Backtrack Blues Band – “Way Back Home” Reviews
On its latest release,“Way Back Home,” the Backtrack Blues Band has delivered an exciting harp and guitar-infused album that really hits the mark! The solid grooves, stellar guitar, electrifying harmonica, and vocals make this album one of the best blues releases of 2016. Reminiscent of the sounds of Paul Butterfield and the early Fabulous Thunderbirds, the songs on this record are true electric blues with lots of soul and energy. The band has won three consecutive Tampa Bay Music Awards for “Best Blues Band” and has performed at festivals and concerts around the world with blues music legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, and others. “Way Back Home” marks the band’s fifth album, and the critics have proclaimed it the band’s best work! “Way Back Home” is receiving worldwide airplay, placing it at #8 on Roots Music Blues Rock Radio Chart. Even more, “Way Back Home” was selected among the world’s top 50 blues albums of 2016!
Reviews and Praises
“This is blues par excellence, raw essential blues and quintessentially this type of music is what the term was designed for! … In truth this album is the best I’ve been fortunate enough to review. Musically this disc is flawless, the arrangements and the vocals are superb and the instrumental renditions truly magnificent! It is a must for any aficionado of the blues genre,” – Tom Walker, Blues Matters Magazine
“Backtrack Blues Band has been delivering some of the finest blues to come out of the Sunshine State and continues to do so onWay Back Home. This album is a must have for all blues lovers. If it’s piano blues that gets your engine humming, then this album is for you. If you can’t get enough harp playing, you will be left breathless. This album is sure to make existing fans happy and bring numerous new fans out to see The Backtrack Blues Band,” – Steve Crowley, American Blues Scene
“The songs drip with guitar and harp and you just can’t help tapping your feet to the infectious rhythms. Their sound is reminiscent of the early electric Muddy Waters, with the harp getting plenty of air and there’s lots of tasty Texas-inspired guitar throughout,” – John Knighton, Fatea Records
Find more outstanding reviews for “Way Back Home” here: backtrackbluesband.com/reviews
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rebecca Harrold has spent many years working as a pianist and singer. Since moving to the Boston area she worked extensively with The Company Theater, the Voice Studio of Robert Honeysucker, and recently with Burklyn Ballet of Vermont. A true collaborative musician her abilities and willingness to play and sing diverse styles has taken her to Europe, primarily Italy and Greece. Rebecca recently completed production on ‘The River of Life‘ with Windham Hills founder and producer, Will Ackerman. Available everywhere.
Watch the video for her song ‘We Belong Together‘ here: youtube.com/watch?v=XgP6CGxc2DU
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Joel Sena‘s new self-titled EP is available Now!
iTunes link for the new EP: itunes.apple.com/au/album/joel-sena-ep/id1148708750
Following the release, Joel Sena Successfully launched the EP to a sell out crowd at SLY FOX-Sydney.
Some of Joel’s Influences include Miles Davis, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker/Brecker Bros, Toto, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan.
“His music is a compelling and raw fusion of Soul, R&B and Jazz. It features his enticing saxophone style alongside some beautifully crafted songs and modern production. Also featured on the EP are the sultry vocals of up and coming singer Phoebe Papatheodorou.”
The video for first single ‘Be With You’ Featuring PHOEBE was premiered by Tone Deaf. Check it out:
“I’ve been passionate about making original music for years and this EP marks the start of a new journey for me. The songs tell the story of some of the most profound experiences I’ve had over the past few years. I have come from humble beginnings and have worked really hard at finding my own sound both as a saxophonist and producer. I’ve been able to create a really dynamic sound with both soaring highs and subtle, tender moments. I can’t wait to share my music with the world,” -Joel Sena
Exciting news from Tailor Birds: new tour dates to promote the launch of their new album Wide Awake I See The Storm!
Checkout the latest album review here
The band have been touring through Europe for summer over there and return to our shores to present the multi facetted live show that has been developed over the past few years.
Leader Sophie Kinston was recently interviewed and had this to add-
“I’ve just returned from a 31 date tour of Hollland, Ireland, UK, and Germany, launching this album, playing some quite amazing festivals, gigs, street shows, pop up shows, boat shows…..it was the 4th Europe tour, and now i’m back in Oz. Touring the album to some of our favorite spaces. Tailor Birds is a unique sound, so it’s really important that our shows reflect this. So we’ve got a couple of festivals – Alma’s Hem in South Australia, and FRL in VIC, plus some local markets and gigs – Bar Oussou, Queen Vic meat market, Ceres, a Melbourne Sofar Sounds gig, Sydney’s Mr Falcons and a show in the Rocks, plus a special climbing wall show over 3 dates, where we’ll actually be playing inside the wall, plus a street show outside the wall. ”
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote. –
“The Azart Ship of Fools. I played on this boat in Holland just this past tour. The inside was thick with steel, and the sound when pushed up a level, it reverberated beautifully. The people on the boat are some of the most amazing humans, promoting new and unique music, music that entertains and thrills. You can’t not have a good gig there. The sound became less about the songs, and more about the vibe, it sort of became other worldly. Must have been my best gig of the tour. The boat, incidentally is headed for Australia, so it seems. From Holland, they head to India, the Canary Islands, and then Australia. ”
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Find a date near you below and ticket information will be available soon!
- Nov 12th – Alma’s Hem Annual Music exhibition Adelaide SA
- Nov 13th – Market shed on Holland Adelaide SA
- Nov 18th – Meat Market – Sparrow Market 11am – 1pm VIC
- Wilson Ave Climbing Wall in Melbourne VIC: -
- DATES : Sat 19 th / Sun 20 th / Sun 27 th Nov
TIMES : Come anytime from 4 – 6.30pm on any of the above dates
(WITH a final show, Sun 27th Nov, 7 – 8pm)
TIX : $10 p/person, TIX avail. at the wall on the day
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- Nov 20th – South Melbourne Market – 10 – 12midday VIC
- Thurs 24th Nov – Bar Oussou, Melbourne VIC
- Sat 26th – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne VIC
- Dec 2nd – 4th – FRL festival, VIC
- Dec 8th – solo show – Mr Falcons, Glebe, Sydney NSW
- Dec 9th – duo show – Mr Falcons, Glebe, Sydney NSW
- Dec 10th & 11th – Rocks market, The Rocks Sydney NSW
Checkout this video of one of the ‘Pop Up” shows in London.
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Last month Slow Club released their fourth album “One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore,” which is available here on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/au/album/one-day-all-this-wont-matter/id111757969
NEWLY RELEASED is the music video for their song Silver Morning:
Reviews and Highlights
“Album closers Let the Blade Do the Work and One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore provide the right balance of pop romance and crooked storytelling…” The Guardian, 3 stars (theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/18/slow-club-one-day-all-of-this-wont-matter-any-more-review)
“Slow Club present these songs in easy listening costumes, but below the surface, One Day is seething with disconnect and sorrow… Though they aren’t singing together as much, it sounds like they might be singing to each other more than ever,” Pitchfork (pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22215-one-day-all-of-this-wont-matter-any-more)
“One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore is, in many ways, a step away from the upbeat melodies of their older work, though this is not necessarily a bad thing. Instead, it offers uncomplicated insight into some of the perhaps darker emotions that accompany romance. It is sleepy easy listening at its very best,” Curieux (curieux.com.au/featured/album-review-one-day-all-of-this-wont-matter-any-more-by-slow-club)
Vida Cain Release New Album (Yeah Nah) with a Local Launch at Badlands Bar Perth October 14
Details here: facebook.com/events/265182167173763
Preview the Album here:
We got Trav the drummer to take a few moments and chat with us-
Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a musician? Who were your early influences?
Trav: I was personally inspired by all the bands I used to watch as an under-ager in Perth/Freo. Whether is was the local bands, like Beaverloop, NIL, Cinema Prague, or some unknown band rocking out to 20 people. I was also particularly inspired when I got to see great live bands on tour like RATM, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Fugazi. I still get inspired today by great new bands.
FM: Tell us a little about how you write; how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?
Trav: We really aren’t so formulaic with how we write: sometimes it comes out of a jam, sometimes someone will bring in just a riff, and sometimes even a whole song which we will all just add an influence on. I think we all come from such different places musically, that no matter how things start it always takes a few twists and turns creatively. We really like demo’ing our ideas now too, and in the recording process I feel like the songs evolve even more, as we usually pick up a few things we want to add or take away.
FM: Your bio mentions that the band is named after a band members Grandmother? Tell us about how that came to be.
Trav: Yeah, our singer’s Grandmother’s name was actually “Vida Cain,” We trialled a few names in the early days, but nothing really did it for us. We thought “Vida Cain” had a bit of a ring to it so we went with that. Sadly, Vida is no longer with us, but I’m told she absolutely hated rock music and would probably be mortified to know that there’s a rock band named after her.
FM: What is the first record you bought and why?
Trav: The first record I actually bought for myself was RATM. I was at 78s in Perth and I remember just being blown away by how much I could feel the emotions in the music. And as a drummer back in the day it didn’t hurt that I loved the rhythm section.
FM: What current OZ acts inspire you? International acts?
Trav: I can’t help getting inspired by little bits of everything I hear. I have heard great songs by Tame Impala, Kingswood, Ball Park Music, Pendulum and Calling all Cars have certainly have inspired me. I know we play in a rock band, but internationally I would say Kendrik Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Arctic Monkeys.
FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.
Trav: A lot of people describe it as riff rock. I guess it’s melodic with some pop elements, but really high energy, rock music made to be played live. We put in a lot of energy into our live shows and the crowd usually gives us that energy back.
FM: Favourite artists of all time?
Trav: Foo Fighters, RATM, Beastie Boys
FM: Favourite film?
Trav: Pulp Fiction. I like a good quirky intertwining storyline, be it in a song, movie, or a shady drunken tour incident. Pulp Fiction did that pretty well.
FM: Favourite food?
Trav: Anything you can buy at a bakery. Nothing like a bit of gluttony and gluten.
FM: You are backstage with Chad Kroeger; what do you say?
Trav: Why? Just…why?
FM: Where do you see aussie music heading?
Trav: Into the depths of hell until 4 rock super heros come to it’s rescue with nothing, but an instrument and a drink rider. Either that or it’s just scheduled for a bit of a cycle of something different. I enjoyed the first tastes of skip hop and psychedelic pop that had a long run here, but now it’s spread a bit thin and I can’t wait to see what pops up next. There is certainly plenty of talented musicians around playing so many styles- it’s just a matter of what get’s picked up. We’d love it to be our music!
FM: What are your future plans for the rest of 2016 heading into 2017?
Trav: After our release at Badlands Bar in Perth, we will be going on an East Coast tour of Australia. We have plans for a trip to USA in 2017. Other than that, we plan on just getting back to playing live a whole lot after all that time in the studio.
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Brave Tin Soldiers
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