Doyle Bramhall II – New album Shades

Doyle Bramhall II will be releasing his brand new album ‘Shades’ on 5th October via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.  The album features appearances by Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Greyhounds and Tedeschi Trucks Band.


Bramhall has spent over a decade as Eric Clapton’s musical right-hand man, collaborating both in the studio and on stage as well working with Norah Jones for a number of years. He played guitar and sang both lead and backup vocals during Roger Waters’ 1999-2000 In the Flesh world tour (On CD/DVD In the Flesh – Live). He has worked with a number of artists including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Dr. John, Erykah Badu, Questlove and has produced albums and written songs for Sheryl Crow and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.


You can watch the lyric video for ‘Everything You Need’ ft Eric Clapton here: 


Watch up for this space for updates of the interview I did with Doyle about his new alum and all things music!!!

Jawbone – Jawbone

Jawbone are a new and exciting London-based four-piece band. They self-release their eponymous debut album on Friday 9th November 2018.


Beginning as a collaboration between established solo artists Paddy Milner (keyboards, vocals) and Marcus Bonfanti (guitar, vocals), the band was soon joined by the renowned rhythm section of Rex Horan (bass, vocals) and Evan Jenkins (drums, percussion), Jawbone has quickly become a band with a unique sound focused on delivering strong songs.


Each member of Jawbone is a respected musician in the industry.  They have played with everyone from Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ten Years After, Van Morrison Robert Plant, Dave Gilmour, Seth Lakeman, Cliff Richard, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood, Shuggie Otis, Laura Marling, James Hunter, Phil Manzanera, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Carl Black and many more.


In January 2018, Jawbone were chosen to back Eric Clapton, Van Morrison & Tom Jones at Paul Jones’ legendary charity show at G-Live in Guildford, gaining rave reviews from the artists involved and the sell-out audience alike.


Jawbone pride themselves in their lack of compromise, from the writing and recording processes, through to album artwork. The initial writing sessions between Bonfanti and Milner took place at Paddy’s house in North London where the two forged the songs that would eventually make up this debut album.


Named after a song taken from The Band’s self-titled 1969 second album, Jawbone tracked all the songs live as a four piece with minimal overdubs at London’s State of The Ark Studio using the famous EMI desk originally installed in the Pathé Marconi studios in Paris. Final touches were added at Marcus’ brothers North London studio where his collection of vintage synthesisers and micro-phones helped the band finalise their ideas.


The record was mixed in New Zealand by Nick Portman and mastered in Devon by Star Delta with a final bounce to tape to add that warmth that is missing from so many records today. The album was additionally mastered for vinyl to ensure both the digital and analog versions sounded as good as possible.


The distinctive voices of Paddy Milner and Marcus Bonfanti compliment and contrast throughout the songs as they share lead vocal duties on the album. Rex Horan’s searing falsetto vocals create the three-part harmony that has become a hallmark of the Jawbone sound.


Milton Keynes, The Stables                                         Thursday 6 September

Derby, Flowerpot                                                            Friday 7 September

Millport Country Music Festival, Scotland            Sunday 9 September

London, O2 Academy 2 Islington                              Wednesday 12 September

Newbury, Arlington                                                        Thursday 13 September

Chichester, Chichester Inn                                           Saturday 14 September

Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo – Beyond The Blue Horizon

Mike has produced albums for some of the most famous artists in British Rock and Blues history including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor); David Bowie; Ten Years After; Savoy Brown; Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and Christine McVie); Chicken Shack; Focus; Freddie King; Climax Blues Band; Level 42 and Roachford, and in 2013 was awarded the BASCA Gold Badge Award, in recognition of his unique contribution to music.

Mike is probably best known as the founder of the Blues record label BLUE HORIZON (Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff, Christone McVie) – a major ‘ground breaker’ in its time and still revered to this very day.

Maybe not quite so well-known is Mike’s ‘other’ job – that of vocalist. In the 1970s and early 1980s Mike was not only a member of The Olympic Runners but also the baritone singer with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays 

Mike says… 

“To be fronting my own Rhythm & Blues outfit has always been a dream but the right moment to make that transition never appeared until now. 

Fast forward sixty-one years to 2018 and the ‘with my own band’ debut album ‘BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON’ features tough, energising and tuneful rocking slabs of Rhythm & Blues in the vein of Fats Domino, Wynonie Harris, Little Richard and Louis Jordan et al. Twelve titles in all – 9 new self- penned originals and 3 ‘covers’ from the catalogues of Brook Benton, Mose Allison and Clarence Henry” 

Alongside this release there will be a full-scale European Tour where MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO will have the audiences dancing in the aisles and probably in the street! Full-on 100% good time music guaranteed to put smiles on faces! 

THE MIGHTY COMBO features Kid Carlos – an outstanding young guitar player from Spain (is this the new Peter Green?); Ian Jennings on upright bass; Matt Little on keyboards; Paul Tasker on saxophone and Mike Hellier on drums.


Friday, 07/09/2018, Venue 77, 77 Fore Hamlet, Ipswich
Saturday, 08/09/2018, Market Lavington, Music & Comedy Club, Wiltshire
Friday, 14/09/2018, The Borderline, Soho, London (double header with Sari Schorr)
Saturday, 15/09/2018, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire
Friday, 28/09/2018, Keighley Live, Octagon, Keighley
Saturday, 29/09/2018, Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, Cumbria
Wednesday, 03/10/2018, Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester
Friday, 05/10/2018, Blues des deux rivieres, Brittany
Saturday, 06/10/2018, Blues de Cerdanyola Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Friday, 11/01/2019,  Darlington Rhythm & Blues Club
Sunday, 20/01/2019, Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness