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Showing posts with label Joanne Shaw Taylor. Show all posts
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Silvertone/Sony artist: Joanne Shaw Taylor - Wild - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Wild, from Joanne Shaw Taylor and it's a cool guitar fused blues release. Opening with Dyin' To Know, Taylor leads with a driving rhythm and crisp but understated lead guitar behind her solid vocals and backed by Greg Morrow on drums, Rob McNelly on guitar, Michael Rhodes on bass and Steve Nathan on keys. Ready To Roll has real swagger and Taylor's voice really shines. Backing vocals by Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins and Jade MacRae give the track fullness leading up to so real nice guitar slashes by Taylor. Very cool. Get You Back is a solid country rocker in the style of the Outlaws with nicely blended backing vocals and tight guitar riffs. I really like the bent guitar chords on the opening of ballad, Wild Is The Wind. Rhodes' bass line gives the track a richer contrast to Taylor's already enticing chords and strong vocals. Very nice. Rocker, Wanna Be My Lover has the drive of the Allman's, One Way Out and the energy of the Pointer Sisters, Neutron Dance. With it's quiet nature but strong emotion, I Wish I Could Wish You Back is one of the best tracks on the release with a really warm melody, light guitar acoustic work and soft slide guitar behind the song. Excellent! With an easy swing, My Heart's Got A Mind Of It's Own, slides back and forth off the funk. Horn work by Paulie Cerra on sax and Lee Thomburg on trumpet and Barnes, Tippins and MacRae on backing vocal and Taylor's own soulful guitar make this another top track. Wrapping the release is a real nice cover of Big Brother's arrangement of classic, Summertime. I really need to give Taylor a nice bump for this track because she has a super fat lower region and she uses it nicely rather than just over singing Joplin's own vocal emotion as I have heard in other covers of this track. She does cling relatively closely to Big Brother guitarists Andrew and Gurley's melodic take but this is where the comparison begins and ends. Her vocal interpretation is unique and inspired and her guitar soloing nicely phrased. Excellent closer. 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Robin Trower confirms new album and special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor on UK tour


MARCH/APRIL 2015 UK TOUR
With very special guest
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
DOVETAILS WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM
RELEASED 9th MARCH 2015
“Robin Trower’s the British Hendrix.”
– Classic Rock Presents ‘The Blues Magazine’
“One of the most influential guitarists ever,
and respected the world over.”

– Firebrand Magazine
“Trower’s guitar playing rips it up to awesome effect.”
– Classic Rock Presents ‘The Blues Magazine’
British rock guitarist and vocalist Robin Trower returns to UK with a brand new studio album and a nationwide UK tour in March 2015, which follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Roots And Branches album.
Trower’s special guest is guitarist and singer/songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor.
Photo Credit: © Kevin Nixon
Tickets can be booked online from www.thegigcartel.com or by calling the 24 hour box office on 0844 478 0898.
All tickets are priced £22.50, except London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£25).
Joanne Shaw Taylor. Photo Credit: © Adam Kennedy


MARCH/APRIL 2015 UK TOUR
With very special guest
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR

BOOK ONLINE: www.thegigcartel.com
24 HR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
Regional Show Tickets: £22.50
London Tickets: £25.00
LINCOLN, ENGINE SHED
Thursday 26th March 2015

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 888 8766
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
www.engineshed.co.uk
BURY ST. EDMUNDS, THE APEX
Friday 27th March
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01824 758 000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD
www.theapex.co.uk
BIRMINGHAM, TOWN HALL
Saturday 28th March
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0121 345 0600
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ
www.thsh.co.uk
SALFORD, LOWRY
Sunday 29th March
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0843 208 6000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
www.thelowry.com
CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS
Thursday 2nd April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01244 317171
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
1 Station Road, Chester, CH1 3DR
www.theliverooms.com

 
GATESHEAD, SAGE
Friday 3rd April 2015

Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0191 443 4661
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
www.sagegateshead.com
GLASGOW, ARCHES
Saturday 4th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01415 651 000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
www.thearches.co.uk
ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE
Sunday 5th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01224 337 688
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com
STOCKTON, ARC
Tuesday 7th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01642 525 199
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
www.arconline.co.uk
YORK, BARBICAN
Wednesday 8th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01423 502 116
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Paragon St, York, North Yorkshire,  YO10 4AH

www.yorkbarbican.co.uk
SHEFFIELD, CITY HALL BALLROOM
Thursday 9th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01442 789 789
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA
www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
HOLMFIRTH, PICTUREDROME
Friday 10th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Market Walk, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7DA
www.picturedrome.net 
LONDON, O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE
Saturday 11th April
2015
Tickets: £25.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT
www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk
CRAWLEY, HAWTH
Tuesday 14th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01293 553636
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ
www.hawth.co.uk
EXETER, CORN EXCHANGE
Wednesday 15th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01392 665 938
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange
SALISBURY, CITY HALL
Thursday 16th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01722 434 434
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU
www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk
MILTON KEYNES, STABLES
Friday 17th April
2015
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01908 280800
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes,
Buckinghamshire, MK17 8LU
www.stables.org
Photo Credit: © Kevin Nixon
Robin Trower - Biography
Hailed as one of the finest guitarists in rock history, Robin Trower’s career has spanned more than four decades.
Trower spent the early 60’s playing guitar in various London based bands, the most successful being The Paramount who specialised in mostly covers, and released several singles from 1963 and 1965. The Rolling Stones were big fans.  In 1967, Trower received his big break when he joined Procol Harum; and remained a member until 1972.
After leaving Procol Harum, Trower embarked on his solo career, formed a power trio that transformed him into a celebrated guitar innovator.  His early albums share a tough, explosive guitar style mixed with his trademark “soft psychedelia” that made Robin Trower stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Throughout his solo career, Trower has been regarded as the “White” Hendrix due to his uncanny ability to channel Jimi’s bluesy, psychedelic, Fender Strat playing style.
Trower released his solo debut, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973. The album barely left a dent in the US charts, but that would change soon enough with his next release 1974’s Bridge of Sighs. The album skyrocketed into the US Top Ten, peaking at number seven selling a million and a half copies. It still sells 15,000 copies yearly worldwide.
Although Bridge of Sighs was to be his most popular solo release, Trower’s stock continued to rise throughout the mid 70’s, as he became an arena headliner on the strength of such hit albums including 1975’s For Earth Below, 1976’s Robin Trower Live,  Long Misty Days, and 1977’s In City Dreams.
Further releases followed in the 80’s, including a brief stint with ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce which spawned the albums, 1981’s B.L.T. and 1982’s Truce.
The 80’s saw Trower expand his audience with several releases that updated his blues-rock style, most notably on 1987’s slickly produced album Passion).
During the early 90’s, Trower returned back to Procol Harum for a brief reunion (1991’s Prodigal Stranger), before backing ex-Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry on a few releases (1993’s Taxi and 1994’s Mamouna, the latter of which Trower earned a co-producer credit). The 90’s saw Robin consistently touring the USA with his power trio.
In 2002, Trower returned to the production role, linking up with Bryan Ferry again, to work and play on Bryan’s Frantic album. In the following years Trower concentrated on writing and producing film music for releases such as Good Humour Man.
In 2005, Fender are scheduled to release a Robin Trower signature guitar to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stratocaster, along with this there will be a Bridge of Sighs  custom shop Stratocaster, of which only 100 will be made and will mark the legendary album’s 30th anniversary. To celebrate this event, Trower returned to live work in Europe, and has been touring regularly since.

Robin Trower Online
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Joanne Shaw Taylor announces New Album and UK Tour


NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
BERNIE MARSDEN
PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE
WEDNESDAY 4th JUNE
TICKETS ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
AT 9am ON FRIDAY 6th JUNE
NEW STUDIO ALBUM
"THE DIRTY TRUTH"
RELEASED 22nd SEPTEMBER
British blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to UK shores with a Nationwide UK Tour in November 2014, which follows hot on the heels of her fourth new studio album, "The Dirty Truth", which is currently being recorded in Memphis.
Tickets for Joanne’s UK tour goes on sale as an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Planet Rock radio from Wednesday 4th June.  Fans will be able to pre-order tickets 48 hours before they go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday 6th June. Go to www.planetrock.com for further ticket pre-sale information.
All tickets are priced £17.50, except London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£20). 
VIP tickets are £50 and will include entry to sound-check, concert ticket, Meet & Greet with signing and photo opportunity, signed A3 tour poster, exclusive VIP lanyard and laminate.
The 14-date UK tour will feature former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden as special guest.
Fans will also be able to order the following versions of the new album from www.joanneshawtaylor.com :
  • Signed copy of Limited Edition Digipak CD (£12.99) (including p&p)
  • Ticket + signed copy of the Ltd Edition Digipak CD (£28.50), (London: £31) (including postage and packing for CD)
  • VIP Ticket + Signed copy of the Limited Edition Digipak CD (£61) (including postage and packing for CD)
  • The CD will be dispatched separately and will arrive on release date
Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie
The tour kicks off at the Norwich Epic on 1st November and other UK including Sheffield, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Cornwall, and many more.
The new album, "The Dirty Truth", is released in the UK on Monday 22nd September on Joanne’s boutique label Axehouse Records. Joanne will be reunited with Jim Gaines who produced her 2008 debut album White Sugar.
 "I wanted to go back into the studio in Memphis with Jim to retain the same vibe that we captured on the first album," says Joanne. "The new album is a combination of rock and blues, and I think it’s going to be an exciting collaboration, and hopefully, my fans will love the rockier edge."
Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie
The forthcoming album and UK tour follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Songs FromThe Road; a live album energized with soul power, blues savvy and rock roots.
In May 2013, when Joanne originally performed an intimate concert at London’s Borderline, The Blues magazine wrote, "Joanne slips from bursts of muscular rhythm to searing riffs rooted in the blues but not dominated by it… JST bristles with self-confidence, energy and excitement."
In 2013 during an in-depth interview, The Blues magazine asked Joanne if she was having fun playing live. "How can you not enjoy that job?" she responded. "I get on stage, turn my guitar up really loud and I shout in the microphone for two hours. It’s like the best therapy in the world."
Photo Credit: © Al Stuart
In November 2013, TV presenter Malcolm Gerrie said the following about Joanne in the Sunday Times – "Who said white gals can’t play the blues? Killer licks, soaring solos and heart-wrenching vocals."
"A Brummie blues singer? Yes, really," wrote the Sunday Telegraph about Joanne last November. "Joanne Shaw Taylor has enough soul to compete with the best the Mississippi Delta has to offer."


NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
BERNIE MARSDEN
BOOK ONLINE: www.thegigcartel.com
24 HR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
Regional Show Tickets: £17.50
London Tickets: £20.00 / VIP Tickets: £50.00
NORWICH EPIC
Saturday 1st November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01603 727 727
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD
www.epicstudiosnorwich.com
SHEFFIELD CITY HALL BALLROOM
Sunday 2nd November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01442 789 789
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA
www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
LEEDS WARDROBE
Monday 3rd November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01133 838 800
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Leeds Wardrobe, St Peter's Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH
www.thewardrobe.co.uk
MANCHESTER ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE
OF MUSIC CONCERT HALL
Tuesday 4th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0161 907 5555
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Manchester RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD
www.rncm.ac.uk
ABERDEEN THE LEMON TREE
Thursday 6th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01224 337 688
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Aberdeen The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com
GLASGOW ARCHES
Friday 7th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01415 651 000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Glasgow The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
www.thearches.co.uk
STOCKTON ARC
Saturday 8th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01642 525 199
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Stockton Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton On Tees, TS18 1LL
www.arconline.co.uk
EXETER CORN EXCHANGE
Wednesday 12th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01392 665 938
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange
FALMOUTH PRINCESS PAVILION
Thursday 13th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01326 211 222
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Princess Pavilion, 41 Melvill Road, Falmouth, TR11 4AR
www.tempusleisure.org.uk
SALISBURY CITY HALL
Friday 14th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01722 434 434
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU
www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk
BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL
Saturday 15th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0121 345 0600
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ
www.thsh.co.uk
CARDIFF THE GLOBE
Tuesday 18th November

Tickets £17.50 / Box Office: 08444 780 898
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Cardiff The Globe, 125 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3NS
www.globecardiffmusic.com
LONDON 02 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE
Wednesday 19th November

Tickets: £20.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
London Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT
www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk
BURY ST EDMUNDS THE APEX
Thursday 20th November

Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01824 758 000
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Bury St Edmunds The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD
www.theapex.co.uk
Photo Credit: © Joe Armitage c/o BoneShaker Pictures
Joanne Shaw Taylor - Biography
Sold out concerts. Screaming fans. Her name in lights. Joanne Shaw Taylor never anticipated any of that at the start. Back then, she was just an ordinary Black Country schoolgirl, bored with the disposable pop she heard on late 90s radio, rifling her father’s record collection for sunken treasure, and falling for albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.

At 13 she played her first electric guitar. "Guitars were always lying around the house," says Joanne.  At 14, she defied her teachers to play The Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s, and began to overcome insecurity about her voice.
"I never set out to be a singer," she modestly told Classic Rock. "I’ve always had a deep voice. I think it came from my influences as a kid.
When I was singing to records, I was listening to Albert Collins and Freddie King. When I was a teenager, I became a big rock fan: Glenn Hughes, Skin, Doug Pinnick. I wouldn’t get far on The X Factor."
Joanne left school at 16 and ran straight into her big break, as a twist of fate directed her demo into the hands of Eurythmics icon Dave Stewart after a charity gig.
Reflecting on his first impressions, Stewart recalls that "she made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end." His call the following day proved the start of a lasting friendship, with Joanne seeking his advice on the industry and accompanying his DUP supergroup across Europe in 2002.
Stewart gave Joanne her first deal, but when the label ran into financial trouble, it gave her a chance to regroup and work on her songwriting. Until then, original material had perhaps been a neglected side of her talent.
"I never really wrote songs until I was 21." Suddenly the dam broke. In 2008, Ruf won the rush for Joanne’s signature, and soon she was working with veteran producer Jim Gaines (Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang, Stevie Ray Vaughan), bassist Dave Smith and drummer Steve Potts on the songs that became debut album White Sugar. "We recorded it in this little backwater town in Tennessee," she recalls, "and if we needed a break, we’d walk to the shop and buy root beer."
When White Sugar dropped the following year, taking in gems like Bones and Kiss The Ground Goodbye, it turned out the press had a sweet tooth, with Classic Rock crowning it Blues Album Of The Month and Guitarist noting "she plays with more attitude and flair than most – massive potential here".
Soon enough, the buzz was building, with Joanne both raising her profile supporting Black Country Communion, and honing her craft on 2010’s Diamonds In The Dirt. This second album was another step up, from the explosive lead breaks on Can’t Keep LivingLike This to the heavier influence of her adopted Detroit hometown on the crunching country-blues of Dead And Gone. Not bad, considering she had written the material in just two days and recorded it in less than a fortnight: "It’s the dreaded second album curse. You have ten years to do the first one, and ten days to do the second!"
By then, she was unstoppable, with Diamonds In The Dirt proving not only a classic record, but also a skeleton key to every door in the industry. Having received a nomination for Best New Artist Debut at the auspicious British Blues Awards for White Sugar, Joanne scooped consecutive wins in the Best British Female Vocalist bracket at both the 2010/2011 events: a haul that cements her position, as Blues Matters put it, as "the new face of the blues."
Since then, it’s gone stratospheric, with Joanne breaking into the notoriously hard-to-crack US market, beating the stereotypes of her age and gender, and being watched by 17 million viewers as she played an angel-winged solo during Annie Lennox’s set at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert.
That same summer gave us Almost Always Never; a bar-raising third album that found Joanne dodging expectations, writing the songs her muse dictated, and diving in at the deep end with just her talent to keep her afloat.
Recorded in Austin, Texas, these twelve cuts moved from the savage Les Paul solos of Soul Station and the strutting hooks of Standing To Fall, to the failed relationship achingly depicted on You Should Stay, I Should Go and the title track’s refrain of "You crash, you burn/you live, you learn". She’d never sounded more open and honest. "I’ve loved every album I’ve made for many different reasons," reflects Joanne. "But I’m so proud of these songs. It’s the perfect and truest example of who I am as an artist to date."
Maybe so, but if you only know Joanne Shaw Taylor as the songwriter and studio magician, then it’s time you heard Songs From The Road. Released November 2013 on Ruf Records, it’s a candid snapshot from the road that makes your front room feel like the front row. "That night was just really good fun," she reflects. "And I think that translates on the album."
In May 2014, Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer Jim Gaines, and recorded her new studio album in Memphis.  The new studio album entitled The Dirty Truth is a return to Joanne’s original sound that mixes rock riffs with blues influences.  The album will be released in the UK on September 22nd on Joanne’s own independent boutique label Axehouse Records.
Photo Credit: © MHP Studios
Joanne Shaw Taylor - Official Website
www.joanneshawtaylor.com
Joanne Shaw Taylor - Official Facebook
www.facebook.com/joanneshawtaylo

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Reunion Party Weekend 35 Years In The Making!


** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **

A REUNION PARTY WEEKEND 35 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

KANSAS CITY (April 24, 2014) – The hottest ticket in the Blues, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which sails on the high seas twice a year, is hosting their Annual Cruiser Reunion shows for 3 nights this year. Based in Kansas City, the LRBC is the brainchild of Roger Naber, (former co-owner of the Grand Emporium live music venue) who is also celebrating 35 years as a music promoter in tandem with the music on stage. With the next two sold-out upcoming LRBC's, Kansas City music fans will have an opportunity to see six varied internationally famous acts at the well known and respected Knuckleheads honkey-tonk venue.
Performing over the 3 day Memorial Day weekend soiree, May 23, 24 & 25, will be Blues Hall of Famer, Otis Clay and his 10 piece band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, an all-star band which includes music royalty names such as Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, Alligator recording artist, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Ronnie Baker Brooks, more blues royalty and a cruiser favorite, pianist Eden Brent, three-times Blues Music Award recipient, plus English guitar slinger, Joanne Shaw Taylor. One of the announced Special Guests who will be in Kansas City for the entire weekend will be pianist Leon Blue, who performed with the legendary Albert King 35 years ago for Naber's first Uptown Theater promotion.
To wrap up the weekend, there will be a Free Cabin For Two drawing, for the October 24-31, 2015 LRBC # 25, which will sail on the Holland America ms Westerdam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The winning ticket will be drawn just before the final performance on Sunday night. One does not need to be present as any person who attends any of the 3 nights of the Anniversary Reunion will be have a chance to win the prize.


A PASSION FOR AMERICAN BLUES MUSIC

roger naberRoger Naber's 35 Year Anniversary as a music promoter is considered quite a milestone for what began simply as a passion for American Blues Music. In Kansas City, Roger is mostly known as the co-owner of the Grand Emporium live music venue from 1985-2004. During his 20 year run as booking proprietor, he featured live music 6-7 nights a week at the well established venue.
Blues giants such as John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Koko Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray performed, plus the newer generation, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa. Jazz, reggae and rock musicians such as Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, The Neville Brothers, Chick Corea, Jimmy Cliff, Dave Mathews, Wilco, Flaming Lips, and The Wallflowers also had their turn at the midtown venue. The Grand Emporium twice received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award as "Best Blues Nightclub." The Grand Emporium musician and poster archives can still be seen at the UMKC Marr Sound Archives, UMKC Miller Nichols LIbrary, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110 or online at http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col-collections/grand-emporium
A pioneering entrepreneur, Naber co-founded the KC Blues Society in 1980, while serving as President for 13 years, the KCBS was honored with a Keeping The Blues Alive Award as best non-profit by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. He co-founded the Kansas City Blues Festival in 1981, the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival in 1990, and promoted the city's Annual Thanksgiving Blues Breakfast Dance for more than 20 years.
Taking to the ocean and sands, Naber co-founded the Ultimate Rhythm & Blues Cruise 1992 with his Grand Emporium partners, and more recently, the Blues Industry's highly popular and successful Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises (bluescruise.com) in 2001. Naber was again awarded "Promoter of the Year" by the Blues Foundation for the LRBC in 2005. In 2003, he became a founding partner in Cloud 9 Adventures, which promotes the Jam Cruises, Holy Ship and various international land music events.
Today there are many music cruises sailing the high seas in the wake of the original Blues Cruise Charter Naber and his partners sailed in 1992.
blues cruise
Roger has been a tireless worker for the blues industries non-profits. Most recently, the LRBC has raised in excess of $300,000 for the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis which is becoming a reality this summer across the street from the Civil Rights Museum. In total, the cruises have raised in excess of $600,000 for various non-profits' needs.
After 35 years in the business, Naber still maintains that "it's all about the music" and spends the cruise off-season scouting talent and promoting upcoming cruises at land festivals nationwide.


THE "CRUISER REUNION WEEKEND" MUSIC LINEUP

Friday, May 23rd:
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Royal Southern Brotherhood
is an American blues and blues rock supergroup, consisting of singer and percussionist Cyril Neville, from the famed iconic Neville Brothers Band, co-band leader, vocalist and guitarist Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman, co-band leader, vocalist and guitarist Mike Zito, drummer Yonrico Scott, formerly of Derek Trucks Band whose recording career looks like a Who's who, and bassist Charlie Wooton, also of Bonerama and his own band Charlie Wooten Project. royalsouthernbrotherhood.com
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor
, raised in England and discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurithmics, Joanne has won numerous awards in England and now has released 4 album CDs on Germany's RUF Records. Joanne is making her first KC appearance just coming off a tour of Australia performing at the acclaimed Byron Bay Blues Festival. A powerful blues rocker not to be missed. joanneshawtaylor.com
Saturday, May 24th:
Otis Clay
Otis Clay
is an American treasure, having been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this past year. He's one of a handful of Deep Soul singers who still command the Hi Records Memphis sound, much in the vein of Otis Redding and Solomon Burke. His song "Trying To Live My Life Without You" was one of Bob Seger's bigger hits. Otis brings a 10-piece group of horns, keys and backup singers. otisclay.net
Rick Estrin
Kicking off the show will be Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, one of blues most colorful frontmen. Rick ranks up as one of the world's premier harmonica players, song writers and frontmen in the blues world having won the BMA in 2013 in the harmonica category. Rick and the San Francisco based band recorded and videotaped a homage underground track to the LRBC simply titled, "I Met Her On The Blues Cruise". rickestrin.com
Sunday, May 25th:
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Ronnie Baker Brooks
will be showcasing his new 7-piece band which he is bringing to the West Coast cruise in October. The son of Blues Hall of Famer, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie also has Rodd Bland, son of the late Bobby Bland, on drums. Carrying o the torch of the masters, Ronnie and the full band have a new CD due for release this year. ronniebakerbrooks.com

Multiple Blues Music Award Winner and LRBC Piano Bar favorite, Eden Brent brings her band as she is touring in support of her latest CD, "Jigsaw Heart". Little Boogaloo as she is known to her Mississippi music fans carries on the deep style of the Boogaloo tradition she learned first hand. edenbrent.com


How to obtain tickets and lodging:

Tickets are only $50 per person for a 3 Day Pass!

Click to purchase your 3-Day Pass direct from the venue

Specific show tickets are also available @ $20/night in Advance or $25/night at the Door


A downtown host hotel has been pre-arranged for those traveling with
a limited number of hotels rooms still available until May 2nd!

Aladdin Holiday Inn, 1215 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Reservations: 866-270-9274 and reference "LRBC Blues Cruise Reunion" or visit this link


2715 Rochester • Kansas City MO, 64120
(816) 483-1456 / (816) 483-6407
Voted KC's Best Live Music Venue 9 years running

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For information or further press inquiries:
Contact LeAnne Clay: (816) 753-7979 or bluesin@bluescruise.com


A special thank you to Cruiser Reunion Party Weekend sponsor, Holland America Line!



313 Lawrence Ave. • Kansas City, MO 64111 • 816-753-7979 • 888-Bluesin' • BluesCruise.com

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

News from RUF

“Where Blues Crosses Over”
(Pronounced “Roof”)


RUF RECORDS HITS THE BLUES CHARTS WITH TWO CDs NEXT WEEK
New Records From SAVOY BROWN, ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD
& JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR Out Now
Label’s “Songs From The Road” CD/DVD Sets Chart With Joanne Shaw Taylor at #11
& Royal Southern Brotherhood At 15 
NEW RELEASES:

February 4, 2014  Joanne Shaw Taylor “Songs From The Road”
February 11, 2014  Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown “Goin' To The Delta”
                               Royal Southern Brotherhood “Songs From The Road”

COMING SOON:

April 8, 2014        Albert Castiglia “Solid Ground”
May 13, 2014      Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado “Too Many Roads”

OUT NOW:

Samantha Fish              “Black Wind Howlin’”
Dana Fuchs                  “Bliss Avenue”
Devon Allman                “Turquoise”
Mike Zito & The Wheel  “Gone To Texas”
Cyril Neville                    “Magic Honey”
Joanne Shaw Taylor       “Diamonds In The Dirt”
AND MORE!!
 

http://www.rufrecords.de/
https://www.facebook.com/RufRecords
  

 
RUF RECORDS’ ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR BLUES MUSIC AWARDS 2014
                 
Congratulations to our nominees for the Blues Music Awards 2014!
  • Cyril Neville - Magic Honey for 'Contemporary Blues Album'
  • Mike Zito & The Wheel - Gone To Texas for 'Rock Blues Album'
  • Jimmy Carpenter (The Wheel) for 'Instrumentalist-Horn'
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood - Songs From The Road for best 'DVD'
CATCHING UP WITH THE RUF ARTISTS:

KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN


 
NEW CD FROM KIM SIMMONDS AND SAVOY BROWN OUT FEBRUARY 11 ON
RUF RECORDS -- GOIN’ TO THE DELTA,
ALREADY RECEIVING OUTSTANDING REVIEWS
New CD is #2 on Amazon in 2 Days
 
The reviews from overseas precede the U.S. release of SAVOY BROWN's GOIN' TO THE DELTA (RUF RECORDS):

BLUESANDMOREAGAIN.com
"Simmonds himself is probably in the form of his life, both vocally and instrumentally.  This is a masterclass in taste, collaboration, arrangement, longevity and respect for electric blues."
GETREADYTOROCK.com
"The album... nails some of his best vocals in recent times.  This album stokes the embers of a ... glowing career."
BLUESMATTERS
"This release shuffles blues and boogie with intense playing and a real sense of joy."
Music News.com (UK)
"Savoy Brown at their best."

On the road:
Date              City                          ST            Venue
2/14              St. Augistine              FL            The Standard                      
2/15              Orlando                     FL             Zaida’s New Room
2/16              Clearwater                 FL             Clearwater Blues Fest
2/18              Indiatlantic                FL             Lou's Blues
2/19              Lake Worth                FL             Bamboo Room
2/21              Atlanta                      GA            Variety Playhouse
2/22              Charlotte                   NC            Handle Bar
3/21              Ft. Wayne                  IN             C2G Music Hall
3/07              Bay Shore                  NY            Boulton Center
3/08              Annapolis                   MD           Ramshead
3/14              Pawling                      NY            Townecrier
3/15              Jim Thorpe                 PA            Chunk Opera House
3/28              Pittsburg                    PA            Moondogs
3/29              Erie                            PA           Perry Highway Hose
4/12              Syracuse                     NY           Palace Theatre
6/05              Davenport                   IA            Redstone Room
6/06              Milwaukee                   WI           Pabst Theater            
6/07              Woodstock                   IL            Woodstock Opera House

www.savoybrown.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Savoy-Brown/282837575081114



 JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
RELEASES “SONGS FROM THE ROAD” on FEBRUARY 4th and immediately charts at #11 on the
Billboard Blues Chart
 
Joanne is the is the British blues guitarist and singer, who was discovered by Dave Stewart
of the Eurythmics at the age of 16 and has gone on to release top 10 Billboard Blues
albums as well as to win both Best Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year for her track
"Same As It Never Was" from her album, “Diamonds in the Dirt.”

Joanne also has a recent studio album, “Almost Always Never” and others available from
RUF Records.
             
She’s touring Internationally and can be seen in the US:

Date              City                          ST            Venue
4/04/14         Jacksonville                FL            Springing The Blues
4/20/14         Byron Bay                  AU           Bluesfest w/ KT Tunstall
4/21/14         Byron Bay                  AU           Bluesfest w/Joss Stone
7/11/14         Milton Keynes             UK           The Stables                              

Watch Joanne Shaw Taylor perform "Jealousy" Live at The Borderline London
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0gCKUkAahQ

http://www.joanneshawtaylor.com/
https://www.facebook.com/joanneshawtaylor



ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD
 
RUF RECORDS’ ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD GO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR 
KIDS IN NEED
Their Songs From The Road Double CD/DVD Is Released In The US
On February 11 & Hits Charts At #15

The Royal Southern Brotherhood -- Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott -- went back to school on February 7, 2014 to join kids from the High Plains Elementary School in Engelwood, CO in building cigar box guitars which will be sold at an event to benefit the Blue Star Connection Organization.
BlueStarConnection.org donates instruments to medically fragile kids/teens/young adults and donates musical gear to Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Departments all over the U.S. The Royal Southern Brotherhood was in town to play local Colorado dates as part of their continuing US tour.

The Royal Southern Brotherhood release "Songs From The Road," a double LIVE CD/DVD on RUF Records on February 11th and charted on the Blues chart at #15.  The collection is a perfect set for anyone who has not yet seen the supergroup or who wants to be reminded of the great experience of the live show until the band returns to their town.

Thanks to John Catt and Blue Star Connection for making it possible to hang with the kids at school and to raise money for the kids who need it.

The band members are pictured below building the guitars with the students.


 
On The Road Again…
Date              City                          ST            Venue
2/14/14          Dallas                        TX            The Gas Monkey
2/15/14          New Braunfels            TX            Brauntex Theatre
3/07/14          Millville                      NJ            Levoy Theatre
3/08/14          Ardmore                    PA            Ardmore Music Hall
3/11/14          Annapolis                  MD           Ram’s Head On Stage
3/12/14          Collinsville                 CT           Bridge Street Live
3/13/14          Fall River                   MA          Narrows Center for The Arts
3/14/14          Old Saybrook             CT           The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
3/15/14          Natick                        MA          The Center for Arts in Natick
3/16/14          Londonderry               NH          Tupelo Music Hall
3/19/14          Washington                DC          The Hamilton
3/20/14          Bayshore                    NY          Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
3/21/14          New York                    NY          BB King’s
3/22/14          Hackettstown              NJ          Sitnik Theater Centenary (College) Blues Bash

http://www.royalsouthernbrotherhood.com/ and
https://www.facebook.com/royalsouthernbrotherhood


COMING SOON on RUF Records:

THORBJORN RISAGER


Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado is one of Denmark’s hardest working and most sought
after bands.  It has played as many as a hundred live gigs a year for the past ten years, has
become one of the country’s hottest musical exports, and has released seven albums.  On
May13th,  Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornados release their eighth album, “Too Many Roads”
on RUF Records in the US.
www.risager.info
 

ALBERT CASTIGLIA (pronounced ka-steel-ya)


Albert’s much anticipated “Solid Ground” on RUF Records will be available on April 8th in the US.  He continues to tour actively, sharing the sounds that made his 2012 release “Living The Dream” #12 on the Top Blues Albums Chart of 2012 from Roots Music Report.
See Albert LIVE:

Date           City           ST            Venue

 

 

 

2/15/14

 

Ft Lauderdale/

        

FL

 

Riverwalk Blues & Music Fest

 

 

 

2/21/14

 

Pompano Beach

 

FL

 

Rips Sports Bar

 

 

 

2/22/14

 

Winter Garden

 

FL

 

City of Winter Garden Blues & BBQ Festival

 

 

 

2/28/14

 

Ft Lauderdale

 

FL

 

Maguires

 

 

 

4/26/14

 

Ft Lauderdale

 

FL

 

Maxwell Room @ the Downtowner-CD Release Party

 

 

 

5/2/14

 

Bradenton

 

FL

 

Aces Live

 

 

 

5/3/14

 

Goodland

 

FL

 

Little Bar

 

 

5/10/14

 

Lake Worth

 

FL

 

Bamboo Room

 

 

 

5/16/14

 

St Petersburg

 

FL

 

Ale & Witch

 

 

 

5/17/14

 

Ft Myers

 

FL

 

Buckingham Blues Bar

 

 

 

5/23/14

 

White Springs

 

FL

 

Florida Folk Festival

 

 

 

5/24/14

 

White Springs

 

FL

 

Florida Folk Festival

 

 

 

5/30/14

 

Key West

 

FL

 

Green Parrot

 

 

 

5/31/14

 

Key West

 

FL

 

Green Parrot

 

 

 

6/1/14

 

Key West

 

FL

 

Green Parrot

 

 

 

6/14/14

 

Saint Georges

 

DE

 

Saint Georges Blues Festival

 

 

 

6/20/14

 

Colonial Beach

 

VA

 

Colonial Beach Blues Festival

 

 

 

 

               
 http://albertcastiglia.net/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Albert-Castiglia-Fan-Page/118428141503567?group_id=0


SAMANTHA FISH
SAMANTHA FISH - You've Got To See The Girl Behind That Voice & Guitar!
Voted Best New Artist Debut By Blues Music Awards

The Blues Music Award (BMA) winner for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012, Samantha is on the road supporting her sophomore release for RUF, “Black Wind Howlin’.”  Her songwriting and performance, both vocally and on guitar and other instruments show her varied influences from her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, to the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”
With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists like Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that would become her own.
See Sam play:


www.samanthafish.com
https://www.facebook.com/samanthafishmusic


DANA FUCHS
FROM THE STAGE TO THE SCREEN, DANA FUCHS ALWAYS DELIVERS...
Dana starred in the Sony Pictures hit movie/musical and was a featured recording artist on the platinum selling soundtrack for "Across The Universe"

Dana portrayed Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway smash hit, "Love, Janis."
She wrote and performed music for the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed, Maggie Gyllenhaal movie "Sherrybaby “ and starred in and performed music on the soundtrack for the Method Man movie "The Mortician."
Dana has been successfully touring the world for the past several years in support of her highly acclaimed albums "Love To Beg" and "Bliss Avenue,” available on RUF Records.
See Dana Live:
Date              City                          ST            Venue
3/01/14         Shirley                      MA            The Bull Run Restaurant
3/07/14         Annapolis                  MD            Ram's Head On Stage
3/08/14         Wyomissing              PA             Building 24 Live
3/14/14         New York                  NY             Highline Ballroom
5/13/14         Philadelphia              PA              World CafĂ© Live
http://danafuchs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/danafuchsband?fref=ts


DEVON ALLMAN

FAMILIAR NAME, ORIGINAL MUSIC, DEVON ALLMAN

The name may sound familiar but the music is all his own – Devon Allman is a solo artist for RUF
Records with his acclaimed “Turquoise” which he recorded with his band, The Honeytribe in
addition to his work with the lauded Royal Southern Brotherhood which combines the bloodlines of
the Allman Brothers and the Neville Brothers to create a sound all its own.  Follow Devon on social
media where he has become quite a frontman as well.

http://www.devonallmanband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/devonallman
 

MIKE ZITO


SOLO OR WITH THE ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD, MIKE ZITO IS TOPPING THE BLUES CHARTS
Mike Zito, the distinguished guitarist, released the Billboard top 10 Blues album “Gone To Texas”
For RUF Records and tours with his solo band in between gigs with The Royal Southern
Brotherhood in which he plays with Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton.

For more information on all of Mike’s projects, visit his website.
http://www.mikezito.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Zito/165447816866183

CYRIL NEVILLE
THE ROYAL NEVILLE BROTHER OFFERS HIS SOLO SOUL & HIS COLLABORATION WITH DEVON ALLMAN
AND THE ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD 

The youngest of the famed Neville Brothers, Cyril records as a soulful solo artist for RUF
Records, offering up the recent “Magic Honey” as well as performs as a key member of the
Supergroup, The Royal Southern Brotherhood.  Cyril was recently honored with a Lifetime
Achievement Award from Offbeat Magazine for his contributions to music and society.

http://www.cyrilneville.net/
https://www.facebook.com/CyrilNeville