CD Review: Kris Barras Band ~ Kris Barras Band

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Kris Barras Band



True Rock/Blues that springs into action on Never Too Late sums up Kris Barras Band as they deliver a self-titled debut album of eight tracks full of dark emotions and cries of anguish. This is blues with sharp edges the vocals have a rough primeval texture that growls and works around the stinging rhythms and guitar licks that squeal and drive the tracks home. This is a British Blues band that is delivering a modern sound of blues that rocks with control and the knowledge that less is often more as subtle guitar hooks are not left to hang out to fade but picked up and expanded by the vocals that want the lyrics to be heard. Opening with a track driven so that you instinctively turn up the volume as the foot stomping riffs captivate, then sit back to enjoy the rocky road that this band as going to take you on. In Too Deep has a raw energy that defines Rock Blues full of depth of churning beat and a tempo that is racing in time with your heart beat, it is the rhythm section, drummer Jon Perrin and Ricky Mitchell on bass that defines the number. The blues shine through on Watching Over Me and then Rocky Road that has a lightness of touch with a tempo that sis like the bouncing ball highlighting the vocals that Kris delivers crisp and clear with his distinctive rasp and the guitar solo is stinging with musical assertiveness that rocks you to your core and sends electric shivers up your spine. The album has a stinging pace that is never hurried but there is an urgency that gets the adrenalin going with I Don’t Want The Blues puling blues chords into a rocking and rollicking medley of fun as Kris Barras and his band close the album with Crank Up is a track that leaves you immersed in the music and the screaming blues driven rock leaves you knowing you have listened to a debut album where the collective talent of the band has delivered rock blues with interest and you want to hear more from Kris Barras Band.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Never Too Late
2. In Too Deep
3. Watching Over Me
4. Rocky Road
5. Rise
6. It Is What It Is
7. I Don’t Want the Blues
8. Crank Up




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Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ on 4th December. A comprehensive look at ‘The River’ era, the set contains 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. It is comprised of the original ‘The River’ double album; the first official release of ‘The River: Single Album;’ a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s famed 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, long rumored but never-before-seen; rare tour rehearsal footage; a brand new documentary “The Ties That Bind” about ‘The River;’ and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

‘The River,’ Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. In his notes, Gilmore calls ‘The River’ Springsteen’s “pivotal album—[the] hinge between the ambitious commotions that had preceded it and the more succinct musical riots, and sometimes terrifying storytelling, that followed.” (Two CDs, recently re-mastered).

‘The River: Single Album’ is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ but never released. “The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio,” he wrote in the lyrics/photo book “Songs.” The early sessions marked the beginning of a prolific 18-month long journey of writing and recording. Seven of the 10 titles on ‘The River: Single Album’ eventually appeared on ‘The River,’ some with alternate lyrics and arrangements, with outtakes like “Cindy” and a rockabilly version of “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” never released. Now for the first time ‘The River: Single Album’ will be officially available.

The fourth CD on the box set is ‘The River: Outtakes,’ which spans the entire ‘The River’ sessions in 1979 and 1980 and illustrate the depth and variety of Springsteen’s work during this period. Eleven songs are rarities that have never been released before, and for the most part are completely unheard and unknown even to fans, who have long considered Springsteen’s outtakes to be treasured secrets. The eleven unheard outtakes (“Record One”) were mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Eleven additional outtakes (“Record Two”) are collected from the ’Tracks’ box and ‘Essentials’ so as to put them in one place.

“The Ties That Bind” is a brand new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Zimny that features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording ‘The River.’ The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of Bruce and the band in and out of the studio.

The final video component is “Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980,” a new film produced from footage professionally filmed in 1980 using four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The film features 24 songs — 2 hours, 40 minutes — on 2 DVDs from Springsteen’s November 5, 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Widely regarded as one of Springsteen’s finest performances, this intense show features early live versions of over half of ‘The River’ songs. Also included is 20 minutes of footage from the late September, 1980 River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, PA, showing Springsteen and The E Street Band working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album. The film was recently edited by frequent Springsteen collaborator and Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny, and the audio was mixed in Stereo & 5.1 surround by Bob Clearmountain from the original multitrack recordings and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is packaged in a 10” x 12” box with a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs — most of which have never been seen before — plus pages from Springsteen’s notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album. Liner notes include a new essay from journalist Mikal Gilmore, the original Rolling Stone album review from 1980, and Springsteen’s updated comments about the album from the 1998 “Songs” book.

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is available for pre-order at Amazon HERE and iTunes HERE.

CD 1
The River – Record One

1 The Ties That Bind
2 Sherry Darling
3 Jackson Cage
4 Two Hearts
5 Independence Day
6 Hungry Heart
7 Out In The Street
8 Crush On You
9 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
10 I Wanna Marry You
11 The River

CD 2
The River – Record Two

1 Point Blank
2 Cadillac Ranch
3 I’m A Rocker
4 Fade Away
5 Stolen Car
6 Ramrod
7 The Price You Pay
8 Drive All Night
9 Wreck On The Highway

CD 3
The River: Single Album

1 The Ties That Bind
2 Cindy
3 Hungry Heart
4 Stolen Car (Vs. 1)
5 Be True
6 The River
7 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (Vs. 1)
8 The Price You Pay
9 I Wanna Marry You
10 Loose End

CD 4
The River: Outtakes

Record One
1 Meet Me In The City
2 The Man Who Got Away
3 Little White Lies
4 The Time That Never Was
5 Night Fire
6 Whitetown
7 Chain Lightning
8 Party Lights
9 Paradise By The “C”
10 Stray Bullet
11 Mr. Outside

Record Two
12 Roulette
13 Restless Nights
14 Where The Bands Are
15 Dollhouse
16 Living On The Edge Of The World
17 Take ’em As They Come
18 Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own
19 I Wanna Be With You
20 Mary Lou
21 Held Up Without A Gun
22 From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

The Ties That Bind (Documentary)

The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert – Part 1

1 Born To Run
2 Prove It All Night
3 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
4 Jackson Cage
5 Two Hearts
6 The Promised Land
7 Out In The Street
8 The River
9 Badlands
10 Thunder Road
11 No Money Down
12 Cadillac Ranch
13 Hungry Heart
14 Fire
15 Sherry Darling
16 I Wanna Marry You
17 Crush on You
18 Ramrod
19 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert – Part 2

1 Drive All Night
2 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
3 I’m A Rocker
4 Jungleland
5 Detroit Medley
6 Where The Bands Are (Credits)

BONUS: The River Tour Rehearsals
– Ramrod
– Cadillac Ranch
– Fire
– Crush On You
– Sherry Darling

Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons Live @ St David’s Hall

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@ St Davids Hall Cardiff
13th October 2015

Tonight delivered everything that this show, as part of the Roots Unearthed on the 3rd Floor of St David’s Hall, promised to be; two hours of superb musicianship the blending, and mixing of British traditional music and blues in many guises and the common heritage of themes, lyrics and melodies the two traditions share. Above all this was the joy of listening to two musicians who devour the stories and share the joy with the audience with nuggets of information about the songs, the history, the narrative and emotions creating the perfect music experience.

- Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons - St David's Hall - Oct 2015_0136lWe heard nineteen delicious songs that spanned country, vaudeville and delta blues with folk songs from the English lexicon we had ballads, sauciness and infectious guitar licks and the percussive quality of bones the ethereal piping of the quills and harp playing and the joy of banjo tunes played with skillful dexterity. Tonight like all of the gigs on the second tour of this duo was recorded with the tantilising and exciting promise of a CD celebrating the bond of common love of the songs they play and the mutual respect they have for each other’s talent as they uncover and share with us the power of tunes and lyrics that need to be heard and remembered.

- Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons - St David's Hall - Oct 2015_0052lOpening the show Martin delivered St James Hospital a traditional song and in reply Dom brings the ‘over-the-pond’ rendition of St James Infirmary the songs are similar rooted deep in musical memory but the translation and changes reflect the two nations. Like so much music nothing stands still the tunes and lyrics develop and modify to reflect audiences and the times in which they are sung. Music is an organic form nothing is set in aspic once musicians add their own interpretation and arrangement it is what keeps live music vibrant and the pure pleasure it brings to everyone in their seats tonight.

- Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons - St David's Hall - Oct 2015_0111lTonight for many we were introduced to the Quills as part of the multi-instrumentalist repertoire that is Dom Flemons, the first outing for this pipe-like instrument was Bulldose Blues, inspiration for Canned Heat’s Going Up Country this combined with his vocals that have an authority and intensity as he spans the octaves with a purity and a mighty fine holler when required. Added into the mix is the superb finger work, finger picking and slide guitar of Martin Simpson as the music just rolled from their fingers and lips. We had a parody of Stephen Foster’s 1850 Hard Times Come Again No More, not the American Civil war soldiers re-writing Hard Tack Come Again No More; this is an English song during the Cotton Famine in the 1860’s due to blockades of Confederate ports during the Civil War and rename Short Times, found by the Martin & Dom when visiting Cecil Sharpe House, the archives of English Folk songs and dance. All too soon the first half was finished with a flurry as they delivered Leadbelly’s Poor Howard and Champagne Charlie with its links to the music hall tradition across the UK and Europe.

- Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons - St David's Hall - Oct 2015_0016lOpening the second installment with My Money Never Runs Out, Dom plays banjo on this Gus Cannon number. We heard about Minstrel shows and how their popularity spread across the world, segregation Vaudeville and the difficulties of early black musicians and and how blues changed and adapted. The wealth if historical knowledge was as deep and immense as the music they were playing. Stealin’ a jug band number featured a St David’s Hall Jug/Carafe and added another layer of tonal experience the evening bought. The evening closed far too soon with a rousing version of Little Liza Jane and enthusiastic singing from the audience, this was an evening that has that special element that you all get if you were sitting in the audience.

Every song they sung deserves a mention and the story that went with it but to get that go and see them live they are still on tour see below you will not be disappointed. They are touring extensively throughout October, November and December check out the dates and venues HERE

Set List

St James Hospital
St James Infirmary
Bulldose Blues
Little Sadie
Short Times
Old Folks At Home
Poor Howard
Champagne Charlie
My Money Never Runs Out
If I Lose
Coalman Blues
Too Long/I’ve Been Gone
John Hardy
Buckeye Jim
Little Liza Jane

EP Review: Jared James Nichols ~ Highwayman

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Listenable Records

This is scintillating rock blues an EP released dovetailing with his guest appearance on the Glenn Hughes UK tour, we are treated to five tracks that are perfectly formed, they are a snapshot of a Highwayman with attitude approach to vocals and guitar that energetically sums up the force that is Jared James Nichols. Opening with the Grand Funk Railroad’s 1973 single of We’re An American Band, a thumping blues rock cover with stylish backing vocals courtesy of Jessica Childress. The first of three originals takes the pace down a notch, Old Glory allowing the guitar to scorch and bounce off the rhythm section of Denis Holms and Erik Sandin this is the perfect foundation for a Highwayman of blues rock that stands and delivers so that he can travel through and explore the licks and riffs of his guitar and hooks where his vocals can dominate for a while. This track picks up where his last album left off and despite the title this opening track Old Glory is new and not on his pervious offering Old Glory and Wild Revival. The inspiration for the EP is life on the road, Jared experienced during his 70 day run in Europe and the UK earlier in 2015. The second of the carefully crafted covers is Humble Pie’s 30 Days in The Hole with additional power to the drumming added by special guest Ben Tileston. Then the Highway EP closes with two more new tracks Fallin’ Down a blues driven rock song that develops with a driving riff that pours itself around Jared’s vocals that purr, growl and when needed spit out the lyrics. Closing with Gone a prophetic title as this is a blues ballad that develops land eaves you wanting more to hear from this young rocking blues man who takes his musical inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic. There is a solution to the silence go see this talent live on tour.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Bluesdoodles say if this had been a full album it would have been a TEN!

Track Listing

1. We’re an American Band
2. Old Glory
3. 30 Days in the Hole
4. Fallin’ Down
5. Gone

with special guest Jared James Nichols

Saturday 17th – Southampton – Engine Rooms
Monday 19th – Norwich, – Waterfront
Tuesday 20th – Newcastle, – Tyne Theatre
Thursday 22nd – Belfast, – Limelight
Friday 23rd – Glasgow,- The Garage
Sunday 25th – Holmfirth,– Picturedrome
Monday 26th – Bilston, – Robin 2
Wednesday 28th – York, – Fibbers
Thursday 29th – Manchester, – Club Academy

Sunday 1st – London, – Electric Ballroom

CD Review: 24 Pesos ~ Do The Right Thing

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Do The Right Thing
Ourgate Records


This is the fourth album from 24 Pesos who bring an album that celebrates the mix of sounds that creates music with a modern feel while rooted in the lexicon of styles, funk, blues and rock that is woven through the full tones on the ten self-penned tracks, Do the Right Thing yes they are definitely doing that! Opening with Step Back Julian Burdock on vocals and guitars the band have a groove that hits you deep in your soul and lead breaks that scintillate and introduces you to the whole sound with Moz Gamble keys and the powerhouse of any band the structurally intense rhythm section Silas Laitland on Bass and drummer Bryan McLellan. By the third track you are getting to know the sound but if this is your first dip into the world of 24 Pesos you are in for a surprise as Rise Up is slower with the Dobro guitar the riff is intoxicating. Half way through and the well-developed lyrics and beefy music links combine on The Good Lord Did building on the gospel blues tradition of using biblical references, here the music is anything but traditional but it works. Then we have a Delta Blues number 24 Pesos do their own thing and never get trapped in just replicating music that we have heard before, Need Somebody is full of Delta influence and the beat and tone suits Julian’s vocals perfectly. This is followed by a sliding devilishly good track Night Train, the lyrics have a story to tell and the use of phrases that are in the vocabulary of the blues tradition this is the crest of the wave as the album heads for home in a studio album that truly has captured the looseness, spontaneity of live music. They are a band that play off each other’s musicality creating a sound that catches your attention. The last three tracks defiantly do not coast they are of the same impeccable standard, with a deep, gloopy funk groove of the title track this is a band that fully intends to entertain as they end with a Boom Boom and never a whimper we have listened to an album that shows why 24 Pesos continues to grow their fan base.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing


  1. Step Back
  2. Won’t Lie Down
  3. Rise Up
  4. Clap Hands
  5. The Good Lord Did
  6. Need Somebody
  7. Night Train
  8. If You Want It
  9. Do The Right Thing
  10. Boom Boom

Chantel McGregor In Conversation with Bluesdoodles

Chantel McGregor In Conversation with Bluesdoodles

Chantel McGregor thank you for sparing the time in your busy tour schedule and the exciting launch of your new album Lose Control and it was fun chatting with you.



While reading this listen to the the first single from Lose Control – “Take The Power”, is released on Monday September 28th, and is accompanied by a promo video filmed on location in Edinburgh, produced by Sine Wave Media and directed by Richard Weston.

BD: Chantel tell us a little bit about the journey from your debut album to now, your music has changed Lose Control is testament to a pit stop on the road of your musical development?

CMcG: My debut album, Like No Other was a response to demand for an album and was a collection of songs some first written when I was fourteen. Since the release of my debut album I have played a lot and thought a lot resulting in Lose Control – a cohesive, concept album the songs all made sense together and yes some of the lyrics and songs are very dark. I have always been attracted to the dark side of art, novels and films, life is disturbing plus being frothy is not me and it is hard to write about love when not in love…

BD: Lose Control – the difficult second album has a cohesive feel and a different tone and feel. How have you achieved this mature sound?

CMcG: In a way this feels like a first album, it really is my baby, I wrote all the songs with a little help from some friends on a couple of tracks. I had input into the album every step of the way it was in my control before and in the studio I had a clear vision of the shape and sound of Lose Control.

BD: Are there any particular songs you play that have a special meaning to you?

CMcG: Actually it is the reverse I don’t play Eternal Dream live, it needs space and can’t do this number with the number of people who talk at gigs especially when it is a quieter song.

BD: Talking at Gigs!

CMcG: Yes, why do people go to a live music then talk, it is not in my personality to tell them to shut UP!

BD: I see that you have created your own independent boutique record player Tis Rock Music; what made you decide to go down this route?

CMcG: I recorded my debut album on Tis Rock Music as well. I made the decision to set up my own label, so I had the freedom to pay what I liked, wear what I like be my own musician.

BD: So created own record label to have control over your own art?

CMcG: Yes, absolutely there were too many people telling me how I should play, and not to wear dresses on stage. I love wearing my dresses, and did not want to wear jeans on stage, I make an effort to dress up for stage performances so that I feel different. People are always surprised if they see me before a show in jeans and a jumper. So Tis Rock Music simply allows me to be the Chantel McGregor I want to be.

BD: You are back on tour can you buy the album at shows?

CMcG: The release date is 9th October – and it is available to pre-order along with some snazzy T-shirts.. check out the web-site

BD: Talking about the new album and sound have you used different strings/ guitars Amplifiers?

CMcG: No I haven’t similar to the set up on the last studio recording. What I have done is lots of experimenting, exploring the idea of sound it was self-produced at home initially the domo’s shaped the finished studio product. There are more layers of sound and distortion this is an album played at 11.

BD: Do you consider yourself as a guitarist first, vocalist second or they equally important

CMcG: I started off playing a guitar it was a natural thing to pick up the guitar, by the age of eight I was the youngest to pass a Rock School Exam, and at 12 I was jamming. Whilst jamming I realised that I also need to learn to sing so started to sing Corrs and Cheryl Crow songs. The next challenge was learning to sing and play guitar at the same time, once mastered I know I was seen as a guitarist who sang a bit. On the first album I had had my wisdom teeth out and could open my mouth properly but that didn’t help. Now I have a mature stronger voice and Lose Control I see myself as both aspects of my music are equal the singing of the lyrics are as important as the guitar chords.

BD: Do you consider yourself as a rock or blues guitarist or do music boxes not matter once you pick up your instrument of choice?

CMcG: Boxes shouldn’t matter but there is always public perception, personally like to be seen as ‘she plays music’ and hopefully they think it is good. In reality I have never said I play the blues, or a blues guitarist to me it is Chantel music. Blues has evolved into rock, and yes people like putting your music into boxes.

BD: As an award winning guitarist do you still come across the male naysayers – girls can’t/shouldn’t play guitar?

CMcG: (Laughs, and sighs) All the time it is totally insane I get this all the time, there is no physical reason, yes I have tiny hands but so do men – look a Prince. It is a pre-conception and it is a conception that belongs to the stone-age that women should be tied to the kitchen sink, sadly seems like it will always be the case why? It’s tradition! The gender gap is closing women are doing their own thing I’m here I play guitar, I sing get used to it. My message to men is No I am not a bitch I am a musician.

BD: What are you looking forward to on this tour, is there going to be an opening act and I see that in between the UK dates you are off to Europe.

CMcG: Yes, love it so exciting Europe during November and December, and yes Europe is different. It is going to be fun, German audiences are always very vocal and into going to see live music at their local venue. UK lots of new venues, many are theatre style so a different vibe from standing venues and will be mixing up the sets as many people come to see more than one night, it is amazing that people travel so far to see me play. Love audiences meeting different people and the improvised solo on Walk On Land the final track of Lose Control will be different every time I play.

BD: Who has influenced you the most in your music writing and playing?

CMcG: Not one person or even one style of music though the guitar playing by Richie Kotzen is inspirational as is Ryan Adams.

BD: When not playing your own music who do you listen too?

CMcG: Lots often just listen to random on Spotify, Jazz, Dubstep what has just been released. If you only listen to Rock, Blues, acoustic you will never be the best you can. Form your own opinion on music for me it is about keeping an open mind listen to varied styles and absorb what you like.

BD: What advice have you had and what advice will you pass on?

CMcG: I have had loads advice some good and some bad; I have even listened to bad advice you learn more if you step back and make your own decision. I have had brilliant advice support from Joe Bonamassa and so many others it is brilliant how artists share. It is so important to be business-minded and astute if offered a deal is it the right one for me. It is scary how easily it is to be taken in by people you trust. In reality it is a hard business despite loads of gigs you have even more expenses and you have to love what you are doing and keep on working and be true to your own convictions.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing

CMcG: (Laughing, a moment’s thought) The band I have now they are totally insane she says with a beaming smile! It is what it is a three piece rock band; myself on guitar and vocals then the most amazing Rhythm section Keith McPartling on Drums and Colin Sutton on Bass giving me the space to create yes cello’s are great in the studio where you can have everything and the sound is balanced and there is space. Live it is different the three of us are perfect more and it can be hard to get space.


Bluesdoodles thanks Chantel for her time and catch her on tour and listen to Lose Control –  I know  you will not be disappointed. Read what we said about Lose Control HERE

Thursday 1st October 2015 – Birmingham: The Institute, The Temple
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Ruislip: The Tropic
Friday 9th October 2015 – Halifax: Playhouse
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Southport: The Atkinson Blues Festival
Friday 16th October 2015 – Doncaster: The Dome
Saturday 17th October 2015 – Retford: The Elms – Box Office: 07737 130534
Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Sheffield: Greystones
Thursday 22nd October 2015 – Edinburgh: The Caves – Box Office: 01472 349222
Friday 23rd October 2015 – Glasgow: Nice N Sleazy
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Carlisle: The Venue
Monday 26th October 2015 – Salisbury: Arts Centre
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Exeter: Phoenix
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Bridport: Arts Centre
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Brighton, Komedia
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Lincoln: Engine Shed
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Ripley, Town Hall
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Monday 14th December 2015 – Morecambe, The Platform
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Leeds, The Brudenell
Wednesday 16th December 2015 – Bristol, The Tunnels
Thursday 17th December 2015 – Derby, The Flowerpot

See Erja live UK Tour October 2015

Photo Image Tina Korhonen

Erja live UK Tour October 2015

Award-winning Finnish blues guitarist and vocalist Erja Lyytinen will embark on a 12-date UK tour starting inDarlington Blues Club on Friday, October 2.  Tickets are available from the venues and the official Erja Lyytinen website.


Erja was recently voted the Number 1 Solo Artist and Number 1 Live Album for her latest release “Live In London” in the Blues Matters Writer’s Poll 2015.

Erja’s UK tour dovetails the release of her latest album “Live In London”, recorded at London’s prestigious 100 Club.

Bluesdoodles love the album Live In London read what we said HERE then book your tickets to see her live.



Friday 2nd  – DARLINGTON, DARLINGTON BLUES CLUB  – Box Office: 01325 363135 Book Online HERE
Saturday 3rd – *LUTON, THE BEAR CLUB
Monday 5th   – BARNES, BULL’S HEAD –  Box Office: 0208 761 9078 Book Online – HERE
Wednesday 7th – WOLVERHAMPTON, ROBIN 2 –  Box Office: 01902 401211 Book Online – HERE
Thursday 8th – EDINBURGH, VOODOO ROOMS – Box Office: 0131 556 7060 Book Online HERE
Friday 9th  – KEIGHLEY, KEIGHLEY BLUES CLUB – Box Office: 01535 600310 Book Online HERE
Saturday 10th- BLAKENEY, THE HARBOUR ROOM – Box Office: 01263 741666
Monday 12th  – OXFORD, HAVEN MUSIC CLUB –  Box Office: 01865 244516 Book Online HERE
Wednesday 14th – EVESHAM, IRON ROAD –  Box Office: 07831338277 Book Online HERE
Thursday 15th – CHISLEHURST, BEAVERWOOD CLUB –  Box Office: 0208 761 9078 Book Online HERE
Friday 16th – SUTTON, BOOM BOOM CLUB –  Box Office: 0208 761 9078 Book Online HERE
Saturday 17th – CHESTER, CHESTER BLUES FESTIVAL – Box Office: 01472 349222 Book Online HERE
Sunday 18th – FROME, FROME BLUES FESTIVAL –  Box Office: 01472 349222 Book Online HERE






Guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor will release her new album, “Lose Control”, on Friday 9th October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music – her first studio album since her critically acclaimed 2011 debut, “Like No Other”. The first single, “Take The Power”, is released on Monday September 28th, and is accompanied by a promo video filmed on location in Edinburgh, produced by Sine Wave Media and directed by Richard Weston.

Chantel returns with a vengeance with ten new songs that not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows her gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Livingstone Brown’s studio in Brixton. Livingstone Brown, (Ed Sheeran, Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower), played the majority of the bass on the album, with Chantel playing small parts, with Keith McPartling on drums.

“I’m keen on Southern Gothic literature, artwork and media,” says Chantel. “I wanted to create an album that reflected the imagery and themes of that genre. I drew inspiration from the TV shows True Detective and True Blood and studied the literary works of Tennessee Williams, Carson McMullers and Mark Twain. “I also surrounded myself with imagery from artists and photographers such as Walker Evans and Clarence John Laughlin, all to immerse myself in the sinister, dark world of depravation, magic and voodoo, writing most of the songs from the perspective of the disturbed flawed characters.”

Bluesdoodles said this “Chantel explores what she is capable of, with her sparkling talent as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Lose Control – never lets Rock on and relish listening to the talent that is Chantel McGregor.

Thursday 1st October 2015 – Birmingham: The Institute, The Temple
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Ruislip: The Tropic
Friday 9th October 2015 – Halifax: Playhouse
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Southport: The Atkinson Blues Festival
Friday 16th October 2015 – Doncaster: The Dome
Saturday 17th October 2015 – Retford: The Elms – Box Office: 07737 130534
Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Sheffield: Greystones
Thursday 22nd October 2015 – Edinburgh: The Caves – Box Office: 01472 349222
Friday 23rd October 2015 – Glasgow: Nice N Sleazy
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Carlisle: The Venue
Monday 26th October 2015 – Salisbury: Arts Centre
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Exeter: Phoenix
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Bridport: Arts Centre
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Brighton, Komedia
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Lincoln: Engine Shed
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Ripley, Town Hall
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Monday 14th December 2015 – Morecambe, The Platform
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Leeds, The Brudenell
Wednesday 16th December 2015 – Bristol, The Tunnels
Thursday 17th December 2015 – Derby, The Flowerpot

Read what Bluesdoodles thought about her new album Lose Control HERE – release date 9th October


CD Review: Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro ~ Live At Southern Ground

CD Review: Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro ~ Live At Southern GroundMartin Harley and Daniel Kimbro
Live At Southern Ground
Del Mundo Records

This is an album steeped in acoustic blues and the vocals of Martin Harley are deep southern USA; yet in reality he is from the home counties, not a delta, but Woking nearer to the winding Thames rather than the majestic Mississippi. This is a live in the studio album recorded in Nashville and the music and vocals flow and there is a warmth to the production so you feel as if you are in the same space as Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro whose Double bass adds a deep brooding texture. Live At Southern Ground is an album for everyone who loves acoustic blues, music that curls around a lyrical story as influences shine through on the self-penned numbers and the covers are given the Hartley Treatment.

The music is delivered in a relaxed manner, the opening two tracks having the feel of Ry Cooder, Cardboard King and Winter Coat both tracks are stylish with Martin’s dexterous fingers shaping the strings of the acoustic so the sound has a springing freshness to two tracks from his back catalogue. The covers are Leadbelly’s, Goodnight Irene which is a number that still feels modern and relevant despite the fact that Leadbelly sung it at the turn of the twentieth Century. Chocolate Jesus part of Tom Waits discography is given a guitar led rootsy treatment with the focus still on the words, an arrangement that reminds you this is a great narrative. The final cover is Blind Willie Johnson’s oft-covered Nobody’s Fault But Mine is revitalised and fits the shape of this album perfectly. This is no mono-tempo, tonal shaped acoustic album with Money Don’t Matter setting off at a foot tapping lick and Honey Bee this may be short the flip side is the dextrous finger picking is awesome!
The whole album is as perfect as a sun ripened peach full of juicy musical snippets and lyrics that keep the music rooted in the blues the guitar playing is special and the arrangements and writing are perfect in this no over-dubbed album. The album captivates for the whole fifty minutes; as the end with Love In The Afternoon an 13 minute track that just makes you smile and want to join them in a glass of champagne. And keep listening when the silence falls as there is something special a guitar extravaganza and the glory of the bow and double bass a spellbinding hidden bonus track.

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Cardboard King
2. Winter Coat
3. Goodnight Irene
4. Can’t Help Moving
5. Honey Bee
6. Chocolate Jesus
7. Automatic Life
8. Money Doesn’t Matter
9. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
10. Love In The Afternoon

Martin Harley Solo UK Tour – Winter 2015


Thursday 12th Blue Sky Café, Bangor N. Wales
Friday 13th The Atkinson, Southport
Saturday 14th The Independent, Sunderland
Sunday 15th The Met, Bury
Tuesday 17th Komedia, Brighton
Wednesday 18th The Convent, Stroud
Thursday 19th Ropsley Village Hall, Ropsley, Lincs
Friday 20th Rolleston Village Hall, Rolleston, Notts
Saturday 21st Treswell Village Hall, Treswell, Notts
Sunday 22nd Victoria Hall, Settle, N. Yorks
Monday 23rd Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury
Tuesday 24th Junction 2, Cambridge
Thursday 26th Octagon Chapel, Norwich
Friday 27th Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch
Saturday 28th West End Centre, Aldershot
Sunday 29th Chapel Arts Centre, Bath


Thursday 3rd The Railway, Winchester
Friday 4th The David Hall, Barnstable
Saturday 5th Barnstable Guildhall, Barnstable
Sunday 6th The Old Grammar School, Truro
Thursday 10th River Cottage, Axminster

CD Review: Angela Lewis Brown ~ Set Me Free

AngelaAngela Lewis Brown
Set Me Free
Blue Sun Rising – Distribution Cadiz

The opening of this debut album, Set Me Free makes sure you listen, with Angela’s vocals full of sassy soulful blues that cascade out of the speaker and demand your attention! Blues Blues Lovin’ has a tempo that makes you feel good about the world it is high energy but never frenzied she has control of the vocals and the band this is her music Angela’s style of the blues with a voice that is full of character but not raucous. The ten tracks on the album have been selected to portray an element of Angela’s vocals that are always at the centre of shaping the sound, the title track sees her band’s music wrapping themselves around the vocals including with stylish slide guitar and horns that set Angela’s inner soul free. Hopeless is blues that allows the vocals once again to soar and work with the searing guitar riffs as the girl from Huddersfield shows a rawness as the lyrics pierce and the soul of the music is ripped bare. Better Man is gritty blues and the harmonica playing is the perfect foil for the depth and range of her vocals, this is a down to earth track that grounds the album at the half-way point. The last four tracks of the album continue with the same mix of vocals and instrumentation, at times I would have liked to have heard the instruments pick up the blues story to give different shapes and tempo to the album. This is partly achieved on Ice Cold Tears a slower number with some lovely guitar licks giving the track some ice cold shivers and I would have liked to have seen the voice take a breather and the guitar pick up the icy mood and then her voice would have had more dramatic impact that it definitely has the power to achieve.

Overall, a debut album with the grit of an uncut diamond, Angela Lewis Brown is a Blues vocalist to watch out for she has the voice to make a real impact on the scene, with her understanding of the blues and the ability to take the listener on an emotional journey.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

TRACK LISTING – Angela Lewis Brown – Set Me Free

1. Blues Blues Lovin’
2. Set Me Free
3. Summer Nights
4. I’m Feeling Good About Me
5. Hopeless
6. Better Man
7. I
8. Ice Cold Tears
9. That’s You
10. I’ll Be There