High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

BD: I was delighted when I was sent your latest album High Temperature out Friday 20th October 2017 the follow-up to Belmont Boulevard to review.  But first – let’s go back to the early days

 

BD: What were your first musical influences growing up in Ottawa, Ontario?
JWJ:
JWJ: I started out playing drums at 13 years old.  I was into classic rock: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix etc. As I explored their influences, I discovered blues greats like BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Then, when I was 15 I saw BB King live in Ottawa. I went to the show as a drummer and left wanting to pick up a guitar.

Growing up in Ottawa, there were a couple of great blues clubs. The Rainbow Bistro is still open, and when I’m in town I play there. Another club, Tucson’s, is closed. I saw tons of great blues bands there when I was younger and became friends with so many of my musical heroes. Most touring blues bands don’t come through Ottawa anymore, other than to perform at the Blues Festival.
When the festival started, it was truly a blues festival. Now it’s more of a general music festival with everyone from Kiss to Lady Gaga. But they still bring in great blues artists like Buddy Guy, Dr John, Luther Allison, The Fabulous Thunderbirds etc.

BD: High Temperature is certainly getting noticed for all the right reasons.  Awards seem to follow your releases including for High Temperature produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, which recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis).

JWJ: It was a huge surprise to be nominated since I had not heard of the category. I thought the International Blues Challenge(IBC) was about performances. I have been a judge at the IBC, which was a great experience. The Ottawa Blues Society approached me saying they wanted to submit High Temperature. Out of 93 entries, I heard I was in the top 5 or 6, which was exciting enough. When they announced that it had won, it was a nice surprise.

BD: Tell us about the making of the album number NINE. BD: The album is full of blues, with the genre being mixed in with other influences including Country, was this due to Nashville-based Colin Linden’s influence?

JWJ: Colin Linden is well-versed in roots music. He was mentored by Howlin’ Wolf, so he has a long history with the blues. He also works on the TV show “Nashville” as the musical director, so he brought a combination of influences to the album.

One song that comes to mind is “Where Do You Think I Was”, which I wrote in drop “D” tuning on guitar at home. I had no idea which way it would go in the studio. When I went in there, the studio musicians played their parts, then vocal harmonies were added. All of a sudden, it sounded like it had a bit of a country tinge to it.
My last two albums were recorded in Nashville with producers. This one with Colin Linden, and my previous album, Belmont Boulevard, with Tom Hambridge. Both producers assumed that the albums would be made using studio musicians. I had to fight to get my own band on a few songs. I believe it is important to have my own touring band on the album because they bring a different approach to the songs. They know blues music well since it is what we play every day on the road.

BD: Does the Title of the album High Temperature have any particular significance?

JWJ: “High Temperature” is a song by Little Walter, which we recorded for the album. I thought it would be a good title for the record because it ties into our live show, which is high energy.

BD: The album is inspirational with the track Who I Am being deeply personal as you share life experiences. Do you find it easy to open up using the power of your lyrics, vocals and guitar?

JWJ: That changed on the last record. Before that, I had not written anything really personal. For Belmont Boulevard, I mentioned to Tom Hambridge that I wanted to write a song about my childhood. He said to do it. Once I did this and got a positive reaction, I felt liberated. So on High Temperature I dug deeper with the song “Who I Am”. It is so moving to get emails from people saying they went through similar experiences. It is a beautiful thing to have your songs appreciated and understood.

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. How do you set about writing your music is it words first or sometimes a guitar lick or riff that inspires you?

JWJ: Songs are all individual. Some come all together at once, but that is rare. My brain works in two ways. One side gives me the chord changes, riffs that develop the melody and the other side the words that become the lyric. I then play match-up with the tune to the lyrics to the melodies. It takes a lot of trial and error just have to keep going until it clicks.

 BD: Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting?

JWJ: Every song is different. Some come together all at once, but that is rare. In my brain, there are two sides to writing a song. One side is the chord changes and riffs. The other side is the words and lyrics. I then have to match the chords with the lyrics and melody. Sometimes I try a few different ideas with the same lyrics. It takes a lot of trial and error, so I just keep at it until it clicks.

BD: Having toured the U.K. for the first time in 2016, long overdue having heard you and the band play in Swansea. You are back in the U.K. in November. With 17 dates will you be touring with the same band?

JWJ: The band is Laura Greenberg on bass, who was on the first U.K. tour and has been in the band for over five years, and we’ve got a great new drummer, Will Laurin. The UK tour last year was my favourite tour to date. I was nervous about stepping into the unknown, but the response was incredible with people travelling miles to see us on multiple shows. We really started to develop a fan base.

Now we are coming back to new towns and venues. We are taking a risk by renting venues, when we normally get paid to play, so we have to sell tickets in advance. On the positive side, there is a huge potential for growth. I would love to make this a regular tour, so we need to get everybody talking about us on social media and building a buzz for the tour. I loved the British experience and I am looking forward to going back.

BD: With new album and touring do you have any exciting plans for 2018 and beyond?

JWJ: My goal is to keep playing festivals, clubs, and theatres. I am also planning a live record for 2018. The last nine albums have been studio recordings, so it will be a first. People have been asking about a live record for years, so I think it’s about time.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
JWJ:

Drums: Richard Innes
Bass: Larry Taylor / James Jamerson
Guitar: Jimmie Vaughan
Harmonica: Little Walter
Organ: Jimmy Smith
Piano: Chuck Leavell
Vocals: Aretha Franklin / BB King

 

Find out more about JW Jones at – www.jw-jones.com

Read Bluesdoodles Reviews for JW Jones:-

High Temperature –  Review HERE

Beaumont Boulevard –  Review HERE

JW Jones Live in the U.K. HERE

JW Jones 2017 UK Tour Information HERE

 

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

 

 

Do Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On Tour

Do Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On TourDo Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On Tour

Dan Owen has released his brand new single ‘Hideaway’ through Atlantic Records. The song finds the Shrewsbury singer at his most bold and determined yet, delivering an impressive statement as one of the most exciting new voices in the UK today.

Hideaway’ sees Dan enlisting huge blues riffs, which bolster the mighty soulful tones of his jaw-dropping vocal abilities. The song is currently gaining widespread exposure as it forms the soundtrack for the Boots No.7 televised and online advert.

Bluesdoodles has listened and approves of Hideaway the latest single from Dan Owen.  Dan’s vocals hit you in the solar plexus every time. He punches an emotional vocal punch full of emotions. Deep moving blues riffs drive Hideaway. A song that will live in the mind long after the last note fades away. Dan’s voice is glorious. Now let’s have a full album once we have all see you live on this winters Headline Tour.

Dan has gained attention and critical acclaim across the world following his debut release on Atlantic Records with ‘Moonlight’ earlier this year. He has become a big live draw across the UK and Europe and has sold out numerous headline tours. He’s also played a number of high-profile festivals this summer including Latitude and Barn On The Farm among many others.

Dan has announced a 16-date headline the UK and European tour in support of ‘Hideaway’. The eight-date UK leg kicks off at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on October 17th and finishes with a hometown show at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Seven on November 14th. Full Dan Owen tour dates can be found below:

DAN OWEN TOUR DATES
UK HEADLINE SHOWS
17/10 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
18/10 – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
19/10 – Manchester, Night And Day
21/10 – Birmingham, The Actress & Bishop
22/10 – Liverpool, Buyers Club
23/10 – Bristol, The Lantern
25/10 – London, Omeara
14/11 – Shrewsbury, Theatre Seven

EUROPEAN HEADLINE SHOWS
03/10 – Cologne, Studio 672
04/10 – Hamburg, Molotow
05/10 – Berlin, Badehaus
07/10 – Wiesbaden, Kesselhaus
08/10 – Nijmegen, Merleyn
09/10 – Paris, Les Étoiles
11/10 – Amsterdam, Bitterzoet
12/10 – Rotterdam, Rotown

 

ACCLAIM FOR DAN OWN

“Dan packs in more emotion, lyricism and the understanding through the medium of song that many achieve in a full album”
Bluesdoodles

“Dan Owen has a voice quite beyond his years, is a versatile guitarist and an electrifying live act as well”
The Independent

“Dan Owen has the voice from a soul who has lived a million years and experienced every element of life in its fullest”
TMRW

“Owen possesses one of the most arresting singing voices we’ve heard in a long time.”
Acoustic Magazine

“Dan straddles swooning soul and throaty blues”
Blues & Soul

“Singer-songwriter with a soaring high altitude voice”
Fred Perry Subculture

 

Do Not Hideaway as Dan Owen Is Back On Tour

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

If you are impatient then Beth Hart plays three solo shows late 2017.

EXCLUSIVE SOLO SHOWS IN BEAUTIFUL SETTINGSOCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2017

LEEDS TOWN HALL – 30th OCTOBER
BATH FORUM – 1st NOVEMBER
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL – 3rd NOVEMBER

24 HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE ON THURSDAY 1st JUNE
FROM www.alttickets.com/beth-hart-presale

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 2nd JUNE
BOOK ONLINE: www.alttickets.com/beth-hart-tickets
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24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 8819

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

DUBLIN VICAR STREET  – TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: +353 1 775 5800
BOOK ONLINE: Ticket Master or Beth Hart Website 

IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE – THURSDAY 12th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01473 433 100
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

BEXHILL DE LA WARR PAVILION – SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01424 229 111
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

NOTTINGHAM CONCERT HALL – SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0115 989 5555
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

OXFORD NEW THEATRE – WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 3020
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets or  Beth Hart Website 

FOLKESTONE LEAS HALL – THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01303 228 600
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

CARDIFF ST DAVIDS HALL – SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0292 087 8444
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website  

CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE  – TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01223 357 851
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE – THURSDAY 26th APRIL 2018

VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01253 625 252
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

HULL CITY HALL – FRIDAY 27th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01482 300300
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

READING HEXAGON – MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0118 960 6060
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL – TUESDAY 1st MAY 2018
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 023 9387 0200
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or  Beth Hart Website 

SOLD OUT LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL SOLD OUT – FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0207 589 8212
BOOK ONLINE: Alt Tickets  or Royal Albert Hall
or   Beth Hart Website 

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL – SATURDAY 5th MAY 2018
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01242 850 270 
BOOK ONLINE: Cheltenham Jazz Festival or   Beth Hart Website 

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

Bluesdoodles Reviews Live Shows and Recorded Music:

Read about her live show at Colston Hall, Bristol HERE

Fire On The Floor Review – Bluesdoodles Album of 2016 Read Why HERE

Beth Hart plus Her Band Tours UK Spring 2018

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album

 

 

Listen to the album in full, then again and then start to consider the review. Why? Get to know Mollie Marriott the musician, singer in her own right. Forever connected to her famous father. Judge the music for what it is, Mollie coming up front having been a backing singer. The album has a wolfish grin throughout, a little bit dark, a smidgen of hunger and a wildness that needs to be tamed as Mollie gets personal with the lyrics.

From the opening, this is a singer taking control of her destiny. Turning up the heat, beat and building from a rhythmic bass that lets the wolf in Mollie free grabbing control of her own destiny. The song co-written with Sam Tanner(Brother Strut) lays down the path Mollie wants to take, being her own person as she tames, shapes and most importantly is in control of her own music and artistry. This s the perfect show-stopping single to show to the world I want to be heard as I sing the music that moves me.

Mollie the songwriter and singer explores throughout the album the hurt and pain of loss and life’s bitter, sometimes dark experiences.  She empathises in vocal tone pulling on the hurt until scars are revealed. Importantly for the integrity of the music she never wallows or sinks into a pool of despair. Mollie is stronger and will Run With The Hounds fashioning her own distinctive creative pathway.

The vocals have an inner power that soars above the band’s melodic lines. They never dominate but always give Mollie a springboard to vocally soar from. The instrumentation and production are spot on. Thanks to the band who play with her live. This shines through with a mutual understanding an umbilical chord of understanding.  The title track Truth Is A Wolf is the perfect demonstration of this mutual harmonization between Mollie Marriott and her band, Johnson-Jay Medwik-Daley (guitar), Sam Tanner (keyboards), Henrik Irgens (bass), Alex Reeves (drums) and Izzy Chase-Phillmore (backing vocals). As her voice howls with crystal clarity that would be the envy of many a pop diva. She is no diva. The intricacy of the number written by Gary Nicholson defines her. There is an edge that has the swirl of rock a hook of grunge rooted in an authenticity of sound making this number catchy, bewitching and beguiling. The first three tracks lay down the gauntlet can the high standard be maintained? The answer is Yes & No, as she explores different styles and tempos.

The slow ballad, Give Me A Reason fails to ignite, it is too dreamy and wistful the number lacks that inner grit that pulls the lustrous pearl from the Oyster. Then it slowly picks up as we have the song Run With Hounds and the tempo builds again with Love Your Bones. A tribute to her friend who died the sadness is underlying emotion the power of loving your bones fulfilled by the strings of the cello. It is the power of love remaining and strangely uplifting forward moving number.

Then we turn the corner to the closing numbers many co-written. This strengthens the power in the numbers King Of Hearts, penultimate number co-penned with Judie Tzuke and Graham Kearns is full of the wolfish rock power of the earlier tracks. The number has a grungy edge that the guitar amplifies the sound that is built creating an electrofused crescendo that leads neatly into the closing number My Heaven Can Wait.  The number is full of epic proportions as the voice explores the lowest point of her emotional crash. Deeply personal the hurt can be experienced in the sonic ranges and shapes of the instruments as the last notes fade away.

Having explored the darker side of life. Truth Is A wolf surprisingly leaves you feeling content, uplifted with a spring in your step and ear-worm repeating guitar riffs.

Debut album that sets Mollie Marriott firmly on the road as a solo singer. The style that instantly identifies the voice still needs to be defined with a sharpness of direction. The second album will set this down. The melodic, crystal clear vocals that have the ability to shape the emotions suits the darker sound where her emotions can run with the pack of wolves. As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album.

Mollie Marriott – Truth Is A Wolf 

Release Date 3rd November 2017

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

Track Listing

  1. Control
  2. Broken
  3. Truth Is A Wolf
  4. Give Me A Reason
  5. Run with The Hounds
  6. Love Your Bones
  7. Transformer
  8. Fortunate Fate
  9. King Of Hearts
  10. My Heaven Can Wait

    Pre-order Truth Is A Wolf TODAY 

 

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album

Read what we talked about when we sat and talked about Music, touring, famous parents –  HERE

 

Mollie sets out on tour with Bad Touch in November.

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

Some say he came out of the swamp. The truth is; the number is  It Came Outta The Swamp.  Check out this clever video below.  It Came Outta The Swamp is just one of the superb tracks on Big Boy Bloater & The Limits album Luxury Hobo. Bluesdoodles has listened and agrees this is a soundscape of what many of us feel but do not have the talent to encapsulate in a 4-minute display of blues that may not be pure but is definitely mean dirty and very good. Read more to find out why the album was a perfect TEN – HERE

 

Now you have read the review of the album, watched the video. Next move os to go and hear Big Boy Bloater and The Limits LIVE! The Band is out around the country September & October.

22nd September SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre
23rd September GRAVESEND: Bluesrock Fest, Red Lion
29th September BRISTOL: The Louisiana
30th September NEWBURY: Arlington Arts Centre
5th October NOTTINGHAM The Maze
6th October GLASGOW Stereo
7th October PRESTON The Continental 18th Beer Festival****
7th October BIRMINGHAM The Dark Horse
12th October SHEFFIELD The Greystones
13th October DARLINGTON The Forum
 
14th October HULL New Adelphi

**** Continental *** change of gig *** NOW headlining the Beer Fest – if you have a ticket already you will receive a refund of the difference on the door.

Looking forward to Big Boy Bloater at The Louisiana in Bristol on 29th September 2017 – Check out the Event, buy a ticket it will be so much fun – HERE

Bluesdoodles reviews & INterview with Big Boy Bloater:

Luxury Hobo CD review HERE

Interview with Big Bot Bloater HERE

 

Big Boy Bloater On Tour Arrives at The Louisiana Bristol

 

 

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR “BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

2016 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR “ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR”,
“GUITARIST OF THE YEAR” & “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

Steve Hill whose New album has new Album Solo recordings Volume 3 released in the UK 6th October 2017.

Check out the video, from  Canadian One-man band playing at the top of the Canadian Blues Scene.

FEATURING THE EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE 
“DANGEROUS”

 

 

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

 

Steve Hill, the one-man band blues rock machine, will release his new album “Solo Recordings: Volume 3” on No Label Records in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017. To support the release, Steve will support Wishbone Ash on their 27-date October UK tour.

“The one-man band style has made him the top star in the
Canadian blues scene right now.” 
– Bob Mersereau, CBC

 

 

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill there are no limits! Anything goes. He is the true exponent of a one-man band. Steve performs standing up while singing and playing the guitar, his feet playing the bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

 

Following the success of his JUNO nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won “Album of The Year” at the International Blues Challenge in 2013, and JUNO Award winner Solo Recordings Volume 2, Steve Hill first released his brand new album Solo Recordings Volume 3 in Canada on March 4, 2016. Now, a year later, the album will finally be released domestically in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017.

Solo Recordings Volume 3

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him with the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more. Steve Hill is clearly in his element as a solo artist and one-man band, inviting listeners into a world of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Now we can experience the energy when he is Special Guest of Wishbone Ash UK tout throughout the U.K.

WISHBONE ASH – OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Dorking Halls, Dorking

Thursday 19th October 2017 – O2 Academy Islington, London

Friday 20th October 2017 – The Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare

Saturday 21st October 2017 – Cheese & Grain, Frome

Sunday 22nd October 2017 – The Arts Centre, Swindon

Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea

Wednesday 25th October 2017 – The Brook, Southampton

Thursday 26th October 2017 – Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Friday 27th October 2017 – The Hub, Plymouth

Saturday 28th October 2017 – The Railway, Ipswich

Sunday 29th October 2017 – King Edward VII Memorial Hall, Newmarket

Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Wirral

Friday 3rd November 2017 – The Tivoli, Buckley

Saturday 4th November 2017 – Whitby Pavilion Theatre, Whitby

Sunday 5th November 2017 – The Lowry, Manchester

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – The Flowerpot, Derby

Wednesday 8th November 2017 – The Irish Centre, Leeds

Thursday 9th November 2017 – Bootleggers, Kendal

Friday 10th November 2017 – The Jam House, Edinburgh

Saturday 11th November 2017 – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Sunday 12th November 2017 – The Ferry, Glasgow

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Riverside Lodge, Morpeth

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Thursday 16th November 2017 – The Layton, Blackpool

Friday 17th November 2017 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Saturday 18th November 2017 – ASHCON, Clitheroe

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

What an opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists once again as Eric returns to the UK and Ireland for tour October and November 2018

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

 

Bluesdoodles was delighted to have heard Eric delight the packed Robin 2 ” when he played earlier this year – “There is definitely nothing Middle of The Road or standard about any of the music played by Eric and the band tonight. This is excitement, hope and joy distilled into a night that was hot and will be a highlight of 2017 that is for sure.”  Read More….

 

 

 

Following his long-awaited first UK solo tour in May and an incredible guest slot with Supersonic Blues Machine at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, world-renowned Blues guitarist Eric Gales will be returning to the UK and Ireland this October/November.

TUES 24 OCT – Whelans, Dublin – TICKETS
WED 25 OCT – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick – TICKETS
THUR 26 OCT – Cyprus Ave, Cork – TICKETS
FRI 27 OCT – Picturedrome, Holmfirth – TICKETS
SUN 29 OCT – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth – TICKETS
TUE 31 OCT – Boom, Boom Club, Sutton – TICKETS
THU 02 NOV – Robin 2, Bilston – TICKETS

 

“Scorching” Classic Rock
“One of the greatest guitarists on the planet”  Fireworks
“Rocket-fuelled”  Guitarist
“If you’re looking for the blues album of 2017. This is going to be very hard to beat”  Total Guitar 5/5
“The injection of danger and unpredicability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs…some of his best songs yet”  Guitar & Bass 8/10
“The more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent”  Powerplay

Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group

Bluesdoodles loves the album one you return to –  “No doubting that Eric Gales is back producing the best music yet. Blues guitar with attitude, lyrics with a heartfelt understanding of the myriad emotions this album lays bare for the listener to explore and understand.” Read More …...

 

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

 

 

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

EXILE & GRACE” – THE NEW ALBUM
RELEASED ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM www.kingking.co.uk

RESCHEDULED JANUARY 2018 UK TOUR DATES

King King are pleased to announce the release of their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October 2017. The album features the band’s current single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ which is currently a big hit on Planet Rock radio in the UK.

Due to a throat condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the band’s October 2017 UK tour dates have been re-scheduled to January 2018.  All October 2017 tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows in January 2018.

The rescheduled dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January).
Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.

The new album “Exile & Grace” promises to deliver a bigger punch, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Tour Dates
TICKETS: Planet Rock or Gig Cartel

London Shepherd’s Bush Empire    Wednesday 17th January 2018
Birmingham, Town Hall    Thursday 18th January 2018
Bath, Forum   Saturday 20th January 2018
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall Friday 26th January 2018
Sheffield, Leadmill   Saturday 27th January 2018

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK TourForthcoming Album Exile & Grace was recorded at Superfly Studios, the quartet’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’”.
The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and was released on Friday 23rd June.

Says King King’s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

King King’s 2011 debut album “Take My Hand” was crowned Blues Album of the month in Classic Rock. Following this success, King King’s next album Standing in The Shadows was the highlight of Classic Rock Blues magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013. It’s no surprise then that King King won Best Album and Best Band at the 2012 and the 2014 British Blues Awards.

2015 saw the band fly even higher with the release of their “Reaching For The Light” album. King King were nominated for Best New Band at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll of Honour and inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame for three consecutive Band wins.

King King have played in all corners of the globe. From the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, India, to Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, and numerous festivals throughout the whole of Europe. One of the highlights of 2016 was a UK arena tour with the mighty Thunder, which included playing to over 10,000 people at Wembley Arena and a sell-out headline show on home turf in Glasgow.

Their headlining tour in 2017 took them to mainland Europe and the UK. The band are back with a vengeance in October 2017 to perform songs from their new album “Exile & Grace.”
King King are widely recognised as the UK’s hottest rock blues band, the band continue to push the envelope by performing unforgettable live shows with first class musicianship.

 

King King live shows are a not to be missed event – this is what Bluesdoodles has said:- 

Artrix, Bromsgrove – Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions…..  Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartet that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures ……….with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

The Globe, Cardiff – Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.

City Hall, Salisbury – This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and then the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight.

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

 

 

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones bringing double joy from the blues power that is JW Jones: New Album High Temperature released Friday 20th October 2017 plus touring the UK throughout November and December 2017.

“His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people. JW is the real deal.” 
–  Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

JW Jones, the award-winning Canadian blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, will release his new album “High Temperature” on Solid Blues Records via Proper Distribution in the UK and Europe

“High Temperature”, produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis), and was also named the ‘Hot Shot Debut’ on the Billboard Top 10.

“High Temperature” is the follow-up to JW’s JUNO Award nominated 2014 album Belmont Boulevard”, which was nominated for a Maple Blues Award, and held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks.

Bluesdoodles saw JW Jones live last year. Wow what  a show, thoroughly recommended  Do Not Miss Him This Time.  “Swansea heard and felt the sinews of blues emotional magic weave around the venue tonight. Come back soon JW Jones”Read what we said HERE.

Belmont Boulevard Review from Bluesdoodles HERE

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

JW JONES
“HIGH TEMPERATURE”
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

BOOK TICKETS FROM  JW Jones Website 

Worthing Pavilion
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Book Tickets: SeeTickets.com
Book Tickets: 
www.worthingpier.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01903 366 017

Cellar Bar, Bear Hotel, Devizes

Friday 24th November 2017
Book Tickets: www.disorderlysounds.co.uk
Venue: 01380 722 444
S

The Thunderbolt, Bristol
Saturday 25th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.bristolticketshop.co.uk
Venue Tel: 0117 373 8947

Mr Kyps, Poole
Sunday 26th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.mrkyps.net
Venue Box Office: 01202 748 945

Marr’s Bar, Worcester
Monday 27th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.marrsbar.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01905 613 336

Robin 2, Bilston

Tuesday 28th November 2017
Book Tickets: www.therobin.co.uk
Venue Box Office: 01902 401 211

Wednesday 29th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.hullboxoffice.com
Venue Tel: 01482 317 941
Venue Email: 
Mal@kardomah94.com

The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 30th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.wegottickets.com
Venue Tel: 0116 251 0080

Pizza Express, Maidstone
Friday 1st December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.pizzaexpresslive.com
Venue Tel: 
01622 683 548

Borderline, London
Saturday 2nd December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.seetickets.com
Book Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Ticket Hotline: 0844 847 1678

 Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms   – “Edinburgh Blues Club”
Sunday 3rd December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Book Tickets: 
https://tickets-scotland.com
Email contact: info@edinburgh-blues.co.uk 

Waterfront, Norwich
Tuesday 5th December 
2017
Book Tickets: http://thewaterfrontstudio.ticketabc.com
Venue Tel: 01603 508 050

Brighton Komedia

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.komedia.co.uk/brighton
Venue Box Office: 01273 647 100

Southampton Talking Heads

Thursday 7th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
Venue Tel: 02380 361 970

Keighley Blues Live

Friday 8th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.list.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01274 562 252

Glasgow Sleazy’s
Saturday 9th December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.pmmusic.co.uk

Newcastle Cluny 2
Sunday 10th December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.seetickets.com
Venue Tel: 0191 221 2659

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

Walter Trout Announces New Album We’re All In This Together

Walter Trout Announces New Album We’re All In This Together

Walter Trout Announces New Album We’re All In This Together

FEATURING 14 FRIENDS AND A-LIST GUEST MUSICIANS.

Including John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, & Warren Haynes.

Out September 1st via Provogue/Mascot Label Group

 

Walter Trout Announces New Album We’re All In This TogetherWalter Trout will be releasing his brand new studio album ‘We’re All In This Together’ on September 1st via Provogue/Mascot Label GroupThe album features a stellar cast of guests; John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker , John Németh and his son Jon Trout

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. He’s also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of We’re All In This Together“It was quite a piece of work to get this record together,” he admits. “But I guess I have a lot of friends, y’know…?”

Before you even hear a note, We’re All In This Together has your attention. Drafting fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman – and writing an original song for each, Trout has made the most tantalising album of the year, and found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014. “Now was the right time for this record,” he says. Battle Scars [2015] was such an intense piece of work, written with tears coming down my face. I needed a break from that, to do something fun and light-hearted. This album was joyous for me.”

Scan the credits of We’re All In This Together and you’ll find nods to every twist and turn of Trout’s electrifying backstory. There’s keys man and long-time friend Skip Edwards, who came up on the same early-’70s New Jersey circuit where Trout cut his teeth as the precocious lead guitarist for Wilmont Mews. There’s organ wizard Deacon Jones, the West Coast bandleader who brought a twenty-something Trout into the orbit of blues titans like John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton. “Deacon sorta discovered me when I moved to LA in the ’70s,” reflects Trout“So I owe him.”

Since he struck out alone in 1989, Trout’s solo career has been every bit as celebrated. Touring tirelessly and spitting out classic albums that include 1990’s flag-planting Life In The Jungle, 1998’s breakthrough Walter Trout and 2012’s politically barbed Blues For The Modern Daze, he’s won international acclaim and enjoyed ever-growing sales in a notoriously fickle industry. Years on the road have also brought him tight friendships, as evidenced by 2006’s cameo-fuelled Full Circle album and this year’s unofficial sequel, We’re All In This Together. “The new album was originally gonna be called Full Circle Volume 2,”notes Trout“but I wanted to make the title a positive statement in this time of madness.” 

They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, then We’re All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout’s position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. “I’m 66 years old,” considers Trout“but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?”

October UK Tour

6 Oct – Worthing Pier Southern Pavillion, WORTHING
7 Oct – Chinnerys, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
9 Oct – The Brook, SOUTHAMPTON
10 Oct – Under The Bridge, LONDON
11 Oct – Under The Bridge, LONDON       
13 Oct – Central Station, WREXHAM
14 Oct – Warehouse 23, WAKEFIELD           
15 Oct – Preston Guild Hall, PRESTON
17 Oct – Robin 2, BILSTON                  
18 Oct – Public Hall, HARPENDEN
20 Oct – Bierkeller Theatre, BRISTOL           
21 Oct – Sin City, SWANSEEA
22 Oct – Muni Arts Centre, PONTYPRIDD


Walter Trout Announces New Album We’re All In This Together

Track Listing We’re all in this together

1. Gonna Hurt Like Hell feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd

2.  Ain’t Goin’ Back feat. Sonny Landreth

3. The Other Side of The Pillow feat. Charlie Musselwhite

4. She Listens To The Blackbird Sing feat. Mike Zito

5. Mr. Davis feat. Robben Ford 

6. The Sky Is Crying feat. Warren Haynes

7. Somebody Goin’ Down feat. Eric Gales

8. She Steals My Heart Away feat. Edgar Winter

9. Crash And Burn feat. Joe Louis Walker

10. Too Much to Carry feat. John Nemeth

11. Do You Still See Me At All feat. Jon Trout

12. Got Nothin’ Left feat. Randy Bachman

13. Blues For Jimmy T.feat. John Mayall 

14. We’re All In This Together feat. Joe Bonamassa

 

 

Walter Trout Announces New Album We’re All In This Together