Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS
Announce February/March UK & European Tour with The Temperance Movement
New Album ‘Wade Waist Deep’ out now via Mascot Records

 

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The BelieversBluesdoodles is very excited about the tour we loved this 10 doodle paw album concluding with:-  I thoroughly recommend you immerse yourself and Wade Waist Deep into the musical waters that are Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Check out the rest of the review HERE

Bluesdoodles was not alone singing the praises of Wade Waist Deep:-

“Buy the record and see them live. Fantastic stuff.” Blues Matters
“A thrilling release…A sonic howl of talent” Fireworks
“Hypnotic dirty blues” Country Music Magazine
“Authentic modern Americana for grown-ups” Shindig

 

Orlando, Florida six-piece Thomas Wynn and The Believers have been announced as the support for British rockers The Temperance Movement on their ‘A Deeper Cut’ February/March 2018 UK & European Tour.

A formidable live act they are about to set off for their first ever trip to Europe. “We are so stoked to join The Temperance Movement on their upcoming U.K. And European tour,” says Thomas. “This will be our first tour overseas, and to be able to play in front of such a great band is a real honor. We hope to learn a lot, and meet a ton of new friends along the way…hopefully some folks who dig Southern Soul Rock and Roll!”

 

UK AND EUROPE 2018 – Tickets available from HERE

Feb. 19 – Brighton, UK – Concorde2
Feb. 20 – Cambridge, UK – Junction
Feb. 21 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
Feb. 22 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
Feb. 24 – Poole, UK – Winter’s End Festival
Feb. 25 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Feb. 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Grand Social
Feb. 28 – Belfast, UK – Empire Music Hall
Mar. 02 – Aberdeen, UK – The Garage
Mar. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Mar. 04 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle University
Mar. 05 – Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 07 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramids
Mar. 08 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 09 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
Mar. 19 – Vienna, Austria – Chelsea
Mar. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum
Mar. 22 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Mar. 24 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Mar. 25 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Mar. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Buergerhaus
Mar. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Mar. 29 – Leffinge, Belgium – De Zwerver

Hearing the songs from Wade Waist Deep is an exciting prospect for early 2018, check out the dates and book your tickets HERE

 

 

 

 

Touring 2018 Thomas Wynn and The Believers

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

Mascot Label Group once again building on the amazing year of 2016. Throughout 2017 from January to December the label keeps delivering albums from Artists & Bands Rocking the blues and more they excite the listening ear.

 

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

 

Beth Hart

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

Beth Hart’s music stripped back, with the lyrics laid bare was an emotional journey for everyone tears were shed on stage and in the auditorium tonight. This is music that connects a great performer with the audience.

READ MORE With PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

Beth Hart – back with her band touring the UK in 2018 check out Dates HERE

 

 

Joe Bonamassa

 

“The album, where nothing is overdone, acoustic authenticity maintained, Joe’s vocals the best I have heard. No theatrics,  music and the power of lyrics telling the story in perfect harmony”. Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album Live At Carnegie Hall HERE

2018 UK our Dates HERE

 

Aaron Keylock

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Big Boy Bloater

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live at The Louisiana Bristol HERE

Bootsy Collins

 

Black Country Communion

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Black Stone Cherry

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Eric Gales

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review The Robin 2 Bilston HERE

 

Jonny Lang

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review Tramshed Cardiff HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Kenny Wayne Shepherd? Check the conversation out HERE

Galactic Cowboys

 

Quinn Sullivan

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Little Hurricane

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Rock Candy Funk Party

 

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Ronnie Baker Brooks? Check the conversation out HERE

Sonny Landreth

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Sonny Landreth? Check the conversation out HERE

SIMO

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to JD Simo? Check the conversation out HERE

 

Supersonic Blues Machine

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Fabrizio Grossi? Check the conversation out HERE

Triggerfinger

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Walter Trout

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review Muni, Pontypridd HERE

10 Years

 

Thank you, Mascot for the music Bluesdoodles is positive 2018 will continue to be fun with Mascot Label Group

 

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

 

 

 

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th 2018 via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

Featuring songs made famous by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Lucinda Williams, LaVern Baker & more.

Check out the video for Black Coffee here:

It has been 4 years since Grammy nominated and number 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they have both been on fire, both in the studio and live. So, the time was perfect to reunite for another collection of ten soul gems that encompass Hart’s breath-taking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing. Black Coffee will be released on January 26th, 2018.

With producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the result digs deep into the soul catalogue where they honour and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta, James, Ike & Tina Turner/Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck.

Recorded in 5 days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas in August 2016 they have once again recalled some familiar names to provide the depth of instrumentation including Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion), Ron Dziubla (Saxophone), Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone) and welcomed in Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Michael Rhodes (Bass).

Talking about the sessions behind Black Coffee, Seesaw, 2011’s Don’t Explain and 2014’s Live in Amsterdam, Shirley gives some insight of what they are looking to achieve; “We’re trying not to dig into a playbook that’s been done many times, which is the old soul classics. We try and find a different spin on it; originally, it was about trying to find some songs that people didn’t know at all and bring them back to people’s attention.”

One such song was Give It Everything You Got, taken from 1971’s Edgar Winter’s White Trash album. With its hard rock meets Stax infused sound, the band delivers a formidable performance. “I don’t think that’s a song a lot of people know; it’s an old soul classic, but it’s not really one you might expect,” says Shirley

“One of the things Jeff Beck had said to me once that I thought was so wonderful,” explains Hart, was “as soon as you get comfortable, and if you stay there, you’re just gonna start dying as an artist. And I feel that one of the gifts that I’ve got with working with Joe is that I’m always uncomfortable – in a good way. “

Shirley adds about the band, ”those guys just played live and it was incredible to be in the studio when that happens.”

“For me I’m able to explore the kind of music I have always admired from afar,” reveals Bonamassa. “But you don’t want to hear me singing Ella Fitzgerald…” he explained as Beth joins in. “I would never do Ella Fitzgerald without being with Joe, the things I get to do with you are things I grew up always wanting to do, but never believed I could.”

The title track harnesses prime Steve Marriott on his take of Ike & Tina Turner’s Black Coffee. The inspiration came from his 1973 live version on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test.

“It’s really predicated on the vocals,” Bonamassa explains. “We can’t cut these tunes without Beth singing and once she starts singing, it’s the glue that inspires us to get the extra 10% out of the playing. If we just cut them and sang later, the magic wouldn’t be there.”

“That’s something the two of us stopped doing many years ago,” agrees Hart. “There was all this layering, and then it’s time for you to sing. It’s like you’re not even making music anymore. There’s nothing like being able to sit there live and see Joe, seeing the drums, seeing the bass, being able to see Kevin. I can feel the vibrations, it changes the whole thing.”

“Kevin really gets that,” she continues. “It works the best. In the old days, that’s how they did it; bad ass singers and bad ass musicians would have a couple of hours to get a whole record done.”

One of the key aspects of the sessions is to push everyone as much as possible. “They are always out of their comfort zone in the studio; this session especially wasn’t comfortable,” Shirley reveals. “This isn’t a summer in the grass session, just a couple of chords; this is people digging in. Everyone left feeling totally challenged, and at the end of the day, completely enthusiastic.”

 

Black Coffee Track List

  1. Damn Your Eyes
  2. Black Coffee
  3. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  4. Why Don’t You Do Right
  5. Saved
  6. Sitting On Top Of The World
  7. Joy
  8. Soul On Fire
  9. Addicted
  10. Baby I Love You (bonus track)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

 Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

 

 

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Musicians Gather to Record The Mutual Admiration Society

Musicians Gather to Record The Mutual Appreciation Society

Musicians Gather to Record The Mutual Admiration Society

Sterling Ball, John Ferraro & Jim Cox will be releasing The Mutual Admiration Society on 19 January 2018 via Mascot Label Group.

 

Check out the first song ‘Sugar Shack’ ft Steve Vai here:

 

The seeds of The Mutual Admiration Society were planted a long time ago, back in 1972 to be precise. A young Sterling Ball, was introduced to the sound of Albert Lee by his father, Ernie Ball. It was during his time in Country Rock band Head, Hands & Feet, who were opening for Jethro Tull at a local show and Ball went to see them two nights in a row and then for a third successive night at Hollywood’s Whiskey A Go Go. He was hooked, they met the next day and developed a life-long friendship.

Sterling and John Ferraro went to school together in Junior High; in high school, they started playing music together. After high school, Sterling joined a very small Ernie Ball Company (and later became CEO of Ernie Ball Music Man) and John and went on to College at Long Beach State where he met Jim Cox.

Fast forward to 1983 when they formed Biff Baby’s All Stars – a loose and fun collective that toured the world for 30 years. Sterling wanted to start a band to play the Southern California club scene. He was always the bass player but loved playing guitar. This band was going to be his chance to play guitar.  He called John and told him about it; John was in! Jim wasn’t far behind. He then asked his brother Sherwood who was an LA session singer and voice-over artist. He also roped in his friend Freebo to play bass. He told Albert about it and Albert said, “I want to play in it.”  So, it was back to playing bass for Sterling.

A 45 min jam of Radar Love at Sterling’s 30th Birthday party was enough to convince Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas, Flying Colors) whilst a music and BBQ bonding session with John Petrucci (Dream Theater) added him to the long list of stellar collaborators. Sterling and Steve Lukather became close through a mutual friend and master producer, guitarist, and writer, Jay Graydon.  Other players would come visit would end up sitting in at gigs, Steve Vai joined them during a show for the Casey Lee Ball Foundation – a  non-profit organization to raise money for paediatric kidney research.

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) was thinking of joining the Ernie Ball Music Man roster. John came to San Luis Obispo and they met at Sterling’s house for one of his barbecue parties. They talked guitars and stayed up late listening to everyone from Buddy Emmons to Ted Greene.

One day Sterling called John and said, “Let’s make a record together, just you and I.”  It was a good intention, but The Mutual Admiration Society ended up being the end result.  The album was recorded at Gordon Rustvold’s Broken Prop Studio in Fountain Valley California; produced by Ball, Ferraro, Cox, Engineered by Bill Evans, Tracked by Gordon Rustvold, mixed by Rich Mouser,  and mastered by Robert Vosgien.

Steve Morse heard a song and pretty much asked if he could participate. You don’t say “no” to Steve Morse if he wants to play on a record. The result? The Dobie Gray classic The In Crowd, Morse said; “Sterling and I have known each other for over 30 years. I’ve always enjoyed playing with Jimmy, John, and him. This was a project that I really wanted to jump into after I heard it. After listening to the great groove on In Crowd, I asked if I could add some guitar to that. Luckily, they agreed!  I approached it as if we were playing a show together; when John brings down the band with a certain type of snare hit, I tried to imagine us at a little club somewhere having a blast. This is a fun record, and we all got to hear the whole thing together, laughing and smiling the whole time.”

Then, Lukather heard Steve played and wanted to play on a track. He recorded the Delta Blues Baby, Please Don’t Go at 12 times Grammy Nominated producer, Jay Graydon’s Garden Rake Studio.

Steve Vai heard the tracks and asked if we would consider cutting an old favourite track of his from his youth, Sugar Shack. “I can count on one crippled hand the amount of times I actually asked someone if I can play on their record and this was one of them. When Sterling gave me the green light and asked what song I would like his excellent combo to work up, the song that came to mind was the old 1963 hit by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Sugar Shack. For some reason, that song was huge for me when I was 4 years old, and it stuck! My goal with the melody was to try and retain the innocence and charm of the original.”

Albert saw a picture from the sessions on Facebook from the road and sent a message, “I hope there is room for me!” and so Buck Owens’ Crying Time and Hank Williams’ Hey Good Looking came together.

John Petrucci was concerned with what he would play. “When I heard a few of the early recordings Sterling had done for this album and how much fun my brothers-in-shred were having playing on it, I just knew I had to be a part of things; and therefore, was so thrilled when he said, ‘Of course! ” Petrucci said.

Continuing he adds; “Truth is, I really wasn’t sure what tune to do and the fact that Sterling was paying homage to music that he grew up with and had such special meaning to him, it was a bit intimidating trying to pick a song to play on. That’s why I was so happy when Sterling (knowing I was a huge Disnerd) suggested playing a Disney song together. I thought it was the perfect idea! In keeping with the spirit of the album’s classic song selections, we decided that a medley of tunes from a couple of 1940’s animated Disney movies and some old-school Disneyland/Disney World theme park songs would make for the ultimate guitar-powered walk down ‘Main Street USA.”

Other classics such as Sonny Boy Williamsons’ Checkin’ Up On My Baby, Roy Heads’ Treat Her Right (which features in the Commitments), Chuck Berry’s Memphis, Tennessee [aka Memphis] and The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back all get the Mutual Admiration Society’s formidable treatment.

What was supposed to be a record by a drummer and bassist/guitarist turned into the Mutual Admiration Society.  An unintended celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.

Mascot Label Group is proud to announce a new and exciting alliance with guitar legend Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Records label.

This strategic partnership is a reflection of the synergy created by the respect that Vai’s Favored Nations has garnered as one of the record industry’s leading boutique guitar oriented recording label, and the strength offered by Mascot Label Group as one of the bigger and still growing independent purveyors of recorded music in the world.

Steve Vai will continue to spearhead his label’s artists and repertoire department, but Favored Nations Entertainment will now benefit from the advantages of Mascot’s well-established business structure, which will provide strong marketing, publicity, and distribution on a worldwide basis.

Musicians Gather to Record The Mutual Appreciation Society

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join ProvogueMascot Label Group are thrilled to announce that the Kris Barras Band have joined the Provogue label to sit at home amongst some of the finest modern blues icons such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Sonny Landreth, Gary Hoey and more.

The Devonshire born blues-rock guitar-slinger Kris Barras has built a fearsome live reputation across Europe through solid touring and the release of 2016 stellar full-length debut ‘Lucky 13’ which has seen him battle his way to the front of the British blues-rock pack. Bluesdoodles loved the album we said. “With its eleven tracks Lucky 13 rattles and rolls the blues with a twirl and a swirl of rhythms… Kris hits the right pace, the guitar is smooth as polished wood with a patina of deep emotions to keep you interested”. Read the rest of the review HERE

2017 saw him step up and step out to play in front of huge crowds at RAWA Blues Festival (Poland) and an incredible performance at Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), but these crowds hold no fear for the former Mixed Martial Artist who has fought across the world including in Thailand, Las Vegas and in Singapore, where he fought in front of 8000 people, winning 14 out of 17 professional fights.

Inspired by his father at the early age of six-years-old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning ten. He has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live.

Inspired by Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix his music and fighting went hand in hand and disillusioned by the music industry as a young man, the offers for professional fights came thick and fast. “People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages, risking damage to my hands,” he says. “Truth is though, I always enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more opportunities than the music industry. I got to fight in front of 8000 people in Asia, I would’ve much rather have played to them instead of getting punched in the face.”

Talking about joining Provogue Kris says; “I’m really excited to be working with Provogue/Mascot. Their track record of putting out the best in Blues/Rock is second to none. To be part of a roster alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a dream come true. It’s been a long road getting to this point in my career and I feel with Mascot on my side, it’s just getting started”

Tour Dates 2018

23 March – The Wharf, Tavistock
24 March – The Palladium, Bideford
27 March – The Comrades Club, Caterham
28 March – Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne
29 March – The Iron Road, Evesham
30 March – Yardbirds Club, Grimsby
31 March – Aatma, Manchester
04 April – The Bullingdon, Oxford
05 April – The Face Bar, Reading
06 April – The Warehouse, Harrogate
07 April – The Supporter’s Club, West Hartlepool
13 April – The Musician, Leicester
14 April – HRH Blues O2 Academy, Sheffield

 

Kriss Barras Band Exciting News as they Join Provogue

The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

 

The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

The Mascot Label Group’s new imprint The Players Club are thrilled to announce the debut album from The Koch Marshall Trio, Toby Arriveswhich will be released on 23rd February 2018.  The trio are American guitarist Koch Marshall, his son Dylan on Drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall.

At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility – but Koch’s compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humour and occasional wild abandon.
Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as a guitar player’s guitarist and has been called “scary good” by guitar phenomenon Joe Bonamassa. In addition to his 15 releases on multiple record labels which feature his unique take on a variety of American guitar styles and his versatile compositions, Koch is widely known for his lengthy tenure as an international ambassador for Fender Guitars. He is also a best-selling author and video instructor for music publisher Hal Leonard. For the last few years, Greg is renowned for his wildly popular internet videos (which number in the thousands with views exceeding 50 million) originating from the legendary Colorado guitar shop Wildwood Guitars.
Dylan Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils to play along with music as soon as he could walk. After digesting an early diet of Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham, Dylan was mentored by the legendary Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea/Robben Ford). While still in his teens he performed with young guitar guns Tallan Noble Latz and Jared James Nichols and has performed alongside his father with such artists as Robben Ford, Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Jon Cleary, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan.
Toby Lee Marshall’s screaming B3 is the perfect complement to the musical stew that is the Koch songbook. His fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after his Dad took him to see Steve Cherewan playing with Dr Mambo’s Combo at their legendary residency at Bunker’s in Minneapolis. Steve mentored Toby in the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running landing a gig with bluesman Lonnie Brooks while still a teen. He would go on to travel the world as a member of Bernard Allison’s band. After taking a hiatus to spend some family time, Toby is returning to music with a vehemence and the Koch-Marshall format gives him a long leash to let his freak flag fly, providing groovy bass lines, sinuous chordal work and incendiary solos.
The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocket playing of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and the glorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions are properly portrayed in the blues-drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama in which they were conceived. Their first release, Toby Arrives the first moments of their unexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year.
                              
“So we went over there…the drums and B-3 were already set up and mic’ed. I sat down with my guitar and said, ‘Let’s just do a shuffle in G.’ And as soon as I heard it back I said, ‘We’re releasing this!’ So the very first notes we ever played is that first song you hear on the album, totally unrehearsed. And just from that very first tune I was like, ‘Holy shit! This is not your grandfather’s organ trio!’” Greg Koch
“Toby had actually retired from music,” Koch says of the 39-year-old Hammond B-3 ace. “For the last several years he’s been working for a farm, driving a semi and taking crops to the Twin Cities from River Falls. He had two young kids so he decided to stop touring to help raise the kids. For Toby, it was kind of like that scene in The Godfather where Michael Corleone says, ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!’ But now he’s so excited to be playing in this trio because this is just such a perfect format for him to let his freak flag fly. It’s the perfect combination of this kind of churchy, bluesy, funky, jazzy, rock, chicken-pickin’ thing, and he fits right in.”

 

 

The Koch Marshall Trio Debut Album Announcement

Steve Vai Teams Up With Mascot Label Group

Steve Vai Teams Up With Mascot Label Group

Steve Vai Teams Up With Mascot Label Group

Mascot Label Group is proud to announce a new and exciting alliance with guitar legend Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Records label.

This strategic partnership is a reflection of the synergy created by the respect that Vai’s Favored Nations has garnered as the record industry’s leading boutique guitar oriented recording label, and the strength offered by Mascot Label Group as one of the bigger, still growing and dependable independent purveyors of recorded music in the world. Ed van Zijl, Mascot Label Group, “This is another great step for Mascot Label Group. We are always looking to move forward and collaborate with the best musicians and minds in the business, so we are very excited to be working with the prestigious Favored Nations Entertainment and with the great Steve Vai. Our future together will be very exciting.”

Steve Vai will continue to spearhead his label’s artists and repertoire department, but Favored Nations Entertainment will now benefit from the advantages of Mascot’s well-established business structure, which will provide strong marketing, publicity, and distribution on a worldwide basis.

Steve Vai, “We are absolutely thrilled that Favored Nations will be partnering with the Mascot label in Mascot overseeing all FN day to day biz. Ed van Zijl and Mascot have a powerful infrastructure including marketing, accounting, distribution and artist development and have always been a tremendously artist friendly camp. This partnership will also be freeing up more of my time to focus on the A&R function I enjoy most in owning a label. 
 
“And I’m happy to report my first signing under this new deal, “The Mutual Admiration Society” presented by Sterling Ball, John Ferraro and Jim Cox. This record is a dream treat for the lovers of melodic beautiful sounding guitar. Along with the special guest artists who have contributed to this record, Sterling Ball’s unique technique and tone on the guitar is a surprise highlight.”  

In addition to all future Favored Nations products, Mascot Label Group will also manage the re-release of the label’s back catalogue.

Founded in 1999, Favored Nations provides a platform for artists of the highest calibre to deliver exciting, energetic, and emotional performances in a market that was virtually invented by founder Steve Vai. Favored Nations artists have included Johnny A., Larry Carlton, Peppino D’Agostino, Marty Friedman, Johnny Hiland, Allan Holdsworth, Eric Johnson, Stanley Jordan, Steve Lukather, Novecento, John Petrucci, Eric Sardinas, Neal Schon, Dave Weiner, The Yardbirds, and Dweezil Zappa, among others.

Favored Nations’ inaugural release with Mascot will be the debut by Sterling Ball’s new band, Mutual Admiration Society, which sees Ball teaming with drummer John Ferraro and keyboardist Jim Cox. Produced by the band, the record was mixed by Rich Mouser and engineered by Bill “The Sonic Doctor” Evans (Flying Colors, Galactic Cowboys, Neal Morse), whose ground-breaking mix technology, Harmonic Phrase Analysis, allows mixes to be created with unequalled transparency and detail. Special guests on the album include Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Albert Lee, John Petrucci, and session legend Jay Graydon.

Sterling Ball , “When John Ferraro, Jim Cox and I set out the make this record, it was a passion project to celebrate our love for music and guitar. It’s since grown to an incredible project featuring some of the greatest guitarists in the world, and more importantly life-long friends.  It’s beyond an honor to be the first release by Steve Vai on Favored Nations, whom I consider to have one of the most discerning voices in guitar related music today”
 
Mascot Label Group is a 100% independent record company specialized in guitar oriented music with a focus on rock, metal and (blues) guitar. The company has offices in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Cologne, Stockholm and Rotterdam (headquarters).

Artists on the MLG roster and in the catalogue: Joe Bonamassa, Volbeat, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Ayreon, Robert Cray, Shaman’s Harvest, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Quinn Sullivan, Eric Gales, 10 Years, Little Hurricane, Gov’t Mule, Black Country Communion, Masters of Reality, Johnny Lang, Robben Ford, Walter Trout, Black Label Society, Sadus, Agent Steel, Eleven Pictures, Bootsy  Collins, Monster Truck, The Rides, Warren Haynes, Flying Colors, Steve Lukather, etc.

MLG owned labels: Mascot Records – Provogue – Music Theories Recordings -Cool Green Recordings

 

Steve Vai Teams Up With Mascot Label Group

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

 

The Forum, a former Art Deco Cinema in Bath tonight is the backdrop for a Beth Hart Solo Concert. The lights dimmed and Beth strode onto the stage full of smiles and confidence. Her opening number was stunning setting the tone of the evening. Alone on the stage, she did not sit behind the Grand Piano but knelt on the stage and sung A Capella giving the audience a true taste of her incredible vocal talent. She greeted the audience, welcomed her sister sitting in the auditorium who had flown in from the States especially for the concert tonight.

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum TonightThen with a grace, she sat behind the Grand Piano her first instrument of choice. Tonight without a band Beth was her own accompaniment choosing the instrument that suited the song, so we heard her play acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and electric piano as the evening progressed. We heard her version of Tom Waits Chocolate Jesus and by the third song in Beth had the audience entranced. We were hanging onto every note played and every word she sung and the openness with which she shared her bad times that were at times painful to hear, this was not self-pity but gave context to the songs. Many of the experiences the audience could personally relate to. Beth Hart’s music stripped back, with the lyrics laid bare was an emotional journey for everyone tears were shed on stage and in the auditorium tonight. This is music that connects a great performer with the audience.

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum TonightThe frailty of trying to set yourself free from abuse, it was as if while singing the title song from her album Better Than Home alone on a stage behind the Grand Piano we all experienced a cathartic experience, as the vocal crescendo rose up over the piano in a beautiful art deco setting. Music has power and Beth harnessed it tonight majestically. St Teresa was the next Hart classic sung with pure emotion, the words flowed like a blessing for everyone in the room tonight, touching our inner soul healing hurts and uniting us.

Stepping out from behind the piano with a huge smile she picked up the acoustic sharing family tales and how Scott and her bought an affectionate wreck resulting in a song written in his honour The Ugliest House On the Block from her Bang Bang Boom Boom album.  The Boogieman with soft gentle guitar, calming almost a lullaby despite the dark words. Closing the number with whistling that was sublime, eerie and stunning as the song closed the silence was filled once again with rousing applause. Third instrument of the evening, acoustic bass for Spiders In My Bed from her first album Immortal. The inspiration from the effects of sleep deprivation being wired and tired.

Now a change of tone, that moving from instrument to instrument achieved as she sat behind the electric piano. We heard how after her first career crashed, she was ashamed of the drugs, drink and failure. She had screwed up everything. “For the first time since I was four” she told us she stopped playing the piano. Then she wrote Leave The light On emotional, Beth was wrung out, the tempo was warm with a gospel feel. Tears were spilt with the emotional beauty. Then the mood lighted with Coca-Cola, summertime, beach and boys. Inspired from when the younger ten-year-old Beth thought boys would taste of Coca-Cola! What a set of tubes Beth Has. Warm, sultry, angry, soft and beguiling shape the highest to the lowest notes.  The voice rose up to the top of the vaulted dome as the theatre reverberated with the pure joy of hearing Beth Hart’s voice tonight.

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum TonightWith a wave, a smile and thank you for being a lovely audience Beth left the stage, the audience erupted standing on our feet cheering clapping shouting for more. We were not disappointed Beth obliged. With another four songs from behind the Grand Piano. Starting with Tell Her You Belong To Me from Better Than Home, with more tales, some laughs and the inspiration behind Love Is A Lie when Mark left her eighty-two-year-old Mum for another woman!

Two hours of glorious entertainment and Beth left the stage we wanted more as the applause continued as the house lights went up. A Very special evening in the company of Beth Hart and her wonderful voice.

Many of the numbers were taken from her critically acclaimed album Fire on the Floor they worked perfectly in this setting. Beth Hart’s solo performance was special. Interweaving her performance were songs that reflect her life as her career grows from strength to strength the second time around.

Tonight, Beth Hart at The Forum captivated the audience. Loving every moment Beth was on stage. The music was stripped back, exposed at times showing vulnerability, then brutal and beautiful the link between all the emotions Beth shared tonight was heartfelt honesty.

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

 

 

Missing the voice already? Not long to wait. Beth is back in the UK April 2018 with her band Check out the dates below and book your tickets.

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

DUBLIN VICAR STREET  – TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: +353 1 775 5800
BOOK ONLINE: Ticket Master or Beth Hart Website 

IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE – THURSDAY 12th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01473 433 100
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

BEXHILL DE LA WARR PAVILION – SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01424 229 111
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

NOTTINGHAM CONCERT HALL – SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0115 989 5555
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

OXFORD NEW THEATRE – WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 3020
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

FOLKESTONE LEAS HALL – THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01303 228 600
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

CARDIFF ST DAVIDS HALL – SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0292 087 8444
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website  

CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE  – TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01223 357 851
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE – THURSDAY 26th APRIL 2018

VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01253 625 252
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

HULL CITY HALL – FRIDAY 27th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01482 300300
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

READING HEXAGON – MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0118 960 6060
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL – TUESDAY 1st MAY 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 023 9387 0200
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

SOLD OUT LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT – FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0207 589 8212
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or Royal Albert Hall
or   Beth Hart Website 

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL – SATURDAY 5th MAY 2018
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01242 850 270 
BOOK ONLINE: Cheltenham Jazz Festival or   Beth Hart Website 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The TramshedKenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed tonight. Opening the cauldron of fiery guitar curling around the blues, we have Laurence Jones Band. Tonight over six numbers Laurence and his new(ish) band demonstrated a maturity the love of rock infused with blues and so much more. Tonight his guitar cried and fought off any ghouls and demons in the room. This you have come to expect of this young British Gunslinger who has been wooing the crowds for many a year despite his youth. Tonight, at The Tramshed Laurence’s vocals came of age adding to the act as he played a mix of numbers, including two tracks from his latest album The Truth – Give Me Your Time & Never Good Enough, and they were definitely rawer rockier. The rhythm combination of Phil Wilson & Greg Smith works really well creating an imaginative and solid foundation for Laurence to soar from. The addition of Bennett Holland’s lively keys gives the band an additional range of tones and structure for the numbers. Closing with Hendrix’s version of Dylan’s Classic All Along The Watchtower. We had had a fizzing and bubbling helping of live music the band played tight and the music excited. This is modern melodic rock hardened blues this is a band that connects with the music and are enjoying playing for the audience. It was appreciated.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The TramshedShort break as the stage was rearranged and the main event started as the stage darkened the band took their place to cheers of anticipation. The lights went up as the first of many sweet guitar chords was struck from Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Stratocaster and resounded around the Tramshed. We were off on a journey of blues guitar extravaganza with some rock, hints of country and a very large swirling dollop of Kenny Wayne Shepherd magic.

The lead breaks were scintillating Kenny certainly makes the Strat bend to his fingers demands as it weeps, curls around tones of joy and pain. Tonight the setlist was a mix of old and new with six tracks from his current acclaimed album Lay It On Down. Of the six numbers, Diamonds and Gold stood out. It was a superb and stellar highlight among the many that the band shared with us tonight. The ballad Hard Lesson Learned with Noel’s vocals also caught the ear and raised the joy of the audience. SRV’s House Is  Rockin definitely got the Tramshed bouncing and rocking with pure delight.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed

As Kenny introduces the band in the absence of Chris Clayton, for this tour sees the return of Sylvester “Sam” Bryant (toured with the band in the 1990’s); bassist Kevin McCormick, Joe Krown presiding over the keys and the mighty vocals of Noah Hunt. A marvellous live version of Baby Got Gone from his latest album, they really have this number captured for the energy of a live performance, with its emotional lead break simply breathtaking. Kenny inserted into the set a number from his side project The Rides from their 2013 album Can’t Get Enough; Talk To Me Baby a superb re-shaping of this Elmore James’ blues classic.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The TramshedKenny Wayne Shepherd closed the night with some blues, slow and full of authentic Chicago Blues with a medley of BB King numbers and then Shotgun Blues. What an evening full of exploration of the power of the six-stringed Stratocaster. Tonight we saw three forms including his signature guitar and what tone KWS pulled from the black beast. The lights dimmed, silence fell on the stage as the band left. The noise though was reaching crescendo point as they stamped their feet and demanded more. The band did not resist. Back on stage with two more numbers his signature tune Black on Blue followed by the second Hendrix of the night.  Both acts ended with Hendrix, and so appropriate for tonight we were entertained by KWS, Voodoo Chile and phenomenal playing.

From the first few notes the temperature in the Tramshed definitely rose, there was that feeling of electric joy and anticipation that only live music brings. When you hear a band you love to play in a venue near to where you live, welcome to Wales KWS; come back very soon there will always be a warm welcome for the band and the music that you showcased tonight. By the end of the evening, the cauldron was boiling with energised musical magic on Halloween in Cardiff.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

 

The Muni is back open for gigs. The crowds outside just show how popular the venue still is and the two acts on tonight Sari Schorr and The Engine Room opening for the mighty Walter Trout.  Whenever Sari Schorr steps on a stage she brings a vibrant dramatic energy.  What a voice! What a band that surrounds her! As the Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightSari Schorr, the perfect act to warm up the crowded venue. Always a dramatic performer she delivered today with her unique interpretation of the blues.  The music and energy are modern the story behind the numbers is true to the traditions of the blues.  The set of eight tracks many from her critically acclaimed album Force of Nature combined with classy covers. Having the sensational Innes Sibun on guitar gives the band depth and feel. Tonight he was playing a Wudtone, a guitar made by a local company. He laid on every layer of tonal quality and texture from the innovative hand-built guitar.   As the crowds lapped up the virtuoso guitar playing The Engine Room ensure that Sari will always stand out from the crowd with her amazing vocal range and control. The inclusion of Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll gave Innes the chance to have lots of fun. This is blues jamming that will always animate an audience hungry for live music.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightSari’s own numbers have deep lyrics reflecting her own experiences and hardships. She explores the love of her Pit Bulls. Numbers about the power of addiction, opening with Ain’t Got No Money about greed, addiction to money and later on Aunt Hazel and heroin addiction. Closing the set with the Leadbelly number she has made her signature song Black Betty. As the set closed the audience was left breathless, invigorated and the magic of live music bringing us all together.

 

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

 

Short break and the applause was rapturous before a note was played as Walter Trout stepped onto the stage. As ever Walter the great showman held the audience in the palm of his hand as his cream Fender Strat took us into the world of Walter’s Blues. Opening with the Johnny Winter classic I’m A Bluesman, the tone, mood and vibe were set. Walter can fit more notes into a crescendo with skill and timing to makes his guitar leap out and grab your ears.  Walter Trout is not about fast and furious for the sake of it. He plays with passion, control with changes in tempo and feel. He is from his heart and inner soul the consummate man of the blues. Demonstrated with a slow blues number in A minor. What a wonderful version of the mighty Albert Collin’s Cold Cold Feeling. Under Walter’s dexterous fingers he magic’s up a pure connection to the original whilst making this a pure gold classic Walter playing live moment.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightBlues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightWalter let the guitar do the talking as the band played, no set list this was going with the flow of the evening. With a short introduction about his latest album, We’re All In This Together with a phalanx of guest friends from the world of modern blues. Tonight the guest was Innes Sibun rather than stepping into Joe Bonamassa shoes. Now a five-piece with two lead guitarists fireworks were promised and delivered, with a waterfall of shimmering blues fire.  Trout & Sibun tonight gave a spirited battle of guitars which was absolutely captivating. Superb live music. The venue was now hot with blues. As Innes left the stage he was replaced by Sari. The obvious number was Walter Trout’s Work No More. The number was on Sari’s album with Walter guesting. The chemistry between the guitar and vocals was intense.  Once again Andrew Ent joined Walter on the stage the power of his vocals rocked the rafters of the Muni.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightTwo of the numbers tonight were influenced by women in his life, His first wife with an old number as Walter explored the songs from his vast discography spanning twenty-eight albums.  The most moving number of the evening was Please Take me Home. The only number taken from Battle Scars. His heartfelt joy of being alive and how much he owes to the donor and the gritty determination of his wife Marie through the ordeal. The acoustic guitar from Andrew Elt made the number dramatic, poignant an emotional journey Walter and his family have been on.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightHis band was not left out as drummer Micheal Leasure was given the spotlight demonstrating what a powerhouse he is behind the music. Stepping out front was keyboardist Sammy Avila and his son Danny on Bass. The bass was deep with the strings bending under his will the Muni was rocking.

Throughout the set on every number Walter Trout was on top form, he fed off the audience and the audience gave back. This is blues that stirs your heart as everyone connects through the sound of live music.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout TonightWalter loves playing in Wales, with a few Welsh words he had the crowd roaring as he said, Cymru am byth. ( Long Live Wales).  Once again as he did at the Tramshed last year he was fulsome in his praise for Wales’ forward thinking regarding Organ donation. In Wales, you have to opt out rather than opting into organ donation.

He left the stage the lights dimmed. The audience roared, taking up the chant Walter, Walter. In this heat, Walter returned to tumultuous applause for one more number. For me one of the many highlights of the evening was Prisoner of Dreams, capturing the life of a homeless woman and the words that have been washed away. No one wanted the night to end. Come back soon Walter, there will always be a warm welcome in the Valleys.

For many, the definition of Blues is playing with feeling. Tonight Walter, his band and guests all capture the feel. The River Taff flowed with the blues tonight in Pontypridd.

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight