Sunday, March 30, 2014

Scottish Rocker Eilidh McKellar - New single, New album, New video and Tour!

“Hold Steady” and Major UK Tour Featured on The Rocker
Debut Album DELTA DEVIL DREAMS Coming Later 2014

“Cool as a cucumber, Eilidh McKellar plays like a seasoned veteran, and some of what she does on her solo here is scarcely credible, considering her tender years. No silly overplaying,
just quiet confidence and genuine virtuosity.”

In the UK, where the reverence for American blues artists runs deep and brings forth legendary guitar heroes such as Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton; the endless grey skies of Edinburgh, Scotland are most definitely not immune to this musical iconography.

Eilidh McKellar, a 20-year-old Scottish born singer and guitarist offers an interesting blend of indie rock, blues, and pop music with a nod toward the new world. In October 2013, her debut track and video Summer Daze premiered exclusively through Guitar World. Eilidh was then featured on LIVE on BBC’s “The Robert Elms Show in February 2014.

Now, her latest single and video are making waves with an exclusive premiere on UK’s own Never Enough Notes, leaving fans and critics alike waiting excitedly for her forthcoming debut album, Delta Devil Dreams.

Upcoming UK Tour Dates

March 31 - Smokestack
April 6 - Greystone
April 18 - Voodoo Rooms
June 24 - The Islington

Management - Guy Eckstine, Iconique Music Group -

Monday, March 24, 2014

American Roots Artist Les Lucky's Frets and Hammers Back on National Charts plus Upcoming Gigs in New Jersey

Frets and Hammers Available on and iTunes  
New York, NY- (March 20, 2014) American roots rock & blues recording artist Les Lucky has re-entered the Root Music Report's Weekly National Charts. Following it's five month stint on RMR's multi-genre in 2013 and garnering airplay on FM stations across the United States, Les Lucky's debut  Frets and Hammers has returned to the RMR National Charts in March of 2014. In February 2014, the album went into the Top 50 on three of their charts: their national Roots Rock chart (as high as #19), their national Rock chart (as high as #32), and their New York State chart (at least as high as #10). Currently, Frets & Hammers is #28 on the national Roots Rock chart and #27 on their NYS chart.
The album's title is a reference to his two main instruments, guitar and piano. Frets and Hammers features a mix of songs that showcase the breath and depth of Les Lucky's songwriting and instrumental artistry. It's lyrics and vocals are at turns tongue-in-cheek, sly, revelatory, accusatory, regretful, paranoid and beyond. The songs cover many genres including rock, blues, folk and Americana, but it's underlying continuity is clear. Les Lucky has taken his many influences and melded them into a style that is uniquely his own.
Frets and Hammers has also received airplay on international radio, including stations in Canada and Europe. Music directors and radio hosts have played multiple tracks off the album including "Lone Wolf", "I'll Take My Chances", and "Something Here Ain't Right." Radio stations across the globe have discovered an exciting new voice in American music and his name is Les Lucky.
Listen to the album at: 
Les Lucky is an American Roots singer/songwriter, engaging performer and multi-instrumentalist who writes powerful songs, sings with a broad range of emotion and fluidly jams on both keyboards & guitar. His world-worn observations provide insightful, and often personal, glimpses into life's struggles as well as its celebrations.  He distills the lessons learned from life's trials and tribulations into songs about modern-day relationships, love lost and life's wonder as well as stories of hard luck, questionable choices and human frailties.
Within months of moving to the NYC area, Les was producing music for TV and radio as well as doing local band gigs.  Within two years, he was the featured performer on over 300 dates a year while writing and recording original productions during the day. Before long, Les was being asked to perform out of town.  Along with stints in Montreal and New England, he spent 5-8 months a year as a solo performer in Europe for several years. In 2013, Les Lucky opened for Johnny Winter, Joe Louis Walker, Jimmy Thackery,Indigenous, Debbie Davies and more. Les Lucky has also headlined as a solo artist and with his band at various venues in New York and New Jersey.   
Upcoming Gigs  in New Jersey: 
The Pattenburg House (April 13) (solo),  Asbury, NJ 08802  -   
The Stanhope House (March 27, April 24 & 30, May 10 & 29), Stanhope, NJ 07874 - 
Maxfield's On Main (May 15 & July 11),  Boonton, NJ 07005 - 


Friday, March 21, 2014

UK Alt Rock/Blues trio STARK - London EP Launch and Tour Dates

Following up from my previous post on STARK , just wanted to share with you that Stark have some tour dates coming up in the next few months. One in particular is their London EP launch for their latest CD 'Stories From The Ground'. This will take place on 24th June at The 100 Club. Stark will be supporting Laurence Jones and Grainne Duffy.

Here's a link to their Soundcloud page - starkband

London tour dates are as follows:

Friday 4th April,  8pm
The Spiritual Caipirinha Bar
4-6 Ferdinand Street, Camden, London NW1 8ER
Tel: 020 7485 6791

Sunday 20th April,  5pm
The Boogaloo
312 Archway Road, Highgate, London N6 5AT
Tel: 020 8340 2928
Tickets: £3

Tuesday 24th June, 7.15pm
Supporting Laurence Jones and Grainne Duffy
The 100 Club
100 Oxford Street, Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL
Tel: 020 7636 0933
Tickets: £12

Further tour dates:

March 23rd Brighton – Sport Relief, Brighton Wheel
April 5th Derby – The Flowerpot (supporting The John Otway Band)
April 6th Penrith – The Playhouse
April 12th Brighton – The Hope
April 18th Brighton – The Seven Stars
May 15th Brighton – The Fiddler’s Elbow, Brighton Fringe Festival
May 24th Cumbria – Ireby Festival
May 25th Cockermouth – The Bush Inn
May 28th Maryport – The Bounty
May 29th Keswick – Café Bar 26
June 7th Lewes – Lewes Waterloo Bonfire, The Night Before
June 14th Brighton – The Haunt

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Slide Guitar: The Streamline Special..A Collection of Classic Guitar Blues

There's just something about slide guitar when it's done right, and it's definitely done right here. Streamline Special is something of a history lesson, as well; everyone from Robert Johnson ("Preachin' Blues") and Blind Boy Fuller ("Homesick & Lonesome Blues") to Muddy Waters ("I Feel Like Going Home") to Taj Mahal, whose "Country Blues" rendition is one of the highlights of this collection. There's the deceptively down-tempo "Two Timin' Woman" from Casey Bill Weldon, and Bukka White's "Special Streamline," where he does a train sound with his guitar that puts Aerosmith's "Train Kept a-Rollin'" to shame. Allen Shaw really does moan on "Moanin' the Blues," and Tampa Red and Georgia Tom's "No Matter How She Done It" is a smart, sassy, and frequently hilarious song. This isn't a definitive collection by a long shot, but it's an excellent introduction to the expressiveness and versatility of slide guitar. --Genevieve review

Track Listing
1. Country Blues #1 - Taj Mahal
2. Packin' Trunk Blues - Lead Belly
3. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) - Robert Johnson
4. Don't Sell It (Don't Give It Away) - Kitty Gray/Buddy Woods
5. Two Timin' Woman - Casey Bill Weldon
6. Homesick and Lonesome Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
7. Special Streamline - Bukka White
8. Bottleneck Blues - Sylvester Weaver
9. Moanin' the Blues - Allen Shaw
10. High Sheriff Blues - Charley Patton
11. Diddle-Da-Diddle - Georgia Cotton Pickers
12. Travelin' Blues - Blind Willie McTell
13. No Matter How She Done It - Georgia Tom/Tampa Red
14. Hard Times - Curley Weaver/Buddy Moss
15. I Feel Like Going Home - Muddy Waters
16. Come on in My Kitchen - Jo Ann Kelly

Sunday, March 9, 2014

He Howls..Mixtape...Raw, Acoustic, Earthy Folk Blues

He Howls releases blues and folk music strongly tied to the diverse American Primitive genre. 78's and field recordings, improvisation and looping, shaped by a small and weird Philadelphian circle of artists. 

Marty's review: If earthy, scratchy acoustic blues is your thing then He Howls' "Mixtape" deserves a listen.It will take you back to those early blues recordings that were done out on the plantations and rural towns of the USA in the 1920's and 30's. He Howls describes the album as "a collection of cassette tape and digital recordings from 2013/2014- all done in various homes. It is free as this music ought to be. Primitive music lovers rejoice!". Well, that is exactly what it is; the blues stripped back to its rawest form with a classically simple approach that's easy on the listening palette. He Howls' selection of numbers includes traditional blues and gospel plus some interesting psych-folk that sounds a little bit "out there". 

Download the album on Bandcamp here:
..and also on Soundcloud:

All instruments, barring track #15, are played by one man, often using a drum on the right foot, tambourine on the left foot, and guitar/banjo in hand.

visit He Howls at his Facebook page:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mother and Daughter Blues Team Up in the Kansas City based Blues Band "Briar"

Rolicking, soulful, irreverent Blues ------ Then to Now - with a Twist! 

Renee Wright and Briana Elisabeth, mother and daughter vocalists/songwriters, team up with some of the finest musicians in KC to create Briar. Steve Bister on drums, Brian Watts on bass, Dan Finnigan on lead guitar, and John Osborn on rhythm guitar.

A distinctive blues sound best described as romance, love, hope, and life - put to a rhythm you can move to, with a sound you can feel! 

see more here: