In Conversation with Jared James Nichols back on UK Tour

In Conversation with Jared James Nichols back on UK Tour

In Conversation with Jared James Nichols back on UK Tour

 

BD: Thank you for taking time to talk to Bluesdoodles again we are ready and waiting for Black Magic your new highly anticipated album to arrive on the desk from Listenable Records. In the meantime you have released the first single as a tempter “Last Chance”. The number feels heavier, what inspired you to write the number?
JJN: It is definitely heavier, the whole record is full of different shades, tones and styles. People will not be expecting it to be so heavy, decided to release Last Chance to come out with a bang from the new album to grab the ear. It is a sample of styles the album will be exciting lots of blues influences and some really great moments with even some funky stuff.

Listen to Last Chance Here

 

BD: You have talked a lot about the inspiration the Blues provides you. What do you believe spicing it up with Rock adds to the format; or what is your definition of The Blues in 21st Century?
JJN:
Playing now, it is music that when I play the masses of 2017 can relate to understand and enjoy the music. It is a fine line with the blues, honouring the blues legacy with what music people want to listen to. I try to bridge the gap with influences from the classics with modern influences. I have absorbed the music of people I have supported from Walter Trout; Zakk Wylde; UFO; Saxon they do influence with the reaction from different crowds. Underlying is always the Blues.  Sprinkling the blues through the music so my generation can re-discover the blues. With the music alive and exciting fresh and modern, that way the blues will survive and grow with new guys and girls playing and appreciating the music.

BD: You are back in the UK with a mix of shows, headlining supporting and Festivals. What excites you about playing in the UK; as your recognition grows?
JJN: Every time I return it gets better, the audiences in the UK really get the music I play.  The audiences have a respect, love and knowledge of music; you can talk to a guy at the bar and they will have a depth of knowledge and understanding. I love playing here as I have been heavily influenced by the British Blues explosion.

Starting out with two headline shows tomorrow Wednesday 21st June at the Grimsby Yardbirds and couple days later in Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms Saturday 24th June.  Then the following week starting on the 25th opening for Blue Oyster cult, which I am very excited about. Then it is back to USA to do work on finishing my forthcoming album Black Magic. Then it is back to UK for opening for UFO which will be a blast and then two great festivals Ramblin’ Man & Steelhouse.  The live shows will be such a great opportunity to play to new audiences.

Full Details of the tour can  be found on Bluesdoodles post HERE

BD: Do you make any changes to your set list depending on who you are opening for? Or is it a shorter version of your standard headline selection?
JJN: I change the set list to reflect who I am opening for to feed the crowd. With Walter I could include in the set cold slow blues whereas Zakk Wylde something heavier, like Mountain or Cream. Love to include music that adds an edge from Muddy Waters through to Grand Funk Railway cater for the artist and the audience. I just do it all when it is a headline show. We never really have a set list on the floor. We go with the flow, talk it through play two songs and build from there using the crowd’s reactions. The music flows and the live event gives it a feel that suits the occasion.

BD: You are coming to Wales to drive up the Mountain to Steelhouse,  it will be a very different venue to when you opened for Walter Trout at The Tramshed last year. Does Wales dig your form of Blues Rock?
JJN: It is great playing in Wales, love the scene the audiences love the same stuff as I do. First time I played was at a rugby club near where Steelhouse is held; the people were awesome they love to rock out. Great to play in such a fabulous new venue in Cardiff and looking forward to returning to play at a festival. Sounds a real blast and want to be part of the fun.

In Conversation with Jared James Nichols back on UK Tour BD: You are the ultimate power trio with the guitar flashing its licks & riffs. Have you played with the rhythm boys for a long time as there is an innate understanding of the direction you are taking each track.
JNN:  Met the guys in Los Angeles when I first moved from Wisconsin. Erik was the first guy I met in LA he had just moved from Sweden; I saw the bass and asked if I get any gigs would you like to play with me.  I then asked him if he would like to jam and we needed a drummer, he knew Dennis who had moved from Sweden a couple of weeks previously.  We jammed and then got gigs that was five-and-a-half, nearly six years ago. We grew organically jamming to start with now we have played over five-hundred gigs we know what we are doing. There is a special kind of vibe we know how someone is going to react. With only three guys in the band can’t hide behind anything; it is fun to push the music as far as you can. Every time we play a song live it is different; sometimes solos are longer other times more bass we bring in changes.

 BD: What other plans and excitements have you got planned for 2017 & beyond into 2018?
JJN: Touring with Saxon & UFO in the Fall across USA & Canada for 5-6 weeks. Obviously completing and releasing the album and hope to be over to the UK again end 2017/beginning 2018 to showcase the new record.

 BD: We asked you your fantasy band when we talked last year so what are you listening to at the moment; whether on the tour bus or relaxing?
JNN:  Mmm; I am making an effort to listen to new music loving the latest from Blackberry Smoke; and following on from touring with Walter Trout his stuff and off course all the usual suspects. I am loving listening to live bootlegs on You Tube. If you type into search any artist Bootleg lots of exciting music comes up including Jimi Hendrix; Cream; Eric Clapton and more. Digging back to find unknowns so much stuff is covered in dust.

BD: Once again thanks for your time and looking forward to see you at Steelhouse and having the opportunity to review the new album Black Magic

Check out Bluesdoodles Reviews –

Jared James Nichols Live – @ The Tramshed supporting Walter Trout HERE
Jared James Nichols Live – @ Robin 2 supporting Glen Hughes HERE
EP review –  Highwayman HERE
Album Review Old Glory and Wild Revival HERE

*Photo credit Rob Blackman

In Conversation with Jared James Nichols back on UK Tour

Rob Tognoni UK and Irish Tour Dates 2017

THE MOVINMUSIC AGENCY PRESENTS

ROB TOGNONI

UK & IRISH TOUR DATES – AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017

 The Tasmanian Devil, Rob Tognoni, will be back on tour in the UK and Ireland in August and September 2017.  All dates feature Gaz Rackham on bass and Mike Hellier on drums.
From Australia & introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994, Rob Tognoni delivers a 100% powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise, which is strongly evident in his music. After 30 years his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues & festivals as well as gaining many fans of hard blues rock worldwide.

UK & IRISH TOUR DATES – AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017

GIG DATES

Friday, 25/08/2017, Blakeney Harbour Rooms, Norfolk
Saturday, 26/08/2017, Great British RnB Festival, Colne, Lancs
Monday, 28/08/2017, Black Market, 43 High St, Market Warsop
Tuesday, 29/08/2017, The Iron Road, Evesham
Thursday, 31/08/2017, The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, Kent
Friday, 01/09/2017, Harvest Festival, Monaghan, Ireland
Saturday, 02/09/2017, Harvest Festival, Monaghan, Ireland
Sunday, 03/09/2017, Harvest Festival, Monaghan, Ireland
Tuesday, 05/09/2017, Haven Club, The Bullingdon, Oxford
Wednesday, 06/09/2017, Blues Kitchen, Camden, London
Thursday, 07/09/2017, Kite Club Blues, Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Friday, 08/09/2017, Big Green Cardigan Festival, nr Hastings, E. Sussex
Saturday, 09/09/2017, Long Street Blues Club, Long Street, Devizes
Rob Tognoni returns to the UK in late January for a slot at the fantastic Skegness Rock and Blues Festival on the 21st plus supporting club dates.

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Bluesdoodles thoroughly enjoyed Rob Tognoni at HRH Blues 2016 we said “Sunday Brunch, was hardcore not for the faint-hearted this was rock heavy blues from the Tasmanian Devil himself Rob Tognoni. He tore up the main stage what a start to the second day of HRH Blues.
Rob Tognoni UK and Irish Tour Dates 2017

King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017

King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017

King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017

 

 

 

King King are pleased to announce a raft of new UK tour dates in April – July 2017.  Special guests on all April and May dates will be “Bad Touch”. All tickets are priced £20, are on sale from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and www.thegigcartel.com.

Due to front man Alan Nimmo having an acute laryngitis, King King have re-scheduled the following four UK tour dates. Existing tickets for re-scheduled shows remain valid –

  • King King at The Cube in Corby now on Friday 30th June
  • King King at The Wharf in Tavistock now on Friday 28th July
  • King King at The Tivoli in Wimborne now on Friday 16th June
  • King King at The Fleece in Bristol now on Saturday 1st July

The tour dovetails the release of King King’s forthcoming single taken from the much anticipated new studio album, and follow-up to 2015’s multi-award winning Reaching For The Light. The new album is scheduled for release in early September 2017- while we wait for the release of the album catch King King with special guests Bad Touch as they tour the UK

 

 

MAY 2017 UK TOUR

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Kendal Brewery – Thursday 4th May 2017

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Glasgow, O2 ABC – Friday 5th May 2017

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Holmfirth Picturedrome – Saturday 6th May 2017

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Nottingham, Rescue Rooms – Sunday 7th May 2017

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Newcastle, Wylam Brewery – Thursday 11th May 2017

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Glenrothes, Rothes Hall – Friday 12th May

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Inverness, Ironworks – Saturday 13th May

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Aberdeen, Lemon Tree – Sunday 14th May

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Leamington Spa, Assembly – Thursday 18th May

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Harpenden, Public Halls – Friday 19th May

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Southport, Atkinson – Saturday 20th May

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York, Fibbers – Sunday 21st May

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RE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES

JUNE 2017

Wimborne, Tivoli – Friday 16th June 2017

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Corby, The Cube – Friday 30th June

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JULY 2017

Bristol, Fleece – Saturday 1st July 2017

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Tavistock, Wharf – Friday 28th July

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King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017

King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017In 2014, King King’s second album Standing in the Shadows, firmly established them as a formidable force on the British Blues scene.  They still retain that accolade today with a growing legions of fans.

King King features Alan Nimmo (vocals, guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards).  The band are widely recognized as the UK’s hottest rock blues band. They continue to push the envelope by providing their fans with the best live experience and musicianship.

Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “We’re really excited to perform the new single live. It’s rockier than our previous material, but it still has an inherent King King sound to it. The new single is a nice taster from the upcoming album.”

Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock radio with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and Rush Hour, the band recently went to Planet Rock’s studios to perform three acoustic tracks that will be aired on the station in early 2017.

King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk, who recently supported the Kentucky Headhunters on their critically acclaimed sell-out UK tour, recently released their second studio album Truth Be Told on Bad Touch Records, with distribution via Cadiz, on Friday 2nd December 2016.

To coincide with the new album, the band embarked on a UK co-headline tour on November 19th with the Australian rockers Massive.  They recently announced a March 2017 UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels.

The new album, recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, includes the singles 99% and Made To Break, both remixed for radio by Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey.  In early 2017, Made To Break will be released as a single alongside an official music video.

“99% is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says Chris Kimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch.”

King King UK Tour With Bad Touch Summer 2017

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

APRIL/MAY 2017 UK TOUR
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST

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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.

 

 

Watch the video now:

 

 

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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