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Saturday 23rd June 2012

America

I must start by giving a big thanks to Andrew Hingley from Nashville for
helping out on keys. It was great to play with him whilst Steve was away.
The response over in the USA has been overwhelming.
Playing live is a big part of what I do and to feel the vibes from the people
at shows inspires and enriches the experience for the band, me and you guys
alike.
Bonnaro was an experience that I’ll never forget with it being my first taste
of the festival season with the band.
New York was fun. We hung out on Bleeker st, visited the village vanguard, The
Bitter End and Bleeker bobs record store and the site which used to be CBGB’s.
The guitar shops are cool in NYC especially Rivington guitars on west 3rd
street.
Each city I’ve visited has it’s own charm, be it Boston’s Fenway way park or
Nashville’s Ryman theatre, There’s always something to see!
I’ve really enjoyed my time in America and can’t wait to return for
Lollapallooz and the shows with Alabama shakes.
There’s a couple of photos over on the Facebook page of the trip.
This weeks record is Neil young self titled album.
Thank you to everyone who has come out to support us, making our first time in America and Canada as a band such a wonderful experience. Nashville,
Atlanta, New York, Philly, Washington, Boston and Toronto, you have all been amazing to us.

Thank you. Mk.

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Saturday 9th June 2012

On The Road Again

It’s been a busy couple of days with flying half way round the world and straight in to rehearsals in Nashville. Nashville is ‘the music city’ with live music coming out of every bar you pass. I managed to catch a band in a place called Roberts. They had the most amazing guitar player and upright bass player.

An acoustic guitar is how I write my songs so the chance to play stripped back always appeals to me and last night I was able to perform at Communions opening night in Nashville at a great little venue called the basement.

Next up is Bonnaroo which will be the bands first show in the USA. We are all really looking forward to playing across the states and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

I am going to try something new with this blog and recommend a record I really enjoying listening to. I hope to make this a regular feature. If you get a chance check out Link Wray’s album Link Wray.

See you at a show sometime soon. MK.

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Tuesday 1st May 2012

I’m just about to get to the end of the European tour and i’ve had a blast. Nothing like being on the road singing songs and playing guitar with your friends whilst traveling around Europe. I was looking around for something to remember this by and found this clip someone made of the gig at the Melkweg in Holland (thanks to the person who made it). I’m a Hendrix nut so i’m covering one of his songs during the set and here’s a version from the Holland show.

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Thursday 19th April 2012

French food is amazing, as amazing as the reception I’ve been getting in France. Its been a busy week with the tour starting and the album getting its release in France. Promo has been grueling but worth while with the album sitting and #1 and #2 in the Itunes chart. I know that sounds a little crazy considering I only have one album out but check it. Thanks to everyone who has made this week special and I hope to see you all at a show sometime soon.

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Tuesday 17th January 2012

I’ve been thinking about cool cover versions. With having to do quite a few radio sessions now, i’ve realised you have to make sure you have a few in your arsenal. I found this by Sly Stone who in my mind is one of the greats. A great song by the Kinks with a cover that i feel Sly paid respect to whilst making it his own, the best way to cover a song.

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Thursday 12th January 2012

I find this video really inspiring in many ways. One being the fact that someone as talented and as revolutionary as Michael Jackson still needs to imitate first before finding his own style. It makes the lesser talented musician like myself feel a little better knowing that no human being conjures anything up from nothing. The 2nd is that art is ageless. New or old it doesn’t matter unless it’s good. Michael Jackson used so much from Fred Astaire’s dancing from his musical ‘The Band Wagon’ dating back to 1953. To people who saw Michael Jackson it may of seemed completely fresh and new, but in reality it was being done nearly 40 years previously. Art is ageless, new or old it doesn’t matter and here is the proof.

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So this is my first post of 2012! I thought i’d post a session i did for Zane Lowe on radio 1. We did a cover of Led Zepplin’s Whole Lotta Love. The best thing about this is that we got to play a five and a half minute vamp on prime time radio. 

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Sunday 18th December 2011

America

So i was lucky enough to go to America for the first time in my Life. I had some gigs booked in LA and New York to start trying to promote my music out there before the Album comes out in March next year. We managed to fit in a lot in a short space of time but still can’t wait to go out again for longer next time. The gigs went really well, we played at a place called Bardot in LA supporting the legendary Daniel Lanois, then we played the Hotel Cafe also in LA.

After that we flew to New York to play a gig at Joe’s Pub, a venue i have heard loads about. It was just great to be able to perform in New York and LA and can’t wait to go back and play other City’s and States next Year.

Check out some of the pictures that i’ve posted documenting just a snippet of my time out there.

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