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Under the Lights

Just The Music

This week finds me wrapping up some intense music assignments, for both Fireworks and Melodic Rock magazines.  All the music is, of course, top notch—but I have found a couple of outstanding groups that bear further mention.  The first is the San Francisco area group “T. Clemente Band”…fronted by guitarist extraordinaire Teddy Clemente.  His music is a combination of Hard Rock and Progressive—just a couple guide posts for us-and his skills on the guitar are amazing.  His new album is called “Lost In Time”, a huge production full of Rock Anthems that one would expect from a veteran group!  Teddy also features one of the best female vocalists emerging on the scene today!  Amanda Dieck belts out the rockers, and sings the slower tunes most regally.  “Lost In Time” is not Teddy’s first effort, he has a battery of original tunes that are worthy of your ears.  To get to know this caring, gifted musician visit his web site at:  www.tclemente.com   and discover for yourself this soon to be Rock Powerhouse!

Now, another group that I have fallen for, thanks to Fireworks magazine, is “Estate”.  “Estate” are brand new, and from Russia.  Billed as a Heavy Metal five piece, this group breaks new ground in their  interpretations  of Metal.  I would say that the five are classically trained musicians that have been heavily influenced by modern Neo-classical Artists as well as Russian Folk music.  They combine modern Hard rock with Russian folk and mystical stories from the past.  Heavy-yes, but also very melodic.  All five have bounded not only in music, but share similar outlooks on life, religion, history and sense of purpose.  All of this combined compels them to breathe fresh air in a somewhat constricted musical style.  Their debut, “Fantasia” is well worth seeking out.  I do not think they have North American distribution as of yet, so check them out at: www.estate-band.com and be prepared to hear something different!

 

Another group that caught my ear is “Black Fate”—again a Progressive Metal outfit out of Europe.  In fact they are from Greece and what better way to describe them and their music but with my Review of their latest release:

 

Black Fate  “Between Visions & Lies”
Ulterium Records
Review by: Bruce E.J. Atkinson

Although many of us may not have heard the music created by this group—they have a lot of history.  Harkening from Greece, “Black Fate” began back in 1990.  The group released a couple of demos, “Black Fate” and “A Piece Of Dream”, which found favourable reaction in their home country.  In fact these two recordings actually were critically acclaimed!  The group continued to press on, playing live and recording.  A major change in the line-up during the 2000’s saw the group finally releasing their debut full length album, “Uncover” and continued to make headway.  As 2007 approached, the group changed their line-up slightly and had a renewal of energy and commitment—and saw the release of “Deliverance Of Soul” in 2009.  A couple more adjustments and the group were starting to make some more headway, getting favourable response wherever they played.  The time came for this group of highly trained and inspired musicians to sit down and start to compose a new collection of heroic music…and they did!

Back in the studio, and determined to nail down a sound that would fully represent them, take them in a slightly different direction and give themselves some satisfaction, “Black Fate” are finally ready to release!  “Between Visions & Lies” is that very album.  A classically tinged Heavy Metal collection that rocks!

Full of technical expertise and flash, melodic and driving—we experience eleven molten passages that will amaze!  The group are also ready to amaze us with taking this album on the road.  2015 should see their collective efforts rise higher and louder.  “Black Fate” will be rewarded for all their hard work and determination.  “Between Visions & Lies” will make sure of that!

Bruce E.J. Atkinson    


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band: Nov. 21st   Rann Berry:  Nov. 22nd   Hank Stallion:  Nov. 27th  Moni Funk: Nov. 28th  & 29th

Dream Café:   Justin Gibbery Trio:   Nov. 29th

Fernando’s Pub:  Autopilot:   Nov. 27th

Neighbours Pub:  My Kind Of Karma:  Nov. 22nd

Turtle Bay Pub:  Blues Night-Poppa Dawg:  Nov. 21st

Longhorn Pub (Vernon):  Sunday Night Jam—all musicians welcome!—Hosted by-Rick Zip & The Wheelhouse Band:  

O'Flannigan's Pub:   (Live Music every Tuesday with Riaz and Friends)  Radio Lifeline:  Nov. 21st & Nov. 22nd   Colt 45:  Nov. 28th & 29th   Hank Stallion:  Dec. 5th & 6th   Chuck Norris Band:  Dec. 12th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  Dec. 5th & 6th

Notable Concerts:    

  Prospera  Place:   Bryan Adams:  January 15th  2015   The Tragically Hip:  Feb. 7th 2015

Kal Tire Place (Vernon):  Blackjack Billy/Doc Walker/The Road Hammers:   Dec. 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:   Black Label Society:  Dec. 30th  

South Okanagan Events Centre:  John Fogerty:   November 27th 



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The Journeymen part 2

Last week, we introduced you to “The Journeymen”, a relatively new group out of the Okanagan.  Actually, a new-veteran group!  This quintet of seasoned musicians represent forty plus years of Western Canadian Rock!—and will take you through the bulk of that great time at any one of their shows.

“The Journeymen” are Mick Cretney, Brian Anderson, John Anderson, Mike Holmes, and John Karroll.  The lead vocalist for the group: Mick Cretney also plays guitar, but he started off as a Bass player.  Apart from lending his unique vocal style to the group, Mick keeps his ‘singles act’ chugging along, appearing at various venues in the Kelowna area.  When he is with ‘The Journeymen’, he just lets loose, creating a vocal sensation surrounded by the pulsating Rock n’ Blues that this group churns out.  A true trooper, Bassist Brian Anderson has been playing this instrument for forty or so years.  Again a fixture on the local music scene, Brian actually sold his long fiery red hair to buy his first bass when he was eighteen!  Over the years his hair grew back, and his bass-playing skills grew just as quickly!  Serving in several bands, Brian also played with ‘Union Street’, the ‘Blues Tribe’ and pounded the four strings for ’Doug And The Slugs’!  Oh!, did I mention, ‘The Journeymen’ offer up three part harmonies?—well they do, and Brian is one part of the three.

When you finally get to see this dynamic group, and you are wondering about those flourishes of keys, look no further than to John Anderson!  John has a progressive style, and not only with the keyboards, but also the flute!  The combination drives this group to the higher echelons of British-style Progressive Rock, bringing back memories of stellar performances from that genre’s finest Artists.

 The man that brings the Rock n’ Roll soul to the group is none other than well known Saxophonist, Mike Holmes!-and he plays it right!  Mike was a staple on the Vancouver Rock scene for many years, and served time in the stellar ‘R&B Allstars’.  Around the valley, he played with Mick in ‘Blue Healers’.  Yes this group has soul, a musical soul that shows on each and every song!  The one that drives that soul, and those progressive stylings is the master time keeper; John Karroll.  John’s drumming can be heard on the Hard Rock/Progressive Rock offerings of one of Western Canada’s finest groups of the late ‘70’s—“The Karroll Brothers”.  John has made Kelowna his home for many years, and like his fellow band-mates, is well known in the valley’s Music Scene.  All members of ‘The Journeymen’ are multi-instrumentalists, and with Brian and John Anderson adding to the vocal range, and Brian adding violin—these five ‘journeymen’ create a rich tapestry of sound that can be breathtaking at times!  All five may be veteran musicians, but all five still have the energy of twenty year olds, and their passion for music—both singularly and collectively is worn on their sleeves.

   Currently the group are working on Original material, and recording some—with the aim to release in 2015!  So, not only can Okanagan’s “The Journeymen” take you on a magical musical ride through the seventies, eighties and nineties—they can offer up some cutting edge, tasteful 21st Century Rock as well!  And so they will:  Not only are the lads busy with writing and recording, they are preparing for a New Year’s bash that will propel you in to the year 2015!  It is not too early to book your evening out, and why not take the ride with ‘The Journeymen’!!

Just as “The Journeymen” are set to take the valley by storm, “Three Lions” did just that on the British Isles!  A forceful Blues-Rock group that made their debut last year, proving that new and younger musicians can rock with the best, and that there are still many music lovers out there that want to hear this driving, energetic sound—the group’s front man is proving it all over again!  Nigel Bailey, like his group—seems to have come out of nowhere.  That soulful, bluesy voice and the heartfelt song writing style cannot be held back!  Nigel is about to release his first Solo Recording!!  With the “Three Lions” album still charting, we can expect to hear more of “Long Way Down” in the months to come!

I had the pleasure to interview Nigel for Melodic Rock, and that conversation will be in the magazine’s next issue.  For now, here is a review of Nigel’s first solo offering, and the music video of his lead off single:  Enjoy!

 

Bailey Long Way Down
Frontiers Records:

I'm not sure if we can take this!  First we had the first rate debut of “Three Lions” and now the stellar debut of that group’s front man: Nigel Bailey with “Bailey: Long Way Down”!!   Opening with ‘Feed The Flames’, this debut will be a force to be reckoned with.  Showcasing not only his powerful voice and guitar playing—his song writing and composition is surpassing the scales!  “In The Name Of The King” is epic in proportion and will serve as Nigel’s lead-off single & video.  If you were blown away by the “Three Lions” material—you will be floored by ‘Long Way Down’.  This album is loaded with hard British Rock and melodies thick and lush---plus a vocal range that simply amazes.  Nigel shows musical emotion on each and every track.  “Dirty Little Secret” works on so many levels, showcasing this humble musician’s high degree of song smithing.  Continuing to show his immense Talents, “Long Way Down” is full of riff-driven guitar work fuelled by heart and soul!  This whole collection is driven by heart and soul—Nigel has so much music in him it is obviously hard to contain!  Nigel Bailey is on the verge of becoming a major Talent & Musical force in the finest tradition of British Hard Rock!  For ‘Bailey’-yes the debut is called “Long Way Down”—the music?—it is nothing but up! up! up!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:  Hank Stallion:  Nov. 13th  The Goods:  Nov. 14th & Nov. 15th

Doc Willoughby’s:   One Bad Son  with The Lazys:   Nov. 14th

The Max Nightclub (Vernon):   One Bad Son & The Lazys:   November 15th

Longhorn Pub (Vernon):  Sunday Night Jam—all musicians welcome!—Hosted by-Rick Zip & The Wheelhouse Band:  

O'Flannigan's Pub:   (Live Music every Tuesday with Riaz and Friends)  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  Nov. 14th & 15th   Radio Lifeline:  Nov. 21st & Nov. 22nd

Notable Concerts:    

  Prospera  Place:    The Tragically Hip:  Feb. 7th 2015

Kelowna Community Theatre:   Black Label Society:  Dec. 30th  

South Okanagan Events Centre:  John Fogerty:   November 27th 

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The Journeymen - Part 1

By definition: Journeyman: 

A person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it-- any experienced, competent performer.

So now Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Okanagan’s own Journeymen…

“The Journeymen” are Mick Cretney, Brian Anderson, John Anderson, Mike Holmes, and John Karroll.  Familiar names in the local music scene, but familiar names on the National music scene as well!

They have all served as ‘Journey-man’ throughout their extensive music careers, in all aspects of the music business—with one outstanding Talent—they are wicked musicians!!

 From “The Blue Healers” we have Guitarist, Mick Cretney, Bassist Brian Anderson was the original four stringer for ‘Doug & the Slugs’…and Keyboardist/Flutist John Anderson has performed for many years and cut his teeth in “Union Street”.  Saxophonist Mike Holmes is an inspired musician out of the Vancouver music scene and you may know him from the “R&B Allstars”—a virtual ‘who’s who’ musical force, and laying down that pulsating foundation is John Karroll on the drums—best known for his work with the “Karroll Brothers”, one of Western Canada’s top hard rock groups of the 70’s and 80’s.

 All five members are multi-instrumentalists, and have a passion for performing and playing—as well as song writing.

“The Journeymen” are an awesome musical quintet, and each wears his influences on his sleeve…collectively, this group will take you on an exhilarating journey through the rock music of the ‘70’s, 80’s, and 90’s…with stellar performances and mixing in brand new Original material from all five!

Why did they get together, well—they realized that if they combined all of their Talent and their Love of playing—something special should happen!  And did it?—Certainly, these five seasoned veterans can still create magic and they do each time they set foot on a stage!

Just remember, that being multi-instrumentalists, “The Journeymen” can and do create a musical atmosphere that is second to none, pushing the boundaries of Rock and Blues and then some!  Veterans yes, but “The Journeymen” are also a fresh new face on the Okanagan music scene, and have aspirations to go even further!  A group to watch and listen, a group that is about to make an impact upon the Recording Scene as well—So, Ladies And Gentlemen—we give you “The Journeymen”!!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:  The Zamboni Brothers:  Nov. 6th    Bluesfoot:  Nov. 7th    Poppa Dawg:   Nov. 8th   Hank Stallion:  Nov. 13th  The Goods:  Nov. 14th & Nov. 15th

Doc Willoughby’s:   One Bad Son  with The Lazys:   Nov. 14th

Fernando’s Pub:  Floyd Meets Brown:  Nov. 8th  Motel Raphael:  Nov. 10th

The Max Nightclub (Vernon):   One Bad Son & The Lazys:   November 15th

Longhorn Pub (Vernon):  Sunday Night Jam—all musicians welcome!—Hosted by-Rick Zip & The Wheelhouse Band:  

O'Flannigan's Pub:   (Live Music every Tuesday with Riaz and Friends)    Papa Wheely:   Nov. 7th & 8th    Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  Nov. 14th & 15th  Radio Lifeline:  Nov. 21st & Nov. 22nd

Whiskey Jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:   Nov. 7th & Nov. 8th

Notable Concerts:  

(The Journeymen pt.2—next week along with Nigel Bailey!)

Prospera  Place:    The Tragically Hip:  Feb. 7th 2015

Kelowna Community Theatre:   Black Label Society:  Dec. 30th  

South Okanagan Events Centre:  John Fogerty:   November 27th 

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Music Is An Endless River

I guess because the Bell still rings loudly in my ear, I was totally taken aback at the realisation that Pink Floyd’s impending new release marks their first in twenty years!  Yes, almost a generation has grown up during the time between the new material from this iconic group of musicians.  Just to put it in perspective-for me mostly-my son was twelve, and my daughter was ten…now, of course, they are grown and a successful young man and woman.  I remember my daughter loving “The Division Bell”; it will be very interesting in getting her thoughts on the new “The Endless River” album, due out in November.

The fifteenth album from one of the most creative and surreal groups on the planet, “The Endless River”  features compositions written during the same period that “The Division Bell” sessions were happening, and Richard Wright can be heard loud and clear!  This, then, is a fitting tribute to the legendary keyboardist, whom will be missed-but his Talents live on.  Richard, of course, was a founding member of this three generation spanned group—a group that pushed the musical envelope on each and every release…and there is no reason why we cannot expect the same here!  “The Endless River” will make November 2014 a very remarkable time in the annals of Rock Music!                         

Another long standing Progressive Rock group continues to prove that being a Rock musician is not about age-but about Attitude and Talent.  Yes are releasing a brand new live DVD/CD package entitled “Like It Is—Yes At The Bristol Hippodrome”!!  Actually there are two new live releases from this stellar outfit…already out is “Heaven And Earth” and this new one—the aforementioned “Like It Is…”, which is taken from their recent Spring/Summer tour performing two complete albums from their past!  Finally in their entirety we can here and see the group perform the following albums:  “The Yes Album” (1971) and “Going For The One” (1977)!!  So get ready for some classic “Yes” in December…December 9th to be exact.

And yet, another surprise—Canada’s own “Harem Scarem” has returned!  Six years in semi-retirement, the group are back and armed!  “Thirteen” is the name of their new record, and they are very excited about what is on it!  “Thirteen” contains brand new material, and comes to us from the enthusiastic reception “Harem Scarem” had on their International Tour of 2013.  The audience’s response to the group fuelled their excitement and encouraging signs motivated them to return to the studio!  Again an early December release and an AOR album that one can sink their heart in to!  “Harem Scarem”’s ‘Thirteen’!!!

Next week, we will take a look at the lead vocalist of new Blues-rock group “Three Lions”…whose debut is climbing ever upward, but Nigel Bailey has so much music in him, that he is releasing a solo album!  So, I hope you click back next week on “Under The Lights” for this and a story on Canada’s “The Journeymen”.

 

 


Under The Lights

Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:  The Zamboni Brothers:  Nov. 6th    Bluesfoot:  Nov. 7th    Poppa Dawg:   Nov. 8th   Hank Stallion:  Nov. 13th  The Goods:  Nov. 14th & Nov. 15th

Doc Willoughby’s:   One Bad Son  with The Lazys:   Nov. 14th

The Max Nightclub (Vernon):   One Bad Son & The Lazys:   November 15th

Longhorn Pub (Vernon):  Sunday Night Jam—all musicians welcome!—Hosted by-Rick Zip & The Wheelhouse Band:   

O'Flannigan's Pub:   (Live Music every Tuesday with Riaz and Friends)    Papa Wheely:   Nov. 7th & 8th    Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  Nov. 14th & 15th

Whiskey Jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:   Nov. 7th & Nov. 8th

Notable Concerts:    

 

Prospera  Place:    The Tragically Hip:  Feb. 7th 2015

Kelowna Community Theatre:   Black Label Society:  Dec. 30th  

South Okanagan Events Centre:  John Fogerty:   November 27th 

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About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.






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