Guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor will release her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music. The new album is the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut solo album, Like No Other.
After four years of touring and festival appearances, 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.
“I’ve always been interested in the dark side of 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 Mullers 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.”
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Livingstone Brown’s studio in Brixton over the space of 6 months, interspersing studio time with touring. Livingstone Brown, (Ed Sheeran, Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower), played the majority of the bass on the album, with Chantel playing small parts, and her touring drummer Keith McPartling, playing drums for the whole album.
Says Chantel, “I did the vocals, backing vocals, all guitar parts, arrangements and some production. We brought in two amazing string players, Charlie Brown on the violin and Chris Worsey on the cello. I really enjoyed the creativity the studio gave me and loved venturing into the production and arrangement sides of it, which I will definitely be doing more of in the future.”
Read what Bluesdoodles thought about her new album Lose Control HERE – release date 9th October
Tonight The Cube in Malvern had not one but two reasons to get out and listen to live music, each of the double headliners Babajack and Marcus Bonfanti play acoustic music with energy and combine the music with some great stories.
We had a cut down version of Babajack, the set was a combination of the original duo Becky Tate and Trevor Steger, joined on many of the songs by bassist Adam Bertenshaw and sound man for tonight, normally seen as part of the rhythm section with Tosh on drums when Babajack are a foursome. This changes the texture and tone of the music but never the energy and quality of every song performed by Babajack. The set was full of the songs fans associate with the band opening with Running Man the title track of their last studio album, made the evening of music hit the ground running could it get better. This was as ever entertainment that is blues with emotion drilling deep into the roots of the genre and taking us back through the cotton fields and across to Africa with Becky’s percussionist skills on her Djembe the west African drum, traditionally only played by men Babajack flies once again in the face of tradition. The drum’s name according to the Bambarra people is everyone gather around in peace and we certainly did tonight as the magic of the beat produced flowed through the hall in Malvern. The Cube’s hall has great acoustics and performing on the floor rather than the stage with sitting around created an intimate session in the round and the wonderful local Malvern Ale was enjoyed as the perfect accompaniment to live music on a Saturday night. The bass line from Adam on When I’m Gone had a funkier edge this time and worked well with the trio format. We also heard some numbers not performed often these days including Jelly Love along with firm favourites no Babajack gig would be complete without Gallows Pole and Skin and Bones. It was confirmed that the long awaited live album, recorded early in 2015 at The Cube in front of an invited audience can be pre-ordered and you will get a signed copy early September. Hurry because this is a limited early release, miss out on this exciting opportunity and you will have to be patient and wait for Babajack Live, Summer 2015 general release date 10th October 2015. We had a preview of the next project a studio album with two tracks that may be included Religion & Backdoor; tonight Trevor weaved his harmonica notes through the narrative like perfect punctuation making the narrative of the lyrics sung by Becky have more power and deeper emotions. The wine box guitars add a tone that creates the sound frame that is both stripped back and full of musical grit.
A short break, a chance to re-fill our glasses catch up with friends and then co-headliner Marcus Bonfanti stepped on stage, with his Gibson Hummingbird and added his voice of the blues into the mix with Devil Girl. We had a selection from past albums from Marcus, which unfortunately are no longer available and those from his latest EP & DVD Borrowed Time and his British Blues Award winning number The Bittersweet for his immaculate songwriting skills. The guitar solo was stunning on Now I’m Gone; underscoring that his skills on the Gibson are really underrated as he shaped the notes so they told their own take so much more than a collection of high speed, licks, riffs and twiddle bits. Marcus makes the guitar be an integral part of the shape of the story of the lyrics. Marcus is often described by the power of his melodic baritone vocals, this is only half of what makes him such a popular powerhouse on the circuit his guitar playing is superb as he manipulates the six-strings too shape a full acoustic sound the perfect backdrop for his voice and accentuating the mood of the lyrical narrative.
In between the numbers he informed, engaged and most importantly made the audience laugh most often at his own expense as he shared some of the gritty life experiences. We had ballads, sad, reflective, fast and slow songs; his contribution to the world of ballads was John Henry Blues, a work song that tells the story of John Henry who challenged a machine won then died! From the new album we had Layla, no not that semi-famous track but a song full of longing and All She Ever Wants with the added lyrics and percussive guitar all about lost love. Every Marcus set list has to include the song Cheap Whiskey as a salutary lesson to us all, and tonight was no different, he won some new fans by his charming stage presence and above all his music that entertains.
The third segment was a combined encore with Babajack joining him on stage for a closing jam that included a rousing rendition of Leadbelly’s Midnight Special. What a night of high energy and inspired acoustic blues that has a sting of delight in its tail looking forward to the next Babajack and friends event at The Cube.
As part of the St David’s Hall’s successful and well received Roots Unearthed sessions, we welcomed the powerhouse combination of Amy Wadge and Pete Riley I am not sure who was more excited to be in the room Amy or the audience.
Opening tonight was a young Singer/songwriter Alex Stacey who is getting loads of support from Amy including producing his EP in Amy’s Shed! He delivered a stylised acoustic set with many of the songs about the travails of love won, lost and regrets. There was a change of style with hints of jazz and blues and deep chords the stock-in-trade default for an acoustic act. Deja Vue and Fighting for Me, a bluesy number, stood out and just as you wondered if there was something else he added a loop effect bringing this acoustic act up-to-date I would love to hear more of this. Amy’s influence was noticeable in his self-penned material and is an act to take notice off.
Short-break and Amy bounced onto the stage accompanied by Pete Riley, they are a double-act musically and the chatting and friendly rivalry/bickering between the numbers was fresh and we all got to know a secret about Amy that stays in the room. The great banter on stage shows they obviously get on as friends and respect each other’s music as they travel the country, they are undisputedly two great singer/songwriters. Pete had an easy way of differentiating the track either off the Orange album Afterglow or the White album – no not the Beatles one, this is Rivers Apart plus lots of music from a future album and their back catalogues.
The slide guitar from Pete Riley accompanying Amy Wadge’s vocals was sublime the harmony and depth of textural tone raises this act on every track above the crowded scene of singer-songwriters. We heard from Amy about her two girls and anyone who has experienced toddlers that will not sleep every line of the lyrics, resonates on Won’t Go To Bed. We were also promised a new Amy Wadge album as she has just signed a contract with Sony and then tales of Grammys and multi-million sales on a certain song and Ed Sheeran and the song she co-wrote tonight we heard Amy’s rendition of Thinking Out Loud everyone in the audience was delighted sharing in the success of – she is living the dream and sharing the experiences with us. Amy may be a successful songwriter, but according to Pete and the song he has written Nine Miles of Bad Road; Amy is not a great driver but her singing was once again spot-on. Amy put down her guitar and sat behind a grand piano to accompany Pete’s guitar on Easy On Me from Rivers Apart or the white album left us spell-bound. They both had a solo segment of the evenings music and Alison’s Sky about Pete’s wife is a song full of emotion and then all to soon it was the final number and this was 17 from the orange album, Afterglow dedicated to Amy’s grandparents who have been married for seventy-six years and in their nineties a moving song full of emotionally intelligence as how we stay forever young. It wasn’t the last we were to hear as they added two more songs in the encore, ending with Dance With Me; tonight was live music close up and personal. Enjoy your break from the road, but come back Amy & Pete sharing songs, old, new and very much-loved.
Opening with the title track the drumming combined with Joe’s guitar spins and cascades you deep into the swirling energy of a Supanova as the shockwave of pleasure stirs up your music vibe. This is an album where the notes and the shaping of tone tell the tale there is no need for words as colours, shapes and forms develop in your musical mind whilst the beat unfolds. Joe Satriani is a troubadour of the guitar with the notes collected together and spat out in a way that forms the poetry. This is a rock album full of textures twists and turns it is where contemporary collides with classic on Crazy Joey the guitar is more harpsichord and baroque than rock, then in comes the pounding rhythm section with the bass from Bryan Beller and the drumming beat provided by Marco Minnenann creating between them pure electric guitar thrills and we are rocking, then harpsichord guitar again; it is like travelling through time and space. Your consciousness opens up and realities fade away. The sound hits you with a surging wall of electric energy as the tempo picks up and you are twisting and turning through the clouds of time and space as if On Peregrine Wings. If a raptor wrote rock this is how they would want to be perceived, through the harmonies between Satriani and Mike Kenelly on keys. The upbeat melodic flow of San Fransico Blue is immaculate with its recurring riffs and licks that make you want to party with its feel good narrative or if partying is too energetic after the adventures of the first half of the album it works just as well sat back and relaxing as the music shapes your mood; you can create the story to suit your mood it is time-out zone from space and Sci-fi. The theme is soon re-established with the stylish Keep On Movin’ the purity of the guitar over the drums is like seeing the sun through the cloud and mists that have been obscuring vision and knowledge.
For me the track that distills, hones and captures the beauty of Joe Satriani is Butterfly and Zebra; with its gentle uber-melodic opening and the notes shine through with perfect harmony that is reflected in the simple piano accompaniment. It is a track that absorbs you taking you away from noise and distractions a short but perfectly formed mode that hints at what might have been if Hendrix was alive today.
The closing track brings fruition to our journey through the word of Satriani’s guitar as we say Goodbye Supanova. I still do not understand astrophysics but the power of composition needle sharp orchestration and arrangements have taken me deep into my imagination on a marvelous journey through space over fifteen tracks that made interesting and varied stopping off points.
This is an album that both rocks your songs off and massages the hairs on the back of your neck into an electro-magnetic orgasmic frenzy. Supernova is out of this time and dimension and crawling back into reality is just too mundane so just fall back in by playing the album on repeat until you can see Joe Satriani live!
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
1. Shockwave Supanova
2. Lost In A memory
3. Crazy Joey
4. In My Pocket
5. On Peregrine Wings
7. San Francisco Blue
8. Keep On Movin’
9. All of My Life
10. A Phase I’m Going Through
11. Scarborough Stomp
12. Butterfly and Zebra
13. If There Is No Heaven
14. Stars Race Across the Sky
15. Goodbye Supanova
Joe Satriani’s new album “Shockwave Supernova” is released by Sony Music/Legacy on Friday July 24th.
His 9-date UK tour with special guest Dan Patlansky kicks off at the O2 Manchester Apollo on November 1st.
DAN PATLANSKY ANNOUNCES LONDON BORDERLINE CONCERT
SATURDAY DECEMBER 5
FEATURNING SPECIAL GUEST AARON KEYLOCK
After taking the UK by storm in April of this year, critically acclaimed South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky is pleased to announce a one-off concert at London’s The Borderline on Saturday December 5, with special guest Aaron Keylock. Tickets priced at ￡14 are on sale now from The Gig Cartel, and the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 478 0898. The London Borderline show follows his special guest slot on Joe Satriani’s “Shockwave” November 2015 UK Tour LINK TO TOUR.
Bluesdoodles loved Silence of Thieves we said “delivering quality music with a rock whacked with solid blues licks and riffs … you find yourself putting the album on repeat” and when we heard his guitar magic up close and live at the Borderline in April
Hailed by Classic Rock magazine as “South Africa’s king of contemporary blues guitar,” Patlansky’s album, Dear Silence Thieves, received across-the-board rave reviews, with Total Guitar magazine giving it 4 stars, saying, “Amid the blazing lead guitar work, and killer Strat tones are ten tunes with personality that you can actually remember. A must for blues-rock guitar fans.”
Classic Rock magazine’s 8/10 album review praises Patlansky saying, “Trumpeted as this year’s zero-to-hero, the Jo’burg thirty-something justifies the hype with his seventh album. Dear Silence Thieves is blues tinged, but not slavishly so, with funky opener Backbite stomping like Lenny Kravitz in stack heels, Fetch Your Spade channelling Rage Against The Machine, and Taking Changes coming on like the Pride & Joy on illegal steroids.”
Don’t miss out on what promises to be one of the most exciting concerts of the year featuring two of rock’s most exciting guitarists in the contemporary music scene.
If I only had three words to describe this album they would be an alliteration of Authentic, Almighty, Americana; luckily I have a few more words so can delve deeper into the artistry that is Gill Landry.
Gill Landry is a multi-instrumentalist and phenomenally talented singer/songwriter who uses every element of his skills in producing an album full of interest with nooks and crannies filled with musical gems. This is his third solo release and he is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the foundations of every track are laid solid so that the elements can be built to shape and form a complete sound on this ten track album full of ballads with a twist of country, a dollop of Mexico and a lot of classy phrasing and a story to unfold. These are ballads with texture and have a swampy Americana grainy quality, if grunge did ballads these would fit the bill as both sides of the argument are explored against full organ chords and soaring fiddles as found on Lately Right Now.
Opening with acoustic chords the tune has a jaunty never-may-care feel and then the lyrics, “Everyone is dressed in black / With chrysanthemums and voodoo dolls trying to bring you back / As the lonesome hearse rolls slowly to the graveyard of my mind / Other than that I’m feeling fine” as he explores loss with instrumentation that has a precision not often heard.
Sprinkled among the album are tracks that click including Fennario this has a desperado feel of Tex Mex straddling the borders and equally spicy and at home in Mexico or Texas. We have tears and religious iconography on Emily where the vocals take the centre stage so it is poetry set to music and you pick out more of the powerful imagery with every listening and the yearning heard when he sings, Emily catches your music soul every time the hurt is felt through to your spine. Half way through the album is Take This Body with the vocals of Laura Marling with whom he tours, adding another layer of emotion and texture and the words develop like the album this song is more than “flesh and bones”; within the elegant phrasing, crisp production are emotions that are teased and explored so that the listener becomes emotionally engaged. Closing the album, with Bad Love, we are still mourning lost and grieving but you are left feeling warm with the wonderful vocals and guitar work and the hope of Take Me Home so all is not loss.
This is not and album to listen to once and get the music especially the lyrics, like a pair of new shoes they become more comfortable with every outing and after a few walks are old friends, thus it is with Gill Landry an album that builds with every hearing and once acquainted like old friends will oft be re-visited.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
Opening with the title track, you are immediately cocooned in all that makes Home a safe warm haven with a mix of Aynsley’s guitar, vocals and the keys that weave through the whole track that defines the tone of this mighty fine blues album; his tenth and award-winning and you can hear why in every note. Another sparkling track is one of the clutch of single word titles Insatiable, this has an upbeat driving guitar with lead breaks that curl and create a paisley pattern of tone and pinpricks of light and shade to the vocals that are spat out by Aynsley; this is an album that is full of unquenchable heat that excites. The piano intro and guitar is lightly influenced by jazz and sits well as they interact picking up on each other’s inflection of tone that opens up with the clash of drum sticks the guitar is heavy and full as Aynsley sings “Well you taste so sweet Babe, You are like chocolate covered cake”; it is so full of controlled playing with a rhythm section that is heavy with sweetness. This is a Sugar overload but never sweetly sick it is perfectly balanced and has a sharp edge to the guitar that cuts straight through. This is an album that like a plain front door hides the wonders of the highs and lows, the quiet and noisy times and the more personal items that create our own distinctive home and shape who we are. Possession is just such a number standing out because the musicians give Aynsley the perfect platform for his intricate guitar work and rich mellow vocals that display an urgency, none of the other instruments dominate they are the warmth to Aynsley’s spice. His vocals connect on Impossible and send an emotional thrill down your spine on this slowed down easy number that you get lost on and the world diminishes to the space where Aynsley and his music exist. The final number is Straight Talkin’ Woman and this is a track that is straight talking great music the perfect finale to Home.
The album entertains throughout and will delight the phalanx of Aynsley Lister fans throughout the world; if you haven’t checked out his delivery of blues then it is a must and this is an album that opens the door to the guitar and vocal Home that is Aynsley Lister.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
4. Inside Out
7. You Make It Real
8. Feeling Good
10. Hyde 2612
12. Straight Talkin’ Woman
Aynsley Lister – Guitar & Vocals
Steve Amadeo – Bass
Andre Basing – Keyboards
Wayne Proctor – Drums & Percussion
Produced by Aynsley Lister & Wayne Proctor
Mixed by Steve Wright & Wayne Proctor at Y Dream Studios
Recorded at Superfly Studios
Engineered by Andrew Banfield
Larry Miller was greeted by many fans who love that fact he visits Wales regularly and they love his rocking blues on a Saturday night. The rapport between Larry and the audience grew, we were all friends and at times it was a comedy show with awesome music thrown in for good measure. Larry and the band wanted to have fun playing the music they enjoy sharing with an appreciative audience, and everyone was up for a party as they clapped, cheered whooped with delight and danced the night away in good company being entertained by Larry. It was fantastic when Larry stopped during a slower quieter number and thanked the audience for listening quietly, good manners cost nothing and earn you praise!
This is a trio full of power that know when to rev the music engine up and when to slow down with its strong backbone of a rhythm section; bassist Derek White and ex-Gary Moore drummer Graham Walker; Larry has a rock solid bedrock to fly with guitar, vocals and the stage presence that makes his show entertaining from beginning to end.
We were introduced to his new Gibson Les Paul gold and pristine the sound created was full and he played this guitar for the majority of the evening. Larry was definitely on form opening with In Your Own Back Yard, with his crazy infectious energy delivering his own bull in a china shop approach to the blues. In the first set we also had a gregarious live version of Missy Mango from his Live & Outlawed album as he treated us to lead breaks that were inspiring controlled with a tamed energy about them and the Rory Gallagher style of playing that he is so well-known for including some of his songs. Tonight wasn’t all about power guitar we saw a gentler side with Calling All The Angels and from his latest album Soldier Of The Line full of emotion as the acoustic guitar and vocals blended to tell the story of a Soldier Of The Line a tribute to the many men who have fallen to end all wars… best not make friends anymore; this is a track full of love, hurt and pathos that shows a thoughtful and reflective side of Larry Miller the showman.
During the second set opening with One Fine Day we had more thrills and spills from Larry’s guitar as the audience became more and more animated; then we had as I am sure happened across the land this weekend a moment to reflect on the talent, joy and influence of B.B. King on blues who passed away on Thursday 14th May. As the guitar and vocals shaped themselves around The Thrill Is Gone luckily the thrill that is BB will stay for ever in his recordings and artists who will still continue to play tracks from his legacy to the blues. The link with BB King was close in the hall room in the valleys tonight as Graham Walker played this track with the great man himself.
The music picked up a pace and the audience were royally entertained by Larry tonight, all too soon it was time for the encore with Larry’s version of Gary Moore’s Parisienne Walkways, a popular number and requested by an attendee so no-one went home disappointed.
Shockwave Supernova Release date Friday 24th JUly Released on CD, DOWNLOAD and 2 LP VINYL
Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on 24th July, making him one of the first to utilise the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.
It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a “masterpiece” or “the last word on guitar” from the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer. Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on 18th September, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.
Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaireBryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” says Satriani.
The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on Shockwave Supernova, as they have on numerous albums – their shared history dates back to the guitar star’s 1986 debut album, Not Of This Earth and its follow-up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed,Surfing with the Alien.
Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of Shockwave Supernova’s rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts – the driving “Keep On Movin’,” full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally’s playful piano, “In My Pocket,” a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing, along with “Crazy Joey” (a deliriously effervescent romp) and “Scarborough Stomp” (a relentless upbeat rocker) – find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).
Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realisation as the springboard and creative centre for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launched his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.
In a creative and engaging alternative venture, Satriani, a lifelong science fiction fan, has reached out to the future, through the medium of animation. Finally recognizing the on-stage symmetry with his alter ego allowed Satriani to also take a risk on this particular style of storytelling. He says, “Guitarist Ned Evett and I have created an animated series called Crystal Planet. The actual Crystal Planet is our very own Earth, set billions of years in the future. The hero of the show uses music generated by a unique electric guitar to travel through time while the show’s characters struggle to preserve the future and past of humankind.” More information on Crystal Planet and how and where fans will view the series will be coming shortly.
Fans are now able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at satriani.com. Joe will be selecting art for the poster from fan submitted art – check Joe’s Facebook page for more details. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl.
For Track Listing and bluesdoodles review of Shockwave Supernova click on ALBUM
Joe Satriani November 2015 UK Tour with special guest Dan Patlansky
Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online: Tickets
Joe Satriani – “Just The Facts”
Joe Satriani is the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, with six gold and platinum discs to his credit (including one more gold award for the debut album by his band Chickenfoot), and sales in excess of 10 million copies. His forthcoming 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova (due out 24th July 2015), is already being hailed as yet another creative breakthrough – this for a guitarist who has routinely topped guitar magazine polls since the release of his first full-length album, Not Of This Earth, in 1986.
Since September 18, 1970 (the day his idol Jimi Hendrix passed away), Satriani has dedicated himself to the artistry of instrument. While still a teenager in his hometown of Westbury, New York, he taught guitar to another budding six-string hopeful, Steve Vai. A few years later, Satriani moved to San Francisco and played guitar in a popular new wave band, The Squares, and briefly joined The Greg Kihn Band before the release of Not Of This Earth.
Satriani’s reputation was already growing in guitar circles – along with Vai, some of his other students were Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Testament’s Alex Skolnick – but in 1987, he broke through to the masses with his second studio full-length, Surfing With The Alien, a massive seller (it hit No. 29 on the Billboard 200) that included the radio hits “Satch Boogie” and the title track. The success of that album caught the attention of Mick Jagger, who asked Satriani to be his lead guitarist on his first-ever solo tour, in 1988.
As a live performer, Satriani has toured the world with each new release (his last concert tour for 2013’s Unstoppable Momentum saw the guitarist touch down in 32 countries). In 1993, he joined Deep Purple as a temporary replacement for Ritchie Blackmore during a Japanese tour. In 1996, Satriani founded the multi-guitarist traveling experience called G3, which has seen him share stages with Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, among others. And starting in 2009, Satriani traversed the globe again as a member of Chickenfoot. The all-star band (which also includes singer Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith) has issues two albums, their debut and 2011’s follow-up, Chickenfoot III.
Satriani’s solo discography includes a host of classics, including 1989’s Flying In A Blue Dream, The Extremist from 1992, Is There Love In Space? (2004) and 2010’s Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards. His 15 Grammy nominations have been for songs such as “Always With Me, Always With You,” “The Crush Of Love,” and “Summer Song,” as well as full albums like Surfing With The Alien, The Extremist and Super Colossal.
Satriani has appeared in motion pictures such as Christopher Guest’s 2006 release, For Your Consideration, and the 2011 Brad Pitt starrer, Moneyball. Through the years, he has designed and endorsed guitars, amplifiers and effects pedals for Ibanez, Marshall and Vox. His JS Series of guitars through Ibanez has been one of the company’s most popular and consistent sellers.
Wily Bo Walker is a solo singer-songwriter; on this album the Glaswegian has teamed up with guitar maestro E.D. Bradshaw to create Stone Cold Beautiful with the backing vocals from Karena K adding extra tonal range creating six tracks full of musical colour and interest.
Opening with Storm Warning, a bluesy track where the storyline hits cinematic proportions when the melody rises to a crescendo and you are on the road with a storm looming and coming up fast, with its powerful blues/rock anthem guitar chords this is a six-track album heading out of the starting blocks with some mighty licks. Loudon Wainwright 111’s Motel Blues, brings some country acoustic blues into the mix a stylish delivery suiting Wily’s vocals. The other cover has opening guitar that is stylish with hints of Gary Moore as the notes sear through the blues tempo and the vocals growl and draw out the words giving them a dark blue effect with the desperation of Loan Me a Dime. This is blues that is steeped in misery and the backing vocals from Karena K adds a bitter-sweet air that makes the track work so well. September Red is a melodic, full sounding track with backing vocals that take on choral proportions as autumn fades and leads to Winter Blue. The album finishes with Killers On The Run full of percussive drive and keyboards that hook you up to the lyrics sung by Wily in his distinctive gravelly Tom Waits infused vocal delivery; leaving you with a smile at Stone Cold Beautiful’s delivery of blues with a rocky attitude. This is an album of six songs that span many shades of blues and for nearly forty minutes you are transported to music that entertains, and blends rock with blues in perfect proportions it is a pity not more tracks to really explore the potential of the music they offer.
1. Storm Warning ( E.D. Brayshaw/ Lesley Brayshaw)
2. Motel Blues (Loudon Wainwright 111)
3. Loan Me a Dime ( Fenton Robinson)
4. I Want To Know (Wily Bo Walker)
5. September Red (Wily Bo Walker)
6. Killers On the Run
Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN doodle paws out of TEN ….