The Della Grants Buzzing throughout the Live Sessions Album

The Della Grants buzzing throughout the Live Sessions Album

The Della Grants, keep on giving their blues with a twist. Ten tracks on Live Room Sessions are a mix of something old, something new and lots of blue. The only cover is Too Fast, notably recorded in the past by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The rest are Della Grants compositions, the album recorded live in July 2017 in the White Room at Yellow Bean Studios, West End Leicester.

Opening with Lay My Head, the harmonica leads us into the tone and texture of the album building the tempo as drums join the party your feet are already tapping this is Blues that fits the bill. Max’s vocals are crisp and have a tonal quality that is tinged with devilment and a rough edge that bites into the lyrics and spits them out across the instrumentation. The band are playing and breathing as one no one will be laying down their head in despair while The Della Grants are playing. This is one of the four tracks included from their Time For Change album – Too Fast, Fairground Soul and Weaker Man. Fairground Soul, we now are off down the country road, the soulfulness of Max’s vocals give a gentler reprise to a song steeped in sadness and regret.  Weaker Man takes us to an age of jazz and bootleg spirit and speakeasies. It’s the tonal notes of the Trumpet that paints this visual picture from the sound.  The song may be about a Weaker Man as Max’s tones are reminiscent of Marcus Bonafanti there is nothing weak about the number. These four tracks show the depth of approach to the music they love, but what do the new numbers say?

The quartet of new tracks The River, Sunrise, Midnight Special and William Clay ensure the album has something new to add to the band’s discography. Stinging guitar drives the numbers crisp and melodic and capturing the essence of the blues. The vocals are deeper and act as a counterbalance to the guitar. The River is confident and the development of the band’s skills are evident in the flowing combination of instruments and vocals. This is a river not ideally flowing but determined and knows the direction it wants to go. The river is a metaphor as he sings “I know things are going wrong. Take me back to the place where the river flows.  We all have that place that makes us stronger in darker times.” The musicianship is blistering.

Following on with a change of tempo and tonal shape as we greet the day with Sunrise. Another reflective number, making sense of life and finding a reason in a person as you see the sunrise on your face. A gentler song easy on the ear with wonderful keys underlying the melodic shape of the number.

Midnight Special is not captured in the witching hour. The narrative of the lyrics starts with waking up in the morning. Then the gospel-infused chorus refrain with “Let The Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me”. This is an upbeat foot-stomping number, played live no audience could resist the invitation to sing the chorus with feeling.

Last of the new numbers William Clay, starts at a pace with a harder beat and honky-tonk piano accompanying the uplifting vocal delivery. This is about trying to be someone else and becoming at ease with yourself.  With William Clay, goes by the name Memphis Bill, we are on Beale Street catching snatches of this tale. Including “Stay Young Don’t Ever Get Old”. The Della Grants are full of youthful vim and vigour delivering 21st century blues.

Closing out the live sessions with Red Mist, from their First fix EP still played with the anger you feel when you see the red mist coming over your eyes.  This high energy track leaves you with the enduring memory that this is a band you want to hear live and in the meantime, you have The Della Grants Buzzing throughout the Live Sessions Album. Blues with a twist that adds spice but never loses its integrity still is the music of the folk.

There are so many elements that set The Della Grants apart. The distinctive vocals that growl and rumble with melodic swampiness. The combination of instruments including harmonica and trumpet and driving rhythms. They should be in such demand on the blues circuit. This is blues with a Leicester delta twist, but importantly the band is The Della Grants buzzing throughout the Live Sessions Album. The music flows, ebbs and flows but is never stagnant with the inherent energy of a band playing with feeling, soul and the fluidity of playing live.

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Track Listing 

  1. Lay My Head
  2. The River
  3. Sunrise
  4. Too Fast
  5. Fairground Soul
  6. Midnight Special
  7. William Clay
  8. More Than Pray
  9. Weaker Man
  10. Red Mist

Max Manning – Vocals and guitar
Tom Best – Vocals, guitar & Harmonica
Andy Boulton – Bass Guitar
Tom Walker – Drums
Tony Robinson – Keyboard & Trumpet

Producer: Jez Burns

The Della Grants buzzing throughout the Live Sessions Album

Joe Bonamassa Celebrating British Blues Explosion Recorded Live

Joe Bonamassa Celebrating British Blues Explosion Recorded Live

Two-Time Grammy Nominated artist Joe Bonamassa Celebrating British Blues Explosion Recorded Live available on CD/DVD/Blu-ray and coloured vinyl. Out 18th may, pre-order available via Mascot Label Group.

The album celebrating British Blues Explosion features songs written by legendary guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and more. The DVD & Blue-ray will includes amazing bonus content such as Joe performing “Taxman” Live at the Cavern Club, Joe being honoured with a “Brick In The Wall”, the British Blues Explosion Explained by Mick Wall and a photo gallery of the British Blues Explosion UK Tour.

In 2016 for five shows Joe pays tribute to his British Blues heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain. This show was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016. Joe Bonamassa has been more influenced by the impact of British Blues than by any other music out there. From a young age, the musically inclined Joe fell in love with the hard-rocking, gritty and edgy sound that emanated from mid-1960’s Britain. This is especially true of the highly innovative and evocative guitar music produced by three of the field’s greatest heavyweights, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. With the deepest reverence for what these three men have accomplished and a true love of their music. Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, with this unforgettable performance he was able to give special homage to the British guitarists that inspired him, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. The five-piece band included Michael Rhodes (Bass), Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Anton Fig (Drums) and Russ Irwin (Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals). Joe passionately believes in the need for this and future generations of blues musicians to continue to explore the music of these three icons of blues history. “If it wasn’t for certain British musicians of the early 1960s, the Blues may very well never have exploded into Rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history,” says Joe.


We have shared some of the musicians involved but what was and when was the British Blues Explosion? The explosion occurred in the 1960s builds an essential bridge between the blues and rock music, two forms of popular music that have meant so much to so many people over the last century.

A Salute to the British Blues Explosion is a cross-generational musical moment that will be unlike anything else you’ve experienced. Go with Joe Bonamassa on a journey to re-discover the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, and fall in love with the British Blues all over again. “…massive blues-rock grooves, soaring vocals and of course, that immense electric guitar experience.” – Guitarist Magazine


Bluesdoodles saw the show in Bristol “The re-interpretation of the Blues has travelled the reverse way across the Atlantic with Joe Bonamassa. Tonight, it took an American artist to remind many and acquaint others, on the full glories of the technicolour sound of the British Blues Invasion of the 1960’s.” – Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall

Disc One
Beck’s Boero /Rice Pudding
Mainline Florida
Boogie With Stu
Let Me Love You Baby
Plynth (Water Down The Drain)
Spanish Boots
Double Crossing Time

Disc 2
Tea For One / I Can’t Quit You Baby
Little Girl
Black Winter / Django
How Many More Times

Joe Bonamassa Celebrating British Blues Explosion Recorded Live

Release Date 18th May 2018 Pre-order available Mascot Label Group
Available Formats – 2CD, 2DVD, Bluray, 3LP


Joe Bonamassa Celebrating British Blues Explosion Recorded Live

Read Bluesdoodles review of a magnificent night at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff as Joe Bonamassa opens his tour

13-Mar-18 AECC BHGE Arena Aberdeen United Kingdom
14-Mar-18 Sage Gateshead Gateshead United Kingdom
16-Mar-18 Genting Arena Birmingham United Kingdom
17-Mar-18 The Brighton Centre Brighton United Kingdom
20-Mar-18 Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Am Main Germany
21-Mar-18 Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Am Main Germany
22-Mar-18 Wiener Stadthalle / Halle F Bezirk-Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus Austria
24-Mar-18 Dom Muzyki i Tańca Zabrze Poland
25-Mar-18 Stadthalle Chemnitz, Großer Saal Chemnitz Germany
28-Mar-18 LANXESS Arena Koln Germany
30-Mar-18 Tempodrom Berlin Germany
31-Mar-18 Tempodrom Berlin Germany
2-Apr-18 Sparkassen Arena Kiel Germany
10-Jun-18 Kursaal Oostende Ostende Belgium
12-Jun-18 Hampton Court London United Kingdom

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 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 and get involved with Bluesdoodles Women in Music. Today and every day.


You can find the fledgeling Women in Music Page HERE

Andy Gunn has Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now

Andy Gunn has Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now

If you need to pay your dues to play the blues, then Scottish guitar player, Andy Gunn has paid them in spades. Born with Haemophilia, Andy was one of the patients affected by blood products contaminated with HIV and Hepatitis C and has campaigned tirelessly to bring justice to his fellow victims. As a teenager, the infections caused by the contaminated blood, played a large part in him falling into alcoholism and addiction, though he has now been in recovery for many years. Indeed, it is not so long ago that he recovered from a second bout of HIV related cancer and yet, somehow he has remained unbowed and has used these trials and tribulations to inform his writing and playing.

Inspired by the likes of Muddy waters and Lightin’ Hopkins, Gunn has developed over the years into an articulate and emotional player. He has now completed his 5th album called Too Many Guitars to Give Up Now, a title that came about after being asked how many guitars he owns!

Instrumentally, Gunn is well versed in using his many guitars to form a textured, musical narrative behind the lyrics. Vocally, the only comparison I can come up with is a sort of octave lower Neil Young blended with Robert Johnson. A style which is an acquired taste, I guess, but very well worthwhile persevering with as the song structures are strong and the playing is of a high standard.

The opener, Misery Blues begins with sublime acoustic before slinky keys join in. Lyrically, I think he is allowed to “have the blues like I never had before”. With the resonating (pun intended) guitar colouring the entire song, it is already my favourite.  Let You Go has a ‘cowboy’ feel that you cannot help but tap your foot to. A classic, understated harmonica solo fills it out. A piano heralds in Sorry Mess Blues and begins a slow shuffle punctuated by harmonica and a gentle string bending electric guitar. The solos this time are a rolling bar room blues piano and a totally apposite guitar evoking a laid back, smoke and whisky atmosphere. Back On Song is a plea for normality; “hold on to the melody of our dreams” says it all and with a plaintive guitar and lovely backing vocals from Liz Jones it becomes a warm and gentle piece. Next is yet another slow paced song in Mississippi Ground. Featuring drums properly for the first time it has keys, harmonica and backing vocals in support of a gorgeous semi-acoustic solo. Resonator slide kicks of Battlefield Blues, which develops into a traditional blues composition. Eidyn Shuffle is just that, an instrumental shuffle with all of the players getting a turn at showing their prowess. Andy May wins this hands down with a great organ solo. Eidyn, in case you are wondering, is the ancient (up to the year 638 anyway) name for the city of Edinburgh. Another barroom piano and harmonica take us into Help You Along. A pleasant enough song, but perhaps the weakest here. Back to electric guitar and the slow, but paced Suffering Man’s Blues. More excellent May keys before the Peter Greeney solo. Warm Heart Blue is, at last, a bit faster with a ‘standard’ blues construct. Too Many Guitars is a bit faster again and explains how Gunn was absorbed into the blues. He name-checks Little Richard, Fats Domino and then goes all Chuck Berry on the solo. The final track, Going Home Again, takes the pace back down to end the album on a positive note, with a piano-led journey back home.

A damn good album overall, but many may find it too slowly paced throughout; a decent rockier feel to one or two tracks would have lifted the whole up a notch or two. The pace does, however, reflect the lyrical content, and in the right setting is a genuine delight. His band provides sterling backing and contributes hugely to the overall feel of the album.

So, here’s to a laid-back night by the fire with the drink of choice in one hand and, if you’re me anyway, a cigarette in the other and the hi-fi high. That is bliss!

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …


  1. Misery Blues
  2. Let You Go
  3. Sorry Mess Blues
  4. Back On Song
  5. Mississippi Ground
  6. Battlefield Blues
  7. Eidyn Shuffle
  8. Help You Along
  9. Suffering Man’s Blues
  10. Warm Heart Blue
  11. Too Many Guitars
  12. Going Home Again

The Band:
Andy Gunn: guitar, vocals
Andy May: keys
Spider MacKenzie: harmonica
Liz Jones: backing vocals
Al James: bass
Jim Walker: drums

Recorded at Caribou Studio, Edinburgh



Andy Gunn has Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now

Made My Peace With You New Album from Paul Dunbar

Made My Peace With You New Album from Paul Dunbar

Made My Peace With You New Album from Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band arriving was a reason to be excited at Bluesdoodles HQ, having first heard the gloriously distinctive vocals of Paul Dunbar performing with his previous band The Midnight Ramble at Blues on The Farm 2014. Now back as Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band, yes, new band, new album but same instantly recognisable vocals. Opening Made My Peace with Losing Game dripping in soulful and melodic music that pours out of the speaker. The timing and shaping of the chords are sublime when your ears are not being entertained by Dunbar’s vocals. What makes the vocals stand out as you listen to the album? There is a myriad of reasons the power, emotion and the integrity in the way the lyrics are delivered always with clarity and sensitivity to the bands playing. Then there is the grittiness and rawer edge that ensure the album is not just saccharin but full of sharp spiciness as well.

The title track opens with a crescendo of sound from the band. You know what is to come as the lyrics are shaped and given vocal heat by Dunbar. Who does he sound like? What are the bands influences? Dunbar sounds like himself a skilful mix of crooners meets bluesman via soul of Motown. The band The Black Winter is the perfect vehicle of delightful tones and textures that joins the dots with skilful interplay before Paul Dunbar’s voice rejoins the musical jamboree throughout the album.
Joining Paul on vocals and guitars are the Black Winter sound of Liam Atkinson on guitars, bassist Chris Pearce and, completing the album rhythm, drummer Phil Stevens. The band members also add voices as backing vocals they are the complete package.
Ten Tracks, nine originals and one from his previous incarnation, The Midnight Ramble, Ballad of Four Eyes. His voice screeches in tune capturing Joe Cocker vibes and bluesmen and ballads of the past.
Three tracks in and you are emotionally engaged. Inner Springsteen an acknowledged influence is captured in the rockier Friends. The tone is huskier, the guitar tone has an edge and the rhythm deep as it grows hewn from the original riff. This is an example of Dunbar’s raw talent, playing music with friends. Then roots of air, earth, sky and Raging Sea with rootsy tones rooted in the music of folks. This number is darker, deeper, moodier capturing the heart of musicians that keep giving music that clicks onto your musical DNA radar.
Closing out the album of ten tracks with Who’s Gonna Love You; the title asks a question and the listeners of music full of rocky soul and lovers of music are gonna love your sound. As you mix and meld rocking, the soulful rootsy mayhem of delights. Melodies hit the harmonies creating an energy that leaves you wanting more.

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  1. The Losing Game
  2. Made My Peace With You
  3. Ballad of Four Eyes
  4. Barely Holding On
  5. Set Free To Emotion
  6. Friends
  7. Earth Sky Or The Raging Sea
  8. Contort Yourself
  9. Hands Down
  10. Who’s Gunna Love You

Before booking your ticket listen to the fabulous single from the album Barely Holding On

Made My Peace With You New Album from Paul Dunbar

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


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Make Your Way to Jennys Place Courtesy of Mike Ross

Blues Celebrating Friends Along The Way With Mitch Woods

Blues Celebrating Friends Along The Way With Mitch Woods

We all need friends. The harmony and deep joy sharing what we love with friends sustain you through hard times and dark times. Friends Along The Way, Mitch Woods eleventh album, is the perfect soundtrack to celebrate friendship. Mitch has gathered around him a galaxy of music stars on Friends Along The Way. The musicians are friends from across his career that has spanned four decades. Joining Mitch on the album are Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Joe Louis Walker, Maria Muldaur, Cyril Neville, Marcia Ball, John Hammond and Kenny Neal.

The album celebrates, friendship. The musical harmony of blues played together as guitar, drums and harmonica join forces with the boogie of the piano allowing the vocals to tell the narrative of life on the road.  Friends Along The Way is a timely reminder of the central roll the piano has played in the blues. Blues is not just guitar-driven it has also been nurtured and fulfilled by the tinkle of the ivories. Mitch Wood’s piano playing is astounding with a personal acoustic connection. Classically trained his boogie-based piano has an energy and finesses that shines through as he plays with his friends.

Every track brings a blues spark ad element to the album. Opening the party with his friends Mitch Woods goes back in time joined by Van Morrison and Taj Mahal on a Leadbelly classic Take This Hammer. Van Morrison’s vocals are joined by his percussive tambourine playing as a drumstick tinkles the tambourine so the sound cascades with force across Taj’s guitar and the signature of the album, Mitch’s stylish piano playing.  Ruthie Foster’s vocals on Singing The Blues adding textures with her guitar and the piano playing underneath. The urgency of the beat is intensified by an energy as the words take centre stage.  John Hammond’s vocals take us back in time with Mother in Laws Blues. Leaving us Cryin For My Baby with a healthy dose of blues harp from Charlie Musslewhite. This is blues that is sharp, defined and shaping your mood with the piano of Mitch Woods never silent. No album with Mitch at the keys will be without a helping or two of Boogie Woogie. First up is Nasty Boogie, the party now is swinging who can resist smiling and swinging the hips with this vibe, as Joe Louis Walker adds to the mood with his stinging guitar and vocals.

Empty Bed Blues with Maria Muldaur on vocals, is deep, moody and sultry, a jazzy take on the blues. Wow, what a classy number that flows and her smoky voice caresses you as you succumb to her embrace. Cyril Neville and Mitch have a conversation as The Blues are celebrated. The legacy as we move forward and the musical heritage teat lives on in The Blues. This track is spoken narrative. I recommend that you sit back and listen to Cyril as his narrative is accompanied by Mitch’s piano. You will be captivated for five- minutes.

The tempo changes with more boogie as we turn for home with Saturday Night Boogie. Wow ow Wow the slide guitar from Elvin Bishop just fizzes against the piano. The six-strings and ivories are in musical harmony.

By track fourteen blues have been shaken and stirred, then we hear the guitar and vocals of John Lee Hooker joining Mitch’s piano on Never Get Out of These Blues Alive. This is blues played with a clarity of form and simplicity of shape. The result is perfection. Closing the album with In The Night. Friends have come together had fun and now Marcia Ball & Mitch Woods duet on the piano and vocals. This is pure fun the perfect closing number as Professor Longhair is celebrated full of vim and energy.

The combination of the songwriting skills across the ages, instrumentation of the melodies are the underlying essence of the blues. Mitch Woods, has proved on Friends Along the Way that without friendship, companionship blues would just be notes and words. It is the interaction with humanity good and bad that makes the blues an emotive force as relevant today as yesterday. Blues is relevant that is why Friends Along The Way.


Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way – Entertainment One

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Track Listing

  1. Take This Hammer
  2. CC Rider
  3. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket
  4. Singing The Blues
  5. Mother In Law Blues
  6. Cryin For My Baby
  7. Nasty Boogie Woogie
  8. Empty Bed Blues
  9. Blues Mobile
  10. The Blues
  11. Saturday Night Boogie
  12. Blues Give Me A Ride
  13. Chicago Express
  14. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive
  15. Midnight Hour Blues
  16. In The Night

Blues Celebrating Friends Along The Way With Mitch Woods

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A reminder that there are just two weeks left to make sure that you have had your say in deciding who are the winners in the inaugural FORM UKBlues Awards.

Already many thousands of votes have been cast. UKBluesFederation thanks, everyone who has shown their support for what the UKBlues Federation is doing with these new Awards.

UKBlues Federation is delighted to say that by and large, people have been playing by the rules, we even sorted out the anomaly mentioned in our last Newsletter and confirmed that the votes were genuine and that they have been counted!

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Overall the UKBluess Federation is delighted that so many people have complimented us on the robust steps we have and are taking to ensure that the Awards have integrity and credibility. We also congratulate the management of some of the finalists for mobilising their teams and fanbases.

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Will Wilde Harmonica Stylishly covers Classics in a unique way

Will Wilde Harmonica Stylishly covers Classics in a unique way

Will Wilde hails from Brighton and his first foray into performing was when he formed The Neptune Blues Band in 2005 when he was 17 years old, and released his debut album “Nothin’ But Trouble” in 2008. Since then he has released two studio and one live album under his own name.

He comes from a musical family. “Music was always around me.” He says. “British hard rock and blues was the soundtrack to my childhood.” His grandfather was a wartime jazz ‘n’ blues pianist and his sister, Dani Wilde, is an acclaimed blues performer with whom I’m sure you are familiar.

Wilde studied drums at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and yet it was the harmonica, guitar and vocals that ended up captivating him. None more so than the harmonica, obviously.

His latest release is one that brings shivers of expectation or horror from music lovers. Bring It On Home is covers with a twist expect the choice of numbers to be unexpected. This album pays homage to blues and rock giants, including Purple, Free, Sabbath, Tull and the master mouth organist, Sonny Boy Williamson II amongst others. Anyone brave enough to cover such recognisable classics needs to be not only good but also able to interpret in a way that pays tribute while being distinct. Not an easy job; does he achieve it? The answer is a conservative yes; musically they are all very faithful yet imaginative interpretations. The finest one of all is the last track. Parisienne Walkways has to be heard to be believed. The harmonica/mouth-organ/blues harp/moothie or gob-iron (as Ian Gillan calls it) playing actually replicates Moore’s guitar sound in a way beyond comprehension…stunning!

Many of the original tracks featured the harmonica, making it more acceptable to hear, albeit featuring more prominently. The first track is the brilliant Gallagher song, Bad Penny. There is quality guitar backing, recalling the ‘jangling’ intro of the original. There is a very flat sounding foot/bass drum on this, and some of the tracks, which irritates, However, the vocals are up to scratch too, but it’s when the harmonica takes the solo that the fascination grows. It actually works! Lazy, too had harmonica sections, but here Blackmore’s guitar and Lord’s Hammond are replaced by it. Again, it actually works. Vocally Wilde is no Gillan, but it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment, and Danny Giles puts in a very decent guitar solo too. I’m You Witchdoctor is so faithful; you would think Mayall was a guest (he isn’t). Harmonica instead of the ubiquitous flute on a Jethro Tull cover? Locomotive Breath is still instantly recognisable and enjoyable. Great guitar backing again from Giles. Peter Green era Mac is next. Love That Burns does just that; it is a superb reading of a great blues track. Sabbath’s The Wizard is the first misstep; this is the only time when Wilde’s vocals just don’t fit. Musically it is good, and the bass playing is actually the highlight. His version of Yer Blues reminds me of Jeff Healey’s brilliant take on this Beatles song; except with harmonica, of course. My Brother Jake sounds a little empty as the track is played straight, with the harmonica just echoing one verse. Next, a song written by the great Willy Dixon and first performed by the king of the mouth-organ, Sonny Boy Williamson II (oh, and Zeppelin), Bring It On Home is faithful to the Robert Plant version.

In summary then, a very enjoyable album with some exquisite interpretations and a few disappointments. It is worth getting for Parisienne Walkways alone and I doubt you will be disillusioned with many of the songs. A very worthwhile effort.

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing: (original artists in brackets)

  1. Bad Penny (Rory Gallagher)
  2. Lazy (Deep Purple)
  3. I’m Your Witchdoctor (John Mayall)
  4. Locomotive Breath  (Jethro Tull)
  5. Love That Burns  (Fleetwood Mac)
  6. The Wizard  (Black Sabbath)
  7. Yer Blues  (The Beatles)
  8. My Brother Jake  (Free)
  9. Bring it on Home (Sonny Boy Williamson II)
  10. Parisienne Walkways  (Gary Moore)

Note: The commercial release should also include Politician by Cream

The Band:
Will Wilde: harmonica/vocals
Danny Giles: guitar
Victoria Smith: bass
Alan Taylor: drums

Recorded at Brighton Road Studios
Engineered by Ali Gavan
Produced by Danny Giles