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Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July a Smörgåsbord of delights new music and Doodle-zine submissions open again.
Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July

Othello invites you to explore the music and that is catching his ears, also he will be sharing any news that comes his way…

We are Back!!! Our batteries are re-charged and ready to share some amazing music with you.
Was it only a week we were absent – so much has happened Wimbledon is over and the Euro Football tournament. Not my favourite sport the whole England Team deserve our support and we should celebrate the collective power of a team playing well working towards a collective goal. (should I mention goals?) Finally Congratulations Italy.

The first issue of Doodle-Zine has been well received, thank you for the support and we are looking forward to Issue 2 it is going to be packed.

Thank you for the coffee and treats. Lots of music and video’s for you to explore this week. You can buy the hoomans coffee or treats for me by clicking the cute mauve coffee cup Thank you very much in advance.

This week’s highlights include – Bernie Marsden, Samantha Fish, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Eric Krasno, Ellis Mano Band plus the July Reviews & Interviews and round-up of June.


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Bernie Marsden - photo credit Fabio Gianarda.

Guitar legend Bernie Marsden will be releasing his brand-new album ‘KINGS’ through Conquest Music, on 23rd July 2021 (available on all digital platforms; also, available to pre-order now, a Special Limited Edition Digipak CD, accompanied by a 16-page booklet). All pre-orders to Bernie’s site will get a signed CD of Kings and a free limited edition Bernie Marsden Kings plectrum.

Only orders via Bernie’s website qualify for this, the offer ends on release day, 23rd July.

Photo credit Fabio Gianarda

‘KINGS’ is the first of a series of releases from the new collaboration between Conquest Music and Bernie Marsden’s Little House Music. The ‘Inspirations Series’ is a sequence of albums to be released by Conquest Music, where Bernie Marsden pays tribute to those whose music shaped his taste and guitar playing. The next album in the series — ‘CHESS’ — will be out later this year and stands as a homage to recordings released on the legendary Chicago-based label.

Samantha Fish has announced her new album Faster, set for release on September 10, 2021 on Rounder Records and available to pre-order. Fish will embark on a headline UK tour in January 2022, including a headline show at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 3rd.

Faster is the follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Kill or Be Kindand marks Fish’s first collaboration with producer Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting), who co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 new songs and helped the genre-defying guitarist, singer, and songwriter to refine her sound and strike out into bold new sonic territory.
Alongside the announcement, Fish unveiled the video for “Twisted Ambition,” the first single from the album, out today. Fish notes, “It’s about flipping the power structure, the power dynamic, in your life. The world or a personal figure might be putting you down; it’s about taking control and owning your life and owning the situation.”

Faster, set for release on September 10, 2021 on Rounder Records and available to pre-order here

Critically acclaimed British guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor, universally hailed as the UK’s premier blues-rock guitarist, shares her brand-new single “If That Ain’t A Reason”, available worldwide today on Joe Bonamassa’s KTBA Records. The song comes from a new collection of music that will be released later this year.

Bluesdoodles thoughts: Joanne defines the moment as she heads back to the studio with a re-imagined version of a Little Milton Song. As Joanne explains; “It was a Little Milton song Joe texted to me when we were in the early stages of discussing songs. I’d never heard it before and loved it. Super funky and great, almost comical lyric at times.”
The video captures Joanne at work in the studio, si laying down the vocals with Joe B; at the desk then the guitar work. This is a laid back funkier version of the UK’s Blues-rock queen. As ever her Fender stings and burns into the melody as she manipulates the strings that reflect the vocal tones. Joannes rendition of the Little Milton song works perfectly. A single that will be played many times as we wait in tenterhooks for the date and name of the forthcoming album.

If That Ain’t A Reason” was produced and recorded by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Joanne’s new release comes as a follow up 2019’s critically acclaimed album Reckless Heart, which features Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Josh Smith (guitar), Reese Wynans (keyboards), Greg Morrow (drums), Steve Mackey (bass), Steve Patrick (trumpet), Mark Douthit (sax) and Barry Green (trombone).


Two-time Grammy award-winning musician and producer Eric Krasno will be releasing his fourth solo studio album Always on September 17th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The album consists of ten tracks with inimitable instrumentation, eloquent songcraft, and raw honesty.

Ellis Mano Band releases the third single from their critically acclaimed sophomore album “Ambedo” released to rave reviews by Jazzhaus Records on June 25th.

The band’s guitarist, Edis Mano, talks about the concept behind the making of the music video for the Amebedo Mind single – “During the pandemic, I was able to teach myself filmmaking which is something I have wanted to do that for years. What I always missed was the time to learn it in peace and self-taught (thanks YouTube).”
Keep It Simple and The Question were the first two music videos I made,” continues Edis. “With Ambedo Mind I wanted to have a cinematographic reference to the subject of Ambedo. That’s why we took the macro recordings with a special lens. This optic makes the smallest objects appear gigantic. This is exactly how we behave during the process of creating an album. The smallest details are often discussed very intensively. There are many parallels.”

Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 24th May

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Bluesdoodles Reviews & Interviews July 2021

Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July

Debbie Bond crosses Blues Without Borders – an exceedingly well put together album with quality laced through every note a great listen. READ Tom Dixon’s Full Review HERE

Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July

Parabellum Shredding with Yngwie Malmsteen a great listen: like most of Yngwie’s work, each track is genius but, unless you are a total shred fan, it can become a bit too much in one sitting; I find I appreciate his skills more by liberally sprinkling my favourites throughout my rock playlists so that the barrage of notes can be analysed, appreciated and enjoyed. READ Tom Dixon’s Full Review HERE

Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July

Crobot procreate and Rat Child is issued varied, tasty rock that is cliche free, this is quality with a capital Q: pity it’s just an EP. READ Tom Dixon’s Full Review HERE

Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July

Troy Redfern releases “Ghosts” as a free download from the upcoming album “The Fire Cosmic” the single that kicks the album out in the stratosphere. We recommend you pre-order today. READ Liz’s thoughts on the single Ghosts HERE

June 2021 – Round-up

Highlights for Your Monday Words & Music 12th July

On the last day of June, the Inaugural Issue of Doodle-Zine was launched – Read the Magazine full of creativity – HERE

Muldaur plays Let’s Get Happy Together with Tuba Skinny If you love jazz-jug-blues, you will love this impeccably performed update to a classic sound…if you’re not so keen, it will still provide a smile and a dance whenever a track comes up on shuffle. Read the full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Toto Pandemic Concert released with help from Friends! Creating a wonderful live album capturing a band on form doing ‘not just the hits’. Read the full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Johnny Never recreates the Blue Delta a great listen, especially for the dazzling guitar skills on display throughout a very authentic blues album. Read the full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Read the conversation between Liz and J Lee from The Hoodoo Skulls HERE

Donna Herula Resonates with a Bang At The Door a wonderful resonator and bottleneck led blues album that with repeated listens reveal the layers of blues past, present and future Read the Full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Matt Backer celebrates Backernalia The keyword in summing this album up is fun…there are many smiles to travel across the fifteen tracks Read the Full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Matthew Robb attests to a War Without Witness a wonderful album of (not too) Dylanesque troubadour with some tasty blues woven through. Read the Full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Sons Of Liberty show their hand on Aces and Eights a wonderful album of heavy British rock shot through with bourbon, grits and gravy! Well worth a listen and then a buy. Read the Full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Kelly’s Lot know Where And When to find the blues a Wonderful bluesy album that will always be welcome. There is warmth, bite, and emotion flowing through…well worth adding to any collection. Read the Full Tom Dixon Review HERE

Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan tell Tales By Gaslight Wonderful, progtastic set that, if you have the originals, brings a more revealing listen; if you don’t have them and like Six Wives etc. then you need these…disc three to both parties is also a must. Read the Full Tom Dixon review HERE

Quinn Sullivan is Wide Awake playing Superb Music what a wonderful album full of interest. With skilful instrumentation, and interpretation creating an album that is a cocktail of styles the mix is perfectly balanced. Read the Full Liz Aiken review HERE

J Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls bare their Beggars Soul A wonderful album that will always lift the spirits and put a smile on your face. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE

Cheap Trick new album lives In Another World a wonderful album chock full of the expected pop-rock masterpieces they deliver time after time and still, somehow, sound fresh. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE

Joe Bonamassa Now Serving: Royal Tea Live at the Ryman These are mesmerising versions, sparkling with energy and brilliant ensemble playing. I’m not sure it gets any better than is. An essential addition to your collection. Read Simon Green’s Review HERE

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