Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

 

Join the journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul. Following on from 2016 debut album West of Flushing South of Frisco we continue the sonic journey with Californisoul.  Thirteen tracks with special guests adding to the heat and excitement on five numbers is a journey you will want to be part of as Californisoul  Comes Alive On Supersonic Blues Machine’s New Album. The concept behind the title and album, “CALIFORNISOUL! That’s exactly what it is. It’s the missing soundtrack to a summertime drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1971!” says Fabrizio Grossi.

 Supersonic Blues Machine is three musicians who definitely know how to create a storyboard of music that shapes the carefully crafted lyrics. They comprise Lance Lopez (guitars/vocals/songwriter), Fabrizio Grossi (bass, producer, songwriter), and Kenny Aronoff (drums). They want to have a party of a trip so have invited some friends, and for Californisoul, who is joining Californisoul? Robben Ford. Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Gales, Steve Lukather and Walter Trout.

If you are expecting traditional electric based blues from Supersonic Blues Machine, disappointment awaits you. BUT, if you are looking for exceptional grooves digging deep into the vein of the blues extracting the essence and weaving a new road to tread your blues shoes then you are in for a fun ride.  The opening track is full of sunshine and genuine warmth, I Am Done Missing You. Yes, they are back with a follow-up album that builds on the debut with music that charms and endears. A blending of vocals that adding the tension to the rhythms and adds a sting in the tail to the guitar. An opening number that pulls you onboard pumped with excitement at what the rest of the album will unveil.

Foot stomping swirling blues introduces us to Robben Ford’s guitar connecting with Lance’s vocals. Somebody’s Fool has a rocky edge that has been smoothed by the instrumentation and luscious backing vocals the energy is contained as Robben’s guitar stings in a solo confirming that one thing is for sure no-one is a fool for getting on board this journey.

Continuing with tracks with a guest Billy F. Gibbons joins the party on Broken Heart. This is a gigantic rocking and rolling curve in the road get on board the guitar is dirty and the oily rag of a rhythm section is keeping us on the road driving forward for the fun of the ride. Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to this number because none of us wants a Broken Heart.

Eric Gales guitar sound is distinct adding a powerful punch to the journey as the Elevate takes on a swooping flyover on route to San Francisco. The speed is gathering the wheels are burning up the miles with a sharp stinging fulsome guitar from Gales. The backing vocals curl and pull the guitar and connect the vocals with a party that is full on assertive and loud. Phew, that is a road you want to explore again.

The fourth guest guitarist is Steve Lukather as he and the band explore Hard Times. Kenny Aronoff’s drums add a hardened edge to a number that takes us into the second half of the album. Last but not least is Walter Trout. The instantly sweet note filled tone and texture of Trout’s guitar fills the speaker. The intro to What’s Wrong you just want to go on and on. Then the vocals pick up a perfect duet of emotions are amalgamated as they ask what is wrong with my blues? Absolutely nothing.

The seven tracks delivered by the band are the glue that makes the journey work. The Pit Stops, the viewing points of interest on this supersonic blues journey we are exploring on Californisoul. The trio of Lopez, Aronoff and Grossi capture the swirling dust and grit of the road combining this rawness with the magic of their personal interpretation of the blues. Fabrizo Grossi writer of lyrics and bassist delving deep into the grooves that adds the rhythmic poetry of this road trip.  The spirit of the Supersonic Blues Machine is captured in L.O.V.E. we are now travelling in the same direction the music is taking us. This is an album where the musical tones and textures change reflecting the changing scenery on a road trip. The funkiness of the machine is captured on The Stranger, once again the judicious use of backing vocals add so much to the seventies backdrop of the album. Closing out the album with This Is Love, chatting opening reflecting back to gospel blues and back to communal singing full of vigour and hope. The track combines blues with rhythmic beats and a spicing from a reggae groove hitting the blue sweet note they are looking for throughout the journey we have joined them on. We are left feeling upbeat with the Supersonic Blues Machine.

Without the skills and clear approach from the principal band delivering the remaining tracks giving a consistency a firm grounding to Californisoul the album could have missed its mark. Thankfully it did not this is so much more than a compilation of a band with guests. It is a coherent journey through music and lyrics with Lance Lopez vocal prowess the key to keeping the thirteen tracks on a road with a clear sense of purpose and direction. We are never taken to a backwater or miss our turning. The Satnav of music power has been set to ensure the styles may vary, the approach may be different. But the journey is clear to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco with blues-infused soulfulness.

Californisoul is full of confidence the trio know they have the power to add soul to your blues. The guests are the spice in the mix adding new tones and textures. It is the Supersonic Blues Machine that are in full control on this musical journey of Californisoul.  As Fabrizio Grossi says, “Lots of people have been saying to me ‘why does Supersonic Blues Machine always bring guests around? You guys can stand your own ground’, and there are three answers to that: 1) we’re all super friends and we’re having a blast, 2) most of them don’t give lessons and for us it’s only way to learn their secret “ways”, and three because the inspiration and the challenge they bring to the table!” We are as the band described, being taken back to 1971 immersed in a soundtrack on a drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  Sit back, turn up the volume enjoy an exuberant modern blues with twists and turns that any great journey will always take you to the unexpected.

 

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Track Listing

  1. I Am Done Missing You
  2. Somebody’s Fool (feat Robben Ford)
  3. L.O.V.E.
  4. Broken Heart (feat Billy F. Gibbons)
  5. Bad Boys
  6. Elevate (feat Eric Gales)
  7. The One
  8. Hard Times (feat Steve Lukather)
  9. Cry
  10. The Stranger
  11. What’s Wrong (feat Walter Trout)
  12. Thank You
  13. This Is Love

Journey With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

 

 

Three Queens of the Blues come together across England to sing the blues.  Connie Lush, Kyla Brox & Erja Lyytinen all on one stage at a venue to bring the power of vocals, guitar and flute. Melding the blues to entertain you.

With superb albums and the power of bringing music that touches the soul. As The Ladies of the Blues Kyla, Connie, Erja together 2018 with mascara, smiles and the joy of playing live music.

 

Bluesdoodles has heard this talented threesome many times but never before on one stage it is going to be blues with smiles, laughs and gin.

Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Lush Renaissance Album review HERE

Kyla Brox Throw Away Your Blues Album review HERE

Erja Lyytinen Stolen Hearts Album Review HERE

Exclusive UK Tour 2018

Wednesday 21st March WHITBY Pavilion Theatre
Thursday 22nd March COVENTRY The Albany Theatre
Friday 23rd March LONDON Under The Bridge
Saturday 24th March LINCOLN Alive
Sunday 25th March DURHAM  Gala Theatre
Tuesday 27th March BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
Wednesday 28th March BRISTOL The Tunnels
Thursday 29th March KEIGHLEY The Octagon
Friday 30th March SOUTHPORT The Atkinson

 

Tickets available NOW – From Venues, or All Cards 01472 349222 or Solid Entertainments 

 

Ladies Of The Blues Connie, Kyla, Erja Together 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Of Music Celebrating Life Cancer On The Rocks

Day Of Music Celebrating Life Cancer On The Rocks

Day Of Music Celebrating Life Cancer On The Rocks

 

 

Rick Palin of Skyfire Interactive has announced today a new event Cancer On The Rocks. The acts are varied and are mostly rock and blues. The event is close to Rick’s heart. This event is fundraising for Macmillan with the goal on the day is to raise £10,000.00 for the charity.

Background to Day Of Music Celebrating Life Cancer On The Rocks

In August Rick’s Father died of cancer, his death hit him very hard, especially the feeling of feeling so completely powerless to help him. The one constant that got me through the desperate times was the help and support given by Macmillan. They were such a support to both me and my dad and I will never forget what they did for him and in fact still are doing to help me. Having seen so many people die from cancer this year, including close family and friends, Rick is sickened to the stomach the number of people this disease is killing. Rick, made a vow to do something to help Macmillan as I thought simply writing them a £500 cheque was insufficient and a mere drop in the ocean in this horrible war. The outcome The Cancer On The Rocks. Whereon one day an 11 band spectacular taking place in Nantwich, Cheshire in January 2018.

This day is not just about raising funds for Macmillan it is about something equally special, it is about celebrating life.

 

Day Of Music Celebrating Life Cancer On The Rocks – Tickets go on sale today HERE

Every penny raised will go to Macmillan, so come along, have a fantastic day with some amazing bands and know that you are doing something important to help save lives.

 

Day Of Music Celebrating Life Cancer On The Rocks

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

 

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

 

 

 

The UKBlues Awards News – Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!! Following on from our announcement late last month about the UKBlues Awards which we are putting in place, we are very excited to tell you that the website for the Awards is now up and running, albeit in a somewhat limited format for now.

At present, there is some more detail about the Awards as well as answers to some of the questions that have been posed by people about the Awards.

Visit www.ukbluesawards.com to find out more.

The UKBlues Federation is inviting people to apply to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process.

Interested parties who would like to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process, can e-mail UKBlues at panel@ukbluesawards.com giving 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.

UKBlues does 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.

More information about the UKBlues Awards will become available over the next few months.

To join UKBlues Federation supporting Blues across the U.K. Find out all the details HERE

 

The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues), is a pan-UK Federation that has been established to promote and support Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles.

We have created a not for profit federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and any other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues‘ aims.

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!            The UKBlues Federation is Affiliated to the Blues Foundation and Active member of European Blues Union

 

 

 

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

Popa Chubby Announces New Album Two Dogs

Popa Chubby Announces New Album Two Dogs

Popa Chubby Announces New Album Two Dogs

 

 

Popa Chubby drops a big, bad, sonic bomb with his excellent and timely new album, “Two Dogs.” On it, Popa explores myriad musical styles and genres while keeping it close to his rock and soul core. You’ll hear the Popa you know and love and things you haven’t heard before.

Popa started work on “Two Dogs” with a lot of amazing sounds in his head and powerful feelings in his heart. Recorded at his home studio in New York’s Hudson Valley, Popa engineered and produced the record. He also plays drums, bass and percussion on some tracks. Renowned keyboard player and Popa’s long-time collaborator, Dave Keyes, appears throughout the album. Popa’s daughter, Tipitina Horowitz, plays the trumpet and contributes horn compositions. And ace drummer, Sam “Freightrain” Bryant keeps the beat real and rocking.

In the album’s liner notes, Popa expresses how he feels about the times we live in and expands on the inspiration behind the title song: “We have become polarized as a race. There is a battle inside each of us. Each day we rise and must choose our path calling upon each other and our own spirits for strength and courage. The dog we feed is the one that rules, the dog we starve dies of neglect. It is up to each of us to use our spirit to feed the dog that will enable all of us to thrive.”

This quote from a review of “Two Dogs” published in Blues Magazine does a good job of summing up the man and his music: “To call him a blues artist is to belittle who he is and what he stands for. Horowitz is so much more than that: Singer, songwriter, guitar stylist, his passions run deep and shine bright. With a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular and innovative figures.”

 

 

1. It’s Alright
2. Rescue Me
3. Preexisting Conditions
4. Sam Lay’s Pistol
5. Two Dogs
6. Dirty Old Blues
7. Shakedown
8. Wound Up Getting High
9. Cayophus Dupree
10. Me Won’t Back Down
11. Chubby’s Boogie
BONUS LIVE TRACKS
12. Sympathy for the Devil
13. Hallelujah

All songs written by T. Horowitz except tracks 4 and 7 by Galea-T. Horowitz; track 12 by Jagger-Richards; track 13 by Leonard Cohen All songs unless otherwise indicated ASCAP Dutch Daddy Music. Track 12: ABKCO Music Inc. Track 13: Sony/ATV Popa Chubby: Guitars, vocals and percussion on all tracks. Drums on Clayophus and Me Won’t Back Down. Bass on Rescue Me, Shakedown, Two Dogs, Clayophus and Me Won’t Back Down Sam “Freightrain” Bryant: Drums all other tracks Andy Paladino: Bass on It’s Alright, Chubby’s Boogie, Preexisting Conditions, Dirty Old Blues Dave Keyes: Keyboards on all tracks Tipitina Horowitz: Trumpet, composition of horns Andrew Garrison: Tenor Saxophone Andrea Beccaro: Drums on Sympathy for the Devil Francesco Beccaro: Bass on Sympathy for the Devil

All songs written by T. Horowitz except tracks 4 and 7 by Galea-T. Horowitz; track 12 by Jagger-Richards; track 13 by Leonard Cohen All songs unless otherwise indicated ASCAP Dutch Daddy Music. Track 12: ABKCO Music Inc. Track 13: Sony/ATV Popa Chubby: Guitars, vocals and percussion on all tracks. Drums on Clayophus and Me Won’t Back Down. Bass on Rescue Me, Shakedown, Two Dogs, Clayophus and Me Won’t Back Down Sam “Freightrain” Bryant: Drums all other tracks Andy Paladino: Bass on It’s Alright, Chubby’s Boogie, Preexisting Conditions, Dirty Old Blues Dave Keyes: Keyboards on all tracks Tipitina Horowitz: Trumpet, composition of horns Andrew Garrison: Tenor Saxophone Andrea Beccaro: Drums on Sympathy for the Devil Francesco Beccaro: Bass on Sympathy for the Devil

Popa Chubby Announces New Album Two Dogs

 

 

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

 

 

CONNIE LUSH BECOMES HONORARY MEMBER OF UKBLUES

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

We are both delighted and honoured to welcome the legend that is Connie Lush as an honorary member of the UK Blues Federation which will also see her being an Ambassador for UKBlues helping spread the word!

Connie needs little introduction to most on the UK blues scene where she is recognised as one of the finest Blues singers in the UK today having received many awards including five times “Best Female Vocalist UK” earning her a place in the Gallery of Greats, alongside Alexis Korner and Eric Clapton to name just two.  Her incredible stage presence and powerful vocals have also been recognized overseas as she was twice voted “European Blues Vocalist of the year” by the “Blues Trophies Awards”. However, pride of place must go to her award from the people of Liverpool for “Performing Arts”. And that’s just to date!!

Connie is also known as a songwriter, DJ and unforgettable performer. She continues her love affair with audiences everywhere, bringing her enormous gusto for life and music wherever she goes!  Blues is her business and business is good!

Recently, Connie was one of the panel of six who acted as judges at the 4th UK Blues Challenge which took place within walking distance of her Liverpool home at the legendary Cavern Club. She found being a judge a very hard job and great fun!

Talking about her new role Connie says ‘I feel very honoured and excited, to say the least!’

We at UKBlues are thrilled to have Connie on our team. She is such a significant figure on the UK blues scene and her association with us can only enhance both the profile and reputation of UKBlues.

We concur wholeheartedly with the late BB King who said of Connie:  “That woman makes my heart sing”

NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR UKBLUES MEMBERS

25% DISCOUNT ON SKYFIRE PROMOTIONS PR CAMPAIGN:

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

As we announced a little while back, Rick Palin, Managing Director of the Skyfire Promotions Ltd group of companies, recently joined the Board of the UK Blues Federation and we are happy to announce an exclusive offer from Skyfire for UKBlues members.

A three month PR project with Skyfire normally costs £950.00. However, for members of the UK Blues Federation, Skyfire are  offering a 25% standard discount off that price, permanently.

In addition, Skyfire will make a donation to UKBlues for each and every member who takes advantage of this offer so not only will members be getting a special deal but UKBlues will be receiving additional financial support to help us achieve our aims.

Rick comments: ‘’The UK Blues Federation as I see it is an important part of the future and past preservation of the heritage of blues music within the UK.

As a specialist in PR campaigns surrounding album launches, tour support and other areas Skyfire offers an extensive range of services with an 8-year trading history and impeccable references we certainly know the scene.

A PR campaign is vital to the success of getting your material out there to a worldwide audience of press and radio and if required we can even distribute but as most of you are aware this is sometimes a very costly process. Skyfire is geared towards helping support the artist and keeping the money where it firmly belongs, in the artist’s pocket.’’

To take advantage of this offer, you must be a member of the UK Blues Federation and details of how you can join can be found here.

Skyfire and UK Blues are working together to build a presence for the blues scene in this country.

UKBlues thanks, Rick and Skyfire for this very generous offer.

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

ROCKSTAR PACK OFFER FROM PLATFORM MEDIA

We are delighted to bring you details of a very special offer from Northern Ireland based Platform Media. This offer brings bands, venues, just about anybody who is looking for physical promotion material, a competitively priced package comprising a banner, flyers and posters with free shipping throughout the UK & Ireland.

UKBlues recently used the services of Platform Media for some business cards and we were very pleased both with the result and with the speedy and attentive service and support both through the design process and after we had placed our order.

To benefit from this offer you need to be a member of the UK Blues Federation and details of how you can join can be found here.

Our thanks go to the guys at Platform Media for both their assistance and this offer.

Thank you for for your support of UKBlues in what it is doing. Please do your bit by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues. Check out the benefits of membership and see why it is a great idea to join!

(See our website for details of more membership discounts, how to join etc.)

 

UKBlues Federation Become A Member Like Connie Lush

The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your House

The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your House

The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your House

 

 

The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your House. This debut album produced by guitarist Adam Norsworthy is rich and creamy blues. Adam taking time out of driving wild horses with The Mustangs is now on a milk float with talented musicians. The Milkmen are Adam joined by Jamie Smy, vocals, Mike Roberts on drums and the son of Mick Green, Lloyd on Bass. This is no pedestrian milk float that The Milk Men are in charge of it is fully charged electric with a British fill as they deliver Full Phat Blues.

This debut is full of originals written by Adam or Jamie & Adam together. With a couple of tasteful covers, No Particular Place To Go, by Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson’s Dust My Broom and The Score by David Amy.

Opening with Make Mine A Double Adam’s smooth guitar hooks and builds up the tempo and then the vocals. Gruff full of swagger and attitude The Milk Men from the off are bringing a distinctive sound. Fresh and modern yet full of retro pizazz as they hark back to the gold top times of British R n’ B.  This is a collision of Wild Horses of the open sea and land as Mustangs collide with Pirates.

The album walks you at a fast pace from the days of  Johnny Kidd & The Pirates up the escalator to Dr Feelgood grooves then throwing in a heavy sound of rocking blues shaping the lyrical melodies around Rod Stewart. The Milk Men having absorbed the flavours shake the riffs, grooves and lyrics together creating Full Phat heavy blues with a twang of modernity, whilst never falling far from the rooted certainty of British interpretation of electric blues.

This is an album that makes you feel good, foot-stomping smiling with delight as those hands demand to be clapped. This is personified by Real Good Lookin and is returned to throughout the dozen tracks.  Get down a groove with a funky hip-swaying milkshake on a Pocketful of Pennies.  What does stand out is the smooth interaction between vocals and instruments. The guitar playing is sharp and the flow is balanced. No overlong self-indulgent solos this is a band playing music to be enjoyed.

The highlight of this smooth and tasty album is In The City. Sharp guitar opening syncopated and controlled, allowing Jamie’s vocals to power off the energy from Adam and the boys. As the album closes Dust My Broom reminds us of the heritage that the band is drawing from as we have an energised version leading into Wicked Lies to close the debut album. Slowing the tempo, changing the texture of sound we are left waiting to hear more music from The Milk Men.

 

The Milkmen Full Phat

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Track Listing

  1. Make Mine  A Double
  2. She Don’t Rock N Roll
  3. Real Good Lookin
  4. She’s Coming Home
  5. No Particular Place To Go
  6. Pocketful of Pennies
  7. Is My Love  In Vain
  8. The Score
  9. In The City
  10. Bury The Gun
  11. Dust My Broom
  12. Wicked Lies

The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your House

Do Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On Tour

Do Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On TourDo Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On Tour

Dan Owen has released his brand new single ‘Hideaway’ through Atlantic Records. The song finds the Shrewsbury singer at his most bold and determined yet, delivering an impressive statement as one of the most exciting new voices in the UK today.

Hideaway’ sees Dan enlisting huge blues riffs, which bolster the mighty soulful tones of his jaw-dropping vocal abilities. The song is currently gaining widespread exposure as it forms the soundtrack for the Boots No.7 televised and online advert.

Bluesdoodles has listened and approves of Hideaway the latest single from Dan Owen.  Dan’s vocals hit you in the solar plexus every time. He punches an emotional vocal punch full of emotions. Deep moving blues riffs drive Hideaway. A song that will live in the mind long after the last note fades away. Dan’s voice is glorious. Now let’s have a full album once we have all see you live on this winters Headline Tour.

Dan has gained attention and critical acclaim across the world following his debut release on Atlantic Records with ‘Moonlight’ earlier this year. He has become a big live draw across the UK and Europe and has sold out numerous headline tours. He’s also played a number of high-profile festivals this summer including Latitude and Barn On The Farm among many others.

Dan has announced a 16-date headline the UK and European tour in support of ‘Hideaway’. The eight-date UK leg kicks off at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on October 17th and finishes with a hometown show at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Seven on November 14th. Full Dan Owen tour dates can be found below:

DAN OWEN TOUR DATES
UK HEADLINE SHOWS
17/10 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
18/10 – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
19/10 – Manchester, Night And Day
21/10 – Birmingham, The Actress & Bishop
22/10 – Liverpool, Buyers Club
23/10 – Bristol, The Lantern
25/10 – London, Omeara
14/11 – Shrewsbury, Theatre Seven

EUROPEAN HEADLINE SHOWS
03/10 – Cologne, Studio 672
04/10 – Hamburg, Molotow
05/10 – Berlin, Badehaus
07/10 – Wiesbaden, Kesselhaus
08/10 – Nijmegen, Merleyn
09/10 – Paris, Les Étoiles
11/10 – Amsterdam, Bitterzoet
12/10 – Rotterdam, Rotown

 

ACCLAIM FOR DAN OWN

“Dan packs in more emotion, lyricism and the understanding through the medium of song that many achieve in a full album”
Bluesdoodles

“Dan Owen has a voice quite beyond his years, is a versatile guitarist and an electrifying live act as well”
The Independent

“Dan Owen has the voice from a soul who has lived a million years and experienced every element of life in its fullest”
TMRW

“Owen possesses one of the most arresting singing voices we’ve heard in a long time.”
Acoustic Magazine

“Dan straddles swooning soul and throaty blues”
Blues & Soul

“Singer-songwriter with a soaring high altitude voice”
Fred Perry Subculture

 

Do Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On Tour

Erja Lyytinen brings the Warmth of Finnish Blues to Bristol Tonight

Erja Lyytinen brings the Warmth of Finnish Blues to Bristol Tonight

Erja Lyytinen brings the Warmth of Finnish Blues to Bristol Tonight

 

 

Tonight The Tunnels welcomed Erja Lyytinen and her support band Red Butler to Bristol for the first and definitely not the last time. Tuesday night was blues night that filled the arches with music that was full of energy and played with style.

Erja Lyytinen brings the Warmth of Finnish Blues to Bristol TonightOpening tonight Red Butler with their new line-up that many in the audience had not had the opportunity to hear yet. Alex Butler, Mike Topp and Charlie Simpson are joined by Dan Spellman on vocals and guitar. With a change of vocalist, the dynamics of the band have definitely changed. The interactions between the four members on a cramped stage space was natural and full of energy that is the fuel for their rocky blues. With Dan as the vocalist adds a harder edge to their sound, which certainly suits the direction they took on Nothing To Loose. The set reflected this with the numbers taken predominately from the album. The new vitalized Red Butler tonight added to their skills some brilliant harmonization between Alex, Dan and Mike. The whole set was played with aplomb, the sound was very tight and the interplay between the guitarists was intuitive and worked well set against the rhythm section.

Calm Before The Storm was a highlight, they nailed it. Other highlights of a short set that showcased the band was Belly Of TheErja Lyytinen brings the Warmth of Finnish Blues to Bristol Tonight Blues, rearranged and sounds better with new vocalists adding a layer of drama. Crowd-pleasing cover of Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City. With the rocky edge more akin to Bernie Marsden/Whitesnake version and sounds wonderful and the audience gladly added their voice to the chorus. Mike took the role of the wolf, complete with a mask for Big Bad Wolf, combined with the music adding to the live experience. A great set, the only pity was not more people had turned out on a Tuesday to hear blues rock at The Tunnels.

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Short break, change of sound man, Mikko Kiviniemi takes charge of the desk as Erja Lyytinen and her band take control of The Tunnels. For those familiar with the queen of the slide guitar, already familiar with her new direction on Stolen Hearts her current album provided anticipation for a night of full-on blues that flexes its muscles. Her music explores and captures the vibes of funk, prog rock and more. The energy flowed from the stage and across the venue. The band was determined that everyone was going to have fun and be left with a memory of musicianship that brought music alive.

 

The band provided the cascading backdrop of sound from which Erja could fly with her vocals and guitar. Tonight in control of Hammond and keys from the magical energised fingers of Harri Taittonen. Whilst the deep and sometimes dark rhythms were delivered by bassist Juha Verona and Kai Jokiaho on drums. A powerhouse captured in a quartet.  Erja the flying Fin with her sparkling Sapphire blue guitar and glass slide set the second half of the evening into a tumultuous celebration of the blues, a theme she returned to throughout the evening.

Despite the disappointing turnout Erja did not disappoint with a wonderful balance of authentic Blues, Blues Rock and ‘ProggishErja Lyytinen brings the Warmth of Finnish Blues to Bristol Tonight Rock’ showcasing why she is so popular and is gaining a fan base whenever she plays in the UK.  Her guitar work is impeccable, full of grace and style and her interaction with the audience is warm Erja Is the real deal. The set delivered was storming as they played the last gig of the current UK tour.

With numbers from Stolen Hearts including the title track that was a highlight with lots of joyous interaction and community singing for the chorus. The centre piece and the absolute highlight of the evening was Black Ocean. With deep driving blues textures, heavy riffs and rhythms reflecting the ocean swell dark and dangerous. Erja tonight bought prog-blues to Bristol. We loved it. Showing the depth and breadth of style across the album we had slow blues a thing of beauty as Slowly Burning curled around the arches. Then Rocking Chair the interaction between guitar and bass is immense. As Juha, on bass reflects the rocking beat of the Rocking chair. Live musical magic.

With a Ko Ko Taylor cover, full of slide blues that is rooted firmly in the original African source; and delightful instrumental solo from Erja as she showed the styles of the greats. A medley full of subtle changes and interest that was delivered with fun as she asked the audience if they knew of BB King, Charlie Patton and many more.

With Cross Town Traffic given the Erja treatment along with her version of Steamy Windows an opportunity to be sexy with the audience and get close and personal with Juha on bass. All too soon it was time for the final numbers.  People get Ready where we were treated to guitar that resonated the tone and style of Jeff Beck. Erja tonight was Queen of the Blues. Her playing majestic, stylish with a hint of bedevilment and fun. Live music doesn’t get much better than this!

 

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UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018

 

The UK Blues Federation is pleased to announce that they are putting in place the UKBlues Awards to commence in 2018 to give the blues community in the UK the opportunity to recognise and applaud those involved with the blues in the UK.

Many people have expressed the opinion that UKBlues is the ideal body to undertake the organising, running and overseeing of an annual awards process given that it is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the European Blues Union as well as the organiser of the annual UK Blues Challenge. The UKBlues Awards is a natural next step for UKBlues and furthers its stated aim to support and promote the blues in the UK.

A new, dedicated website is in the process of being created and voting in the awards will take place over a four-week period in February with a high profile, high-quality awards presentation ceremony taking place later in the year.

For UKBlues, Ashwyn Smyth, Chair, said: ‘It is evident from discussions we have had that many people have missed there not being any blues awards this year and, after much discussion and thought, we have decided that UKBlues should look to fill that gap. We have a very clear idea of how we should proceed with these awards and will be looking to create something that will draw support from across the blues spectrum in the UK. Above all we want to see an Awards process that does justice to all the recipients and nominees and to all those involved with the blues in the UK. Other musical genres have high profile and successful Awards and we feel it is high time that the blues in the UK enjoyed something similar. It will not happen overnight and will take a great deal of commitment.

Above all we want to see an Awards process that does justice to all the recipients and nominees and to all those involved with the blues in the UK. Other musical genres have high profile and successful Awards and we feel it is high time that the blues in the UK enjoyed something similar. It will not happen overnight and will take a great deal of commitment.

It is clear that building the profile of these Awards will take time but with the support of all those involved with the blues in the UK, we believe we can create something of which the UK blues community can be proud.’

More information about the UKBlues Awards will become available over the next few months.

Bluesdoodles have covered the Blues Challenge Read what we said about the 4th Blues Challenge held at The Cavern Liverpool “The Winner is: …….. As Dave Raven and Ashwyn Smyth handed over the responsibility of presenting the trophy to last year’s Challenge winner Kaz Hawkins”.  Read More…..

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018