Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

ad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting GunStarting Gun launching The Bad Flowers into the spotlight with the attention of radio plays, interviews and national tour. The artwork defines the album as The Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun sums up the rocking ride that kick starts 2018. The music is sharp, melodic, exciting and above all entertaining.  The melodies and rhythms are addictive, with lyrics and licks that become friendly earworms! Definitely, Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

The opening number and first single from Starting Gun is a friendly anthemic clap of rock as Thunder Child cascades out of the speakers. Having checked out the where Bluesdoodles said “Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles”. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem, with the single and B side Lions Blood. Now to settle down and listen to the next nine tracks and fingers crossed they all live up to the heady announcement of the single. Three tracks in and The Bad Flowers are endearing themselves as the must-see live new band in 2018. Secrets is slower has the feeling that Tom Leighton on vocals and guitar is sharing the lyrics just with you the listener.  The last number written on the album is dirty riffs with lots of fuzz that works well. This change of tempo and intensity works adding interest and texture to the album. Joining Tom in this powerhouse of a trio is Dale Tones on deep bass and backing vocals along with Karl Selick’s kick-ass drumming.

Five tracks in and we are given a breather with a complete volte-face as the electric is unplugged and acoustic flowers reign, Tom’s voice has an emotional clarity in complete harmony with the acoustic guitar very personal and fits cooling the album like a summer shower acting as a refresher to the bouquet of rock that is created on Starting Gun.  The tension and ferocity building life is short so are the minutes on an album, not one is missed on Starting Gun even when the Bad Flowers sing Let’s Misbehave. Then we have rock blues that is so dark and dirty the blue is indigo and the rock has the power of granite the groove pulls you deep as they ask Who Needs A Soul. Not sure when there is music like this to fill the void!

Heading for home we are now in a for heavy weather with Hurricane and I Don’t Believe. This is an album that is building and though you want the music to go on how will it then end cool and personal, dirty blues or heavier rock as we visit City Lights with the boys. First, we have Tom’s vocals and I am sure I am not the first or last person to compare his vocal sound to Cult’s Ian Astbury.  The drumming from Karl is precise with strong rhythms laid down by Dale’s bass playing off the rocking solid guitar of Tom. The lyrics throughout are strong and the refrain “Can’t afford the champagne … I’m just addicted to the City Lights” then the power of guitar-charged up and electric. Another addictive track from the new boys The Bad Flowers the album is a wow!

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

When I review I have four simple rules of life.
Rule ONE: Play the music loud YES
Rule TWO: Listen To new Bands YES
Rule THREE: Celebrate the gems from artist that are unknown to you YES

Rule FOUR: Never give a debut album 10…. Hey Ho! Rules are made to be broken and so early in 2018, I have broken my own rules! Still 3 out of four is pretty good. Which one did I break? Well, Starting Gun is a celebratory stupendous TEN. Will The Bad Flowers sophomore album reach the same dizzy heights, time will tell. Until then the boys are on tour February/March 2018 with Jared James Nichols and Headliners Stone Broken

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun – Released 16th February

Released on CD; Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Standard Digital Download – Bluesdoodles recommend you pre-order before catching them on tour.


TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …


  1. Thunder Child
  2. Lions Blood
  3. Secrets
  4. Rich Man
  5. I Hope
  6. Let’s Misbehave
  7. Who Needs A Soul
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Hurricane
  10. I Don’t Believe It
  11. City LIghts


Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017



What a start to 2017 – two festivals and some fantastic live gigs, memory box of 2017 filling up fast. Adding to the mix of delights is a cascade of albums arriving through the letterbox both the electronic format and the traditional front door.

First thirteen weeks, I have listened to many and thirty-three have been reviewed Bluesdoodles keyboard warrior loves the listening, enjoys the typing. The hard part is deciding the number of doodle paws for the superb musicianship and variety of styles we listen to. At the end of the first quarter of 2017 from the 1st of January through to 31st March 2017: EIGHT albums shone bright, thus ten doodle paws were stamped on the cover.

Clicking the album cover takes you to the review:-

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017

Bluesdoodles Album Picks First Quarter 2017











Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready For The Grave – Hurricane Ruth Records  “Hurricane Ruth delivers blues with gritty determination. She sets the music going and raises the tempo and heat until a perfect storm is created, with energised, swirling blues that are fueled with high-octane rock.  ….  The album is delivered with passion and determination the lyrics are set free by Hurricane Ruth’s vocal interpretation.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – This is The Life I Choose – 33 Records: “With three studio albums under Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion’s belt the fourth is definitely not running out of steam, it is full throttle blues. The blues are stylish, a mix of pathos and humour, reflections and looking forward, sadness and hints of joy”  Read the rest of the review HERE

Thunder Rip It UpearMUSIC: “Rip It Up will never be a boring listen.  Why? … Thunder’s eleventh studio album they a have definitely roared out of the studio with Rip It Up. An album for Thunder fans who have followed them over three decades and for those discovering them at today. …..  Rip It Up as new fans come under Thunder’s rock spell.”  Read the rest of the review HERE

Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Hearts –  Tuohi Records.  “The only answer as the last notes fade is listen and explore Stolen Hearts again. Why? Stolen Hearts is an album of musical maturity that will remain a firm favourite for years to come in collections of lovers of contemporary blues without boundaries.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Jo Harman – People We Become – Independent:The ten track, superbly crafted album closes out with piano and voice as Lonely Like Me with deep melody and a song that is timeless as we feel the hurt of loneliness and understand the begging for forgiveness as it is part of our own life’s journey. It is why we are the People We Become”. Read the rest of the review HERE

Catfish – Broken Man – Independent:Broken Man is definitely not Broken giving contemporary British Blues that resonates curling around your speakers with sparkling class. …  an album early on in the year that has to be a contender for Blues Album of 2017. This is a blues gem that is multi-faceted and a prism of blue hues that hits you from every direction.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Matt AndersenHonest ManTrue North Records: … The music has a freshness, with a twist of retro and crosses across genres if you love a good song, superb vocals and interesting melodies then Honest Man will be a much-loved addition to your collection of music that is personal and political.” Read the rest of the review HERE

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado – Change My Game – RUF: “…a studio album that sets down clearly the intent that Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado have once again picked up the baton of creativity and the game has changed for them building on their previous catalogue …. full of freshness as all the skills, dexterity and feel of the eight musicians are used to maximise the blues, rocking funky sound that flows through the album.” Read the rest of the review HERE


Check out the albums reviewed by Bluesdoodles by clicking  Recorded Music Link


Ten Doodle Paws Album Awards 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded Music

Ten Doodle Paws Album Awards 2016


What a fabulous year for music at Bluesdoodles HQ. I have enjoyed listening to all the recorded music sent. Liz makes a note (must do better in 2017 and review more! I have started a new hopefully more organised system!).

Album Earning Ten Doodle Paws During 2016

One Hundred and Forty-eight reviewed. What an array of music from Folk to Metal Rock to Blues. The genre to everyone at Bluesdoodles  HQ is unimportant, that is a marketing tool it is whether the music vibes hits our collective DNA. Liz, Kevin & Othello a very discerning Bandana wearing Labradoodle.

Album of 2016

Now this was difficult almost impossible with so many contenders With Thirty-Six albums with the Ten-Doodle Paw accolade considered throughout December. what a delight to play and listen to them all again. The final choice is mine, yes it is subjective and has changed there are many that have not been mentioned that will continue to be regularly played and enjoyed in the House of Bluesdoodles

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded MusicAlbum of  The Year 2016

Beth HartFire On The FloorMascot Label

I wrote when I reviewed in September that it was a contender for album of the year I was right. The fire in the album burns brightly from the floor to the heavens. Beth Hart,  Fire On The Floor has gathered together a dozen tracks that flow and warm up the speakers with a raw, charismatic and open delivery of intensely personal emotionally driven lyrics.  Fire On The Floor is a majestic album and will burn brightly long after 2016 fades into a memory.


For all the other  category Winners check them out HERE

January – March

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo
Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues
Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

April – June

Kaz Hawkins – Feelin Good
Dan Patlansky – Introvertigo
Giles Robson – For Those Who Need The Blues
Albany Down – The Outer Reach
Jimbo Mathus – Band of Storms
The Rides – Pierced Arrow
No Sinner – Old Habits Die Hard
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky

July – September

Honey Island Swamp Band  –  Demolition Day
Laurence Jones – Take Me High
Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots
Aynsley Lister – Eyes Wide Open
Devon Allman – Ride Or Die
King King – Live
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Sari Schorr – A Force of Nature

October – December

The Brew – Shake The Tree
Mike Simpson & Don Flemons – Ever Popular Favourites
Ian Siegal – 2wnty5ive The Collection
Jeff Healey – Holding On
Glenn Hughes – Resonate
RavenEye – Nova
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones