King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

Photo credit Laurence Harvey


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APRIL 2017

Thursday 20th April 2017 Corby, The Cube

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Friday 21st April Tavistock, Wharf

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Saturday 22nd April 2017 Wimborne, Tivoli

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Sunday 23rd April 2017 Bristol, Fleece

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Thursday 27th April 2017 Basingstoke, Haymarket

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Friday 28th April 2017 Bury St. Edmunds, The Apex

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Saturday 29th April 2017 Dartford, Mick Jagger Centre

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 Sunday 30th April 2017 Chinnerys, Southend

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MAY 2017

Thursday 4th May 2017 Kendal, Brewery

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Friday 5th May 2017 Glasgow, O2 ABC

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Saturday 6th May 2017 Holmfirth, Picturedrome

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Sunday 7th May 2017 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

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Thursday 11th May 2017 Newcastle, Wylam Brewery

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Friday 12th May 2017 Glenrothes, Rothes Hall

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Saturday 13th May 2017 Inverness, Ironworks

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Sunday 14th May Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

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Thursday 18th May 2017 Leamington Spa, Assembly
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Friday 19th May 2017 Harpenden Public Halls

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Saturday 20th May 2017 Southport, Atkinson

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Sunday 21st May 2017 York, Fibbers

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King King are on the road early 2017 with Broken Witts Rebel 

Re-scheduled 2017 UK Tour Dates

Cardiff  The Globe Fri 13th January 2017
Frome Cheese & Grain – Sat 14th January 2017
Norwich Waterfront – Fri 3rd February 2017
Southampton 1865 – Sat 4th February 2017
Exeter Phoenix – Sat 18th February 2017th
Fri Brighton Old Market – Fri 3rd March 2017
Bilston Robin 2 – Sat 4th March 2017
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sun 14th May 2017

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The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Brew Shake The Tree
of Blues Rock

A common saying is “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!” Well it is the case with father and son partnership an s part of the trio that is The Brew. Here it is about control and rhythm of Smiths Bass & Drums, Father Tim on bass and Kurtis on drums. This is the trampoline that has the movement to act as the springboard for the charismatic, full on rock blues guitar phenomenon that is Jason Berwick.

Shake The Tree the fifth studio album building on the momentum of Control, continuing the fruitful collaboration with producer Toby Jepson and Vale Studios. This is rock full of the blues the sound is loud, hot and ferocious but the music is not shaken but stirred with control. The ten tracks change shape and move through the album with the sinuous mesmerizing form of a snake, sometimes threatening then back in control and relaxing in the blue halo of the rock fuelled music.

Yes, the instrumentation is solid with great bass riffs, drums that demand attention and guitar licks that excite and add to the tension, all of this would be hollow without vocals and Jason’s just hit the sweet spot every time. The trio has created a sound that has the verve and energy of a live show in the studio, the blues-rock flows full of interest like a storm that would Shake The Tree, then they pull back and there is a momentary respite in the blizzard of notes.

The opening three numbers are loud, fast and intoxicating and definitely will Shake the Trees so that the leaves surround its roots that pull up the blues into the trio’s music, that has guitar breaks that hurl you into a stratosphere of notes, as Hendrix, Paige, Moore and Vaughan collide and are reformed by Berwick. The trio paints a vivid picture reflecting the songs, the title track is an ode to living and listening to the album you are enjoying life to the max.

Phew! Need a moment to reflect, and Black Hole Soul does that as blues takes over with a soulful rush in the intro, this is no slow walk in the park, and no ballads it is how the young energetic guns The Brew take a break with an electric number. There is no acoustic as on the previous album this is electric Rock N Roll from beginning to end.

Rock n Roll Dealer, with deep bass drum the drive is immense and you are drawn deeper into The Brew sound energised and wanting to hear more of the trio from Grimsby. The beat moves on and now we are given an insight into Small Town Faces, is refrained and reflected as they explore the frustrations of experiencing big ideas in a claustrophobic environment trapped by the lack of dreams surrounding you. How do escape through music yes, go on Shake the Tree you will never be sure where the music will fall and take you!

My Juliet, is a calmer and closes the journey The Brew has taken us on with an opening flourish from the drums and guitar lead breaks are full of depths that Jason explores with confidence as the six strings are controlled and shaped to bring blues deep into The Brew’s rock face. There is no doubt that Shake The Tree is accomplished musicianship of the highest standing.

Shake The Tree – The BrewJazzhaus

TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Johnny Moore
  2. Knife Edge
  3. Shake The Tree
  4. Black Hole Soul
  5. Without You
  6. Rock ‘n’ Roll Dealer
  7. Name On A Bullet
  8. Small Town Faces
  9. Ambassador To The Lonely
  10. My Juliet

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

We all make resolutions, listening to quality music is an easy one to keep, put Res 9 on and sit back and enjoy the bluesy rock fuelled ride taking you on across the eleven tracks. This is blues that sparks with the electricity of musicians that are playing at the top of the game. The line-up joining Rik Emmet’s guitar and vocals are Dave Dunlap, guitar and Steve Skingley on Bass and Keys and completing the rhythm section is Paul DeLong on drums. Then adding to the excitement are a number of guest James LaBrie vocals via Dream Theatre, Alex Lifeson, Rush guitarist, the rhythm section are a Triumph Mike Levine bass is joined by drummer Gil Moore. This is Canadian Rockers that have resolved to come together and create an album with a sting in its tail.

Res 9 a debut album for this line up and a welcome return of Rik Emmett and the album promised a lot. If you were expecting solid classic hard-core rock with clashes of guitar then you will not be disappointed. The album is much more considered, the instruments are in control the vocals are strong, but unfortunately the lyrics are at times rather weak for a blues driven rock album.

Opening with Stand Still the rolling blues guitar is definitely not standing still. This is a track that is driving blues with a ZZ Top feel and even the Red House is mentioned as blues are given an out with stinging guitar and Riks vocals imploring us to relax with an intimidating growl that is to be obeyed!

Four tracks have special guests and you do not have to wait long before Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson makes his first appearance on the second number Human Race. Adding to the Dunlap Emmett guitar partnership is the twelve-string of Alex adding that tonal power that gives the number an attention grabbing vibe as the last note fades and the last lyrics ‘I’m still this guy. I still live this”. Then a change of tempo as I Sing with Dream Theatre’s vocalist James LaBrie, he sings for his supper with vocals that rise above he will never go hungry. Now three tracks in the album had me hooked, not as a reviewer but a lover of music that weaves with the blues and creates music for now and not yesterday. Both Alex & James join in the fun on the last track End Of The Line. With a rocking riff the track opens and the drums are secure as the vocals take up the guitar challenge. This is a guitar number with not one, but three exhilarating guitar solos the third being a Lifeson special what a last track full of rock energy verve and style with all the excitement of a blues jam. Wait, all is not over, there is a bonus track as joining the band on Grand Parade is Gil Moore & Mike Levine a triumph of rhythm. The bonus is a slower ballad infused number, acoustic and floats on a sea of blue that laps around the shoreline.

The numbers that the band are left to their own devices are full of blues, ballads and emotions. Rik’s vocals on My Cathedral are laid back reflecting the soothing guitar. The trend continues with the slow mournful The Ghost Of Shadow Town that has drumming the makes the foundation solid. This is a track that needs strong power infused lyrics and they miss the mark for me. Blues colour the next two tracks exploring the link that connects rock and the blues with Sweet Tooth. Just as you are smothered by laid back vibes rock hits the spot and Heads Up we have hooks and chorus that re-energises the album before the smooth road home.

There is no doubt that Res 9 is an album that intrigues, whets the appetite with the mix of slow and intense blues and rock and the interface where the morphing of blues jam into a harder rock number. The album is an exploration of guitars relationships with vocals, the losers here at times are the vocals as the songs are just not strong enough to be a real triumph of narrative driven blues rock.

Rik Emmett & RESolution9 – Res 9 – Mascot Group Label

release Date 11th November 2016

EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Stand Still
  2. Human Race (feat. Alex Lifeson)
  3. I Sing (feat. James LaBrie)
  4. My Cathedral
  5. The Ghost of Shadow Town
  6. When You Were My Baby
  7. Sweet Tooth
  8. Heads Up
  9. Rest of My Life
  10. End of the Line (feat. Alex Lifeson & James LaBrie)
  11. Grand Parade (feat. Gil Moore & Mike Levine)

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler


Let us all step on board with Red Butler as they say we have Nothing To Lose. Having listened to the ten tracks the British blues world and beyond has everything to gain. Red Butler have an energy that is barely contained throughout as they play British R n’B coloured and shaped by the past but never trapped in a time warp. With hints of Zeppelin, Blind Faith and many more this is a blues album with a rock steady base.

Following the success of debut album Freedom Bound, and performing live, winning awards and recognition as they represented UK at the European Blues Challenge. The experience of performing live to audiences far and wide has honed the guitar skills of Alex Butler, shaped the vocal delivery of Jane Pearce and tightened the rhythm section the combined enterprise of drummer Charlie Simpson and bassist Mike Topp.  Nothing To Lose produced by Wayne Proctor at Superfly Studios has the stamp of a House of Tone production, a sharpness of tone and energy controlled but never dampened the spirit of the blues flame is clear throughout as the Rock/blues quartet play the songs they love and many will have heard live.

The first track of the album influences the listener, Got To Make It is a question they are asking. Yes, they will make it, continue to gain recognition if they continue to deliver music that has listenability and struts and pushes aside those who want to box musicians in. This is Red Butler’s voice and they are making us listen to them as the music captures you and the lyrics draw you into the narrative. Closing with Never Go Back, a soulful track that is so true you have to move forward creating and giving music a freshness, Red Butler have definitely achieved this on the second album with the combination of Jane’s vocals that interprets every song to suit the mood and captures the last track perfectly added to that is a stunning Alex Butler solo.

The tracks in between shape the tone that is brand Red Butler, with a version of Sandi Thom’s Belly Of The Blues, starting with guitar that fills you with anticipation then the breath and Jane’s expressive vocals. Mesmerizing, and a track that will always shine whenever and wherever you hear it.  Their own compositions slot in perfectly strong and are full of emotive phrasing as they explore the lexicon of modern blues influenced music. Nothing To Lose enters the broad church of blues inspired music but the musicians are not boxed in. What does shine through is the quality of the musicianship, as ever Charlie’s drumming is huge the perfect punctuation marks that keeps adding tonal interest and shape. The interaction between Mike’s bass and the guitar of Alex is a duet that plays throughout competing for attention but never overwhelming the vocals. On the album the additional phrasing from guest Bob Fridzma on Wurlitzer, Hammond and Clavinet gives the studio versions of the numbers additional strength.

The highlights for me are Big Bad Wolf, this is an up tempo whirlwind that suits them and makes a real statement.  Say Hello (To My Little Friend) shakes more than a guitar nod to King King as the track opens, then Jane joins the party my little friends this is Red Butler through and through. Like many times before and in the future the shaping of a track reminds you of another band. Black Flies has a deep opening combo of bass and guitar and then as the guitar flies the drums and vocals join generating a measured number that brings in the different the music and turns the corner with a big rock infused chorus.

Nothing To Lose certainly puts Red Butler firmly on the map of bands that just keep giving and music lovers have everything to gain from the music.  As the rocky number You Only Live Once says, yes you do and make sure Red Butler experience is part of your musical journey as Red Butler sings you have Nothing To Lose.

EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Got To Make It
  2. Nothing To Lose
  3. Say Hello (To My Little Friend)
  4. All You Got To Do
  5. Calm Before The Storm
  6. Belly Of The Blues
  7. Big Bad Wolf
  8. Black Flies
  9. You Only Live Once
  10. Never Go Back

Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones

Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones

Gary Hoey
Dust & Bones
Mascot Label Group


Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones. Dust & Bones, swirl and connect, the imagery of desolation and the ends of bones swirling in the dust. Gary Hoey opens the album with Boxcar Blues, simple guitar twangs and the vocal mirrors the tone this is a journey of railways and the melding of deep blues with imaginative rock. The dust that is blowing through is the whispering of the bluesmen of the past. Saying this is what we could have done with modern amplification and wizardry. A track that alights the imagination and you want to hear more.

For me Gary Hoey is a new name, despite having a vast back catalogue, and certainly a welcome blues addition to my collection. The album has a rhythm and flow the tempo changes exploring and celebrating Johnny Winter, Led Zepplin, Robert Johnson and more on the eleven original tracks that creates an empowered body of work that is Dust & Bones.

“This is the biggest-sounding album I’ve done in years” say Gary, it definitely packs a punch as the blues stirs the guitar, inspires the vocals and rhythms are full of impactive drive. This is apparent in Born To Love You, fast rocking guitar chops that allow Gary to growl out the lyrics. The influence of Billy Gibbons is nudging the guitar along throughout the three minutes; making this a high energy number.

In the middle of the album the three tracks are a delight. The title track, Dust and Bones, is a wonderful song with searing guitar work and should be getting all the radio play. It is a crowd pleaser. Steamroller, picks up the beat a steam roller pouring out a tribute to the essence and force that was Johnny Winter a fitting melodic tribute. The third in the trio is a ballad, Gary is joined by Lita Ford in a duet that swirls in country into the blues making the song ripple and has such depth of tone. The passion and emotion whirls the track to the top of the pile for all fans of anthem lead Coming Home.

The second half of the album builds with a Trower-infused This Time Tomorrow, slower pace showing that this trio is so much more that the exponents of power music for power’s sake. Matt Scurfield’s drums and AJ Pappas’ on bass do more than provide a stable foundation they give the music shape and form and space for Gary’s guitar to shine and play notes that sparkle and excite like a meteor shower.

An instrumental with deep funky bass, clean drumming and luscious guitars we hear the quality of the instrumentation as Soul Surfer glides the Dust and Bones to a close leaving you full of praise and delight in an album that explores the myriad of blue shades and forms and the influences from Robert Johnson up to today. The style is Gary Hoey the beat is blue.

The album is dusty, with the bleached starkness of bones as the blues are whipped up into a rocky storm full of guitar rings that hook you into the deep melodic tones of Gary Hoey vocals. Dust and Bones will never gather dust on the shelves as will be constantly selected to listen to quality blues that reverberate into the past with both feet firmly connect to the here and now.

Gary Hoey – Dust & Bones – Mascot Label Group

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

Track Listing

  1. Boxcar Blues
  2. Who’s Your Daddy
  3. Born To Love You
  4. Dust & Bones
  5. Steamroller (tribute to Johnny Winter)
  6. Coming Home (featuring Lita Ford)
  7. Ghost of Yesterday
  8. This Time Tomorrow
  9. Back Up Against The Wall
  10. Blind Faith
  11. Soul Surfer

Conversation with Jared James Nichols expect Cowbells

Conversation with Jared James Nichols expect Cowbells

Conversation with Jared James Nichols expect Cowbells

Jared James Nichols is a guitarist who plays his rocked immersed in the belly of the blues. recently completed a European tour with Zakk Wyld (Black Label Society) is currently touring UK as Headline act and plans to be back real soon.


BD: Morning Jared thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule.

JJN: No Problem, I’m little busy I guess but could always be worse or always be better laughing

BD: Tell us bit about touring with Zakk, back in UK headlining and back in the autumn supporting Walter Trout.
JJN:Hanging out with Zakk Wilde it was amazing! Every day was a dream come true. Honestly, back when I was a kid he was one of my guitar heroes and he still is. To be able to go on tour with him all round Europe and soak up all that inspiration was a dream come true. Did 3 weeks in Europe the tour not over yet and in a few weeks we are back touring with him in America and Canada. Now doing a few solo club shows of our own, as headliners. It has been amazing, I will be back before you know it. Back in the Autumn supporting Walter Trout is also going to be one of my bucket list check-offs if you know what I mean. So happy about it. Enjoyed Europe? I love Europe this is my fourth time here in less than two years the first time was definitely for a kid from Wisconsin a culture shock. Getting around a bit now I understand a little more of the lay of the land. Audiences are great people who still love the art of blues and love rock and roll for someone like me beyond inspiring doing festivals and theatres with Zakk and now the smaller venues.
Best part for us is that we have lots of plans to come back again for people who don’t get to see me play live this time around.

BD: Tell us a bit about the band
JJN:The band is just a three-piece. My guys that I met are actually Swedish. They are originally from Sweden and moved to Los Angeles from Sweden about five years ago, the same time I moved there. Erik Sandin Bass, amazing Bass player from Gothenburg, who I actually met on my third day in Los Angeles. I heard him playing and this guy is really good. So I go up to him and say Hey, if I have any shows would you like to play. He said yes sure. I got his number. Called him few days later and said I have this show to play all we need now is a drummer. He said I have a friend also from Gothenburg who has just moved to LA. That is who we have on drums Dennis Holm. They actually knew each other from childhood. Not saying they were great friends but both musicians from the area and when they moved to LA it was pretty amazing we all just got hooked up really early on and started playing, that was almost five years ago. It’s been quite a road to get just here. It’s kinda funny, always make fun of the guys we haven’t toured America much. Our tour with Zakk is the first proper one in America. I laugh at them saying you guys came to America to play music and I have had you in Europe for the past three years. It has been fun, they are obviously accomplished musicians play a ton of different stuff making a dynamic three piece.
Always a work in progress making it more dynamic, more energetic. I always say the music is as alive as we are and got to breathe with us and keep getting better.

BD: The official music video, bikers, guitars, and girl how did you come up with the idea?
JJN:Yes just released little new music video, new single Don’t You Try. Yes, it’s fun Sturgis and motorcycle rallies. Playing with Zakk who has big motorcycle enthusiasts following. I have a love for the whole culture, it’s really cool always been a fan of late ‘60’s early 70’s motorcycle culture. Movies like Cocaine Cowboys and Easy Rider and stuff like that. When it came to making a video I didn’t want to do anything serious, didn’t want to portray myself coming off too serious or way too overdone. Instead let’s have some fun with it. Made a little video of me and my girl. Next thing you know we are chased by some bikers, and got thrown off a cliff. You know the best part often video is the fact that my Les Paul survives along with…. Who knows what happens to the girl?.. as long as I got by guitar it is alright.

BD: Are you a biker yourself? Or just like the culture?
JJN:You know what, well I grew up around bikes basically my whole life where I actually grew up was near Milwaukee where the Harley Davidson factory is so most of my family ride. As kids we always had dirt bikes. For me personally never truly rode a motorbike as my main transportation that being said, when I make some money I am going to get myself a nice bike. Always been around bikes. Back when I was a kid always played these charity fund raising events that were basically put around motorcycle enthusiast crowds. It’s always been in my life I would never tell anyone I was a biker whatsoever, but I do love motorcycles, love cars I just love all that.

BD: Your excellent EP Highwayman is being released on Orange 10” vinyl which is great for the collectors do you have plans for getting back into the Studio?
JJN:Yes! A little something special for this run with Zakk. We wanted to do something a little bit different we had a really, really good run with coloured Old Glory. So decided to do Highwayman this time. It is really popular in Europe, and it is good to see so many people loving vinyl. I love vinyl myself it’s my main listening source when I am at home so it is great to see people getting as excited about vinyl as I do. Funny when people come up to me at shows and say is that the Highwayman in Orange vinyl, I say yea and they are delighted.

BD: So with Old Glory and Wild Revival  and Highwayman out on coloured vinyl do you have plans for getting back into the Studio?
JJN:Yes, I have to, and basically have a whole new record written and demoed out. It is finding the time to get into the studio, which I am hoping to do in between the Zakk Tour and Walter Trout Tour. It’s just with everything that has been going on it has been going pretty fast and things keep cropping up like festivals. For me, it is not finding the time to write the music it is finding the time to sit down and process it and getting into a studio. I’m sure if I can’t find the time I just need to make it happen.

BD: Takes a long time to do an album pre-production putting it down.
JJN:Yes, I try to get it down organically, get the sound right and not overthink things. But still you are right it just takes time. Takes time to get the sound together and to get pre-production and getting into the right headspace to do a record is completely different from going out and doing live shows for 150 days straight.

BD: With a show easier to just move on you play whereas a record is going to be around for a long time Organic but right.

JJN: Exactly, you are right the thing about a live show just a moment you go for to a record, yes you are right a record you have to think about it and say alright, this is what we are laying down is it right is this what we are doing . Need right team around you engineers – of course always about having right team Do you have a favoured studio or just find one with space? At a Studio in La Swing House Studio in Los Angeles since I moved there. It is my favourite studio in the whole world. It is homely and has such a good vibe around it I can just go in there relax and myself. Done some recording at like Abbey Road and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles they are amazing studios, but when I go into a studio I want to be comfortable. Not OH! My God! I’m here. When you are in there and excited it can be a double-edged sword we wanted to record a tune to be a slower tempo the next thing we know we are speeding it up because we are so excited to be there you know it is a real dynamic so many factors go into it, it is quite fun. BD:Well we are all excited to hear the possibility of a new JJN album sometime soon.

BD: Do you have a track on the album Either Highwayman or Old Glory and Wild Revival that is personal to you?
JJN:You know, that is hard, awful hard. All of them are different, kinda different shade of me. I know that sounds kind of cheesy but there is bits and pieces of me on the records, on all the tunes every single thing that I have recorded on those two records. It was like a house being built with nails. You have to hammer one in individually, every single one. So it was a lot of blood, sweat I don’t know about tears but tears too I guess. Every track seems pretty personal to me they are different moods just what feeling at a time so can’t pick one particular track out. It is all makes up the body of who I am.

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. Where do you get your inspiration always personal?
JJN:Honestly, it’s pretty personal when I write something like alot of people that are lyricists and they write certain situations, things you think about a lot, memories and for me most of the lyrics do come from that place. Something I am always thinking about, or something on my mind a lot, family experiences and obviously relationships. But, it kind of boils down to me if they are strong or not if it leaves an impression on not only the listener but me; Not only is fun but also little emotional I leave a little bit of myself on all of the songs. I don’t try to write lyrics to be too crassy or be witty just what I am feeling, just comes out. For me the honesty of that means the world that is what it is all about.

BD: Going to take you back now, what were your musical influences growing up in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee?
JJN:Oh my goodness! The Blues it is all about the Blues! I got into the blues around when I started playing. My Mom took me to an open blues jam and got me on stage. With a lot guys from Chicago. I just submerged myself in that. My biggest influences obviously were guitarists playing Stevie Ray Vaughan got me into it and he lead me back to players like Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Literally I would get anything about the blues I would read about it , listen to it figure out the licks and try to figure out where Jimmy Reed figured out how to play a shuffle, where all those chess recordings came from. I would all my teen years and into my twenties just learning and absorbing the blues. Then when figuring out do my own thing, my own influences that is when the rock spilled in playing with other guys. Everything for me and early influences was the blues. Where I am coming from it is blues, yes rock but the blues. My music comes out as rock but the base is totally the blues.

BD: There is always this big debate no what is and what is not the blues?
JJN:Funny had conversation with Zakk I ways say I am a blues guitarist like, Albert King. He says you are playing rock man but you have the blues underline in all of it. Music is moving, I’m moving. There are a lot of purists obviously they take one listen, this guy ain’t nowhere near the blues. Off course I am not near Chicago blues, not playing West Coast style or whatever, but that is just the way I hear it and want to make it. Obviously, it is a big debate. The thing is in this day and age 2016 I think more than ever it is more important that people love the blues and rock n’ roll and everything in between. Instead of putting up walls and putting up barriers to the music we should all be united. I love Muddy Waters as much as you, that is what is important these days we shouldn’t be fighting what is real blues and what is not; it is more about are we all going to love and cherish the music and its rich culture I get to do that through playing my music.

BD: If you were putting together the band of your dreams/perfect with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?
JJN:Oh my goodness you really ask some hard questions now you are really get to it. I am just like going out on a whim and first references.
Drums – Buddy Miles (Going to be a funky-arsed band)
Bass – Jack Bruce
Keys and some vocals – Greg Allman
Singers – Donny Hathaway & Paul Rogers
Guitars – Jimi Hendrix (I can air play laughing)

Think this would be an okay band. I would be on Cow Bell, Jared James Nichols We could talk about this for an hour or more but that is my band for the moment.

Jared James Nichols On Tour 2016 – HERE

READ what Bluesdoodles has said about Jared James Nichols

Review @ Robin2, opening for Glen Hughes 2015 – HERE
Review CD Old Glory and Wild Revival – HERE
Review Highwayman – HERE

Dan Patlansky Video of New Single STOP THE MESSIN’

Dan Patlansky Video of New Single STOP THE MESSIN’

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Fresh off his special guest slot on King King’s May UK tour, South African singer-songwriter and guitarist,Patlansky Chats about being back in the UK with Introvertigo Dan Patlansky, has released a live video of his latest single , Stop The Messin’.  The video was filmed on April 27th at the Rivonia Barnyard Theatre in Johannesburg which was the final show onPatlansky’s recent South African tour. The song is taken from Patlansky’s new studio album INTROVERTIGO.



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Dan Patlansky is a guitar phenomenon not to be missed – Dear Silence Thieves and his current album Introvertigo are solid gold.

Read what Bluesdoodles said about Dear Silence Thieves HERE & Introvertigo (Definitely in the running for album of the year 2016) HERE

INTROVERTIGO is the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Dear Silence Thieves which spawned to rock radio hits Backbite and Fetch Your Spade.

In 2015, Patlansky toured 10 countries with Joe Satriani read why we loved that night of live music and guitar fireworks in Cardiff HERE
It was unsurprising the Dan Patlansky was nominated by Classic Rock as one of their hotly tipped new artists of 2015. Patlansky said this about the new album, “INTROVERTIGO draws from all my influences from Audioslave, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim Hendrix, Rival Sons and beyond. We’ve continued the same mix of rock, funk and blues that we mastered on last year’s Dear Silence Thieves album.” Bluesdoodles talked in depth about INTROVERTIGO HERE

Introvertigo An Inverted World Captured With Patlansky’s Guitar

Introvertigo An Inverted World Captured With Patlansky’s Guitar

Introvertigo An Inverted World Captured With Patlansky’s Guitar


It only seems a short while since Bluesdoodles played Dear Silence Thieves for the first time and instantly captivated by the blues-wrapped rock of South African Dan Patlansky. 2016 and Introvertigo is now on permanent play. To be released on 6th May coinciding with touring UK during May and June it is an album that should be added to your collection. On the first listen through, what immediately struck me was the blues curling guitar excitement as you would expect from Dan, it was the power of the vocals and the stories rolling off his dark and bitter/sweet tongue. The album is full of stinging attitude.

Opening with acoustical disturbance from his strings the guitar bounces and the album is off with a gut bending scream. Reflecting what the Urban Dictionary defines as Introvertigo. Yes! it is a real word not a made up fantasy on this personal well thought out album. “The dizziness and disorientation felt by an introvert after spending more than 5 minutes with an extrovert”. With no title track Run the opening number feels with its running away from mob mentality to reflect the craziness fell by Introvertigo. The guitar pushes the beat and is a driving force of Poor Old John. The lead break has a speed and frantic intensity of the husband of the unfaithful wife seeking out John. This is blues that rocks and Poor Old John is not going to have a good time if the husband ever catches up with him! We leave Poor Old John and his plotting and now it is a look at religion, not individual’s beliefs but the corrupt misuse of power. Sonnava Faith starts with a clap of thunder and deep organ chords and the intoning of a sermon attention gained. Most definitely yes, delightfully assaulted with powerful guitar chords and stingily sharp lyrics, Dan Patlansky has something to say in his blues and you want to listen as you relate to that story being unravelled. The album is hotting up the guitar just connects to your musical DNA as the lyrics make you think. A very clever and entertaining track on so many levels.

When reviewing there are normally tracks that you skip over not, this time, they all will be getting a mention as the tone and texture changes and the concept of Introvertigo on oneself unfurls into an understanding of the album, as a complete entity. We now leave the Church and go into the oft harsh world of childhood and the pain inflicted by children on each other. Loosen Up the Grip has a musical flow as the guitar spirals around Andy Maritz’s drumming. The lead breaks are sublime bringing a feeling of hurt isolation as the guitar weeps and sighs with an emotional intensity of a child isolated and lost. Then a second of silence time to breathe and a rhythmic acoustic feel to the chanting of Heartbeat. This has a primeval tribal feel which builds with a crescendo if electric power. This dies away as the lyrics and a harsh guitar takes over and then the crescendo of a chorus. Blues Rock that excites and addresses the communication of a homeless man trying to be seen as a person the same as us all and not a label. The subject is powerful and moving with music to compliment. This is a blues rock album so women as a subject matter have to be in the mix. Stop the Messin’ is a drivin’ edge blues full of fervent desires Dan’s vocals are deep down and dirty reflecting the tone of the lyrics. Then with a deft flick of the finger tips the chords are minor slow and full of deepest blue with Bet On Me, this for me sits alone and part of the introvert theme. Introverts may at times be thoughtful and quiet but are a good bet as the other side is a deep loyalty and understanding. Bet On Me you can hear as the single the radio play that once again gets Dan Patlansky noticed. Throughout Still Wanna Be Your Man SRV’s sound is there whispering and shaping the guitar tone and chord structure. This is blues that hits the sky blue notes of purity with the vocals carving the notes out of keys and guitar. The lingering notes reflect the impossibility of balancing life on the road away from home and family life the most personal track on the album. Full of anguish and hope, trust and concern. The penultimate track opens with a child’s voice with an air of innocence. The drum beat tells you the opposite. Western Decay looks back to easier less confusing and dangerous times. The rhythms are deep with Clint Falconer’s bass line like a drone of forewarning the lyrics full of yearning power to be able to untangle the mess. Closing the album we have guitar that squeals with joy unleashed with a passion. Rocking Queen Purree as Dan’s little daughter takes centre stage. How a child takes control rules your world and like the rest f the album there is an integrity an introverts truth of what the world looks like.

Introvertigo with its carefully crafted lyrics that blend urbane wit and honest observation, this is blues pertinent to today’s lifestyles, not so much whiskey and women more the corruption of power and social interaction. Ten tracks there are no fillers every number is full of strength and tonal power but there is not an off note or lyric. This has been achieved by production that keeps the live heat flowing from guitar and vocals. Theo Crous once again and recorded in Cape Town at the Bellville Studio. Introvertigo redefining Introverts.

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

Introvertigo – Dan Patlansky – Independent – Release Date 6th May 2016

Track Listing

1. Run
2. Poor Old John
3. Sonova Faith
4. Loosen Up The Grip
5. Heartbeat
6. Stop The Messin’
7. Bet On Me
8. Still Wanna Be Your Man
9. Western Decay
10. Queen Puree

The Blue Horizon is Energised on Volume 1

The Blue Horizon is Energised on Volume 1

The Blue Horizon is Energised on Volume 1

The Blue Horizon leap into action with I Don’t Care.Opening with a flourish of energy that no horizon, however deep and wide can contain. This is high-value rock with attitude and yes they do care about the timing and quality of sound they produce then the horizon varies as throughout the album The Blue Horizon demonstrate the scope and versatility of a young band going places. Not heard of them? – You will soon this Weston-Super-Mare power trio is like sea air, cleansing and invigorating they delight with riffs, licks and clashing of cymbals. Justified is a chance for Iain Eccleston to give his chords an airing both the gusty vocals and guitar that drives the rhythm section on with lead breaks that take you somewhere and are never an endless road of self-absorbed twiddling. This is a trio that retains their shape and form as they re-form the blues with some funky twists and deft jazzy turns at all times thanks to bassist Ed Gurlach and drummer Josh Armitage. Into the mix on the album is Paul Quinn on keyboards adding deeper textures and Bob Dixon with his amazing pedal steel.

With the modernity of the title Zero Hour Contract the Blues/Rock calms and the train grinds on with an intensity matching the lyrics that hurt with their force and relevance as they explore modern life and working conditions. We have seen the belligerence unleashed through the rocking blues instrumentation and then on a sixpence the horizon changes storm clouds tamed and a slower blues-drenched number unfurls. On Your Shoulders may be less harsh but again the vocals keep your attention and the delicate piano and pedal curls into a complexity of textures that makes this track sparkle as the violin picks up the soaring tensions. Four tracks in and the guitar work, lyrics and power have you hooked into the sound that The Blue Horizon is creating. This is a band that excites. Half way through and the blues is hotting up with some pure blues guitar playing from Iain and the band. This feels like traditional urban blues as Iain sings ‘since you have gone’ on Life Without You. The staccato drumming picks out the life so Blue and then the unexpected. No not a picking up and back to high-energy blues-rock with the addition of a stunning violin line this is a beautiful track. Now we go down to the chippy on the seafront with A Fish Fryer’s Blues. This is not the yesterday’s news wrapped up blues but a jazzy twist and the vocals curling around the instrumentation as the lyrics unfold again there is the hurt and life’s futility encapsulated in blues fuelled lyrics. So we have had rock, urban and jazz blues are we back to high energy as the album hits the final three numbers. No – I’m Broken has energy injected with a syrupy funk tonal treat this is a darker side of the horizon. Closing with Vanishing Love a slow blues track with glorious guitar work once again, leaving you with the lingering dual delights of great guitar work and vocals. I am positive The Blue Horizon will not be vanishing into any distant horizon anytime soon. Volume 1 is a promise of great things to come in Volume 2…

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


The Blue Horizon – Volume 1 – Independent Release Date: 1st April 2016
Track Listing
1. I Don’t Care (Go Fuck Yourself)
2. Justified
3. Zero Hour Contract
4. On Our Shoulders
5. Big House
6. Life without You
7. Walking Out On You
8. A Fish Fryer’s Blues
9. I’m Broken
10. Every Last One Of Us

Let The Mojo Slide over you it may Twist Your Bones with blues encrusted rock

The Mojo Slide - Twist Your Bones - Front Cover

Let The Mojo Slide over you it may Twist Your Bones

with blues encrusted rock

The Mojo Slide – Twist Your Bones – DO IT Records

Out of Cambridge, deep in the fens comes a rock band that understands the wealth that blues has to offer their sound. The Mojo Slide may not be the best known band but this is set to change once their self-produced album Twist Your Bones starts to send shock-waves and shivers of delight to everyone who likes music with a granite heart surrounded by Blues and Rock n Roll attitude..

It is not surprising that the single has had numerous radio plays including BBC & Planet Rock. So who are The Mojo Slide who are making so many people sit up and smile to the beat they are setting down deep in the groove? The Mojo Slide comprise a pair of guitarists, lead Mike Fenna and Rhythm Matt Legg combining with a rhythm section that are deep and dirty bassist Dan Savage and Michael Graham drumming at the back. Fronting this quartet of artists with attitude is vocalist Mark Wilks who has a voice that demands your attention as his tongue shapes the words devours the emotion spitting them out drenched in feeling.

The album comprises eleven tracks that coil around the bass line and are full of dark and murky rhythms, this is swampy Rock n’ Roll not from the delta but the reed beds of the fens. Opening with Addicted the distorted guitar opens the offering from a band that wants the music to be alive with a rhythm that moves along, yes loud, yes melodic, but above all it is a musical harmonious joining of the twentieth century music that came out of the USA. Re-shaped and perfectly formed in Britain and The Mojo Slide have captured the best of both interpretations this is live music captured in a moment so your feet can tap along night and day & day and night. The smoky whiskey fuelled sound continues with a rawness of spirit drank too soon on Jesus Don’t Love You. This is a debut album that stomps with attitude so take notice. The Lyrics are strong the tracks tell a tale, paint a picture, shape the tone because the quintet are working together as Mark snarls and growls over a stinging delivery of the melody.

Half way through, imagery of cowboys, deserts and wilderness are conjured up and delta blues hits the dirt with my favourite track Bad In Every Bone, as the train hits town the bell begins to ring you know this is dramatic as the slide guitar takes control. The vocals tell the lyrics as you are pulled deep in to the deep dark swampy bad-ass blues. The tracks build and build the church-like organ intro of The Ballad Of Satan The Devil shows another side of The Mojo Slide dirt encrusted rock is swirling out of the speaker this is scuzzy blues rock. Then a change of music texture with a Dlyanesque track Little Bird keeping you one hundred percentage engaged with the captivating music. Closing with high energy Rock n Roll, The Sky Is Falling In this is diamond encrusted rock with glittering guitar and the raw energy seen throughout this debut album.

Let The Mojo Slide over you it may Twist Your Bones with blues encrusted rock, if you like your music independently minded. The Mojo Slide will make you smile, meet the devil and dance with the Rattlesnake Humbug Blues.

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

The Mojo Slide – Twist Your Bones – DO IT Records

Track Listing

1. Addicted
2. Jesus Don’t Love Me
3. Smiling
4. High
5. Make You Bleed
6. Bad In the Bone
7. Rattlesnake Humbug Blues
8. The Ballad of Satan The Devil
9. Little Bird
10. Drunk Dog Blues
11. The Sky Is Falling In