Othello invites you to explore the music and that is catching his ears, also he will be sharing any news that comes his way…
Wales had been hot and sunny – Othello has found it rather warm and has found the shade to relax and listen to the music.
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 with creativity.
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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Blues Veteran Eric Bibb Pays Tribute to Emmett Till – “Emmett’s Ghost,” features Ron Carter.
Taken From ‘Dear America’
Released September 10th via Provogue Records.
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has never addressed the United States – or shone a light on himself – with such focused eloquence as he does on ‘Dear America’
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Modern rockers Firekind announce an exclusive headline show in their hometown of Newton Abbot, South Devon UK Saturday, August 21. This is the only occasion the band will be playing in their local area for some time, as such it is not to be missed by their avid local fan base and new fans further afield. Don’t just take our word for it…the fast-risen and ever-popular Kris Barras (Kris Barras Band & Supersonic Blues Machine) states, “If you’re not familiar with Firekind, you should get familiar.”
New music incoming – Dead Man’s Whiskey are delighted to release their brand-new single and title track Breakout from their upcoming new EP. The EP by the same name will be released on Friday 1st October 2021.
After a year of lockdowns, writing and recording, the 5-piece London hard rock band are back with a 5 track EP, expertly produced by John Mitchell, also known for his work with Alter Bridge, Architects, Enter Shikari and Inglorious.
With so much change and uncertainty in the world, creating this EP provided many unique challenges for the boys, as frontman Nico Rogers talks about the development of the single:
“This one has been on a bit of a journey! We had this song mostly written before lockdown started, it was ironically about the drudgery of being stuck in the office, which we’ve all ended up so far away from it started to lose relevance. The feeling of being trapped somewhere though, and especially that longing for a night of live rock and roll, has intensified. This is where this track lives, it’s all about the hunger we have to get back up there and play, how much we want to see our friends out there playing, too. There’s some anger in there, but twinned with desperation and after the last year a little sadness, too.”
Steve Howe releases Homebrew 7 on 30th July, the album marks the 25th Anniversary of the guitar legend’s first album in his Homebrew Collection. It features a collection of 21 previously unreleased tracks from the late 70s through to 2016….mostly solo recordings with occasional contributions from Dylan Howe & Virgil Howe on Drums with Phil Spalding on bass.
Steve Howe The Homebrew series typically features recordings from Steve Howe’s home archive of demos and tracks, originally recorded for one of his many solo or group projects with YES, ASIA, ABWH or GTR. Homebrew 7 differs slightly as none of the tracks have previously been released in any form and there are no plans for any to be rerecorded in the future.
“Many are things I’ve enjoyed saving until the right moment,” says Howe, “and the Homebrew series allows this. Some tracks have matured with my nurturing but others have been recently rediscovered.”
Notches in Joe Bonamassa’s Walking Cane as the blues journeyman takes the road less travelled. Notches the new single from his upcoming Studio Album.
Bluesdoodles Thoughts: WOW! Notches is a belter. Yes, we expect guitar that lights up every Bonamassa track. This track it is his voice that holds your attention.
This is Blues Rock that croons, it drips quality. The chorus is welcomed earworm. as he sings “I got miles under my wheels. Notches in my walkin’ cane.” We are walking into the future of Blues as it evolves re-shapes with lyrics keeping us in the ‘Bonamassa Blues Zone.’
This is a fist-pumping single announcing his upcoming Studio Album.
YES launch The Ice Bridge – the first track to be taken from their new album The Quest out on 1st October.https://jbonamassa.com/streaming/notches/
YES, who are Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood, recently announced they will release their new studio album The Quest on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on 1st October 2021. The album was produced by Steve Howe. “Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners,” said Steve.
The Quest is also now available for pre-order on various formats, including a Limited Deluxe Box-Set that features a Gatefold 180g 2LP on exclusive coloured vinyl, 2CD+Blu-ray Digipak (featuring 5.1 mix & backing tracks), 36-page perfect-bound booklet, enamel pin badge, 60x90cm poster, slipmat & hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, all housed in a rigid lift-off box.
Containing 11 songs, 8 on the main CD with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD, The Quest will also be available as Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook, 2CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+2CD & as Digital Album.
Watch TBelly video for his latest single ‘I Never Want To See Me Again.’ The track has been gaining international attention and is the title track from the forthcoming album which comes out on 8th October 2021.
This is a striking video for a striking track. The song, which features the original bass player with the Alice Cooper group Dennis Dunaway, even has Alice Cooper himself’s stamp of approval, he said “What a cool song!” when he heard it.
‘I Never Want To See Me Again’is available via Bandcamp and all major digital outlets.
Bluesdoodles Reviews & Interviews July 2021
Chris Gill is somewhere Between Midnight And Louise a wonderful album for aficionados of acoustic blues both picked and slided(!) It evokes the blues of a bygone era in a fresh and satisfying way. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Adam Schultz demonstrates Soulful Distancing a great listen for a lesson in consummate musicianship. If you like soul ahead of the blues, you’ll love this. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
New Wave Of Classic Rock compiles and rewards a wonderful introduction to many bands we need to hear and the added bonus of a reminder of how damn good the rest are. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
R K Turner is in good company Out There On My Own a wonderful album of slide driven blues from the Delta of the River Nene. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Mike Zito is restored on Resurrection a wonderful album that reveals new layers with every listen…Mr Zito delivers yet again with his innate sense of the blues backed by serious guitar prowess. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Bernie Marsden pays tribute to Blues Royalty a stupendous album of quintessential blues; a tribute to three great guitar players by a great guitar player. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Rob Stone has a three for all on Trio In Tokyo – a great listen with an album full of memorable readings of some classics. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
The Atomic 44s begin with Volume 1 – a wonderful blues-rock album that evokes memories as it pays tribute to the past in an ingenious way with these nine new songs. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
John Villiers is the ringmaster of A Different Circus a great listen with every song having something that draws you in and leaves you smiling. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Altered Five Blues Band just need a Holler If You Hear Me a wonderful album of skilled and varied blues where the quality never falters. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Gerald McClendon invites us all on Let’s Have A Party a great listen, especially if your blues lean toward the soulful spectrum, backed by superb musicianship throughout. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Rodd Bland pays tribute on Live On Beale Street a great listen when your soul craves some soul; this is a fitting tribute to a great performer and obviously assembled with love. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Mark Cameron moves Back From The Edge a great listen with variation, imagination and skill shining through on every song and plenty of blues to enjoy along the way too. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Debbie Bond crosses Blues Without Borders – an exceedingly well put together an album with quality laced through every note a great listen. READ Tom Dixon’s Full Review HERE
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
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
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