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

Dan Patlansky Talking to Bluesdoodles prior to UK Album launch

poster-hr (1)A big bluesdoodles thank you Dan Patlansky for sparing time and answering my questions with candour, a laugh it was a fun chat, on the night before he flies to U.K. to launch his current album Dear Silence Thieves at The Boderline, London Monday 27th April followed by a short tour – DATES click here

1. What were your first musical influences growing up in South Africa?
Early influences were my parents Album/CD collection their music, that included Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and the Kings BB & Albert.
Growing up in South Africa the blues was a rare thing, so it was thanks to my parents I found the blues. Old school rock was also inspiring and still continues to influence me.

2. What advice have you had that you have actually listened to?
I had very little positive advice, just told when growing up that playing the blues will not earn you a living etc. so not very encouraging! Then their was a musician in South Africa who said to me, the longer you keep playing and doing it the luckier you will be and the better chance of succeeding which was great advice and true. Also an old American bluesman said you have to really understand the blues, listen to those who influenced the people you admire; keep going back and by doing this I found Robert Johnson, Son House the early blues guys are so important.

3. Dear Silence Thieves – is being launched in UK on 27th April, as part of worldwide release. How difficult is it breaking into new music markets?
It is really difficult; like starting the South African music scene all over again’ I may be playing big theatres now in South Africa but in UK, Poland Netherlands etc. got to start at the bottom again and get people to hear and enjoy my music. It is exciting and at the same time daunting as always the worry that will there won’t be anyone at a show! There is no easy way you just have to tour and tour again to build a following it is though very exciting.

4. Dear Silence Thieves – love the story behind the title and you have made songwriting the core of the album how did this make it different from preparing your other albums?
The story of the naming of the album is dedicated to two Silence Thieves who left a venue embarrassed when an artist stopped his music and said “you two need to shut the F#@k up or get out”…
Yes I so relate to this I thought it was a South African thing but appears to be worldwide, there are lots of lovely coffee shops to chat in and there is no entrance fee.
For me the focus has always been on the guitar performance on the song, it is still a major focus. I want songs to be important so write them on acoustic guitar without all the bells and whistles. I was only prepared to go into the studio on this one when the song was right. David Z’ an American music producer, engineer, mixer and writer who has worked with many including early Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang said it was the right way to do it and it really makes sense the song is king as he said would you prefer a great guitar solo and poor song or great guitar and great song… I will be taking this approach in the future; it was such an enjoyable way of doing an album and will be doing it this way from now on.

5. Do the tracks have personal meaning and have you a favourite track?
Hold On is my personal favourite, I am a sucker for the slower ballady stuff, it was written about getting older just how each year goes quicker, life’s running away is concerning me later. CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Then there is the single Backbite which has that rocky power so favoured by many.

6. What do you see as the future (plans, projects, etc.) for Dan Patlansky during 2015 and beyond?
Well I fly tomorrow to the U.K. for a two and half week tour, then back to South Africa. Then some more new European countries, Poland, Germany and Netherlands, time back touring in South Africa and back as special guest for Joe Satriani’s U.K. tour in November which is exciting as further exposure in larger venues and cities hopefully a great jumpstart in raising my profile in the U.K. Then January 2016 back in the studio for a new album. In between the touring need to find time to write as at the moment I have zero material!


7. Dan Patlansky is a new name for many so tell us a bit about your Guitars and style?

I am a Fender Stratocaster player, I have an old 1962 which I have been touring with for years, it feels like an extension of my body and the sound is fantastic. I use heavier gauge 12-54 strings; and a pedal board that is small in the scheme of things with 5 pedals including a Wah wah, reverb and one for the blues. I use Dr Z Amplification, Buddy Whittington got me interested in these, my rig is small no multi amps the sound for me is great. Bit too loud sometimes, I love it loud, always have to compromise with front of house and turn down the amplifier, so the first few rows of the audience are not blown away and people stay to hear the music. I am a big fan of Phillip Sayce and his style and approach to the blues rock scene

8. When not playing your own music who do you listen to?
Well it depends on my mood, when it is the blues Albert Collins, the Kings and currently the quality of the songs on the new Beck album it is not blues or a guitar album but full of songs that are incredible.

9. If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?
Drums : John Bonham
Bass : Alphonso Johnson
Guitars: Derek Trucks and Philip Sayce
Vocals : Greg Allman
Keys: Kofi Burbridge
and…. Jimi Hendrix Front House Soundman.

Catch Dan Patlansky before his tour when Paul Jones played him acoustic – Bright Lights Big City from WOODEN THOUGHTS at approx 19 minutes – Click to hear

KING KING ~ Reaching For The Light U.K. Autumn Tour

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There’s a definite buzz surrounding King King’s highly anticipated third studio album, “Reaching For The Light”. At a time when the shuffled playlist holds sway, along come nine hot tracks that defy you to press skip.

In 2015, “Reaching For The Light” is the main event. Released Monday 4th May on Manhaton Records, this third studio album is set to rubber-stamp King King’s status as the boldest creative force in the game, and dashes the hopes of rivals out to take their crown.

“We’re really proud of this album,” says front man Alan Nimmo. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”

Listen to Hurricane nad in the eye of the storm get your tickets for a show or two King King NEVER diasappoint!

ALBUM LAUNCH:
LONDON JAZZ CAFÉ – Wednesday 6th May 2015
Tickets: £16.00 / Box Office: 0207 485 6834

Reaching For The Light U.K. Autumn Tour

BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE – Wednesday 21st October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898

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

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

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DAN PATLANSKY ~ APRIL / MAY UK TOUR

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DEAR SILENCE THIEVES” – VOTED #1 ALBUM – Blues Rock review’s top 20 albums poll.
Bluesdoodles said “salty water inspired track; Only and Ocean and his vocals show a lyrical side as he switches from a Tom Waits growl to a vocal range that could front any Prog Rock Band” Click for FULL REVIEW

“The Bruce Springsteen-endorsed South African bluesman has been making waves since 1999’s Standing At The Station,
and his seventh album, the Theo Crous-produced Dear Silence Thieves, is a real firecracker.” – Classic Rock Magazine

Due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, has added two more concerts to his upcoming UK April tour that coincides with the UK release of his new album Dear Silence Thieves on Monday April 27.

APRIL/ MAY UK TOUR DATES

LONDON, BORDERLINE ALBUM LAUNCH Monday 27 April Tickets: £15.40 / 24 Hour Box: 0844 478 0898 Book Online
SHEFFIELD, GREYSTONES Tuesday 28 April – Tickets: £13.20 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 Book Online
YORK, FIBBERS Thursday 30 April – Tickets: £13.20 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 Book Online
PORTSMOUTH, THE CELLARS Monday 4 May – Tickets: £13.00 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 Book Online
BRISTOL, THUNDERBOLT Wednesday 6 May – Tickets: £8.75 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 – Book Online
POOLE, MR KYPS Thursday 7 May – Tickets: £5.00 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 – Book Online

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Patlansky was recently added as special guest on the Joe Satriani’s November 2015 UK Tour. In February 2014, Patlansky was chosen to open for Bruce Springsteen to perform in front of 64,000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg as part of Springsteen’s High Hopes tour. Personally approved by Springsteen as support act, this was the biggest audience Patlansky had ever played to. In December 2014 his new album Dear Silence Thieves was voted #1 in Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Blues Albums of 2014 Poll.

Joe Pug – UK Tour Dates – June 2015

Joe_Pug_Windfall_Cover_1500x1500Following the release Windfall – read our review

Austin, TX singer songwriter Joe Pug has released his new album ‘Windfall‘ earlier this year via Loose Music.

The first single ‘If Still It Can’t Be Found‘ was premiered on Rolling Stones and it featured Wilco’s Pat Sansone on mellotrone. Now Joe, ahead of his imminent UK tour, has released a video for album track ‘Bright Beginnings’. The video was filmed by director Aaron Brown on the streets of Joe’s hometown, to tell a story of struggling relationships, when the spark is lost along the way

Watch the video

Tour Dates

03 June – St Pancras Old Church – London, UK – SOLD OUT
04 June – Gulliver’s – Manchester, UK
05 June – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
06 June – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – London, UK
19 July – Citadel Festival – London, UK

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Joanne Shaw Taylor announces U.K. Autumn Tour

Photo Credit: © Adam Kennedy
Photo Credit: © Adam Kennedy
PLANET ROCK LIVE PRESENTS – JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR AUTUMN 2015 UK TOUR
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“Who said white gals can’t play guitar? Killer licks, soaring solos and heart-wrenching vocals” – The Sunday Times

“One of the country’s finest exponents of the blues” – Rock Society

“A thrilling guitarist and a powerful vocalist” – Time Out

“A worldclass blues talent” – Classic Rock

…nothing dark about the music this was electric blues.” – Bluesdoodles

TOUR DATES

Joanne will perform songs from her recently critically acclaimed album The Dirty Truth, as well as songs from her previous three albums White Sugar, Diamonds in the Dirt and Almost Always Never.

EXETER: PHOENIX – Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01392 667080

ST IVES: GUILDHALL – Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Tickets: £20 / 24 Box Office: 0844 478 0898

WARWICK: ARTS CENTRE – Saturday 26th September 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898

YORK: FIBBERS – Monday 28th September 2015
Tickets: £20 / 24 Box Office: 0844 478 0898

GLASGOW: ORAN-MOR – Tuesday 29th September 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898

LIVERPOOL: EPSTEIN THEATRE – Thursday 1st October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0844 888 4411

SALE: WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE – Friday 2nd October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0161 912 5616

KENDAL: BREWERY ARTS – www.breweryarts.co.uk – Saturday 3rd October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01539 725133

CLITHEROE: GRAND – Sunday 4th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898

DURHAM: GALA – Wednesday 7th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898

LINCOLN: DRILL HALL – Thursday 8th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01522 873894

SHORHAM: ROPETACKLE – Saturday 10th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01273 464440

BROMSGROVE: ARTRIX – Monday 12th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01527 577330

GLOUCESTER: GUILDHALL – Wednesday 14th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898

FROME: CHEESE AND GRAIN – Thursday 15th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01373 455420

MILTON KEYNES: STABLES – Monday 19th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01908 280800

NORWICH: WATERFRONT – Tuesday 20th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: Box Office: 01603 508050

HERTFORD: CORN EXCHANGE – Thursday 22nd October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 07904 333923

NEWBURY: ARLINGTON ARTS – Friday 23rd October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01635 244246

SOUTHAMPTON: TALKING HEADS – Saturday 24th October 2015
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 02380 678 446

LONDON, JAZZ CAFÉ – Monday 26th October 2015
Tickets £20 / Box Office: 0844 847 2514

Photo Credit: © Stephen Brinkman
Photo Credit: © Stephen Brinkman

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Will always thrill her fans and make new ones wherever she plays her guitar with energy, style and classy interpretation of classics in addition to her self-penned numbers. Her concerts are Sold out, her fans scream and her names are in lights, something she never anticipated any of that at the start. Back then, she was just an ordinary Black Country schoolgirl, bored with the disposable pop she heard on late 90s radio, rifling her father’s record collection for sunken treasure, and falling for albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.

At 13 she played her first electric guitar. “Guitars were always lying around the house,” says Joanne. At 14, she defied her teachers to play The Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s, and began to overcome insecurity about her voice. “I never set out to be a singer,” she modestly told Classic Rock. “I’ve always had a deep voice. I think it came from my influences as a kid.

Joanne left school at 16 and ran straight into her big break, as a twist of fate directed her demo into the hands of Eurythmics icon Dave Stewart after a charity gig.

Reflecting on his first impressions, Stewart recalls that “she made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.” His call the following day proved the start of a lasting friendship, with Joanne seeking his advice on the industry and accompanying his DUP supergroup across Europe in 2002.

Stewart gave Joanne her first deal, but when the label ran into financial trouble, it gave her a chance to regroup and work on her songwriting. Until then, original material had perhaps been a neglected side of her talent.

“I never really wrote songs until I was 21.” Suddenly the dam broke. In 2008, Ruf won the rush for Joanne’s signature, and soon she was working with veteran producer Jim Gaines (Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang, Stevie Ray Vaughan), bassist Dave Smith and drummer Steve Potts on the songs that became debut album White Sugar. “We recorded it in this little backwater town in Tennessee,” she recalls, “and if we needed a break, we’d walk to the shop and buy root beer.”

When White Sugar dropped the following year, taking in gems like Bones and Kiss the Ground Goodbye, it turned out the press had a sweet tooth, with Classic Rock crowning it Blues Album of the Month and Guitarist noting “she plays with more attitude and flair than most – massive potential here”.

Soon enough, the buzz was building, with Joanne both raising her profile supporting Black Country Communion, and honing her craft on 2010’s Diamonds in the Dirt. This second album was another step up, from the explosive lead breaks on Can’t Keep Living Like This to the heavier influence of her adopted Detroit hometown on the crunching country-blues of Dead and Gone. Not bad, considering she had written the material in just two days and recorded it in less than a fortnight: “It’s the dreaded second album curse. You have ten years to do the first one, and ten days to do the second!”

By then, she was unstoppable, with Diamonds in the Dirt proving not only a classic record, but also a skeleton key to every door in the industry. Having received a nomination for Best New Artist Debut at the auspicious British Blues Awards for White Sugar, Joanne scooped consecutive wins in the Best British Female Vocalist bracket at both the 2010/2011 events: a haul that cements her position, as Blues Matters put it, as “the new face of the blues.”

Since then, it’s gone stratospheric, with Joanne breaking into the notoriously hard-to-crack US market, beating the stereotypes of her age and gender, and being watched by 17 million viewers as she played an angel-winged solo during Annie Lennox’s set at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert.

That same summer gave us Almost Always Never; a bar-raising third album that found Joanne dodging expectations, writing the songs her muse dictated, and diving in at the deep end with just her talent to keep her afloat.

Recorded in Austin, Texas, these twelve cuts moved from the savage Les Paul solos of Soul Station and the strutting hooks of Standing To Fall, to the failed relationship achingly depicted on You Should Stay, I Should Go and the title track’s refrain of “You crash, you burn/you live, you learn”. She’d never sounded more open and honest. “I’ve loved every album I’ve made for many different reasons,” reflects Joanne. “But I’m so proud of these songs. It’s the perfect and truest example of who I am as an artist to date.”

Maybe so, but if you only know Joanne Shaw Taylor as the songwriter and studio magician, then it’s time you heard Songs from the Road. Released November 2013 on Ruf Records, it’s a candid snapshot from the road that makes your front room feel like the front row. “That night was just really good fun,” she reflects. “And I think that translates on the album.”

In May 2014, Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer Jim Gaines, and recorded her new studio album in Memphis. The new studio album entitled The Dirty Truth is a return to Joanne’s original sound that mixes rock riffs with blues influences. The album was released in the UK on September 22nd 2014 on Joanne’s own independent boutique label Axehouse Records. Joanne supported the album by an extensive UK tour with special guest Bernie Marsden that received rapturous reviews.

Currently on tour cross the UK with legendary blues guitarist Robin Trower.

WHITESNAKE: Return with first new studio album THE PURPLE ALBUM & UK TOUR DATES

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RETURN WITH FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS

THE PURPLE ALBUM

Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. “The Purple Album” will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL“The Purple Album” is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.

The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition, or a deluxe edition featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” says Coverdale. “As I said to Richie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert.”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn” to album closer “Stormbringer“, Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer“, “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

To watch the Stormbringer video,

 

The Purple Album – Track Listing:
1)            Burn
2)            You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3)            Love Child
4)            Sail Away
5)            The Gypsy
6)            Lady Double Dealer
7)            Mistreated
8)            Holy Man
9)            Might Just Take Your Life
10)          You Keep On Moving
11)          Soldier Of Fortune
12)          Lay Down Stay Down
13)          Stormbringer

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
14)          Lady Luck
15)          Comin’ Home

DVD Content:
Lady Double Dealer – Music Video
Sail Away – Mix Music Video
Stormbringer – Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune – Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK

WHITESNAKE 2015 TOUR DATES

 

DATE CITY, STATE VENUE
May 28th Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Casino
May 29th Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
Jun 4th Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Jun 5th Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Pool Amp
Jun 6th Pala, CA Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
Jun 9th Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre
Jun 11th San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Jun 17th Shawnee, OK Grand Events Center
Jun 19th Biloxi, MS Hard Rock
Jun 22nd Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater
Jun 23rd San Antonio, TX Majestic Theater
Jun 25th El Paso, TX Socorro Event Center
Jun 27th Greeley, CO Greeley Independence Stampede
Jun 30th Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Jul 2nd Rama, ON Casino Rama
Jul 3rd Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Jul 5th  Northfield, OH Hard Rock
Jul 10th Mahnomen, MN Shoot Star Casino
Jul 16th Oshkosk, WI Rock USA
Jul 18th Merrillville, IN Star Plaza

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED INCLUDING UK, EUROPE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. STAY TUNED!

 

We are very excited to announce the UK co-headline Arena tour with Def Leppard in December 2015.

Although tickets are not on General Sale until Wednesday 1st April, As a valued fan you have exclusive access to the UK tour pre sale event at 10:00am (BST) on Monday 30th March 2015.

Please be aware not every ticket in the arenas are available to be purchased in the pre sale event.

There are limited seats available during the pre sale, with the majority of tickets in the unreserved General Admission category.

To access the exclusive pre sale event, please Follow the below link, where to complete your order you will be prompted for a password, which is purple2015

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/x0348n?brand=uk_whitesnake

December 6th Dublin, IE *3 Arena
December 7th Belfast, UK *Odyssey
December 9th Newcastle, UK *Metro Radio Arena
December 10th Glasgow, UK *The SSE Hydro
December 12th Birmingham, UK *Genting Arena
December 13th Nottingham, UK *Capital FM Arena
December 15th Manchester, UK *Arena
December 16th Cardiff, UK *Motorpoint Arena
December 18th London, UK *The SSE Arena Wembley
December 19th Sheffield, UK *Motorpoint Arena

JOE SATRIANI confirms Special Guest on 2015 U.K. TOUR

JOE SATRIANI CONFIRMS DAN PATLANSKY AS SPECIAL GUEST ON NOVEMBER UK TOUR

Legendary artist and performer and the hardest working guitarist in the business, Joe Satriani, is proud to announce that Award-winning South African guitarist and singer-songwriter Dan Patlansky will be special guest on his Shockwave November 2015 UK Tour.

The news follows the UK release Dan Patlansky’s new album Dear Silence Thieves Bluesdoodles rated the album read the REVIEW on April 27, the same day he performs a special album launch showcase concert at London’s The Borderline, followed by dates at Sheffield Greystones (April 28), York Fibbers (April 30) and Poole’s Mr Kyps (May 7).

To celebrate the news, today Patlansky launches the official music video for Backbite, the first single taken from the Dear Silence Thieves album.

Watch the official video for Backbite here

 

In December 2014, Dear Silence Thieves was voted #1 in Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Blues Rock Albums of 2014 online poll. Earlier that year, Patlansky opened for Bruce Springsteen at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in front of 64,000 people.

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

SAMANTHA FISH – U.K. 2015 Tour

Mike Zito Samantha Fish - The Scene - Nov 2014_0005l Samantha Fish on Tour – read our REVIEW

 

 

 

 

June

27th Southampton Blues Festival
28th Lowestoft Blues Festival
29th Sutton Boom Boom
30th Evesham Iron Road

July

1st Wolverhampton Robin 2
2nd Chislehurst Beaverwood

Listen and buy a ticket Samantha will not disappoint…