Front and Center as Beth Hart Announces Live Album

Front and Center as Beth Hart Announces Live Album


CD/DVD set will be released on April 13th, 2018 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group

Watch Hart Perform “Tell Her You Belong To Me”

Switch of the phones, Switch off the world. The click play….  immerse yourself for six minutes within the emotional journey Beth Hart takes you on. Her masterful vocals wrap around the lyrics and pulling you deep into Tell Her You Belong To Me. This single from her forthcoming album Front and Center is Beth Hart immersion therapy for your soul. Leaving you both exalted and emotionally stripped bare. The forthcoming album promises to be an emotional rollercoaster.

On March 7th, 2017, the GRAMMY-nominated “powerhouse vocalist” (Rolling Stone) Beth Hart performed a very special, intimate concert at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album ‘Fire on the Floor’ and from throughout her career. Now, 13 years after the release of her incredibly successful live release, ‘Live at Paradiso,’ Hart is treating fans to a DVD/CD release of this standout performance with Live From New York – Front & Center, out April 13th via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The performance is also featured on the Season 8 premiere episode of Public Television’s critically acclaimed concert series, Front and Center (airing now, check local listings).

Known for her visceral, soul-baring vocals and dynamic range, Hart is riding a creative tidal wave following the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 studio album, Fire On The Floor, as well as her just-released studio collaboration with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Black Coffee. Leveling audiences with her incredible power and celebrated burnt-honey vocals for 20 years, Hart has just launched a 16-date coast-to-coast US tour, which will be followed by a European tour in April-May 2018.

Hart has had an incredible career, beginning with the release of a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then reigniting in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Slash and long-time collaborator Jeff Beck. But it’s in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed, selling out ever-larger venues in cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. She is recognized as one of the great live vocalists of our time, with a voice “reminiscent of Etta James and Janis Joplin” (Music Connection), topping Billboard’s Blues Album Chart and receiving numerous GRAMMY and Blues Music Awards nominations. Dubbed “the ultimate female rock star” by The Blues Magazine, the Guardian has praised her “daring, brooding performances” and The Times has called her “Extraordinary.”

‘Live From New York – Front And Center’ will be released as a 2-disc DVD/CD set, mixed in 5.1 stereo, featuring never before seen bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Hart. The audio from the performance will also be sold separately as a digital release.
Track Listing

01 – Let’s Get Together
02 – Baddest Blues
03 – Jazz Man
04 – Delicious Surprise
05 – Broken And Ugly
06 – St. Teresa
07 – Isolation
08 – Tell Her You Belong To Me
09 – Fat Man
10 – Love Gangster
11 – Leave The Light On
12 – As Long As I Have A Song

01 – Let’s Get Together
02 – Baddest Blues
03 – Jazz Man
04 – Delicious Surprise
05 – St. Teresa
06 – Tell Her You Belong To Me
07 – Fat Man
08 – Leave The Light On
09 – Can’t Let Go
10 – As Long As I Have A Song

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK/EU Spring 2018

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Ruhr Congress, Bochum, Germany – 10 May
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 12 May
Palais Des Congres, Paris, France – 14 May



Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album




Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album. We have waited, was it worth the wait… Yes, It was and we can shout across the land at last we can have on tap that Live magic that is King King.

Live, has captured everything a King King gig has to offer. We have the Alan Nimmo wit and the crowd’s warm heartfelt appreciation with ovations and cheers and then the silence of a mass of people listening intently. Recorded on the 14th May 2016 at Glasgow O2 ABC, in front of a home crowd with that added energy of a homecoming for Alan.

King King always exhilarates, they are a unit of musicians who build on each other’s emotional energy making as Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!”

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

Opening the twelve track album with Lose Control, which is a certainty with King King’s music; this is a jump up and down number that will raise the temperature at any venue. Glasgow is on fine form as Alan thanks the audience before launching into a Fabulous Thunderbirds number that is always sublime when it receives the King King treatment Wait On Time is no different tonight. The guitar from Alan weeps and pulls at the rock n roll vibe that Wayne picks up with a clash of the cymbal as the guitar beguiles you and pulls you in to a Nimmo musical hug.


Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

The opening keys from Bob need no introduction with Long History of

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

Love. Alan, sings  “…all I have to do is close my eyes….” and instantly I am transported to the front of the crowded venue and see the kilt, Bob’s smile behind the keys, Lindsey’s cheeky grin and Wayne behind the drums with stick raised with a purpose you can actually  smell and feel the atmosphere that is a King King live show.


Every track is a winner there are no favourites they all send that ecstatic musical shiver down the spine but as ever You Stopped The Rain dedicated to his brother Stevie and Frankie Millers, Jealousy raises hairs on my arms and I hold by breath so that every nuance of the numbers are not missed. Heavenly!


Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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The tempo ebbs and flows  and as ever King King send you a little bit Crazy, as they pull out all the stops  to entertain with top-notch music.  Closing with Let Love In, once again we have entered their world they thank us for coming we thank them once again for keeping music fun and live.  The set list takes on a stroll from their current award-winning studio album Reaching For The Light, dipping into the back catalogue of both Standing In the Shadows and Take My Hand.


If you have been to a King King gig this is the whole event boxed and tied in tartan ribbon for you to enjoy again and again as we wait for the next tour to begin.  For a  glorious eighty-four minutes reality is suspended and you are transported into the land of rock-blues wow! Land with King King Live!

King King –  Live – Manhaton Records – Released Friday 21st October 2016

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

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live AlbumA Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, that will soon be available for pre-order, includes two CDs that captures the live energy of King King’s sold-out hometown concert at O2 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016, plus a bonus DVD film of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on 13th April 2016.

Says King King’s lead singer and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “We are excited about ‘King King Live’ because it’s the first time we’ve ever released a live album.  It’s a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities. The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing.  This release couldn’t have been possible without them.”

Live Album Track List 

CD 1                                                        CD2

Lose Control                                         You Stopped The Rain
Wait On Time                                       Jealousy
Waking Up                                            Crazy
Rush Hour                                            All Your Life
A Long History Of Love                       Stranger To Love
More Than I Can Take                         Let Love In


Live DVD Track List

Lose Control
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take
You Stopped The Rain
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In



Livewire describing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Livewire describing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Livewire describing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

The depth of material available at Zoe Schwarz’s fingertips is demonstrated in Livewire building on the 2015 live album I’ll Be Yours Tonight. Recorded at Chaplin’s Bar, Boscombe, Livewire is alive with passion and emotion as Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion deliver twelve tracks a mix of covers and songs written by Koral and Schwarz. We are in for a treat as we can share the evening with an audience obviously thrilled to be in the presence of a band that will always entertain.

The energy kicks off as Zoe and the band reveal that The Blues Don’t Scare Me. As on previous outings a true statement, Zoe Schwarz vocals give the blues a textural tone distinct and pure whilst the Blue Commotion harmonise around the lyrics. The two Pauls combine to give the album rhythm and punctuation that acts as a springboard for Zoe’s vocals and Rob Koral’s stellar manipulation of the six-strings. We are in for a treat as an original number gives ways to applause and a Portishead cover Glory Box. The reworking is stylish, accomplished slowing down as stripping back the number and re-forming with the tone of the blues and Zoe’s voice suits the re-working. The other covers have been carefully selected, fitting in with the tone of Livewire and showcasing Zoe’s instantly recognizable voice that purrs, growls and hits the top notes on Jay Hawkins’I Put A Spell On You. This is seductive, alluring and spellbinding. Into the mix we Move Over for Zoe as she takes on the mood and inflections of Janice Joplin, whilst not slavishly copying. The reworking of Bobby Parker’s Blues Gets Off My Shoulder, is slower more considered and suits the Commotion’s style. Into the live mix we have eight originals, penned by the partnership that is at the heart of the band Rob Koral and Zoe Schwarz. The songs all reflect the sound and shaping of the blues to their own unique style. Blues that has a feel of jazz and the clubs that were smoky and down some stairs, mysterious and a hint of something naughty. This though is not blues of the past the lyrics and delivery are contemporary and the fans just love what they do to the Blues. The audience and listeners are definitely In The Mood to sit back and enjoy the music that is grooving all night long. The beat picks up and the feet join in as Rob’s guitar introduces Heartbreak Tears and the vocals that are sung with sultry sadness by Zoe, compelling listening and a clever track drawing the album to a close. Not like all live performances we have an encore, in the shape of a bonus track. They say you can have Too Much Of A Good Thing, well not in the case of Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, this is blues that doesn’t rock with electric overkill, it is smooth and has a style that has one foot in a bygone age and the other foot firmly in the here and now. The closing track has humour and a sense of playfulness as Zoe’s vocals plays tag with guitar and we know there is more of this good thing to come. Zoe once again moulds her voice to suit the tempo, pitch and feel of the blues they love to perform and share with the audiences.

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

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – Breaking and Entering – 33 Records

Track Listings

  1. The Blues Don’t Scare Me (Koral/Schwarz)
  2. Glory Box (Portishead)
  3. There’s Only You (Koral/Schwarz)
  4. I Put A Spell On You (Hawkins)
  5. Move Over (Joplin)
  6. I’m In The Mood (Koral/Schwarz)
  7. Come Home Sweet Baby (Koral/Schwarz)
  8. Blues Get Of My Shoulder (Parker)
  9. You Knock Me Out (Koral/Schwarz)
  10. I Won’t Cry Over You (Koral/Schwarz)
  11. Heartbreak Tears (Koral/Schwarz)
  12. Bonus Track – Too Much Of A Good Thing (Koral/Schwarz)







Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock will release “On A Mission: Live In Madrid” – a new live recording and filmed concert released by inakustik on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Friday 29th April, 2016.

Filmed and recorded at Madrid’s Joy Eslava Theatre on November 19th as part of Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock’s 2015 European tour, the concert features their recent rock radio hits Vigilante Man, Communion and Live and Let Live, as well as the MSG/UFO/Scorpions classics Doctor Doctor, Lights Out, Too Hot To Handle, Rock You Like A Hurricane and Rock Bottom.

The concert was recorded using state-of-the-art sound and video technology. An immense effort went into the filming. 4K technology cameras provide perfect, crystal clear pictures. Additional room microphones were placed at different levels in the auditorium, all of which will provide an additional Dolby Atmos 3D mix on the Blu-ray edition.

On A Mission: Live in Madrid is an open invitation for the fans of the Mad Axeman to see him in his guitar element. Where else could fans of hi-octane guitar rock experience such an emotional and energetic show?


Track Listing

1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro
2. Doctor Doctor
3. Live and Let Live
4. Lights Out
5. Where the Wind Blows
6. Natural Thing
7. Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
8. Victim of Illusion
9. Lovedrive
10. Coast To Coast
11. Vigilante Man
12. Rock My Nights Away
13. Saviour Machine
14. Too Hot To Handle
15. Only You Can Rock Me
16. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
17. Rock You Like A Hurricane
18. Rock Bottom
19. Horizons
20. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
21. Communion
22. Blackout

The concert is available in the following formats:

2 CD: INAK 9142
2CD DVD: INAK 6193
DVD Blu-ray: INAK 7193 BD
Limited Deluxe Edition: INAK 2016 LTD
BD 4K: INAK 7194 BD4K – as soon as can be manufactured

Hi-Res download

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg

Will Wilde, Live in Hamburg is a mirror shining a light on why he is a live performer. Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg really does capture the playing from Will and the band in the moment. The adrenalin fueled energy that drives live music to that one feels is never quite captured in a studio. Live in Hamburg, has half-a-dozen previously unrecorded gems added to the mix are stand out numbers from his previous albums Unleashed and Raw Blues.

Opening with If I Get My Hands on You, greeted with cheers and driving guitar from Danny Giles we are on the road again with a Canned Heat/Southern Rock feel to the rhythm and guitar. This opening track reflects the always great Will Wilde re-enactment of Canned Heat’s On The Road Again. The opening and closing tracks are the perfect fit for a live album reflecting life of a touring musician getting the music live and personal to audiences far and wide. The opening track like the rest of the album captures the dual aspects of talent Will’s piercing Harp that shapes the melody and his vocals deep and emotionally charged.

Now the tempo rises and the music warms with Angel Came Down. The rhythm section drives this along with Victoria Smith laying down the bass line and Alan Taylor’s drumming punctuating blues-harp that weeps with a dripping intensity. A homage to the blues, What Makes People is a driving combination of the band as they artfully provide an inspired foundation for the harp to fly with energy into the musical stratosphere of free-form beauty. With a beat of the drum, weeping harp, Paranoia floats with intrigue almost as if the music has become paranoid itself. Then the lyrics are augmented with tasty riffs from Danny and the harp providing the licks. The layers of sound are complex, never over-stated as the track is all about the lyrics as the tale unfolds around the distrust Paranoia brings. As the deterioration of health and despair and frustration grows the harp becomes more intense the feeling of deep sadness overlaid with panic flows out of the speaker and dramatic track marking the half-way point. The instinctive applause after the harp-break is the reaction of a live audience immersed in the moment.

Philby, a Rory Gallagher number changes the tension with a Rock n Roll feeling number and the mood lightens the harp once again focuses your attention. Will is without argument a prodigious harmonica player. We now see a different side of Will as he plays lead guitar on The Girl I Love and Jealous Woman, a true multi-instrumentalist. The inclusion of these two tracks adds depth and another texture and tonal context as we listen for over an hour the wondrous music of Will and his band.

As the album draws to a close A Man and the Blues, a slower number that again contains that Wilde intensity that makes his singing and harp stand out from the crowd. His band is awesome and the guitar break from Danny is sublime; a blues beauty. The whole album is a testament to the power of live blues music reflecting the wonderful talent of Will and his band and how fortunate we are to be able to see blues of this quality at clubs and festivals around the country. Live albums capture the moment but not the same as actually being in the same room as when the artist performs.

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg had full control of the audience and sparkled, buy the album and get to see him live at least once a year.

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

Will Wilde – Live In Hamburg  Release date 29th January 2016 Purchase HERE

Track Listing

1. If I get My Hands On you
2. Angel Came Down
3. Thirty Eight
4. What Makes People
5. Your Days Are Numbered
6. Paranoia
7. Philby
8. The Girl I Loved
9. Jealous Woman
10. A Man and the Blues
11. On the Road Again

The Moon Goes Boom encapsulating a Boom through the Blues

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The Boom Band
The Moon Goes Boom – Live in London

Every live album should have the energy, joy and sheer delight at performing like the seven musicians who went boom in Putney. Listening you just wish you had been there you know you missed an evening that will always be talked about dividing people into those WHO WERE THERE and the rest. The upside the rest can have the music in the part of your collection that never gathers dust. The Boom Band are modern British Blues full of verve and a panache for blending the lick of the guitar with sweeping keys and the vocal that delivers on every track. If America has Americana to describe a mix of styles rooted in blues then we should have Bluesiana and The Boom Band its ambassadors – they will kick out the cobwebs and revitalize the popular appeal of blues with a ripple of rock n’ roll.

Opening with Diamonds In The Rust, Marcus Bonafanti’s larger than life presence is immediately felt with his warm rich baritone. Every track has a special moment as members of the band take centre stage, with a sweep of Paddy Milner’s key, a lick of the guitar, combined with Mark Butcher’s guitar shapes as deft as those he shaped with a cricket bat Under the Skin. Paddy’s keys augment so many of the tracks he is the Boom Band’s not so secret weapon. He takes the lead on Junko Partner where Orleans meets East End Sing-a-long with the jaunty Junko Partner and Paddy Milner on the ivories and vocals combined with Jon Amor guitar no wonder the crowds whooped yet again with delight. Jon Amor’s vocals come to the fore on Moonshine combined with his guitar creating a tonal landscape full of ripples and silver. Every time I hear Jon play I cannot understand why he is not an instantly recognisable star, his song writing is sublime, and guitar playing that makes you weep with emotional intent and vocals that caress the lyrics. In fact the Boom Band consists of musicians who are at the top of their game and the plaudits will come flying in as this album shows the depth of talent. They produce a sound full of sonic turns and tension that is perfect whether listening live or recorded as the instrumental Monty’s Theme proves. Over half way through the album Marcus takes the mic and is his own irrepressible self as the guitar picks up the melody and we hear When You Come Home, as ever it is his vocals that warm up the atmosphere and you are captivated within his lyrical clutch. Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home keeps the home theme going with four guitarist in the group this is no dual of who can play loudest their inter-play adding textured tones with Matt Taylor’s riffs and vocals this is a winner.
Then another twist in the road with some ‘ Old Time Blues, Lighten’ Slim’s, Rooster Blues’ and you have to tap your feet and the reality as the hips swing the only solution is get up and dance at The Half Moon In Putney on a Friday night. Closing the album with a title that sums up the ethics and working attitude of the Boom Band We Can Work Together. Throughout the album the rhythm section, Evan Jenkins drumming and bassist Jon Noyce are superb building a foundation that allows the Boom band to create a night where, The Moon Goes Boom

The Moon Goes Boom encapsulating a Boom through the Blues – as they blend the tones and shapes of urban, country modern and British Blues.

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

Track Listing

1. Diamonds in the Rust
2. Under the Skin
3. Junko Partner
4. Red Eye of the Devil
5. Moonshine
6. Monty’s Theme
7. Waste My Time
8. When You Come Home
9. Can’t Find My Way Home
10. I’m a Ram
11. Rooster Blues
12. Don’t You Just Know It
13. We Can Work Together


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As if creeping from the Southern swamps and mist-soaked cotton fields, SIMO’s “Stranger Blues” is the perfect table setter for the Nashville power trio’s vibrant new album, Let Love Show the Way released on 29 January via Provogue/Mascot Label Group . The song is a blueprint for reinvigorating the fusion of jazz improvisation, downhome blues and classic R&B, as well as these genres’ psychedelic Brit Invasion and countrified Southern-rock manifestations. The rest of the record follows suit, a souped-up vehicle transporting the band on a deeply satisfying, off-the-cuff musical journey.

Cut entirely live in full, unbroken takes—vocals and solos included—the sound is primal, sweltering and immediate. “We live and die by the take,” says singer-guitarist JD Simo. “We don’t edit, and if there are overdubs, they’re minimal. I want it to be unaffected and pure. For me, the music that always resonates most is when a performance is captured. That’s what I love, and that’s what we go for.”

The first album ever recorded at Macon, Ga.’s Big House—the communal home of the Allman Brothers Band during their late ‘60s/early ‘70s heyday—Let Love Show the Way finds SIMO not just reveling in the hallowed space’s unique mojo and history, but taking it to a fresh and inspired place. As a musical unit, Simo, his longtime drummer Adam Abrashoff and bassist Elad Shapiro have an undeniable chemistry, taken to even greater heights with JD playing Duane Allman’s 1957 gold-top Les Paul for every track on the record. This is the same six-string heard on the first two Allman Brothers LPs, the same storied guitar that delivered the unforgettable riff on Derek & the Dominoes’ “Layla.” JD is now part of an elite group of artists—including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Wilco’s Nels Cline—who share the rare honor of having wielded this talismanic instrument.

“There’s definitely a magical element to the recording,” Simo says of Let Love Show the Way. “The vibe of the Big House, using Duane’s guitar, plus all the touring we’d done leading up to it, all the refinement of the material on the road—it was a perfect storm.”

Let Love Show the Way was not planned—results this potent are difficult to script. In fact, when SIMO headed down to Macon, the band had an entirely different set of songs already approved for release by its label, Mascot Label Group—this last-minute trip to the Big House was merely intended to yield a pair of bonus tracks for a deluxe edition. But with engineer Nick Worley at the boards of a stripped-down mobile recording unit, the band caught fire, burning through more than a dozen tracks in less than 48 hours. Once they heard the raw and electrifying intensity of the mixes, they didn’t think twice about abandoning the original plan and rolling with what suddenly felt so right.

“As the producer of the project, I couldn’t live with myself if we didn’t use these songs,” Simo says. “I just felt it was better than anything the band had ever captured—so we decided to scrap the original record and build this new one around everything we recorded at the Big House.”

This choice to record at this historic location is a nod to JD’s lifelong reverence and respect for the musical pioneers who have come before him. When he was just three years old, seeing The Blues Brothers and Elvis Presley’s ’68 comeback special changed his life. “I was transfixed,” he says. “With The Blues Brothers, you’ve got John Lee Hooker with Muddy Waters’ band, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, Chaka Khan right after she made one of my favorite records of all time with Rufus, Rags to Riches. Not to mention some of the greatest rhythm & blues musicians to ever walk the planet—Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy from Chess, that incredible original horn section from Saturday Night Live, Willie Hall from Stax, who played with Isaac Hayes. I mean, it’s a comedy and it’s funny, but as far as exposure to some really heavy music—I wanted to be Steve Cropper, I wanted to be John Lee Hooker. And it was the same with the Elvis special—he’s in the black leather suit, still good looking and charming and singing his ass off. Seeing The Blues Brothers and that Elvis comeback special made me want to play music.”


While Simo is comfortable with his role as a bandleader, he’s never wanted to be a solo artist. “A band is something very unique and special,” he says. “You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Adam is one of my best friends. He and I have been through the whole scope of the journey so far together. And now, with Elad—who has taken the band to a new level—we truly are a team. We’re brothers.”

It’s a sentiment that’s reflected in the band’s egalitarian/improvisational approach to songwriting, even in the way SIMO sets up for shows—in a straight line across the stage, with no member given more weight than any other. “I can’t emphasize enough how much I love these guys and what they bring to our sound,” JD says.” Adam is an absolutely immaculate improviser. He’s completely free and technically the best musician in the band. I’ve done hundreds of shows with him, and I still don’t know what he’s gonna do or where he’s gonna take things—it’s inspiring. And Elad, he completes my musical thoughts. He is full of passion and enthusiasm and authenticity. He has absolutely no filter, both socially—which is hilarious—and musically, which is always incredible. In many ways, he’s the heart and soul of the band.”

Together, they’re an adventurous rock & roll trinity, a thriving creative partnership completed by JD’s combustible guitar playing and soulful vocals, and Let Love Show the Way is a game-changing album from a band in the midst of an evolutionary breakthrough. “I’m a stranger here,” JD belts on the record’s opening salvo, all mysterious swagger and smoky, downhome grit. But for a band with such with such memorable songs, uncommon rapport and awe-inspiring musicality, SIMO can take solace in knowing the line won’t hold true much longer.

SIMO are:

JD Simo – vocals/guitar
Adam Abrashoff – Drums
Elad Shapiro – Bass

Upcoming Shows

Saturday 21st November – Forum, London supporting Walter Trout
Monday 23rd November – St Moritz, London

CD Review: Babajack LIVE

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Recorded before audience at The Cube, Malvern 10th May 2015

Release Date 10th October 2015

Babajack incorporates elements of music gathered in from Africa, Blues, Folk, Rock and beyond and then blends and distills with artful precision to create a unique sound that excites the audience as they are swept up into the whirlwind of emotions unfolding through the words and music. This is the album that capturing the very essence of the band, Babajack Live the full band plus the atmospheric cello courtesy of Julia Palmer-Price and the skillful live recording and production from Paul Long you have a live sound captured forever.
The track list is a mix of songs from previous albums, the must have tracks in a Babajack set and some glimpses of future work and the promise of another studio album. Opening with Money’s All Gone, the first sound is Trevor Steger’s harp playing so distinctive and the scene set as the guitar picks up, Becky’s percussion and the audience applaud this definitely a fun ride, this is a song that has a driving rhythm and tells a tale that is essential for this acoustic sound full with its electric force field of energy’ the extended live version gives the band time to explore and develop the melodies and Becky’s vocals ensure that we understand the money is gone!

We hear the intro’s from Becky and now with the djembe beat we have a love song she wrote Falling Hard with the harp once again painting a picture of hope and despair in the pure simplicity of the opening is what makes Babajack special. This is no heart and flowers love song it is about falling hard and the beat of the drums by Tosh Murase underline the drama of the whole track. Sunday Afternoon was perfect for this recording on a late Sunday afternoon and the intro was spellbinding combined with the anticipation of Becky’s vocals were reward as she joined in with the band harmonizing behind her and Trevor’s distorted backing vocals’ the moment captured. Then a new number Back Door, that has an acoustic simplicity and that driving Babajack bluesy folk riff recognisable as one of their songs so much more than sitting at a back door. With Breathe, one of the shorter tracks, the cello makes the music almost stand still its simple beauty the silence was deep it was as if the audience were collectively holding their breath so as not to interfere with the waves the music was weaving. A gentle track where vocal and cello merges and sends a shiver down the spine. Phew! We can breathe again; and the tempo changes with the title track from their last studio album <strongRunning Man full of storytelling tradition through song is unveiled, the listening picks up the fear of the unknown, running but cannot escape; the applause was huge no wonder what a rendition. This is followed by a mainstay of their set list Gallows Pole, from English Folk, over to the USA and Leadbelly then back as a rock anthem and now this, what is becoming an iconic version. The whole band had fun playing this Adam Bertenshaw as on all the tracks provides a bass line that allows the music to develop from and have a safe haven to return to so whatever path they choose the shape and form stays. Finishing the album with Skin & Bone the audience joined in with percussive clapping and Tosh’s drumming is immense, cello full of groaning emotion and then Becky and Trevor the heartstone of the band creating a song that lingers long after the last note dies away and the applause stops.
Babajack LIVE, works superbly as an album there is the tension and even hints of vulnerability of exposing a live performance to the recording process; the result is an emotionally drenched performance of the eleven tracks. The album could be reviewed in a sentence – Babajack LIVE has frozen the essence of Babajack, the energy and tension of a live performance frozen in time we can all enjoy this golden album again and again and get as much pleasure as the audience did.

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

Babajack – Babajack LIVE – Independent


CD Review: Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion ~ I’ll Be Yours Tonight

FolderThe live album opens with verve with a distinctive and instantly recognisable sound and then Zoe’s vocals hit the airwaves and you can only be listening to the Blues Commotion’s jazz, funk and soul inspired blues that has hints of rocky fire as on the opening number Your Sun Shines Rain. The band creates a sound that zings and every instrument has a role to play creating a carpet of tonal textures for the vocal clarity that is Zoe with a voice that caresses the music making it bend to her emotional will. This is their fourth album, and to ring the changes a live album recorded by Richard Dunning at Tuesday Night Music Club; was this the result of months of careful planning… no it was a snatch opportunity so this lively performance can be enjoyed by the many rather than the lucky few who were at the London club on a November night.

As with any live performance we hear songs that have been recorded in the studio and tonight is no different with Angel Of Mercy, Smile, Let Me Sing The Blues from the acclaimed Exposed album and Liberated Woman, Your Sun Shines Rain, I Believe In You from The Blues Don’t Scare Me.

There is no argument and this album nails it Zoe and the band adore playing live and there is a fluidity in the delivery that can be missed when being recorded in the studio. The rendition of Billie Holiday’s Fine and Mellow; the arrangement by Zoe and Rob Koral slows the pace and adds the jazz to the proceedings that suits Zoe’s approach to singing. Not one of the tracks is just about the vocals the interludes from Peter Whittaker on Hammond are wonderful lightening up the verve as seen on many of the tracks then another layer of six-string magic from the stylish guitar tones from Rob with Paul Robinson on Drums laying down a deep groove that allows everyone to explore the musical map they are creating and have fun. The addition of Si Generao on harmonica ad tenor saxophone from Ian Ellis and trumpeter Andy Urquhart means that around every musical bar there is a gem of sweet blues.

This is Zoe and The Blue Commotion sharing the music they love and connect to and the crowds enjoyed every moment we know because the warm applause can be heard reflecting the warm deep emotional tone that Zoe brings to every song she sings coming towards the end of a balanced live album is Beatitudes that is full of gospel soul driven emotion that will always make you sit up and listen.

Live music has that special edge and you can have Zoe and her band playing live where ever you go with this album that captures the heart and soul of the blue Commotion.

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

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion ~ I’ll Be Yours Tonight – 33 Records
Track Listing

1. Your Sun Shines Rain (Koral/Schwarz)
2. Fine and Mellow (Holiday arr. Koral & Schwarz)
3. Let Me Sing The Blues (Koral/Schwarz)
4. Smile (Koral/Schwarz)
5. Angel of Mercy (Koral/Schwarz)
6. Liberated Woman (Koral/Schwarz)
7. We’ll Find A Way (Koral/Schwarz)
8. Say It Isn’t So (Koral/Schwarz)
9. I Believe In You (Koral/Schwarz)
10. I’ll Do Anything (Koral/Schwarz)
11. Beatitudes (Koral/Schwarz)
12. Take Me Back (Koral/Schwarz)

CD Review: Debbie Bond and The TruDats ~ That Thing Called Love

Scan0002This is an album full of the energy gained from recording live in an Army Surplus tent in the hills of West Nashville. Made into a special album of Debbie’s Alabama inspired blues with inspiration from across the blues spectrum with some mixing and mastering in the studio; this was not as originally planned but really works.

There is a cleanness of sound that has been blended using vocals, keys, guitar, harp and rhythm section that just have that magic to mix and pour out tunes that please and get those feet tapping with a collection of seven originals and two covers that fit like a glove in the sound being created on That Thing Called Love.

Opening with You’re The Kind of Trouble the tone is set with the vocals that reflect in its melodic throatiness the 30 years of performing music live and in the studio on this her third album that just gets into your musical soul and continues to deliver music that just does not disappoint. The other cover is their version of Wendell Holmes Feed My Soul this is seductive and gets the hairs on the back of your neck raised and the shiver cascades down your spine; added to the mix is a sultry sax this is a track that stays with you long after the music fades.

Capturing the tempo and feel of a 1920’s country fair with the dance beat of Steady Rolling Man. This is a track where the interaction of Saxophone and Piano create the mood with a ragtime beat and reflects the touring life of musicians and the speakeasy environment of times gone by. The title track is at the heart of the album and stands out from the beginning with deep soulful instrumental of muted drums, searing sax and moody bass, the guitar and Debbie’s vocals power through the track that has a dark underbelly and is different from the rest of the pack and does pack a musical punch! Want some jazzed up blues with a flamenco aire then Tarragona Blues will fit the order as the mood is captured with a click of the drums and the beat of the bossa nova entwined this is a number to get audiences out of their seats and onto the dance floor and for good measure there is an extended version bringing the album to its close. This is an album that is never hard-hitting but full of style and textures, Debbie’s vocals and guitar work ensure that and she has surrounded herself with musicians who know the sound she is creating, blues that has soul and at times a pop feel and often a dance beat but as the song says I Like It Like That.

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

Debbie Bond and The TruDats ~ The Thing Called Love ~ Independent

Track Listing
You’re The Kind Of Trouble
Steady Rolling Man
Feed My Soul
I Like It Like That
Still Missing You
Tarragona Blues
That Thing Called Love
Tarragona Blues – extended mix