We're very pleased to announce the birth of The Boom Band, a collective of some of the very finest musicians to come out of the British Blues scene in recent times. The band is the brain-child of guitarist Matt Taylor of The Motives and Snowy White Blues Project, and drummer Steve Rushton who you may have seen regularly playing with Imelda May and on Jeff Beck's Rock'n'Roll Party. Matt and Steve did a few gigs together in 2012 and decided to get their own project together. They managed to enlist the services of Jon Amor, Marcus Bonfanti and Mark Butcher on guitars and vocals, Paddy Milner on keys and vocals and Scott Wiber on bass. Yes that's right, four guitarists! There's an album in the can following various sessions during the second half of 2013 and we're hoping to release something by Spring. The material is an eclectic mix, with everybody contributing songs and sharing lead vocal duties. There is in parts a strong flavour of blues, southern rock, country, funk and even a smattering of retro- pop! A first-class collection of tunes which were great fun to record and we're very eager to get them out there for you good people to enjoy. We are releasing a Limited Edition vinyl LP, only 200 copies - available in March but it can be pre-ordered
Jo Harman - Double 'A' single release from Debut Album Labelled last Friday as a 'rising star' by the Daily Mirror, Jo Harman will release a 'double A' side single – Heartstring and Sweet Man Moses - on the Big Chill Label on January 26th 2013 from her universally acclaimed debut album 'Dirt On My Tongue' . Tour dates in support of Jo's 'Dirt on my Tongue Tour' to be announced shortly. (live performance of ) Heartstring http://www.3fm.nl/video/show/giel/66310 Sweet Man Moses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYMIi8LyBzM
The back story...... Born in London to a working class family who relocated to a remote Devon village, Jo Harman enjoyed an idyllic childhood with her 2 brothers surrounded by a clutch of thatched cottages, an 11th century church, orchard; the stream running along the bottom of the garden defining the boundary of the local cricket green. Horse riding vied with more artistic activities such as classical piano, violin and listening to fathers record collection of Beatles, Cat Stevens and more. By the age of 15 Jo was a grade 8 bassoonist, playing in some of the most prestigious regional youth orchestras. Singing was for fun, mainly reserved for school bands and at by the age of 18 Jo was ready to spread her wings, going to University in London and earning a degree. Within 6 months things changed dramatically when her father died of cancer. Totally disorientated, Jo fled to India for a couple of months where she found herself totally reappraising her life and values and teaching herself guitar as a vehicle for expressing her hurt and confusion. Returning to UK with a new found clarity of purpose Jo enlisted on a years course on contemporary music at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, where her ability as an outstanding vocalist first emerged in earnest. At the age of 24 Jo left the college and her real musical education began as she found herself headhunted by a collective of (renowned) soul musicians looking for a 'Joplinesque' singer. Quickly impressed by her raw talent these same musicians (whose CV's included likes of Beyonce, Dylan, Bowie and more) encouraged Jo to front her own band, with them in it. Though raw, Jo showed a distinct tendency to swim, rather than sink, in the situations thrown at her by her bandmates with early gigs at feted London venues like the 606 and Hideaway where she, and they, recorded a live album, largely as an initial promotional tool. However Jo's fledgling originals career took a sharp bend in the road when, on the basis of hearing a 30 second clip of Jo's voice, Grammy award winning producer (with Sting) Pete Smith signed Jo on a 'mainstream' deal, flying her off to record in some of the worlds best studios. Realising well into the project that she would only really be happy singing her own songs in her own way, Jo released herself from the project determined to follow her own creative instincts which she has done steadfastly since 2011. From a standing start, and without any financial backing or PR budget, Jo proceeded to build a sizeable reputation with her live shows, picking up nigh on 50 international festivals, including prestigious slots at Cheltenham Jazz, Edinburgh Jazz, as well as headlining many, if not most, UK Blues Festivals. In Europe she was selected as one of only 12 (otherwise household named artists) to play the prestigious Parkpop festival, performing to 300,000 people. In March this year, Jo's debut studio album 'Dirt On My Tongue' was self released in a low key manner, generating tens of thousands of pounds of sales from her website alone, despite the absence of any external promotion. Meanwhile, across the channel the head of V2 records (home of Adele, Mumford and Sons etc in BeNeLux) heard the record and, without initially knowing anything about Jo or her set up, he instantly licensed the album. Last month the record entered the Dutch album charts. This month 'Dirt On My Tongue' is 'formally' released on The Big Chill Label in the UK supported by Proper distribution. Significantly the album was launched at The Royal Albert Hall as part of Bluesfest (BBC Radio 2 recorded Jo's performance which they will broadcast) and the story continues...
New Generation Blues "featuring the very best young blues artists in the uk today"
Mitch Laddie, at 23 can be viewed as the Senior professional. He has often been compared to USA guitarist Phillip Sayce, Mitch is an explosive guitarist with a talent way beyond his years – he will leave any guitar fans spellbound. Following his highly regarded CD release “Burning Bridges” Mitch will have a new live CD available early next year. Mitch Laddie /Burning Bridges / Mystic Records. http://youtu.be/FrNey3nwpy0
Federal Charm, who have recently opened for and impressed the Legendary Michael Schenker! The band hailing from Manchester have a unique sound which has quickly gained them a following in their native City and surrounding area. The band rediscover retro blues rock along the lines of Free and Led Zeppelin with a modern melodic twist that is totally original. Federal Charm / Federal Charm / Mystic Records.
Laurence Jones is beginning to make a big impact. Don’t be fooled by his youthfull looks this kid was born with a guitar in his hands! Having appeared with Walter Trout, the great man requested that Laurence play his European tour with him but circumstances prevented this from happening. Laurence has just signed to Ruf Records and flies to the USA after this tour to begin recording his new CD. “Laurence is like a young Robin Trower, exciting and full of energy” [BBC Radio 2 ]. Laurence Jones / Thunder in The Sky / Proper Records http://youtu.be/ieRCYvwyIHc
NEW GENERATION BLUES November 28 Sheffield Greystones 29 Aylsbury Limelight Club 30 BuryMet Arts Centre
Crikey! The Hat is beside Himself! And so should you be - not just because you like the exciting idea of two Hats standing next to each other – but because, at last, I am able to give you the Inside Leg on the 2014 HebdenBridge Blues Festival....so break out the Absinthe, the Stolichnaya and the Laphroaig. This is an absolutely stunning programme of talent. Next year's Festival is set to become The Collectors' Edition. With more bands and solo artists than ever before, a special one-off T-shirt, more innovations, longer performance hours and an unlikely-to-be-repeated themed Sunday night, this is THE one Festival you will boast about in your local hostelry; the one where people will offer you outrageous favours to get their hands on your super hot wristband; the one where people you don't know will want to be your new Best Friend in the hope you can smuggle them in and the one to tell your grandchildren about until they want to leave home and do it themselves. So hold on to your hats, strap yourself in and let's first boggle our eyes at the Main Stage in The Chapel..... You will need to limber up quickly because Friday night's Main Stage line-up is going to lean right off the stage and snatch you clean out of your dancing shoes. First on to get you fired up and locked on in the traditional solo opening spot will be Julian Burdock bringing us his one-man stunning blues guitar extravaganza, loops an' all, Many of you will also know him from his fine singing and guitar work with the much loved 24 Pesos. Oh Yes! Let's start the class with Class! Now you are hot, my friends and to keep the temperature up David Migdenand the Dirty Words are on stage. . New to Hebden, this hard hitting crew absolutely crashed on to everyone's horizon earlier this year when they won the fiercely contested UK Battle of The Bands. Making waves everywhere – funky, soulsy, bluesy, shouty – these guys will hit every taste bud you have. Prepare yourselves.
And then come our First Night Headliners – Virgil and The Accelerators. Another coup for the Crew! In huge demand in the UK and in Europe as a result of their terrifying touring schedule, they have told us that they are really pleased to come and join our Hebden Family – and wow, are we pleased to see them. This tight dynamic trio have a massive fan base and you will be mad not to be there boogying in the front row. Playing a jet, turbo, dynamite-powered flavour of blues and rock these guys will peel the paint off the Chapel walls and leave you shouting for more. You will barely have breath at the end of their set – but keep the reserve tank topped up for the usual mad party that is Paddy's Midnight Jam when the stage gets packed with an amazing array of blues people having fun...
Sorry y'all but there is no let up for you in the Chapel on Saturday! Don't be late as first up are the fantastic Blues Boy Kings. This group are becoming Festival Favourites everywhere. Proper grown up original blues with a terrific swing played by talented musicians. Dance Alert – you will be throwing shapes pretty quickly once this band gets rocking! Now Listen. It would be a mistake to go anywhere at this point – as this is when the minor nuclear explosion that is Paul Lamb and The Detroit Breakdown light up the Amps. They take no prisoners as they tear into their hundred mile an hour set. Huge Hit at Hebden last year, Paul, Layla and Joey are coming back to our family stage and once again, will be shaking the rafters. Saturday's Headliners are The Motives featuring Matt Taylor. This is a great catch for the festival. Chased after by bookers absolutely everywhere, this group, who were picked by Robert Cray as his support band last year, are pure class, straight out of the Blues Top Drawer. These four superb musicians attract superlatives whenever they play live and now you will get a chance to see the originators of that brilliant recent debut album that has had the reviewers scrambling for words of adequate praise. Smart, cool, brilliant urban blues, sharp, soulful, original – and that's even before The Hat has added his luminous prose. Cancel everything else. This is where you have to be on Saturday night. Oh, and then there's that Midnight Jam of course!
Well, I did warn you ...Sunday will be Special – so don't even think about going home early. Those Organiser People sure are Smart! The Hebden Sunday is going to be a themed Blues-Rock night – and from start to finish you will be throwing shapes, joining in, leaping up and down, waving imaginary lighters and hugging people you don't know. The Hat will of course be there swaying gently in his Chelsea boots and rattling his Rolex. Two enormous favourites of the Festival are back with us. Both of them, now with huge followings around the country, are tearing their way upwards into the blues stratosphere. Yep – amazing blues rockers Northsyde and Russ Tippins will bring you Sunday on a very hot plate. If you have not seen either of them 'live' then this is a unique opportunity to grab them both and go totally Barmy with the Best. But....but...but wait...even as you arrive, the evening kicks off with two of the best blues rockers around. The tremendous Australian bluesman Gwyn Ashton, taking a break from his constant European touring, will open up the evening with his inimitable steel and strat set and then the Mark Pontin Group takes the stage. Described variously as bringing a new twist to the blues rock genre and an ebullient and soulful breath of fresh air, this young group have already collected an impressive list of playing credits alongside some of the best in the business. Hot. So. I will say that again. Slowly. Sunday... Gwyn Ashton, Mark Pontin Group, Russ Tippins,Northsyde plus theMidnight Jam. Cor Lummy Guv! Sunday night is a whole award winning UK Festival on its own. No wonder The Hat is beside himself. But Wait.... I've only just got going... “Hebden Packed with Crazed Acoustic And Electric Blues Fans....Non Stop Top Music....Hours Extended To Cope With Demand....Caterers on Emergency Standby!” Once again, right across the three days of the HebFest the two stages at Salem Mill – The Electric and The Acoustic play host to some of the best talents the British Blues world can offer. To help their ever growing family of supporters this year the organisers have arranged to open the afternoon sessions an hour earlier at 1pm. As a result, oh lucky people, we can see more – young acts nervously taking their first few public steps, well-established artists making time to play to an appreciative and very smart audience and some Festival Favourites coming back home to party with The Family. – but here is a lip-smacking taster of the goodies that the Organisers have provided for you: - *The Electric Stage plays host to: The Marcus Lazarus Band; Tom Attah and The Bad Mad Clan; Tim Hood; Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion; Katie Bradley; The Mustangs; and The Nat Martin Band. *The Acoustic Stage plays host to Jack Broadbent; Dave Arcari; Angelo Palladino; Wooden Horse; Red Dirt Skinners; Matt Woosey; and Dan Burnett. *The Outlaw Stage (special exciting Saturday afternoon sessions in The Chapel): Forty 4; The Bare Bones Boogie Band; and Makuini. *Once again the Organisers were besieged by hugely talented bands who wanted to play at any of the incredibly popular Juke Joints scattered around the Festival. The talent that packs these half dozen venues is worthy of another free festival on its own – and sadly it is impossible to include everyone. If you want to catch any of these class acts – and remember entry is Free – here is the first list of some of the bands in that great line up:- The Bonny Mac Band; The Tom Gee Band; Private Dicks; Jeds Blues Band; Lewis Hamilton; Killer Bees; Greasy Slicks; and Jed Thomas. No need to bring your hiking boots – all these venues are within walking distance of each other and the main stages – and you can stop off and have a bite to eat in one of Hebden's super cool feeding stations.
Well, my friends, it has been fun being the messenger bearing such good news – but nowhere near as much fun as it will be for those three days next year at the 2014 Hebden Bridge Blues Festival! I will of course be back to tell you more. This Festival is Small But Beautifully Formed...(just like The Hat really)...but (unlike The Hat) it won't cost a fortune... Tell your friends. Book the tickets. Go now. Go. Go Now.
HUMBLE PIE’S ROCKIN’ THE FILLMORE COMING FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC AS A FOUR-DISC SET ON OCTOBER 28
One of the world’s greatest live albums is now four times greater. Mixed under the supervision of members Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley.
When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012) to launch a new band in 1968, expectations were high. Marriott teamed with 18-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton, already a U.K. star through his work with The Herd, along with bassist Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth, and 17-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley, who Steve Marriott had used as a session player for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Record Label. Humble Pie recorded four albums and several singles before achieving its U.S. breakthrough with 1971’s double-live set Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore. Drawn from four shows played over two consecutive nights at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East, Performance captured a red-hot band firing on all cylinders, distilling the crowd-pleasing heavy blues-rock style that had come to dominate the Brit foursome’s repertoire, and which would help to lay the foundation for the sound that would soon become known as heavy metal. Performance caught on in a big way with American listeners, hitting #21 on the U.S. album chart and becoming the Pie’s first Gold album. Now, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Universal Music, have gathered all four shows from Humble Pie’s historic Fillmore East stand in this lovingly packaged four-CD box set. No editing or resequencing took place — just the four sets exactly as they were played on May 28 and 29, 1971. The seven tracks that comprised the original album are joined here by 15 previously unissued performances — including the never-before-heard complete first set from May 28. “My God, it just took my breath away,” Shirley said of hearing the new mixes by engineer Ashley Shepherd. “You feel like you’re sitting in the Fillmore East, five or six rows back. In the quiet bits, you could hear a pin drop, and in the loud bits, you can almost feel the room shaking. And all four shows caught Steve at the absolute zenith of his powers. It’s astonishing. I’m only sorry that he, Greg, and Dee aren’t around to enjoy it with the rest of us.” Frampton also praises the vastly improved audio quality, and was especially happy to revisit the material that wasn’t used on the original LP. “It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” he says. “The beauty of it is that you get three other completely different performances of most of the songs. And it’s great to hear Steve’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with [imitates Marriott] 'It’s really been a gas!’ for 40-odd years, and now there’s more.”
The deluxe compilation was produced by Frampton and Shirley with A&R coordination from Bill Levenson and Cheryl Pawelski containing detailed liner notes by Tim Cohan. The original engineer was multi-Grammy Award winner Eddie Kramer.
Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore — The Complete Recordings. Track Listing: Disc One 05/28/71 Friday, First Show 1. Four Day Creep 3:51 2. I’m Ready 8:20 3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:07 4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 6:16 5. I Don’t Need No Doctor 8:40
Disc Two 05/28/71 Friday, Second Show 1. Four Day Creep 3:45 2. I’m Ready 8:42 3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:19 4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)* 5:26 5. Rollin’ Stone* 16:55 6. I Don’t Need No Doctor* 9:13
Disc Three 05/29/71 Saturday, First Show 1. Four Day Creep 3:55 2. I’m Ready 8:40 3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 26:11 4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:59 5. Stone Cold Fever* 6:08
Disc Four 05/29/71 Saturday, Second Show 1. Four Day Creep* 3:50 2. I’m Ready* 8:44 3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters* 27:53 4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:33 5. Rollin’ Stone 12:27 6. I Don’t Need No Doctor 7:34
"PLAY THE GAME" Hello, Brothers Groove are very excited to give you this opportunity to purchase their first studio album, before its official release date at the end of 2013. The album was recorded at "Superfly Studios", produced by Wayne Proctor and engineered by Andy Banfield. It was mixed by Steve Wright and Wayne Proctor at "Y Dream Studios" in Wales and the final mastering has been carried out by Jon Astley at "Close To The Edge Mastering". Jon has mastered albums for Led Zeppelin, The Who, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, the list goes on and on and now includes Brothers Groove. We have a limited stock of "PLAY THE GAME" available NOW, pre the official release date and, in order for you to receive a copy we have set up a special purchase web address.Please click below or go to: www.ziggybespoke.co.uk/BrothersGroove.htm
"OCTOBER GIGS" 12 October: The Citadel. St. Helens (with Chantel McGregor) 13 October. Farmers Festival, Driffield Showground, Driffield. (with Peter Andre) 19 October: The Stables. Milton Keynes 24 October: 'Round Midnight. London ** 26 October: Epic. Norwich (with Dr. Feelgood) ** If you are coming to this gig, we would be VERY grateful if you could buy your tickets through us (it helps us get paid!!) How to pay for Dr Feelgood with Brothers Groove tickets: 1. PAYPAL make payment to email@example.com Reference: Dr Feelgood 2. If you are NOT on Paypal please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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UK rockers TOUCHSTONE are due to release their first single from the upcoming new album ‘Oceans Of Time’ (Hear No Evil/Cherry Red Records). The single, ‘Flux’, will have a digital release on September 9 and will feature both a radio edit and full album version B-side. ‘Oceans Of Time’, features 10 tracks recorded and produced at Outhouse Studios by renowned producer John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Lower Than Atlantis, Funeral For A Friend), and is due for worldwide release on October 7. The
album will be the successor to Touchstone’s previous albums: The City Sleeps (2011), Wintercoast (200 and Discordant Dreams (2007). On this eagerly awaited new album, the band continue their “Wintercoast” story with the dynamic, moving epic title track ‘Oceans Of Time’; the sequel to the title tracks of Wintercoast and The City Sleeps. Another familiar theme comes from ‘Shadow’s End’, the final part of the Shadow trilogy, which started with the track ‘Shadow’, from Discordant Dreams. Fans will enjoy a more guitar-orientated sound from Oceans Of Time than previous albums due to the nature of the writing process. All the music is written by Touchstone, with lyrics by lead vocalist Kim “Elkie” Seviour, and keys man Robert Cottingham, whilst guitarist Adam Hodgson again designed the cover artwork. Label manager Hugh Gilmour comments on the signing: “Touchstone are very much a fresh and exciting addition to the Hear No Evil roster, with a modern album that strikes a perfect balance between classic, melodic prog and more streamlined, contemporary hard rock.” Oceans Of Time is released October 7 through Hear No Evil/Cherry Red Records. Order the album here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oceans-Of-Time-Touchstone/dp/B00DZKQTKW
Dani Wilde, Ruf Records/Bri-Tone Records
My new single entitled "Loving You" was released digitally worldwide on July 16th 2013. This is available from I-Tunes, Amazon and all other big download stores. Last month I achieved my 3rd 'Number 1' in the I-Tunes Blues Download Chart; I have now achieved Number 1 positions in Austria, Italy and Portugal. "Loving You" blends my influences of Blues,Country, Soul and Gospel. "Loving You" is a live recording from 'The Sacrebleu Sessions' composed and performed by Dani Wilde (Guitar and vocals) featuring Stuart Dixon on 2nd guitar and Will Wilde on Harmonica. The track was engineered by Stuart Dixon (Big Noise Studios) and mastered by Damon Sawyer (Platform Studio). The single will be followed up by an album in Winter 2013 http://www.daniwilde.com/
It's fair to say that we're all very excited here at CherryJam camp about Cherry and the band's recent addition to the all star billing of BluesFest London which this year takes place at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall from Tuesday 29 October – Friday 1 November. This is the first full-scale music festival of its kind to be hosted at the venue, with performances taking place not just in the main auditorium, but also in other spaces around the Hall during the daytime.Daytime stroller tickets are just £10. We'll see you there! Yay! PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN!! Brand Spankin' NEW EP, CHERRY PICKIN' available to pre-order NOW from the Cherry Shop! Only £6 including P&P! Hear snippets of new tracks on the audio player on the site - www.cherryleemewis.com/shop
Six brand new songs, this time all totally from the pen of Cherry's long time collaborator, guitarist and musical director, Max Milligan. This brand spankin' new release is titled Cherry Pickin' and takes you back to the old time country blues sound of Mississippi John Hurt and the feel of the New Orleans jug bands. You can pre-order your copy right here right now for only £6 including P&P and you will receive an exclusive track not available anywhere else on purchase of Cherry Pickin'. You can also hear snippets of 3 of the new tracks on the audio player above.
Says Cherry, "Max literally wrote Cherry Pickin' over a couple of days! He had a writing spurt and I think these tracks are among the best stuff he's ever written. He is such a wonderful songwriter, these songs deserve to be heard on a wider scale so that's why we can hold them back no longer from you! I've got some songs i've written that are being kept under wraps for now and hopefully will be on the next album. Max and I have been working together 8 years now and we have a solid musical bond that just gels so well, and that's why i've decided to bill this EP as Cherry Lee Mewis & Max Milligan, as the Cherry sound that you've come to enjoy at the gigs all comes from my collaboration with Max as he has produced all 3 of my albums aswell. We hope you toe-tap to your heart's content with this EP and continue to stay with us on the Cherry train to see what happens next!" - See more at: http://www.cherryleemewis.com/index#sthash.nMdzbtz0.dpuf
POPLAR JAKE MILWAY
Pre-Order the forthcoming album "From The Delta To The Docks" at a special price, SIGNED, with free postage! The minute it's pressed, it's in the post to you! APRIL 20TH www.poplarjake.com