Ian Siegal New Album Is Definitely All The Rage

Ian Siegal New Album Is Definitely All The Rage

New studio album from Ian Siegal, drops on the doormat. Thank you, Mr Postman bringing the hope of joy with a shiver of anticipation of something solid, positive and reassuring in a world of uncertainty. The album cover monotones of dark greenish hue and stark font Ian Siegal All The Rage has arrived. Now Listen!

The album All The Rage has been fuelled and inspired by the world that Siegal looked out on last year. He saw poison in the veins of the planet, the election of President Trump, the rise of right-wing factions across Europe. His starting use of words is evidenced in the title – All The Rage – normally understood as popularity, being a craze, here we have a shaking of the Siegal’s fist on our behalf in anger, frustration and bemusement in the distorted rise of populist politics and world solutions that do not rest easy on our consciences.

Going straight to the track listing, rewarded with the immense intrigue of what these ten new original songs will be like. The songs all have Siegal’s hand in the mix with six of the tracks co-written this will be an interesting first listen.  Three of the numbers co-written by album producer Jimbo Mathus who Ian has toured with as an alluring double act. The album is definitely full of promise before a note is heard, but here is the question will it deliver?

So turn up the speakers ready to sit back and absorb the songs. The album was explored a number of times before the review, mostly played for the pure unadulterated pleasure of hearing Siegal’s vocals, guitar and the interplay with his band.

Drumming followed by the familiar guitar sound the perfect intro to the latest album adding to Ian Siegal’s amazing and powerful discography that ensures he remains the award-winning troubadour delivering the strong songs we want to hear.  As the opening track, Eagle-Vulture fills out with slide-guitar with an urgency and vocals, Eagle-Vulture is a number demanding your attention like the military walking through your headspace.

As you would expect from the mercurial troubadour that refuses to be defined by genre every track brings a new twist in lyrics and tonal texture. The beat compliments the lyrics and the vocals change to suit sometimes spat out, other times delivered with a cajoling tone the words as required with melodic spiciness.

The trademark recognisable riffing squealing guitar opens The Sh*t Hit, for a brief moment you expect Mortal Coil but no this is dark and new. This is sharp, blues that is gritty reflecting the moment that we are living in.

A highlight of an album that sparkles with glorious riffs, lick and lyrics is Ain’t You Great. This is Siegal dark penning dark lyrics and combining with a dancing Latino beat. This contradiction of styles works it makes you listen to the lyrics that have a political prophecy.  A number where the album title is hidden and the charismatic wonders of listening to Dusty Ciggar’s guitar playing shines through like a beacon of hope.

The trio of numbers written with Jimbo Mathus has a special tonal quality this is a pairing that captures the blues but never confined by convention. My Flame is a gentler finger-picking number with an intimate personal delivery. With the blues of If I Live capturing your ears and Sweet Souvenir following conversation with a bartender as we try to remember. This is a trio of numbers once heard never easily forgotten.

The two tracks written by a trio of talent have lyrical storytelling and at the heart is the infectious Jacob’s Ladder with its mix of guitar and even some whistling. Jacob’s Ladder is the stand out track until you hear One-eye King a classic from birth. A ballad with oomph and again the darkness that Siegal has enfolded the album in so you are never far from death and destruction of our own making

The final track, Sailor Town, as Ian explains, “Herrera and I were discussing the areas we grew up in…” Siegal described his as “kinda rough y’know a ‘sailor town”. Herrera declared, “Boom, there ya go – that’s the title of our first song together!” closing out the album with a number full of Siegal swagger, verve and style that is present throughout All The Rage. From meeting the devils blues, ballads and cowboy songs all woven together by the power of vocal delivery of the clever storytelling lyrics.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Ian Siegal – All The Rage – Nugene Records

Released  16th March 2018 Available for pre-order

All The Rage – dedicated to the memories of Freddy James and Jim Dickenson


  1. Eagle-Vulture (Siegal)
  2. Jacob’s Ladder (Azier/Den Haring/Siegal)
  3. The Sh*t Hit (Siegal)
  4. Won’t Be Your Shotgun Rider (Siegal)
  5. Ain’t You Great? (Siegal)
  6. My Flame (MathusSiegal)
  7. One-eyed King (Azier/Den Haring/Siegal)
  8. If I Live (MathusSiegal)
  9. Sweet Souvenir (MathusSiegal)
  10. Sailor Town (Herrera/Siegal)


Band Members
Ian Siegal: (Vocals, electric, acoustic, slide and resonator guitars; percussion)
Dusty Ciggaar: (Electric, acoustic and pedal steel guitars, backing vocals)
Danny Van’t Hoff: (Bass, backing vocals)
Rafael Schwiddessen: (Drums, percussion, backing vocals)
Merel Moelker: (Backing vocals)
Jimbo Mathus: (Electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, organ, percussion, drums (track 7) backing vocals)

Recorded at Island Studios, Amsterdam
Produced by Jimbo Mathus

All The Rage, Album Launch tour April 2018 – dates, venues and links to ticks for a gig you do not want to miss HERE


Ian Siegal All The Rage New Album plus Tour

Women in Music – International Women’s Day

This is a place for all women involved in Music who celebrate their art through Blues, Americana, Roots and Rock music the focus of Bluesdoodles. Welcome aboard and join the day women’s voices were heard louder with confidence. Email your story to liz@bluesdoodles.com and get involved with Bluesdoodles Women in Music. Today and every day.

Today is International Women’s Day and thought how male-dominated Bluesdoodles the ration is dismal not deliberately but how music is promoted perhaps or internal and unrecognized biases.

As a woman and blogger of music, it dawned on me that this needed to be rectified not for one day but every day. So to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 a new page is being launched Women In Music.

The Women In Music Zone is a place for women involved in the music business, singers, musicians and as importantly women involved across the industry. Photographers, Sound & Lighting Engineers, Producers, Promoters, bloggers etc.

This is a place for all women involved in Music who celebrate their art through Blues, Americana, Roots and Rock music the focus of Bluesdoodles.

Welcome aboard and join the day women’s voices were heard louder with confidence.

Email your story to liz@bluesdoodles.com and get involved with Bluesdoodles Women in Music. Today and every day.


You can find the fledgeling Women in Music Page HERE

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross


Make Your Way to Jenny’s Place Courtesy of Mike Ross. Why? This is modern contemporary music crossing and melding genres. Refusing to be confined to one room, he saunters through the rooms of Jenny’s place exploring tones and textures. What is never lost across the tracks is form and purpose. Every track belongs in Jenny’s Place.

Openeng with Bamboozled which opens with a crescendo of distorted keys we know this will be a contemporary ride. Bamboozled thought Mike Ross was an Americana rootsy guy. Only for a second when meaty guitar and vocals pulls you back with a fantastic sing-a-long, dance-athon chorus. Hooked? Definitely a resounding Yes!

All tracks have vim, vigour and a listenability that makes you want to hear the tunes live. By the third track, Dakota bluesy undertones are in control of the album. This is a number that takes on a guitar fuelled journey as the lyrics show you the path. The sound is thick as the dirt you kick up heading south from his hometown in the North-East to the seaside delights of Brighton. Dakota is a journey, not a place pinned down by geography. We all are on the go and the beat picks up with a caffeine-injected Coffee Can Telephone. A number that flows with a rocking and rolling pizazz and good fun until the string breaks! Every album needs that moment of fun as modern music is twisted and turned into a contemporary melting pot of styles. A number that is so retro it speaks to us now.

The almost-title track is Jenny (Sun Goes Down) Country Americana fusion on a gentle number that suits Mike’s warm vocals this is a beautiful number melodic and emotionally heartwarming. The chorus holds this melodic number. Following on is a magnificent brooding number. Dark Powder written in 12/8 minor blues capturing the darker side and the chords from the keys act as an echo of something just out of eyesight.  This is full of pain, anguish as the guitar cries and the vocals plead as we are journeying through addiction and hitting the crossroads of recovery. Personal and captivating blues.

Building on the success of his previous Americana Album Spindrift we all want to be seen listening to Jenny’s Place, this working title stuck as it felt right. Where and what is Jenny’s Place? It belongs to Jenny, Mike’s wife deep in the northern Swedish countryside. On Mike’s first visit he had a feeling of familiarity that he had been there before. Like the album, you have that deja-vu feeling as the music is familiar, warm and comforting like a sound blanket. What Mike has done is shifted the familiarity slightly to the left and right so there is nothing complacent about any of the tracks on Jenny’s Place.

You will not be Bamboozled by the end you will know with certainty that listening to the album is the right move. The mixing of quality deep blues with roots music into the Ross sound that fills the speaker with power and evocative playing and singing.


NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Mike Ross – Jenny’s Place  –  Taller Records

Released: 2nd March 2018
Format: Physical & Digital

  1. Bamboozled
  2. The Big Picture
  3. Dakota
  4. Coffee Can Telephone
  5. Baby I Love You
  6. Harpo
  7. Jenny (Sun Goes Down)
  8. Dark Powder
  9. Loveslide


Check out  the Competition – Find Wilhelm Scream for Prizes in Jennys Place

Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Having heard Sonia Leigh play live in Bristol opening for The Broken Witt Rebels on a boat in Bristol. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review her studio album, Mad Hatter.  The studio Album is an Americana ride down a musical rabbit hole. Expect a variety of sound and textures as we taste the musical elixirs on offer across the eleven tracks. Some are edgy, others, nostalgic some are sad. Like any great tea party, it is the combination and flow of sounds that makes Mad Hatter a truly wonderful listening experience.

Mad Hatter starts with Waste The Day, energized sound that pumps out the energy and fun captured by the instrumentation, The first thing is the voice it is rough and smooth, low and fall of emotionally driven contours. As we Waste A Day again with Sonia Leigh. The sound is always rooted in country, country celebrating modernity and we love wasting a day at the Mad Hatter musical mayhem.  Now how to follow that let’s turn the corner swirl around 180 degrees with a journey in the Sky Submarine. The electro buzz burns through the country vibe as you stamp your feet and cheer on the dynamic vocal charms that capture the force that is Leigh.

No way will you ignore the title track Mad Hatter. It hits your listening senses from the off.  Sonia’s vocals have the cadences of Mary Gauthier. As she sings She didn’t wish me Happy Birthday this Year. Guess that says it all.  Then we go back in time the song tinged with sadness and regret. Time has passed but that friendship has never be rekindled. The story is told through Alice in Wonderland characters. Here again clever effects never overused but making a statement underpin the narrative of the song that is the purpose of the music.  This is a clever, edgy track everything a title track should be. We explore the narrative of losing your own sense of reality.

The songs have something to say Diamond in the Desert is sharp with use of violins it is country that intrigues and pleases. We are lost in the desert in the company of the wonderful vocals of Leigh. The country vibe is deep in Shelter with the whine of guitars and percussive beats. Again Gauthier’s vocals are r-kindled and shaped by Sonia’s tones. The singing across the album is personal. The narrative shared are for you to explore and relate to. AS we get lost in Leigh’s world at her invitation.

Then we have a scuzzy, fuzzy crescendo with Jack Is Back. This track works brilliantly live. The sign of a great number is when it fits in an album perfectly. Drink deep from this number it is dirty, grungy and full of vocal rawness as you join Leigh for a swim in the Tennessee River because Jack Is Back. This is down the creek whiskey-fueled rockier guitar speaking number.

Closing out this album that has taken you the Mad Hatter’s table. Sonia Leigh cloaks you in music that rests in the world of country/Americana. Then breaks out with rockier numbers, pop-infused ditties and music that is blended with pure talent. As we taste the last morsel with the Mad Hatter we have rap-infused Mind on the Prize.

This is an album that your mind stays in tune with every number. As you travel down Sonia Leighs Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter you explore her agony and ecstasy. The light and dark of her soul and above all the contained aggression gives determined grit from the first to the last note.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Waste The Day
  2. Sky Submarine
  3. Mad Hatter
  4. Walking in the Moonlight
  5. Diamond in the Desert
  6. Acid Rain
  7. Shelter
  8. N.Y.C.
  9. Jack is Back
  10. Dead Mans Sunrise
  11. Mind on the Prize

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

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.


Buy your tickets HERE


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


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! 

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White



Out of East Nashville, Amelia White is part of the growing phalanx of singer-songwriters that have blended styles around the distinct tonal qualities of their vocal style and range.  Amelia’s previous release Home Sweet Hotel was critically acclaimed building on this she has delivered Rhythm Of The Rain a tonal poem that connects with moods and feelings of a gathering storm explored throughout the album.  Savour and explore the tracks individually and as collections delve deep and discover the attention to detail held within the lyrics painting a picture with her words. The album is full of compelling originals, a mix of her own and those co-written with a number of collaborators. This mix helps to give the album variations and different approaches can be heard so that the songs captivate and never fall into the singer/songwriters trap of being in a rut of similarity. Opening with Little Cloud Over Little Rock we are introduced to her very distinctive vocal tone. Smokey, warm and full of country vibe and intonations.

Rhythm Of The Rain is an exploration of life but that does not make the well-crafted album Blues. The title track opens with a spoken word “Don’t think too much people”, a flippant line but true do not over analyse. The nine tracks that pick over life, from the warmth of summer sun, lust and addiction and the forthcoming storm.  I suggest you take White’s advice. What you do need to do is listen to the carefully crafted lyrics. There is more to the words than being said, as the gothic side of life is explored under the beat of the drum and violin swirls. Yuma, co-written with Ben Glover has a lilting quality as she asks “are you still listening?” Yes, I am and will return to this album when I want to have music that flows with a smoothness. The delivery by Amelia connects to your soul and gives you the space to kick back and contemplate. The beat picks up with a catchy number harnessing the feel but slowed down this is not frenetic rock n’ roll as White, Said It Like A King. Closing the album with a number she wrote with Worry Dolls we are given hope as they Let The Wind Blow. The album has a completeness and complete package of compelling music. The songs let you get to know Amelia White. But only what she wants to share, as underneath there are untold stories and unshared stories and memories.  Sit back and enjoy the music and never over analyze, if it suits your mood, music collection and more, then it is a good album harnessing the gentle ebbs and flows of the craft of a singer/songwriter. Yes, Amelia has captured the Rhythm Of The Rain, sometimes gentle, often refreshing an on occasions delivered with a torrent of hurt.

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Little cloud Over Little Rock
  2. Rhythm Of The Rain
  3. Sinking Sun
  4. Sugar Baby
  5. Supernova
  6. Yuma
  7. Said It Like A King
  8. True or Not
  9. Let The Wind Blow


Rhythm Of The Rain – Amelia White – White Wolf Records



Accompanied by Thomas Collison on selected dates *

Mon 13*    London Green Note
Tue 14*    Brighton The Greys co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Wed 15*   Bedford The Pavilion, Bedford Park co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Fri 17*    Winchester The Hyde Tavern
Sat 18*    East Grinstead The Dorset Arms co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Sun 19*    London Private House Concert
Mon 20     Leeds  Oporto Bar The Gaslight Club co-bill with Dan Webster
Tues 21    Liverpool Private House Concert  co-bill with Dan Webster
Thu 23     Beverley  The Monks Walk co-bill with Dan Webster
Fri 24     York  The Winning Post
Sun 26     Newcastle upon Tyne Think Tank, Times Square

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

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

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

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

via Atlantic Records



Black Crow – from Debut album Shine on Rainy Day

Brent performing the laid-back, melancholic album track ‘Black Crow’ from a session recorded at the Sam Philips Studio in Tennessee.

Full of textures, tones rooted deep in the lexicon that is the sound of Americana.

After the huge success of his debut dates in the UK in February, Brent Cobb will be returning for a full UK tour in May plus two festival appearances including The Great Escape. On his earlier visit Brent sold-out headline shows in London and Manchester and stunned crowds in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections festival with his raconteur’s wit, tales of rural life in the Deep South and heart-rending performances of songs from his critically acclaimed debut album Shine On Rainy Day.

UK shows – May 2017

Sat 20th – Brighton, The Great Escape
Sun 21st – Oxfordshire, Wood Festival
Tue 23rd – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Wed 24th – London, The Borderline
Thurs 25th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Sun 28th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah

Released in the US last year to widespread praise, Shine On Rainy Day made number 11 in Rolling Stone Country’s Top 40 Albums of 2016. The album saw him enlist the help of his cousin and fellow Georgian, Dave Cobb, the Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson and album guest Jason Isbell.

2017 is a busy year for Brent with him heading out on the road across the US supporting the likes of Nikki Lane The Cadillac Three, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and the aforementioned Chris Stapleton, as well as playing California’s Stagecoach Festival, before hitting the UK in May.

“…what promises to be Cobb’s breakout LP as a singer-songwriter.”— Rolling StoneBRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

“…masterfully understated wit…”— NPR Music

“It’s a soft, acoustic ballad, different from what you may have already heard from Cobb. The Georgia-born singer/songwriter has a knack for joyous, energetic songs that celebrate life and the good things in it.”— Noisey

“Let me just say that Brent Cobb is pretty damn good.”— Sounds Like Nashville



Ten Doodle Paws Album Awards 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded Music

Ten Doodle Paws Album Awards 2016


What a fabulous year for music at Bluesdoodles HQ. I have enjoyed listening to all the recorded music sent. Liz makes a note (must do better in 2017 and review more! I have started a new hopefully more organised system!).

Album Earning Ten Doodle Paws During 2016

One Hundred and Forty-eight reviewed. What an array of music from Folk to Metal Rock to Blues. The genre to everyone at Bluesdoodles  HQ is unimportant, that is a marketing tool it is whether the music vibes hits our collective DNA. Liz, Kevin & Othello a very discerning Bandana wearing Labradoodle.

Album of 2016

Now this was difficult almost impossible with so many contenders With Thirty-Six albums with the Ten-Doodle Paw accolade considered throughout December. what a delight to play and listen to them all again. The final choice is mine, yes it is subjective and has changed there are many that have not been mentioned that will continue to be regularly played and enjoyed in the House of Bluesdoodles

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded MusicAlbum of  The Year 2016

Beth HartFire On The FloorMascot Label

I wrote when I reviewed in September that it was a contender for album of the year I was right. The fire in the album burns brightly from the floor to the heavens. Beth Hart,  Fire On The Floor has gathered together a dozen tracks that flow and warm up the speakers with a raw, charismatic and open delivery of intensely personal emotionally driven lyrics.  Fire On The Floor is a majestic album and will burn brightly long after 2016 fades into a memory.


For all the other  category Winners check them out HERE

January – March

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo
Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues
Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

April – June

Kaz Hawkins – Feelin Good
Dan Patlansky – Introvertigo
Giles Robson – For Those Who Need The Blues
Albany Down – The Outer Reach
Jimbo Mathus – Band of Storms
The Rides – Pierced Arrow
No Sinner – Old Habits Die Hard
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky

July – September

Honey Island Swamp Band  –  Demolition Day
Laurence Jones – Take Me High
Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots
Aynsley Lister – Eyes Wide Open
Devon Allman – Ride Or Die
King King – Live
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Sari Schorr – A Force of Nature

October – December

The Brew – Shake The Tree
Mike Simpson & Don Flemons – Ever Popular Favourites
Ian Siegal – 2wnty5ive The Collection
Jeff Healey – Holding On
Glenn Hughes – Resonate
RavenEye – Nova
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Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline



Always a touch of excited anticipation when hearing a band for the first time. Surprised that the digital catalogue was rock when the instrument line-up described on the album inner cover was more acoustic than plugged-in electric.  This is the second album where Fallen Stars combine forces with Australian singer-songwriter, Ben Riddle. The music is more laid back definitely more country/folk that rock, though that said the chords do at times have a rawer heavier edge that you would expect so there is a soupçon of rock credentials in the mix. that is Riddle & The Stars

The songs have a familiarity about them, as they have a tendency to float and meld into the background. This is smooth music with hints of Americana, jolts of country and roots through to traditional folk. Opening with Running Back To You the vocals have a lyricism and the emotions are gently applied, the tale unfurls as the guitars swirl building the plot. The country vibe is strong with audacious use of steel guitar and Tracy Byrne’s vocals add to a lonely stripped bare soul feeling of the number.  The tempo lifts for the title track and acoustic guitars introduce us to a gentle song of camping and exploring a New Coastline, simple happy, youthful times where the promise of tomorrow is full of hope and expectations. The force of songwriting skills combined with vocals are the core of the album as shown on Valentine’s Day.  Closing with When The Weight Is Gone, we are left with the feeling of acoustic well-being, simplicity of well-spun music crafted with care, simplicity the key word. The ten tracks are all beautifully produced, but for me there needs to be some harder edge beats, changes in tempo and approach to the delivery of the music to make and album really stand out and be interesting to sustain and have that ‘I am revisiting this again’ feeling.

There is nothing fresh or different about Riddle & The Stars music. It is folk inspired but more of a meander down the country lane to the dunes that visiting a New Coastline that challenges and excites.

SIX pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Running Back To You
  2. I may Never Know
  3. Long Way Down
  4. Apples & Knives
  5. New Coastline
  6. Mexican Home
  7. Valentine’s Day
  8. Tracks
  9. When We Ride
  10. When The Weight Is Gone