Othello invites you to explore the music and that is catching his ears, also he will be sharing any news that comes his way…
Thank you for the coffee and treats. Liz is enjoying her coffee chilled something to do with Sunshine, warmth and a Bank Holiday thingy. She took the day off and sat in front of the new Summerhouse where she should be writing but seemed more drinking of wine stuff! That is why Tuesday 1st June is the new or virtual 31st May!!! 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 – Doodle-zine Submission open, Louise Walters Competition, Greg Coulson, Rainbreakers, Blackberry Smoke Tour, The Damn Truth Tour plus the full round-up of May Reviews & Interviews
Bluesdoodles is looking for readers to consider the stories being submitted to Doodle-zine No. 1 – for more information on how to volunteer your precious time email Liz our editor-in-chief at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doodle-zine the home for creativity
A place for recorded music that REALLY caught our attention
A place for conversations and thoughts about the music and writing industries
A place for stories that made us laugh, cry and shriek with horror – where every word caught our imagination
A place for the writing of words – Flash fiction, short stories, Poems and CNF (Creative Non-fiction)
A place for Photographs & memories
The place for creativity!
Othello is a patient hound, He is excited to receive your work and share with the world the stories, poems, reviews that will be the right fit for Issue 1 of Doodle-zine – Out 30th June 2021.
Closing Date for Submissions is 11.59 pm Monday 21st June.
FULL DETAILS HERE
Liz the editor is looking for Artwork/photography for the front cover and to decorate this new online magazine. Send us your favourite work for consideration especial clever doodles!
Bluesdoodles is looking for reviewers, opinion writers for the blog and the first issue of Doodle-zine – for more information on how to volunteer your precious time email Liz our editor-in-chief at email@example.com
Rainbreakers Release Their Impressive New Single ‘Light Me Up’ — Out Now
The relentlessly rising Rainbreakers
continue to release impressive new material from their forthcoming second album with their brand-new single ‘Light Me Up’, out Friday 28th May.
The Damn Truth is undertaking a 13-date UK tour in February 2022.
Tickets for the UK tour can be ordered via www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/The-Damn-Truth.html
If you can’t wait until the band are on the road supporting King King – On the 9th June the band will perform a livestream concert from Montreal at 8pm ET (1am UK time on June 10) (2am Central European time on June 10). If 1 or 2am is too early in the morning for you, you can watch it over the next 3 days after it streams. Livestream ticket link is here – www.lepointdevente.com/billets/evk210609001
Contemporary blues standard-bearers Shemekia Copeland and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have collaborated on “Hit ‘Em Back,” a new track, released on the Mascot Label Group’s Provogue. The track was recorded just two weeks ago with Copeland and Shepherd joining forces with guest performances from Robert Randolph on steel guitar and veteran blues drummer Tony Coleman who has worked with B.B. King, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, and Buddy Guy.
All proceeds from “Hit ‘Em Back” will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit whose stated mission is “to preserve the musical traditions of the south by directly supporting musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time.”
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ the latest single from Greg Couslon is full of his trademark keys and strong vocals. Add into the mix a woven stream of tones of textures, funky, melodic and a thread of electronica wavelengths. This is a foot tapping summer single out 4th June on all digital platforms
Bluesdoodles Reviews & Interviews May 2021
Great Listening as Mike strips back songs from Clovis Pt1 & 2. The lyrics shine, guitar stings, some were too short and overall the album lacked a sense of purpose. Songs will always make a welcomed appearance on any playlist. Read Liz’s Full Review HERE
New Album finds Jimmy Lee Broken is a great listen for the storytelling backed by a skilful mix of folk, country and underlying blues. Read Tom Dixon’s Full Review HERE
Alex Lopez rides The Xpress on Rising Up a wonderful and varied album of blues, rock and funkiness. From a man at one with his guitar and a band with an almost psychic connection to the guitar and the ever-changing rhythms Read Tom Dixon’s Full Review HERE
Blackberry Smoke stating You Hear Georgia Once again they have dished up an album that delights in a celebration of Country-rock, strong lyrics, hot guitar licks and a mash-up of grooves to keep you interested from the first song to the last and then on repeat. Read Liz’s Full Review HERE
Clarence Spady doesn’t give up on Surrender a wonderful album especially if you like your blues with soulful leanings; still plenty to enjoy if you love guitar playing if quality too. Read Tom’s Full Review HERE
Afton Wolfe goes Solo with Kings For Sale a Great Listen and a rewarding one that has multiple layers that only repeated listens will reveal. With so many diverse influences it should appeal to many. Read Tom’s Full Review HERE
The Reverend Shawn Amos shares the blues… that was The Cause Of It All If you think more covers – then think again it is like hearing them for the first time again…listen, learn, buy! Read Tom’s Full Review HERE
Troy Redfern’s Waiting for Love Single and video out today 21st May whetting our appetites for the release of the album …The Cosmic Fire on 6th August. Watch, Enjoy and Buy Here
This Is Who We Are Now shout out The Damn Truth today – in a rotating room the band rocks out upside down in this gravity-defying video for this rocking good single. Watch, Enjoy & But Here
Stripped Back finding the inner Special Rebecca Downes A Wonderful album that brings a new dimension to songs we’re familiar with and two new ones too…what’s not to love? Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Caitlin Koch talking about singing – rugby and more an open conversation about, being a woman in the music industry & post-pandemic challenges – Read the conversation with Liz HERE
Downes Braide Association (DBA) share Halcyon Hymns for everyone who loves many-layered and involved prog rock with hints of Yes Read Tom Dixon’s review HERE
The Damn Truth can be found Now Or Nowhere A thoroughly enjoyable romp through blues-infused rock and always with a hint of quality 70s rock that, let’s be honest, we (nearly) all yearn for. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Paul Gilbert turns up the Shredded Heat on Werewolves in Portland the album has more shred than a Robertson’s factory with melody. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Troy Redfern announces the forthcoming album with the release of ‘Waiting For Love’ will be released on Troy’s own label Red7 Records on May 21st.
A rocked-up heavy metallic-blue number extravaganza Read Liz’s thoughts on the single HERE
Scott McKeon awakes on New Morning with 5 Doodle Paws – A Stupendous blues guitar masterclass that may not be to every blues lovers taste as it leans heavily toward instrumentals…but to a blues guitar lover, it is an essential addition to my collection and, I would suggest, yours too. Read Tom Dixons Review HERE
Rainbreakers Sparkling Rock Video will Light Me Up a winning combination strong melody and powerful lyrics and tour dates announced hurrah! Read Liz’s thoughts on the single HERE
James Oliver Band – Goofin’ Around (the years) bang up to date retrospective from James Oliver that sparkles anew. If you like rockabilly played with panache, reverence, humour and six string skills, you’ll love this; plus, the reworking of Red House is worth the entry fee on its own – Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
LEVARA show their heritage on the self-title debut Melodic Rock lovers will lap this up and, when the pandemic passes and the band hit the road, I have a feeling they will be even better live. – Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
A Trio of Four Paw delights from Bedford, Boddy & Woodbury. Blues found in Good To Go – Friends of Tuesday and World’s Gone Crazy – Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Kirsten Thein delivers Two Sides of Quality Blues so much to enjoy; plenty of tasty guitars and vocals blend into a very strong album. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Blues Guitarists make the six strings sing – Wonderful blues albums from Crooked Eye Tommy, Eric Johansen and Dudley Taft Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Laura Tate – Live in El Paso a great listen & captures a fine performance & the class band behind her it only lacked a few more true rockers for me, but if you like the jazz/blues/country mix that she delivers so well, then you’ll love this – Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Myles Kennedy – Beware The Ides of March – No need to beware the Ides of March when delivered by Myles Kennedy, the combination of his stupendous voice, strong lyrics and imaginative musical arrangements the album is a five-doodle paw winner. – Read Liz Aiken’s Review HERE
Lisa Mann is but isn’t an Old Girl she is a superb bassist – Four Doodle Paws – Not quite as much blues as I was hoping for but this is a high-quality blues-infused EP that, if you don’t know Lisa, is a damn good starting point. Read Tom Dixon’s Review HERE
Reverend Freakchild has the (various) blues as we explore two albums Bodhisattva Blues and Supramundane Blues a true showcase of his skills. – Read Full Review from Tom Dixon HERE
Simon Green In Conversation with Pablo van de Poel from DeWolff following release of album Wolff Pack full of Dutch Raw Psychedelic Southern Rock – Read Full Interview HERE
Andy Cohen’s two from 2020 about “growing people” Two albums one to appeal to the children and Tryin’ To Go Home Wonderful album is a great addition to any collection – Read Full Review from Tom Dixon HERE
Dumpstaphunk – Where Do We Go From Here – In the absence of live music put this on and have a house party and funk up your mood to joyous – Read Full Review from Tom Dixon HERE