Using someone else's voice this week on account of how mine has
I was in the historic (and very small "city" of Ely (near
Cambridge) yesterday to meet up with Merle and Carole, distant
relations from British Columbia, who are over for a couple of weeks
and will be touring England, Scotland and Wales. A warm welcome to
them and to you. I'm not sure that the gargoyle up on the cathedral
wall (picture, right) felt the same way.
Congo Square - Chris Daniels & the
Chris Daniels & the Kings is a rootsy funk and swing horn
section band with a Memphis and New Orleans groove.
Chris Daniels & the Kings in the tradition of Blood Sweat &
Tears, Booker T. and the Memphis Horns and Tower of Power.
Chris has toured Europe more than 15 times and played in the States
from South Carolina to Seattle, New York City to LA. The seven
piece rockin' band, called "funky-blues" by the Europeans, is an
all out "horn band" celebrating their 23rd year of making great
R&B,Funk, "jump blues" and rock n roll. Congo Square is from
their album Live Wired which was recorded at seven gigs in
Colorado, Holland and Italy. You can buy it from their website.
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
Breathe - Jean Synodinos
(Austin, Texas, USA)
It's all been said in previous shows, but just in case you didn't
Jean is always out to push the envelope a little bit more with each
song and each show. Energetically. Enthusiastically.
With songs that skate between genres, Jean jumps from rock to jazz
to pop in order to find the right groove and tone for each song.
Known for her dynamic performances, she lives to "read the room"
and deliver shows that keep audiences returning for more.
Following up on her acclaimed debut CD Lucky, Jean has just
released Breathe. Picking up where Lucky left off, Breathe's eleven
tracks groove even harder musically and dig even deeper lyrically.
The disc features thoroughbred performances by Charles Rieser on
guitars (The Scabs, Boombox), Brad Houser on bass (Edie Brickell
& The New Bohemians), and Rob Hooper on drums (Guy Forsythe,
H-2 - J. Blasco
From the album Lounge
by Javier Blasco Serrat.
Not a lot of information, just:
Play Bomb - izzie Voodoo
izzie Voodoo is a solo artist creating a vivid, highly unusual yet
Her music maintains a dark exciting edge whilst switching between
full, highly produced alternative, sometimes industrial, vocal and
guitar and bass orientated electronica, and bittersweet ballads,
each song led by her layers of sultry, breathy vocals.
Music to die for (with tongue firmly in cheek)....
Her outstanding reputation as a recording artist and producer,
coupled with huge theatrical experience both on and backstage has
also led to many exciting other collaborations with musicians from
varying genres and from all over the world.
In her recorded material she is: Song Writer, all vocals, guitars,
bass, hard and soft synths, electronic percussion,
Signed to BasilicaMusic.
You can find more information about izzie Voodoo by visiting
Eldoret - Amelia Ray
From her album ON. The second track I've played. This is the gospel
tune, Eldoret, based on the violence in Kenya ("This has the
trappings of another genocide")
Amelia Ray's music is at once rock, jazz, country, gospel, pop, and
blues. "Once you realise how closely connected different styles of
music are, you can start to play with the boundaries of those
styles, and create something new and invigorating. But at the root,
I'm always trying to make good, old finger-snapping music that
makes you perk up your ears, and move your feet."
California-born vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist
Amelia Ray currently resides in Madrid where she performs original
soul rock music solo, and with her band, The Conjugal Experiment. A
young music scene veteran, Amelia has been performing in the United
States and in Europe for almost 20 years. She appeared on The Ellen
DeGeneres Show, was a featured artist for Radio Campus Lille in
France, and even performed in Iceland. She has shared the stage
with Chuck Rainey, Elliott Randall, Rob Bargad, Maia Sharp and
Kenny Aronoff, to name a few. Since her arrival in Spain, she has
graced such renowned stages as Sala Clamores and The Bourbon Cafe
in Madrid, and the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca.
You can see a video (filmed live at Zanzibar in Madrid) on her
Carry the Light - Kelly Richey
(Cincinnati, OH, USA)
As a teenager, Richey practiced guitar 12 hours a day. "I never set
it down,” she remembers. "I took it to school, I took it to the
kitchen table and if I took a walk it was strapped on." Now, when
she picks up her guitar, anyone within earshot is compelled to
listen. A working musician since her teens, she began her
professional career as a member of the Arista Records group
Stealin' Horses; in 1990 she formed The Kelly Richey Band, with
whom she has become both a national and international touring
Take a look at her videos on YouTube at
Since establishing her own label, Sweet Lucy Records, Richey has
released 10 albums and a live DVD, as both a solo artist and as The
Kelly Richey Band. As an extension of Sweet Lucy Records, she built
a studio where she records her own music and works with other
Richey's involvement with music goes way beyond recording and
performing. A longtime private guitar instructor, in 2003 Richey
began developing a Guitar Workshop and a Blues History program to
take into the schools.
Richey created Music for Change, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed
to music education in today's public schools; a variety of programs
offering live performances, lectures, and interactive participation
serve to facilitate learning opportunities for students while
keeping the history of American music alive and prospering.
Hush - Ben Senterfit
Deeply steeped in roots music, Ben Senterfit"s music collapses the
boundaries between the classic American singer/songwriter and
retrofitted hip-shaking funky-45s. Influenced by such visionary
musicians as Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield and Willie Nelson, he
delicately walks the line between hard hitting grooves, undeniable
musicianship and crafty songwriting.
Halfway Home - Radio Nowhere
(Oakland, CA, USA)
From their album Days Between Stations.
Radio Nowhere is a rock/pop band from Oakland, California. A friend
once told them that they sound like Pete Townshend produced by
Prince, and that sums it up pretty well.
The band was started by Mike Baker, who writes all the songs and
does the singing and guitar playing, as well as anything else that
needs doing (like, um, writing the band bio).
I'm supposed to tell you about all the great clubs we've played,
the records we've sold, and the rock stars we've partied with, but
I think that gets boring really fast - don't you? Here"s what you
should know about Radio Nowhere:
1) When I was growing up, my family would drive from the Bay Area
to Idaho every summer, and my mom would make up stories to go along
with what we were seeing along the highways. So I got imprinted
with the whole combination of music, empty roads and stories early
on - hopefully it shows up in our songs.
2) When I was six, I trawled through my dad's record collection
looking for the shiniest, most colorful album cover and played the
lp inside, which turned out to be Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Psychedelicized at six--it's hard to recover.
3) I write most of my songs while I'm driving, on an ancient Casio
keyboard bungee-corded to the passenger seat. This is not safe.
4) I have rocked crowds of several hundred people with nothing more
than an acoustic guitar and a well-timed Britney Spears cover (were
they sober? No).
If sound is familiar, I first played Radio Nowhere last
November on show 90 so a long overdue and very welcome return.