Mitch Laddie Band - Let You Go

Review: Mitch Laddie Band – Let You Go

2015

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Three years after the last studio release we have the welcome return of Mitch Laddie esq & co with a brand new studio recording ‘Let You Go’

From the off this album cocks a snook at what you’d expect from someone quite often perceived as a blues guitarist.

Mitch is a versatile guitarist, comfortable to mix and blend rock, blues, funk and what ever else takes his fancy. Joining him on this musical adventure is bassist Rhian Wilkinson & drummer Matt Connor, who together create a huge wall of sound which doesn’t swamp but compliments and reinforces Mitch’s playing.

From the absolute funkfest of ‘Your Time, Pt 2‘ through to the more jazzy ‘Linger‘, the bluesy ‘Cut Loose‘ to the 60’s infused rock of ‘Before It’s Mine, Pt3‘, you are taken on a musical journey without seat belts or safety net!

For those of you yearning for a change from blandness, or if your just looking for something a bit different and refreshing, then this is the album for you.

 

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Mitch Laddie Band – Live In Concert

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Mitch Laddie & his band return with their third album, this time a ‘live’ affair.

Having seen Mitch & the band in concert, it’s great to have a release that reflects  not only the exemplary playing by Mitch, but the tightness of the whole band.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Mitch Laddie Band, they are primarily labeled a blues act, but that doesn’t accurately reflex the varying styles you find on the albums & live.

What you get is a combination of blues, rock, funk and jazz fusion which may sound a little mad, but far from it. What you get are punchy, foot tapping tunes and professionalism that doesn’t reflect how young they are.

And so, to the album itself. Kicking off with ‘Awakening/Time Is Running Away’ off the 2012 ‘Burning Bridges’ release, your straight away thrust into a tight  & well produced sound of the type I personally love. Too many albums these days seem to just have everything cranked up with no subtlety between instruments and acoustics.

Then onto ‘So Excited’ a track I’d say is very much a traditional blues riff & format. Defiantly one for you blues purists out there.

‘Getting It Right’ is another track off the ‘Burning Bridges’ release and very reminiscent of the sort of music that fellow British blues guitarist Oli Brown is releasing. And trust me, that ain’t a bad thing!

‘Linger’ is new to me, and has a slight jazz funk vibe to it. But as I said earlier if this don’t get your foot tapping then you ain’t got soul.

Next up we have a real favorite of mine, again off the ‘Burning Bridges’ album. The track in question being ‘Paper In Your Pocket’ With soaring guitar work by Mitch and a solid bass line, it’s a song to be played again & again.

‘Float on By (Butterfly)-What is Hip’ a fantastic title of a song and at 9 minutes 52 seconds  long not  a quick dip into the blues. A very complex song in terms of structure and one the band play without any hint of a problem live. Again I cannot emphasize how tight this band is.

‘Inner City Blues’ from ‘Burning Bridges’ is next, and presents us the listener with some wonderful soaring blues guitar, highlighting the skill and ability of Mitch Laddie.

‘What Are You Living For?’ is up next with a nice little drum intro to start us off. Leading us into a smooth, laid back kind of  vibe.

Well the funk style guitar is evident straight away on ‘This Time Around’ off Mitch’s first album of the same name, and the old foot starts tapping away as I listen. Just a great bass line once again, underpinning the whole song.

‘Mr Johnson (Revisited)’ is one of my favorite Mitch Laddie tracks. It is of course playing tribute to Mitch’s favorite guitarist, Eric Johnson.  Just love this song, a great laid back number which fans of Eric Johnson will easily see the connection.

‘Open Your Eyes (Take it Back)’ Oh the glorious funkiness of it. Love it!

And so, unfortunately, to the final track of the album. Unfortunately? Well because it’s the last track! But with ‘Them Changes’ being over 10 minutes long it helps ease the pain so to speak haha.

To sum up, a fabulous live album.

What a line up of music for you this week……..

Starting off with another great track from Evil Masquerade. 3-Play is some great blues in the shape and form of Deborah Magone, Dave Alvine, & Mitch Laddie. Back to rock with Eclipse, Crimes Of Passion, Hunter & Only Child. We’re then going to head back to those heady days  of the late 80’s with Beau Nasty, Faster Pussycat, Motley Crue, Brighton Rock and Enuff Z’Nuff.

Tune in:  On KRMW  Saturdays at 6pm ET/11pm BST. On Pirate Radio KQLZ Saturdays at 4pm PDT /12pm BST, Sundays at 1pm PDT / 9pm BST. On Kansas City Online Radio KCOR at 8am CDT / 2pm BST.  On Wednesdays on BeRock Online Radio at 8pm BST

 

I’d like to say that with May now upon us we’d be having some nice weather, but no it’s raining here still…….

Still, let’s cheer ourselves up with some great music, starting with a brand new song from Wild Frontier.

More new music for the 3-Playfrom Bangalore Choir, At Vance and music from Blessed By A Broken Heart.

Finishing off with the voice of rock, Paul Rogers and fabulous British blues guitarist Mitch Laddie

Tune in this Sunday on either (or both) Pirate Radio KQLZ@1pm PDT /9pm GMT

& Kansas City Online Radio KCOR @ 8am CDT / 2pm GMT , Wednesday on BeRock Online Radio @22.00 (+2GMT) & KRMW The Razor’s Edge on Sunday at 1 pm ET/6 pm BST