Steaming Hot Black Coffee Courtesy Of Hart Bonamassa Combo

Steaming Hot Black Coffee Courtesy Of Hart Bonamassa ComboSteaming Hot Black Coffee Courtesy of Beth Hart Joe Bonamassa Combo

Black Coffee is only as tasty as the beans selected and then the careful roasting to leave a smooth, tasty brew with depths of flavours and tastes to excite those taste buds. Has this been achieved as Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa collaborate once again on Black Coffee?  We have waited four years for the album to be brewed and the wait is worth it the tonal textures and shapes excite adding new nuances to the selection of songs chosen by Hart & Bonamassa for our aural stimulation. The production takes the music and adds that magic to the sound just as master coffee roasters use all of their sense so does Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley.

The songs have been selected to touch your soul as they have been re-imagined and given magical sparkle to the lyrics as they are vocalized through the phenomenal vocal chords of Ms Beth Hart. With the guitar playing of Joe Bonamassa that laughs, cry’s and squeals as the emotion are wrung from the tracks by his six-strings. Added to the mix Hart & Bonamassa have surrounded themselves with musicians who understand intuitively the way Beth & Joe work. The Black Coffee is definitely steaming, as the album invigorates the classics.

Opening the album is the guitar of Joe Bonamassa, full on the distorted ear-catching heavy rock with the horns picking up the notes and heralding the vocals of Beth. Whenever I hear Beth her voice sends that luscious tingle of pure pleasure down my spine. Give It Everything You Got, the Edgar Winter number from his White Trash album is a masterstroke as the opener as it is telling you this is music that has been blended with skill and understanding and you are filled with the warmth of soulful sounds.  Turning next to Etta James, Damn Your Eyes. Her voice is the focus of the album as Hart blends the inner chemistry of great women singers, to simply compare her to Janis Joplin or Nina Simone is just not enough. Her vocals are power and vulnerability pure and dirty. She is Beth Hart and her vocals are incomparable as she makes this number her own with a warmth that adds to the inner mystery of the number.

The Title track, Black Coffee associated with Humble Pie & Steve Marriott was originally sung by Ike & Tina Turner. She sings each word with a tonal depth that you just want it to go on and on Black Coffee, dark, hot and tasty. Beth’s voice captures every sip of coffee that invigorates your soul. The instrumentation is minimal, chords from keys plus the addition of backing vocals echoing Beth’s refrain of Black Coffee.  Three songs in – I am well and truly hooked. Every number is superb, definitely an album that once loaded stays on re-play.

Now we travel to Broadway with Lullaby of The Leaves, the temperature changes. The sound is a gentle soothing refrain with the guitar work from Bonamassa adding to the quality of re-imagining Etta James’ number from Hello Dolly. We are now calm, refreshed and ready for what else the album unfolds. This is the perfect duet of vocals and guitar captured by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, the intensity is palpable.

We are all Saved by the lyrical dexterity that is demonstrated by Beth on a number covered by many and sung originally by LaVern Baker.  The tempo is picked up and we are now moving with the vibe created. Then a classic has been done so many times you do wonder do we need another one? Yes, we do! The Howlin’ Wolf number grounds the album with this version that has a sting in its tail a mix of coffee ground and cream. Beth’s vocals drawl through the lyrics with the splash of guitar and the judiciously added tone from keys.

Closing out with Addicted from a collaboration that sparkles and shines every track has a dimension that thrills, surprises and leaves with a musical smile of delight. Choosing not to close with a well-known, establish classic they have left one surprise in the coffee pot a track from Austrian trio Waldeck a new name for me. Shirley came across this 2007 trip-hop leaning album whilst on holiday and “shazamed” it. If you weren’t Addicted to the Beth & Joe combo you will be after a swig of this layered and tuneful album. Black Coffee that will always hit all the right spots.

 

Black Coffee – Beth Hart & Joe BonamassaMascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Give It Everything You Got
  2. Damn Your Eyes
  3. Black Coffee
  4. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  5. Why Don’t You Do Right
  6. Saved
  7. Sitting On Top Of The World
  8. Joy
  9. Soul On Fire
  10. Addicted
  11. Baby I Love You (Bonus Track)

 

Band Members
Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion)
Ron Dziubla (Saxophone)
Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone)
Reese Wynans (Keyboards)
Michael Rhodes (Bass)
Rob McNelley (Rhythm Guitar)
Paulie Cerra (Saxophone)
Mahalia Barnes (Backing Vocals)
Jade Macrae (Backing Vocals)
Juanita Tippins (Backing vocals)

Recorded at the Palms, Las Vegas

 

Steaming Hot Black Coffee Courtesy Of Hart Bonamassa Combo

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton opening the 2018 gig calendar for many of the people descending from far and wide to the Civic Hall.  With only two shows scheduled this opening night was crammed to the rafters for the last show at the venue before it closes down for a refurbishment, they knew tonight was going to be loud rocking mayhem and the building would crumble and need repairing after a two-hour full on set from the boys known as Black Country Communion.

Opening the set we were all anticipating was a rock overture of Air Raid Sirens bright white searchlights and then Big Train from Afterglow what an introduction. 2018 was coming alive with Black Country Communion tonight. Then straight into Sway, Jason Bonham’s drum heralding in a night where the bass would rule as the deep sounds rolled into the melodic keys of Derek Sherinian, crisp rock chords of Joe Bonamassa and in the limelight the bass and glorious vocals of Glenn Hughes.  It was fitting that fifty years on from playing for the first time on this stage Glenn should be playing an anthemic number from the latest album BCCIV. This was the Phoenix coming home howling like a wolf to the full moon as the flames rose in the mighty chords of rock to engulf the audience and raising the temperature. The set worked around chosen tracks from the album including Wanderlust, The Crow dramatic on the album and live it had an additional rawness and intensity as Glenn howled the audience absorbed every night with pure joy at this phenomenal rock display the keys from Derek were on fire lighting the stage with cascading notes of pure joy matched by the scintillating Bonamassa guitar. Then Over My Head instantly recognised as the single from the album; live its energy is unleashed and beats out the granite rhythm what a song to have been imagined when asleep then written down full of melodic rhythms and a mesmerising chorus. We are as one now wishing the night near to end as Glenn sings may the night never end…… One of the many memorable moments was The Last Song for my Resting Place as Joe Bonamassa took over vocals with Gerry O’Connor bringing his brand of Irish heavy metal fiddle and mandolin. Wow, the emotion, love and power of the lyrics shook the Civic Hall as the leader/head violinist of the Orchestra playing on the Titanic a rock song about a violinist written by Joe came alive tonight as a Rock classic rooted in the Irish Tradition.

This was not a night selling the latest acclaimed album they let the music do the talking and selling as interspersed through the set were numbers from the debut, second and Afterglow the third and what many thought would be the final album from Black Country Communion. We were wrong the quartet is definitely back with the bonds of musicianship, friendship and mutual admiration as strong as ever.  From the self-titled debut album Song of Yesterday was a standout moment and This is Your Time from Afterglow it is definitely Black Countries Communion time in Wolverhampton. Glenn’s vocals were superb creating an atmosphere of deep granite rock with foundations deep and wide. The interplay between Joe was friendly and vocals harmonized and at other times intimated the call and holler. Always the cementing rock chords from Bonamassa’s guitar that talked to the audience, cried, moaned and hit cascading crescendos of rock guitar glory every song was played with passion and joy.  Closing the two-hour set was Black Country a perfect closing number with its message “I am a messenger … I’m goin’ back to the Black Country“. The prophecy was true tonight.  The stage went dark the crowd was noisier then ever this was music we wanted more of. The waiting was short as we had a three-track encore opening with Collide the opening track of BCCIV this was high energy lets keep the party going music. Then we were taken back to a nightclub in Los Angeles and the first number Glenn & Joe played together back in the ’70’s blues-rock power-driven Faithless. The night definitely now was coming to a close as  Deep Purple’s Mistreated rocked the Civic Hall before the builders move in… what a stupendous performance of this classic track from Burn.

Tonight, was a truly memorable night of live music.  A brilliant kick-start to the 2018 gigging calendar. The night could never be described as a rollercoaster why? No lows only highs a true rocking carousel ride of live music. Thank you Black Country Communion for the love and sharing your live set in the heart of the Black Country tonight in Wolverhampton.

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton

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All photographs copyright Christie Goodwin – Bluesdoodles gives a big thank you to Christie the official Black Country Communion photographer for the use of her superb photographs.

 

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton

 

 

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

Mascot Label Group once again building on the amazing year of 2016. Throughout 2017 from January to December the label keeps delivering albums from Artists & Bands Rocking the blues and more they excite the listening ear.

 

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

 

Beth Hart

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

Beth Hart’s music stripped back, with the lyrics laid bare was an emotional journey for everyone tears were shed on stage and in the auditorium tonight. This is music that connects a great performer with the audience.

READ MORE With PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

Beth Hart – back with her band touring the UK in 2018 check out Dates HERE

 

 

Joe Bonamassa

 

“The album, where nothing is overdone, acoustic authenticity maintained, Joe’s vocals the best I have heard. No theatrics,  music and the power of lyrics telling the story in perfect harmony”. Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album Live At Carnegie Hall HERE

2018 UK our Dates HERE

 

Aaron Keylock

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Big Boy Bloater

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live at The Louisiana Bristol HERE

Bootsy Collins

 

Black Country Communion

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Black Stone Cherry

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Eric Gales

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review The Robin 2 Bilston HERE

 

Jonny Lang

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review Tramshed Cardiff HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Kenny Wayne Shepherd? Check the conversation out HERE

Galactic Cowboys

 

Quinn Sullivan

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Little Hurricane

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Rock Candy Funk Party

 

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Ronnie Baker Brooks? Check the conversation out HERE

Sonny Landreth

 

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Sonny Landreth? Check the conversation out HERE

SIMO

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to JD Simo? Check the conversation out HERE

 

Supersonic Blues Machine

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

What we talked about when Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken chatted to Fabrizio Grossi? Check the conversation out HERE

Triggerfinger

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

 

Walter Trout

Full Bluesdoodles Review of the Album HERE

Live Review Muni, Pontypridd HERE

10 Years

 

Thank you, Mascot for the music Bluesdoodles is positive 2018 will continue to be fun with Mascot Label Group

 

ADVENT Mascot More Than A Glorious Dozen

 

 

 

Noble DAY EIGHT Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar

Noble DAY EIGHT Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar

Noble DAY EIGHT Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar

 

 

 

 

It is definitely a Noble DAY EIGHT Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar. This is a huge thank you for the music that has inspired and motivated Bluesdoodles, with exciting albums and tours that makes the music year speed by.

 

ALBUM REVIEWS – IN CONVERSATION WITH – BANDS ON TOUR

DAsh Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on TourAsh Wilson

Broken Machine Album Review HERE

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

Rainbreakers Talks About 2017 UK Blues ChallengeRainbreakers       

Rise Up Album Review HERE

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

 

 

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Rocks Your Socks OffMichael Schenker

Live In Tokyo Album Review HERE

 

 

Q&A with Erja Lytinnen Stolen Hearts Guitars and TouringErja Lyytinen

Stolen Hearts Album Review HERE

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

Joe Bonamassa

Live In Carnegie Hall Album Review HERE

 

 

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality BluesRobin Trower

Time and Emotion Album review HERE

 

 

High Temperature Conversation With JW Jones

JW Jones

High Temperature Album review HERE

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

Suzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Q

Legends Album review HERE

 

Wilko Johnson

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Sari Schorr

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

Live Show in Pontypridd – What a night of live music HERE

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut AlbumMollie Marriott

Truth Is A Wolf Album review HERE

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

Who will join Stone Broken on Probably The Tour 2018The Bad Flowers

Single review HERE

 

 

Manhaton Records Delivering Quality BluesKing King

Exile & Grace Album review HERE

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIVBlack Country Communion

BCCIV Album review HERE

 

 

Bad Touch

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

 

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this AlbumSamantha Fish

Belle Of The West Album review HERE

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

Dan Reed Network New Album Video plus Supporting ExtremeDan Reed

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Cardiff – What a night of live music HERE

 

 

Dan Patlansky Stunning Guitar Returns to The GlobeDan Patlansky

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Live Show in Cardiff – What a night of live music HERE

 

 

Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and MatesJared James Nichols

In Conversation – This is what we Talked About HERE

Festival Fun Steelhouse HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceGlenn Hughes

Live Show in Bristol – What a night of live music HERE

 

 

 

 

Noble DAY EIGHT Bluesdoodles Advent Calendar

 

 

 

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th 2018 via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

Featuring songs made famous by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Lucinda Williams, LaVern Baker & more.

Check out the video for Black Coffee here:

It has been 4 years since Grammy nominated and number 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they have both been on fire, both in the studio and live. So, the time was perfect to reunite for another collection of ten soul gems that encompass Hart’s breath-taking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing. Black Coffee will be released on January 26th, 2018.

With producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the result digs deep into the soul catalogue where they honour and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta, James, Ike & Tina Turner/Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck.

Recorded in 5 days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas in August 2016 they have once again recalled some familiar names to provide the depth of instrumentation including Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion), Ron Dziubla (Saxophone), Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone) and welcomed in Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Michael Rhodes (Bass).

Talking about the sessions behind Black Coffee, Seesaw, 2011’s Don’t Explain and 2014’s Live in Amsterdam, Shirley gives some insight of what they are looking to achieve; “We’re trying not to dig into a playbook that’s been done many times, which is the old soul classics. We try and find a different spin on it; originally, it was about trying to find some songs that people didn’t know at all and bring them back to people’s attention.”

One such song was Give It Everything You Got, taken from 1971’s Edgar Winter’s White Trash album. With its hard rock meets Stax infused sound, the band delivers a formidable performance. “I don’t think that’s a song a lot of people know; it’s an old soul classic, but it’s not really one you might expect,” says Shirley

“One of the things Jeff Beck had said to me once that I thought was so wonderful,” explains Hart, was “as soon as you get comfortable, and if you stay there, you’re just gonna start dying as an artist. And I feel that one of the gifts that I’ve got with working with Joe is that I’m always uncomfortable – in a good way. “

Shirley adds about the band, ”those guys just played live and it was incredible to be in the studio when that happens.”

“For me I’m able to explore the kind of music I have always admired from afar,” reveals Bonamassa. “But you don’t want to hear me singing Ella Fitzgerald…” he explained as Beth joins in. “I would never do Ella Fitzgerald without being with Joe, the things I get to do with you are things I grew up always wanting to do, but never believed I could.”

The title track harnesses prime Steve Marriott on his take of Ike & Tina Turner’s Black Coffee. The inspiration came from his 1973 live version on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test.

“It’s really predicated on the vocals,” Bonamassa explains. “We can’t cut these tunes without Beth singing and once she starts singing, it’s the glue that inspires us to get the extra 10% out of the playing. If we just cut them and sang later, the magic wouldn’t be there.”

“That’s something the two of us stopped doing many years ago,” agrees Hart. “There was all this layering, and then it’s time for you to sing. It’s like you’re not even making music anymore. There’s nothing like being able to sit there live and see Joe, seeing the drums, seeing the bass, being able to see Kevin. I can feel the vibrations, it changes the whole thing.”

“Kevin really gets that,” she continues. “It works the best. In the old days, that’s how they did it; bad ass singers and bad ass musicians would have a couple of hours to get a whole record done.”

One of the key aspects of the sessions is to push everyone as much as possible. “They are always out of their comfort zone in the studio; this session especially wasn’t comfortable,” Shirley reveals. “This isn’t a summer in the grass session, just a couple of chords; this is people digging in. Everyone left feeling totally challenged, and at the end of the day, completely enthusiastic.”

 

Black Coffee Track List

  1. Damn Your Eyes
  2. Black Coffee
  3. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  4. Why Don’t You Do Right
  5. Saved
  6. Sitting On Top Of The World
  7. Joy
  8. Soul On Fire
  9. Addicted
  10. Baby I Love You (bonus track)

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

 Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

 

 

Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Sharing Black Coffee

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

 

With the album full of golden energy. A burning saffron Phoenix. The cover shouts to you listen I am a mighty album ready and waiting for your attention. When you are a reviewer sometimes you forget to write and just let the music pour out of the speaker. This is just one of those occasions. I kept listening filled with a golden rock glow but could not find the words. Now here are my humble thoughts.

Like the Roman Legions march straight and true BCCIV rock goes straight to your Rock jugular and connects. Mark Anthony may have led the IV legion – did he ever visit The Black Country… that is a History lesson! In the here and now Black Country Communion fourth studio album is firmly in the grip of the vocal might of Black Country’s son Glenn Hughes.

Opening the album with the first single Collide, it is the count in from the studio you here first. Then the Collision as guitar meets the mighty vocal tubes of Glenn. The Rhythm section gives the track power and shape provided by the keys. It is undeniably Glenn Hughes’ vocals that demand attention the rest is just the platform.

The hype of Black Country Communion being back in the studio is justified from the first to the last, not across the ten tracks. The coming together of musicians who individually shine, sometimes is a disappointment, not this time it is a communion that is holy.  The album flows as the shapes change burning brightly from hot red to amber glows. Out of the embers is the epic Joe Bonamassa number The Last Song For My Resting Place. For nearly eight minutes you are captured entwined in a warm Celtic fused magic as the album calms down, takes a breath but never loses its energy. With a lyrical story reaching back to harvest and music around the fire created by the judicious inclusion of fiddle and mandolin. It is the crying pain and glory of Bonamassa’s guitar that holds you in the grip of the music with its soul and passion pain and joy. A truly inspirational tale of the Titanic’s Violinist Wallace Hartley.  The magic as the guitar fades and the hook for mandolin and the story continues. What a number, follow that BCC. They do. Upping the tempo with sharp guitar collecting together the muscle of Classic Rock on Sway.

Now we are taken to the ocean shore for The Cove. Full of atmospheric swirls of guitar and keys as Joe guitar takes the helm. Ode to the dolphin is breathtaking. A tribute to the senseless killing of dolphins every year at The Killing Cove, Taiji, Japan.  The heartache is captured through the assured delivery of the message. Parcelled in instrumentation that reflects words and builds the emotions.

An album that has no fillers, The Crow, full of guitar the urgency picked up by the bass then Jason Bonham’s drums. The urge to move is then pulled together with the keys of Derek Sherinian, leading you into the longest track Wanderlust. Full of tempo changes, melodic as if you were walking down Abbey Road. Masterful playing and an inspired use of a Grand piano leading us into the last verse.

Tribute to Glenn Hughes’ Dad, sung for both his parents. Melodic, and leaves you in the certainty that at the end it is love that remains.  Closing out the album with When The Morning Comes. Returning home, dream-time and we are left with the glorious echoes of an album that is classic, modern, entertaining and has a message.

The legions of Classic rock are mighty. The influence and legacy of the greats can be heard echoing throughout. BCCIV rises from these ashes creating an album that heralds a new golden age of rock for now. Relevant, contemporary and magnificent.

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Track Listing

  1. Collide
  2. Over My Head
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place
  4. Sway
  5. The Cove
  6. The Crow
  7. Wanderlust
  8. Love Remains
  9. Awake
  10. When Morning Comes

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together.  The love of the Blues unites music lovers around the world. The Blues has an unchanging heart and Walter Trout is a giant in the world of electric guitar fuelled blues.  Walter’s latest album is brimming with blues guitars they shimmer and shine like a brilliant sapphire as his Telecaster is joined by a phalanx of blues guitar maestro.

Fourteen tracks give Walter plenty of scope to play with the blues and sing some powerful lyrics. As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together. The album is a celebration of blues, a journey through Walter’s life with friends. Coming together with friends and laying down the music is the essence that makes Blues hum with power and emotion. All of life’s experiences are laid out before you captured in a few moments with lyrics and the emotive six-strings, love, hate, betrayal, loyalty and addiction all are explored. The friends that join Walter bring their own styles and interpretation of the blues. Listen to explore the intricacies they bring to Trout’s sound. You will hear a different musician on every track.

The embodiment of the blues is the shuffle and it is the perfect combo to extol its movement and rolling power as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter join forces on the opening number, Gonna Hurt Like Hell, written with Kenny’s guitar style in mind up-tempo and gets the party off to a flying start. The narrative is central pleasure and can be short-lived coming down is Gonna Hurt Like Hell! The guitars meld and play off each other blues energy is up and running.

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together; as we step aboard the blues bus. Exploring the myriad of tonal shapes and styles. The songs matching the attributes of Sonny Landreth whose slide playing is legendary the master of zydeco,   as we hear Ain’t Going Back. Then the harp of Charlie Musselwhite pouring out emotional wizardry on The Other Side of The Pillow; co-written with Musslewhite combine with Robert T. Bear’s lyrics. As the album takes shape one of my favourite tracks She Listens To The Blackbird Sings, with Mike Zito. It has a rawness with a driving riff of electric over acoustic and lyrics that just connect.   What an opening quartet of tracks phew! There are still ten to go will the album have staying power? Yes, of course, it has with Walter Trout at the helm.

No blues corroboration would be complete without a jam. The Sky Is Crying, the only cover, is a revisiting of a number he played with Warren Haynes many years ago at New Orleans Jazz Festival. The two guitars bring a fluidity as the number builds and builds leaving you breathless with delight. This is Trout and Haynes playing music that moves them and audiences.  The mood changes heavier, harder hitting as Eric Gales joins the party with Somebody Goin’ Down the energy is burning up the track.

A celebration of family style and talent as the question is asked, Do You Still See Me At All. The tempo as Walter is joined by his son Jon in the studio. The dueling between them is immense and this number definitely benefits from having both guitarists in the studio at the same time. Written together, played together this is a track that oozes an understanding of the electric guitar.

The closing two tracks leave you on a musical high. John Mayall joins Walter on Blues for Jimmy T, with searing harmonica mirroring guitar and vocals in a duet as they recall the day Jimmy died. The two bluesmen from different sides of the Atlantic. Acoustic works, stripping away layers and exploring the kernel lamenting the loss of friend and bass player Jimmy Trapp.  Closing out with the second track where both guitarist were in the same studio as Joe Bonamassa adds his guitar and vocals to the title track We’re All In This Together.  What a way to finish the latest Trout studio album. Just under eight minutes played live with the band, no overdubbing as they take us on a memorable road trip around the electric guitar. They had three hours to get the track completed sitting three feet apart they nailed it. Yes, We’re All In this Together.

The album is a shimmering exploration of the blues. The listener to Walter Trout’s latest studio album will discover some of the many tributaries that run from and into the great running river as wide and deep as the Mississippi that is twenty-first-century blues.  It is certain that this is an album about fun, enjoying the blues, celebrating the interaction of styles. The passion is played out in every night a perfect follow-up to the personal pain and intensity of Battle Scars.

Reviewers often say this is an album that will listen to often. In the case of We’re All In It Together that is a certainty. Celebrating the insight of Walter Trout a blues supremo bringing fourteen friends together with their own track shining a light on facets of the blues,

Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Gonna Hurt Like Hell – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  2. Ain’t Goin’ Back – Sonny Landreth
  3. The Other Side Of The Pillow – Charlie Musselwhite
  4. She Listens To The Blackbird Sing – Mike Zito
  5. Mr Davis – Robben Ford
  6. The Sky Is Crying – Warren Haynes
  7. Somebody Goin’ Down – Eric Gales
  8. She Steals My Heart Away – Edgar Winter
  9. Crash and Burn – Joe Louis Walker
  10. Too Much to Carry – John Nemeth
  11. Do You Still See Me At All – Jon Trout
  12. Got Nothin’ Left – Randy Bachman
  13. Blues For Jimmy T. – John Mayall
  14. We’re All In This Together – Joe Bonamassa

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

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Black Country Communion

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 

 

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV  just what is required as Summer fades into Autumn. The news that Black Country Communion are releasing BCCIV on 22nd September via Mascot Label Group fills the world with a rich golden album cover of a fiery Phoenix rising, the album artwork reflecting the coming together of the supergroup four years after the release of Afterglow.  The original quartet is back together again, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham joining forces to deliver rock that fills the room.

The album BBCIV will definitely cause a stir, welcomed by fans of Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa and the Black Country Communion hard rock driven explosion of sonic delights.  As Joe says; If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

The album was written over four months, expanding and deepening the sound on the three previous albums.  All ten tracks on the album are co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.  Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ written by Joe.

We have a taster as the first single Collide is released.

 

 

Opening the album, the single lays down the ground the album will travel over, on a collision course of being the song to set the pace of the album. Collide was a collision of the original riff played by Glenn Hughes, written on the first day of working on BCCIV, then Joe came over and by lunch the song was complete. A collision of talents of Glen and Joe have created a riff driven number that swirls with rocking force through the speaker and cascades in tonal shape and force.

Opening with a count we have the opening chords and then Glenn’s vocals power in. With a controlled screech of determination Jason’s drums pick up the groove with a cascade of symbols and the guitar and bass drive Collide on to a point of no return. The throttle is eased and Derek’s keys add a tonal contrast. We have sonic distortion as the lead break pulls you deep into the music with its classic feel with added gritty edginess rock of the twenty-first century.  After just over four minutes you are left breathless with anticipation of what the next nine tracks will bring to the speaker. A date for your diary is definitely 22nd September for the big reveal.

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 

I am confident that Collide is a true reflection of the sound tempo and tonal shape of BCCIV. As Glenn explains “I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It’s a wake-up call.”

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV Black Country Communion back together for the 4th studio album. Collide ensures a collision course for a torrent of accolades that will challenge the Autumn fall.

 

 


Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

BCCIV Tracklisting

  1. Collide (4:07)
  2. Over My Head (4:06)
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place (7:57)
  4. Sway (5:24)
  5. The Cove (7:11)
  6. The Crow (6:00)
  7. Wanderlust (8:18)
  8. Love Remains (4:53)
  9. Awake (4:42)
  10. When The Morning Comes (7:56)

 

BCCIV release on 22 September and early 2018 there are two exclusive concerts in Europe at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (2 January 2018) and London Hammersmith Apollo (4 January 2018).

 

Read more about BCCIV HERE

Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock DelightCollide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

 

Head over to Planet Rock and do not miss the pre-sale for their exclusive UK tour dates,  Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4th January 2018. 

 

Black Country Communion have just premiered the official music video for their first single “Collide” taken from their brand new album “BCCIV”, which on Friday 22nd September. 

Adding to the excitement the release first single from the new album out on Mascot Label Group – two UK live shows kick starting 2018.

Black Country Communion  music is a collision of rock power as the Anglo-American partnership returns. United by communion of rock are vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017.  This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

 

 

These will be the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe.  Planet Rock’s 48-hour ticket pre-sale runs from Wednesday 2nd August until Thursday 3rd August via www.planetrock.com.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 4th August from 0844 844 0444 and can be booked online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.eventim.co.uk.

 

 

Read more from Bluesdoodles here

 

Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

JANUARY 2018 UK DATES

PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE
WEDNESDAY 2nd AUGUST 2017 AT 9AM FROM www.planetrock.com

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FRIDAY 4th AUGUST
24 HOUR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 844 0444
www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Tickets: www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

24 HR Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue: 0870 320 7000

London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 4th January 2018

Tickets: www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

24 HR Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue: 020 8563 3800

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Taking their name from the industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.

Back with BCCIV – the hiatus is suspended.. Solo career  projects are on hold and Black country Communion are back with new album and two live dates in the U.K. to kick-start 2018. BCC has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, also a powerful live act, as they challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can.

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK DatesNow, seven years on from its inception, Bonamassa feels the time is right to bring the original BCC line-up back for album #4.

“We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves,” comments Glenn Hughes. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Aferglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound.  If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

 

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.  Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ which was written by Joe.

Here’s a breakdown of the songs on “BCCIV” in the words of Glenn Hughes:

COLLIDE
“I had written the riff to this song in the morning of the first day of writing BCCIV. Joe came over and I played him the riff, and we finished the song before lunch. I had a feeling that Collide would set the pace for the record.”

OVER MY HEAD
“This was a song I had written after a session with Joe. It was kind of like One Last Soul where I had written a song and was unsure if it would fit our style simply because it was more mainstream. One Last Soul definitely clicked with Rock fans, and got a lot of Radio airplay. Over My Head is in the same ballpark, big groove and memorable chorus. I can hear it on the radio.”

THE LAST SONG FOR MY RESTING PLACE
“I was intrigued by the notion of Wallace Hartley (violinist and band leader on the Titanic).  The fact that he played everyone off the ship to the detriment of himself brings you back to a more selfless time in our history. I don’t believe the conditions are around in 2017 for something or someone like that to step forward and be recognised.  I felt that his story and this song played well on this album. His violin is in a private collection and survives to this day.” – JB

“Joe had two parts to this song: the intro and outro where the track is suited with a mandolin and fiddle. The middle part, heavy and dramatic and dark. Absolutely love Joe’s vocal on this song. A tale of the Titanic going down into the deep, and a violin that would perish alongside its many fateful passengers.” – GH

SWAY
“A swagger riff leads the way on this track. We changed the groove, when Jason suggested it should have a “Smooth Criminal” Michael Jackson vibe. This was how Jason’s Dad, John, would have approached it in Led Zep. I’m mesmerized by the beat in the verse, and when it hits the chorus it’s full on Classic Rock, once again the vocal is carrying the message.”

THE COVE
“Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I’m still shaking my head in astonishment.”

“I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful souls are murdered by hunters in the coastal town of Taiji, Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered. I have been working with Ric O’Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless and horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades.”

“My heart aches as I watch on live stream what happens in the Cove. I ask you all to listen to this song and understand how deeply affected we all are as animal and sea life protectors. The Dolphin Project has changed my life, and to my dying day I will be of service to be a protector of all inhabitants that live in the sea. There will be a video for this song. Thanks to Ric and his son Lincoln for supplying the footage.”

THE CROW
“It was time to get up out of our chairs in the writing session and stand up to find a pulse for this rock song. All push and pull, coming and sounding like the Joe and Glenn song ‘Black Country’ from BCC1. I wanted to reference the Crow, who watches over our band.”

WANDERLUST
“Hats off to Joe for bringing this idea into the session with an insane verse groove. Love Derek’s grand piano lead into the last verse. I wanted to take the chorus to a very melodic Abbey Road vocal vibe. I’ve always been a wanderer, always returning, coming home with a sense of lessons learned and never leaving my spiritual path.”

LOVE REMAINS
“I wrote this song for my Dad on the flight back to the UK for his Memorial Service. When I went to record it, my Mom had also just passed away. So I sang it for the both of them. I was installed with a greater sense of gratitude. I used a mid-falsetto vocal on the chorus to add sensitivity to the melody that I had written. The content is quite simple. When the last breath is taken only love remains.”

AWAKE
“A song about living forever. A song for the Loyal. A song for the evergreen. I wanted to ramp up the chorus and relive the long nights of freedom.”

WHEN THE MORNING COMES
“The feeling I had with this song, was I had woken up from a dream and walked down the hill through the field to be by the water at my home. Most of my work involves themes of coming home to be by the sea. The last song on this album finds me in a safe place, almost like the ending of the Wizard of Oz, surrounded by Joe, Jason, Derek and Kevin. Our brotherhood – long may we continue.”

WITH YOU I GO **
“To find someone who can share your journey, is in the hands of fate. We meet many people throughout our lives, some relationships, are life lessons on how we grow and learn.
But when you have found or met your significant other, who happens to be your soulmate is absolutely life-changing. With You I Go is a song about, whatever happens, I’m with you, because it was meant to be. I’ve done my best, now you can rest, on my shoulder.”

** Bonus track on vinyl edition only.

 

Bluesdoodles is excited about the New Album BCCIV is the golden Phoenix fired by Rock and is looking forward to reviewing the songs.

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates