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Showing posts with label Fish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fish. Show all posts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ruf Records: 20 Years Anniversary - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, 20 Years Anniversary, from Ruf Records. This is a hot release of music from 1994 to present showing the breadth of Ruf artists talent. Opening is one of my personal Rolling Stones classics, Bitch featuring Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde from the Girls With Guitars release. Hot! Up next is Bliss Avenue, the title track from Bliss Avenue, by Dana Fuchs. Fuchs has a throaty voice with a lot of grit on this track which has a lot of the suspense of Screaming Jay Hawkins. I had the fortune to review her Songs From The Road release recently and she really puts on a show! Make sure that you catch the smoking guitar solo on this track! Joanne Shaw Taylor is up next with Can't Keep Living Like This from Diamonds In The Dirt. Showing her guitar prowess, Taylor demonstrates clearly that she isn't just a skirt and a voice. Fish is back on Down In The Swamp from her Runaway release. With it's driving "swampy" guitar vamp Fish sets the stage, tells the tale and then rips it to shreds on guitar. Very cool. Dani Wilde changes the pace up a bit with the title track from her Shine release. A R&B style track nicely highlights Wilde's soulful voice. Meena follows Wilde with James Brown's epic,Try Me from her release of the same name. A very tasty and melodic guitar solo nicely accents the more modern sound brought to the table by Meena. Very nice! Ana Popovic steps up with Love Fever from her Hush release. With a ballad format and a R&B strut, Popovic gets things moving. Popovic reels off some biting guitar riffs balancing the catchy melody with guitar muscle. Next is a not yet released track, Stranded In Memphis by Eliana Cargnelutti, from her CD to be released in 2015. A solid entry by this new artist, she will be featured in the 2015 Blues Caravan. Joanna Connor is up next with the slightly funky, gospel influenced, Never Been Rocked Enough from her Rock And Roll Gypsy release. Erja Lyytinen lays down some hot slide work on Skinny Girl from her Dreamland Blues release. This has a cool mix of a rock 'n' roll rhythm with bluesy slide. Really cool! Sue Foley does a old style swing blues track Show Me, from her Time Bomb release. Well balanced with cool, stylistic piano, Foley's vocal and guitar efforts make for a well rounded blues track. Candye Kane and Laura Chavez pull out a real swinger in Toughest Girl Alive from her Guitar and Feathers release. Chavez is a good match on guitar for Kane with her strong vocal presence. Wrapping disc one is Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin on In The Basement from the Time Bomb release. Sugar Pie DeSanto's original R&B feel comes through loud and clear but with stinging guitar riffs this time around. Opening disc 2 is Thorbjorn Risager and If You Wanna Leave from his Too Many Roads release. This is a strong blues rocker with excellent grinding guitar tones and a hot sax solo. The Royal Southern Brotherhood fire up Rock and Roll from the HEARTSOULBLOOD release. A straight up Rock 'n' roller with great vocals and hot slide, this track really gets you moving. With talent like Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton you'd expect nothing less. Walter Trout releases his trademark blues rock sound on Livin' Every Day from his Livin' Every Day release. An anthem of triumph for Trout and his recent health issues, he stiff arms time in the face blazing his path with amazingly fluid guitar riffs. Oli Brown has a cool, different style with a neo soul attack at the blues. A super vocalist, Oli delivers Speechless from his Heads I Win Tails You Lose release. A well heeled guitar attack nicely blends with his smooth danceable melodies. Laurence Jones is up on Temptation from his Temptation release. With it's Chicago feel and attack, this is a hot track showing a young man with slashing skills. Mike Zito has great guitar tone and he lays it down here on Voices In Dallas from Gone To Texas. I just had the opportunity to review Zito's release, Songs From The Road and he is a definite performer. Waiting On Daylight by Bart Walker is a solid bluesy ballad from the release of the same name. A well written track with nicely balanced guitar soloing over the vocals, a nice addition to this compilation. The Spin Doctors bring Some Other Man Instead from If The River Was Whiskey and it has a certain country blues rawness giving it a real nice feel. A raw but contained guitar solo sets this track apart from most of the more polished bands on this release. Very cool! Aynsley Lister, Erja Lyytinen and Ian Parker perform Blues Caravan from the Pilgrimage release. A funky blues track with a swampy feel, and harmonized vocals lay down the pavement for a short guitar riff off. Jeff Healey delivers his classic take on I'm Tore Down from Mess Of Blues. Healey was a hot guitar player and a great singer. This is a nice record of Healey during his most productive period. Excellent! Cyril Neville delivers some Swamp Funk from Magic Honey. With it's blend of rock, funk, blues and pure New Orleans, this is a super track. Devon Allman brings Homesick from his Turquoise release. He has a nice guitar hand and smooth vocals. This dark smokey blues rocker shows a nice flavor of Allman's work. Savoy Brown has been a recurring favorite band of mine for years. Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown contribute Nuthin' Like The Blues from Goin' To The Delta. Simmonds holds down lead vocal and lead guitarist spot on this straight forward rocker and Kim shows a little bit of what he can do when he steps on the pedal. Albert Castiglia performs Bad Avenue from the Solid Ground release. This is an excellent choice to profile Castiglia who not only is a solid singer but one of the better blues guitarists on the scene today. Very cool! Wrapping the release is Mr. Luther Allison on Stone's Classic, You Can't Always Get What You Want. Taking this track to the next level Allison coaxes the soul out of it and then lights it on fire with funky blues guitar. An absolutely excellent ending to a really super release!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Fish announces "Moveable Feast" 2014 UK Tour

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FISH, the critically acclaimed progressive rock singer/songwriter, and former lead singer of Marillion, will embark on an extensive 13-date UK tour in May 2014.
Billed as "The Moveable Feast Tour" the UK trek is named after his upcoming album "A Feast Of Consequences", which is now exclusively available for pre-order from his official website:
Tickets, priced £22.50, go on sale Monday 16th September, can be booked online from or by calling the 24 hour box office - 0844 478 0898.
Fish will perform songs from the new album, as well as his solo album tracks, including early Marillion classics.
Dates include: Sheffield City Hall (May 2), Liverpool o2 Academy (May 3), Durham

Theatre (May 4), Wolverhampton Robin (May 6), Norwich Waterfront (May 8), London Islington Assembly Hall (May 9), Cardiff Globe (May 10),Exeter Phoenix (May 11), Brighton Concorde (May 13), Bristol Fleece (May 15), Northampton Roadmender (May 16), Holmfirth Picturedrome (May 17) & Glasgow o2 ABC (May 18).
The new album "A Feast of Circumstances" features over 68 minutes of original material including "The High Wood Suite" and six other songs produced by Calum Malcolm (13th Star, Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout) and written by Fish, Steve Vantsis, Foss Paterson and Robin Boult.
The Deluxe Limited Edition will be available on 25th September, but can be ordered from the 14th September from
The Deluxe Limited Edition Version contains a 'Making of' DVD "Preparing the Feast" directed by David Barras, which includes live concert footage, studio footage, demos, interviews and other versions of the songs with both discs housed in a beautiful 100 page casebound book with exquisite artwork designed by Mark Wilkinson and containing his illustrations/drawings/paintings/photography as well as lyrics and other writings from Fish housed inside a sturdy slipcase. It also comes with a 24 bit FLAC download and PDF of the album artwork.
The album, which has a running time of 68 minutes, is available as a standard jewel case with 20 page booklet, a 24 bit 44.1 khz FLAC and a 320 BPS MP3, together with PDF files of the 20 page booklet.
Any orders that were placed before 31st August 2013 will receive an A5 digital print taken from the album artwork, personally autographed by both Mark Wilkinson and Fish as well as a code for a 24-bit high quality download of the album.
"A Feast of Consequences" Promo video with artwork and music:
MP3 and 24-bit High quality downloads and a standard CD with 12 page booklet of 'A Feast of Consequences' will be available to buy through the new shop on the website after the release date in September.
The deluxe limited edition will still be available after August 2013 but without the signed print. A double vinyl album will be made available in November 2013.
"It’s been a while since '13th Star' was released and this new album has been a long time coming," says Fish.  "I've been writing with Steve, Foss and Robin for over a year now, making sure that I was going to be delivering something very special and an album I can be proud of. 
It's a very elaborate project on all levels and a major investment for an independent artist like me who exists only with the backing from my fans. Mark and I have put together a package that we think is the finest we have worked on in the 30 years we have been working together."
24 HR BOX OFFICE - 0844 478 0898
Tickets on sale on Sale Monday 16th September 2013
Sheffield City Hall
Friday 2nd May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office:  0114 2789 789
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Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA
Liverpool O2 Academy
Saturday 3rd May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
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11-13 Hotham Street, L3 5UF
Durham Gala Theatre
Sunday 4th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office:  03000 266 600
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Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Wolverhampton The Robin
Tuesday 6th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01902 401211
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20-28 Mt Pleasant, Bilston,
West Midlands, WV14 7LJ
Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 8th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office 01603 508 050
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139-141 King St, Norwich, NR1 1QH Website
London Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 9th May 2014

Tickets £22.50 / Box Office 0844 478 0898
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Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
Cardiff  Globe
Saturday 10th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office 0844 478 0898
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125 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3NS
Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 11th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01392 667 080
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Bradninch Place, Gandy St, Exeter, EX 4 3LS
Brighton Concorde
Tuesday 13th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01273 673311
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Madeira Shelter Hall, Madeira Drive,
Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1EN
Bristol Fleece
Thursday 15th May 2014

Tickets £22.50 / Box Office 0117 945 0996
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12 St. Thomas St, Bristol, BS1 6JJ
Northampton Roadmender
Friday 16th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01604 231 688
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1 Lady's Lane, Northampton. NN1 3AH
Holmfirth Picturedrome
Saturday 17th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898
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Market Walk, Holmfirth. HD9 7DA
Glasgow O2 ABC
Sunday 18th May 2014

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
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300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

Photo Credit: © Ami Barwell