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Showing posts with label Provogue Records. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Provogue Records artist: Walter Trout - Ride - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Ride, from Walter Trout, and it's a solid rocker with solid blues roots. Opening with Ghosts, a solid blues rocker, Trout on harmonica, guitar and vocal sets a heavy tempo, beefed up by Teddy Andreadis on Hammond organ, Michael Leasure on drums and Jamie Hunting on bass. This is a heavy footed, lumbering track and Trout lays out a searing guitar solo giving the release a great start. So Many Sad Goodbyes is another solid rocker with nicely overdriven guitar tone and Trout's featured vocals with Eric Corne singing in tandum. Reinforcement by Andreadis on Hammond gives the track a rich sound and the strong snare work of Leasure paves the way for another of Trout's slicing guitar solos. The strongest blues number on the release is Waiting For The Dawn with Trout leading the way, playing melodic lead on guitar. Folding his vocals nicely into the mix, warmed by the undertone of Andreadis' Hammond, this track is all about Trout's ability to squeeze his unique blues out of his strat and he certainly can do that. Very nice. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Better Days Ahead with Trout really laying his guitar open and letting the blues fly. With Andreadis on organ, the thump of Hunting on bass and powerful drumming by Leasure, Trout wailing the lyrics and his guitar showing full emotion. Excellent! Another cool track is snappy rocker, Leave It All Behind, with Trout feeding rockabilly style riffs, Anthony Grisham on rhythm guitar, rolling Wurlitzer work by Andreadis, and strong horn support by Aaron Liddard on sax. Wrapping the release is radio style track, Destiny, with Trout showing his softest vocals, backed by Corne, and warm guitar riffs, blended with Andreadis on Fender Rhodes and Hammond, Leasure on drums and Hunting on bass. Solid closer for another solid release by Trout. 


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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Provogue Records artist: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Trouble Is ... 25 - New Release Review (CD/DVD)

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Trouble Is...25, from Kenny Wayne Shepherd and it's great to hear. A release and reinterpretation of his second release, Trouble Is, Trouble Is ...25 sounds pretty fresh. Opening with Slow Ride, KWS really gets the program started with great vocals,  high energy blues riffs, and excellent sustain. With Chris Layton on drums, Kevin McCormick on bass and Reese Wynans on keys, this is a strong opener. Laid back, Everything Is Broken, anchored by Layton, has great drive and KWS shows all of the southern guitar spunk he has accumulated during his career. (Long) Gone has terrific Texas style swagger with hot guitar riffs and the addition of harmonica on this track really pumps it up. Classic, Somehow, Somewhere, Someday is just slow (fast) enough to really hit the groove. Wynans keyboard adds real tension and KWS's guitar work is stinging. Wrapping the release is Bob Dylan's fabulous Ballad of a Thin Man and KWS really knows how to work it. His vocals are soulful and believable and his responding guitar riffs scream. Wynans' organ and piano add another dimension. This is an excellent closer for a really strong redo by Shepherd. I'm checking out the concert DVD later tonight.


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Monday, November 14, 2022

Provogue Records artist: Supersonic Blues Machine - Voodoo Nation - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Voodoo Nation, from Supersonic Blues Machine and it's a cool blues rocker. Opening with Money, SBM sets up a cool New Orleands flavored funk rocker with a solid drum line by Kenny Aronoff and featuring Kris Barras on lead vocal and guitar, Fabrizio Grossi on bass, Alex Alessandroni Jr on keys and perfect backing vocals by Francis Benitez and Andrea Grossi- Benitez. You and Me is a solid rocker that reminds me of Pink Floyd (and I actually don't know why). I think maybe it has the drive of Roger Waters' The Wall and the guitar attack by King Solomon Hicks  (doesn't sound like Gilmore), but the riffs are cut from the same cloth. Very cool. 8 Ball Lucy is one of my favorites with solid vocals, cool slide by Sonny Landreth and really cool reggae drum work by Aronoff. Title track, Voodoo Nation, has an interesting sound with really potent drum work by Aronoff, wark key addition by Alessandroni Jr. and again very effective vocal backing by Grossi-Benitez. Wrapping the release is radio track, All Our Love with it's catchy tune andlight country influence. With Charlie Starr on slide guitar paired with Barras on lead guitar and lead vocal, and strong piano work by Alessandroni, this is a strong closer. 


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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Provogue Records artist: Beth Hart - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Tribute To Led Zeppelin, by Beth Hart and I really like it. Opening with Whole Lotta Love, Hart shows that Robert Plant has nothing on her belting out the most classic of rock anthems like it's her own. Backed by Dorian Crozier on drums, Chris Chaney on bass, Tim Pierce on guitar, Rob Cavallo on guitar and Jamie Muhoberac on keys, this band is tight. I'm particularly happy with Crozier's handling of Bonham's drum work which is the key to getting this band. Another drum heavy track, "later phase" Led Zep's Kashmir, sounds really strong and Hart fills Plant's shoes better than anyone might expect.  The Crunge, from Houses is a great track with tight little guitar riffs and hot drum rhythms. Anyone passing a shop with this playing would likely do a double take on whether it's Led Zep... the keys are the tale with different intonation but still a really nice job! One of the best rock tracks by anyone is of course Black Dog and Hart and company does a great job. Once again I have to salute Crozier. As a long time Zep fan, it's all about the drums. Covers of Pages guitar solos are really quite accurate and still exciting.  Digging back into early Zep again Good Times Bad Times is still a great rocker. Hart makes a small gender adjustment to the lyrics but her vocals are questionably better than Plants and covers of Pages guitar solos sound great. (Did I mention... great work by Crozier). Wrapping the release is gloomy and moody, The Rain Song with "strings" by Muhobeac and Hart's final chance to showcase her bluesy voice. This really is a strong release of Zep covers and a cool listen.


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Friday, November 6, 2020

Provogue Records artist: George Benson - Weekend In London - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Weekend In London, from George Benson and it's a solid show. Opening the show, one of Benson's biggest sellers, Give Me The Night which not only showcases his famous vocal work but also his incomparable guitar work. Benson grew up in my home town (Pittsburgh) and continues to play his mix of traditional and contemporary jazz. Love X Love is a another lightly funky track with that fluid guitar soloing that is so trademark Benson. He is gotten miles of publicity for his smooth, soulful vocals but it's his incredible chops that get me going and this track has it. Backed by Randy Waldman on keys, Stanley Banks on bass, Thom Hall on keys, Michael O'Neil on guitars and Khari Parker on drums, he can do it all.  New Orleans R&B singer Dave Bartholomew's I Hear You Knocking, made popular more recently by Dave Edmunds gets a warm R&B cover and is always a crowd pleaser. James Taylor's Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight is a terrific track and Benson's cover has a real nice feel. It's not just what he does vocally but his guitar phrasing is absolutely beautiful. James Moody's, Moody's Mood is the hidden gem on this release with Benson breaking away from the vocal style that made him popular and showing his incredible improvisational style, joined by Lilliana De Los Reyes. Very nice! One of my absolute favorite instrumental tracks from Benson's "popular" period is Affirmation, from his Breezin' release and his guitar runs are clean, fresh and indisputable. Should we riff on it... 7 minutes flies by! Closing the release is Cruise Control with Benson's signature guitar/scat soloing and tight drums work by Parker. Electric piano work by Waldman adds a bright texture but this is classic late period Benson showing why he's still in high demand. Very nice. 


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Provogue Records artist: Gary Hoey - Neon Highway Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Neon Highway Blues, from Gary Hoey and it's a solid blues rocker with lots of heat. Opening with, Under The Rug, a funky blues rocker with a definite Eric Gales added guitar flavor. Hoey's style is easily discernable from Gales and they work together nicely. With Matt Scurfield on drums, Sandy MacDonald on organ and AJ Pappas on bass, a solid opener. Slowing it down to a cool blues pace, Mercy of Love is up next with Josh Smith joining Hoey for some real blues fireworks. Excellent! One of my favorite tracks on the release is shuffle track, Your Kind Of Love with an super shuffle feel and slick slide guitar work. Very nice. Don't Come Crying is a solid 8 bar number featuring Hoey's son Ian laying down some serious riffs with the old man. This is a cool track and showcases what's coming up for the blues world. For those seeking the blues ballad style with lead guitar a la Gary Moore, Almost Heaven is sure to scratch your itch. Lance Lopez is certainly a force to be reckoned with and add him to the mix with Gary Hoey, you've got white heat. That's exactly what you have on Damned If I Do, a pyrotechnic guitar shuffle. Trading solos over a solid rhythm line gets it done. A flashy, run heavy blues rocker, Living The Highlife really shows Hoey's agile finger work over a solid rock line. Very cool. Wrapping the release is title track, Neon Highway Blues, a melodic guitar ballad which has all the right stuff. Clean, articulate slide work over lush chords...a perfect way to end a really solid release.



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Monday, June 10, 2019

Provogue Records artist: Robin Trower - Coming Closer To The Day - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Coming Closer To The Day, from Robin Trower and I quite like it. The unearthly soaring riffs of Trower are missing but a soulful, nicely phrased blues player with continued sensitivity is here. Opening with Diving Bell, a lumbering blues rocker, Trower handles bass, guitar and vocal and does it with style. His rhythm guitar is chorded and distorted and his lead work, slicing and overdriven. His sense for the blues is strong. On title track, Coming Closer To The Day, has a light Latin rhythm and airy guitar lead and with upper and lower fretboard contrast, this is a really solid track. The Perfect Wrong is a gritty blues track with cool vocals and a strong drum lead and signature blues riffs by Trower giving it a good blast of steam. Little Girl Blue is one of my favorite tracks on the release is a quiet, ballad like structure but with excellent guitar lead over warm chords throughout. Very, very nice. Don't Ever Change is another real nice track with a calming but bouncing rhythm. Trower is a master of floating interesting lead work on the chords and this track is a prime example. His vocals are solid and unobtrusive. Wrapping the release is funky, Take Me With You. Trower lays down an excellent bass line and a wealth of rich chords leaving a wide open hole to fill with lead. This guy is a master at layering lead over chord over rhythm and this track is a super closer for a really nice release.


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Beth Hart Announces First Live Release In 13 Years, 'Live From New York - Front and Center'





Beth Hart Announces First Live Release In 13 Years, 'Live From New York - Front and Center'

CD/DVD set will be released on April 13th, 2018 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group 

Watch Hart Perform "Tell Her You Belong To Me":

On March 7th, 2017, the GRAMMY nominated "powerhouse vocalist" (Rolling Stone) Beth Hart performed a very special, intimate concert at NYC's Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album 'Fire on the Floor' and from throughout her career. Now, 13 years after the release of her incredibly successful live release, 'Live at Paradiso,' Hart is treating fans to a DVD/CD release of this standout performance with 'Live From New York - Front & Center', out April 13th via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The performance is also featured on the Season 8 premiere episode of Public Television's critically acclaimed concert series, Front and Center (airing now, check local listings).
Known for her visceral, soul-baring vocals and dynamic range, Hart is riding a creative tidal wave following the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 studio album, 'Fire On The Floor', as well as her just-released studio collaboration with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, 'Black Coffee.' Leveling audiences with her incredible power and celebrated burnt-honey vocals for 20 years, Hart has just launched a 16-date coast-to-coast US tour, which will be followed by a European tour in April-May 2018. 
Hart has had an incredible career, beginning with the release of a fistful of hit albums through the '90s, then reigniting in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Slash and long-time collaborator Jeff Beck. But it's in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed, selling out ever-larger venues in cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. She is recognized as one of the great live vocalists of our time, with a voice "reminiscent of Etta James and Janis Joplin" (Music Connection), topping Billboard's Blues Album Chart and receiving numerous GRAMMY and Blues Music Awards nominations. Dubbed "the ultimate female rock star" by The Blues Magazine, the Guardian has praised her "daring, brooding performances" and The Times has called her "Extraordinary."
'Live From New York - Front And Center' will be released as a 2-disc DVD/CD set, mixed in 5.1 stereo, featuring never before seen bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Hart. The audio from the performance will also be sold separately as a digital release.
Track Listing

CD
01 - Let's Get Together
02 - Baddest Blues
03 - Jazz Man
04 - Delicious Surprise
05 - Broken And Ugly
06 - St. Teresa
07 - Isolation
08 - Tell Her You Belong To Me
09 - Fat Man
10 - Love Gangster
11 - Leave The Light On
12 - As Long As I Have A Song
DVD
01 - Let's Get Together
02 - Baddest Blues
03 - Jazz Man
04 - Delicious Surprise
05 - St. Teresa
06 - Tell Her You Belong To Me
07 - Fat Man
08 - Leave The Light On
09 - Can't Let Go
10 - As Long As I Have A Song
Bonus DVD features: 
* Full Band Bonus Content (Love Gangster - Broken And Ugly - For My Friends)
* Acoustic Bonus Content (Isolation - My California - No Place Like Home)
* Beth Hart Interview
Tour dates www.bethhart.com/tour/

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Beth Hart Announces First Live Release In 13 Years, 'Live From New York - Front and Center'




Beth Hart Announces First Live Release In 13 Years, 'Live From New York - Front and Center'

CD/DVD set will be released on April 13th, 2018 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group

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On March 7th, 2017, the GRAMMY nominated "powerhouse vocalist" (Rolling Stone) Beth Hart performed a very special, intimate concert at NYC's Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album 'Fire on the Floor' and from throughout her career. Now, 13 years after the release of her incredibly successful live release, 'Live at Paradiso,' Hart is treating fans to a DVD/CD release of this standout performance with 'Live From New York - Front & Center', out April 13th via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The performance is also featured on the Season 8 premiere episode of Public Television's critically acclaimed concert series, Front and Center (airing now, check local listings).



Known for her visceral, soul-baring vocals and dynamic range, Hart is riding a creative tidal wave following the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 studio album, 'Fire On The Floor', as well as her just-released studio collaboration with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, 'Black Coffee.' Leveling audiences with her incredible power and celebrated burnt-honey vocals for 20 years, Hart has just launched a 16-date coast-to-coast US tour, which will be followed by a European tour in April-May 2018.
Hart has had an incredible career, beginning with the release of a fistful of hit albums through the '90s, then reigniting in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Slash and long-time collaborator Jeff Beck. But it's in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed, selling out ever-larger venues in cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. She is recognized as one of the great live vocalists of our time, with a voice "reminiscent of Etta James and Janis Joplin" (Music Connection), topping Billboard's Blues Album Chart and receiving numerous GRAMMY and Blues Music Awards nominations. Dubbed "the ultimate female rock star" by The Blues Magazine, the Guardian has praised her "daring, brooding performances" and The Times has called her "Extraordinary."
'Live From New York - Front And Center' will be released as a 2-disc DVD/CD set, mixed in 5.1 stereo, featuring never before seen bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Hart. The audio from the performance will also be sold separately as a digital release.
Track Listing

CD
01 - Let's Get Together
02 - Baddest Blues
03 - Jazz Man
04 - Delicious Surprise
05 - Broken And Ugly
06 - St. Teresa
07 - Isolation
08 - Tell Her You Belong To Me
09 - Fat Man
10 - Love Gangster
11 - Leave The Light On
12 - As Long As I Have A Song

DVD
01 - Let's Get Together
02 - Baddest Blues
03 - Jazz Man
04 - Delicious Surprise
05 - St. Teresa
06 - Tell Her You Belong To Me
07 - Fat Man
08 - Leave The Light On
09 - Can't Let Go
10 - As Long As I Have A Song

Bonus DVD features:
* Full Band Bonus Content (Love Gangster - Broken And Ugly - For My Friends)
* Acoustic Bonus Content (Isolation - My California - No Place Like Home)
* Beth Hart Interview

Tour dates - www.bethhart.com/tour/
Beth Hart Online:
www.facebook.com/officialbethhart
www.twitter.com/BethHart
www.instagram.com/officialbethhart
www.bethhart.com



Monday, August 7, 2017

Jonny Lang & Black Stone Cherry

JONNY LANG EXTENDS SIGNS WORLD TOUR

Twenty-Five New North American Shows Added

Tickets On Sale This Week

Signs To Be Released On September 8th In North America



Los Angeles, CA --- Jonny Lang’s brand new studio album, Signs, will be released in North America on September 8th via SayRai / Concord Records.  The album (his sixth major label release) is his first in four years. The European release for Signs will be on August 25 via Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group.

The new album is available to pre-order here: http://amazon.com/dp/B071FPWNS6.  All pre-orders will include both “Bitter End” and “Make It Move” as instant gratification tracks.

This morning, twenty-five new shows in North America have been added to Jonny’s World Tour in support of Signs.  Tickets for most of these shows will go on sale this week.  VIP tickets will be available starting this Tuesday via www.jonnylang.com

Anyone who originally discovered Jonny Lang through his searing instrumental work will revel in the huge guitar tones and go for broke solos on Signs, while those who have appreciated his growth as an honest and passionate songwriter will find that honesty and passion unabated. Though he long ago left blues purism behind, Lang has never abandoned its spirit of universal catharsis through the relating of personal trials. Signs reaffirms his commitment to the blues and the guitar without sacrificing the modern approach that has made him such a singular artist. 

It is hard to believe that at only 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Also, setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings.

Since the release of his debut album, Grammy Award winning Jonny Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to support or perform with some of the most respected legends in music.  He has shared the stage with everyone from The Rolling Stones and B.B. King to Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.

Jack Broadbent and Guthrie Brown have been confirmed as direct support on a majority of the appearances scheduled for August through October in North America. Both artists will appear solo.  For appearances in Spokane on November 27 through January as announced below, support will be announced in the coming weeks.

Guthrie Brown is a Nashville transplant by way of Montana who began playing the guitar at age six. By the age of seventeen, he left high school for Nashville to pursue his dream of being a professional recording artist. Now at twenty-two Guthrie has toured the country relentlessly, signed a publishing deal with BMG and is currently recording his first full length album with GRAMMY® Award winning producer, Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Dawes, Of Monsters and Men, James Bay).  For more information http://www.guthriebrownmusic.com/

Jack Broadbent was hailed “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival, and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins.  He has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals. Born and raised in rural England, Jack grew up listening to artists such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Robert Johnson, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. These legends of rock, blues, roots and folk influenced his distinctive song writing, singing and performance style, which have a depth and heart that defies strict musical genres. Broadbent‘s performances exude a warmth, humor and energy that has electrified audiences worldwide. For more detail: http://www.jackbroadbent.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/JackBroadbentMusic.

JONNY LANG SIGNS WORLD TOUR
8/10     Los Angeles, CA                                                                    The Grammy Museum
8/11     Los Angeles, CA                                                                    Teragram Ballroom
8/13     Arlington, WA                                                                        Stillaguamish Festival
8/19     North Thornton, NH                                                               White Mountain Boogie
8/20     Alexandria, VA                                                                      The Birchmere
8/22     New York, NY                                                                       Highline Ballroom #
8/23     Philadelphia, PA                                                                     World Café Live #
8/25     Toronto, ON                                                                           Danforth Music Hall #
8/26     Trois-Rivieres, QUE                                                               Trois-Rivieres en Blues 
9/08     Aspen, CO                                                                              Belly Up+
9/09     Boulder, CO                                                                           Boulder Theater +
9/10     Arvada, CO                                                                             Arvada Center +
9/12     Tulsa, OK                                                                               Cain’s +
9/14     Dallas, TX                                                                              House of Blues +
9/15     Houston, TX                                                                           House of Blues +
9/16     Austin, TX                                                                              ACL Live +
9/18     Kansas City, MO                                                                    Knuckleheads #
9/19     St. Louis, MO                                                                         Pageant #
9/21     Milwaukee, WI                                                                       Potawatomi Casino #
9/22     Milwaukee, WI                                                                       Polawatomi Casino #
9/23     Chicago, IL                                                                             House of Blues #
9/24     Louisville, KY                                                                        Bourbon & Beyond Festival 
9/26     Indianapolis, IN                                                                      The Vogue #
9/30     Hartford, CT                                                                           Infinity Hall +
10/01   Fairfield, CT                                                                           Warehouse +
10/03   Boston, MA                                                                            The Wilbur Theater #
10/04   Portland, ME                                                                          Aura #
10/06    Cranston, RI                                                                          Park Theatre #
10/07   Hampton Beach, NH                                                              Hampton Beach Casino #
10/08   Reading, PA                                                                           Reading Blues Festival
10/19   Huntington, NY                                                                      Paramount
10/22   Zwolle, NL                                                                             Hedon
10/23   Cologne, Germany                                                                 Gloria
10/25   Berlin, Germany                                                                     Columbia Club
10/27   Hamburg, Germany                                                                Mojo
10/29   Copenhagen, Denmark                                                           Amager Bio
10.30   Oslo, Norway                                                                          Rockafeller
10/31   Stockholm, Sweden                                                                Nalen
11/04   London, UK                                                                            SBE (London Folk and Roots Fest)
11/05   Leuven, Belgium                                                                    Hep Depot (Leuven Blues Festival)
11/07   Cleon, France                                                                         La Travene (Blues de Travene)
11/09   Marseille, France                                                                    Espace Julien
11/10   Six-Fours-les-Plages, France                                                  Espace Malraux
11/11   Paris, France                                                                           La Cigale
11/13   Prague, Czech Republic                                                         Lucerna
11/14   Vienna, Austria                                                                       Porgy and Bess
11/16   Sumperk, Czech Republic                                                      House of Culture (Blues Alive Fest)
11/27   Spokane, WA                                                                         Bing Crosby
11/28   Seattle, WA                                                                            The Neptune
11/29   Vancouver, BC                                                                       Commodore Ballroom
12/01   Grants Pass, OR                                                                      Rogue Theatre
12/02   Tahoe, NV                                                                              Montbleu
12/03   Sacramento, CA                                                                     Crest Theatre
12/05   Santa Cruz, CA                                                                       The Catalyst
12/06   Solana Beach, CA                                                                  Belly Up
12/08   Pasadena, CA                                                                         The Rose
12/09   San Juan Capistrano, CA                                                        Coach House
12/10   San Juan Capistrano, CA                                                        Coach House
1/09     Buffalo, NY                                                                            Tralf
1/10     Cleveland, OH                                                                        House of Blues
1/12     New Buffalo, MI                                                                    Silver Creek Event Center
1/16     Jacksonville, FL                                                                     FL Theater
1/18     St. Petersburg, FL                                                                   Palladium
1/19     Lake Buena Vista, FL                                                            House of Blues
1/20     Myrtle Beach, SC                                                                   House of Blues
1/22     Atlanta, GA                                                                            Centerstage
1/23     New Orleans, LA                                                                    House of Blues
1/25     Lafayette, LA                                                                         Acadiana PAC
1/26     San Antonio, TX                                                                    Aztek Theater
1/27     Oklahoma City, OK                                                                Diamond Ballroom
2/01     Agoura Hills, CA                                                                    Canyon

2/02     Scottsdale, AZ                                                                        Talking Stick Casino

Monday, May 15, 2017

Jonny Lang Announces First New Album In Four Years. Signs To Be Released September 8th.







JONNY LANG ANNOUNCES

FIRST NEW ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS

SIGNS TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 8th






2017 World Tour In Support Of Signs Goes On Sale This Week



First Track “Make It Move” Available As A Free download at: www.jonnylang.com




Los Angeles, CA --- Jonny Lang is pleased to announce a brand new studio album, Signs, which will be released in North America on September 8th via Concord Records.  The album (his sixth major label release) is his first in four years.  A pre-order for physical goes live today, with digital to follow on June 9.  The European release for Signs will be on August 25 via Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group.



Starting off the record with a juke joint stomp, “Make It Move” is Lang’s story about going to the mountain rather than waiting for it to come to you. “There have been times in my life where I thought something would take care of itself, when I should have put some effort forth to help it happen,” says Lang. “Being proactive has been a weak spot for me, and the song is about doing your part to get things moving.”



All fans can immediately download “Make It Move” for free via Jonny’s website at: www.jonnnylang.com



Anyone who originally discovered Jonny Lang through his searing instrumental work will revel in the huge guitar tones and go for broke solos on Signs, while those who have appreciated his growth as an honest and passionate songwriter will find that honesty and passion unabated. Though he long ago left blues purism behind, Lang has never abandoned its spirit of universal catharsis through the relating of personal trials. Signs reaffirms his commitment to the blues and the guitar without sacrificing the modern approach that has made him such a singular artist. 



It is hard to believe that at only 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Also, setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings.



What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over those recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang’s distinctive, blues-inflected licks appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.



Signs is not merely a return the artist’s guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers. “A lot of my earlier influences have been coming to the surface, like Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf,” he reports. “I have been appreciating how raw and unrefined that stuff is. I had an itch to emulate some of that and I think it shows in the songs. Still, I let the writing be what it was and that was sometimes not necessarily the blues.”



The record, which features funk, rock, and blues elements, is held together by Lang’s distinctive playing and singing, and the lyrics, which center on themes of embattlement and self-empowerment. “Some of the songs are autobiographical, but not usually in a literal way,” Lang explains. “The main goal is for folks to be able to relate to what I went through. If I can’t make it work using just my personal experience, I use my imagination to fill in blanks.”



Signs was produced by Lang, Drew Ramsey, and Shannon Sanders. Josh Kelly helmed “Bring Me Back Home.” Lang offers, “Josh and I cut six or seven songs together and had a blast doing it.  I am saving the other ones for who knows what, but I definitely wanted that one to be on this record.”



Since the release of his debut album, Grammy Award winning Jonny Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to support or perform with some of the most respected legends in music.  He has shared the stage with everyone from The Rolling Stones and B.B. King to Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.



NORTH AMERICAN APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED TODAY

ALL DATES OTHER THAN 9/30 – GENERAL ON-SALE FRIDAY, MAY 19

8/11     Los Angeles, CA                                                        Teragram

8/13     Arlington, WA                                                            Stillaguamish Festival

8/19     North Thornton, NH                                                   White Mountain Boogie

8/22     New York, NY                                                           Highline Ballroom

8/23     Philadelphia, PA                                                         World Café Live

8/25     Toronto, ON                                                               Danforth Music Hall

8/26     Trois-Rivieres, QUE                                                   Trois-Rivieres en Blues

9/08     Aspen, CO                                                                  Belly Up

9/09     Boulder, CO                                                                Boulder Theater

9/10     Arvada, CO                                                                 Arvada Center

9/14     Dallas, TX                                                                   House of Blues

9/15     Houston, TX                                                               House of Blues

9/16     Austin, TX                                                                  ACL Live

9/18     Kansas City, MO                                                        Knuckleheads

9/19     St. Louis, MO                                                             Pageant

9/21     Milwaukee, WI                                                           Potawatomi Casino

9/22     Milwaukee, WI                                                           Polawatomi Casino

9/23     Chicago, IL                                                                 House of Blues

9/24     Louisville, KY                                                            Bourbon & Beyond Festival

9/26     Indianapolis, IN                                                          The Vogue

9/29     Huntington, NY                                                          Paramount

9/30     Hartford, CT                                                               Infinity Hall (On-Sale 5/18)

10/01   Fairfield, CT                                                                Warehouse (On-Sale 5/31)

10/03   Boston, MA                                                                The Wilbur Theater

10/04   Portland, ME                                                               Aura

10/06   Cranston, RI                                                                Park Theatre

10/07   Hampton Beach, NH                                                   Hampton Beach Casino



EUROPEAN APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED TODAY INCLUDE:

10/22   Zwolle, NL                                                                  Hedon

10/23   Cologne, Germany                                                      Gloria

10/25   Berlin, Germany                                                          Columbia Club

10/27   Hamburg, Germany                                                    Mojo

10/29   Copenhagen, Denmark                                                Amager Bio

10.30   Oslo, Norway                                                             Rockafeller

10/31   Stockholm, Sweden                                                    Nalen

11/04   London, UK                                                                SBE (London Folk and Roots Fest)

11/05   Leuven, Belgium                                                         Hep Depot (Leuven Blues Festival)

11/07   Cleon, France                                                              La Travene (Blues de Travene)

11/09   Marseille, France                                                         Espace Julien

11/10   Six-Fours-les-Plages, France                                      Espace Malraux

11/11   Paris, France                                                               La Cigale

11/13   Prague, Czech Republic                                              Lucerna

11/14   Vienna, Austria                                                           Porgy and Bess

11/16   Sumperk, Czech Republic                                           House of Culture (Blues Alive Fest)



ALREADY ANNOUNCED AND ON-SALE:

5/18     Rochester, NY                                                            Rochester Lilac Festival

5/20     St. Joseph, MI                                                             BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass

5/21     Annapolis, MD                                                           Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

6/10     Birmingham, AL                                                         Alys Stephens Performing Arts

6/11     Nashville, TN                                                              Schermerhorn Symphony Center

6/16     Riverside, IA                                                               Riverside Casino & Golf Resort 

6/17     Aurora, IL                                                                   Blues on the Fox Fest

6/18     Moorehead, MN                                                         Bluestem for the Arts Amphitheatre

6/22     Columbia, MO                                                            The Blue Note

6/23     Wichita, KS                                                                 Orpheum Theatre

6/24     Okmulgee, OK                                                            Musogee (Creek) Nation Festival

7/06     Lexington, MI                                                             Lexington Village Theater

7/07     Kent, OH                                                                    Kent Stage

7/08     Rochester, MI                                                             Meadowbrook

7/13     Peoria, IL                                                                    Riverfront

7/14     Minneapolis, MN                                                       Music In The Zoo 

7/15     Sioux Falls, SD                                                           Sioux Falls Jazz Fest

7/20     Tucson, AZ                                                                 Rialto theatre

7/21     Chandler, AZ                                                              Chandler Center

7/22     Las Vegas, NV                                                           Boulder Station

7/28     Saratoga, CA                                                               Mountain Winery

7/29     Lincoln, CA                                                                Thunder Valley Casino



ADDITIONAL DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY