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.

Big Blue – Shortstuff – Blonde On Blonde

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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

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Wildfire, perfectly captures in a word the burning power of Elles Bailey’s vocals and stage presence as she sings blues that have captured in its blue flame, country, roots and soul. The voice is smoky with textures and tones that pulls out lyrics and coats them in Elles special brand of Bristol fanned Wildfire.

Often the word unique is used when talking about an artist especially on a debut album. In the case of Elles Bailey it is most definitely true. Her blues fuelled sound is lived-in, and is the fortuitous result of a childhood illness. Having recovered from both viral and bacterial pneumonia; her voice at the age of three had changed, leading to her ENT specialist prophetically observing, “If she ever wants to sing, she’ll be a natural blues vocalist!”

Wildfire started out as a demo that she had arranged to cut in Nashville whilst on a family road trip as Elles explained, “You know, ‘when in Rome’ and all that? But what was meant to be just one solitary track took on a life of its own. Before I knew it, boom, we had a whole album!”

Elles has surrounded herself with musicians chosen so that your ears mine through rich veins of blues tones and textures. Using musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, from USA guitarist Brent Mason and Chris Leuzinger, pianist Bobby Wood; and the rhythm combo of bassist Mike Brignardello on bass and Wes Little on drums. We always love some more glitz so joining the Wildfire party legendary Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Roger Cook came on board. Once back in the UK adding their depths of musical talents and blending the music into a continuous perfectly woven tapestry are Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar. Without the skills, oversight and direction from producer Brad Nowell this could have been a fire burning out of control instead we have music that is balanced and sumptuous.

Opening with a howl of guitar conjuring up wilderness, Wild West the scene is set with the title track as blues meets country coming back down the road. What really captures your musical ear is the voice; Elles has an understanding of the lyric taking it slowly, giving the words space and building the tension. The music and lyrics paint a visual picture in your minds-eye creating cinematic music. The winning combination of Bobby’s piano and Jonny’s Hammond soothes the soul as her vocals drop with smoothness of whipped rich cream sharpened with a jolt of citric.  The song is wistful and you empathise with the pain she is feeling as the drums beat out the road she has to travel as the perennial question What If I is asked again and again through the track. Leaving you wondering about your past asking your own What If I question.

Half way through the album and the delta slide guitar blues has an outing with Let Me Hear You Scream, again the shaping of the vocals gets the story told and we just want to hear her vocals growl with intent when she sings the title.  The tempo rises as if the wind is fanning the fire with Shackles of Love her soulful modulation and backing vocals curl around the instrumentation that she has under total control.

Again, the tones are full of interest country with added values as we check in to Barrel Of Your Gun, starting smooth the vocals harden and the mesmeric qualities of music that is rooted in the blues and flowers free using the qualities of lyrics vocals and musicians she has surrounded herself with. With a tribute to the blues man on Howlin’ Wolf we hear her howl and celebrate the blues in her own way that will become a trademark as her career further establishes itself. The music slows, her vocals sung softly as we have a true blues number with Girl Who Owned The Blues; Elles Bailey already owns her style of blues in her hands, Wildfire is going to win her more. Closing the album out with Time’s A Healer; leaving us with a quiet gentle number reflective and the voice shimmering like a reflection in a pool of silver water. Another picture painted and we want to listen to the album all over again.

The only slight dampening of the flames  in the music is that the tempo across the track is fairly similar, perhaps rather than blending the styles as she has in the majority of tracks. Some celebration of soul country and blues so listeners can see the variation and the power of the blending. This minor irritant did nothing to stop me enjoying the dozen tracks. Elles Bailey, has created a debut album that is sassy blues, modern using the rich treasure chest of roots, soul and country to create an album that burns hot and is fresh whilst being hot. This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent. The future of blues in UK is hot and strong with the fiery breath of Elles Bailey singing out to entertain and keep the blues alive. Wildfire, Elles Bailey What a Stunning Voice! Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.

 

Elles Bailey  – Wildfire – Release date 1st September

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Track Listing

  1. Wildfire
  2. Same Flame
  3. What If I
  4. Barrel Of Your Gun
  5. Perfect Storm
  6. Let Me Hear You Scream
  7. Shake It Off
  8. Shackles Of Love
  9. Believed In You
  10. Howlin’ Wolf
  11. Girl Who Owned The Blues
  12. Time’s A Healer

Elles Bailey Scorching New Album Wildfire

Jesse & Joy Serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop

Jesse & Joy Serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop

Jesse & Joy Serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop

As, Jesse & Joy serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop the songs and melodies float with a delicacy of white clouds across a bright sky. Joy’s vocals are sweet as honey as the self-titled album opens with their pair of debut U.K; singles Echoes of Love and More Than Amigo. Two singles that reflect the light and Latin sides of the duo who have a string of Grammys. Number 1 hits and more.

The album Jesse & Joy is their first dual-language as the Mexican brother & Sister spread their wings beyond Latin America and the US Latin charts. The music is infectious, and will appeal to a broad base of music lover. They have a mellow pop lusciousness this brother and sister duo from Mexico can deliver a sound that gets your attention whether singing Spanish or English the tune and deliver has an infectious quality.

The music is a delicious spicy chocolate smothered Latino pop, with spice. Yes, musical equivalent of Mexicans blending of chocolate, spice and jesseyjoy.com tastes. No Soy Una De Esta, defy you not to jump up and down dance and smile with a samba infuse number. If you are ‘I’m not one of these’ you will be listening with a huge smile and foot tapping delight.

With the closing track ¡Corre! is heard earlier on in English Run! A piano driven ballad full of emotive energy contained within the breathy vocals sung in either language the emotions portrayed are the same.

There is no argument that this is an album of two halves. Opening with strong numbers, a gallop there is a fading of energy. As we then revisit the same shapes and tempos. That said, this is an album that made me smile, gave me warmth of the sun. Made me get up and dance. You do feel one-hundred percent more positive after 44 minutes in Jesse and Joy’s company.  Jesse & Joy dedicated Grammy award  to Hispanics everywhere self-title album pops with linguistic magic

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Track Listing

  1. Echoes of Love
  2. More Than Amigos
  3. Espacio Sideral
  4. Helpless
  5. Run
  6. No Soy Una De Esas (Featuring Alejandro Sanz)
  7. La De La Mala Suerte
  8. Here I Go
  9. Un Besito Mas (Featuring Juan Luis Guerra)
  10. Llegaste Tu
  11. Little Drops of Love
  12. ¡Corre!

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Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

 

When Nathan James stormed onto the stage at Planet Rockstock 2015 with Inglorious eighteen months ago the potential for something huge, replicating the rock bands of the past was written in the stars, as reflected in the crystal ball on the cover of their first self-titled album. From that point they have grown into the band they promised to be. The second album is always difficult. Not for Inglorious they didn’t waste time and effort on a title – it is simply Inglorious II. That is the only simply thing.

With a dozen original numbers written by the whole band the feeling of musicians working together creating an organic living musical identity from first to the last chords is evident. This is all underpinned by this studio album having the fluidity, driving energy of a live sound. Being on the road, receiving audience reactions have shaped and formed the sound as they recorded as they play live, with raw energy and the building of tones from the instruments and not trickery.  With the mixing done by  Kevin Shirley  the album has a the stamp of Classic Rock, not trapped in the past but as a sounding board for music you want to rock to.
The band wrote the whole album with no guest writers this time, they said “It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time poss.”

The opening chords are full of controlled restraint, the feel of acoustic, building the suspense we have all been feeling since announcement date 12th May for the release of the album on Frontiers Records. The crash of cymbals the melodic howl of Nathan as we are off on an Inglorious rush of melodic rock, play it often and play it loud Nathan may sing I Don’t Need Your Loving! BUT! We need your heady rock fueled energy it is fresh, modern, created for the twenty-first century with a quality that is firmly stepping back in time.

Third track in and you know that this is an album that will perform superbly live, and in the meantime will stay on repeat. Tell Me Why; demonstrates that Nathan has the freedom to perform those toe curling with delight vocals because of the band. The four musicians throughout provide more than a solid platform they give the sound shape and form for the lyrics and vocals to curl round, whether in anger, love or for the pure joy of singing.  The drumming from Phil Beaver is rhythmically strong as we Read All About It and Andreas’ guitar work has a sting in its tail.  As the groove changes with Change Is Coming and its deep bass line from Colin Patterson. Inglorious are a band connected through the music they love to play.

The blistering guitar opening of No Good For You, they may sing and play like that every day for me and will definitely be good for lovers of rock. As the album reaches its finale, we have time to draw our breath, reset our energy levels with Faraway, simple, quieter, a controlled vocal delivery from Nathan full of delicate intricacies. Faraway is a beguiling track. Then the grand closing number with High Class Woman. High class certainly describes the album.

Do not expect surprises, this is a rock album and they deliver.  As ever Inglorious are being compared and contrasted to bands and singers of the past. For me that is a useful starting point, the reality is Nathan James and Inglorious on the second recorded offering are proving they are not pale imitations. The sound is Inglorious’ own, the sound is glorious.

Before, making albums Nathan thought to himself, “Why are those classic albums so awesome?” He realised it was because “the musicians were recording in an organic way; they could track it live and capture amazing energy.” He certainly has lived up to his observations on the whirlwind raw and tamed Inglorious II. Joining the charismatic front man and vocalist Nathan James are lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson, rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, and drummer Phil Beaver.  With the departure of Wil from the band it is welcoming back former guitarist Drew Lowe.

Inglorious II is a mighty fine rock album with all the necessary components, but definitely not playing rock by numbers. This is modern rock with attitude, raw and at times a little bit dangerous. They want to thrill you through music and inglorious ii definitely thrills.

 

Inglorious – Inglorious II –  Frontiers Music Srl

on May 12, 2017.

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Track Listing

    1. I Don’t Need Your Loving
    2. Taking The Blame
    3. Tell Me Why
    4. Read All About It
    5. Change Is Coming
    6. Making Me Pay
    7. Hell Or High Water
    8. No Good For You
    9. I Got A Feeling
    10. Black Magic
    11. Faraway
    12. High Class Woman

    Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious IIThe album will be released as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles “I Don’t Need Your Loving” and “Taking The Blame”.

    A vinyl release will also be made available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.
    Inglorious II features
    Nathan James – vocals
    Andreas Eriksson – lead guitars
    Wil Taylor – guitars
    Colin Parkinson – bass guitar
    Phil Beaver – drums

    TOUR DATES

    2017  Dates announced so far are:

    19th May 2017- UK, London, Islington Assembly
    16th June 2017 – FRANCE, Clisson, Hellfest Festival
    18th June 2017 – BELGIUM, Dessel, Graspop Festival
    22nd June 2017 – DENMARK, Copenhagen Festival
    24th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
    19th August 2017 – UK, Tilford, Weyfest Festival

    Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II