"...exceeds all expectations, it is downright monstrous..."
A huge thanks to Tonton Erick and Blues and Co magazine out of France for making Montserrat their 'Le CD du trimestre', or 'The CD of the quarter'. Chuffed! I'll be spending the rest of the day a few feet taller. For those who speak French, you can read the review right here.
A double gig to feast on tomorrow. I'll be doing my regular Wednesday night gig at Chickie Wah Wah from 5:30 to 7:30, and I'll then be racing to Neutral Ground Coffee House for an 8 PM set. The Oz Blues and Roots Charts have also just put out their charts for August, and I'm delighted to say Montserrat is now entering it's fifth month in the Top 25, coming in dead on at #20. As always, the support from radio is priceless, so a big thanks to all involved.
Alright, a last minute engagement for you. I'm going to be kicking things off tonight, 8:30, at Chickie Wah Wah for The Beatles Anniversary show (the band is shit hot). Great night of blues and Beatles.
I'm hitting at the ever funky Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, tonight at 9. Gonna be a goodun. Always free!
I'm going to be at Chickie Wah Wah tomorrow night opening for the immense Ian Moore. I'm kicking the evening off at 8 PM, head out and do your Saturday night right. Then a little breather and I'm at Checkpoint Charlies on Wednesday night, pulling the late shift, 11 PM - 2 AM. The latest Oz Blues and Roots Charts have also dropped, and Montserrat has moved into it's fourth consecutive month in the Top 25, now sitting at #11. Huge gratitude to all the presenters around Oz for keeping it alive.
Alright, just a little update. A new gig to tell your friends about on the 23 of August, at Checkpoint Charlies. I'll be pulling the late shift from 11 to 2. Montserrat keeps on plugging away, and has just entered it's third month in the Oz Blues and Roots charts. A huge thanks to everyone that has supported the album!
Thanks to everyone that came out to Chickie Wah Wah last weekend, it was a goodun. The next gig is on Thursday the 10th of August at the very funky Neutral Ground Coffee House. I've had some great reviews drop in for Montserrat over the past week, so thank you to all the writers for taking the time to listen. There's some exciting things in the works at the minute too, so keep your eyes peeled.
Alright, a quick last minute gig! I'll be at Chickie Wah Wah tomorrow night, the 15th, supporting Johnny Sansone. I kick off at 8, Johnny is on at 9. See you there.
Alright, a well overdue update from Louisiana. I've been soaking up every bit of musical culture possible, in between long hours hovered over the fretboard. Some exciting shows in the works. Meanwhile, the album is up in the charts all over the place, having now spent six weeks in the top ten of the Roots Music Report's Acoustic Blues and Australian charts. It's now moving into it's second month in the Aussie Blues and Roots charts, again hanging in the top ten at #8. The album has also hit regional charts making it to #4 in Dallas, #16 in Atlanta, #9 in Kamloops BC and #18 in Torino Italy. It has also garnered critical acclaim in Australia, the US and all over Europe, and you can read the reviews here. You can also check out an interview I did with Richard L'Hommedieu at Making A Scene right here. Thank you to all of that have bought, played, and spread the word about the new album, the support is priceless!
Alright, bit of an update of the last week. A big thanks to Renee for having me on her show Greatest Hits With Renee last Tuesday, the most fun I've had on radio, well worth the early start! For anyone that wants to listen to the show you're in luck, you can catch it right here. Great interview, and I play a few tunes too, including Take the Good with the Bad which you can check out here. I'm also delighted to say that Montserrat has hit the charts in the US. It's debuted at number 5 on the Top 50 Australian Albums, and debuted at number 4 on the Acoustic Blues charts, behind Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Guy Davis and Eric Bibb. A huge thanks to all the shows and presenters who have given the album some airtime. And finally here's another interview I did earlier this week for a leading Blues website out of Greece. A big thanks to Michalis Limnios for the chat.
Heading in bright and early to play on my local station, Radio Northern Beaches tomorrow from 8 AM. You can listen in on 88.7 and 90.3 FM.
Montserrat has slid into #4 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts for April. I'm sandwiched in between some serious talent there. A huge thanks to all the presenters around the country for supporting the album, and the blues.
Alright, I'm thrilled to say the album is finally out! An enormous thanks to everyone involved, Ziv and Dave Dempsey for their sonic expertise and mixing and mastering respectively, Elliott Humphries for making it look all so delectable, Mike Jones and Deb Cohn-Orbach for the great shots and Cat Swinton for a killer job steering the ship.
You can find the album at the all the usual online haunts, and you can pick up a physical copy from my website here : http://www.ivorsk.co...m/montserrat
Have a listen and maybe even throw some dollars at it if you're so inclined...
The wait is over, the brand new debut album is finally released tomorrow, so it will be sitting there shiny and new in the store come the morning. I'm real proud of this one. Also, don't forget that the Blues Cruise with Fiona Boyes and Colleen Fricker is this Saturday, you can still get tickets right here. I'll also have the new album with me so you can pick up your copy in person on the Hawkesbury.
Tickets are now on sale for the Blues Cruise on the 29th with Fiona Boyes and Colleen Fricker, you can pick them up right here.
I'm also on the promo trail for the new album this week, so you can get your first taste of the album on these stations:
- Tuesday 18th - 89.7 Eastside FM at 4:20 PM
- Wednesday 19th - Hawkesbury Radio 89.9 FM at 2:30 PM
- Thursday the 20th - Northside Radio 99.3 FM at 6:10 PM
- Friday the 21st - 2SSR 99.7 FM at 3:30 PM
Stick it in the diary, you'll be able to get your hands on the debut album 'Montserrat' on April 28th, and the following day I have the pleasure of rolling down the Hawkesbury with Colleen Fricker and blues queen Fiona Boyes for a Southern Comfort Blues Cruise, Saturday the 29th of April. BBQ, shit hot blues music and a new album, yes please.
Take the Good with the Bad has moved on up Amrap's regional charts, hitting #8 this week. A huge thank you to all the stations playing it, and to everyone who has picked up a copy so far.
Alright, the new single 'Take The Good With The Bad' has arrived! You can wrap those ears around it right here. A cooking swampy stomper I've had kicking around for years finally gets an unveiling. A big thanks must go to Ziv for the killer mix and Dave Dempsey for the superlative mastering job.
Just one more sleep until the single 'Take The Good With The Bad' is out and what a way to lead in, cracking the Top 10 today in Amrap's Regional Charts. A big thanks to all the stations who've taken a shining to it, lets keep it rolling...
I'm stoked to be heading into Alive 90.5 FM this coming Tuesday for Ross M Fear's Australian Spectrum Show. We'll be previewing every track off of the new album, Montserrat, and talking all things blues. Tuesday, 9PM, do it.
The ball is rolling with the new single, 'Take The Good With The Bad'. Although it's not out until the 24th, you'll be able to wrap your ears around it this week, with a couple of stations getting the jump on it. Tomorrow night you can catch it on one of my favourite shows out of Melbourne, Blues on the Hill with Baz, on 3NRG FM from 8 PM. Then on Wednesday I'll be chatting with James Glendenning on Hawkesbury FM from 1:30 PM, where we'll unleash the single again.
Thanks to everyone that came down to Yoda for their blues fix, it was a great night. Following on with a couple of exciting updates, the title track off my EP 'Delta Pines' has made it to the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition. They really cherry pick the tunes for this so I'm well chuffed. A big thanks to everyone involved in bringing the tune to fruition, Ziv for mixing and Dave Dempsey for mastering, you're both muthas! If you want to pick up the track, head right here.
And, finally, there is some new music ready to roll! The lead single off of the new album is out in just a few weeks, Friday the 24th of March. Keep 'em peeled.
Alright, the album is in the process of being mastered as I type this, and the single is lined up and ready to go on March 3. I'm back in the saddle this Sunday from 5:30 at Av's main jazz and blues haunt, Yoda Food. Head down for some sweet eats or a cold drink to finish the weekend. See you there.
A big thanks to all who came out to the gig on Friday. Nearly finished the recording of the album, keep everything peeled for more news on that soon, a single is a round the corner.
Happy New Year all. I'm going to be emerging from recording induced hibernation for the first gig of the year at the Hawkesbury Hotel, Friday the 27th. As a little lagniappe I'll be playing some tunes off the upcoming album. And it's free. See you there for your weekly blues fix.
A couple of gigs to look forward to this weekend in support of Rick Price. First up tomorrow night is Hardys Bay Club on the Central Coast, all kicking off from 8 PM. Then Saturday night I have the pleasure of joining Rick in Canberra at the Harmonie German Club, a premier blues haunt, again from 8 PM. Two double bills of stripped back acoustic roots and blues, if you're in either parts of the country it'll be well worth your while.
Counting down the days until the gig at Sydney Blues and Roots Festival. I'll be supporting the mighty Diesel at Windsor Function Centre from 7 PM. You can grab a table and enjoy the show over a meal or just pick up general admission tickets. There's still some available here ; http://sydneybluesandrootsfestival1.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=65705
Stoked to announce that I'll be supporting the immense Rick Price for a couple of dates in November on his 'You Are Not Alone' tour, at Hardys Bay Club in, you guessed it, Hardys Bay. The other date will be at the Harmonie German Club in Canberra, a renowned blues haunt. There's a also a local gig coming up at my regular spot in Avalon this weekend on the 16th, at Yoda Food. And finally make sure to tune in tomorrow to Northside Radio 99.3 FM, where I'll be chatting to Jane Arakawa the upcoming Sydney Blues and Roots Festival. I'll be on from 6:15 PM.
Alright, just had a fun weekend at legendary venue FLORABAMA on the Florida/Alabama line, with a couple of impomptu gigs, so a huge thanks to everyone there for the warmth and making it such a special spot. Will be back home soon, and I'm very excited to announce that I'll be Melbourne bound on October 6 to play at Hume Blues Club, so make sure you spread the word. Following on from that I'll be at Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, 27-30 of October, so it's gonna be a month to remember. More gig news to come...
Very excited to announce some upcoming gigs in New Orleans. I have been invited to play as part of Cutting Edge CE (Conference and events), an annual music conference in the Crescent City. Check out the gigs page for details, as well as the facebook page for updates on the trip. More gigs to follow too, so watch this space. Also delighted to say that Missus Green has dropped as the second single off of Delta Pines, so bug your local disc jockeys to give it a spin, and you'll get great karma, guaranteed.
Delta Pines is hanging tight in the charts. Back up to #12 in this months Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts, it's also fought its way back in to the Top 50 of Roots Music Report's Blues Charts in the States over the previous couple of weeks, not to mention debuting at #3 on the Roots Report's Acoustic Blues Charts, so a big thanks to all those who continue to play it, the support is priceless. Keeps your eyes peeled over the coming weeks, some exciting gigs news not far off.
Some great reviews have rolled in for Delta Pines over the last couple of weeks. Twoj Blues Magazine in Poland have been kind enough to write the album up in their latest issue, as have French magazine Le Cri Du Coyote (The Cry of the Coyote), so a big thanks for spreading the word on the continent. It has also made a few Top 25 lists for June, Illinois' WEFT 90.1 FM's Living Blues Chart, Byron Bay's Bay FM's Living Blues Charts and the Midnight Flyer's Blues Show Top CD's, out of California. I've also put some solo clips up on the Video page, just an acoustic guitar and some Robert Johnson tunes, so check it out if that's your thing.
The Oz Blues and Roots charts are out for last month and Delta Pines is hanging in there, standing proud in the Top 20 at #17. Still hanging around the Roots Report Blues Charts, pin balling up and down the Top 50, as well as the Roots Reports Oz section, been in the top 10 for a month now, so gracious thanks to everyone who's still giving it some air time. I've also been lucky enough to have some great print reviews roll in here in Oz courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald, in Austria's leading roots publication Concerto Magazine, and in France's renowned magazine Soul Bag. Alright!
Following hot on the heels of reaching #2 in the Oz Blues and Roots Charts, Delta Pines has now debuted at #19 in the US Roots Report Blues Charts, so a big thanks is due to all the radio shows who have been supporting the album in the US. Also delighted to get a great review from renowned blues zine American Blues Scene, amongst some other great blues acts from downunder. You can have a gander here : http://www.americanbluesscene.com/2016/05/australian-wave-washes-over-america-with-new-blues/
Some big news over the last week ; Delta Pines has shot to number two on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts. I'm indebted to all those throughout Australia who've been supporting the album on the airwaves, with special mention to Barry Maxwell at Blues on the Hill in Melbourne for featuring the entire EP a few weeks back, and also to Geoff Pegler at Bluesbeat Radio for making Delta Pines his album of the week last week. Also delighted to have picked up a rave review from esteemed American roots magazine No Depression, the leading voice in roots music in the US, so many thanks to Grant Britt for the fine words. Your eyes can feast on it here. It's been a better week than most.
A huge debt of gratitude to all the stations and presenters for the play that Delta Pines has received over the past couple of weeks, here in Oz and also in the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. Great reviews have been rolling in too, so a big thanks is due to those who have taken the time to put down such kind verbage, including a new one today from The Rocker and Zeitgeist in the UK. A full rundown of all the media can be found here. For those in south western Sydney you can tune in to Dave Anger's great show Wednesday Night Coffee Morning on 2MCR 100.3 FM from 9 PM tonight to listen to a track off of the EP. Dave is one of the biggest supporters of Australian independent music, so they'll be some great stuff on there.
Finally, Delta Pines lands today. Five tracks of soulful tunesmithing for your earholes. Pick it up here.
Also a big thanks to Mick 'Fatman' Todd at Southern FM in Melbourne for having me on his radio show last night, a pleasure to chat to, and much gratitude for spinning a few tunes, with big wraps included. The same can be said for Raelyn Mitchell at Fraser Coast FM up in Hervey Bay QLD for featuring the album tonight, priceless support from Australia's blues community, and very much appreciated. If you're a Noosa-ite and you dig the blues be sure to check into 101.3 FM to hear the new songs being spun tomorrow. Until then pick up a copy for yourself and enjoy it on your own schedule.
Just a couple of days until the debut EP Delta Pines is released, so a big thanks to the radio shows that have been giving it some airtime. Tony Jaggers Mojos and Jellyrolls show down the coast on 2EAR 107.5 FM for debuting it on Wednesday night and Jane Arakawa at Northside Radio 99.3 FM in Sydney for having me in the studio for a great chat about the album and the blues in general. I'll be on 88.3 Southern FM in Melbourne for an interview with Mick 'Fatman' Todd tomorrow night from 9:15 PM, and over the next week there'll be plenty of play in Queensland on the following stations:
- Fraser Coast 107.5 FM in Hervey Bay will be featuring it on release day, the 27th of March from 6-9 PM
- Noosa Community Radio 101.3 FM will be playing select tracks on Monday the 28th of March at 11 AM - 2 PM/6-9 PM
- Encore 96.3 FM in Bundaberg will feature the album on the 4th of April from 6-9 PM