Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Rise & Shine With SIMO
Taking Us In A New Direction

 

 

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction, from the first click of the fingers, a boom of the drum and sonic guitar you are taken to a different place that their previous releases have never been or brave enough to take us.  The previous critically acclaimed album Let Love Show the Way was retro, accessible and familiar. Get ready to be amazed, aurally challenged and delighted on the album that is in two words summed up as Superb Experimental.

This is an album that is personal, spiritual and encompasses lyrics that at times hurt when you take in the message. But we can relate to them we have all travelled to that stony place JD Simo is describing in many of the songs.

Return is a track that absorbs, starkly crafted around a vocal that is strong in its frailty. This is about sinking into yourself without being aware of the effect on other people and reality becomes a stranger. Lyrics fuelled for a blues inspired song. Not this time a contemporary twisted shape with space to consider the sonics and words. Full of funk with a rawness that burns. There are echoes of other musicians Prince, Beck and others; this is SIMO reaching out and creating a new musical pathway of their own. A powerful number that leaves you wondering where has this new style come from? The guitar moans and groans as JD is almost crooning to himself as we just want to enjoy this new sound; learn it understand it and embrace it. So let’s Rise up and listen to a highly original album as JD says ‘Let It Shine’.

They laid down an intriguing gauntlet with the opening track. How to follow that. We are taken to a trance-like state as we join SIMO in the Meditation zone. This is not a silent space, the mysticism is ever present in tone, the awareness of self is absorbed into the driving beat. The beat that ignites your inner happiness and connects to your feet that want to get up and dance.  The album is slippery to grab hold of. It is mercurial, enticing and slightly dangerous, the sonic shape reinvents itself for every track. The tracks are linked together by personal experience, hurt, haunting and anger. They are linked by the authority of JD’s vocals and his guitar just screams and twists around the strings for attention, the deep bass lines of Elad Shapiro,  and crisp impassioned drumming of Adam Abrashoff on the beat shaping the depths of the sonic landscape created on Rise and Shine

We are taken into a slightly wild place with shine, fast curling beats auditory delights are created by a trio that embrace change and experiment without ever losing the strength of melody. JD’s vocals provide a clarion call on Shine.  Space and time continuum changes with I Want love. The sonics fade and the vocals and guitar take the lead role for your attention as JD plaintively sings I Want Love. A soul ballad that grows and grows with every note that is sung as we are taken on a soulful, smoky emotional journey. I Want Love.

All change as The Climb starts with a rock infused predominately instrumental full of shifting multi-hued coloured sands of psychedelia. Vocals are sparse spoken as they quote from JF Kennedy “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit the same planet” becoming another instrument added to the wild experimental mix. Music of darkness and light as we Rise and Shine in the company of SIMO on their aural journey.

The mood changes with the bluesiest number, Light The Candle.  The Sonics are measured and would be recognised as a blues driven sound by Howlin’ Wolf. This is blues for today different full of structure, sharp edges a harshness of modernity delivered by the instruments over the lyrics of JD. The Whoo Hoo of his vocals are straight out of the lexicon of blues sounds, whilst defying like the rest of the album to be captured within one industrial genre.

The album is masterful every track has a sense of purpose and direction. Listen to the whole album the numbers will cascade you into an aural wonderland. A theme park full of sonic adventures. Closing out the album with I Pray. Just over thirteen minutes where you are captivated in the land of SIMO. Starting off with measured, simple sounds and JD intones a prayer. A prayer that is a manifesto of a better more tolerant understanding world where we embrace difference. The track is progressive, full of rock and so much more. Thought provoking. Identifying the oppressed, addicted and those living under tyranny. It covers every issue the world is struggling with from climate change to social ills. The words have a message it is formidable. The music is structured each note and space is there for a reason. What a brilliant close for a brilliant album you want the licks, riffs and rounds of music to go on and on taking to a better place to Rise and Shine.

The sound comes from a trio of musicians that do not want to be contained in retro, repeating what others have done before. They want to produce their best music. Full of interpretations of the sounds the instruments take them as they explore the lyrics. The album had a long gestation as they toured relentlessly throughout 2017 to a point beyond exhaustion they found creativity.  The mutual understanding between the trio of musicians has made Rise and Shine a musical experimentation full of chemistry, harmonies bound in the heart of any song lyrics with something to say. Rise and Shine with SIMO and great a new day with the exciting new direction you will want to travel. Rise and Shine a real contender for my album of 2017. The album can be reviewed in one word EXCEPTIONAL!

Rise & Shine – SIMOProvogue/Mascot Label Group

Out 15th September 2017

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Return
  2. Meditation
  3. Shine
  4. People Say
  5. Don’t Waste Time
  6. I Want Love
  7. The Climb
  8. Light The Candle
  9. Be With You
  10. The Light
  11. I Pray

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Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

CTen Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Sethrysalis Records are proud to release a

50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set celebrating the
band’s first nine albums, plus a CD of
previously unreleased material.

Released Friday 10th November 2017

Pre-order via Pledge

 

To coincide with the Ten Years After’s eponymous debut release in 1967 Chrysalis Records are proud to present a 50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set. This limited edition set includes a CD of previously unreleased material.

To celebrate this special occasion, in November 2017 Chrysalis Records will release a brand new 10 CD Box Set, gathering for the first time, albums from both the Chrysalis and Deram periods from 1967 to 1974.

This set, limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, contains LPs which have been remastered from the original 1/4″ production master tapes along with the bonus disc entitled The CapFerrat Sessions”which consists of never heard before recordings from 1972, newly mixed by acclaimed record producer Chris Kimsey.  Fans can pre-order the box set from Pledge

The package comes in a luxury hardback format with slipcase and an accompanying book which includes newly commissioned in-depth 10,000 word sleeve notes written by legendary Melody Maker journalist and early champion of the band, Chris Welch, charting the band’s progress from their early beginnings in Nottingham, through iconic appearances at the Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals, right up to their eventual split in 1974. There are extensive interviews with the remaining band members plus members of Alvin Lee’s family, and additional recording notes by Chris Kimsey.

“I’m genuinely excited about the new Ten Years After box set that we’ve been working on with Chrysalis due for release in November to celebrate the band’s 50th Anniversary,” says Ten Years After’s founding drummer, Ric Lee. Continues Ric, “The box includes nine studio albums and a bonus CD that features the previously unreleased live album ‘The Cap Ferrat Sessions’. Originally recorded in 1972 in the South of France using The Rolling Stones Mobile recording truck, the session tracks were gathering dust until now. I remember we recorded the live tracks in a villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France. Each of the instruments were recorded in a different room – drums in the ballroom. Between Chris Kimsey, our recording engineer and I, we managed to get one of the best drum sounds on any Ten Years After recording. Natural ambience from the villa’s acoustics helped tremendously. The session tracks were originally planned for the ‘Rock N Roll Music To The World’ album, but due to vinyl restrictions of the time, the tracks were not included in the final album release. More details are on the sleeve notes written for us by Chris Kimsey, who kindly agreed to mix the tracks for this boxed set release 45 years after they were recorded. This is a must-have collection for any avid Ten Years After fan, and any new fans that want to soak up the band’s recorded history.”

Ten Years After stormed the stages of rock, they created a sensation that stunned audiences and quickly won them a coveted place among the pantheon of great British groups. Alvin Lee – one of the most charismatic and admired guitar players to emerge from the British blues boom of the era and deservedly ranked alongside his contemporaries Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix – headed a powerful team of talented musicians, Leo LyonsChick Churchill and Ric Lee.

During an intense seven-year period, they embarked on marathon tours, conquering America, enjoying success around the world, whilst also unleashing a succession of ground breaking albums. Their 1967 debut “Ten Years After”was swiftly followed by pioneering live album “Undead” (1968) through the critically acclaimed “A Space In Time”(1971),featuring one of their finest songs ‘‘I’d Love To Change The World”, which is very apt in today’s world, ending with 1974’s ‘Positive Vibrations’.

The Cap Ferrat Sessions” came as a result of a discovery by Alvin Lee’s wife, who found a box of recordings deep in the vaults of the studio in their house they shared in Spain. They originate from the Rock N Roll Music To The World album sessions, which were recorded at a seaside villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France and Olympic Studios in London. Chrysalis Records turned to world renowned producer Chris Kimsey (whose credits include the Rolling Stones, Bad Company, and Peter Frampton), who recorded and engineered the original sessions, to mix these tracks for the first time.

For avid collectors and fans of the band, the legendary Cap Ferrat sessions will have a special appeal and will be an essential addition to their collection.  This is a big deal for classic rock lovers and aficionados all over the world.

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary
With 10 CD Box Set

 

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The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

With dates around the U.K. Including dates supporting ALICE COOPER

In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

“We’re thrilled to return to the country that started it all for us,” says the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. “I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world. The tour will be incredible fun.”

The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: “The A&M Years” Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. The box set can be ordered from Amazon UK HERE.

The band’s over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to rock fans worldwide for their quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.

The current line-up of The Tubes features four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter has played with the band since 2006.

One thing is a certainty the evening will be a non-stop rollercoaster ride of theatrics and great music.

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

THE TUBES
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

*SUPPORTING ALICE COOPER

Southampton, Engine Rooms – Saturday 4th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: 
www.seetickets.com – Venue: 0800 688 9311

Bristol, The Fleece  – Sunday 5th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets 
– Venue: 0117 945 0996

Reading, Sub 89 – Monday 6th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets – Venue: 01189 595 395

Newcastle, Boiler Shop – Thursday 9th November 2017

Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online:  Ticket ABC or We Got Tickets  

Edinburgh, The Liquid Room – Friday 10th November 2017
Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: Ticket ABC

Leeds, First Direct Arena – Saturday 11th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper) 
Tickets from £46.30 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS / Eventim

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro – Sunday 12th November 2017
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £45.40 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: The SSE Hydro / AXS
Box Office: 0800 952 0110 

Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – Tuesday 14th November 2017  
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets from £45.80 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Barclay Card Arena 
AXS
Box Office: 0844 338 8222

Manchester, Arena – Wednesday 15th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £44.75 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Eventim 
 /  AXS
Box Office: 0844 847 8000

London, SSE Wembley Arena – Thursday 16th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £46.75 and £55.75 (Inc. booking fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS

Norwich, The Waterfront – Friday 17th November 2017 

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  The Waterfront 

Box Office: 01603 508 050

Bluesdoodles are delighted The Tubes are back in the U.K. 

We reviewed the show at The Globe in Cardiff   – “What to expect from the Tubes? Expect the Unexpected, they will challenge, make you laugh and sing along, every tour is different this was a technicolour delight with references to the movies Tarantino meets Brando. Till the next time, you come to entertain us. Thank you for the music and fun”.  Read more …..

 Read what we talked about when Liz chatted to Fee HERE

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots

New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry are back from visiting Kentucky. Turning the world of Blues Classics upside down, inside out and definitely rollin’ and tumblin’ is a new direction. Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots in their New Album Black To Blues has reshaped the genre without missing a beat, shuffle or riff. The EP of six tracks is a tribute to the blues roots and heroes of the band, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King & Albert King.

Opening with Built For Comfort, the sound is dense, deep and moody, the sound is not the low-calorie version – this is full fat, moonshine back to the woods with the air of sinister intent. Carry this much blues no one is going to be running anywhere. The lead break has the guitar howling with a density of growling riffs that then calm down into slow blues with sweet guitar licks and vocals that go from whiskey soaked roughness to honey tones of yearning. What a start, Built For Comfort heard many times BUT never like this.

Follow that! Easy for Black Stone Cherry on a roll as they stomp out the opening of Champagne & Reefer. The slide guitar slips and slides across the vocals as the smooth sound of the original from Muddy Waters is replaced with a slide that rocks, Faster, louder and more raucous, what is never lost for a beat is the sentiment. We know that Champagne is for when you are thirsty and Reefer to get high. No longer Chicago Blues it is BSC turning Black to Blue with an arrogance of understanding the music. Now we are joining Freddie King, Living In A Palace Of The King. The track is the darkest indigo blue how did they achieve this without losing the King feel? Chris revealed they “moved one note to make it more dark”.

Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man is reinvented without losing the heart and soul of the original. The sound is full-on rock capturing the big band sound via the Blues. Leaving you enthralled, breathless, reigniting your passion for the blues ignited originally during the explosion of British R n’ B sixty years ago as John Mayall and Peter Green, and the Rolling Stones re-invented the sound with blues that rocked with modernity.

No tribute to the blues is complete without a number from Albert King, the re-working of Born Under A Bad Sign is monstrous. Loud, bad and very dangerous in the right way Chris’ vocals spit out the lyrics and the rhythm is dramatic. Closing out with I Want To Be Loved, we re-visit the genius that is Muddy Waters. The Guitar is fast, on fire with determined blues licks. Fired up with the tone of the band BSC will always be loved for the style and honesty in the music they produce.

Across the six numbers, we have twenty-one minutes of Black Stone Charry covering classics. Expect the unexpected, expect the unique sound of the band blended through the tracks. What is missing from this compact, blues that whizzes around the block to be the new black Midnight Blue, is missing one thing a few more tracks of BSC originals in the genre of the blues now known as Black to Blues 2017.
We may have our wish. The blues is always a sage teacher, and making the ‘Black To Blues’ EP was a transformative experience for Black Stone Cherry. Chris says: “It was humbling and freeing at the same time. It reignited our passion for this music, and it will definitely have an effect on our next album.

The numbers crack like a pistol shot from a well-oiled six-shooter as Black Stone Cherry have covered but not Copied!

Black Stone Cherry – Black to Blues – Mascot Label Group

Out 29th September 2017

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Built For Comfort
  2. Champagne & Reefer
  3. Palace Of The King
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man
  5. Build Under A Bad Sign
  6. I Wanted To Be Loved

 

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

Black Country Communion

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 

 

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV  just what is required as Summer fades into Autumn. The news that Black Country Communion are releasing BCCIV on 22nd September via Mascot Label Group fills the world with a rich golden album cover of a fiery Phoenix rising, the album artwork reflecting the coming together of the supergroup four years after the release of Afterglow.  The original quartet is back together again, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham joining forces to deliver rock that fills the room.

The album BBCIV will definitely cause a stir, welcomed by fans of Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa and the Black Country Communion hard rock driven explosion of sonic delights.  As Joe says; If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

The album was written over four months, expanding and deepening the sound on the three previous albums.  All ten tracks on the album are co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.  Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ written by Joe.

We have a taster as the first single Collide is released.

 

 

Opening the album, the single lays down the ground the album will travel over, on a collision course of being the song to set the pace of the album. Collide was a collision of the original riff played by Glenn Hughes, written on the first day of working on BCCIV, then Joe came over and by lunch the song was complete. A collision of talents of Glen and Joe have created a riff driven number that swirls with rocking force through the speaker and cascades in tonal shape and force.

Opening with a count we have the opening chords and then Glenn’s vocals power in. With a controlled screech of determination Jason’s drums pick up the groove with a cascade of symbols and the guitar and bass drive Collide on to a point of no return. The throttle is eased and Derek’s keys add a tonal contrast. We have sonic distortion as the lead break pulls you deep into the music with its classic feel with added gritty edginess rock of the twenty-first century.  After just over four minutes you are left breathless with anticipation of what the next nine tracks will bring to the speaker. A date for your diary is definitely 22nd September for the big reveal.

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 

I am confident that Collide is a true reflection of the sound tempo and tonal shape of BCCIV. As Glenn explains “I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It’s a wake-up call.”

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV Black Country Communion back together for the 4th studio album. Collide ensures a collision course for a torrent of accolades that will challenge the Autumn fall.

 

 


Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

BCCIV Tracklisting

  1. Collide (4:07)
  2. Over My Head (4:06)
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place (7:57)
  4. Sway (5:24)
  5. The Cove (7:11)
  6. The Crow (6:00)
  7. Wanderlust (8:18)
  8. Love Remains (4:53)
  9. Awake (4:42)
  10. When The Morning Comes (7:56)

 

BCCIV release on 22 September and early 2018 there are two exclusive concerts in Europe at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (2 January 2018) and London Hammersmith Apollo (4 January 2018).

 

Read more about BCCIV HERE

Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017

Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017

Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017

 

Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017. Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release on 6 October 2017 of the “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” DVD, Blu-ray and DVD + 2CD from the incomparable Jeff Beck.  This release captures the moment, in the summer of 2016, when Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with a special concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl.  A fantastic line-up of guest artists joined him on stage and the show includes For Your Love, Beck’s Bolero, ’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Big Block, Over Under Sideways Down, A Day In The Life, Blue Wind and more!

The set list reached back to his first recordings with The Yardbirds in 1966 and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent album “Loud Hailer.” As the evening progressed he was joined by many of the great musicians he has collaborated with over the years including Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler. The show climaxed with the guests all joining forces for an exhilarating encore performance of “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a couple of months before the concert.

 

TRACKLISTING

1) The Revolution Will Be Televised   2) Over Under Sideways Down   3) Heart Full Of Soul    4) For Your Love   5) Beck’s Bolero   6) Medley: Rice Pudding / Morning Dew   7) Freeway Jam   8) You Never Know   9) ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers   10) Star Cycle   11) Blue Wind        12) Big Block   13) I’d Rather Go Blind   14) Let Me Love You   15) Live In The Dark             16) Scared For The Children   17) Rough Boy   18) Train Kept A’Rollin’   19) Shapes Of Things   20) A Day In The Life   21) Purple Rain

 

With “Live At The Hollywood Bowl”, Jeff Beck marks his half century of incredible music in true style.  This is a party like none other, hosted by one of the finest guitarists and performers ever joined by a cavalcade of special guests.

Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Teaser) by Jeff Beck on VEVO.

 

Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl Out October 2017

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting Extreme

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting Extreme

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting Extreme

 

 

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting Extreme

The O2 Pre-sale starts Wednesday, 2 August at 9am, followed by a Live Nation Pre-sale on Thursday 3 August at 9am. Tickets go on sale to the general public from livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk on Friday 4 August at 9am.

 

All cylinders are furiously firing, Dan Reed Network are back all guns blazing. With the recent release of their critically acclaimed album “Fight Another Day” safely in their pockets, the band have indulged Europe and the States in a fiery return to the touring circuit.

To celebrate their upcoming special guest appearance on EXTREME’S December UK tour, on Monday 31st July, Dan Reed Network will launch the official music video for their single “Infected”

 “DRN is honoured to be touring with EXTREME this December in the UK,” says Dan Reed.  “The funk rock scene of the late 80’s early 90’s was an exciting, inventive era in the music scene and to be sharing the stage with one of a handful of bands that championed that movement will be nothing but good times on stage for us, and a raucous experience for the audience. This tour promises to be an adrenaline fuelled evening of soaring melodies, infectious grooves and a party atmosphere that we in the band are truly excited about being a part of, and we are tremendously grateful to be on the road with such a talented and innovative band. Time to funk it up big time!”

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting Extreme

Dan Reed Network features Rob Daiker (keyboards, vocals), Melvin Brannon II (bass, vocals), Brion James (guitar, vocals), Dan Pred (drums, vocals) and Dan Reed (lead vocals).

What the critics are saying about
– Dan Reed Network –

“If the Dan Reed Network is headed for a venue near you, grab a ticket for what is a terrific – if unorthodox – night of music experience that is sure to set your heart beating dangerously fast.”
Terry Caster – Yorkshire Evening Post

“Dan Reed Network’s second coming is a shining recent example of an audience keeping the faith and a band rediscovering its mojo.  Long may they, and their loyal followers, prosper.”
David Randall – Get Ready To Rock

“You just have to take one look at the stage, you see a band who is enjoying every moment of this ride, they have a new lease of life. Each member of the group is beaming from the stage throughout.”
Adam Kennedy – National Rock Review

“When I hear an actual piper starting up Scotland the Brave, I figure that someone has it as their ringtone. As far as entrances go, this is right up there with Freddie Mercury aloft Darth Vader’s shoulders. You literally had to be there.”
Dave Stott – Devil’s Gate Media

Bluesdoodles said about Fight Another Day “The choreography of sound creates a soundscape of words often thought-provoking against a rock melody that wraps you in a comfort blanket of sound. ….. the band is definitely Standing Tall as the last notes fade with Funk Rock reinvented for today while still true to the fans of the 1980’s”. Read More……

Bluesdoodles Saw DNR live “With the refrain She Is Everything, I thought yes and so has Dan Reed Network. Combining Rock with twists and twirls of modern music a multiplicity of tempos, tone and perfect timing.” Read More……

EXTREME
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS DAN REED NETWORK

DECEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

Newcastle O2 Academy – Wednesday 13th December
Glasgow O2 Academy – Thursday 14th December
Leeds O2 Academy – Saturday 16th December
Birmingham O2 Academy – Sunday 17th December
Bristol O2 Academy – Monday 18th December
London O2 Academy Brixton – Wednesday 20th December

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting Extreme

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

JANUARY 2018 UK DATES

PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE
WEDNESDAY 2nd AUGUST 2017 AT 9AM FROM www.planetrock.com

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FRIDAY 4th AUGUST
24 HOUR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 844 0444
www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Tickets: www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

24 HR Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue: 0870 320 7000

London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 4th January 2018

Tickets: www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

24 HR Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue: 020 8563 3800

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Taking their name from the industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.

Back with BCCIV – the hiatus is suspended.. Solo career  projects are on hold and Black country Communion are back with new album and two live dates in the U.K. to kick-start 2018. BCC has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, also a powerful live act, as they challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can.

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK DatesNow, seven years on from its inception, Bonamassa feels the time is right to bring the original BCC line-up back for album #4.

“We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves,” comments Glenn Hughes. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Aferglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound.  If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

 

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.  Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ which was written by Joe.

Here’s a breakdown of the songs on “BCCIV” in the words of Glenn Hughes:

COLLIDE
“I had written the riff to this song in the morning of the first day of writing BCCIV. Joe came over and I played him the riff, and we finished the song before lunch. I had a feeling that Collide would set the pace for the record.”

OVER MY HEAD
“This was a song I had written after a session with Joe. It was kind of like One Last Soul where I had written a song and was unsure if it would fit our style simply because it was more mainstream. One Last Soul definitely clicked with Rock fans, and got a lot of Radio airplay. Over My Head is in the same ballpark, big groove and memorable chorus. I can hear it on the radio.”

THE LAST SONG FOR MY RESTING PLACE
“I was intrigued by the notion of Wallace Hartley (violinist and band leader on the Titanic).  The fact that he played everyone off the ship to the detriment of himself brings you back to a more selfless time in our history. I don’t believe the conditions are around in 2017 for something or someone like that to step forward and be recognised.  I felt that his story and this song played well on this album. His violin is in a private collection and survives to this day.” – JB

“Joe had two parts to this song: the intro and outro where the track is suited with a mandolin and fiddle. The middle part, heavy and dramatic and dark. Absolutely love Joe’s vocal on this song. A tale of the Titanic going down into the deep, and a violin that would perish alongside its many fateful passengers.” – GH

SWAY
“A swagger riff leads the way on this track. We changed the groove, when Jason suggested it should have a “Smooth Criminal” Michael Jackson vibe. This was how Jason’s Dad, John, would have approached it in Led Zep. I’m mesmerized by the beat in the verse, and when it hits the chorus it’s full on Classic Rock, once again the vocal is carrying the message.”

THE COVE
“Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I’m still shaking my head in astonishment.”

“I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful souls are murdered by hunters in the coastal town of Taiji, Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered. I have been working with Ric O’Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless and horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades.”

“My heart aches as I watch on live stream what happens in the Cove. I ask you all to listen to this song and understand how deeply affected we all are as animal and sea life protectors. The Dolphin Project has changed my life, and to my dying day I will be of service to be a protector of all inhabitants that live in the sea. There will be a video for this song. Thanks to Ric and his son Lincoln for supplying the footage.”

THE CROW
“It was time to get up out of our chairs in the writing session and stand up to find a pulse for this rock song. All push and pull, coming and sounding like the Joe and Glenn song ‘Black Country’ from BCC1. I wanted to reference the Crow, who watches over our band.”

WANDERLUST
“Hats off to Joe for bringing this idea into the session with an insane verse groove. Love Derek’s grand piano lead into the last verse. I wanted to take the chorus to a very melodic Abbey Road vocal vibe. I’ve always been a wanderer, always returning, coming home with a sense of lessons learned and never leaving my spiritual path.”

LOVE REMAINS
“I wrote this song for my Dad on the flight back to the UK for his Memorial Service. When I went to record it, my Mom had also just passed away. So I sang it for the both of them. I was installed with a greater sense of gratitude. I used a mid-falsetto vocal on the chorus to add sensitivity to the melody that I had written. The content is quite simple. When the last breath is taken only love remains.”

AWAKE
“A song about living forever. A song for the Loyal. A song for the evergreen. I wanted to ramp up the chorus and relive the long nights of freedom.”

WHEN THE MORNING COMES
“The feeling I had with this song, was I had woken up from a dream and walked down the hill through the field to be by the water at my home. Most of my work involves themes of coming home to be by the sea. The last song on this album finds me in a safe place, almost like the ending of the Wizard of Oz, surrounded by Joe, Jason, Derek and Kevin. Our brotherhood – long may we continue.”

WITH YOU I GO **
“To find someone who can share your journey, is in the hands of fate. We meet many people throughout our lives, some relationships, are life lessons on how we grow and learn.
But when you have found or met your significant other, who happens to be your soulmate is absolutely life-changing. With You I Go is a song about, whatever happens, I’m with you, because it was meant to be. I’ve done my best, now you can rest, on my shoulder.”

** Bonus track on vinyl edition only.

 

Bluesdoodles is excited about the New Album BCCIV is the golden Phoenix fired by Rock and is looking forward to reviewing the songs.

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

 

 

Shamans Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic

Shamans Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic

Shamans Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic

 

Shaman’s Harvest Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic. Their latest album as they cut across the genres, pulling the tones together with a dark and purposeful intent.  You know that this will be an album that will both challenge and intrigue when after the track listing on the album cover there is the phrase –  For the record, no goats were killed in the making of Red Hands Black Deeds. This conjures up the feel of a mystic pagan past, devil and music that will invoke the dark side of rock. The album has a depth of sound that evokes the past, reflecting the use of vintage amps, strong lyrics that rock around the beat pulling in Mowtown and the headlines of the day.

Summertime may be when the album is released; but to understand the anxiety that is apparent throughout the dozen tracks we have to go back to the inception of Red Hands Black Deeds. The journey of Shaman’s Harvest’s Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic began back in November 2016. A time of tension and anxiety in a divided nation deciding who would be the next President of USA. As they explore new concepts the maturity of sound and confidence in production reflects the ups and downs bands go through on and off the road since their debut album, Last Call for Goose Creekin, back in 1999. Shaman’s Harvest have persevered through singer Nathan Hunt’s battle with cancer. The quartet’s determination and focus has led them to an album that will stand out for its difference, with the use of melodic cadences that are beguiling building on the tonal texture of Nathan’s distinctive vocals. The lead guitar of Derrick Shipp lays down a mysterious melody with the rhythmic addition of Josh Hammler’s guitar.  Matt Fisher’s bass lays down grooves that are deep with an iron edge, and the beating drum of Adam Zemanek evoking memories from the past and draws the listener into the here and now of this album.  It is hardly surprising that they are in demand to play live ad reflected in the caliber of bands they have opened for AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Nickelback and Cheap Trick the list goes on but you get the picture.

The dozen track album adds to the discography with tracks that have layers of sound complexity delivered with ease. This is music which whilst challenging rests easy on the ear. It is music you want to listen to.

The title track and prelude takes us to the dark recess of our musical brain as a sonic picture is created. This is a hazy misty past full of dread as tribal memories are pulled to the surface of our memories. This has raw, primeval beats; a case of American Indian meets medieval courts. The vocals acting as the drone we are being taken to a different time and place where red hands carried out black deeds.  Then the sonic tone changes with a deep dark bass and cascade of guitar as The Broken Ones picks up on the theme hinted at on the opening number. Who are the Broken Ones? Anyone who has been disenfranchised, immigrants and native American ancestors of Hunt. The music has a purity of purpose a counterpoint to the cynical lyrics showing the past and now are mirror images of themselves with society broken.

The harvest of lyrics on the album has garnered together the feeling of the relentless and unchanging actions of people that create a dark chasm resulting in a fertile resource for songwriting and always that element that keeps us going, demanding change the hope it will change for the better.

Three tracks in and the vista opens with the first single of the album. The music has a crisp freshness and a chorus that has a catchy feel as we get The Come Up.  This is a track that swaggers with hope and energy as the sun bursts with Mowtown-fuelled energy from behind the darker clouds of previous tracks. An acknowledgement that sometimes you cannot change things.

Civil unrest and war connects the semi-acoustic, vocal lead number A Longer View and The Devil in Our Wake. Linking back to loss, marginalization and no clear path of solution.   Loss of homeland and identity leading to hatred and hurt. Into the mix is blues influenced, Soul Crusher as Texan guitar picks up the Mowtown foot tapping – let’s dance feel we all need some of this fun beat as a slave to our souls.  Keeping with the shading from the blues Off the Tracks.

The album keeps on giving, the lyrics and shaping of tones often gives a complete feel; this is music that the band cares about and have given deep thought to the track listing and the melding of tones from across the genres. Not leading to a mish-mash of tones and no sense of direction Red Hands Black Deeds is considered, thoughtful hand takes on a journey where we confront the hardship and reality of many people’s lives. The penultimate track cools the tempo down with acoustic stripped down country number Tusk and Bone. We need this space as we have explored the darkness of society. Leaving the last track and one more surprising twist in the road as Scavengers hit our speakers.  Yes, electric but has a stripped back natural feel as the vocals come from afar and the rough texture of the sound brings us back to primeval mysteries. There is still one more gift a moment of silence and then a hidden nugget of fun.

Shaman’s Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic full of intrigues, delivers huge hooks, deep bass and powerful lyrics that have something to say wrapped up with powerful rock Shaman’s Harvest Red Hands Black Deeds delivers on every level.

Shamans Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic

Shaman’s Harvest – Red Hands Black Deeds – Mascot Records

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Red Hands Black Deeds
  2. Broken Ones
  3. The Come Up
  4. A Longer View
  5. Soul Crusher
  6. Off The Tracks
  7. Long Way Home
  8. The Devil In Our Wake
  9. Blood Trophies
  10. So Long
  11. Tusk and Bone
  12. Scavengers

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Shamans Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

 

The anticipation had been growing day by day as June faded fueled by the release of (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ from the forthcoming King King album Exile & Grace. Having not seen the band we love to follow hear live, six months had past since we welcomed Alan Nimmo, Wayne Proctor, Lindsey Coulson and Bob Fridzema on stage. Before that moment Bad Touch had the task of warming an audience already hot with excitement.

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchBad Touch filled the stage with charisma and the driving force of their Southern Rock, Rock n’ Roll energy and panache.  With Robert Glendinning back on lead guitar after a short sabbatical, adding his vibe to the quintet, and with the vivacious head of hair on vocals, Stevie Westwood; rhythm guitarist Daniel Seekings and a rhythm section drummer George Drewry & Michael Bailey on Bass they were on top form.  This was a set where they may have sung 99% but the energy was off the richter scale they wanted Bristol to have fun tonight. The slide guitar work from Glendinning cemented his role in the band and the interaction with Daniel Seekings had the guitars singing in a disorderly, melodic party of Rock n Roll mayhem.  Truth Be Told, the apt title of their latest album, the set was short, no time for small talk as they squeezed in every ounce of energy into the songs, we have heard on Planet Rock and Outlaw, every band should have a cowboy song.  The cheers were huge as Bob Fridzema joined in the last night party atmosphere at the Fleece to warm up before the main event. Bad Touch, turn every note into golden southern rock nuggets absolutely modern as they build on retro power; they are back on the road again very soon.

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July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchA short break ensued allowing friends to catch up at The Fleece, and then King King stepped on stage the warmth flowed from the band and the crowded venue.  King King were back in Bristol and on fine form. We wanted to hear old favourites and be part of the lucky few to hear live the first single to have been released from Exile & Grace; (She Don’t) Gimme No Loving. Tonight they did not disappoint they gave us so much happiness, feeling of joy King King have the knack of pleasing the fans, leave us wanting more always something from the back catalogue we wished they had played.  Tonight they were happy to be on stage combined with a raw energy they wanted to play above the expectations of the fans and connect to those hearing the band the first time.

Alan’s smile was broad and genuine, not a showman’s face; with his red kilt , guitar in hand including a blue plaster over a cut finger he made every one welcome to Saturday night at  The Fleece.

The set comprised nine numbers plus Let Love In the encore we have come to expect and gives the audience the opportunity to be the community choir led by the kilted wonder that is Alan Nimmo.  The mutual joy was definitely shared on stage and in the audience

With a mix of numbers from the live and studio albums saw the welcomed return of Heavy Load. Originally a Free number given the Nimmo treatment his guitar work was as ever magical and the slight slip of the stings replicated a rare Free outtake! Alan chortled at the end of the song.  Interspersed were crowd pleasers that have become the heart of the bands DNA You Stopped The Rain and Long History of Love. The opportunity for the band to get funky and the audience to dance, despite being curtailed by space clap our hands on All Your Life. What fun with Bob’s hands as ever throughout the evening caressing the Hammond making it sing in harmony with Alan’s vocals that were on top form tonight. Into the mix the muscle of the rhythm from bassist Lindsay whose strings gave a rich depth of funkiness and Wayne’s drumming hitting out a vibe that showered The Fleece with percussive force and energy.

Then there was the first opportunity to hear (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’. The cheers were rapturous before a note was played as Alan thanked everyone for buying the single so it was No.1 on UK Blues Chart.  The number is a perfect single, introducing us to the album Exile & Grace out later this year. The hooks are sharp, the lyric memorable and beat infectious. Rockier that many of their other numbers, the sound invokes sound of British Rock ‘n Roll with a definite hint of Thunder in the air. The single is 100% King King and will become a firm favourite as it is an ear worm of ticklish delight.

Having reviewed King King for many years two things always strike me after the show. Firstly; you are left euphoric the blues rock they deliver pleases the crowd, they always entertain. Secondly, King King connect to your soul, with a feeling of friendship, belonging to a fellowship cemented by this is why LIVE MUSIC has a special power every time.

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King King set List
More Than I Can Take (Standing In The Shadows)
Wait On Time (Live)
Rush Hour (Reaching For The Light)
You Stopped The Rain (Reaching For The Light)
Long History of Love (Standing In The Shadows)
Waking Up (Reaching For The Light)
Heavy Load (Standing In The Shadows)
Gimme No Lovin’ (Exile & Grace)
All Your Life (Take My Hand)
Stranger To Love (Reaching For The Light)

Encore
Let Love In

 

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch