Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory SeznecEnjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec.  After living in Ethiopia for over three years Cory’s second album, Backroad Carnival is released. Once again with the musicians, he has surrounded himself he has conjured up an array of songs reflecting the light and dark sides of Carnival. The album refuses to be ring-fenced into a marketing genre. This is music that flows over the ten tracks reflecting the breadth and depth of Cory’s talents.  The sound ebbs and flows with shards of brilliant sunshine countered by complexity of sounds and shapes hidden in the shadows.

Cory Seznec knows how to instil a feeling, capturing and freezing a moment in time in the beat and cadences captured in the percussive melodic forms that share sounds from mainstream through to alternative. Sounds of Africa melding with melodies from the streets of Paris. How has he retained the simplicity of roots music in the complex world we have created? Cory has gone analogue, recording the album mainly at Tonehouse Studios in Noisy-le-Roi, France on a Studer A80 24 track tape machine with old amps and other gear, the sound produced is warm and full. This approach combines the modernity of rock with music rooted in tradition melding but never obliterating the tonal shape each number has created.

If you expect the album to have an Ethiopian fuelled tone, then you will be disappointed the stories that fill the lyrics are shaped, honed and turned by experiences of his travels through Africa and beyond combined with modern events and Cory’s worldview in his bespoke and special world-music.

Opening with Picayune Baliverne, an instrumental number that invokes a carnival Carousel turning mixed with jazz, Eastern European beats fused together with hints of Cajun into a distinctive Seznec sound that defines Backroad  Carnival. The mood changes as we hear Sell My Soul.   The song inspired in Ethiopia when a young boy tried to sell him his two sisters! Here afrobeats morph into a blues-rock salvo that fits the story with the howl that curls around the melody hitting the mood now the backroad carnival is definitely on the move. Throughout the album, Cory’s distinctive vocals shape the story being told with artfulness and creativity so not a word or meaning is left. Hawk On  A Haystack opening with a banjo and reminiscent of the sound created with Groanbox yet totally fresh and new. Every track has a new angle and star turn on Pigeon Man it is the claps and slide guitar, as we learn about the man who feeds the pigeons in Paris.  With Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow) no words are required the percussive form and African guitar take us deep into the backstreets of a town scented with spice and mystery. Closing the album of many colours reflecting the movement of a backroad Carnival, we are left with The Parting Glass. The folk is traditional and a tear jerker as the timeless flow of Scots-Irish music is reflected in the African fingerstyle of the guitar.

This is an album of the expected and unexpected. The quality of lyrics and composition of melody is expected from Cory Seznec. The unexpected is the carefully crafted, mixed musical styles. Creating a musical cocktail of sounds that never clashes but enhance each other without ever losing their originality and authenticity.

Like any Carnival, we have that beguiling mix tasty and intriguing as we listen and travel with Cory Seznec on his Backroad Carnival once again.

Cory Seznec –  Backroad Carnival – Captain Pouch Records

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Track Listing

  1. Picayune Baliverne
  2. Sell You My Soul
  3. Hawk On A Haystack
  4. Tattered Flag
  5. Pigeon Man
  6. Let It All Go
  7. Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow)
  8. Colette Bar & Restaurant
  9. God Will Change Your Situation Barbershop
  10. The Parting Glass

Cory Seznec on tour check out dates HERE –  NOTE: Cory touring England March 2018

Musicians
Cory – vocals (2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10), guitars (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10), bass (1,4), banjo (1,3,6), piano (1), claps (4,5,6), percussive noise 1
Kenny Allen – backing vocals 5, 8, 9
Benjamin Body – upright bass 2,9 electric bass 5
David Chalumeau – harmonica 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9
Paolo Conti – pedal steel 3
Geoffroy Dauptain: claps 4, 5, 6
Thomas Garoche: upright bass 3, 6, 8
Patrick Gigon – drums 2, 5, 9
Albert Leroy Johnson – backing vocals 2,6
Jean-Etienne Loose: claps 4, 5, 6, Juno synth 4
Daniel Mizrahi – electric guitar 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Renaud Ollivier – percussion/calabash 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, drums 1,4,6
Joseph Parker: backing vocals 2, 6
John L. “Buster” Pickett Jr.: backing vocals 2, 6
Yann Seznec – Rhodes keys/Juno synth/piano 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Ronald T. Thornton Sr – backing vocals 2, 6, 9

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah FontaineBlack Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

 

Wake up and peer into the depths of the Black Water, Welsh-born Toriah Fontaine’s debut album full of grime, gravel and blues that swirl in the dark musical form. Opening with the title track with the pounding determined drum call overlaid by Toriah’s earthy vocals, powerful and full of texture and tone this is blues contemporary whilst connecting to a primeval ancestry. Recorded at Studio Toy in Cardiff, Toriah is stepping out from any blues comfort zone. The music is contemporary tipping its hat at the deep and fertile waters of the river of music that is blues inspired. Here the music dark, sexy and mysterious as you feel your reflection popping out at you from the Black Water that holds ten compelling tracks in its depth.  As she sings with a country flair, Sleeping On The Wrong Side with hints of Honky Tonk Piano the beat is determined and a softer side is rippling through Dark Waters. The voice peels from the music leaving the scars of life shining through with a gentler smoky blues-jazz edge on Giving Back My Loving. On every track, the centrepiece is Toriah’s vocals they make you cry, laugh and howl with her as she combines the power of her lungs with tonal shape and emotional colour. Toriah is a combination of strong women singers from Amy Winehouse through Mavis Staples, with a touch of Etta James but above all, she sings every song as her own this is no pale imitation it is the real deal.  The album has a flow achieved by recording live at Studio Toy in Cardiff. This is a sound you want to hear again a vocalist who has gargled with blades and whiskey that soften the mix with a smooth cream. The music is fresh, delivered with a blues poke that has an energy as we find her Howling At My Door. The cymbals and humming intoxicate as we are invited to Come On In My Kitchen a quieter tone though still full of intense sparkling blues power as the Robert Johnson classic is given a vocal cwtch by Toriah. Closing out a debut album that will get Toriah heard far and wide is Blood Runs Thin, leaving you in the knowledge this is an album that improves with every listen; second time around you hear more of the guitar as your brain is no longer immersed in the inky blues Black Water that is Toriah’s superb vocals and the eight originals show this is a singer who can write a good blues tale.

 

Black Water an album released last year that never should have been overlooked by Bluesdoodles. Making mends by including on the 2017 Advent Calendar and will make a great stocking filler for any contemporary blues collector.

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

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Track Listing

  1. Blackwater
  2. Sleeping On The Wrong Side
  3. Give Back My Loving
  4. Howling At MY Door
  5. Sunday Best
  6. Marked By Sin
  7. Bitter About Being Bitter
  8. In The Pines
  9. Come On In My Kitchen
  10. Blood Runs Thin

 

 

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

 

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

 

Blues that energizes so that you join in agreeing with the opening refrain, Let’s Do This Thing. The fifteen track album gathers under Kathy’s sumptuous vocals that curl around the melodic depths and shapes conjured up by the Kilowatts.  This is Texan blues-rock delivered with style and Let’s Do This thing is a definite for lovers of Texan fuelled blues.  Song-writer and singer Kathy Murray is in control of the Kilowatts who add a stinging spark to every number on the album. Who are the Kilowatts? They are Kathy’s husband, Bill “Monster” Jones on guitar and Kathy’s brother David who plays bass, percussion and more. The family are joined by Dylan Cavaliere on upright bass, Jeff Botta on bass and organ, Richard Ross and Nina Singh on drums, and Dan Torosian, Al Gomez and Henry Rivas on horns adding depths of tone and texture.

Opening with the title track the blues fuse is well and truly set alight, and with the cadence and tempo, it is not surprising that Kathy & The Kilowatts are often compared to the Fabulous Thunderbirds.  This album is drenched in the heat of musical tones and textures as she weaves in soul, pop beats and country fused with the infectious rhythm of good old Rock n’ Roll.  Yes, we will do this thing and keep on listening to the sound the band and Kathy are sharing with us. The sound changes across the fifteen tracks. Those that stood out were Call Me Mrs Blues, this sets the tone and provided the basis for all the music played, Texas blues with its strong guitar led riffs that fuels the energy for the vocals.

The horns take centre stage as Kathy weaves her sultry magic on Beautiful Moments In Time. Soulful and stinging the horns define this number. The song allows Kathy to croon the lyrics with an emotional understanding that the horns pick up and punctuate.  Now there Is no need for Kathy to Spell It Out, she understands how to make a song stand out from noises surrounding herself, and different numbers connect depending on your mood. Want some pop led funk then checkout Spell It Out. Whereas Each Kiss uses the horns to pick at Latino vibe then grounded by Kathy’s delicious vocals. We have timeless rocking good time music, followed on by One Lie Leads to Another and the perfect combination of a Texan shuffle, strong lyrics and the sound that makes Texan fused blues compulsive listening.

Reflecting the whole album as one track seamlessly leads to the next perfectly timed and formed number ensuring that for the whole fifty-five minutes you are immersed in the warm, melodic zone that defines Kathy & The Kilowatts who certainly did this Texan thing for me on the album Let’s Do This Thing.

The album is definitely no one-trick interpretation of the blues. It is modern, sassy and fun with the closing track picking up and weaving into Loveaholic a country feel leaving your feet tapping and a confirmed fan of Texas infused blues from Kathy and her Kilowatts on Let’s Do This Thing.

 

Let’s Do This Thing – Kathy & The Kilowatts – Lectro Fine Records

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Track Listing

  1. Let’s Do This Thing
  2. Call Me Mrs Blues
  3. Talking Out My Head
  4. 10 Most Wanted
  5. Love Came Knocking
  6. Read ‘em and Weep
  7. Beautiful Moments In Time
  8. Each Kiss
  9. One Lie Leads To Another
  10. Spell It Out
  11. I Want To
  12. Exception To The Rule
  13. These Lonely Hours
  14. Your Barn Door
  15. Loveaholic

 

 

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon

 

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon

 

No reviewing year would be complete without the wonderful thud as the postman delivers another package of gems from Betsie Brown at Blind Raccoon. The albums are always full of gems that have been shaken, stirred and moved by the Blues. The music comes in every hue and tempo and will always be listened to with pleasure.

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join ProvogueMascot Label Group are thrilled to announce that the Kris Barras Band have joined the Provogue label to sit at home amongst some of the finest modern blues icons such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Sonny Landreth, Gary Hoey and more.

The Devonshire born blues-rock guitar-slinger Kris Barras has built a fearsome live reputation across Europe through solid touring and the release of 2016 stellar full-length debut ‘Lucky 13’ which has seen him battle his way to the front of the British blues-rock pack. Bluesdoodles loved the album we said. “With its eleven tracks Lucky 13 rattles and rolls the blues with a twirl and a swirl of rhythms… Kris hits the right pace, the guitar is smooth as polished wood with a patina of deep emotions to keep you interested”. Read the rest of the review HERE

2017 saw him step up and step out to play in front of huge crowds at RAWA Blues Festival (Poland) and an incredible performance at Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), but these crowds hold no fear for the former Mixed Martial Artist who has fought across the world including in Thailand, Las Vegas and in Singapore, where he fought in front of 8000 people, winning 14 out of 17 professional fights.

Inspired by his father at the early age of six-years-old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning ten. He has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live.

Inspired by Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix his music and fighting went hand in hand and disillusioned by the music industry as a young man, the offers for professional fights came thick and fast. “People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages, risking damage to my hands,” he says. “Truth is though, I always enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more opportunities than the music industry. I got to fight in front of 8000 people in Asia, I would’ve much rather have played to them instead of getting punched in the face.”

Talking about joining Provogue Kris says; “I’m really excited to be working with Provogue/Mascot. Their track record of putting out the best in Blues/Rock is second to none. To be part of a roster alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a dream come true. It’s been a long road getting to this point in my career and I feel with Mascot on my side, it’s just getting started”

Tour Dates 2018

23 March – The Wharf, Tavistock
24 March – The Palladium, Bideford
27 March – The Comrades Club, Caterham
28 March – Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne
29 March – The Iron Road, Evesham
30 March – Yardbirds Club, Grimsby
31 March – Aatma, Manchester
04 April – The Bullingdon, Oxford
05 April – The Face Bar, Reading
06 April – The Warehouse, Harrogate
07 April – The Supporter’s Club, West Hartlepool
13 April – The Musician, Leicester
14 April – HRH Blues O2 Academy, Sheffield

 

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Lisa Biales Blues On The Beat Of My Heart

Lisa Biales Blues On The Beat Of My HeartTwelve tracks from Lisa Biales captures the blues on her ninth album The Beat Of My Heart. This is never submissive blues. Sung with contemporary blues fused with jazz Lisa Biales is a strong woman of today, shaping her relationships to fit her. This is the approach she takes with the blues on The Beat Of My Heart. Blues shaped and honed with licks of jazz and delicious and judicious use of the sax and horns augmenting her vocal range and tone.

The collection of numbers from a variety of sources have been selected to create a mood and feel that suits the vocal warmth of Lisa Biales. The music throughout the album is shaped to the mood of the song.

Opening with Disgusted, I am sure no one would be disgusted with the music on the album. On the opening track, the horns are sharp as they pick out the tempo on this Mabel Scott number.  Exploring the Nina Simone Vibe on Be My Husband has a different vocal shading as we explore relationships and marriage.  I dare you to try not to clap your hands and tap your feet to the gospel refrain on I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody as Biales picks up the Sunday morning baton as she shouts with joy embracing gospel with the chorus full of praise and upbeat. The organ adds to the tempo turn and infectious quality of the song. The tempo changes, we are now all vintage on Crying Over You. In a lounge bar, the piano plays and Lisa sings the song written by her mother Alberta Roberts in 1947. The authenticity of the vintage feel is created as we hear her mother sing the opening verse picked up by her daughter who is Crying Over you.

The shaping of the blues is lighter on the Eric Bibb number Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down; the vocals are personal and deeper on this percussive number.  Closing out with Brotherly Love we visit Chicago on the Brenda Burns song re-interpreted by Lisa Biales.

The album has a classic touch provided by Tony Braungel’s production, the twelve gems glitter with individuality capturing the lyrics in the vocal refrain of Bailes. That said, at times the music has a feeling of being constrained and the freedom to blossom by exploring the music is lost on this solid album shaded in the blues.

The Beat Of My Heart – Lisa BialesBig Song Music

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Track Listing

  1. Disgusted
  2. What A Man
  3. I Don’t Wanna Hear It
  4. Be My Husband
  5. Messin’ Around With The Blues
  6. I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody
  7. Crying Over You
  8. Wild Stage O Life
  9. Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
  10. Romance In The Dark
  11. I Should’ve Known Better
  12. Brotherly Love

 

 

Lisa Biales Blues On The Beat Of My Heart

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues AwardsFollowing on from our announcement of the inaugural UKBlues Awards the presentation of which will take place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the magnificent Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion, we are delighted to announce that providing live music at the event will be British Blues Award winners Catfish who have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.

Over a two year period they have received no less than  5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and both their albums have reached no 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association’s Blues Airplay Charts  They have three European tours already booked for 2018.

Recently Blues Matters! said of the band: ‘Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today… ‘

We are delighted that we have secured the services of such an excellent band for the inaugural UKBlues Awards presentation event and know that their presence can only enhance what already promises to be a special event.

And we have more great news about who will be our MC for this event, news which will be announced soon!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE UKBLUES AWARDS NOMINATION PANEL

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues AwardsAs a member of the UKBlues Federation you are automatically part of  the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK who will be invited to take part in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process.

If you know of somebody who you think would be an ideal person to be included in the panel then get them to e-mail us at  panel@ukbluesawards.com  giving us their name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which they wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why they wish to join the panel and their background in the blues in the UK.

They don’t have to be a musician, a promoter, a writer, a radio presenter etc. If they just love the blues and get out to see bands play whenever they can and buy CDs or downloads of bands’ albums etc. then that means they could be on the panel!

We do not undertake to accept every application and UKBlues’ decision will be final and we will not disclose our reasons for accepting or not accepting applications. All applications will be treated as confidential and all members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.

The nomination period opens in mid-December so make sure they get their application in before midnight on the 15th December 2018

 

LAVENDORE ROGUE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN UPDATE

 

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

With the campaign having passed the halfway mark in terms of time a few days ago, it has reached a wonderful total of nearly £5,000 or just over 55% funded. Add in the £1,500 donated direct to LaVendore Rogue by the UKBlues Federation and the guys are just a smidgin over £2,000.00 from their target of £8,000.

This is a great result to date and we at the UKBlues Federation and the Rogues themselves are all very grateful to everyone who has pledged. Thank you!

There are still loads of great and exclusive rewards waiting to be picked up so if you have not already contributed, why not give yourself and the Rogues an early Christmas present and go to the crowd funding page so you can make a pledge to help them get to Memphis and Hell!!

If you have already pledged, spread the word to your friends, get them to get you an early Christmas present! Thank you!

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this Album

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this AlbumSamantha Fish is the Belle of The West on her second studio album of 2017. Belle Of The West takes us on a completely different musical journey a complete contrast to Chills & Fever. For this album, Samantha has gone deep into the roots of Blues, country and Mississippi Hill Country music. Samantha Fish has pushed aside preconceptions about her, kicking the door open to break boundaries and let her creativity, artistry and golden talent shine through as she takes the title as Belle of The West.

Samantha travelled to Zebra Ranch to record the album retracing the footsteps taken with Wild Heart (2015)  with the influence of Luther Dickinson and friends shining through but never dampening or curtailing the heady heights and depths of Fish interpretation of the blues her way.

Opening with American Dream the click of drums sticks beat of the drum and life gets the listener marching to Fish’s branded form of acoustic fuelled country blues.  With Luther Dickinson as the producer, we are promised from the first number a studio album that flexes its muscles with a natural fluidity the instruments and vocals find the tone taking the tune and vocals to unfold all the depths of roots music with a story to tell.  The tempo goes down and Sam’s vocals deepen as we find out why there is Blood In the Water. With fiddles and guitar, the story will not be a happy one as Lillie Mae on violin picks up with a haunting melodic riff. Infectious, beguiling as roots of Eastern European folk are entwined into hill country music. The sound is held together by the power and confidence of Samantha’s vocals. This is an original that just demands being heard on repeat.

The storytelling is the theme of the album, not power guitar chords and fast electric sound. The inclusion of the band talking before the music begins gives the album a personal and warm feeling. This is studio music kept close to the live sound. Now we are in another bar another hotel room alone with guitar and violin waiting for a call. Samantha captures the emotions and draws them out on every syllable sung we connect to her as she sings ‘Needing you more than you will ever know. We here all the conversations we have left unsaid’, emotions never shared and loneliness we have experienced as we get up close to the vocal glories that define the Belle of The West.

In between the originals are a trio of carefully chosen covers fitting perfectly as a glove into the tone and feel of the album. With Poor Black Mattie the tempo rises to match the beating of your pulse as the music soars through your soul sending tingles down your spine. RL Burnside feel and magic captured as Fish answers to Lightnin’ Malcolm’s call as gospel captured with some sweet harp lead breaks.  Lillie Mae’s Nearing Home is luscious full curling violin and as Samantha’s vocals take a dreamy air as the melody is woven into the lyrics.  Capping them is the title track from the pen of Jimbo Mathus.  We now are on the river riding the lady we love best. The music and tone shaped by the undulation on the river that like the whole album on every listen you hear another nuance and the deeper meanings behind the songs chosen by Samantha Fish.

With the deep bass, Samantha Fish on No Angels has backing vocals that add to the vibe and gives her something to work on as we find out there is No Angel around here full of deep bass grooves the Mississippi flows strongly through the music that captivates.  Samantha surrounded by quality musicians that add to the tracks, the central role throughout is the vocals that have a depth that colour the lyrics and shapes them with emotional maturity, empathy and understanding. The music is genuine and authentic, this is the sound that Fish wants to define her as 2017 closes. As the album reaches its finale we have Nearing Home percussive full lilting sound from the violin and Samantha poses the question where are we going? With a slowness that builds and weaves throughout the song.  Then the final track Gone For Good, leaving us with a foot tapping number. Gone for Good has a rawness, dirtier sound reflecting the lyrics and a celebration you are gone for good. Raw and dirty leaving you shouting don’t go Samantha Fish. Giving you the perfect excuse to slow down and sit back and rewind back to the beginning. You will cherish the time spent listening to the classy album Belle of The West.

The album is full of songs that just take time to get to know, this is an album that is not the product of the digital Download, listen for a few seconds or once then throw away. Belle of The West is an album to savour, get to know the intricacies of the instrumentation the style of the vocals capturing emotions as the story unfolds. Like friends, invest the time and get to know Samantha Fish, Belle of the West whether this is a pit stop on a journey of a musician maturing and developing her approach to blues. One thing is a certainty that like a good vintage on the sound, it grows in complexity with every tasty listen.

Belle of the West – Samantha FishRUF Records

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Track Listing

    1. American Dream
    2. Blood In The Water
    3. Need You More
    4. Cowtown
    5. Daughters
    6. Dan’t Say You Love Me
    7. Belle of the West
    8. Poor Black Mattie
    9. No Angels
    10. Nearing Home
    11. Gone For Good

     

    Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this Album

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

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

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

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

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

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JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

 

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

 

 

 

Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No Fiction

Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No FictionReality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No Fiction

Jack J Hutchinson, causes a stir whenever and wherever he plays live. His music catches the ear and pulls you deep into his dirty interpretation of the blues. The hooks are deep in the roots and the riffs have the energy of the contemporary music. On Paint No Fiction Jack is joined on this twelve track album that was six months in the making by an intoxicating and exciting array of U.K Blues, Rock and Americana musicians. Genres reflected in an album redolent with raw and dirty dripping with genre-busting intrigue and excitement as he Paints No Fiction; the music is authentic 21st Century British blues-infused music.

Before you listen to a note, the artwork by Aaron Gardner has an inner power, capturing Jack’s personality in shades of brown and yellow. You want to hear the music from a man who dominates the front cover and reflects back images in his sunglasses. You want to uncover what makes the musician tick.

Opening with Deal With The Devil, you are assailed by full on rock crescendo. No traditional blues fuelled deal with the devil. The rock is countered by beats and textures that fall within Americana,  as we get to know the Paint No Fiction music of eleven self-penned numbers. The guitar is raw fuzzy energised with the fluidity of a jam captured and ordered in a studio. As Jack sings ‘The World Don’t Own You A Dime…. Deal With The Devil – The Devil Ain’t Mine’, your attention is truly captured. Moving swiftly into Written In Stone the tone changes as we have hints of dirty rawness inspired by Mississippi Hill Country with guitar work with its fuzzy tone that demands your ears take note whilst your feet just absorb the beat with pure delight.

Each number has its own clear texture tone and approach, Jack has chosen the group of musicians used on each track with care. On the slower Hold Me Close, the acoustic guitar picks out the melodic path and Hutchinson’s vocals still have the signature gruffness but delivered with a gentler cadence. The keys pick up the melodic flow building the tension and creating a soundscape of emotional tension as Jack yearns to be held close. As we Cut The Noose, the blues is strong and pure, considered and reflecting the lyrical depths.  Halfway through the album and we are still in reflective mood with Set Your Heart For The Sun. The percussive tones reflecting and adding shadows to the vocals from Jack that are at the heart of every number.

The tempo heats up the rawness is cutting through the beat on the first single from the album Rattlesnake Woman. This is blues that is mysterious and reflects the psychedelic elements of the cover. The guitar duelling is immense as Hutchinson and Ross battle it out with the six-strings – rather that than a six-shooter. The blues theme is picked up with a harmonica driven whip cracking Skin and Bone.  Jack may sing about Skin and Bone, the sound is full boned nuanced with sharp and sweet licks and melodies as we turn the corner into the last three tracks of the album.

The penultimate track is calmer with Send Me A Signal with a countryesque phrasing of the vocals contrasting with the guitar picked with precision.  The album closes with a full-on luscious sound that floats as we explore Hard Right In My Dreams. Jack Hutchinson and his myriad of guests have created an album that is a sonic exploration of music dipped in the wealth of roots music, shaken and stirred with flashes of modernity.   Every number is a chapter in the story Jack J Hutchinson is creating in Paint No Fiction. It is music genuine to the here and now. The lasting truth of this work of musical art is authenticity.

Hutchinson album launches Paint No Fiction with a special ‘Last Waltz’ style gig at Ain’t Nothing But, Soho London featuring all the musicians on the album.
A Date for your diaries that is a certainty – 8th December 2017.

Musicians:
Jack J. Hutchinson: Vocals and guitar
Mike Ross: Electric Bass and guitar
Alberto Manuzzi: Keyboards
Marc Burguera: Guitar
Tom Brundage: Harmonica
Stuart Moir: Violin & 8 string bass
Dani Rock: Double bass
Loris Peverani: Drums and percussion
Morgan Platt: Drums and percussion

Producer: Tony Perretta

Paint No Fiction – Jack J. Hutchinson

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Deal With The Devil
  2. Written In Stone
  3. Hip Slickin’
  4. Hold Me Close
  5. Cut The Noose
  6. Set Your Heart For The Sun
  7. Rattlesnake Woman
  8. Skin and Bone
  9. I Got Your Number
  10. Send Me A Signal
  11. Hard Right In My Dreams

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

How to get noticed in the world replete with Social Chatter?  As a Musician release a new album and change your style. Laurence Jones has done just that on The Truth. In an age where intro’s over 10 seconds are deemed too long, will fans of Laurence’s previous releases take the time to listen to the album a few times. As the truth is, it is still Laurence’s melodic vocals, his stinging guitar licks and timing. What has changed, the blues have been mellowed no rich veins of blues shuffles, riffs and hooks. The Truth is accomplished and more commercial. The album definitely has listenability appeal.

The opening track has grab appeal.  This is a different side of Laurence with the vocals strong and the guitar slinger is letting his voice be heard. The power of the chorus on What Would You Do will have audiences singing along. Echoes of Hamilton Loomis in tone and delivery.

The inner funkiness of the new Laurence glimmers on Don’t Look Back. That is what I advise listeners to do; don’t compare enjoy the album for what it has to offer. The guitar and vocals play off each other and the harmonies are sweet. Nothing on the album is overplayed. The drama builds and catches you unexpectedly. The album is not a set of ten tracks that are shaped by the guitar. The instruments are the base for the song. The slick and smooth blues licks are there, just not in your face.

The refrain throughout the album is relationships, love and how it makes you feel. The yearning to be loved is explored on Keep Me Up At Night. This is another cross-genre tracks, with radio play potential outside of the inner blues circuit. The sound of the album is mature, catchy and full of great tone with textures smoothed out and an understanding of what is pleasing on the ear.

We have a deep groove laid down by Greg Smith on Bass as Laurence asks you to Give Me Your Time, listening to The Truth is time well spent. Expect it to be different no longer guitar led blues. The replacement is subtle with the feel of blues ever present just under the dominant chorus and strong song.

The title track opens with mellow simple keys from Bennett Holland picked up by Laurence’s guitar with the sweetest refrain, with a beat of Phil Wilson’s drum heralding the vocals as Jones asks, ‘Do you ever wonder what It feels like?’ The tone is mellow, reflective the gentler side then the number builds and the old energy is once again glimpsed. Looking forward to hearing the numbers live under the heat of the lights.

The album livens up with a rocky beat on Gone Away. The instruments howl and wail once again his vocals have the strength to demand centre stage and the harmonizing of the chorus stands out then the guitar punches out the lick that curls and weaves itself around the vocals. The blues guitar is back on Can’t Go On Without You.  The timing is spot-on as it is throughout the album. Loving the way there is never a battle between guitar and voice both have their time and place to make a statement across The Truth.

The album is a crossroad moment for Laurence Jones. I am positive The Truth will win him many new fans. Recorded in Miami, produced by Gregory Elias and mixed by Juan Mario Aracil; The Truth hits the mark it is an album that will be returned to and explored with pleasure every time.

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. What Would You Do
  2. Don’t You Let Me Go
  3. Hold Me Close
  4. Keep Me Up At Night
  5. Give Me Your Time
  6. The Truth
  7. Take Me
  8. Gone Away
  9. Can’t Go On Without You
  10. Never Good Enough

 

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones