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…

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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.

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Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – Review

Last week we took a look at Max Hixon’s Lovesick Loverboy single.

Yesterday Max released his first Album by the same title. Max has not only written & produced every song on the album, but has impressively performed it all himself painstakingly mulitracking each instrument.

He also edited the videos himself (with a little help to shoot them).

As we said last week the title track Lovesick Loverboy is truly outstanding and we are pleased to say that the rest of the album follows suit.

One thing we really did like is the tracks all sound individual and doesn’t all blend into one mass of noise like many albums we are sent.

Heres the track rundown: (See last weeks post for Track one)

Track 2 – “Picture Of Perfection” is a classic late 50’s early 60’s pop song which could be compared to songs like: Unchained Melody or The Great Pretender.

Track 3- “What Has Happened To Our Love” is a Del Shannon inspired song and has a really cool feel to it with an Organ making an appearance.

Track 4 -“Loneliest Man” is a moody stripped back Rockabilly Blues number with hints of songs like “All I Can Do Is Cry” about it.

Track 5 -“Loveless Arrangement” is a refreshingly modern sounding song which seems to be inspired by artists like Dion.

Track 6 – “Stolen Heart” is bound to be a new Rockabilly classic.

Track 7 – “Daydream Girl” is a simpler song with some catchy upright bass work.

Track 8 – “Where You Hidin’ Baby” Another very contemporary take on the Rockabilly sound.

Track 9 – “Dream On” – We’d say this one would fit onto a Dreamboats and Petticoats album pretty well.

Track 10 – “Tonight Is All For You” – This track really complements “Dream On” and has great pace to it.

Track 11 – “Call Somebody Honey” – A much heavier Rockabilly song with hints of Imelda May and Brian Setzer.

Track 12 – “Finally Fall In Love” – This acoustic track is like a part B to Picture Of Perfection and is a really great way to end the album.

Well done Max a fantastic debut album which we would call a: Gold Album

You can purchase yourself a copy of the CD here:

  https://www.maxhixonmusic.com/buy-cd

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 :

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Amazon

ITunes

Preorder the album on :

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Vist Max’s Website: Here

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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 !!!!

An Interview With: Sharna-Mae And The Mayhems

Being one of the favourite bands of our blog, we were lucky to be able to have an interview with Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems. Heres what they had to say:

So how about you tell us all about how you got together as a band ?

It all started when James and I were at sixth form only a few years ago. He was heavily influenced by Johnny Cash and we performed as a duo as part of our music course. We entered music competitions with my younger brother, Scott and performed songs such as Tainted Love in a rockabilly style. We had known Danny for quite a while from being on the same music circuit and when he joined the band we couldn’t have got anyone better. We all get along really well and enjoy performing together.

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What made you interested in performing and writing in this style of music ?

We have all grown up with a variety of genres around us. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens I really fell in love with rockabilly, I had always been really into my musical theatre and country music. We love the energy rockabilly music gives and we enjoy playing it. When it came to writing our first album we just wrote the lyrics and music as it came out. We have quite a variety on the album from a slow country ballad, to upbeat rockabilly and an alternative track.

As a band with original songs, could you tell us a bit about your songwriting process?

As a band we wrote our songs together along with another song writer who has been in the industry for years. We had weekly song writing sessions and we always knew what we wanted to write about. A lot of emotions went into song writing because we either expressed events that had happened in our lives or situations in others.

Are you working on another album or release ?

We do have another album on the cards, it won’t be this year because we are focusing on other parts with the band but we are working on it.

What songs are you listening to at the moment ? ( just a few of your favourites that you have listened to recently )

We all listen to so many different artists. Danny our double bassist has been massively into Hillbilly music, he has even been gigging with another band in Europe. James and I have really been enjoying Chris Stapleton we love his songwriting as well as the harmonies on the album. Scott is currently in sixth form studying music so he listens to so many different genres each day.

Any upcoming gigs where our readers can go and watch you ?

We have so many exciting gigs this year, we have some brilliant festivals as well as playing in France and Amsterdam too in the Summer. Please check out our band pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on our gigs.

Well thanks guys and gal ! Keep up the good work ! 

 

Bopflix Sessions: January (Part B)

Here we go again some more Bopflix videos that were released this month:

 

A great little tune by Lynette Morgan and the Blackwater Valley Boys. They have some real nice western swing flavour here and the songs full of character and love the steel guitar solo.A new band to us and we look forward to hearing some more of there tunes.

As we approach the 3rd of February ( The Day The Music Died ) its nice to see another Stratocaster ( the electric guitar) being used. Stratocasters are being overlooked more and more these days and almost forgotten in place of the Gretsch arch tops and the Telecaster. Aside from that a real nice classic sounding tune from these guys !!

Well you can’t go wrong with The Doggone Honkabillies. (enough said ! )

 

Yet more steel guitar with this video by the Lightning Ranch Boys !! Great to see some nice classic gear like that lovely Gibson Jumbo. Sort of reminds me of something that Hank Williams would of sang. If you watch closely you can also see Mr Bopflix himself (Chris Magee) in the mirror !!

The Bopflix Sessions: January

Bopflix ( number one Rockabilly film maker :Chris Magee’s channel )has released two brand new Bopflix Sessions videos this month and we couldn’t help ourselves and had to share them with you.

Our favourite has to be Bob And the Bearcats – Hold On Tight, featuring Darrel Higham.

 

 

Hold on ! He just released another one by the one and only Pat Capocci ! :