Bluesdoodles In Conversation Across The Years

It is always fascinating, hence Bluesdoodles In Conversation Across The Years. Read about the thinking behind making albums, producing albums and who would be in their fantasy band.

Bluesdoodles Interviews – 2016

JD SIMO – SIMO
Eric Johnson
Fee Waybill – The Tubes
Paul Bowe – Federal Charm
Walter Trout
Debbie Bond
Sari Schorr
Coleen Rennison – No Sinner
Jared James Nichols
Joe Louis Walker
JJ Grey 
Wayne Proctor
Kaz Hawkins
Dan Patlansky 
Dan Reed 
JD Simo

Bluesdoodles Interviews – 2015

Laurence Jones – In Conversation February 2015
Dan Patlansky – In Conversation April 2015
Alan Nimmo – In Conversation May 2015
Julian Moores – In Conversation May 2015
Chantel McGregor – In Conversation October 2015
Erja Lyytinen – In Conversation October 2015
Rob Richings – In Conversation November 2015

Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It Live

Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It Live

Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It Live

 

Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It LiveThe Tramshed was filling fast as Jared James Nichols took to the stage. What a rip-roaring dynamic set, as the saying goes what a difference a year makes. We first heard Jared live opening for Glenn Hughes his guitar playing then was superb but at times the timing was a little manic and the sound raw. Tonight we are hearing what a torch bearer for blues-rock this young guitarist from Wisconsin is carrying it high and bright. He has such control his mastery of the guitar is a mix of wild and control. Jared is full of theatrical interest with a flick of his blonde mane he comes to the front of the stage showing finger dexterity that makes sense of the cascade of notes he is playing.  Denis Holm used the cowbell judiciously along with drum that growled, whilst the bass lines from Erik Sandin fitted the groove deepening the chords that allowing Jared to fly. The set was fast, entertaining warming the venue with a mix of numbers of his own including Crazy from Old Glory & Wild Revival and closing with a stupendous Mountain of a cover of Mississippi Queen which is rapidly becoming a signature number.  Jared and his band are ones to watch as they shine the sparkling blues torch high.

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A short break with the excitement mounting as everyone shared memories of previous Walter Trout gigs. There was a collective delight that Walter Trout was back playing live music and in Wales tonight. The applause and cheers as Walter stepped on stage was warm, heartfelt we were welcoming a guitarist we love to hear playing, a friend and well-loved member of the blues fraternity. The set was full of blues with lengthy numbers and at the heart of the set were several tracks from Battle Scars. The songs were long, guitar breaks intense what you know he delivers blues that is full of interest strong lyrics and the journey he takes us on with his magic treatment of the Fenders six-strings.

 

Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It LiveWalter is at home on the stage the band that surrounds the guitar gives the sound depth and tonal interest, with Sammy Avila on Keys and the rhythm section consisting of bassist Johnny Griparic and drummer Micheal Leasure this is a band that loves playing the music that sets them on fire. The title may have been Out Of Control, but Walter was in total control, delighted to be on a stage in Wales, the atmosphere in the Tramshed was full of love there is no doubt the Welsh crowd and those that traveled far and wide were relishing every note he played. We were treated to a masterclass of controlled intricate blues/rock guitar with a wonderful tribute to B B King with Say Good Bye To The Blues. You almost forgot about the great supporting musicians that make up his band he is the centre of everyone’s attention he is the Trout Lord of the stage yet it is their skills that ensure Walter can strut his stuff with ease and confidence.

The audience wanted to hear Walter play tracks from Battle Scars, we wanted to share theWalter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It Live painful journey of the Liver Transplant as told through his music and celebrate the power and determination of Walter. We were rewarded with stories of his journey the resulting Battle Scars album. The songs are dark, graphic, dirty blues on an album where the tracks when played live take them to another level. The album is stunning and emotional live it is a supernova of emotional playing, that at its heart is a truth full of pain and love the essence of the blues.

There was a lot of emotion on the stage as he played Almost Gone the opening track of the album. This is blues that address the pain of reaching the lowest ebb. This is explored in Please Take Me Home, a pleading reprise he asked his wife Marie. Her strength gave him the energy to stay and wait for a replacement liver. Thank you Marie, for your strength and allowing us to share moments with Walter once again on stage playing Blues full of the agony, ecstasy and the enduring power of love.  Loneliness and isolation of lying in a hospital bed in the dark hours of the night as the lyrics of Haunted By The Night unfolds.

Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It LiveTonight was not about tears, it was a celebration and Walter was joined on stage by Andrew Elt, a fantastic guitarist and vocalist and the acoustic worked so well as the shadow to Walter’s electric guitar. Andrews singing on Down Down Down was rocking good and Walter’s re-wording to Freezing My Arse was a reference to the fact he was feeling cold on stage in fact, Andrew fetched him a Parka a first  for Walter playing guitar in a Parka. With warm words about the young opening guitarist, Jared was invited to join Walter on stage for a barnstorming rendition of Working Overtime quite a magical moment.

https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/supporting-my-decision/welsh-legislation-what-it-means-for-me/Before, he left the stage Walter made a heartfelt statement about organ transplants. Thanking the unknown donor that gave him the gift of life. Praising Wales as a country who along with Spain the only two countries in the World for having the right approach having to opt out rather than opting into organ donation.  The cheers were loud and another round of applause what a night of live, emotional charged Blues-rock. Ending with Walter showing respect to  his many fans and came out to chat with everyone, giving time and signing  many T-shirts and albums with a gracious smile. Thank you, Walter hope you are back in Wales playing the blues we want to hear very soon.

 

 

 

Conversation with Jared James Nichols expect Cowbells

Conversation with Jared James Nichols expect Cowbells

Conversation with Jared James Nichols expect Cowbells

Jared James Nichols is a guitarist who plays his rocked immersed in the belly of the blues. recently completed a European tour with Zakk Wyld (Black Label Society) is currently touring UK as Headline act and plans to be back real soon.

 

BD: Morning Jared thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule.

JJN: No Problem, I’m little busy I guess but could always be worse or always be better laughing

BD: Tell us bit about touring with Zakk, back in UK headlining and back in the autumn supporting Walter Trout.
JJN:Hanging out with Zakk Wilde it was amazing! Every day was a dream come true. Honestly, back when I was a kid he was one of my guitar heroes and he still is. To be able to go on tour with him all round Europe and soak up all that inspiration was a dream come true. Did 3 weeks in Europe the tour not over yet and in a few weeks we are back touring with him in America and Canada. Now doing a few solo club shows of our own, as headliners. It has been amazing, I will be back before you know it. Back in the Autumn supporting Walter Trout is also going to be one of my bucket list check-offs if you know what I mean. So happy about it. Enjoyed Europe? I love Europe this is my fourth time here in less than two years the first time was definitely for a kid from Wisconsin a culture shock. Getting around a bit now I understand a little more of the lay of the land. Audiences are great people who still love the art of blues and love rock and roll for someone like me beyond inspiring doing festivals and theatres with Zakk and now the smaller venues.
Best part for us is that we have lots of plans to come back again for people who don’t get to see me play live this time around.

BD: Tell us a bit about the band
JJN:The band is just a three-piece. My guys that I met are actually Swedish. They are originally from Sweden and moved to Los Angeles from Sweden about five years ago, the same time I moved there. Erik Sandin Bass, amazing Bass player from Gothenburg, who I actually met on my third day in Los Angeles. I heard him playing and this guy is really good. So I go up to him and say Hey, if I have any shows would you like to play. He said yes sure. I got his number. Called him few days later and said I have this show to play all we need now is a drummer. He said I have a friend also from Gothenburg who has just moved to LA. That is who we have on drums Dennis Holm. They actually knew each other from childhood. Not saying they were great friends but both musicians from the area and when they moved to LA it was pretty amazing we all just got hooked up really early on and started playing, that was almost five years ago. It’s been quite a road to get just here. It’s kinda funny, always make fun of the guys we haven’t toured America much. Our tour with Zakk is the first proper one in America. I laugh at them saying you guys came to America to play music and I have had you in Europe for the past three years. It has been fun, they are obviously accomplished musicians play a ton of different stuff making a dynamic three piece.
Always a work in progress making it more dynamic, more energetic. I always say the music is as alive as we are and got to breathe with us and keep getting better.

BD: The official music video, bikers, guitars, and girl how did you come up with the idea?
JJN:Yes just released little new music video, new single Don’t You Try. Yes, it’s fun Sturgis and motorcycle rallies. Playing with Zakk who has big motorcycle enthusiasts following. I have a love for the whole culture, it’s really cool always been a fan of late ‘60’s early 70’s motorcycle culture. Movies like Cocaine Cowboys and Easy Rider and stuff like that. When it came to making a video I didn’t want to do anything serious, didn’t want to portray myself coming off too serious or way too overdone. Instead let’s have some fun with it. Made a little video of me and my girl. Next thing you know we are chased by some bikers, and got thrown off a cliff. You know the best part often video is the fact that my Les Paul survives along with…. Who knows what happens to the girl?.. as long as I got by guitar it is alright.

BD: Are you a biker yourself? Or just like the culture?
JJN:You know what, well I grew up around bikes basically my whole life where I actually grew up was near Milwaukee where the Harley Davidson factory is so most of my family ride. As kids we always had dirt bikes. For me personally never truly rode a motorbike as my main transportation that being said, when I make some money I am going to get myself a nice bike. Always been around bikes. Back when I was a kid always played these charity fund raising events that were basically put around motorcycle enthusiast crowds. It’s always been in my life I would never tell anyone I was a biker whatsoever, but I do love motorcycles, love cars I just love all that.

BD: Your excellent EP Highwayman is being released on Orange 10” vinyl which is great for the collectors do you have plans for getting back into the Studio?
JJN:Yes! A little something special for this run with Zakk. We wanted to do something a little bit different we had a really, really good run with coloured Old Glory. So decided to do Highwayman this time. It is really popular in Europe, and it is good to see so many people loving vinyl. I love vinyl myself it’s my main listening source when I am at home so it is great to see people getting as excited about vinyl as I do. Funny when people come up to me at shows and say is that the Highwayman in Orange vinyl, I say yea and they are delighted.

BD: So with Old Glory and Wild Revival  and Highwayman out on coloured vinyl do you have plans for getting back into the Studio?
JJN:Yes, I have to, and basically have a whole new record written and demoed out. It is finding the time to get into the studio, which I am hoping to do in between the Zakk Tour and Walter Trout Tour. It’s just with everything that has been going on it has been going pretty fast and things keep cropping up like festivals. For me, it is not finding the time to write the music it is finding the time to sit down and process it and getting into a studio. I’m sure if I can’t find the time I just need to make it happen.

BD: Takes a long time to do an album pre-production putting it down.
JJN:Yes, I try to get it down organically, get the sound right and not overthink things. But still you are right it just takes time. Takes time to get the sound together and to get pre-production and getting into the right headspace to do a record is completely different from going out and doing live shows for 150 days straight.

BD: With a show easier to just move on you play whereas a record is going to be around for a long time Organic but right.

JJN: Exactly, you are right the thing about a live show just a moment you go for to a record, yes you are right a record you have to think about it and say alright, this is what we are laying down is it right is this what we are doing . Need right team around you engineers – of course always about having right team Do you have a favoured studio or just find one with space? At a Studio in La Swing House Studio in Los Angeles since I moved there. It is my favourite studio in the whole world. It is homely and has such a good vibe around it I can just go in there relax and myself. Done some recording at like Abbey Road and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles they are amazing studios, but when I go into a studio I want to be comfortable. Not OH! My God! I’m here. When you are in there and excited it can be a double-edged sword we wanted to record a tune to be a slower tempo the next thing we know we are speeding it up because we are so excited to be there you know it is a real dynamic so many factors go into it, it is quite fun. BD:Well we are all excited to hear the possibility of a new JJN album sometime soon.

BD: Do you have a track on the album Either Highwayman or Old Glory and Wild Revival that is personal to you?
JJN:You know, that is hard, awful hard. All of them are different, kinda different shade of me. I know that sounds kind of cheesy but there is bits and pieces of me on the records, on all the tunes every single thing that I have recorded on those two records. It was like a house being built with nails. You have to hammer one in individually, every single one. So it was a lot of blood, sweat I don’t know about tears but tears too I guess. Every track seems pretty personal to me they are different moods just what feeling at a time so can’t pick one particular track out. It is all makes up the body of who I am.

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. Where do you get your inspiration always personal?
JJN:Honestly, it’s pretty personal when I write something like alot of people that are lyricists and they write certain situations, things you think about a lot, memories and for me most of the lyrics do come from that place. Something I am always thinking about, or something on my mind a lot, family experiences and obviously relationships. But, it kind of boils down to me if they are strong or not if it leaves an impression on not only the listener but me; Not only is fun but also little emotional I leave a little bit of myself on all of the songs. I don’t try to write lyrics to be too crassy or be witty just what I am feeling, just comes out. For me the honesty of that means the world that is what it is all about.

BD: Going to take you back now, what were your musical influences growing up in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee?
JJN:Oh my goodness! The Blues it is all about the Blues! I got into the blues around when I started playing. My Mom took me to an open blues jam and got me on stage. With a lot guys from Chicago. I just submerged myself in that. My biggest influences obviously were guitarists playing Stevie Ray Vaughan got me into it and he lead me back to players like Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Literally I would get anything about the blues I would read about it , listen to it figure out the licks and try to figure out where Jimmy Reed figured out how to play a shuffle, where all those chess recordings came from. I would all my teen years and into my twenties just learning and absorbing the blues. Then when figuring out do my own thing, my own influences that is when the rock spilled in playing with other guys. Everything for me and early influences was the blues. Where I am coming from it is blues, yes rock but the blues. My music comes out as rock but the base is totally the blues.

BD: There is always this big debate no what is and what is not the blues?
JJN:Funny had conversation with Zakk I ways say I am a blues guitarist like, Albert King. He says you are playing rock man but you have the blues underline in all of it. Music is moving, I’m moving. There are a lot of purists obviously they take one listen, this guy ain’t nowhere near the blues. Off course I am not near Chicago blues, not playing West Coast style or whatever, but that is just the way I hear it and want to make it. Obviously, it is a big debate. The thing is in this day and age 2016 I think more than ever it is more important that people love the blues and rock n’ roll and everything in between. Instead of putting up walls and putting up barriers to the music we should all be united. I love Muddy Waters as much as you, that is what is important these days we shouldn’t be fighting what is real blues and what is not; it is more about are we all going to love and cherish the music and its rich culture I get to do that through playing my music.

BD: If you were putting together the band of your dreams/perfect with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?
JJN:Oh my goodness you really ask some hard questions now you are really get to it. I am just like going out on a whim and first references.
Drums – Buddy Miles (Going to be a funky-arsed band)
Bass – Jack Bruce
Keys and some vocals – Greg Allman
Singers – Donny Hathaway & Paul Rogers
Guitars – Jimi Hendrix (I can air play laughing)

Think this would be an okay band. I would be on Cow Bell, Jared James Nichols We could talk about this for an hour or more but that is my band for the moment.

Jared James Nichols On Tour 2016 – HERE

READ what Bluesdoodles has said about Jared James Nichols

Review @ Robin2, opening for Glen Hughes 2015 – HERE
Review CD Old Glory and Wild Revival – HERE
Review Highwayman – HERE

On Tour Jared James Nichols Highwayman with A Guitar

Jared James Nichols by John Bull_2_London The Black Heart_June 23 2015Following the European tour with Zakk Wylde, the Wisconsin-bred guitar gunslinger returns to the UK this month for a series of headlining live concerts in June, followed by an extensive October UK tour supporting legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout.

 

To coincide with Jared’s return to the European stage, Listenable Records will release the Highwayman EP as an exclusive limited edition orange coloured 10 inch vinyl (500 copies). Read what Bluesdoodles said about Highwayman HERE

 

On June 3rd, Jared digitally released a brand new single, Don’t You Try, accompanied by an official music video with a homage to the bikers of the 60s and 70s. “We’re really excited about the brand new kick-ass single,” says Jared. “I’m positive it’ll kick-start the shows into high gear.”

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Written by Jared and producer/engineer Anthony Perry Jr., Don’t You Try was recorded at Swing House & Unison Music Group Studios in LA, and will appear on Jared’s next album in spring 2017.

Basically, the song is about belief,” reflects Jared.  “In all aspects of life. About, what you’re told when you’re young and how it has an impression on you. How strong other people’s words can be. How there is always something in the back of your mind, kind of chasing you. At the end of the day, you have to believe in what you want.”

The official music video is a celebratory homage to bikers. But how did Jared come up with the idea?

Says Jared – “It sounds crazy, but the idea came up when I was drifting to sleep! I remember the dream so vividly, I was cruising in my old Ford when all of the sudden I was taken over by a biker gang.  We worked with L.A. Director Ben Strang and decided to make it a ‘homage” or “parody” if you will. It turned out funny as hell and undoubtedly a throwback to the classic exploitation Biker films of the late 60s early 70’s. We plan on opening our European shows with the song.”

 

JARED JAMES NICHOLS ON TOUR

Jun 18 Stone Free Festival – London, UK

UK HEADLINE TOUR W/ SPECIAL GUESTS ‘BAD TOUCH’ & ‘DAVE HANSON’
Jun 19 Notes Café – Southampton
Jun 21 The Cellar Door – Birmingham
Jun 22 Yardbirds – Grimsby
Jun 23 The Live Rooms – Chester
Jun 24 Duck & Drake – Leeds
Jun 25 Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes
Jul 23 The Apex – Bury St. Edmunds

OCTOBER 2016 UK TOUR SUPPORTING WALTER TROUT
Oct 17 Rock City – Nottingham
Oct 18 Manchester Academy 2
Oct 19 Sage Gateshead – Newcastle
Oct 21 The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
Oct 22 The Queens Hall – Edinburgh
Oct 23 Holmfirth Picturedrome – West Yorkshire
Oct 25 The Brook – Southampton
Oct 26 Exeter Phoenix
Oct 27 Tramshed – Cardiff

Jared James Nichols Touring Video Don’t You Try

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New Single says Don’t You Try – listen but definitely go and see Jared James Nicholes live – it is awesome. Read what Bluesdoodles said about his opening set at Robin 2 last year – HERE

“Don’t You Try” is the new single by Jared James Nichols Released digitally June 3rd on Listenable Records.
Written by Jared and producer/ engineer Anthony Perry Jr. Recorded at Swing House & Unison Music Group Studio’s in Los Angeles. Blueprint Motion Pictures Ltd.

The official music video is a celebratory homage to bikers. But how did Jared come up with the idea?

Says Jared – “It sounds crazy, but the idea came up when I was drifting to sleep! I remember the dream so vividly, I was cruising in my old Ford when all of the sudden I was taken over by a biker gang. We worked with L.A. Director Ben Strang and decided to make it a ‘homage” or “parody” if you will. It turned out funny as hell and undoubtedly a throwback to the classic exploitation Biker films of the late 60’s early 70’s. We plan on opening our European shows with the song.”

Jared James Nichols on Tour 2016
Jared James Nichols Touring Video Don't You Try

JUNE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR SUPPORTING ZAKK WYLDE

Jun 03 Wytwornia – Lodz, Poland
Jun 04 Metalfest Open Air Pilsen – Czech Republic
Jun 06 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jun 07 Tvornica Club – Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 09 Teatro degli Arcimboldi – Milano, Italy
Jun 10 La Belle Electrique – Grenoble, France
Jun 11 Le Rocher de Palmer – Cenon, France
Jun 13 La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
Jun 14 Sala Barts – Barcelona, Spain
June 17 Azkena Rock Festival – Spain
Jun 18 Stone Free Festival – London, UK

UK HEADLINE TOUR W/ SPECIAL GUESTS ‘BAD TOUCH’ & ‘DAVE HANSON

Jun 19 Notes Café – Southampton
Jun 21 The Cellar Door – Birmingham
Jun 22 Yardbirds – Grimsby
Jun 23 The Live Rooms – Chester
Jun 24 Duck & Drake – Leeds
Jun 25 Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes
Jul 23 The Apex – Bury St. Edmunds

OCTOBER 2016 UK TOUR SUPPORTING WALTER TROUT

Oct 17 Rock City – Nottingham
Oct 18 Manchester Academy 2 – Manchester
Oct 19 Sage Gateshead – Newcastle
Oct 21 The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
Oct 22 The Queens Hall – Edinburgh
Oct 23 Holmfirth Picturedrome – West Yorkshire
Oct 25 The Brook – Southampton
Oct 26 Exeter Phoenix – Exeter
Oct 27 Tramshed – Cardiff
Jared is looking forward to showing UK and European audiences what his new live show is made of. He’s also can’t wait to get on the road supporting Zakk Wyle.

“When I was growing up and learning how to play guitar, I had posters of Zakk taped on bedroom wall,” reminisces Jared. “Zakk, without a doubt, was, and still is, one of my biggest guitar heroes. The fact that I will be supporting him on a European tour is a dream come true.” Adds Jared, I also have some very special Southern Rock cover songs in store. We’re going to mix it up, and every night will be special and different. I’ll give you a hint… A little ol’ band from Texas, and a badass group from Jacksonville, Florida. Can you take a guess? It’s time to raise some hell. See you out on the road soon!”

Need more convincing not sure why? Check out what we said about
Jared James Nichols Debut album Old Glory And the Wild Revival – HERE and EP – Highwayman HERE

Jared James Nichols and Glenn Hughes Live @ Robin 2

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Robin 2, Bilston
26th October 2015

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Jared James Nicholls - Robin 2 - Oct 2015_0130lMonday night and the Robin 2 was jammed to the rafters for the opening act Jared James Nichols from Wisconsin USA hit the first resounding chord and we knew that this was going to be a show of rock infused blues. The set was a blinding display of how six strings can be manipulated with scorching licks, riffs that produce rivulets of sound and hooks for the lyrics no wonder the crowd were mesmerized. If that wasn’t enough out came the transparent glass slide and we dropped the tempo cranked up the emotion for a glorious rendition of Robert Johnson gone electric Come Into My Kitchen showcasing the depth of James Jared Nichols’ talents. The power of Erik Sandin and Dennis Holm as the rhythm section that powers and allows the control that Jared achieves as he shreds up his glorious guitar playing to fever pitch. With the set starting out with tracks from his superb debut album Old Glory and the Wild Revival including Crazy & Haywire showing that the music transcends the studio and hits the stage with a full-on glorious sound. His cover of Mountain’s Mississippi Queen was sublime Southern Rock the set was too short would love to have heard more of his scintillating guitar playing whether blues rock, delta or southern inspired music we wanted more slide, shredding or melodic manipulation of the fretboard. Jared James Nichols tonight was the perfect special guest left the audience wanting more guitar, more rock and more music and they didn’t have to wait long.

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A short break whilst everyone gathered their breath and for many an opportunity to purchase the album to take the magic of Jared home he made a huge impact on the crowd who had come in the main to see Glenn Hughes.

Tonight, after a couple of short lived projects Black Country Communion and California Breed, bassist Glenn Hughes is joined on stage as part of his solo band by former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, and his drummer for many a show Pontus Engborg. The set entwined the many bands and projects Glenn has been associated with opening with the third re-incarnation of Deep Purple with the instantly recognizable Stormbringer showcasing his great voice, and raising the temperature even higher in the sold out Robin 2 on a Monday Night. Hughes told many amusing stories as he travelled like a time lord through the four decades of music-making he has been involved in. He took us back further in time back to the musical roots of a young boy playing in bands in the Black Country not far from the venue, as Glenn said it was like coming home tonight. The interplay and chemistry between Glenn and Doug was evident as the guitar and bass played off each other whether playing numbers by Trapeze and Whitesnake it was the rock vibe that mattered tonight. We heard Trapeze, Way Back To The Bone and another number dedicated to the late Mel Galley Touch My Life. Into the mix we had a Whitesnake classic Good To Be Bad, once gain showing how much they were enjoying playing music on stage live together, it is a partnership that works. The show was shaped so that everyone had a solo spot it was about all three musicians, and the tracks from Black Country Communion received a rapturous cheer as we heard One Last Soul and Soul Mover as the set reached the climax and then it was the end, the stage feel silent, the audience wanted more… Rewarded with an encore, fittingly tonight the extra music started with Black Country from Black Country Community and the lyrics may say It’s cold on the mountain, It’s cold in the wood… it was hot, very hot at the Robin 2 as the last track of the night Burn what a way to close the show on a Monday night in the Black Country!
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EP Review: Jared James Nichols ~ Highwayman

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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

New E.P. ~ Jared James Nichols ~ Highwayman

Photo Credit: © TX63 Music Photography
Photo Credit: © TX63 Music Photography

Jared James Nichols will release the Highwayman EP via Listenable Records/ Swing House on CD and digital download in mid-September. The EP dovetails Jared’s special guest appearance on Glenn Hughes UK tour which starts October 17th atSouthampton, Engine Rooms.

 

 

 

Highwayman engineered, mixed and produced by Anthony Joseph Perry (son ofAerosmith’s Joe Perry). The songs were recorded at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, with additional songs recorded in France at Indie Ear Studio by Mathieu Kabi.

Bluesdoodles loved his last album Old Glory & Wild Revival – Listen to the Electrifying guitar work and insights from Jared including his inspiration from Blues masters Son House, Freddy King and Stevie Ray Vaughan…

 

The EP features the lead single “We’re An American Band”, a blues rock cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s 1973 single, plus a cover of Humble Pie’s “30 Days In The Hole”, and three new Jared James Nichols originals – “Old Glory”, “Fallin’ Down” and“Gone”.

Highwayman EP – Tracklisting

1. We’re an American Band (*Grand Funk Railroad)

2. Old Glory

3. 30 Days in the Hole (*Humble Pie)

4. Fallin’ Down

5. Gone

The E.P. Highwayman;  a mix of originals and covers that reflecting life on the road during the 70+ tour dates as they played throughout Europe and the U.K. earlier this year- missed him then!  well he is back as special guest on Glenn Hughes U.K. Tour this Autumn.

 

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Jared James Nichols ~ Old Glory and Wild Revival

Old Glory and Wild Revival Listenable Records
Old Glory and Wild Revival
Listenable Records

The post box thumped another album hits the mat; Bluesdoodles has no music on so without reading a word of PR or background information the CD slipped into the player then sat upright as Jared James Nichols full southern blues sound cascaded out of the speaker and after the opening riff and vocals I was hooked. Old Glory and Wild Revival is an album I was going to sit back and listen to, the review could wait. Bluesdoodles was rewarded with over an hour of music that entertained.

This is music that appeals as the guitar twists and turns around licks and squeals with pure joy and then the shape is gathered up and every track progresses thanks to some fantastic control from the powerful rhythm section. The voice is full of gruff emotion that pours across the guitar taking control so that the story is more important than any fancy guitar work. His ability to play these are a given what sets Jared out from the crowd is his blues rock voice. This young man from Wisconsin has crafted a fine album full of burning tones and crumpled textures across the recording some tracks longer others almost snippets of delights; Get Down may be the shortest at just over 2 minutes but it packs a weighty punch with its happy bouncing tempo it is a tune to set any party or gathering alight. Old Glory and The Wild Revival’s opening and closing track are two versions of Playin’ For Keeps, the studio and live version and has a driving shredded lick that is infectious, lively and the solos send a thrill of pleasure down your spine and is most definitely a track that just demands to be played often and loud and the energy and re-working of the live version is very special. Jared James Nichols could easily be corralled into a box labelled Lynard Skynard/Southern Rock but there is so much more and has a wider appeal and his sound Haywire is a mix of blues and commercial appeal and could be the music that introduces a wider and younger audience into the blues. He is under 25 and so speaks their language as he shows the power of blues when combined with the three essentials, great lyrics, stand-out vocals and a guitar sound that sings to you with excitement and that hint of danger. This is heard in tracks with attitude they demand to be played loud including Blackfoot, inspired by the native Indian Tribe the tale unfolds with descriptive imagery that the music folds around as an aural punctuation underlining and making the story bold.

Come Into My Kitchen the tempo slows the acoustic guitar is caressed and the slide makes the guitar reflect the lyrics this is a track that shows Jared is no one trick pony he can do speed and can shred but he can also slow down the blues and make every note and word count. An album that introduces and should kick open the doors to festivals across the world and for Bluesdoodles hurry across the pond and play the U.K. YES he answers I am the special guest on Glenn Hughes Autumn Tour 2015 – TOUR DATES HERE

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

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UK Autum 2015 Tour: GLENN HUGHES special guest Jared James Nichols & Doug Aldrich

GLENN HUGHES with special guest Jared James Nichols & featuring Doug Aldrich

Photo credit - Christie Goodwin
Photo credit – Christie Goodwin

With recent announcements of live shows in South America and Europe in August, September and October, GLENN HUGHES, the legendary “Voice of Rock”, is extending his 2015 Solo Tour with new shows in the UK, spanning mid October into November.

 

 

Tickets go on sale in the UK from 10am GMT Tuesday June 23 from the following venues:

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

photo credit Joe Lester
photo credit Joe Lester

Joining Hughes for his UK shows, will be DOUG ALDRICH (Revolution Saints & formerly Whitesnake, Dio) as guitar player and powerhouse Swedish drummer and longtime solo band member, PONTUS ENGBORG, rounding out the trio.

The set will showcase highlights from Glenn’s colorful career: Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed along with his solo material.

“It’s always a great pleasure for me to play in the UK. I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, but my career started back in the UK,” says Hughes.

Continues Hughes, “I love my fans, and personally interact with them online, or at venues on my travels. There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fanbase.”

Joining my Band on Tour, will be Doug Aldrich, former Whitesnake and Dio Guitar player. “Ronnie introduced me to Doug years ago, and I felt it was time to ask Doug to Rock with me. It’s gonna be EPIC!”.

Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. He’s known as a singer’s singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band’s early ’70s albums included Medusa, Trapeze and You Are The Music… We’re Just The Band.

In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Support for the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his debut EP Old Glory & The Wild Revival.