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:

Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – The Single – Out Now !

We are always happy to introduce you to  a new artist and we are really loving this new single by British Singer/Songwriter Max Hixon. Its a real catchy proper rockabilly track with modern lyric writing.

The Songwriting is absolutely top notch and i’m sure Max will become a new favourite for many of our readers. Easily on a level with some of the ReChords or Bellfuries releases which is really saying something.

The bassline is reminiscent of a classic sun early Elvis or Johnny Cash tune.The double bass doubled by the guitar makes it a central part of the piece. The vocals are very clear and you can hear every word. Overall a really nice mix.

He is also one of the first artists on the newly formed Moondream Records which we are sure will have a promising future if this single is anything to go by.

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After this strong single we are looking forward to hearing all the songs on his debut album due later this month which we will be reviewing for you.

Support the artist and buy the single here :

Google Play

Amazon

ITunes

Preorder the album on :

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Vist Max’s Website: Here

GOLD SINGLE

 

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Manchester – o2 Apollo – 3rd of March – Review

We were recently given the chance to watch a live performance of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox live at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

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The venue’s Art Deco style itself was very appropriate for the bands styles of music and aided in setting the scene for the night. Many of the people who had come to watched also dressed up. Lots of the girls had done vintage hair styles (victory rolls everywhere). There was a real sense of excitement in the air and atmosphere.

The show was hosted by a confident Ariana Savalas in a quirky cool manner, with a jet lagged Scott Bradlee making an appearance towards the end of the show. They celebrated the success of the group and featured many songs from the viral youtube videos.

The show opened up very strong with Von Smith’s rendition of Call Me Maybe backed by the talented band with the very cool drummer. Other highlights included the three girls singing “Bye, Bye, Bye” and of course “Blank Space”. The crowd also loved Casey Abrams’s All About The Bass skills.

Giving the vocalists a break, the band played a medley of songs with a tap dancer.

When Scott Bradlee arrived he asked for requests to play on piano by the audience.Being a Manchester gig, a large portion of the audience cried out Wonderwall ! When he asked for another song the cried out “Wonderwall again, Wonderwall everytime” in the end he got some different songs to add in and played a mix of “Thriller”,”Ghostbusters theme”,”Wonderwall”,”Piano Man” and “Heart Of Glass”.

The show included all manner of entertainment; tap dancing, fun instruments, flowers thrown and even a little bit of a lap dance !

An enjoyable evening, recreating the vibe of the videos.Though would of even better if Haley Reinhart and Robyn Adele Anderson had joined them too !

We spoke to two of the other people who had attended after the show heres what they had to say:

  • “A little surprised when Scott Bradlee turned up about three quarters of the way through to be honest. I thought he would of been playing the piano the whole way through.”
  • “Amazing, what a night, absolutely cracked up at wonderwall”

Postmodern Jukebox – Album & Tour !!

Im sure you’ve heard of the viral Youtube sensation that is Postmodern Jukebox. They are well known for taking the hits of today and giving them a full on vintage styled makeover.

It all started as a bedroom project for US Jazz pianist called Scott Bradlee and has now gained over 650 Million youtube views.

The group was pleased to announce to us that they are now releasing their major label debut album called The Essentials ( released by Decca/Concord) in the UK on April 6th alongside this will be an exiting run of live shows, kicking off in sunny Bournemouth on Feb 27th and culminating in 2 nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on March 23rd & 24th.

The album will be a great introduction to the world of PMJ or a great release for all those in love with the youtube sensation.It will include eighteen tracks including favourites such as; Seven Nation Army, Hey Ya, All About The Bass and My Heart Will Go On.

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Bradlee writes “It’s my hope that this collection will lead you to discover a world of nostalgia for the music of the past – regardless of where you were born – and welcome you warmly into our community of amazing live performers, creative artists, and music lovers that are dedicated to keeping #RealMusic alive.”

They look forward to seeing  you at one of these excellent tour dates:

Monday 27th February – 02 Academy Bournemouth

Tuesday 28th February – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Wednesday 1st March – Brighton Dome

Friday 3rd March – 02 Apollo Manchester

Sunday 5th March – Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Monday 6th March – Vicar Street, Dublin

Tuesday 7th March – Vicar Street, Dublin

Thursday 9th March – Newcastle City Hall

Wednesday 10th March – Sheffield City Hall

Thursday 11th March – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Friday 12th March – Liverpool Philharmonic

Tuesday 14th March – 02 Academy Leeds

Wednesday 15th March – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Friday 17th March – 02 Academy Birmingham

Saturday 18th March – Plymouth Pavilions

Monday 20th March – Colston Hall, Bristol

Thursday 23rd March – Eventim-Apollo, London

Friday 24th March – Eventim-Apollo, London

Look out for our future reviews of PMJ !!!!

The Day The Music Died – Remembering Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

Yesterday was the anniversary of The Day The Music Died when music legends; Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson ( The Big Bopper) were sadly killed in a plane crash.

The songs they have sang have not died. We have compiled some covers of the songs performed and written by the three stars.(While this blog is usually for original new music we feel that we should still share covers for this occasion).

Leading UK Rock N Roll cover band The Bluejays Perform Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”:

 

Los Lobos cover “Come On Lets Go” by Ritchie Valens (they helped a lot with the “La Bamba “film!):

 

UK Cover band Honey Dont’s rendition of The Big Boppers “Chantilly Lace”:

Heres the classic song written by The Big Bopper “White Lightning” performed by his friend George Jones:

News and Thanks !

Hi everyone ! Its been two weeks since we launched the blog and we have been overwhelmed by the amount of great responses and support we have received. we have over 100 followers on WordPress and countless others checking in with us from all around the world.

We have some exiting new content coming your way including an interview with blog favourites Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems. We will also try to keep you up to date with Bopflix and other great videos that are posted online.

Aswell as Rockabilly we will also be looking to more of the Ameripolitan and Western Swing music as requested ( Jason James, Dale Watson,Quebe Sisters, Asleep At The Wheel).