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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Another Planet Music LTD. artist: Mississippi MacDonald - Do Right, Say Right - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Do Right, Say Right, from Mississippi MacDonald and  I really like it. Opening with easy shuffle, I Was Wrong, Mississippi MacDonald is firing on all cylinders with a great soulful voice and fat, BB King like guitar phrasing, joined by Phil Dearing on keys, Elliot Boughen on bass and Mark Johnson-Brown on drums. One of my favorite tracks on the release is funky blues, It Can't Hurt Me with it's Albert King influenced guitar riffs and MacDonalds solid vocals. Organ and horn accents throughout buy Dearing really punch up the track and aggressive bass lead by Boughen adds real bottom. Check out the tasty guitar lead on Drinker's Blues. MacDonals's fat bends and double stop accents really sets this track with strong backing vocals by Lucy Dearing. Slow Blues, If You Want A Good Cup Of Coffee is another of my favorite tracks on the release. MacDonald has a really solid voice, no taking away from that but when he knuckles down on guitar, he can really play. His trem bends and phrasing are really juicy and pinched harmonics accent nicely over the keyboard bed set by Dearing. Excellent! Keep Your Hands Out Of My Pocket is a particularly hot track with MacDonald showing that his influences are broad. With hints of T-Bone Walker, BB King, Albert King, and SRV to name only a few, MacDonald has you sitting back just riding the wave. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Your Wife Is Cheating On Us, a clever shuffle with traditional BB King formatting. With "horn" punch and keyboard backing, MacDonald uses this track as his vocal showcase and it's bound to be a crowd pleaser. His guitar riffs are stinging and his sensitivity it spot on. This is a really strong track to close a really strong release. 

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

27 Club - Jules Carter Trio

Live Music Band: The Jules Carter Trio, Format: 3 piece, Genre: Blues Rock, Location: Knebworth, Herts, Current Gigs: 19 (playing in Hertford, Ilford, Clavering, Redhill, Streatley, Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn, Huntingdon, South Oxhey)  

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lay My Burden Down - Mississippi MacDonald

Mississippi MacDonald is a blues musician from London, UK. He has been playing since he was 11 years old and has travelled extensively on the US blues trail. He has met BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Lucky Peterson. In 2010, he was part of the team that purchased a gravestone for the late Hi Records recording artist and soul legend, OV Wright.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

24 Pesos

24 PESOS is a band from London, UK that is formed by four musicians with a passion for Blues, Soul, Funk and the rhythms of New Orleans. Not content to simply rehash and imitate, 24 PESOS twist the traditional Blues form, blending the raw energy and down home grooves of the Meters with the sophisticated feel and harmony of John Scofield, John Mayer and Ray Charles while staying true and respectful to their Blues roots. Once upon a time guitarist, singer, songwriter Julian Burdock had a dream. Wouldnt it be great to be in a band called 24Pesos. In 2006 Silas Maitland and Julian Burdock wrote and produced a record for legendary soul singer Geno Washington. The idea for that record was to capture Genos live energy and improvisational approach. The album was a return to form for Geno who regards this record as his most exciting and original to date. It was during the recording of that record that Burdock and Maitland decided to put together a group to play live and record their own material. Commitments as sidemen (session musicians) meant that nothing really happened for a couple of years until the two found themselves on stage as part of the band with a very famous ex boy band member who shall remain nameless. The money was good but the music was not. It was at this point the pair decided to re kindle the idea of their own band. In 2008 they recruited Moz Gamble (Hammond) and Mike Connolly (Drums) 24 Pesos was born. The original idea for the band was that the material should be fun to play, interesting, musical and challenging.  

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Long Distance Call - Shakey Vick

Shakey Vick got into blues in the late fifties and early sixties in various duos and blues bands around London. In 1963 he formed his first band, teaming up with Chris Youlden. They won a heat of an R&B contest and did a gig at the Marquee, which was recorded by Giorgio Gomulsky of Yardbirds connection. Shakey and Chris did a few duo gigs and also worked occasionally with Dave Peverett in Dave’s band Lonesome Jax. In 1967 The first Shakey Vick Big City Blues Band was formed and started to gig around London and the home-counties circuit, including the Marquee, 100 Club, Klooks Kleek, etc. During those early years he worked with many American artists, including the late Champion Jack Dupree, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, and Johnny Shines. At about this time Shakey was asked to join Savoy Brown when their harp player left. Shakey had to turn the offer down because Harry Simmonds, the manager could only offer half of what Shakey needed to live on. While the others in the band were all single at that time, Shakey had a wife and children to support. He did a few gigs until Savoy Brown had a day off and were able to rehearse their set without harp and then carried on with his own Big City Blues Band. Later both Chris Youlden and Dave Peverett joined Savoy Brown and started their States careers. The Shakey Vick band gigged regularly for a few years before Mel Wright, Ron Skinner and Rod Price split to form Dynaflow Blues. Rod Later teamed up with Dave Peverett in Foghat, the British band which became very successful in the USA. The Shakey Vick band continued with Bruce Langsman on guitar and the first album Little Woman You’re So Sweet, was recorded for Pye in 1969 (later released in the U.S.A. on the Janus label, a Chess Records-associated company). This was followed by the first continental touring. Shakey Vick Tours in Europe included: Denmark and Sweden in 1969/70, Holland 1972, Holland/Belgium 1974, Holland 1981, Italy 1983, and Holland again in 1985 In 1975 Big Bear Records asked Shakey to be the Artistes road Manager for the annual Anglo-American tour of France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. Here he travelled with Homesick James, Billy Boy Arnold and Tommy Tucker among others. One night arriving late at a German hotel, Tommy asked to share Shakeys room as hed got fed up rooming with Homesick. The next morning, the musicians asked Tommy what it was like sharing the room with a white guy. I slept with one eye open. declared Tommy. I slept with both eyes open. Shakey replied. A series of long-lasting residencies on the London circuit continued during the ups and downs of the blues scene in Britain. Shakey continued to play the blues when other bands were turning to Rock, indeed his whole career has been about encouraging interest in the blues, whether as a musician inspiring younger blues players via open mic jams, or as the editor of a blues magazine, British Blues Review, or as a promoter of blues gigs around London. Shakey edited the British Blues Review from April 1998 until July 1999. In addition to his band work, Shakeys promotions around London from 1992-1999 included the American artists, Kenny Neal, Lucky Evans (ex Howlin’ Wolf), Guitar Shorty, Elisha Blue and U.P.Wilson. at places as diverse as the 100 Club W1, the Carnarvon castle NW1, the Station Tavern W10, the Plough SW17 and the Dublin Castle NW1. He also started his own blues label, Vicksboro Records. In January 2000, he went to the U.S. to gig and record an album for ex -Foghat guitarist Rod Price. Rod was in the first Shakey Vick band before joining the Black Cat Bones and then going on to success in the States with Foghat. The cd was released in the U.S on the Burnside label and then in Europe about eight weeks later. Shakey returned to the States another four times during the following eighteen months for promotional tours. Currently Shakey has teamed up with Chris Youlden and Mel Wright (Chris was the singer in Savoy Brown when that band started to take off in the States, but he had formed a band with Shakey as early as 1963. Mel was the drummer in the original Shakey Vick Big City Blues Band). They have formed a new band, Maxwell Street, named after the famous Chicago market where bluesmen and women busked on the street. The band personnel are Shakey Vick, vocals and harp, Chris Youlden, vocals and guitar, Bernie Pallo, lead guitar, Pete Moody, electric Bass and Mel Wright, drums. They have recorded a 4-track cd entitled Movin Along with all songs penned By Shakey and arranged by the band. This has now been released on the Vicksboro label. The band will be doing some gigs in future. The Shakey Vick Big-City Blues Band will also continue to gig. Maxwell Street have changed their name as there are at least two other bands with the same name. The band will now be known as Waydown and will release the forthcoming Cd album under the title “Greek Street” after the Soho street. This album will consist of nine new tracks plus the Maxwell Street tracks. The band meet in the Coach & Horses pub in Greek Street, whenever they need to discuss business. This is the pub where Mel and Shakey first came up with the idea of the Moving Along Cd, and also where the name change was agreed so it seems appropriate to identify with the area. Waydown’s line-up is the same as Maxwell Street with the exception of the bass. Pete Moody was unable to continue due to other commitments so Andy Cleveland joined for the other recording sessions. Andy has worked with the Shakey Vick Band and with Gordon Smith and the Top Topham/Jim McCarty Band among others.

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Monday, February 18, 2013


Steve Phillips (born 18 February 1948) is an English blues and country musician. He is mainly renowned for being part of the supergroup Notting Hillbillies along with the Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Brendan Croker Phillips was born in London, England, but when still a child his family moved to Leeds; he has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life. His father, Harry Phillips, was a sculptor (Harry Phillips inspired Mark Knopfler to write the song "In the Gallery," from the debut Dire Straits album), and his mother was a painter. At the age of 13, Phillips began learning to play guitar and started playing in different pubs in Leeds. In 1965, at the age of 17, he formed a band called Easy Mr. Steve's Bootleggers in which he mainly played piano. The group eventually recorded some demos but these were not released until 1996. They split up in 1967, although the various musicians continued to work together in different combinations from time to time. In 1968, after buying his first steel resonator guitar, a vintage National, he played many solo gigs in Leeds pubs. Then, a journalist working for The Yorkshire Evening Post, called Mark Knopfler, met him in order to get an interview. They soon become friends and started playing together. Their stage name was The Duolian String Pickers. They went on playing in different pubs. Finally, in 1973, Knopfler left Leeds and moved to London to become part of Brewer's Droop and, afterwards, founded Dire Straits, with whom he finally reached mainstream recognition. By the mid-1970s, Phillips had met the Bradford-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Brendan Croker. They opened a club in a Leeds pub called The Packhorse, where they also played guitar. As a side project, Phillips spent his spare time painting. Finally, in the 1980s, Phillips was persuaded to release his first album, titled ironically The Best Of Steve Phillips. Recorded between 1977 and 1986, the album contained fourteen tracks, only one of which was self-composed: the rest were classic country blues and ragtime instrumentals by such artists as Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Blake. In 1989, he released a second album, Steel-Rail Blues, which contained more of his own compositions as well as arrangements of others' songs. Knopfler, already famous as the leader of Dire Straits, offered to produce Phillips's next album for him. However, following an impromptu (and still well-remembered) gig in May 1986 at the famous Grove Inn in Leeds (one of the city's most celebrated musical venues) in which Knopfler joined Phillips and Croker, Phillips suggested the they form a band along with Croker (who had also released a couple of albums with his band The 5 O'Clock Shadows). This idea became The Notting Hillbillies. Through this group, Phillips achieved a wider recognition that allowed him to go on releasing his full solo albums and to enhance his career. Phillips went on releasing albums throughout the 1990s. He has worked with a wide group of musicians whom he calls on for band gigs; they were at one time called The Famous Five but are now known as The Rough Diamonds. Most of these musicians (and other guests) have appeared on his albums, except for his most recent, Solo (2005) which is Phillips on his own. (These recordings are difficult to find outside the UK, despite the fact that Phillips is internationally known as an excellent blues singer and guitarist and has undertaken several overseas tours, notably in Italy, Spain and Scandinavia). In 1996, Just Pickin' was released; an album that gathered previously unreleased demos with Easy Mr Steve’s Bootleggers, Mark Knopfler, Brendan Croker and other musicians. These recordings spanned nearly thirty years, from 1965 to 1981. Phillips usually tours solo, with occasional gigs with The Rough Diamonds. He has also played with other solo blues artists such as Ray Stubbs, Doug McLeod and Hans Theessink. He still plays regularly with Croker and appears occasionally with Knopfler and his band, especially for charity fund-raising gigs. When not touring, Steve and The Rough Diamonds play most Tuesday nights at the Grosvenor Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire. These informal evenings usually gather a good audience and often feature friends of Phillips and the band 'sitting in' for all or part of the gig. The music ranges from early blues to rock'n'roll, country to Chicago R&B. A live album of material recorded at the Grosvenor will be issued in 2008.[dated info] In addition to his skills as a musician, Phillips is a noted landscape painter, specialising in scenes around his North Yorkshire home area. These paintings are notable for their treatment of North Yorkshire's distinctive but elusive light, and have a luminous quality which renders them instantly recognisable as his work. His album, Been A Long Time Gone, has a detail from one of his paintings on the sleeve. As if musical and artistic gifts were not enough, Phillips has an enviable reputation as a builder and restorer of guitars. Though guitars made by N.S. Phillips are few in number, they are greatly sought after and are owned by musicians such as Knopfler, Croker, Dave Peabody and Dave Speight. The 6-string he made for Knopfler featured heavily on the Notting Hillbillies' album and has been described by Knopfler as one of his favourites.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Glass Castle recording Artist - Hat's Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Invisible

I just received the debut release, Invisible, from Hat's Off Gentlemen It's Adequate. This is no blues recording but it is adventurous and interesting. The recording opens with While I Still Can, a track that reminds me of early San Francisco rock. This has all of the clues, free flowing jamming, electric guitars and flute. The band is made up of Malcolm Galloway (vocals/guitar/keyboard) Kathryn Thomas (flute) Mark Gatland (bass) Ibon Bilbao (guitar) Rudy Burrell (drums - live). Me Again has a bit of a heavier tone sounding more like what David Gilmore may have sounded like if he had been born in Seattle. Frail Hurricane has a much more of an arena rock sound with a little Billy Idol or David Bowie mixed in and overall is not my favorite, but there is something about this that catches my attention. Forgive me but I find myself singing along... Blow Me... Blow Me... Blow Me Away. By The Water is a solemn track in the vein of the earliest of King Crimson tracks ... yes I hear the clean Hiwatt guitar sound that could easily be compared to David Gilmore. It's a cool track. All This Time takes a pop direction maybe toward Chris Isaak. This could easily be the big seller on the recording with its subtle melody and contained vocals. Wait For The Storm is a quiet folk like track with drums, light guitar and flute, almost reminiscent of early Traffic. Interesting. Invisible takes a definite hint from some of the earlier Pink Floyd stuff with quiet background and prominent guitar work but in this case more prominent vocal track. Hello is a straight up electronica track. If you like electronica for electronica sake... that means, if you're not going to Jeff Beck it... this is what you get. It's enjoyable and a cool groove. Just So Love You completes a quirky but interesting recording. This track opens with a Steely Dan riff but turns into the simplest of soulful pop tracks. Overall this is an interesting recording with a little something for everyone.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ronny Jordan

One of the acid jazz movement's most prominent guitarists, London-born Ronny Jordan is widely credited with returning the instrument to its rightful place as a major force in modern-day jazz; despite outcries from purists, few other artists of his era proved more pivotal in knocking down the long-immutable boundaries of contemporary black music. The son of a preacher, Jordan's early musical history was rooted in gospel; his first public performances were with gospel groups, but the outbreak of Brit-funk during the early '80s led him to begin exploring other avenues of music, culminating in a fascination with jazz. A self-taught guitarist, his early influences included Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green, and when hip-hop began to take off, Jordan started exploring ways to fuse jazz and rap together. The first fruit of his endeavors was the single "After Hours," a primitive foray into what would eventually become known as acid jazz. Record companies initially wanted no part of Jordan's music, but when his distinctive cover of the Miles Davis classic "So What" became a hit, it was clear something was afoot. He soon released his debut LP, 1992's Antidote, but it was rapper Guru's breakthrough 1993 album, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, on which Jordan's guitar work was prominently featured, that made acid jazz a viable proposition. He subsequently issued such albums as 1993's Quiet Revolution, 1996's Light to Dark, and 2000's Brighter Day. More to come.... As a bonus I see that Ronnie plays a custom built by my friend Woody Phifer Phifer Designs If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Early In The Morning - Eddie Martin Band

Born in London in the 60’s, Eddie Martin wrote his first songs aged 12 and, influenced by acoustic and rock singer-songwriters from both sides of the Atlantic, turned professional after being nominated for Best British Blues Guitarist, Band and Album between 1996 and 1998. Since then he has built a strong following as an acoustic artist and charismatic band leader, he has also recorded and performed with many greats from both sides of the Atlantic, including John Mayall, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal. His prolific recording and touring schedule takes him from his native UK all round the world to major events - first touring the USA to some acclaim in 1999. Recent years have for example, seen his big band headline the Colne International Rhythm and Blues Festival in the UK, his trio perform at the prestigious Cahors Blues Festival in France, and attend the World Harmonica Festival in Germany where he performed solo, held a harmonica masterclass and judged the world blues harmonica competition He continues to record numerous live and studio sessions for national radio programs (BBC Radio 2 in the UK). His songs have found their way to the finals of the International Songwriting Competition and to the song stable of Alligator Records. And his live performances have always attracted accolades. “The stuff of legend” said Guitarist Magazine this year,”a live act not to be missed” said Blues Revue USA. He will continue touring through 2007-8 with his powerful roots-rock trio and as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter/one-man-band to promote his 2 current releases on Blueblood Records, “Contrary Mary” and “Flowers to the Desert His acoustic style has developed into a percussive blend of traditional blues slide and fingerpicking styles with flamenco rasguerdo techniques. These he combines with rack harmonica playing and foot percussion in the style of the one-man-blues bands such as Duster Bennet, Joe Hill Louis and Dr Ross. On the electric, his forbears are clearly more robust and forceful: Freddy King, Albert King and Buddy Guy as, for example, “the Times” has noted. His guitar-playing alone has seen his cd work commended by the Guitar Press around Europe, receiving”excellent” tags from “Guitar” “Guitarist” in the UK and “Guitar and Bass” in Germany. Most strikingly innovative is the simultaneous rack harmonica and guitar style that he has developed and which caused the International Harmonica Federation to single him out as one of the innovators on the instrument at the World Harmonica Festival in Germany. A master songwriter, acoustic and electric guitarist, harmonica player and powerful singer, Eddie Martin has been described as “the most remarkable blues man of his generation” by Blues in Britain. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - - -

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reconsider - Strayhorn

Paul Ferreira – vocals, guitar, harmonica Paul began playing the blues in the early 1970s. Largely self taught, he has been making music and writing songs for his own interest and enjoyment ever since. Strayhorn began as a solo project, made possible by affordable multi-track home recording, with the distant dream of finding the right people to play with. In the summer of 2010, after accepting an invitation from an old friend, Algerian band leader Seddik Zebiri, to his Sunday jam at Charlie Wright's in Hoxton, he was fortunate enough to connect with some fine jazz musicians who share his love of the blues. Oli Arlotto – tenor saxophone French born, living in London for many years, Oli is one of the most exciting and versatile horn players on the British jazz scene with a rich and energetic sound. He has toured in Europe with Vincent Arnaldi and numerous other French jazz bands. In 1998 he formed the 5 piece jazz-rock band 804d, touring nationwide and in London. Since then Oli has played with blues artists like Canadian guitarist/singer Drew Barron (ex Buddy Miles` band) and played all over the UK with many excellent jazz musicians and his own quartet. Michael Searl - drums Originally inspired by a Phil Collins concert on TV Michael took up the drums while at senior school and learnt to play by hitting everything in sight. For many years his kit consisted of Argos shopping catalogues, a rubber pad, a wooden chest, and the floor. He has a love of ALL kinds of music - having learnt to play by jamming with whatever was on the radio, or along with old tapes from family members...etc. Currently very busy on the London gig scene, Michael is feeling very Blessed...and in the words of his fellow Jazzaholic, Sir Lance Rose: "I just like it when it makes me wanna Dance" Michele Montolli - bass Born in Verona in 1986. At 8 years old he took up classical violin at the Conservatory in Verona. In his early teens he switched to electric bass and started to play in several local bands (rock, blues, reggae). At the age of 17 he studied classical double bass at the Conservatory in Verona, later taking up jazz double bass in Austria at the University for Music in Graz ( Wayne Darling's class), graduating in 2009. He has performed at the Verona Jazz Festival in 2006 and at many others around Europe and Balkan Penisula. Currently he's based in London and involved in a number of world music and jazz projects - Alejandro & the Magic Tombolinos, Don Menza Italian Quintet, Curiòrkestra. He has one album release for Azzurra Music with Baobab Ensemble – (UZUBUZU). Joe Bickerstaff – keyboards Joe started on violin aged 6 and struggled for five years to keep the damn thing in tune. And then at 11 discovered the piano which he taught himself, without the constraints of tutorship or preconception. The blues was where he started and remains in his very fibre. Branching out into jazz, jazz funk and cocktail to make a living, Joe has travelled the world through music, but is now firmly settled in North London. Glastonbury, Hyatt Singapore, Jumeriah Beach Hotel Dubai and the Langham, Dorchester, Hilton, Vortex and Grosvenor in London are semi-regular venues. All very grand, but Joe's heart remains with the blues and the opportunity to play them with Strayhorn is a true homecoming. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Untitled Blues - Dave Peabody

Dave Peabody (born David Peabody, 20 April 1948, Southall, Middlesex, London, England) is an English singer-songwriter, blues and folk musician, record producer and photographer, active since the late 1960s, who has appeared on more than 60 albums. He is primarily known for his acoustic guitar playing, in both bottleneck and fingerpicking styles. He first recorded in 1971 as a member of a group, Polly Flosskin, who recorded an album, Sailin' on the Ocean, and then as a member of a successor group, Tight Like That, on the Village Thing label. He also performed with early versions of Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac. His first, self-titled, solo album was released in 1973. In all, he has released nine solo albums, the last being Side by Slide in 2005. He has also performed and recorded with a wide variety of other blues musicians, notably Charlie Musselwhite and Big Joe Duskin, as well as in a duo with Bob Hall, and has appeared at many blues festivals in the US and in Europe. In 1996, he replaced Paul King in the King Earl Boogie Band. Peabody was voted "Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year" in 1995, 2001 and 2002 If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Side Tracked - Ramon Goose Band

Whether performing as an acoustic blues/gospel trio or as an electric blues band Ramon Goose strives to bring both sophistication and soul to his music. The Ramon Goose Band has been performing in venues and festivals across the UK and Europe to great acclaim. What you will hear is dazzling guitar playing and a kick ass band performing hard hitting Texas Blues to sophisticated Uptown Jazzy Blues and everything in between. They have just completed a national tour of France (which included four maximum security prisons!!!) to road test new material for the “Uptown Shuffle” album out later this year. Ramon Goose has been described as the “British Ry Cooder” and has paid his dues to earn such a title: working as a sideman to greats such as Eric Bibb & Pee Wee Ellis, producing /co-writing the acclaimed “Drew,Mississippi” album with Mississippi born Bluesman Boo Boo Davis and also fusing modern sounds with the ground breaking and very successful Nublues project. Currently Ramon is working on a side project/album with Diabel Cissokho from Senegal (noted for his Kora playing with West African superstar Baaba Mal) the album will be released on Dixiefrog Records in early 2010. "they succeed admirably in beating Moby at his own game" The Observer "this really is a new direction" MOJO “fresh and right up-to-date”
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Since I've Been Lovin' You - Bare Bones Boogie Band

The Bare Bones Boogie Band are a stripped-down, no nonsense blues band, closest in sound and attitude to the classic British blues boom of the 60s and 70s, when bands like Free, Fleetwood Mac and the Stones were inspired by BB King and Robert Johnson, and in America when Janis Joplin was re-inventing Etta James. Live, the BBBB give it their all, with no apologies for their rawness, nor for their tenderness – heavy, soulful blues! Formed in London from across the UK – from Glasgow and St. Andrews in Scotland, Birmingham and Manchester in England - the BBBB unites a wealth of experience both 'Live' and and in the studio. Together, since October 2008, the band played their first gig within three weeks and finished their first year together with an exclusive appearance at the O2 Dome in London. Catch them if you can . . . !
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blues from Blues Kitchen - Sam Hare, Mal Barclay, Lee Sankey

Footage starts with an Otis Span inspired piano solo from Joe Glossop. Then Sam Hare and Mal Barclay lay down some sweet blues. Mal paying in the style of T-Bone Walker. Lee Sankey harmonica, Jamie Lawrence bass, Rob Pokorny drums. Recorded live at the Blues Kitchen, London.
Sam Hare has come up through the British Blues scene, playing alongside the likes of not only Matt Schofield and Ian Siegal, but also Jeremy Spencer, Buddy Whittington, Scott McKeon, Lee Sankey and Raphael Ravenscroft. He was also personally invited to guest with Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) a few years ago, and has recently opened up for Jack Bruce, Vintage Trouble, Mark Flanegan and James Hunter. Hare has also worked with Saint Jude and Jet Tricks, having made writing, vocal and guitar contributions to the latter’s upcoming album, as well as being featured in their live band. He has also written or co-written songs for the last three albums by Ian Siegal – The Dust, Broadside, and The Skinny, and co-wrote the opening track ‘All you need’ with Matt Schofield for his first studio album Siftin’ thru ashes.
One of the hardest working blues guitarists in London and T-Bone Walker obsessive, Mal moved to London in 2002 after 12 years in Edinburgh. Since then, he's played with the best of the South East blues scene all over the UK and Europe - including appearances with Kurt Crandall, Jerimiah Marques & the Blue Aces, West Weston's Bluesonics, Pete G & the MagniTones, the Eric Ranzoni Trio, Sam Hare (as Hucklebuck and Soul Junction), Oo-Bop-Sh'Bam, and Gentleman Tim & the Contenders. Currently Mal may be seen on stage playing West Coast blues with The Cadillac Kings or soulful blues with Big Mamma's Door.

In this blues harmonica lesson Lee Sankey shows how you can add flourishes to the ending of your blues licks and phrases like a professional player. Lee runs through exercises in 1st, cross and 3rd position that demonstrate two important techniques. One, jumping an octave and two, avoiding the root note.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Release: Andrew D. Gordon - Boogie-Woogie and the Blues - Review and the Blues

I recently received a cd of piano boogie and blues by Andrew D. Gordon called Boogie-Woogie and the Blues. This is a straight up piano cd with 9 original tracks. The cd opens with the title track and is a stark contrast to the overproduced recordings that I sometimes receive. Just a man and his piano. Raggedy Blues is an uptempo take blend of Boogie and Ragtime. It's actually a pretty interesting take on the fusion of the two. Boogie In the Sunshine is a straight ahead boogie and one that you will likely find enjoyable if you like boogie piano. I like the piano syncopation that Andrew gets going in the track. Boogie With Nicky is moves along pretty quickly and may be a nod to Gordon's appreciation for piano great Nicky Hopkins. Come On You Blues ventures on the boogie train in to a jazz genre. I like the change and it is quite sophisticated. Holly and Ben's Boogie is a cool 12 bar blues with piano improvisation. H.R. Blues is a slow grinding blues and possibly my favorite. Junk Mail Blues takes on the New Orleans feel and delivers the gumbo. Korean Barbecue Blues has that old style boogie feel and is a good conclusion to the cd.
If you like acapella piano and you like boogie-woogie...this may be your ticket!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Same Situation - Mike Wyatt

Based in London, Mike is a session guitarist who has played for many artists such as the Ting Tings, Levelle London, Portia Emare and many more.
With a passion and focus on live performances, he has achieved many sessions, SBTV, Balcony TV, Music Hidccup, live FM and digital radio worldwide and has even played a live acoustic set for Dannii Minogue. He has also played some amazing venues such as the 100 Club, Ronnie Scott's, the Southampton Guildhall and many more.
On the side Mike writes and plays solo and band music. His latest trio, "Alice Avenue", have recently released their debut album, "Unreliable". He also has a vast experience in studio, with albums and singles being released worldwide.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Things That I Used To Do - Robin Bibi Band

Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band's own concoction.

Because of the band's growing reputation with a highly entertaining stage presentation, the Robin Bibi Band are becoming one of the busiest bands round the Southern music venue circuit, and have succesfully broken into the festival scene.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rollin and Tumblin - Imogen Heap and Jeff Beck

Imogen Jennifer Jane Heap (pronounced /ˈɪmədʒɨn ˈhiːp/) (born 9 December 1977 in the London Borough of Havering) is a Grammy Award-winning English singer, composer and songwriter from Romford, Havering. She is known for her work as part of the musical duo Frou Frou and her solo albums, which she writes, produces, and mixes. She has produced three solo albums, the latest of which is 2009's Ellipse, which was a North American chart success and earned Heap two Grammy nominations, winning Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. One of three noted guitarists, with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, to have played with The Yardbirds, Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. He was ranked 14th in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and the magazine has described him as "one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock". He was also ranked second greatest rock guitarist of all time in Digital Dream Door, a site that ranks movies and music. MSNBC has called him a "guitarist's guitarist".