Debut Album Broken Machine from Ash Wilson

Debut Album Broken Machine from Ash Wilson

Debut Album Broken Machine
from Ash Wilson

 

Prodigiously talented in the studio guitar and vocals melded into a harmonious medley that leads you down deep into the lyrics. (Having seen Ash play live at Skegness this skill is transferred to the stage, his live performance is spellbinding.)

The album is a British blues brotherhood, joining Ash Wilson on Drums and production is his brother Phil Wilson on Drums; taking time out from Laurence Jones drumming duties. Completing the Rhythm section is iconic and instantly recognisable is Roger Inniss. On loan from King King, Bob Fridzema adds the colour and meaty textures of the Hammond and keys. Into the mix for good measure Hoaxes guitarist pops up to engineer the album and join in the fun on The Hitcher. Now we are all introduced sit back and enjoy an explosion of contemporary blues energy combined with the legacy of the sixties and beyond. The music is encapsulated not so much in a Broken Machine but a swirling vortex or a time machine garnering blues tones from across the decades.

Opening with Show Me How To Love You, with this playing skill Ash audiences cheers and whoops of delights will tell you loud and clear. With a fuzzy, chugging opening chords we are drawn through the river mists to the banks of the modern electric Mississippi blues with echoes of the Hoax in the delivery of the vocals from Ash. Followed by an aptly titled number, World’s Gone Crazy, with a swirl of Jagger as he delves into the political backdrop of 2016. The single from the album is the Hammond Drenched rumbling Peace and Love that would fit into a Hoax album neatly with the guitar reminiscent of Jon Amor with a swagger. Now for the title track, what is this Broken Machine? Definitely not the band they are on fire. The cadence of Ash’s vocal changes with standout riff’s that rocks the boat. This is a track that sets down the burning ambition and strength of Ash Wilson and his band.  The Hitcher crammed with the sound that makes British interpretation of the Blues such a delightful listening experience. From the first note, Ash Wilson’s guitar joined by Jesse Davey is taking us on a road trip we all want to be part on. This is a quieter more laid back number with the distinctive guitar solo’s this takes back to the sound of crooners and hints of the big band fullness of sound.  Like all the music on the album, the songs have a story personal with ghostly memories of hurts, frustrations and joys from the past.

Closing the album with Holding Hands, a sweetest duet between guitar and Hammond. Bob And Ash working in harmony as the heartfelt ballad unfolds. The ballad of damage that never goes away how you are left a broken machine by past experience. There is no doubt the Ash Wilson has a vast amount of skills in the tank of playing the blues and potential to grow.

As a debut album Broken Machine stands out from the crowd. Why? Ash Wilson’s vocals, powerful, gentle, crooning and always as clear as a bell. You expect guitar playing to electrify, percussion on the beat but the vocals make or break many an album. Broken Machine is made by vocals that will always connect and are the extra instrument that blues must have lead breaks however fast and furious do not cut the mustard. Vocals and Lyrics are the winning combination.  Added to this is the production which is crisp and the focused intent to take you on a musical journey of blues, contemporary and reflecting styles and textures through the Ash Wilson guitar. Another gem from Superfly Studios.

Ash WilsonBroken Machine – Wilson Brothers Music Via Cadiz Records

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Show Me How To Love You
  2. World’s Gone Crazy
  3. Peace and Love
  4. Broken Machine
  5. Words Of A Woman
  6. Out Of Time
  7. The Hitcher
  8. Hold On Now
  9. Lonely Room
  10. Holding Hands

On Tour with Dan Patlansky

Cadiz Records

Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017

Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017

Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017

Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017The eagerly awaited debut album from UK Singer-Songwriter and Guitar Player Ash Wilson, Broken Machine. One listen to the single Peace and Love you are pulled deep into the machine. The band surrounding Ash Wilson add lay down great grooves. They are  Drummer and brother Phil Wilson, award-winning Bassist Roger Inniss, award-winning and talented dutchman, Bob Fridzema and special guest guitarist the mighty Jesse Davey.

The album is maybe best described by multi award-winning UK Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Wayne Proctor, (King King, Ben Poole, Stevie Nimmo), as “A fine record that grooves, rocks, twists and turns. You’re all gonna love it! Now grab a cuppa, press play and turn it up! LOUD!!”

 

Released Friday 21st April 2017
Available on CD and Digital Download
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Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017Wilson Brothers Music in association with Cadiz Music Distribution are pleased to announce the release of singer-songwriter and guitarist Ash Wilson’s debut album ‘Broken Machine’ on Friday 21st April 2017.

Lincolnshire’s Ash Wilson is one of England’s most distinctive vocalists, guitarists and songwriters in contemporary blues music today. The debut album entitled ‘Broken Machine’is a watershed achievement for Wilson, both in terms of the many musical styles in the tracks, which begin and end with the blues at its core.

With the explorations and growth of him as a singer, songwriter and guitarist the album has resulted in spiritual growth expressed through the medium of his music.

‘Broken Machine’ sees Ash working together with his brother Phil Wilson who whilst drumming on the entire album also produces, mixes and co-writes the material on the debut album.

‘Broken Machine’ features the outstanding talents of bassist Roger Inniss (Chaka Khan, Laurence Jones), keyboardist Bob Fridzema (King King, Dana Fuchs), plus very special guest guitarist Jesse Davey (The Hoax) who plays on the ‘The Hitcher’.

Recorded at Superfly Studios, Ollerton, UK
Engineer: Andrew Banfield
Mixed By Phil Wilson
Mastered by Jesse Davey

 

Broken Machine Never with Ash Wilson Find of 2017

Debut Album, Undone from The Black Circles

Debut Album, Undone from the Black Circles

 Debut Album, Undone from The Black Circles

 

The Black Circles have been kicking up a dust cloud of plaudits from within the blues scene so Bluesdoodles was interested to hear and reflect on the blues they are creating out of Warrington. The opening guitar of Sam Bratley shows promise, One Big Lie has a sound is looking back and then the vocals come in not adding a layer of energy but sounding rather flat and uninteresting; not the best beginning.  The guitar of She’s Dynamite has a sting in its tail and the vocals pick up the energy She’s Dynamite will get dancers and lovers of urban 1950’s blues very happy. With a drum intro we have a change of tempo and a grungier sound that shows this is a band with true potential but again I’m Leaving has a dampened feel and the lyrics feel tired and predictable. This track does have a rockier feel and has more energy and I was pleasantly surprised by Drifting, acoustic driven country blues. This change in texture and tempo shows the depth of musical scope and knowledge of this young band on their debut album. Then back to a traditional blues sound the guitar playing by Sam is very good, and the Hammond from Jesse Davey adds another layer of tone. The rhythm section once again is solid thanks to Martin Saunders on bass and drummer Phil Wilson. Closing with Left Behind, the tempo rises but I am left feeling let down rather than Left Behind with closing notes wanting more.

When I listen to a debut album I assume three things, (sometimes wrongly!). Firstly, the band/artists involved are all good musicians including vocal prowess, then there is enough material for an album and lastly time and care has been taken to create a well-produced album.

The Black Circles guitar work is blues personified, for the majority of the album, Undone is stinging urban blues that hits the right timbre of tone.  With a solid rhythm section and the addition of Hammond 3 on some tracks the sound is robust. For me two things let me down with the vocals these were just off the mark often drowned in the deluge of guitar and slurred and have a moaning drone. The Black Circles debut Album Undone, misses the mark for me underdone with blues of a previous period recreated but not twirled into a modern form. Debut albums are always hard and the test for The Black Circles will be changing drummers from Phil Wilson to Mark Barrett who brings with him the esteemed pedigree of being part of The Hoax.  With more gigs under their belt a refining of a sound that I hear glimmers of in some of the tracks The Black Circles could develop into a must see band. For me this is work in progress. The saving grace is that the album sees The Black Circles experimenting with varying styles of blues harkening back to Albert Collins & Freddie King; harder edge rocky blues and acoustic country blues. They will by their second album have developed a recognisable sound, distinctive feel that will be The Black Circles hook.

 

The Black Circles – Undone – Independent Released April 15 2016

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

 

Track Listing

  1. One Big Lie
  2. She’s Dynamite
  3. Don’t Mean A Thing
  4. Stop Acting This Way
  5. I’m Leaving
  6. Hard times
  7. Gypsy Girl
  8. Drifting
  9. Bad Luck
  10. Left Behind

THE HOAX supported by Well Hung Heart & Federal Charm – The Globe, Cardiff 11th April 2014


The queue waiting outside The Globe for doors to open were full of eager excitement with two bands plus the The Hoax! Getting the three-course live music menu off to a rocky, bluesy start were Federal Charm, this young Manchester based band are winning fans whenever they play. The vocals are good but tonight the acoustics at The Globe were not their friend as the sound was loud but lacked clarity, turning it down does work sometimes, and the sound needs to be adjusted to the size and acoustics of the venue. This is a band with loads of potential and I hope they become more blues based and not go down the rocky road that just tips a hat at the blues. They have a nifty rhythm section, and the interplay between the accomplished a stylish guitarists Nick Bowden and Paul Bowe taking the lead up front is a delight to watch and listen to as they combine this with good vocals. This was a great band to open the evening delivering tracks from their début album The Album including Come on Down; as you listen to the band the influences are wide including Wishbone Ash, Thin Lizzie and The Stones. This is a band that is touring far and wide honing their skills and developing their own charming style.

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Then next onto the stage are ‘Well Hung Heart‘ who toured with The Hoax in 2013; so to many they were not a new phenomenon this is a band that is proud to be different with punk influences and the lead singer from U.S.A they could be described as Ameripunk. Robin Davey is the guitarist, using effects to good purpose and has the opportunity to play lead rather than the Bass he is recognised as being a master of when playing in The Hoax. Greta Valenti on vocals is the energetic, charismatic fronts-woman of the band bringing a lively dynamism to every note she sings, she was at times quite Bjork like, but overall this is a band that is telling their own musical story with style and panache. Making up the trio is Alex Thomas on Drums, Percussion and backing vocals who has just joined the band for the tour so tonight was his second night, it didn’t show as the timing was tight and the interplay and communication between all three meant this was a tight unit of a band delivering authentic live music that was fun to listen to and the closing number demonstrated this perfectly with a unique take on Whole Lot of Love. They went down well with a vibrant sound and an expectant crowd waiting for the main act.

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The stage went quiet and the anticipation rose within the audience as they waited for the drum kit to be dis-assembled and the stage re-organised for The Hoax, who soon were on the stage with a resounding cheer before a note was struck. I am writing this part of the review from memory – why I was so entranced by the band I just never put pen to paper that is what The Hoax does as they punch out the blues driven notes you are enthralled, drawn into the event. Reality takes a break as you live the moment relishing every note struck by the guitarists who have unfathomable depths of talent Jon Amor left of stage and Jesse Davey right of stage flanking Hugh Coltman with his vibrant harmonica playing and stunning vocals that are as clear as a bell. The bedrock of the band that allows the three up front the freedom to bend and shape the songs are Robin Davey laying classy Bass and Mark Barrett on Drums driving the tempo and ensuring this five-piece of individually brilliant and inventive players remain tight and anarchy never comes to the fore. The set was a mix of favourites from the early days of the Hoax including Bones, Groove Breaker and Feedin’ Time when they are renowned for being the most influential Blues Band of the last twenty years that resulted in a cult-like following and when they disbanded left a huge gap in the British Blues scene. Now back playing gigs and festivals here and in Europe they are gaining new followers and delighting everyone who remembers the gigs of the nineties. Every track was played with talent and they delighted in each other’s skills and talents, with Stick Around being played which was ironic as no-one in the audience was going anywhere, they did not want to miss a single note or any of the glorious vocals from Hugh. No wonder they are appearing across the categories of the British Blues Awards 2014, they are back on top of the crest of the wave they departed in 1999 and tracks from their latest album “Big City Blues” were all well received, such as Hipslicker and Give Me a Drink”. The encore did not include the signature event of Jon and Jesse swapping guitars the stage to small but never mind the chemistry between them all is awesome and we wanted them to play on and on the set finished far too soon and many favourites were not given an airing tonight. What an evening of entertainment, disappointingly for a Friday night in a capital city many Cardiff blues fans missed what could be the Cardiff gig of the year.. This is a reflection that there is not a gigging venue in Cardiff that plays the blues regularly… catch them if you can as the tour continues and hopefully they will be back in 2015.

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Rest of the tour:-

17th April – Norwich Arts Centre – The Hoax
18th April – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth – The Hoax
19th April – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – Federal Charm, Well Hung Heart & The Hoax
20th April – O2 Academy, Islington – Federal Charm, Well Hung Heart & The Hoax