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In an industry dominated by manufactured bands and artists, it is an extremely rare thing to find a real band, a band of brothers, fellow musicians that truly connect, both musically and in friendship; Brothers Groove is just that. This Birmingham-based band are winning the hearts and minds of the UK blues scene with their characterful groove , superior tones, seriously catchy songs and genuine Brummie friendliness and the word is spreading fast.
With the love of funk and blues dominating the band’s sound and years spent soaking up the likes of The Average White Band, The Crusaders, James Taylor Quartet, Little Feat, Eric Clapton, Robben Ford, SRV, Robert Cray and Albert Collins, in the respective funk and blues departments, Brothers Groove set out to make real music, music that they love and cherish. Their goal firmly intact, they have uniquely fused all these influences into a sound all of their own. Classic songs, riffs a-plenty, big grooves, heavy, delicate and always funky. Taking this sound to the stage is where you see the Brothers excel, with performance after performance of awe-inspiring delivery, class, touch and emotion all playing their part in equal measure.
Their debut (studio) album ‘Play The Game’ (released January 2014), produced by award winning producer Wayne Proctor ( Wayne also produced the chart topping Blues albums for Oli Brown, King King, Aynsley Lister) and mastered by the legendary Jon Astley (Jon mastered for Eric Clapton, John Mayall The Who, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and many other major artists) is an expert exploration of all things blues and groove, each song crafted to make your head nod, your body shake and your lips whistle the tune. The twin guitars of Shaun Hill and Nigel Mellor beautifully working together and never in competition, to forge crafty, hook-laden rhythms with deep sonic landscapes. Add into this the Norman Watt-Roy informed bass of Deano Bass, and you have a wonderful blues alchemy at play.
Black Cat Bone
Combining the driving rhythm, percussion and riffs from North Mississippi’s hill country blues with the hallmark style of slide guitar and harmonica from the Delta, Black Cat Bone stray away from the method of traditional blues bands currently doing the rounds.
“There is no need for a bass guitar” says guitarist G Slider, “My thumb gives us all the bass we need”. Forgoing a bass and a drumkit in favour of a simple thumb, a cajon and various percussion may seem like a risk proposition, but this “high energy blues band” succeeds in getting the audience to do what the band wants. That’s to boogie.
Black Cat Bone hit the Edinburgh scene in August 2012. After being handpicked by the award-winning Holy Ghosts to support them in the Voodoo Rooms later that month (A venue they would themselves headline in November), the band has gone on to work with various other promoters at venues in and around Edinburgh including Fortune Promotions, Granny Radge, Counter Culture and Adam Holmes and The Embers
The band released their debut live EP in December, featured on Bandcamp’s bestsellers list, consisting of their own material aswell as a cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s ‘You Got To Move’. With an album due in mid 2014, Black Cat Bone look forward to a summer of festivals and boogie.
Blues Jester are a young Edinburgh-based 5 piece band playing blues, funk, folk, rock, and anything in-between. They feature a female vocalist, an amazing lead guitarist, and a blues harp player. Blue Jester run the musical gamut, from Chicago blues to Hendrix to modern band such as Vintage Trouble and early Black Keys.