Danny Bryant In Conversation its A Revelation

Danny Bryant Always a Revelation and Yours For A Song

BD: As ever Bluesdoodles, was delighted to have the opportunity to review your latest album Revelation leaving fans in anticipation to hear the songs live on your forthcoming tour across the UK.

 BD:  Before we come up to date lets go back to the early days. What were your first influences growing up in Royston, Hertfordshire.

DB: I still live in Royston about a mile from my parents’ house. First influences were my parent’s collection, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Hendrix and lots of Bob Dylan. All on vinyl, I have now inherited the vinyl collection. Though I think now it is back in fashion Mum wouldn’t mind having it back.

I then looked at the music that influenced the people I was listening to, who they were listening to. It is even easier to do that now with so many resources. YouTube and downloading is so very easy. I have to admit I tend to listen via YouTube it is easily accessible, the way we all listen to music has changed in an age of instant gratification.  There is definitely more music, consumed differently, if you order from Amazon, for example, you get an audio file to rip so before the Cd arrives you already have it to listen to through your speakers.

 

BD: Was the guitar always going to be your instrument of choice, with your late father on Bass as the counterpoint to your talent in RedEyeBand.
DB: It was always going to be the guitar. I didn’t consider anything else. Suddenly I wanted a guitar like a lot of kids does at some stage. For me it was the right time, I was quite insular and wanted to practice all the time. I have tried to learn the harmonica, then I hear a guitar being played and think I could learn that and it is back to the guitar trying to get better and better. Dad played finger-picking blues acoustic when I was growing up. I could hear him playing downstairs, and so is a soundtrack of my childhood. Dad took up the bass to help me out. There were not any young bass players around that wanted to be in a blues band.  What started out as a temporary fix became a permanent fixture.

 

BD: When did you decide to use British guitar maker Fret-King as your six-string of choice. What do these guitars add to your playing that other guitar manufacturers would not bring to your sound?

DB: I have worked with Fret-King guitars for a number of years and the guitar suits the sound I want to achieve. The guitar looks like a strat but is different. When you fly and can only take one guitar this covers all bases. With my signature Danny guitar in the range, that is, in my opinion, good value for money. Fret-king guitars have worked well for me for quite a while now.

BD: Revelation is a deeply personal album, out 20th April via Jazzhaus Records. Despite the dark shadowy album cover the album is a Revelation as you let the light shine into the corners of your emotions. Tell our readers why you found writing the album such a challenge?

DB: It was a challenge with the music I wanted to create, it did not come easy. It was not necessarily a thing I wanted to deal with. But Dad’s passing had happened and it was a therapeutic process. Hence lyrically the album is quite dark, with a heavier sound. The horns add a different tone and dimension. Big Band Project was something I always wanted to do. We played three shows and on the live album. Promoters were interested so now will run alongside the band. I kept the sound in the current album as it adds another layer of textures and interest. Logistically touring with a nine-piece is a huge and expensive challenge.

 BD: Yo talk about how music has been your personal salvation do you feel the tracks on Revelation speak to everyone who listens who have their own personal dark moments.

DB: Yes, I hope this album connects with people.  It was a personal and at times a difficult process exploring difficult parts of my life. We all loose loved ones, go through hard times, feel lost. The other thing in common is we all interpret music and songs differently.  For example, Roy Orbison songs speak to me in one way may not be the way Roy intended but that doesn’t matter. Again with my music it doesn’t matter what you get out of the lyrics what is important what you hear and connect with and that it speaks to the listener on some level. It is like art some people look at a painting and analyse looking for meanings whilst others just say looks nice going to hang that on my wall. Neither approach is wrong nor right, it is how you connect with art that is important. When you write a song it is a snap shot of how you feel at that moment; not how you feel all the time. Lyrics have always interested me, love the guitar but the solo is pointless unless within a decent song with a strong melody striking a balance across the number.

 BD: Blues is never far from your music, do you have a favourite or special track on the album.

DB: If I have to pick a track it is Isolate I like ballads that are not soft but have power and some balls in them. It is a track that is fun to play live and I am always a sucker for a guitar solo. Revelation the title track is also a favourite, it is different and that keeps everything interesting with changes in texture and tone.

BD:  With the new album and touring 2018 is going to be a busy year and your fans will be delighted that you are back on the road in the UK once again.

DB: Yes, back touring in UK is always going to be fun. Logistically & financially it is impossible to tour with the Big Band Project. What is new is we are now a four-piece with keyboardist Stevie Watts joining the band.  Having added keys into the Danny Bryant sound there was no going back to being a trio.

 

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
DB:
Guitar:  BB King
Vocals: Otis Redding
Bass: Willie Dixon
Drums: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Keys: Otis Spann

 

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Danny Bryant In Conversation its A Revelation

Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live

Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock supergroup Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” nationwide UK tour in October 2018.

The nine-date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza, paying homage to his tenure in the MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups.  All tickets are priced £27.50, except London at £30.00.

Planet Rock will launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 21ST February from www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 23rd February from the 24 HR ticket hotline 08444 780 898 or www.thegigcartel.com.

“I’m excited to be touring the “Classic Deep Purple Live” in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We’re also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we’ll be on fire.”

As well as Glenn on lead vocals and bass guitar, the touring band also features Soren Anderson (guitar), Jesper Bo Hansen (keyboards) and new drummer for the project Fernando Escobedo (drums).

 

 

GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS
CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE “LIVE”
OCTOBER 2018 UK TOUR 

PLUS SPECIAL GUEST

PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE
WEDNESDAY 21st FEBRUARY

ALL TICKETS: £27.50 (EXCEPT LONDON: £30.00)

GENERAL ON-SALE FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
24 HR BOX OFFICE: 08444 780 898, www.thegigcartel.com

Bristol, O2 Academy  – Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel or Ticket Master

Leamington, Assembly  – Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Tickets: Gig Cartel or Eventbrite
Ticket Price: £27.50

Southampton, Engine Rooms – Friday 5th October 2018
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel

Cardiff, Tramshed – Saturday 6th October 2018
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel or Eventbrite

Leeds, University Union – Tuesday 9th October 2018
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel  or Leeds Tickets

Newcastle, O2 Academy – Wednesday 10th October 2018
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel or Ticket Master

Glasgow, ABC – Friday 12th October 2018
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel

Manchester, Academy 2 – Saturday 13th October 2018 
Ticket Price: £27.50
Tickets: Gig Cartel  or Manchester Academy

London, Koko – Monday 15th October 2018
Ticket Price: £30.00
Tickets: Gig Cartel or Ticket Web

Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” nationwide UK tour in October 2018.

The nine-date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza, paying homage to his tenure in the MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups.  All tickets are priced £27.50, except London at £30.00.

Planet Rock will launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 21ST February from www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 23rd Februaryfrom the 24 HR ticket hotline 08444 780 898 or www.thegigcartel.com.

“I’m excited to be touring the “Classic Deep Purple Live” in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We’re also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we’ll be on fire.”

As well as Glenn on lead vocals and bass guitar, the touring band also features Soren Anderson (guitar), Jesper Bo Hansen (keyboards) and new drummer for the project Fernando Escobedo (drums).



Starting Gun fired for The Bad Flowers Album Launch

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Three bands, one album launch all in The Asylum. These Wicked Rivers, Those Damn Crows and top of the bill The Bad Flowers. The race is on to hear the music before the Starting Gun is fired and The Asylum has been ripped apart with the rock and roll majesty that is The Bad Flowers.

The running order tonight is These, Those, THE… Starting off with rock that flowed as These Wicked Rivers took to the stage. The four-piece from Derby hit the stage with a hefty, groove that set the scene. With drummer Dan Southall the star reigning from the back with a tight performance. The impressive set with John Hartwell on vocals adding a gruff intensity to every vocal lyric. Jon Hallam’s bass work captured a deep reserve whichever bass of choice. With frets, and without he ensured the bass line zinged with power; leaving the guitar work from Arran Day to pull the four-piece together in a melodic sound pulling on modern influences and capturing the inner steel of rock-blues.

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Short change over and the tempo changed as Those Damn Crows stepped up to be heard as the sold-out venue was becoming packed. The band from Bridgend where determined that we would remember the set and that they were here, like These Wicked Rivers, to entertain and party in celebration of The Bad Flowers debut album.

This was not the time for chatter and introductions. It was about the music and the heavy rocking sound left you wanting more despite the fact that we were all waiting for the main act of the night to perform. The five-piece used every inch of the stage including a box for Shane to stand on singing out into the audience full of vim and vigour. Crows were definitely the perfect warm-up act for The Bad Flowers. This is a band with attitude as they opened their account with Don’t Give A Damn. The anthemic track Rock n’ Roll Ain’t Dead had the venue partying on a Saturday night. What an impressive set young bands playing rock n’ roll with gritty determination. This is a band on the dark side of having fun with music as the twin guitars create a wall of sound.

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Having written a rave review, broke my own review rules and gave debut album top marks, I was hoping The Bad Flowers would not let me down when playing live at the sold-out album launch gig. Unsurprisingly, the set was dominated by tracks from Starting Gun. We wanted to hear the tracks live and dirty. The venue was hot and packed, an old-fashioned gigging venue where you were up close and personal with the bands. The amount of smoke pouring off the stage at times made the vocals feel as they were coming from a disembodied Tom Leighton and the band members shrouded in coloured fog. This did nothing to distort the good time rock that is the trademark of a trio that plays as if they are a larger band. Tom Leighton with his vocal dexterity that shapes every song is joined by a powerhouse of a rhythm section. Dale Tonks on bass and Karl Selickis on drums creating an incendiary rock that fills the venue with power and glory.

The crowd were responsive. They loved every act so far and now the atmosphere was superb for the trio from Cannock. As they hit the chords of Hurricane. They were building up storm-clouds of rock that cascaded across the venue. Tom is everything a band needs charismatic, with his distinctive sound that sends the lyrics across the venue like a clarion call.

The Flowers have created a bouquet of rock that is a listening experience that delights as we were royally entertained by a young band that has all the credentials to go to the top of the rock tree. The band took us back in time with Run Run, Run from their first E.P. and a thank you to the many fans who have been on this musical journey together. The rock shimmered with blues riffs that ground the band in the past, yet the sound is one-hundred percent of now!   They nailed every track leaving nothing to disappoint, a great performance that kicked the numbers into a living breathing rocking shape.  Highlights were Thunder Child the first single of the album, City Lights a song we all want to sing along to and Lions Blood. A triumphant triumvirate of numbers.  The Bad Flowers play indigo rock that shimmers as the vocals curl around the riffs and chord changes. Tom has something to sing about and he sings loud and clear. Your attention never falters when the trio is on stage.

Now they had planned an encore and the crowds wanted more. BUT the speakers were silent. The band is confused, the audience perplexed. Still, time before curfew and the crowds had been noisy but well behaved. So why were we getting the silent treatment? The sound man had switched of the desk and left the building. Tom thought about it. Jumped off the stage. Got sound back live and we had a cracking double encore. Now were are back in the land of Rock n roll and a celebratory album launch. Living The Dream, tonight the Flowers definitely were and a cracking cover of War Pigs. The sound went up a few decibels as we sang and partied with the band of the moment The Bad Flowers.

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Hurricane
Who Needs A Soul
Big Country
Lions Blood
Secrets
Let’s Misbehave
Run Run Run
Be Your Man
Rich Man
I Don’t Believe It
Thunder Child
City Lights

Encore

Living The Dream
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)

 

 

The Bad Flowers are out on the road opening for Stone Broken & Jared James Nichols 

 

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Starting Gun fired for The Bad Flowers Album Launch

Front and Center as Beth Hart Announces Live Album

Front and Center as Beth Hart Announces Live Album

BETH HART RELEASES FIRST LIVE RELEASE IN 13 YEARS
‘LIVE FROM NEW YORK – FRONT AND CENTER’

CD/DVD set will be released on April 13th, 2018 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group

Watch Hart Perform “Tell Her You Belong To Me”

Switch of the phones, Switch off the world. The click play….  immerse yourself for six minutes within the emotional journey Beth Hart takes you on. Her masterful vocals wrap around the lyrics and pulling you deep into Tell Her You Belong To Me. This single from her forthcoming album Front and Center is Beth Hart immersion therapy for your soul. Leaving you both exalted and emotionally stripped bare. The forthcoming album promises to be an emotional rollercoaster.

On March 7th, 2017, the GRAMMY-nominated “powerhouse vocalist” (Rolling Stone) Beth Hart performed a very special, intimate concert at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album ‘Fire on the Floor’ and from throughout her career. Now, 13 years after the release of her incredibly successful live release, ‘Live at Paradiso,’ Hart is treating fans to a DVD/CD release of this standout performance with Live From New York – Front & Center, out April 13th via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The performance is also featured on the Season 8 premiere episode of Public Television’s critically acclaimed concert series, Front and Center (airing now, check local listings).

Known for her visceral, soul-baring vocals and dynamic range, Hart is riding a creative tidal wave following the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 studio album, Fire On The Floor, as well as her just-released studio collaboration with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Black Coffee. Leveling audiences with her incredible power and celebrated burnt-honey vocals for 20 years, Hart has just launched a 16-date coast-to-coast US tour, which will be followed by a European tour in April-May 2018.

Hart has had an incredible career, beginning with the release of a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then reigniting in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Slash and long-time collaborator Jeff Beck. But it’s in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed, selling out ever-larger venues in cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. She is recognized as one of the great live vocalists of our time, with a voice “reminiscent of Etta James and Janis Joplin” (Music Connection), topping Billboard’s Blues Album Chart and receiving numerous GRAMMY and Blues Music Awards nominations. Dubbed “the ultimate female rock star” by The Blues Magazine, the Guardian has praised her “daring, brooding performances” and The Times has called her “Extraordinary.”

‘Live From New York – Front And Center’ will be released as a 2-disc DVD/CD set, mixed in 5.1 stereo, featuring never before seen bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Hart. The audio from the performance will also be sold separately as a digital release.
Track Listing

CD
01 – Let’s Get Together
02 – Baddest Blues
03 – Jazz Man
04 – Delicious Surprise
05 – Broken And Ugly
06 – St. Teresa
07 – Isolation
08 – Tell Her You Belong To Me
09 – Fat Man
10 – Love Gangster
11 – Leave The Light On
12 – As Long As I Have A Song

DVD
01 – Let’s Get Together
02 – Baddest Blues
03 – Jazz Man
04 – Delicious Surprise
05 – St. Teresa
06 – Tell Her You Belong To Me
07 – Fat Man
08 – Leave The Light On
09 – Can’t Let Go
10 – As Long As I Have A Song

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK/EU Spring 2018

DUBLIN VICAR STREET  – TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: +353 1 775 5800
BOOK ONLINE: Ticket Master or Beth Hart Website 

IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE – THURSDAY 12th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01473 433 100
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

BEXHILL DE LA WARR PAVILION – SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01424 229 111
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

NOTTINGHAM CONCERT HALL – SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0115 989 5555
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

OXFORD NEW THEATRE – WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 3020
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

FOLKESTONE LEAS HALL – THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01303 228 600
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

CARDIFF ST DAVIDS HALL – SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0292 087 8444
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website  

CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE  – TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01223 357 851
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE – THURSDAY 26th APRIL 2018

VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01253 625 252
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

HULL CITY HALL – FRIDAY 27th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01482 300300
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

READING HEXAGON – MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0118 960 6060
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL – TUESDAY 1st MAY 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 023 9387 0200
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

SOLD OUT LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT – FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0207 589 8212
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or Royal Albert Hall
or   Beth Hart Website 

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL – SATURDAY 5th MAY 2018
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01242 850 270 
BOOK ONLINE: Cheltenham Jazz Festival or   Beth Hart Website 

Ruhr Congress, Bochum, Germany – 10 May
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 12 May
Palais Des Congres, Paris, France – 14 May

 

 

Blues and boogie from One Man One Band Extraordinaire

Blues and boogie from One Man One Band Extraordinaire

Blues and boogie from One Man One Band Extraordinaire

When I was a youngster, all those years ago, a one-man band was a novelty act on programs such as Opportunity Knocks. Ah, remember Hughie Green and the Muscle Man etc.? Just me then!
This trip down memory lane is to assure you that Steve Hill is not a novelty act; one man he may be, and he does play guitar, bass and snare drums, cymbals and harmonica simultaneously, but he does it with flair and it actually works. (He even has a drumstick attached to the head of his guitar).
Hill is very successful in his homeland of Canada and has racked up a lot of support for his previous releases. On his own, he is able to effortlessly bring to mind full bands such as Foghat, the Bluesbreakers and the Faces. Blues and boogie from One Man One Band Extraordinaire Canadian Steve Hill is more than a One Man Band He Rocks on Solo Recordings Volume 3.

The opening number, Damned, sets the scene for most of the electric numbers which follow. There is a distinctly live feel to the recording and, Hill’s voice, whilst not being the best in the genre, is a perfect match for this kind of blues. Added to that, he brings a sense of fun with the backing rhythm his various limbs provide, as he expands on the song’s main riff.

Dangerous is laid back blues with a smooth rock lilt, throughout which I keep hearing early Gary Moore’s approach to the blues. Still A Fool and A Rollin’ Stone, the first cover is probably best known from the version by Muddy Waters and has Hill pulling real emotion from every string. Similarly, the rocker Rhythm All Over has a great riff and moves into a slide solo which is so fluid it just melts! Can’t Take It With You has sublime, echoey guitar moving neatly into a mid-paced guitar section. The other covers, Rollin’ & Tumblin/Stop Breaking Down are faithful, albeit electrified, to the Robert Johnson originals, including some glorious slide guitar.
When Hill moves to acoustic, as on Slowly Slipping Away, we see the other, mellower side to him. This track and Smoking Hot Machine feature some smouldering harmonica to show the depth of writing and performing that Hill can bring to the party.

Troubled Times is a fingerpicked, folky blues tune, and he uses the body of the acoustic as well as the strings, really effectively to evoke the “cold is coming” theme. Emily is a rhythmic bluesy shuffle, bringing to mind The Kinks in their heyday.
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad is undoubtedly blues with a slight hint of a thoughtful ballad. A beautiful acoustic introduction takes us into the body of the song. The Grateful Dead is probably best known for this track, although the original is a 1927 folk blues covered by many, including Woody Guthrie.

The album finishes with a true, fuzzed blues-rock track. Walking Grave has Hill letting rip with guitar soloing that tips its hat to, I’d guess, influences such as Hendrix and Gallagher.
When listening to this great album, it can be difficult to remember this is just one man. How he coordinates all of the instruments is beyond me, but I am more than happy to benefit from this man’s skills. Blues and blues/rock combine on a very satisfying album.
Catch Hill live and believe! in the power of blues and boogie from One Man One Band Extraordinaire. Check out tour dates NOW!

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing:
1. Damned
2. Dangerous
3. Still a Fool and a Rollin’ Stone
4. Slowly Slipping Away
5. Rhythm All Over
6. Smoking Hot Machine
7. Troubled Times
8. Emily
9. Can’t Take It With You
10. Rollin’ And Tumblin’/Stop Breaking Down
11. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
12. Walking Grave

Band Members:
Steve Hill… just him, on all instruments!

 

Steve Hill is back in the UK as the special guest on King King & Danny Bryant’s tours throughout April, May & June 2012018.

Special Guest King King Tour April / May 2018

Special Guest  – Danny Bryant Tour May/June 2018

Blues and boogie from One Man One Band Extraordinaire

Americana Duo The Grahams UK Tour 2018

Vibrant Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams (pronounced Grams) announce extensive February-March 2018 UK tour previewing material from two eagerly anticipated projects due later this year – their new studio album produced by Richard Swift (Black Keys, Arcs, Shins), and continuing their adventurous exploration of the USA – this time around on two wheels – the soundtrack to their new feature-length documentary Love & Distortion. So while we wait for the opportunity to hear The Grahams play live in the U.K. – here are two new numbers enjoy!!!!

On the first taster from the soundtrack, which will only be available as a limited edition 7” single at UK shows, until the full soundtrack’s official release later this year, The Grahams interpret The Pretenders’ ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986, and Mazzy Star’s 1994 cult classic ‘Fade Into You’.

In the Fall of 2016, while the country reels from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, musicians & lifelong soul mates The Grahams, set out on a spectacular motorcycle expedition across America’s time-warped Route 66. Amidst the neon, the romance, the heat, the music and the sheer power of nostalgia, The Grahams explore the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66.

Featuring a surreal soundtrack with contributions from Nashville’s finest; Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dylan LeBlanc, Chuck Mead, Lilly Hiatt, The Grahams and many more, Love & Distortion is not a travel guide or a musical biopic. This feature-length documentary, which follows The Grahams down the Mother Road, is an unconventional narrative weaving in and out of moments and realities that can be found in the various sub-cultures of America’s Main Street.

Bluesdoodles reviewed Glory Bound the tour will give everyone the opportunity to hear the new music as The Grahams share the sound the duo create live for our enjoyment

Get to know the Grahams before you hear them live in the U.K.

Americana Duo The Grahams UK Tour 2018Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, Riverman’s Daughter. For its follow-up, Glory Bound, they rode the rails – and wound up recording not only a studio album but Rattle The Hocks, a documentary and live album recorded on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train.

THE GRAHAMS · FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 UK TOUR

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FEBRUARY

Wed 14      Taddingtonnr. Buxton                         Village Institute

Thu 15       Swayfieldnr. Grantham                       Village Hall

Fri 16        Caunton Dean Holenr. Newark            Community Centre

Sat 17       Crichnr. Matlock                                  Crich Glebe Field Centre

Sun 18      Yoxallnr. Burton-on-Trent                       Parish Hall

Thu 22       Drimptonnr. Beaminster                       Village Hall

Fri 23         Ashmorenr. Shaftesbury                       Village Hall

Sat 24       Hinton Martellnr. Wimborne                 Village Hall

Sun 25      Milborne St. Andrewnr. Blandford         Village Hall

Tue 27       Liverpool                                          Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room

Wed 28      Sheffield                                           The Greystones

MARCH

Thu 1        Bristol                                               The Tunnels

Fri 2          Poole                                                Lighthouse

Sat 3         Lichfield                                           Lichfield Arts

Sun 4        Maidenhead                                      Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Mon 5        Cardiff                                              The Moon

Thu 8        Newbury                                           Arlington Arts Centre

Fri 9          London                                             C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Sat 10       London                                             C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Praise for The Grahams

“full of warmth and a generosity of spirit that ensured the audience was happy to join in making its music in the round.” Bluesdoodles

“Americana doesn’t come much better.” Acoustic magazine

“The Grahams are never far away from waving the banner of the road though they change the mood of their songs like the scenery flying by outside a southbound boxcar.” Alternate Root

“Doug’s mastery of the resonator guitar is matched by Alyssa’s spectacularly dexterous vocal chords ensuring their blend is beautifully matched to the breadth and scope of their music” American Roots UK

“This is mighty fine modern cowboy, ride those rails music, strong on evocative lyricism and driving, piston-pushing instrumental ability.” Cashbox magazine

“Alyssa and Doug deliver songs alive with wit, detail, interesting asides and hooks” Country Music magazine

“…really impressive…diverse articulate songs…expertly performed” Country Music People

“Highly recommended” Folking.com

“The Grahams guarantee a good time that captures the rhythms of the past with some cracking vocals and a healthy head of contemporary steam.” Get Ready To Rock! 

Cameo of Rainbreakers Live Performance Jaks Skegness 2018

Cameo of Rainbreakers Live Performance Jaks Skegness 2018

Cameo of Rainbreakers Live Performance Jaks Skegness 2018. Rainbreakers are back to set Skegness alight once again. This year they headline Saturday in Jaks; the stage organised by Blues Matters. The venue that is dark, moody hot had the venue that has seen amazing nights we all still talk about the night Larry Miller set Jaks ablaze with his music. The anticipation was high amongst the many who have heard The Rainbreakers play live before. Into the mix and those who just came to see what the fuss was about or party and drink into Sunday morning.

Cameo of Rainbreakers Live Performance Jaks Skegness 2018The band was on fire full of energy as the band from Shrewsbury blended the music to create a music fuelled party atmosphere. Having spoken to members of the audience many just popped in for five minutes and now determined to stay to the end. This was no surprise to me as having been captivated by the sound since I first heard and reviewed in 2015 Blood Not Brass. 

What is Rainbreakers sound? What makes then stand-out on a crowded circuit? They have stretched the blues from the Mississippi Delta, up to Chicago across to the sun-drenched West Coast and sound drenched in the seventies full of soul. Musicians ready to conquer the here and now.  A quartet mix power with subtlety. A rhythm section drummer Sam Edwards and bassist Peter Adams lay down the scaffolding of their brand of Blues-rock. Guitar work from Charlie Richards bending the notes as vocals are delivered by Ben Edwards. The unit is tight and the live sound electric.

Cameo of Rainbreakers Live Performance Jaks Skegness 2018Tonight in Jaks they came set-up and allowed their music to conquer. That is exactly what they did. Saturday in Jaks was a happy place to be as they played music that made you get up and dance, smile and be happy with tracks from the second EP; Rise Up. This is what Jaks as we all rose up as one and enjoyed the moments they played a storming set, to be remembered long after Jaks falls silent. The Rainbreakers were the last Saturday night headliners to play the small stage in Jaks.

Cameo of Rainbreakers Live Performance Jaks Skegness 2018

Bluesdoodles Reviews:

2015 E.P. – Blood Not Brass

2017 E.P. – Rise UP

In Conversation about 2017 UKBlues Challenge

 

Now on tour supporting, Wille and The Bandits, do not miss any opportunity to see this young band play live as we await the anticipated full-length studio album from The Rainbreakers

 

 

 

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Brothers Osborne New Album Plus UK Tour 2018 Definitely Brighter

Brothers Osborne New Album Plus UK Tour 2018 Definitely Brighter

Brothers Osborne New Album Plus UK Tour 2018 Definitely BrighterBrothers Osborne New Album Plus UK Tour 2018 Definitely Brighter. With the release of their second studio album Port Saint Joe. Out in the U.K.  20th April Via Snakefarm Records. Make sure your copy arrives then pre-order

Now the pre-order is done ready to learn the numbers before the UK Headline tour in May.  While you wait for the album to drop through your letterbox here is video of Shoot Me Straight (Tn The Studio)

 

“Shoot Me Straight” is the brand new single from Brothers Osborne. The song will be available to stream and download everywhere on January 5, 2018.

Brothers Osborne have announced the details of their second studio album, the follow-up to their Pawn Shop debut, now certified gold in the US.

Titled Port Saint Joe and featuring 10 new tracks including lead single ‘Shoot Me Straight’, this release from the Nashville-based duo was recorded away from the sometimes sterile environs of the studio, in a Florida beach house in the town of Port Saint Joe – a beach house stacked with cool equipment and the desire to craft music built on energy and vibe.

“‘Port Saint Joe’ is a sonic representation of who we’ve become, not only as a band but as people,” says guitarist John Osborne. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.”

Vocalist/guitarist TJ adds, “We shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process, we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives.”

The full track-listing of Port Saint Joe is as follows:

1. Slow Your Roll
2. Shoot Me Straight
3. I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)
4. Weed, Whiskey and Willie
5. Tequila Again
6. A Couple Wrongs Makin’ It Alright
7. Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)
8. Drank Like Hank
9. A Little Bit Trouble
10. While You Still Can

“The UK has become one of our favourite places to play,” exclaims John Osborne. “We’re thrilled to be doing our first ever headline tour there in May. Can’t wait!”

BROTHERS OSBORNE HEADLINE TOUR UK / IRELAND 2018

MAY 04: Dublin, Academy
MAY 05: Belfast, The Limelight
MAY 07: Bristol, O2 Academy
MAY 08: Brighton, Concorde 2
MAY 09: Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
May 11: London, Koko SOLD OUT
May 12: Manchester, O2 Ritz
May 13: Glasgow, O2 ABC (upgraded from the Garage)

Tickets for all dates are available here

As Bluesdoodles said the announcement of Brothers Osborne New Album Plus UK Tour 2018 Definitely Brighter with music that makes you smile! 

Brothers Osborne New Album Plus UK Tour 2018 Definitely Brighter

Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back Touring

Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back Touring

Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back Touring

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL

BOOK ONLINE: Tour Tickets

Huntington Hall, Worcester
Saturday 14th April 2018

Book Online: www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events
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24 Chapel Walk, Worcester WR1 3LD
www.worcesterlive.co.uk

HRH Blues, Sheffield
Sunday 15th April 2018

Book Online: www.hrhblues.com/tickets
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O2 Academy Sheffield, 37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PN
www.hrhblues.com

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Friday 20th April 2018

Book Online: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events 
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5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT

www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

Darvel Town Hall, Darvel
Saturday 21st April 2018

Book Online: www.darvelmusiccompany.com/shop 
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10-12 West Main Street, Darvel, East Ayrshire KA17 0AQ
www.thequeenshall.net

St. Mary in The Castle, Hastings
Thursday 3rd May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Tickets: 01323 841414
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7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3AF
http://spyboy.co.uk/ / http://stmaryinthecastle.co.uk/

Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
Friday 4th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.seetickets.com 
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Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Rd, Pontypridd CF37 2DP
http://muniartscentre.com

The 1865, Southampton
Saturday 5th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.seetickets.com 
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Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR
www.the1865.com

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
Thursday 10th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/events 
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Hanover House, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ
www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk 

Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Friday 11th May 2018

Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
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Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ
www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

The Grand, Clitheroe
Saturday 12th May 2018

Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
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18 York St, Clitheroe BB7 2DL
www.thegrandvenue.co.uk

The Live Rooms, Chester
Thursday 17th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
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1 Station Rd, Chester CH1 3DR
www.theliverooms.com

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 18th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
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33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY
www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk

The Picturedome, Holmfirth
Saturday 19th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
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Market Walk, Holmfirth HD9 7DA
www.picturedrome.net

Cheese & Grain, Frome
Saturday 26th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com 
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Market Yd, Justice Ln, Frome BA11 1BE
www.cheeseandgrain.com

Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
Sunday 27th May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online:www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events 
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Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Robin 2, Bilston
Thursday 31st May 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com 
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20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7LJ
www.therobin.co.uk

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Friday 1st June 2018

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com 
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1 Charter Square, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 3FD
www.theapex.co.uk

Rock & Blues Festival, Newport
Saturday 2nd June 2018

Book Online: www.newportbluesfestival.co.uk/tickets 
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The Neon, Clarence Place, NP19 0 Newport, Wales
 www.newportbluesfestival.co.uk

King King released their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” in October 2017 via Manhaton Records. The album features the band’s singles (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ and Long Time Running which have been big hits on Planet Rock radio in the UK.

Hot on the heels of King King’s January 2018 UK tour – including their biggest London show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire to date – Britain’s No. 1 rock blues band announce their April – June 2018 UK Tour including shows at HRH Blues in Sheffield and the Rock & Blues Festival in Newport.

 

Special Guest Steve Hill is an act not to be missed –  When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back Touringman band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drumstick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with.

Throughout his career, Hill has shared the stage with many of his musical heroes including Ray Charles, BB King, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin, Jeff Beck and many others. Over the course of nine albums, he’s explored everything from hard rock, country, and stoner rock to folk music while always incorporating the essence of his first love, the blues.

 

Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back Touring

 

Bluesdoodles said, ” The music has the solidity of granite rock and definitely a new cadence to the vocals from our kilt-wearing Alan Nimmo.” Read the rest Exile & Grace Review

 

 

 

Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back TouringWith Four nominations for 2018 inaugural FORM, UKBlues Awards 2018 Exile & Grace is following in the footsteps of 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light.”

King King nominated Categories are:-

  • Male Blues Vocalist
  • Blues Band of The Year
  • Blues Album of The Year
  • Blues Song Writer of The Year

Register to vote NOW! Voting Open 1st – 28th February

REMEMBER The Rules: UKBlues Federations states – Whilst it is appreciated that voters may not wish to vote in every category, voters are requested to cast votes in as many categories as possible. To avoid the possibility of the voting being ‘hijacked’ or unduly biased, the UKBlues Federation reserves the right to disallow votes from voters who have not voted in at least six of the nine main categories (1 to 9 inclusive).

 

Never In Exile Full Of Grace King King Back Touring
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Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

 

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

RELEASED FRIDAY 20th APRIL 2018 – VIA JAZZHAUS RECORDS

AVAILABLE ON CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND 180 GRAM VINYL
“SISTER DECLINE” AVAILABLE AS INSTANT GRAT TRACK ON
ITUNESAMAZON AND SPOTIFY

For exclusive bundles and signed merchandise, visit the official
Danny Bryant “Revelation” store

“When I began writing this album, I knew that it was going to be one of the toughest challenges of my career.” – Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant is pleased to announce his highly anticipated new studio album “Revelation.”  “Sister Decline”, the first track is taken from the new album, is now available as an instant grat track on iTunesAmazon and Spotify.

His fourth studio album to be produced by Richard Hammerton, following in the footsteps of 2015’s Blood Money and 2014’s Temperature Rising, the new albums is one of Danny’s most personal and emotional album of his career.

“When I began writing this album, I knew that it was going to be one of the toughest challenges of my career,” says Danny. “It wasn’t lack of material, it wasn’t a lack of desire, but I realised from the beginning that, if this record was to achieve the things I wanted it to say, I would have to go deep inside of myself with these songs and confront memories and emotions I didn’t really want to face.”

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

 

MAY/JUNE 2018 UK TOUR *with special guest Steve Hill

Tickets:

The Robin 2, Bilston – Monday 7th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Junction 2, Cambridge – Tuesday 8th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 (+ booking fee) – 
Tickets

Islington O2 Academy 2, London – Wednesday 9th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £18.00 – 
Tickets

The Tunnels, Aberdeen – Thursday 10th May 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – 
Tickets 

The Flowerpot, Derby – Friday 11th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Citadel, St Helens – Saturday 12th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve – Sunday 13th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Waterfront, Norwich – Thursday 7th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Harlington, Fleet – Friday 8th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Queens Hall, Narberth – Saturday 9th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Ticket link

The Wharf, Tavistock – Sunday 10th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Whelan’s, Dublin -Tuesday 12th June 2018
Ticket Price: TBC – Tickets

The Empire, Belfast – Wednesday 13th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Oran Mor, Glasgow – Thursday 14th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Cleethorpes Blues Festival – Moon on the Water, Cleethorpes – Saturday 16th June 2018
Ticket Price: £23.00 – Tickets 

Stamford Blues Festival – Corn Exchange, Stamford – Sunday 17th June 2018
Ticket Price: £23.00 – Tickets 

 

 

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates