Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour

Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour

Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall

On Best Behaviour

 

Dave Arcari Live at Memorial Hall on Best Behaviour as over an evening of live entertainment he recorded twenty-four songs (Vinyl has two additional number) that define the distinctive Arcari blues sound. Dave Arcari, love him (we do) or hate him he is a tour-de-force of the guitar that cannot be ignored. Like the Scottish thistle, he combines a thorny side and a gentler bloom. Creating an emblematic sound blues fueled with punk and buckets of Glaswegian attitude.  Live albums are a complex beast, you need to have the adrenalin fueled energy of a live performance, the presence of the audience but above all the music must shine through and the character of the artist. Dave Arcari Live at Memorial Hall on Best Behavior; achieves this with every number never to be repeated this was the way the song was played tonight.

Opening with guitar intro of Dreamt I Was 100 chatting relaxed you could see the glint in his eye as he sang the words of a song his fans know so well. As you would expect the album includes his favourites from across his studio albums. In between, we are treated to some new material that adds some spice not often seen on a live album.

The rendition of Parcel of Rogues continues to resonate through the modern dialogue of Scotland as a nation and relationship with England. When asked by BBC for a documentary to do a Rabbie Burns number Parcel of Rogues suits Dave Arcari style to a tee. Despite what he says I am sure Rabbie would delight in his playing and the fact that the poem still resonates with a passion through the nation. The tone that Dave gets out of his guitar resonates, sometimes with menace and other times with an empathy that brings story telling blues up into the modern day. The contrast evident won the next two numbers Nobody’s Fool, as we learn he was a debt collector and Nobody’s Fool is all about poacher turned Gamekeeper.  His gentler country side, thoughtful and showing his strength of friendships he forges where ever he lays down his guitars as Good Moonshine a travelling song with a Country twang from his EP Hellbound Train. The gentler theme continues with a gentle sound of Still Good Friends reminiscent of Cat Stevens in tonal shape and sound.  Another of the new gems that will certainly be a live favourite is Givers and Takers a twenty-first-century tale fitting in neatly with the journey Dave is taking us on tonight as he creates his live album.

With any live show, the audiences love the familiar numbers from Texicalli Waltz through to Devil’s Left Hand we love the retelling of playing it live for the first time to Steve Earle fans we are so glad he lived to tell the tale!  McPherson’s Lament and Cherry Wine.   Closing out with the wild Arcari not so quiet acoustic tune of Walkin’ Blues/Pearline. As the last notes fade the applause is rapturous.

The evening was a delightful stroll, march and aural assault as we are encouraged to Come With Me on the Hellbound Train via the Devils Left Hand as we are Nobody’s Fool with Whisky in My Blood! A real tour of his studio albums.

The songs and guitar playing has a warmth and tonal shape never quite repeated on studio albums. As the numbers unfolded, I could not help smile with pure pleasure as memories of live shows I attended. Dave Arcari Live at Memorial Hall on Best Behaviour; judge for yourself as SoundCloud stream with the comment after some of the songs **explicit or **explicit Intro. Seeing this it was confirmation that Dave Arcari nailed it live at Memorial Hall.

Recorded in March at Memorial Hall on the east side of Loch Lomond close to Arcari’s home, the album will be available on double 180g coloured vinyl and digipak CD as well as download/streaming via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and the usual digital services.

 

Dave Arcari – Live At Memorial Hall – Buzz Records

Release Date Friday 1st September 2017

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Track Listing

  1. Dreamt I Was 100
  2. Cotton on my Back
  3. Travelling Man
  4. Parcel of Rogues
  5. Nobody’s Fool
  6. Good Moonshine
  7. Still Friends
  8. Trouble in Mind
  9. Whisky in my Blood
  10. Red Letter Blues ** Vinyl edition Bonus Track
  11. Got Me Electric
  12. Texicalli Waltz
  13. Good Friend Blues
  14. Givers & Takers
  15. Homesick & Blue
  16. 1923
  17. Cherry Wine
  18. MacPherson’s Lament
  19. Devil’s Left Hand
  20. Another Chance
  21. Bring My Baby Back
  22. Hangman’s Blues
  23. Hellbound Train
  24. Close To The Edge ** Vinyl edition Bonus Track
  25. See Me Laughing
  26. Walkin’ Blues

 

Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

 

 

Looking to the stars Kev Minney combines his passions, guitar, songwriting, and astronomer to create a debut album Stories of the Skies. The singer-songwriter’s acoustic debut shows the depths of style the Brighton-based musician has explored. The album has a simplicity on first listening. Underneath the lyrics and change in guitar, tempo creates a layering reflecting when you first look into the night skies it takes a while to distinguish the stars and constellations spread out before you.

The use of instruments from violin to piano to augment the tonal shaping of the acoustic guitar includes using open tuning to create a melodic haunting sound. The combination works throughout the album. There is always just enough to add but never dominate.  This is an album created with thought and attention to detail. The one constant is Kev’s vocals that gently caresses the lyrics and floats above the instruments giving the tracks an ethereal feeling.

Opening with the title track you are instantly transported into the world the Minney has created. The beat changes with a dance rhythm a pop melody as the essence of the Bossa Nova is captured in Like I Always, as anxiety when trying to o beyond the horizon facing a challenge. The narrative told with innate sensitivity.

Inspired by Joni Mitchel and Nick Drake he has created a sound that is uniquely his. Dark Skies demonstrates once again his skills on the acoustic guitar. The track that was the starting point of the album showcasing the perfectionist element of the singer obsessed with astronomy.  The haunting violin pulses through the melody with Fairy Tales and Chains a track that looks at changing times, asking questions that are relevant and emotionally engaging. The stars once again a certainty and constant grounding force.

Closing with the most upbeat number the piano adds a twinkle to the tone as we explore Stardust. Minney’s vocals are more relaxed the journey examining stars, change and emotions have been cathartic and Stardust is the magic ingredient of release and freedom.

The ten tracks on the debut album without the backing of a label were made possible with help from the Arts Council in the form of a grant awarded in 2016, so Kev has been able to pay everyone involved in creating the album.  There is no argument this is an album for lovers of acoustic. For those who appreciate sparsity the space between notes and lyrics where you can gather your thoughts as you try to make sense of life and emotions.

A debut album with promise. The only thing that holds it back is the sound blends at times there feels like there is no definite change in mood and feeling between the tracks as they meld together. Your attention to the lyrics gets lost at times. Anger sometimes is a good thing combined with on occasion a more assertive sound.

Soon to be out in tour, the translation of the songs from studio to stage will be interesting. Having battled with a stutter and stage fright he has used his obsessive nature to overcome and master the power of being a singer/songwriter to share your inner feelings and turmoil with sensitivity and openness.

Kev Minney –  Stories of The Skies

Release Date 8th September

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Track Listing

    1. Chaos In The Sky
    2. Like I Always
    3. Just Another Day
    4. Dark Stars
    5. Time
    6. Can You Feel It Too
    7. Fairy Tales & Chains
    8. Gravity
    9. Chances
    10. Stardust

 

Like I Always  the second single from Stories of The Skies

 

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

 

Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

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Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

 

Sonny Landreth, back with his first live album for twelve years. A double CD; part acoustic/ part electric Recorded Live in Lafeyette is a gem.  This is most definitely a two-set celebration of bottle-neck guitar; Landreth style, interaction of his band of long-time cohorts is just what his phalanx of fans have been asking for. With sixteen carefully selected tunes reflecting his musical career with the added energy of being recorded live across three nights and co-produced with Tony Daigle.

Opening with Blues Attack, rearranged for this acoustic offering the title track from his debut album gets the mood going and your ear hooked into the sound blues coloured in with Louisiana creole.  ’ “It gives you a chance to explore those songs in a different way,” Landreth says, describing the textures created by the intersection of Dave Ranson’s ukulele bass, Brian Brignac’s cajón, Steve Conn’s accordion and Sam Broussard’s acoustic guitar. “The familiarity is there,” he adds, “but I also wanted to turn those guys loose as much as possible.” From the first note to the last this is a band having fun enjoying the music and painting through the notes a warm atmosphere of foot-tapping, dancing music.
The album seamlessly moves on to Hello Home. The music has that all-encompassing feel of a safe harbor soothing the soul with the many extended instrumental breaks. Never power-driven lead breaks but beautifully structured interludes between the lyrics. Throughout the album the applause is genuine, the cheers real this is live music every audience at the venue or through the speakers will find solace in the crafted slide guitar with its percussive shaping weaving through cajón, accordion music that is infectious.

With a percussive jolt, sharp acoustic and Sonny’s vocals we enter the world of the Creole Angel. The beat is relentless, demanding attention as Steve Conn’s accordion joins the party. Now we have the Creole tempo, textures and tones urging you to smile, clap and dance to the music with an exuberant vibe.  The album is led by the instrumentation with the vocals adding another tone as the tempo and changing the mood. The blues is cold and determined as acoustically Sonny explores Bound By The Blues, with a holler and a cry we cross seas, hear names of bluesmen united by the musical form.

The U.S.S Zydecoldsmobile a perennial live favourite is unplugged, full of driving force at Live at LaFayette. The guitar work has an energy that is Landreth’s trademark always exciting and entertaining as blues is shaken and stirred up with the warmth of Creole spice and rooted in quality.

The second set, the guitars are plugged in electric and duel as we hear the other side. The guitar has a purity, sharp-edged as True Blue is explored the sparks of the six electric strings sparking off the vocals. Ümbresso tempo is fast with a distortion that adds a dangerous element; always in control nothing is overdone as the sonic sounds pours from the speakers and you are immersed into the instrumental you are in the room with Landreth.

A click of the drumsticks, hill country blues tones are fresh as we are striding out with Walkin’ Blues. Closing out with high-stepping accordion, this is fun as Sonny sings about the One and Only Truth or mama’s philosophy, having fun with life , this closing track certainly has the crowd cheering. Who can resist dancing to the foot tapping infectious beat.

The perfect time for the project as Landreth found himself at one of life’s inevitable crossroads. The result is ninety-three minutes of music heaven, smooth, warm and spiced up with clever licks and breaks to keep the listening ear totally engaged.

 

Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

 

 

Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

CD1

  1. Blues Attack
  2. Hell At Home
  3. Key To The Highway
  4. Creole Angel
  5. A World Away
  6. The High Side
  7. Bound By The Blues
  8. The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile

CD2

  1. Back To Bayou Teche
  2. True Blue
  3. The Milky Way Home
  4. Brave New Girl
  5. Ûmbresso
  6. Soul Salvation
  7. Walkin’ Blues
  8. The One And Only Truth

Sonny Landreth New Album Recorded Live in Lafayette

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

 

 

I can hear the cries – no another Joe Bonamassa album not another live album! Yes, we know he has played live at so many prestigious concert halls and venues. Yes, we know he played Carnegie Hall and that is rather special, but really why would we want Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album?

  1. We probably could not afford to go even if we lived in New York
  2. How many versions of his blues does any record collection need, he has released over the last fifteen years twenty-two albums.

This review, I promise you will tell you why Bluesdoodles believes sincerely why Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall Album to add to your personal blues discography.

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall is different an acoustic evening with a massive impact. This is not Joe Bonamassa on a stage trying to replicate, mimic an old-time blues player on a porch deep in the delta. Bonamassa has surrounded himself with an all-star and diverse ensemble of world-class musicians. From China, cellist & erhuist Tina Guo; from Egypt percussionist Hoosam Ramzy; multi-instrumentalist Eric Brazilian, saxophone, Hurdy Gurdy and more; along with regulars on Piano Reese Wynans & Drummer Anton Fig and a trio of Australian backing vocalists. This is acoustic with attitude conjuring deep sounds from the musical arsenal of the world, adding layers of complexity to the acoustic fueled textures and tones. The twelve tracks include favourites and new tracks ensuring the live performance is fresh and alive with sparkling blue tones.

Every track has a special moment and will single out a few. BUT; more important for Bluesdoodles was the collective, message, energy and the vibrancy of music that shimmer and shines as the blues is augmented with roots tones from across the world.  Joe Bonamassa said “Despite being among the most ambitious things I’ve done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show.”

The scope is huge and the ambition all-encompassing achieving an album with a deep acoustic feel. It feels personal, intimate as acoustic should despite being recorded in the large Carnegie Hall with the guitar surrounded by a 9 piece band.

Opening with a seriously classic piano intro a whoop and JB joins the duet as the intro shapes the ambiance of the album then with a 1,2,3,4 we hit the beat we know with the opening track revamped from Blues of Desperation, This Train and our introduction to Tina Guo’s Erhu a Chinese two-string bowed musical instrument. With this track the album is gaining a head of steam as we realise that a relaxed Joe B on vocals is having fun. With the opening tracks from the same album we are on familiar territory but the foundations have shifted with new sounds and arrangements. Going back to his ninth album we have the title track Dust Bowl re-worked that gives the strong lyrics more depth and the backing vocals add emotional punctuation.   Driving Towards Daylight is a beautiful piece of musical artistry closing with haunting strings and then as the applause dies the guitar picking up the raw notes of the delta harsh, quiet thoughtful as Black Lung Heartache is added to the set list.  The guitar joined with a swirl of strings, the Hurdy Gurdy connecting the coalfields of USA from Appalachians across to South Wales, into Europe and across to China wherever men hew coal from the deep dark earth. This power source bringing light and heat to our homes at a personal cost Black Lung .The mood changes like a sky at sunset, vivid, muted bright and darker. Closing out disc one with Livin’ Easy returning to Blues of Desperation with saxophone and piano bringing in a jazz fueled vibe and the languorous beat suits the lyrics. Then Get Back My Tomorrow up beat, the backing vocals add so much tone I like the lyric ‘I wanted more….’ It is okay there is more another six tracks on the second disc.

Opening with Mountain Time given a country treatment leading in to the cover and longest song title on the album from 1929, Blind Alfred Rees; How Can Poor People Stand Such Times and Live? The guitar takes the lead with piano and this is country blues as Joe implores the lyrics with emotional tones a heartfelt holler.  Then as a juxtaposition a reworking of Black Country Communion’s Song Of Yesterday. With a tender love song Hummingbird is bought alive in this format tonight in Carnegie Hall, then The Rose gentle musically fragrant with strings and percussion pulling the melody and Joe’s vocals strong and true full of tenderness as the acoustic notes fall silent.

Acoustic can be modern, exciting challenging and above all else acoustic can be experimental as he proves on Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic album.

So back to the original query why have another Live Joe Bonamassa album?

  • Will this collection of musicians ever be repeated?, I doubt it; 9 musicians bought together by love of live music gathered to deliver blues rooted in the world’s musical diversity, history and heritage.
  • Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall belongs in a personal collection not as a trophy but able to be played in your own space capturing the mood when he played for two nights in New York.

The album, where nothing is overdone, acoustic authenticity maintained, Joe’s vocals the best I have heard. No theatrics,  music and the power of lyrics telling the story in perfect harmony.

Joe BonamassaLive at Carnegie HallMascot/Provogue Label

 

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Track Listing

    CD 1

  1. This Train
  2. Drive
  3. The Valley Runs Low
  4. Dust Bowl
  5. Driving Towards The Daylight
  6. Black Lung Heartache
  7. Blues And Evil
  8. Livin’ Easy
    CD 2

  1. Mountain Time
  2. How Can A Poor Man Stand So Such Times And Live?
  3. Song Of Yesterday
  4. Woke Up Dreaming
  5. Hummingbird
  6. The Rose

Available Formats:- 2 CD, 2 DVD, Bluray & 3LP

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

 

 

Once again we were the Third Level courtesy of Roots Unearthed; St David’s Hall, Cardiff bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro a duo playing roots music with style. The roots are twisted and twirled as blues meets country and folk tales are re-told in new exciting arrangements.

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel KimbroThe duo set the scene, opening with a haunting instrumental Sweet & Low with Martin Harley playing his signature Weissenbom, a traditional Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar and the deep melodic chords from Daniel Kimbro’s Double Bass whether by bow or plucked creating an atmosphere where the music dominated.

The evening was replete with tracks from Static in the Wires, released earlier this year and Live At Southern Ground. The slide work created a palate of tones reflecting the lyrics, sad and reflective as the lyrics unfurled with Martins vocals adding emotional layers into the mix. The acoustic guitars changed and the music flowed with Sweet & Low and This Little Bird full of imagery bringing the numbers alive via the double bass under the skilful guidance of Daniel Kimbro. St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel KimbroThere can be no argument tonight we are in the presence of two artists who have deep understanding of the essence and power of roots music. This is why blues is so infectious connecting with the listener with its musical pictures of doom and gloom we all have discovered at various times in our lives. Yes, the musicianship was superb, Daniel’s bass playing is divine he makes the large and cumbersome instrument talk from a whisper to a deep and mournful groan, combined with Martin’s dexterous manipulation of the six strings, making the acoustic sing in harmony with the lyrics. The added magic tonight was the warm interplay between Martin and Daniel, with wry observations of life on the road, and humorous anecdotes. One leading neatly into I Need A Fried introduced by Martin and a quick quip from Daniel.

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel KimbroThe styles change a hint of country and swell of a dance and the country bluegrass of Dancing on the Rocks.  Then One Horse Town reflecting leaving the city for a small town and wondering why you changed your environment. Interspersed between the Harley/Kimbro originals were two re-arranged classics made new. Goodnight Irene, origins unknown but via Leadbelly was desolately dark.  The other classic with a whole new setting was the closing number Nobody’s Fault But Mine, a truly innovative and compelling listening of a blues classic. Before the last song we had a wide array of numbers including the beautiful Winter Coat with the harmonies between Daniel and Martin having a gentle resonating power. Daniel, then put down his Bass and picked up one of Martin’s acoustics and we had a lesson in the pronunciation of Appalachian as he shared the common experience of having villages submerged in water. Along with guitar Daniel took over the vocals for a number that described the drowning of the village a background to the community that was changed forever as was the landscape.

This was a night where the blues sparkled and the audience was spellbound by theSt David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro performance of two troubadours one from Hertfordshire the other Tennessee who found a unifying force through roots music.

Once again Roots Unearthed in Cardiff provided an evening of entertaining music with St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro.

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson, takes you on a lyrical musical ride that you will want to repeat. Music and storytelling are in harmonious unison under the reins of Jarrod as he Ready the Horses. Opening with Faint of Heart is the acoustic guitar with percussive power and the Hammond adding warmth to a number that has its hooks deep into your musical soul. You want to listen to more, Jarrod’s influences reach deep into the Lone Star State, where he was born, with his immense talent he builds on traditions and creates a depth of tone and feeling of modern Country with the cleanness of freshly mown grass.

The ten numbers work with the change of textures and beats, through clever songwriting and imaginative instrumentation that builds and adding to the focus of Jarrod’s distinctive tuneful vocals. The timing on Take It From Me adds drama, integrity and searing emotions as the number builds. The tempo slows, with the duet of Your Heart Belongs To Me, the vocal duties are sung by husband and wife Jarrod and Claire. The guitar and vocals combine with lyrics creating a heavenly love song.
His Debut The Lonesome Traveller was critically acclaimed and for many, the second album is often a tricky beast. No problem for Jarrod Ready The Horses, the stallions are punching the air with delight ready to take you on an exhilarating Country gallop.

A trio of Jarrod style Americana with California, Gold Rush and A Cowboy & The Moon three songs three distinct sounds. California, retro in its acoustic gentleness, mesmeric in its simplicity. This is a tale of questions, do you still think of me even though I am in the past. Then we darken with a heavier growling Jarrod, with Gold Rush. The power of the number is barely contained, nothing is rushed we are stepping out on a journey with a bluesy feel that adds but never defines the number. Jarrod’s vocals are the gold in this Gold Rush, Anyone listing to the album will be all the richer for having Ready The Horses in their collection. The cowboy meets his horses with A Cowboy &The Moon, a dose of Tex Mex a ballad that explores the cowboy’s feelings.

Closing out the album of ten delicious sonic treats with I Won’t Quit., in which the vocals shape the lyrics with hurt, sorrow and pain as he has said the words all wrong. A ballad that lingers and connects. One thing is positive once heard you will never quit the Jarrod Dickenson sound.

The album from first note to last has an honest elegance and integrity in the shaping of the lyrics and the music. This has been added to by the excellent production and recording the core band live onto 2” tape as musicians of yesteryear did. Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound’” Yes, the sound is warm, emotions are heartfelt so Ready The Horses and listen to Jarrod’s distinctive vocals.

Jarrod Dickenson Ready The Horses – Hooked Records
Out 10th March

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Track Listing

  1. Faint Of Heart
  2. Take It From Me
  3. Way Past Midnight
  4. In The Meantime
  5. California
  6. Gold Rush
  7. A Cowboy & The Moon
  8. Nothing More
  9. I Won’t Quit

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

 

 

The latest melodic, politically charged outpouring from Canadian Matt Andersen is full of tonal depths and interest. Acoustic at the heart filled out with rhythmic beats deep keyboard chords and brass Honest Man goes Pop with rhythmic soul.

This is Matt Andersen, lighter in tone having fun as he explores new territory on Honest Man. In the new songs, Matt combines his soulful gospel-rich voice with the power of Commissioner Gordon. “Gordon has worked with so many different people, like Santana and Quincy Jones, on so many historic albums,” says Andersen. “He has such a great approach and was able to tie-­in so many new ideas to what I’ve done in the past without losing touch with my sound.”

This is Matt Andersen with a spring in his fingers moving on from the guitar driven acoustic wealth of Coal Mining Blues, he has created a fresh and bright Honest Man. Opening with Break Away, one thing for certain is that from the first to the last you will not want to break away from the music that Matt is producing.  Opening with upbeat with cascading chords from the organ and country fuelled sound with the hint of reggae in the beat your feet will connect you to the rhythms and your soul will soar with the vocals.

The title track, co-­written with Chris Kirby, was inspired by a US political cartoon. Has a deep rhythmic pull with the trumpet pushing the melody on and Matt’s gospel-toned vocals adding blues to Honest Man as politics are explored. The movers and shakers may be turning their backs on Matt we certainly won’t be. The music as he explores both the personal and the political has an honest pull music that is of and for the times we are all wading through.

Let’s Get Back,  is an anthem for now as you realise things have changed and not necessarily for the better how we can find our way back in a soul of searing demanding vocals with the cadences of Warren Haynes with added brass acting as the cheerleaders.  The album touches on the questions posed post elections and referendums, what is the truth or Who Are We Listening To? How social media influences and how we can make up our own minds with honest information.

For the personal side of Matt as the Honest Man check out, I’m Giving In, stripped back combination of piano and vocals works perfectly on this ballad as he considers making a commitment. Then we continue with the personal journey with All the Way, written with Gordie Sampson, has a dance beat that swings with energy as Matt sings about taking the step and committing to a relationship with all the emotions, fears and hope this journey will take your life on.

A new branch of the  Matt Andersen musical journey is being formed in Honest Man. Across the ten tracks styles are explored and sounds are experimented with. The important thing is the essence of Matt Andersen is never lost or drowned out by the new approach. The music has a freshness, with a twist of retro and crosses across genres if you love a good song, superb vocals and interesting melodies then Honest Man will be a much-loved addition to your collection of music that is personal and political.

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Matt AndersenHonest ManTrue North Records

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Track Listing

  1. Break Away
  2. The Gift
  3. Honest Man
  4. I’m Giving In
  5. Quiet Company
  6. Let’s Get Back
  7. All The Way
  8. Last Surrender
  9. Who Are You Listening To?
  10. One Good Song

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Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Jamie Williams Sits Back Sharing His Beautiful Dreams

Jamie Williams Sits Back Sharing His Beautiful Dreams

Jamie Williams Sits Back Sharing His Beautiful Dreams

 

The album Beautiful Dreams and the second acoustic solo album from Jamie Williams, normally part of his big band sound of Jamie Williams and The Roots Collective. Songwriting flows from Jamie’s pen and as he says; “performing and writing are my way of taming my demons and are as natural as life itself to me” The album is fourteen mellow tracks out of Essex via Nashville more country than British Folk. The album has a flow the tempo nudges up and down with the addition of Paul Hollingsworth on trumpet adding an extra dimension on many of the tracks.  As you listen to the album you are soothed into a Williams zone gentle and never shocking. The beat stays true and for me, fewer tracks with more tonal shape and variance would have turned the image of a Beautiful Dream into a reality.  Sometimes you need a bolt of lightning and a clash of thunder to give the dreams shape and a sense of reality especially on tracks like In My Times of Darkness that are looking at the darker side of life.

Opening with Spare A Thought it is asking us to think of others and introduces us to Jamie’s distinctive vocals with the trumpet piercing through adding a rawness as the theme of love of humanity is explored with the feeling of disempowerment across Britain today. A political anthem with no real anger or passion that matches the lyrics in the melody.  Love of his wife is celebrated with Love of My Life; exploring love is the essence of the album and the romance continues with the release date of 14th February.

The title track is with a guitar that stings and Naomi Poole weaving her cello as the words are at times more spoken than sung a poem of a Beautiful Dream as the lyrics are intoned matching the chords of the weeping cello.

Pulling back into the English Countryside with Bitter Is My Beer, a melancholy song definitely warm British beer not fizzy light American beer from a bottle. This is beer that you cradle as you hold your emotions in and feel a deep sadness. The album has a vulnerability summed up with Box Marked Fragile this is music that drifts and turns dipping into emotions but never resolving your angst that is left to mournful trumpet and cello strings that shiver with tears.  Jamie uses the solo album to explore a variety of styles, snatches of mariachi style trumpet and echoes of blues on Whispering Blues with its percussive backdrop.

Jamie Williams’ solo album, Beautiful Dreams floats away off a soggy cloud. The musicianship is good, but for me something is missing an injection of purpose and a shaping of a sound that is acoustic Jamie. As the last notes of We Are One, the resounding memory is for the atmospheric trumpet the words have got lost in the mix. Acoustic album works if the lyrics empower, entreat and connect and in this dream land they didn’t for me.

Jamie Williams – Beautiful Dreams 

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Track Listing

  1. Spare A Thought
  2. Love Of My Love
  3. Lovely In Libson
  4. Beautiful Dream
  5. Mama
  6. Twinkle In Your Eye
  7. Bitter Is My Beer
  8. Remember
  9. Box Marked Fragile
  10. Trying To Get In Touch With Me
  11. Whispering Blues
  12. In My Times Of Darkness
  13. You Still Looked So Good To Me
  14. We Are One

Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Acoustic Eastern Promise

Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Acoustic Eastern Promise

Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Acoustic Eastern Promise

 

When Ashton and Finnen Join Forces Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Happen, resulting in blues from the front porch combined with worldly influences. Australians, Gwyn Ashton , Chris Finnen, and Peter Beulke good friends and fine musicians have after thirty years teamed up and created an album that has hooked in roots influences from world music and knotted them firmly in with intricate musical stitches into the fabric of traditional country blues. Ragas, Jugs & Mojo Hands has a door step feeling less studio contrived with a spontaneous flow as the music combines and flows with the interaction between Gwyn & Chris as they chat between numbers.

Opening with blues with the distinctive twang of Gwyn Ashton vocals, we have a hit of Mojo with I can Feel That Mojo Working On Me. This is music that has that extra depth of tonal ranges as the hints of India are introduced. With a percussive swirl, we have left behind the totem of the Mojo as Moravian Rhapsody takes us into the Indian world of Ragas. The double bass of Peter Beulke adds a boom that conjures a dream-like world of hidden depths that this added dimension brings to acoustic blues. We further explore the East from Eastern European countries with Duchov a town in the Czech Republic. This instrumental has a feeling of being on a wander through highways and byways, a gypsy swirl would have given this track an added layer of excitement weaving in another dimension of roots music. Back on The Lonesome Road again and Blues takes the reins with the mix of resonator as Chris takes the vocals and we feel the isolation, desolation of a dusty road. The title has been used in blues since the early days and many variations, here meeting your maker at the end remains, with lyrics updated combined with mournful crying guitar from Gwyn. Lonesome Road is a powerful evergreen blues number as we meet our inevitable road, death.

The tempo is blues from a country porch, acoustic without frills. The instruments shaped for percussive power or gentle melodies. With Keep Your Oven Warm gravy and pastry are explored using double entendre keeping the tradition of ole’ time blues alive. As the compelling glistening of the album draws to a close the beat increases and we Zing It Up And Down as they bring a boogie to the town. Closing with Migration an instrumental reflecting how the human race continually migrates and absorbs each other’s cultures. The tonal qualities of India leave us connected with the roots of music. As Blues pulls us to the percussion of the Middle East and Africa combined with this music of hot sun and dance. The instrumentation and lyrics curl and sway in perfect harmony as we join the musical forces of Ragas, Jugs & Mojo Hands.

Gwyn Ashton, Chris  Finnen and Peter Beulke – Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands

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Track Listing

  1. I Can Feel That Mojo Working On Me
  2. Moravian Rhapsody
  3. Raisin’ Sand
  4. Duchov
  5. Lonesome Road
  6. Givin’ Up The Church
  7. Silence
  8. Keep Your Oven Warm
  9. Who’s That Knockin’
  10. Zing It Up and Down
  11. Migration

 

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

 

 

New album for the New Year from the Americana singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player Daniel Kimbro. A winning combination as they twist the blues through the Americana roots acoustic music they play with aplomb.

The album is breathtakingly beautiful as they cast the spell of music emotionally charged, played with style creating Static In The Wire that sends shivers of connectivity through your spine. The winning combination starts with strong lyrics, the power of telling a story through a song and Martin’s guitar with the distinctive sound of the Weissenborn and added to the mix is the double bass blossoming with an array of sounds and tones under the skilful guidance of Daniel Kimbro.

Opening with One Horse Town, a perfect introduction for the next fifty minutes of music that simply delights. Sit back breath slowly and relax as the eleven tracks have a special quality the music static that makes the hairs stand up to attention at the back of your neck. One Horse Town has a country fair feel that something exciting is going to happen around the corner with its jaunty beat of a juke joint piano.

The dynamic sound the duo creates for the album that was tracked live at Wow & Flutter studios in East Nashville filled out with a selection of guests adding their shades to the static Harley & Kimbro create. The guests includes Jerry Douglas, Derek Mixon and Micah Hulsher and they add extra depth to the sound. The drums which sounded great in the kitchen, listen very careful and the sound of the freight train synonymous with the blues can be heard in the background.

With the music as lush and as precious as this roots delight it’s not surprising to find Gold. They reach deep into your emotional soul to root out gold that doesn’t glitter, is not cold metal but a moment of golden opportunity.

The album speeds up with the spinning and weaving of a melodic tone with Eastern allure as we are found Dancing on The Rocks. Another story the lyrics are the soul the melody the beating heart as we trace our fingers along the static wire. The pathos of This Little Bird that I tired of singing is reflected in the stark melody sharp and cruel as Martin’s vocals explore the feeling of the bird. A sad and poignant number with a chorus that pulls you deep into the song’s lyrics, this could be about any of us when tired of all that life throws at us.

Closing with Daniel Kimbro’s deep bass strings reverberating and Martin Harley intoning the vocals the song is dark deep and full of blues as in the Mean Old City – part 2.  The track is full of rhythmic tones and the guitar interrupting with a purity and a lighter feel. An album full of good solid lyrics and shapes of music from people this is folk that sings the blues.

Static In The Wire is proof perfect that slow, carefully formed acoustic music picking up traditional styles is not boring. It is full of deep emotions, coloured by experience, using the tones inherent in the instruments and engaging with the listener. Static In The Wires is timeless and for now and forever, Like  A Postcard From Hamburg will always be treasured by the owner.

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – Static In the Wires – del Mundo Records

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. One Horse Town
  2. Feet
  3. Don’t Fail Me (feat. Jerry Douglas)
  4. Postcard From Hamburg
  5. Gold
  6. Sweet & Low
  7. My Lover’s Arms
  8. Dancing On The Rocks
  9. Trouble
  10. This Little Bird
  11. I Need A Friend
  12. Mean Old City

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro