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Thursday, March 26, 2015

John Renbourn has passed - Our thoughts are with his family

British folk guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of Pentangle whose solo career stretched for more than 50 years, was found dead at his home in Hawick, Scotland, on March 25. He was 70.
Renbourn’s body was discovered after he failed to show up for a concert at the Ferry in Glasgow on March 25. Renbourn’s agent Dave Smith confirmed the news, but no cause of his death was given.
One of the finest folk musicians of the 1960s and ‘70s, Renbourn was an active performer up until his death. He had already played nine shows this month in the U.K. with guitarist Wizz Jones and was set to return to Crete for a guitar workshop in May.
Renbourn, like many early British rock ‘n’ rollers and folk musicians, got his start playing skiffle before studying folk music and classical guitar. In London in 1964, he started performing in pubs in Soho, accompanying singer Dorris Henderson, with whom he would eventually record the albums There You Go and Watch the Stars.
During that time, Renbourn fell in with a folk crowd that included Bert Jansch, Davey Graham and Paul Simon. Jansch (who died in October 2011) and Renbourn started performing together and after both secured solo recording deals -- Renbourn was on Transatlantic == and teamed up as Bert & John.
His first full-length solo album, Sir John Alot of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thynge & Ye Grene Knyghte, was released in 1968, and soon thereafter he and Jansch formed Pentangle with Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox
and Danny Thompson. The band’s first tour of the U.S. included performances at the Newport Folk Festival and
Fillmore West with the Grateful Dead.
The group made five albums for Transatlantic, which Reprise released in the U.S., and signed Renbourn to the label as a solo artist as well. All five the band’s albums reached the lower rungs of the Billboard 200, 1971’s Reflection charting the highest at No. 183 in 1971.
Twice Grammy-nominated in the 1980s, Renbourn made solo albums throughout his tenure in Pentangle. Once the group disbanded, he worked solo, in group settings and in duets with guitarist Stefan Grossman
His book of compositions and tablature, starting with Guitar Pieces in 1972, were popular with budding guitarists interested in fingerpicking.  In the 1980s, Renbourn studied composition at Dartington College and would later teach guitar at Dartington and at guitar seminars elsewhere. He also wrote columns for the magazines Frets and Guitar Player.
In 2007, Pentangle reunited to receive the BBC Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement honor. His final recording was Palermo Snow, released in 2011.
By Phil Gallo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Johnny Cox - Thin Blue Line - New release Review

I just received the newest release (March 25, 2014), Thin Blue Line, from Johnny Cox. Opening with Your Love, is a poppy track with a light splash of country. Robbie Bellmore lays some easy going harp work on the top of this track with complimentary backing vocals by Shelley Zubot and Brad Roth. High Price To Pay is an uptempo blues rocker with clean lead guitar work from Cox and driving bass work from Kenny Neal Jr. Runaway Train is a contemporary blues rocker with a light Latin influence. Cox opens up a little on guitar and actually knocks down some pretty hot riffs. Drummer Richard Greenspoon adds a lot of texture. New Way has a familiar sound of One Way Out, traditional blues track with a New Orleans style drum rhythm. Hot, smokey backing vocals really make a lot of impact on this track and Cox again turns up the heat on guitar. Something For Me is a jazzy, shuffle track along the lines of Trouble No More (Someday Baby). Cox steps up with a clear clean guitar solo on this track and Marty Sammon adds nice key work. Title track Thin Blue Line lays back to an easier path and a dose of country pop. This is another track which could draw airplay based on it's listen-ability. My Destination has a spot of funk and Neal really pumps up the bass action. Again the backing vocals of Zubot and Roth add a lot to the track and sax work from Neil Braithwaite warms the overall sound. I'm Fine is a rolling R&B style rocker with driving bass. Cox really torches the strings on this track making it one of the hottest on the release. All These Tears is straight ahead reggae and with some nice slide riffs, a taste of harp and just enough of the traditional reggae rim shots to make it real. Long Day is likely the most refined track on the release with a R&B sway and rich guitar fillers behind the lead vocals. With a blend of Dire Straits and Eric Clapton this is likely the hot track on the release. Wrapping the release is Didn't Commit The Crime, a raw bluesy number with a strong non concentric drum beat. Really building as an abstracted blues piece this number is pretty cool. Cox really makes use of his guitar to make strong statements and this track shows that well. I found this an interesting track to review that isn't like most anything else I've reviewed this year.  

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Just Got Paid - The Lewis Hamilton Band

Lewis Alexander Hamilton - Singer/Songwriter/Musician (born Sept 1993) Lewis Hamilton was born in Perth, and currently lives in Auchterarder, Perthshire. He attended Morrisons Academy in Crieff, leaving there to study sound engineering at Perth College. He is a singer/songwriter, and in 2010 formed the Blues/Rock band Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers, along with his father Nick, and cousin Steve Hamilton. Steve left to due work commitments in Feb 2011 and the band was joined by Ian (Santa) Wallace from Denny. Wallace left in June 2013 and his post was filled by Pete Rabjohns from Colinsburgh, Fife. In Oct 2013 Ben O'Reilly from Carluke replaced Pete Rabjohns. The band's first album 'Gambling Machine' LHMGB2011 was released in February 2011 and hosted on-line by CDbaby. The album was recorded and produced at Sawmill Cottage Studios, the band's own purpose built log cabin, over a period of three months, and included such notable musicians as Steve Hamilton (Piano/Keys/Drums), Fraser Speirs (Harmonica), Donald Lang (Saxophone) and Owen Nicholson (Lap steel). The album was mastered and manufactured by Birnam CD in Perthshire. Fraser Speirs also supplied the Americana themed graphic for the cover. Track list : 1.Gambling Machine 2.Living in a Bad Dream 3.I Got to Know 4.The Getaway 5.Opposite Motion 6.Life on the Road 7.Phatitude 8.Woke up this Morning 9.Crying Shame 10.There You Are Now 'Gambling Machine won the Scottish New Music Award for 'Best jazz/Blues Recording' in 2012, and received critical acclaim and world-wide airplay.


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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ace of Spades - Binsness Blues Boys

Hello, we are the Binsness Bluesboys. Thanks for visiting out site. We are an acoustic blues band playing mainly in the North East of Scotland. We have been playing as a band since 2010, playing Orkney Blues Festival that year and also the following year. We have also played Dundee Blues Bonanza and supported Matt Andersen twice. We played Hebden Bridge Blues Festival 2012 Dundee Blues Bonanza 2012. We play acoustic blues music and consist of 5 members- Paul (Vocals/Bass), Sye (Guitar), James (Sax), Callum (Percussion) and Ali (harmonica). We have a set of around 2 x 45 minutes which consists of about 24 blues covers with our own added style. In the gigs Paul warms up the crowd with his charming wit and passes on advice into the meaning of some songs (or hints….) and we try and have the crowd singing along at parts. If you guys have half the fun listening as we have playing then you should enjoy yourself... hope to see you at a gig soon  

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Robbie Hill & The Blue 62`s

When blues great Otis Grand tells you it’s time to expand your horizons, you listen if you’re serious about your music. Robbie Hill, originally of Fife, Scotland, had played all over the UK, going out of his way to see the greats while also studying music. But Hill heeded his mentor and set out for Scandinavia with little more than a backpack and a guitar. Helsinki seemed the place to be, and there he met Jesse King. Maybe it was their shared love of the blues, maybe it was similarities in their coastal homelands, but King and Hill connected. King is from the rugged coast of Oregon in the United States. With a passion for waves and cooking as well as the bass, King has played at campfires as often as at bars. Together King and Hill jammed, but they needed a drummer to fit their emerging sound while also pushing them forward. Tatu Pärssinen, of Oulu, Finland, gave them the final ingredient they needed. Pärssinen is an architect by training, but he has been playing in projects since he was 10 years old. Pärssinen brings a background in African, jazz and world rhythms for the group to build on. It seems wrong to say that Robbie Hill and the Blue 62 were born of that union because a sound so tight and primal must have always been. Finding rhythm and layers off each other, the trio mixes covers that pull new meat from old bones with original work that sounds as old as the fjords. Hill, King and Pärssinen couple their globe-spanning experience with a deep and abiding appreciation for what it means to play the blues to create a sound that is both unique and infectiously familiar.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Sleepy Eyes Nelson

Sleepy Eyes Nelson is a country blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Ayrshire, Scotland. Known as the King Of The Clyde Delta Blues he was first discovered by the American record label Devil’s Ruin Records. He has a distinctive finger style of playing, playing in effect the bass, rhythm, lead, percussion and vocals all at the same time. He has developed a following in America, mainly the south, where he has toured with the West Virginia songster, Slate Dump.





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Friday, July 19, 2013

Diddy Wah Diddy - Earl Grey & The Loose Leaves

Andy 'Drivin' Southpaw' Stockdale, Corey 'Gatemouth' Gibson, Hugo 'Honeyboy' Pengelley, Malcolm Mack 'Attack' from Edinboro, Scotland.


















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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ace of Spades - Binsness Blues Boys

We are a 5 piece band that so far in the 2 years we have been formed have played Orkney Blues Festival twice, soon to have played Dundee Blues Bonanza twice and also Hebden Blues Festival. We really enjoy what we do and the audience love it as we take them on a journey of blues... Our first gig was in April 2010 in Tomintoul. Since then we have enjoyed numerous local gigs and have taken our sound to The Orkney Blues Festival and the Dundee Blues Bonanza. Paul Muircroft sings in a deep gravelly blues tone whilst playing acoustic bass on the lovely Thunderchief. Sye "lightnin fingers" Murray brings his decades of guitar experience to the band with his amazing skill and blues soul. James Younie plays the Saxophone, bringing his years of experience of live music playing to the Binsness Bluesboys. Ali Davies plays harmonica, playing a mixture of single notes and tremolos leaving you wanting more. Callum Brown plays percussion on his beautifully sounding Cajon, tapping out those blues.  

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

All Your Love - The Blueswater

The Blueswater exists to make you dance. Bringing in the sounds of old school R&B, this Edinburgh-based 11 piece group dabble with funk, blues, soul and good old rock n roll. Wild solos and puddles of sweat are a staple of every gig. 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!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Blues Deluxe - Eilidh Mckellar with Joe Bonamassa and Bernie Marsden

In the UK where the reverence for American blues artists runs deep and has brought forth legendary guitar heroes Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, the endless grey skies of Edinburgh, Scotland are most definitely not immune to this musical iconography. Eilidh McKellar, a 19-year-old Scottish born singer and guitarist offers an interesting blend of indie rock, blues, and pop music with a nod towards the New World. Not only can Eilidh play with heartfelt emotion on the guitar, her voice comes from deep in the Mississippi River delta- where alligators lie in wait and Southern Comfort allays the sins of the soul. Eilidh started playing the guitar when she was 9 years old. With no other musicians in the family everything Eilidh has achieved has been the result of her own hard work and endearing devotion to her local guitar shop. In time she became a much beloved local fixture there testing out every available guitar on its walls. Meanwhile at home Eilidh listened to her dad’s Rolling Stones albums fostering an early love of the blues. “I loved the sound of those records, very raw and loose as if everyone was comfortable in their skin- I was feeling that.” Her interest in the blues expanded when she watched a television documentary and it led Eilidh to discover artists such as Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix. Guitar lessons, both electric and classical, continued through her high school years. Together with Eilidh’s experience as part of the Edinburgh School Rock Ensemble for 5 years, allowed her to develop her guitar abilities and overall musicianship. In 2011 Eilidh began uploading performance videos to YouTube, initially to raise her profile and to help with music college applications, which landed her at the Leeds College of Music. The video response was very positive and Eilidh has now clocked up a nearly one million views overall. She also began performing on the local Edinburgh blues scene. This provided Eilidh with opportunities to jam with established musicians such as Oli Brown and James Burton. The highlight of her nascent career was performing at the Hammersmith Apollo with legendary blues/rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa. Joe had seen Eilidh on YouTube and asked her to join him on stage-- a huge honor and she delivered great solos much to his and the audiences delight. Eilidh’s YouTube videos then caught the attention of American manager and producer, Guy Eckstine, who immediately offered his services for creative direction and career guidance. “As soon as I got wind of her and watched her videos, I reached out through social media. I asked Eilidh if she could sing- and she really “hadn’t bothered to try.” Two weeks later she sent me vocal demos which blew my mind.” Incorporating her various influences into a contemporary recording will be an interesting adjustment. “I’ve got many influences and voices inside of me that need to get out there into the world- I love indie rock, jazz, blues, and pop music too- I can’t wait to make this all come to fruition this year.” 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!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Shutting Out The World - Wang Dang Delta

WANG DANG DELTA are a 6-piece band from Perthshire in Scotland who specialise in blues and beyond music. The band serve up a set featuring mainly original compositions with some classic blues and boogie thrown in for good measure. The line up features top-drawer vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and harmonica. 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, December 29, 2012

Strut - Shades of Blue (Stevey Hay Band)

Good time blues expertly delivered with soulful vocals, a swinging rhythm section and a fistful of emotion drenched guitar pyrotechnics. Great time guaranteed! Stevey has been burning up venues since his early days in Edinburgh. Fluent in a variety of guitar styles from Surf to Jazz, Blues remains his first love. He has toured as harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite’s guitarist, and appeared on stage with Robert Cray. “No nonsense, inspired blues guitar magic” - Border Events NEIL WARDEN - GUITAR Neil is well known for his funky blues style of guitar playing, having performed at many international festivals for the last 25 years with Scottish Blues/Jazz singer Tam White. He also recorded on Tam' s last 5 CDs along with ex Bad Company/King Crimson bass player Boz Burrell. Neil also toured and played in West End Theatre shows (London) with cabaret performer Camille O'Sullivan. “Neil has a style and technique which is envied by many. His amazing dancing fingers conjured up a variety of blues riffs and licks throughout the performance, to the fascination of all.” Orkney Gazette (Orkney Blues Festival) DAVE SWANSON - DRUMS Dave has played in a variety of styles for over 40 years with people as diverse as: Demis Roussos, Stanley Baxter, Ronnie Corbett, Francie and Josie, Humphrey Lyttleton, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money, Louisiana Red, Acker Bilk, Al Cohn, Bobby Watson, Roy Williams, Tal Farlow, Louis Stewart, Red Rodney, Carol Kidd, Benny Waters, Charlie Musselwhite. Long time member of Alec Shaw trio and Tam White and the Dexters. PAUL MANSON - BASS Making it look deceptively easy, Paul's understated bass playing has been the solid underpinning of countless Scottish bands for longer than he likes to be reminded. Sensitive in his approach to all musical genres, he has complimented a diverse catalogue of local and International performers. Also a long time member of Tam White and the Dexters. 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!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dynamite! - The Jensen Interceptors

Live recording from the maiden gig of the Jensen Interceptors , a new Blues Band featuring - Gary Martin- vocals and Harmonica, Kirk Lothian - keys, Charlie Nodgy- drums, Jamie James - bass and Al Brown - guitar ! 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!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ian Stewart - Junior Wells - Keith Richards - Ronnie Wood

Ian Andrew Robert Stewart (18 July 1938 – 12 December 1985) was a Scottish keyboardist, co-founder of The Rolling Stones and inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was dismissed from the line-up in May 1963 but he remained as road manager and pianist. Born at Kirklatch Farm, Pittenweem, East Neuk, Fife, Scotland, and raised in Sutton, Surrey, Stewart (often called Stu) started playing piano when he was six. He took up the banjo and played with amateur groups on both instruments. Stewart, who loved rhythm & blues, boogie-woogie, blues and big-band jazz, was first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News of 2 May 1962 seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards joined in June, and the group, with Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory on drums, played their first gig under the name The Rollin' Stones at the Marquee Club on 12 July 1962. Richards described meeting Stewart thus: "He used to play boogie-woogie piano in jazz clubs, apart from his regular job. He blew my head off too, when he started to play. I never heard a white piano player play like that before." By January 1963, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts had joined, replacing a series of bassists and drummers. Stewart had a job at Imperial Chemical Industries. None of the other band members had a telephone; Stewart said, "[My] desk at ICI was the headquarters of the Stones organisation. My number was advertised in Jazz News and I handled the Stones' bookings at work." He also bought a van to transport the group and their equipment to their gigs. In early May 1963, the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, said Stewart should no longer be onstage, that six members were too many for a popular group and that the older, burly, and square-jawed Stewart did not fit the image.[8] He said Stewart could stay as road manager and play piano on recordings. Stewart accepted this demotion. Richards said: "[Stu] might have realized that in the way it was going to have to be marketed, he would be out of sync, but that he could still be a vital part. I'd probably have said, 'Well, fuck you', but he said 'OK, I'll just drive you around.' That takes a big heart, but Stu had one of the largest hearts around." Stewart loaded gear into his van, drove the group to gigs, replaced guitar strings and set up Watts' drums the way he himself would play them. "I never ever swore at him," Watts says, with rueful amazement. He also played piano and occasionally organ on most of the band's albums in the first decades, as well as providing criticism. Shortly after Stewart's death Mick Jagger said: "Stu was the one guy we tried to please. We wanted his approval when we were writing or rehearsing a song. We'd want him to like it." Stewart contributed piano, organ, marimbas and/or percussion to all Rolling Stones albums released between 1964 and 1986, except for Beggars Banquet. Stewart was not the only keyboard player who worked extensively with the band: Jack Nitzsche, Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, and Ian McLagan all supplemented his work. Stewart played piano on numbers of his choosing throughout tours in 1969, 1975–76, 1978 and 1981–82. Stewart favoured blues and country rockers, and remained dedicated to boogie-woogie and early rhythm & blues. He refused to play in minor keys, saying: "When I'm on stage with the Stones and a minor chord comes along, I lift my hands in protest. Stewart contributed to Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" from Led Zeppelin IV and "Boogie with Stu" from Physical Graffiti, two numbers in traditional rock and roll vein, both featuring his boogie-woogie style. Another was Howlin' Wolf's 1971 The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions album, featuring Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, Steve Winwood, and Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. He also played piano and organ on the 1982 Bad to the Bone album of George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Moreover, he performed with Ronnie Lane in a televised concert. In 1981 Stewart and Charlie Watts contributed to the song "Bad Penny Blues", which appeared on the album, These Kind of Blues by The Blues Band. Stewart also played with Rocket 88. Stewart contributed to The Rolling Stones' 1983 Undercover, and was present during the 1985 recording for Dirty Work (released in 1986). In early December 1985, Stewart began having respiratory problems. On 12 December he went to a clinic to have the problem examined; he suffered a heart attack and died in the waiting room 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!

Monday, November 5, 2012

I Love My Man - Laura-May & The Bel Airs

Laura-May is a singer from the east coast of Scotland. She is signed with Lewis Hamilton Music Label and has worked with a number of bands, playing in a wide variety of styles. She is currently fronting two bands, The Bel-Airs and most recently Laura-Mays Blue Rays, while playing the odd acoustic slot or session vox gig. Mostly singing a genre that comes to her so naturally that it is a first love and second nature. The Blues. 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 30, 2012

When It's Old - Missing Cat

Well, it all started back in year zero with a band called Delta and a lot of smoke, later there was talk of world domination and of course enlightenment. We decided that if it was in fact noise and playing with other people's heads in smoky rooms that was to be the way... then that's just the way it had to be...The only reason we do it is because it gets us high playing all this Frock, Flazz & Blues music. Then the smoke filled rooms became fewer and other people's heads became screwier, so we decided that smearing love across the masses was now to be the way... Fuelled by the psychedelic, enslaved by our imaginations we set out on a voyage of discovery, pitted against the apathy of our lovely hometown we ventured forth to show them all that getting high is just a state of mind, and feeling down is just another... So we exalted in the spirit and made music to help realise the way, we danced cavorted and otherwise comingled to call upon the spirits of our ancestors to help us through these dark times... Life really is for loving... 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!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sandi Thom Premieres Flesh And Blood: The Controversial New Video



Sandi Thom releases new album
"Flesh and Blood" on September 17th
Produced by Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes
Featuring duet with the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie
Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, best known for her 2006 No.1 hit single I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair), is pleased to confirm the September 17th release of her fourth studio album Flesh and Blood.  Produced by the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, and featuring a rare duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie, the album was recorded at 16 Tons studio, Nashville, Tennessee, making it Sandi’s fourth album following 2010’s critically acclaimed Merchants and Thieves.
Sandi's new song, Sun Comes Crashing Down will be available as a free download from www.sandithom.com on Monday May 21st.
Flesh and Blood is a significant release, being Sandi’s sophomore studio album, released solely by her independent label Guardian Angels Records (distributed in the UK by Nova through Universal Music Operations).
The highly anticipated new album radiates the raunchy blues rock bravado of the opening track Help Me, followed by the country-flavoured Leadbelly classic In The Pines. The album also features the strutting, clavinet-led Stormy Weather; and the emotionally compelling finale Lay Your Burden Down.
The album features an all-star ensemble led by Black Crowes Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman and fellow Black Crowe and widely travelled session guitarist Audley Freed, respected Nashville stars Mike Webb (keys/Dobro) and James Haggerty (bass) complete the line-up with special guest performances from Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys, and stunning duet with the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on her 1992 classic The Big Ones Get Away.
To celebrate the “Flesh And Blood” release, on Thursday September 20th, Sandi will perform an intimate concert at London’s Gibson Guitar Studios (29-35 Rathbone St, W1T 1NJ). 
Fans who want to attend can apply for strictly limited free-of-charge guest list places by emailing their name and address to enquiries@guardianangelsrecords.com.
The lucky applicants will then be contacted prior to the event with further information. For media ticket requests please contact Noble PR.


“Sandi really stretched herself and made a bold new album,” reflects Rich Robinson, “Her songs are honest, vulnerable and very strong.  Her vocal abilities are showcased really well, as is her guitar work, and harp playing. I think Sandi’s made a great record. It was a joy to work with her.”
Legendary classic rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa) also mixed two tracks, Sun Comes Crashing Down and a duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie on the latter’s classic song, The Big Ones Get Away.
“Sandi’s writing is fantastic,” says Shirley, “and her singing is wonderful. Sun Comes Crashing Down has all the right ingredients to be a hit.”
The intriguingly titled I Love You Like A Lunatic, is based on her “life-changing” love affair with superstar blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The couple have been together three years now, living and loving on and off the road. Sandi likens it to a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter fairy-tale. “My life just turned crazy,” says Sandi. “Yet that’s what everybody wants, that insane kind of love that utterly consumes you.”
Sandi feels that Flesh and Blood is her coming of age album. “All I ever want to do is write songs that connect with people,” says Sandi. “With this album I’ve finally found a place where I can make the very best music I can achieve. The people that only know me from Punk Rocker won’t recognise me on this album. But they are going to find out another side of me.”


LYME REGIS MARINE THEATRE
Saturday 27 October

Tickets: £15.00 adv / £15.00 door
Box Office: 01297 442138
Doors: 8.30pm
Church Street, Lyme Regis
Dorset DT7 3QA
www.marinetheatre.com
LONDON ISLINGTON 02 ACADEMY 2
Thursday 1 November

Tickets: £17.50 adv / £18.50 door
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Doors: 7.00pm
N1 Centre 16 Parkfield Street London
www.ticketweb.co.uk
SOUTHAMPTON THE BROOK
Friday 2 November

Tickets: £13.00 adv / £15.00 door
Box Office: 023 8055 5366
Doors: 8.00pm
The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton SO17
www.the-brook.com
FALMOUTH PRINCES PAVILLION
Sunday 4 November

Tickets: £14.00 adv / £16.00 door
Box Office: 01326 211222
Doors: 8.00pm
41 Melvill Road,Falmouth
Cornwall,TR11 4AR
www.carrickleisureservices.org.uk
GATESHEAD SAGE HALL 2
Tuesday 6 November

Tickets: £15.00
Box Office: 0191 443 4661
Doors: 8.00pm
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
http://thesagegateshead.org
WOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN2
Wednesday 7 November

Tickets: £12.00 adv / £15.00 door
Box Office: 01902 401211
Doors: 8.00pm
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV14 7LJ
www.therobin.co.uk
POOLE MR KYPS
Thursday 8 November

Tickets: £10.00 adv / £13.00 door
Box Office: 01202 748 945
Doors: 8.00pm
8a Parr Street, Lower Parkstone, Poole,
Dorset BH14 0JY
www.mrkyps.net
LIVERPOOL ERICS
Friday 9 November

Tickets: £12.50
Box Office: 0151 236 9994
Doors: 8.00pm
9 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE
www.ericslive.com
GLASGOW KING TUT’S
Saturday 10 November

Tickets: £12.00
On Stage: 8.00pm
272a St. Vincent Street, Glasgow
www.kingtuts.co.uk
ABERDEEN LEMON TREE
Sunday 11 November

Tickets: £15.00
Box Office: 01224 642230
Book Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
www.lemontree.org
EDINBURGH HMV PICTURE HOUSE
Monday 12 November

Tickets: £15.00
HMV Tickets: 0843 221 0100 / TicketWeb: 0844 847 174
Venue Number: 0131 221 2280
Doors: 7.00pm
31 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ
http://venues.meanfiddler.com
MILTON KEYNES THE STABLES
Wednesday 14 November

Tickets: £16.50
Box Office: 01908 280 800
On Stage: 8.00pm
Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
www.stables.org
BURY THE MET
Thursday 15 November

Tickets: £12.00 adv / £15.00 door
Box Office: 0161 761 2216
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
Market Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0BW
www.themet.biz
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“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! ”LIKE”

Friday, October 12, 2012

Old Love - King King ft. Alan Nimmo

“Softly softly” is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Since surging into life less than twelve months ago they have barely stopped for breath, and their electrifying sound and scorching live shows have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz. .... This band certainly knows how to make an entrance. Fronted by charismatic bluesman Alan Nimmo, their exhilarating debut at last year’s Monaghan Blues Festival created such a stir that it prompted organizer Somhairle MacConghail to state: “King King aren’t just playing the festival. Word is that King King ARE the festival”. With a reception like this there’s little surprise that the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since, and after a frenetic winter tour the lads are currently gearing up for a hectic summer of gigs and festival appearances. .... With outstanding reviews and a diary fit to burst, you’d be forgiven for thinking that King King had enough to keep them occupied for a moment or two. You’d be wrong. Apparently imbued with sufficient energy to power a small town, the band has also found time to get into the studio, the result being their debut EP ‘Broken Heal’. Produced alongside the team behind the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and the Editors (to name but a few), the EP instantly received a gleaming review from Blues Matters Magazine, including remarks on it’s “emotive lyrics”, “heart wrenching guitar solos” and “stirring guitar work”. The band had barely left the studio when they began to receive airplay on radio stations in the UK, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, India, Canada and the USA. Meanwhile, organizers of the renowned Blues On The Farm festival laid their hands on a copy and were so impressed that they made room for King King - despite having already filled the bill for this year’s event. .... Thundering on, the summer will see King King descending on the celebrated Maryport Blues Festival, where they will follow Jethro Tull onto the main stage at an event which will attract some 22,000 blues aficionados. Then it’s off to headline at the Shetland Blues Festival, squeezing in some European appearances (including another headline slot at the Hookrock Festival) along the way. .... Pretty impressive stuff for a band less than a year old. So what’s at the root of all this commotion? Well, aside from seemingly boundless impetus, the band is certainly not lacking in pedigree. .... Leading the charge is the aforementioned Alan, a front man famed almost as much for his contagious energy as his dazzling guitar work. Widely known across the UK and Europe for his pivotal role with the award-winning Nimmo Brothers, Alan’s full-blooded style, technical brilliance and impassioned vocals combine to hit all the right buttons and reach spots that many others can only aspire to. .... Bringing up the rear we have Lindsay Coulson. Don’t be fooled by the wry smile – beneath his unruffled exterior lurks a powerhouse of punchy, fat bass who’s musical career has seen him take to the stage with such well regarded blues acts as Aynsley Lister. He has also been a regular in the Nimmo Brother’s lineup, and this history with Alan has resulted in a dynamic musical chemistry which is evident in both songwriting and performance. .... New to the King King fold is Bennett Holland on keyboard. An excitable advocate of funky low-down blues, Bennett has worked with a plethora of names including Groove Armada and the critically adored Richard Hawley. A compelling and highly skilled player, rumor has it that there are no arms beneath Bennett’s sleeves – only more fingers. .... Running with the King King ethos that more is always more when it comes to talent, this summer’s audiences will also be treated to a special guest in the form of Craig Blundell, recently described by Drummer magazine as “one of the UK's most versatile and staggeringly talented players”. A hugely gifted and resourceful musician, Craig is also clearly a dynamo at juggling – aside from live performances, the last year has seen him in constant demand for worldwide drumming clinics, recording sessions, instructional books and even a documentary. .... With this lineup of top-shelf musicians, King King could only draw their inspiration from the best in the business, ranging from legendary greats such as BB King and Albert Collins to the shining lights of contemporary blues like Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer. “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! ”LIKE”

Friday, October 5, 2012

Little Walter Comes To Town - THE DANA DIXON BAND

Fronted by the powerful singer/harmonica player Dana Dixon and featuring the outstanding Blues and Slide playing of guitarist Dave Dixon, the band play a mixture of authentic Texas & Chicago blues, tough R&B and superb original numbers. .. Since their formation and the launch of their critically acclaimed debut album "Boogie Woman", the band have garnered fantastic reviews from the British and overseas press for both their recorded work and excellent live act. .. Arguably one of the most exciting live acts in Britain today, the band have played at practically every major blues festival in Britain and Ireland, and perform in blues venues up and down the UK, Europe and USA. .. In the many reviews she has received, Dana has been likened to many of the blues greats - Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Maggie Bell and Janis Joplin - with much emphasis placed on her powerful vocals and harmonica skills. .. Dave Dixon, whose guitar playing "has to be seen to be believed", is an official endorsee of Gibson guitars (USA), and Rotosound strings (UK). .. As a result of the band's talent and reputation, they were chosen to represent Britain at the 2001 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis USA 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”