Posts Tagged ‘Blues Rock’

“Spoon Out My Eyeballs” is taken from Benjamin Booker’s debut, self-titled album out now on Rough Trade Records,

Benjamin Booker has become one of our favourite artists of last year after a couple of awesome live shows I saw especially at the Bodega in Nottingham, his latest release from his amazing self-titled debut LP ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs’ is a compelling listen.

Add this compulsion to Booker’s incredible live performances and you have yourself a winner. Add to that the fact it’s a Rough Trade Session .Booker’s visceral performance is no better showcased (other than seeing the man himself live) than in this video where his veracity and ability are heaped out in equal measure. This is just another reason to love Benjamin Booker.

Recorded by SDR 3  at Festival – Reitstadion, Stuttgart, 21, August, 1994, At the time of this concert, Rory was becoming very ill due to liver failure, hence the bloating. He collapsed on stage while performing in Jan ’95, had a liver transplant and died 14 June 1995 after contracting MRSA while still in the hospital recovering.  Regardless of his appearance and ill health, Rory remained the most amazing guitarist that has ever graced this earth.

A fantastic song writer too, who not only played the blues but wrote some of the most fantastic rock songs ever but some how he never really received the rightful recognition that he really deserved. Just listen to “Overnight Bag” or “Brute Force and Ignorance” “Souped Up Ford” the least goes on and on ,
Continental Op
I Wonder Who
The Loop/Resurrection Shuffle,
Tattoo’d Lady,
Bye Bye Bird, Ghost Blues,
Out On The Western Plain,
Walking Blues,
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,
Band Introduction,
Shadow Play,
Encore: Bullfrog Blues,

Rory Gallagher: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mark Feldham: Harmonica, John Cook: Keyboards, David Levy: Bass, Richard Newman: Drums



Posted: January 17, 2015 in MUSIC
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Two great old-line soul records from new voices came out in the South in 2014. This is the one you didn’t hear much about, but should have. Atlanta-based songwriter and guitarist Curtis Harding — who first gained notoriety as one of Cee-Lo Green’s background singers — has made an album that pulls from a wide range of Southern soul inspirations. Sometimes, he sounds like “Superfly”-era Curtis Mayfield, and other times his sound edges more toward the roadhouse blues of guitar slingers like Buddy Guy. This record demonstrates that Harding is more than capable of updating Southern soul traditions while staying true to their roots.


Here Curtis talks about some of his influences and songs he has loved,


DEATH – “Keep On Knocking”
The Four Tops – “Reach Out”
The Gories – “Thunderbird”
Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
The Supremes – “Reflections”
Black Merda – “That’s the Way It Goes”
The Stooges – “Gimme Danger”
The Clarke Sisters – “Is My Living in Vain”
Stevie Wonder – “I Was Made To Love Her”
Lee Moses – “California Dreaming”
The Mighty Hannibal – “The Right To Love You”
Otis Redding – “Dock of the Bay”


Benjamin Booker performed “Violent Shiver” from his debut album on the Jools Holland Show last night the three piece band stormed through the song

Benjamin Booker and his exciting band, live at the 100 club in London on his early tour of the UK last February. One of the best tracks on his debut album with fuzzed out guitars the 24 year old comes from New Orleans

Live in the studio at KEXP recorded on the August 14th 2014 songs are “Have You Seen My Son”,Wicked Waters”, “Happy Homes” and “Violent Shiver” guitar driven rock with bluesy overtones. Benjamin Booker and his band will be at the Bodega Social in Nottingham on the 11th September.

Reignwolf and his latest single Are You Satisfied” Blues Rock riffing and huge drumming from the blues bash sounding band



Set to be huge I’m sure is REIGNWOLF a lovelorn, electric, Canadian blues wild man, for fans of Black Keys, White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the blues bash has been enthralling crowds throughout the summer festivals bounding off bass drums riding on the backs of security guards, soloing in the audience and trashing his beloved Gibson guitar.  he is about to tour with Black Sabbath and go into the studios of  Dave Grohl to record his debut album. He has already played at Glastonbury  and Download festivals here this summer.


A singer songwriter guitarist based in New Orleans is just about to explode on the music scene with his scorching guitar playing and raw soulful vocals, with Gun Club, T Rex and Blind Willie Johnson as influences, He has just toured with Jack White and Courtney Barnett his debut album recorded in Nashville’s Bomb Studios, his first single was “Violent Shiver”  check him out on He has put a date in at the Bodega Social  Thursday 11th September


this guy outdoes everyone, if you love Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, Jack White, and Black Key’s watch this now