Othello invites you to explore the music and that is catching his ears, also he will be sharing any news that comes his way…
March is drawing to a close with the promise of a world that is opening up, and even the sun is going to shine. So he wishes you a Happy Easter, Happy Chocolate Day hoomans, I just want crunchy biscuits and warm sun to lie in the garden and a trip in the car a picnic would be grand.
A huge shout and massive thanks to everyone who has used the magic widget to our website www.bluesdooddles.com. and bought the hoomans coffee or treats for me by clicking the cute mauve coffee cup
This week’s highlights include – Music Highlights & News – Wille and The Bandits, The Cold Stares, Climbing Trees, Alex Leach Band & March Album Reviews and Interviews
Look out for announcement across social media and newsletter of new Flash Writing Competition April 1st
The tour will showcase songs from Wille & The Bandits’ forthcoming studio album “When The World Stood Still”. The album documents a moment in time that the whole world will never forget, a time where each person on the planet has felt repercussions in one way or another.
“I’m very excited by the new line-up”, says an enthusiastic Wille Edwards. “Our music was starting to have layers within it that were beginning to be impossible to do justice to as a trio. With a band of multi-instrumentalists and a drummer who is technically outstanding, yet plays to what the song needs, we are able to achieve live what I thought might only be possible in the layers of a studio recording.”
The Cold Stares – Sign To Mascot Records + Release New Song “Hard Times”
New album to be released in late 2021
Indiana based blues-rock duo The Cold Stares offer the first taste of their new set of material, with the release of their blistering new single “Hard Times.” The song is taken from their as yet untitled upcoming album, slated for release in late 2021 via new label partner, Mascot Records.
Announcing the new single from Mike Ross. Mike’s single ‘Shake ‘Em On Down’ from his latest solo album — The Clovis Limit – Tennessee Transition’— due for release on 28th May.
We recommend you sit back and drink in the acoustic vibe of Mike Ross as he sits with guitar lighted by a vintage Standard lamp. He may have done hollering we certainly haven’t done listening as we lick our lips with anticipation for the full album the next instalment following Clovis 1 and Clovis 2 – The Clovis Limit – Tennessee Transition’— due for release on 28th May.
J.R. Harbidge Releases ‘Sunshine Not Rain’ — His Song For His Young Son
“’Sunshine Not Rain’ is a song for my son,” explains J R, “My son was around four when I wrote this. I had been wanting to write him a song, but could never put all the feelings I had about him into a 3-minute song. My wife took him away for the weekend to see some of her friends and I decided I would write the song before they returned on Sunday evening.
“I was expecting it to take a couple of days and had the usual songwriting supplies: beer, beer, IPA, etc. I sat down to start writing the song at 7 pm but by 7:10 it was complete. The whole song just fell out of my guitar and my mouth in just a few minutes! On producing the track JR adds “I tried to add a little gospel feel to the song, the hand claps are present throughout and there’s a great break down in the middle 8 where “we take it to church” it’s just vocals gospel organ and drums. Something I haven’t done before”.
‘Sunshine Not Rain’ has a strong Country timbre and tempo, whilst the simple but effective video shows JRH playing the song with his boy, who’s dressed and bearded up as a mini-me version of his Dad!
Welsh band Climbing Trees are
Matthew Frederick, Colenso Jones and Martin Webb.
The band blend multi-instrumentalism with pin-point harmonies to create their distinctive Cymrucana sound. The BBC Introducing favourites have made numerous television, radio and festival appearances over the past few years, as well as recording a live session at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios and performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Climbing Trees return with cinematic new offering ‘Troubling Times’ released via Staylittle Music on the 30th April 2021 via Staylittle Music
The Alex Leach Band releases Mountain Home debut album,
I’m The Happiest When I’m Moving
In addition to vocalist Miranda, The Alex Leach Band’s members — JT Coleman (bass), Joshua Gooding (mandolin), Brandon Masur (banjo) — are, like Leach himself, musically omnivorous students of bluegrass, giving the group both an unusual stylistic depth and a rare ability to sound as if they’d been playing together for decades. And with Leach’s former Clinch Mountain Boys bandmate John Rigsby on hand to supply just the right touches of fiddle, the result is an undeniably impressive introduction.
Bluesdoodles Reviews & Interviews March 2021
Arielle Analog Girl in a Digital World stupendous 5 Doodle Paws. A MUST for your collection you will play on repeat as a perfect antidote to lockdown blues
Read Simon Green Full Review HERE
Popa Chubby wears his Tinfoil Hat on his sleeve a Stupendous album that repays repeated listens to fully appreciate the depth and quality
Read Tom Dixon Full Review HERE
Zed Mitchell and guitar travels Route 69 A Wonderful album of guitar wizardry set to blues-tinged songs that always entertain.
Read Tom Dixon Full Review HERE
Trevor B Power Band state What Is Real A Wonderful 4 doodle paws album of varied and original songs delivered with quality music and musicians; it deserves repeated listens to un-peel the layers
Read Tom Dixon Full Review HERE
Powercut then go Acoustic with The Outlaw Orchestra – get your fix of Heavy Grass turn those speakers up and stomp your feet
Read Liz Aiken full review HERE
Smith and Kotzen together go self-titled. A Wonderful blues/rock album from two accomplished songwriters that happen to be damn good guitarists too
Read Tom Dixon full Review HERE
Misty Blues tenth album leaves her None More Blue a great listen. Full of varied blues with extra spices sprinkled liberally throughout.
Read Tom Dixon Full review HERE
Joe Lewis Band are Up Next There is plenty to enjoy on this varied, accomplished album a great listen for some quality blues played with aplomb.
Read Tom Dixon Full Review HERE
Central Pennsylvania artists share Backyard Blues Great Listening and a chance to explore some lesser-known but rewarding blues artists showing their interpretation of our beloved genre.
Read Tom Dixon Review HERE
Rocking new album We Will Ride again with Inglorious a heady mix of stellar vocals and full-on rock instrumentation always play the album loud – Read the full Liz Aiken Review HERE
Steve Lukather basks in I Found The Sun Again A Wonderful album from one of the finest exponents of sensible, communicative guitar playing delivering quality without unnecessary histrionics. Read the full Tom Dixon Review HERE
Going Over Home with Saints and Sinners a winning idea Bluesdoodles rating: 5 Doodle Paws – The perfect blending of traditional and originality as the voices harmonise and the instrumentation is a pure delight. Read the full Liz Aiken Review HERE
The BluesBones most definitely Live On Stage A Wonderful atmospheric and quality live album that never disappoints. Read the full Tom Dixon Review HERE
John Diva and The Rockets of Love – American Amadeus – Bluesdoodles rating: 4 Doodle Paws – A Wonderful, nostalgic but fresh 80s sounding rock record delivered with power, passion and a smile. Read the full Tom Dixon review HERE
Edenbridge delivers a double-CD of musical delights on The Chronicles of Eden Part 2.
Bluesdoodles rating: 4 Doodle Paws – A Wonderful album to give you a start on the catalogue of this wide-ranging rock band and a few bonuses if you’re already there. Read the full Tom Dixon review Here
The Outlaw Orchestra Release Today Rattlesnake Sour – dynamic acoustic warming your taste buds for the main event Powercut out 26th March
Bluesdoodles says – The vocal intro you expect a full-on electric sound then – the music starts raucous with energising Acoustic. The slide is drive by the whiskey bottle, powered by Rattlesnake sour. The video assails your senses: see the visual narrative, your tongue teased by the virtual taste of whiskey, smell the heat and sea from the wider world, touch the magic. We wait for the mini-album – Powercut out on 26th March.
Magnum Black Tattoo is a Wonderful album showcasing an excellent band with the added benefit of some rarities. With Bluesdoodles rating: 4 Doodle Paws Check out Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Chemia release new single ‘Angina’ announcing the album ‘Something to Believe In’ out 20th August. Pre-order on the strength of Angina.
Bluesdoodles listened and loves the new single – a new band for Liz and she enjoyed what she heard: This so powerful rock fuelled orchestration drives you through the desert landscape. The music is hot, and it is about to warm up as the vocals cut a swathe through the music score. The landscape is barren. But the music holds your attention combined with the energy of the band as they drive through the heat to bring you Orchestrated Rock with a compelling swell of sound with hints of Arabian magic and mystery.
WORDS – Collection One Women – Flipbook
Suzi Quatro unleashes The Devil In Me – 4 Doodle Paws – A Wonderful, varied and bluesy, rocky excursion by a lady who knows how to rock! Check out the full Tom Dixon review Here
Larkin Poe finding Kindred Spirits in Locked Down 4 Doodle paws – a Wonderful album it’s not breaking any musical boundaries but is a really delightful interpretation of familiar songs. Check out the full review from Simon Green HERE
Prog Collective plays with the World On Hold 4 Doodle Paws – A Wonderful album for all Yes and prog as it used to be fans. Check out the full review from Tom Dixon HERE
Wily Bo with Tales of the Mescal Canyon Troubadours 4 Doodle Paws – A Wonderful bluesy but varied, accessible and well-crafted album from the main troubadour himself…grit, gravel, humorous, serious but all-round damn good collection even if you have some. Check out the full review from Tom Dixon HERE