Tag: Blues

Live: Dan Patlansky @ Islington Academy 2

Guitarists are not unlike magicians – a lot of practice and work goes into making it look easy. But Dan Patlansky is clearly not one for cheap magic tricks. He pours so much passion and intensity into his performances that how he plays is as powerful as what he plays. Not just his face, but his posture changes whenever he teases, cajoles, or downright strangle’s the at-times incomprehensible notes out of his trusty 1962 Fender Stratocaster. That guitar – and Patlansky’s entire body – gets a full workout during his visceral, sold-out London show that begins quietly with a...

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Photography: Glenn Hughes @ Church Leeds

In a very emotional show, dedicated to his late mother, Glenn Hughes showed the audience who made it to Church in Leeds on a school night, why he is the rock legend that he is. Transporting the audience right through the decades, Glenn and his fantastic band, comprised of guitarist Søren Andersen, drummer Pontus Engborg, and keyboardist Jay Boe, enthralled the audience with a wonderful blend of slow blues and heavy rock tunes. Hughes was supported by emerging newcomers Stone Broken, who are on a very steep trajectory to stardom, having recently been added to the Download Festival line-up....

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Sound Premiere: James Edge & The Mindstep. Ammonites.

James Edge is a studious musical maestro and a top drawer composer. The Kent-raised musician studied composition to master’s degree level under Joe Duddell (arranger for the likes of Elbow and New Order). After moving to London and starting to gig in 2006, he formed James Edge And The Mindstep and in 2010 the debut album In The Hills, The Cities was recorded. In December 2016 James Edge And The Mindstep release their new eleven track album Machines We Made and we are proud to premiere the song Ammonites. Atmospheric in sound and cinematic in tone, Ammonites is one of James Edge’s...

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Rock Media: Jeff Healey. Lost Recordings Never Heard Before.

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul, the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon. Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs from Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to...

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Live: Buck & Evans @ Half Moon Putney

Buck & Evans Live at Half Moon Putney In the summer, I was lucky enough to take photographs at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival in Maidstone, Kent. Optimistically scheduled against Blue Öyster Cult in an unassuming mid-afternoon slot on Saturday, the Outlaw Country stage presented a band I’d never heard of called Buck & Evans. Given the name and the stage, expectations didn’t run much beyond a bit of banjo plucking and that at least one of them would be chewing straw. How wrong I was. Buck & Evans turned out to be a powerhouse of soul-infused rock with...

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Live: Federal Charm @ The Talking Heads

Federal Charm at The Talking Heads I’ve a soft spot for The Talking Heads. It was the place where I took my first concert photograph with anything more sophisticated than a smartphone, and it’s exactly the sort of small(ish) community venue that needs to survive if emerging talent is to have someplace other than Saturday night TV in which to hone their skills. The thought of Simon Cowell and Rita Ora being the sole determining factors of what we should all be listening to is too depressing to contemplate. So, it was particularly heart-warming to see that on a...

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Live: Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Jazz Café.

Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Jazz Café, Camden, London When there’s a queue outside the venue a full 30 minutes before doors opening, you know there’s something good going on.  Such was the cache of expectation for Joanne Shaw Taylor’s second night at the Jazz Café, the last date on her current UK tour promoting her most recent album The Dirty Truth.  Places near the front were going to be hard to come by, and sure enough, within minutes there was a healthy wall of bodies at stage front which over the next hour swelled to a packed and pretty warm...

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Interview: Hamilton Loomis. Texas Star.

If you made a Venn Diagram that had rings with Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk, Pop and Jazz on it, there would be precious little room in the middle – but one of very few names that could occupy the space would be Hamilton Loomis. Loomis, who hails from Galveston, Texas, somehow manages to shoehorn all these genres into his music. When asked to describe his sound he even struggles himself, referring to it as a “gumbo” of styles, settling finally on: “Modern Texas soul music; definitely rooted in the blues, but more modern”. That explains it then. Loomis has...

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Interview: John J Presley. Benevolent Dictator, Nascent Hit Maker

There’s the air of the inevitable about John J Presley. His fuzzy, yet refined form of garage blues has been compared with Nick Cave and Jack White, while his last two singles – both released by Killing Moon Records – wouldn’t sound out of place being pounded out by The Black Keys. For a man without an album he’s got a fairly impressive set at his disposal – think quality, not quantity – that can be found online in all the usual places. Let’s face it, he’s even called Presley. I caught up with him holding up in Highbury,...

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Live Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Birmingham Town Hall

It’s a Friday night and I am finding my way through the crowds of a packed German Christmas Market in Birmingham City Centre, no time for great food or Xmas shopping as I’m heading to the Town Hall for one amazing night to see Joanne Shaw Taylor with support from King King. The venue itself was set up for seated stalls and the side and front balcony seats above provided a great view of the stage from all areas, however I find seated stalls a little strange for these occasions as sitting at gigs just isn’t my thing. King...

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Video: No Sinner. Boo Hoo Hoo

No Sinner the  powerhouse blues rock band from Vancouver, Canada, fronted by vocalist Colleen Rennison – release their debut mini album Boo HooHoo on January 20th 2014. The raunchy video for the single “Boo Hoo Hoo” is already creating a stir. They make their UK live debut on Monday 25th November at The Black Heart in Camden. Tickets are available from 0844 871 8819,  seetickets.com, gigantic.com, and alt-tickets.com. 25-year-old Colleen Rennison is a post modern blues belter and queen of soul.  She’s a hard-singing, hard-loving, hard-drinking, hard-working throwback to those she grew up listening to – Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Big Mama Thornton, and Bessie Smith. “People have told me I sound like Janis Joplin since I was five years old,”...

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