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

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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

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

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy LEAVE THEIR MARK WITH NEW ALBUM
LEGACY
OUT AUGUST 25TH
VIA BIG MACHINE RECORDS
Leaving a lasting impression on fans across the globe with their high-octane live show and chart-topping songwriting skills, THE CADILLAC THREE continue to make their mark with LEGACY, out August 25th on Big Machine Records. The project fueled with lyrics of life moments from weddings and babies to celebrating their road-tested brotherhood as the three Nashville natives craft 11 songs exuding pure honesty over driving melodies.

The Cadillac Three Delivers New Album Legacy
The trio brings the same energy from their sold-out crowds into the studio, self-producing the new music. As critics have suggested “There is no doubt that The Cadillac Three have never been ones to play by the traditional rules of country music…” (Rare Country).The Cadillac Three will travel the world this summer, performing for their rabid fan base at Download Festival in Paris, France with Linkin Park on the 9th of June and in the UK with Aerosmith on the 11th. They also have a full summer tour of the USA and Canada, taking in cities across the whole of America. For tour dates and album updates, visit the home of The  Cadillac Three 

Bluesdoodles are always delighted when The Cadillac Three announce a new project.
This is what we have written about the threesome previously
Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016Album review – Bury Me In My Boots – This was a Ten Paw album then and now – we said “Cadillac Three, have written fourteen tracks of energised rocked up country steeped in southern delights, which work as a narrative within and album. For everyone who have had the joy to see them live, Graffiti, Party Like You , White Lightning and Peace Love & Dixie take you straight back to steamy, hot pack live music venues.”  Read the rest of the review HERE 
Live Review @ Tramshed, Cardiff – Read why this was a hot and steamy night of many fantastic music memories HERE

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

 

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

Thomas Wynn and The Believers album Wade Waist Deep their third album and should get the name known far and wide with this cross over album that is not a road trip but the weaving of the lexicon of American music from roots to rock.  Labelled a Rock album Wade Waist Deep is so much more  exploring how we can build an open better world, not through preaching but a common understanding of tolerance and love. Wade Waist Deep moves beyond the confessional songwriting as he sought relief from heartbreak and addiction on the previous album and look beyond self to a collective conscience. The music is mature, thoughtful with strong lyrics, powerful harmonies and ear catching melodic rhythms. For Thomas Wynn, life & music have changed since the birth of his son Abel a year ago; “It’s that yearning, that longing for the person that you want to be,” says Wynn.

Joining Thomas as The believers are his sister Olivia, her vocals have a searing purity shaping harmonies that sing with an ethereal energy. With vintage Hammond sound from Colin Daniel Fei and wail of  the blues harmonica from Chris ‘Bell’ Antemesaris. The rhythm and deep grooves are laid down by  David Wagner and Ryan Miranda; on bass & drums respectively.  Enough of the background what about the music? It is superb from the first note to the last, clarion clear, gentle and urgent full of light and dark phrasing from every member of Thomas Wynn and the Believers.

Opening with a harmony of voices Man Out Of Time lets us step onto the spiritual musical journey this album will take us on over the dozen tracks. This is primeval, raw and full of growing tension as the blues captured and shaped the sound is hypnotic as we learn about Man Out Of Time. The chorus is melodic vocal wail no words required as the emotion unfurl, calling us to explore the music and lyrics.  ‘In The darkness light was mine’ intones Olivia as the music builds around her this is raw power energy that rocks.  Following on is the title track, the drums are hypnotic the guitar wields the power of the six-strings as Thomas’ voice implores  as we go down to the water and we are Waist Deep in the water.  A title track soaked in emotion the guitar weeps and Thomas finds the tonal texture to ‘wash my feet wash my soul… and I will find my Peace’. This is rock that is full of nuances and is not about the volume but tcomposition of melody and lyrics taking us out of ourselves to be part of the story that Thomas Wynn and The Believers are sharing.

Heartbreak Alley, the angst is raw, the organ swelling with emotion the singing from Olivia soulful and powerful. The album now has three different sounds and they are held together by a narrative that flows and the linking back to the wealth of music that has shaped modern America. If you are exploring life then Death cannot be ignored and with the powerful rhythms from David & Ryan shaping the emotional outpouring from Thomas’s vocals and the cascading harmonies as Olivia joins him on My Eyes Won’t Be Open; with the Hammond adding tonal depth after the chorus this is a song that remains long after the last note is sung.

The guitar opening of I Don’t Regret is sweet, with acoustic feel and adds another element to the yearning in Thomas’ vocal, simple with an inherent beauty.  As the guitar volume increases the music opens up like sun coming out from behind a cloud the music fills the room.  Gospel meets Country Rock and we realise that regretting what has been done is pointless it is the future that can be changed.

The rock in the band falls out of the speaker with the penultimate number We Could All Die Screaming; volume and intensity are raised but the clarity is never lost. This is Thomas with a determination in the delivery of the vocals, a tinge of anger and it builds throughout the four minutes. Closing with Turn It To Gold, the intensity is captured as the musicians bring an album to a climax.  The bass deep and with a drone like quality catches the ear with wonder a rock anthem that is so much more.

Wade Waist Deep has layers of complexity, thought-provoking vocals and a message never preaching it is about Country Rock from a band that has something to say connecting us all back to Orlando, Florida where they live. Through a to Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, where the band recorded Wade Waist Deep with four-time Grammy award-winning producer, Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Jack White, Chris Stapleton). “I really wanted to do it outside of our hometown,” said Wynn. For the month of August 2016, Wynn and The Believers went on a journey to a sonic place that’s big, bright, and visionary.

If I had to describe the album full of complexity in a simple sentence.  Spiritual, Country Rock that has gathered into the music blues, soul; with the awakening hope brings when combined with the power of love. This is Life in Music, things can be different, it can be better.  I thoroughly recommend you immerse yourself and Wade Waist Deep in to the musical waters that are Thomas Wynn and The Believers.

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Wade- Waist Deep Mascot Group Label

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Track Listing

  1. Man Out Of Time
  2. Wade Waist Deep
  3. Heartbreak Alley
  4. My Eyes Won’t Open
  5. Thin Love
  6. I Don’t Regret
  7. You Can’t Hurt Me
  8. Mountain Fog
  9. Burn As One
  10. Feel The Good
  11. We Could All Die Screaming
  12. Turn It Into Gold

Thomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist Deep

Omission The Magpie Salute Single From Debut Album

Omission The Magpie Salute Single From Debut Album
photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Omission The Magpie Salute Single From Debut Album

BRAND NEW SINGLE

OMISSION

Out June 9th through Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Magpie Salute releasing ‘Omission’ a brand-new single from their forthcoming self-titled debut album. The Album’s release date is 9th June 2017 through Eagle Rock, Entertainment.

Bluesdoodles, listen to the single and thought Explosive. Opening with raw, loud guitar that leads into a swelling of rhythm from drums and bass. Then with a swirl of energy the singing Magpie joins the salute to Rock that rolls with verve and attitude. No wonder the four nights they played recently at Under The Bridge in London were a sell out and the music acclaimed full of Black Crowes and more. Now with Omission, no omissions here with this debut band original composition. Omission encapsulates the mood and sound that  is shaping the band.  which is also the new band’s sole original composition.

The band will be returning to play dates in Europe this summer before on embarking on a full US headline tour. Full list of dates here.

Who are The  Magpie Salute?

Rich Robinson and Marc  Ford will be former Crowes bassist Sven Pipien, drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The group also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including Robinson, Ford, lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.

The new Album The Magpie Salute, release date 9th June 2017, produced by Crowes guitarist and co-founder Rich Robinson, the musically tight and expansive album recorded live-in-the-studio in front of an audience at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York, except for the brand-new studio track and single ‘Omission’.

The album carries special significance as it marks the last recorded work by Eddie Harsch, the late Black Crowes keyboardist whose signature sound and gentle soul are woven into The Magpie Salute.

There’s a musical freedom on the band’s debut album, reflecting the musicians’ wide-ranging roots in the diverse selections of tracks, with half of the 10 songs coming in at over seven minutes in length.

The new album offers fresh takes of The Black Crowes’ ‘What Is Home’ and ‘Wiser Time’ and new interpretations of songs ‘Comin’ Home’ by Delaney and Bonnie, Bobby Hutcherson’s ‘Goin’ Down South’, War’s ‘War Drums’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Fearless’, The Faces’ ‘Glad and Sorry’, Bob Marley’s ‘Time Will Tell’, (which The Black Crowes covered on their second album), and the traditional song ‘Ain’t No More Cane’.

Omission The Magpie Salute Single From Debut Album
photo credit: Shervin Lainez

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

 

Tonight the last Friday of April the packed St David’s Hall was treated to a programme of two halves. A musical programme of two movements. The first Prog Rock modern, progressive and pertinent as Steve Hackett unveiled live numbers from his stunning album The Night Siren and dipping onto four of his many solo albums.  The second helping on this musical palette of delights was a revisiting of Genesis, the majority drawn from Wind and Wuthering celebrating forty years since its release.

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall CardiffFor two hours, reality suspended as St David’s Hall was bathed in the multi-instrumental tones and textures created by Steve Hackett and the musicians that surround him. With an array of wind instruments including flute, penny whistle and soprano sax, keys, and a mixture of electronic wizardry, Rob Townsend; behind him surrounded by keys Roger King; the rhythm section of Gary O’Toole behind a sparkling shield of cymbals and bassist Nick Beggs with fretless and twin-necked instruments; and joining the stage for the second half vocalist Nad Sylvan.

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall CardiffWith a discography full of depth and interest the night started with a dip into his third solo album Spectral Mornings and Every Day with the soprano sax adding brightness and colour we knew this wasn’t going to be an everyday performance we were in for something special. Gently easing us in with the familiar we were soon hearing the new album, the dramatic instrumental El Niňo so early on a number that was going to be one of the many highlights of the evening.  The music from the instruments was woven in to a sonic technicolour coat of shape and form, prog rock that enthralled, informs and takes you deep within yourself. Three other tracks from the Night Siren were incorporated into the first set, as he stepped back into the past The Steppes fitted seamlessly into the collection with its Eastern feel.

 

The light show throughout added a sense of drama as the swirling patterns fell across the stage then up through the tiers that form the many faceted auditorium of St David’s Hall. As we stepped into The Skeleton Gallery the music live reinforcing the power of Steve Hackett’s latest recording and then to the album’s opening track Behind The Smoke. With a political comment about Brexit, an audience divided Steve reminded us that his lineage included Polish refugees. He sang the lyrics that explore the despair of the displaced and how borders contain. Whilst the music crossed all boundaries finding a common coming together through the power of the musical note tonight in Cardiff.  This emotional masterpiece should be the earworm that dictates our walk through life and how we meet and greet strangers from a different place. Last visit to the album is Serpentine, dedicated to his father and gentler times. Inspired by his father selling paintings in Hyde Park, London.  Closing out the set with Rise Again and Shadow Of The Hierophant; with Nick Beggs sitting on the floor using his bass pedals creating a spellbinding atmosphere. We had been on a voyage as acolytes and the feet of superb musicians who deliver prog rock that is mesmerizing, entertaining and often beautiful music, that cascades and falls away leaving a thoughtful phrase or question.

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall CardiffThe Second set, was much anticipated with the Cardiff crowd looking forward to old favourites and hearing Wind & Wuthering tracks live once again.  Opening with Eleventh Earl of Mar we were once again introduced to the vocals of Nad Sylvan. They are a beguiling mix of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins yet never pale imitations Nad brings his own sonic quality and vocal interpretations to every number. The cheer for One For the Vine, when announced was loud and very happy. Cardiff prog rockers were delighted. Then the atmosphere changed as we were treated to an Acoustic Noodle, Steve on stage with acoustic guitar joined by the band at the end a quiet interlude, with classical guitar playing, hints of flamenco and a moment of reflection. The quiet was broken with Blood on the Rooftops, and with Inside Out written by Phil Collins, an early lyric that was left off the final cut of Wind And Wuthering; a Cinderella song quipped Hackett, included tonight as it fits in with the rest. Closing out the set that highlighted the power of Genesis was Musical Box, a wonderful atmospheric number, Nad, using the tambourine to great effect as he added drama to the lyrics. Tonight was a great nostalgic set of Genesis classics.

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff​St David’s Hall was resplendent in the glow of Prog Rock from Steve Hackett and his band of musicians, we had been bathed in lights of every hue and taken on a journey through the power of lyrics and the complexities of multi-instruments exploring the notes of the octaves. The sound was superb, the audience attentive and as one rose as The Musical Box faded. The encore the perfect Genesis titled number Los Endos. This must not be the end, Steve Hackett and his Progressive Rock is welcome back in town anytime. For me I enjoyed the reminiscent quality of the Genesis numbers, they are familiar and safe, BUT the new solo numbers have an edge and intimacy they are modernity looking forward not back.

The tour continues check out dates and venues HERE A musical journey to be enjoyed and definitely not missed!

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland

Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland

Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland

Live Albums capture a moment, freezing the live sound into the grooves that you can take home and play. Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland comprises fifteen impeccable tracks across two CDs and does more that capture you in the moment. The album is a total immersion into a world where the blues based Tedeschi Trucks Band takes you to sonic places that enthrall and leave you breathless with joy.  The lengths of the tracks vary from short and sweet Within You, Without You, full of Eastern mysticism and crowds whoops as the Beatles number is delivered with a delicacy and passion; through to the other end of the spectrum of nearly fifteen minutes of Tedeschi magic on I Want More complete with a Soul Sacrifice outro; could be self-indulgent time filling. Not under the hands of the jamming, improvisation virtuosity led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi every track is full of stylish twists and turns a music fairy dust of those special wow moments.  The twelve-piece band gives Trucks and Tedeschi the choice of the sound they want to create as the instruments are at times maximized to full tonal depth and volume; or diminished into the powerful simplicity of vocals and keys. Every combination is used as the music played by Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland creates a sonic mural of deep tonal pleasure. The colouring from the broad spectrum palette of jazz, the power hammer of rock, the hit of funk and the roots of the Blues that holds the Tedeschi sound together.

Picking out a few numbers from this magnum opus, is a real challenge. Leonard Cohen’s Bird On The Wire must be one, the combination of Susan Tedeschi’s vocals and Kofi Burbridge keys are a combination that is full of sensitivity, passion and music that sears straight to the heart.  Then there is the re-working of I Pity The Fool, dominated by the vocals on this Bobby Blue Bland’s classic; the horns section pulling you deep into the vibe created.  We all love a stomp, Sleepy John Estes’ Leavin’ Trunk provides this in buckets changing the tempo and providing a cascade of tones, and textures as horns guitar and vocals deliver a sound that is uncomplicated but full of interest as they explore the depths of the blues.

Into the mix of clever covers add the growing discography of Tedeschi Trucks numbers where they have input into the writing we have a selection of numbers that explores the musical journey that has been the sound track of the last hundred years. As ever Dereck Trucks guitar is majestic.  Full of licks and riffs adding a luscious tone to every track as the interplay between the other instruments and Susan’s vocals create a sound board full of delights.

You may ask, do you want another live album with its mix of originals and re-working of classics that you already have numerous variations of and the original? Do you want another Tedeschi Trucks Band Album where half a dozen tracks are from last year’s album Let Me Get By? For me the answer is a resounding YES! Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland, is full of fresh vitality and a pure hedonistic pleasure to sit and listen to from beginning to end time and time again.


Tedeschi Trucks BandLive From The Fox OaklandFantasy Records

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

Disc One

  1. Don’t Know What It Means
  2. Keep On Growing
  3. Bird On the Wire
  4. Don’t Drift Away
  5. I Want More (Soul Sacrifice Outro)
  6. I Pity That Fool
  7. Ali
  8. Let Me Get By
  9. Anyhow

Disc Two

  1. Right On Time
  2. Leavin’ Trunk
  3. Within You, Without You
  4. Just As Strange
  5. Crying Over You
  6. These Walls (feat Alam Khan)

Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more

 

 

Tonight, was the juxtaposition of classic rock courtesy of Led Zeppelin favourites with the Heart of England Orchestra, renamed for the UK Tour with Zep Boys Black Dog Orchestra.  Tonight the Colston Hall stage had the unusual combination of Marshall Stacks with music stands for strings and brass; with the drummer front and left of stage held within a Perspex cage.

Australian Zep Boys have a passion for Zep’s music and have created something more than a tribute band. Does it work for me a mix of yes and maybe? The Colston Hall audience was definitely won over as they got up and danced and cheered the boys from down under. The lightshow was spectacular and the musicianship superb. For me though there was something missing, the orchestration by Nick Buck was good, but something was missing. What was it? Then it dawned on me it was the freedom of improvisation that a live rock show has that makes live music have that element of danger and interest as the rock on stage goes off-piste.

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and moreThe thirty-Five piece Black Dog Orchestra added a new dimension of strings, brass and woodwind. The trombones overpowered at times, and more cellos would have given a deeper tonal texture. Upfront was the Zep Boys who knew how to rock with Vince Contario leading with vocals that capture the essence of Robert Plant. Joining Vince were Tzan Niko with a phalanx of guitars including the trademark double neck; bassist Warwick Cheatle and in his cage drummer Bradley Polain, who in 2017, thrity-Seven years after the untimely death of John Bonham found the inner Bonzo in the delivery of Moby Dick. The set list was divided in two halves and there is no doubt that some worked better than others in this experimental format.

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and moreThe opening of the evening with Black Dog Orchestra, was an intriguing overture and insight into the evening as Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven Kashmir and other snippets flowed out over the auditorium.

The first set highlight was The Rain Song, though it did lose the balladic form with the addition of the orchestra. Ending with Rock n’ Roll the audience were left wanting more; there were a lot of happy  Zep fans in the house tonight.

Opening the second set with Kashmir, the combination really worked the sound was balanced and the ethereal sound of the orchestra exploded with a wall of lush strings cascading over the guitar.  In the set was Stairway to Heaven another outing for the twin-neck from Nico as was Song Remains The Same.  Closing the night with Whole Lotta Love, the audience went wild and there was a lot of love on the room for Zep Boys and Black Dog Orchestra.

The combination was a crowd pleasing winner, proving once again the power of Zeppelin’s songs. Rock is a flexible beast and Led Zeppelin discography certainly met the world of classic instruments front on and came out on top.  Yes, the combination of Marshalls and violin stands worked most of the time and certainly the first tour to the UK of Zep Boys combining with Black Dog Orchestra is a success in the eyes of the audience last night in Colston Hall.

 

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more

Burnt Out Wreck Springs into Action with debut Swallow

Burnt Out Wreck Springs into Action with debut Swallow

Burnt Out Wreck Springs into Action with debut Swallow

 

There is no doubt that the promise of the debut album from ex Heavy Pettin’s Gary Moat & Burnt Out Wreck, brings a tingle of anticipation. Do not expect a re-run of HP style this is Burnt Out Wreck with its own exciting take on the rock n roll the band want to play and you to love. Scotland’s rock n roll giant Gary Moat steps out from behind the drums and leads the charge on vocals and guitar. Joining Gary are Adrian Dunn and Miles Goodman adding layers of guitar tone, deep riffs and licks that excite. Now we need deep rhythms to build on Gary’s rhythm guitar, from bassist Alex Carmichael and Paul Gray’s drums. Adding another layer of voice to the band are Adrian and Alex on backing vocals.

The music rocks, with attitude and sears through the room turn it up loud, and party rock music, the rock is melodic and the beat infectious. Opening with Burnt Out Wreck, the band laid down its credentials. From the oft the music is British rock full of good time vibes and Gary Moats vocals have bluesy rock contour and at times gives the album an AC/DC feel, is the that a bad thing?.. not in my book. The instrumentation and play between guitars throughout gives the sound a texture that is melodic, gritty and at times with the lightest of touches on other tracks. Next on the Wreck airwaves is Swallow now the music hardens with a dirty grime ridden riff; nothing complicated this is classic rock for good times as you swallow the beverage of choice.

Medusa, where the guitar is blistering hot and not to be mistaken for the other 2010 number of the same name. This is like Burnt Out Wreck a number that is rising from the ashes a Phoenix of a number from the remnants of Mother’s Ruin. Followed by Flames, we are not ever getting burnt by this as the number is solid 70’s classic rock. As the album steps towards the closing number, we slow down after the fist-thumping previous numbers Your Love (Is All I Need) a ballad that belongs on every rock album and will have the audiences singing along. How to follow a ballad; explore the roots of rock, the parent and dip into the blues with Rocking Man. This is blues rock that will get everyone stamping the ground, and partying all night long. Closing with Best Of Your Life, this may not be the best or greatest album, but it will be one you return to with a smile on your face.

Burnt Out Wreck Springs into Action with debut Swallow; the action is good this is rock that puts a spring in any rockers boots.

Burnt Out Wreck – Swallow –  Released on TRHRC through Cherry Red Records

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Burnt Out Wreck
  2. Swallow
  3. She’s the One
  4. Pulling It Out
  5. Talk About Love
  6. Medusa
  7. Flames
  8. She’s A Dirty Lover
  9. Your Love (Is All I Need)
  10. Rocking Man
  11. Best Of Your Life