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review from Spain for new David Philips release

El cantante, compositor, multiinstrumentista y productor británico David Philips arranca mañana, martes 7 de agosto de 2018, una serie de fechas en nuestro país en las que presentará en directo los temas de “Get Along”, su séptimo disco. Todos estos conciertos tendrán lugar en elárea de Barcelona y se alargarán hasta finales del próximo mes de septiembre.

“Get Along” fue lanzado en formato digital el pasado mes de mayo y el sello Black And Tan Records lo lanzará en formato físico a comienzos del próximo mes de octubre. Con ocho nuevas canciones, dos nuevas versiones de clásicos antiguos de Philips y tres bonus tracks acústicos, “Get Along” es la culminación de toda una vida de creación de música y muestra cómo el británico sigue madurando como intérprete, compositor y productor. Philips es también es un talentoso ilustrador y sus dibujos y pinturas de aves son los que ilustran sus últimos lanzamientos.

 

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Biography

Born in 1959 and started playing music (guitar) when he was 14. First acoustic blues / jazz / skilffle and later on electric blues and jazz. Started booking his own bands (and others) in 1988 and founded Crossroads blues agency. Since 1993 his main focus was booking European tours for USA blues artists. In 1997 he founded his own record label (Black and Tan Records) combining the tours and releases of the same artists.

Over the years he played guitar and recorded with a.o. Percy Strother, Smokey Wilson , Byther Smith, Burton Gaar, Roy Roberts, Larry Garner, Boo Boo Davis, Erskine Oglesby, Jody Williams, Roscoe Chenier, Clara McDaniel, Billy Jones, Hosea Leavy. With Boo Boo Davis he recorded 10 CD’s and did more then 1000 live shows on European blues & jazz stages (like Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz a Juan and Peer Bluesfestival).

About ten years ago he changed from regular guitar to baritone guitar developing a personal style by combining bass guitar parts with lead guitar parts . You can hear the result on more then hundred tracks that he recorded since 2008 with a.o. Boo Boo Davis and Tangled Eye. Recently he also re-discovered a lot of jazz standards from his time at Hilversum Conservatorium in the 1980’s. Besides playing with Boo Boo Davis he is also active in these musical projects:

ElectroBluesSociety
A duo project together with Jasper Mortier; they both have a broad musical taste and an open mind. Together they are mixing the old with the new; combining 30+ years of live stage experience (on the European blues/roots stages) with modern technologies (loops, samples), video projection and other musical styles. The musical input ranges from Alan Lomax to Roxy Music and from Led Zeppelin to techno.

miXendorp
Remixing the blues ! Expect no ‚music for the millions’ but an original and eclectic mix of blues, jazz, world, funk, techno and all kind of other great music with a beat. BLUES always had a strong BEAT and was intended to get people to dance; now it can be played again at the hippest modern parties, festival and clubs ..…. and still feel down home.

BLu ACiD
Together with fellow musician / producer Mischa den Haring he joined forces in this production unit. In February 2014 they released their first tracks and April 2014 the first album production: a new BOO BOO DAVIS release (What Kind Of Shit Is This?) After this succesful project (with several sync placements in the USA) they did some more projects and these tracks were released on BLu ACiD Records, a subsidiary label of Black and Tan.

Recently he started releasing tracks under his own name;
– instrumental blues tracks on Instrumental Blues Records
– cover versions of jazz standards on KuvVer Records

He has a deep love for American roots music and with all his musical activities his goal has always been KEEPING LIVING MUSIC ALIVE.

Releases

Baritone Jazz 2 EP / KuvVer Records 2018
Baritone jazz 1 EP / KuvVer Records 2018
St James Infirmary / KuvVer Records 2018
Blues Doodles 2 EP / Instrumental Blues Records 2016
Blues Doodles 2 EP / Instrumental Blues Records 2016
Blues Doodles EP / Instrumental Blues Records 2016
Blue Strings EP / Instrumnetal blues Records 2015
BluGuitar / Instrumental Blues Records 2015
Slide Guitar Blues EP / Instrumental Blues Records 2015
Cigar Box Blues EP / Instrumental Blues Records 2015

Tourdates

datevenuecitycountrywith
27/11/2018Cafe de Hip special guest Richard van BergenDeventerHollandElectroBluesSociety
22/1/2019Cafe de HipDeventerHollandElectroBluesSociety
9/3/2019ku:L @ LausbarOblarnAustriaBoo Boo Davis
15/3/2019Bielefelder JazzclubBielefeldGermanyBoo Boo Davis
17/3/2018CHV NoordkadeVeghelHollandBoo Boo Davis
21/3/2019Blues en Mars 2019WattrelosFranceBoo Boo Davis
22/3/2019ZininNijverdalHollandBoo Boo Davis
23/3/2019Cafe de AmerAmenHollandBoo Boo Davis
24/3/2019FilmhuisZevenaarHollandBoo Boo Davis
27/3/2019De VerwachtingAssendelftHollandBoo Boo Davis
28/3/2019MusikbunkerAachenGermanyBoo Boo Davis
29/3/2019Mojo Music ClubKleinstaastorfAustriaBoo Boo Davis
30/3/2019Internationale JazzwocheBurghausenGermanyBoo Boo Davis
31/3/2019Heilige CornelisRoermondHollandBoo Boo Davis
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short UK review for new ElectroBluesSociety single

Blues In The South published a short review from Norman Darwen on the new ElectroBluesSociety single:

Bluesman Roscoe Chenier recorded some fine material for Black & Tan, including this fine a cappella rendition of the old gospel standard, released in 2006.

On this new single download release, ElectroBluesSociety have added a modern, bass heavy musical accompaniment including slide guitar it is actually pretty sympathetic and effective. The track runs to five minutes long, and although purists may sneer, if it brings a new audience to the blues, it will have done its job.

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SoulAndJazzAndFunk.com reviews new single ElectroBluesSociety

GOIN’ IN CIRCLES ………

The traditional hymn ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ is one of Gospel’s most recorded songs. Soul folk will most probably know and cherish the haunting rendition from the Staple Singers. An equally haunting version was cut by bluesman ROSCOE CHENIER in 2006. His acaplla take was recorded for Black and Tan Records. It was, in fact, the Louisiana born Chenier’s last recording (he died in 2013) and amongst the gospel and blues community it has acquired an almost mythical status. The track has just been reissued by Black and Tan, but for the release they’ve added musical backing from Dutch band, ElectroBluesSociety, the sparseness of which manages to enhance the ethereal quality of Chenier’s original vocal. The single is out now.

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first review for new ElectroBluesSociety single

Dutch Blues act ElectroBluesSociety release a hauntingly spectral musical accompaniment to the late Roscoe Chenier’s acapella rendition of gospel standby “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. Interestingly, ElectroBluesSociety, a Dutch blues act, comprised of Jasper Mortier (drums, bass) and Jan Mittendorp (guitar, production), who worked with Roscoe Chenier on several releases and several European tours decided to pay tribute to their late friend by adding a spectral and moody arrangement Chenier’s vocal that’s appropriately bluesy yet subtly modern, while retaining the timeless vibe of the original vocal take.

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review for Electro Blues Compilation

Geheel toevallig stootte ik op deze verzamelaar van bluesmuziek die een electrobehandeling kreeg. Electro blues tracks, vol. 4 is blijkbaar al het vierde deel en het smaakt alvast naar meer. De bluesnummers worden aangeleverd door artiesten als Boo Boo Davis, Big George Jackson, Harrison Kennedy en anderen, allen voor mij onbekend. Ook de remixers van dienst (ElectroBluesSociety, miXendorp,…) zijn voor mij nieuwe namen. Maar van elk van hen denk ik: “hm, die moet ik nog eens verder beluisteren”. Ze geven de soms rauwe bluestracks (zoals I’m so tired) een heel moderne feel en vibe en tillen de nummers zo de eenentwintigste eeuw in. Dit compilatie-album is werkelijk een ontdekking én een aanrader.

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review David Philips – Winter from the UK

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David Philips – Winter (Black & Tan B&T 962)
UK born but long based in Spain, David Philips has been working over the last few years as a folk inflected artist for Holland’s Black & Tan Records, one man and a guitar, and so this release for the blues label – David’s sixth, not including a couple of remix tracks – might come as a surprise. It is still a solo effort, but the guitar is electric, blues harmonica crops up occasionally and there is a rhythm section behind David’s excellent vocals. All the songs are David’s of course, he plays all the instruments, and he even provided the cover art. The sound ranges from indie-rock to blues, with comparisons being drawn with Ryan Adams and Doyle Bramhall II; I also hear a little Tom Petty in there too, ‘Running’ opens with a riff a little like Jimi Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ before turning in the direction of Neil Young maybe, and ‘That’s Alright’ recalls early 70s Pink Floyd with a long, space-y passage. Mind you, ‘The One’ is a strong slab of blues-rock. This release contains eight rootsy, hook-laden songs, and if this review has intrigued you, then do check out this release..
Norman Darwen

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review David Philips in Blues Magazine (NL)

David Philips is een singer-songwriter, sessie-gitarist en producer uit de U.K. Zijn debuutalbum was ‘Heal Yourself Alone’ in 2010 en was net na de release “Album Of The Week” bij de BBC Radio. Vervolgens steeg het in 2011 naar plaats 34 in de Top 100 Roots-Country Albums in de US. Na een korte tour door Nederland en België tekende hij bij het Nederlandse label Black and Tan Records die de volgende vier albums van hem uitbracht. Hij staat bekend om zijn solitaire manier van werken in de studio. Hij schrijft zelf zijn nummers (tekst en muziek), produceert, neemt op, speelt bijna alle instrumenten zelf en verzorgt alle vocalen. Zijn albums ‘The Rooftop Recordings 1 en 2’ en ‘December Wine (The Four Track Tapes)’ nam hij thuis in Barcelona op met een Tascam 4-Track recorder. Ook is David Philips een begenadigd tekenaar en verzorgt hij het artwork voor al zijn albums zelf. Direct na het opnemen van ‘The Rooftop Recordings 2’ in 2016 trok hij zich opnieuw terug in zijn studio in zijn ‘rooftop’ appartement in Barcelona waar hij zich tijdens de wintermaanden toelegde op het schrijven en opnemen van nieuwe songs. Hij liet zich inspireren door blues-rock en soul en omdat hij een multi-instrumentalist is nam hij (bijna) zelf alles op en produceerde zelf met een ‘full band sound’ in gedachten. Vergeleken met zijn eerdere werk is dit zijn meest rock gerichte album. Een kort album is het wel, acht songs in bijna een half uur. Maar wel afwisselend. Stevig rockend en melodieus zoals het openingsnummer Changes, akoestisch en met mondharmonica in het nummer Home, en ook een soulballad met Your Way. Maar in alle songs prachtige teksten en natuurlijk zijn steeds verrassende gitaarspel van rustig akoestisch tot scheurend elektrisch. Mocht je David Philips nog niet kennen, dan hoop ik dat je na het lezen van deze recensie de moeite neemt om zijn laatste album ‘Winter’ te beluisteren, misschien wel aan te schaffen of hem te zien optreden. Een werkelijk prachtig veelzijdig album van een meesterlijke muzikant.       Bennuman

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interview Boo Boo Davis with David Baerst (France)

here is the complete text of an interview Boo Boo Davis did wiht David Baerst last month before his show in Strasbourg (France):

Nda : Quelques jours avant l’entretien qui suit, Jan Mittendorp (le manager de Boo Boo Davis) m’a gentiment prévenu. Interviewer ce bluesman du Mississippi n’est pas une chose aisée, c’est une véritable aventure dont on ne peut jamais connaitre l’issue à l’avance. L’artiste ne suit pas règle précise et peut répondre par un sujet tout autre que celui sur lequel on l’a questionné.C’est donc avec une certaine appréhension que je me suis rendu à notre rendez-vous…
Là, je me suis retrouvé face à un être charmant, doté d’un grand sens de l’humour bien que marqué par de profondes stigmates, inhérentes à une existence pour le moins difficile. D’emblée, le bonhomme m’avertit lui aussi : « ce ne sera pas facile pour toi, je ne parle pas anglais…je m’exprime dans le langage des bluesmen du delta, un « dialecte » que seuls les gens tels que moi peuvent saisir ». Chose parfaitement compréhensible, tant la vie de cet artiste né en 1943, semble éloignée de celle que nous pouvons connaitre, aujourd’hui, en Europe. Travaillant dès son plus jeune âge dans les champs de coton, il a souffert de la ségrégation raciale et s’est réfugié dans la religion ainsi que dans la musique. Harmoniciste dès l’âge de 5 ans à l’église, puis guitariste et batteur se produisant au sein du groupe familial Lard Can Band (nommé ainsi car, ne pouvant se permettre d’acheter une batterie complète, le jeune homme s’exerçait sur des seaux métalliques contenant de la graisse de porc), Boo Boo s’est lancé dans une carrière d’accompagnateur avant d’être repéré par le fondateur du label Black & Tan. Depuis, il a signé (en tant que chanteur-harmoniciste) une bonne douzaine d’albums qui rendent grâce à son immense talent.
Quelques heures après notre entretien, sur scène, Boo Boo Davis a démontré à l’occasion d’un impressionnant concert qu’il était l’un des derniers représentants du blues originel…un diamant d’une rare pureté…
Continue reading interview Boo Boo Davis with David Baerst (France)

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new release David Philips

today we released a new record of David Philips

B&T 962 – David Philips – Winter

November 2016 to March 2017 David Philips locked himself in his studio and spent the winter months writing and recording new material. Harking back to the full band sound of his debut album, but this time with a grittier sound centred mainly around the electric guitar and his new found love of the drum kit. Very much the studio loner David wrote, recorded and produced the whole record himself, playing all instruments and also designing the artwork. David says of the writing process : “With these songs I was experimenting with a new way of writing, something much more spontaneous, organic and immediate, trying my best to keep the inner critic at bay for as long as possible. I was able to centre the songs around what I hope are strong hooks and allowing myself to write with the electric guitar rather than the acoustic gave the songs a different energy.” Stylistically sitting somewhere between Ryan Adams and Doyle Bramhall II, yet as ever with his own instantly recognisable sound, Philips mixes pop, blues, rock and a touch of soul on this compact and to the point collection of 8 new songs entitled simply “Winter.”

The music will be released digital only and is available on all download and streaming platforms.