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BD: Morning Dan, great to see and catch up with you in Sheffield at HRH Blues and the opportunity to talk this morning
BD: Dan Patlansky, Back in UK and Europe for an exciting tour. Latest single Sonova Faith from the award-winning and acclaimed album Introvertigo. Returning to venues new and old favourites? With a new band tell us about your touring plan. Starting off at Mr Kyps with Ash Wilson opening and HRH festival you have hit the ground running
DP: Yes, back in UK and Europe with second round touring with Introvertigo. Following the achievement of Introvertigo being number 1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by the influential American website Blues Rock Review. So we are back with a new band of session musicians from Germany bringing a different feel from my South African band. Part tour back at The Globe in Cardiff which will be such fun with Ash Wilson opening a great band, great songs the combination will be a good night of live music following on from Mr Kyps. HRH Blues was amazing great crowd and some amazing bands the atmosphere was really positive.
BD: Having heard your acoustic set at HRH which was wonderful, elegant, beautiful with lingering notes that I wanted to last forever; have you thought about doing more acoustic in the UK?
DP: Yes, it was fun. Acoustic is a different beast to playing electric. In some ways limiting with the change of guitar style. It is a challenge in the way you play and think about the music. As for playing acoustic in the UK; back in South Africa we often do the combination acting as our own support act. Yet to do that in the UK. Perhaps for the future; the logistic of travelling with an Acoustic rig as well as electric will be another travelling challenge. For acoustic at HRH I borrowed Big Boy Bloaters guitar, it was great to play and a big thank you to Big Boy Bloater’s loan of his lovely acoustic guitar. It was a different vibe when I played the guitar showing the power of acoustic.
BD: We all love to hear you get that special sound out of your Strat Old Red and is certainly how you continue to build your fan base. Tell us about strings, pickups and I believe you are retiring the beautiful guitar. How will you find a replacement?
DP: I play with twelve gauge strings, they are considered heavy, but I have always used them. I don’t just use them for the showmanship of the last number. I like the sound they produce. I use standard Fender pickup. For the last number, I turn my amp up to achieve sonic textures, feedback making it as musical as possible. I always have the amp fairly high, I play loud which is why I have speakers facing the wings and turn them up which can surprise front of house guys.
Old Red not being retired just refining parts of her. Just the neck is being overhauled. The neck has become a liability, 1960’s Fenders used Brazilian Rosewood, this is now a restricted wood and can cause a problem at customs in some countries. In addition, the neck is getting tired and twisted. When I get back home from this tour I’ll be getting a new neck for the guitar. A face-lift, not retirement.
BD: How do you keep the tracks we love to hear you play the sound is so fresh and vibrant when playing live? It is as if we are hearing the tracks for the first time as you add interest and surprises.
DP: This tour there is a new dynamic with the German musicians. It is though the nature of the music improvising. I may be playing the same song every night on tour, yes the melody, lyrics and chords stay the same but I go in different directions. Not always the way I expect, I grew up playing Jazz music the king of improvisation so every night has its own journey. Can be good or not that is the nature of the beast. It keeps the music exciting for us as musicians and puts a fresh breath into every night’s performance. We are definitely not playing by numbers, traditional blues is steeped in improvisation. I am just keeping that tradition alive and flourishing through my music.
BD: With a hectic touring schedule here, Europe and South Africa what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?
DP: Yes touring is hectic but always great to catch up with friends and fans we make on the tour. This will be the last UK tour focused on Introvertigo. I have dates in South Africa when I return. Then in June we go back in the studio with new songs, new ideas for my next album which will be released Spring 2018. Then back touring South Africa. We are also possibly back in the UK November 2017; where we could be previewing new tracks from the forthcoming album. So watch this space once dates finalized we will be letting the fans know.
BD: You are back in Cardiff at The Globe, what makes venues fun to return to? Is it building the fan base?
DP: Yes, excited to be playing back in Cardiff. I love the vibe of the venue. Why return to venues, it is a bit of both the venue and the audience is a big part of the show. The Globe is a great little venue, great audience who have such a positive response. I love the sound of the venue, the guitar always sounds good to me on stage which is really satisfying. The Globe is a loud room, lots hard surfaces. It is a venue I will always look forward to playing. The Cardiff crowd are always up for loud music and to enjoy the blues.
BD: Thank you for sharing with your growing group of fans. We have asked you your fantasy band, what you are listening to in previous interviews. So today who would you invite to play with Dan Patlansky band?
DP: Dream scenario would be David Gilmore from Pink Floyd. Gilmore got me into music generally and in particular the guitar.
BD: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule and looking forward to seeing you play live in Cardiff on 4th May.
READ what Bluesdoodles said about the TEN Doodle paw album Introvertigo – We voted the album as the best Overseas album heard over at Bluesdoodles HQ.
Introvertigo with its carefully crafted lyrics that blend urbane wit and honest observation, this is blues pertinent to today’s lifestyles, not so much whisky and women more the corruption of power and social interaction. Ten tracks there are no fillers every number is full of strength and tonal power but there is not an off note or lyric.
“Here is my story of A Girl in Teen City. Trying to find out who she is while trying to be something she isn’t. Falling in love, getting drunk, having her heart broken, hanging out with friends in bedrooms, basements and parking lots, sneaking into shows in burnt out warehouses, watching the waves, walking home over bridges and railroad tracks in all that endless rain.” Oh Susanna/Suzie Ungerleider
A Girl in Teen City reunites Suzie Ungerleider with producer Jim Bryson. Jim and Suzie collaborated on her previous release Namedropper, an album featuring the songs of Canada’s top songwriters written specifically for Oh Susanna to interpret. With six other critically-acclaimed albums of original songs in her carpet bag, Oh Susanna tells stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. They are outsiders, real and imagined, but rarely herself. This time, with the urging by her friend and co-conspirator, Jim Bryson, she embarked on a time machine to visit her teenage self in a sleepy port town that she thought no one had ever heard of.
The Juno-nominated and Genie award-winning Canadian songstress began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well off early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills.
Oh Susanna is touring the UK in April, including four special shows with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, which they’ll be performing in a trio format.
Oh Susanna · Spring 2017 UK Tour · April 19-27
Wed 19 London – Cecil Sharp House
Thu 20 Sheffield – The Greystones co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Fri 21 Saltaire, West Yorks – The Live Room, Caroline Social Club
Sat 22 Glasgow – The Admiral
Sun 23 Bury – The Met co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Tue 25 Hereford House Concert co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Wed 26 High Wycombe – Kingsmead House Concert
Thu 27 Basingstoke – The Forge co-bill with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
The single is out on Friday 17th March and the album on Friday 21st April 2017.
London, Borderline Monday 20th March
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Poole, Mr. Kyps Saturday 15th April
London, Islington Academy 2 Tuesday 2nd May
Manchester, Deaf Institute Wednesday 3rd May
Cardiff, The Globe Thursday 4th May
Bristol, The Tunnels Friday 5th May
Barnstaple, The Factory Saturday 6th May
Bluesdoodles: Broken Machine Review – HERE
“The song Broken Machine came first, not a deliberate album title. Broken Machine is about relationships that do not work. The whole album is my life up to getting married. It is Ash from 15-30 nothing in the album covers the now it is set in the past. That said the track seemed the perfect words of the album title as it reflected the past.” What else did Ash Wilson share read it – HERE
Following on from their storming European Arena tour with Nickelback and Billy Talent, Canadian Juggernaut rockers MONSTER TRUCK return to the UK for a headline tour today starting at Limelight 2in Belfast and finishing at the Electric Ballroom, London on 22 March and intro mainland Europe and then on to support the legendary DEEP PURPLE through May and June.
Headline March/April 2017 Tour starts Monday 13th March
Announces collaboration with Sea Shepherd UK Charity.
+ Announced as support Deep Purple European tour
Mon 13 March: Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Tues 14 March: Academy Green Room, Dublin, IRELAND (Upgraded from Academy 2)
Weds 15 March: Marble Factory, Bristol, UK
Fri 17 March: Institute 2, Birmingham, UK *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sat 18 March: Club Academy, Manchester, UK (Sold Out) *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sun 19 March: O2 ABC Glasgow, UK (Upgraded from King Tuts) *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Tue 21 March: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Weds 22 March: Electric Ballroom, London, UK *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations. To find out more visit: HERE
Fri 24 March: La Batterie, Guyancourt, FRANCE
Sat 25 March: Café Charbon, Nevers, FRANCE
Sun 26 March: Luxor, Cologne, GERMANY
Tues 28 March: Melkweg, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Weds 29 March: Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, GERMANY
Thurs 30 Mar: The Floor, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Sat 1 April: White Trash, Berlin, GERMANY
Sun 2 April: Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, GERMANY
Mon 3 April: Theatrefabrik, Munich, GERMANY
Weds 5 April: Shuur, Lucerne, SWITZERLAND
Fri 7 April: Bikini, Barcelona, SPAIN
Sat 8 April: Carcol, Madrid, SPAIN
Sun 9 April: Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, SPAIN
Their latest album Sittin’ Heavy was released early 2016 and has received rave reviews; being hailed as “fresh and exciting” by Metal Hammer, how they “set the bar to unprecedented heights” by Rock Sound, proclaiming the new record is “relentless and unstoppable” according to Guitarist and a “hard rocking masterpiece” by Big Cheese. As well as guitar legend Slash backing their corner, Dee Snider can’t get enough of them saying “Holy Fuck, this band rocks” whilst Dave Navarro has come out with‘Killer band, great guitar playing.”
In true road warrior style they have learnt their chops on tour and have been relentlessly tearing through shows and have already opened for the mighty; Guns N’ Roses, Slash, Rob Zombie, Janes Addiction, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Nickelback, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry, Billy Talent andVolbeat over the last 3 years.
“Rock n roll might save your life, might save your life tonight”
Monster Truck, Why Are You Not Rocking?
Monster Truck are:
Jon Harvey (Vocals & Bass)
Jeremy Widerman (Guitar & Vocals)
Brandon Bliss (Organ & Vocals)
Steve Kiely (Drums & Vocals)
BD: Hi Dan hope you are well, thanks for taking time to speak to Bluesdoodles, we spoke last year on the release of Fight Another Day, now as you embark on a European tour we have a chance to revisit and explore the world of Dan Reed Network.
DR: Good thanks, we are in Norway and it is as cold as hell. That is a silly thing to say it is beautiful and snowy.
BD: How has your perspective changed since taking the time out travelling, studying and having a son?
DR: Biggest change was the birth of my son. He is so very cute, often mistaken for a girl with his long hair, people often still don’t connect when I say his name is Joshua. Having a child is all encompassing. It is so hard to describe the feeling the first time you hold the baby. There is a deepening of awareness, deepening of compassion, a child engulfs you with emotions of love and responsibility. My first responsibility is to raise them safely and then as they grow imparting lessons of gratitude, how to lead a good life, planting the seeds of who the child will grow into. It has made me a better human being. This runs through my lyrics as they reflect the path that you have left behind is so much more defined.
BD: Back touring Europe and hitting the U.K. in March. Before we talk about the 2017 tour with Fight Another Day. What were the highlights last year back on the road with the Network,
DR: Festivals are always fun and at Sweden Rock Festival, we were the first act on the stage on the second or third day after lots of partying. In an arena that holds twenty-thousand there were 300 in the rain. As the first song started the rain stopped and by the end of the set there were over 8,000 watching and it was exciting, energetic from the rain and gloomy skies we had music it was the best show. The coolest was playing back in our home town of Portland seeing so many familiar faces, lots of folks who have seen us play from the beginning from the making of the video for Ritual. It felt so good being back. Yes our knees hurt a bit with a few more aches and pains now after a performance but this is part of the challenge of a live performance and is definitely an excellent workout both mentally & physically. Funky rock is hard and needs the energy of the song; we achieved this at a live rehearsal at the Hard Rock Café rehearsing in front of an audience the energy of the audience feeds the performance you trade off the energy of each other it is a symbiotic relationship. It is hard being away from family and home when on the road the positive trade-off is you get rid of the tensions by playing the music, talking to the audience and the feeling that we are so lucky to be doing this.
BD: What’s your favourite track from your extensive back catalogue to perform live??
DR: Favourite track, the solo stuff I love playing it live acoustic can be harder with a need to put your energy into the meaning of the lyrics. From the album The Heat Salt of Joy and when the band sings A Capella Long Way To Go, it is magical honest lyrics, written with visions in the head. Writing lyrics need to go into a daydream and explore thoughts and emotions. Kurt Cobain was a tortured soul but wrote honest lyrics the most honest rock songs ever written.
BD: Now you are performing tracks from Fight Another Day live, how do you select tracks from the extensive back catalogue to meld the past with the now.
DR: It can be difficult singing the same songs over and over again. The key to not sounding mechanical, just going through the motions is twofold having a good time and play the music as if it is for the first time. Play your arses out never let it become a slog, enjoy the music build up the audience.
Mixing things up more and more. Including a Bruce Springstein style request. It is fun, surprising challenging the request could be for a ballad, like Stronger Than Steel in a part of a set we would never plan a ballad. We now have no set list we play the songs we want to play trying to vary the groove what feels best changing the tempo and topics covered from politics to sex!
The Set is like climbing a mountain range. With summits and valleys can build and build through the show with a high point in the set climaxing the show. Or can sing a mellow song reached the top now meditating and chilling.
BD: Last time we finished with what your dream band would be this time – what are you listening to and what Dan Reed Network track would you liked covered and by whom?
DR: Music that listening to at the moment D-A-D Danish rock originally named Disneyland After Dark but had to be renamed after The Walt Company threatened a lawsuit. D-A-D & DRN all the letters would just so love to open for them would be so inspirational. The poppy melodies and funky tone of Foster The People love the music they do not use any sequences and the evergreen band for me is Jamiroquai
BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to Cardiff at The Globe on 5th March and hearing DNR live.
Dan Reed Network is back in the UK with his tour Get Your Tickets HERE.
“An incredible talent” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“Dickenson has a superb, expressive voice…” – Country Music People
“Brilliant songs” – Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music
Texas born, Brooklyn resident Jarrod Dickenson is to release his new album ‘Ready The Horses’ on March 10th 2017 via Proper Records.
Raising eyebrows in the UK singer/songwriter scene, Jarrod’s first exposure to UK audiences came in 2013 when he supported David Ford for 15 UK-dates. Following up with a successful headline UK tour (including a sold out London date) and further support slots with legendary artists Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean and The Waterboys, the accolades started flying in from BBC radio hosts including Dermot O’Leary, Cerys Matthews, Huey Morgan, Janice Long, Robert Elms and Alex Lester.
Album two for the sharp dressing and soulful pickin’ singer-guitarist serves up slices of country blues hotter than Texas Toast, whilst still being able to calm the waters of the Rio Grande on heart-wrenching acoustic numbers familiar to fans of his first full length.
Jarrod embodies the originality and style of a bygone era with vintage dress hats and traditional southern sensibilities. The laid back writing found throughout ‘Ready The Horses’ is reminiscent of Gram Parsons, and Jarrod’s vocal flair could best be described as a young Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits before all the smokes and bourbon.
Genuine country albums are not complete without tales of cowboys and corporate greed, and Jarrod is a hand at depicting the struggles of the working man. All the while, he also proves his versatility as a writer by using his own colourful narrative as a backdrop to pen intimate ballads detailing the pitfalls of love and the constant struggle to be the best version of one’s self.
Thu 16 Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Sat 18 Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Sun 19 Cluny 2, Newcastle
Tue 21 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Wed 22 Deaf Institute, Manchester
Thu 23 The Borderline, London
Sat 25 Dark Star Brewery, Partridge Green, West Sussex
Sun 26 Glee Club, Birmingham
Mon 27 Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury
The tour follows the 4th November release of Glenn’s 12th studio album “Resonate” which has received across-the-board rave reviews and reached #6 in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. The album includes the single “Heavy” featuring Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. The album also features Soren Anderson (guitar), Pontus Engborg (drums) and Lachy Doley (keyboards). From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, “Resonate” is proving to be the contender for ‘Album of the Year’.
Friday 20 January The Riverside, Newcastle
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Saturday 21 January Islington Assembly Hall, London
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Monday 23 January The Robin 2, Bilston
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Tuesday 24 January The Garage, Glasgow
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Thursday 26 January Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
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Friday 27 January O2 Academy 2, Manchester
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Sunday 29 January Sub 89, Reading
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Monday 30 January The Junction, Cambridge
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Wednesday 1 February The Church, Leeds
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Thursday 2 February The Fleece, Bristol
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Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.
Glenn Hughes was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste The Band. Hughes and other members of Deep Purple were in attendance to receive the honor.
Glenn’s 12th studio album, and his first album in eight years, Resonate was released on 4th November 2016 to great critical acclaim and hit #6 in the Official UK Rock Album Chart.
“My personal connection with my fans while on tour and via the socials networks, daily, is an honour.”
– Glenn Hughes
Monster Truck Headlines UK and Ireland 2017 and reveal animated video For The People
To go along with the announcement of their tour they have released a brand new stomping psychedelic animated video for ‘For The People’. Talking about the video frontman/bassist Jon Harvey says; ‘”We wanted the video for ‘For The People’ to capture a certain vibe. The song was intended to be a pseudo-protest and very roots rock and the 70’s style animation seemed to speak that. Besides nothing is cooler than hand-drawn animation.”Guitarist Jeremy Widerman adds; “We wanted to try something new with the video and have a somewhat playful take on what is a really heavy topic these days. A throwback video of sorts to a time when the unifying of people and ideas was a far more popular subject.”
Following on from their storming European Arena tour with Nickelback, Canadian Juggernaut rockers MONSTER TRUCK will be returning for a UK & Ireland headline tour calling at Belfast, Dublin, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham and London.
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Mon 13 March: Limelight 2, Belfast
Tues 14 March: Academy 2, Dublin
Weds 15 March: Marble Factory, Bristol
Fri 17 March: Institute 2, Birmingham
Sat 18 March: Club Academy, Manchester
Sun 19 March: King Tuts, Glasgow
Tue 21 March: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Weds 22 March: Electric Ballroom, London
“Monster Truck is one of the few really great down to earth rock ‘n’ roll bands… they’re hard, soulful and heavy” – Slash
“Jugggernaut heavy, relentless and unstoppable” Guitarist
DAN REED NETWORK – LINE-UP
Dan Reed – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Synth Programming, Moog Bass
Brion James – Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Synth Guitars,
Synth Programming, Drum Programming
Dan Pred – Drums, Percussion, Videographer
Melvin Brannon II – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Bass, Electric Contra Bass, Synth Bass
Rob Daiker – Vocals, Keyboards, Synth Programming, Drum Programming
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Wednesday 1st March 2017
Level 3 Club, Swindon
Friday 3rd March 2017
Warehouse 23, Wakefield
Saturday 4th March 2017
Live Rooms, Chester
Sunday 5th March 2017
The Globe, Cardiff
Tuesday 7th March 2017
The Cluny, Newcastle
Wednesday 8th March 2017
Oran Mor, Glasgow
Friday 10th March 2017
100 Club, London
Saturday 11th March 2017
Local Authority, Sheffield
Sunday 12th March 2017
The Robin 2, Bilston
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
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Frontiers Music Srl released Dan Reed Network’s latest studio album “Fight Another Day” on Friday June 3rd, 2016. The album marked a significant and anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the melodic rock world in the second part of the 1980’s. Read what Bluesdoodles thought
Read what Bluesdoodles thought HERE about Fight Another Day “band has explored sounds that take you on a musical adventure, …… with Funk Rock reinvented for today”
Bluesdoodles talked to Dan Reed see what he had to say HERE
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