An Interview With: Max Hixon

You may remember our features on British Vintage Artist Max Hixon’s single and album release. We recently caught up with Max to find out whats new…

Big

So can you tell us a bit about the Max Hixon story so far ?

Well I’ve been performing for a long time playing in function bands and solo around the UK and also aboard a cruise ship. I returned home from a contract and decided that I wanted to write some of my own original music after playing cover songs for so long.

I’d been lucky to of had some great Songwriting Tuition from BIMM in Manchester and a Berklee course online. I came up with about five new songs and dug out some of my earlier songwriting and recorded my own album.

I was then signed to Moondream Records who helped me to release the album and get established.I have since received a lot of praise and feedback from all over the music industry. Splinterwood Radio DJ, Stuart Everett has also been a huge help and has helped me get even more radio play including Splinterwood and the BBC Bernie Keith Show.

So What’s The Next Step ? 

Well I’ve learnt a lot from feedback and the my Lovesick Loverboy album. Im going to be trying out a few new sounds.

I intend to release more Singles & EP’s now rather than Albums which can take a long time to produce. I will also be playing with more “live” recording rather than multi-tracking.

The popularity of the Solo Guitar Singer has also  really risen in other genres and people have said they would like to see that in the Vintage scene.

As a Songwriter with your own original material could you tell us a bit about your songwriting process ?

I like to try out various different techniques all the time so my songs can sound different, sometimes is a melody first, sometimes a lyric or chords. I enjoy playing with chord sequences and I try to break away from the standard Rock N Roll or Rockabilly Sequences.

What artists are you listening to at the moment ? 

I’ve really enjoyed listening to Joe Jack Bands latest release. Always like a good Buddy Holly song or Dion. Pat Cappoci. Recently discovered John Lindberg Trio and the Ruby Records Releases are also pretty cool.

Postmodern Jukebox – The Essentials – Vinyl – Concord/Decca – Review

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to review the live show of, Youtube sensation, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox in Manchester. This week we will review the Vinyl version of The Essentials album which has been released this month.

We tested out the two Vinyls on a 1950’s Monarch record player and it certainly looked the part !

This album could be seen as the “best of” collection for PMJ and contains 18 tracks spread across 2 LPs. Its contains many of the tracks from the ten track “Now That’s What I Call Vintage” album previously released by PMJ.

Full of clever arrangements by Scott Bradlee the album reinvents modern (and some other popular) songs into a mixture of Vintage styles. The varying vocalists make for a much more interesting album with each performer adding there own individual spin to the song.

IMG_0634

The Album was also Produced,Arranged,Mixed and Mastered by Scott Bradlee which is certainly an impressive feat.

          The Tracks Included:

  1. We Can’t Stop Starring
  2. Maps
  3. Creep
  4. All About That Bass
  5. No Diggity
  6. I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  7. My Heart Will Go On
  8. Royals
  9. Stacy’s Mom
  10. Rude
  11. Sweet Child O’Mine
  12. Thrift Shop
  13. Burn
  14. Seven Nation Army
  15. Sorry
  16. Halo
  17. Hey Ya
  18. Such Great Heights

The stand out tracks on the album are: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Royals, Burn and Seven Nation Army. These we would say are the hits of album and if you had to condense the album would be the tracks you would keep.

An interesting quirk of the album was that one of sleeves contained instruction on how to make cocktails to go with the music. Its certainly a nice album for collectors and vinyl certainly suits the style of music they are playing. Its great to see a resurgence in the popularity of Vinyl and Physical music.

Certainly a good album to get if you are a fan of Postmodern Jukebox. The album is also available as CD and Digital Download and you can visit PMJ’s store by clicking purchase here below.

Purchase Here

The John Lindberg Trio – Straight From The Heart – New Album Out Now

Since 2006 the John Lindberg Trio from Sweden have released an amazing seven albums. The last four have made it into the top 5 of the Swedish album charts and the band have seen a huge increase in popularity around the globe.

They have recently released a brand new album called: Straight From The Heart  a future Rockabilly classic. They also have a new member of the band with Nathanael Marcusson joining as the bassist!

A thing we certainly like about the band is the fact that they are truly a modern Rockabilly band. JLT are not stuck in the same old rut that many Rockabilly acts fall into and have taken on other influences.

Certainly a band to watch out for !! Some excellent Rockin’ music comes out of Scandinavia. Other names to look out for include The Hub Caps and Joakim Tinderholt.

Listen To More Here

When I Wanted To – Joe Jack Band – Moondream Records

Moondream Records have been making some great steps as a new rocking record label. Moondream Artists have seen Airplay all around the world including the BBC. The label have just announced they will be releasing a single by the American Rockabilly duo – Joe Jack Band.

From a quick listen to the promo I can tell you its a real rocker. The upright bass really drives the song and the artwork’s pretty cool too :

jjb

Keep an eye on the Moondream Twitter page for more on this release –

Moondream Twitter

Three New Vinyl Releases On R.W.A

Rockstar Records and Richard Weise Archives are about to release three new vinyl records on the 28th.

Featuring: The Cochran Brothers (yep includes Eddie), Ray Campi and George Jones !!

The Cochran Brothers – Latch On with The Cochran Brothers

These rare re-releases of the classics are sure to give you something good to dance to and treasure.

Take a visit to the store to pick up your copy today  – Rockstar Records Store

Caro Emerald – 2017 Emerald Island Tour

Caro Emerald has just announced her new  – ‘The Emerald Island Tour’. The 24 date tour starts up in Carlisle on March 28th 2017, ends over in Dublin on May 1st, and includes a spot in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking from the recording studio, where she is working on a new album, Caro said “A new year, new songs, a new show, a new tour. I can’t wait to come over to the UK again, I’m really looking forward to it, especially that dreamy Royal Albert Hall”.
Caro was recently on Ana Matronic’s BBC Radio 2 show, ‘New Year’s eve Party with Caro Emerald’. You can re-listen to the show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086dlg2#t16m10s

Tickets from gigasandtours.com / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826.

Wed 05 Apr 2017 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre Sold Out
Sol Fri 07 Apr 2017 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Sold Out
Sat 08 Apr 2017 Oxford New Theatre Sold Out
Sun 09 Apr 2017 Bristol Colston Hall Sold Out
Tue 11 Apr 2017 Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre Sold Out
Wed 12 Apr 2017 London Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall Sold Out
Fri 14 Apr 2017 Brighton Brighton Centre  
Sat 15 Apr 2017 Manchester Bridgewater Hall Sold Out
Sun 16 Apr 2017 Manchester Bridgewater Hall  
Tue 18 Apr 2017 Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre  
Wed 19 Apr 2017 Hull City Hall  
Fri 21 Apr 2017 Harrogate International Centre  
Sat 22 Apr 2017 Sheffield City Hall  
Mon 24 Apr 2017 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Sold Out
Tue 25 Apr 2017 Cambridge Corn Exchange Sold Out
Wed 26 Apr 2017 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall  
Fri 28 Apr 2017 Ipswich Regent Sold Out
Mon 1 May 2017 Dublin Olympia Theatre  

This summer Caro and her band will play three UK festivals – Hampton Court Festival, Love Supreme and Larmer Tree – as well as shows on the continent www.caroemerald.com/tour.

About Caro Emerald:

Since the release of her 2010 multi-platinum debut album ‘Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor’ Caro Emerald has fashioned her own niche. Gorgeous and stylish, Caro blends retro jazz with sampling and modern pop to create her signature sound.

The Jazz/pop singer’s albums, have been described as being ‘highly stylized nod to the big bands and jazz divas of the 40s and 50s’.

Everything about a Caro Emerald gig is cool” The Herald

Chuck Berry

Im sure you will of all by now heard the sad news of the death of the legend Chuck Berry. This week we decided we would share some of his greatest songs and one of the many covers by other artists of his songs. He also has a new album coming out on the 16th of June called “CHUCK”.

Kicking things off here is his most famous:

 

Heres one of his more cheeky numbers:

 

Heres a song which certainly “inspired” a certain Beach Boys song :

Heres the one and only  JD McPherson’s cover of Carol: