Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

 

Let us all step on board with Red Butler as they say we have Nothing To Lose. Having listened to the ten tracks the British blues world and beyond has everything to gain. Red Butler have an energy that is barely contained throughout as they play British R n’B coloured and shaped by the past but never trapped in a time warp. With hints of Zeppelin, Blind Faith and many more this is a blues album with a rock steady base.

Following the success of debut album Freedom Bound, and performing live, winning awards and recognition as they represented UK at the European Blues Challenge. The experience of performing live to audiences far and wide has honed the guitar skills of Alex Butler, shaped the vocal delivery of Jane Pearce and tightened the rhythm section the combined enterprise of drummer Charlie Simpson and bassist Mike Topp.  Nothing To Lose produced by Wayne Proctor at Superfly Studios has the stamp of a House of Tone production, a sharpness of tone and energy controlled but never dampened the spirit of the blues flame is clear throughout as the Rock/blues quartet play the songs they love and many will have heard live.

The first track of the album influences the listener, Got To Make It is a question they are asking. Yes, they will make it, continue to gain recognition if they continue to deliver music that has listenability and struts and pushes aside those who want to box musicians in. This is Red Butler’s voice and they are making us listen to them as the music captures you and the lyrics draw you into the narrative. Closing with Never Go Back, a soulful track that is so true you have to move forward creating and giving music a freshness, Red Butler have definitely achieved this on the second album with the combination of Jane’s vocals that interprets every song to suit the mood and captures the last track perfectly added to that is a stunning Alex Butler solo.

The tracks in between shape the tone that is brand Red Butler, with a version of Sandi Thom’s Belly Of The Blues, starting with guitar that fills you with anticipation then the breath and Jane’s expressive vocals. Mesmerizing, and a track that will always shine whenever and wherever you hear it.  Their own compositions slot in perfectly strong and are full of emotive phrasing as they explore the lexicon of modern blues influenced music. Nothing To Lose enters the broad church of blues inspired music but the musicians are not boxed in. What does shine through is the quality of the musicianship, as ever Charlie’s drumming is huge the perfect punctuation marks that keeps adding tonal interest and shape. The interaction between Mike’s bass and the guitar of Alex is a duet that plays throughout competing for attention but never overwhelming the vocals. On the album the additional phrasing from guest Bob Fridzma on Wurlitzer, Hammond and Clavinet gives the studio versions of the numbers additional strength.

The highlights for me are Big Bad Wolf, this is an up tempo whirlwind that suits them and makes a real statement.  Say Hello (To My Little Friend) shakes more than a guitar nod to King King as the track opens, then Jane joins the party my little friends this is Red Butler through and through. Like many times before and in the future the shaping of a track reminds you of another band. Black Flies has a deep opening combo of bass and guitar and then as the guitar flies the drums and vocals join generating a measured number that brings in the different the music and turns the corner with a big rock infused chorus.

Nothing To Lose certainly puts Red Butler firmly on the map of bands that just keep giving and music lovers have everything to gain from the music.  As the rocky number You Only Live Once says, yes you do and make sure Red Butler experience is part of your musical journey as Red Butler sings you have Nothing To Lose.

EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Got To Make It
  2. Nothing To Lose
  3. Say Hello (To My Little Friend)
  4. All You Got To Do
  5. Calm Before The Storm
  6. Belly Of The Blues
  7. Big Bad Wolf
  8. Black Flies
  9. You Only Live Once
  10. Never Go Back

Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

Rush Hour-

Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

From the stunning album released in 2015 Reaching For The Light we have a brand new Radio re-mix single RUSH HOUR.

Buy The Single, sit play and relax it is Rush Hour that pleases from the first breath to the last fading note. King King are mighty as a single There is a moment hesitation, then Alan breaths the vocals into the microphone hooking you into the music as Wayne Proctor’s Drums. Lindsay Coulson Bass and the keys of Bob Fridezma joins the mighty guitar and the quartet that is King King weaves their magic. You have the album, you have tickets to see the next show why buy Rush Hour as a single I hear you ask? This 4 minutes and 29 seconds of magic more than a marketing tool this is Rush Hour re-invented. Having played the number to the applauding crowds when opening for Thunder and then on a headline tour with Laurence  Jones. The band took time to go back into the studio to re-work shape and nail the blues-rock power that is a medium paced delight not a helter-skelter ride to the finish. Rush Hour.  Now re-mix the beauty of the lyrics the melodic unfolding of the tune honed to prefection with a new energy having played the song live.

The record label Manhaton have returned to Superfly Studios and mixed at Y Dream Studios, with Bob Ludwig from Gateway Mastering engineering a single that should be Number One for weeks. In days gone past this would have been in the charts and King King on Top Of The Pops! If you haven’t listened to King King download the single it is the perfect way of spending 79p. Download HERE and own a single full of soul and musical inner beauty. Re-mixed with love Rush Hour keeps you in the King King groove until you see them live in May.

 

The next tour is in place.
Planet Rock presents in association with The Gig Cartel and Manhaton Records

King King with very special guest Dan Patlansky

 MAY 2016 UK TOUR

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ALL TICKETS £20.00

24 HOUR BOX OFFICE – 0844 478 08980844 478 0898 or book online HERE

 

Award-winning Blues Rock band King King announce in association with Planet Rock radio a new nationwide UK tour for May 2016. King King always deliver –  read here what we said HERE. In addition to the award-winning Blues Rock of King King, inviting special guest South African guitarist Dan Patlansky, to open for King King. Patlansky, has won many plaudits opening for Joe Satriani across Europe and the UK recently – read about this HERE.

photo credit Laurence Harvey
photo credit Laurence Harvey

King King with two recent radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy and Hurricane, and a recent nomination for Best New Band at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, King King are going from strength to strength.

Their third studio album, Reaching for the Light, has been championed by dozens of music magazines and is a firm favourite at Bluesdoodles why “King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions” – read the rest HERE. In the New Year the band will record a full electric session for Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.

photo credit Stephen Fourie
photo credit Stephen Fourie

Dan Patlansky has been winning fans in the U.K. where ever he picks up his guitar. April 2015, Dear Silence

Thieves was finally released in the UK, and Dan supported the release by touring the UK and was welcomed with open arms by the British rock and blues press with rave reviews and accolades including Bluesdoodles HERE.

Exciting follow-up album  to Dear Silence Thieves, INTRO-VERTIGO release date April 2016 just in time for this tour with King King!

BEN POOLE & STEVIE NIMMO UK TOUR 2016

BEN POOLE & STEVIE NIMMO

To celebrate the release of both Ben Poole’s Album Time Has Come &

Stevie Nimmo’s The Sky Won’t Fall

Stevie Nimmo embarking on a co-headline tour with The Ben Poole Band throughout March, April and May

UK TOUR 2016

THURSDAY 17th MARCH: SHOREHAM – ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01273 464440
FRIDAY 18th MARCH: BARTON ON HUMBER – ROPERY HALL
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01652 660380
SATURDAY 19th MARCH: MICKLETON – R-n-B CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office:01833 640854
SUNDAY 20th MARCH: KINROSS SCOTLAND – THE GREEN HOTEL
Tickets: £12 / Box Office:01577 863467

MONDAY 21st MARCH: OXFORD – THE HAVEN CLUB
Tickets £10/12 / Box Office: HERE
FRIDAY 29th APRIL: SUTTON – BOOM BOOM CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
SATURDAY 30th APRIL: SELBY – ARTS CENTRE
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01757 708 449
WEDNESDAY 4th MAY: NEWCASTLE – THE CLUNY
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0191 230 4474
THURSDAY 5th MAY: STIRLING – THE TOLLBOOTH
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01786 274400
FRIDAY 6th MAY: GLASGOW – ORAN MOR
Tickets; £12 / Box Office: 0141 357 6200
SATURDAY 7th MAY: ABERDEEN – CAFE DRUMMOND
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01244 619930
WEDNESDAY 11th MAY: CHELTENHAM – VONNIES
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01452 862332
THURSDAY 12th MAY: CHISLEHURST – BEAVERWOOD CLUB
Tickets:  £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
FRIDAY 13th MAY: SOUTHAMPTON – THE TALKING HEADS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 02380 678 446
SATURDAY 14th MAY: HARTLEPOOL SUPPORTERS CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 075359 79658
THURSDAY 19th MAY: FARNHAM – THE MALTINGS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01252 793 430
FRIDAY 20th MAY: NEWBURY – ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01635 244246
SATURDAY 21st MAY: DERBY – THE FLOWERPOT
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01332 204955
SUNDAY 22nd MAY: SHEFFIELD – GREYSTONES
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0114 266 5599

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

 

 

READ Why Bluesdoodles gave this a TENHERE

 

 

 

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

 

 

READ Why Bluesdoodles gave this a TENHERE

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

 

 

The combination of powerful lyrics, blues guitar of such purity it makes you weep and a Nimmo’s vocals we can be sure The Sky Won’t Fall when there is music of this magnitude being created.

Opening with sonic creaks and squeals, and actually with a flick of a switch and feedback it works – Why? Your attention is gained and then a mighty riff. The world is fine when Stevie Nimmo’s music is coursing through your veins. Chains Of Hope may be broken in the opening rock blues number but as he sings the Sky Won’t Ever Fall. Even Chicken Licken of the children’s tale would cease to worry about the sky falling down no need to dash off to a King he would just sit back and let the resplendent music cascade over him. This is music that connects and feels like an old friend from the first note; this is music fixed deep in your soul. There is nothing gentle about the vocals this is a voice that has travelled and overcome adversity and the experience shapes and forms the emotion of blues from the heart. There is no way of ignoring Roll The Dice Again in a review it is slick and slides out of the speakers seeping deep into the soundtrack that follows you around.

The power of the blues is always in the song. Without the song however good the musicianship there is nothing. Here we have everything ten strong songs and musicianship and timing that are the perfect sonic punctuation for the lyrics. Running Back To You is mellow, full of soulfulness and pathos, slower measured and addictive. There is a yearning in the chords as the guitar cries and the rhythm section keeps the beat driving on a song with shape and purpose. You just want to listen again.

Stevie Nimmo went to Superfly Studios and has created ten gorgeous songs with his band Craig Bacon on Drums & Matt Beable on Bass. His brother’s band King King’s drummer Wayne Procter was in charge of production. Wow what an album, production is precise with layers of warmth. The lyrics curl around your brain, Stevie’s voice growls, cajoles and touches your soul and then the guitar riffs that capture the tension of the six-strings creating a sound that is his and his alone. The Sky Won’t Fall is Blues that has the granite power of rock twisting around the back ground but never overpowering.

The album is a mix of tones, texture and tempos. Seven tracks in and you are Still Hungry for more music. This is power-driven rock-blues of the highest order. A track that would work well if stood out alone, surely this will get acres of radio play. It is full of smokey riffs, power and rocks your socks off!

All too soon the album is drawing to the end like a show you want to go on this is an album that has the same feeling. With lighter shading Lovin’ Might Do Us Good is a sunny song, upbeat and makes you smile. The guitar tone changes for the last track Love You Tonight an intimate number where Stevie does that magic trick you feel he is singing for you and you alone.

The album is a delicious helping of tone and energy, catch him on tour starting Thursday 4th February Co-headlining with Ben Poole you are in for a live music bonanza. Gamblers Roll is punctuated by Craig’s drumming against Stevie’s vocals and sharp guitar riffs. Stevie Nimmo’s The Sky Won’t Fall simply is British blues that sparkles and flows like a highland burn when the dark clouds are pierced by a ray of sunshine. The sunshine is all Stevie Nimmo’s, his lyrics, guitar and vocals sending ripples down the spine.

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

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall  Release date 4th March 2016 on Manhaton Records

Track Listing

  1. Chains of Hope
  2. Roll The Dice Again
  3. Change
  4. Running On Back To You
  5. Walk The Thin Line
  6. I’ll Pray For You
  7. Still Hungry
  8. Gambler’s Roll
  9. Lovin’ Might Do Us Good
  10. Love You More Tonight

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