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!
Good afternoon at Ginger Music studio yesterday, things moving along with the new album. The title is….
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! 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.
Part of van life is to try to make it feel like a home from home, especially if you’re using it as a long term base. For me, this means eating as healthily as we did at home, and to trying to ensure a varied diet. So, I’ve been out foraging – trying to find fresh, free ingredients on our travels. Sweden in particular was great for this, not just because of the timing of our visit there, but because foraging and fishing are allowed pretty much anywhere. Since then, we’ve kept our eyes open along the way – through Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and now back in the UK.
I’ve made several pies and some lovely jam. I’ve also added them to our morning smoothie.
On the Dutch coast, we found plenty and enjoyed it blanched with a sardine salad and also with tuna pasta dishes. It’s salty flavour really goes well with seafood.
A type of hazelnut, I waited for them to go brown, toasted them and added them to our breakfast bars instead of almonds. We don’t have a nut cracker in the van… so I used the pliers!! Everything has more than one use, it’s about time those pliers earned their keep.
Apples and Blackberries
Now we’re back in the UK, there’s plenty of blackberries and apples, so I’m looking forward to long walks foraging with the dogs, and a surfeit of crumbles… mmm!
Wild raspberries too – Didn’t find a huge amount (Boo learned how to pick them, so we lost a good few!) but they were great on top of our breakfast cereal.
Our good friend Guy has lent us a fishing rod, so if and when we head back to Europe, we’re going to be spending some time in the lakes of Germany and Sweden trying to catch our supper. We’ve had a first foray in the North sea at Robin Hood’s Bay, hoping to catch sea bass…will keep you posted…
I made some scented wardrobe hangers from flowers we collected in Hungary and Slovakia.
In addition to baking breads and pizzas as previously reported, I’ve made all sorts – Here’s a selection of the best efforts…
Cracked this now – the secret is turning it 5 times in our Thetford gas oven. Home-made blueberry jam on home-made toast – perfect!
Melting peanut butter chocolate puds
Another favourite comfort pud from home, works a treat in the van.
A Swedish recipe, from our friend Ucci’s Dad. They are thin, coconut and orange biscuit – deliciously with or without buttercream filling.
Pizza, Ciabatta and garlic bread
Thin crust pizzas, made from scratch – they require careful turning in the oven, but well worth the effort.
Sticky, cinnamon goodness – Another firm favourite!
White chocolate and cranberry! We had mixed results with a certain batch of Italian butter, but these are usually a quick and tasty treat.