The Magpie Salute Announce Recording Debut Album

The Magpie Salute Announce recording Debut Album

To Be Released This Summer Via Mascot Label Group
Tour Dates To Be Announced Shortly

Mascot Label Group are thrilled to announce that The Magpie Salute have joined the Provogue label to sit at home amongst some of the finest modern blues icons such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Sonny Landreth, Gary Hoey and more.

The Magpie Salute which brings together the reunited guitar team of Rich Robinson and Marc Fordfrom the Black Crowes, bassist Sven Pipien (also from the Crowes) along with lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua have entered a studio in Nashville, TN to begin recording their debut album. The currently untitled record is due out later this summer via Mascot Label Group.

“We’re all very excited to start a new partnership with Mascot Label Group,” Rich Robinson commented.  “We’ve just started recording our first original music for release this summer. We can’t wait to see you out there on the road.”

Mascot Label Group CEO Ed van Zijl on signing The Magpie Salute: “I’m really excited to welcome The Magpie Salute to the Mascot family. They are an incredible band with a huge melting pot of ideas that feels fresh and powerful. They are no ordinary band and you can tell they all have a long history together which shows in their rich songwriting.  Their debut album is going to be a real joy and I feel we are going to have a great future.”

Formed by Rich Robinson in late 2016, The Magpie Salute spent most of 2017 on the road performing over 75 shows in countries around the world. Through the miles travelled the ensemble became a band. From their varied set lists every single night, with the band choosing from repertoire exceeding 200 songs, The Magpie Salute immediately developed a rapid fan base.

The Magpie Salute Announce recording Debut Album


In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Liz chatting with Tom Leighton Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for The Bad Flowers. Good evening Tom, thank you for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles. The Bad Flowers will be a new band to many readers of Bluesdoodles. So this is the perfect chance to talk about debut album and part of a tour we are all excited about.  With The Bad Flowers as special guests for a night of exciting music with Jared James Nichols & Stone Broken.



As a Midlands based hard rock band, what were your first musical influences growing up in Cannock?

Thin Lizzie was the first band me and Dale the bass player latched on to so we have that common ground. Then there was Black Sabbath and stuff like that in the Midlands. Dale is a huge Gezzer Butler fan. So all bands of that ilk really. The first band I went to see live with my Dad was Wishbone Ash. So it is all Classic rock that influences me. You have quite a heritage of classic from coming from that area?  Yes, we have Glenn Hughes, Galley Brothers they were obviously Trapeze to start with, Dale was lucky enough to have a jam with Mel Galley which was pretty cool. There are some great bands come out of the area, the likes of Slade, Noddy Holder is one of my favourite singers; Robert Plant is from Wolverhampton so it is a good area from Heritage for sureIt is not just about Heritage though it is about moving music on keeping it modern and fresh. It is definitely about tipping your cap to that but doing your own thing as well trying to keep that flame going. There are a bunch of bands coming out at the minute there is Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, ourselves, and there is Piston from Cannock. Not heard of Piston! Piston, yea they are good guys man, playing similar sort of thing, yes they’re a bunch of great bands coming out of the Midlands at the minute doing lots of good things so all good.

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad FlowersThe opening track of Starting Gun, Thunder Child has been released as a single which is catching the ear of reviewers for all the right reasons. How did you decide on this number to unleash the power of The Bad Flowers album for radio play etc?

It was one of the later songs that we wrote for the album. When we played the riff for the first time, we came up with the riff it was like yea this is kinda us it was fast paced, quite a heavy riff shows us all off. The bass line is great, and the drumming great in it. It is fast paced and catching the ear let’s go with this one. We have similar songs on the album but because it was last it was so fresh and no one had heard it ever. We hadn’t played it so let’s put it out it is totally new. So was the album mainly material you have played live or mainly new material? Majority of it is fresh, majority brand new. City Lights was actually on our last EP; it has been one of the most popular songs when we play live. We have noticed recently that when we play it people starting to sing back the words at the beginning it is a strange feeling to have but good feeling but it is strange. We felt that song still had some legs so we put it on the album the rest we have written in the last year so all pretty new. Tom, are you the songwriter?  Yea all the lyrics and everything. We come up with the riffs altogether.

How do you define the music of The Bad Flowers so that you stand out from the plethora of trios playing rock?

Well, the one word we get a lot is ‘Thunderous’ which is a good word to describe us especially live we’ve always gone out as a three-piece but make it sound like there are more than the three of us. Thunderous Rock n’ roll – I like that description. I think it gets us down to a T really.  But, the album shows off a little bit a softer side to it at times. Trying to be a bit diverse. Yes, there is a really nice acoustic track included.  Yes, it is I Hope   So will you be including the softer side into your live set? In the live set, it is all pretty heavy. From the album, Lets Misbehave that starts softer and builds which we have put into our last two live shows. It went down really, really well so may keep that in for the New Year when we go on tour, and just depends on how long a set we get as it is one of the longer songs. It is one of my favourite songs on the album to be fair.

I didn’t pick up thunderous on the first couple of listens. I felt the Album is full of volcanic rocking energy, with the artwork on the cover of Starting Gun is eye-catching reflecting bands and album name how did you arrive at this image and album name for your debut?

The name is actually a lyric from Thunder Child – it is like The Thunder Clap is my Starting Gun. When we were thinking of a name for the album Starting Gun clicked in my head. It is our first album we are making the statement we want to go in with a bang really. So we came to the conclusion it would be a good name for the album.  Then the artwork was a collaboration between myself and our friend Shaun, who is a singer in a band Liberty Lies and he did the design work for us and we are really happy. Yes, great artwork. Love seeing artwork relevant to the album but not a picture of the band. We have always been a fan of artwork and things. Our previous EP had like a Lion, Shark and a Phoenix on it because each of us has one of these tattooed on us somewhere, so we put it all together and I drew that myself.  This time round got Shaun to do the artwork as he is very talented. Yes, we are really happy with it. We actually got the full CD’s today and they look amazing. It is the vinyl I am looking forward to getting my hands on the most I can’t wait.

Starting Gun, Engineered at Vigo Studios in Birmingham then the music travelled to Hamburg, Germany for Mastering? How and why did you choose this combination?

We spoke to the guy online. He noticed us through the power of Social Media, perhaps Instagram, that we were recording and he sort of pitched himself to us. We sent him a track to test out how it sounded and it came back and sounded really good. It fitted into our budget and we loved the way he worked so it was great. So that was how it came back. So social media chose the path. We spent some time in Germany last year but it was just a coincidence really, it came about at the right time and worked out really well. It has got a lovely sound the album. We tried to keep the sound as analogue as we could and mix it like we were playing live when we were recording trying to capture the energy a bit. We don’t even use a click track, we just go in and play it. Yes, it has got that clean has a natural feel.  Yes, it is the human element we don’t like recording like a machine, we don’t even use a click track. We just go in and play so some of it might speed up a little bit or slow down a little bit but we just like to play how we play live capturing the energy that is how we have always done it and works really well for us as well.   It would take us longer to record to a click track, to be honest with you (laughing). For those who want to know what is a Click Track? It is like a metronome. It is a constant perfect timing that you play along to, but we play by feel.

As the Guitarist and vocalist do you have a favourite track?  Yes, as I said Let’s Misbehave. What made this track the favourite?  Yes pretty much. I was going through a strange point in my life when we did that and it kind reflects that a little bit. We had the music for quite a long time before the lyrics. The lyrics for that I went into the studio and I had very little idea and then recorded it in an evening. It was just one of those moments, you listen back and go that’s the one! So it was done in two or three takes that song was done lyrically. So in an evening you started you had no idea and it has become one of your favourites?  I did have an inkling, a few lines but nothing set in stone.  The chorus which was set in stone it was the verses that took the time.  But we sat down and the Producer Adam really helped me with them in phrasing and things like that, we listened back and did it in an evening. It was one of those great moments that you can only get writing music.

The rhythm section of Dale on Bass & Karl on Drums is a powerhouse how do the three of you work together ensuring the sound is coherent and works so well with your vocals and guitar so that the melodic flow is never lost against that powerhouse?

It is a kinda unconscious thing really. Me and Dale have been playing together since we were about 16/17. So we have only really been in bands playing together and the majority has been as a three-piece. When Karl joined about three and half years ago now, we had to look for the right person to fit in with Dale and myself. We have been playing together for so long it isn’t easy.  As soon as he started playing with us it was like we had been playing together months not minutes. It is something that I have always said. When we are playing together it is like we are all on the same wavelength. Dale & Karl are really good at locking in together. If something is not right Dale or Karl will shout out straight away. We won’t sit on things we are always upfront and honest with each other, if things have to be changed then that is what happens. It works well when we are in the studio/ rehearsing. Hard to explain it just clicks.

The Bad Flowers are out on Tour in March with fellow Midlands’s band Stone Broken and American Jared James Nichols. Which tracks from the album and why will be played live and loud.

We are quite good friends with Jared we toured with him November 2016 and we have stayed in touch ever since.  When he came over last summer for festivals we hung out with him, so it is going to be a tour with all of our friends. It is I think quite a good line-up. Everything that is on the album is or has been on the live set recently. Hopefully get Let’s Misbehave on there because I love that track, Who Needs A Soul, Thunder Child, Hurricane and I Don’t Believe It, which is kinda treading new ground for us.  It is quite a fast paced riffy track with lots of parts to it. When we first started playing it live we struggled then it clicked and is now one of our favourites. City Lights different live to what is on the album and has been the losing number but may shake it up on this tour.  Going to be fun, lots of new venues and people to play to live and loud lots of foot stomping.

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

Drums: John Bonham
Bass: John Entwistle
Guitar: Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive one of the reasons why we got together so have to have their guitarist who is phenomenal)
Vocals: Robert Plant


In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers



Vocals & Guitar: Tom Leighton

Bass: Dale Tonks

Drums: Karl Selickis



Bad Flowers on Tour 2018

Read More about the tour and links to tickets HERE


In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

ad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting GunStarting Gun launching The Bad Flowers into the spotlight with the attention of radio plays, interviews and national tour. The artwork defines the album as The Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun sums up the rocking ride that kick starts 2018. The music is sharp, melodic, exciting and above all entertaining.  The melodies and rhythms are addictive, with lyrics and licks that become friendly earworms! Definitely, Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

The opening number and first single from Starting Gun is a friendly anthemic clap of rock as Thunder Child cascades out of the speakers. Having checked out the where Bluesdoodles said “Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles”. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem, with the single and B side Lions Blood. Now to settle down and listen to the next nine tracks and fingers crossed they all live up to the heady announcement of the single. Three tracks in and The Bad Flowers are endearing themselves as the must-see live new band in 2018. Secrets is slower has the feeling that Tom Leighton on vocals and guitar is sharing the lyrics just with you the listener.  The last number written on the album is dirty riffs with lots of fuzz that works well. This change of tempo and intensity works adding interest and texture to the album. Joining Tom in this powerhouse of a trio is Dale Tones on deep bass and backing vocals along with Karl Selick’s kick-ass drumming.

Five tracks in and we are given a breather with a complete volte-face as the electric is unplugged and acoustic flowers reign, Tom’s voice has an emotional clarity in complete harmony with the acoustic guitar very personal and fits cooling the album like a summer shower acting as a refresher to the bouquet of rock that is created on Starting Gun.  The tension and ferocity building life is short so are the minutes on an album, not one is missed on Starting Gun even when the Bad Flowers sing Let’s Misbehave. Then we have rock blues that is so dark and dirty the blue is indigo and the rock has the power of granite the groove pulls you deep as they ask Who Needs A Soul. Not sure when there is music like this to fill the void!

Heading for home we are now in a for heavy weather with Hurricane and I Don’t Believe. This is an album that is building and though you want the music to go on how will it then end cool and personal, dirty blues or heavier rock as we visit City Lights with the boys. First, we have Tom’s vocals and I am sure I am not the first or last person to compare his vocal sound to Cult’s Ian Astbury.  The drumming from Karl is precise with strong rhythms laid down by Dale’s bass playing off the rocking solid guitar of Tom. The lyrics throughout are strong and the refrain “Can’t afford the champagne … I’m just addicted to the City Lights” then the power of guitar-charged up and electric. Another addictive track from the new boys The Bad Flowers the album is a wow!

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

When I review I have four simple rules of life.
Rule ONE: Play the music loud YES
Rule TWO: Listen To new Bands YES
Rule THREE: Celebrate the gems from artist that are unknown to you YES

Rule FOUR: Never give a debut album 10…. Hey Ho! Rules are made to be broken and so early in 2018, I have broken my own rules! Still 3 out of four is pretty good. Which one did I break? Well, Starting Gun is a celebratory stupendous TEN. Will The Bad Flowers sophomore album reach the same dizzy heights, time will tell. Until then the boys are on tour February/March 2018 with Jared James Nichols and Headliners Stone Broken

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun – Released 16th February

Released on CD; Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Standard Digital Download – Bluesdoodles recommend you pre-order before catching them on tour.


TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …


  1. Thunder Child
  2. Lions Blood
  3. Secrets
  4. Rich Man
  5. I Hope
  6. Let’s Misbehave
  7. Who Needs A Soul
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Hurricane
  10. I Don’t Believe It
  11. City LIghts


Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

Ilya Portnov Debut Album Strong Brew

Ilya Portnov Debut Album Strong Brew

Ilya Portnov Debut Album Strong Brew


Russia born, now based in the USA harmonica player Ilya Portnov loves the blues. His debut instrumental solo album, Strong Brew, is a mix of old-school blues and ragtime with gypsy and tango-influenced tunes. Ilya says he wanted to feature different kinds of music that played a big role in his life. Originally, he had planned to include Brazilian choro and forro tracks but now he plans to release these on a separate album. Strong Brew, with seven self-penned tracks and two covers. The lively arrangement of the Rev Gary Davis classic, Cincinnati Flow Rag and in complete contrast, In a Town Garden. A composition from Malvey Blanter and Alexey Fatyanov a popular Russian tune of the 1940s and a favourite of Portnov’s grandmother. Ilya plays a mean diatonic harp and is ably backed by keys, guitar, drums and violin as he moves from 12 bar blues to ragtime to tango. The appropriately named track 1928 would work as music for a black and white film set in a smoky 1920s dance club while Surfing the Baltic Sea brings us a lilting gypsy influenced tune with virtuoso harp playing. Occasionally verging on the pedestrian but the album is ultimately intriguing. Ilya’s harmonica blends blues with folk music of Eastern Europe the combination of roots-infused music works. The mix of music is a refreshing take on the range of the harmonica and Ilya’s musical influences. Stand out tracks for this reviewer were the 12 bar blues Behind the Wall and the final blues track Till The Early Morning. The title track, Strong Brew is a smooth mix of bluesy harp over a prowling, slinky dance background – this could be the way to go for this versatile musician.

Ilya Portnov  – Strong Brew – Independent

SIXpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Sunny Afternoon Blues
  2. Surfing The Baltic Sea
  3. Dance of A Lonely Doll
  4. Cincinnati Flow Rag
  5. In A Town Garden
  6. Behind The Wall
  7. Strong Brew
  8. 1928

Ilya Portnov Debut Album Strong Brew

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band

Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band


Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band. Out of Birmingham, the band have a big blues sound as Honky Tonk piano rocks out with deep vocals a swing guitar. The Blues Rock sound is strong as the quartet not from Birmingham Alabama but Birmingham West Midlands share over thirteen tracks blues that are spiced with rock.

The album has is easy on the blues ear and captivating with its controlled energy. A Rebel’s Story is an album that grows with every listen as you become acquainted with Big Wolf Band on their debut album. The quartet are guitarist & vocalist, Jonathan Earp, bassist Mick Jeynes, Drummer Tim Jones and on the keys Paul Bambani.  The foursome opens the album with Heaven’s Got The Blues. That may be true, the absolute truth is Big Wolf Band definitely have.  The sound has a distinctive mix as the keys lead into a huge guitar riff, laying down the scene for an album that will surprise as the hues of the blues are explored with a mix of the traditional that has been re-shaped but never loses its musical form into a contemporary sound. The foot-tapping rock’n’ roll is fused with a shuffle in Done Wrong By You. Earp’ s guitar work is fresh with the cadences that take you back deep into the seventies with more than a tipping of a hat to Gary Moore.

The tone changes with the Honky Tonk Piano leading the pack as we get to know Long Time Mary, Earp’s vocals pierce through the melody set down and links seamlessly in with the percussive drumming.  The vocals are intense but never overpower as they rest and the lead break is taken up by Bambani’s fingers caressing the keys. Intoxicating blues.

A debut album full of blues shades and hidden depths, never overproduced the warm live slightly dangerous sound is captured in the studio. You can expect a full-on live performance on the strength of A Rebel’s Story, Big Wolf Band’s debut album. The album never shocks but as A Rebel’s Story unfurl you are never left disappointed.

The title track in the middle of the album has a harder rockier edge. The title has a raw energy contained within the control of musicians in the studio. Live, it is easy to imagine the track stretched out with lead breaks that up the pace and leave you breathless as a rebel hound.

A quartet of songs with love in the title brings this stylish and enjoyable album to its close.  I Don’t Love You opens with a classic blues beat fast with an urgency and the vocals have an ear-pleasing tonal quality. You know exactly what is meant in a song about love ending it. There is no future for this love story. What is clear Big wolf Band have a future delivering blues that give a contemporary edge to the blues. They may not be shaking any Willow Tree or delivering the unexpected what they are delivering is blues with ear appeal.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …


  1. Heaven’s Got The Blues
  2. Done Wrong By You
  3. Hot Blooded Woman
  4. Darkest Of My Days
  5. Long Time Mary
  6. Rolling With Thunder
  7. One More Time
  8. A Rebel’s Story
  9. Been Here Too Long
  10. Love That Hurts
  11. I Don’t Love
  12. Love Isn’t Free
  13. If I Ever Loved Another Woman



Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah FontaineBlack Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine


Wake up and peer into the depths of the Black Water, Welsh-born Toriah Fontaine’s debut album full of grime, gravel and blues that swirl in the dark musical form. Opening with the title track with the pounding determined drum call overlaid by Toriah’s earthy vocals, powerful and full of texture and tone this is blues contemporary whilst connecting to a primeval ancestry. Recorded at Studio Toy in Cardiff, Toriah is stepping out from any blues comfort zone. The music is contemporary tipping its hat at the deep and fertile waters of the river of music that is blues inspired. Here the music dark, sexy and mysterious as you feel your reflection popping out at you from the Black Water that holds ten compelling tracks in its depth.  As she sings with a country flair, Sleeping On The Wrong Side with hints of Honky Tonk Piano the beat is determined and a softer side is rippling through Dark Waters. The voice peels from the music leaving the scars of life shining through with a gentler smoky blues-jazz edge on Giving Back My Loving. On every track, the centrepiece is Toriah’s vocals they make you cry, laugh and howl with her as she combines the power of her lungs with tonal shape and emotional colour. Toriah is a combination of strong women singers from Amy Winehouse through Mavis Staples, with a touch of Etta James but above all, she sings every song as her own this is no pale imitation it is the real deal.  The album has a flow achieved by recording live at Studio Toy in Cardiff. This is a sound you want to hear again a vocalist who has gargled with blades and whiskey that soften the mix with a smooth cream. The music is fresh, delivered with a blues poke that has an energy as we find her Howling At My Door. The cymbals and humming intoxicate as we are invited to Come On In My Kitchen a quieter tone though still full of intense sparkling blues power as the Robert Johnson classic is given a vocal cwtch by Toriah. Closing out a debut album that will get Toriah heard far and wide is Blood Runs Thin, leaving you in the knowledge this is an album that improves with every listen; second time around you hear more of the guitar as your brain is no longer immersed in the inky blues Black Water that is Toriah’s superb vocals and the eight originals show this is a singer who can write a good blues tale.


Black Water an album released last year that never should have been overlooked by Bluesdoodles. Making mends by including on the 2017 Advent Calendar and will make a great stocking filler for any contemporary blues collector.

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Blackwater
  2. Sleeping On The Wrong Side
  3. Give Back My Loving
  4. Howling At MY Door
  5. Sunday Best
  6. Marked By Sin
  7. Bitter About Being Bitter
  8. In The Pines
  9. Come On In My Kitchen
  10. Blood Runs Thin



Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine

Black Water Debut Album From Toriah Fontaine


The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement


The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

The Mascot Label Group’s new imprint The Players Club are thrilled to announce the debut album from The Koch Marshall Trio, Toby Arriveswhich will be released on 23rd February 2018.  The trio are American guitarist Koch Marshall, his son Dylan on Drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall.

At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility – but Koch’s compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humour and occasional wild abandon.
Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as a guitar player’s guitarist and has been called “scary good” by guitar phenomenon Joe Bonamassa. In addition to his 15 releases on multiple record labels which feature his unique take on a variety of American guitar styles and his versatile compositions, Koch is widely known for his lengthy tenure as an international ambassador for Fender Guitars. He is also a best-selling author and video instructor for music publisher Hal Leonard. For the last few years, Greg is renowned for his wildly popular internet videos (which number in the thousands with views exceeding 50 million) originating from the legendary Colorado guitar shop Wildwood Guitars.
Dylan Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils to play along with music as soon as he could walk. After digesting an early diet of Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham, Dylan was mentored by the legendary Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea/Robben Ford). While still in his teens he performed with young guitar guns Tallan Noble Latz and Jared James Nichols and has performed alongside his father with such artists as Robben Ford, Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Jon Cleary, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan.
Toby Lee Marshall’s screaming B3 is the perfect complement to the musical stew that is the Koch songbook. His fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after his Dad took him to see Steve Cherewan playing with Dr Mambo’s Combo at their legendary residency at Bunker’s in Minneapolis. Steve mentored Toby in the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running landing a gig with bluesman Lonnie Brooks while still a teen. He would go on to travel the world as a member of Bernard Allison’s band. After taking a hiatus to spend some family time, Toby is returning to music with a vehemence and the Koch-Marshall format gives him a long leash to let his freak flag fly, providing groovy bass lines, sinuous chordal work and incendiary solos.
The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocket playing of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and the glorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions are properly portrayed in the blues-drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama in which they were conceived. Their first release, Toby Arrives the first moments of their unexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year.
“So we went over there…the drums and B-3 were already set up and mic’ed. I sat down with my guitar and said, ‘Let’s just do a shuffle in G.’ And as soon as I heard it back I said, ‘We’re releasing this!’ So the very first notes we ever played is that first song you hear on the album, totally unrehearsed. And just from that very first tune I was like, ‘Holy shit! This is not your grandfather’s organ trio!’” Greg Koch
“Toby had actually retired from music,” Koch says of the 39-year-old Hammond B-3 ace. “For the last several years he’s been working for a farm, driving a semi and taking crops to the Twin Cities from River Falls. He had two young kids so he decided to stop touring to help raise the kids. For Toby, it was kind of like that scene in The Godfather where Michael Corleone says, ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!’ But now he’s so excited to be playing in this trio because this is just such a perfect format for him to let his freak flag fly. It’s the perfect combination of this kind of churchy, bluesy, funky, jazzy, rock, chicken-pickin’ thing, and he fits right in.”



The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

Broken Witt Rebels Debut Album Blending Old With New

Broken Witt Rebels Debut Album Blending Old With NewBroken Witt Rebels Debut Album Blending Old With New, plus four new tracks.  The debut feels comfortable why? It is a blending of tracks from their two acclaimed E.P’s that had fans demanding a full-length album. The new numbers show the direction of travel and how far the band have come. A result of touring endlessly at festivals, opening shows and part of the Roadstars earlier this year.  In Broken Witt Rebels own words – “Our album has been a long time coming. It’s a culmination of the past two years of hard work and we couldn’t be prouder of what it’s become. We’ve crafted the record to take the listener along our journey so far, and it also marks a milestone in our career as we move from the unsigned world to being with a label. We’re very proud to have signed a deal with Snakefarm Records, and with the Snakefarm team behind us we can’t wait to take things to the next level.” Some will moan we already have the E.Ps. People always moan! But – many will not as fans have arrived at the #UpTheRebels party later than others. Bluesdoodles reviewed Georgia Pines but not Howlin’, now we have an early collection of the boys’ music.

Now to the album opening with a rousing upbeat guitar churning number with Danny Core’s vocals cascading across the instrumentation and we are not left with Loose Change with the opening number. We are on the road with a band that wants you to have a good time, loud, raw and full of youthful verve and direction. Once heard the distinctive sound will never be forgotten. This is the sound that has got us so excited when they opened for Whiskey Myers, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Cadillac Three (Ireland & mainland Europe) and played at Festivals. The four new songs are little nuggets of brilliance scattered amongst the better-known numbers.  From the heavy jam band groove of Loose Change through to the final song of the album Wait For You which provides a slower, gentler soulful side of Danny and the band. Here they close the album with an artful weaving of modern sound collecting the roots of popular music, soul and blues with a crackling edge of tension. The tension shaped by the earthy vocals of Danny Core that just pop out at you on every track.  The first of the other two new numbers, Snake Eyes, feels familiar if you have heard the band live and is stunning; the opening is beguiling as you wait with bated breath for the song to fill out. This is rock that rolls with a blues shimmer and leaves you wanting to hear more.  The fourth in the quartet of new numbers leaves you Breathless with soulful wonder.  This is a number that ebbs and flows showing the bands dexterity shaping the sound around Danny’s many-textured vocals. The drumming is ear-catching and builds the tension as Danny sings “Give me Soul, Lose My Mind, Take Control, Trust in You is all I ‘ve Got”; pleading and emotive as he sings the lines so carefully crafted.

Much has been written about the E.P.s that are re-showcased here. It is definite they deserve another airing so new fans can appreciate and love the early music. They give context to the new music how the band is shaping and developing their sound. For me, it was Georgia Pines that opened my eyes to the potential of the band and Georgia and Low still leave me with that spine quivering delight that hits the right spot. Guns powers out a real contrast to the preceding number Breathless.

Broken Witt Rebels – with a self-titled debut album have jumped the hurdle met fans demands there is an album. Now we all eagerly await the feared sophomore album. This will be all new singing as the West Midland band continues to fuse the sound of British Blues Explosion with Southern Rock and weave in influences from Temperance Movement through to Black Stone Cherry. They are a crossover band. Broken Witt rebels are crossing the divide of being unknown to the world stage and this album consolidates their mission as Danny said when we interviewed him to conquer the music world. Broken Witt Rebels Debut Album Blending Old With New will be played loud and often until they next play live and the second album hits the decks. Up The Rebels is the shout you hear.

Broken Witt Rebels – Broken Witt Rebels – Snakefarm Records

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Track Listing

    1. Loose Change
    2. Georgia
    3. Shake Me Down
    4. Snake Eyes
    5. Howlin’
    6. Breathless
    7. Guns
    8. Getaway
    9. Low
    10. Wait For You

The Bad Flowers Debut Album Starting Gun Announced

The Bad Flowers Debut Album Starting Gun Announced

The Bad Flowers Debut Album Starting Gun Announced. 

The Bad Flowers are Out of the Starting Blocks as the announce Starting Gun there debut album following on from the release of Thunder Child as a single – We love the sound over at Bluesdoodles Tower – check out what we thought HERE  and listen below.  A brilliant opening track for the anticipated album Starting Gun out 16th February 2018

Following the September release of their recent single Thunder Child, The Bad Flowers were named as one of Planet Rock Radio’s “Ones To Watch”.  Thunder Childthe first single taken from the Starting Gun, gained heavy airplay described by the station as “pure, dynamic, riff-heavy rock ‘n’ roll delivered with passion and prowess.”


Midlands based hard rock band, The Bad Flowers, are set to release their debut studio album Starting Gun on Friday 16th of February 2018. The album is a follow-up to 2016’s self-titled EP and shows the great progression of songwriting and musicianship of The Bad Flowers over the past two years.

To dovetail the release of the debut album, The Bad Flowers will be special guests on Stone Broken’s nationwide 12 date UK tour that starts on Thursday 22nd of February at The Haunt BrightonThe tour also includes an appearance at Planet Rock’s Winters End Festival.

More about the Tour and links to Tickets HERE


Order the Bad Flowers CD, T-shirt, red vinyl and drum head bundlesThe Bad Flowers Debut Album Starting Gun Announced

An exclusive pre-sale of Starting Gun will begin on November 10th 2017 via the band website HERE.This includes the limited edition signed red vinyl edition of the album, exclusive t-shirts only available for pre-orders and hand-drawn, and signed, and numbered personalised drum heads.



The Bad Flowers Debut Album Starting Gun AnnouncedThe Bad Flowers deliver rock that grabs attention. Introducing the trio that creates exciting music – Tom Leighton (Vocals & Guitar); Dale Tonks (Bass); Karl Selickis (Drums).

Tom, talking about making the  album said “There’s all out songs with monster riffs and big chorus’ down to a song with just one acoustic guitar and vocals and plenty in between, I think this album will show that we have more than one trick up our sleeve and I’m really excited for people to hear what we have made”.


The Bad Flowers Debut Album Starting Gun Announced


Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies

Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies



Looking to the stars Kev Minney combines his passions, guitar, songwriting, and astronomer to create a debut album Stories of the Skies. The singer-songwriter’s acoustic debut shows the depths of style the Brighton-based musician has explored. The album has a simplicity on first listening. Underneath the lyrics and change in guitar, tempo creates a layering reflecting when you first look into the night skies it takes a while to distinguish the stars and constellations spread out before you.

The use of instruments from violin to piano to augment the tonal shaping of the acoustic guitar includes using open tuning to create a melodic haunting sound. The combination works throughout the album. There is always just enough to add but never dominate.  This is an album created with thought and attention to detail. The one constant is Kev’s vocals that gently caresses the lyrics and floats above the instruments giving the tracks an ethereal feeling.

Opening with the title track you are instantly transported into the world the Minney has created. The beat changes with a dance rhythm a pop melody as the essence of the Bossa Nova is captured in Like I Always, as anxiety when trying to o beyond the horizon facing a challenge. The narrative told with innate sensitivity.

Inspired by Joni Mitchel and Nick Drake he has created a sound that is uniquely his. Dark Skies demonstrates once again his skills on the acoustic guitar. The track that was the starting point of the album showcasing the perfectionist element of the singer obsessed with astronomy.  The haunting violin pulses through the melody with Fairy Tales and Chains a track that looks at changing times, asking questions that are relevant and emotionally engaging. The stars once again a certainty and constant grounding force.

Closing with the most upbeat number the piano adds a twinkle to the tone as we explore Stardust. Minney’s vocals are more relaxed the journey examining stars, change and emotions have been cathartic and Stardust is the magic ingredient of release and freedom.

The ten tracks on the debut album without the backing of a label were made possible with help from the Arts Council in the form of a grant awarded in 2016, so Kev has been able to pay everyone involved in creating the album.  There is no argument this is an album for lovers of acoustic. For those who appreciate sparsity the space between notes and lyrics where you can gather your thoughts as you try to make sense of life and emotions.

A debut album with promise. The only thing that holds it back is the sound blends at times there feels like there is no definite change in mood and feeling between the tracks as they meld together. Your attention to the lyrics gets lost at times. Anger sometimes is a good thing combined with on occasion a more assertive sound.

Soon to be out in tour, the translation of the songs from studio to stage will be interesting. Having battled with a stutter and stage fright he has used his obsessive nature to overcome and master the power of being a singer/songwriter to share your inner feelings and turmoil with sensitivity and openness.

Kev Minney –  Stories of The Skies

Release Date 8th September

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Track Listing

    1. Chaos In The Sky
    2. Like I Always
    3. Just Another Day
    4. Dark Stars
    5. Time
    6. Can You Feel It Too
    7. Fairy Tales & Chains
    8. Gravity
    9. Chances
    10. Stardust


Like I Always  the second single from Stories of The Skies


Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies