Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Award-Winning Roots Singer/Guitarist JW-Jones Has Everything Now on His New Album On Solid Blues Records, Distributed by Stony Plain

Award-winning roots singer/guitarist JW-Jones new solo album, Everything Now, is out now on Solid Blues Records, distributed by Stony Plain. Joining him on the new disc are special guests Jimmie Vaughan, The Texas Horns, Rob McNelley, Stanton Moore and Gordie Johnson of Canadian roots monsters, Big Sugar, among others. JW penned the entire album with fellow Canadian legends Dick Cooper and Johnson (who also produced).
“I am incredibly proud of these songs, and this music,” says Jones. “It is 100% original roots and blues with a variety of grooves, feels, and personal lyrics. This is a snapshot of who I am as a person, and where I am as an artist today.”

Everything Now features some heavyweight instrumental support: the legendary Jimmie Vaughan, The Texas Horns, Rob McNelley, Stanton Moore, Aaron Sterling, and includes unchartered sonic territory for Jones with real strings on the exceptional ‘To Tell You the Truth (I Lied).”
The recordings were produced in Austin, Texas, with multi-platinum-selling artist Gordie Johnson, as well as in Ottawa, Canada, with long-time collaborator Eric Eggleston.
“Gordie and I met the old fashioned way, on Instagram during the pandemic,” relates Jones. “After meeting for lunch many months later in Austin and visiting his studio, I was enamored by his passion and process of creating new music, which led to working together. He’s a total freak talent as a producer, guitarist, singer, bassist, drummer, keyboards – you name it – everyone knows that… but more than that, he’s an incredible guy. He’s got such a chill and wise vibe, and I learned more about how to be a more emotionally- balanced human than I have from just about anyone else. I look up to him in so many ways.”

For JW-Jones, the Everything Now recording sessions highlights are many, starting with Jimmie Vaughan. “Recording with Jimmie Vaughan, my biggest living influence, is a childhood dream come true, and his king-of-cool vibe leaps out of the speakers on the track, ‘Take Your Time.’ “Since I was 15 years old, I’ve dreamed about trading riffs with Jimmie Vaughan, and some 25 years later, that dream came true when Jimmie came over to Gordie’s studio. Talk about a ‘bucket list’? Unbelievable! I am so grateful for his support and generosity.
“Songs – It’s all about the songs!” adds Jones, whose searing axemanship has been praised in recent years by legendary blues artists Buddy Guy and Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones). “While there are plenty of burning lead guitar solos on the new album, I wanted to open up and get more personal than ever with the lyrics. From the true story, ‘Papa’s in the Pen,’ to ‘When You Left,’ that I sang with tears rolling down my cheeks about my mother’s passing, these are stories that I feel like I can finally share through my music.”
The Texas Horns are long-time friends and frequent touring buddies. “Texas Horns leader Kaz Kazanoff has been a friend for a couple of decades, since we first played together at the Ottawa Blues Festival in 2002. When we’re in Austin, he opens his home to my entire band, and I’ve always wanted to get The Texas Horns on a record. Since I was already in Austin working with Gordie Johnson, it was easy for Kaz, Al Gomez, and John Mills to visit the studio to record. They brought the perfect feel to the most heartfelt song on the record, ‘When you Left.’ It means so much to me to have The Texas Horns be part of such a special song.
“And what can I say about Rob McNelley? He’s a multi-ACM winner of the guitarist of the year, toured with Bob Seger, first-call studio guitarist for Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Buddy Guy, Kingfish, Joe Bonamassa, and many more, and he appeared on my JUNO-nominated Belmont Boulevard record in 2014. During the pandemic, we had a wonderful Zoom video-call to discuss how to create unique rhythm guitar parts for various styles of roots music, and it led to Rob cutting a track for ‘My Luck,’ which I was working on at the time. His tone and feel throughout gave the song a bounce that took it to a totally new level!
“Three of the best drummers in the world are also on this album; Aaron Sterling – session drummer to the stars (John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles. Lady A, and many more), Stanton Moore (New Orleans drumming master, and the best drummer I’ve ever seen live, period.), and shuffle king Jason Corbiere (tours with Jimmie Vaughan). I even played drums on a track (‘Keeping Me Up’)!”

JW-Jones has racked up an impressive number of awards and accolades in recent years, both as a solo performer and as a member of Canadian roots group, HOROJO Trio, including the 2020 International Blues Challenge winner as “Best Guitarist,” a JUNO Award nomination, and Billboard Top 10 Blues Artist, during a career that has thus far taken him to 23 countries on four continents. The HOROJO Trio also won the 2020 International Blues Challenge as “Best Band.”
The frequent resident of Billboard magazine’s Top 10 Blues charts and roots radio favorite continues to accelerate his career momentum to new heights, whether as a personally-requested sit-in with the likes of 8-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, opening for blues-rock icon George Thorogood, or entertaining thrilled audiences in 23 countries and four continents.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Keith Shaw. New single

New single by Keith Shaw.

The single has been done in 2 versions. An English language version called "Waiting For A Miracle", and a version in Spanish called "Esperando Un Miracle". 

He wrote this song for his wife who has been battling cancer since mid-2023. 

The song is upbeat, and the lyrics are about hope, and her never giving up the fight.

The official release date was Monday 15 January 2024.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Black Vultures

The Black Vultures return with follow up single 'NEVER SAY.

Having released their exciting and anticipated awaited debut single 'Treat Me Like An Animal' in November 2023, The Black Vultures are BACK with follow up single 'NEVER SAY'.

Previous outing 'Treat Me Like An Animal' performed very well for a debut, not only via streaming platforms & Radio, but it also received favourable reviews from Music industry reviewers. Treat Me Like An Animal additionally WON single of 2023 - Selected by Radio DJ Neil Jones of Smart 101 Radio & 'Bad Monkey Records'.

The Black Vultures- Are described as an Energetic 4 piece Rock Band, hailing from the heart of the Gwent Valleys, South Wales. They recorded both 'Treat Me Like an Animal' & follow up single 'Never Say' with Local Welsh Producer Tom Williams (De'Lour) at Unit 13 Studios, Tredegar. Both singles were mastered by Chris Peet of North House Studio, Ebbw Vale.

The Black Vultures are: Huw Williams - Singer & Rhythm Guitar / Aled Owen Jones - Lead Guitar / Mitch Casey - Bass & Backing Vocals / Brandon Pritchard - Drummer.

Influences/ For Fans of: QOTSA/The White Stripes/The Stokes/ The Black Keys/ Velvet Revolver/ Stone Temple Pilots/ Them Crooked Vultures/ Black Sabbath/The Black Crows/Foo Fighters/Eagles of Death Metal

The band crafted their name, through their collective enjoyment for bands including: 'The Black Keys' 'Black Sabbath' & 'Them Crooked Vultures' - Resulting in the creation of their title: 'THE BLACK VULTURES'.

Single 'NEVER SAY'- Focuses on a relationship, whereby one person within the relationship realises that there is a need to move on. Having come to the conclusion that things aren't working, the party ending the relationship is hopeful that the other person doesn't present themselves back in their life, in the hope that they agree to walk away in a different direction without further issues or problems.

The band plan on releasing their third single during April 2024 (with a further video), which will be recorded during January 2024 with local Welsh Producer Chris Peet. The band will also begin recording their debut album during early-mid 2024, again with Welsh-based producer Chris Peet (North House Studio, Ebbw Vale).

The Black Vultures have played relentlessly throughout 2023 & they look forward to new upcoming shows and festivals during 2024. The band plan to grow their name across Wales & the UK, by playing energetic, catchy songs, engaging crowds through their growing stage presence.

Monday, April 8, 2024

wht.rbbt.obj (White Rabbit Object)

Bluesy, Smoky, Sexy, and Raw. wht.rbbt.obj ("White Rabbit Object") is a "femme fatale" fronted, guitar driven alternative rock outfit from Chicago, Illinois. What started as a secret side project for a married couple, Frank & River Rabbitte, wht.rbbt.obj has grown into a four piece musical tour de force. James Van Osdol of "Car Con Carne" described them as "Amy Winehouse meets The Black Keys and challenges them to a game of strip poker." NPR's Greg Kot of "Sound Opinions" in describing their first single "Jolene's Reply," said, "This song swings like a wrecking ball . . . 

Heavily distorted roadhouse raunch . . . The dirtiest groove I've heard in a long time." And UpToHear Music recently wrote about their latest single, "wht.rbbt.obj will blow everything you own out of Earth's orbit . . . We have never been more excited to share something with the world. Does it sound like PJ Harvey on steroids? Is this some long lost relative of Amy Winehouse or some already-famous band who is just f'ing with us . . . ? We don’t know!” 

In June of 2022, wht.rbt.obj was selected to perform at The Richmond International Film & Music Festival where they were awarded the "Critics Choice Award for Music and Performance." In November of 2022, their newest single, "Once More Down The Rabbit Hole" won a songwriting award from USA Songwriting Competition. wht.rbbt.obj invites you to follow them down the rabbit hole, to peek behind the curtain, and peer through the looking glass. And if you happen to know any of the players, they would ask you to keep this our little secret.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Black Pearl

BLACK PEARL is a brand new contemporary rock-blues project featuring London based, Detroit vocalist/guitarist Marcus Malone, former Wishbone Ash guitarist and arranger Muddy Manninen and songwriter Pete Feenstra.

Originally conceived as a possible song writing project between Muddy and Pete, the former Motown signing Marcus Malone quickly came on board to add his unique vocal phrasing to a project that spans rock, blues, Americana and Latino.

“As Muddy explains: "I had just completed my River Flows” album and then we had to lock down. I was talking to Pete about some song ideas, but I wanted someone else to sing them.”  

Enter Marcus Malone. That connection quickly blossomed into an EP idea and subsequently a catalogue of songs.

As Pete adds: “The idea was to tap into honest emotions and thematic narratives,  with an open ended musical approach. It took us to places we hadn’t imagined.”

Helsinki born, UK based Muddy Manninen was the songwriter and guitarist for Wishbone Ash for 4 albums over 13 years.  He wrote much of their ‘Blue Horizon’ album, widely regarded as their best for years.

He also enjoyed a prolific career in Europe with bands such as Gringos Locos with who he cut the ‘Punch Drunk’ album, produced by the legendary Tom Dowd.

He became a solo artist in 2017 and has cut 2 albums while continuing to work with saxophonist Patsy Gamble

Detroit born Marcus Malone learnt his craft opening for the likes of Bob Seger and Iggy Pop, before being coveted by Motown records.

He was relocated to LA by Ike Turner’s management and the result was the all star ‘Marcus’ album, still available on Rock Candy records.

Since moving to Europe, he opened for BB King at the Albert Hall, has cut 7 solo albums and has enjoyed both IBBA and Dutch Hit Tracks success with the Malone Sibun album ‘Come Together’.

Pete Feenstra is an award winning blues promoter, blues-rock DJ and songwriter. He has written songs for Blue Commotion, Croatia’s Ivana Gallic, Voodoo Ramble, Boris Zamba (European Blues Challenge winner) The Sharpeez, Marcus Flynn (Beyonce/Mike & The Mechanics) and Zed Mitchell, with who he topped the German Roots rock charts.