King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

King King taking a new direction on
Exile & Grace Album

 

 

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album. The mix is matured and has a vibe of intent to deliver the music the growing army of fans want to hear.  The music has the solidity of granite rock and definitely a new cadence to the vocals from our kilt wearing Alan Nimmo.  The honeyed vocals have sharpened with a soulful considered delivery that rocks with a bluesy haze.

Opening number Gimme No Lovin will be instantly recognised thanks to the considerable airplay the number has received. There is definitely a nod towards Thunder. Danny Bowes’ vocals have curled their way into Alan’s vocal lexicon. On first listen that is what dominates, get to know the number then the vintage King King sound simmers and boils to the top, thanks to the stunning keys from Bob Fridzema who just keeps adding spicy phrasing to every number.  Exile & Grace has a fullness of tone modern and retro as Alan nods his head towards influences of his youth.

Nine tracks that take you on a winding road of textures and tones. Heed the Warning opens with a sound that is infectious as Wayne Proctor’s drumming combines with the bass of Lyndsey Coulson. Pulling in guitar riffs and scrumptious chords from Bob’s fingers. Then the vocals from Alan Nimmo.  Heed The Warning take note this is King King with a clear direction and a story to tell. Classic King King that is going to get the fans smiling when played live. As the notes fade, then the crescendo opening of Broken. This is a track where the lyrics dominate. Reflecting on society and no escape to higher ground. This is about a broken world punctuated by the King King Trademark instrument notations.  Heavier and reminiscent of early Whitesnake. this is a band defining the album. As they grow in stature carving out their own distinctive, recognisable sound.

How to follow that, take it down a notch or two. Draw a breath and a Nimmo ballad helps you Find Your Way Home. The angst and anguish flow out of the speakers and across the room from the vocals and the instrumentation. Alan begs for you to Find Your Way Home.  Broken hearted and trying to make sense this is a ballad we can all relate to. Another number that will be the next mainstay of the live set.

Wayne’s drums, crisply open up Long Time Running, a classic King King sound. As they said cowbell would have neatly fitted in but they resisted and the number is all the better for it.  Closing out with I Don’t Wanna Lie, Stevie Wonder style keys punctuate the lyrics framed by juicy tones from Alan Nimmo, A fun number leaving you on a High, you may be in Exile but you will always have Grace delivered by a King King quartet who have never strayed down an alleyway distracted by a musical style on an album full of rock credentials.

The Album is King King the band are a unit with a distinctive tone and musical approach. This is not a scatter gun approach trying to please blues and rock fans at the same time. The result was albums that at times disappointed them as seen as to blues for rock and to rock for blues. This is classic rock dipping their toes in the British Blues Explosion sound and reforming as the sound of King King 2017. Full of melodic intent, the cohesive force of a band enjoying the music they are playing. It took a few listens.  I had to cleanse my ears of previous albums including 2015 Reaching For the Light, where the music was so accessible. Preconceptions had to be washed away with the new King King approach.  My verdict it is a winner! Despite it being very short only thirty-nine minutes. The cover of Whitesnake’s 1987 classic Give Me All Your Love does not grace the CD but is a bonus track on the vinyl version of the Exile & Grace.

King King on Exile & Grace has found a mature structured sound.  The challenge they set themselves as a band definitely works. The production is crisp. Exile & Grace will never be exiled to the dusty corner of your collection, It will be in a constants state of Grace as the music is played often and loud lifting your mood every time. Rock just got classic again thanks to Exile & Grace with blues roots are never exiled. The fourth studio album builds on the past and King King sound shines brightly as they explore Exile & Grace.

 

King King – Exile & Grace – Manhaton Records

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Track Listing

  1. (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’
  2. Heed The Warning
  3. Broken
  4. Find Your way Home
  5. Tear It All Up
  6. Betrayed Me
  7. Long Time Running
  8. Nobody Knows Your Name
  9. I Don’t Wanna Lie

 

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

EXILE & GRACE” – THE NEW ALBUM
RELEASED ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM www.kingking.co.uk

RESCHEDULED JANUARY 2018 UK TOUR DATES

King King are pleased to announce the release of their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October 2017. The album features the band’s current single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ which is currently a big hit on Planet Rock radio in the UK.

Due to a throat condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the band’s October 2017 UK tour dates have been re-scheduled to January 2018.  All October 2017 tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows in January 2018.

The rescheduled dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January).
Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.

The new album “Exile & Grace” promises to deliver a bigger punch, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Tour Dates
TICKETS: Planet Rock or Gig Cartel

London Shepherd’s Bush Empire    Wednesday 17th January 2018
Birmingham, Town Hall    Thursday 18th January 2018
Bath, Forum   Saturday 20th January 2018
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall Friday 26th January 2018
Sheffield, Leadmill   Saturday 27th January 2018

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK TourForthcoming Album Exile & Grace was recorded at Superfly Studios, the quartet’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’”.
The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and was released on Friday 23rd June.

Says King King’s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

King King’s 2011 debut album “Take My Hand” was crowned Blues Album of the month in Classic Rock. Following this success, King King’s next album Standing in The Shadows was the highlight of Classic Rock Blues magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013. It’s no surprise then that King King won Best Album and Best Band at the 2012 and the 2014 British Blues Awards.

2015 saw the band fly even higher with the release of their “Reaching For The Light” album. King King were nominated for Best New Band at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll of Honour and inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame for three consecutive Band wins.

King King have played in all corners of the globe. From the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, India, to Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, and numerous festivals throughout the whole of Europe. One of the highlights of 2016 was a UK arena tour with the mighty Thunder, which included playing to over 10,000 people at Wembley Arena and a sell-out headline show on home turf in Glasgow.

Their headlining tour in 2017 took them to mainland Europe and the UK. The band are back with a vengeance in October 2017 to perform songs from their new album “Exile & Grace.”
King King are widely recognised as the UK’s hottest rock blues band, the band continue to push the envelope by performing unforgettable live shows with first class musicianship.

 

King King live shows are a not to be missed event – this is what Bluesdoodles has said:- 

Artrix, Bromsgrove – Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions…..  Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartet that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures ……….with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

The Globe, Cardiff – Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.

City Hall, Salisbury – This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and then the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight.

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

 

 

 

Time And Emotion Guitar Gems From Robin Trower

Time And Emotion Guitar Gems From Robin Trower

Time And Emotion Guitar Gems From Robin Trower

 

 

Time And Emotion New Album of Guitar Gems From Robin Trower.  The gems are eleven tracks that define the guitar tone and textures of the vocals of Robin as he delivers blues dripping with blues powered emotional intent that are his trademark.  Time and Emotion, steps on his last album Know Where You Are Going To, why? The  journey we explore here has a sense of purpose and clear direction.

The opening tracks is sound are full, smoothed at the edges with the suggestion of a bountiful harvest under the glow of a harvest moon on the opening track of The Land Of Plenty. Nothing could be further from the truth this is blues not Americana. The lyrics add an edge to the guitar as being unsatisfied, not understanding when enough is enough. Blues delivered with classic certainty and assurance for modern times full of dis-contentment and uncertainty.  The question is will this quality be maintained across the album, yes it most definitely does as proved by What Was I Worth To You. Quickly followed by the shortest number I’m Gone. With a hardened edge this s the power trio working in short sharp bursts this is Trower showing us he can do modern he still is contemporary.

His timing is impeccable creating space and time, nothing is rushed there is time for the notes to be played and the sound is never cluttered with the need to squeeze in more notes than necessary. This approach from the trio is why on the longer tracks Returned In Kind & If You Believe In Me work, the interaction between Robin’s considered guitar work and the rhythms set down by the commanding combo of drummer Chris Taggart & Livingstone Brown on the bass works like a dream.

The blues light burns with an inner strength, Robin’s is the slow blues drawing out the classy power of the guitar.  The music at times appears to be sparse as the notes shine with individuality; this approach stops from being a self-indulgent exploration of the guitar by Trower’s innate ability, as the cool is brightened and burnished with the wah wah, and the deeper tonal chant of bass and the authoritative stick on skin from Taggart.

Immersed in after two lengthy tracks as you have been taken on an, at times, otherworldly journey of exploration is not the closing of the album it is just over half way through what can follow this? Never fear this guitar wizard has a trick up his sleeve as he states You’re The One.  The sound is full of percussive purpose and guitar work that flows with the certainty that this is the one. It is a track that stands out on its own in the Time and Emotion journey we are being taken on by the power trio.

The album is full of strong chords, interesting licks and deft hooks from the wizard of the six-strings; you would not expect any less into the mix as Robin’s passion and love for the music he plays and creates pulls deep into his playing soul to deliver the tone and makes every note and word count redolent with meaning.  The eleventh gem is the title track pulling the tracks together with Time and Emotion.  The Time is the length of time 72 year-old Robin has been playing music his fans adore and the emotion is the expressive energy that Robin instills into every note he plays and sings.

Once again, Robin Trower’s talents have been woven together to deliver an album full of hidden depths and mystery. Time and Emotion has this wizard of electric blues weaving his magic through the listener’s ears once again. Time And Emotion guitar gems from Robin Trower his guitar leading this blues powered trio eleven gems makes the album a killer there is no filler.

Time And Emotion Guitar Gems From Robin Trower

Robin TrowerTime and EmotionManhaton Records
Release Date 4th August 2017

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Track Listing

  1. The Land Of Plenty
  2. What Was I really Worth To You
  3. I’m Gone
  4. Bitten Buy The Snake
  5. Returned In Kind
  6. If You Believe In Me
  7. You’re The One
  8. Can’t Turn Back The Clock
  9. Make Up Your Mind
  10. Try Love
  11. Time and Emotion

Time And Emotion Guitar Gems From Robin Trower

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

 

 

Get That Friday Feeling, open your ears King King today have released the first single from their highly anticipated album Exile & Grace. There fourth studio album will be released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October. The growing legions of King King fans will be counting down the days as this will be  probably highlight of 2017 on the blues-rock scene.

Listen and revel in the glorious sound, tone and textures on (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’

The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).   The single is redolent with the power that belongs to King King as they had a harder rockier edge with the drums pulling out the beat crisp and clear as the bass of Lindsay adding the rhythmic stride. With the guitar purring and like  a crouching tiger builds the energy as the six-strings pounce out of the speaker grabbing your attention. Three mighty tonal layers are pulled together as Bob Fridzema  magic fingers caress the Hammond and weaves his sound through and around the melody. The foundation is rocking ready for the vocals of Alan Nimmo, the lyrics curl an dare coated in honey, This is the promise delivered in a single that Exile & Grace is going to be a mighty impressive album.

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & GraceKing King promises to deliver even more of a punch from King King, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up.

“Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it,” says King King’s frontman Alan Nimmo. “We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of song writing and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

KING KING – “EXILE & GRACE” OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR

Bath, Forum                                                       Saturday 14 October
Birmingham, Town Hall                                Tuesday 17 October
London Shepherd’s Bush Empire              Wednesday 18 October
Sheffield, Leadmill                                         Thursday 19 October
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall                               Friday 20 October

King King are pleased to announce their biggest UK tour to date. The band will play a series of high-profile concerts, including London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 18th October. Tickets are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and from www.thegigcartel.com.

Recorded at Superfly Studios, this is King King’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’”.

 

King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

 

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.