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Breakout UK four-piece rock band SLYDIGS announce debut North American tour dates opening for THE WHO in Canada and the U.S. starting April 26th in Toronto, Ontario and finishing in San Diego,California.
On the heels of an already successful European tour with Vintage Trouble at the end of 2015, garnering accolades for their 5-track EP “Down with Mockery”, the band are ready to introduce American and Canadian audiences to their mixture of 60’s British invasion, 70’s punk and 90’s guitar driven Britpop.
SLYDIGS’ brand of bluesy/hook-laden rock is showcased via “Light the Fuse”, a hard driving rock song that features lead singer Dean Fairhurst’s authentic vocal delivery. The single is featured in ROCK BAND 4 and the EP was helmed by producer/engineer George Shilling (Blur, Oasis, The Soup Dragons).
The band’s momentum can be traced to the buzz surrounding their live shows and the sold out gigs withVintage Trouble. While on tour, they performed a full concert for acclaimed German TV show Rockpalast, along with an exclusive acoustic version of forthcoming track “Catch a Fading Light.” Slydigs also supported THE WHO on multiple shows in the UK, including the sold-out London O2 Arena dates and the 2015 Hyde Park anniversary concert.
For some of the older music fans, Radio Caroline was an era that will stay etched in music history forever. Tom Lodge was there. And now his son Brodie picks up the torch to carry on the road of life, music and memories.
When the CD, ‘Last Kiln Standing’ arrived on my desk, and because of my deep respect for his father, I have to be honest, I gave it my immediate attention. When listening to the tracks, I first noticed how refreshing the music was, and the vocals were pure in their delivery, with no auto tune or treachery to the production.
We only have 52 covers a year, to be the cover story is something we chose carefully and giving it to Brodie Lodge was the right thing to do. Ironically, we chose April 1st, which as it turns out is the day in 2012 that the Lodge clan decided to celebrate the life of Tom (Umi) Lodge who passed away March 25, 2012. So fitting his son is on the cover on this date.
It’s not unusual to hear virtuoso musicians talk about the great teachers they had and lessons they took. Be it guitar players, horn players or string instruments, most had some form of lessons or training. And how often have you heard vocalists refer to their voice as their “instrument” ? And yet the majority of pop or country singers don’t take lessons or have any training. The theory seems to be “ I open my mouth and sing.” But how much would singers benefit from a little training? I would venture to say, like any other “instrumentalist”, a lot .
Enter vocal coach Donna Flynn. “ I can help people get the most out of their singing voices by teaching them techniques and exercises that I have studied and are proven. This enables me to take singers to the next level,”
Donna grew up in Montreal “I was active in the music and repertory scene as a singer and dancer.” She moved to Toronto where she began a journey of vocal training with vocal coaches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, but she felt that none of these were helping her reach the level she was sure she was capable of reaching. She began to realise if she was going to bring out her full voice and individuality she would have to develop it herself. So that’s what set out to do.
Submitted by Don Graham Eric Andersen Photo Credit PaoloBrillo
Singer./songwriter/ poet Eric Andersen never met a laurel he wanted to rest on. Although his accomplishments in music as a pioneer of the folk explosion of Greenwich Village in the 60’s left him with a legacy that cemented his name in history, he continues to evolve.
Having written and recorded such classics as Thirsty Boots, I Shall Go Unbounded and Violets of Dawn and later on the amazing songs on Blue River you would think Eric would have enough “laurels” to rest on and bask in those accomplishments. After all he has had songs recorded by Ricky Nelson, Judy Collins, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Linda Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Francoise Hardy to name a few.But resting is just not in his DNA. In fact when we caught up with him at his home in The Netherlands over the Easter weekend he was planning his latest venture, while he was gardening and working on a new song.
Mark Harrison is an English acoustic guitarist with his heart and soul in the Deep South of Mississippi, The Delta and the blues in general. The title of this, his latest release, comes from the vitals many old black musicians and share-cropping migrants carried on the long rail journey North to the anticipated riches of Chicago and other northern cities where developing industry offered a possible income and escape from the grinding poverty of the southern states of the USA in the pre-war years.
Harrison is an all round entertainer, a troubadour who has wit and an evidently astute understanding of his favourite music and its extraordinary history. With twenty-two tracks here, mostly self-penned, he displays a rare talent and enjoyably quirky squint at themes and topics often ignored by his acoustic picking peers.
For me, at least, three tracks positively stand out as gems of the genre, all his own compositions and clear illustrations of his style and ability – ‘Big Mary’s House’; Crematorium Blues’ and the wonderful, funereal ‘Your Second Line.’
Harrison is genuinely remarkable in many ways. He doesn’t just play blues with a traditional touch but instead moves it on, always thoughtful and complex with, at times, hints of musical trickery. He shakes the music by the scruff of the neck and with Chicken Sandwich Train succeeds in delivering an excellent, sparkling album of striking originality. Highly recommended.