Following supporting slots with Ray Lamontagne, Ellie Goulding and Martha Wainwright, the Scouse country/blues woman Delta Maid releases her debut album.
Influenced by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and of course numerous Liverpudlian musical greats, Delta makes no attempt to hide her influences over the course of the album, but spins them in a contemporary and fresh way.The 26-year-old croons over her unique and mellifluous acoustic finger picking style and shockingly in the recent musical landscape, writes her own lyrics.
The blues rock revival has seen two distinct halves follow their own paths. On one side, Jack White and The Black Keys moved steadily into the pop realm, their garage-riffed jams largely driven by simple guitar/drums instrumentation and digestible, genre-focused styles (give or take White’s marimba). Those that drift further into the roughed up psych-soul half of the equation have remained one odd step off of that path, the likes of King Khan too gleefully weird and perpetually near-nude, The Black Lips too ready to vomit and piss onstage, Nobunny too…Nobunny. For years now, Black Joe Lewis has been able to straddle the two, his soulful croon, incorporation of richly appointed backing band, and varied discography suggestive of the latter half, yet still approachable enough to suggest a possible move to the big time.
That trend continues on the Austinite’s new LP, Electric Slave. Lewis pushes some individual twists to the agenda without the choices becoming overwhelming. The album professes a strong anti-technology bent, and opener “Skulldiggin” sets that table with gigantic guitar and bone-breaking drum work. In heavier hands Lewis’ howled lyrics about mind control could come off as luddite paranoia, but the chainsaw riffs keep the song from slipping into unbridled mania. Rather than encouraging a Google Hangout, he’s the kind of guy that wants everybody to come over and spend time in person. “I got all the good jams/ gonna pull the furniture out the living room tonight/ cause everybody rockin’ at my party,” he yowls as he sets up a party for just about everyone. This isn’t just for the garage kids or the funk throwbacks; the rhythms are flecked with shimmery disco cymbals and the sax even breaks into a pretty good impression of “Rumpshaker”.
The Mads started out in the mid-1960s, playing covers and a few of their own songs on Peruvian television. But a chance sea-side encounter with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after a private party got the Mads the chance to go to England; interest from Stones’ manager Marshall Chess got them backstage to see Hendrix at the Isle of Wight—and recording time in the Rolling Stones studio.
Some demos recorded there and at Jagger’s Stargroves castle (recorded live to studio truck, just like Led Zeppelin did for their third and fourth albums) plus a name change to MOLESTO got them gigs at the main venues in London. They jammed with Steve Winwood and Brian Davison (The Nice); they played with Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice; Molesto’s guitar player, Alex Ventura, worked in a clothing boutique alongside Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. They were in the musical heart of England. And at that point, faced with growing friction within the group, Molesto disbanded. This disc collects recordings from all three stages of Los Mads/The Mads/Molesto’s six year career, including two tracks from the Stargroves session.
Collecting live performances from the Masters of the Banjo tour from the early 1990s, an impressive audio history of the banjo is provided by way of 26 performances by 11 different artists. Everything from Seleshe Damessae’s performances on African krar, an ancient precursor to the modern banjo, to Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass workouts is represented, with […]
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013)
On her last album, Middle Cyclone, Neko Case sung about creatures snuffling, frogs and tornadoes, the beauty of ancient nature and our inner animals. Her Attenborough-inspired artistry won her two Grammy nominations in 2009 as well as thrusting her into the glare of the mainstream. So will the singer’s sixth album continue the wave of […]
A recently discovered, previously unreleased album from the blues guitar maestro. Recorded in 2004 and featuring a few blues covers amongst a mainly self penned album of new songs. Tracklist: 1. Hoochie Coochie Man 2. She’s Into Something 3. Sunday Drivin’ 4. What Am I Living For 5. Cornbread And Peas 6. Poor Boy 7. […]
After his departure from Deep Purple in 1993, Ritchie Blackmore reformed Rainbow with a new line-up and went into the studio to record the acclaimed Stranger In Us All album. The band then took to the road for an extensive tour which included this 1995 live concert in Dusseldorf filmed & recorded for Germany’s famous […]