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John Mayall new CD released 27th Jan 2017

Talk About That (CD) 

 

Iconic musician and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall releases his latest CD, Talk About That. Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on two tracks, "The Devil Must Be Laughing" and "Cards on the Table," both John Mayall compositions. The songs showcase Walsh's amazing guitar work and are destined to be two of the many highlights on this new disc. For Joe Walsh, playing on a session with one of his musical heroes also held a special place. "It has been a bucket-list item since 1970 to play with John Mayall," states Walsh. "John had a run of GREAT British guitarists (one after another) with his 'Bluesbreakers' albums, and that's how many of us in the States became aware of them. Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor - I studied them all for hours and became a much better guitarist as a result. The albums were legendary stuff and I have wanted to work with John for years and years, wondering what it would be like."Produced by John Mayall (who also designed the album package) and Forty Below Records president Eric Corne (who also engineered and mixed), Talk about That was recorded at House of Blues Studio in Encino, California, and contains 11 tracks: eight originals, plus covers from Memphis soul music songwriter Bettye Crutcher ("It's Hard Going Up"), blues great Jimmy Rogers ("Goin' Away Baby") and rock singer/songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams ("Don't Deny Me").The album also showcases a three-piece horn section that adds extra punch on several tracks, including the infectious New Orleans-flavored "Gimme Some Of That Gumbo."

Review curtsey of Spin Disks.  

https://www.spincds.com/coming-soon/dirty-water-cd-52013

 

NEW CRAWDADDY BLUES CLUB - ROLL OF HONOUR 2016

Wouldn't you love to go to a Blues club that put the best bands on week after week and wouldn't you think how lucky I am to see all these Wonderful bands..... Well then, have a look through the list below and see if there any bands you fancy seeing sometime & maybe if they were local too.......   This was the complete list of bands The New Crawdaddy Blues Club put on during 2016! If you thinks that's good check out who we have coming to the club in 2017!!!

JERIMIAH MARQUES & THE BLUE ACES - 24 PESOS  

TIM AVES & WOLFPACK - CHRIS KING ROBINSON BAND

CHAD STRENTZ & THE CHAD-ILLACS

ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION - JIM CRAWFORD  

GREGOR HILDEN ALLSTARS - BLUES CONSORTIUM 

THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – REBECCA DOWNES

SALVATION JAYNE - MALAYA BLUE - MICK PINI 

PAUL LAMB & THE KINGSNAKES - THE CADILLAC KINGS 

SOUTHERN SOUL CONNECTION with JO HARMAN

PAUL COX & THE PROOF - RED BUTLER 

GREG COULSON BAND - SPLIT WHISKERS - ROLLO MARKEE 

GUY TORTORA BAND - JERIMIAH MARQUES 

HITMAN BLUES BAND with NY CITY HORNS (USA) 

MARCUS MALONE BAND - AYNSLEY LISTER 

BACKWATER ROLL BLUES BAND - KATIE BRADLEY BAND

CHANTEL McGREGOR - TREV TURLEY & Friends 

NICKY MOORE'S BLUES CORPORATION

CATFISH - BABAJACK - RON SAYER Jr With CHARLOTTE JOYCE 

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM (USA) - CONNIE LUSH 

ROSCO LEVEE - THE SPIKE DRIVERS - The Roosters                                          

BEN POOLE BAND - BAD INFLUENCE - CONSORTIUM CREAM

LARRY GARNER (USA) & NORMAN BEAKER BAND

STORM WARNING - TOM WALKER BAND 

MISSISSIPPI MacDONALD & THE COTTONMOUTH KINGS

KYLA BROX BAND - NORTHSYDE.

AND LAST BUT NEVER LEAST....... THE HEATERS!

 

 

 

 

Rosco Levee review - Gig 30th Sept 2016

A recent review from an online music blog called Plunger Music which has a review from Moray Stuart on the gig.

Now read on......

Cream of the scene justify Plunger’s Blind Faith…

…[that’s enough supergroup references. Ed

Plunger might be overexcited, but if you take Rosco Levee and Mike Ross (two of the best guitarist/singer/writer’s around) and back them up with a jazz-soul-trained bassist and a drummer who’s a regular in Dudley Ross’s Blues Bandits (in Ricky Kinrade and Rick Kent respectively) it’s not unreasonable to don the Dirty Mac, and head off to Billericay in expectation of a Domino effect.

Only recently formed, the band are still amassing material of their own so, citing George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh as precedent, the set was composed of a mix of Rosco and Mike’s own numbers as well as new tunes, and despite only one in-the-room rehearsal (two days before the show!) it all sounded pretty fucking awesome.

The swaggering lush slide of Goldrush kicked things off at a stately majestic pace, before Old Bessie’s barrelling romp allowed Rosco and Mike to engage in a touch of call-and-response, first in vocals and then on guitar, Mike’s skittering slide break answered by Rosco’s own brassy blaring riposte. The two-guitar-voices featured too on the (as yet unrecorded) Allmans-cover-Elmore-James-style Mean Woman Blues, Rosco’s gutsy monster distortion preceding Mike’s trenchant           wah-outing.

Mike’s Aretha-borrowed chugging, down-and-dirty I Love You was followed by a slow, dreamy Lazy, a peyote-laced slice of Parsons-meets-Lennon country and the hard-edged Hooker-boogie of Harpo, driven by Mike’s belligerent vocal and Rosco’s Duane-on-steroids slide.

The first of the new material was Write It In The Sky: alternating trippy Beatlesy descending progression, pulsing beat and anthemic chorus, the clever slow/fast time-shifts belying their recent formation, topped with a skyscraping, effect-drenched, siren solo. Keeping up the hallucinatory vibe, Spinning In The Sand opened with Dead / Byrds jangly noodling over lysergic-shuffle drums and liquid Bruceish bass. Some Creamy heavy riffing led to Mike’s spacey Marc Ford-style discursive solo and an interstellar overdrive effect-pedal wig-out from Rosco.

Yeah, Yeah (a prospective first single “or YouTube download or whatever the kids do these days”) was a boisterous blues-inflected Lennonesque stomp with Rosco’s snarling scattergun vocal, excellent 70s style hook and an air-punching, shout-along chorus, while the “Motown…ish” urgent, snare-led, soully bop of Glimmer Of Hope included some sweet snatches of harmony guitar, an unexpectedly jazzy-acid midbreak and falsetto harmony vocals from Mike and Rosco.

A return to Rosco’s older material closed the set with the portentous Doors-meets-Velvets lope of Woman (I Told You So), that saw Mike bouncing manically around the stage and Rosco’s gritty full-on scream back at its best. As it was a blues club appropriate encores saw a cover of the staple How Blue Can You Get (where Rosco did indeed show the first and only signs of ring-rustiness!) and Breaking Down (“the Rolling Stones version, as there are four of us up here!”) with a sublime southern-fried break from Mike and cracking closing slide from Rosco.

Despite their numerous apologies and jokes about being a bit rough around the edges this really was a very impressive debut. With more stage-time, more new songs (and the promise of an album) this is going to be THE new band for 2017. All they’ll need then is a band name…

Pic thanks to Graham Chapman.

Rosco Levee (middle) Rockin out at The New Crawdaddy Blues Club.

European Blues Awards - 2016

EUROPEAN BLUES AWARDS

November 3, 2016

Voting Begins in the 36th European Blues Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that voting has begun in the 36th European Blues Awards. See listed finalists below and place your votes before close of play on Wednesday 9th November. Voting is open to all and although volume is expected to far exceed all previous levels, some categories are notoriously closely fought. Results will be announced on Saturday 12th of November 2016 at the Tenby Blues Festival, Wales UK. There will also be a special #BluesHour session on Twitter Monday 14th November – please follow @blueshour for more information.

Thanks to the hundreds of nominations that we received and for your continued support that has made the European Blues Awards the biggest genre accolade outside the USA.                             EBA Team

Various categories - 

Best Album/Recorded Session

Best Musician (Performance) 2016

Best Solo/Acoustic

Best Guitarist

Best Vocalist

Lots of interesting people up for these awards so jump on in and put your X in the box as you know it makes sense. A vote for the Blues is a vote for Blue power! and this needs all the support it can get so do your bit. Ta

https://europeanbluesawards.wordpress.com/

Sari Schorr  is one of the musicians up for an award and those who saw her at The New Crawdaddy Blues club recently will understand why she has been nominated. A Class act.

We are also lucky that Sari will be returning in the new year for her 2nd visit. Can't wait.

Stay Blue

 

Alligator Records News.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS NEWS BRIEFS

Alligator President Bruce Iglauer Named An Apple Music Curator

 

Apple Music has named Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer an official "curator". To that end, Iglauer has created five playlists, free to Apple Music subscribers.

The playlists include many of Iglauer's favourite blues songs, both by Alligator artists and others. The playlists are Alligator Essential TracksBlues Harmonica GreatsChicago Blues Yesterday And TodayRockin' Blues Guitar Heroes and The Next Generation Of Blues Giants.

 

Alligator Records is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary. The two-CD Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection, released on June 10, is already a favorite among blues fans, critics and disc jockeys around the world. Featuring classics from Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and Mavis Staples alongside tracks from newcomers Shemekia Copeland, Selwyn Birchwood, Moreland & Arbuckle and Jarekus Singleton. No Depression says, "If Alligator didn’t exist, somebody would have to invent it. Over the years, it’s become one of those things you take for granted, but one no blues fan could do without. You can forget about shuffling through the selections looking for good ‘uns. Anywhere you jump in you hit paydirt."
 

 

WGN-TV Feature On Chicago Bluesman Toronzo Cannon Nominated For Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award
 

Blues Man By Night, Bus Driver By Day, the four-minute WGN-TV feature on Chicago's Toronzo Cannon which aired in March 2016, has been nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award, given out by The National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences. The piece, produced by Pam Grimes with Mike D'Angelo and anchored by Steve Sanders, helped introduce Cannon's music and winning personality to a city always hungry for well-crafted, original blues. Awards will be announced on December 3, 2016.

 

Cannon’s songs – from searing blues anthems to swinging shuffles to soulful ballads to roof-raising rockers – tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways. His Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way(produced by Cannon along with label president Bruce Iglauer), won the 2016Living Blues Award for Producer Of The Year. It features all self-penned songs, inspired by Cannon's deep, homegrown Chicago roots and powered by his blistering guitar playing and soul-baring vocals.

 

Through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and most impressively, his passion for what he is doing, Cannon is among the city's most popular and recognizable blues artists. He’s battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has already played multiple tours of Europe and continues to drive his bus by day and deliver roof-raising performances around the world by weekend night.

 

 

Two Alligator Records Songs To Appear In Bad Santa 2
 

Two songs from the vast Alligator Records catalog -- William Clarke's Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus and Koko Taylor's Merry Merry Christmas -- will be heard in the upcoming major motion picture, Bad Santa 2. The film, directed by Mark Waters and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox, will be released on November 23, 2016.

 

The Clarke song will be the version fans know and love, as first heard on The Alligator Records Christmas CollectionMerry Merry Christmas, written by Taylor, and also originally heard on The Alligator Records Christmas Collection, has been newly recorded for the film by Louise Goffin. Both of these tracks (and others) will appear on the film's soundtrack album.
 


Life's better with a gator!

Life's better with a gator!



Chicago Bluesman Toronzo Cannon Nominated For Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award.

Chicago Bluesman Toronzo Cannon Nominated For Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award.

British Blues Awards 2016

It's that time of year again. You're in the running for that coveted Oscar and you just know it's going to be this year! YES! It is my time...... Well, as it goes it's much the same when it comes to the British Blues Awards and this year is no exception with all the nominated players on tender hooks waiting for that call...... So, here we go.

  Winners and Runners Up:-

Male Vocalist of the Year – Sponsored by Blues in the South

1) Alan Nimmo
2) Aynsley Lister
3) Marcus Bonfanti

Female Vocalist of the Year – Sponsored by Digital Blues

1) Rebecca Downes
2) Connie Lush
3) Kaz Hawkins

Band of the Year – Sponsored by The Tuesday Night Music Club

1) The Nimmo Brothers
2) The Laurence Jones Band
3) Red Butler

Acoustic Act of the Year – Sponsored by Blues is the Truth

1) Ian Siegal
2) Marcus Bonfanti
3) Joel Fisk and Jon Amor

Guitarist of the Year – Sponsored by New Crawdaddy Blues Club

1) Laurence Jones
2) Alan Nimmo
3) Aynsley Lister

Harmonica Player of the Year – Sponsored by Wall2Wall Blues

1) Mark Feltham
2) Will Wilde
3) Trevor Steger

Keyboard Player of the Year – Sponsored by G99photography

1) Paul Long
2) Paddy Milner
3) Steve Watts

Bass Player of the Year – Sponsored by The Blues and Soul Show.com

1) Lindsay Coulson
2) Roger Inniss
3) Matthew Brooks

Drummer of the Year – Sponsored by The Hat Reviews

1) Andrew Naumann
2) Sam Kelly
3) Mark Barrett

Instrumentalist of the Year – Sponsored by Raven and the Blues

1) Becky Tate
2) Kyla Brox
3) Karena K

Young Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Pablo and the Blues Show

1) Laurence Jones
2) Alex Butler
3) Matthew Long

Blues Festival of the Year – Sponsored by Blues and Roots PR

1) Upton Blues Festival
2) Blues on the Farm
3) Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival Colne

Overseas Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Sunday Morning Soul

1) Buddy Guy
2) Dan Patlansky
3) Dana Fuchs

Independent Blues Broadcaster of the Year – Sponsored by The Roots Collective

1) Paul Long
2) Dave Raven
3) Gary Grainger

Blues Album of the Year – Sponsored by Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club

1) Reaching for the Light – King King
2) Renaissance – Connie Lush Band
3) Big Blues – Jesse Davey

Blues Song of the Year – Sponsored by GMH Promotions

1) Rush Hour – King King
2) Believe – Rebecca Downes
3) Walk on Land – Chantel McGregor

The Barry Middleton Memorial Award for Emerging Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Blues in Britain

1) Rebecca Downes
2) The Voodoo Sheiks
3) The Della Grants

The Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award for Songwriter of the Year – Sponsored by Blues and Roots Connections

1) King King
2) Stevie Nimmo
3) Wily Bo Walker

Blues Great – Papa George – Sponsored by Cavern Club London

Blues Great – The Hoax – Sponsored by Ginger Cow Marketing

Lifetime Achievement – Pete Feenstra – Sponsored by

Wrinkly Rockers Club.

 

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Congratulations to all the Winners and we look forward in seeing a lot of them down the

New Crawdaddy Blues Club in the near future.

Keep it real. Keep it Live & Keep on attending.

If you don't go to the gigs then that's another club gone and Nobody wants that.

Hope to see you all soon.

The Oracle

 

Billericay Beer Festival with Music!

Greetings!
Hello a welcome to the 'New' New Crawdaddy Blues Club "Blog".

We hope to be filing this space with wonderful & relevant Blues orientated news. Blues News even!

And talking of Blues news we must give a special shout out to our devine landlords.... The Billericay Football Club! without who's help and understanding our humble Blues club would no longer be in existence. So, Big thanks to Steve and Sharon for their support and appreciation. 

This coming weekend it's all hands to the decks as the Billericay Beer Festival rolls into town.
On the Friday - Saturday & Sunday there will be lots of beers and lots of music! (24th / 25th / 26th June)

The Billericay Lions website can give you all the details you need including the opening times so check out the link here....  Billericay Lions Beer Festival 

As for the music at this wonderful bash, check out the dedicated festival music page here.... FESTIVAL MUSIC

Friday
Roy Mette Band - (HEADLINE)

Saturday
Flawless Carbon
Lucky Dog
Dave Press
The Heaters
Connor Selby Band
The Roosters
Northsyde - (HEADLINE)

Sunday
Booga Red
Carousel
The Blues Spiders - (HEADLINE)

I hope there is enough there to wet your musical appetite and we look forward in seeing you all there.

Cheers!

The Oracle.