On Tour Harry Pane releases Changing

On Tour Harry Pane releases Changing

On Tour Harry Pane releases Changing

This four track EP is a mellow snippet of Harry Pane’s approach to acoustic singer/songwriter Americana infused music. Guitar and voice perfect accompaniment when chilling on a Summer’s day.
Yes, Changing has a feel of Americana, in reality, Changing is guitar and vocals they cajoles and allows the song to be at the heart of the stage where Harry Pane sits and plays. The four tracks have a simplicity that charms with guitar backdrop curling around the lyrical story. Changing opening number shapes the reality of being ready for change it is the only certainty so be ready. Ghosts picks up the ethereal opening with sea on a beach. The guitar sounds at times like Don McClean. The percussive quality of wood and zing of wire are used to good effect. The music fills the space as we explore Karma’s Prey. The lyrics hit home the moment may be bleak and grey but optimism gives the track a glimmer of sunnier times. The tempo mood and feel changes as the guitar sound is pure country-blue and Cold Light Of Day closes out and EP that gives a glimmer of the breadth and scope of a talented Singer-songwriter. The honesty in the lyrics gives a personal depth of tone as he ponders and explores his relationship with his father through his evocative music.

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

Track Listing 

  1. Changing
  2. Ghosts
  3. Karma’s Prey
  4. Cold Light Of Day

‘Changing’ is the title track of Harry Pane’s new EP – Written by Harry Pane
Mixed, produced and Engineered by Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, Caustic Love) Mastered by Mandy Parnell

HARRY PANE LIVE DATES
10/06 – Surrey, Greyshott Folk Club
13/06 – London, The Social (w/ Gabrielle Aplin & Hudson Taylor)
19/06 – Oxfordshire, Soho Farm House
26/06 – Somerset, Glastonbury Festival (Rabbit Hole)
30/06 – London, Sebright Arms
01/06 – Northants, The Old Firestation **Sold Out**
06/07 – London, The Green Note
31/07 – Hampshire, CarFest
10/08 – O2 Academy, Oxford
26/08 – The Cotswolds, The Big Festival (Udder Stage)

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

 

Get on board for a five track, four station stops, steaming train ride with the crazy Scottish Bluesman Dave Arcari.  As you step on board the Hellbound Train, put away prejudices and pre-conceived ideas of acoustic blues this is loud and a real mash-up.  You may wonder why there are two versions of Hellbound Train, when it is not too long for radio play well let’s say the radio edit loses some of the Arcari components, the language is now temperate.

With three new tracks, the title song, Good Moonshine & Travellin’ Man we have vintage Arcari with some heartfelt lyrics, reflecting the last three hectic years.  The opening whistle gets off to the start of the  journey then the instantly recognizable fingers of Dave on his national, unforgiving, punked-up blues, you know we are in for an adventure as he sings “it is all Rock N’ Roll Now, You have Nothing Left To loose”. Let’s not worry about the genre just the music and his pertinent observation.  Good Monshine is a gentler song, this is a travelling southern blues song that tells the tale with a jaunty country-blues tempo.  The third self-penned track picks up the beat and is again a reflection on travelling; Dave is on the road throughout the year and this road trip is about the life of a travelling man reflected in the stomping beat of the resonator.  We then have a traditional number coloured by Dave’s buoyant non-reverential approach to his music. Pearline is given the treatment and fits neatly into the Hellbound Train with rawness and integrity, this is the music I play if you don’t like fine but this is what I do.

The biggest disappointment is after three years absence from the recording studio we only have a snippet of Dave Acari’s music, a full album would have taken on a real mashed-up journey but hey it’s all Rock n’ Roll and this EP is sparkling with energy and driven by guitar playing with attitude.  So join the trip yes, Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train.

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

Hellbound Train – Dave ArcariBuzz Records

Track Listing

  1. Hellbound Train
  2. Good Moonshine
  3. Travellin’ Man
  4. Pearline
  5. Hellbound Train (Radio Edit)

These Wicked Rivers are not The Enemy

These Wicked Rivers are not The Enemy

These Wicked Rivers are not The Enemy

 

Four tracks on the EP The Enemy from These Wicked Rivers. The band is a four-piece from Derby, John Hartwell combining vocals and Rhythm guitar is joined by Arran Day on Lead Guitar and backing vocals. This is the pair that shape the rock and roll vibe that hits the British groove. Joined by the heartbeat of the band is the rhythm section, Jon Hallam on bass and drummer Dan Southall. Throughout the four tracks they have achieved to create a sound that will be associated with These Wicked Rivers, they have influences including Black Stone Cherry, Joe Bonamassa and Gary Clarke Jnr. These influences shine in places but never dominate the sound.

This is a band that is demanding to be heard on stage and recorded the four tracks are a real teasing taster of what the band could offer on a full album.

Opening with Ladykiller, the band introduces you to their distinctive deep and luscious melodies and guitar work that entertains. The music is rock that lights up the airwaves with a combination of sounds that are balanced and full of luscious depths you want to explore.  The tone is more reserved on The Bottom Of Here, the tempo slows and John’s vocals curl around the guitar creating an intimate rock sound that beguiles. Leading you into the clash of cymbals and the number opens up, without overpower the essence of the tempo created and shaped in the opening moments. The guitar work stings with bluesy riffs that lead into Can’t Take It. I for one can take a lot more of the talent that is hinted at on this début album. This is definitely my personal favourite.  The despair of urban loneliest fuels the track giving shape and purpose and reflected in the lead break and the driving drum beats. The vocals have power, are gruff, deep down and dirty, twisting around the vocals reminding me of Marcus Bonfanti’s approach to creating big modern blues sound.  Closing with The Enemy, title track the speed and drive leaves you wanting this to be the fourth track of an album The EP just leaves you wanting more from this young band These Wicked Rivers. They have achieved a maturity of sound, it is rock that remembers its heart is still beating in the blues.

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

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First Fix from The Della Grants

First Fix from The Della Grants

 

First Fix from The Della Grants

 

 

Opening with Backbiter Blues this is a track full of grinding energy. Delta music with an urban twist that is the right fix for 21st century British rock n Roll infused blues. Backbiter Blues has flashes of the past churning into a modern beat and Tom on Harmonica adding to the excitement. First Fix from The Della Grants, paints the tonal shapes and the gritty textures that are produced from the rhythm section through to Max Manning and Tom Best up front. These textures are re-shaped and spat out with a False Promise. There is nothing false about this young band they click and Tom Walker on Drums and Andy Boulton’s Bass provided a bedrock that keeps the promise of blues true and upfront with attitude.

The tempo slows and the mood deepens with the guitar licks that kickstart Do What You Do. The sweet guitar licks curl around Max’s vocals that are deep and emotionally fueled. The track demonstrates the diversity of a The Della Grants that are creating blues full of soul rhythm and blues.

When you are angry you see – Red Mist there is a feeling of determined anger fueling the energy of a track with a relentless blues stoked drive. Closing with More Than Pray the blues take on a country feel. This is a stylish track that makes the EP feel like a project not quite completed. The range of styles and tonal shapes that The Della Grants can pull out of their hat will continue to grow. First Fix from The Della Grants, certainly fixes my blues.

The main fault with the quintet of tracks is there are not more. First Fix from The Della Grants is a mighty fine E.P. what is lacking is the ten or more tracks on an album for the band to fully exploit the depth of range and talents within the band.

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

The Della GrantsFirst FixAvailable at Gigs NOW – General release 21st March 2016 – HERE
h3>Track Listing

1. Backbiter Blues
2. False Promises
3. Do What You Do
4. Red Mist
5. More Than Pray

EP Review: Lucy Zirins ~ What’s In Front Of Me

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Lucy Zirins
What’s In Front Of Me
Gingersnap Music

 

There has been a long wait for follow-up of recorded music from Lucy Zirins, her debut album Chasing Clocks set the bar high.  This is a snug little E.P. What’s In Front Of Me is a signpost of a future that shines bright as Lucy continues her solo, duo shows and a new band. There are half a dozen tracks that allow the nightingale of Burnley and her acoustic guitar continue to deliver the Zirins sparkle to modern English country shaded with blue her laugh is infectious and her vocals are mesmeric. Lucy is a talented songwriter with lyrics that blend around melodies and tell a tale.  The album has special guests to had tonal depth and excitement pedal steel legend BJ Cole and Richard Causon on keys along with her touring band “The Southern Company” including Andy Crowdy, Simon Price and Pete Billington.

 

The mix of styles shows the full scope of Lucy’s talents opening with the title track the guitar glows and the intro is full but the album really takes shape as Lucy’s vocals warm the song, her honeyed tones firm around the lyrics picking up the words and giving them musical shape.  The tempo rises and the instrumentation has more attitude and the vocals mean business on this country instilled number Changing Ground that will get everyone’s feet stomping. In the middle are two tracks that continue to show Lucy’s personality Falling to Pieces and a reflective gentle number Mercy. Feeling like a change of direction as the tempo hardens with a blues number that rocks Worry and Wine then there is a twist again with the closing song You Don’t Remember Me. This is folk with a Celtic twist ending the E.P. with refrains of fiddles that add a melancholy sadness as we are taken into a future of unknowns. What’s In Front Of Me is a tantilising taster that bodes well for the main course a full studio album for 2016.

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

Track Listing

  1. What’s In Front of Me
  2. Changing Ground
  3. Falling to Pieces
  4. Mercy
  5. Worry and the Wine
  6. You Won’t Remember Me

 

 

EP Review: Jared James Nichols ~ Highwayman

HighwayManCover-smJared James Nichols
Highwayman
Listenable Records

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

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

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

Track Listing

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

GLENN HUGHES – 2015 UK TOUR DATES
with special guest Jared James Nichols

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

NOVEMBER
Sunday 1st – London, – Electric Ballroom

EP: Jo Harman Found A Place

Jo Harman is stripped backed and elegant on this six-track E.P; full of gentle piano notes and Jo’s voice pure and full of soulful emotion as every word is wound around her tongue and served with a delicacy of touch. This is an album full of tonal shape and colour with the swirl of strings and her voice that soars into the heart and musical DNA of any listener, the impression is wistfulness, ethereal tone with an edge of hardness as the lyrics are delivered with a steely determination; stopping the EP from being sentimental without a message.

If you are expecting a re-visit to Dirt On Your Tongue; you are in for a pleasant shock, these are songs delivered by a songstress confident in her own voice and style not bending to please a genre or people’s expectations but delivering the music she wants to share with us.

Open and closing with Lend Me Your Love (the last a radio edit shorten but not diminishing the track) and both have a tenderness that makes you hold your own breath so that you do not miss a moment of her breathing, singing and the superb musicians that surround and embellish her marvelous voice that is the heart and soul of the E.P. The title track with its classic piano intro followed by a swell of strings leads you to a her voice that has a breathy late night jazz club feel that wraps around you full of emotion at the end you are emotionally charged and her rendition of Cat Steven’s Father and Son is delivered with a simplicity so that once again the vocal words provide clues to understanding her music.

Found A Place, started as a studio experiment and ended as a welcomed thank-you album to her many fans who still wait expectantly for her follow up alum to Dirt On My Tongue. If this is the quality it will be worth the wait the production and the songs chosen fit warmly as a snug glove on a cold winters day, Jo’s vocals are the warm shaft of sunlight that brighten the bleak winter landscape, she takes you to another purer place.

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

Jo Harman ~ Found A Place – Chief Records (UK) and V2 (Europe)

Track Listing CD
1. Lend Me Your Love
2. Two Shades Of Hope
3. Found A Place
4. Father and Son
5. I Can Let Go Now
6. Lend Me Your Love (Radio edit)

Review: Dan Burnett ~ E.P.

EP-front-sized-300x266Dan Burnett
E.P.
Independent

With no tracks to waste this is an E.P. crammed with music, of varied textures, shapes and tempos with some clever guitar hooks for Dan Burnett’s voice to hang onto and stretch out. The vocals are definitely the key to the sound being produced. Dan is a singer/songwriter who brings excitement using a blues tone as the backbone shaping around this he layers stylish jazzy sound courtesy of his piano playing, funk grooves and rock beats to give the E.P. a feel of power and energy.

The four tracks are self-penned each one slightly different, opening with Motown sound full of up-tempo vibes suiting the title Happiest Man Alive that gets you in the mood to listen to the whole E.P. with the guitar courtesy of Dan himself melding into the vocal phrasing. This is a mini selection that doesn’t skimp on musical depth and variety of tones. Accompanying the soulful and meaningful vocals of Dan are a plethora of musicians, the rhythm section comprises Martyn Swain on bass and drums provided by Ed Dennis or Jason Odle, guitar is stylish and accomplished from Miles Gilerdale on More Than You Deserve  and then we have Frank Mizen adding horns to the mix and with Lucy adding her vocals to the backdrop we have a sound that wraps around you with its soulful funked up blues. The second track grabs your attention with its gentle piano opening and then the drums and vocals crash into the party delivering a soulful beat that encapsulates the heart of the song. The beauty that brass adds to a track is evident on More Than You Deserve, with mixed up tempos and growling guitar this is a track that just flies along hitting your musical hot spot.
Ending the E.P. is a slow blues number, stripped back with Dan going solo on vocals and piano. You’re Gonna Shine what a clairvoyant would say to Dan you will shine if you keep producing music of this caliber when is the album coming out we want to hear more of what you have to offer. The recording and production are stylish giving this all too short offering shape and meaning so that the sound and lingering musical phrases in your head seem greater that the four tracks Dan offers you on E.P.

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

Tracks
1. Happiest Man Alive
2. Before You Go
3. More Than You Deserve
4. You’re Gonna Shine

Band
Dan Burnett – vocals/piano/guitar
Ed Dennis – Drums (track 2 & 3)
Jason Odle – Drums (track 1)
Martyn Swain – Bass
Miles Gilderdale – Guitar (track 3)
Frank Mizen – Horns
Lucy Mizen – Backing vocals (track 2)