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

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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

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

 

 

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

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

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Track Listing

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

 

Rhythm Of The Rain – Amelia White – White Wolf Records

 

AMELIA WHITE · UK TOUR · NOVEMBER 2017

Accompanied by Thomas Collison on selected dates *

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

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.

 

Supersonic Blues MachineCalifornisoulMascot Label Group

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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

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

 

The cover is alluring, Karen’s bejewelled eyes inviting you to explore the dozen tracks that tell me once again the Karen is never a Fish Outta Water when singing the blues with soulful emotions.  Building on the power and impressions left from her acclaimed 2010 release Still The Rain. On Fish Outta Water, Karen has handed much of the song writing over to producer Eric Corne;  Five tracks have the Lovely  skills two co-written with her producer, two co-written with Mark Bowden her touring Guitarist.

At the heart of the album is the seductive vocals of Karen Lovely; the tones and textures bounce of the musicians who she has surrounded herself with on Fish Outta Water. Two guitarists are used across various tracks, either Rick Holmstrom  or Doug Pettibone with bassist Taras Prodaniuk and Drummer/percussionist Matt Tecu pulling in the deep driving rhythms that the heartbeat of the album. Other instruments blended in shaping of tracks, used as colourful punctuation.

The title track pulls you deep under the watery depths; as you listen you feel in the company of friends you can breathe; Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues. The instrumentation syncopated to reflect and build on Karen’s powerful vocalization. R’n’B that draws on a moody vibe; lit up by the Skip Edwards mastery of the Hammond B3.

With a beat of the drum, the mood is change as we are sitting Under The Midnight Sun setting the pace and full of clever licks and the use of saxophone adding a soulful aire to the proceedings.  Having listened to the album a number of times I know that it is the variation that makes you sit up, listen and pay attention to every track. The words are there for a purpose as the story of the song is unveiled with a mix of tempos; we have a thread of continuity Karen Lovely’s vocals her understanding of the blues.

Looming with intent is countrified Big Black Cadillac, this is no city slicker leading into for me the song of the album Hades’ Bride (There Was A Time); a slow burner as Lovely explores domestic violence and sexual assault.  Opening with beautiful acoustic guitar tones from Al Bonhomme, the mournful tones picked up by the searing violin and deeper tone of cello creating the tonal palette of the track. The story is sung by Karen with thoughtful delivery of the prose as blues and country meld in a perfect flowing harmony across words of pain and control; as wings are clipped and punches thrown. Emotive words spun with shrewd connections.  Atlas, the world on his shoulders, Frazier’s punch and the use of being the Bride of Hades  heroes from myths pulled together with clever phrases creating the allusion that all is well whilst underneath living‘s hell. Hades Bride a love song, how it can be distorted turned hateful with the control and misuse of power creating a life full of hurt and pain feels like a true story from the past many have lived through. And sadly, many still living through. For Karen this is more than a song as she actively supports RAINN USA’s largest anti sexual violence organisation.

How to follow that opening to the second half of the album, with explosive upbeat sound of Molotov Cocktails. Doug Pettitone’s guitar is sharp underpinning the vocals. The tempo maybe upbeat there is a darker feel once again front the chords of the organ and guitar as Karen sings, “let’s have another round of Molotov Cocktails”.  The song as you would expect form Karen is not a girls night out in a cocktail bar having fun it is the darker underbelly of geo-politics of living in a world surrounded by social justice.

All change as we shuffle into Chicago for an optimistic number Next Time things will be better! Closing out the album we have a country fair vibe almost a jug band sound as  Punk Rock meets Johnny Cash. Vocals observe a busker playing for nickles and dimes in a subway. Once again gritty side of life is captured in a few words in a melodic cry as a picture of now is painted by Karen Lovely’s vocals and words. Closing with a The River’s Wide, we are back at the waters side. Down by the water with the Hammond Organ and Karen’s soulful vocals as once again we visit pain divisions widen.

Karen brings a fluidity to the album it flows and no track is a Fish Outta Water; this is an album that feels at home in any lover of modern blues infused with country and soul collections.  This is an album where the song is the key and every track tells a story you want to hear. Stupendous album of blues that demands you to listen to. With every play you hear another crafted lick; astute vocal phrasing. Fish Outta Water never when in the company of Karen Lovely. I recommend you explore the album it is full of hidden depths; no written review will ever be able to convey.

Karen Lovely – Fish Outta Water

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Track Listing

  1. Fish Outta Water
  2. Under The Midnight Sun
  3. Twist My Fate
  4. Waking Up The Dead
  5. Big Black Cadillac
  6. Everything Means Nothing
  7. Hades Bride (There Was A Time)
  8. Molotov Cocktails
  9. Next Time
  10. Nice and Easy
  11. Punk Rock Johnny Cash
  12. The Rivers Wide

 

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd new album Lay It On Down; Bluesdoodles can sum up his eighth solo album as searingly confident modern blues.  You want to read a little bit more? Happy to oblige as I listen once again with intense pleasure to Lay It On Down.

Lay It On Down, on Mascot Group Label with a release date of 21st July 2017. The album was recorded in January as Shepherd and his band entered the Echophone Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. New Year, New Project , with an ambitious mission statement: the greatest songs of Shepherd’s career. No more. No less. “The point of this album,” he says, “was that I wanted to put a heavy emphasis on the songs themselves and the writing behind them. I wanted each song to really stand on its own with the songwriting, the music, the words.” Having listened mission accomplished full of fresh vibes; strong lyrics surrounded with the brilliance of electric blues.

Throughout the album the guitar sizzles with a controlled intent. The shining Goldilocks never too hot, never too long and definitely not cold. Kenny always leaves you wondering as the voice is hooked in what guitar lick was left out for the main event the lyrics.  It is that feeling of intrigue, the notes that have not been played that leaves you not wanting more but satisfied, intrigued and with melodies and lines that flash into your head as the most welcomed of earworms. Lay It Down, the music has been laid down with thought, commitment and self-belief that less is often more when it comes to electric guitar lead breaks.

Opening the narrative that connects the album’s eleven tracks is Baby Got Gone; starting off at full throttle with rock that is full of attitude we know we are embarking on a musical journey that will take us around an interesting circuit of songs recorded in Nashville out of Louisiana as rocks in the road are explored.  Rock and romance in the air combine on romantic number Nothing But the Night. Diamonds & Gold is full of soulful luxuriousness, a cascade of notes on guitar, drum and horns the sound is funky, modern and energised. The title is two objects of desire signifying for many power, and wealth giving us our status and identity.  Shepherd manages through the lyrics to look beyond to bigger more meaningful and fulfilling things as the guitar squeals delivering a crescendo of sound more valuable to the listener than Diamonds & Gold.

With a floating, Americana feel of the title track, Lay It On Down takes the musical road in another direction. This light and fresh number has a darker lyric trapped in a gilded cage as Shepherd sings “Who broke your will now honey who stole your dreams like money who made you think you were keeping around”. The lyrics build the story, the guitar break fills in the gap as we travel the road knowing we need to look at the inner beauty to pass the self-doubts that we often show to the world. .

The lap-steel curls with a depth of tone on Hard Lesson Learned and the electric guitar adds a salty sharpness. Then into blues shuffling glory that is the signature of Kenny Wayne shepherd for many. Followed by another vintage bluesy number we are then showered with Louisiana Rain.  The acoustic guitar is gentle reflecting rain on a window, distorting the view with its shades of grey. A song sung with heartfelt personal emotions. As we are led to the final stop on the journey that is Ride Of Your Life.  The music hooks back to the driving rocky feel of the opener. This is as it says a Ride Of Your Life the guitar crackles with static electric power, the flashes of sparks are iridescent with every shade of blue from baby blue to darkest indigo.  The encore is an acoustic version of the title track; we revisit the bird in the gilded cage the lyrics suit the acoustic sound. Lay It On Down is an album that will grow with very outing and tracks will become live favourites..

By the eighth album an artist can become predictable, all feels like heard that before. DEFINITELY NOT with Lay It On Down, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, picking up on his other passion motor cars has given his music a complete overhaul, the guitar driven engine still has its power and integrity but added to the accelerator taking us on a journey are strong lyrics and modern Americana influence. As KWS said recently, “I feel like the band’s best days are still ahead of us. And the next album could be completely different…”  He has certainly succeeded as Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album. While we wait for the next re-vamp we can Lay It On Down with pleasure in the company of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Lay It On Down – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Baby Got Gone
  2. Diamonds & Gold
  3. Nothing But The Night
  4. Lay It On Down
  5. She’s $$$
  6. Hard Lesson Learned
  7. Down For Love
  8. How Low Can You Go
  9. Louisiana Rain
  10. Ride Of Your Life
  11. Lay It On Down (Acoustic)

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says Lay It On Down on New Album

 

Bridges building A Thousand Horses Southern Rock on New Album

Bridges building A Thousand Horses Southern Rock on New Album

Bridges building A Thousand Horses Southern Rock on New Album

Opening with a driving of beat drums as the horses are rounded up and A Thousand Horses ride across the Bridges of their own creation this is music that is infectious.  As you get immersed into a blaze of glory A Thousand Horses takes you not to one bridge, spanning one river. This is thirteen tracks exploring Bridges that span, fast flowing melodies; lyrics with twists and turns, fulsome ballads and the slower eddies that take you nowhere but always a deep memorable moment in time.

Bridges builds on the success of their debut album Southernality; with heavy injections of Southern Rock, never drowning out the country rooted power of the lyrics unveiling a story punctuated by soaring riffs, licks and the rhythmic drive of the drum and bass. The thirteen tracks divide the album into two; first six tracks are brand new studio recordings that will soon be firm favourites at the live shows. Then seven tracks recorded live, the majority in London at Metropolis studio. The last track being the first hit, played on country radio, the infectious crowd sing-along number Smoke. Recorded back in the home of Country where it all began in Nashville.

Third track in, Preachin’ To The Choir, hits the spot with its gritty edge of the real world of partying, and drinking on a Saturday night after a tough working week.  This isn’t gospel it is a working person’s anthem. Tinged with anger yet totally catchy an in the moment an ear worm that makes it perfect for radio play. The beat throbs and the melody curls as we are introduced to One Man Army, as we are taken deep into the essence of southern music it is the vocals that have to be able to engage and tell the story. This is done with slower consideration almost acoustic, before with a swirl of sound the chorus lifts the song. everyone wants a man who can be your bridge  protecting you from hardship and cruelty always around and always can be counted on! The pace is slowed down for the title track Bridges, these are the ones you burn in life with the backing vocals adding another texture. Southern rock warm and rich with the heat rising then cooling with the words that paint the scene this is story telling at its best.

A Thousand Horses through there irresistible Country Rock has connected us with the Album Bridges.  Closing the first part of the album is the standout track Weekends in a Small Town. It has a beauty, the music has a fluidity that captivates full of yearning, capturing living in a small town. This is a story anyone who has lived in a small town can instantly recognise.

The live tracks remind you why Southernality was such a hit in 2015 and why A Thousand Horses add something to the tracks when they play live. The repeat of Preachin’ To The Choir is stripped back to its Country heart acoustic and gives the lyrics even greater focus. Re-visiting the title track we hear the voices of the band and this affirms this number will become a firm favourite adding to the strength and depth of A Thousand Horses set list. A Thousand Horses are a quartet with Southern drive as Michael Hobby; Bill Satcher, Zach Brown and Graham Deloach  combine together creating a mighty force of rock infused country, sizzling with attitude and melodic fervor as we meet those Bridges in the road head on.

In life one bridge is never enough and that is true of the Album as the deep Country bridge connect with rock; hill country and so much more Bridges; and takes us across stormy waters on a cascade of melodic intensity reinforced with storytelling lyrics of music that connects to your inner feelings. The bridges we burn and those we cross or ignore make up our life’s story captured in an album.

A Thousand Horses – Bridges – BMLG Records

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Track Listing

    1. Blaze Of Somethin’
    2. Burn Like Willie
    3. Preachin’ To The Choir
    4. One Man Army
    5. Bridges
    6. Weekends In A Small Town
    7. Travellin’ Man (Live From Metropolis Studios London)
    8. Preachin’ To The Choir (Live From Metropolis Studios London)
    9. Sunday Morning (Live From Metropolis Studios London)
    10. One Many army (Live From Metropolis Studios London)
    11. Bridges (Live From Metropolis Studios London)
    12. First Time (Live From Metropolis Studios London)
    13. Smoke (Live From Printers Alley Nashville)

Bridges building A Thousand Horses Southern Rock on New Album

Self-titled Teresa Watson Band Debut Blues Album

Self-titled Teresa Watson Band Debut Blues Album

Self-titled Teresa Watson Band Debut Blues Album

A self-titled debut from Teresa Watson Band is a clarion call I am back says Teresa in fine voice.  Teresa has on her return to the vibrant North East blues scene surrounded herself with musicians that compliment her crushed-velvet vocals; smooth with an edge. Three members of the Groove-a-matics in the mix are guitarist John Whitehill and the rhythm section of bassist John Morgan and Barry Race on Drums. Joining this trio adding the extra tone is her long-standing keyboard player Paul Donaldson on Piano.

The ten tracks of carefully selected songs opens with Come On Mama, Earl Randall/Willie Mitchell number, the melodic cry of the vocals and the determined beat underlying the song works perfectly; a band in harmony. There is from the oft an innate understanding between the musicians as Teresa sings Come To Mamma; with a mix of reflective yearning and a demand I am in charge.

Half-way through the album, Whitehall’s guitar acts as a melodic punctuation for Teresa as Leap of Faith  reflects that it has taken self-belief to re-launch her career after a six-year break where she was sorely missed by her fans. Piano opening on Angel Of Montgomery a John Prine number, is the perfect foil of beat and tone for Teresa’s vocals full of yearning drama as the instrumentation grows.

Willie Dixon’s I Just Wanna Make Love To You is often covered and revitalized by this arrangement that suits the style of the band with its driving energy and reflective demands.  The blues is strong throughout the album, tinted with soulful phrasing from Teresa Watson. As the album fades away you are left with the warm glowing memory of Need Your Love So Bad, slowly sung with a simplicity. The last number needs no introduction, here sung and played with an elegance that lingers.

Teresa Watson Band, delivers on their debut an album that is full of soulful blues, well sung, with the instrumentation shaped for the vocals. The album will be a welcomed addition for anyone who sees the band live and will via on-line sales increase the profile of a band that plays music that will always be pleasing to the ear.

Teresa Watson Band – Teresa Watson Band

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Track Listing

  1. Come to Mama
  2. You Got Me Where You Want Me
  3. Breaking Down Slow
  4. Down Home Blues
  5. Leap of Faith
  6. Angel from Montgomery
  7. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
  8. Married to the Blues
  9. Love Me Like A Man
  10. Need Your Love So Bad

Self-titled Teresa Watson Band Debut Blues Album

Debut Album Big Blue from Shortstuff No Longer Lost

Debut Album Big Blue from Shortstuff No Longer Lost

Debut Album Big Blue from Shortstuff  No Longer Lost

 

 

There is nothing Short about Big Blue! The duo of Dave Thomas & Hugh Gregory are not playing Stuff, it is most definitely acoustic blues with a sense of humour, panache and energy. You may not have heard of this pairing, this is a debut album delayed by over forty years of a pair that once enjoyed a residency in the Half Moon Putney back in the mid-seventies.  Big Blue is a tale of lost and found, in 1975 having recorded some tracks from a live set; the tape was lost. It was then found in a Hackney attic, dusted off and with some later recordings the album was born.

The nine tracks all come from a variety of artists and are a pick n’mix of delights. The covers reflect their influences from J.J.Cale ; Ry Cooder and John Martyn.

The opener is blues with a lazy, hazy feel as Johnny Cash’s oft covered number Hey Porter is re-styled. Setting the scene, it is acoustic played with a crispness full of textures that punctuate the lyrics. With the spicy addition of Steve Jinks’ percussion and bass on several tracks adding another delightful tonal texture, as the duo are Sitting in The Rain this jaunty version of the John Mayall number has an energy, a familiarity  that fills the speaker with a warmth, redolent of the power a duo creates when the music is really good.

The covers have been selected with care, re-arranged so that the soul and energy of Thomas & Gregory captured in the phrasing and delivery, full of confidence and love of the Blues, with two J.J. Cale numbers Magnolia & Same Old Blues being exemplary. Magnolia is as sweet as the flower, full of short-lived perfection a stand out number on the album of sparkling gems. The tempo kicks its heel up as the dance beat is captured on Dan Hicks’ O’Reilly at The Bar. Followed by a traditional number Honeybabe is juicy music thoughtfully conveying the history of the sound stretching back to the unknown.

Swirl in some Terry McGhee and The Mississippi Sheiks the album is full of interest. Closing out with Love’s A Disease you are left with a warm feel of having listened to blues sung and played well. Welcome back, Bluesdoodles is definitely delighted that what was lost has been found creating a debut album Big Blue from Shortstuff.

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Track Listing

  1. Hey Porter
  2. I Sing ‘Em The Way I feel
  3. Sitting In The Rain
  4. Magnolia
  5. O’Reilly At The Bar
  6. Honeybabe
  7. Same Old Blues
  8. Sitting On Top Of The World
  9. Love’s A Disease

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

 

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

 

Bluesdoodles recommendation to you is, switch off the phone, lock the doors sit back in a comfortable chair press play and Big Daddy Wilson’s Neckbone Stew will warm you aural senses as you are drenched in the music of Southern States of America.

As we step into the musical journey we start off at Cross Creek Road, opening with a deep, tuneful acoustic number reminding me of Eric Bibb in tone and texture. The title track reflecting the gospel intoning with his soulful vocals, stepping back to a time when he sang in Church back in Edenton, North Carolina. Then with a stylish swirl the beat picks up with a reggae rhythm overlaying vocals sung in a traditional blues style, the musicianship from his trio and guests makes the whole album sizzle with music that is soul food for your ears. Big Daddy’s combination of vocals that cajole and percussive beats are joined by bassist and vocalist Paolo Legramandi; completing the threesome is multi-instrumentalist
Cesare Nolli, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboard and Vocals. This threesome delivers on every track. The piano introduces us to Tom Cat and guitar that pulls us into a holler, in homage to his father John Henry Wilson. The emotion is raw and genuine the tone full of mournful intricacies. Follow that! Easy when you are Big Daddy Wilson with a number he wrote with Eric Bibb He’ll Make Away. A number that would sit with ease on any Bibb album it shows the versatility and dexterity of delta inspired traditional southern music.

Now a cover, no it is a complete rearrangement as Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason is re-shaped into a delta-blues number, with the winning combination of Big Daddy’s vocals and Ruthie Foster. This is a stew that is shaped by delicious sounding varied music. We visit the love of bad food, with Cookies Gonna Kill Me. A real change for whiskey going to kill me blues. Up beat country fair dance tempo as Eric Bibb joins him on guitar and must be the first tine sugar diabetes has been a line in a song.

Closing out with The River, full of evangelical fervour with Big Daddy Wilson imploring the preacher is this a sign, slow and with an emotive edge. Closing the album with Peanut Butter Pic; up beat country blues that gets your feet tapping and now you are relaxed replete with Neckbone Stew.

Big Daddy Wilson has created musical concoction the effortlessly with artistry and feel blends, blues, roots, country spiritual, soul and reggae; this is music that flows mighty fine on the ear. The spicing in the musical mix is just right, it is definitely a bowl of Neck Bone Stew served at the right musical temperature!

Big Daddy WilsonNeckbone StewRUF Records

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Track Listing

  1. Cross Creek Road
  2. 7 Years
  3. Neckbone Stew
  4. I Just Need A Smile
  5. Tom Cat
  6. He’ll Make A Way
  7. Give Me One Reason
  8. Running Shoes
  9. My Babe
  10. Damn If I Do
  11. Cookies Gonna Kill Me
  12. The River

Musicians
Big Daddy Wilson – Percussions, Vocals
Paolo Legramandi – Bass, Vocals
Cesare Nolli – Guitar, Drums, Percussions, Keyboard, Vocals

Guest Musicians

Staffan Astner – Guitar
Eric Bibb – Guitar
Sven Lindvall – Tuba
Nik Taccori – Drums
Ruthie Foster – Vocals
Davide “Dave” Rossi – Keyboard
Alessandro Meroli – Horn, Flute
Paris Renita – Backing Vocals

Big Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is Perfect

Michele D’Amour Album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge

Michele D'Amour Album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge

Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers  – Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge

We have all lost nights in clubs that are dark, and in the day smoky with the music full of blues, soul and sultry temptations. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers on their third album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge have captured those memories of sadness, happiness calm and fever fuelled intensity across the dozen tracks. The Seattle-based singer/songwriter Michele D’Amour delivers the song with panache surrounded by musicians delivering solid blues that captures Chicago Blues and Mississippi Juke Joints, dirty dangerous and solid.

Opening with, No Good, a gentle introduction into the vocal range and tone and the tightness of the band around her with a hint of the tasty licks from guitarist Ryan Higgins; the reality is only good can come from music that is full of stylish delivery.

On the languid laid back sharp numbers, Trouble and All I Do Is Work we are caressed by the music as we dip our musical toes into the warmth of Live At The Leopard Lounge.  The singing is sharp and tight reflecting the rhythm section combination of Patrick McDanel on bass and drummer Ronnie Bishop.

The title track, picks up the pace and has a clever bass line as Michele explores the mythical club Leopard Lounge they have created in an ode to colourful venues they have played in, and depicted by artist Tim Sutherland in the album art.  This sassy track reflects life, grimy, exciting, humorous and often dirty.  The themes are true blues fodder, the downtrodden, love gone wrong the lost and hurt, about real life and people Michele has met on the road as a musician.  As we hit the halfway mark Michele sings Lost My Mojo, the horns and deep dark creative bass lines definitely have their mojo full on as it leads into a glorious lead break from Ryan, this is smokin’ good music.

The tone deepens and the tempo slows as the lyrics are considered against the slow pound of the drums the timing is superb and we know exactly what Michele means when she sings Blue As Blue Can Get. We want to leave the Leopard Lounge up beat and a Country Rock tinge to Last Man Standing is invigorating as the guitar sound swirls and builds around the melody.  With a boogie vibe as the album closes we have had a night of musical experiences at the Leopard Lounge in the Company of Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers.

Celebrating the bands fifth anniversary this album encompasses blues of a time and place. This is not stretching the genre it is delivering blues that collectors want to collect; straightforward music that sings to your soul.

Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers –  Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge

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Track Listing

  1. No Good
  2. Trouble
  3. Leopard Lounge
  4. Move on Down the Line
  5. Lost My Mojo
  6. All I Do Is Work
  7. When the Blues Come Calling
  8. I Didn’t Know
  9. Blue as Blue Can Get
  10. What the Cat Dragged In
  11. Last Man Standing
  12. Black Cat Boogie

Michele D'Amour Album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge