New album update #2 – pre-order live on bandcamp!

The Brass Neck! pre-order page is up and running on bandcamp! Very grateful to those that have placed an order already – thank you so much for the support, it means a lot 🙂

You can now hear the first 3 tracks, inspired by the early years of the blues – a solo slide guitar number, a guitar and harmonica duo with Lyndon Anderson, and an early electric blues combo with Phil Moore on double bass and Phil Muriel on drums. 

And we’ve already had some airplay – thanks to Gary Grainger for playing the songs on the Bishop FM blues show! You can hear the shows on mixcloud.

More tracks to come over the coming days and I’ll announce a proper release date soon. I’m just finalising the artwork while Dee at Ginger Music finishes the mastering and then it’ll all be sent off to produce a limited run of CDs.

If you pre-order a CD, you get the digital versions of the songs as soon as they are released and the CDs will be sent out as soon as they arrive. As Bev and I are now back in the van headed to Spain, I’ve had to enlist someone to handle the posting – thanks Mam!


New album update #1

Good afternoon at Ginger Music studio yesterday, things moving along with the new album. The title is….

Brass Neck!

There are 10 tracks…
4 we play in our live set, but I promise you’ve never heard them like this!
2 are from my secret stash – it’s 17 years since I last recorded anything and I’m always writing, so there’s loads to choose from there.
5 brand new songs, including 2 co-written with Bev on our recent adventures around Europe 🙂

There’s no specific release date yet – but if there’s a guitar player or blues lover in your life, leave some room in their Christmas stocking 😉

New Album!

New Album! It’s been a long, long time coming, but I’m very pleased to say a new album is on the way.

10 original songs, arranged in styles loosely inspired by various shades of the blues over the last century. It starts off with echoes of the Mississippi delta – stomping resonator slide guitar and a heartfelt holler – and each track builds on that musical foundation. There’s hints of folk blues, Memphis sounds, Southern rock, soul, blues-rock and more modern interpretations. I’ve got some fantastic guests lined up and it’s sounding great.

Loads still to do though – may need some help/advice from those in the know! More details soon.

Denmark

After our moonlit flit from the wild west of Sweden to Denmark, we had a lazy day wandering forest trails and eating Bev’s van-baked blueberry pie. Then, with a few days to fill before my next gig in Odense, we had time to explore some of the sights of northern Denmark…

  • Strandby Church – a really striking modern design
  • The so-called sunken church – only the tower remains, as the rest was demolished after being repeatedly buried under drifting sands
  • Grenen Beach – at the convergence of two seas. We joined thousands of Danes and tourists to wander to the end of the spit of sand and ‘stand with one foot in the Skagerrak and the other foot in the Kattegat’
  • Råbjerg Mile – the largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe. A bizarre and eerie sight, some distance from the coast
  • Aarhus – with a fantastic botanical garden and distinctive art museum
  • Middlefart – we stayed by a marina by the Lillebælt bridge and caught a glimpse of harbour porpoises at play

Live ‘On the Roof’, Odense

The last gig of our summer tour was at a cool bar in Odense – PåTaget – which is literally ‘on the roof’ of a multi-story building and car park right in the middle of the city. There was a fantastic jazz, blues and folk festival on – with the likes of Larkin Poe and Jamie Cullum and UK bluesman Lawrence Jones playing. One of the Jam Days festival acts, a Faroe Islander with the awesome stage name ‘Johan Solo’ hosts a regular jam night at PåTaget and I was booked to play an acoustic set before the jam. It went well, great bar, fun bar staff, friendly crowd. Johan jammed with me at the end of my set, adding a cool electric guitar solo to my song ‘Cold Wind’.

Here’s Johan in action…

my song "28" live in the backyard.

My song "28" live in the backyard. – Enjoy 🙂 #johansolomusic #nordiconemanband #backyardsessions #originalmusic

Posted by Johan Solo – Nordic one man band on Wednesday, 28 August 2019