Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The bluesy side of Music City

ON SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014...Show location: Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1907 Division St., Nashville, from Noon to Midnight, 11AM Doors.

NASHVILLE, TN — The Nashville Fringe Festival presents the Mando Blues and and Soulshine Pizza Birthday Bash featuring 16 Blues, Roots and Soul acts on two stages at the Soulshine Pizza factory in midtown Nashville, TN.  The event will feature 16 Blues, Roots and Blues Rack acts including Charles "Wigg" Walker, Etta Britt (from Delbert McClinton), Kenny Olson (from Kid Rock), Supe and the Sandwiches (from Ozark Mountain Daredevils), Blackfoot Gypsies, Jake Leg Stompers, Skinny Buddha, Lynn Taylor and the Barflies, Amanda Broadway, Amy Hart, Night Owl (Harrison Whitford & Daniel Donato), Kim Logan, John D'Amato, Mississippi Millie, Matt Tedder (IBC Finalist) and Corey Mac.

The show is part of Mando Blues and Fringe Festivals’ ongoing efforts to support all forms of blues and to expose a new generation of blues artists and music to new fans. In this case, the bands on the bill are a of mix traditional blues roots with more modern Blues styles.

Mando Blues is a radio show showcasing the Blues with live guest performances, interviews and deep cuts from every period & sub-genre of the Blues.  Recorded at the Omega Lab, a one-of-a-kind 5.1 surround sound studio built on a hill in the woods Pasquo, TN (West Nashville).  This is the Four year anniversary of the start of the project.  In that time over 200 acts, over 600 musicians, from over 25 states and 6 countries have appeared on the show.

Soulshine Pizza Factory in Nashville is celebrating their 1 year anniversary. A hometown favorite in Oxford and Jackson, Miss., taking over the Hollywood Disco space on Division, near Losers Bar and behind Chuy's.  Voted best pizza in Mississippi five years in a row, Soulshine has taken Nashville by storm. Founder Chris Sartin, an avid Allman Brothers fan, named his place after an Allman Brothers song.

This event is sponsored by the following businesses: Nashville Fringe Festival, Lagunitas, Coors Light, Omega Lab, Bettie Page Clothing, Phlox and Hippie Radio 94.5FM.

visit here for more information: http://mandoblues.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Elkie Brooks..Nothin' But the Blues..collection of classic tracks by the British Queen of Blues

Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder; 25 February 1945) is an English singer, originally the vocalist with Vinegar Joe, and later a solo artist. She gained her biggest success in the late 1970s and 1980s and has been nominated twice for Brit Awards. She is known for her powerful husky voice and hit singles such as "Pearl's a Singer", "Lilac Wine", "Don't Cry Out Loud", "Fool (If You Think It's Over)", "No More the Fool" and her top-selling album Pearls. She is generally referred to as the "The British Queen of Blues".

Nothin' But The Blues album was originally released in 1994 and is a collection of 16 classic Blues and R'n'B Songs. Elkie does these in her own unmistakable style and does justice to these timeless tracks.

1 I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
2 Baby Get Lost
3 Blues For Mama
4 Baby What You Want Me to Do
5 Tell Me More Then Some
6 I'd Rather Go Blind
7 I Wonder Who
8 Ain't No Use
9 Nobody But You
10 I Love Your Lovin' Ways
11 Bad Bad Whiskey
12 Fine And Mellow
13 Me and My Gin
14 Mean And Evil
15 Trouble In Mind

16 Please Send Me Someone To Love 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Paul Winn Band...blues/rock outfit from Sydney clocks up 147,00 YouTube views

"Down So Long" - Paul Winn Band

Humble Beginnings - When asked about how the band got together, the guys confess that "we all first met while performing in a dodgy production of the musical Grease. Hopefully our music doesn’t resemble anything from Grease… not that there’s anything wrong with that."

In 2004, they recorded their self-titled debut album which had more of a singer/songwriter feel to it. Since then, the album has been played on radio throughout Australia, Europe and the USA. Their music has also been featured in Australian films and TV.

"This is a record with the self-confidence to swear off a producer's bells and whistles and to lovingly embrace songsmithing and, above all, melody."

Todd Beemis (Indie-music).

They have also just released a new "live" album. Read more and stream their music here: www.paulwinnband.com
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Brighton (UK) based Alt/Blues trio STARK release STORIES FROM THE GROUND March 4th

With their unorthodox blend of old and new influences, ranging from 1930s American blues to British progressive rock, Stark defies categorization. For the last three years, this Brighton-based trio has been honing their songwriting and performance skills, recording, producing and releasing their own music - to huge critical acclaim. Their infectious melodies, profoundly poetic lyrics and unique arrangements have won Stark a dedicated and growing fan base. 

A heavy touring schedule and frequent festival appearances including the Tenby Blues Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival and The Alternative Escape has began to put Stark on the map. Since the release of their debut EP, ‘Where the Grey Slates Meet’, they have built a strong following and gained a reputation for their superlative musicianship. The band's latest release, Stories From The Ground, sees them move up another gear - 2014 is set to be an exciting year.

On January 1st 2014, Stark released the first track from their latest release, Let’s Fall Down Together for free on Soundcloud. This was a result of an online vote where the fans could choose which track would be the first free download from Stories From The Ground.

A mini album launch has also been confirmed for Stark on March 4th 2014 at The Prince Albert, Brighton. Details and line up to be confirmed soon.

Tour Dates:
Jan 28th: London - The Alley Cat
Feb 2nd: London - Acklam Village Market
Feb 21st: Lewes - The Lamb
Feb 22nd: Brighton - The Hope
Feb 25th: St Albans - The White Lion
Mar 4th: Brighton - Prince Albert
May 24th: Ireby - Ireby Festival
 May 25th: Cockermouth - Bush Inn

‘Let’s Fall Down Together’ download available here: https://soundcloud.com/starkband/lets-fall-down-together

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rick Randlett...blues man from Florida releases acoustic flavored album

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rick Randlett has been part of the Florida blues scene for more than 15 years. After many years fronting his three piece electric band, Rick has released his second acoustic flavored album. 'Nothing To Do' showcases the many sides of Rick's songwriting. From the opening riff of "Heart Made of Stone" to the lap steel flavored musings of "I Wonder" and the vocal and resonator piece "Full Moon", Rick takes us on a tour of acoustic blue styles with a decidedly non-traditional approach. 

Special notice must be given to the title song a duet with Pete Karnes, former harmonica player with John Lee Hooker. This relaxed, funny song takes the listener back to the classic duets of the Piedmont masters. If you love acoustic blues, give Rick Randlett a listen. Let his weathered voice and emotional songs wash over you and soon you'll be telling everyone about this album!

Rick Randlett - vocals, guitars, dobro, lap steel
Mitch Rogers - Bass Guitar
Donny Weatherford - drums, wasboard, guitar case
Special Guest: Pete "King" Karnes - harmonica
Produced by Donny Weatherford

Marty's review: If you need to understand what blues and roots music is about, then "Nothing To Do", the latest album by Rick Randlett, is a good lesson in this musical genre. Rick's laid back, acoustic style blues has all the elements of traditional blues but with a contemporary feel. The sliding sounds of the dobro and lap steel, the percussion of the washboard and "guitar case", the slow wailing harmonica plus Rick's slightly raspy vocals, all combine to make this an enjoyable listen from start to finish. The production by Donny Weatherford is simple yet slick and does not complicate Rick's songwriting in any way. It's an album that encourages repeated plays and you'll enjoy it whilst relaxing on the front porch or having a few cold ones with good friends.

visit Rick and sample some of his tracks here: http://www.rickrandlett.com/home