As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together.  The love of the Blues unites music lovers around the world. The Blues has an unchanging heart and Walter Trout is a giant in the world of electric guitar fuelled blues.  Walter’s latest album is brimming with blues guitars they shimmer and shine like a brilliant sapphire as his Telecaster is joined by a phalanx of blues guitar maestro.

Fourteen tracks give Walter plenty of scope to play with the blues and sing some powerful lyrics. As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together. The album is a celebration of blues, a journey through Walter’s life with friends. Coming together with friends and laying down the music is the essence that makes Blues hum with power and emotion. All of life’s experiences are laid out before you captured in a few moments with lyrics and the emotive six-strings, love, hate, betrayal, loyalty and addiction all are explored. The friends that join Walter bring their own styles and interpretation of the blues. Listen to explore the intricacies they bring to Trout’s sound. You will hear a different musician on every track.

The embodiment of the blues is the shuffle and it is the perfect combo to extol its movement and rolling power as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter join forces on the opening number, Gonna Hurt Like Hell, written with Kenny’s guitar style in mind up-tempo and gets the party off to a flying start. The narrative is central pleasure and can be short-lived coming down is Gonna Hurt Like Hell! The guitars meld and play off each other blues energy is up and running.

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together; as we step aboard the blues bus. Exploring the myriad of tonal shapes and styles. The songs matching the attributes of Sonny Landreth whose slide playing is legendary the master of zydeco,   as we hear Ain’t Going Back. Then the harp of Charlie Musselwhite pouring out emotional wizardry on The Other Side of The Pillow; co-written with Musslewhite combine with Robert T. Bear’s lyrics. As the album takes shape one of my favourite tracks She Listens To The Blackbird Sings, with Mike Zito. It has a rawness with a driving riff of electric over acoustic and lyrics that just connect.   What an opening quartet of tracks phew! There are still ten to go will the album have staying power? Yes, of course, it has with Walter Trout at the helm.

No blues corroboration would be complete without a jam. The Sky Is Crying, the only cover, is a revisiting of a number he played with Warren Haynes many years ago at New Orleans Jazz Festival. The two guitars bring a fluidity as the number builds and builds leaving you breathless with delight. This is Trout and Haynes playing music that moves them and audiences.  The mood changes heavier, harder hitting as Eric Gales joins the party with Somebody Goin’ Down the energy is burning up the track.

A celebration of family style and talent as the question is asked, Do You Still See Me At All. The tempo as Walter is joined by his son Jon in the studio. The dueling between them is immense and this number definitely benefits from having both guitarists in the studio at the same time. Written together, played together this is a track that oozes an understanding of the electric guitar.

The closing two tracks leave you on a musical high. John Mayall joins Walter on Blues for Jimmy T, with searing harmonica mirroring guitar and vocals in a duet as they recall the day Jimmy died. The two bluesmen from different sides of the Atlantic. Acoustic works, stripping away layers and exploring the kernel lamenting the loss of friend and bass player Jimmy Trapp.  Closing out with the second track where both guitarist were in the same studio as Joe Bonamassa adds his guitar and vocals to the title track We’re All In This Together.  What a way to finish the latest Trout studio album. Just under eight minutes played live with the band, no overdubbing as they take us on a memorable road trip around the electric guitar. They had three hours to get the track completed sitting three feet apart they nailed it. Yes, We’re All In this Together.

The album is a shimmering exploration of the blues. The listener to Walter Trout’s latest studio album will discover some of the many tributaries that run from and into the great running river as wide and deep as the Mississippi that is twenty-first-century blues.  It is certain that this is an album about fun, enjoying the blues, celebrating the interaction of styles. The passion is played out in every night a perfect follow-up to the personal pain and intensity of Battle Scars.

Reviewers often say this is an album that will listen to often. In the case of We’re All In It Together that is a certainty. Celebrating the insight of Walter Trout a blues supremo bringing fourteen friends together with their own track shining a light on facets of the blues,

Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Gonna Hurt Like Hell – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  2. Ain’t Goin’ Back – Sonny Landreth
  3. The Other Side Of The Pillow – Charlie Musselwhite
  4. She Listens To The Blackbird Sing – Mike Zito
  5. Mr Davis – Robben Ford
  6. The Sky Is Crying – Warren Haynes
  7. Somebody Goin’ Down – Eric Gales
  8. She Steals My Heart Away – Edgar Winter
  9. Crash and Burn – Joe Louis Walker
  10. Too Much to Carry – John Nemeth
  11. Do You Still See Me At All – Jon Trout
  12. Got Nothin’ Left – Randy Bachman
  13. Blues For Jimmy T. – John Mayall
  14. We’re All In This Together – Joe Bonamassa

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

Gov’t Mule New Album Revolution Come…Revolution Go

Gov't Mule New Album Revolution Come...Revolution Go

Gov’t Mule New Album Revolution Come…Revolution Go

 

The title is intriguing is this a politically fueled message or a reflection on the crazy merry ground life we are spinning through? Revolution Come…Revolution Go; is as diverse and exciting as Gov’t Mule can be; expect a musical exploration as roots music infused with all its off-shoots. The album’s cover a soldier atop a broken toy mule facing the wrong way as he yells through an orange street cone; is so retro and so modern just like the music. Unarguably Richard Borge’s artwork captures the concept and drive of an album reflecting a crazy moment in history.

This is a musical cocktail never shaken but careful turned with each revolution of the turntable a musical spice is added; jazz, rock, blues and country the sonic layers fuse together and then separated into the individual parts the result is a delicious Gov’t Mule experience. The album flows with an introspective feel, whilst full of angst and pain this is a revolution down a road of life worn and traveled with the undertow of the impact of politics of our lives. Opening with Stone Cold Rage and closing with Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground this was never going to be a happy sunny uplands gentle lyrics driven melody. This is Gov’t Mule rocking it out with fiery riffs, cascading chords from the keys and riding through the middle of deep dark rhythms Warren Haynes’ vocals.

Gov't Mule New Album Revolution Come...Revolution Go

We are introduced to the latest offering from the Mule with a guitar sound that is huge, fast with an inner urgency as the keys join into the auditory playground. There is a primeval fear in the rhythms conjured by Matt Abts & Jorgen Carlssons Drum and Bass mix; with a funky sound that punctuates the power of the lyrics “Something Happened in The Back Woods… Stone Cold Rage in The Hinterland”.  The other two politically driven numbers are Pressure Under Fire and the title track. Reflecting the turmoil in the Country when the group started recording the album on Election Day November 2016.  The upsets and uncertainties continue throughout the world. Elections no longer have a certainty there is an undercurrent of rage and fear resulting in surprise. The line is Pressure Under Fire – We have to work together to get out of this mess; resonates throughout society. Warren’s vocals have an emotional edge the music builds and we want the lyrics to be a new truth a reality that is no longer based on falsehoods.

We turn in to ourselves with a country fueled Travelling Tune, haunting with the sharp simple melody that like a journey unfolding full of  shades and shadows pierced with the glimpse of sun.  The country feel flows through with Thorn of Light and onto the title track. Revolution Comes … Revolution Goes sparkles with intent. With the jam like feel of the multi-instrumental beaks this is a revolution of intent, considered with clear constructed argument, the fury is cold rather than hot and dragging and all the more dangerous for it.  The title track along with Sarah, Surrender are the two stand out tracks on an album that is compulsive listening from beginning to end. The keys from Danny Louis is full of funky tones, mixing in with a cocktail of sound as jazz and soul swirl through the melody, The guitar is sharp and determined and the drumming intense.  With the addition of Jimmy Vaughan’s guitar into the mix Burning Point is blues swirling in a psychedelic haze of deliciousness.

The album is a perfect set list and with the Deluxe version you hear some of the tracks recorded live. This is a journey through the wealthy golden rich seam of Gov’t Mule signature styles. As they close out with Carlsson’s arrangement of classic blues number from Blind Willie Johnson, Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground. This is a blues overload with a drone, moan and depth of blues textures that revitalise the music, the perfect ending to an album that owns so much to the traditions of roots music. Warren Haynes hollers the opening lines and the melody picks up the tone as the story unfolds.

With the concept of expect the unexpected, the certainty of Revolution Comes…Revolution Goes is the music is stunning, a ray of sparkling light, a shaft of hope this is a community of musicians communicating to a larger gathering of Mule fans everywhere.

 

Gov’t Mule – Revolution Comes…Revolution Go – Spinefarm Records

 

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Track Listing
Revolution Come…Revolution Go Standard Track-listing:

  1. Stone Cold Rage
  2. Drawn That Way
  3. Pressure Under Fire
  4. The Man I Want To Be
  5. Traveling Tune
  6. Thorns Of Life
  7. Dreams & Songs
  8. Sarah, Surrender
  9. Revolution Come, Revolution Go
  10. Burning Point (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
  11. Easy Times
  12. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

Deluxe Version – Bonus CD:

  1. What Fresh Hell
  2. Click-Track
  3. Outside Myself
  4. Revolution Come, Revolution Go (Alternate Version)
  5. The Man I Want To Be (Live In Studio Version)

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Live In Studio Version)

Gov't Mule New Album Revolution Come...Revolution Go

Gov’t Mule On Tour plus New Album

Gov't Mule On Tour plus New Album

Gov’t Mule On Tour plus New Album

ANNOUNCE UK/IRISH SHOWS OCTOBER 2017

NEW ALBUM – Revolution Come… Revolution Go
Out June 9 on Spinefarm Records

 

 

LISTEN TO THE NEW COMPOSITION
‘DREAMS & SONGS’

“[Gov’t Mule‘s] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft” – NPR

“Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful slide player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter” – Rolling Stone

“A band heavy enough to be James Hetfield’s favourite; grungy, gritty and bluesy enough to earn the praises of ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons; and swirly enough to speak loud and clear to the Phishheads who flock to their shows to twirl the night away” 
– Guitar World

Gov’t Mule On Tour plus New Album, Revolution Come… Revolution Go, and the visit to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales we all get a chance to hear the new music live!.  Following the announcement of their eagerly anticipated 10th studio album, American rock band Gov’t Mule have confirmed their return to the UK in October this year.The band will be heading to Ireland to play a show in Dublin before coming to the UK for four dates in Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

Oct 22nd –  Academy, Dublin, IE | Tickets
Oct 24th – Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK | Tickets
Oct 26th – Ritz, Manchester, UK | Tickets
Oct 27th – Tramshed, Cardiff, UK | Tickets
Oct 28th – London Bluesfest, London, UK

The band first return to the road at Summerstage in New York’s Central Park and have dates booked through the summer in North America and Europe, with hopes of also heading to Japan, Australia and other territories to promote the upcoming album Revolution Come… Revolution Go. After celebrating 20 years and then taking a few years to work on other projects, the album is “the new chapter opening up for the band”, according to founder Warren Haynes. It’s due for release June 9th via Spinefarm Records. You can pre-order the album here.

The 12-song set, Gov’t Mule‘s 10th studio outing, was recorded primarily with long-time collaborator Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) in Austin, Texas, but the musicians also worked on a pair of tracks with Don Was, with whom Haynes recently toured as part of the recent The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour.

The record features the song ‘Dreams & Songs’, which Haynes deems autobiographical, reflecting on a career that started professionally with David Allan Coe’s band in 1980 and has gone through the Dickey Betts Band, the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends and more.

“It’s about looking back at your life and family and changes,” Haynes explains, “and the general message is you never go back home — not in the literal sense of the word, but things have a way of growing in their own directions, and you wake up one day and look at everything you’ve been through and think, ‘Wow, how did I get here?’ It’s a journey and you look back on it. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had, but it’s been a wild ride and in some ways has gone so much quicker than I would ever expect. Thankfully, I’m still going strong and my career’s as good as it’s ever been. I’m thankful for that.”

 Gov't Mule On Tour plus New Album
Revolution Come…Revolution Go Standard Track-listing:
1. Stone Cold Rage
2. Drawn That Way
3. Pressure Under Fire
4. The Man I Want To Be
5. Traveling Tune 6. Thorns Of Life
7. Dreams & Songs
8. Sarah, Surrender
9. Revolution Come, Revolution Go
10. Burning Point (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
11. Easy Times
12. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Deluxe Version – Bonus CD:
1. What Fresh Hell
2. Click-Track
3. Outside Myself
4. Revolution Come, Revolution Go (Alternate Version)
5. The Man I Want To Be (Live In Studio Version)
6. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Live In Studio Version)
Gov't Mule On Tour plus New Album

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later

Gov’t Mule
The Tel-Star Sessions
Mascot Label Group

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later 

The debut album may have been gathering dust since June 1994 but the first notes blow the cobwebs away as you are drawn into the world of Gov’t Mule. The disappointing side effect is this is a debut with no surprises of hearing a band’s music in a studio for the first time. Here you know what to expect and they deliver in all their gory across the ten tracks that is the missing piece in the story of a band that enthralls every time.
Back when the album was recorded Gov’t Mule was the side project of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody as they had some down time from work with the Allman Brothers Band. In 1994 an experimental rock trio Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts. What was originally going to be a low-budget record and a few shows has blossomed into Gov’t Mule where fans anticipate with feverish excitement every show they play. The Mule’s improvisational interplay is legendary and hypnotises every time.

This is not a dusty stroll down memory lane the tracks are as fresh as daisy and the mix of styles ensures your music radar never strays for a second from the speakers. Opening with Blind Man In the Dark, with click of sticks and the roll of Warren’s guitar we are of out on a journey of Haynes entwined energy. The fluid southern music that borrows from rock, blues and creates a sound that is unmistakably Gov’t Mule. This is a catchy melody that grinds and strolls through some grungy riffs that creates a track full of interest and the lyrics flow effortlessly around the intricacies of the guitar.

Immediately you are transported to Mule live with the covers tucked into the album, Mr Big from Free and ZZ Top’s Just Got Paid. They also step further back and pluck Memphis Slim’s Mother Earth and The Same Thing from Willie Dixon. The tracks are transformed with the intensity of interplay between a trio re-writing the lexicon of what recorded rock sounds like. It is the Mule’s ability to weave the weft and warp of melody, rhythm and lyrics encapsulating riffs, licks, beats and vocals into a tonal soup that mixes it up. With soft embraces followed by tough love and then the dirty fuzzy overplay. Down on Monkey Hill is the refrain, this is a lyric driven tale and the fuzzed sound gives an atmosphere of reportage, brilliant live and this early version demonstrates that from the off they were inspired. This is an album inspired by lyrics like “Last night and the night before; The thunder crowed and the rooster roared” with every song, and closing the album with World of Difference twice! differnetly of course. The consistency is complex rhythms as they seamlessly join together rock, southern tradition and psychedelia. The power of Gov’t Mule to hit you with intensity infused with subtleties as the band explore the music and take you on a journey the song may be the same but the road travelled will always have a different tonal sound.

Yes many of the tracks have been record on subsequent albums, however, The Tel-Star Sessions are the starting point and the Dixon and ZZ Top covers are unique to this album. Many of the tracks did make it onto the self-titled 1995 debut album but as ever with the Mule the differences are there. History, unearthed and the exploration is a magical carpet ride of rock infused genius.

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later a time capsule back to 1994 classic Gov’t Mule. History, unearthed and the exploration is a magical carpet ride of rock infused genius.

Gov’t Mule – The Tel-Star Sessions – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Blind Man in the Dark
  2. Rocking Horse
  3. Monkey Hill
  4. Mr. Big
  5. The Same Thing
  6. Mother Earth
  7. Just Got Paid
  8. Left Coast Groovies
  9. World of Difference
  10. World of Difference (Alternate Version)

Available as Single CD, Digitally or 180 gram double Vinyl set including a limited edition White Vinyl with different artwork.

Friday Night Gov’t Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Govt’ Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Friday Night Gov’t Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Friday nights do not get better than this. Sunny Bristol, excited queue outside O2 Academy all waiting for the door to open and Gov’t Mule to step on stage and let the music take over. First time in twenty years of kicking ass Gov’t Mule arrived in Bristol, to bring their own special brand of live music. With a huge repertoire the set list was going to be a magical journey unfolding the musical magic of Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Matt Abts Drum, Jorgen Carlsson  on bass completing the rhythm section and Danny Louis on organ and keyboards. These four musicians create a crescendo of sounds as they jam and move around the music never chaotic, the journey is wild and exciting and they always know the route home. The electrifying mystery and delight for fans is what will they pick from the albums that preserve the sweetest Mule jams. Will tonight be the night I hear the tune I want. Gov’t Mule is like British weather the on certainty is you are not going to know what weather front they will be blowing in on next.

Govt’ Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

The tour celebrating twenty years mixes skillful covers with a selection of tracks from a myriad of albums. Opening with 32-20 Blues Gov’t Mule takes Bristol back to Robert Johnson and the dawning of the recorded blues. The slide is slipping over the strings the fingers play the fret Warren Haynes is in my opinion one of the best guitar players around today. He makes the guitar talk to the audience, as his voice harmonises and the lyrics are deep and full of storyteller delights. The next two tracks have a common theme ‘Child, Wandering Child from Live… With A Little Help From Our Friends returned to a few times throughout the set. As the last phrase of the chorus fades, help me now, save the wandering child; merges seamlessly into Child of the Earth another album checked off there is nothing miscellaneous about the playing it is sharp and fun.

Never pigeon-hole a band who turns jamming into a professional art form. They mix in the styles yes, there’s rock with echoes of the south, with country, pop, blues all merging creating an artist palette of tonal textures and shapes. Snippets of tunes we recognize are incorporated like a tasty tease, including, Manhattan Transfer’s Birdland in Game Face and Beatles I Want You (She’s so Heavy) ending Monkey Hill. The crowds whooped with delight, clapped and cheered when a song they want to hear was live in Bristol tonight and the cowbell added to the party feel. The crowd sung back louder and louder with each successive chorus on Humble Pies 30 Days in the Hole, this was heating up the venue to fever pitch.
The encore was extra time with Gov’t Mule we were delighted taking us straight into the deep end… the guitar once again was silky sexual tension that fed off the keys of Danny, drumming from Matt and the bass line that purrs from Jorgen. Beautifully Broken was holding everyone in Bristol tonight enthralled with Beautifully Broken. Could it get better, was there anything else unexpected in the melting pot of the band. Of course there was as the tempo changed and the Beatifully Broken eloquently merged into When Doves Cry. Wow oh wow! what a tribute. Closing out the night that will be long remembered and talked about, the gig of 2016 for many with Railroad Boy a traditional Celtic folk song underlining the immense breadth the band has and the majesty in which they play every song.

Govt’ Mule Kicks Ass in Bristol

Bristol tonight were mesmerized by over two and half hours of spine tingling music, live and dangerous’ This is music that connects with your backbone, and like a drug plays straight into your nervous system. Exciting, thrilling and is a roller coaster of riffs, chords medleys and power, the power of live music that is priceless. The Mule came to Bristol and conquered the city come back again we want to hear more of you.

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Gov’t Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star Sessions

Gov't Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star Sessions’
Legendary rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule
Releasing a new archival album – The Tel-Star Sessions
August 5, 2016 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Gov't Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star SessionsThe album consists of the band’s very first, and never-before-released, demos made in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida. These newly mixed and mastered recordings feature the original line-up – Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts – and capture the rawness and excitement of the earliest days of Gov’t Mule.  The ten tracks intended to be Gov’t Mule’s band’s debut album, but  shelved gathering dust until now. Out of the 5th August the debut album will be heard for the first time – check out the video below. The 10 songs will be available digitally, as a single CD, as well as 180-gram double-vinyl set including a limited edition version with different artwork and splatter vinyl.

Recorded during the infancy of Gov’t Mule, the demos heard on The Tel-Star Sessions are from a time when Mule was an adventurous side project, formed during a year when Warren Haynes and Allen Woody had some down time from their work with the Allman Brothers Band. Becoming one of the most enduring, respected and active bands in the world was the furthest thing from the band’s imagination; the plan was to record a low-budget album and play a few shows. Two decades later, it’s now clear that they had stumbled upon something special, but at that point Mule was an experimental rock trio: Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts, who Haynes brought in after playing with him in the Dickey Betts Band. Fans will love the chance to hear their early improvisational interplay, an impressive skill that has since become a signature of Gov’t Mule’s albums and live shows.

Collaborating with Allman Brothers sound engineer Bud Snyder, and taking legendary producer Tom Dowd’s advice to record all instruments simultaneously live in a room, Gov’t Mule holed up in Tel-Star Studios and sought to bring back the rock power trio and “dirty up” the bass guitar – a style that had been a marker of rock music prior to the ‘80s. Their influences leaned heavily on the likes of Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience and ZZ Top, but Mule’s search to bring back a familiar sound is mingled with grunge and alt-rock influences that had just emerged in the early-mid ‘90s. Little did they know that the magic created during these sessions would spark such a prolific musical journey. It is undeniably enthralling to go back in time and experience how it all began.

The Tel-Star Sessions – Released 5th August 2016 – Provogue/Mascot Label Group
Track List

Blind Man In The Dark
Rocking Horse
Monkey Hill
Mr. Big
The Same Thing
Mother Earth
Just Got Paid
Left Coast Groovies
World Of Difference
World Of Difference (alt.version)

Pre-order your copy: HERE

Check out ‘Blind Man In The Dark’ here:

 

Dr Z Takes Us West Of Flushing South of Frisco

Dr Z Supersonic Blues Machine (2)Dr Z Takes Us West Of Flushing South of Frisco

This debut album crammed with a mix of approaches to the blues; it is accomplished and a joy to listen to from the first to the last note. Dr Z Presents Super Sonic Blues Machine has a core of three musicians who understand making great music. Bassist/Producer Fabrizio Grossi is joined by Lance Lopez on guitar and vocals and drummer Kenny Aronoff. Added to this powerful hub are guests that all bring a special style and interpretation to the blues.
The first two tracks introduce the heart of Dr Z, opening with Miracle Man with its blues infused opening and a burst of harp the vocals then kick in as the tempo builds and you just have to join in with the clapping. With its opening chant you are taken deep into the roots of America’s history raw hot and swampy southern rock I Ain’t Fallin Again is both melodic and hypnotic. Throughout the album the trio that is the backbone of the album deliver songs that work in context of the guest they have on board the Dr Z journey taking us West Of Flushing South of Frisco.

Third track Running Whiskey ringing with guest Billy Gibbons’ vibe, a vitality that pours into your ears with the heat and intensity of hot whiskey. The combo of stinging guitars and vocals from Billy adds the feel of ZZ Top to the Party that Is Dr Z Presents Super Sonic Blues Machine. Tempo changes along with the signature style of Warren Haynes steps in with his delicious Southern Rock guitar playing, he is and always will be the Remedy. Recognize the name, you should as he is at the heart of the Gov’t Mule sound, and longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band and his solo work. Who else puts in an appearance with their guitars? Chris Duarte changes the tonal texture with his Texan blues-rock guitar playing – That’s My Way, this is a track that is done Chris’s way with guitar so sharp you can hear the strings vibrate as they cut through the musical backdrop. Next up on the guest roster is Eric Gales, with Nightmares and Dreams as a child prodigy I am positive his musical career has been both, this is a track that is guitar-led and driven with the power of the six-string searing through and dominates. The domination is not about noise and speed it is the subtle mixing of vocals and guitar and layers of sound and variation in tempo as the track develops and as the urgency becomes heightened the guitar follows. Then there is the wailing, howling blues guitar that is the spirit that drives Walter Trout on Can’t Take It Anymore with the accompaniment of keyboard playing that winds itself around the guitar and Walter’s vocals this is a track that is dripping in emotions. The notes are wrung out, stretched out as the lead breaks augment the lyrics with raw open emotions. The last of the guest guitarist plays a slower number full of reflection as Robben Ford sings Let’s Call It A Day a gentle beat as the lyrics explore the ending of a relationship. The guitar work is spot on every time blues with swashbuckling style.

West of Flushing South of Frisco an exploration of the emotive power of the guitar, vocals and the working of the instruments to create an array of tonal textures, emotional shapes. This is blues that rocks gently in the breeze and then howls like a hurricane. Sometimes in a rush other times laid back exploring the power of the six-strings. This album keeps on giving no wonder with so many special guests at the party.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Dr Z Presents Super Sonic Blues Machine – West Of Flushing South of Frisco – out 26th February on Mascot Label Group

Track Listing

1. Miracle Man
2. I Ain’t Falling Again
3. Running Whiskey (Feat Billy F Gibbons)
4. Remedy (Feat Warren Haynes)
5. Bone Bucket Blues
6. Let It Be
7. That’s My Way (Feat. Chris Duarte)
8. Ain’t No Love (In The Heart of The City)
9. Nightmares and Dreams (Feat Eric Gales)
10. Can’t Take It No More (Feat Walter Trout)
11. Whiskey Time (Running Whiskey’s extended ending)
12. Let’s Call It A Day (Feat Robben Ford)
13. Watchagonnado

Supersonic Blues Machine – The Remedy (Lyric video) feat. Warren Haynes

WARREN HAYNES & GOV’T MULE – Songs and European Tour

WARREN HAYNES & GOV’T MULE

copyright Danny Clinch
copyright Danny Clinch

WARREN HAYNES

Ashes and Dust, released on 24th July 2015 via the <a href=”http://www.mascotlabelgroup.com”>Mascot Label Group</a> is only the third studio album Haynes has ever released under his own name, is a masterful work of art and a particularly important statement for Haynes. The songs are immediately and clearly different from his usual style – encompassing beautiful acoustic arrangements, a rootsy/Americana soundscape and honeyed vocals that cut straight through to the soul. Although many of these songs are brand new, some of the tunes that make up this album have been dear to Warren for years.

 

Talking about the Gold Dust Woman Warren elaborates, “The idea to record “Gold Dust Woman” came about due to the fact Grace Potter and myself have performed it onstage many times and in a lot of different settings, but we had never recorded a studio version. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so, and the instrumentation we utilized really helps capture the vibe of the song while taking it to another place. I’ve always loved the sound of two or three “lead” voices singing harmony, so Todd Sheaffer – Railroad Earth’s lead singer/guitarist – who is singing harmony throughout the project, added the third voice. On my last solo record, Man In Motion, we captured a similar but different sound by taking that approach with Ruthie Foster and Ivan Neville.”

 

Live video for the Fleetwood Mac classic ‘Gold Dust Woman’ from new solo album ‘Ashes & Dust

GOV’T MULE –  European tour

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary with three dates in the UK London, Bristol & Holmfirth)  and across Europe plus the release of  live gems from the archives to excite. Gov’t Mule will always deliver special and the unexpected is taken for granted!  The Live shows will be dynamic often with special guests and no two shows are ever the same.

7th May- Moulin Blues – Ospel, Netherlands TICKETS
8th May – Metropool – Hengelo, Netherlands TICKETS
9th May – Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg TICKETS
10th May – La Traverse – Cleon, France TICKETS
THURSDAY 12TH MAY – SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE – LONDON, UK TICKETS
FRIDAY 13TH MAY – O2 ACADEMY – BRISTOL, LONDON UK TICKETS
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Supersonic Blues Machine announces Debut Album

Dr Z

Supersonic Blues Machine
Release debut album

‘West of Flushing South of Frisco’
Out via Provogue/Mascot Label Group

on 26th February 2016

Featuring: Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Chris Duarte, Eric Gales,

Walter Trout & Robben Ford

At the heart of it is Bassist/Producer Fabrizio Grossi, Guitarist/singer Lance Lopez and drummer Kenny Aronoff as well as a host of guest of the highest calibre; ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Bros Band), Chris Duarte, Eric Gales, Walter Trout and Robben Ford.

Listen and enjoy – ‘I Ain’t Falling Again’ here:

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It happened in 2012, Texan guitarist-singer-songwriter Lance Lopez was planning a visit to Los Angeles to record a new album and producer Fabrizio Grossi suggested they hook up and work on some ideas. The following whirlwind day and a half in the studio resulted in three songs which became the foundation of an exciting new project before they knew it. With a prolific career as a producer, mixer and bass player Fabrizio has worked with some of the finest musicians around today pulling into an array of eclectic styles, from Steve Vai to Tina Arena, Nina Hagen to Alice Cooper as well as Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West, Zakk Wylde, the list is endless.

Supersonic Blues Machine isn’t just a band; it’s a mood, a comradeship, a melting pot of ideas with like-minded people bringing their own unique talents to create something with feeling that is very organic. “I was thinking of all the people we know and thought, how about putting together something like The Who or The Rolling Stones used to do in the early 70s” he adds, “they would put together a record and bring all of their friends on board, I thought that would be cool. Bringing back the spirit of camaraderie between musicians.”

Before the name, before the album, entwined circles of friendship and respect began cooking up the music storm that was to become Supersonic Blues Machine.
Before Supersonic Blues Machine even existed as it is, the seeds began to be sewn from a hook up with Billy F. Gibbons, “I was telling Billy about my work with Lance” explains Fabrizio before excitedly adding the ZZ Top legends response was “‘Oh, you know Lance? He’s fantastic, I’ve known him since he was a little kid, you two should seriously consider working on something together.’” Add into the mix drummer Kenny Aronoff thanks to Toto’s Steve Lukather. Aronoff brought with him the experience of working with a huge collection of artists such as John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Meat Loaf, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Cocker amongst a host of others.

Debut album West of Flushing, South of Frisco is a sprawling and emotional journey that has an emphasis on peace, hope, forgiveness and empowerment. Grossi said, “We could have done a record that was jam-packed of famously random guests, but we didn’t want to do that that’s not the idea.”

Sneak a peak with this album trailer…

More friends started to feel the vibe; with tracks being added featuring the wealth of talent among friends. Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule main man and former Allman Brothers Band, features on Remedy. , and next up was guitarist Warren Haynes. Then joining the mix Tennessee guitar virtuoso Eric Gales can turn his hand to dazzling effect to a number of genres and the pair first worked together with funk father George Clinton on a cover of Hendrix Voodoo Child back in 2001. Playing on the album Nightmares And Dreams.

Eric long time fan of Walter Trout contacted Marie after his liver transplant and was back playing guitar do you fancy joining in the fun. I said ‘hey Marie, I’m doing this thing, and I would really like to see if we could get Walter to play with us.’” Within 5 mins, Walter called back and said “are you fucking shitting me, I’ll bring the guitar.” A few months later they were in the studio recording Can’t Take it No More.

Chris Duarte has been friends with Lance with a long time and started to show interest in working with the Supersonic family and immediately started sending ideas to and forth with the others which became That’s My Way. When it came to subtle jazz-rock maestro Robben Ford, who collaborated on Let’s Call It A Day the final piece slotted it magnificently.

The winding exploration through the album takes you through different emotions, themes and tones and when Lance himself takes on the lead vocals some of those are profound and some are pure foot to the floor stomp from the bar room rocking of Bone Bucket Blues to the opener Miracle Man which is a twist on the theme from Beyoncé’s Single Ladies and the even more sad “Gold-digger/Free loaders” attitude fortified by Reality trends TV shows. “If you read between the lines, the stereotype: the guy is the dog and the girl gets the short end of the stick, but that isn’t always the case, especially in LA, where there’s a lot of great decent guys out there where but, one has ever given these guys a voice…well we just did, in our “gospelly” type of way.”

The album has moments that come from a dark place and a very personal part of Fabrizio life, he lost his birth mother aged 11 and was growing resentful of God and all related to him. “Around 15-16, I got curious and involved with readings about Aleister Crowley ,The Golden Dawn , Magic or sort, he offers, “then weird things started happening which affected me quite a bit. Even though the whole “dark” infatuation, phased out by the time I was 18/19, it took me a really long time to get rid of the negative vision of matters” and it was this that fed into I Ain’t Falling. Let It Be is about the power of forgiveness and regardless of what an individuals’ background is.

Album closer Whatchagonnado is about what Jesus would say if he came back around and talked to people right now. “We’re not a Christian band, we don’t endorse any specific belief, other than what works for you” asserts Fabrizio, “but it seems that everybody embraces this figure and builds his own agenda with it, but how would Jesus really react if he would come back and see all of his teaching twisted around? And we did that with our funky mould.”

West of Flushing, South of Frisco is a reminder of an era that embraced collaborations, one that shared a vision and shared moments, both good and hard, one that put every ounce of their experiences into it, its bleeds emotion but is an uplifting and powerful listen. Now that the Supersonic Blues Machine has begun its journey, there’s a lot more to experience from it.

Photo taken in North Hollywood at Uncommon Studios on 03/26/15.
Photo taken in North Hollywood at Uncommon Studios on 03/26/15.

West of Flushing, South of Frisco – Track Listing
1. Miracle Man
2. I Ain’t Fallin’ Again
3. Running Whiskey (Feat. Billy F. Gibbons)
4. Remedy (Feat. Warren Haynes)
5. Bone Bucket Blues
6. Let It Be
7. That’s My Way (Feat. Chris Duarte)
8. Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)
9. Nightmares And Dreams (Feat. Eric Gales)
10. Can’t Take It No More (Feat. Walter Trout)
11. Whiskey Time (Running Whiskey’s extended ending)
12. Let’s Call It A Day (Feat. Robben Ford)
13. Watchagonnado

Free download of ‘I Ain’t Falling Again’ HERE: