What a line-up this not just promises to be exciting it will be with scintillating guitars, powerful voices as blues is twisted, turned creating a rainbow faceted jewel of every shade of blue. will be rocked, amazed and excited by the music from the first to the last note.
HRH Blues are proud to fly in yet another incredible talent for its 3rd round of Blues rock infused fun in Sheffield.
The Billy Walton Band compliment an already stellar Blues Rock line up and with under 90 tickets remaining, it looks like it will sell out even earlier than last year.
Ten Years After and Bernie Marsden performing at last year’s HRH Blues 2
Ten Years After
HRH CEO Jonni Davis praised the band by saying “ Walton’s talents are no secret among everyone in the Jersey shore music scene and with the founding of the Billy Walton Band, there’s little doubt his reputation will grow far beyond the Garden State. The Billy Walton Band’s sound is a combination of hard blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn mixed with a healthy dose of Warren Hayes and Derrick Trucks.
“Live, Walton has always been an explosive performer with Jaw dropping talent but with the addition of bassist William Paris, Richie Taz on sax and drummer Johnny D’Angelo the Billy Walton band churns out a singular brand of funky blues that has deep roots in both the jam band musical tradition as well as the Jersey shore Walton has cut his teeth on. We can’t wait to see him perform next year in Sheffield.”
HRH Blues 3 takes place on 15th & 16th April 2017 @ the 02 Academy , Sheffield and the last few tickets can be booked online HEREor by ringing Lisa on 0207 097 1521
Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016:
July – Sept 2016
Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st July and 30th September 2016 Bluesdoodles listened to numerous albums and reviewed 27 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance.
This is the third quarter of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016.
Back in the studio, Laurence Jones has produced an album that will make you want to return as you have a place to go despite the album’s title. Take Me High, produced by Mike Vernon, Laurence’s style and approach is mature, a real sense of purpose the blossoming of all the potential recognized in this young guitarist. With three studio albums under his belt and thousands of miles travelled to play the blues live, definitely a young guitarist with power, commitment, and a gritty determination.
This is an album whose music and lyrics ebb and flow. The collaboration between Laurence & Mike, has create a collection of songs that moved through the album like chapters in a book. Laurence with his new drummer Phil Wilson, bassist Roger Innis and Bob Fridzema on keys & organ wanted an album that fizzed with the energy of playing live.
The first thing you notice as the album opens with Got No Place To Go, the guitar is full, the bass line fat and Laurence vocals full of assured confidence. His guitar breaks, licks, and swirls have always lifted the imagination now his vocals are unveiling the story of why he has no place to go. He will always have a place to go with his snake charming guitar playing that lifts the tracks up and makes the sound pop out of the speaker. With ten tracks this is an album where Laurence is stating I am here to stay this is who I am and Blues is what I play. The plaintiff Something’s Changed has a hard edge from his guitar and the rhythm is full of misplaced optimism as the phone call is waited for. Yes, something has changed Laurence is delivering a mature self-confident sound he is playing to delight and delight he does. Three tracks in a guest vocalist Reuben Richards joins in as they Live it Up. The tempo kicks up a pace there is an airiness in the chord structure underpinned by Bob on keys. The guitar playing is masterful and the album leaves you wanting to go and see Laurence live, the tracks have that raw intensity that makes blues with a twist of rock addictive listening.
The chapters of a love story are revealed with every track. The keys, underpin the melodic force of I Will. Here we feel the emotion as Laurence promises to keep on loving I Will he sings, and then serenades the unseen lover with his ever-present blistering guitar that should melt any heart. The music changes with a dirty, swamp southern infused rock sound as he is Down & Blue. He is a long way from home, he wants some pills. The emotional angst is heard in the vocals and echoed by the vocals. We are feeling your pain, Laurence. Then the tempo clears and picks up with a clear vision as a cameo from Paul Jones’ harmonica joins the party. The harmonica curls around the lyrics as Laurence sings The Price I Pay and his fingers explore the fretwork. Closer with Higher Ground, the blues is chugging and the lyrics driving you home in the company of Laurence Jones, British, modern and full of the blues.
This is an album that grows with every listen. You hear more of the lyrics a guitar lick and the intertwining of Laurence and the whole band so the music is fat, full blues that captures the emotional feel of contemporary re-interpretation of blues.as personified with the ringing blues guitar with a brittle edge of the title track Take Me High!
Opening tonight to a sell-out crowd at The Globe in Cardiff was Laurence ‘call me husky’ Jones, carrying on like the trooper despite a sore throat. It was a warm welcome from the many Laurence fans who still remember the young boy who played and delighted Cardiff many years ago. With a new drummer Phil Wilson and bassist Roger Innis this was going to be blues all the way from the dim blue light semi-illuminating the stage (The Globe is currently having the lighting updated). The set saw Laurence opening with a baritone guitar adding another weapon to his guitar driven blues armoury. This was a short set in which Laurence fitted a basket full of blues vibes. Within the set we were treated to All I Need off his current CD, What’s It Gonna Be. Good Morning Blues, a legendary Leadbelly number that Laurence played earlier in the year on stage at Carnegie Hall for the Leadbelly festival was the stand-out number for me, and the set was closed with a tribute to the late great BB King. Less singing tonight and more guitar blues breaks was welcomed by many and definitely warmed the atmosphere ready for the mighty King King.
It was richly deserved that King King who have travelled many miles and played at gigs when a few dozen people have loyally turned up, know that the fruits of their valiant efforts have been rewarded they are a name that people travel to see not once but as often as possible on a tour. The cheers were warm and full of delighted anticipation as the jammed-to-the-rafters venue welcomed King King on stage. We were delighted that the kilted scot Alan Nimmo and his band of musical boys were back in town. We have the albums but King King live have a verve and an irresistible charm of rock that kicks the blues out of your soul.
Opening with Lose Control, the audience may have been at fever pitch King King just played on with controlled passion that filled the rafters of The Globe with a warm sound. Alan Nimmo out front throughout the evening displayed the twin talents that make him such a superb front-man. His guitar playing was at times raw, then gentle and always sweet. Then he opens his mouth and his tenor delights as the words are caressed and formed by his silvery tongue. The emotion is added to lyrics that make you want to rock n’ roll. Cry and sigh he nailed every song tonight. His confidence is high having been opening with the band for among others Thunder and John Mayall; this he uses to great effect. The crowd warms to his cheeky smile and tales he had the Welsh audience singing loudly and with delight he even said we had the job. King King like all great bands is more than the sum of the total parts. To Alan’s left is the mighty Bob Fridzema on keys and Hammond C3 he produces a wall of sound that adds another tonal layer of chords. His playing can be intense and then on other tracks gentle, a subtle whisper, adding hidden depths. To his right Lindsay Coulson, with his trademark dark blue bass and King King embellished strap; an evergreen presence who has shared every moment of King King’s journey. Sitting behind his Ludwig drum kit sits the awesome pivotal force Wayne Procter and his drumming. He adds a deep beating tone and texture to King King. What a quartet! With each year a new signature arises from the set list and at the moment it is Rush Hour from their current album Reaching for The Light. The whole set was a standout – Frankie Miller’s Jealousy full of emotional control as Alan combines guitar work that zings and his vocals purr and curl around the six-strings. Tonight, You Stopped the Rain was dedicated not to his older brother Stevie Nimmo, but his mother who is poorly in hospital. Everyone at the Globe sent speedy recovery wishes. Rather than go through the set list which is below it was the atmosphere that King King live creates that is what makes them a must see band in 2016. The instrumental included in the set was a fantastic addition. Having Bob to open and lead the tempo adding some funky chords, subtle jazz interludes then back into rocking good blues. All four had fun following the path Bob was musically leading them and gave the instruments a moment to shine above Alan’s vocals. Live music will always have a special frisson of energy and emotion. King King delivers this live energy that is plugged directly into your musical antenna and sends shivers of delight up your spine and deep into your soul and memory. They manage to make you dance, laugh and cry and have a thoroughly great time.
As King King’s reputation grows and the expectation of the audience before a note is struck rises they have to continue to grow and showcase the music that will keep everyone coming back for more. Tonight King King surpassed expectations they were on fire, the selection of tracks from across their career fitted the bill, leaving us wanting more and counting down the days when they are back on a stage so we can hear King King live, sparkling and full of blues in their soul that has the edge of rock to spice it up.
King King repeating the success of having Laurence Jones again this March – we went to teh Globe and it was fun will be repeating again this year why? read what we said – HERE
Laurence Jones last album was a hit with Bluesdoodles read HERE
King King with very special guest Dan Patlansky
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Award-winning Blues Rock band King King announce in association with Planet Rockradio a new nationwide UK tour for May 2016. King King always deliver – read here what we said HERE. In addition to the award-winning Blues Rock of King King, inviting special guest South African guitarist Dan Patlansky, to open for King King. Patlansky, has won many plaudits opening for Joe Satriani across Europe and the UK recently – read about this HERE.
King King with two recent radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy and Hurricane, and a recent nomination for Best New Band at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, King King are going from strength to strength.
Their third studio album, Reaching for the Light, has been championed by dozens of music magazines and is a firm favourite at Bluesdoodles why “King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions” – read the restHERE. In the New Year the band will record a full electric session for Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.
Dan Patlansky has been winning fans in the U.K. where ever he picks up his guitar. April 2015, Dear Silence
Thieves was finally released in the UK, and Dan supported the release by touring the UK and was welcomed with open arms by the British rock and blues press with rave reviews and accolades including Bluesdoodles HERE.
Exciting follow-up album to Dear Silence Thieves, INTRO-VERTIGO release date April 2016 just in time for this tour with King King!
What’s It Gonna Be Ruf Records
Release Date 13th April
Opening with the title track the self-assured opening guitar and vocals tells you this album is gonna be – a maturing Laurence Jones putting down on the recording the music he has been playing on the road and reflects the honing of skills touring with his band that has given him the poised confidence to play the rocky harder edge blues that he enjoys and we enjoy listening to.
The Rhythm section with stylish Roger Inniss on his six-string bass has given Laurence a fellow musician to bounce his intuitive riffs and licks off so that the sound is full with a quality of timing that you get when you understand the people you are playing with; and the drumming by Miri Meittinen is inspired with deft swipes of the cymbals embellishing the vocals on tracks such as Evil. The next track has a swampy southern feel that has a driving beat that is infectious and certainly gets the feet tapping the guitar work is impeccable and like the song touches moonlight.
We have the addition of the sparkling female vocals of Sandi Thom duetting on the single from the album Don’t Look Back. And as his career grows this is a young man who definitely has lots to look forward to. This is a gentler number that allows the guitar to bend around the melody line and the vocals blend together this is a track steeped in harmonies creating a sound that should get airplay across the stations. All I Need opens with drums and a deep bass line that allows the guitar and vocals to sing at a higher pitch, this is blues that has a popular appeal that will win him even more fans. We have a different tempo and texture with Good Morning Blues, with a spoken intro and then hard snake bitten driven blues guitar that pumps out the bottom line with his voice searing through the beat sets down a track full of energy, interest and certainly one of the highlights for me with its dirty feel and authenticity of timing and style.
Nearer the End is there going to be a gentle ending now we have another change in tempo and vocal direction as the second guest fellow RUF record artist Dana Fuchs joins the Laurence Jones party. This rocking number, Can’t Get Enough, has a chorus line that is infectious and live will get the crowds singing, Dana’s vocals are full of grit and blues moodiness that reflects the beat and then serenades with Laurence this is such a catchy R’n’ B number it oozes style and popularity.
Closing with a track always popular when you hear Laurence live is Stop Moving The House, ending a party of an album with stylish keys as Laurence begs the House to stop moving following a night out on the town. The track finishes the album on a high leaving you wanting more – easily remedied catch Laurence live at a town near you.
The album benefits from the addition of keys to the bedrock of the band; delivered by Jools Grudgings or Lewis Stephens and fine backing vocals from SJ Mortimer. The production by Roger and Laurence shows what all round talent this young man is with his superlative guitar work across the eleven tracks; vocals that emotionally engage with the lyrics, melody and listener as he delivers songs that highlight his songwriting skills. This third Laurence Jones album; What’s It Gonna Be is definitely the best yet with a continuing growth in vocal delivery augmenting the guitar playing he has always been recognised for. He is becoming the real deal when delivering British blues that rocks, rattles and pleases.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN …. Track Listing
1. What’s It Gonna Be
2. Don’t Need No reason
4. Touch Your Moonlight
5. Don’t Look Back (Feat. Sandi Thom)
6. All I Need
7. Being Alone
8. Good Morning Blues
9. Can’t Get Enough (Feat. Dana Fuchs)
10. Set It Free
11. Stop Moving The House
Laurence Jones – Vocals and Guitars
Roger Inniss – Bass
Miri Miettinen – Drums
Laurence Jones is back on the road following a sell out tour supporting King King – Bluesdoodles were mightily impressed see the REVIEW
The new material from his forthcoming Album sounds awesome live and read about Laurence’s thoughts READ
Pink Floyd March’s Pink Floyd release anniversaries are concluded with 1994’s The Division Bell Dan Patlansky is delighted that the UK’s Planet Rock Radio will start playing the Backbite single from Monday March 30. Listen to the station online at CLICK FOR LINK Find out about this on Dan’s Facebook – like and share would be so appreciated Go To Page Laura Marling with support from Gill Landry TOUR DATES Joe Satriani announces Special Guest Dan Patlansky for November UK Tour GFI Promotions in association with RUF Records Tours announced click teh artist names to find out more – Laurence Jones – Samantha Fish – Dana Fuchs – Blues Caravan
Thoughts from Barry Marshall-everitt from House of Mercy Radio… READ
Ian Siegal starts his U.K. 17th March in Chester TOUR DATES
King King supported by Laurence Jones tour continues been a sell-out success so far TOUR DATES Whitesnake – A dedicated Whitesnake Stormbringer radio single web page – DOWNLOAD the single in either Mp3 or WAV format and view the Stormbringer music video. Stormbringer is the first single taken from the upcoming Whitesnake album, “The Purple Album” released in the UK on May 18th via Frontiers Music SRL. Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam release date 9th March – REVIEW
Crosby Stills and Nash announces tour September 2015 TOUR DATES
Jimmy Page annoyed read why – Classic Rock TELLS Amy Wadge hitting the headlines – No 1 In USA thanks To ED Sherran and the song she co-wrote Read All about it
Joe Bonamassa – blew the house down at last night’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig. Joe plays the Apollo on Thursday March 19, Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21. http://bit.ly/1otPk7d. @Noble PR
The Globe was full the scene was set and Laurence Jones stepped on-stage to a resounding cheer, he just keeps getting better and better, his vocals soar above the impeccable guitar sound he produces on every song, what a fabulous young artist. The rhythm section provides not just a solid base but artistry and a depth of sound that bounces off the dancing fingers of Laurence over the frets. Roger Inniss is becoming a double act with Laurence as they bounce of each other’s music and the cheeky watching over Laurence’s shoulder adds such entertainment value that you are entranced by both of the dancing hands across their chosen guitars. Miri Miettinen the drummer all the way from Finland is the perfect backdrop for the extroverts up front with a perfect tempo and drumming that has texture and form counterbalancing the dancing melodies from Laurence. Tonight we heard something new, something old and definitely something blue with Good Morning Blues the Leadbelly number he will be playing at the Leadbelly festival on the 15th June in the Albert Hall. The tempo went down with an inspiring and emotionally drenched version of Whisper in The Wind, from his album Temptation dedicating the number to Tony his beloved uncle and were we in for a bass moment of magic thanks to Roger and his six-string. We heard stories as he engaged the audience with his youthful exuberance to life and above all guitar playing as delivered whether playing Hendrix or his own tracks like Stop Moving The House. Forty minutes were far too short for this band and a young man whose stage presence is growing in stature along with his vocal tone they are still playing second fiddle to his dazzling guitar playing, his fans will stay loyal and new ones were made tonight. With all the touring he is planning in 2015 I know he will be back in Wales on 10th July at Beaufort Theatre so a chance to see a longer set full of his soon released album, Whats It Gonna Be. For the rest of the tour dates see the TOUR.
What a fabulous energizing set that warmed The Globe as the packed house were pumped up with adrenalin fuelled music still pumping through their veins and now a breather before King King conquers Cardiff.
The venue was hot, packed noisy and excited as the multi-ward winning, and undoubtedly one of the best British blues bands on the current scene, the foursome were off ready to entertain. They started with a storm in the shape of Hurricane from their forthcoming third album Reaching For The Light, available for pre-purchase while they are on the current tour. This was pure King King combo with Lindsay Coulson playing bass guitar accentuating Alan’s scintillating guitar chords, the distinctive crescendo of cymbal and drum combination delivered with poise and control by Wayne Proctor the granite bed rock of the band this duo deliver every time picking up the tempo and creating perfect shapes for the music. This is then melded together and developed with layers of colour with the combination of Bob Fridzema’s skills with his hands skipping across the keyboard and the dancing feet across the pedals as the sound soared up high and across this old cinema. Up front the fourth link in the musical puzzle that is King King Alan Nimmo with his harmonious and powerful vocals that makes the words sing whether on tracks like More Than I can Take with its funky edge or ballads and the guitar playing is six-stringed enchantment.
Tonight we heard rock/blues that is King King’s special interpretation of the blues that is sharp and modern, every album has had a different sound and the third album has an edgy heavier sound, this is the combination of drums played by Wayne with considered purpose so that ever drum beat adds to the musical story unfolding across the tracks complex rhythms and delightful fills from his cymbals, he never dominates but is always present. This creates a slightly more menacing sound at times and certainly adds excitement on tracks like You Stopped The Rain dedicated to Alan’s brother Stevie. The musical interplay between the four musicians is a joy to behold this is entertainment and stagecraft fused together so that whether you are hearing tracks for the first time or repeatedly they always have a special captivating energy. Alan Nimmo knows that with a twinkle in his eye, a swirl of his Red Kilt he has all our attention and then with a deft pluck of the strings, caress of the fret and that mellow Glasgow accent he has everyone eating out of his palm. When he sings we have the luscious cherry on top of the sweetest musical cake that is for me simply perfection when he sings Frankie Miller’s Jealousy, the audience agreed as you could cut the atmosphere with a knife, it is so powerful as it connects to your musical backbone my King King moment of the night. Tonight they delivered a stunning set that encompassed every moment of the amazing King King discography tonight with the added delight of new tracks that we will grow to love as much as Old Love Alan’s signature song as the guitar falls quieter and quieter most of the audience stays silent but there always has to be one whose conversation is their centre of attention but that is unfortunately the negative part of the live music experience. We loved singing along we loved being King King’s echo we wanted more but Sunday curfew won the day. Tonight King King Rocked the roof of The Globe in Cardiff, catch them live on the tour you will not be disappointed this is a knock-out; sell-out tour so get those coveted tickets now! TOUR DATES