DANA FUCHS U.K. Tour May 2015

Dana Fuchs on tour, the albums have been a wonderful introduction BLISS AVENUE and SONGS FROM THE ROAD now see the artistry live…

May

11th Bristol The Tunnels
13th London The Borderline
14th Chislehurst Beaverwood
15th Sutton The Boom Boom Club
16th Derby Flower Pot
17th Lincoln Blues Festival
19th Wolverhampton Robin 2
20th Milton Keynes The Stables

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Dana Fuchs ~ Songs From the Road – CD Review

danasongssleeveDana Fuchs
Songs From the Road
Ruf Records

This is another in the Songs From the Road series from Ruf – a combination of Live recorded CD and DVD of the gig with a little bit extra. As the opening number and title track of her recent album Bliss Avenue, this makes you want to put on your coat and go see this lady live where the energy will be directed at you in the audience. Singing in front of her band to an audience from across the stage and into the auditorium is the natural environment for Dana you can hear that she just loves to deliver high-octane vocals to please the crowd who are enjoying and hanging to every note in the NYC Ballroom.

Dana belts out the lyrics with the drama of a steam-roller as she delivers a sassy soul-laden rendition of her own tracks and covers, she has a gravelly edge to her voice that is distinctly hers but at the same time you can hear echoes from the past from Janis Joplin and from today’s Bonnie Riatt and the bluesy tones of Maggie Bell.

The warmth of the live act comes through every time she talks to the audience and they relate to the experiences as she does in a slower more considered number Summersong where she drew upon the experience of the death of her brother when she wrote it. It is a track where the quality of both the musicians and this gentle side of her voice shine through, proving this is a lady who is comfortable delivering a range of tones and tempo’s.

Rodents In the Attic is a change in shape and form with a western country sound and gives the five musicians an opportunity to strut their stuff as the perfect foil to the dark imagery that she is shaping and telling.

This is sixteen tracks of glorious music form a women whose voice is at the top of the game full of colour, tones and textures as her tongue and vocal chords curl around the notes and words.

There is some divine bluesy soul that suits her voice as she pleads with you on Livin’ On Sunday also in addition to many tracks from Bliss Avenue we are re-introduced to earlier numbers with that looping country stroll on Vagabond Wind with a percussive beat that always augments and never smothers the woman out front.
This is an album where every track has something to offer, but the two I return to are Long Long Game and the opening track Bliss Avenue.

There can be no argument that is a fantastic value for money offer from Ruf the choice of listening or watching Dana Fuchs – whichever shiny disc you play you will be entertained and will be looking for when she is performing next nearby.

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

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Dana Fuchs – Vocals, Guitar Percussion
Jon Diamond – Guitar Backing Vocals
Matt Beck – Guitars
Jack Daley – Bass
Peter Levin – Keyboards
Joe Daley – Drums

Coco Montoya – Songs From The Road ~ CD Review 2014

cocoCoco Montoya
Songs From The Road
RUF records

This live double album features Coco Montoya and his band on the Road, as part of a RUF records series of on The Road albums delivered from their catalogue of blues artists. The opening track I Got A Mind To Travel, is an apt starting point and introduces us to the full band of musicians Coco Montoya uses to augment his vocal and guitar skills the use of Hammond Organ delivered with panache by Brant Leeper who also adds to the vocals. Throughout the album there are glimpses of Coco Montoya’s exceptional musical career especially the influence he certainly gives the feel of movement and the guitar sound is an homage to his old boss Albert Collins while playing the guitar left-handed and upside down like the other Albert King! Coco’s playing is instinctive full of fluidity

The whole album is easy on your ear and an enjoyable listening experience BUT at times you want Coco to let loose and really show us what he is capable of.
On Love Jail his guitar takes on the shape and form of Albert Collins and all the better for it, even his vocals strengthen as the beat picks up, this is a stylish ten minute track. This album has fourteen tracks where Coco and his band just want to please as they play for the length of time need ( Never less than 5 minutes and up to a mighty 15 minutes) to explore all the alleyways and nooks and crannies they feel the music is taking them on their journey of discovery with you, there is freedom of expression that only live music free from the constrains of a studio walls and mixing desk.

Fannie Mae is a an example of this with the applause at beginning before some driving chugging guitar and Coco’s vocals this is trip everyone wants to take as the tale unfolds and some glorious keys from at the end the beguiling chuckle from Coco This is an album that brings the live performance directly into your living room, but do not be fooled this is a poor imitation to actually being at a performance of Coco and his band performing live you get not just the sound but the heat and energy of the man in action and the emotional engagement of the audience you are an integral part off.

This is Blues where the solo’s and instrumentals are there to provide a backbone of support to the vocals not to dominate. We have shuffles that is full of tones that are as clear as a bell from his guitar on Love Chairs, whilst Hey Senorita brings some Latin magic to the proceedings. This is a double album full of textures and musical tones, and the funky groove on Don’t Go Making Plans has all the feel of a jam and an artist out front of an audience enjoying himself as he entertains.

This is a double album you will listen to time and time again as this form John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers entertains with a live sound in your home; it is the next best thing to seeing Coco live on stage!

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

Joanne Shaw Taylor ~ Songs From The Road CD Review

Introducting a new reviewer for Bluesdoodles – Gary…..

album-hrJoanne Shaw Taylor
Songs from the Road
Ruf Records

This lady hails from the UK, the Midlands to be more precise and she was motivated to play the blues by pinning her ears back to blues icons such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson etc. She still lives in the UK but has a home in Detroit and has rightly become a worldwide respected name on the Blues scene.
Joanne Shaw Taylor has previously released three well received studio albums (White Sugar, Almost Always Never and Diamonds in the Dirt) lo and behold here comes a ‘live’ album. It’s released on the Ruf Records label, recorded at The Borderline, London in an attempt to keep the ‘live club vibe’ and being at one with the audience.
At times her voice is reminiscent of Janis Joplin but she also has her own vocal expression with the musical drive being evident throughout. Her guitar prowess is first class, great licks, straight in your face, no overdubs, simply ‘WISYWIG’ (what you see is what you get) and by the way her band is top rate, providing a solid base to work with.
Ok, here is the problem, soundwise it’s not the best live recording I have heard – it occasionally has a ‘thick’ sound, levels seem distorted which detracts and masks the vocals, lyrics can be quite difficult to understand at times. There again, how many gigs have been spoilt by an inferior sound and yet what a memorable night? To me, it does not work on this recording.
There are 12 tracks on the album, some new numbers and a few from her previous albums. One highlight is the inclusion of ‘Manic Depression’, a pretty faithful rendition of the Hendrix classic. I also took to ‘Tied and Bound’, with a hint of Bonamassa included, a real plodding rocker. ‘Soul Station’ is a cracking set opener, setting the way for a night of raw rock and blues.
The old studio tracks are unleashed with a new lease of life, sometimes good to revisit and rework your output…sometime it works and other times, well maybe not. In this case the old numbers are ‘alive and certainly kicking’.
She was voted “Best British Female Vocalist” at the British Blues Awards in 2010 and 2011 and as Blues Matters magazine once wrote ‘the new face of the blues’., Some say that Joanne Shaw Taylor could be the best female electric guitar playing blues singer at the moment, but there is obvious opposition from Samantha Fish, Ana Popivic etc… watch this space.
OK, the album sound mix is questionable but the talent on show is obvious. I wonder what this home-grown lady’s next album will hold… methinks it will be a studio offering.

The added extra is a DVD so you can watch the magic of Joanne playing the guitar with her infectious smile.

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