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SWINGING LIVE ...

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SWINGING LIVE ...

SWING OUT SISTER, whose 2008 studio album 'Beautiful Mess' was widely acclaimed, are to play 6 live dates across the UK this spring. They play The Stables, Milton Keynes on 20th February followed by two nights at Manchester's Band On The Wall on 22nd & 23rd February then two performances at Bush Hall, in London, on 26th & 27th February, finishing at Bristol Metropolis on 4th March. The duo (CORINNE DREWERY and ANDY CONNELL) have been in business for 22 years and have retained a devoted fan base via their unique sound which, though rooted in the sensibilities of classic 60's pop and soul, has always managed to sound contemporary.

FULL TOUR DATES
Saturday 20th February - Milton Keynes Stables
Tel: 01908 280 800 Venue website & booking: www.stables.org

Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd February - Manchester Band On The Wall
Tel: 0161 834 1786 Venue website: www.bandonthewall.org

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February - London Bush Hall
Booking no: 08444 771 000 Online booking: www.ticketweb.co.uk

Thursday 4th March - Bristol Metropolis
Tel: 0117 909 6655 Venue website: www.metropolisbristol.co.uk

SWING OUT SISTER official website: www.swingoutsister.net

 

SUPER SOUNDALIKES

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SUPER SOUNDALIKES

'Covers, Hits And Misses' - a new double album on the T-Bird label- promises to be one of 2010's most interesting albums. Credited to a collective - 'The Soundalike Kings- the 48 tracker is a collection of 60s music form Spar Recordings. The label was founded in Nashville in 1961 by ALAN BUBBS and WILLIAM BEASLEY - two shrewd operators who spotted a real niche in the music market. They saw the growing popularity of the singles market and decided to make cover versions of the top hits which they'd sell - at a cheaper price than the originals - through non- specialist outlets like garages, grocery shops and drug stores. (Those old enough to remember the old Woolworth's Embassy label will understand completely). But being based in Nashville, they were fortunate enough to have a huge pool of top musicians to perform on the records, often, it has to be said anonymously or under assumed names. So the Spar recordings featured people like BOBBY RUSSELL, BUZZ CASON, BENNY LATIMORE, FREDDIE NORTH, EARL GAINES, SAM MOORE, BILLY SHERRILL , BOOTS RANDOLPH and many more. The songs covered were the big pop hits of the day but it's interesting to hear these top sessioneers try their hands at things like 'Where Did Our Love Go', 'Slow Twisting' and 'It's Alright'. That IMPRESSIONS' classic is credited to 'THE CHORDS'… actually soul singer THOMAS HENRY and it's a great performance. Like I said up top, file under "interesting".

 

MAYSA ... NEW ALBUM

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MAYSA ... NEW ALBUM

The ever-lovely MAYSA LEAK is set to release a brand new album. The LP - 'A Woman In Love' - is the diva's fourth release on the resourceful Shanachie label and consists of the singer's takes on classic soul and jazz standards along with four brand new songs, including 'Love Theory' which MAYSA co-wrote with WILL DOWNING. Naturally, DOWNING joined LEAK for the recording and the cut proves a real highlight. Amongst the featured covers are versions of THEOLONIUS MONK'S 'Round Midnight' and MICHAEL JACKSON'S ROD TEMPERTON-penned 'Lady In My Life'. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

VINYL ...SAVING OUR SOULS

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

VINYL ...SAVING OUR SOULS

The wonderfully-named VINYL SOUL is an independent Neo-Latin soul band based in Hollywood. In February they will be releasing their 15 track debut album entitled 'Dream' and their story gives a measure of hope for all indie soul bands looking for that special break….
The band was formed in 2005 when guitarist NAMBO met up with singer JOHN PATRICK; they formed VINYL SOUL and worked out their musical ideas and sound. Then in 2008 they took a huge gamble when they decided to relocate to Japan to try their luck. There, they played small clubs and even busked outside subway stations. Chance bought them a television debut on one of Japans biggest networks which was then followed by a full spread in 'Metropolis Magazine', Japan's #1 magazine for foreigners. That article led to a meeting with the commanding officer of Atsugi American Navy Base in Japan who offered them several gigs including the opportunity to perform at Atsugi's 'Cherry Blossom Festival' in front of 30,000 people. A band video won VINYL SOUL a chance to compete in the 'Vive tu Musica' battle of the bands competition in Los Angeles. Fired up, the band won that particular battle and with it, the prize - 32 hours of studio recording time. The result is a 15 track album entitled 'Dream' which will is released on February 26. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

BAMBOOS TO THE FORE

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BAMBOOS TO THE FORE

THE BAMBOOS are everybody's favourite Aussie soul and funk combo. Their first three albums saw them build up a huge fan base - now set to expand further with the March release of their fourth full LP. Seemingly, all the creativity went into the music since the 13 tracker is simply called '4'… but don't let that put you off. The music is a stirring mix of soul flavours and loose funk workouts. Once again the lovely KYLIE AUDLIST adds vocals to a number of cuts (well, seven in fact) with 'Never Be The Girl' and 'Keep Me In Mind' already picking up the plaudits. First single is 'On The Sly' and there'll be a full review of the LP right here on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

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