Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March
Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st January and 31st March 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 49 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance..
This is the first list of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016..
Red Butler Ready for European Blues Challenge 2016
Following the completion of a crowd funding campaign set up by the UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) on Crowdfunder UK, UKBlues is very pleased to announce that a total of £570.00 was raised thanks to the generosity of the contributors.
After the deduction of the fees levied by Crowdfunder UK, PayPal and Stripe who process the payments, a total of £540.00 remains and UKBlues have passed the whole of this to Red Butler to assist with their costs appearing at the 6th European Blues Challenge in Torrita di Siena, Italy in April.
It is believed that this is the first time that the UK’s representative at the European Blues Challenge has received financial support from the UK blues community.
For Red Butler, Alex Butler said: ‘’We’d like to thank everyone who has been part of this incredible effort to support us in our journey to Italy. We are honoured to have the opportunity to compete in the competition flying the flag for the U.K”
For UKBlues, Ashwyn Smyth: ‘‘We are very pleased and not a little proud that we have managed to provide some financial assistance to Red Butler as they travel to Italy to compete with 20 other acts from around Europe in the 6th European Blues Challenge. We believe this is the first time that this has happened.
We hope that people will recognise that UKBlues means what it says and that we are working hard to ‘promote and support Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles.’ This is just one small first step, next year we hope to be able to assist the winners of this year’s UK Blues Challenge to attend both the EBC in Denmark and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Danny Bryant presents Alex Butler with the UK Blues Federation’s cheque for the money raised by UKBlues’ crowd funding campaign.
At the Waterfront, Norwich
l to r – Paul Smith, Board Member – UKBlues, Alex Butler, Danny Bryant, Charlie Simpson, Jane Chloe Pearce, Mike Topp (Red Butler)
We also have many other things which we are working on and invite people to support our work and the blues in the UK by joining the UK Blues Federation.
If you are not already a member of UKBlues, why not join now? Check UKBlues Federation HERE
For more information on the European Blues Challenge visit HERE
Read What Bluesdoodles said HERE Full of moody lyrics and riffs and lead breaks that are spellbinding, everyone will have a willingness to exchange Blood Money for a copy of Danny’s latest work.
RELEASE DATE: 29th January 2016, – Jazzhaus Records; YES it is too early to be album of 2016 but I have no doubt come the end of December we will still be playing the album and it will be in the mix. We gave it a 10…
Danny Bryant – Blood Money ft. Walter Trout (Blood Money 2016)
FEBRUARY 2016 UK TOUR
with special guests Red Butler
Wednesday 10th February 2016 – BILSTON, The Robin 2,
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: – 01902 401211 Online HERE
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Thursday 22nd SEPTEMBER 2016 – CARLISLE, The Old Fire Station, RESCHEDULED – DUE TO VENUE FLOODING
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: – 0844 844 2920 Online HERE
Doors: 7:30pm / Stage: 8:00pm
Friday 12th February – EDINBURGH, The Voodoo Rooms
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 084444 77 1000 Online HERE
Doors: 7:15pm / Stage: 8:00pm
Saturday 13th February 2016 – ELLAND, The Meeting Room
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01422 370 333 Online HERE
Doors: 7:15pm / Stage: 8:00pm
With a moody bounce of the drum, stinging guitar and vocals from Danny Bryant means only one thing the Blues are back in the room. Full of moody lyrics and riffs and lead breaks that are spellbinding, everyone will have a willingness to exchange Blood Money for a copy of Danny’s latest work.
Danny is a bluesman finding his roots deep in a dirtier, rougher sound less about guitar power more about cadences, the exploration of the light and shade with the chords. Yes, the lead breaks are full of electric energy but there is also a controlled verve that gives a venomous feel to every track on Blood Money – Blues from Master Danny Bryant.
Danny Bryant is never far from a stage playing live the music that he loves and this studio album captures a deep inner spirit that glows with the fingertips of the past and is at the same time a complete contemporary album, full of lyrics of hurt and pain of living each day in the modern world. Blood Money is intense, driven by a personal mission every lyric is delivered with heartfelt passion that grinds out a guitar that picks up the mood and embellishes the tone from the high to the low notes.
Opening with the title track the guitars growl around the chords as Danny is joined by Walter Trout. The number written explicitly with Walter in mind. Why? Walter has been his guitar mentor since a chance meeting when he was thirteen, the emotion on Danny’s voice as he says “take it” and Walter takes the lead break and closes the track making it very personal. Danny’s guitar is the heart soul and musical lifeblood of the album the fingering and phrasing is intricate and adds depth and underpins the lyrical sentiment on moving tracks including Slow Suicide and On The Rocks; you need no words as the instrument says it all.
This is an album full of musical tones and textures Sugar Sweet is not sweet but full of huge sounds, this is rock that has stepped into Blues and then expanded it beyond the horizon. Bernie Marsden joins Danny’s guitar on Just Won’t Burn, with a Hammond and two huge guitars this isn’t clash of the titans but a melodic co-operation that produces a huge deep sound it works perfectly. How do you bring this immense album to a close with its variety of styles, sweat drenched emotions and cascading chords, you sing Sara Jayne a poignantly beautiful ballad.
This is his third album produced by Richard Hammerton, and will get Danny noticed for all the right reasons mature musicianship and stunning guitar. RELEASE DATE: 29th January 2016, – Jazzhaus Records; YES it is too early to be album of 2016 but I have no doubt come the end of December we will still be playing the album and it will be in the mix.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
1. Blood Money (featuring Walter Trout),
2. Master Plan
3. Slow Suicide
5. On The Rocks
6. Sugar Sweet
7. Fool’s Game
8. Holding All The Cards
9. Just Won’t Burn (featuring Bernie Marsden)
10. Sara Jayne
Dannyy is on tour throughout FEBRUARY 2016 – Check out dates and book your tickets HERE