Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tarra Layne....southern soul/blues vocalist from LA releases new single "Cherry Moonshine"

Tarra Layne is a pop/southern soul artist based out of LA who is regularly acclaimed for her strong, soulful timbre and heartfelt writing. She has just released a new single called "Cherry Moonshine", a foot-stompin', hand-clappin' southern rock tune about letting go and following your heart wherever its ride takes you.


Her sound is very blues-influenced. She has had the pleasure of being part of a blues project based out of Minneapolis, performing on a record with Steve Cropper, Sonny T, Jellybean Johnson to name a few. She's also been very lucky to have recently hit the studio, recording two of her original songs, with Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, and Russ Kunkel. Lastly, she was recently nominated for and won an award for Best Female Vocalist (and performed) at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards at the Fonda Theater.


Marty's review: Tarra Layne's new single is raunchy, gutsy and penetrates the mind, heart and soul. She doesn't hold back and gives it all with a sound that is made to be noticed and heard. Discover what Tarra is all about and you will agree she has what it takes!


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Boom Band...Blues,Southern Rock,Country...musicians collective from UK new CD release campaign

The Boom Band is a collective of musicians from the UK, each with their own individual projects on the go, but coming together to form a band with everyone singing, writing and boasting four guitarists! They have launched an Indiegogo campaign and they NEED YOUR HELP to raise funding for the manufacture and promotion of their debut CD.

The Boom Band was put together in 2013 by guitarist Matt Taylor (The Motives/Snowy White Blues Project) and drummer Steve Rushton (Imelda May/Jeff Beck) having played several gigs together in 2012. They set about hand-picking members of the band, each asked to collaborate not only as musicians but as songwriters and front-men, with every member having experience of leading their own bands. The resulting unique line-up features the rapidly rising British blues star and current front-man of the legendary Ten Years After, Marcus Bonfanti on guitar and vocals and Jon Amor, well know on the British and European blues scene for his work with The Hoax, as well as his solo projects. Mark Butcher is the former Surrey and England International cricketer who is now more often seen wielding a guitar than a bat, has a solo album and several live appearances at the Royal Albert Hall under his belt and can list Eric Clapton and Bob Harris among his supporters! Mark completes the unprecedented four-guitar line up of The Boom Band but as if that wasn't enough they also feature the great talents of Paddy Milner, veteran of Jack Bruce's Big Blues Band and widely considered the best blues piano player in Europe and described as such by Blues Access Magazine in the states. here to find out more 

click here to visit their website

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shorty Kreutz, new album "Full Custom Boogie", one of the most exciting blues records of the year!

After 20 years given to the rockabilly trio Voodoo Swing, leader Shorty Kreutz decided to follow his Muse, his love for the sound of Blues guitar players such as Dave Gonzalez (The Paladins), Jimmie Vaughan, Steve Cropper, Kid Ramos… Shorty Kreutz teamed up with legendary Brian Fahey (The Paladins’ drummer) and other fantastic musicians who definitely know their blues: Jeff Naylor and Shea Marshall from the most meat-shaking AZ blues band The Sugar Thieves, Ryan Baker, Tommy Collins, Ali Salcedo, Kevin Tangney, Mark Witt and the soulful singer Kenyata Christina for a duet “a la” Ike and Tina Turner. 

Official release on Dec 15th 2014.


"Full Custom Boogie" sounds as if Shorty traded his hair pomade for cooking grease. “I really wanted this album to be my tribute to all of the amazing blues guitar players who have influenced me over the years. With the help of Olivier, Brian, and Jeff, it evolved into something even better than I’d hoped for.» explains Shorty. 

You want to hear more? CLICK HERE 

The CD release Party will take place at the Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ, on December 13th, 2014, at 6 pm.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Milwaukee-based Altered Five Blues Band releases new album "Cryin' Mercy"

Altered Five Blues Band has released its highly anticipated third album, Cryin' Mercy, via OmniVibe Records. The Milwaukee-based quintet recently won "Blues Artist of the Year" at the 2014 WAMI Award Show, and the new album is already receiving significant advance airplay on blues radio programs around the world.

Cryin' Mercy was produced by Tom Hambridge, best known for producing Buddy Guy's last three albums, Susan Tedeschi, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Joe Louis Walker, and many more. The tracks were recorded in Madison, WI and mixed by Hambridge and Michael Saint-Leon at the Switchyard in Nashville, TN. 

The 11-song set is a fierce collection of original, contemporary blues fused with vintage soul.

1. Demon Woman
2. I'm In Deep
3. Find My Wings
4. Stay Outta My Business
5. Counterfeit Lover
6. I Got You
7. Who's Your Lover?
8. Move House
9. Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry
10. Urgent Care
11. Back Button

Visit the band's website at

Buy the physical CD from CDBaby here.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Dai and The Ramblers concerts in London and UK tour

Hello friends,

Dai and The Ramblers have a couple of London dates that we'd like to invite you to: we're playing at Jamboree in Limehouse tonight and The Duke in Deptford on the 12th of December.

In addition, we're supporting Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott from The Beautiful South on their UK tour, which starts on the 21st of November.

We hope to see you at a gig soon.

Kind regards,

Dai and The Ramblers

click here to see previous post about Dai and The Ramblers on this blog

Friday 7th November
Jamboree (London)

Friday 21st November
Music Hall (Aberdeen)

Saturday 22nd November
O2 Academy (Newcastle Upon Tyne)

Sunday 23rd November
St George's Concert Hall (Bradford)

Monday 24th November
King Georges Hall (Blackburn)

Wednesday 26th November
Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham)

Thursday 27th November
St David's Hall (Cardiff)

Friday 28th November
The Civic Hall (Wolverhampton)

Sunday 30th November
O2 Academy (Glasgow)

Monday 1st December
Parr Hall (Warrington)

Tuesday 2nd December
O2 Academy (Leicester)

Thursday 4th December
Sheffield City Hall (Sheffield)

Friday 5th December
O2 Apollo (Manchester)

Saturday 6th December
The Spa Bridlington (Bridlington)

Tuesday 9th December
De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-On-Sea)

Wednesday 10th December
Roundhouse (London)

Friday 12th December
The Duke (London)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Igniters to Perform at Nov 7 Reunion Show at the Syria Shrine in Cheswick, PA.

The Igniters, a rock/R'n'B band with deep roots in the Pittsburgh music scene, will perform a special "Varsity House Reunion Show" on November 7 at the Syria Shrine in Cheswick, PA. 

The band, formed in the mid-1960s and reunited in 2010, will be joined on stage by several former members to deliver a wide range of material, including songs they performed for packed houses as regular headliners at Oakmont's famous Varsity House. The club was once the most popular underage venue in Pittsburgh and served as a springboard for many local groups. The Igniters will also play songs from their current repertoire of original compositions and classic blues, R'n'B, rock and soul numbers.

The original Igniters are considered a music incubator, spawning dozens of now-legendary Pittsburgh artists. Today's lineup includes the band's founder Bubs McKeg on guitar, Frank Czuri on lead vocals and percussion, Bob Breide on guitar, Paul Martello on drums and vocals, Fred Delu on keyboards, and Ray Falcsik on bass and vocals. All of these artists have either formed or performed with renowned Pittsburgh acts like The Jaggerz, Diamond Reo, The Silencers, Pure Gold, Sweet Lightnin', Magpie, Borrowed Thyme, and Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners. 

Special guests Shot O' Soul will open the Varsity House Reunion Show. A cash bar will be open, and food will be available for purchase. 

For more information, phone (412) 952-3629, or visit The Igniters' website at

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jane Lee Hooker, all-women NYC blues band, release new album "No B!" and single "Wade In the Water"

Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who take traditional blues on a fast and rough ride. Their self-released debut, No B!, will be available in November.
The band’s calling cards are songs by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats—all fed through double lead guitars, a heavy rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals.

These women are by no means new to the game. Between the five band members, they have decades of experience playing, recording and touring both nationally and internationally. Individually, the members of Jane Lee Hooker have played for thousands of fans while sharing bills with the likes of Motörhead, MC5, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Deep Purple, among others. And they’ve played more club gigs in more cities than even they can believe.

So how’d this gang of pros finally find each other?

Guitarists Tracy and Tina honed their mutual love of blazing dual leads during their time together in Helldorado in the ’90s. From there, Tracy joined Nashville Pu$$y, Tina joined Bad Wizard, and both women toured the world. But when their time with those bands ended, they realized they really missed the rush of trading guitar solos with each other and leaving audiences howling with joy and disbelief.

But first they needed a band.

They quickly recruited Mary, who had played bass with Tracy in the punk band the Wives. Melissa sat behind the drum kit and got the nod before she even finished slamming out the first song of her audition. And no singer in the entire city can bring a crowd to its knees harder or faster than Dana Danger Athens.

The band is a loud, blistering blues monster capable of whispering in your ear before stomping on your heart.

Are you ready? It’s time to get a load of Jane Lee Hooker.