Wish For What You Want competition update

Recently, the British Blues Exhibition announced its first competition. If you Wish For What You Want and enter, you might just win 52 (fifty-two) CD’s, one to listen to every week of the year.

The competition closing date is midnight on the 5th of December 2015, so the lucky winner could enjoy a particularly good Christmas and a musical New Year. Most of the CD’s are, of course, Blues, but not all…. The winning entry to the competition will be drawn by award-winning British harmonica player, Paul Lamb, of Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes.

To enter the competition, title an email “BritBluesComp”. One entry per person is allowed; entrants who enter more than once will be disqualified.

The competition question and three options to choose as your answer are below. Please write your choice, A, B, or C in the body of your email. Correct answers will be in the final draw. The winner will be contacted by email and should provide their postal address within 14 days of the notification email being sent or there will be a re-draw to find a new winner. Please send entries to comps@coollocal.co.uk.

Competition question

Who was the lead singer of British Blues act The Animals, who appeared at the Lead Belly Fest at the Royal Albert Hall on 15th June?

A. Paul Jones

B. Eric Clapton

C. Eric Burdon

The CD’s selected as prizes (with 40 to follow) are:

35. The Laura Holland Band – Dare I Believe – a first originals album from the Stax-soaked British band

34. The Laura Holland Band – Smokehouse Sessions – a British take on Blues and Soul classics

33. Austin Young – Blue As Can Be – American Blues

32. The New Groove – Quit Bitchin’ – British and loud

31. Eliza Neals – Messin’ with a Fool – hefty Detroit Rock and Blues

30. Bex Marshall – House of Mercy – lively British Blues (single)

29. Ben River – Ben River – over to the folky side, from the UK

28. Daunielle – Daunielle – warm vocals from the United States

27. Frank Bang & the Secret Stash – Double Dare, entertainingly named Blues Rock from the United States

26. Du Bellows – Stir Studio Sessions – very contemporary and absorbing British music

25. Kirsten Thien – Solo Live from the Meisenfrei Blues Club – one of the more prominent Blues ladies, hailing from New York

24. The Road Kings – Dust & Gasoline – Harley Davidson inspired Southern Rock and Blues from Birmingham (UK)

23. Smokin’ John Tropea – Take Me Back to the Old School – Jazzy output from the United States

21 and 22. Savoy Brown – Songs from the Road (counts as two, CD and DVD) – Highly successful British Blues export to the United States

20. Blue to Brown – Blue to Brown – British Blues

19. D.A Foster – the real thing – American Blues

18. Ruby Tiger – Vistas – songs from a British Blues diva

17. Dudley Taft – Deep, Deep Blue – very hard Rockin’ Blues from the United States

16. Ryk Mead and the London Blues Machine – British Blues

15. The Red Dirt Skinners – promotional copy of Sinking The Mary Rose. A rare act as popular with Country fans as Blues ones.

14. The John Verity Band – Say Why? Some cracking music

13. Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective (UK). The vibrant whole of the Roots tree

12. Vargas Blues Band (Spain), From The Dark. Highly accomplished Blues Rock from the Iberian peninsula;

11. – Debbie Bond and the Trudats, US, That Thing Called Love. Properly tuneful and melodic Blues from Alabama

10. – Matt O’Ree (US), Live In Denver, CO. A hard hitting guitarist with a new album coming with quite a stunning array of guests;

9. – Blacktop Deluxe (UK), Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard. Guitarist Keith Howe was just getting into fine form with Blue on Black when they disbanded, here he has gone one better;

8. – Marcus Malone (UK), Let The Sunshine In (UK). One of Britain’s finest guitar slingers, thoughin fact Marcus hails originally from Detroit, USA;

7. – The Mighty Bosscats (UK), Boiling Pot. A strong mix of British songs, at times with similarities to Dire Straits;

6. – The Sharpees (UK), Mississippi Thrill, feat. Roger Cotton (Peter Green’s Splinter Group), Brian Willoughby (The Strawbs) and Richard Hayes (Bad Influence). Real Rockin’ Rhythms and a British Blues sound (akin to Dr Feelgood);

5. – The City Boys Allstars (US), Blinded By The Night, feat Tom ‘Bones’ Malone and ‘Blue’ Lou Marini of The Blues Brothers Band. Blues, Rock, Soul and more played by a big band of some of the best musicians on the New York scene;

4. – Andy Twyman (UK), Blues You Haven’t Heard Before. Superb one-man Blues Boogie from a young master of the craft;

3. – The Axis of Awesome (Australia) – an inspired comedy Rock act who tour the UK at intervals – signed copy of Cry YOURSELF a RIVER; 33 million viewers have seen their ace Four Chord Song on You Tube;

2. – The Enzymes and the Active Ingredients (US), feat. Murphy Dunne from the Blues Brothers Band. Seriously eclectic Rock ‘n’ Roll;

1. – The Billy Walton Band (US), signed copy of Wish For What You Want, out on Vizztone Records on 27th January, the new album by a fabulous New Jersey band touring the UK in April and June 2015. Feat. Southside Johnny, Tony Braunagel (Back Street Crawler, Eric Burdon, Robert Cray Band), and Mike Finnigan (Bonnie Raitt, Phantom Blues Band).

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Pete Brown interviewed

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Recently, the British Blues Exhibition interviewed Pete Brown, musician, producer, film maker, singer, lyricist and poet, about his life, co-writing with Jack Bruce and Cream, and more. You can hear the resulting interview here and check out all the exhibition audio interviews here.

Nicky Moore announced as fifth exhibition curator/spokesman

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Left, Timmy Moore; right, Nicky Moore

Nicky Moore, the man known as ‘The Voice’ in British Blues, is the fifth Curator announced by the British Blues Exhibition, following Andy Twyman (one man band), Paul Lamb (harmonica), Roger Inniss (bass), and Jamie Pipe (keyboards).

Aspects of the British Blues Exhibition have Curators with particular relevant experience and expertise. The role of a Curator is to help build relevant content in the British Blues Exhibition and to act as a spokesman in their field of knowledge. It can have an additional aspect, to venerate the individual chosen, and Nicky Moore deserves that recognition as a premier vocalist.

Former Hackensack, Samson and Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation frontman, Nicky is now in duo Kyle & Moore with guitarist Danny Kyle.

Check out his page here.

Competition winner

Mr F of Bermondsey, London, is the winner of the 100 Club competition for one pair of tickets to give away to the Laurence Jones, Laura Holland Band and Bourbon Street Revival night on Tuesday 29th September at London’s legendary 100 Club.

We still have a few tickets available for purchase on a British Blues Exhibition special offer! To get in touch for these tickets please email promusicagency@outlook.com or call 07708 712011.

British Blues Exhibition travels north and south

In the space of a week (30th and 31st August and 3rd September), travelling versions of the British Blues Exhibition appeared in the Great British R & B Festival 2015 in Colne, Lancashire, and at the Boisdale Canary Wharf, a venue whose Patron of Music is Jools Holland. Photos from Colne are below:

The foyer of the British Stage at Colne hosted the exhibition for two days – and the chili from the eatery next to the stand is recommended for next year. A big thank you to the organisers and staff of the festival for their help and hospitality. Onto a briefer expedition to London:

The Boisdale Canary Wharf hosted the exhibition’s Briefcase Full of Blues on a night when Mike Vernon and the Mighty Combo were playing. Mike and his band played a well-paced succession of 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s Rhythm and Blues classics and some songs from Mike’s new album. Piano and keyboard master and Boisdale regular Eric Ranzoni was also present and showed off his new album at the exhibition. One play later, it proved to be a mix of covers and originals played on piano and with vocals, a barrelhouse delight reminiscent of Memphis Slim, Piano Red and Professor Longhair. For piano panache, look no further, seriously.

Thank you also to the staff of the Boisdale Canary Wharf.

Next up for the British Blues Exhibition is a Jo-Ann Kelly tribute night in Sevenoaks, Kent on 26th September, then, with a few appearances in Blues strongholds in hand, it’s off to schools, colleges and places where the word of the Blues needs to be newly noticed.

100 Club Tuesday Blues ticket competition and special offer

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We have one pair of tickets to give away to the Laurence Jones, Laura Holland Band and Bourbon Street Revival night on Tuesday 29th September at London’s legendary 100 Club.

We also have a limited number of tickets available for purchase on a British Blues Exhibition special offer! To get in touch for these tickets please email promusicagency@outlook.com or call 07708 712011.

For the competition, please put ‘Comp’ as the title of an email to promusicagency@outlook.com and correctly choose an answer to the question below.

Put A, B or C in the body of your email plus a name and address to send the tickets to if you win:

Question: What is the name of The Laura Holland Band’s new album?

A. To Dare Is To Do

B. Dare I Believe

C. Daredevil Blues

A video of the band (with a song from the album) is here.

The winning entry will be chosen from correct answers at random on 10th September and picked by musician Andy Twyman, whose new single, Try To Stay Alive, can be heard here.

 

 

 

The British Blues Exhibition meets Chris Barber

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We have had Chris Barber’s support for the British Blues Exhibition for some time, based on calls and emails. Yet to see the great man face to face has always been an aim. At his show on 29th July 2015, in Dartford, Kent, we met Chris and he signed the exhibition banner.

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Chris took an interest in one or two of the exhibits we had brought along, and can be seen above browsing a 1955 copy of Melody Maker. Meeting Chris and talking with him in person as he readied himself to go and play, will always be one of the best moments in the history of the British Blues Exhibition.

This is an enjoyable article on Chris.

 

The ‘Briefcase full of Blues’ debut at the Eel Pie Club and on Jukin’ Jenn’s radio

Debut of the briefcase exhibition 9 July 2015 Eel Pie Club

Debut of the briefcase exhibition 9 July 2015 Eel Pie Club

A busy week for the British Blues Exhibition saw the smallest travelling ‘Briefcase full of Blues’ make its live debut at the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham on a night that celebrated the late Art Wood and also raised funds for Prostate Cancer UK, with raffle prizes drawn by Bruce Welch of The Shadows. Numerous artists performed and made it a great night of Rhythm and Blues.

The first exhibition banner, now an exhibit itself, was signed by several of the musicians playing or present on the night including Don Craine (Downliners Sect); Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash); Chris Hunt (Lonnie Donegan); Ali McKenzie (The Birds); Derek Griffiths (The Artwoods).

The banner already had the signatures of Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Terry Taylor (Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings); Chantel McGregor; and Georgie Fame.

Additionally, the exhibition founder, Darren, recorded a show for Jukin’ Jenn. You can listen to the show here.

John Mayall – All Your Love – From the famed ‘Beano’ album, one of the milestones in the career of one of the British Blues Exhibition supporters. John returns to the UK to appear at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in November

Junior Wells – Come on in This House – From the 92-volume  ‘Blues Collection’ of magazine and CD’s that were on issue years ago and able to be bought by British Blues fans

The Laura Holland Band – The One and Only Jimmy Reed – A contemporary British band who here pay their respects to numerous Blues and Soul icons, and feature John O’Leary (Savoy Brown/Sugarkane) on harmonica

Alexis Korner – Leaving Blues – Korner was one of the most significant people in early British Blues and featured the late Cyril Davies on harmonica in his Blues Incorporated

The Yardbirds – For Your Love – Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds for John Mayall’s Blues Breakers after recording this ‘pop’ song

Willie Dixon – Little Red Rooster – Some argue that The Rolling Stones cover of this song, in 1964, was the only ever British Blues song to chart at number 1 in the UK

Big Joe Turner – Roll ‘Em – Big Joe Turner has inspired many artists including the Exhibition’s one man band curator, Andy Twyman, who covers his song TV Mama

Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes – Jumpin Judy – Paul Lamb is one of the Exhibition’s curators and one of his harmonica’s was in the Briefcase full of Blues

Chris Thomas King – Hoodoo Party  – Not a frequent visitor to the UK, but supported Robert Cray on a tour here

Mavis Staples – See That My Grave is Clear – Mavis appeared at the Clapham Grand and Glastonbury not long ago

The Animals – Let it Rock – one of the great early British Blues acts, here with Sonny Boy Williamson II. Eric Burdon recently featured at the Lead Belly Fest in the Royal Albert Hall

The Blues Brothers – B Movie Box Car Blues – Delbert McClinton‘s song covered by the Blues Brothers. The Original Blues Brothers Band often play in the UK

Long John Baldry – Sunshine of Your Love – Cream’s classic with Jack Bruce before the tribute night at the Roundhouse on 24th October. Long John had Elton John in his band for a period

Otis Grand – Between Heaven and Hell – Otis has contributed numerous items to the exhibition and has lived in the UK for many years

BB King – Blues Man – in tribute to the King of the Blues who played in the UK many times

Thanks to Jenn and the Eel Pie Club for both opportunities.

Jamie Pipe announced as fourth exhibition curator/spokesman

Jamie Pipe, keyboard player with young British Blues-Rock act The Mentulls, is the fourth Curator announced by the British Blues Exhibition, following Andy Twyman (one man band), Paul Lamb (harmonica) and Roger Inniss (bass).

Aspects of the British Blues Exhibition have Curators with particular relevant experience and expertise. The role of a Curator is to help build relevant content in the British Blues Exhibition and to act as a spokesman in their field of knowledge.

Jamie Pipe is brother of The Mentulls vocalist/guitarist Andrew. The band have been playing from a young age, are indeed still at a young age, and have supported numerous famous Blues and Rock acts. Jamie himself is largely influenced by musicians who were themselves influenced by the Blues. Check out his page here.