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.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

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

CD Review: Dove & Boweevil Band ~ This Life

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This Life
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The release of their much-anticipated second album has created a buzz around this album in the U.K. as it is number 2 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Broadcasters (IBBA) charts this week. Having listened to the album I can understand why. The music has a zest for life the lyrics shine and the singing is full of tonal shapes and depths. Dove and Boweevil have caused a stir before, their music was hushed due tp guitarist Mark Howes suffering complications after a routine throat operation that meant for him it was hospital wards not stages and studios. Now they are back kicking up a storm with the combination of Mark’s guitar playing that adds a layer and a stability allowing Lauren Dove to have complete vocal freedom from the hush of a whispered confidence to the squeal and a holler that could be heard across many a cotton field, and would wake up the cotton weevil. Dove & Boweevil’s music on This Life is inspired by blending a mix of styles and emotions that blend just like life. It is a mix of knowledge, experience and passion as they weave together a sound that knots together the ties of Blues, Soul and Southern Rock with a twist of country. The sound is infectious modern and British despite the influences, the music flows and drives the lyrics sung with passion yet having a naivety and innocence in the vocals delivered by Lauren. This is a young sound a band that is maturing and shaping their sound the songwriting is strong and the instrumentation has a foot tapping joyous feel that musical destiny is in their own hands. Mark’s guitar licks, riffs and little hooks are beguiling and give a shape and density to the music the rhythm section a duo of Pauls, drummer Weston and bassist Williams, provide a beat that gives the whole album structure and texture and timing that gives a true punctuation to Lauren’s vocals; with Andy ‘Mojo’ Robinson providing a layer of chords and interest with some sublime keyboard skills. Opening at a lick with Food for Love you fall into the music that is upbeat and full of Americana feel and energy. The beat slows with Flying with Angels and you see a gentler tone to the vocals, the stand-out on the track is the immense guitar riffs from Mark delivered with emotional control so that nothing overpowers the words that have a darker other worldly feel. The title track has a slower, languid tempo where the vocals purr over the melody and you are captivated with the album that shows this is a band that thinks about their music and understands that tempo can relate to the audience the meaning of the lyrics. Every track has something to offer the use of horns on some tracks has been done with sensitivity and the lighter mood of East Coast Blues with plenty of keyboard mojo counteracting that on Fireworks it was the guitar that had the centre stage. Back to a darker gothic, southern rock Lady Lavoo is full of swampy beats and the sound has a mystical dark sound that gives the second half of the album real interest. Then we have the finger clicking Get Your Red Lips On and we are off to party with a lady with attitude and knows how to sashay onto any stage. Penultimate track Dry Land demonstrates the glories of Laurens’ raunchy vocals and this is a track that remains in your ear for a long time and then the album closes with Maple Leaf, with a controlled quietness that demands to be listened to, it is almost a call to prayer in a number that has an acoustic feel. This is a stylish album that should ensure that Dove & Boweevil are heard and enjoyed far and wide.

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

Track Listing

 

1. Food for Love
2. Outta Town
3. Flying With Angels
4. This Life
5. Need A Little Love
6. Firework
7. East Coast Blues
8. Lady Lavoo
9. Hand In My Pocket
10. Put Your Red Lips On
11. Dry Land
12. Maple Leaf

Bluesdoodles in the Press September 2015

Blues In Britain

Dave Arcari – Live @ Beaufort Ballroom

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CD 1

Review Recording of Joe Bonamassa ~ Live at Radio City Hall

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Joe Bonamassa
Live at Radio City Hall
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The album is as you would expect songs from a live concert with cutaway applause which is throughout warm and heartfelt as New Yorkers were lapping up and loving Joe Bonamassa. Yes the album is recorded live and I personally thoroughly enjoyed hearing Different Shades of Blue the title track from his last album live. The album for me though felt flat whilst the guitar playing is superb Joe B’s vocals getting stronger and stronger but yes another album from the man who is making blues mainstream wherever he plays. CD version of  Live at Radio City Hall,  is a selection of tracks from the concert and interestingly in a different sequence from the video. Now the video is something completely different listen to this first last and forevermore whenever you have the opportunity – the music comes alive and yes the same recording but you can see, hear and feel the audience and the excitement that Joe B is feeling playing Live at Radio City a boyhood dream. All that the CD is lacking can be found here I would have had more of the live interaction incorporated into the CD to differentiate for the studio. The video has an authenticity of a live event, the build up to the show, the anticipation and excitement and throughout the DVD the warm interaction between Joe and the audience, he genuinely is having a great time playing New York at Radio City a life-long dream now reality and as well as the sell-out audience we can all enjoy the performance with two distinct segments opening for himself as acoustic Joe with the Fabulous Huckleberries entertaining and weaving their magic. As the cheers die down the stage is dark and Mats Wester on his nyckelharpa entertains and then the stinging sound of Joe Bonamassa plugged in and electric, with horns and the keys of Reese Wynans the temperature goes up a few degrees and we are pulled into the music once again. This is the drama missing from the album this is live music in your living room and Mr Bonamassa is on fire.

The acoustic set is a musician comfortable with the blues and his music with the confidence to explore and experiment as the Huckleberries weave in intricate Celtic melodies the melding is a perfectly tightly formed Celtic knotted blues full of intricacies and hidden depths. Dust Bowl opens the set full of driving energy and then introduces the skillfully used feature throughout the DVD of the split screen connecting Joe with the other musicians on stage ensuring the viewer at home connects to Gerry O’Connor (Irish Fiddler) Mats Wester (Mandola & nycleharpa), Reese Wynans (keyboardist) and Lenny Castro (Percussionist) there may be no bass but the bass lines are filled in by dramatic and interesting keys and percussion. The nyckelharpa adds a special sound full of celtic warmth and the sound whirls and swirls around the acoustic guitar and Joe’s vocals are strong adding another dimension to the percussive mix as shown on Still Water, the waters may be still but the music is dynamic and very good. When he introduces the The Huckleberries and says ‘Hi!’ to the audience you’re not sure who was more excited to be there Joe Bonamassa or the crowd… no the most excited is Joe. Slide Guitar and Black Lung Heartache, show his dexterity on the acoustic and the instrumentation is once again superb drawing the Blues out of the Delta and twisting it into World Roots derived music. Closing the Fabulous Huckleberries set with a blond wood acoustic guitar and a gentler tone the melodies flow and Joe’s vocals are the best I have ever heard them, the piano from Reese is beautiful on Happier Times. This is unmistakably a clever opening set the cinematography is superb as the camera angles give you a feeling of watching the show and being there as an integral part of the audience.

The electric hour shows Joe as a confident bandleader with the timing sharp and the music pure, the tempo goes up the music texture changes as his regular touring band join him on stage for the main event. This is an artist mature and confident in his own music and the musicians he has surrounded himself with, Keyboardist Reese Wynans, rhythm section of bassist Carmine Rojas and Tal Bergman on Drums and a horn section that is pure delight Lee Thornberg, trumpet, Nick Lane, trombonist and Paulie Cerra on saxophone. The centre-piece is most definitely the searing guitar sound produced by Joe the lead breaks pull you in so you are totally self-absorbed in every action he makes. The set comes alive with and energy and intensity on Hidden Charms, the horns snap and crackle the rhythm section and power and Joe is having fun on stage. The set moves smoothly from one song to the next as you find yourself wanting to hear the next offering but not wanting to stop relishing the track a little bit longer as on Living On The Moon with the horns filling to tonal gaps with their full tour-de-force. His version of Double Trouble is full of tension and the contours of sound is outstanding and the use of little gaps and gentle solos before the lead break is spellbinding. This is blues that is happy to have some funk to change the tempo and play with the beat Love Ain’t A Song has the full funky sound. We even have a Happy Birthday for his Mom on stage before the music picks up again with JB’s big Band approach to the blues with I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues gain it is the power of the vocals that surprises and the control of the guitar just enough so that your interest is maintained and your ears are awash with a cascade of sound that rises and falls shaping the mood. Closing the set with a ballad that allows the tempo to slow and reflect on the quality of musicianship heard tonight at Radio City Music Hall , he filled the stage and auditorium with a rich warm sound that simply delighted.

The set is a banquet of Joe Bonamassa guitar playing, acoustic and electric there are the visual delights and the tasters of two newly recorded songs, then the next musical delicacy nine unreleased live tracks then the main course of over two and half hours of live footage, all bought together thanks to the artful production of Philippe Klose plus a collectors book and you even have sneak preview into his childhood.

The Bonus is for every fan now and in the future as home, Joe Bonamassa as he shares his thoughts from a young child through to today; we see how the wardrobe is put together and insight from his Mom Debra; it all feels very natural and you get to know the real Joe.

For the first time we have a discrepancy in the doodle paws with the DVD coming out on top.
CD – EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

DVD – TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

CD Tracks
1. I Can’t Be Satisfied
2. One Less Cross To Bear
3. Living On The Moon
4. I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept the Blues
5. Dust Bowl
6. Trouble Town
7. Still Water
8. Different Shades of Blue
9. Happier Times
10. Never Give All Your Heart
11. Hidden Charms
12. Love Ain’t a Love Song
13. So, What Would I Do

DVD
Bite the Big Apple (titles)
Dust Bowl (The Huckleberries)
Trouble Town (The Huckleberries)
Still Water (The Huckleberries)
Different Shades of Blue (The Huckleberries)
The Huckleberries – Introducing Acoustic Band
Black Lung Heartache (The Huckleberries)
Happier Times (The Huckleberries)
Never Give Your Heart
Hidden Charms
Living On The Moon
I Can’t Be Satisfied
Double Trouble
One Less Cross to Bear
Love Ain’t A Love Song
Introducing the Electric Band
“Happy Birthday Mom!”
I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues
So, What Would I do?

Bonus Feature
Joe Bites The Big Apple – Behind The Scenes

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Erja Lyytinen in Conversation with Bluesdoodles

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Erja Lyytinen in Conversation with Bluesdoodles; Liz had great fun talking to Erja covering guitars, singing, Finland her Live album and so much more.
 
 
 
 
BD: Tell us a little about your musical memories growing up in a small town Kupio in Finland
EL:
Kupio is a small city that is growing and also a University City so lots of musicians, including Nightwish, there is something in the water lots of great guitar players as well. There are three music high schools in Kupio; these give you the chance at 16 to explore music rehearse and practice rather that going to lessons that do not interest you. All very helpful as 16-19 is a fragile age this allowed me to develop my own music. In fact my niece has had a wonderful experience as her week of job experience was on the tour bus selling merchandise while I was with Riku Niemi Orchestra, with horns, strings and band it was a big thing and for her something to remember, this has a great effect on young people.

BD: Did you always imagine yourself as a professional musician?

EL: My family was musical my Dad played guitar and my Mum bass so lots of music and I would sing along with them. So yes I always thought I would be a professional musician. Music touched me, moved me; it felt amazing. Started playing guitar when I was 14 or 15 didn’t know what style I would play but knew it would be popular music could have been rock, blues or pop. For a while as a teenager I did think I might study psychology; how people think and feel did interest me. For me though song writing is like being therapeutic for people you are offering a story that touches the listener and in some way can help people in dealing with their emotions. Yes for me music is the best therapy.

BD: What attracted you to the Blues

EL: My mother listened to lots of music her collection was wide and I probably heard lots of blues through her. Then I was in a soul band at college and got into the blues through Ray Charles’ Georgia On My Mind – that was IT!  It was going to have to be the blues band with some gospel, I was looking for something and found it.

 BD: Is there a vibrant blues scene in Finland?

EL: Yes, it is getting bigger recognition all the time. Last year saw the first Finnish Blues Awards with lots of categories including Newcomers, Lifetime Achievement, Best Track of the Year etc. The media is starting giving blues attention, and wanted to know about me because I was recognised internationally and is now giving blues a lot more space. Finland is a long way north, isolated, but we have the Delta Finland! Internet has helped to break down borders so you have a feeling that borders are not so heavy and hard to cross.

BD: How do you personally define the blues as a woman
EL: Blues, it is a feeling a deep feeling, there is an honesty, humour and seriousness in the same song. When there is deep, heavy stuff you need the lighter side as well.

BD: Do you consider yourself as a guitarist first, vocalist second or they equally important
EL: I am more of a guitarist if I had to choose; in fact I was a singer first but I practiced the guitar more, then came the pedals and amps and other stuff that makes it all so interesting (laughing). So now they both complement each other and I love the opportunity playing just the guitar or the opposite as a singer it is so different as one can concentrate on them completely, but together can create something quite different

BD: Your latest album is a Live In London, what is the difference between live and studio albums and why did you choose the 100 club as the place to record the album.
EL: This is my second live album already done Songs From The Road in Finland back in 2011 how time flies. The attraction of a live album it is easy to do, it is everything you do on stage. I am a live performer I love the interaction and it is honest it is what you are doing in that moment. Yes the studio produces a cleaner sound but added pressure to get it right, there are many different things that can be done in a studio but the live sound is good. I am trying to catch that feel in my next album which is in pre-production.
The 100 Club is a venue that is in Central London and easy to reach for audiences. So many big names have performed there and in 1970 Sun House a musical legend of mine recorded and album I felt the connection.

BD: As a woman, do you still come across the male naysayers – girls can’t/shouldn’t play guitar?
EL: Yes, like all women in all fields I am sure you have as well met sexism (we laugh and agree); but there is a definite change there are so many more women guitarists playing the guitar. When I was 20 I felt that other than the likes of Bonnie Raitt there were just a few others. Now there is a new generation including Chantel McGregor, Dani Wilde, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Samantha Fish and hope in a way we helped to lay a platform so they can develop their own style. I used to wear dresses and short skirts and corsets, now it is shorts, jeans and a top why it is easier to move around the stage simply right for me now.
I have just done a tour with Riku Niemi Orchestra, Ladies Sing Blues Erja Lyytinen, Aija Puurtinen and Maria Hanninen it was fun as we were all wearing nice dresses and sometimes it is just fun to dress up and sing.

BD: Who has influenced you the most in your music writing and playing?
EL: Never had one idol though from an early age loved the music of Ray Charles, Bonnie Riatt and Koko Taylor, but I have wide ranging tastes and influences.

BD: What advice have you had and what advice will you pass on
EL: I have listened to lots of advice but very stubborn too so do it my way – advice I would give excuse the rude word – Move the Fuck on… in other words forget the bad do your own thing!

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
EL: Now that is a hard question so many greats… It also depends on what you are playing let’s see…

Guitar – John Mayall perhaps his whole band
Drums – Steve Jordan and /or Hannah Ford
Bass – Willie Weeks and/or Nik West
Piano: the late Charles Brown

If we have Hannah on drums it will be really rockin’!

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Thank you you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule as your are on tour in the U.K. To read what Bluesdoodles thought about Live In London check it out HERE

 

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Friday 9th  – KEIGHLEY, KEIGHLEY BLUES CLUB – Box Office: 01535 600310 Book Online HERE
Saturday 10th- BLAKENEY, THE HARBOUR ROOM – Box Office: 01263 741666
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Chantel McGregor In Conversation with Bluesdoodles

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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

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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 InLondon” 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

 

 

 

CHANTEL McGREGOR RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE – “TAKE THE POWER”

CHANTEL McGREGOR RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE – “TAKE THE POWER”
TAKEN FROM THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM “LOSE CONTROL” (RELEASED FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER)

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

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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

NOVEMBER

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

DECEMBER

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@ The Grahams ~ Glory Bound

 

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THE GRAHAMS

GLORY BOUND

12 South Records

Release Date             October 2 2015

 

 

Opening the album with the title track two things stand out The Grahams love to deliver lyric rich story telling songs with a jaunty Americana/Country feel this is music that compels you to sit back, smile and tap your feet and clap your hands. Love the line “Wish I never majored in Caffeine and Solitude, Wish I never let them see my attitude” then there is that link to a train journey of life crashing around you and you wish you could put the hammer down! As The Grahams said “There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americana music, our goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape.”

This is an album that chronicles from one track to another; the tempo changes, and the addition of different instruments shapes the tone as the blues harp winds around The Gambling Girl the second track that feels like a station stop on a journey that is defined by the fiery music pouring out of your speakers. You are riding the rails of excitement as fiddles and organ join the party with a storm brewing hurricane of a track Blow Wind Blow; and then the tempo slows as night falls with Lay Me Down. Alyssa’s vocals are clear and calm with the effect of a lullaby cooling a troubled spirit with Doug’s guitar gently underplaying keeping the travelling lullaby in shape. Next stop is a hoe-down at Kansas City this is a real dance time as the energy is rebuilt approaching the half-way point of this self-penned album bought to our ears courtesy of the skills and artistry of Alyssa Graham, Douglas Graham & Bryan McCann. The album is full of country/ Americana tones and The Wild One reflects the storytelling tradition The Grahams are ensuring this is kept at the heart of the music, by the end of the track we feel we know all about Billy Green, we have all met and loved bad wild boys such as him!  The music flows like a journey there are quiet times when all is going along steady, surprises around the corner and then the wildness when heading somewhere unknown and the outcome uncertain above it all it shows life travelled is fun. Borderland has the twang of Country and the tale linked with being at the station and we find the mix of Lord and Devil so the Borderland is an unknown place betwixt and between but definitely grand! Now we have the last two tracks and the feeling of anticipation picks up with a gentle song The Spinner with drumming that brushes the vocals and drives the beat along at a pace neither fast nor slow. The last track is also the shortest and has a feel of optimism as we are on the freight car why we are off to the Promised Land, where is that why HOME!

In addition to the Glory that is their third album Glory Bound they have been involved in a documentary Rattle the Hocks (released digitally) filmed on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train, produced and directed by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, which chronicles their train-bound excursions and the influence of train travel on American roots music.  The list of guests on the album makes this full of depth of tone that curls and shapes around the lyrics and the power of Alyssa’s vocals. Glory Bound is an album that will not linger on the shelves gathering dust but revisited and the favourite track will change to reflect your mood and how life is treating you in that moment.

Simultaneously, the band will be releasing Rattle the Hocks, a musical documentary focusing on the live recording, and the relationship between the railroad and American roots music. Both film and album (which will be released digitally on May 19) were directed and produced by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.

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

Track Listing

  1. Glory Bound
  2. Gambling Girl
  3. Blow WindBlow
  4. Lay Me Down
  5. Kansas City
  6. Mama
  7. The Wild One
  8. Griggstown
  9. Biscuits
  10. The Spinner
  11. Promised Land

Formats available                         CD, Vinyl  & DL

Musicians

Alyssa Graham – Vocals, Guitar
Douglas Graham – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals

 

Additional Musicians
Ryan Engleman – Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel Gabe Pearson – Drums, Percussion
Wes Sharon – Bass, Percussion
John Fullbright – Piano, Harmonica, Guitar
Byron Berline – Fiddle, Mandolin
Dan Walker – Electric Organ, Piano, Accordion
Camille Harp – Backing Vocals

 

The Grahams – UK & Ireland Tour – November 2015

Tuesday 3rd – The Bicycle Shop,– Norwich
Wednesday 4th – The Borderline, London
Thursday 5th – River Cottage, Axminster
Friday 6th – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
Saturday 7th – The Convent, Stroud
Sunday 8th – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Tuesday 10th – Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury
Wednesday 11th – The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 12th – The Met (Studio), Bury
Friday 13th – Private House Party
Saturday 14th – The Con Club, Lewis
Tuesday 17th – Levis Corner House,  Balleyhob, Co. Cork
Wednesday 18th –  Dolan’s, Limerick
Thursday 19th – Monroe’s Live, Galway
Friday 20th – The Errigle Inn, Belfast
Saturday 21st Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Ireland