Migration Blues the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues Mastery

Migration Blues
the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues Mastery

When you listen to a new Eric Bibb album you expect extraordinary blues, he is one of the best. Does Migration Blues reach my expectations? Yes, the album surpasses expectations.  The reason fo the album name, Migration Blues is the connectivity between now and the past. As Eric said “ Fleeing war & hardship is something people have been doing all over the world for millennia – nothing new … Whether you’re looking at a former sharecropper, hitchhiking from Clarksdale to Chicago in 1923, or an orphan from Aleppo, in a boat full of refugees in 2016 — it’s migration blues.”
On the album, Eric joined by JJ Millaeu with his harmonica and the multi–instrumentalist John Browne on guitar, fiddle and banjo. Also on the album are sympathetic drumming, at times harking back to the pain of slaves forced migration out of Africa from Olle Linder, Big Daddy Wilson and Ulrika Bibb’s backing vocals. It is Eric Bibb that drives the album directing tone and tempo as he emotionally sings the lyrics with strong and at times painful stories to tell. Bibb is the modern man of the blues he is the real deal.

The context of the album is Migration, the impact, hurt and pain of leaving home whether from Aleppo in 2016 or the migration from rural South to industrial North. Scratch the surface and we all have migrants in our ancestry, moving from home is a shared history. The parallels weave through the album from contemporary to historical migration.  Shaped and discussed on social media, and news stories, on migration blues the elegant simplicity tells the truth of the pain of migration.

Opening with Refugee Moan, the plucked strings deep and redolent of journeys yet to take and we board the train at the heart of many a blues song. Eric Bibb, implores to be able to ride the train, let me board the ship this is a song of the desperate need for deliverance into the great unknown. Powerful messages pen your minds and take the journey through the vocals and words of Bibb the bluesman for today. With simple arrangements acting as gentle punctuation and soundscapes for the power of the lyrics redolent with meaning and the human condition. Every track is special. Highlights for me are the prayerful intoning of Prayin’ For Shore, as you want to reach a stranger’s land unknowing if help or violence will greet you the harmonica cries in harmony with the lyrics. The deep southern blues of Migration Blues, an instrumental with the depth of his twelve string resonator and the imploring of the harp cries the pain that no words are needed to explain.  The stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War fits perfectly in the track list of the album, as does Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land. The hope of a better life is there with Brotherly Love and the closing Mornin’ Train. Once more Eric Bibb has captured today in the simplicity of his blues shining and pure.  This is an album that makes you think, feel the plight of others and be slower to condemn and quicker to find out the story behind the stranger in a strange land as Eric says Peace and Love.

Eric Bibb – Blues Migration – Dixiefrog Records

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Track Listing

  1. Refugee Moan
  2. Delta Giveaway
  3. Diego’s Blues – 01
  4. Prayin’ For Shore
  5. Migration Blues
  6. Four Years, No Rain
  7. We Had To Move
  8. Masters Of War
  9. Brotherly Love
  10. La Vie C’est Comme Un Oignon
  11. With A Dolla In my Pocket
  12. This Land Is Your Land
  13. Postcard From Brooker
  14. Blacktop
  15. Mornin’ Train

Migration Blues the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues Mastery

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson, takes you on a lyrical musical ride that you will want to repeat. Music and storytelling are in harmonious unison under the reins of Jarrod as he Ready the Horses. Opening with Faint of Heart is the acoustic guitar with percussive power and the Hammond adding warmth to a number that has its hooks deep into your musical soul. You want to listen to more, Jarrod’s influences reach deep into the Lone Star State, where he was born, with his immense talent he builds on traditions and creates a depth of tone and feeling of modern Country with the cleanness of freshly mown grass.

The ten numbers work with the change of textures and beats, through clever songwriting and imaginative instrumentation that builds and adding to the focus of Jarrod’s distinctive tuneful vocals. The timing on Take It From Me adds drama, integrity and searing emotions as the number builds. The tempo slows, with the duet of Your Heart Belongs To Me, the vocal duties are sung by husband and wife Jarrod and Claire. The guitar and vocals combine with lyrics creating a heavenly love song.
His Debut The Lonesome Traveller was critically acclaimed and for many, the second album is often a tricky beast. No problem for Jarrod Ready The Horses, the stallions are punching the air with delight ready to take you on an exhilarating Country gallop.

A trio of Jarrod style Americana with California, Gold Rush and A Cowboy & The Moon three songs three distinct sounds. California, retro in its acoustic gentleness, mesmeric in its simplicity. This is a tale of questions, do you still think of me even though I am in the past. Then we darken with a heavier growling Jarrod, with Gold Rush. The power of the number is barely contained, nothing is rushed we are stepping out on a journey with a bluesy feel that adds but never defines the number. Jarrod’s vocals are the gold in this Gold Rush, Anyone listing to the album will be all the richer for having Ready The Horses in their collection. The cowboy meets his horses with A Cowboy &The Moon, a dose of Tex Mex a ballad that explores the cowboy’s feelings.

Closing out the album of ten delicious sonic treats with I Won’t Quit., in which the vocals shape the lyrics with hurt, sorrow and pain as he has said the words all wrong. A ballad that lingers and connects. One thing is positive once heard you will never quit the Jarrod Dickenson sound.

The album from first note to last has an honest elegance and integrity in the shaping of the lyrics and the music. This has been added to by the excellent production and recording the core band live onto 2” tape as musicians of yesteryear did. Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound’” Yes, the sound is warm, emotions are heartfelt so Ready The Horses and listen to Jarrod’s distinctive vocals.

Jarrod Dickenson Ready The Horses – Hooked Records
Out 10th March

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Track Listing

  1. Faint Of Heart
  2. Take It From Me
  3. Way Past Midnight
  4. In The Meantime
  5. California
  6. Gold Rush
  7. A Cowboy & The Moon
  8. Nothing More
  9. I Won’t Quit

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

 

With a jig in your step, you embark on John Cee Stannard’s latest album that Takes You To The River. The flow of music is fresh, free-flowing with the sparkling sunshine and the fish leaping with Stannard’s exploration of country blues with the Blue Horizon.

Behind the glow of the music are darker messages that explore life and human frailties. With ten John Cee Stannard originals with the essence of blues the done the British way and two re-worked classics by Jelly Roll Morton, Winin’ Boy Blues and the eponymous House of The rising Sun given a complete makeover.  The Blue Horizon are the lynchpin to the Stannard sound, Mike Baker and Howard Birchmore providing guitar and harmonica layers of texture and tone building on the rhythms laid down by drummer Julian Brown & Andy Crowdy’s double bass, with special guests keeping the music varied and full of interest.

The music and vocals have a bright spring in their step as the album opening with Do It All Over Again.  Full of sharp melodies and a witty look at life how we just do it all over again as we try to get ahead despite bills and taxes! This is feet tapping music that has a wide appeal as the tempo rises in Separation-2 rag blues suiting the tribulations of coping with several girlfriends. He shares the problem again with tuneful humour as he rhymes the ditty with the women names he has chosen. Opening with delightful harp, we learn about Margery, Eleanor and the rest of the girls. The styles of blues/country incorporated are done with a gentle and deft touch so the shape is always British keeping the Stannard feel and approach.

The title track, Run To The River, flows with vocals filled out with the Farnham Community choir and guest vocalist Julia Titus. A high point of the album full of gospel power as we reach the half-way point with the first cover.  Winin’ Boy Blues, beautifully captured harnessing the music of country in the America of the 1930’s. Gospel and slide guitar form a winning combination on The Good Lord Didn’t Tell Me, slow full of mournful shading with Julia and the choir returning. Starting slow almost at a funeral pace John opens House of The Rising Sun, the guitar picks up the pace as the classic is reformed and the harmonica just rises the sun superb.  Blues is the theme, so a train song is often hidden in the track list. With Simon Mayor’s fiddle adding a sharp piquancy and the extra vocal power from Julia provide a positive train song we are going home. This is a get up and dance tune, Let The Train Whistle Blow. The closing track Nothing is What You get leaves us up-tempo with Simon Mayor’s fiddle adding a ragtime beat when combined with the piano of Matt Epson that makes a statement that adds to the tonal texture and shape.  The clever lyrics, slightly tongue in cheek from wordsmith John Cee Stannard shapes the album, influencing pace and approach on a happy album as John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

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Track Listing

  1. Do It All Over Again
  2. Separation – 2
  3. History
  4. Have Your Fun
  5. Run To The River
  6. Winin’ Boy Blues Jelly Roll Morton
  7. The Good Lord Didn’t Tell ME
  8. House Of The Rising Sun Traditional
  9. The Wretch
  10. Let The Train Whistle Blow
  11. Ain’t No Livin’ With The Blues
  12. Nothin’ Is What You Got

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

 

 

This is the second EP that has caught Bluesdoodles from the Rainbreakers, a young band that is definitely blowing away the rain clouds. Rise Up builds from the foundations of their debut studio recording Blood Not Brass. The five-tracks allow the quartet to explore styles and leaves fans wanting more, Rise recorded at Purple Door Studios, producer Robin Andrews (Conduct, Stereophonics etc.) has developed in the Shrewsbury band a clear sense of purpose.

Opening with a fuzzy, psychedelic sound with clash of cymbals and judicious use of Wah Wah pedal as Ben Edwards belts out the vocals in keeping with the feel of the late sixties. The lyrics explore relationships not meant to be sustained, what is sustained is the infectious guitar riff that drives the track forward.  The vocals of Ben get the songs noticed, underneath is the instrumentation providing so much more than a backdrop. On the title track Charlie Richards’ lead guitar is fulsome, with the sting of a scorpion tail. The rhythm is positive as the lyrics explore the changing world and divides being formed so is it time to Rise Up with Rainbreakers.

Half-way through and following the serious, contemporary questions posed in Rise Up, the tempo is taken down with Waiting On You exploring a relationship full of broken promises. The laid back sound is full of tones as Sam Edwards’ drumming and bassist Peter Adams shape the mood combined with echoing backing vocals. Slow blue suits the hurt and anguish when taking a decision you know is right for you but still hurts.

The band is then back, with a retro psychedelic feel that has a contemporary twist.  There is no doubt that the E.P will ensure the Perception of the Rainbreakers as being in the forefront of modern day British Blues. Perception is a relaxed love song that has a vagueness that captures the soul of the number.

Closing out a far too short visit into Rainbreakers world of music is provided by Living Free. As the precise drumming opens out with vocals that are timeless this is music that fits the bill, entertaining, melodic and full of interest. Developing and using the blues base but never fenced in or curtailed. With the stunning solos from Charlie Richards, you are left wanting more. Solution: Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP and demand a full-length album.

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

Rainbreakers – Rise Up

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Track Listing

  1. On My Own
  2. Rise Up
  3. Waiting On You
  4. Perception
  5. Living Free

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

 

Beautiful album cover as Sarah says thank you for being the stars in my sky. As the cover opens revealing golden stars sparkling with the mysteries of the moon against an indigo background.  Allowing the listener before hearing a note played capturing the ethereal, dreamy feel of the music Sarah Darling has captured on the ten tracks from Wandering Star around Halley’s Comet and onto the closer Stargazer.  To categorise the album in Country is just simplistic, a form of genre blindness. Sarah is a singer full of poise and sophistication who has weaved into the foundation, jazz, folk and a purity of melody ensuring the lyrics shine with startling force reflecting a starry night.   The exploration of Dream Country begins with Wandering Star. Like a shooting star capturing the emotional journey of following one’s heart as one takes the first step pinto an unknown future.  English folk assails the ear with Anchor, co-written by Sam Palladino who grew up in Cornwall, which captures the wildness of the Cornish coast and safe anchorage of harbour and home. Nashville colliding with Cornwall is a partnership that has perfect harmony.

The tempo picks up and darkens, all is not sweet as Sarah sings Tell The Devil. With country rocking out with a gentle but persistent percussive beat, we have a wildness and the feeling of a journey going out of control.  The Smiths Cover, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, acoustic and with a gentle vocal never as good as the original in my opinion, Morrissey’s gruffer vocals gave the original an edge missing on this outing.

We have violins, sharp and with a gypsy melancholy opening to Montmartre, Sarah’s journey takes us to a city she loves Paris. Gently dreamlike and romantic as we float around the streets. We lose the violins and a gentler orchestration takes over. So much more could have been done with the violins showing a darker underbelly of the city.

The debut UK Single You Take Me All The Way has a gentle jazz cocktail hour vibe. With a breathy vocal that lingers on with the vocals leaving you wanting more. As we meet Stargazer the last track, ethereal her vocals silky and otherworldly, the album fades away with a gentle wave rather than a memorable shout.  An album that under 40 minutes is a quick jaunt leaving us wanting to hear more and listen to greater exploration of the harmonies that define Sarah Darling. Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Sarah Darling – Country Dream – Be Darling Records

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Track Listing

  1. Wandering Star
  2. Where Cowboys Ride
  3. Anchor
  4. Tell The Devil
  5. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
  6. Starry Eyes
  7. Montmartre
  8. Halley’s Comet
  9. You Take Me All The Way
  10. Stargazer

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

 

Bleeker takes Rock to a different dimension, a collision of psych-tinged grooves and The Black Keys swagger. Canada is a hotbed of music that is cutting the edge of genres, twisting and turning the shape of music into a sound contemporary and grounded in the long discography that forms the history and memories of rock classics.

Bleeker a trio comprising Taylor Perkins on vocals, Cole Perkins on guitar and on bass Mike Van Dyk have been kicking up an indie storm following on from their self-titled EP with album Erase You. Bleeker was formerly Bleeker Ridge – two sets of brothers Taylor and Cole Perkins, and Dan and Dustin Steinke. Vocalist Taylor Perkins says, “Bleeker has worked really hard to be where we are today and we cannot wait to start sharing our music with the world. We’re all really stoked to get on the road and perform, getting to meet and make new fans all over. If you can’t have fun in rock ‘n’ roll, then where can you have fun? Grab our EP and come hang with us this year!!”

Starting the journey the Bleeker way with Highway, the undertow is rock and the curl of modern pop fused into a catchy mix full of interest this would get audiences jumping with the thrill of live music whatever the size of the venue.  We often feel that bands are just adjusting the sound of bands they followed in their teens, yes, Black Keys echo but never overwhelm. Bleeker have erased that thought with Erase You.  This is modern edgy, may not be to your taste, but that said, throughout the album your interest is maintained.   Free flowing with the energy of the opening track is not a tribute to the band. What it does have is an attitude fuelled by deep bluesy riffs and a beat that rocks your socks this is music of now. As we hear throughout the album the lyrics are confident and as Taylor sings “I don’t want your money girl … I just want to be myself”. Bleeker are definitely themselves.

The title track is the turning point the experimenting and stretching of the sound now in full blossom. The shape and form never lost with the mixing of pop-rock and elements of blues-rock are melded with a sound that connects through the strength of lyrics and Taylor Perkins vocals that have a melodic clarity.

Now to throw into the attitude that shapes Bleeker is a punk-fueled number Radio Radio a dance tune that has an infectious feel that is never punk just borrowing the tempo without the snarl and has been dampened down and made more commercial. This is seen several times and understandably this is a young band finding their voice and does not deter from the Bleeker approach to Contemporary Rock.  If it was alt-rock then it would be more edgy less recognisable in form and shape to lovers of bands of yesterday. They are a twenty-first-century rock band creating commercial sound. Borrowing from the past but never slaves to them.

On Emergency the rock is light and will be instantly recognisable on a couple of listens, followed by a quieter number, do we need a ballad type song on an album that is looking to be different. Now, the piano is pointless with the instrumentation weaker and the vocals just did not have that gravitas. Too soft and gentle.

Closing with Every Time You Call, closes out an album that dips its toes into styles and rock that certainly has loads of potential. With the crafting of a true Bleeker sound, this is a band that has loads of musical avenues to explore. One thing is for certain Erase You is an album that is an interesting listen delivered by a band that wants to rock you and not Erase You.

 

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

Bleeker – Erase You – Five Seven Music

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Track Listing

  1. Highway
  2. Free
  3. Getting Out
  4. Erase You
  5. I’m Not Laughing Now
  6. Still Got Love
  7. Radio Radio
  8. Where’s Your Money
  9. Emergency
  10. Close My Eyes

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

 

 

New album for the New Year from the Americana singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player Daniel Kimbro. A winning combination as they twist the blues through the Americana roots acoustic music they play with aplomb.

The album is breathtakingly beautiful as they cast the spell of music emotionally charged, played with style creating Static In The Wire that sends shivers of connectivity through your spine. The winning combination starts with strong lyrics, the power of telling a story through a song and Martin’s guitar with the distinctive sound of the Weissenborn and added to the mix is the double bass blossoming with an array of sounds and tones under the skilful guidance of Daniel Kimbro.

Opening with One Horse Town, a perfect introduction for the next fifty minutes of music that simply delights. Sit back breath slowly and relax as the eleven tracks have a special quality the music static that makes the hairs stand up to attention at the back of your neck. One Horse Town has a country fair feel that something exciting is going to happen around the corner with its jaunty beat of a juke joint piano.

The dynamic sound the duo creates for the album that was tracked live at Wow & Flutter studios in East Nashville filled out with a selection of guests adding their shades to the static Harley & Kimbro create. The guests includes Jerry Douglas, Derek Mixon and Micah Hulsher and they add extra depth to the sound. The drums which sounded great in the kitchen, listen very careful and the sound of the freight train synonymous with the blues can be heard in the background.

With the music as lush and as precious as this roots delight it’s not surprising to find Gold. They reach deep into your emotional soul to root out gold that doesn’t glitter, is not cold metal but a moment of golden opportunity.

The album speeds up with the spinning and weaving of a melodic tone with Eastern allure as we are found Dancing on The Rocks. Another story the lyrics are the soul the melody the beating heart as we trace our fingers along the static wire. The pathos of This Little Bird that I tired of singing is reflected in the stark melody sharp and cruel as Martin’s vocals explore the feeling of the bird. A sad and poignant number with a chorus that pulls you deep into the song’s lyrics, this could be about any of us when tired of all that life throws at us.

Closing with Daniel Kimbro’s deep bass strings reverberating and Martin Harley intoning the vocals the song is dark deep and full of blues as in the Mean Old City – part 2.  The track is full of rhythmic tones and the guitar interrupting with a purity and a lighter feel. An album full of good solid lyrics and shapes of music from people this is folk that sings the blues.

Static In The Wire is proof perfect that slow, carefully formed acoustic music picking up traditional styles is not boring. It is full of deep emotions, coloured by experience, using the tones inherent in the instruments and engaging with the listener. Static In The Wires is timeless and for now and forever, Like  A Postcard From Hamburg will always be treasured by the owner.

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – Static In the Wires – del Mundo Records

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Track Listing

  1. One Horse Town
  2. Feet
  3. Don’t Fail Me (feat. Jerry Douglas)
  4. Postcard From Hamburg
  5. Gold
  6. Sweet & Low
  7. My Lover’s Arms
  8. Dancing On The Rocks
  9. Trouble
  10. This Little Bird
  11. I Need A Friend
  12. Mean Old City

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Youthful Guitarist Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain

Youthful Guitarist Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain

Youthful Guitarist  Aaron Keylock is a
Cut Against The Grain

 

The descriptive accolades for this young man are many. For me, the jury is still out. Aaron Keylock is definitely a guitarist who can shred, slide and more. Yes, a young guitarist with all the necessary potential to mature and fulfil the accolades being showered down on him with glittering ferocity YES! In the here and now in the studio, the sound is so different why? The power and clarity of the vocals, yet when Aaron performs live the clarity is lost when playing live.

Cut Against The Grain, saw this young guitar slinger pick up the axe and travel to Los Angeles to record the album. Producer of choice was Fabrizio Grossi, the choice of many including Alice Cooper, Slash and Zakk Wylde. The album has been produced to showcase this young talent, who is gaining attention, for being a young guitarist with flair now. As Aaron says himself. “I guess what I’ve always loved about Rock n’ Roll is that you’re free to express yourself in many ways and to use many guitar techniques to convey different emotions …. My influences really vary!” Now with an album under his belt he needs to shape the tone and style so that it is instantly recognizable as the Keylock sound, not an imitation of an axeman who has been and done it before whether Gary Moore on Just One Question, with its lead break straight out of Moore’s back catalogue in style and delivery. Elsewhere we hear hints of Rolling Stones, Rory Gallagher. Johnny Winter and others

Opening with All the right Moves we are introduced to the fast Aaron, with a catchy beat and it makes the perfect first single off the album. Medicine Man, well-known by people who have seen Aaron play live displays the ability to write lyrics that tell a story that has a Southern feel and instantly recognisable. Spin The Bottle, is a simple guitar lick growing as the lyrics pull the guitar along as we are asked to Spin The Bottle with Aaron and take a chance, the sun might shine tomorrow he sings.  Slower blues test a guitarist and the slide and pull of the rhythm show that this is no challenge to a young confident musician stepping out on a road where a long and successful career beckons. Falling Again has a Stones whoo hoo and takes the heat down with the guitar shining once again.

The title track is strong, but then he has been playing it live at festivals and venues since it was penned three years ago and has changed on the road. With a Zeppelin feel and Aaron’s innate ability to not be tempted to cram as many notes into a second as possible.  The slide zings and the rhythm swells out the lyrics that tell a story. This track like the whole album shows a young guitar player that demands a wider audience with a crossover appeal emulating the rock n’ Roll heroes of the sixties and seventies!

Youthful Guitarist Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain. This is the debut album on a musical career that Aaron at eighteen has the potential to shape and reach the heights he has the desire, drive and latent talent to reach. Cut Against the Grain, is a studio album showcasing the guitar skills of a young man who understands what makes Rock N Roll stand out from the crowd and make people listen.  Personally, as I said at the beginning the jury is out but Cut Against The Grain is a solid footstep on the road to producing a sound that defines now without losing the retro and Keylock himself. Youthful Guitarist  Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain  Definitely on to keep watching a listening where will Aaron’s music journey take us? Get Onboard now!

Aaron Keylock – Cut Against The Grain – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. All The Right Moves
  2. Down
  3. Medicine Man
  4. Falling Again
  5. Just One Question
  6. Against The Grain
  7. That’s Not Me
  8. Teg
  9. Spin The Bottle
  10. Sun’s Gonna Shine
  11. No Matter What The Cost

Join Troy Redfern With A Dirt Blues Ritual

Join Troy Redfern With A Dirt Blues Ritual

 

Join Troy Redfern With A Dirt Blues Ritual

 

Opening with a raw driving beat with the signature slide cruising with a gritty determination across Ain’t No Judgement Day. Troy Redfern is a powerhouse of blues that forces you to look up listen and enjoy you are in for a ride full of swerves and fast exciting chords as you sit back and let Dirt Ritual Blues flow out of the speakers and connect with your musical radar.

Cold Light Of Day follows The Brave and the fortune of the album builds with a Southern-infused slide from Troy combined with his gravel tones as the words spit out in perfect harmony with the raw guitar and rhythm section. Jelly Roll opens with a cascading flow of notes with a Rock n’ Roll beat that gets the feet tapping and dancers dancing like the whole album the lyrics are strong and this is a welcome addition to Troy’s rollercoaster, driving the album.  It the midst of the mayhem, Troy slows it down with a country whirl of the guitar with On The Skin, with the guitar reverberating in what feels like a vast open space; reflecting that many of the guitar parts were recorded in a World War Two water tower to capture the vast reverb that space has, with a 1958 Harmony Stratotone being the guitar of choice for 80% of the record.

With a harmonic of guitar strings, with a feel of early cowboy films, wide spaces and two antagonists as Revelator opens. Then the instruments are pulled in with Troy’s vocals and we are on a ride through biblical proportions.

The album is a welcome outing after the 2015 release of Backdoor Hoodoo. Stays true to the high-octane slide driven blues that Troy is renowned for. Pure Raw Blues with its mix of slide and boogie shows a musician maturing with stronger lyrics and a swagger of confidence from performing the material live. The album is anything but homespun despite being written, recorded and produced by Troy in his home studio in the Radnor hills up on the Welsh border. It is a recording with a live sound of a musician who believes in the music he and the band are creating. What band? – Why Troy Redfern who played Drums, Bass and Guitar this is a solo enterprise with a band’s heart.  Troy is in total control. Must be Sign Of The Times… no not that one, a true Troy track. Closing with Walls Are Falling, we are left with one certainty, walls will not be collapsing around the raw blues the Troy plays, it will be the doors opening to welcome him in to perform live, raw and definitely a dangerous and exciting ride with Troy and his guitar.

Fifteen original tracks, raw as whisky straight from the still, kicking open the speaker to fill the void with blistering slide, gritty guitar and vocals that growl and spit out lyrics with and intensity that creates the fifteen track listening experience that is Dirt Blues Ritual. Make it your ritual to turn it up loud and play often.

Troy Redfern – Dirt Blues Ritual

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Track Listing

  1. Ain’t No Judgement Day
  2. Born to Lose
  3. The Brave
  4. Cold Light of Day
  5. I See Love
  6. Jelly Roll
  7. The Line
  8. My Time Ain’t Long
  9. On the Skin
  10. Ray Gun
  11. Revelator
  12. Shine Your Light
  13. Sign of the Times
  14. Time’s Gonna Wash You Away
  15. Walls are Falling

Thunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the Speakers

Thunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the Speakers

Thunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the Speakers

Whatever the weather, whatever your mood, you know when Thunder is in the air pouring from the speaker then you are in for a good time. I dare you to listen to Rip It Up without getting up and dancing around, tapping your feet and letting the Thunder vibe flow through your veins making Rip It Up a rocking good feel good listen. You would expect no less from Danny Bowes and the band.

Following on from the success of Wonderdays, the quintet are delivering rock that has a brightness that belies the fact that they have been producing records for twenty-seven years. Rip It Up is youthful and fun to listen to with a diverse range of tones and approaches to the lyrics that showcase the full vocal range of frontman Danny Bowes.  Thunder is a band with the musicians playing so much more than a platform for Danny vocals. Go to any Thunder gig and the chant of Harry, Harry for the drummer is evidence of Thunders roar.

Opening with No One Gets Out Alive, we are introduced to the expected Thunder sound Garry James sticks pounding like Thors hammer cymbals and skin. The celebration of duelling with guitars of Luke Morley and Ben Matthews. Completing the explosive power id the exquisite bass lines of Chris Childs pull the melody along so we don’t care that they are telling us the No One Gets Out Alive! We are ready to seize the moment with the band and enjoy the album clapping your hands in pure joy.

The title track is like an old friend familiar through radio play. Yes, do as you are told turn the volume up and Rip It Up with your rocking friends Thunder. Tempo changes with curling guitar riff and a blues-fueled rock number that despite its title is fun to listen to. The lyrics though are a salutatory warning of the dangers of party scenes and hedonism.  The girl She Likes Cocaine is a must listen strong lyrics, instrumentation and cymbal work that rings with the purity of a bell in the clear air after a storm.  Now, for the ballad Right From The Start, which is accomplished with lead breaks that are juicy full and weave the emotions of Danny’s singing another track that works as the realisation that this is a band recording at the top of their game. This is crafted rock full of difference and nuances. Every track has its highlights and will always receive a thunderous applause from Thunder fans.

The album is half way through taking shape as the rock is styled and reformed to suit the moment. Heartbreak Hurricane, following on from the cowbell spectacular of Shakedown. A ballad full of emotional pain, never maudlin as the instruments raise the tempo behind the searing vocals from Danny. Then there is Rock. It is good with The Enemy Inside and Tumbling Down. You now that this is a British Band playing the rock they love and understand, loud fast and melodic with an edge from the lyrics.  Closing out with There’s Always A Loser, Harry’s drums lay down the beat simple and powerful in its intent. Once again it as a hauntingly beautiful tone of Danny’s vocals and lyrics centre stage emotional charged. The track builds with guitar hooks and licks that curl and wrap There’s Always A Loser a comfort blanket of Rock. The lead break is searing as the pain is reflected for Danny to sing the lyrics as the album fades. Turn it up and play again. With eleven immense tracks, with every listen you will hear a new lyric, another drum roll and guitar lick.

Rip It Up will never be a boring listen.  Why? This may be Thunder’s eleventh studio album they a have definitely roared out of the studio with Rip It Up. An album for Thunder fans who have followed them over three decades and for those discovering them at today. Thunder’s live performances are always a stormy adrenalin fun filled extravaganza with these new tracks add to the armoury live shows will still Rip It Up as new fans come under Thunder’s rock spell.

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TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. No One Gets Out Alive
  2. Rip It Up
  3. She Likes Cocaine
  4. Right From the Start
  5. Shakedown
  6. Heartbreak Hurricane
  7. In Another Life
  8. The Chosen One
  9. The Enemy Inside
  10. Tumbling Down
  11. There’s Always A Loser

Available Audio Cd & Deluxe Editions Audio / Vinyl HERE