Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Having heard Sonia Leigh play live in Bristol opening for The Broken Witt Rebels on a boat in Bristol. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review her studio album, Mad Hatter.  The studio Album is an Americana ride down a musical rabbit hole. Expect a variety of sound and textures as we taste the musical elixirs on offer across the eleven tracks. Some are edgy, others, nostalgic some are sad. Like any great tea party, it is the combination and flow of sounds that makes Mad Hatter a truly wonderful listening experience.

Mad Hatter starts with Waste The Day, energized sound that pumps out the energy and fun captured by the instrumentation, The first thing is the voice it is rough and smooth, low and fall of emotionally driven contours. As we Waste A Day again with Sonia Leigh. The sound is always rooted in country, country celebrating modernity and we love wasting a day at the Mad Hatter musical mayhem.  Now how to follow that let’s turn the corner swirl around 180 degrees with a journey in the Sky Submarine. The electro buzz burns through the country vibe as you stamp your feet and cheer on the dynamic vocal charms that capture the force that is Leigh.

No way will you ignore the title track Mad Hatter. It hits your listening senses from the off.  Sonia’s vocals have the cadences of Mary Gauthier. As she sings She didn’t wish me Happy Birthday this Year. Guess that says it all.  Then we go back in time the song tinged with sadness and regret. Time has passed but that friendship has never be rekindled. The story is told through Alice in Wonderland characters. Here again clever effects never overused but making a statement underpin the narrative of the song that is the purpose of the music.  This is a clever, edgy track everything a title track should be. We explore the narrative of losing your own sense of reality.

The songs have something to say Diamond in the Desert is sharp with use of violins it is country that intrigues and pleases. We are lost in the desert in the company of the wonderful vocals of Leigh. The country vibe is deep in Shelter with the whine of guitars and percussive beats. Again Gauthier’s vocals are r-kindled and shaped by Sonia’s tones. The singing across the album is personal. The narrative shared are for you to explore and relate to. AS we get lost in Leigh’s world at her invitation.

Then we have a scuzzy, fuzzy crescendo with Jack Is Back. This track works brilliantly live. The sign of a great number is when it fits in an album perfectly. Drink deep from this number it is dirty, grungy and full of vocal rawness as you join Leigh for a swim in the Tennessee River because Jack Is Back. This is down the creek whiskey-fueled rockier guitar speaking number.

Closing out this album that has taken you the Mad Hatter’s table. Sonia Leigh cloaks you in music that rests in the world of country/Americana. Then breaks out with rockier numbers, pop-infused ditties and music that is blended with pure talent. As we taste the last morsel with the Mad Hatter we have rap-infused Mind on the Prize.

This is an album that your mind stays in tune with every number. As you travel down Sonia Leighs Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter you explore her agony and ecstasy. The light and dark of her soul and above all the contained aggression gives determined grit from the first to the last note.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Waste The Day
  2. Sky Submarine
  3. Mad Hatter
  4. Walking in the Moonlight
  5. Diamond in the Desert
  6. Acid Rain
  7. Shelter
  8. N.Y.C.
  9. Jack is Back
  10. Dead Mans Sunrise
  11. Mind on the Prize

Travel Down Sonia Leigh Musical Rabbit Hole with Mad Hatter

Americana Duo The Grahams UK Tour 2018

Vibrant Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams (pronounced Grams) announce extensive February-March 2018 UK tour previewing material from two eagerly anticipated projects due later this year – their new studio album produced by Richard Swift (Black Keys, Arcs, Shins), and continuing their adventurous exploration of the USA – this time around on two wheels – the soundtrack to their new feature-length documentary Love & Distortion. So while we wait for the opportunity to hear The Grahams play live in the U.K. – here are two new numbers enjoy!!!!

On the first taster from the soundtrack, which will only be available as a limited edition 7” single at UK shows, until the full soundtrack’s official release later this year, The Grahams interpret The Pretenders’ ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986, and Mazzy Star’s 1994 cult classic ‘Fade Into You’.

In the Fall of 2016, while the country reels from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, musicians & lifelong soul mates The Grahams, set out on a spectacular motorcycle expedition across America’s time-warped Route 66. Amidst the neon, the romance, the heat, the music and the sheer power of nostalgia, The Grahams explore the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66.

Featuring a surreal soundtrack with contributions from Nashville’s finest; Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dylan LeBlanc, Chuck Mead, Lilly Hiatt, The Grahams and many more, Love & Distortion is not a travel guide or a musical biopic. This feature-length documentary, which follows The Grahams down the Mother Road, is an unconventional narrative weaving in and out of moments and realities that can be found in the various sub-cultures of America’s Main Street.

Bluesdoodles reviewed Glory Bound the tour will give everyone the opportunity to hear the new music as The Grahams share the sound the duo create live for our enjoyment

Get to know the Grahams before you hear them live in the U.K.

Americana Duo The Grahams UK Tour 2018Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, Riverman’s Daughter. For its follow-up, Glory Bound, they rode the rails – and wound up recording not only a studio album but Rattle The Hocks, a documentary and live album recorded on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train.

THE GRAHAMS · FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 UK TOUR

Buy your tickets HERE

FEBRUARY

Wed 14      Taddingtonnr. Buxton                         Village Institute

Thu 15       Swayfieldnr. Grantham                       Village Hall

Fri 16        Caunton Dean Holenr. Newark            Community Centre

Sat 17       Crichnr. Matlock                                  Crich Glebe Field Centre

Sun 18      Yoxallnr. Burton-on-Trent                       Parish Hall

Thu 22       Drimptonnr. Beaminster                       Village Hall

Fri 23         Ashmorenr. Shaftesbury                       Village Hall

Sat 24       Hinton Martellnr. Wimborne                 Village Hall

Sun 25      Milborne St. Andrewnr. Blandford         Village Hall

Tue 27       Liverpool                                          Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room

Wed 28      Sheffield                                           The Greystones

MARCH

Thu 1        Bristol                                               The Tunnels

Fri 2          Poole                                                Lighthouse

Sat 3         Lichfield                                           Lichfield Arts

Sun 4        Maidenhead                                      Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Mon 5        Cardiff                                              The Moon

Thu 8        Newbury                                           Arlington Arts Centre

Fri 9          London                                             C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Sat 10       London                                             C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Praise for The Grahams

“full of warmth and a generosity of spirit that ensured the audience was happy to join in making its music in the round.” Bluesdoodles

“Americana doesn’t come much better.” Acoustic magazine

“The Grahams are never far away from waving the banner of the road though they change the mood of their songs like the scenery flying by outside a southbound boxcar.” Alternate Root

“Doug’s mastery of the resonator guitar is matched by Alyssa’s spectacularly dexterous vocal chords ensuring their blend is beautifully matched to the breadth and scope of their music” American Roots UK

“This is mighty fine modern cowboy, ride those rails music, strong on evocative lyricism and driving, piston-pushing instrumental ability.” Cashbox magazine

“Alyssa and Doug deliver songs alive with wit, detail, interesting asides and hooks” Country Music magazine

“…really impressive…diverse articulate songs…expertly performed” Country Music People

“Highly recommended” Folking.com

“The Grahams guarantee a good time that captures the rhythms of the past with some cracking vocals and a healthy head of contemporary steam.” Get Ready To Rock! 

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

 

 

Out of East Nashville, Amelia White is part of the growing phalanx of singer-songwriters that have blended styles around the distinct tonal qualities of their vocal style and range.  Amelia’s previous release Home Sweet Hotel was critically acclaimed building on this she has delivered Rhythm Of The Rain a tonal poem that connects with moods and feelings of a gathering storm explored throughout the album.  Savour and explore the tracks individually and as collections delve deep and discover the attention to detail held within the lyrics painting a picture with her words. The album is full of compelling originals, a mix of her own and those co-written with a number of collaborators. This mix helps to give the album variations and different approaches can be heard so that the songs captivate and never fall into the singer/songwriters trap of being in a rut of similarity. Opening with Little Cloud Over Little Rock we are introduced to her very distinctive vocal tone. Smokey, warm and full of country vibe and intonations.

Rhythm Of The Rain is an exploration of life but that does not make the well-crafted album Blues. The title track opens with a spoken word “Don’t think too much people”, a flippant line but true do not over analyse. The nine tracks that pick over life, from the warmth of summer sun, lust and addiction and the forthcoming storm.  I suggest you take White’s advice. What you do need to do is listen to the carefully crafted lyrics. There is more to the words than being said, as the gothic side of life is explored under the beat of the drum and violin swirls. Yuma, co-written with Ben Glover has a lilting quality as she asks “are you still listening?” Yes, I am and will return to this album when I want to have music that flows with a smoothness. The delivery by Amelia connects to your soul and gives you the space to kick back and contemplate. The beat picks up with a catchy number harnessing the feel but slowed down this is not frenetic rock n’ roll as White, Said It Like A King. Closing the album with a number she wrote with Worry Dolls we are given hope as they Let The Wind Blow. The album has a completeness and complete package of compelling music. The songs let you get to know Amelia White. But only what she wants to share, as underneath there are untold stories and unshared stories and memories.  Sit back and enjoy the music and never over analyze, if it suits your mood, music collection and more, then it is a good album harnessing the gentle ebbs and flows of the craft of a singer/songwriter. Yes, Amelia has captured the Rhythm Of The Rain, sometimes gentle, often refreshing an on occasions delivered with a torrent of hurt.

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Little cloud Over Little Rock
  2. Rhythm Of The Rain
  3. Sinking Sun
  4. Sugar Baby
  5. Supernova
  6. Yuma
  7. Said It Like A King
  8. True or Not
  9. Let The Wind Blow

 

Rhythm Of The Rain – Amelia White – White Wolf Records

 

AMELIA WHITE · UK TOUR · NOVEMBER 2017

Accompanied by Thomas Collison on selected dates *

NOVEMBER
Mon 13*    London Green Note
Tue 14*    Brighton The Greys co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Wed 15*   Bedford The Pavilion, Bedford Park co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Fri 17*    Winchester The Hyde Tavern
Sat 18*    East Grinstead The Dorset Arms co-bill with Danni Nicholls
Sun 19*    London Private House Concert
Mon 20     Leeds  Oporto Bar The Gaslight Club co-bill with Dan Webster
Tues 21    Liverpool Private House Concert  co-bill with Dan Webster
Thu 23     Beverley  The Monks Walk co-bill with Dan Webster
Fri 24     York  The Winning Post
Sun 26     Newcastle upon Tyne Think Tank, Times Square

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson, takes you on a lyrical musical ride that you will want to repeat. Music and storytelling are in harmonious unison under the reins of Jarrod as he Ready the Horses. Opening with Faint of Heart is the acoustic guitar with percussive power and the Hammond adding warmth to a number that has its hooks deep into your musical soul. You want to listen to more, Jarrod’s influences reach deep into the Lone Star State, where he was born, with his immense talent he builds on traditions and creates a depth of tone and feeling of modern Country with the cleanness of freshly mown grass.

The ten numbers work with the change of textures and beats, through clever songwriting and imaginative instrumentation that builds and adding to the focus of Jarrod’s distinctive tuneful vocals. The timing on Take It From Me adds drama, integrity and searing emotions as the number builds. The tempo slows, with the duet of Your Heart Belongs To Me, the vocal duties are sung by husband and wife Jarrod and Claire. The guitar and vocals combine with lyrics creating a heavenly love song.
His Debut The Lonesome Traveller was critically acclaimed and for many, the second album is often a tricky beast. No problem for Jarrod Ready The Horses, the stallions are punching the air with delight ready to take you on an exhilarating Country gallop.

A trio of Jarrod style Americana with California, Gold Rush and A Cowboy & The Moon three songs three distinct sounds. California, retro in its acoustic gentleness, mesmeric in its simplicity. This is a tale of questions, do you still think of me even though I am in the past. Then we darken with a heavier growling Jarrod, with Gold Rush. The power of the number is barely contained, nothing is rushed we are stepping out on a journey with a bluesy feel that adds but never defines the number. Jarrod’s vocals are the gold in this Gold Rush, Anyone listing to the album will be all the richer for having Ready The Horses in their collection. The cowboy meets his horses with A Cowboy &The Moon, a dose of Tex Mex a ballad that explores the cowboy’s feelings.

Closing out the album of ten delicious sonic treats with I Won’t Quit., in which the vocals shape the lyrics with hurt, sorrow and pain as he has said the words all wrong. A ballad that lingers and connects. One thing is positive once heard you will never quit the Jarrod Dickenson sound.

The album from first note to last has an honest elegance and integrity in the shaping of the lyrics and the music. This has been added to by the excellent production and recording the core band live onto 2” tape as musicians of yesteryear did. Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound’” Yes, the sound is warm, emotions are heartfelt so Ready The Horses and listen to Jarrod’s distinctive vocals.

Jarrod Dickenson Ready The Horses – Hooked Records
Out 10th March

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Faint Of Heart
  2. Take It From Me
  3. Way Past Midnight
  4. In The Meantime
  5. California
  6. Gold Rush
  7. A Cowboy & The Moon
  8. Nothing More
  9. I Won’t Quit

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

BRENT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

SHINE ON RAINY DAY
DEBUT ALBUM OUT MARCH 24TH
via Atlantic Records

 

 

Black Crow – from Debut album Shine on Rainy Day

Brent performing the laid-back, melancholic album track ‘Black Crow’ from a session recorded at the Sam Philips Studio in Tennessee.

Full of textures, tones rooted deep in the lexicon that is the sound of Americana.

After the huge success of his debut dates in the UK in February, Brent Cobb will be returning for a full UK tour in May plus two festival appearances including The Great Escape. On his earlier visit Brent sold-out headline shows in London and Manchester and stunned crowds in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections festival with his raconteur’s wit, tales of rural life in the Deep South and heart-rending performances of songs from his critically acclaimed debut album Shine On Rainy Day.

UK shows – May 2017

Sat 20th – Brighton, The Great Escape
Sun 21st – Oxfordshire, Wood Festival
Tue 23rd – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Wed 24th – London, The Borderline
Thurs 25th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Sun 28th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah

Released in the US last year to widespread praise, Shine On Rainy Day made number 11 in Rolling Stone Country’s Top 40 Albums of 2016. The album saw him enlist the help of his cousin and fellow Georgian, Dave Cobb, the Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson and album guest Jason Isbell.

2017 is a busy year for Brent with him heading out on the road across the US supporting the likes of Nikki Lane The Cadillac Three, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and the aforementioned Chris Stapleton, as well as playing California’s Stagecoach Festival, before hitting the UK in May.

“…what promises to be Cobb’s breakout LP as a singer-songwriter.”— Rolling StoneBRETT COBB UK Dates Plus Debut Album OUT March 24th

“…masterfully understated wit…”— NPR Music

“It’s a soft, acoustic ballad, different from what you may have already heard from Cobb. The Georgia-born singer/songwriter has a knack for joyous, energetic songs that celebrate life and the good things in it.”— Noisey

“Let me just say that Brent Cobb is pretty damn good.”— Sounds Like Nashville

 

 

Ten Doodle Paws Album Awards 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded Music

Ten Doodle Paws Album Awards 2016

 

What a fabulous year for music at Bluesdoodles HQ. I have enjoyed listening to all the recorded music sent. Liz makes a note (must do better in 2017 and review more! I have started a new hopefully more organised system!).

Album Earning Ten Doodle Paws During 2016

One Hundred and Forty-eight reviewed. What an array of music from Folk to Metal Rock to Blues. The genre to everyone at Bluesdoodles  HQ is unimportant, that is a marketing tool it is whether the music vibes hits our collective DNA. Liz, Kevin & Othello a very discerning Bandana wearing Labradoodle.

Album of 2016

Now this was difficult almost impossible with so many contenders With Thirty-Six albums with the Ten-Doodle Paw accolade considered throughout December. what a delight to play and listen to them all again. The final choice is mine, yes it is subjective and has changed there are many that have not been mentioned that will continue to be regularly played and enjoyed in the House of Bluesdoodles

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded MusicAlbum of  The Year 2016

Beth HartFire On The FloorMascot Label

I wrote when I reviewed in September that it was a contender for album of the year I was right. The fire in the album burns brightly from the floor to the heavens. Beth Hart,  Fire On The Floor has gathered together a dozen tracks that flow and warm up the speakers with a raw, charismatic and open delivery of intensely personal emotionally driven lyrics.  Fire On The Floor is a majestic album and will burn brightly long after 2016 fades into a memory.

 

For all the other  category Winners check them out HERE

January – March

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo
Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues
Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

April – June

Kaz Hawkins – Feelin Good
Dan Patlansky – Introvertigo
Giles Robson – For Those Who Need The Blues
Albany Down – The Outer Reach
Jimbo Mathus – Band of Storms
The Rides – Pierced Arrow
No Sinner – Old Habits Die Hard
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky

July – September

Honey Island Swamp Band  –  Demolition Day
Laurence Jones – Take Me High
Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots
Aynsley Lister – Eyes Wide Open
Devon Allman – Ride Or Die
King King – Live
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Sari Schorr – A Force of Nature

October – December

The Brew – Shake The Tree
Mike Simpson & Don Flemons – Ever Popular Favourites
Ian Siegal – 2wnty5ive The Collection
Jeff Healey – Holding On
Glenn Hughes – Resonate
RavenEye – Nova
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

 

 

Always a touch of excited anticipation when hearing a band for the first time. Surprised that the digital catalogue was rock when the instrument line-up described on the album inner cover was more acoustic than plugged-in electric.  This is the second album where Fallen Stars combine forces with Australian singer-songwriter, Ben Riddle. The music is more laid back definitely more country/folk that rock, though that said the chords do at times have a rawer heavier edge that you would expect so there is a soupçon of rock credentials in the mix. that is Riddle & The Stars

The songs have a familiarity about them, as they have a tendency to float and meld into the background. This is smooth music with hints of Americana, jolts of country and roots through to traditional folk. Opening with Running Back To You the vocals have a lyricism and the emotions are gently applied, the tale unfurls as the guitars swirl building the plot. The country vibe is strong with audacious use of steel guitar and Tracy Byrne’s vocals add to a lonely stripped bare soul feeling of the number.  The tempo lifts for the title track and acoustic guitars introduce us to a gentle song of camping and exploring a New Coastline, simple happy, youthful times where the promise of tomorrow is full of hope and expectations. The force of songwriting skills combined with vocals are the core of the album as shown on Valentine’s Day.  Closing with When The Weight Is Gone, we are left with the feeling of acoustic well-being, simplicity of well-spun music crafted with care, simplicity the key word. The ten tracks are all beautifully produced, but for me there needs to be some harder edge beats, changes in tempo and approach to the delivery of the music to make and album really stand out and be interesting to sustain and have that ‘I am revisiting this again’ feeling.

There is nothing fresh or different about Riddle & The Stars music. It is folk inspired but more of a meander down the country lane to the dunes that visiting a New Coastline that challenges and excites.

SIX pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Running Back To You
  2. I may Never Know
  3. Long Way Down
  4. Apples & Knives
  5. New Coastline
  6. Mexican Home
  7. Valentine’s Day
  8. Tracks
  9. When We Ride
  10. When The Weight Is Gone

DeMeyer & Kimbrough Tour Netherlands & UK March 2017

 DeMeyer & Kimbrough Tour Netherlands & UK March 2017

 

DeMeyer & Kimbrough  Tour Netherlands & UK March 2017

 

When Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough first joined their soulful voices in song six years ago, they knew they were destined to make beautiful music together. Since then, they’ve showcased their instinctive vocal interplay and formidable song-crafting skills throughout North America and Europe, collaborated on two albums, and become the best of friends. But the Nashville-based pair had never released a recording as an official duo – a situation they’ll finally remedy with Mockingbird Soul – “We figured we might as well put both our names on it and just make it a thing,” says Kimbrough, “because the chemistry’s there, the writing’s there, the harmonies are there, and so is our mutual love of all the music these songs are derived from and inspired by.” That would be what he calls “the good stuff”: blues, gospel, early jazz and the country music those genres influenced, along with bluegrass, early rock ’n’ roll, folk … American roots music, in other words. DeMeyer characterises their wonderfully warm, organic blend as acoustic soul.

 

DeMeyer & Kimbrough Tour Netherlands & UK March 2017BRIGITTE DEMEYER & WILL KIMBROUGH

MOCKINGBIRD SOUL

Release Date:    February 17 2017

 

DeMeyer & Kimbrough  Tour Netherlands & UK March 2017  

Netherlands

Sat 18          Lage Vuursche                      In The Woods
Sun 19         Steenwijk                              Speelplaats Baars       NB. Afternoon show

Further Netherlands shows to be confirmed

UK

Thu 23         Barnacre, nr. Garstang, Lancs.      The Kenlis Arms, Garstang Unplugged
Fri 24           Glasgow                                              Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club
Sat 25           Haile, Cumbria                                    Haile Village Hall
Mon 27         London                                               Green Note
Tue 28          High Wycombe                                  Kingsmead House Concerts
Wed 29         Farncombe, Surrey                         St. John’s Church, Farncombe Music Club
Fri 31           Bewdley, Worcs.                               St. George’s Hall

IAN SIEGAL BAND: THE TWENTY-FIVE TOUR 2016

IAN SIEGAL BAND: THE TWENTY-FIVE TOUR – NOV 2016
Award-winning British bluesman Ian Siegal marks quarter-century anniversary with European tour.

Check out European Dates HERE

10 Dates in the UK throughout November

8 Nov – SOUTHAMPTON: Talking Heads,
16-22 The Polygon, SO15 2BN 02380 361970 – 7.30pm  £12.50

9 Nov – STOCKTON-ON-TEES: ARC Stockton Arts Centre,
Dovecot Street, TS18 1LL – 01642 525199 – 8pm  £15

10 Nov – SOUTHPORT The Atkinson,
Lord Street, PR8 1DB – 01704 533333 – 8pm  £15

11 Nov – STROUD The Convent,
Convent Lane, South Woodchester, GL5 5HS – 01453 835138 – 8pm £25

13 Nov – TENBY BLUES FESTIVAL
De Valence, Upper Frog Street, SA70 7JD – 01834 842730 – 7pm  £15

15 Nov – LONDON Under The Bridge,
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS – 0207 386 3327 – 7pm  £20

16 Nov – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms,
Masonic Place, Goldsmith Street, NG1 5JT – 0115 896 4456 – 7pm  £18

17 Nov – NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE The Cluny,
36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, NE1 2PQ – 0191 230 4474 – 8pm  £16

18 Nov – EDINBURGH La Belle Angèle,
11 Hasties Close, EH1 1HJ – 0131 220 1161 – 7pm  £18

19 Nov – LICHFIELD Lichfield Arts,
Guildhall, Bore Street, WS13 6LU – 01543 262223 – 8pm  £16

 

25 years on the road Ian Siegal has a loyal phalanx of followers across, UK, Europe, USA and beyond. . No wonder he has recently gained his NINTH British Blues Award. Since the inception of the British Blues Awards six years ago Ian has won best album, best band, best song, best acoustic artist (three times) and male artist of the year (three times). His triplets of awards for acoustic artist and male artist elevate him to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame in these categories.

 

IAN SIEGAL BAND: THE TWENTY-FIVE TOUR – NOV 2016

To mark this anniversary Nugene Records is releasing a limited edition boxed set comprising 38 of Siegal‘s songs (on 3 CDs) together with a 72-page illustrated book of lyrics. The set is priced at UK£25.

Check out and purchase HERE

Villiers and The Villains Songs Of Love And Fate

Villiers and The Villains Songs Of Love And Fate

Villiers and The Villains
Songs Of Love And Fate

 

Out of Armagh, Northern Ireland, Tony Villiers drinks deep not from the well of Irish Traditional music but from across the pond. The ten tracks, from the pen of a musician who uses words to pick up the melody, whilst playing with references steeped deep in the Southern States, music, blues, country this is music of the folk.  Songs Of Love And Fate, their second studio album explores relationships, tears ad torment a collection of life’s experiences.

Joining Tony Villiers And The Villains are Kevin Maloney whose blues bass influences the tempo and texture of the rhythms of the tracks combined with Paul Meehan’s distinctive guitar and the percussive drumming of Aidan McGillion. The Melodies, beats and textures curl around and reinforces Tony’s vocals.  Adding extra sounds on various tracks is the piano playing of Paul Gurney, fiddler Tony Fitzgibbon, and Danny Sheerin adds an extra layer of vocals when required.  The album has an intensity as they explore styles and gather in influences from Dylan, Waits, Leadbelly and throughout the fertile lands of music from across the Southern States of America.

Opening with Devil and The Deep Blue Sea which has a freedom of spirit with the fiddle pulling all the elements together. The melody has a fun feel that invites you to get up have fun and enjoy yourself, upbeat and “you may rock or roll or think you are free”, as Tony sings. The blues enters the building with Rabid Dog Blues, with piano that would be at home in a hot juke joint. Other tracks explore the blues including Dear Mama, with the opening guitar licks pulling you into the piano once again, stripped back with a blues mood, he is worried about Mama with the drugs and gut rot wine. The story unfurls and we are pulled along with the lyrics and melody this is blues that connects.  The guitar plays a central role in Lucky Rabbit Foot with a country blues feel, with a reference to howling wolf and harmonica this is storytelling that just works so well.

Songs Of Love and Fate captures the essence of Americana, as Tony’s lyrics explore the holy trinity of blues and country, devil, alcohol and women.  He does this with style panache and an amused sense of irony that gives the album a lightness of touch, not too serious. The musicianship is stylish and the band work together ensuring the licks, riffs and percussive kicks meld and build on each other.

As we are counted into Swingin’ In The Sunshine you are transported to an urban electric feel. Like so much of the album there is a contemporary and engaging feel.  The feel of Dylan is present throughout the album and especially so with combination of harmonica and jaunty feel on Ramblin’ Man.

Rock Salt is folk with a British feel, the songwriting is superb and three tracks in we have one of the strongest tracks in the collection that makes up Songs of Love and Hate.  Throughout the album, snippets, licks and feel remind you of other songs and tunes, just for a moment then we are back with the Villiers and The Villains vibe.

Closing with a country ballad, with hints of Johnny Cash, On The Run brings the album to a close with a story of life on the run a western cowboy tale. Love and wistfulness, hope and sorrow combine and evoke a picture through the music and the words.  You know from the first note the tale is not a happy one.

The album is stylish, listenable and with influences flowing like a river through the tracks. Textures, styles change giving the album vibrancy. But, for me I feel the band need to decide the road they really want to travel, developing a unique approach building on the base of Tony’s superb lyrics.

Villiers And The Villians – Songs Of Love and Fate – Independent

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

Track Listing

  1. Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
  2. Rabid Dog Blues
  3. Rock Salt
  4. Dear Mama
  5. Big Old Dancin’ Bear Blues
  6. Swingin’ Into The Sunshine
  7. Lucky Rabbit Foot
  8. Ramblin’ Man
  9. On The Run