On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters

On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters

On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters

Release Date 4th November 2016

Heading out on a musical Safari we join The Kentucky Headhunters fun on their twelfth album. A band that for nearly fifty years have entertained with their distinctive interpretation of Rock n’Roll. It is a blending that creates a perfect musical palette that explores Blues, Southern rock, Country rock and good old honk tonk good time foot stomping delights. Every Safari has the big Five that we all want to see in the case of The Kentucky Headhunters the Five Sounds we want to hear. They definitely capture the five and so much more. Yes, we hear Rock, Blues the stand out Vocals of Doug Phelps, Greg Martins Guitar and the Bedrock Rhythm section of the Young brother’s Fred & Richard.

There is much to say about the band from the origins of the Itchy Brothers, family ties and relationships to Fred Young, drummer in Black Stone but this is a review of the dozen songs that are taking us On Safari.

Opening with Beaver Creek Mansion the Southern/Country Rock tone is laid down with the shuffle of the drums, squeal of the guitar and the cadence of Doug’s vocals. It is the hot steaming good-time beat we love that fills every corner of the room as they spell out the words to a beat that is simply infectious. The Blues are strong throughout the album sometimes nudging the shape and other tracks it is brought to the fore as with Deep South Country Blues, wow country blues that shapes and paints a picture that is hot and steaming down by a bayou. Two other tracks have blues in the title Lowdown Memphis Town Blues with an African undertow in the drumming and the lilting more urban controlled tempo that washes over you like blues satin. The third the saved the best till later on in the album is Jukebox Full Of Blues, this is good time dancing blues with the juke joint honky-tonk delight no one can listen to this and not tap their feet, drum their fingers most it will be a pointless resistance to get up and dance with their rocking shoes!

On Safari, is a jukebox of sounds that never crash and burn, they all fit into the album, I am The Hunter stretches out beyond the south with rock that churns up the blues and creates a track of epic proportions and audiences will love to chant back I am The Hunter as there is a certainty in a higher light music that weaves itself into your soul and spreads throughout your consciousness. The album then throws in a ballad Crazy Jim more country than blues or Rock and the grizzled vocals and guitar that answers the words makes Crazy Jim full of charmed interest. Change of beat Rainbow Shine is the moment when we sit back, relax and take a look at life quietly we all need a moment to breathe when on Safari.

Closing with electric, fast-moving jaunty Governor’s Cup this instrumental leaves you feeling that this is a Safari you will repeat again and again in the certainty that the album will lift the spirit and make you smile.

Why the Title On Safari? The music is taken from the inspiration gained on their first time trip overseas. Pushed out of their comfort zone by Richard’s son John Fred Young they traveled to Europe. The result is music that sparkles with the excitement of traveling and being On Safari. Band members/brothers Richard and Fred Young poignantly lost their father just three days before heading into the studio to record the album, which they have dedicated in his memory.

Kentucky Headhunters – On Safari – Plowboy Records/Practice House Records

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Beaver Creek Mansion
  2. Deep South Blues Again
  3. I Am The HUnter
  4. Caught In A Dream
  5. Crazy Jim
  6. Big Time
  7. Lowdown Memphis Blues
  8. Rainbow Shine
  9. Way Down Yonder
  10. Jukebox Full Of Blues
  11. God Loves A Rolling Stone
  12. Govenor’s Cup

A Thousand Horses ‘Travelin’ Man’ Video & Tour Dates

A Thousand Horses 'Travelin' Man' Video & Tour Dates
Photo Credit McClister

A Thousand Horses ‘Travelin’ Man’ Video & Tour Dates

A Thousand Horses ‘Travelin’ Man’

Frontman Michael Hobby “Travelin’ Man is one of our favourite songs to perform live” and this video shows why as they sing about being on the road ready to play the music fans love to  here.

The video features the band in various live performances and backstage footage from their huge US tour supporting Jason Aldean earlier this year.  Travelin’ Man is full of Southern heat with that finger licking guitar and vocals that curls around like swamp water lapping at the edge of a bayou. It is energetic, full of hooky guitar licks, harmonica squeals and is a thumping country-rock anthem taken from their rave reviewed debut album Southernality on sale HERE

The band have been making a real name for themselves in the UK, being one of the most talk about bands after their phenomenal performance at C2C this year as well as Planet Rock playlisting four of their previous tracks including the title-track ’Southernality’. They are also nominated for ‘Best New Band’ at this year’s Classic Rock Awards and were nominated for ‘Group Of The Year’ at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year.

Not heard them play live yet? UK audiences your opportunity has arrived!

London’s 02 Academy Islington Nov 30th

Manchester 02 Academy Dec 1st

Planet Rockstock, Porthcawl  Dec 2nd. SOLD OUT

Bad Touch Bringing Rock and Roll Truth Be Told

Bad Touch Bringing Rock and Roll Truth Be ToldBad Touch Bringing Rock and Roll Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told, deft touch this 5-piece from Norfolk have created an album that does not have a touch bad. This is definitely a classic rock with the heat of the south, with finger-licking good guitar and tasty spicy vocals that make this album destined to excite the listener.

Opening with a trio of songs that get the musical juices running One More Night gets the listener connected to the force that is Bad Touch by the time the first guitar riff is played, the vocals growl you know this is going to be Classic Rock that will rock and roll your soul on a musical fairground ride of enchantment.   Then the album leaps up high into the stratosphere with 99%, the single form the album that will be getting lots of radio play, a song that is destined to be a favourite live with its momentous chorus and stinging guitar hot as pepper sauce poured over blues that rocks.  The tone deepens, slows becomes heavier and more considered with the opening guitar of Waiting For This. The drums boom as we wait for the star of the show the vocal prowess of Stevie Windwood, they dazzle with power as he skilfully navigates the music road laid down by the band.  As with any rock band the rhythm section creating foundations for the guitar and vocal to shine and Bad Touch have achieved this in bucket loads, as the stunning closing bass line and drum combo demonstrates, leaving you want to hear more.

The trio of tracks are triumphant but the question can they maintain the momentum interest and rawness that is chiselled and shaped into a rock classic Truth Be Told.  I will let you into the secret Yes, they can and definitely do on the bands sophomore album.

Every one of the dozen tracks on the album brings its own link in the musical ride around a fairground of musical pleasures to explore.  Heartbreaker Soulbreaker has that little bit extra it fizzes with a soda stream of energy with its funky edge. The anthemic foot-tapping Let The Sun Shine has a bright and breezy vibe that makes you smile, a feel good southern fuelled number. The album bends and sways through rock nothing ground-breaking but solid as a rock. Outlaw is softer with Stevie’s vocals delivering the narrative as a story to unfold. The track has a sting just like an outlaw walking into town there is a tension and hint of danger.

It makes perfect sense closing with  The Mountain with acoustic guitar and the vocals central to the song with lyrics that make you sit up take notice and hear what is being sung. The quiet opening moves in like a symphony to an electric core with a wonderful solo from Rob Glendinning.  The track shows every facet of Bad Touch, rocking, brooding, insightful and above all musically appealing. Truth Be Told this is a band you want to hear live.

Bad Touch – Truth Be Told Release Date 2nd December

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EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. One Night More
  2. 99%
  3. Waiting For This
  4. Under My Skin
  5. Heartbreaker Soulshaker
  6. Take Your Time
  7. Let The Sun Shine
  8. My Mother Told Me
  9. Outlaw
  10. Made To Break
  11. Healing Hand
  12. The Mountain

Ride Or Die Sings Devon Allman’s Latest Masterpiece

Ride Or Die sings Devon Allman’s Latest Masterpiece

Ride Or Die Sings Devon Allman’s Latest Masterpiece

 

Ride Or Die, is a journey full of colour and texture in the tone. With flashes of blue and twists of granite rock and country green woven into a musical tuned magic carpet. The fabric of the album is the winning and beguiling combination of Devon Allman’s triumvirate of power in equal measure Songwriting, guitar and those vocals. Adding to the fabric that creates a sound that across the whole album is full of emotional outpourings that shape each song are the superb tones and textures from his band and guests on the album. The phrasing of every instrument adds a musical emotion, there are no unnecessary layers every instrument compliments each other and are servants to the heart of the lyrics telling a powerful story.

Deep bass driven rhythms are laid down, setting the individual tone and tempo of each track is the combination of Tom Hambridge on drums and bassist Steve Duerst. They set the groove that is dynamic, exciting and certainly never static they are the warp and weft of the fabric that is Ride or Die. The fabric of the music is stretched, turned and reshaped with the addition of Saxophone, violin, and keys augmenting the message when required. Then the main pattern of this magical musical carpet, reflected in the wonderful cover design full of colour from Pepe Paras, capturing the integral heart and complexities as Devon sings the songs you want to hear again and again.

The dozen tracks all have a place on the album and add to the Ride Or Die journey, from the opening track Say Your Prayers through to the last notes of A Night Like This. Instantly recognisable as a Devon Allman melody and driving riffs that pull in the vocals that just curl around the lyrics is the opening number Say Your Prayers.  The judicious us of the wah-wah pedal adds to the low down dirty howling tempo of the opening number. The beat changes as we Find Ourselves, with an underlying Latin dance vibe; this is found again later in the album with Pleasure and Pain. Demonstrating the deep links within whole roots scene of American music from the Blues to Southern Rock of influences from steamy Latin dance moves from the Rumba to the Tango.

The tempo changes with the acoustic guitar of Lost, and a country feel as Devon’s vocals speak directly to you with a simplicity of the melody line contrasting the poetic depth of the lyrics.  The wah pedal is again used as an effect that says more than a thousand words the hurt and pain of this beautiful number.  As Devon sings “ Your clocks are all spinning, Your compass is bleeding now, Your Maps are all burning baby, You couldn’t be more lost”. If I had to listen to just one track from the album this would be it.  There is a feeling of another place and time, yet Lost is completely grounded in the now, with experiences, hurt and feeling of being lost we have all experienced.

Watch What You Say, has a foot tapping tempo where guitar and vocals are underpinned with drumming that give the lyrics a sense of purpose and momentum this is music which rocks and rolls it is emotionally poetic, this is experiences of life that is more about tears than laughs.  Vancouver gives a time and place a location where we can re-set the journey. Melodic violin and Devon’s voice has a lighter tone, the lyrics though are full of yearning that the saxophone reflects. As we live a love story and how we could have done things differently if you only had a time machine.

As Ride Or Die’s musical journey only has three more stops, the acoustic is picked up again for Live From The Heart, a philosophical song ‘look to your heart look to your soul’. The keys give the track shades that make it glisten and stand out in a crowd of beautiful numbers. The reflective sound continues with Butterfly Girl, his voice deepens in a Country feel. Another song about relationships with a searing violin as Devon gives advice that is so difficult to enact. Giving people the freedom to fly while caring from them.  The melody has a looseness, a freedom that allows you to fly and look down on the emotional journey the album takes you on.
An imaginative cover of The Cure’s A Night Like This closes the album, that mixes the influences of modern music, blending them into a textural tonal carpet that you want to ride on forever.

Ride Or Die Sings Devon Allman’s Latest Masterpiece, with ten of the tracks written or co-written by Devon he captures the sound that defies boundaries of genres that has the freedom to be itself. Full of strong lyrics and heartfelt melodies.  This is an album that takes you on a journey full of anguish, hurt, pain and the pleasures of living life where you Ride or Die whatever your journey remember hope will be present.

Devon AllmanRide or Die – RUF Records

Release Date 16th September 2016

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

Track Listing

  1. Say Your Prayers
  2. Find Ourselves
  3. Galaxies
  4. Lost
  5. Shattered Times
  6. Watch What You Say
  7. Vancouver
  8. Pleasure and Pain
  9. Hold Me
  10. Live From The Heart
  11. Butterfly Girl
  12. A Night Like This

Bury Me In My Boots with Cadillac Three

Bury Me In My Boots with Cadillac Three

Cadillac Three
Bury Me In My Boots
Big Machine Records

Bury Me In My Boots with Cadillac Three,

An album celebrating country, rock and the influences of the Southern States – The Drawl, Whiskey, Sun and so much more. Embedded in a cultural hot spot with the sun and swampy it is every shade of light and dark good and bad life that ends with the Cadillac Three stating Bury Me In My Boots.

Three standouts on the album: the musical twists and turns delivered by Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray; foot-tapping whisky sipping riffs; and lyrics that tell an engaging tale. Opening with the title track, we have the painted image of boots, whisky and black roses, the lyrics whine and curl around the guitar raw in your face this is the Cadillac Three the fans flock to hear.

The album, then goes up three gears as the songs change and the slide caress your eyes, fast furious and fun, the country rock n’roll is up and running new tracks that just raise the adrenalin along with Hot Damn. Drunk Like You, with a melodic intro, then quietly sung by a laid back Jaren Johnston, like the lyrics this is intoxicating as Jaren sings ‘Nothing gets me drunk like you’; the moment a girl has more power that whiskey is dangerous!

This is an album to sit back, relax and listen to as in the lines there are hidden gems, in every song including Ship Faced, so glad they kept this to record (Others were looking to record this song!). It demands an undeniable stamp of country rock with attitude.

With fourteen songs you would expect a couple that are weaker, not Bury Me In My Boots, some just have an extra dollop of southern moonshine-fueled magic dust. The Accent stands out the opening is full driving melodic beat and then a moment of hesitation and Jaren joins the party dark, deep and beguiling. Jaren’s vocals are in complete control driving the track as he ponders looking back full of heartfelt emotive nostalgia the beat slows but still has an urgency. Bringing the album to a close like an encore, at a show you never want to end, Runnin’ Red Lights has a more urban feel a gentle urgency and will undoubtedly be a hit as the melody lingers on your ear leaving a tingle that means Cadillac Three May Want to be buried in their boots but not for a long time yet. We need to see you live, lots of times up close, a little bit dangerous and always entertaining. Cadillac Three are full of southern charm and the whip-cracking assertive rocking vibe spicing up southern country.

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.

Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots – Big Machine Records

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

Track Listing

  1. Bury Me In My Boots
  2. Slide
  3. Drunk Like You
  4. Graffiti
  5. Buzzin’
  6. Party Like You
  7. Ship Faced
  8. Soundtrack To A Six Party
  9. White Lightning
  10. The South (Feat Florida Georgia)
  11. This Accent
  12. Peace Love & Dixie
  13. Hot Damn
  14. Runnin’ Red Lights

Whiskey Tour – U.K & Europe November 2016

5th Manchester O2 Ritz
6th London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
7th Cambridge Junction
9th Glasgow O2 ABC
10th Birmingham O2 Academy
11th Bristol O2 Academy
14th Dublin Whelans
15th Berlin Franz Club
16th Cologne MTC
17th Hamburg Nochtspeicher
18th Munich Backstage Hall
20th Amsterdam Melkweg Sugarfactory
22nd Madrid Chicago Club

Nashville Rocks New Single from Cadillac Three

Nashville Rocks New Single from Cadillac ThreeNashville Rocks New Single from Cadillac Three

Drunk Like You

Nashville Rocks New Single from Cadillac ThreeThe signature Cadillac mix launches you into Drunk Like You with a tap of your feet and a smile on your face as your ears curl up with aural delight.
The rocking Southern-infused country rock is instantly recognisable. The melody curls and crackles around the lyrics, with Jaren Johnston’s vocals sealing this as a real-deal single. It hits the mark leaving you wanting more. Easily resolved with a bit of patience:-

Firstly, BURY ME IN MY BOOTS, scheduled for release on August 5th via Big Machine Records. Pre-order available HERE

Secondly, they are touring UK & Europe in November!

The Cadillac Three are; Jaren Johnston (lead vocals), Neil Mason (percussion) and Kelby Ray (lap steel); the friendship creating a chemistry that is electric, intense and deep while ensuring everyone has fun listening to the Cadillac sound. The fusion of textures, tones and musical style has found a ready home in the UK, where they’ve built a loyal following with multiple sold-out headline dates. They are back in the U.K.For Ramblin Man – 24th July 2016 and back for Headline tour in November.

DON’T FORGET THE WHISKEY TOUR – NOVEMBER 2016
5TH – MANCHESTER, O2 RITZ
6TH – LONDON, O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE
7TH – CAMBRIDGE, JUNCTION
9TH – GLASGOW, O2 ABC
10TH – BIRMINGHAM, O2 ACADEMY
11TH – BRISTOL, O2 ACADEMY
14TH – DUBLIN, WHELANS
15TH – BERLIN, FRANNZ CLUB
16TH – COLOGNE, MTC
17TH – HAMBURG, NOCHTSPEICHER
18TH – MUNICH, BACKSTAGE HALL
20TH – AMSTERDAM, MELKWEG SUGARFACTORY
22ND – MADRID, CHANGO CLUB

Their raw and gritty sound has won them fans on both sides of the Atlantic with its rocking vivacity and universal appeal. Chicago Sun-Times explains it thus, “…the majority of today’s so-called country rockers are simply trying to emulate what The Cadillac Three has been from their very beginning.”

Cadillac Three hit the mark at The Tramshed in Cardiff – read what Bluesdoodles thought HERE

On Tour Jared James Nichols Highwayman with A Guitar

Jared James Nichols by John Bull_2_London The Black Heart_June 23 2015Following the European tour with Zakk Wylde, the Wisconsin-bred guitar gunslinger returns to the UK this month for a series of headlining live concerts in June, followed by an extensive October UK tour supporting legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout.

 

To coincide with Jared’s return to the European stage, Listenable Records will release the Highwayman EP as an exclusive limited edition orange coloured 10 inch vinyl (500 copies). Read what Bluesdoodles said about Highwayman HERE

 

On June 3rd, Jared digitally released a brand new single, Don’t You Try, accompanied by an official music video with a homage to the bikers of the 60s and 70s. “We’re really excited about the brand new kick-ass single,” says Jared. “I’m positive it’ll kick-start the shows into high gear.”

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Written by Jared and producer/engineer Anthony Perry Jr., Don’t You Try was recorded at Swing House & Unison Music Group Studios in LA, and will appear on Jared’s next album in spring 2017.

Basically, the song is about belief,” reflects Jared.  “In all aspects of life. About, what you’re told when you’re young and how it has an impression on you. How strong other people’s words can be. How there is always something in the back of your mind, kind of chasing you. At the end of the day, you have to believe in what you want.”

The official music video is a celebratory homage to bikers. But how did Jared come up with the idea?

Says Jared – “It sounds crazy, but the idea came up when I was drifting to sleep! I remember the dream so vividly, I was cruising in my old Ford when all of the sudden I was taken over by a biker gang.  We worked with L.A. Director Ben Strang and decided to make it a ‘homage” or “parody” if you will. It turned out funny as hell and undoubtedly a throwback to the classic exploitation Biker films of the late 60s early 70’s. We plan on opening our European shows with the song.”

 

JARED JAMES NICHOLS ON TOUR

Jun 18 Stone Free Festival – London, UK

UK HEADLINE TOUR W/ SPECIAL GUESTS ‘BAD TOUCH’ & ‘DAVE HANSON’
Jun 19 Notes Café – Southampton
Jun 21 The Cellar Door – Birmingham
Jun 22 Yardbirds – Grimsby
Jun 23 The Live Rooms – Chester
Jun 24 Duck & Drake – Leeds
Jun 25 Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes
Jul 23 The Apex – Bury St. Edmunds

OCTOBER 2016 UK TOUR SUPPORTING WALTER TROUT
Oct 17 Rock City – Nottingham
Oct 18 Manchester Academy 2
Oct 19 Sage Gateshead – Newcastle
Oct 21 The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
Oct 22 The Queens Hall – Edinburgh
Oct 23 Holmfirth Picturedrome – West Yorkshire
Oct 25 The Brook – Southampton
Oct 26 Exeter Phoenix
Oct 27 Tramshed – Cardiff

Jared James Nichols Touring Video Don’t You Try

Jared James NicholsJared James Nichols Touring Video Don’t You Try

 

New Single says Don’t You Try – listen but definitely go and see Jared James Nicholes live – it is awesome. Read what Bluesdoodles said about his opening set at Robin 2 last year – HERE

“Don’t You Try” is the new single by Jared James Nichols Released digitally June 3rd on Listenable Records.
Written by Jared and producer/ engineer Anthony Perry Jr. Recorded at Swing House & Unison Music Group Studio’s in Los Angeles. Blueprint Motion Pictures Ltd.

The official music video is a celebratory homage to bikers. But how did Jared come up with the idea?

Says Jared – “It sounds crazy, but the idea came up when I was drifting to sleep! I remember the dream so vividly, I was cruising in my old Ford when all of the sudden I was taken over by a biker gang. We worked with L.A. Director Ben Strang and decided to make it a ‘homage” or “parody” if you will. It turned out funny as hell and undoubtedly a throwback to the classic exploitation Biker films of the late 60’s early 70’s. We plan on opening our European shows with the song.”

Jared James Nichols on Tour 2016
Jared James Nichols Touring Video Don't You Try

JUNE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR SUPPORTING ZAKK WYLDE

Jun 03 Wytwornia – Lodz, Poland
Jun 04 Metalfest Open Air Pilsen – Czech Republic
Jun 06 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jun 07 Tvornica Club – Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 09 Teatro degli Arcimboldi – Milano, Italy
Jun 10 La Belle Electrique – Grenoble, France
Jun 11 Le Rocher de Palmer – Cenon, France
Jun 13 La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
Jun 14 Sala Barts – Barcelona, Spain
June 17 Azkena Rock Festival – Spain
Jun 18 Stone Free Festival – London, UK

UK HEADLINE TOUR W/ SPECIAL GUESTS ‘BAD TOUCH’ & ‘DAVE HANSON

Jun 19 Notes Café – Southampton
Jun 21 The Cellar Door – Birmingham
Jun 22 Yardbirds – Grimsby
Jun 23 The Live Rooms – Chester
Jun 24 Duck & Drake – Leeds
Jun 25 Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes
Jul 23 The Apex – Bury St. Edmunds

OCTOBER 2016 UK TOUR SUPPORTING WALTER TROUT

Oct 17 Rock City – Nottingham
Oct 18 Manchester Academy 2 – Manchester
Oct 19 Sage Gateshead – Newcastle
Oct 21 The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
Oct 22 The Queens Hall – Edinburgh
Oct 23 Holmfirth Picturedrome – West Yorkshire
Oct 25 The Brook – Southampton
Oct 26 Exeter Phoenix – Exeter
Oct 27 Tramshed – Cardiff
Jared is looking forward to showing UK and European audiences what his new live show is made of. He’s also can’t wait to get on the road supporting Zakk Wyle.

“When I was growing up and learning how to play guitar, I had posters of Zakk taped on bedroom wall,” reminisces Jared. “Zakk, without a doubt, was, and still is, one of my biggest guitar heroes. The fact that I will be supporting him on a European tour is a dream come true.” Adds Jared, I also have some very special Southern Rock cover songs in store. We’re going to mix it up, and every night will be special and different. I’ll give you a hint… A little ol’ band from Texas, and a badass group from Jacksonville, Florida. Can you take a guess? It’s time to raise some hell. See you out on the road soon!”

Need more convincing not sure why? Check out what we said about
Jared James Nichols Debut album Old Glory And the Wild Revival – HERE and EP – Highwayman HERE

Friday Night Gov’t Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Govt’ Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Friday Night Gov’t Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Friday nights do not get better than this. Sunny Bristol, excited queue outside O2 Academy all waiting for the door to open and Gov’t Mule to step on stage and let the music take over. First time in twenty years of kicking ass Gov’t Mule arrived in Bristol, to bring their own special brand of live music. With a huge repertoire the set list was going to be a magical journey unfolding the musical magic of Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Matt Abts Drum, Jorgen Carlsson  on bass completing the rhythm section and Danny Louis on organ and keyboards. These four musicians create a crescendo of sounds as they jam and move around the music never chaotic, the journey is wild and exciting and they always know the route home. The electrifying mystery and delight for fans is what will they pick from the albums that preserve the sweetest Mule jams. Will tonight be the night I hear the tune I want. Gov’t Mule is like British weather the on certainty is you are not going to know what weather front they will be blowing in on next.

Govt’ Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

The tour celebrating twenty years mixes skillful covers with a selection of tracks from a myriad of albums. Opening with 32-20 Blues Gov’t Mule takes Bristol back to Robert Johnson and the dawning of the recorded blues. The slide is slipping over the strings the fingers play the fret Warren Haynes is in my opinion one of the best guitar players around today. He makes the guitar talk to the audience, as his voice harmonises and the lyrics are deep and full of storyteller delights. The next two tracks have a common theme ‘Child, Wandering Child from Live… With A Little Help From Our Friends returned to a few times throughout the set. As the last phrase of the chorus fades, help me now, save the wandering child; merges seamlessly into Child of the Earth another album checked off there is nothing miscellaneous about the playing it is sharp and fun.

Never pigeon-hole a band who turns jamming into a professional art form. They mix in the styles yes, there’s rock with echoes of the south, with country, pop, blues all merging creating an artist palette of tonal textures and shapes. Snippets of tunes we recognize are incorporated like a tasty tease, including, Manhattan Transfer’s Birdland in Game Face and Beatles I Want You (She’s so Heavy) ending Monkey Hill. The crowds whooped with delight, clapped and cheered when a song they want to hear was live in Bristol tonight and the cowbell added to the party feel. The crowd sung back louder and louder with each successive chorus on Humble Pies 30 Days in the Hole, this was heating up the venue to fever pitch.
The encore was extra time with Gov’t Mule we were delighted taking us straight into the deep end… the guitar once again was silky sexual tension that fed off the keys of Danny, drumming from Matt and the bass line that purrs from Jorgen. Beautifully Broken was holding everyone in Bristol tonight enthralled with Beautifully Broken. Could it get better, was there anything else unexpected in the melting pot of the band. Of course there was as the tempo changed and the Beatifully Broken eloquently merged into When Doves Cry. Wow oh wow! what a tribute. Closing out the night that will be long remembered and talked about, the gig of 2016 for many with Railroad Boy a traditional Celtic folk song underlining the immense breadth the band has and the majesty in which they play every song.

Govt’ Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Bristol tonight were mesmerized by over two and half hours of spine tingling music, live and dangerous’ This is music that connects with your backbone, and like a drug plays straight into your nervous system. Exciting, thrilling and is a roller coaster of riffs, chords medleys and power, the power of live music that is priceless. The Mule came to Bristol and conquered the city come back again we want to hear more of you.

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Gov’t Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star Sessions

Gov't Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star Sessions’
Legendary rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule
Releasing a new archival album – The Tel-Star Sessions
August 5, 2016 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Gov't Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star SessionsThe album consists of the band’s very first, and never-before-released, demos made in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida. These newly mixed and mastered recordings feature the original line-up – Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts – and capture the rawness and excitement of the earliest days of Gov’t Mule.  The ten tracks intended to be Gov’t Mule’s band’s debut album, but  shelved gathering dust until now. Out of the 5th August the debut album will be heard for the first time – check out the video below. The 10 songs will be available digitally, as a single CD, as well as 180-gram double-vinyl set including a limited edition version with different artwork and splatter vinyl.

Recorded during the infancy of Gov’t Mule, the demos heard on The Tel-Star Sessions are from a time when Mule was an adventurous side project, formed during a year when Warren Haynes and Allen Woody had some down time from their work with the Allman Brothers Band. Becoming one of the most enduring, respected and active bands in the world was the furthest thing from the band’s imagination; the plan was to record a low-budget album and play a few shows. Two decades later, it’s now clear that they had stumbled upon something special, but at that point Mule was an experimental rock trio: Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts, who Haynes brought in after playing with him in the Dickey Betts Band. Fans will love the chance to hear their early improvisational interplay, an impressive skill that has since become a signature of Gov’t Mule’s albums and live shows.

Collaborating with Allman Brothers sound engineer Bud Snyder, and taking legendary producer Tom Dowd’s advice to record all instruments simultaneously live in a room, Gov’t Mule holed up in Tel-Star Studios and sought to bring back the rock power trio and “dirty up” the bass guitar – a style that had been a marker of rock music prior to the ‘80s. Their influences leaned heavily on the likes of Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience and ZZ Top, but Mule’s search to bring back a familiar sound is mingled with grunge and alt-rock influences that had just emerged in the early-mid ‘90s. Little did they know that the magic created during these sessions would spark such a prolific musical journey. It is undeniably enthralling to go back in time and experience how it all began.

The Tel-Star Sessions – Released 5th August 2016 – Provogue/Mascot Label Group
Track List

Blind Man In The Dark
Rocking Horse
Monkey Hill
Mr. Big
The Same Thing
Mother Earth
Just Got Paid
Left Coast Groovies
World Of Difference
World Of Difference (alt.version)

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Check out ‘Blind Man In The Dark’ here: