Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorr

Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari SchorrBristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari SchorrBristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorr

 

Colston Hall, returns with the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival. The venue is awash with music, a chance to catch up with friends and chill in the foyer with an array of free spectacular shows. Tonight The Lantern shone bright as Lorna took the vocal lead for Northsyde and their distinctive blending of blues, funk twisted with the free flow of blues jam tradition weaving in the Allman Brothers and a rocky edge.

Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari SchorrTonight, Lorna was resplendent in Black Top Hat and flowing wig, by the end of the set both were dispatched to the wings and the cropped urchin beauty was revealed adding a vulnerability that is counter intuitive to the strong vocals. With a collection of Northsyde defined numbers the set list played to the combined strengths of the band, Lorna up front with vocals that curl and turning lyrics into an angst-ridden journey through the melody. The grounding of the melodies are defined by the powerhouse of a rhythm section, Hayden Doyle on drums and the distinctive bass lines of Ian Mauricio. Yes, you were right left-handed Ian has the stringing on his bass upside down. Pulling the rhythm together and building complexity is the wizardry of Jules Fothergill’s guitar explosions of licks, and hooks for Lorna’s vocals to build on and exploit using her vocal range from growl to pure soprano. With an outing of Mr Sistabish from the hotly anticipated fourth album due out this Summer, we had funky Cherry Picking, and Mercy – the live track from Storytellers Daughter.  Tonight melded into the music adventure Living Colour, Stevie Wonder and with Denny Ilett entering the fold adding another layer of Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorrguitar as he played with Jules they were having fun. This made Northsyde’s signature cover Whipping Post rather special for their first trip down the M4 to Bristol.  The interplay between Jules and Denny was unforgettable in its majesty. What a start to a night dominated by vocals that soar above the band. Short break, and Sari Schorr and The Engine room filled the Lantern with blues that rock with the dynamic energy and power of charisma being shared across the audience so that everyone is touched by the gentle dignity that is Sari Schorr.

Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorr

Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari SchorrNo gentle warm up with Sari and her band, she hit the ground running and the tension power and sheer beauty of live music just kept coming. The set list was dominated by tracks from her critically acclaimed debut album Force Of Nature. The album title perfectly describes Sari’s voice it is a true force of nature. Sari leaps into the vocals shaping and building the lyrics, every song she has a tale that you want to follow. Yes, she has confidence in the lyrics and her vocal prowess, more importantly, is her unwavering confidence and joy with the Engine Room the band that surrounds her. With Innes Sibun on guitar, we are in for a pyrotechnic display, controlled and wild and cool under the pressure of the amp blowing during the first outing of Black Betty tonight. With no guitar on stage, it was Anders Olinder’s keys that seamlessly took over with chords that filled the Lantern. The Engine Room are an organic force that works around the demands of the song and Sari, with a rhythm section that fills out the melodies with textures as the two Kevin’s collaborate, O’Rourke on drums and Jeffries in charge of the bass line.

Sari Schorr Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorropened with Ain’t Got No Money the set continued to build and flow, with a preview of what is to come in the highly anticipated second album we heard Cat & Mouse, a highlight of the set and really whets the appetite for more Sari live and recorded. No subject is taboo for Sari, with Domestic Abuse explored without judgement with emotionally charged Damn The Reason. With Sari, the voice is an emotionally charged instrument combined with theatrical movements of hands and swirling dance steps the tension builds as though you are listening through Sari’s whole being. Heroin and addiction is explored with Aunt Hazel and we visit Oklahoma. Closing with Ordinary Life, Sari in the introduction praises her musicians, record label but above all Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorrthe audiences that gives her the stage to sing from. Ordinary lives are anything but ordinary, with the melody that is gentler and at times Sari sings A Capella with a vulnerability as we are all special we are all looking to find our true potential. Sari with the Engine Room has definitely found hers we want to hear that voice perform over and over again. The interpretation of every song is special full of energy if languid with pathos and Innes guitar matches the mood wild and reflective he is always entertaining and his solo lead breaks are a feat to behold every time.

The encore, was Black Betty as we should have heard it the first time, with the stupendous Innes Sibun solo written by him and with the darkness of vocal tone Black Betty is reworked and always a Sari spectacular and now her signature number. Tonight we heard high-octane blues of the highest quality and what a voice, what a guitarist to have both in the same band takes blues-rock to a different level.

Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorr

Bristol Lantern shining on Singing Divas Northsyde & Sari Schorr, once again Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival delivers music that is special.

 

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Sari Schorr Force of Nature Returns in 2017

Sari Schorr Force of Nature returns in 2017

Sari Schorr Force of Nature returns in 2017

Sari Schorr Force of Nature returns in 2017 to Britain. This will delight the phalanx of fans she has made with the release of  Sari Schorr & The Engine Room’s critically acclaimed debut albumA Force of Nature“. The Sari Schorr & The Engine Room played a number of festivals and venues during 2016 and now Sari is pleased to announce her upcoming 2017 UK Tour dates as follows:

Sari Schorr Force of Nature returns in 2017

2017 UK TOUR DATES BOOK TICKETS VIA BANDS IN TOWN:

Wednesday 15th March 2017 Bar Brunel, Bridgewater
Thursday 16th March 2017 Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, Colston Hall
Friday 17th March 2017 Crawdaddy Club, Essex
Saturday 18th March 2017 Rockabella Blues Club, Frome
Monday 20th March 2017 The Borderline, London
Thursday 23rd March 2017       Fibbers, York
Friday 24th March 2017 
Scarborough Blues Festival
Saturday 25th March 2017 Drummond’s, Aberdeen
Sunday 26th March 2017  Cottiers, Glasgow
Wednesday 4th April 2017 Talking Heads, Southampton
Wednesday 12th April 2017  The Stables, Milton Keyes
Thursday 13th April 2017  Huntington Hall, Worcester
Saturday 15th April 2017 Atkinson, Southport

Sunday 16th April 2017  The Hawth, Crawley
Wednesday 19th May 2017 Keighley Blues Festival, Bradford
Special Guest – Joni Fuller
Saturday 20th May 2017  Redcar R&B Club, Milton Keynes
Tuesday 23rd May 2017  Beaverwood, Chislehurst
Thursday 25th May 2017 Flowerpot, Derby
Friday 26th May 2017  Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
Saturday 27th May 2017  West End Centre, Aldershot
Tel: 01252 330040

“We’re really looking forward to coming back to the UK to perform songs from the new album to our lovely British blues fans,” says Sari.British blues audiences are the best. They are very passionate about their music.”

Sari Schorr Force of Nature Returns in 2017 Back touring the UK with her band The Engine Room featuring Innes Sibun delighting her fans at a venue near you. They will definitely sweep you up in a blues force of Nature. The music makes you laugh, cry, smile and above all wraps you in a warmth of a Force of Nature that is good to you.

Buy your tickets now via Bands In Town  – http://bandsintown.com/SariSchorr

Sari Schorr Force of Nature returns in 2017

 

Photo credits: Laurence Harvey

New Year New Bands to see at The Globe

New Year New Bands to see at The GlobeNew Year New Bands to see at The GlobeNew Year New Bands to see at The Globe

King King with support from
Broken Witt Rebels

 

Cardiff! Your New Year resolution should include checking out the acts playing at venues across town. Go see bands that you may not have heard of but once you have you will want to again and again. Start your musical voyage of discovery at The Globe, Albany Road on Friday 13th.  Considered unlucky by some, but for everyone who walks into the venue will leave feeling lucky. Why? You will have heard music that will rock your socks off. Full of melodies, guitar licks and vocals that leave ear-worms of delight. Friday 13th sees King King and Broken Witt Rebels hit the town with rock full of soul and blues licks and a large dollop of charisma and star shine.

New Year New Bands to see at The GlobeThis is not the first or last trip to Cardiff for King King, they always delight with the swirl of Alan Nimmo’s kilt amidst the cascade of Hammond keys and a rhythm section that lays down the beat. King King’s first-ever live album King King – Live was recently voted #1 at Blues Rock Review’s  “ Top 5 Best Live Albums of 2016” polls. The live album triumph follows King King’s recent win of five awards at the British Blues Awards including Best Male Vocal (Alan Nimmo), Best Bass Player (Lindsay Coulson), Best Song (Rush Hour), Best Album (Reaching for the Light) and Best Songwriter.  October 2016 saw the release of King King’s first live album “King King Live” which hit the No.1 spot in Amazon’s Best Sellers Blues Chart. This is music you want to be part of the listening experience.

First time in Cardiff, the young exuberant band from the Midlands Broken Witt Rebels are building on the success of debut EP Georgia Pine with the two singles gaining airplay on Planet Rock. This Feeling said “One of the best new live bands in the country, it’s a matter of time before they explode onto the big stages.”  Winning the Best Rock Act at the first unsigned Music Awards putting the quartet on the must see live road map of 2017.

Get your tickets and do not miss out on the chance to buy vinyl copies of music you will want to take home with you.

Friday 13th 19.30 The Globe, Cardiff 

 Buy your tickets HERE.

 

All images copyright and photo credit Laurence Harvey

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: July – Sept 2016

Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016

 

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.


Honey Island Swamp Band  –  Demolition Day
Laurence Jones – Take Me High
Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots


Aynsley Lister – Eyes Wide Open
Devon Allman – Ride Or Die
King King – Live


Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Sari Schorr – A Force of Nature

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
Photo Laurence Harvey

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
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In

 

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King King Announce Their First Live Album

King King Announce Their First Live Album

King King Announce Their First Live Album

 

 

 

 

King King Announce Their First Live Album

TRIPLE DISC LIVE CONCERT

RELEASED FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER 2016

INCLUDES 2 CDS + BONUS DVD
ALSO AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

KING KING’S NEW LIVE ALBUM DOVETAILS NOVEMBER 2016 UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ‘BROKEN WITT REBELS

 

 

A Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, available now to pre-order at Amazon.co.uk, 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 recorded at The 02 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016
Live DVD recorded at The Picturedrome in Holmfirth on 13th April 2016
All audio recorded by Andy Banfield from Superfly Studios
Mixed By Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright from House of Tone, at Y-Dream Studios
DVD footage by Cat & Owl Films, edited by Matt Robinson
Mastered by: Jon Astley at Close To The Edge Mastering

 

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Live Album Track List  Live DVD Track List
CD 1
Lose Control
Wait On Time
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take

CD2
You Stopped The Rain
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger To Love
Let Love In

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

They’re no slouches in the studio, of course. But “King King Live” is stone-cold proof of a band born for the stage, showcasing songs from their thrilling six-year run with added emotional rocket-fuel. “In the studio,” says Alan, “we pay a lot of attention to detail and we try to create something that will last forever. But live, you have to play from your heart and really emote, to help the audience see, hear and believe in what you’re trying to put across. For me, the most important part of playing live is to capture the emotion and the vibe. We’re so happy with the outcome. I think we managed to catch the magic and the atmosphere on both nights.”

And how. “King King Live” is the next best thing to being there yourself, bottling the thrill of hanging off the security rail, feeling the speakers flap your trouser legs and sensing the tinnitus in the post. King King have just pulled off the classic live album they’ve been threatening since the start. Enjoy the show…

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King

November 2016 Tour Dates

BRIGHTON, OLD MARKET – WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01273 201 801 GIG CARTEL – HERE or TOM’S BOX OFFICEHERE

NORWICH, WATERFRONT  – THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
UEA BOX OFFICE: 01603 508 050 / VENUE TEL: 01603 632 717
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or UEA Tickets – HERE

SOUTHAMPTON, 1865  – FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOX OFFICE: 01273 673 311 /HERE or See Tickets – HERE
VENUE TEL: 023 80 222 605 / EMAIL: book@the1865.com

FROME, CHEESE & GRAIN – THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01373 455420
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or Cheese & Grain – HERE

BILSTON, ROBIN 2 – FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or ROBIN 2 – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01902 401 211

CARDIFF, TRAMSHED – SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

EXETER, PHOENIX – SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01392 667080

ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE – THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01224 641 122

EDINBURGH, QUEEN’S HALL – FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or Queen’s Hall – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0131 668 2019

CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS – SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or See Tickets – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0871 220 0260

CLITHEROE, GRAND – SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

LONDON, ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY – TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20.00 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 020 7527 8900

Bluesdoodles reviews and more:

King KIng AlbumBack On Tour - November Brings Back King KingKing King – Reaching For The Light – HERE

Thunder, King King Entertain Colston Hall – HERE

John Mayall, King King Entertain St David’s Hall – HERE

Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pines – HERE

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King
In the last six months, the buzz around self-released, Birmingham blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels has reached a deafening roar. So much so that the band have rushed out their latest single, Guns, to capitalize on fan-driven interest. The official video for Guns has generated almost 400,000 views on YouTube in less than 48 hours.

Chosen by the fans, Guns is now the second single to be taken from the band’s <strong>Georgia Pine EP. Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the previous single, Low, was a featured track of the week on Radio X, and play-listed on Planet Rock, who are currently playing Guns.

GUNS pays homage to their hometown of Birmingham with a melody and energy that tears through you, with the refrain. “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette.”

The Birmingham four-piece is comprised of James Tranter (guitar), Danny Core (vocals), Luke Davis (bass) and James Dudley (drums). Their bluesy southern swagger has drawn favourable comparisons with Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys.

A Force Of Nature Sari Drives the Blues

A Force Of Nature Sari Drives the Blues

A Force Of Nature Sari Drives the Blues

Mahaton Records

 

 

A Force Of Nature, Sari Drives the Blues, Sari Schorr brings a wealth of experience from life, influencing her song writing and vocal delivery.  Sari has attracted a huge blast of attention, promising that she can sing and perform. Bluesdoodles confirms this is a reality not hyperbole and the over use of adjectives. Sari Schorr and The Engine Room really know how to deliver the sound they want to create building on the lyrics and surround the vocal power and intensity of Sari. The album title states what Sari and her band deliver – A Force of Nature.

If you want your blues traditional with the feet of the musicians firmly stuck in a swamp then look elsewhere. Sari and her band and guests combined with the superb production skills of Mike Vernon have explored the blues with this is a sparkling sapphire of a performance.

The album is a journey where you are taken on a ride that explores life, highs, lows through a mixture of self-penned and artfully chosen covers.  Step aboard The Force of Nature with – Ain’t Got No Money greed, money addiction, Sari and outsider living in New York looks on and makes her own choices with the pursuit of music rather than wealth. Her dreams are motivation not the lure of the greenback.  No subject is taboo for Sari, the lyrics are full of description, littered with metaphors chosen to whip up the listeners imagination. The lyrics are short stories that encapsulate a novel. The power of the sonnet over the epic poem.

Addiction stays at the heart of Aunt Hazel and it’s destructive. Heroin is the villain who laughs and the havoc it causes as life unravels. Modern themes for a singer with the power to entrance and create blues that has a hard edge reflecting modern life. The lyrics have a relevancy. From addiction, we explore abuse whether domestic or in the work-place. Abuse that is painful and effects so many is captured in Damn the Reason opening with a mournful guitar lick that pulls your emotional heartstrings. With its driving relentless rhythm you are trapped in the music reflecting the feeling of being trapped in an abusive relationship and the inability to escape. Sari’s vocals wrapped in the music and love is the hook that keeps us caged.

 

The first cover is Leadbelly’s Black Betty given a make-over and the single helping to catapult Sari, the album and her music into the centre of everyone’s attention. Following on, with Walter Trout guesting, is Work No More. Walter’s guitar brings a sting to the number so personal to him and reflects the song written with passion and love. Sari adding her lyrical interpretation a women’s empathy into the words with the piano from David Keys adding more layers of emotive textures.

 

The power of her vocals seer through the music the lyrical artistry remains from the highest note through to the sustained notes. Oklahoma and Kiss Me features Oli Brown adding his guitar tone. It is every time the authority of Sari’s voice that creates the mood. She finds lyrics in the mundane as her new found love for Oklahoma as she changed her plans and re-joined the Joe Louis Walker tour, enjoying, embracing the unexpected means this is getting the best out of life whatever its twists and turns.

 

Unexpectedly, Stop! In the Name of Love is included, captured in one-take a perfect cover despite her reservations brings this forceful, poetic album almost to a close but not before Ordinary Life.  Jesus Lavillas piano intro is intimate and leads into a thoughtful, soulful Sari. Leaving us with  a track slower quieter than the others we are left with another side of a talent that is pushing the boundaries  through music that captures our attention.  There is nothing ordinary about the talent of Sari Schorr, as she shapes and bends music to create a Force of Nature.

 

What sets this album above so many you listen to, its heart and emotional flow is determined by the Blues, yet there is more it is the experience of Sari and the musicians she has surrounded herself. They add soul, jazz and music that demands to be listened to. The tracks all have a story to tell, the music shapes that story and the textured layers insuring your musical journey is full of interest. Sari is herself, she is proud and addresses issues that shapes society.   From Greed to Prostitution, Love of Pitt Bulls through to musicians experiences travelling on the road.

 

Forceful blues, A Force Of Nature this is most definitely an album in the running for Album of 2016!

Sari Schorr – A Force Of Nature – Manhaton Records

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

Track Listing

  1. Ain’t Got No Money
  2. Aunt Hazel
  3. Damn The Reason
  4. Cat And Mouse
  5. Black Betty
  6. Work No More
  7. Demolition Man
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Letting Go
  10. Kiss Me
  11. Stop! In The Name Of Love
  12. Ordinary Lives

UK TOUR DATES AUTUM 2016
SEPTEMBER

Sept 9 Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington, UK
Sept 5 Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch)
Sept 10 Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11 Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14 The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15 Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16 New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC Billericay, UK
Sept 17 Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23 Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24 The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, UK
Sept 25 Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, Lincs, UK
Sept 28 Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29 Cranleigh Arts Centre, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30 B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1 Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 6 Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7 Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France


Bluesdoodles Interview with Sari Schorr – HERE

Black Betty Force Of Nature Debut Single

Sari Black Betty Single-

Black Betty Force Of Nature Debut Single

Sari Schorr, is a Force of Nature. The reworking of Leadbelly’s Black Betty whips up a whirlwind of sound and as the music gains force it picks up like grains of sand collective memories of Black Betty back to the blues tour de force that is Huddie William Ledbetter.

The fates conspired when the Leadbelly Fest gave Black Betty to Sari, combining her vocal power with the magic of her band The Engine Room. The single from her debut album whets your musical appetite for the full album Force of Nature, produced by Mike Vernon ad released on Friday 2nd September 2016.

Black Betty, Force Of Nature Debut Single is the perfect introduction to the power of the album as it combines the intuitive and artistry of Sari’s vocals with Innes Sibun’s burning emotive guitar. This is a pairing that builds on each other’s creativity and into the mix add John Baggot on keys, Nani Conde on bass and completing the rhythm section is Jose Mena on drums, with Mike Vernon putting in an appearance with some additional percussion.

Sari’s Black Betty is different, not a copy of 1977 version by Ram Jam but deeper slower, darker a woman telling Black Betty’s tale. It is a song that is sung forcefully, picking out the grim bones of the song that is about a slave, rape and cracking of the whip.

The single to be released on Monday 8th August is a radio edit with 3 minutes and 23 seconds of power this is shimmering electric blues that makes for compelling listening. The rest of the album promises to build on the power of the single this is blues that opens the portals to a dark place with glorious melodic riffs and hooks.

Read between conversation Bluesdoodles and Sari Schorr HERE

Black Betty (Radio Edit: 3:23) Single released Monday 8th August 2016

Taken From the Debut Album

Force Of Nature Sari Schorr Talks to Bluesdoodles

A Force of Nature

Produced by Mike Vernon
Released Friday 2nd September 2016 on Manhaton Records

SARI SCHORR AND THE ENGINE ROOM
2016 UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

BOOK TICKETS VIA BANDS IN TOWN:
http://bandsintown.com/SariSchorr

 

AUGUST

August 4-5 Notodden Blues Festival Norway
August 26 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, UK
August 27 Varenwinkel Festival, Herselt, Belgium
August 28 Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk, UK
August 29 Great British RnB Festival, Colne, Lancashire, UK
August 28 Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk

SEPTEMBER

Sept 9 Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington, UK
Sept 5 Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch)
Sept 10 Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11 Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14 The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15 Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16 New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC Billericay, UK
Sept 17 Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23 Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24 The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, UK
Sept 25 Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, Lincs, UK
Sept 28 Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29 Cranleigh Arts Centre, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30 B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER

October 1 Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 6 Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7 Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France

Force Of Nature Sari Schorr Talks to Bluesdoodles

Force Of Nature Sari Schorr Talks to Bluesdoodles
Photo Credit Rob Blackman

Force Of Nature Sari Schorr Talks to Bluesdoodles

BD:  Big thank you for taking time out of your tour schedule to chat with Bluesdoodles. Thank you so much for letting Bluesdoodles have a copy of your debut album A Force Of Nature, your forthcoming album before its release. More of that later I am sure.

We built a rapport talking about my hair colour, album covers, dogs and more this is what Sari said about the album cover and more.

Sari: For example, I had a beautiful picture of a tree I tried to convince everyone would be a perfect album cover, but I lost that argument. Yea I am learning to pick and choose my arguments, try and argue those that I am going to win. The good thing about the album cover is that it was a last-minute photo shoot. I had no idea I was going to do it so I didn’t have to think about it. I didn’t plan for it I just thought it was a few extra publicity shots so there was no pressure as we already had the album cover it is now the picture inside of me dancing taken by a friend of mine Amy Kirwin we thought that was going to  be the cover. So that is why that shoot was one of the most pleasant photo shoots I had ever been on with Rob Blackman.

I am a hobbyist photographer I am working on a book about my three Pitbulls. I turn my tiny Brooklyn Apartment into a studio and when my husband came home it was like something out of Lucille Ball  “Whatever have you done” Sari laughs. The ridiculous costumes the dogs were in, lights everywhere, blue screen it was ridiculous. We chatted about walking dogs great to find another common point including walking the dog first thing in the morning. Sari has five flights of stairs and three walks, lots of exercise, they love Brooklyn Park, Prospect Park and into Manhattan they love Central Park where there are a couple of lakes they can swim in.

Let me thank you for scheduling it a bit earlier,  I suppose everyone wants to speak to you now  I am so busy yea  overnight success after a life time of work. But it makes you a lot more grateful.  Yes, we all have hiccups in life and sometimes is too easy at the beginning they can be a real shock to the system.  I think without these hiccups, I like the way you put that these opportunities for growth have given me lots of opportunities for some great song writing material.  We will be talking about your amazing songs later but let’s start at the beginning.

BD: What were your early musical influences were they classical through your Opera singing training?

Sari: My earliest was jazz Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan Nat King Cole and then from there I started digging backwards. Who were their influences that I discovered the great classic female blues singers, Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Big Mama Thornton etc. then it was this realization these women just completely connected with me. Their voices resonated in a way I could identify with because as a Jazz singer I was always overpowering the band. I was always told “Could you try and tone it down a little?” “You have a five-octave range but do you have to use it”. Laughing, you have a loud voice do you have to use it. I was always trying to be less, be demure and finally when I discovered these women who lead me into the blues just this felt like the key that really opened me up to realise who I was.  Yes, you do have a big voice.  Yea, nothing petite.   You have a big voice tuneful but keeps its shaping of the tone  Yes, absolutely right about that I think  Studying with an Opera teacher really early was a good thing made me conscious of tone and pitch the quality and placement of voice its technique has so much to do with it. Then you have to find a way to get past the technique forget it and become the storyteller the singer. Just the singer you can’t do both thinking about technique and trying to deliver a message. Yes, that is like all art forms it is about being instinctive. It has to become instinctive, that is the artistry when technique becomes invisible to you and it’s rooted in your subconscious. Everything else in your conscious mind becomes the artistry and that is when you really connect with the audience and goes straight to the heart. Easy to connect to negativity human brain right away goes to negativity in order to be an artist and inspired you have to be open and positive be an individual and understand who you are.   That was also part of my journey finding my real voice, early on you are influenced by artists you admire. You want to emulate and emulation is the first step to achieving artistry. But you have to move beyond that to find out who you are and that is a very, very hard journey and is what separates out the great artist from everybody else. It’s that extra thing that uniqueness, that some great artists are able to achieve as they have great awareness of themselves and that means the good and the bad. You have to embrace all those things about yourself take it all on use all that stuff, it all has something to say. All those life experiences, personality’s flaws and those opportunities for growth all lead you towards being able to communicate in a much more honest way. They all add up to artistic integrity, you have to have all those resources. You can’t be self-conscious, you can’t be yourself the singer singing the song you have to be the song itself. It sounds I know a little bit odd, but you have to dissolve into just being the vehicle for the song and you are communicating with the audience.  It is not about you, that is the other thing that is so hard, because there is so much attention in the artist, the truth is I am the least important part of it; it’s the emotion the message I am sharing I am just a vehicle for all of those things for the benefit of an audience who wants to hear it.

BD: Your set at Blues On the Farm was excellent

Sari: Thank you so much, we were hoping for sunshine, but it turned out that the rain added a great feeling to the whole thig. I still have mud on my boots, I love it. It was a wet weekend

BD: Currently on tour with your new band The Engine Room. It was really obvious when I saw you live that you have a real connection on stage with Innes Sibun on guitar

Sari: Innes is an unbelievably good guitarist, I never in  a million years thought  I would have the good fortune to be in a band with him and feel he is my brother. He is my brother from another mother, we joke about it all the time but we are so connected with each other spiritually, musically, and artistically. We often say it’s amazing he hears me sing and if his guitar could sing it he says would sound like my voice. The same is true if my voice could play guitar it is what his guitar does would represent my voice. We anticipate each other’s moves, no show is ever the same we are completely in the moment. That takes a lot of courage as this can go terribly wrong in a moment but laughing we like to live dangerously. We are on the edge all the time.

BD: How did you and the band hook up.

Sari: For the album the band hadn’t hooked up.  On the record, Nani Conde played bass he is one of the greatest bass players in Spain, the band hadn’t been formed yet. Because Mike Vernon lives in Spain his beautiful villa outside Malaga we had recorded a couple of demo’s in Spain pre-album and  I fell in love with the studio. I fell in love with the people who worked there, it is a more intimate studio it felt very personal not like the big corporate studios I am accustomed to recording in. I said to Mike I would really love to record the album here where everyone can go for lunch around the corner a two-hour break that costs $5 for a four-course meal I can live with this I thought. So when Mike asked me who would you like featured on your album, create a short A list. Innes was on top of the list because I knew Mike had done couple of albums with him, I knew we had this mutual connection and I was living in Paris at the time working on an Amnesty International project. I was asked to sing on a project sort of   We Are The World with lots of international artists. I also had to go back to New York to produce Carly Simon’s session, it really didn’t need any producing I hit the record button

“Carly go!” and she did it in one take and that was the extent of it. While I happened to be back in  New York  there was a  Rory Gallagher Tribute at the Iridium and I was asked to perform I agreed to it and Innes Sibun was a guest so we met for the first time at that Rory Gallagher tribute. We met backstage we probably said two words to each other, I was intimidated and everyone wanted to talk to him and I didn’t want to get in the way. Two years later when Mike asked who did I want? on the record I said Innes. He called, Innes was on tour in Germany and he said he would love to I couldn’t believe it he said he’d be back the next week which was perfect. After the recording Mike and I were so depressed it was so perfect.  Now how are we going to produce this live, Innes it’s a one-off what are we going to do. How are we going to put a band together that sounds as good as the record. Innes came in our words were still hanging in the air. He said “I love this project so much, I believe that this project is going to be so great and important I would love to be the guitar player” Mike and I looked at each other, our mouths just dropped and then we said Yes. Soon as we had Innes on board everything else would fall in place. And it did. We got Kevin Jeffries on bass, Kevin O’Rourke on drums, and Anders Olinder on keyboards. We have The Engine Room. <em>Will they be touring in America and beyond? </em>Yes, they will be with a bigger tour of America in 2017 planned. This is the band I will tour all over the world with.

 

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of songs. Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting it is not just personal, lots of politics and other themes, there is a real narrative to it.

Sari: Thank you for recognising that, I struggle with the lyrics, it hurts. When I have to sit down and start working on a lyric it feels like diving into an ice-cold bucket of water. It stings my whole body, I procrastinate because it scares me to death writing lyrics. I really work on lyric melodies, music comes easily to me it is the lyrics that provides the challenge. It is important to me to find relevant subjects something that I can bring to the subject through my own perspective and life experience and to be able to sing with weighty lyrics makes me feel I am contributing something of value that is it I want to contribute something of value and I can only do that if I am singing about relevant subjects that have meaning to people that are inspiring and also painful, that is life. I really believe we are all spiritual beings having a human experience.  When I sit down to write, the first thing I do is clear my mind okay we are spiritual beings what is the connection between all of us what is resonating and I just tap into something that’s definitely bigger than me. Even with Letting Go one of the songs I wrote with Mike Vernon.  That is one example of a lyric I wrote very quickly, well honestly I didn’t write it – it came to me. Mike Vernon lost his wife about a year ago, we were sitting in his dining room and there was a picture of his beautiful wife Natalie on the shelf and I kept looking at this picture. I was thinking how hard it must be for Mike being without her now. I came up with a melody, I was thinking about Natalie and those lyrics were completely formed I honestly feel she sent those lyrics to me as a gift and every time I sing that song I always thank her for that song. Some of the great lyrics I write, that sounds arrogant, but I saying that because I don’t think I wrote them, chuckling, I look as those lyrics and think Oh My God! I am not smart enough to write this that didn’t come from me laughing. I think we are all capable of doing things well beyond our means when we tap into the some kind of creative energy that surrounds all of us. As Artists we just spend more of our lives trying to harness that creative energy, we catch onto it a little bit more often because we dedicate ourselves to doing that, we dedicate ourselves to the pain and suffering to be creative. Art is a living breathing thing, we are always developing, always changing. I never sing a song the same way, never.  I was talking about this to my bass player and he said he never plays a bass line the same way there are subtle differences we are not the person we were a moment ago. We are not the better version of ourselves that’s  coming two minutes ahead so we have a lot to look forward to laughing that is why we are allowed to make mistakes now because it is us and the past in two seconds it will be that was when I was very immature then. <strong>Laughing I am still immature at sixty too late for me to reach maturity. </strong>Good trick is never grow-up! Every day is the first day of the rest of your life I honestly believe that. I have reinvented myself many, many times. Finally, figured out who I am and I can make a contribution.

 

BD: The title A Force Of Nature reflects your personality and musical signature, rather than taking a track as a title.  Tell us a bit about making the album and the importance of Mike Vernon as Producer in shaping the finished product.

Sari: He is so talented. It is no wonder that he is a living legend an iconic producer because I have never worked with someone with his deep sense of awareness of music.  He hears everything. And then he has a vision like he can see what it is supposed to sound like before it happens, he sees the picture painted while the canvas is still blank because he knows so clearly what the end result should be he can guide the musicians and artists to get there without putting his own imprint on it. He doesn’t force his own sound, he brings out the best of the people he has in the studio which is incredible. Somehow he knows what we are capable of, what we don’t even know. He pushes you in such an inspiring way, I have worked with producers that brings you to tears, frustrate the hell out of you it is all negative. I have seen musicians storm out of sessions but with Mike everyone is hanging on to his every word, they want more feedback from him because he does it in such a loving and inspiring way. The truth is you have to be like a psychotherapist to work with a bunch of musicians in a recording studio, basically telling them that’s good but not good enough, musicians are very sensitive. He does it in a way that brings out the best in everybody, as soon as you tell someone they’re not good or you criticize, the brain shuts down and creativity can’t happen under a negative influence, it is just not possible, the human brain really does not function under negativity.  That is the thing that so many producers just don’t understand, they do not understand human nature but Mike is a genius, he has got an incredible intuition, he has confidence to trust his intuition he is opinionated when he knows he is right and for the benefit of the project and believe me when you are in the studio with him, everybody trusts him. You put your life in his hands gladly and it was his idea to call the album Force Of Nature, it was a line from a review he had remembered that particular sentence from the review and it was his idea.  Alan at record label (Manhaton Records) agreed, and I was still thinking we can have a nice picture of a tree on the cover. It would have been ridiculous laughing, it is a beautiful tree, I took the picture in Germany it’s a magical tree I was wrong about that. Sometimes I have to step out of the way and let them make marketing decisions, they always run everything by me, but I am not one of those artists that would ever say I make all the decisions that the album is all about me. It is not! It is about all the people I am so fortunate to work with. I give them all the room they need to succeed. I am working with Mike because I trust him completely, even with Stop In The Name of Love, when he suggested doing that I thought there is no way I can do justice to that song, I can’t do this. Mike said listen to me, if you do not feel comfortable with this song we won’t do it but I said I am working with you because I trust that you can see things I can’t I am relying on you to see where my blind spots are, everyone has  a blind spot. If you think it’s a good idea I will try it and we did and we basically got the song in the first take. Just because I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, so I had nothing to lose I just went in and went for it thinking they would say you are right this isn’t working. Ended up being basically the final take.

 

BD:  That leads on to the next question. The album is predominately your self-penned numbers, you told us how Stop In The Name Of Love got included.  So how did the other two covers get included Leadbelly’s classic Black Betty performed in a completely different way and the Walter Trout Number, Work No More?  

Sari: I was so honoured when I was asked to sing at Carnegie Hall, on the Leadbelly Fest, they chose the Black Betty for me.  When I was studying Ram Jam version, I thought if I am going to do this I’ve got to find a way to make it my own sort of meditated on what the song meant to me. It became very clear where I wanted to go with the Song. Then I met Walter Trout, when I was on tour Joe Louis Walker, we re-connected at the Leadbelly Fest in Carnegie Hall heard I was making an album and he said I would love to part of it. So I said we would love you to be part of it.  I wanted to honour him by doing one of his songs, we talked about a bunch of different ideas. He said there is one song that is important to me it is about a woman who practically raised me and I really loved her name was Irene and it was Johnny Winter’s favourite song so I said let’s do that one so that is how we ended up going with Work No More.

 

BD: That is lovely, so often covers included in an album feel like fillers, but these have deep stories attached to them why they are in the mix and they fit so well. Sari: We had to leave of some originals, we had too many songs for the first album and that was the hardest thing choosing which songs would have to be put on the side. There will be another album, Innes and I are already starting to work on material for the second album even though we have material already the songs that had to wait from the first one.  You know, you have your whole life to make the first one but only very short amount of time to make your second one so already working on it so we don’t disappoint anyone.

BD: The album includes some special guests including guitarists Oli Brown, Walter Trout and keyboardist John Baggot.  What extra dimensions did they add to the tracks they appear on?

Sari: Mike worked with Oli Brown when playing the blues, he is an incredible guitarist, what a nice guy I enjoyed working with him in the studio. Soon as he stepped in we had a connection right away it was fun we ended up doing a couple of extra songs with him. Initially only coming into to do one song but we were having too much fun. I think everybody comes from their perspective. All the artists we have on the record bring their own special qualities. We have a couple of incredible pianists on the record from Spain, incredibly accomplished players.  Jesus Lavillas who is playing on Ordinary Life comes from a beautiful jazz background and having a little bit of jazz infused on the record. John Baggott, playing I don’t even know how to describe him, he is a multi-instrumentalist he can do everything, Jazz, rock, Blues, Soul and he just puts so much sparkle yes he adds  beautiful sparkle to the tracks. Walter – the beautiful solo that he did. He did the solo in one take, he was so inspired it was so emotional he did it and the engineer said we’re done, he listened back and said yep, we’re done.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?

Sari: What a great question. I have to say I really do live in the moment so would have the exact band I have at the moment they are a tremendous gift that I recognise because I am  so honoured to be working with these musicians, that is why I gave them a name. I wanted them to have the attention they deserve, the recognition and not just be my name. The Engine Room represents the band of my dreams.

BD: Excellent, You have the band but if you could time travel back into the past and listen to in the moment?

Sari: Jimi Hendrix, I never got to see him play love to hear Jimi Hendrix play his guitar and also to be able to sit in a small New York jazz club in Harlem and hear Billie Holiday that would be my dream

 

BD: Thank you so much for you time the laughter and sharing making the album like you said the conversation could have gone on a lot longer. With a goodbye, Sari went off for her next demand on her time a radio interview.

Black Betty (Radio Edit: 3:23) Single released Monday 8th August 2016

Taken From the Debut Album

Force Of Nature Sari Schorr Talks to Bluesdoodles

A Force of Nature

Produced by Mike Vernon
Released Friday 2nd September 2016 on Manhaton Records

SARI SCHORR AND THE ENGINE ROOM
2016 UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

BOOK TICKETS VIA BANDS IN TOWN:
http://bandsintown.com/SariSchorr

 

AUGUST

August 4-5 Notodden Blues Festival Norway
August 26 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, UK
August 27 Varenwinkel Festival, Herselt, Belgium
August 28 Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk, UK
August 29 Great British RnB Festival, Colne, Lancashire, UK
August 28 Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk

SEPTEMBER

Sept 9 Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington, UK
Sept 5 Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch)
Sept 10 Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11 Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14 The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15 Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16 New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC Billericay, UK
Sept 17 Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23 Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24 The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, UK
Sept 25 Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, Lincs, UK
Sept 28 Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29 Cranleigh Arts Centre, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30 B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER

October 1 Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 6 Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7 Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France

September Sari Schorr A Force Of Nature Releases Debut

September Sari Schorr A Force Of Nature Releases Debut

 

September Sari Schorr A Force Of Nature Releases DebutManhaton Records is pleased to announce the debut album “A Force of Nature” from one of the most exciting Blues rock singers, Sari Schorr. Released in the UK and Europe on Friday 2nd September 2016, the album is produced by the legendary Mike Vernon whose credits include Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, David Bowie, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Christine McVie and Ten Years After.

In January 2015, Mike received a Keeping the Blues Alive award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The award was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike. The second highlight occurred when Mike witnessed the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers he’d seen in years – SARI SCHORR.

The album delivers hard-driving Blues-Rock, influenced by the late ’60s British Blues movement.  Sari (who trained as an opera singer) mixes Blues, Rock, and Soul with concrete melodies and poetic lyrics to striking effect.

Mike was so knocked out, he came out of semi-retirement to produce her new album. Already a consummate songwriter in her own right, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written almost all the songs on the debut album. Released by Manhaton Records (home of Robin Trower and King King) the new album features guitarists Walter Trout (John Mayall, Canned Heat), Innes Sibun (Robert Plant), Oli Brown (RavenEye) and keyboardist John Baggott (Massive Attack, Portishead).

September Sari Schorr A Force Of Nature Releases DebutNew York-based Sari Schorr initially gained prominence throughout the blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with Blues legend, Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist, Popa Chubby. Schorr was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

“My songs are rooted in the blues and honouring that long tradition is important to me,” reflects Sari. “My song-writing draws heavily on contrasting melodic hooks with aching harmonies. I spend a lot of time working over and rewriting my lyrics. I rely heavily on imagery and enjoy using double-entendres that are entertaining to those who catch them. My influences are many and various and include Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Freddie King, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Peter Green, Robert Plant, Martha Velez and Bob Dylan.”
 

Stop In The Name Of Love – Sari Schorr

Track from Sari’s new album “A Force Of Nature”
out on August 17th on Manhaton Records

Sari’s new band, The Engine Room, features stunning British guitarist Innes Sibun (former Robert Planet guitarist). “The Engine Room truly is a remarkable band,” says Sari. “Something magical happens when we’re on stage together. We’re fuelled further by the audiences’ reaction and everything’s possible. I love touring and enjoy the privilege of meeting so many like-minded people who share our love of the Blues.”

Sari & The Engine Room certainly delighted the crowds at blues on The Farm 2016 – Read about her performance HERE

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM – “A FORCE OF NATURE”
DEBUT ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 – PRODUCED BY MIKE VERNON

FEATURES WALTER TROUT, INNES SIBUN & OLI BROWN
RELEASED ON CD, MASTERED FOR iTUNES DIGITAL & STANDARD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

 

September Sari Schorr A Force Of Nature Releases Debut