Acoustic artists needed for Galaxies Collide Stage

Are you an aspiring Americana / folk / singer-songwriter type acoustic artist? Potentially great news then : the PKD Festival is currently canvassing for artists to appear on the Galaxies Collide Stage at this year’s fFestival taking place near Fife in Scotland. Previous years have seen 8,000 attendees and it is expected that the acoustic tent will be packed to the rafters as the festival continues to grow in 2017. Continue reading “Acoustic artists needed for Galaxies Collide Stage”

Robert Cray, Cadogan Hall, London, 3rd May 2017

It was a dismal, cold night with an ever present threat of rain that brought Robert Cray to London’s plush Cadogan Hall – it’s a converted church, and tonight it was a Temple to the Blues. Cray returned to London with a three piece backing band – the dread-locked and barefoot super-cool bass player Richard Cousins, keyboard maestro Dover “Whitecliffs” Weinberg and the passionate and inventive Terence Clark on drums. And up front, flanked by Matchless Speakers, was of course Robert Cray – belying his age, dressed in his trademark “preppy” style, he looks younger than his 63 years. Continue reading “Robert Cray, Cadogan Hall, London, 3rd May 2017”

Bob Cheevers “Fifty Years Sampler” (Howling Dog Records, 2017)

In recognition of a half century of songwriting Bob Cheevers has pulled together a comprehensive 5CD, 83 song retrospective which covers, it’s claimed, ten genres of music, and taking a mix of songs from his albums as well as some unreleased recordings. I’m not completely sure what the ten genres are meant to be but country, western, folk, popular jazz, blues, rock, and singer-songwriter are all represented here on this ten track sampler. What it reveals is a hugely accomplished songwriter, and an idiosyncratic singer in the Willie Nelson mode. Continue reading “Bob Cheevers “Fifty Years Sampler” (Howling Dog Records, 2017)”

Chuck Berry’s posthumous album due in June

The late Chuck Berry had been working on an album of new material for several years, and it was announced at the end of last year that it would be released in 2017.  Sadly Chuck died earlier this year before this plan came to fruition, but the new album – called Chuck – consisting of ten new songs, eight of them by Chuck Berry himself, will be released on Dualtone/Decca Records on the 9th of June.  As a teaser the track Wonderful Woman has been premiered by The New Yorker here.  Continue reading “Chuck Berry’s posthumous album due in June”

Bob Dylan, London Palladium, London 28th April 2017

This was the first of three nights at The London Palladium, and this pretty theatre is by far the smallest venue I’ve ever seen Dylan in with just a 2,2866 capacity: Wembley Arena or The Dome this is not. Which means that even up in the Upper Circle the seats aren’t really that far from the stage – probably equivalent to being a dozen rows back in the stalls. The view of the stage – and hence the view of the band – is just perfect. Even during dimly lit sections it’s possible to pick out Dylan’s facial asides to the band – well, when they aren’t obscured by his wide brimmed hat. Continue reading “Bob Dylan, London Palladium, London 28th April 2017”

Whybirds to play final shows this Summer

It feels like the end of an era as, after eleven years, the acclaimed Bedford-based Americana band have decided to call it a day.  The decision has been based on life commitments, which have led the the band to decide to go on an indefinite hiatus.  Which doesn’t rule out a triumphal return somewhere down the line. Whilst all things must pass, the Whybirds are going out with a bang with a set of final dates starting at the end of June. Continue reading “Whybirds to play final shows this Summer”

Oceans are Zeroes “Oceans are Zeroes” ( Independent, 2017)

Oceans are Zeroes impinge a power-pop sensibility on the hugest Mogwai-meets-Mercury Rev songs imaginable creating a wall of rock sound backdrop behind high and steely vocals. The initial effect is to be bowled over by a veritable tsunami of sound, breaking on the beaches and throwing out sparkling rockets rather than more humdrum flotsam and jetsam. It’s infectious and initially exhilarating, such an insistent rush of music. Continue reading “Oceans are Zeroes “Oceans are Zeroes” ( Independent, 2017)”