Vive Le Rock Awards 2019

Wednesday the 27th March, O2 Islington Academy

No point in reinventing the wheel, you can read Pete Feenstra’s excellent review for Get Ready To Rock here

Edward Tudor Pole Tonight's host of the 2019 Vive Le Rock awards
Tonight’s host Edward Tudor Pole

Bernard Allison / Lethbridge Owen

Bernard Allison
Bernard Allison Live at the Beaverwood Club

Tuesday 26th May, I was at the Beaverwood, Chislehurst for the excellent Lethbridge Owen and Bernard Allison (son of Luther Allison) gig. Here’s a few photos from that night (yes I know back to the day time job!! You’d think after 30 years as a Pro tog, I could stop taking photos, but apparently not!! lol)

ERJA LYYTINEN Releases a new studio album ‘ANOTHER WORLD’

European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen will release her brand-new studio album “Another World” on Friday 26th April via Tuohi Records. The best musicians are masters of reinvention. Bob Dylan’s electric revolution at Newport Folk Festival. Radiohead’s bold rebirth with Kid A. Robert Plant’s fearless escape from the shadow of Led Zeppelin. To that list of trailblazers and rulebreakers, add Erja Lyytinen. For seventeen years, we’ve known her as the award-winning slide goddess whose heart-and-guts songs have shaken the blues-rock scene. But as the Finnish bandleader confirms with latest album Another World, we’ve only scratched the surface. “The album title is the idea of stepping into a new territory, musically and spiritually,” she explains. “Walking towards a new land of musical ideas, not being afraid to express myself. This album is open-minded, curious and empowering.”

The Finnish slide-guitarist returns to the UK for a nationwide 12-date tour including dates in Brighton (March 18), Sheffield (March 21), Glasgow (March 23), London (March 26) and Birmingham (March 28).

In a cynical world where manufactured bands stick to the formula, Lyytinen has always broken through the boundaries of genre. This is an artist capable of flowing from the primal blues of international debut “Pilgrimage” (2005), to the orchestration of “Voracious Love” (2010) and the soulful Elmore James tributes of “The Sky Is Crying” (2014). But following the shattering breakup that fuelled “Stolen Hearts” (2017), Lyytinen found herself tearing out the page and writing a new chapter. “While Stolen Hearts was made during tough times,” she reflects, “Another World is like spring, bringing in new fresh life and hope. The whole album is rockier and funkier, with elements of blues, pop, hard-rock, prog-rock – one song even has an Irish vibe.”

JOANovARC release new album ‘JOANovARC’

JOANovARC will release their new passionate, soulful and powerful self-titled album ‘JOANovARC’ through Pledge Music/ Holier Than Thou Records ‪on ‪Friday 31st May 2019. The album was mixed and mastered by Wayne Proctor. The band will release the single ‘Jane’ on Friday 22nd March.

The new album follows JOANovARC’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Ride of Your Life’ (2016) produced by Grammy award winning producer Gil Norton and recorded at Rockfield Studio. Gil Norton dubbed the band as ‘The new Queens of Rock’.

The new energetic and diverse album features 11 finely crafted songs. ‘JOANovARC’ are delivering powerful rock anthems with a modern twist. This four-piece band are a driving force live which transcends on to their new album. The opening track ‘Burning’ is ballsy, brash, passionate and will hit you in the face.

“We are family, true flesh and blood and best friends. This has always given us a special bond and an automatic connection with our songs. We have always written songs together from when we were teenagers based our own true experiences. A sibling band always delivers true passion.”

The album encapsulates JOANovARC’s live energy and reveals a dynamic mix of dark and light. From ‘Burning’ to the soulful sounds of ‘Try It On’ which showcase both Sam and Laura’s diverse vocals.

KING KING announce new drummer

King King, the Glaswegian Blues Rockers, who have been going from strength to strength in recent years, are pleased to announce their new drummer ANDREW SCOTT.

A favoured session player for many years and a graduate of Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA, Scottish born and bred Andrew has toured with the likes of Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) amongst others.

Says Alan Nimmo, “Andrew is one of Scotland’s finest players and one hell of nice young lad! We are very lucky to have someone of this pedigree and skill stepping in to the band”

Andrew will join King King on their upcoming European dates and will also enter the studio this summer to record King King’s fifth studio album.  The new album will be the follow-up to King King’s 2017 album “Exile & Grace.”

King King tour France, Norway and the Netherlands from late March onwards. The band play The Picturedrome in Holmfirth on May 10th, followed by KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton on May 11th.

The band also join Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea Mediterranean Blues Cruise which takes in Barcelona, Spain, Monte Carlo in Monaco and Valletta in Malta from August 16-21.

ERJA LYYTINEN releases a new studio album ‘ANOTHER WORLD’

European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen will release her brand-new studio album “Another World” on Friday 26th April via Tuohi Records. The best musicians are masters of reinvention. Bob Dylan’s electric revolution at Newport Folk Festival. Radiohead’s bold rebirth with Kid A. Robert Plant’s fearless escape from the shadow of Led Zeppelin. To that list of trailblazers and rulebreakers, add Erja Lyytinen. For seventeen years, we’ve known her as the award-winning slide goddess whose heart-and-guts songs have shaken the blues-rock scene. But as the Finnish bandleader confirms with latest album Another World, we’ve only scratched the surface. “The album title is the idea of stepping into a new territory, musically and spiritually,” she explains. “Walking towards a new land of musical ideas, not being afraid to express myself. This album is open-minded, curious and empowering.”

 

The Finnish slide-guitarist returns to the UK for a nationwide 12-date tour including dates in Brighton (March 18), Sheffield (March 21), Glasgow (March 23), London (March 26) and Birmingham (March 28).

In a cynical world where manufactured bands stick to the formula, Lyytinen has always broken through the boundaries of genre. This is an artist capable of flowing from the primal blues of international debut “Pilgrimage” (2005), to the orchestration of “Voracious Love” (2010) and the soulful Elmore James tributes of “The Sky Is Crying” (2014). But following the shattering breakup that fuelled “Stolen Hearts” (2017), Lyytinen found herself tearing out the page and writing a new chapter. “While Stolen Hearts was made during tough times,” she reflects, “Another World is like spring, bringing in new fresh life and hope. The whole album is rockier and funkier, with elements of blues, pop, hard-rock, prog-rock – one song even has an Irish vibe.”

Sari Schorr returns to the UK for her headline Never Say Never 2019 UK Tour in March and April.

Following the release of her latest album Never Say Never and following her tour with King King, New York born Sari Schorr is thrilled to return to the UK for her headline Never Say Never 2019 UK Tour in March and April.

 

Classic Rock Magazine about Never Say Never:” Schorr can sing ‘em. All husk and muscle, the operatically trained New Yorker makes you believe every stormy line of this game-changing album.

Sari Schorr has a voice like no other, hyper powerful, husky, muscular, with an incredible texture and range. She delivers sentences as a boxer would throw an uppercut to his opponent.

In 2016, Sari first burst onto the Blues-Rock scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, A Force of Nature, produced by iconic British Blues pioneer Mike Vernon (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green).  Now, two years later, Sari is breaking new ground with her sophomore album, Never Say Never. Sari insisted that the album be recorded live to capture the raw energy of her music.  She has ventured deeper into her personal life. In the process, Sari has revealed herself with a vulnerability and honesty that she admits was as painful as it was healing. Her songs are highly crafted with vibrant lyrics that highlight just how good Sari is at invoking passion, grit, and empathy.

Sari’s success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, the operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied.

Sari’s home is her suitcase and her path has always taken her on the road less traveled. Her life is a story of never giving up, being true to yourself and pursuing your passions against all odds. It’s a story that is incredibly inspirational and a reminder why we should Never Say Never!

Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham Wednesday 6 March
Eel Pie Club, Twickenham Thursday 7 March
Sedgefield Blues Club, Sedgefield – SOLD OUT Friday 8 March
Oran Mor, Glasgow Saturday 9 March
Café Drummonds, Aberdeen Sunday 10 March
The Boom Boom Club, Sutton Friday 15 March
The Citadel, St. Helens Saturday 16 March
Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst Tuesday 2 April
Heartbreakers, Southampton Wednesday 3 April
Iron Road Live @Bar 57, Pershore Saturday 6 April
The Hawth, Crawley Sunday 7 April
The Robin 2, Bilston Wednesday 10 April
The Live Rooms, Chester Thursday 11 April
New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Basildon Friday 12 April

Erja Lyytinen returns to the UK in March 2019

European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen returns to the UK in March 2019. The 12-date tour will include shows in Brighton (March 18), Sheffield (March 21), Glasgow (March 23), London (March 26) and Birmingham (March 28).

 

 

Erja will release her new studio album in 2019 on her own record label Tuohi Records. The new album will feature guest performances from Sonny Landreth and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson). The album will include Erja’s two new singles “Without You” and “Another World”, which were released digitally in 2018.

 

“The song has a lot of meanings,” says Erja about the single ‘Another World’. “First of all, it is a love story. It´s a dream about loving somebody in another dimension, because it´s not possible in this world. I have always loved sci-fi movies, so I wanted to add something extra-terrestrial and supernatural to the video, too.  It also points out how important it is for us to be aware of environmental aspects. Do we need to find another planet someday to be able to breathe? All this has been wrapped together by these two worlds happening at the same time, and how in the end it is important that we as lovers, and as a human race, could survive.”

 

Erja continues: “We added big guitars on the track and it has a guitar solo inspired of blues rock – guitarists such as Eric Gales and Jimi Hendrix. The melodic 80´s rock music was also a source of inspiration while writing the song. Heart is one of my all-time favourite rock bands, and when performing their hit song “Alone” on Stars Stars on National TV last year, it kind of brought me back to that music style.”

Brighton, Komedia Monday 18 March
Bridport, Electric Palace Tuesday 19 March
Milton Keynes, The Stables Wednesday 20 March
Sheffield, The Greystones Thursday 21 March
Scarborough, Blues Festival Friday 22 March
Glasgow, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy Saturday 23 March
Kinross, The Green Hotel Sunday 24 March
London, 100 Club Tuesday 26 March
Oxford, The Bullingdon Wednesday 27 March
Birmingham, Hare And Hounds Thursday 28 March
Southport, The Atkinson Friday 29 March
Bromsgrove, The Artrix Saturday 30 March

Walter Trout New Album

Walter Trout will be releasing his new album ‘Survivor Blues’ on 25th January 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The first single to be released from the album is the brilliant rendition of Sunnyland Slim’s Be Careful How You Vote, which is a rollicking barnburner that stresses the importance of choosing carefully at the ballot box, without taking sides.

No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid’. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…”

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called Survivor Blues’. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.”

Catch Walter Trout live for Rockin The Blues with Johnny Lang and Kris Barras at The Forum in London on Tuesday June 4th 2019

Eric Gales New Release

Eric Gales returns with this brand new single Whatcha Gon’ Do?, taken from his brand new album The Bookends. The album is out on 8th February 2019 on Provogue/Mascot Label Group and it features collaborations with B. Slade, Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.

The challenge for making ‘The Bookends’ was for Gales to challenge himself. “As a guitar player it’s been established that I can play a little bit, just a little bit,” he smiles. But for this album he not only wanted to push himself as a musician, but also as a vocalist, to build up his vocal discography. “What spearheaded that was the artists that I have on the record,” he says.

Written over a nine month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys (CA), The Dog House, Woodland Hills (CA), Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood (CA) and the day before he was due to fly to LA for pre-production the original producer David Bianco tragically died. It was Bianco’s management who then suggested Matt Wallace. “I heard his work and the kind of people he has produced such as Maroon 5, Faith No More and all these sorta cats. When we met up together it was just perfect. I just trusted the guy and it ended up being great, I love Matt Wallace,” says Gales.

Talking about being in the studio he elaborates; “The whole vocal thing was something I consciously wanted to push and Matt was on the same page, saying, ‘there’s gonna be sometimes you might not like me because I’m gonna push you because I feel that I know what you can do, and its more than just guitar playing’. It was just really powerful and moving.”

Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 15 studio albums in total ahead of ‘The Bookends’ and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon.

Eric Gales band is: Eric Gales (Guitar, Vocals), Mono Neon (Bass), Aaron Haggerty (Drums), LaDonna Gales (Backing vocals, Percussion) and Dylan Wiggins (Organ).