At the turn of the century, the original rhythm section of the legendary “Whitesnake” rock n’ blues powerhouse got together with other stellar musicians and formed ‘The Company Of Snakes’. Touring across their native UK, the assembled minstrels consistently brought the houses down with their versions of such ‘Whitesnake’ standards as “Trouble”, “Don’t Break My Heart Again”, “Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” and others. “The Company Of Snakes” released two cd’s and a DVD, chronicling their ascent into the stratosphere of Hard Rock n’ Blues.
Ten years later, we find two of these minstrels teaming up with four other renowned British musicians to begin a brand new chapter in British Rock n’ Blues. Micky Moody; guitarist extraordinaire, and stellar Bassist Neil Murray, (Whitesnake), have joined with Harry James, an unbelievable powerhouse drummer from ‘Thunder’, and Laurie Wisefield, another astonishing guitarist. Filling out this supergroup in the making, Chris Ousey fronts the band with his distinctive vocal style, while Adam Wakeman reinforces the sweet sounds of ‘Snakecharmer’ with his skilful tinkling of the ivories!
Snakecharmer has a musical pedigree that resides in the upper echelons of British Hard Rock. Laurie Wisefield was a long running member of the cutting edge group ‘Wishbone Ash’. Adam Wakeman cut his teeth with none other than the juggernaut Ozzy band. And yes, he is the son of Rick Wakeman! The finely tuned voice of Chris Ousey can be heard on numerous Rock records, including Vancouver’s own Kenny Koas, in Canada’s ‘Poker Face’, plus his own ‘close to the heart’ outfit “Heartland. These six musicians have created a Rock outfit that promises to elevate the heartfelt Rock n’ Blues genre back to the upper reaches of the musical sky. These combined musical troopers have contributed, in the past, to many a group and artist, including the likes of Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Annie Lennox, and many more.
Snakecharmer are an absolute, bonifide, dyed in the wool supergroup! One that will not supernova, like so many before them. Why? Each of these highly esteemed musicians are from the old school. The school of hard work, hearfelt creation of music and feet firmly on the ground. There will be no ‘egos’ to contend with, just exceptional musicianship, songwriting and singing! The ‘Snakecharmer’ live shows will lift your heart and soul, bring you to tears and at the next moment have you feeling so strong, that at the end of their performance, you will be left breathless. Each group that these guys started in rocked to the n’th degree, and that is what happens now, and, recently, they have been able to capture all of that in the recording studio!
Frontiers’ Records have just recently announced that the debut album of ‘Snakecharmer’ will have worldwide release in early 2013! Currently, the group are polishing up the record, and preparing for a wide reaching tour to begin in early ’13 as well. We can look forward to towering vocals, dynamic rhythms, regal interplay between the keyboards and twin guitars, and all anchored by the powerhouse rhythm section of James and Murray! Hard Rock n’ Blues is about to get two shots in the arm! and 2013 is starting to look incredible!!
- Bruce E.J. Atkinson
Under the Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:
The Blue Gator: Moni Funk: Sept. 28th/29th Zamboni Brothers: Oct. 5th/6th Studebaker John: October 12th/13th JW Jones: Oct. 19th & 20th Fighting Orange: Oct. 24th Zamboni Brothers: Oct. 25th Random Act: Oct. 26th & 27th
Gateway 21: Truly Tina: (Tina Turner Tribute) Oct. 19th & 20th Reflections In Black; (Tribute To Johnny Cash) Oct. 26th & 27th
Minstrel Café: Manfred: Friday Sept. 28th The Blue Healers: Saturday Sept. 29th Devon Coyote & The Gentleman: Sunday Sept. 30th Maria Muldaur: October 4th David Gogo Acoustic Trio: Oct. 11th Calum Hughes Collective: Oct. 12th Papa Dawg Blues Band: Oct. 13th The Strawbs: Oct. 23rd
The Pheasant & Quail Pub: Donovan Sweet: Sept. 28th/29th
The Streaming Café: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald: Sept. 27th The Jon Cohen Experimental: Sept. 29th The Sumner Brothers: Oct. 6th
Minstrel Café: The Strawbs: October 23rd
Kelowna Community Theatre: Andre-Philippe Gagnon: November 9th Colin James: November 12th
Prospera Place: Russell Peters: October 2nd Journey/Loverboy/Night Ranger: December 1st