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BATTLE SCARS TRACK LIST
Tomorrow Seems So Far Away
Please Take Me Home
Haunted By The Night
My Ship Came In
Cold, Cold Ground
Gonna Live Again
The energy that zings off the guitar is spellbinding, joyful, the vocal power is compelling, Battle Scars dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant.
“I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music” says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall, where he received 3 standing ovations. “I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”
Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed his body waste away. He had lost 13 pints of blood and was in a coma for three days. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. “At first I wasn’t strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”
One of the reasons Walter is still here and is now fit and healthy is through the overwhelming generosity of his fans and supporters which included a fan-organised YouCaring campaign which was set up by Kirby Bryant, the wife of British blues guitarist and Trout protégée Danny Bryant and this alongside various concert tributes raised $245,000 towards his healthcare. “I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $245,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”
Just prior to his illness, Provogue records was poised for a major “Year of the Trout” marketing campaign and worldwide tour celebrating his 25 years as a solo artist. The label released Trout’s then newly recorded album, ‘When the Blues Came Calling’, and reissued his catalog on 180-gram vinyl. Additionally, Provogue published his autobiography penned with British music journalist, Henry Yates: Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout.
“Unfortunately, that tour didn’t happen,” Trout says. “Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That’s what the song on Battle Scars, ‘My Ship Came In’ is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I’d waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart.” But he is back touring and a new album Battle Scar available to pre-order HERE
Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.
Tonight was the first of Steve Earle’s U.K tour and the buzz of excited anticipation flowed through the auditorium of Colston Hall. Introduced by Steve Earle, The Mastersons opened the evening with thirty minutes of classy country delivered by the talented husband and wife due Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore, the harmonies were standout and the power of the vocals on sustained notes bought musical purity to the show. Eleanor’s vocals have a clarity of purpose and combines this with ferocious fiddling and tenor guitar accompaniment for Chris who leads on guitar. This was the perfect showcase for their current album Good Luck Charm and the title song was full of upbeat joie de vivre and then more serious tracks including Cautionary Tale, a modern theme full of country darkness as the digital age is explored. The Mastersons wowed the crowd making it feel like a Saturday night show rather than midweek and we loved the audience participation.
Steve Earle and the Dukes, the rhythm section of Kelly Looney on Bass and Will Rigby on drums have toured for many years with Steve this musical partnership was evident tonight as Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore joined the band. This was a band that could bend and shape their musical prowess to the needs of the troubadour that is Steve Earle. The layering of sounds on every song was superb with a mix of instrumentation that varied throughout the show, Keyboards, Ukelele, Accordion, Mandolins, and glorious fiddle duets with Steve Earle on That All You Got and Baby’s Just As Mean As Me. Throughout the set every song had a drive and the interplay meant this was a band that wanted to play together and Steve Earle reflected this with lavish and deserved praise of their musicianship Eleanor’s vocals and her dexterity on an array of instruments and acknowledging the long-term commitment form the rhythm section.
His latest studio album Terraplane is blues inspired and this shaped the show in Bristol tonight with many of the album tracks including the four opening numbers, the opening number Baby Baby Baby (Baby) was full of vim and vigour and then scattered throughout the show intermingling and working well with songs from throughout his career and appreciated by the majority of the people in the auditorium as they were long-time fans of Steve Earle’s work. The Texan shuffle number, Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now was glorious with a bluesy hill country feel and what an early number to have in the show. The tempo slowed down and Kelly’s double bass was replaced with electric with Steve the band joined in on My Old Friend The Blues, with Colston Hall listening with a collective joy. What a bluesman Steve is as he shared with the audience divorce, past indiscretions and climate change. Copperhead Road the perennial favourite was not part of the encore but in the body of the set being played and bought a rousing cheer. We saw Steve Earle electric with Go Go Boots that really got the hall excited with this fiery impudent number that rocked Colston Hall and then with acoustic on numbers such as CCKMP with the fiddling from Eleanor adding a haunting sob to the number that is a mantra to addiction.
The show was full of memorable moments the feet tapping Galway Girl and the addition of the accordion courtesy of Chris Park this was a jig that got collective feet tapping and if everyone was not sitting there would have been more up and dancing. Ending with King of The Blues and Hey Joe, the guitar interaction between Chris Masterson, who had delivered quality electric guitar throughout the show whether finger picking or slide and Steve Earle was electric the hall was alive and the musicians on stage were having fun as the interchanges became joyous and instinctive giving a fluidity to the live sound. Wow stand and cheering everyone wanted the music to go on and it did with an encore where the mandolins ruled from Eleanor and the man himself Steve Earle. We all await the next album and tour as the music goes from strength to strength and he delivers what we want to hear.
Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had
Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now
Baby’s Just AS Mean As Me
Loves Gonna Blow My Way
My Old Friend The Blues
Sparkle and Shine
I Thought You Should Know
The Galway Girl
Acquainted With The Wind
South Nashville Blues
The Usual Time
That All You Got?
Go Go Boots Are Back
Better Off Alone
King Of The Blues/Hey Joe
Octavia, from the USA, is Pennsylvania’s First Lady of Blues. She’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player and blues-infused wonder. Octavia wows her audience with her wicked harmonica playing, sultry powerful vocals and her top notch high energy show engaging her audience – one of the hottest Blues-Roots acts around. She has already been noted as Top of the List of the very few female harmonica players in the blues world.
Octavia’’ blues show brings influences of the late Etta James. Etta invited Octavia to join her tour after hearing her at a show in Berkeley. She toured with Etta James for a year and then continued playing harmonica, guitar and singing with a wide variety of bands across the U.S. and in Europe including guest spots with The Allman Brothers Band, Freddy King, The Funky Meters (The Neville Brothers), Gil Scott-Heron and The Iguanas.
Octavia has also toured extensively headlining with her own band in the US at clubs, theatres and festivals and opening for B. B. King, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Delbert McClinton and Elvin Bishop, She recently jammed harps with Stevie Wonder at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
Octavia endorsed by Suzuki Music USA and Godin Guitars
“This is a serious, gifted artist that has been immersed in blues for decades” PA Musician magazine
“She’s one of a kind! Her confidence and fearlessness, along with her harmonica virtuosity, has earned her respect and a spot on the stage beside several bona-fide legends over the years.”
“Octavia is certainly one of the classier lady singers on the contemporary blues scene.” Blues & Rhythm magazine
UK Tour September 2015
Wed 16th Octavia Blues Band: The Ciderhouse, Pump Bottom Farm, nr Chichester, Sussex
Thur 17th Octavia Blues Band: Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar, London,
Fri 18th Octavia Blues Band + Maxwell & Moore: Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury, Bucks
Sat 19th Octavia Blues Band + Storm Warning: The Railway, Winchester, Hants
Thur 24th Octavia Blues Band: Fine City Blues at The Murderers, Norwich, Norfolk
Fri 25th Octavia Blues Band: St Harmonica’s Blues Club, Southgate, London,
Sun 27th Octavia Blues Band + Storm Warning: Tropic At Ruislip, Middx.
Mon 28th Octavia guest spot with Alan Glen & John O’Leary Flamingo Allstars: Bull’s Head, Barnes London
Highwayman engineered, mixed and produced by Anthony Joseph Perry (son ofAerosmith’s Joe Perry). The songs were recorded at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, with additional songs recorded in France at Indie Ear Studio by Mathieu Kabi.
Bluesdoodles loved his last album Old Glory & Wild Revival – Listen to the Electrifying guitar work and insights from Jared including his inspiration from Blues masters Son House, Freddy King and Stevie Ray Vaughan…
The EP features the lead single “We’re An American Band”, a blues rock cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s 1973 single, plus a cover of Humble Pie’s“30 Days In The Hole”, and three new Jared James Nichols originals – “Old Glory”, “Fallin’ Down” and“Gone”.
Highwayman EP – Tracklisting
1. We’re an American Band (*Grand Funk Railroad)
2. Old Glory
3. 30 Days in the Hole (*Humble Pie)
4. Fallin’ Down
The E.P. Highwayman;a mix of originals and covers that reflecting life on the road during the 70+ tour dates as they played throughout Europe and the U.K. earlier this year- missed him then! well he is back as special guest on Glenn Hughes U.K. Tour this Autumn.
Joe Satriani has extended the dates featuring singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky as special guest to 10 European countries on his Shockwave Tour 2015. Patlansky will support Satriani from October 9th to November 10th across 25 shows in 10 countries, and over the course of 33 days, taking in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, as well as the UK.
Patlansky filmed a special announcement video for the extended tour
Says Patlansky; “Joe Satriani has been a massive inspiration in my life and to many others. He is the most forward-thinking and most inspirational guitar player of our time and I am extremely honoured and excited to be on the road with him.”
Dan Patlansky latest album Dear Silence Thieves the first single, “Backbite” received 14 weeks of radio play rotation on Planet Rock Radio and the station has invited Patlansky to perform as one of the headliners amongst artists such as Rival Sons, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Darkness at Planet Rockstock Festival on December 4th, followed by an intimate concert at London’s The Borderline with special guest Aaron Keylock.
Patria Hall, Budapest, Hungary October 9 National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria October 11 Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, Romania October 12 Sala Polivalenta, Cluj-Napoca, Romania October 13 Aegon Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia October 14 Tipsport Arena, Prague, Czech Republic October 15 Werk Arena, Trinec, Czech Republic October 16 Torwar Arena, Warsaw, Poland October 18 Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia October 19 Circus, Helsinki, Finland October 20 Circus Krone, Munich, Germany October 25 Laeishalle, Hamburg, Germany October 26 Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany October 27
Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany October 28
Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland October 29 Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany October 30
U.K. Dates:- Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online: Tickets
About The Album and Track Listing
It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a “masterpiece” or “the last word on guitar” from the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer. Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on 18th September, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.
This is a double delight to celebrate Robert Cray’s achievement of playing to packed theatres for four decades and the music played on the CD/DVD combination that is 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. His regular band, bassist, friend and collaborator Richard Cousins , Dover Weinberg on keys and drummer Les Falconer with Robert Cray out front are enjoying entertaining, engaging with the crowds and are joined by vocalist Kim Wilson, Lee Oskar on harmonica, tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madalo on trumpet and saxophonist Tom Scott.
The album opens with the familiar intro regarding flash photography and welcome the one and only Robert Craaaaaaaaaaaay! And the show begins with that familiar stratospheric Fender Strat sound and then the warm and rounded tone of his vocals as I Shiver all over. One thing is for certain when the guitar is played as clean as Cray does there is nowhere to hide it is faultless or rubbish and 4 Nights of Forty Years Live he hits the right note, tonal ping to accentuate the emotions of the lyrics he is singing, the voice and guitar are in perfect harmony. This is Robert Cray at the top of his game full of confidence and a deep understanding of the music Poor Johnny with a harsher guitar sound and the tale unfurls and the audience once again is captivated. There is jazz and soul that has cavernous depths and a rich tonal gradient as played in the much loved track Love Gone To Waste. The songs have been picked to reflect the range of Cray’s style; we have rock radio favourites Bad Influence and Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – a track every audience expects and demands to hear.
DVD opens with Black and White stills of Robert Cray and him talking about the music then the music begins who needs talking as you see the band in studio rehearsing I Shiver with the trumpet, keys and centre stage Mr Cray himself. There are snippets of thoughts form Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan and many others praising, enjoying and loving Robert Cray’s Blues and powerful performances. The DVD has that added dimension you can see the show up close through the cameraman’s lens; perfect entertainment to sit back and let the music dilute your troubles and woes with each note reality fades and there is a new reality you and the music of Robert Cray.
It is also fantastic to see young Mr Cray live in the 1980’s playing at festivals in the hot sunshine making the blues a hot commodity, he has never lost that magic touch on the guitar.
Some tracks are on both formats but there are enough variations so that you will listen to both at different times and behind the scenes and thoughts are always interesting allowing the fan to understand what makes Robert Cray the force he has been over forty years with his clean and seemingly simple style, he is the blues.
4 Nights of 40 Years Live, is a must for the phalanx of Robert Cray’s music and everyone demands vocals that zing and guitar playing that is note perfect surrounded by musicians that just want to make the music sound deep, full of blues and tonal delights. Robert Cray is the master of the Blues that connects as he weaves in influences from the last forty years this is music celebrating yesterday, playing today and will be enjoyed long into the future.
‘4 NIGHTS OF 40 YEARS LIVE’
OUT: 28th AUGUST 2015
LABEL: MASCOT LABEL GROUP
FORMAT: CD/LP/DIGITAL/DVD/BLU RAY
4 Nights Of Forty Years Live Trailer
Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN ….
Disc 1 Disc 2 (bonus)
1. I shiver 1. I Guess I Showed Her*
2. I’’ll Always Remember You 2. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)*
3. Poor Johnny 3. Smoking Gun*
4. Won’t Be Coming Home 4. Still Around*
5. Your Good Thing Is About To End 5. Too Many Cooks ^
6. Sittin’ On Top Of The World 6. T-Bone Shuffle ^
7. Wrap It Up
8. Love Gone To Waste * Live at Dutch TV Show Countdown 1987
9. Bad Influence ^ Live at SFO Blues Festival San Francisco 1982
10. These Things
11. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
12. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
13. Time Makes Two
Track Listing DVD
1. Intro/I Shiver
2. T-Bone Shuffle
3. Love Gone To Waste
4. I Guess I Showed her
5. I’ll Always Remember You
6. Your Good Thing Is About To End
7. Too Many Cooks
8. Wrap It Up
9. Won’t Be Coming Home
10. Smokin Gun
11. Sittin’ ON Top Of The World
12. Two Steps From The End
13. Bad Influence
14. These Things
15. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
16. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
17. Time Makes Two
18. These Things
KING KING are proud to announce their new album “Reaching For The Light,” will be released on 180 gram vinyl on Friday 4th September. The vinyl was manufactured at The Vinyl Factory in London on the classic EMI 1400 press and the original EMI pressing plant.
Mastered specifically for vinyl production by the legendary Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Genesis) at Air Studios, the vinyl edition of “Reaching For The Light” is now available for pre-order from Manhaton Records.
The news of the vinyl release follows hot on the heels of King King’s forthcoming October – November UK tour. Tickets are available from thegigcartel.com or 0844 478 0898.
TOUR DATES ~ Autumn 2015
BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE – Wednesday 21st October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898