Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol
Some say he came out of the swamp. The truth is; the number is It Came Outta The Swamp. Check out this clever video below. It Came Outta The Swamp is just one of the superb tracks on Big Boy Bloater & The Limits album Luxury Hobo.Bluesdoodles has listened and agrees this is a soundscape of what many of us feel but do not have the talent to encapsulate in a 4-minute display of blues that may not be pure but is definitely mean dirty and very good. Read more to find out why the album was a perfect TEN – HERE
Now you have read the review of the album, watched the video. Next move os to go and hear Big Boy Bloater and The Limits LIVE! The Band is out around the country September & October.
BD: Thanks, Big Boy Bloater for taking the time to chat with Bluesdoodles today. I was amazed that nearly a year has gone by since I reviewed your excellent album Luxury Hobo. Before we talk about the tour let’s start with the album. Review can be found HERE
BD: You have been quite open that the inspiration behind Luxury Hobo was your personal journey with depression
BBB: Think I had come through all the bad places and was in a good place when I was writing for the album, I had been down at the bottom but now in a good place looking back that is the inspiration for many of the lyrics and melody.
Sitting down, a good song may be grungy but not so grungy that it is hard to pick out the melody. It is the melody that attracts and makes people go back to a song and listen again.
BD: The title is intriguing title life of a Hobo is not normally associated with luxury!
BBB: It is a comment on the current way many of us live. Constantly on the move but wanting luxury. We definitely move around more from place to place; yes we travel but we want to surround ourselves with comfort, glitz and definitely luxury. Deep down we can’t have both.
BD: The video for It Came Out Of The Swamp was definitely attention grabbing how did you come up with the idea of using Lego building blocks?
BBB: Part of coming out of the Breakdown was stock animation as a hobby to keep my mind busy. I would grab a bag of Lego out of the loft and build, photograph and animate. Around this time Lego brought out the ‘swamp monster’ set so it was the perfect combination Lego and myself were in harmony and the video was born. Yes, it has had and continues to attract positive attention.
BD: Do you have a favourite/ special track on the album? And why?
Truly, I love all the tracks but it is the title track Luxury Hobo Blues that is most personal. It is semi-autobiographical I have traveled a lot with my music. It is about keep taking the tablets and moving on. Playing music has taken me all over the world it has been fantastic. The experiences have been good and bad. From travelling first class to being in the back of a transit.
BD: What were your first musical influences growing up
Mostly from my Dad’s records of from the 1950’s/60’s lots of rock n’ roll started me down the road of exploring the blues. At the end of the 70’s/ beginning of the 80’s lot s of the old bluesmen were travelling around Slim Gaillard and others. I love the way that the blues does not have to be played perfectly, not in tune these are the bits that give the blues character and flavour. John Lee Hooker listen to him, they are great songs, analyse the music and they are not that good but the feel and emotion makes his blues special.
BD: 2017 starts with you touring including a festival. Do you enjoy playing your music live.
BBD: I love playing my music live, and tracks from Luxury Hobo work so well live. Looking forward to getting on stage meeting people early 2017 and the April HRH Blues Festival in Sheffield. Not played there since the first one in Wales so looking forward to it. I do have some new music as it has been an eventful year and may even sneak a couple in at the live shows. There is definitely lots of life left in the album and I am chomping at the bit to get out there and deliver the songs live on stage. I know that people love to see something a bit different when a tune is performed live. It is always a highlight for them if they notice the band are giving each other that look when the music has taken them to a different place and we have to pull something special out of the bag to get back on track. It is good that little bit of living and playing dangerously. I remember once at The 100 club, I broke a string, something that rarely happens to me. I had no spare guitar so had to replace the string on stage whilst continuing to sing. That is live music as it happens you just have to be there to experience those moments.
BD: What other plans do you have for 2017?
BBD: Following on from the early run of dates will be doing festivals through the summer and a more extensive autumn tour is being organised in the UK and Europe so keep checking out the website. I am writing new music and hope to get back in the studio for the next Big Boy Bloater album.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
Drums: Earl Palmer
Bass: Willie Dixon
Guitar: Myself (it will be such fun to play with these guys)
Keys: Ike Turner
Vocals: Howlin’ Wolf
This is a super group it will be so much fun to play with these guys. How long it will last before a fight not so sure. Be great music but probably a short-lived group!
28th January – The Anvil, Basingstoke: BBB’s Lonely Blues Show 23rd February – Fat Lil’s, Oxford 17th March – The Railway, Winchester w/ Jack J Hutchinson 18th March – The Freebird, Newcastle-Under-Lyme 19th March – THE 100 CLUB, LONDON w/Jack J Hutchinson & DJ Jim Jones 16th April – HRH Blues Fest, O2 Academy Sheffield 28th April – VHRA Vintage Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire
Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March
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 January and 31st March 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 49 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 first list of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016..
We loved the album, Luxury Hobo – read what we saidHERE and why Bluesdoodles thought There are no limits to Big Boy Bloater’s blues on Luxury Hobo … Confirming there are NO! LiMiTS with Big Boy Bloater’s Life of Luxury.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
Check out the incredible stop motion LEGO SWAMP MONSTER video for
It Came Outta The Swamp here
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs announce ‘Luxury Hobo’ May Tour
The band will then be hitting the road for the Luxury Hobo tour from Sunday 8th May including a show at the iconic 100 Club in London.
Luxury Hobo UK Tour
SUNDAY 8TH MAY – THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM – Tickets £12 Adv
THURSDAY MAY 12TH – SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION – Tickets £14 Adv
FRIDAY MAY 13TH – THE HUNTER CLUB, BURY ST EDMUNDS – Tickets £12 Adv
SATURDAY MAY 14TH – THE FORUM, TUNBRIDGE – Tickets £10 Adv
SUNDAY MAY 15TH – 100 CLUB, LONDON – Tickets £15 Adv
FRIDAY MAY 20TH – THE OLD FIRE STATION, OXFORD – Tickets £12 Adv
SATURDAY MAY 21ST – THE RAILWAY, WINCHESTER – Tickets £12 Adv
THURSDAY MAY 26TH – THE MUSICIAN, LEICESTER – Tickets £12 Adv
SATURDAY MAY 28TH – MR KYPS, POOLE – Tickets £10 Adv
Big Boy Bloater says “Writing this album is a bit of a change from the last one, I wanted to write these biting songs, but didn’t want to be too negative either, so I added a little twist to the end to say I didn’t really mean it or something more positive” he adds. Having always self-produced all his own records, this time he enlisted the ear of Adam Whalley to help bring out what they produce live and it brings the production quality to the next level.”
Luxury Hobo is out via the Mascot Label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Walter Trout, Monster Truck, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) on 11th March 2016.
Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs are:
Big Boy Bloater – Vocals/Guitar
Matt Cowley – Drums
Dan Edwards – Keyboards
Steven Oats – Bass