DAVE STEWART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM FOR 16 YEARS…

Proper Records have recently announced a partnership with Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Surfdog Records for the release of an exciting new album project from Artist/ Producer/ Director and Eurythmics co-founder, Dave Stewart.  His new album, The Blackbird Diaries is set to be released in Britain on Monday, June 27th 2011.  Recently completed in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave Stewart and Mike Bradford and was recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio.   The Blackbird Diaries is set to feature all new material including a co-write with Bob Dylan as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and features The Secret Sisters. Dave is backed throughout the album by a stellar assortment of musicians on the album including guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.  As an integral part of Stevie Nicks new album, ‘In Your Dreams’, (he was co-producer, co-writer, photographer, performer and movie director) Dave was invited by Stevie as her special guest to perform at Webster Hall in New York City on May 4th.

“This was my favorite time ever in the studio, I wrote most of the songs on the spot and recorded all of them in one incredible session lasting 5 days and nights!,”  explains Dave Stewart.  I made an unusual film of the process that not only features all the musicians and performers but also gives away some of my writing secrets which involves both a well known fortune teller and hypnotist who allowed themselves to be filmed in session with me.”

Dave Stewart’s The Blackbird Diaries is unlike anything he has embarked on during his illustrious 30 year music career both with Eurythmics and as a solo artist. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, the album is in the vein of recent releases by Bob Dylan and Neil Young – masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics.  The Blackbird Diaries showcases a very different type of songwriting for Stewart with more story-driven autobiographical lyrics, which is a departure from the pop/rock sounds which have made him one of the most successful and revered songwriters/collaborators of all time. Tales of loves conquered and loves lost, Dave gets intimate, personal with words while he allows his music to rock free on an album that might just prove to be this artist’s second, and perhaps finest, act.

A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the entertainment industry today.  His career spans more than 30 years and more than 100 million album sales, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award with Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox. With Lennox, Stewart delivered ingenious pop/rock hits such as ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘Missionary Man’, and ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’.  One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Dave has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Tom Petty, and Gwen Stefani (to name a few) and has shared the stage with everybody from BB King, U2, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Stewart has won Best British Producer four times and Best British Songwriter five times, as well as numerous Grammy, MTV, and European awards.  A highly-regarded artist and filmmaker, Stewart has scored and penned the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years, including the Mick Jagger collaboration for the film Alfie, which won the pair a Golden Globe. He produced the award-winning documentary Deep Blues, and his feature directorial debut Honest premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Stewart and songwriter/producer Glen Ballard recently wrote a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, which opens in London’s West End in June this year. This Year Stewart also co-wrote and co-produced Joss Stone’s new album as well as Stevie Nicks’ new album ‘In Your Dreams’ which marks the first occasion Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo album.

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Artist links: davestewart.comtheblackbirddiaries.comdavestewart.com/youtube

Pete Christie’s Latest Album ‘Frank’

Making Waves (above) is a fine example of why we recommend that you check out more of Pete Christie’s finely crafted vocals and simplistic finger picking style guitar tunes.  Christie’s latest album is called “Frank” and Pete’s myspace page gives some background to the album and namely why it was written as a tribute to his late mother who suffered from Dementia and called him “Frank”.  The album also features Waiting in the Wings which has become one of the Christie live standard requests. Pete has guested with Dave Pegg  of Fairport Convention – as part of the Peggy and PJ Wright tour-de-force , Nick Harper, Jeff Lang, Glenn Tillbrook, Ezio, Ruby Turner, Derrin Nauendorf, Hugh Cornwell, Bob Brozman, Martin Harley, Ben Montague and performs on occasion with Alex Roberts. In September last year was a special guest of Canadian, Americana acoustic blues and roots sensation Matt Andersen.  Check out the album it’s a great listen. Artist Weblink:  http://www.petechristie.co.uk/

Kyron & The Strangels – If We Were Kings

Kyron & The Strangels have built up a loyal following through their live shows and a series of five wacky videos that are now viewed throughout the world on You Tube. The Strangels have released two singles Walking My Dog & Hanging on the Ground. Their first single release was the infamous “Walking My Dog” which was accompanied by two individual videos. Video one was the much lauded ‘Cardboard Technology Version’ where the set, fixtures, fittings and musical instruments plus the dog are all made from cardboard. Their second video for Walking My Dog – another You Tube success – was the naughty street version. The band asked people to appear at their windows doing something interesting. In turn the band with a film crew in tow would visit their street and capture the results; one fan wrapped herself with her pet snake. The group Kyron & The Strangels came about as a natural progression from songwriting sessions held between three friends Kyron Bourke, Philip Kampff and Cormac O’Kane. In the summer of 2007 the Strangels started to play live in the Black Box in Belfast. Kyron and Cormac along with new band members Feargal on drums, Bernard on bass started to perform their original songs to an ever increasing fan base. Cormac O’Kane who had been developing the Strangels sound based on the early song writing sessions started to produce the band in his own Belfast recording studio.

The name Strangels is derived from a Tom Waits song The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me Today based on a word Tom’s daughter dreamed up by cleverly combining the words ‘strange angels’. When Kyron Bourke is not playing the piano or behind the microphone fronting the Strangles he is most likely to be found working with oil and watercolours. Apart from being a fine musician he is a much respected artist with numerous galleries exhibiting his, what critics describe as, ‘unique work’. Some time ago we announced that the album If We Were Kings was on the way. The release had to be postponed and the band had to cease work in 2009 to enable Kyron sufficient time to donate one of his kidneys to his brother.  Having now put all many the events of 2009 behind them Kyron & The Strangels are pleased to announce the release of ‘If We Were Kings.’ The album includes all the tracks that are so popular with their live audiences and You Tube viewers such as, Walking My Dog 1& 2, The Actor, You You You, Headless Chicken, Walking Away and many more; thirteen tracks in all.

Kyron Bourke vocals & piano – Cormac O’Kane keyboards – Ryan O’Neil guitar Feargal O’Kane drums – Conn Smyth guitar – Bernard Flanagan bass

If We Were Kings Track Listing 1. The Actor 2. She’s Not Particular 3. Hanging On The Ground 4. Walking My Dog  5. Open Mouth 6. King Cauntes 7. If I Was King 8. You You You 9. Headless Chicken 10. Flesh & Flood 11. Stupid Love 12. Walking Away 13. This Is The End Again

Label: Vision Independent – Cat No: VICD5099 – Distributor: Proper – Release Date: October 18, 2010

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Katzenjammer – The "A Bar In Amsterdam" video

Those crazy Norwegian girls Katzenjammer have made the 6 Music playlist with their single A Bar In Amsterdam.

A Bar In Amsterdam will be released digitally on September 20th, ahead of the release of debut album Le Pop on 18th October.

However, if you can’t wait until then, and need some Nordic mayhem in your life then you can watch Katzenjammer performing A Bar In Amsterdam in their video below.

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Artist links: http://www.katzenjammer.com/

Rory Ellis – Perfectly Damaged

It’s been multiple years now since hearing Australian troubadour Rory Ellis for the first time. I was in a car listening to the latest batch of CD’s through for review when suddenly this tornado of a voice ripped through the stereo speakers and exploded in my face. Since then – every single release I’ve anticipated with huge excitement. This new one then was no exception.Ellis’s productivity over the last few years has been both blistering and brilliant. Slowly but surely carving a name for himself on the UK roots scene, the hard work is paying off, and it’s with consistently quality records like this that keeps people coming back to his shows.

With a voice like a freight train one minute and soothing lullaby the next, along with great acoustic guitar accompaniment and decorative lap steel flurries throughout, you can hear the quality in the record right from the start. It is however after a few listens when the album really starts to reward you. A slow burner usually turns in to a brilliant piece of work, and slow burners are something Ellis has a habit of producing.

Stand-out tracks on this record include the brilliantly infectious ‘Jesus Lane’, and the almost rag-time sound on ‘Street Angel House Devil’ – however as usual with this man’s work I’m finding new favourite tracks on every listen, which again is something Rory’s songs just have an uncanny knack of doing.

The standard of songwriting is first class, both witty and poignant – and something else that stands out on this record is the fact the artist has taken the time in the sleeve notes to comment on each song, and the reason behind writing it. It gives each song that bit more depth of understanding, which is something lost in the digital age.

This guy truly is the real deal as far as musicians go. It goes without saying this record comes recommended, but then so does his entire back catalogue. Do yourself a favour and go and buy the album @ http://www.roryellis.com/ Phil Daniels

Further information can be found at Kevin’s website here www.kevinburke.co.uk

PETE FYFE