Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

What a fabulous year for music at Bluesdoodles HQ. I have enjoyed listening to all the recorded music sent. Liz makes a note (must do better in 2017 and review more! I have started a new hopefully more organised system!).

One Hundred and Forty-eight reviewed. What an array of music from Folk to Metal Rock to Blues. The genre to everyone at Bluesdoodles  HQ is unimportant, that is a marketing tool it is whether the music vibes hits our collective DNA. Liz, Kevin & Othello a very discerning Bandana wearing Labradoodle.

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016  read why these albums HERE

pawprint half inchTen Doodle Paws of 2016 read why HERE

Below are the album covers of the recorded music we reviewed throughout 2016 – click on the cover to be taken to the review. Every recording has something special. remember the doodle paws rating is subjective. This is the view of the reviewer you may differ I am pretty sure that your album of the year will probably be different from Bluesdoodles. It is how we hear and enjoy music differently that makes listening to music something very special.

 

Love recorded music  – live music has that special edge – read the Pick of the Gigs we travelled to in 2016 HERE. Make sure you support live music throughout 2017.

Holding On being the companion to Heal My Soul

Heavy Chimes with Glenn Hughes Resonate

Here We Go says Simpson and Flemons Sing Favourites

Slim Butler Blues Has No Bad Intention

Larry Miller Delivers Larry Miller Blues That Rock

Starlite Campbell Band Baking Up Tasty Blueberry Pie

Federal Charm Crossed Wires into Acoustic

Live Trouble with Gerry Jablonski Electric Band

The World Moves On with The Hitman Blues Band

Definitely NOT The Wreck of The Blues Pontus Snibb

It Is not Broke as Mick Ralphs Blues Band Set Down the Blues

Lightnin’ Malcolm Foot Soldier Delivering Roots Delights

It’s Christmas Time with John Cee Stannard

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Leopard says Be Live With Rebecca Downes

Blues Full of Grit Grease & Tears with Deb Ryder

Listen to Beoga Before We Change Our Minds

Buckle Up with JOANovARC for a Ride Of Your Life

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Robin Bibi Brilliance Is No More A Secret

On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters

Ian Siegal 2wnty5ive The Collection

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More Is More as DGB Adding to the Blues

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Michael Baker Making Dust & Bone Shimmer Musically

Rainmakin’ Guitar Driven Music By Steve Summers Band

Definitive Collection of Down Home Blues from Detroit

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Bad Touch Bringing Rock and Roll Truth Be Told

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

Not A Wicked Day for Rock with Echotape AlbumMake Some Noise Shout Out The Dead Daisies

The Swamp Stompers New Single All My LovingWild Guitar with Joanne Shaw Taylor

Beth Hart Fire On The Floor

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016

Aynsley Makes YOU Listen with Eyes Wide Open

The Apocalypse Blues Revue Bringing Heavy Blues

Small Town Talk with Ma Polaine’s Great Decline

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Dan Owen Explores Emotions Open Hands and Enemies

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One Of A Kind as Grady Champion Brings His Blues

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A Force Of Nature Sari Drives the Blues

Bury Me In My Boots with Cadillac Three

Tempt Releases Debut Album Runaway

Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones

Sari Black Betty Single-

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later

Dan Bubien New Album Keeps Grinding These Gears

LAurence Jones-

Honey Island Swamp Band Demolition Day Review

Live In 1967 – Volume Two John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

Virginmarys Never Divides Rock That Grabs Attention Now

Villiers and The Villains Songs Of Love And Fate

Albert Castiglia Big Dog Has The Blues

Royal Southern Brotherhood presents The Royal Gospel

Hard Times, Bad Decisions Sings Lisa Mann

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Federal Charm reaching Across The Divide Album Review

Walter Trout Alive In Amsterdam playing Hot Blues

Hoka Epic Journey for Nahko and His Music

On Tour Harry Pane releases Changing

Rhythm Zoo Sold For Love Debut Album

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Michael Schenker Enter the Temple of Rock Live In Madrid

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

For Those Who Need The Blues There Is Giles Robson

Enjoy The Ride, Debbie Bond instructs with blues and more

The Roots Collective Live and Kickin’ Up a Storm

Lucky 13 Kris Barras Band Ain’t Superstious

Rocking Time Will Come for Rod Scott

It is an Excellent Day sings Lizanne Knott

Livewire describing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Robin Trower Knows Where You Are Going To

Musics Emotion Breaking Free with Layla Zoe

Breaking and Entering The Blues with Eliza Neals

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Bygones will make you Smile thanks to Amy & Pete

Dan, solo acoustic from Dan Israel

Throw Away Your Blues, Listening To Kyla Brox You Will

Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter Showcasing Soaring Rainbird

Guitar Blizzard Of Blues with Tommy Z

Red Sky July Exploring The Truth and The Lie

Blues is the Truth for Guy King

With One Eye Open – Swampgrass Will Get You Wide Awake

Get Close to Geoff Carne and the Hatz

There is a Magic Corner sings Pete Lashley

Solomon Hicks is definitely Carrying On The Torch of the Blues

A Bassist, Singer/songwriter and Drummer creation is Ghost Riding

Debut Album, Undone from The Black Circles

Blues are Alive with Johnny Rawls Tiger In A Cage

Monster Truck rolling into town Sittin’ Heavy

Behind The Wheel with Red Dirt Skinners

Sonic Gumbo spicing up music Mumbo Jumbo Way

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

Michael Messer’s Mitra Live at the Convent

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

Benjamin Bassford's Songs From The Blue Door

West of Eden follows the emigrant path – Look To the West

Wink At July sings Rachel Garlin

Wolfmother’s Heavy Rock reigning Victorious

Self-Titled Ina Forsman Presents her Blues

Tasha Taylor bringing Honey For Your Biscuit

Unconditionally Live with George Shovlin & The Radars

Broken Witt Rebels take to the Road

First Fix from The Della Grants

Broken Wings Heal sings Caroline Aiken

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg

Believe has Rebecca Downes Singing the Blues

Big Boy Bloaters Journey to Luxury Hobo Blues

In Conversation with Guitarist JD Simo

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Fifty-Ninth Grammy Nominations Announced

Fifty-Ninth Grammy Nominations Announced

 

Fifty-Ninth Grammy Nominations Announced

 

 

Full list of nominees by category check then out HERE

Blues & Rock categories Below

Best Traditional Blues Album

Can’t Shake This Feeling
Lurrie Bell
Label: Delmark Records

Live At The Greek Theatre
Joe Bonamassa
Label: J&R Adventures

Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II)
Luther Dickinson
Label: New West Records

The Soul Of Jimmie Rodgers
Vasti Jackson
Label: VJM

Porcupine Meat
Bobby Rush
Label: Rounder Records

Best Contemporary Blues Album

The Last Days Of Oakland
Fantastic Negrito
Label: Believe Global/Blackball Universe

Love Wins Again
Janiva Magness
Label: Blue Élan Records

Bloodline
Kenny Neal
Label: Cleopatra Blues

Give It Back To You
The Record Company
Label: Concord Records

Everybody Wants A Piece
Joe Louis Walker
Label: Provogue

Best Rock Performance

Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)
Alabama Shakes
Label: ATO Records

Don’t Hurt Yourself
Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
Track from: Lemonade
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Blackstar
David Bowie
Track from: Blackstar
Label: ISO/Columbia Records

The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan)
Disturbed
Label: Reprise

Heathens
Twenty One Pilots
Track from: Suicide Squad: The Album
Label: Atlantic Records

Best Metal Performance

Shock Me
Baroness
Track from: Purple
Label: Abraxan Hymns

Silvera
Gojira
Track from: Magma
Label: Roadrunner Records Inc.

Rotting In Vain
Korn
Label: Roadrunner Records Inc.

Dystopia
Megadeth
Track from: Dystopia
Label: UME

The Price Is Wrong
Periphery
Track from: Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Label: Sumerian

Best Rock Song

Blackstar
David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
Track from: Blackstar
Label: ISO/Columbia Records; Publisher(s): Nipple Music admin. by RZO Music, Inc.

Burn The Witch
Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
Track from: A Moon Shaped Pool
Label: XL Recordings; Publisher(s): Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

Hardwired
James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
Label: Blackened Recordings; Publisher(s): Creeping Death Music

Heathens
Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
Track from: Suicide Squad: The Album
Label: Atlantic Records; Publisher(s): Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Stryker Joseph Music

My Name Is Human
Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
Label: 300 Entertainment; Publisher(s): MCID

Best Rock Album

California
Blink-182
Label: BMG

Tell Me I’m Pretty
Cage The Elephant
Label: RCA Records

Magma
Gojira
Label: Roadrunner Records Inc.

Death Of A Bachelor
Panic! At The Disco
Label: DCD2/Fueled By Ramen

Weezer
Weezer
Label: Crush/Atlantic

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plans

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plansZEAL & ARDOR SIGN TO MVKA

SINGLE AND ALBUM RELEASE PLANS ANNOUNCED

LIVE SHOWS IN APRIL 2017

 
 
Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plansThe forthcoming album ‘Devil Is Fine’ – set for release February 24, 2017 –  thematically revolves around more typical black metal fare – rituals, human sacrifice, fire, and blood. Zeal & Ardor take the blaspheme up a notch by delivering the lyrics in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs. Black metal from the cotton fields.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves (just as it was imposed in Norway) and black metal in the ‘90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: what would satanic spirituals sound like?

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plans The double first single, which includes album title track ‘Devil Is Fine’ and ‘Children’s Summon’, is set for release in Europe on November 11.  Pre-orders for the ‘Devil Is Fine’ album, described by Noisey as “one of the year’s most intriguing”, launch the same day.
Having listened to the single’s first side Devil Is Fine, not once, twice or three times it has left me a mixture of excited, intrigued and confused. This is not  Blues  simply revisited and rewritten it has been re-imagined as to what the voices of slaves would sound like today.  The sound is a mash-up as the essence of blues meets metal and gospel colliding with electronica. The beat is pagan, the chains clang with painful memories and the  music is totally dark and modern as the holler of the chain gang rings loud and clear. The pain is deep with the vocals full of open pain and anguish. This is a loud message that will gain attention across the genres of music.  The genre is mixed and has been garnering attention online since April 2016 belongs to Zeal & Ardor.
Gagneux comments, “Devil Is Fine was not created thinking that this many would ever hear it. There is no stylistic compromise or pandering on it. Only things I personally like.”

Zeal & Ardor intend to bring the live experience to Europe in Spring 2017. When asked earlier this year by toiletovhell  about performing live, Gagneux commented, “I’d really like it to be somewhere between a concert and a seriously f*cked up play. Not just something people haven’t heard before, but something people have never seen before, leaving them frightened, weak, and loving it. That is the thing I’m currently striving for.” The following dates are now on sale:

14.04.2017 – CH – Basel, Czar Fest

19.04.2017 – FR – Paris, Backstage By The Mill

20.04.2017 – UK – London, Underworld

21.04.2017 – NL – Tilburg, Roadburn Festival

22.04.2017 – DE – Berlin, Urban Spree

24.04.2017 – CZ – Prague, Roxy

25.04.2017 – PL – Warsaw, Hydrozagadka

26.04.2017 – GR – Athens, Kyttaro

03.05.2017 – IT – Milano, Lo Fi Club

04.05.2017 – CH – Geneva, Usine

 

Saxon Battering Ram Tour Reaches UK

Saxon Battering Ram Tour Reaches UK

SAXON ANNOUNCE UK & IRISH DATES
FOR THEIR BATTERING RAM TOUR

With Special Guests: Saxon icons of the new wave of British heavy metal are touring for ten night across the U.K. as part if the Battering Ram World Tour kicking off in Newcastle on the 28th October the day, The Vinyl Hoard is released. Joined on the tour by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for these much-awaited shows.

 “Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool” – said frontman Biff Byford. “I think this line up is unique, you don’t wanna miss it.  Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!”

Here’s a short clip of Biff talking about Tour and the Box Set…..

Battering Ram, Saxon’s 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by frontman Biff Byford as “a natural progression from Sacrifice” with “a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it”. Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motorhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the entire UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was canceled – with the exception of a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.

TOUR DATES 2016

October

28th – Newcastle O2 Academy
29th – Glasgow O2 ABC
30th – Belfast Limelight

November

1st  – Dublin *Academy
2nd –  Manchester O2 Ritz
3rd  – Bristol O2 Academy
5th – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
6th – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
8th – Sheffield O2 Academy
9th – Nottingham Rock City

Tickets on sale HERE or HERE
* Fastway are the only support in Dublin.

Saxon Battering Ram Tour Reaches UKBox Set Release
The Vinyl Hoard

To coincide with the opening date of the U.K. tour Saxon releases  The Vinyl Hoard, their deluxe 8 vinyl album boxset which features four explosive live recordings.  The albums come in specially designed gatefold sleeves in a slipcase box.   They are: The Dogs Of War Tour, 1995” Recorded on tour in German and featuring: Dogs Of War, Denim And Leather, Wheels Of Steel; The Lionheart Tour, 2004” Recorded on tour in France, England and Germany featuring: Lionheart, Court Of The Crimson King, Are We Travellers In Time; A Night Out With The Boys, 2005: The 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHMRecorded on tour in Germany and Sweden and Featuring: And The Bands Played On, Suzie Hold On, Stand Up And Be Counted; Rocksound Festival, 2006” [2 LP] Recorded in Switzerland Featuring: Backs To The Wall, Princess Of The Night and Crusader.

HRH United III March 2017

HRH United 3

More acts added for a Multi genre arena Weekend

23rd – 26th March 2017

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Destruction, Metal Church, Criminal, Cancer and Onslaught lead a cast of other great acts, who will join Alestorm, Hammerfall and Napalm Death at next year’s HRH United III

 

HRH united III which has been sold out on accommodation since May this year, are pleased to announce another string of bands to an already impressive Metal Weekender.

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German Trash Lords Destruction are first up with San Fran Metalheads, Metal Church making a rare UK appearance. Joining them are UK Trash legendsOnslaught and Cancer, plus Chileans Thrash Masters, Criminal

Other bands joining the bill include Power Quest, Skyclad, Waylander, NightMare World, Re-Animator, Ten Foot Wizard, Slabdragger, Solitary, Warlord, Sodomised Cadaver,King Creature and Torous

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HRH United III takes place
@ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales on
23rd-26th March 2017.

There are now less than 58 weekend passes left for the entire event which can be secured online HERE or by ringing Rebecca on 0207 193 9564

Current line up stands as follows

Alestorm , Hammerfall , Destruction
Napalm Death , Armored Saint , Venom Inc,
Onslaught, Metal Church, Cancer,
Grand Magus, Evil Scarecrow, Criminal
Skyclad , Power Quest , Kampfar
Cirith Gorgor , Nightmare World , RSJ,
Trepalium , Old Corpse Road , Finsterforst,
Ereb Altor , Hecate Enthroned , Fury,
Virus , Re-Animator , Solitary , Warlord,
Ten Foot Wizard , Slabdragger
The Bastard Sons , Forever Never ,
The Raven Age , Hell Horse , PIST,
Dusteroid , Desert Storm , Collibus,
Sodomised Cadaver , King Creature ,
Derange , Boss Keloid , The Ever Living,
Torous , Bast , Gevaudan