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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blues Man Matty T Wall, acclaimed by Guitar World, releases new album 'Blue Skies'






Blistering fretwork, soulful vocals and sterling song craft; with Blue Skies, his latest release, Matty T Wall pays homage to the masters of the blues while carving his own distinctive signature into the walls of this rich musical legacy.

From Perth, Australia, Matty originally discovered his chosen genre while exploring the roots of rock. As a disciple of musical history, his artistry traces tributaries of his influences back to their sources – from Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix -- while delivering a fervent, modern take on a deeply traditional form. A ferocious band ignites a slate of songs that retain a rough and ready live quality with a potent rhythm section and swirling keyboards framing Matty’s signature guitar and confessional voice.


Incisive, engaging and adventurous, Matty T Wall is a young man with an old soul and new music. With his latest release, he blows away the clouds to reveal Blue Skies.




Matty T Wall is already well on his way to joining legends just like Dave Hole, Bon Scott (ACDC) and the John Butler Trio. “I am like an elastic band pulled really tight, ready to go,” he says. “That’s how I feel about my music.” In his youth following bands like Metallica and Sepultura he recognised how they honored the blues masters before them, aspiring to be at their level he got into the blues and since Matty has "never gotten out of it.".

Having studied many disciplines such as flamenco, swing jazz and funk Matty is recognised as a master of the guitar. He wrings raw emotions from as little as a single note by bending the strings of his beloved 1961 Les Paul Custom into tantalising sounds that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up to attention. He is not just playing music of the past though, he is redefining the genre with his modern stance and influences..- By Derek Cromb, announcer on 89.7 FM’s Play The Blues., Rhythm Magazine Blues At Bridgetown 2013



Marty's review: Matty T Wall certainly knows his blues and has honed them to perfection on his debut album. Prepare yourself for an assault on the senses (in a good way) and be blown away by this multi-talented guitarist/songwriter that has taken the blues to another level.An amazing collection of original tracks plus his covers of blues classics like Voodoo Chile and Hellhound On My Trail.

Find out more: http://mattytwall.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattytwall/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/RJVmIDUs-_o



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Friday, September 9, 2016

California based guitarist Leo Goh serves up a dose of funky jazz-soul with "Jig Is Up"



Leo Goh is a Singaporean guitarist/audio engineer based in California. He has been there about 3 years and graduated from Musicians Institute Hollywood. He's worked with the likes of Suvi Suresh, Noor Che'ree, Austin Gatus and Curtis Brooks and has played along the Sunset Strip, opened for Macy Gray, Holland and Oates, Blue Sun Festival etc. He currently performs with the band GrooveMartini with his partner, Nipun Nair. Groove Martini is a high-energy cover band playing corporate gigs and is currently planning a Vegas headline show. They've been reviewed by Music Connection as, quote, “Not your typical cover band” and “The band’s covers are arguably better than the original.” They also host a monthly jam session at Couture Hollywood, the next one being on September 23rd. Do check them out.

Jig Is Up took several months just writing and planning. Being self-produced, it was tougher having to think of the overall picture. Drummer Leonne Castellas and bassist Jason Lobell definitely helped with their input and the keyboardist was none other than Nipun Nair, who also plays just about anything and is Leo's partner in Groove Martini. It's unique in it’s blend of genres and definitely caters to both the commercial and niche markets as it is funky, fun and yet intricate.


Stream Jig Is Up HERE at Soundcloud  

..and on YouTube ...https://youtu.be/vaLjic7pwiA

Also see website for Groove Martini 






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Sunday, September 4, 2016

LA's Michael Colton Premiere's Blues Rock Jam "Fever Dream"

The past is all too present on “Fever Dream,” the swinging country rock reflection on good love gone bad offered by singer/ songwriter and guitarist Michael Colton. According to MTM.com, Colton “has depth, warmth, and grit - and he can play the hell out of his guitar.” Produced by Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty) and Steve Trovato, Colton’s upcoming release, California Blue, will display Colton’s blend of storytelling, straightforward tunefulness, and incendiary guitar work. Colton’s recent live appearances include SXSW, The Sundance Film Festival, and Los Angeles’ House of Blues.

Colton started out as a cocky guitar upstart, diving deep into the explosive traditions of virtuosos Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. Exploring that music led him further down that road, all the way to blues legend Robert Johnson. Colton went on to record an EP of Johnson’s songs, the critically acclaimed The Robert Johnson Sessions.

After paying his dues in countless bars and coffee houses, Colton had a career-altering encounter with acclaimed producer Blake English (George Benson, Jennifer Lopez) at an informal studio jam. Impressed by Colton’s chops, English recruited Colton for session work and eventually produced The Robert Johnson Sessions.

Stream "Fever Dream" HERE on Soundcloud





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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sweden's Lily Locksmith releases Rhythm and Blues rocker "Player"



Enviken Records are thrilled to announce the release of the first single by Lily Locksmith, "Player".

Lily hails from the village of Mockfjärd in the heart of Sweden. She first entered the stage in the mid 00’s, back then in the name of Lily Mae. She appeared as a guest with many fine acts like Mike Sanchez (also featured on his Babes & Buicks album), The Domestic Bumblebees and Danny & The Cappers amongst others. 

The song “Player” is well known to all Nick Curran fans and the track “No Use But O’Well” is from the pen of Chris Ruest.

Lily Locksmith and her band are ready to turn the world upside down with their Rhythm and Blues oriented music. She draws inspiration from icons such as Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton and Etta James as well as new artists like J.D McPherson and fellow countryman Daniel Norgren.

Marty's review: This one just ROCKS! Take my word for it and have a listen.

Find out more on her FACEBOOK page




Check out the video of “Player” here: https://youtu.be/mrUfMMqs1mw



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kings of Lowertown new release "Quebec Roulette"..Gritty Blues from Pembroke, Ontario

Kings Of Lowertown have recently released a new single, "Quebec Roulette".





Kings Of Lowertown are from Pembroke, Ontario.  The new single was produced and engineered by Jordon Zadorozny of Blinker The Star.  The recording is a gritty blues track written in the vein of Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits. The vibe of the song was inspired by the rough and tumble of Chapeau, Quebec - just across the mighty Ottawa River from Pembroke.  

The track totally smokes and is as original as one can get these days.





                                    




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Monday, July 25, 2016

Tina Bednoff and The Cocktailers Deliver Rockin' Rhythm and Blues



Tina Bednoff and The Cocktailers are a quaint quartet from the shady red light district of Helsinki, delivering rockin’ rhythm and blues that you can dance your toenails off to.

With all due respect, don't you just sometimes get tired of the endless radio playlists and the monotonic, compressed sound barrier of today’s music and artists? Have no fear, Tina and the guys are here! The sound is firmly based on 1940's & 1950's rhythm and blues, but the mission is not to replicate the hits of the past, not by a long shot.




Their new album, Jump Sister Jump, can be streamed at the link below.


AirPlay Direct Link:
AirPlayDirect.com/TinaBednoffOfficial

The repertoire of the band consists mainly of rockin' rhythm and blues numbers fit for dancers, with a few slower blues, some rhumba rhythms, and, of course, a haunting ballad here and there. Original material is constantly ado, and the innovative selection of covers is dug out off the beaten path - not the worn-out standards everyone has heard a zillion times over. The outcome is a unique bundle of exciting cocktails, with both familiar and exotic ingredients.





As a Finnish female blues guitarist and bandleader, Tina is one of the very few. After bringing up her family, she returned to her true love: rhythm and blues. Her passionate vocal and guitar styles derive from the blues giants like T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Memphis Minnie, and countless others, carefully studied by Tina. She has been playing guitar and singing her guts out for over 30 years now, so she knows her stuff.

The Cocktailers are an experienced bunch of players that have been on the rocky road of roots music for quite some time. Honey Aaltonen (drums) and Long John Rantapuro (upright bass) are old band mates from Tortilla Flat, a band that has been on the scene since 1980's, and Ville "Tri" (Doc) Tolvanen (piano) leads his own band called Rootsinkeksijät, among other engagements.

The album is released and available through El Toro Records and also on Spotify and ITunes.

Marty's review: this one just ROCKS!...take my word for it. Take time out and have a listen, you won't be disappointed!


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lost Dog Found new release "Ain't No Better Place" video preview



Lost Dog Found are pretty excited that they will have a new EP coming your way soon, and thought they would give you all a taste with the first release, "Ain't No Better Place."  ...and it's out now :-)

Take a look/listen at http://bit.ly/AintNoBetterPlace

Their signature "modern throwback" feel is on display here, where they take some flavors of Sam Cooke, a touch of Jack Johnson, a little Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and maybe a smidgen of Nathaniel Rateliffe, to get a laid back love song. This tune was written by Stevie Mac (Lost Dog Found's band leader) on a warm, windy night while his gal had a string of nights that kept them apart.





If you have been around from the inception, you'll remember we had a female singer jump in for a few songs during our sets... well, we're bringing back that idea, and we are super stoked to have the fabulous Rachel Sierra singing with us throughout the summer (she'll be with us starting in July), and Stevie Mac will be joining in on fun as well.


Check out their upcoming shows! 


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Americana band Coral Creek Rocks Rochester and other locations



Colorado's Coral Creek Embarks on Tour of the
West Coast and Mountain West

Colorado based Coral Creek is scheduled to perform 16 tour dates along the west coast and mountain west beginning this week. With roots based in Americana, Bluegrass and Rock n' Roll, Coral Creek has shown considerable growth in the last few years with festival plays and packed theatre gigs both nationally and internationally. 

Not your average Americana group, Coral Creek features a prestigious lineup whose members have toured with groups such as Leftover Salmon, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Derek Trucks Band, Lyle Lovett Band, and The John Cowan Band. Led by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice.




Tour Dates
Jun 30 -  Thursdays on First & Third: Rochester, MN
Jul 02 - The Bottleneck: Lawrence, KS
Jul 08 - Summer of Love Festival: Hawkhurst, KEN
Jul 16 - Rudry Festival: Rudry, UK
Jul 29 - the BEACH: Buena Vista, CO
Aug 03 - Beaver Creek: ResortAvon, CO
Aug 05 - Parfet Park: Golden, CO
Aug 19 - Yarmony Grass: Rancho Del Rio, CO
Sep 02 - Reservoir Hill Park: Pagosa Springs, CO

For more information about Coral Creek, or the schedule of events, check out the official website at http://www.coralcreek.net/



                                            


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Danish power blues trio Jake Green Band..not your average blues band



Jake Green Band is not your average blues band.

With remarkably experienced musicians and an extraordinarily strong lead vocal, the band not only aims to venture outside of the boundaries of convention, but also has the technical foundation to do so. The sound of this power trio is an artful mix of blues rock, heavy shuffles and heart-wrenching slow blues, sure to reverberate in your chest and soul.

The band members span 30 years in age and professional experience in the music industry. This is perhaps what creates the unique combination of solid, traditional blues craftsmanship and elements of other styles of music from the past three decades.

Guitarist and singer Jake Green has played with just about everyone in the Danish blues scene, not least as a steady host since 2006 at the legendary Thursday Night Blues Jam at Mojo Blues Bar in central Copenhagen. Jake has also wielded his signature green Gibson guitar on the foreign stages of Austin, New York, London, Thailand and Spain to great acclaim.

Drummer Hans Rosenberg has recorded over 160 albums and played all over the world with big name acts, including Nanook, Teitur, Uffe Steen, and Rasmus Lyberth Band.

Bass player Jens Simonsen is an alumnus of the Musicians Institute of California and has toured the world and recorded several hundred albums both as a musician and as producer and sound technician.



For a decade the band has played at the famous blues spot MOJO Copenhagen and now it is your turn to have the honour of this band and listen to them.

Jake Green Band is known for delivering a live performance of high standard and a duration of 2 till 4 hours. In November 2015 the band released their album “Plugging in”, which you will find at spotify and Itunes.


                                      




                                               


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