Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2

Tonight, the blues was never going to be sitting in the Middle of The Road the music was going to fizz with energy and the crowded venue was ready to welcome Eric Gales and his band to their first visit to the U.K. and the West Midlands. As we waited for the venue to open, the difference tonight was every bag was searched a solemn reminder that going to a live music event is now overshadowed by the horrific bombing in Manchester arena just over a week ago. As many commented, this was good to see.

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2Before the main act of the night the Tom Walker Trio set the musical Barometer to high raising the temperature with a stylish and far too short set. With a new E.P. Into Space joining, as Tom said their other older CD, there was a good selection of the blues sound the band creates. This was Blues-Rock punctuated by funky rhythms from Deano on Bass; combined with artful drumming of Nate Barr creating the perfect musical landscape for Tom Walker to build with his guitar and vocals. The blues were at times swampy with great slide guitar as we Cross The Border with the trio off the new E.P. Blues is about timing and feel and this is a trio that has it in triplicate. Closing with a re-working of John Henry; from deep in American Folklore and early music covered by many and Tom made it his own tonight. Only, complaint I have, we wanted the impossible to hear more of Tom Walker Trio whilst at the same time we were impatient for the main act.

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2Short break, time to catch with friends and connect with new ones as people had traveled far what an opportunity to hear Eric Gales and his band tonight. With a fanfare and smile Eric strode on to the stage with his signature guitar held aloft.  Starting the show with Silence for Manchester he commented that this was his first visit to the U.K. and genuinely  overwhelmed by the crowds turning out for him and how scary it was arriving on the night the bomb went off. Like everyone he was still clearly affected by the senseless slaughter.  Tonight, was about his music and we want to hear that guitar burn up the venue with his distillation of blues with funk, jazz and so much more as he connected with the audience through his music. The band tonight was more than a bedrock for his guitar to fly from they added another dimension with a wildness and stupendous musicianship this is freeform blues drenched in feeling and raw heartfelt emotions. Joining Eric on stage tonight were a double helping of percussive tones with drummer Nick Hayes and Eric’s wife LaDonna Gales and the energetic, deeply talented bassist Cody Wright.

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2The set was a skillful display of tracks from the past, his current superb album Middle Of The Road and covers given the Gale treatment blowing a breath of fresh air though every arrangement he delivered. With Change In Me – which Eric announced as track 2 introducing us to the album; this is more than a melody and lyrics, the number celebrates the rebirth of Eric Gales. His emergence from a dark place of addiction; now his focus is his guitar and the music he creates bringing smiles and joy to the audience tonight. Boogie Man, the Freddie King classic was then given it’s Robin 2 debut; this is music that is hot, and full of electric energy taking us on a journey that fills our ears and gladden the heart.  The musicianship was stupendous as the guitar wept and joined the emotional outpouring of high-octane delights. We heard Buddy Guy, and got to know the man behind the six-strings. At one point Eric left the stage allowing Cody and Nick to have centre stage. The magic fingers of Cody made the bass buzz with tonal textures it was a music driven sculpturing of notes.  Then it was the turn of Eric for a solo built around Blue Oyster Cult’s, Don’t Fear The Reaper, this was an impactive solo, with the prism of notes creating a rainbow of tones and sounds; spellbinding.  The delivery of Swamp another instrumental and eleventh track from the album Middle of the Road; was a whirling dervish of tambourine from LaDonna and the music flowed in a heady free-form blues extravaganza. Wow! Finishing off with Catfish Blues and then the encore this was a night of musicianship, innovative blues. There is definitely nothing Middle of The Road or standard about any of the music played by Eric and the band tonight. This is excitement, hope and joy distilled into a night that was hot and will be a highlight of 2017 that is for sure.

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If you missed out on seeing Eric Gales this time; he is planning to be back possibly as early as October this year. In th emeantime his latest album Middle Of The Road out on Mascot Label Group available HERE

Never Middle of The Road Eric Gales Plays Robin 2

Stanton Moore New Album: With You In Mind

Stanton Moore New Album: With You In Mind
Stanton Moore New Album: With You In Mind:
The Songs of Allen Toussaint

Released: 21st July 2017
Cool Green Recordings / Mascot Label Group

Featuring: Jolynda Kiki Chapman, Cyril Neville, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, Nicholas Payton and Wendell Pierce.

The first track to be released from the album is one of Toussaints classics Night People, featuring Cyril Neville (New Orleans legends The Meters) on vocals and legendary Saxophone player Maceo Parker (James Brown, Prince, Bryan Ferry, Parliament-Funkadelic).

Listen to Night People below

“In the beginning was the beat. And the beat was strong . . .”   
Allen Toussaint

Stanton Moore New Album: With You In Mind

Stanton Moore is thrilled to announce his new album With You In Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint’will be released on Cool Green Recordings / Mascot Label Group on 21st July 2017.

TRACKLISTING

  1. Here Comes The Girls (feat. Cyril Neville & Trombone Shorty)
  2. Life (feat. Cyril Neville, Nicholas Payton & Skerik)
  3. Java (feat. Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison & Trombone Shorty)
  4. All These Things (feat. Jolyanda Kiki Chapman)
  5. Night People (feat. Maceo Parker)
  6. The Beat (feat. Cyril Neville)
  7. Riverboat (feat. Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison)
  8. Everything I Do Gone Be Funky (feat. Maceo Parker)
  9. With You In Mind
  10. Southern Nights (feat. Nicholas Payton & Wendell Pierce)

Besides his solo projects, studio and TV work, and teaching,  Stanton Moore  the drummer of Galactic, the funky New Orleans conglomeration now in its third decade of touring, and he still finds time to record and travel as a trio with David “Tork” Torkanowsky (keys) and James Singleton (bass).Besides his solo projects, studio and TV work, and teaching, he’s    Like Moore, Tork and Singleton are in high demand, so it takes some lead time to clear everybody’s schedule. The trio had a new record ready, they thought. But then, “a couple of days before we were supposed to start recording,” says Moore, Allen Toussaint passed.”

Toussaint’s sudden death on November 10, 2015 (in Madrid, far from home, of a heart attack, after playing a concert) shocked the city. The polymath New Orleans producer, songwriter, arranger, bandleader, pianist, singer, and all-around figure of elegance had been a vital, active presence in New Orleans since the 1950s.

The three musicians immediately shelved their planned album and went into creative hyperdrive. “We already had studio time booked, we couldn’t wait,” Moore recalls. “It’s not like we wrote out all these arrangements ahead of time. We were flying by the seat of our pants.”

As they began working up pieces of Toussaint’s vast repertoire, it quickly became a vocal album with guest singers. “As Tork likes to say,” Moore comments, “being a musician in New Orleans is like having the greatest musical toolbox at your disposal.” Supplementing their trio with some of New Orleans’s living legends – their friends — they re-imagined Toussaint’s songs, conceptualizing and building out an album on the fly.

The idea of guest on particular tracks was the obvious musical path to travel after Torkanowsky invited the first guest vocalist, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, best known in New Orleans for singing with her mother, Topsy Chapman.  The collaboration with a variety of artists created an album that captures teh spirit of New Orleans and the magic of Toussaint’s work.

 

With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint is built on the livest grooves the trio could deliver. It was a bittersweet project for all concerned, celebrating the memory of someone whose living presence was so important. “I didn’t get to work with Allen as often as I’d have liked to,” Moore says, “but I did get to.” Their friendship went back twenty years. “Through the years we crossed paths a few times. The first time he played with us was also the first time we played the Saenger Theater,” referring to the 2,600-seat New Orleans landmark.

“Allen Toussaint wrote the soundtrack to New Orleans,” says MooreHe came out of an environment that no longer exists.

The level of talent and ability and artistry that he embodied – we won’t see this again.”

Stanton Moore New Album: With You In Mind

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

 

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

Thomas Wynn and The Believers album Wade Waist Deep their third album and should get the name known far and wide with this cross over album that is not a road trip but the weaving of the lexicon of American music from roots to rock.  Labelled a Rock album Wade Waist Deep is so much more  exploring how we can build an open better world, not through preaching but a common understanding of tolerance and love. Wade Waist Deep moves beyond the confessional songwriting as he sought relief from heartbreak and addiction on the previous album and look beyond self to a collective conscience. The music is mature, thoughtful with strong lyrics, powerful harmonies and ear catching melodic rhythms. For Thomas Wynn, life & music have changed since the birth of his son Abel a year ago; “It’s that yearning, that longing for the person that you want to be,” says Wynn.

Joining Thomas as The believers are his sister Olivia, her vocals have a searing purity shaping harmonies that sing with an ethereal energy. With vintage Hammond sound from Colin Daniel Fei and wail of  the blues harmonica from Chris ‘Bell’ Antemesaris. The rhythm and deep grooves are laid down by  David Wagner and Ryan Miranda; on bass & drums respectively.  Enough of the background what about the music? It is superb from the first note to the last, clarion clear, gentle and urgent full of light and dark phrasing from every member of Thomas Wynn and the Believers.

Opening with a harmony of voices Man Out Of Time lets us step onto the spiritual musical journey this album will take us on over the dozen tracks. This is primeval, raw and full of growing tension as the blues captured and shaped the sound is hypnotic as we learn about Man Out Of Time. The chorus is melodic vocal wail no words required as the emotion unfurl, calling us to explore the music and lyrics.  ‘In The darkness light was mine’ intones Olivia as the music builds around her this is raw power energy that rocks.  Following on is the title track, the drums are hypnotic the guitar wields the power of the six-strings as Thomas’ voice implores  as we go down to the water and we are Waist Deep in the water.  A title track soaked in emotion the guitar weeps and Thomas finds the tonal texture to ‘wash my feet wash my soul… and I will find my Peace’. This is rock that is full of nuances and is not about the volume but tcomposition of melody and lyrics taking us out of ourselves to be part of the story that Thomas Wynn and The Believers are sharing.

Heartbreak Alley, the angst is raw, the organ swelling with emotion the singing from Olivia soulful and powerful. The album now has three different sounds and they are held together by a narrative that flows and the linking back to the wealth of music that has shaped modern America. If you are exploring life then Death cannot be ignored and with the powerful rhythms from David & Ryan shaping the emotional outpouring from Thomas’s vocals and the cascading harmonies as Olivia joins him on My Eyes Won’t Be Open; with the Hammond adding tonal depth after the chorus this is a song that remains long after the last note is sung.

The guitar opening of I Don’t Regret is sweet, with acoustic feel and adds another element to the yearning in Thomas’ vocal, simple with an inherent beauty.  As the guitar volume increases the music opens up like sun coming out from behind a cloud the music fills the room.  Gospel meets Country Rock and we realise that regretting what has been done is pointless it is the future that can be changed.

The rock in the band falls out of the speaker with the penultimate number We Could All Die Screaming; volume and intensity are raised but the clarity is never lost. This is Thomas with a determination in the delivery of the vocals, a tinge of anger and it builds throughout the four minutes. Closing with Turn It To Gold, the intensity is captured as the musicians bring an album to a climax.  The bass deep and with a drone like quality catches the ear with wonder a rock anthem that is so much more.

Wade Waist Deep has layers of complexity, thought-provoking vocals and a message never preaching it is about Country Rock from a band that has something to say connecting us all back to Orlando, Florida where they live. Through a to Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, where the band recorded Wade Waist Deep with four-time Grammy award-winning producer, Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Jack White, Chris Stapleton). “I really wanted to do it outside of our hometown,” said Wynn. For the month of August 2016, Wynn and The Believers went on a journey to a sonic place that’s big, bright, and visionary.

If I had to describe the album full of complexity in a simple sentence.  Spiritual, Country Rock that has gathered into the music blues, soul; with the awakening hope brings when combined with the power of love. This is Life in Music, things can be different, it can be better.  I thoroughly recommend you immerse yourself and Wade Waist Deep in to the musical waters that are Thomas Wynn and The Believers.

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Wade- Waist Deep Mascot Group Label

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Track Listing

  1. Man Out Of Time
  2. Wade Waist Deep
  3. Heartbreak Alley
  4. My Eyes Won’t Open
  5. Thin Love
  6. I Don’t Regret
  7. You Can’t Hurt Me
  8. Mountain Fog
  9. Burn As One
  10. Feel The Good
  11. We Could All Die Screaming
  12. Turn It Into Gold

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

Sonny Landreth Announces First Live Album In 12 Years

Sonny Landreth Announces First Live Album In 12 Years

Sonny Landreth Announces First Live Album In 12 Years

Sonny Landreth Announces First Live Album In 12 Years‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ contains two incredible live performances from the Slide Guitar virtuoso. 

Out June 30th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 

 

 

The King of Slydeco, Sonny Landreth returns with 2 unique live sets, one acoustic and one electric. ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ is Sonny Landreth’s first live album in twelve years.

After a dozen acclaimed albums, virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader Sonny Landreth found himself at an artistic crossroads. He finally wanted to create the full-length acoustic collection his fans had long requested, but he was also itching to capture the sound of his stalwart electric trio augmented by a couple of his favorite collaborators. And the time was certainly right for an elastic, career-spanning double-live album.

So Landreth and his longtime friends decided to do it all. ‘Recorded Live in Lafayette’ is a 16-song opus that covers more musical ground than any single album ever could, as the singer and songwriter’s work stretches and twists across 93 minutes of full-band acoustic and electric bottleneck lightning.

The double CD and vinyl release on Provogue, which includes the most extensive acoustic set ever recorded by Landreth, opens with acoustic arrangements of the artist’s tunes dating back to the 1981 title cut of his debut album, ‘Blues Attack.’ “It gives you a chance to explore those songs in a different way,” Landreth says, describing the textures created by the intersection of Dave Ranson’s ukulele bass, Brian Brignac’s cajón, Steve Conn’s accordion and Sam Broussard’s acoustic guitar. “The familiarity is there,” he adds, “but I also wanted to turn those guys loose as much as possible.”

Disc 1: Acoustic

Blues Attack
Hell At Home
Key To The Highway
Creole Angel
A World Away
The High Side
Bound By The Blues
The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile

Disc 2@ Electric
Back to Bayou Tech
True Blue
The Milky Way Home
Brave New Girl
Ubresso
Soul Salvation
Walkin’ Blues
The One and Only Truth
Bluesdoodles says: The first released track the opening acoustic track from the album is a promise of a very special recording. Sonny, with his cool blue acoustic and glass slide, working his magic surrounded by his musicians. The Cajun pull of the accordion combined with the added depth of Bass Ukulele and second acoustic guitar. melodic acoustic layers are pulled together by the percussive beat of brush on an amp with drummer astride and cymbal. Power is within the soul of the music we are under a delightful Blues Attack

Watch ‘Blues Attack’ here

Sonny Landreth Announces First Live Album In 12 Years

Colossus Huge Album Release from Triggerfinger

Colossus Huge Album Release from Triggerfinger

Colossus Huge Album Release from Triggerfinger

Colossus Huge Album Release from TriggerfingerAntwerp’s Triggerfinger will be releasing the strutting and swaggering new album ‘Colossus’ on 25th August via their new home Mascot Records.

The Belgian based trio (Ruben Block, vocals & guitar; Paul Van Bruystegem, bass; Mario Goossens, drums) have been exploding across Europe and have played an intensive 200 shows in the last 20 months, which also saw them support Muse on their sold out 50,000 capacity Stadium show in Aix-les-Bains, France and Park Live Festival in Russia.

Insatiable for the live stage they have opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones (twice), Thin Lizzy, Clutch, Big Sugar and Therapy? They were asked to step in at Pinkpop to replace the mighty Foo Fighters who pulled out with Dave Grohl injured and they’ve sold out the 8000 capacity Vorst in Brussels, the Paradiso in Amsterdam an impressive 10 times as well as the 6000 capacity Heinkenen Music Hall. They also performed in the boxing ring during the Heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko (UKR) and Tony Thompson (USA) at Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland which was broadcast across the world, including screens on Broadway – check out the performance here.

COLOSSUS, Triggerfinger’s fifth album and debut on Mascot Records sees the Belgian band adding new flavours to the mix.

“We wanted to get out of the rat race for a while”, Ruben Block admits. “The first step was doing a few collaborations with other musicians that would kick us out of our comfort zone. It made us look at our songs in a different way. The second step was building our own little studio where we could work and wail 24/7. All amps on 10 at two in the morning? No problem! But there was more to it than sheer volume. The previous albums were all built on roaring energy and the live interaction between the three of us. That was not our main concern anymore. This time the song would be king. ‘Anything goes’, that was our motto. Acoustic instruments, samples, keyboards, percussion, two bass guitars: as long as they served the song, we were happy.”

By now the question was, who could mold all this material into a new Triggerfinger album? Ever since the early nineties two names had popped up regularly on some of their favorite records. Produced by Mitchell Froom and engineered by Tchad Blake as a team and separately they’ve worked with variety of bands and artist from  Los Labos to Elvis Costello,  from  Bonnie Raitt to Pearl Jam.

After meeting with Mitchell Froom in June of 2016 the band set up camp in Froom’s home studio in Santa Monica for six weeks, and they hit it off instantly. The subdued producer quickly became a fourth band member, adding eerie sounds coaxed from his collection of vintage keyboards. Los Lobos’ saxophone giant Steve Berlin added his mojo on three tracks.

Colossus was the first song where the band worked with two basses. Block: “Ditching the guitar really opened up the groove, and the combination of two bass guitars was very intriguing, sonically. It was heavy, but fresh at the same time. Images and pieces of conversations flashed through my mind, like a collage, and over this monumental groove I began to chant: ‘Colossus! Colossus!’ It stuck.

This must be the boldest thing we’ve ever done”, Ruben Block says. “We’ve been fans of Mitchell Froom’s work for a long time, but working with your heroes can be a dangerous thing. Mitchell proved to be comforting and challenging at the same time. He opened so many doors for us, and with COLOSSUS he put us on track for the next few years.

Until the release date on 25th August 2017 you can watch the brand new video for Flesh Tight here:

Bluesdoodles has listen – very impressive huge driving riffs – definitely a  teaser that leads you intrigued as to what the rest of the forthcoming album will deliver. Flesh Tight definitely unveils a hint of the power of Colossus from Triggerfinger.  The video has a strutting audacity that the rhythm picks up as the music struts its stuff out of the speaker. 

TRIGGERFINGER
Announce new album ‘Colossus’
Released: 25 August 2017
Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group

 

Colossus will be released on August 25th, and will be Triggerfinger’s first album with new label Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

Colossus Huge Album Release from Triggerfinger

Little Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same Moon

Little Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same Moon

Little Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same Moon

 

Out of California, the Duo Little Hurricane, are wielding forceful roots fueled storm on their third studio album and first on Mascot Label Group.  The twelve tracks weave through tones and textures as we explore the sounds they create under the Same Sun Same Moon. The whole album is impactive strong driving percussive tones and vocals that embrace the lyrics with passion, yearning and sensitivity.

Little Hurricane are a  husband and wife duo, have an innate understanding as they deliver ten tracks of rock, that is edgy, alternative and root deep in the foundations of popular music. Anthony ‘Tone’ Catalano is the front-man adding guitar tones and vocals that can growl and then flip into seductive mode; with Celeste C.C, Spina on drums and backing vocals. They are a team that creates a textural and beguiling landscape on every number from the title song Same Sun, Same Moon that opens the album through to the closing number Moon’s Gone Cold.

Bad Business may be the title of the second track, there is nothing bad about Little Hurricane’s business of producing an alternative sound. Bad Business has a grungy edge, with whispers of dirty blues. The mood changes with OTL with an anthem feel that has an accessible sound despite having no guitar! This should be getting radio play across the stations it is so atmospheric, an ear-worm of a number.  The blues foundations of the duo are heard on tracks across the album, this is a roots alternative who owes its form to blues but certainly not dictated by traditional boundaries.

As we walk to Mt. Senorita with Little Hurricane the album takes a hill country feel and the interest is maintained in a narrative driven number delivered by Tone; the drumming once again forming an atmospheric backdrop of percussive energy. With only three tracks left, another branch of roots is captured with shadows of reggae beat underneath the almost pop delivery of the vocals, this is a catch party good time tune as they sing You Remind Me. With the vocals harmonizing we have a gentle melody and words about being mean and hurtful; with gentle guitar licks combining with drums with a sharpened edge.

The album has a happy feel and the music is very good, what you want to listen to with its compelling melodic drive and lyrics that have a sense of purpose without a message. A winning combo from Little Hurricane. No need to catergorise good music, just sit back, listen and let the waves of notes cascade over you and relax. Little Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same Moon Same Moon  cuts across genres with the music rooted in the past delivered in the now.

Little Hurricane – Same Sun  Same Moon – Mascot Label group / Provogue

 

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Track Listing

  1. Same Sun Same Moon
  2. Bad Business
  3. OTL
  4. Isn’t It Great
  5. Take It Slow
  6. Lake Tahoe Eyes
  7. March Of The Living
  8. Mt. Senorita
  9. For Life
  10. You Remind Me
  11. Slingshot
  12. Moon’s Gone Cold

Little Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same Moon

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

AARON KEYLOCK HEADLINES THE BLACK HEART NEXT WEEK!

Aaron Keylock  supported by Jack J Hutchinson’s Boom Boom Collective and Seafoam Green 

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th AprilDebut album Cut Against The Grain out now
via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.

Bluesdoodles reviewed Cut Against The Grain “Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain  Definitely on to keep watching a listening where will Aaron’s music journey take us? Get Onboard now!” – read the rest HERE

 

Upcoming shows

Tues 4th April: The Black Heart, London: Headline – TICKETS
Sun 16th April: HRH Blues Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield – TICKETS
Sun 30 July: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park Maidstone – TICKETS

“A fabulous new talent” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Aaron Keylock is on the brink of international stardom” Daily Mirror – Top Tips for 2017
If anyone can shred like Gary Moore, this young buck can” Metal Hammer
“The New UK guitar hero” Shindig
“Toe-tapping electric blues beast” Total Guitar

 

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Eric Gales Announces 2017 UK/EU TOUR

Eric Gales Announces 2017 UK/EU TOUR

ERIC GALES
ANNOUNCES 2017 UK/EU TOUR

Weds 24 May – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK TICKETS
Thurs 25 May – The Ferry, Glasgow UK TICKETS
Fri 26 May – Arlington Arts, Newbury UK TICKETS
Sat 27 May – Worthing Pier South Pavillion, Worthing UK TICKETS
Sun 28 May – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth UK TICKETS
Mon 29 May – Sage, Gateshead UK –
Weds 31 May – Robin 2, Wolverhampton UK TICKETS
Fri 2 Jun – Nell’s Jazz & Blues, London UK w/special guest Gary Hoey TICKETS
Sat 3 Jun – Grolsch Festival – Shoppingen, GERMANY – TICKETS
Weds 7 Jun – Tonelades – Valencia, SPAIN – TICKETS
Fri 9 Jun – Leganes Blues Festival South Side – Leganes, SPAIN – TICKETS
Sun 30 Jul – Ramblin’ Man Fair  UK w/ Supersonic Blues Machine TICKETS

 Bluesdoodles reviewed Middle Of The Road – No doubting that Eric Gales is back producing the best music yet. Blues guitar with attitude, lyrics with a heartfelt understanding of the myriad emotions this album lays bare for the listener to explore and understand ….. Read the rest HERE

 New album ‘Middle of the Road’ OUT NOW via Provogue/Mascot Group

Check out ‘Boogie Man’ ft Gary Clark Jr:

“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa
“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro
“This guy could be the best player on Earth” Mark Tremonti
“Sounds like ZZ Top covering Stevie Wonder…If you’re looking for the blues album of 2017. This is going to be very hard to beat”  Total Guitar 5/5
“The injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs…some of his best songs yet” Guitar & Bass 8/10
“The more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent” Powerplay

Eric Gales Announces 2017 UK/EU TOUR

Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble Factory

Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble Factory Monster Truck
Making Wednesday Rock at
The Marble Factory

 

 

Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble Factory Wednesday night, midweek low, no one informed the loud, enthusiastic Bristol crowd out to party and have fun with live music. Before the main event the stage and Marble Factory was filled with the German duo of The Picturebooks, Fynn Claus Grabke (Vocals, Guitar) and drummer Philipp Mirtschink. Alternative, primaeval with intense drumming and the acoustic guitar amplified. The rock is hard and heavy and the blues deep with very dark rhythms conjuring the dark history behind the blues. This is music that growls with the heartbeat of the drum booming through the venue.  Returning to Bristol unsurprising the set was heavy with tracks from their new album Home is Heartache. The duo creating unique textures and tones that are mesmerising Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble Factory drawing you deep into the tribal grind of a combination for dirty acoustic layered with slide and the drumming that is hard and loud from a drum kit with not a cymbal in sight just a ships bell.  The rhythms punch with heavyweight intensity on I Need That Oooh with its infectious chorus. With a metallic grandeur, Cactus filled the venue. The set was intense for everyone with Fynn & Philipp drenched in sweat, they really put themselves deep into the rhythmic groove they create and the audience is hot and excited the venue is now definitely ready for a Monster Truck fest.

Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble FactoryOnce The Picturebooks’, kit was removed from the stage, friends had time to catch up and then Canadian quartet Monster Truck took to The Marble Factory stage to a roar of delight. Vocalist Jon Harvey, centre-stage with his trademark toolbox to rest his foot on, with no monitor posturing he lets the classic rock do the talking. Completing the Monster Truck sound, fun loving hard rocking good-time music are guitarist, Jeremy Wilderman, on keys Brandon Bliss and drummer Steve Kiely.  The set was heavy with tracks from the current album Sittin’ Heavy and the earlier Furiosity what a combination, a guarantee for a fun, energising rip-roaring Wednesday.

Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble Factory Opening the proceedings with Why Are You Not Rocking, the reality was the opposite we were ecstatic in the presence of great rock that had everyone jumping, cheering and empowered by music that hit home deep in your musical soul. Classic rock given a modern twist doesn’t get better than this.  This is rock that is uncomplicated and honest delivered by a band whose stage presences is warm and the playing is tight and as Monster Truck are having fun playing it would just be stupid not to join in the party they are having on stage.  The set rolled on with favourite following favourite the truck was rolling with charismatic power that was controlled, wild and infectious re-energizing as you connected to the music, hands in the air singing along to the words.   With The Enforcer full of steely determination recorded it is superb live it reaches another energy level as the iron fist of the track the chorus line pulls the whole audience we want to be enforced by Monster Truck. One of many highlights on the night was She’s A Witch, as Jon Harvey sung, ‘that girls got a demon in her soul’ we all had the demon that is Monster Truck rock in our souls tonight.

The rock was rolling, the audience sang loud and full of pleasure as Sweet Mountain River, we all wanted to be in the city with the truckers tonight.  It may be work on Thursday, but time and reality stood still tonight we all wanted them to play on and on through the night. The sheer quality of the set totally blew me away. No wonder tonight Bristol redefined Wednesdays as the new awesome live music night at the Marble Factory. Once again, words cannot do justice to the musicianship and power of live music, get out and see them for yourself you will not regret listening to the classic rock that is Monster Rock, riffing good fun with a tinge of blue.

With an encore of three wonderful numbers closing the proceedings with The Lion. The lion of rock definitely roared tonight thanks to Monster Truck. Come back soon. Monster Truck Making Wednesday Rock at The Marble Factory

 

Check out 2017 Tour Dates HERE

 

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Eric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The Road

Eric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The RoadEric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The Road

 

 

 

With Eric Gales sitting in the middle of the tracks we know we are stepping aboard a musical experience that is anything but Middle of the Road. The eleven tracks do not take the middle ground they are assertive, full of intent and the energy is boundless from the vocals, stinging guitar and a rhythm section that rocks. In fact, the title reflects where Eric Gales a child prodigy who has experienced the good life and the bad as he says, “It’s about being fully focused and centred in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel, you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”

Eric Gales is a renowned guitarist, his fans are many including Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Mark Tremonti from across the spectrum of music that rocks your socks.

Opening with a riff that just connects you to man and guitar as Eric says, ‘Now that’s how you start a record’ then the backing vocals picking up the chorus Good Time is the intention here with a gospel-fueled blues opener. The guitar sings with Change In Me (rebirth), and is a statement this is the new Eric Gales full of music and the drive to deliver blues that has a freedom as we all join him on a new road. The track is the anthem that holds the album together and a motto for many who want to or have changed something in their own lives.

Nestled among the originals is Boogie Man featuring Gary Clark Jnr; keeping the form of the classic whilst adding his own twist in Freddie King’s Blues. The interpretation of the cover fits in with the vibe of Middle Of The Road, with the inspiration drawn from the idea that whatever is happing the bad man is coming round the corner and you have to be on your toes.

The beat and tone changes with Been So Long; the guitar riffs are structured, tight with truncated phrasing with a reggae feel underneath the blues and the lyrics. Picking up the feel of the songs about giving yourself space and freedom to find yourself and be true to your own destiny. Free from the demons that have been holding you back. Half way through and the lynch-pin of the album takes us to a pinnacle of sound that is infectious and meaningful.

The blues now picks up the heat and drive of Texas co-written with Lance Lopez (Supersonic Blues Machine) and featuring Christone ‘Kingfisher’ Ingram a young guitarist that is setting Mississippi aflame. Reflecting that Eric has helped himself and now is in a good place to help others. As the song says Help Yourself first then reach out. Another song full of blues hooks that are about self-awareness. The album is reflective as Eric explores his past experience, but never self-indulgent it reaches out to the listener who connects with many of the subjects explored throughout Middle of The Road, I’ve Been Deceived is exactly that, who hasn’t been deceived by people they love and trust. When truths as you see them become lies. The meanings of the song are endless and the guitar is sharp with lead breaks that encapsulate the pain of deception.
His brother Eugene joins in the journey through the Middle of The Road on Repetition displaying his songwriting skills. The bass opens giving a darker deeper tone when combined with the drums and vocal delivery that has a feeling of Prince’s Sign o’ The Times in timing and phrasing but words and delivery totally Gales’ way.

The penultimate track again is blues re-shaped with a modern beat, is a song about when you have the confidence of liking yourself, being happy where you are the journey is nearly complete when you can say I Don’t Know when you do not know something. There is nothing to fear someone will know and be able to help and give you the answer you are looking forward as rap tips into the blues before the magnificence that is Eric Gales’ guitar takes over and we are back on familiar territory that we do know and understand.

Closing the album full of confidence and style with an instrumental Swamp, we are definitely heading for clear waters with an album that leaves you delighted with the music. No doubting that Eric Gales is back producing the best music yet. Blues guitar with attitude, lyrics with a heartfelt understanding of the myriad emotions this album lays bare for the listener to explore and understand.

Eric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The RoadEric Gales – Middle of The Road – Mascot Label Group

Release Date 24th March 2017

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

Track Listing

  1. Good Time
  2. Change In Me (The Rebirth)
  3. Carry Yourself
  4. Boogie Man (feat. Gary Clark Jnr.)
  5. Been So Long
  6. Help Yourself (feat. Christone ‘Kingfisher’ Ingram)
  7. I’ve Been Deceived
  8. Repetition (feat. Eugene Gales)
  9. Help Me Let Go
  10. I Don’t Know
  11. Swamp

Eric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The Road

Official lyric video for Eric Gales’ “Boogie Man (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)”