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Annika Chambers – Kiss My Sass, new review from our new reviewer.

A new era starts today here at TME.fm Radio. After many trials and tribulations we finally have a new reviewer. Read his first of many below.

 

 

Your honour, the jury has asked me to define the blues and so I present exhibit A. Will Annika Chambers please take the stand…

 

Annika’s rise has been remarkable, from being encouraged to sing whilst in the army, to her nomination as ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2015 Blues Music Awards and then ‘Soul Blues Female Artists of the Year in 2019. We’ve had a long wait for this third album, after ‘Wild & Free’ was released in 2016, I must tell you now -she has spent that time well.

 

Chambers writes songs about the blues, she writes songs about relationships gone wrong, opportunities missed, love won and lost, if you’re looking for happy go lucky you’ll have to try somewhere else. This is the blues, in all its glorious self-indulgence and Annika is a master of the art. Her voice has the power and depth to take your soul with her as she weaves tales that will resonate with us all.

From the opening drum and guitar on the title track ‘Let the sass out’, you just smile to yourself and know this is going to be good, it’s like hearing the first raindrops just when you looked forward to a storm. We’re ‘working for the man’, but we want to do something we love and is way more fulfilling. By the second track, we need to have that talk about scales of sassiness, maybe a one to ten rating, although as we listen through the tracks, we may have to add a couple of notches. Each song reveals more, like the faces of a polished diamond, each face is slightly different, reflecting the light in newfound possibilities, and they all add to the overall beauty.

The driving, distorted guitar that accompanies many of Annika’s songs seem drawn from Southern Rock and yet appear perfectly at home in Chamber’s world of hurt. This is the hallmark of this album, this is why it stands out, the soulful backing vocals and blues keyboards often welded together with progressive rock guitar. It’s a mix which works – and my word, does it work.
Sometimes you listen to an album and there is that one track that you hear for the first time and have to hit the replay button, you have to hear that again, not after you’ve heard the rest of the work, you need to hear it again right now. It’s the song that defines the artist, the one that you send to your friends when you want to introduce them to this new amazing thing you’ve found. ‘Stay’ is that song, if I ever had to explain to a stranger what soul and blues was, this would be on my list of evidence, it might not be exhibit ‘A’ – but it certainly figures in the case.

 

The track that stands out however, is ‘Two-bit Texas town’, not because it’s the best track on the album, it certainly isn’t that, but the lyrics are the most interesting, almost disturbing. Annika tells the tale… “Scared me half to death, to know he was on the prowl – Back when the radio could turn your life around, I know what it did to me, in that two-bit Texas town”. It’s a story that seems to celebrate the Houston music scene, but despairs of it at the same time, who knows what her experience is, but it seems it helped to make her write and sing, so we have to be thankful for that.

‘I feel the same’ is the last track and it’s also where Annika finally embraces the old style blues, where Robert Johnson and Charley Patton lived and played so many years ago, it’s a rare glimpse into the past, but she deals with it effortlessly, it’s like she could exist in any era of the blues.
Annika Chambers is a performer who weaves a wonderful voice around her experience of life, she picks great musicians to accompany her on that path, I humbly suggest your honour that the jury should leave a space on their playlist for Annika Chambers, there will be times when it’s just what you need.

copyright Jon Hutchinson 2019. ©

 

JEREMY IVEY releases debut album The Dream And The Dreamer via ANTI- Records

Listen to the title track HERE

Photo credit: Cal & Aly

“Modern, indie, super-cool sounds abound in ‘The Dream & The Dreamer’, produced by Price.” – NPR Music

“Ivey cooks up a gentle country rhythm featuring fingerstyle acoustic guitar, woozy Dobro licks, and electric guitar accents, evoking Mutations-era Beck” – Rolling Stone

“Margo Price captures her husband’s vibe perfectly, keeping the sound open, airy and enticing. And who better to help steer Ivey’s first solo set than the person who knows him best?” – American Songwriter

“There is a substantial portion of [Nashville]’s underground that’s enamored more with Warren Zevon than, say, George Jones. I can see that in Ivey, but I see a whole lot more. His music is grounded in the best the ’70s had to offer, introspective country-rock with a dash of psychedelia that he first explored in the band Buffalo Clover.” – No Depression

Nashville-based storyteller Jeremy Ivey has released his debut album The Dream and the Dreamer today; Listen to the title track HERE. Ivey has operated in the background for years, initially performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. But now, at 40, Ivey is ready to take a much-deserved step into the spotlight. Ivey recently sat down with Rolling Stone to chat about his early 40’s ambitions, being adopted and recently listening to Springsteen’s Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. for the first time. Read that interview HERE.

“I want to prove that you can be in your 40s and be at the peak of your creativity,” he says. “Not a has-been, but as an ‘is-being.’” Recorded in a “little bitty house studio” in Nashville and produced by Price, the nine-song album hosts a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks. Ivey, who writes prolifically and ideally wants to release an album a year, cites everyone from the Beatles to Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan as influences.

“I wrote The Dream and the Dreamer in my sleep,” comments Ivey. “[Margo and I] were in Mexico. We both passed out kind of early and I woke up in the night and I had this dream about these two characters. One of them was a glowing green ball and the other one was a figure. The dream is a green ball and a figure was the dreamer… And then it turned out that it was a story is about America, and that the dream was the American dream. The dreamer was the exodus from England to find a new place.”

Meanwhile, Ivey is invested in his own version of the American Dream—specifically, offering up a melting pot of genres, ideas, and stories. “The best thing I could say is that I’m trying to fill the holes that I can see in the scene,” he says. “Whether it be Americana or country or rock or whatever. There’s a certain type of song that isn’t being written.”

Order ‘The Dream and the Dreamer’ HERE

JEREMY IVEY: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Texas Songwriter Helene Cronin to Release Full Length Album, start listening on TMEfm Radio.

Helene Cronin : Old Ghosts & Lost Causes 
Americana : Folk
Release Date : October 11th
www.HeleneCronin.com 
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“Helene Cronin can flat out spin a lyric. Her ability to crawl within a subject and pull a story or emotion out the other end is what makes her a brilliant songwriter. Those writing chops delivered with those earthy vocals have made her one of the best artists I’ve heard in a long time.”
– Terri Hendrix, Songwriter

“I like songs that tell the truth. Helene Cronin’s songs do just that. Helene delivers her songs with sheer soul. She invites you into her world and it’s a great listen.”
– Lloyd Maines, Producer and Musician

“Helene is a master of words who writes and sings straight from the heart. Each song is a handcrafted mini-movie.”
– Zane Williams, Artist

Helene Cronin spent over 15 years performing and songwriting — often for other people — before she awakened to the idea that she needed to follow her muse and start making records that more accurately represent the songs coming from her own heart. Following 2 recent EPs, Old Ghosts & Lost Causes is her first full length offering, although Cronin is a seasoned player. Produced by Matt King and featuring Kenny Vaughan, Byron House and others, the album serves up Cronin’s phenomenal songwriting in a sonic landscape that runs the gamut of the label Americana with hard driving guitar and thoughtful, top shelf musicianship.

The crux of it all is the lyrical mastery and vocal delivery that made Cronin a New Folk winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in 2018.  Starting off the album is the first single, “Careless With a Heart”, a reflective song that considers how we treat the fragile but resilient human heart. Following that is the blues-infused “Mean Bone”, a co-write with her novelist daughter, Alex, which examines the idea: what if someone did in fact have a “mean bone in his body” contrary to the popular use of that expression? From that song about the darker side of humanity, Cronin flows into what she calls a centerpiece of the album, the uplifting “Humankind” which celebrates people’s inherent desire to care for others. Later in “Riding The Gray Line”,  she turns her attention to a host of characters riding a Greyhound bus and weaves their stories over an acoustic-based bed. To close out the record Helene returns fully to her folk roots with “Ghost”, a six minute ballad, recounting from his perspective the story of a dead husband, performed completely solo long after the band had finished their work in the studio.

Overall, Old Ghosts & Lost Causes is the perfect vehicle for the precision of Helene Cronin”s songs. It showcases her versatility as a writer and performer while maintaining a cohesive overall feeling.  In a world obsessed with singles and rushing to the next thing, Old Ghosts will grab ahold of you and demand that you sit and give it the attention a proper album deserves.


Helene Cronin: vocals, background vocals, guitar
Bobby Terry: acoustic and  steel guitar, mandolin
Byron House: bass
Chad Cromwell: drums Kenny Vaughan:
electric guitar Heidi Newfield: harmonica, background vocals
Matt King: background vocals

Produced by Matt King
Engineered & mixed by Mitch Dane

Changes at TME.fm Radio as from ….NOW!

YEP CHANGES here at TMEfm. New widgets on the web site courtesy of Online Radio Box

A new player which gives you a much larger list of songs played. A top ten songs chart exclusive to TMEfm (OK it will take time to show a true chart, be patient)

Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

 

If you use the link to Online Radio Box you get the radio’s page where there are lots of interesting clicky things to click, get going and explore.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

 

Mmm, yeah
I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re goin’ through

As for the Schedule, it’s changed, finally we are officially under the genre of BLUES at ShoutCast so that means we have said bye bye to Country music show, not to Harry just Country music. If you go to Online Radio Box via the link above you will not find schedule but you will find program, click it and see what happens.

 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Where’s your shame?
You’ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can’t trace time
Strange fascinations fascinate me
Ah, changes are takin’
The pace I’m goin’ through

 

What is Harry going to do then?

He has a new show called “Harry Spins the Singles”. Yes you guessed, songs that are, have and will be on the RMR SINGLE charts. He has a good choice, there are over 200 charts on RMR and Shane and his Dad started RMR in 1998, that’s a lot of singles.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Ooh, look out you rock ‘n’ rollers
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

 

Any more CHANGES?

Well I trimmed my beard this morning, as for more browse the site and see if you can find any.

 

 

Disclaimer.

Any offence to Country Music lovers was unintentional and there will still be some Country songs played on TMEfm, guess you will have to stay tuned in.
Any bias toward Blues musicians and their PR companies is intentional as they send most of the music we receive, thank you!

Thanks to Helen Green for the best GIF ever and will be so forever and ever and to the late, great David Bowie for being David Bowie and never CHANGING.

 

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH. Simon Kinny-Lewis – A Day In San Jose.

Here at TME.FM Radio we always try to avoid favoritism when choosing an Album of the Month, be it a Country, record label, PR company, sex of artist or genre. All we do is choose a favorite album of ours over the last few months.

 

 

This month we have another Australian taking the place of Liza Ohlback June’s Album of the Month, Simon Kinny-Lewis and his album of covers A Day In San Jose.

 

Seeing as we still have not replaced our review writer and this is not a Blind Raccoon record I will copy/paste from Simon’s Bandcamp Page

the excellent review by Ethan Burke of The Blues Source.

 

Simon Kinny-Lewis (SKL) is the full package. If you get the pleasure of seeing him live (either solo with his acoustic guitar, or with his full band) he beams with energy, soul and passion for the music. His vocals have been compared to Joe Bonamassa’s, but his overall style and delivery is unique and peppered with character. Also, Simon’s guitar playing is up there with the best guitarists of today, conveying all of the right elements that make an enthusiast satisfied, including tastefulness, technique and great tone.

Although one of SKL’s strengths is song-writing too (be sure to check out his albums ‘Street Blues’ and last year’s ‘Bad Whiskey’), we were ecstatic to hear that the next album would be Blues standards, classics and covers. And where would an Australian Blues-man go to record such an album? The Home of the Blues – the U.S.A., of course.

The successful and well received 2018 tour of the states saw Simon and his also Aussie drummer Tony Boyd team up with Californian musos Nate Ginsberg (keyboards), Dewayne Pate (bass), Andy Just (harmonica), and Walter Jebe (slide guitar), for a one day session at premiere studio Reeds Recordings. The resulting new album – ‘A Day in San Jose’ – is magnificent and a golden highlight in Simon’s discography.

It could have been a risky affair executing an entire album of covers of Blues classics. Blues purists might throw a phrase like: “Muddy got it right the first time,” but these are the closed-minded ones, scared of the new. What Simon is doing is paying tribute to some of his heroes, with the help of an experienced and respectful group of musicians. Nothing sounds old or tired either. Freshness circulates through each track as Simon offers every slice of his individual talent and energy to the performance, while keeping true to the soul of the originals.

We get a hard-driving ‘Crossroads’, before the laid-back cool of Robben Ford’s modern classic ‘Chevrolet’, followed by Blues favourites such as ‘Further On Up The Road’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’, and ‘Walking Blues’, the latter two of which are perfectly complimented and supported by the slide guitar skills of Walter Jebe.
Freddie King’s ‘Have You Ever Loved a Woman’ is carried along by Just’s raucous honking mouth-harp as the band swings and struts, before the album closes with a cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s gospel Blues masterpiece ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’. Led Zeppelin already had a turn with this song on their 1976 album ‘Presence’, but Simon’s arrangement of the song makes it the most impressive track on the album, sounding like no other cover we’ve heard of this song before.
Nate Ginsberg’s keyboards flow like a zephyr in the background, while Simon’s sustaining guitar pierces through in spires of tone. And leading towards the climax, we get an impressive and funky bass solo from Dewayne Pate.

Along with others such as Ray Beadle and Matty T. Wall, Simon Kinny-Lewis is a shining beacon of musicianship and talent on the Australian Blues scene, now making a crossover to pleased U.S. audiences. Awesome releases like ‘A Day In San Jose’ simply support that the Blues is still a genre of strength to keep your eyes and ears on.

Simon Kinny-Lewis – Vocals/Guitar
Tony Boyd – Drums
Nate Ginsberg – Keys
Dewayne Pate – Bass
Andy Just – Harmonica
Walter Jebe – Slide Guitar

Produced by Simon Kinny-Lewis

Engineered by Adam Reed at Reeds Recordings San Jose, CA, USA

Mixed and Mastered by Simon Cotsworth

All songs arranged by Simon Kinny-Lewis except #3 Walking Blues and #7 Rollin’ And Tumblin’ by Walter Jebe

Photography by Kevin Case, Paul Rutigliano, John Mcdonald, Rachel Kumar, Brian Phillips

Artwork by Simon Kinny-Lewis

 

Goodbye old friends.

Yes we have said goodbye to 2018 releases on our main chart rotation, time to move over and let the 2019 releases have their day (or year).

There have been too many wonderful albums over the last year to mention them all so we will mention none but they know who they are.

 

The good news is any 2018 song still in the singles charts will still get airplay so we do not completely forget them.

Of course if the PROGRAM DIRECTOR decides to add a song from 2018 so much the better.

 

PLAYLIST BELOW OF SONGS THAT WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND ON TME.FM RADIO. (NOT ALL OF COURSE)

 

 

Winter Wilson off to Canada and prepare for new live album to be released in August,

Some opportunities in life are just too good to miss. When UK-based ​Winter Wilson were invited to appear as special guests on Fairport Convention’s Winter Tour 2018, the couple immediately recorded Far Off on the Horizon, which soon became their best-selling album to date. Welcomed into the heart of the Fairport family, both by the band and their die-hard fans, the tour was a huge success for Winter Wilson, culminating in their playing with Fairport on the stage at Cropredy Convention, in a tribute to the late Sandy Denny.

But what really sets this pair apart (and convinces so many venues to book them time and time again) is their live performance. “We’re very aware that we’re in the business of entertainment,” says Kip. “When people pay their hard-earned money for a concert, they want to hear good music, obviously, but it’s more than that. Some of our songs can be pretty hard hitting, so it’s important that the bits in between lift people up again.”
Dave adds, “It has been suggested that we go into stand-up comedy. I’m not sure whether the chap thought we were really funny, or he just didn’t like the songs. Either way, it’s just what we do. We both like a laugh, often at each other’s expense, and it tends to come out on stage. It’s not rehearsed; it just happens.”
With all this in mind, a live album seemed a no brainer, especially when that live album could feature the talents of ​Fairport Convention​.

Myself a Lover​ featuring the unmistakable fiddle of ​Ric Sanders). Unusually for Winter Wilson, there’s also a cover but then, if you were invited to sing Sandy Denny’s​It’ll Take a Long Time in front of almost 20,000 people, you’d probably want to shout about it too. The album will officially be launched at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in August 2019.​Winter Wilson​ continue to tour throughout the year, including their first trip to Canada in September. As gap years go, there’s been worse.

Liza Ohlback and her MERCY TRAIN arriving to be our Album of the Month for June.

TMEFM RADIO

WOW our web site editor went over the top with that poster.

With so many great albums albums arriving at the moment the choice for Album of the Month was very difficult so using democracy I decided and the others followed.

 

We still have not replaced our overly expensive reviewer so if you want to read a great review Google Liza Ohlback – Mercy Train, that’s what Google is for and cheaper than paying for a reviewer. Below are a couple of tracks from album so you can all review it yourselves.

 

Originally from Tasmania , Liza started out in Classical music playing Cello
and singing in her mum’s Gospel singing group.  She grew up in the Blue Mountains
supporting touring bands at a very young age, and then she moved to Sydney where
her love of artists such as Ann Peebles, Gladys Knight and Tony Joe White led her immerse
herself in the Blues, Jazz, Soul  and Funk scene.

This triple Chain Award winner has been a force on the Blues Scene for years now, with her distinctive style Of Jazz laced Blues with a Gospel spirit. She has a stunning voice inspired by the great Southern singers including Etta James, Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, and her performances are embellished with witty tales and wrapped up with emotionally driven performances like that of a 1940’s Torch singer.

Her last Album “Give you Hell” reached no 2 on the Australian Blues Charts and saw her as a finalist in Australian Blues artist of the year, and got to no 12 in the UK. She has also performed at the Sydney opera House for the Billy Holiday 100 year anniversary and the Ella Fitzgerald 100 year anniversary and played the lead of Janis Joplin in the successful Theatre Rockumentary Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story.

Her new CD”Mercy Train” was released in late November to rave reviews and in 2019 for the rest of the world to enjoy, and is now no 1 on the Australian Blues Charts – a mix of New Orleans Blues/Jazz with plenty of Sass and funk, a wicked Brass section , Gospel style Harmonies and featuring some of the finest musicians around, including Internationally renowned organ Whiz Clayton Doley (Harry Manx) and Rick Melick (Jo Bonamassa) who cowrote some of the songs plus Eric Rasmussen (Heatwave) plus the Mercy Train Gospel singers.
of the world, and is now no 1 on the Australian Blues Charts – a mix of New Orleans Blues/Jazz with plenty of Sass and funk, a wicked Brass section , Gospel style Harmonies and featuring some of the finest musicians around, including Internationally renowned organ Whiz Clayton Doley (Harry Manx) and Rick Melick (Jo Bonamassa) who cowrote some of the songs plus Eric Rasmussen (Heatwave) plus the Mercy Train Gospel singers.

 

Kelly’s Lot are back with new album “Can’t Take My Soul” and their usual PR Company, Blind Raccoon.

Yes Kelly Slot (as they are known here at TME.fm) are back and in style, probably their finest work to date but only been listening and playing on radio a couple of weeks so the final verdict is not in yet.

 

Released on the 17th of MAY “Can’t Take My Soul” is already climbing the charts and heading for a Top 5 spot real soon, thanks in part to Betsie the Blind Raccoon, all the radio stations playing the album and of course Ms. Zirbes and band members great work getting the Self-Released album out for the world to enjoy.

 

We finally decided to get rid of our expensive one word reviewer and use the review provided by the PR Company and written by Rick J Bowen, the king of Blues reviews.

 

Los Angeles-based Kelly’s Lot celebrates 25 years of delivering West Coast Soul with a Texas Heart, an eclectic mix of blues, roots, rock & Americana with their 14th album, “Can’t Take My Soul,” containing 12 original compositions that highlights Kelly Zirbes’ smokin’ hot alto. The mix of original songs written by Kelly and her longtime partner in crime, guitarist Perry Robertson, speaks truth to the issues of the day, from our political climate and world struggles to tender matters of the heart, real-life inspiration and tragedy.
Kelly Z opens the album namechecking all her heroes from Muddy to Koko, and Buddy to Etta, on the rockin’ number ‘All I Ever Want Is The Blues.’ She then gets right to the point urging us all to “Don’t Give Up” on the political rebuke ‘All Hope Ain’t Lost.’ The gently swinging blues ‘Alyssa’ was inspired by a young woman born with a terminal illness, who defied the odds and lived to be 23 years old and became a medical pioneer as one of the world’s first to receive gene therapy for Canavan Disease. This song will live on as a loving tribute to her inner strength.

Eddie Baytos joins the crew on accordion and washboard for the Cajun dance party anthem ‘Woe Is Me,’ adding authentic Louisiana spice to the rue. The testament of love, ‘Safe And Warm,’ is delivered on a soft bed of acoustic underpinnings deftly delivered by this veteran band. The notorious French bluesman Jean-François Thomas (recorded by Martial Semonsut at Studio La Vallée in the Auvergne region of France) joins Kelly for a scalding duet ‘Rise Up (Leve-Toi)’ sparing with her in French and English about the fire burning deep inside forbidden love and the Revolution. Frank Hinojosa adds some greasy blues harp to the slinky R&B groove of ‘Broke Myself.’ The acoustic driven ballad, ‘Let It Breathe,’ has that distinct bittersweet and dusty Laurel Canyon feel only Southern California musicians know how to deliver.

Kelly opens a vein and exposes all her depth on the dynamic call for redemption and self-preservation called ‘Dirt,’ a simple title for an expansive and complicated song. She then goes back to her folk-singer roots on the sweet optimistic hymn ‘Little Bit Of This,’ before busting out the rabble-rousing surf rock ‘Can’t Take My Soul.’ We are transported to a sidewalk café in Paris for the final track of the album ‘Mon Ami.’ The lovely encore reveals a softer side of Kelly Z as she serenades us eloquently in French and then translates the images of love and devotion in English with graceful ease.

“Can’t Take My Soul” fully demonstrates the skills and variety in the repertoire Kelly’s Lot have developed over two and half decades performing as an acoustic duo, trio, an electric 5 to 8-piece that are now a mainstay on the Southern California music scene.

Rick J Bowen

 

‘All Hope Ain’t Lost is one of the new songs from our CD, ‘Can’t take My Soul’. The CD version has background vocals and B3 keys. Get your copy at www.KellysLot.com

 

One of the best parts of working with Blind Raccoon is they provide everything, not just the music but reviews, biographies and pretty pictures.

 

Kelly’s Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes (sounds like “service” – likes to go by Kelly Z), a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With 14 albums and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band will celebrate 25 years since the first night they hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met soundman, Perry Robertson, in 1996 who soon produced their “Live At The Troubadour” album. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the Southern Rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound. As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety of events.

In the last 15 years they have created a 5 to 8-piece band that is well respected on the American blues scene. Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Lavaudieu Music Festival, to name just a few. In France, Jean Francois Thomas joined Kelly’s Lot to play in front of 18,000 for the Nuits De Sologne Festival.

Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Kelly Z is currently working on songs for a couple film projects while still grabbing some inspiration from her fans on Facebook. Challenging them to look in their hearts and share just one word, she then challenges herself to choose a word and write a song in two hours. Perry Robertson, who shares the band leader title with Kelly Z, has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the soon to be released ‘Can’t Take My Soul’. Releasing on May 17, 2019, the new CD features a lot of Blues but with a couple Folk and Roots/Rock additions. It’s a journey of messages, inspirations and some toe tapping rhythms. Mostly featuring a 4 piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, the CD also offers some accordion, harmonica, keys and even a Kelly Z whistle. As a duo, trio or 5 to 8-piece band they always pack a lot of energy while still getting to the heart of the listener.

Kelly and her band have opened for Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado, Coco Montoya, to name just a few, and have hosted blues events for charities and for fellow blues musicians. With the support of European fans, the band toured across Belgium, France, Germany, England, Scotland, and The Netherlands.

 

So there you have all the inside info of the band a great review and pretty pictures, what more do you want?

Social media links, ok.

ARTIST LINKS

 

An interview? 

I will see what I can do about that.

Not the usual run of the mill interview?

You are a demanding reader but we will try our best for you.

An interview with Perry not Kelly Slot?

I don’t know what Kelly Z will say about that, I have it from a good source she is “a bit of a Tom Boy” she might come over to Spain and give me a good slapping!

Listen reader just go listen to Kelly Slot on TME.FM will you.

This post was made possible by Blind Raccoon.

The Kerry Kearney Band – Smokehouse Serenade

Received this excellent album today and it will be getting lots of play time at TME.FM Radio.

Thanks to James at Highlander Records for making it available.

 

 

Reviews:
“Straight up blues rock guitar choogle that makes you wonder which came first, this music or the beer. With mostly originals leading the way, this is a fine example of how frat parties sound when Otis Day and the Knights are unavailable. Fun party stuff that does the job quite nicely.”~ CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Copyright 2019 Midwest Record

“A singing, song writing, guitar playing, showman sensation with great chops and a really hot band.”~ Modern Drummer Magazine

“…raucous, gritty wailing and upbeat blues…”~ Laura Dobbins, ATOMIC Magazine

“Start with honest emotions, mix with a selection of the finest support musicians you will find, season the whole dish with some New York attitude and get ready for some of the tastiest blues ever to be served up.”
~ Joe Grandwilliams Good Times Magazine

 

Bio:
~Kerry Kearney’s style, music from the “Psychedelta”, is his own brand containing an upbeat mix of American Blues & Roots. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. His wailing, foot tapping style of blues, driven by tasty, inspired guitar riffs, electrifying slide and infectious rhythms, has allowed Kerry to amass a huge loyal following. The KKB have continued to experience an overwhelming, positive response over the airwaves, especially when performing live.

The Kerry Kearney Band recently celebrated 20 years to a sold-out show at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY.~Kerry was voted “Best Guitarist” & “Bluesman of the Year” & is the recipient of the prestigious Long Island Sound Award (L.I.S.A.) from the LI Music Hall of Fame and most recently he and his band mates were each inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
~Kerry Kearney has toured nationally & internationally with the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts, Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) and has performed with Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolf, BB King, Robert Cray with the Blind Boys of Alabama & The Blues Brothers….. Most recently seen rocking out with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at The Space in Westbury NY & with Legendary ZZ Top Frontman Billy Gibbons in NY and D.C. on the 2018 Big Bad Blues Tour…