Rock titans Gov’t Mule have released ‘Life Before Insanity,’ the first cut from their forthcoming live album and film package, ‘Bring On The Music – Live at The Capitol Theatre‘ out June 28th via Provogue / Mascot Label Group.

The film, directed by renowned music photographer and director Danny Clinch (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Phish) in a 9-camera shoot, was captured during two special nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, on April 27th and 28th, 2018. Led by the rich, honeyed vocals of Gov’t Mule front man GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, and revered guitarist Warren Haynes, ‘Life Before Insanity’ showcases the band’s jam-packed live spectacle and master musicianship through a cinematic lens that is sure to thrill fans. Haynes shares, “I’m happy we included the song “Life Before Insanity,” the title track of our third record, as it is a good representation of that era of the band. The fans will enjoy it as it hadn’t been performed in quite a while and we just recently started playing it again.

PRESS HERE to pre-order the live album/film package and receive an instant download of the live rendition of ‘Life Before Insanity,’ a song that first debuted as the title track to Gov’t Mule’s 2000 studio album.

PRESS HERE to watch the teaser for the ‘Bring On The Music – Live at The Capitol Theatre‘ release, featuring more than 5 hours of live music including a full-length concert film, interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage, photos shot by Danny Clinch over the years, and more. This is the first time that Gov’t Mule’s updated stage set and production have been filmed, bringing the excitement and spectacle of a Gov’t Mule show directly into fans’ homes. The release will be available in a variety of configurations: a 2 CD/2 DVD deluxe package (the CD and DVD feature entirely different track lists and includes bonus videos of ‘Soulshine‘ and ‘Traveling Tune‘), two separate double-vinyl packages, digital, Blu-ray and a 2-CD package (featuring audio from the film).

The title, Bring On The Music, taken from Gov’t Mule‘s song of the same name that touches upon the passing of time and appreciating life’s journey, is a nod to the band’s treasured relationship with their fans. The Capitol Theatre has been the backdrop of many unforgettable shows for the band and is one of Gov’t Mule’s favorite venues to play. Inviting longtime Mule photographer and friend Danny Clinch to direct the film was also something of a destined choice, as Clinch’s relationship with GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, and revered guitarist Warren Haynes pre-dates the band’s formation. A wide-ranging song selection from Gov’t Mule‘s acclaimed catalog is featured on the releases.

Gov’t Mule will travel across the pond for their UK/European run which kicks off on May 27th in Glasgow before returning for the US leg of their summer tour on June 21st in Cincinnati, OH. Please visit www.mule.net for all ticketing details. Gov’t Mule will also headline Mountain Jam with a double-header performance on June 14th and 15that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Warren Haynes will return as co-presenter of the festival for its 15th year.

2 CD/2 DVD DELUXE PACKAGE TRACK LISTING
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CD ONE
1. Hammer & Nails
2. Thorazine Shuffle
3. Larger Than Life
4. Forsaken Savior
5. Broke Down On The Brazos
6. Endless Parade
7. Lola Leave Your Light On
8. Blind Man In The Dark
9. Raven Black Night

CD TWO
1. Traveling Tune (alternate version)
2. Stone Cold Rage
3. Whisper In Your Soul
4. Little Toy Brain
5. Trane > Eternity’s Breath > St. Stephen (jam)
6. Pressure Under Fire
7. Fool’s Moon
8. Revolution Come, Revolution Go (alternate version)
9. Bring On The Music

DVD ONE
Intro
Traveling Tune (part 1)
Railroad Boy
Mule
Beautifully Broken
Drawn That Way
The Man I Want To Be
Funny Little Tragedy > Message In A Bottle > Funny Little Tragedy
Far Away
Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother
Mr. Man

DVD TWO
Life Before Insanity
Thorns Of Life
Trane
Revolution Come, Revolution Go
No Need To Suffer
Dreams & Songs
Time To Confess
Comeback
World Boss
Bring On The Music
Traveling Tune (part 2)
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

Bonus DVD content:
Soulshine video
Traveling Tune video (Warren Haynes solo)
Plus rare photos by Danny Clinch of the band through the years!

GOV’T MULE TOUR DATES

May 27 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Glasgow
May 28 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom @ Boiler Shop
May 29 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ Stylus
May 31 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Birmingham Town Hall
June 1 – London, United Kingdom @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
June 2 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Manchester Academy 2
June 4 – Paris, France @ La Cigale
June 5 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
June 6 – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany @ Batschkapp
June 8 – Raalte, Netherlands @ Ribs & Blues Raalte
June 9 – Alkmaar, Netherlands @ Podium Victorie

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Supersonic Blues Machine will be releasing their brand new live-album, ‘Road Chronicles: Live!’ on 12th July 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Road Chronicles: Live‘ is their first live album, following the release of two acclaimed records, ‘West of Flushing, South of Frisco’ (2016), ‘Californisoul’ (2017) and it follows them on their first European headline tour and was recorded during their show in Brugnera, Italy on 20th July 2018, capturing the band in a triumphant and joyous mood.

The show was the final one of a 10 date tour that started at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and took them through Switzerland, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain and finally bassist Fabrizio Grossi’s native Italy. The legendary Billy F. Gibbons joined the band throughout the tour putting in the stunning performances that you would expect from such an icon and it was the first tour to feature fast-rising UK blues-rocker Kris Barras on lead vocals and guitar, taking over from Lance Lopez.

The funny thing is,” remembers Grossi, “that we were not planning to record a live record, the recordings we were capturing  were just for me to study and evaluate at the end of the tour, but as soon as were done with the last show in Brugnera, the promoter was celebrating with us and asked me “do you have a flash drive with you so I can give you tonight’s recordings?” That’s when I realized they recorded all the tracks isolated, and the curiosity started creeping in. Gibbons who was with me when I first opened up the tracks. I couldn’t stop smiling.

As there wasn’t any plans to record the show at the time, they approached it like any other and things just fell into place.  It just felt perfect; the weather, the set-list, the band were tight and then there was the crowd. “The cheers, noises and crazy antics people do when they come to see us, it’s extremely humbling and energizing” explains Grossi.

The set list weaved through the two Supersonic albums – ‘West of Flushing’s….’ (‘Remedy,’ ‘Whatchagonnado’ and ‘Running Whiskey’) and ‘Californisoul,’ (‘I Am Done Missing You’, ‘Elevate’ and ‘Broken Heart’) as well as some ZZ Top classics and surprises thrown in. “The beauty of this band is that we always bring around or have guests joining us on stage, we get used to hearing our music taking the most unexpected turns and shapes every night,” he says.  “As soon as the intro tape stops, we kind of unleash the Kraken…..the Soul Kraken,” he laughs. Drummer Kenny Aronoff, Barras and Grossi are the faces and the core of the band with The Reverend Gibbons and the party is rounded off with Alex Alessandroni Jr. on keyboards, Serge Simic on guitar and Andrea and Francis Benitez Grossi on background vocals.

With a prolific career as a producer, mixer and bass player Grossi has worked with some of the finest musicians around today pulling into an array of eclectic styles, from Steve Vai to Tina Arena, Nina Hagen to Alice Cooper as well as Glenn Hughes, Dave Navarro, George Clinton, Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West, Zakk Wylde, Ice T, Slash and Paul Stanley to name a few.  New York native but Indiana raised Aronoff brought with him the experience of working with a huge collection of artists such as John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Meat Loaf, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Cocker amongst a host of others.

An incredible list of collaborators gives the band added warmth and propels it on to another level; Billy F. Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, Steve Lukather, Chris Duarte all have joined the band on record and/or live, with them all having  a deep and personal connection to Grossi and Aronoff.

We could have done records and shows that was jam packed of famously random guests, but we didn’t want to do that. That’s not the idea.” He elaborates, “They’re not just guests, those guys are part of our family and just happened to show up on that song, these guys will always be part of our life, they are so important to the sound of Supersonic Blues Machine.

Pre-order the album HERE

Upcoming Shows

30 July – Noches del Botanico – Madrid, SPAIN ft. Billy F. Gibbons & Joe Louis Walker
02 Aug – Notodden Blues Festival – Notodden, NORWAY ft. Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Gales & Joe Louis Walker
03 Aug – Megeve Blues Festival – Combloux, FRANCE ft. Billy F. Gibbons & Joe Louis Walker

Track Listing

1. I Am Done Missing You (Live)
2. I Ain’t Fallin’ Again (Live)
3. Remedy (Live)
4. Can’t Take It No More (Live)
5. Watchagonnado (Live)
6. Elevate (Live)
7. Bad Boys (Live)
8. Let It Be (Live)
9. La Grange (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) (Live)
10. Broken Heart (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) (Live)
11. Dust My Broom (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) (Live)
12. Running Whiskey (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) (Live)
13. Got My Mojo Working (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) (Live)
14. Going Down (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) (Live)
15. L.O.V.E. (Live) (Bonus Track)
16. Hard Times (Bonus Track) (Live)

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band have just revealed the new video for ‘Have Mercy‘, taken from their upcoming studio album, ‘Brighter Days‘, on August 23rd  via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell).

Talking about the song Randolph says, “I felt it was time I wrote a uplifting powerful song and it speaks to everyone going through some sort of pain, shame or struggles with depression. For the video we wanted to create an uplifting vibe with the choir that we used during the recording. Nashville’s Shannon Sanders and his choir totally made the vibe work even better!! We hope everyone enjoys the video, feels uplifted and puts a smile on faces all around the world.”

Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music – gospel played on pedal steel guitar – in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds but blood.

“The Family Band” is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolph is anchored by his cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph and his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph.
 
Rolling Stone Magazine
voted Randolph as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists and they have earned three Grammy nominations along their journey. It’s no wonder they have picked up an incredible list of artists who have featured on their albums such as; Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Leon Russell, Doyle Bramhall II, Trombone Shorty, Carlos Santana and T-Bone Burnett.

A prolific touring schedule has seen them hit the road with; Gregory Porter, Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Gary Clark Jr, Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Living Color, The Sheepdogs, Tedeshi Trucks and| Dave Matthews Band amongst others.

They have played Clapton’s Crossroad Festival at Maddison Square Garden three times as well as major festivals across Europe such as Hyde Park Calling (UK), BluesFest (UK), Cognac Blues (France), Festival de Jazz (France), Blues ‘n’ Jazz (Switzerland), RAWA Blues (Poland) and Randolph has also taken on the hugely popular Experience Hendrix Tour with Eric Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Robby Krieger, Taj Mahal and Steve Vai.

“When you think about Stax music and a lot of music from the 70s, especially like the Staples Singers, it was inspirational and you danced you had a good time. That’s what we really wanted to hone in on here: let’s sound good and have a natural good time that will bring listeners along. All of the music that we played in the beginning was what we would play in church. We just turned it into long jams.”

“Over the years I’ve learned how to write these songs that make you feel kind of spiritual and have the gospel roots, just like the great music of people like the Four Tops, Temptations and Ray Charles. It all comes from the same place. We don’t want to sound like them – or like anybody – but that’s the feeling we want to evoke.”

Tracklisting:

  1. Baptise Me
  2. Don’t Fight It
  3. Simple Man
  4. Have Mercy
  5. Cut Em Loose
  6. Second Hand Man
  7. Cry Over Me
  8. I Need You
  9. I’m Living Off The Love You Give
  10. Strange Train

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band have released a video for the song ‘I Want You‘, taken from their brand new album ‘The Traveler’ out 31st May via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, which will be accompanied by a series of European shows through the summer.

Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft. The 41-year-old he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret. As a grown man and a father, there are different thoughts and feelings that have come into focus.

The album title comes from the song Tailwind,” he explains. “We’re all travelling together through this thing called life. These are testing times for us as a society, and it seems to me that it’s been a bit crazy in the world lately, with so much division. Without making any kind of political point, it’s like, ‘Let’s get through this together, appreciate one another and not always be trying to fight’.” The new songs typically began with a raw riff captured on Shepherd’s cell phone. But they blossomed into full technicolor at Neptune Valley, Los Angeles, with the production of Shepherd and Marshall Altman.

World-class guitar playing has always been his calling card, but in his forties, Shepherd knows when to blaze and when to breathe. “There’s some restraint on ‘The Traveler’,” he considers. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now.“ Taking a cue from his side project, The Rides, the super group he co-founded with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, Shepherd shares more vocal responsibilities with his long-time singer, Noah Hunt, than on past releases, allowing the band more versatility. “I still don’t sound like Muddy Waters,” he smiles. “But I’ve definitely grown as a vocalist. I owe a lot of the credit to Stephen Stills for pushing me to sing more in The Rides,

The lyrics were important to me on this record,”Shepherd explains. As the album unfolds, ‘Long Time Running’ is someone expressing what it’s like to lead a complicated existence. On the surface, ‘Gravity’ is about a very complicated relationship. “With ‘Woman Like You’, my goal is to glorify the woman in the relationship, not tear her down. Some songwriters focus on the negative aspects of a relationship, but this song rocks and makes you feel good.

The album features two covers. “I was asked to do an event honouring Joe Walsh,” he explains, “and everybody had to choose a couple of songs to perform. We did ‘Turn To Stone’, and it came off so well we did a completely live take in the studio. As for the Buffalo Springfield song, ‘Mr. Soul’, Stephen had the idea of getting me, him and Neil Young onstage together at an autism benefit show. It was in the back of my mind that ‘Mr. Soul’ would be a killer song to do, and it was just a spectacular moment. So this was my way of paying tribute to that amazing experience on record.

He may move amongst legends, but the modest Shepherd brushes off any suggestion that he belongs in the same breath as the blues greats he collaborated with on 2007’s platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated documentary, ‘10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads’. Yet he’ll accept that with the old guard fading, there’s a responsibility to carry the torch. “The inescapable reality is that I’m getting older, and the generation of blues artists that went before, well, y’know, nobody lives forever. If I live long enough, I’m gonna wind up in the category of the older statesmen of the blues. For anyone in that position, I think it’s our duty to pass it on. It’s not all about me and my music, the goal is a broader one of keeping the genre alive and relevant.

European Shows

Tickets available from: kennywayneshepherd.net/tour

29 Jun – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, GERMANY
30 Jun – Loket Castle, Loket CZECH REPUBLIC
01 Jul – RuhrCongress, Bochun, GERMANY
03 Jul – Stadtpark Open Air Bühne, Hamburg, GERMANY
05 Jul – Musiktheater REX, Bensheim, GERMANY
07 Jul – Chiari Blues Festival, Chiari, ITALY
09 Jul – Tollwood festival, München, GERMANY
10 Jul – Kaufleuten Klub, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
13 Jul – North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
17 Jul – Boiler Shop, Newcastle, UK
18 Jul – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
19 Jul – City Hall, Salisbury, UK
16 Aug – Keeling the Blues Alive Mediterranean, Barcelona SPAIN

Track listing:

  1. Woman Like You
  2. Long Time Running
  3. I Want You
  4. Tailwind
  5. Gravity
  6. We All Alright
  7. Take It On Home
  8. Mr. Soul
  9. Better With Time
  10. Turn To Stone

Pre-order The Traveler: http://smarturl.it/KennyWayneShepherd

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be releasing their brand new album ‘The Traveler’ on 31st May via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, which will be accompanied by a series of European shows through the summer.

Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft. The 41-year-old he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret. As a grown man and a father, there are different thoughts and feelings that have come into focus.

The album title comes from the song Tailwind,” he explains. “We’re all travelling together through this thing called life. These are testing times for us as a society, and it seems to me that it’s been a bit crazy in the world lately, with so much division. Without making any kind of political point, it’s like, ‘Let’s get through this together, appreciate one another and not always be trying to fight’.” The new songs typically began with a raw riff captured on Shepherd’s cell phone. But they blossomed into full technicolor at Neptune Valley, Los Angeles, with the production of Shepherd and Marshall Altman.

World-class guitar playing has always been his calling card, but in his forties, Shepherd knows when to blaze and when to breathe. “There’s some restraint on ‘The Traveler’,” he considers. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now.“ Taking a cue from his side project, The Rides, the super group he co-founded with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, Shepherd shares more vocal responsibilities with his long-time singer, Noah Hunt, than on past releases, allowing the band more versatility. “I still don’t sound like Muddy Waters,” he smiles. “But I’ve definitely grown as a vocalist. I owe a lot of the credit to Stephen Stills for pushing me to sing more in The Rides,

The lyrics were important to me on this record,”Shepherd explains.  As the album unfolds, ‘Long Time Running’ is someone expressing what it’s like to lead a complicated existence. On the surface, ‘Gravity’ is about a very complicated relationship. “With ‘Woman Like You’, my goal is to glorify the woman in the relationship, not tear her down. Some songwriters focus on the negative aspects of a relationship, but this song rocks and makes you feel good.

The album features two covers. “I was asked to do an event honouring Joe Walsh,” he explains, “and everybody had to choose a couple of songs to perform. We did ‘Turn To Stone’, and it came off so well we did a completely live take in the studio. As for the Buffalo Springfield song, ‘Mr. Soul’, Stephen had the idea of getting me, him and Neil Young onstage together at an autism benefit show. It was in the back of my mind that ‘Mr. Soul’ would be a killer song to do, and it was just a spectacular moment. So this was my way of paying tribute to that amazing experience on record.

He may move amongst legends, but the modest Shepherd brushes off any suggestion that he belongs in the same breath as the blues greats he collaborated with on 2007’s platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated documentary, ‘10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads’. Yet he’ll accept that with the old guard fading, there’s a responsibility to carry the torch. “The inescapable reality is that I’m getting older, and the generation of blues artists that went before, well, y’know, nobody lives forever.  If I live long enough, I’m gonna wind up in the category of the older statesmen of the blues. For anyone in that position, I think it’s our duty to pass it on. It’s not all about me and my music, the goal is a broader one of keeping the genre alive and relevant.

European Shows

Tickets available from: kennywayneshepherd.net/tour

29 Jun – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, GERMANY
30 Jun – Loket Castle, Loket CZECH REPUBLIC
01 Jul – RuhrCongress, Bochun, GERMANY
03 Jul – Stadtpark Open Air Bühne, Hamburg, GERMANY
05 Jul – Musiktheater REX, Bensheim, GERMANY
07 Jul – Chiari Blues Festival, Chiari, ITALY
09 Jul – Tollwood festival, München, GERMANY
10 Jul – Kaufleuten Klub, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
13 Jul – North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
17 Jul – Boiler Shop, Newcastle, UK
18 Jul – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
19 Jul – City Hall, Salisbury, UK
16 Aug – Keeling the Blues Alive Mediterranean, Barcelona SPAIN

Track listing:

  1. Woman Like You
  2. Long Time Running
  3. I Want You
  4. Tailwind
  5. Gravity
  6. We All Alright
  7. Take It On Home
  8. Mr. Soul
  9. Better With Time
  10. Turn To Stone

Pre-order The Traveler: http://smarturl.it/KennyWayneShepherd

Robert Randolph and the Family Band announced today that they will release their new studio album, ‘Brighter Days, on May 31st, 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Randolph chose to work with producer Dave Cobb on ‘Brighter Days‘ who is best known for his work with new country stars like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell.

Preorder Brighter Days HERE

The first three songs of ‘Brighter Days‘ are a full dive back to Randolph’s gospel roots, starting with lead track ‘Baptize Me‘, a joyous romp of a song that makes a direct connection between religious and musical ecstasy and salvation. “We wrote ‘Baptize Me the first day in the studio. It’s really a love story, about an all-round love: for each other, for our audience, for our church background, for the music we love and for our fans.  All of these songs kind of harken back to how we started, to being known as this musical family band that comes from the church and appeals to rock, blues, gospel and soul music audiences. We wanted that good gospel, blues, R&B feel, because that’s where we started and it’s good to not only remind people of that but to actively remember it ourselves.”

Dave Cobb is just a guy who likes to record good music and good songs,” says Randolph. “He wanted to do something that was fun but it also gives you a gospel feeling. He knows the history of our band, coming from church and giving that fun church feeling to people.”

Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music – basically gospel played on pedal steel guitar – in the House of God church in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds but blood.

“The Family Band” is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolph is anchored by his cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph and his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph. Given his goals for the album, it’s fitting that the lone cover song Robert selected for the collection comes from Pops Staples and the Staples Singers, one of gospel’s greatest musical families, who seamlessly crossed over to secular R&B success with inspirational songs like Respect Yourself and I’ll Take You There. Their Simple Man is a deep, contemplative blues, its pensive nature amplified by Randolph’s signature weeping pedal steel guitar lines.

“When you think about Stax music and a lot of music from the 70s, especially like the Staples Singers, it was inspirational and you danced you had a good time. That’s what we really wanted to hone in on here: let’s sound good and have a natural good time that will bring listeners along. All of the music that we played in the beginning was what we would play in church. We just turned it into long jams.”

Producer Cobb is renowned for his vocal work and has often said that the voice comes first for him so it’s no surprise that he helped coax out some of Randolph’s best, deepest, most nuanced singing on the nine songs where he takes the lead. It is a little surprising, however just how simple Cobb’s “secret” really was: just be yourself.

“Over the years I’ve learned how to write these songs that make you feel kind of spiritual and have the gospel roots, just like the great music of people like the Four Tops, Temptations and Ray Charles. It all comes from the same place. We don’t want to sound like them – or like anybody – but that’s the feeling we want to evoke.”

Track listing:

1. Baptise Me
2. Don’t Fight It
3. Simple Man
4. Have Mercy
5. Cut Em Loose
6. Second Hand Man
7. Cry Over Me
8. I Need You
9. I’m Living Off The Love You Give
10. Strange Train

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and world-renowned Nashville-based keyboardist Reese Wynans will be releasing his first-ever solo album ‘Sweet Release‘, a collection of songs honouring a paramount selection of blues-rock legends, on March 1st via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The long anticipated album comes following a career that’s spanned over 50 years and literally hundreds of historical collaborations. ‘Sweet Release‘ also serves as Joe Bonamassa’s inaugural credit as a producer. Bonamassa has long been a fan of Wynans’ work, urging him to create a solo album and championing the project as producer.

The fact is Reese Wynans is everywhere. For a full half-century, Wynans has been the engine-room behind America’s greatest roots music. With ‘Sweet Release’, this modest legend has delivered the long-awaited solo album that puts his own name top of the bill and places his world-class talent in the spotlight. “I’ve never had an album out with my name on it before,” he considers, “so I’m very excited. I’d like this record to make people feel happy and celebrate the music. Because that’s what we were doing…”

To celebrate the announcement, the first single ‘Crossfire‘, a tribute to the legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Wynans’ work with Double Trouble, is available today as a free song download on Reese and Joe’s websites (reesewynans.com and jbonamassa.com respectively) and it features the iconic Sam Moore of Sam & Dave on vocals. “Playing music with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble for five years was an outrageous experience. I loved every minute of it,” shares Wynans. “It was a real treat getting to play a couple of our old songs with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. When we were writing this, someone said it reminded them of a Sam & Dave groove. Joe suggested we ask Sam Moore to sing it.

Now, ‘Sweet Release‘ feels like a musician coming home. Wynans was already a familiar face at Ocean Way: the Nashville studio where he’d previously added fairy-dust to endless tracks for other artists. And when sessions began for his own solo album, it was a joy to reconnect with the Double Trouble rhythm section of Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) – plus modern guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Meanwhile, Bonamassa lent his own famed guitar skills to SRV moments like ‘Riviera Paradise‘.

Throughout his celebrated career, the one omission on Wynans’ résumé was that this fabled keys man had never released a solo record – until now. ‘Sweet Release‘ is a glorious collision of stellar musicianship, classic material given fresh mojo, and a glittering roll-call of star guests that confirms the deep respect Wynans commands on the scene.

Walter Trout’s new album ‘Survivor Blues’ was officially released on January 25th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin‘. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday‘ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid‘. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…

Trout made it his mission to harness the power and spirit of the originals, while stamping his inimitable musical personality onto each new take. “My idea was to do these songs like me, to arrange them for my band and style,” he explains, “not to just copy the originals note-for-note.

It takes a stellar lineup of musicians to reinterpret the greatest sunken treasures in the blues genre. But last September, as recording began at the Los Angeles studio of iconic Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Trout and long-standing producer Eric Corne shared their vision with the only band who could measure up. The thunder and finesse of drummer Michael Leasure. The muscular groove of bassist Johnny Griparic. The spell-casting fingers of keyboards session god and regular Trout conspirator, Skip Edwards. “I’d play them the original,” remembers Trout, “and then I’d say, ‘Here’s how the song goes, what have you got?’ I’d give these guys a lot of freedom. The record was mostly done live, with us set up in a circle, just to get the feel of us going there together. And you can feel it, y’know?

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called ‘Survivor Blues‘. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.

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Eric Gales is back with another new track from his upcoming new album ‘The Bookends’,which is out on February 8th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Three-time Grammy nominated and Emmy Award winning vocalist B. Slade features on the track ‘Somethings Gotta Give‘.Speaking about working with B-Slade, Gales confesses 

“This song came about because something has got to give with all that’s going on in the world today. On vocals features the very talented amazing vocalist B Slade. I love this song, and can’t wait for the world to find out what I’ve been rocking to every since it got recorded. When he came in during pre-production and we were writing, it was so intense. At first I was a little afraid to sing in front of this guy, because this is what this dude does, he’s a phenomenal person and he just brought it out of meI don’t know if he was really aware of who I was before we met, but the day that he walked in and he heard the songs, his mind was blown. That was before he even saw me playing guitar, so when he saw me playing he said ‘in my life I ain’t never seen nobody that can play like this.”

Written over a nine month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys (CA), The Dog House, Woodland Hills (CA), Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood (CA) and the day before he was due to fly to LA for pre-production the original producer David Bianco tragically died. It was Bianco’s management who then suggested Matt Wallace. “I heard his work and the kind of people he has produced such as Maroon 5, Faith No More and all these sorta cats. When we met up together it was just perfect. I just trusted the guy and it ended up being great, I love Matt Wallace,” says Gales.

Talking about being in the studio he elaborates; “The whole vocal thing was something I consciously wanted to push and Matt was on the same page, saying, ‘there’s gonna be sometimes you might not like me because I’m gonna push you because I feel that I know what you can do, and its more than just guitar playing’. It was just really powerful and moving.”

Previous album ‘Middle of the Road’, was released in February 2017 and reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart and #4 on the Billboard Blues chart. It made Classic Rock Magazine and Total Guitar albums of the year with the latter saying it was “the album that should define his career.” Classic Rocksaid “the notes drip from Gales’ fretboard like warm honey”, The Guitar Magazine exclaimed it’s the “the injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs”, Blues Mattersprofessed “truly the man is blessed”, whilst Powerplay said “the more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent.”

Since then he has toured almost non-stop; playing shows with Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, Gov’t Mule and called through Australia, Argentina, Chile, US and Europe – including the Rockin’ The Blues run with Gary Hoey, Quinn Sullivan and Lance Lopez. He played his first ever headline tour in the UK and Ireland to sold out crowds, took a starring role as part of Supersonic Blues Machine at the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and also found time to play a one off reunion show as The Eric Gales Band.  This is not to mention his collaborations with funk royalty Bootsy Collins (‘World Wide Funk’), The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Shannon Larkin/Tony Rombola of Godsmack) and Supersonic Blues Machine(‘Californisoul’).

It’s no wonder why he is the guitarists’ favourite guitarist, counting fans in the likes of Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Joe Bonamassa,  Tony Rombola (Godsmack) and Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders).

Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and released his debut album ‘The Eric Gales Band‘ in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 15 studio albums in total ahead of ‘The Bookends’ and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon.

If ‘Middle of the Road’ was the rebirth of Eric Gales, then ‘The Bookends’ is him knocking away his boundaries and taking flight on a voyage of self-discovery asking himself what do you think you can do and pushing that into the stratosphere.

Line up:

Eric Gales (Guitar, Vocals)

Mono Neon (Bass)

Aaron Haggerty (Drums)

LaDonna Gales (Backing vocals, Percussion)

Dylan Wiggins (Organ).

Walter Trout has released a new track, ‘Please Love Me‘, taken from his new album ‘Survivor Blues‘ which is released: 25th January 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid’. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…

Trout made it his mission to harness the power and spirit of the originals, while stamping his inimitable musical personality onto each new take. “My idea was to do these songs like me, to arrange them for my band and style,” he explains, “not to just copy the originals note-for-note.

It takes a stellar lineup of musicians to reinterpret the greatest sunken treasures in the blues genre. But last September, as recording began at the Los Angeles studio of iconic Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Trout and long-standing producer Eric Corne shared their vision with the only band who could measure up. The thunder and finesse of drummer Michael Leasure. The muscular groove of bassist Johnny Griparic. The spell-casting fingers of keyboards session god and regular Trout conspirator, Skip Edwards. “I’d play them the original,” remembers Trout, “and then I’d say, ‘Here’s how the song goes, what have you got?’ I’d give these guys a lot of freedom. The record was mostly done live, with us set up in a circle, just to get the feel of us going there together. And you can feel it, y’know?

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called Survivor Blues’. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.