stay with their father it is no different for them. They have grown so much they are now three and a half, they understand more and can talk about it. They love to help to load and acting as roadies. One is really good on the drums playing with two sticks and playing bass drum at the same time. (Laughing)  just need the other to play bass be the perfect band. Seriously they can do what they want to do. It is though important I think for everyone to enjoy music. Everyone can be creative and involvement in the arts is so good for the soul; it lets all the stress out.  I have been in rehearsals today preparing for the shows, and they went really well. I have new songs and a new pedal. One of the new songs gives me the chance to create a bit of chaos and develop the guitar sound. Chaos is a good thing and then take the music back to simplicity.

BD: For people seeing you for the first time how do you describe your special blues. Full of slide and magic and weaving in tones from across the modern music spectrum from Rock to Prog?

EL: I listen to lots of different music, guitar based and mostly bluesy.  I love mixing and matching the various elements I have learnt from my many and varied guitar teachers.  From my teachers, I learn different approaches and take what is good for me. I master as much as I can and add these skills into the mix. Blues always is the heaviest essence within my music; I like to go crazy with the music, playing free. Traditional blues are hard to play. Can be seen as boring by some. To take the best out of those three chords you need to be the master of the blues.

I have always been a bit of a rebel, wanting to deliver the unexpected, being unique. You cannot just copy you have to make your own stuff. Right now what is happening is a new thing and a new sound coming out of the guitar which is exciting.

BD: To sum up then your music is the blues with a twist of craziness and a lot of Erja uniqueness.

BD: Will the set list be heavy with tracks from your acclaimed album Stolen Hearts and do you have favourites from your whole back catalogue?

 EL: The set list will be 100% Erja Lyytinen. The set list will include tracks from Stolen Hearts. The songs will be different playing live they get their own shape and energy. Into the mix will be songs going back to Grip Of The Blues with Everything’s Fine released in 2008.  Wow, that is nearly ten years ago! Laughing.  You can hear the development over the decade now maybe when in a set can be eight minutes of heavy shuffle blues, with loud guitar, in the solo using delay and Whaing.  The cover song we love having in the set list and is pleasing for audiences is Steamy Windows; the Tony Joe White song a lot of fun, about sex and I can have a good time with the bass player.

BD:  Having performed the songs from Stolen Hearts live do you have a favourite and why?

EL: Rocking Chair, from Stolen Hearts, goes in, it is always a challenge to play live and is becoming its own number little by little as it develops when played on stage if you allow the music the change. Having played the number at around one hundred shows songs are taken in another direction from when recorded in the studio of first played live. It would be boring if played the same way every time. In the blues genre changing and developing is typical and expected.

BD: As you will be only too aware of the debate about what is the blues. What are the Blues to Erja Lyytinen? Do you feel British Blues has a different feel to what is being currently produced in Europe, United States and elsewhere in the world?

EL: Europe definitely has different Blues from U.S.A. The U.K. definitely trades in the whole blues revival of the sixties as the great rock bands emerged Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and so many more. A Blues band of every country has roots reaching back to the sixties. British Blues is stable with a clear identity.

American Blues is more conventional more towards the traditional roots. European bands are not afraid to mixing and making new sound being experimental. Without a doubt, rockier blues is trending at the moment after the phenomenon of Bonamassa and others have developed a great space a new thing and vibe.

We already have a great catalogue of blues from the past recordings of the 1940’s. We cannot go back.  Fortunately traditional and new are being combined as players take elements from the past to where we are now.

BD: During your travels, how often (if ever) have you experienced sexism, and if so where is it worst/most rife?

EL: Sexism, chuckling, it is in the fabric of the blues. Women and the blues have always been present. Blues is a man’s world.  It has been around since the days of Bessie Smith through to Rosetta Thorpe. They were all amazing musicians and women with an attitude to stride forward.  They all had so much talent that the sexism within the business could never overshadow.  It has changed so much over the last five years there are now more women in the blues. The change is thanks to many women including singer & guitarist Bonnie Raitt, who has been on the circuit for 40 plus years, Susan Tedeschi and Sue Foley and so many more. Women needed these idols. I was lucky my father played the guitar and my mother bass so there were no gender stereotypes of sexism what I was growing up.

BD: What projects have you in the pipeline for the rest of 2017 and into 2018 once the tour finishes in Bristol at The Tunnels on the 26th September?

EL: After the UK tour in September I am involved in a TV programme, Stars Stars (Tähdet Tähdet). It is a nationwide programme where ten singers who sing different genres each week. With over a million viewers every week. The viewers vote and it will stretch me singing Rap/Hip Hop/musicals and other genres each week, I hope the viewer’s votes mean I get through to the finals.

I have a big tour before Christmas in Finland at twelve big venues Erja Lyttinen & Friends: Blue Christmas with Sami Saari and Maria going to be fun. Then into 2018 still touring Stolen Hearts Europe in February and back in the U.K. in March.

We are already doing new songs so cool a shift in direction for the future. My music has been used in a documentary being premiered today. The programme is a big criminal case involving drug Police. So interesting to do different things

No album is being planned for 2018 as still touring Stolen Hearts. But I am writing lots. I noticed that Stolen Hearts full of emotions and my personal life. My writing has moved more base on the guitar a different sound more psychedelic. The stories are not ready yet, lots of guitar riffs and mood feels very different. So lots happening.

BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to see you live on tour and reviewing the show on 26th September at The Tunnels, Bristol.

Bluesdoodles Stolen Hearts Album Review:  The only answer as the last notes fade is listen and explore Stolen Hearts again. Why? Stolen Hearts is an album of musical maturity that will remain a firm favourite for years to come in collections of lovers of contemporary blues without boundaries. Read more…

Erja Lyytinen is touring the U.K. in September Select the gig – BOOK HERE

 

SQ&A with Erja Lytinnen Stolen Hearts Guitars and Touring

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

With dates around the U.K. Including dates supporting ALICE COOPER

In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

“We’re thrilled to return to the country that started it all for us,” says the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. “I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world. The tour will be incredible fun.”

The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: “The A&M Years” Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. The box set can be ordered from Amazon UK HERE.

The band’s over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to rock fans worldwide for their quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.

The current line-up of The Tubes features four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter has played with the band since 2006.

One thing is a certainty the evening will be a non-stop rollercoaster ride of theatrics and great music.

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

THE TUBES
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

*SUPPORTING ALICE COOPER

Southampton, Engine Rooms – Saturday 4th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: 
www.seetickets.com – Venue: 0800 688 9311

Bristol, The Fleece  – Sunday 5th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets 
– Venue: 0117 945 0996

Reading, Sub 89 – Monday 6th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets – Venue: 01189 595 395

Newcastle, Boiler Shop – Thursday 9th November 2017

Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online:  Ticket ABC or We Got Tickets  

Edinburgh, The Liquid Room – Friday 10th November 2017
Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: Ticket ABC

Leeds, First Direct Arena – Saturday 11th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper) 
Tickets from £46.30 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS / Eventim

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro – Sunday 12th November 2017
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £45.40 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: The SSE Hydro / AXS
Box Office: 0800 952 0110 

Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – Tuesday 14th November 2017  
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets from £45.80 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Barclay Card Arena 
AXS
Box Office: 0844 338 8222

Manchester, Arena – Wednesday 15th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £44.75 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Eventim 
 /  AXS
Box Office: 0844 847 8000

London, SSE Wembley Arena – Thursday 16th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £46.75 and £55.75 (Inc. booking fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS

Norwich, The Waterfront – Friday 17th November 2017 

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  The Waterfront 

Box Office: 01603 508 050

Bluesdoodles are delighted The Tubes are back in the U.K. 

We reviewed the show at The Globe in Cardiff   – “What to expect from the Tubes? Expect the Unexpected, they will challenge, make you laugh and sing along, every tour is different this was a technicolour delight with references to the movies Tarantino meets Brando. Till the next time, you come to entertain us. Thank you for the music and fun”.  Read more …..

 Read what we talked about when Liz chatted to Fee HERE

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous” In London

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous” In London

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous”
Original founding member of Thin Lizzy to
perform the 40th anniversary concert of
Thin Lizzy’s seminal live album

“Live and Dangerous”

Live at Nells Jazz & Blues, London
Friday 24th November 2017

ONE SHOW ONLY!

24 Hour Box Office: 0871 220 0260
Book Tickets Online: www.seetickets.com

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In LondonBrian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as the original drummer of Thin Lizzy, will perform a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday 24th November with his new band Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS, who will perform a 40th anniversary concert of one of the greatest live rock and roll albums of all time – Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous”.

To mark this rare, one-off London show, Downey’s band will feature Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for the Commitments’ Andrew Strong), and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).

 

“In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS and make it a full-time proposition.”

2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album.  The album recorded live in 1977 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto’s Seneca College, it wasn’t officially released until a year later in 1978.

The band Orphanage included Brian Downey (drums), Joe Staunton (guitar), Pat Quigley and a guest member Terry Woods.  Orphanage didn’t last too long, and towards the end of 1969 the guys were approached by Eric Bell, and formed Thin Lizzy.  Brian Downey and Phil Lynott were the only full-time members of Thin Lizzy until they disbanded in 1983.

After Lynott’s death in 1986, Downey played in the tribute Thin Lizzy line-up with John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton and Marco Mendoza, but had been absent from subsequent Thin Lizzy touring bands. After John Sykes departure in 2009, guitarist Scott Gorham created another line-up of Thin Lizzy. Downey, Mendoza and Wharton re-joined, along with two new members, guitarist Vivian Campbell and former vocalist from The Almighty, Ricky Warwick. This version of Thin Lizzy started an extensive world tour in January 2010 and continued to tour until early 2013.

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

 

Meet the Musicians:-

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

Brian Grace – Lead guitar, backing vocals

Brian is a well-known musician in Ireland and has a career spanning almost 30 years. He first played with the legendary Brush Shiels (Skid Row) in the ’80’s, and then played and recorded worldwide with Rob Strong, Andrew Strong (The Commitments) and Juliet Turner. Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists and would give any players out there, past and present, a serious run for their money.

Phil Edgar – Lead guitar, backing vocals

Phil hails from Lisburn near Belfast in Northern Ireland and was born to play rock ‘n’ roll.  His early career saw him play with local bands and was heavily influenced by the music of Thin Lizzy, The Eagles and Peter Green. More recently Phil has had major exposure with Matt Wilson in The Sensational Northern Irish band, El Dude Brothers. Phil’s reputation as a young tear-away guitarist gives ALIVE AND DANGEROUS a sparkling injection of passion, style and flair.

Matt Wilson – Bass guitar, lead vocals

Matt is a Belfast based musician and vocalist with a fervent love of blues, rock and soul. Starting off at an early age as a boy soprano, his teenage years saw him flirting with various bands, playing standards from Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers and Funkadelic, leading him to become one of Northern Ireland’s most sought after radio jingle and corporate vocalists. The influence of Thin Lizzy’s music and in particular, Phil Lynott’s vocal/writing style, makes him the perfect frontman for ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

Brian Downey – Drums

Dublin-born, Brian first tasted success in Ireland with the top 20 hit ‘Morning Dew’ before forming Orphanage with Phil Lynott. The two went on to form the legendary Thin Lizzy with Eric Bell and Brian remained a constant member until the band split in 1983. Brian worked on Phil Lynott’s solo albums and the subsequent Grand Slam project. He moved back to Dublin around the time of Phil’s untimely death on January 4th 1986. Brian remained in constant demand as both a touring and session drummer and regularly played concerts and recorded with guitarist Gary Moore. Often cited as being an influence by many of the world’s top drummers, Brian feels invigorated to be playing the songs he co-wrote in Thin Lizzy, with his new band ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

BD: Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to chat about Exile & Grace King King’s new album and tour dates brightening 2018.

Exile and Grace the much-anticipated album is released by Manhaton Records on 6th October 2017.

Their UK tour kicks off at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January 2018.

Tickets: www.kingking.co.uk/tour

 

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & ToursBD: Let’s start with Exile and Grace out 6th October on Manhaton Records. The album title feels different from previous titles. What inspired the title Exile & Grace?

AN:  The inspiration behind the album title came from a number of things really but all rolled into one! There is a huge concern that the future of our world and our species is very uncertain! There is so much conflict in the world and the way we treat the planet is a real worry for future generations. So it’s almost like “Exile” and “Grace” are like a yin and yang. We seem to exile the willingness and power to be graceful and live in harmony with one and other.

BD: Having listened to the album a number of times it is definitely rockier and has a cohesive sound. Is this the trajectory that you and King King plan to take the group in the future.

 AN:  It’s never a plan to take the musical style in any direction… it’s simply just how the songs turn out when we write them. I feel as the main songwriter that the more experience I gain from writing, the more relaxed I become and with that relaxation comes the early influences that I was listening to as a young kid.

BD: No title track as such – do you see any particular track as the number that defines the album.

AN: If I had to pick a tune that defined this album I’d probably say it was “Broken” It talks about the things I mentioned earlier about my concerns for our future as a human race.

 BD: Do the tracks have personal meaning and have you a favourite Track?

 AN: Everything I write has personal meaning as I tend to write about things and events that have gone on in my life or they can be subjects that matter to me too. They’re all my favourites!

BD: The first single of the album, (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ has had plenty of radio play and excited the fans. Keeping King King’s profile high while you are off the road. How did you decide on this track to launch the album with its Thunder overtones.

 AN:  It’s great to add depth and real meaning to certain songs throughout an album but just sometimes it’s simply ok to write a quirky tune that still tells a story but doesn’t need to tax the brain too much! We just wanted to have a first single that had an immediate impact on the ears and made you tap your feet! Simple as that!

BD: Before we talk about the 2018 tour dates and beyond.  You must have been heartened by the support and loyalty of your fans who have joined at various points on the King King Musical journey. The fans want to know how your vocal chords are progressing and are you doing what has been ordered staying quiet and resting your voice.

AN: First of all I would just like to thank all of our fabulous fans for the staggering amount of support and love they have shown not only me but to everyone in the band! As you can imagine…this is a very difficult time for me and indeed the boys and I’m glad that we decided to take this time out to get a full recovery and I want everyone to know that I’m working my backside off to get into good health vocally and in every other way!

BD: Let’s talk 2018. UK tour dates kick off at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January 2018; then four further dates around the U.K. This will certainly start the gigging year on a high for your growing phalanx of loyal King King fans.  This will be the start of Exile & Grace Tour and hearing the tracks we will have time to have learned. Which tracks work particularly well on a live King King set?

AN:  Yes, we’re really looking forward to getting back on the road and playing our UK tour! We’ll be rehearsing for the tour pretty soon and we’ll find out which songs work best live but you can never tell which ones will go down well on a live show until you try them! We will try to choose wisely!

BD: What plans do you and King King have for 2018 and beyond whether playing Rock or blues?

AN: There is a very busy 2018 already shaping up so we just want to keep doing what we do and hope that our fans stay by our side and enjoy the journey with us. There is plenty more for King King to achieve so don’t worry… you’ll be seeing lots of us!

BD: Finally, while you are off the road relaxing! What music are you listening to and giving you inspiration? 

AN: When I’m in the gym or walking in the hills or even out on the motorbike then I tend to listen to everything in my music library… it’s basically on random shuffle all the time so it’s anything from Thunder to Prince to Chris Stapleton to Black Crows to Eric Clapton, Free, Whitesnake, Steve Vai… I could go on all day! I even listen to King King and I also love the “Sky Won’t Fall” album from my big bro!

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

 

 

 

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR “BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

2016 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR “ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR”,
“GUITARIST OF THE YEAR” & “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

Steve Hill whose New album has new Album Solo recordings Volume 3 released in the UK 6th October 2017.

Check out the video, from  Canadian One-man band playing at the top of the Canadian Blues Scene.

FEATURING THE EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE 
“DANGEROUS”

 

 

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

 

Steve Hill, the one-man band blues rock machine, will release his new album “Solo Recordings: Volume 3” on No Label Records in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017. To support the release, Steve will support Wishbone Ash on their 27-date October UK tour.

“The one-man band style has made him the top star in the
Canadian blues scene right now.” 
– Bob Mersereau, CBC

 

 

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill there are no limits! Anything goes. He is the true exponent of a one-man band. Steve performs standing up while singing and playing the guitar, his feet playing the bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

 

Following the success of his JUNO nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won “Album of The Year” at the International Blues Challenge in 2013, and JUNO Award winner Solo Recordings Volume 2, Steve Hill first released his brand new album Solo Recordings Volume 3 in Canada on March 4, 2016. Now, a year later, the album will finally be released domestically in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017.

Solo Recordings Volume 3

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him with the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more. Steve Hill is clearly in his element as a solo artist and one-man band, inviting listeners into a world of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Now we can experience the energy when he is Special Guest of Wishbone Ash UK tout throughout the U.K.

WISHBONE ASH – OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Dorking Halls, Dorking

Thursday 19th October 2017 – O2 Academy Islington, London

Friday 20th October 2017 – The Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare

Saturday 21st October 2017 – Cheese & Grain, Frome

Sunday 22nd October 2017 – The Arts Centre, Swindon

Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea

Wednesday 25th October 2017 – The Brook, Southampton

Thursday 26th October 2017 – Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Friday 27th October 2017 – The Hub, Plymouth

Saturday 28th October 2017 – The Railway, Ipswich

Sunday 29th October 2017 – King Edward VII Memorial Hall, Newmarket

Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Wirral

Friday 3rd November 2017 – The Tivoli, Buckley

Saturday 4th November 2017 – Whitby Pavilion Theatre, Whitby

Sunday 5th November 2017 – The Lowry, Manchester

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – The Flowerpot, Derby

Wednesday 8th November 2017 – The Irish Centre, Leeds

Thursday 9th November 2017 – Bootleggers, Kendal

Friday 10th November 2017 – The Jam House, Edinburgh

Saturday 11th November 2017 – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Sunday 12th November 2017 – The Ferry, Glasgow

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Riverside Lodge, Morpeth

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Thursday 16th November 2017 – The Layton, Blackpool

Friday 17th November 2017 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Saturday 18th November 2017 – ASHCON, Clitheroe

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

What an opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists once again as Eric returns to the UK and Ireland for tour October and November 2018

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

 

Bluesdoodles was delighted to have heard Eric delight the packed Robin 2 ” when he played earlier this year – “There is definitely nothing Middle of The Road or standard about any of the music played by Eric and the band tonight. This is excitement, hope and joy distilled into a night that was hot and will be a highlight of 2017 that is for sure.”  Read More….

 

 

 

Following his long-awaited first UK solo tour in May and an incredible guest slot with Supersonic Blues Machine at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, world-renowned Blues guitarist Eric Gales will be returning to the UK and Ireland this October/November.

TUES 24 OCT – Whelans, Dublin – TICKETS
WED 25 OCT – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick – TICKETS
THUR 26 OCT – Cyprus Ave, Cork – TICKETS
FRI 27 OCT – Picturedrome, Holmfirth – TICKETS
SUN 29 OCT – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth – TICKETS
TUE 31 OCT – Boom, Boom Club, Sutton – TICKETS
THU 02 NOV – Robin 2, Bilston – TICKETS

 

“Scorching” Classic Rock
“One of the greatest guitarists on the planet”  Fireworks
“Rocket-fuelled”  Guitarist
“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 unpredicability 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

Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group

Bluesdoodles loves the album one you return to –  “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 More …...

 

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

 

 

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

EXILE & GRACE” – THE NEW ALBUM
RELEASED ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM www.kingking.co.uk

RESCHEDULED JANUARY 2018 UK TOUR DATES

King King are pleased to announce the release of their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October 2017. The album features the band’s current single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ which is currently a big hit on Planet Rock radio in the UK.

Due to a throat condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the band’s October 2017 UK tour dates have been re-scheduled to January 2018.  All October 2017 tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows in January 2018.

The rescheduled dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January).
Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.

The new album “Exile & Grace” promises to deliver a bigger punch, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Tour Dates
TICKETS: Planet Rock or Gig Cartel

London Shepherd’s Bush Empire    Wednesday 17th January 2018
Birmingham, Town Hall    Thursday 18th January 2018
Bath, Forum   Saturday 20th January 2018
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall Friday 26th January 2018
Sheffield, Leadmill   Saturday 27th January 2018

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK TourForthcoming Album Exile & Grace was recorded at Superfly Studios, the quartet’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’”.
The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and was released on Friday 23rd June.

Says King King’s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

King King’s 2011 debut album “Take My Hand” was crowned Blues Album of the month in Classic Rock. Following this success, King King’s next album Standing in The Shadows was the highlight of Classic Rock Blues magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013. It’s no surprise then that King King won Best Album and Best Band at the 2012 and the 2014 British Blues Awards.

2015 saw the band fly even higher with the release of their “Reaching For The Light” album. King King were nominated for Best New Band at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll of Honour and inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame for three consecutive Band wins.

King King have played in all corners of the globe. From the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, India, to Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, and numerous festivals throughout the whole of Europe. One of the highlights of 2016 was a UK arena tour with the mighty Thunder, which included playing to over 10,000 people at Wembley Arena and a sell-out headline show on home turf in Glasgow.

Their headlining tour in 2017 took them to mainland Europe and the UK. The band are back with a vengeance in October 2017 to perform songs from their new album “Exile & Grace.”
King King are widely recognised as the UK’s hottest rock blues band, the band continue to push the envelope by performing unforgettable live shows with first class musicianship.

 

King King live shows are a not to be missed event – this is what Bluesdoodles has said:- 

Artrix, Bromsgrove – Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions…..  Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartet that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures ……….with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

The Globe, Cardiff – Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.

City Hall, Salisbury – This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and then the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight.

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

 

 

 

Gun Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks

Gun Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks

Gun Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks

 

 

 

GUN Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks. Is this the lucky seventh album as Gun shoots away the curveballs of life that have been thrown at them over the years? The line-up has changed, there has been hurtful breakups and the highs of hit albums and singles for the Glasgow based rockers

As you read the background to the album and the lyrics of the ten tracks unfold the album title Favourite Pleasures revealing a secret of a friend of the band the thrill of S&M.  Dante shares his favourite pleasures “mine are a lot different from that…..“Good food and watching Celtic will do me fine!”

The album cover cleverly pulls this together with a pop art depiction of the temptation of Eve and a juicy apple ripped apart by a metallic zip revealing torn stockings of broken relationships, hurt and attraction. This is an album cover that really does depict the rock with attitude and hidden twirls of delight that awaits the listener once the GUN fuel rock streams from the speakers.

The album rocks through deep melodic orchards that bare the fruit of ten delicious juicy songs that whets the appetite for Scottish Rock and leaves you wanting more. The melodies have a sharp edge crisp with a tougher approach reflecting the tone and guitar playing of new guitarist Tommy Gentry. He has added a new perspective to the band as he completes the quintet. Dante Gizzi on vocals at times spits out the lyrics of songs that are destined to be the crowd pleasers of future live gigs.

The opening number She Knows, sets the tempo, tone and taste of the album full of rocking riffs and neat hooks for the lyrics.  The rhythm is intense as Andy Carr’s bass line pulls in the beat of the drums of Paul McManus.   Dante admits “I found the lyric writing process tougher this time because I was going through a breakup with my partner.”  Reflecting the anger and heartache but never pity that the tougher rockier GUN has delivered.

The tracks that stand out, a difficult choice as the album has no fillers; on every listen depending on my mood a different song popped out as the one. Consistently though the title track, Black Heart, Here’s Where I Am, Take Me Down and closing track Boy Who Fooled the World.  These are tracks that capture the difference between the tracks, demonstrating the GUN never settle in the same groove they mix the rock up weaving influences gently in picking them up but always it is the powerful shot of GUN in your ears that leaves the lasting impression.

The opening of the title track is full of tempting sounds reflecting guilt and at the same time your favourite pleasures. The hint of mischievous naughtiness captured in a stonking melody that captures the imagination and will delight the crowds at any venue.  Black Heart opens with a crash of cymbals, sizzling guitar and Dante asks ‘what have I got to lose’. The song reflects the place where Dante is full of the hate and heart as he snarls through the lyrics of Take Me Down.  As so often on the album the vocals are reflected back on bass lines from Andy that have a growling ferocity of intent to deliver rock n’ roll that captivates the listener.

The second track in and the last could not be more different. Here’s Where I Am is a stop in your listening track moment, you just have to turn up the volume stop what you are doing and revel in the power of GUN’s favourite pleasure rock that delights. The track has a vitality a band that is pulling in the same direction as they play in the studio for sheer pleasure, forgetting the recording equipment, lost in the moment of high-octane pleasurable rock n’ roll Scottish style. GUN’s Favourite Pleasure is a rollercoaster of thrills of rock how to close the album and make a lasting impression? Go Faster? Play louder? No, let’s take the pace down – strip back the glitz and reveal the heart of GUN’s sound Dante’s vocals and a piano as we explore the Boy Who Fooled The World.  Autobiographic feel to the lyric and fills the room with an authentic honesty and an innocence rarely found on a Rock album.

The answer to the question Is this the lucky seventh album as Gun shoots away the curveballs of life that have been thrown at them over the years? Yes this is a superb album nothing to do with luck it is down to quality musicianship and production.

 

 

GUN – Favourite Pleasures – Caroline International

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. She Knows
  2. Heres Where I Am
  3. Favourite Pleasures
  4. Take Me Down
  5. Silent Lovers
  6. Black Heart
  7. Without You
  8. Tragic Heroes
  9. Go To Hell
  10. Boy Who Fooled The World

 

 DECEMBER LIVE DATES / CO HEADLINE SHOWS WITH INME

2nd        Glasgow Barrowland (Headline Show)

8th         Manchester Club Academy (Co-Headline with InMe)

9th         London Electric Ballroom (Co-Headline with InMe)

Gun Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks