Steve Earle Live @ Colston Hall October 2015

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@ Colston Hall 14th October 2015

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 - Colston Hall - Oct 2015_0075lSteve 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.

Steve Earle - Colston Hall - Oct 2015_0106lHis 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.

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His UK tour continues check out dates HERE

SET LIST
Full Look – For the Walk ON

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
Someday
Guitar Town
Copperhead Road
Goodbye
Sparkle and Shine
I Thought You Should Know
The Galway Girl
Little Emperor
Acquainted With The Wind
South Nashville Blues
CCKMP
Forty-Four
The Usual Time
That All You Got?
Go Go Boots Are Back
Better Off Alone
Tennessee Kid
King Of The Blues/Hey Joe

ENCORE

Chantel McGregor – Autumn/WinterTour 2015

Thursday 17th September 2015 – London: 100 Club
Saturday 19th September 2015 – Hessle: Town Hall
Sunday 20th September 2015 – Whitby: Pavilion Theatre
Thursday 24th September 2015 – Stockton: The Arc
Friday 25th September 2015 – Louth: Riverhead Theatre
Saturday 26th September 2015 – Wrexham: Central Station
Thursday 1st October 2015 – Birmingham: The Institute, The Temple
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Ruislip: The Tropic
Friday 9th October 2015 – Halifax: Playhouse
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Southport: The Atkinson Blues Festival
Friday 16th October 2015 – Doncaster: The Dome
Saturday 17th October 2015 – Retford: The Elms – Box Office: 07737 130534
Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Sheffield: Greystones
Thursday 22nd October 2015 – Edinburgh: The Caves – Box Office: 01472 349222
Friday 23rd October 2015 – Glasgow: Nice N Sleazy
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Carlisle: The Venue
Monday 26th October 2015 – Salisbury: Arts Centre
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Exeter: Phoenix
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Bridport: Arts Centre
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Brighton, Komedia
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Lincoln: Engine Shed
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Ripley, Town Hall
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Monday 14th December 2015 – Morecambe, The Platform
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Leeds, The Brudenell
Wednesday 16th December 2015 – Bristol, The Tunnels
Thursday 17th December 2015 – Derby, The Flowerpot

Read what Bluesdoodles thought about her new album Lose Control HERE – release date 9th October

UK Tour – Octavia Blues Band

05-31-12 Octavia 019-1THE OCTAVIA BLUES BAND

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

September
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

Ian Siegal – Video’s Tour Dates and more……

Ian Siegal Unplugged 2015
Highlights of an Ian Siegal solo show in London, July 2015.

 

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IAN SIEGAL – SOLO UK TOUR – OCT/NOV 2015

Multiple award-winner Ian Siegal is widely considered to be the UK’s finest contemporary bluesman. He sets out on a solo acoustic tour starting 23 October…

 

 

 

23 Oct – ISLE OF MAN: Centenary Centre,

24 Oct – GLASGOW: Hug & Pint

25 Oct – POYNTON: Legion Club

27 Oct – LEICESTER: Musician

28 Oct – NOTTINGHAM: Guitar Bar

29 Oct – MATLOCK: Fishpond

30 Oct – WORTHING: Southern Pavilion

31 Oct – WORCESTER: Huntingdon Hall

1 Nov – WHITSTABLE: Duke of Cumberland

2 Nov – LONDON: Dingwalls

Bluesdoodles reviews of Ian Siegal’s latest Albums

One Night In Amsterdam

Man and Guitar

Picnic Sessions

New E.P. ~ Jared James Nichols ~ Highwayman

Photo Credit: © TX63 Music Photography
Photo Credit: © TX63 Music Photography

Jared James Nichols will release the Highwayman EP via Listenable Records/ Swing House on CD and digital download in mid-September. The EP dovetails Jared’s special guest appearance on Glenn Hughes UK tour which starts October 17th atSouthampton, Engine Rooms.

 

 

 

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

5. Gone

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.

 

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JOE SATRIANI TOUR + Special Guest Dan Patlansky

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photo rights Bakkes Images

JOE SATRIANI EXTENDS EUROPEAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAN PATLANSKY

10 COUNTRIES / 25 SHOWS / 33 DAYS

 

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.

Joe Satriani latest album Shockwave Supernova has recieved widespread acclaim.

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

o2 Apollo Manchester                                                       November 1st
Symphony Hall Birmingham                                         November 2nd
Royal Concert Hall  Glasgow                                          November 3rd
City Hall Sheffield                                                              November 4th
St. David’s Hall Cardiff                                                     November 5th
Cliffs Pavilion  Southend                                                  November 7th
Colston Hall Bristol                                                            November 8th
Guildhall  Portsmouth                                                       November 9th
 Eventim Hammersmith Apollo London                    November 10th

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.

Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie
Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie

Robert Cray Band ~ 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

Robert CrayThis 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 pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Robert Cray ~ 4 Nights of 40 Years Live (CD/DVD) – Mascot Label Group

Track Listing CD

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

October U.K. Tour

Sat 3 October – Lowry, Salford
Mon 5 October – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tues 6 October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Weds 7 October – Truro Hall, Truro
Fri 9 October – The Anvil, Basingstoke
Sat 10 October – Theatre Royal, Norwich
Mon 12 October – Barbican, London
Tues 13 October – Sage, Gateshead
Weds 14 October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Fri 16 October – Town Hall, Birmingham
Sat 17 October – City Hall, Salisbury
Sun 18 October – Orchard, Dartford
Mon 19 October – Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
Weds 21 October – Town Hall, Cheltenham
Thurs 22 October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Fri 23 October – Alban Arena, St Albans

Bad Influence

Vinyl Release: King King ~ Reaching For The Light

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RELEASED ON 180 GRAM VINYL ON 4th SEPTEMBER

 

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

BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE
– Wednesday 21st October 2015

Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online HERE
Book Online: www.brewhouse.co.uk

HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS – Friday 23rd October 2015
Box Office: 01582 767525 or Book Online: Gig Cartel

TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF – Saturday 24th October 2015
Box Office: 01822 611166 or Book Online: HERE

COVENTRY, THE COPPER ROOMS
Sunday 25th October 2015
Box Office: 024 765 72777 or Book Online: HERE

CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION
Tuesday 27th October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME
Thursday 29th October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

CLITHEROE, THE GRAND
Friday 30th October 2015
Box Office: 01200 421599 or Book Online: HERE

GLENROTHES, ROTHES HALL
Saturday 31st October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

YORK, FIBBERS
Sunday 1st November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE – Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

HULL, FRUIT – Wednesday 4th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN – Friday 6th November 2015
Box Office: 01373 455420 or Book Online: HERE

SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS – Saturday 7th November 2015
Box Office: 01273 455992 or Book Online: HERE

LONDON, ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY – Wednesday 11th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 249 1000 or Book Online: HERE

BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX – Thursday 12th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE – Friday 13th November 2015
Box Office: 0161 912 5616 or Book Online: HERE

MORECAMBE, THE PLATFORM – Saturday 14th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN – Sunday 15th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

Read Bluesdoodles Interview with Alan Nimmo HERE
Read What Bluesdoodles said about Reaching For The Light HERE

Joe Satriani ~ Shockwave Supernova ~ 15th Studio Album

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Shockwave Supernova Release date Friday 24th JUly
Released on CD, DOWNLOAD and 2 LP VINYL

Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on 24th July, making him one of the first to utilise the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.

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.

photo credit Chapman Baehler
photo credit Chapman Baehler

Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaireBryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” says Satriani.

The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on Shockwave Supernova, as they have on numerous albums – their shared history dates back to the guitar star’s 1986 debut album, Not Of This Earth and its follow-up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed,Surfing with the Alien.

Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of Shockwave Supernova’s rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts – the driving “Keep On Movin’,” full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally’s playful piano, “In My Pocket,” a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing, along with “Crazy Joey” (a deliriously effervescent romp) and “Scarborough Stomp” (a relentless upbeat rocker) – find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).

Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realisation as the springboard and creative centre for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launched his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.

Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie
Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie

In a creative and engaging alternative venture, Satriani, a lifelong science fiction fan, has reached out to the future, through the medium of animation. Finally recognizing the on-stage symmetry with his alter ego allowed Satriani to also take a risk on this particular style of storytelling. He says, “Guitarist Ned Evett and I have created an animated series called Crystal Planet. The actual Crystal Planet is our very own Earth, set billions of years in the future. The hero of the show uses music generated by a unique electric guitar to travel through time while the show’s characters struggle to preserve the future and past of humankind.” More information on Crystal Planet and how and where fans will view the series will be coming shortly.

Fans are now able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at satriani.com. Joe will be selecting art for the poster from fan submitted art – check Joe’s Facebook page for more details. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl.

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For Track Listing and bluesdoodles review of Shockwave Supernova click on ALBUM

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Joe Satriani November 2015 UK Tour with special guest Dan Patlansky

Sunday 1st Manchester o2 Apollo
Monday 2nd Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday 3rd Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 4th Sheffield City Hall
Thursday 5th Cardiff St. David’s Hall
Saturday 7th Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sunday 8th Bristol Colston Hall
Monday 9th Portsmouth Guildhall
Tuesday 10th London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online: Tickets

Joe Satriani – “Just The Facts”

Joe Satriani is the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, with six gold and platinum discs to his credit (including one more gold award for the debut album by his band Chickenfoot), and sales in excess of 10 million copies. His forthcoming 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova (due out 24th July 2015), is already being hailed as yet another creative breakthrough – this for a guitarist who has routinely topped guitar magazine polls since the release of his first full-length album, Not Of This Earth, in 1986.

Since September 18, 1970 (the day his idol Jimi Hendrix passed away), Satriani has dedicated himself to the artistry of instrument. While still a teenager in his hometown of Westbury, New York, he taught guitar to another budding six-string hopeful, Steve Vai. A few years later, Satriani moved to San Francisco and played guitar in a popular new wave band, The Squares, and briefly joined The Greg Kihn Band before the release of Not Of This Earth.

Satriani’s reputation was already growing in guitar circles – along with Vai, some of his other students were Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Testament’s Alex Skolnick – but in 1987, he broke through to the masses with his second studio full-length, Surfing With The Alien, a massive seller (it hit No. 29 on the Billboard 200) that included the radio hits “Satch Boogie” and the title track. The success of that album caught the attention of Mick Jagger, who asked Satriani to be his lead guitarist on his first-ever solo tour, in 1988.

As a live performer, Satriani has toured the world with each new release (his last concert tour for 2013’s Unstoppable Momentum saw the guitarist touch down in 32 countries). In 1993, he joined Deep Purple as a temporary replacement for Ritchie Blackmore during a Japanese tour. In 1996, Satriani founded the multi-guitarist traveling experience called G3, which has seen him share stages with Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, among others. And starting in 2009, Satriani traversed the globe again as a member of Chickenfoot. The all-star band (which also includes singer Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith) has issues two albums, their debut and 2011’s follow-up, Chickenfoot III.

Satriani’s solo discography includes a host of classics, including 1989’s Flying In A Blue Dream, The Extremist from 1992, Is There Love In Space? (2004) and 2010’s Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards. His 15 Grammy nominations have been for songs such as “Always With Me, Always With You,” “The Crush Of Love,” and “Summer Song,” as well as full albums like Surfing With The Alien, The Extremist and Super Colossal.

Satriani has appeared in motion pictures such as Christopher Guest’s 2006 release, For Your Consideration, and the 2011 Brad Pitt starrer, Moneyball. Through the years, he has designed and endorsed guitars, amplifiers and effects pedals for Ibanez, Marshall and Vox. His JS Series of guitars through Ibanez has been one of the company’s most popular and consistent sellers.

Charlie Pride Tour April/May 2015

Charley-Pride_01_hi-resCharley Pride, returning to the UK for his first UK tour in three years, a Legendary country music artist not to be missed.

Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938) is an internationally acclaimed American country music singer and guitarist. His greatest musical success came in the early-to-mid 1970s when he became the best-selling artist for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.

From 1967 to 1986, Pride garnered no less than 36 chart-topping Country hits, including the massive crossover hit “Kiss An Angel Good Morning.” He also took home three Grammy Awards during this period.

Charley Pride is one of the few African-American country musicians to experience massive-market commercial success in the country music industry. What’s more, he’s only the second African-American to have been inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

APRIL/MAY 2015 UK TOUR

24 HOUR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 888 9991
BOOK ONLINE: www.ticketline.co.uk
All shows start at 7:30pm

MANCHESTER: BRIDGEWATER HALL – WEDNESDAY APRIL 29th 2015
Tickets: £40, £37 Box Office: 0844 907 9000 or Book Online

LONDON: THE INDIGO2 – SATURDAY MAY 2nd 2015
Tickets: £45 (Kings Row), £40, £35 (plus £1 venue levy) Box Office: 0208 463 2700 or Book Online

SOUTHEND: CLIFFS PAVILION – SUNDAY MAY 3rd 2015
Tickets: £40, £36, £33 (plus £1 venue levy) Box Office: 01702 351 135 or Book Online

BIRMINGHAM: SYMPHONY HALL – MONDAY MAY 4th 2015
TICKETS: £40, £35, £30 Box Office: 0121 345 0603 or Book Online

GLASGOW: ROYAL CONCERT HALL – WEDNESDAY MAY 6th 2015
Tickets: £40, £35 Box Office: 0141 353 8000 or Book Online