Legend – The Best Of Willie Nelson review

Legend - The Best Of Willie Nelson

I’ve been listening to ‘Legend – The Best Of Willie Nelson’ and “Whiskey River” just came on. I love that song – and hearing it brings back so many memories of back home …

Legend - The Best Of Willie Nelson

I’ve been listening to ‘Legend – The Best Of Willie Nelson’ and “Whiskey River” just came on. I love that song – and hearing it brings back so many memories of back home in the States.

There was a group of us that on special occasions would pull out the ol’ Willie Nelson CDs, late night, after a few beers – and just sing along to his classic songs like “On The Road Again”, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”, “Always On My Mind” and of course, our favorite, “Whiskey River”. Luckily all of those songs are included on the ‘Legend’ CD as well as many more.

It’s great to hear Waylon Jennings‘ voice on “Good Hearted Woman”, Merle Haggard singing with Willie on “Pancho and Lefty” and Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson Willie and Waylon on “Highwayman”.

There are 20 songs on the album – and one stand out track that I hadn’t heard before is “Seven Spanish Angels” with Ray Charles.

The one time that I was lucky enough to see Willie Nelson play live was in Austin, Texas – just down the road from his house at The Backyard. The show was sold out, but my friend and I went anyway, hoping that we might find a way in. Or out actually, since the show was outside. Anyway…long story short we were able to get in – and what a night we had. Watching Willie Nelson singing on that stage – outside under the large Oak trees and being able to hear those classic songs played live was incredible.

Legend – The Best Of Willie Nelson on amazon.co.uk

Willie Nelson on amazon.com

Willie Nelson Official Website

By: Jenny May – BandWeblogs.com

The Fold “Six in the Morning” review + debut album release

The Fold

I’m a sucker for a song with a three-count or waltz, so when The Fold from Melbourne, Australia got in touch and I heard their song, “Six in the Morning” I must say, it did catch my attention …

The Fold

I’m a sucker for a song with a three-count or waltz, so when The Fold from Melbourne, Australia got in touch and I heard their song, “Six in the Morning” I must say, it did catch my attention.

The intro is sweet, with just the guitar coming in first, and then that wonderful count. The instrumentation is tight – with a laid back swing. The horns add a nice touch, and the guitar solo and organ at the end is brilliant. The vocals and the lyrics of course are not to be forgotten. With what at first may seem like minimal effort, there’s actually a lot going on with this song. You can focus on the music or be just as content when focusing on the vocals and the story being told. Excellent.

The Fold - A Kind of Lightening

“Six in the Morning” is off of The Fold’s debut album, ‘A Kind of Lightening’, which they’re launching independently on the 19th July, 2008 in Melbourne. The band formed in 2002 and after playing shows around Melbourne and then later touring in London and Europe (with violinist Londoner Alison Blunt) promoting their first EP, the band scored a small grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and recorded their new album in Australia.

I’m hoping The Fold comes back to play in the UK soon. This would surely be a show to check out.

For music, more information and links to purchase the CD, go to:

Myspace
The Fold Official Website

By: Jenny May – BandWeblogs.com

The Watson Twins – ‘Fire Songs’ album review

The Watson Twins

The first time that I saw The Watson Twins was on Later…with Jools Holland a couple years ago when they were in the UK touring with Jenny Lewis …

The Watson Twins

The first time that I saw The Watson Twins was on Later…with Jools Holland a couple years ago when they were in the UK touring with Jenny Lewis. Their presence on stage was almost spooky – identical twin sisters with their matching long dresses and dark hair. The appearance was memorable and it’s good to see them out on their own now, with the release of their debut album, ‘Fire Songs’.

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Behaveya review – LIVE at the Temple Bar, Oxford

Behaveya

Last Saturday I was at the Temple Bar in Oxford and a very young band by the name of Behaveya from Wycombe/Worcester was playing. The irony in all of this is that members of Behaveya are ages 10-17, and yet they were playing …

Behaveya

Last Saturday I was at the Temple Bar in Oxford and a very young band by the name of Behaveya from Wycombe/Worcester was playing. The irony in all of this is that members of Behaveya are ages 10-17, and yet they were playing old punk and rock covers as well as punk originals that conjured up thoughts of the late 70’s punk music scene that I was too young to experience – but Saturday night may have been a good insight into what it was like.

Behaveya’s sound reminds me of punk bands from the 70’s, like X-Ray Spex, and with Becca fronting the band on vocals and bass, they’ve added a twist to the norm. At one point there was a technical problem with the bass, but what I really liked was Becca’s professionalism to just keep on singing until the problem was fixed – which eventually it was at the end of the song.

The band is comprised of siblings from two sets of families – and they’re all friends who simply love to play music. The youngest member, 10 year old Stephen on guitar, is confident on stage, and is fun to watch when he steps up to take his solos. Guitarist James has a great sound, and it was good to see him take the vocal lead on crowd favorite, “God Save The Queen” by the Sex Pistols.

I couldn’t see Ayla on the keys very well, as she was tucked away a bit, however, she is an important element to Behaveya’s sound. Phil is an exceptionally talented and interesting drummer, and is able to keep a solid rhythm throughout the night. You would never know that he is as young as he is by just listening.

It is an amazing thing to go into a bar and see a 10 year old playing guitar! At one point one of their songs was introduced as being written by him. Pretty cool.

They played two long sets which is impressive in itself, with enough originals to get a good feel as to the direction they’re going musically. I really had a great night out listening to Behaveya – and even pub landlord Barry was tapping his foot and singing along.

If Behaveya is playing in a town near you, go out and support this up and coming punk/rock band – you’ll be in for a treat!

For music and more information, go to:

Behaveya – Myspace

By: Jenny May – BandWeblogs.com

The Fullertons review – LIVE at The Jericho Tavern, Oxford (one to watch)

The Fullertons

Last week I had the pleasure of watching up and coming band The Fullertons play at The Jericho Tavern in Oxford …

The Fullertons

Last week I had the pleasure of watching up and coming band The Fullertons play at The Jericho Tavern in Oxford.

They look and sound great – and could easily have been included in the Glastonbury lineup. Their songs are tight, energetic and the keyboard adds a nice touch to their indie/pop sound.

They’ve got the full package for mainstream success.

More information about The Fullertons:

“Halfway Out” is the infectious debut single from newcomers The Fullertons. The Watford based four piece are set to inject a well needed boost of energy back into the music scene.

The Fullertons are brothers David (vocals / guitar) and Chris Chanell (keys / vocals / guitar), Rik Blake (bass/vocals) and Rich Iles (drums).

The songs, laden with soaring vocal harmonies and timeless pop hooks, trace a lineage that takes in the driving rhythm of the Zombies, the swirling energy of The Stranglers and dusts it all off with a nod to Supergrass.

The band have already enjoyed the support of Music Week, Channelfly, XFM – recent antics while recording the video for their single also ended up with coverage in the Sunday Mirror! However, theirs is not the tabloid lifestyle just yet (!), as they are too busy building up those motorway miles supporting the likes of Good Shoes, Vincent Vincent And The Villains, The Displacements and Blood Red Shoes.

They have been tearing up sold-out venues around the country for the past year with their vibrant performances and infectious song writing nous, and will continue to do so on their forthcoming dates. “Halfway Out” was released by Sons of Stereo on the 23rd June, 2008 backed with “Find Your Own Way Out” and “Rule Of Thumb”.

The Fullertons 2008 tour dates:

Dates could be added or changed! Go to The Fullertons’ Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.

3 July 2 DJ’s Presents @ The White Heart Corby
4 July The Orange Box (14 plus) Yeovil
5 July Klub Kute @ The Cooler Bristol
11 July The Purple Turtle London
12 July Krisiz Zhanra. MOSCOW Moscow, Russia
13 July MOSCOW Moscow, Russia
14 July MOSCOW Moscow, Russia
31 July The Twist w/ The Paddingtons & Blast Colchester
1 August Live Session. BBC 3 Counties radio everywhere
13 September The Perils of Ping Pong @ The Albert 16+ Shrewsbury
20 September Ban Jam / skip skip jump @ St. Moritz. Soho London

The Fullertons Myspace

By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs

Landon Pigg – “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop” + video

Landon Pigg - Coffee Shop

I’ve been enjoying Landon Pigg’s single, “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop”. I’ve heard it a couple of times now on one of my favorite radio stations, MVY Radio out of Martha’s Vinyard …

Landon Pigg - Coffee Shop

I’ve been enjoying Landon Pigg’s single, “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop”. I’ve heard it a couple of times now on one of my favorite radio stations, MVY Radio out of Martha’s Vineyard, and as always, they continue to introduce me to great music.

“Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop” is a tranquil song, and Landon’s voice gently soars throughout. The lyrics are lovely – and I’m hoping more people get a chance to hear it.

Watch “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop” video

Landon Pigg Official Website

By: Jenny May – BandWeblogs.com

Deborah Bonham – ‘Duchess’ album review + videos

Deborah Bonham

Deborah Bonham is set to release her latest album, ‘Duchess’. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Deborah Bonham yet, she has a soulful, bluesy voice that at times reminds me of …

Deborah Bonham

Deborah Bonham is set to release her latest album, ‘Duchess’.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Deborah Bonham yet, she has a soulful, bluesy voice that at times reminds me of Bonnie Raitt, Lulu, Janice Joplin and even Paul Rodgers. She grew up in England, but her music could easily be mistaken for an American blues/rock band.

It was great to find out that the late Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham had a sister who sings – and Deborah does sing – with a soulful passion, often missing from the top 40 charts. ‘Duchess’ has an old school feel that will bring back memories for music lovers who can’t get enough of the blues.

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