Hamish Anderson Blog #3: European Tour

SWITZERLAND: I landed in Switzerland on September 25th with my band for my first European club tour. Luckily we had the rest of the day to regroup, but by the next day it was non-stop for what would be 24 shows in the next 29 days.

Headlining anywhere for the first time can be nerve-wracking, especially out of the country in new places. You never know what to expect (or if anyone will show up!). Thankfully, we had a packed house from show #1 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. We played two shows in Switzerland before heading out to Belgium.

Marcus King releases “The Well” music video

Marcus King has released a music video for “The Well.” The track is featured on King’s upcoming album, El Dorado, available in January.

Ben Poole to release double live album in January

British blues rock guitarist Ben Poole will release Ben Poole Trio /// Live ’19 on January 31. The live recording was done over three nights in July of 2019. It was recorded at Old Schoolhouse in Barnsley, The Half Moon in South London, and Bootlers in Kendal, Cumbria.

Black Stone Cherry Interview: Ben Wells

Ben Wells is a guitarist, singer and founding member of the southern blues rock outfit, Black Stone Cherry. In nearly two decades with the band, Wells and his bandmates have been channeling creative blues, blending traditional blues sensibilities with modern, hard rock. Shortly after the release of Black to Blues 2, Blues Rock Review had the chance to speak with Wells about the new EP, the inner-workings of Black Stone Cherry and his life in music.

Kamchatka announce “Hoodoo Lightning”

Hoodoo Lightning, the 7th full-length album by long running Swedish three-piece KAMCHATKA is due for release December 6th, 2019. Ten brand spanking new slabs of relentless blues-infused riffage, soulful hooks and wild playing. 

GA-20: Lonely Soul Review

Formed in 2018 by Matthew Stubbs and Pat Faherty, GA-20 is a young and fresh band based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their latest release, Lonely Soul, demonstrates their love and dedication to the golden age of blues and rock of the 1950s and 1960s. The entirety of the album maintains a nostalgic sound while remaining original and entertaining. 

Ghost Hounds Interview

Whether you’ve heard of them before or not, odds are good it’ll surprise you to learn that Roses are Black is the first album by the new lineup of the Pittsburgh band Ghost Hounds. But when you add all the pieces together, the clean, sharp sound makes sense. Each band member involved has been making music for years, and they were able to pull in a few expert songwriters (Kevin Bowe, who’s written for Jonny Lang, and David Grissom, who’s worked with John Mellencamp), as well as engineer Vance Powell (who’s worked with artists like The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys) and producer Eddie Kramer (who was Jimi Hendrix’s engineer). The band also managed to nail down cameos from Slash, Reese Wynans (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble) and Kenny Aronoff.

Joanna Connor: Rise Review

I first stumbled upon Joanna Connor on YouTube, watching her perform an incendiary, electric cover of Son House’s “Walkin’ Blues,” seemingly performing at a backyard barbecue. It’s not unusual to see a flashy guitar player on YouTube, but Connor’s soulfulness and technique really jumped out at me. And apparently with others, as the video has been viewed over five and a half million times. So I’m happy to report that her album, Rise, lives up to the viral-induced hype.

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