We have a ladies night at the Counting House Edinburgh tonight - 6 female fronted acts for £5 from 7pm.
Here's a review of volume 3 just in:
"Of the 2 previous releases I wrote, "Jock's Juke Joint "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol. 1 & 2" was hands down, the best 2 compilation CD's I have ever heard... It is all here folks and believe me, once you give Vol. 1 & 2 a listen, you will be anxiously waiting for Vol. 3, as I certainly am". Well folks Vol. 3 is now out and I could not be more happier to have the complete trilogy of this amazing collection of Contemporary Blues From Scotland.
As with the 2nd CD, "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol 3" also contains 18 great Tracks, featuring not only artists that are currently based in Scotland, but also a few that have emanated from Scotland and are now based elsewhere, which included Chicago based, Brian Carpy, New York based Calum Ingram, and Robbie Hill, now based in Finland.
In the tradition of Jock's Juke Joint "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol. 1 & 2", Vol. 3, also contained a fabulous booklet outlining a little bit of history about all the bands and artists on this release.
Jock's Juke Joint "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol 3", as with the previous releases, also brings us a wonderful musically varied experience, with a fantastic amount of styles, all presented to us in a wonderfully logical manner, which starts the ball rolling with "Whisky Boogie", a song off of the upcoming 3rd album by family based power trio band, Lewis Hamilton. Formed in 2010, Lewis Hamilton have been become one of the fastest rising bands on the UK circuit, recently winning "Best Blues Recording" at the 2012 Scottish New Music Awards, for their previous release, "Gambling Machine". Lewis Hamilton, the Singer and Guitarist in the Band, also produced the 3 CD Compilation via Lewis Hamilton Music.
Those of you whom like your Blues with a Rock edge will certainly enjoy "Coming Alive" by Safehouse, "Don't Put Me Down" by Leona Rae, and "Electric Karma Blues" by The Afghan Hounds, which was my favorite Blues Rockin' tune on "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol 3".
Acoustic Blues lovers will enjoy the solo acoustic set by Lights Out By Nine singer Al Hughes called "Giving The Blues A Try". The music of Al Hughes conjures up a lot of moods for which gentle and wistful was the presentation for this little gem.
Another great acoustic solo set, on this compilation, was John Hunt singing "She's Smart". Taking the tradition of Blues artist to the max, John Hunt even builds his own Guitars. "She's Smart", comes across in the style of Hill Country Blues. A really nice tune, for which the audience gives a good clap at the end of this live song.
Another one of my favorite Tracks, on "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol 3", was "Sweet Saville", by the Red Pine Timber Company. Red Pine Timber Company music is described as "American Country with a strong Celtic influence". A really nice song for which Mandolin and Harmonizing took center stage.
"Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol 3" closes this brilliant collection of songs with another favorite of mine called "Through With Me" by Harmonica Lewinsky. Celebrating 10 years together in 2013, this four piece band play a great mixture of Blues and R&B and combine their sets with "well loved standards and cleverly written originals". Solid singing, Solid Harmonica, Solid Bass & Drums, topped off with Solid Searing Guitar, dominate this great closer.
Those that have already had the good fortune to listen to Jock's Juke Joint "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol 3" and the previous 2 releases, will no doubt be left with the feeling that this amazing trilogy of music was nothing less than a true labor of love.
As with Jock's Juke Joint "Contemporary Blues From Scotland Vol. 1 & 2", Vol. 3 also gets my highest rating of 5*****, as it is at the very least equal to and may just be better than the 2 previous releases. What a absolutely great collection of CD's for any lover of Contemporary Blues and Beyond".
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
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"The recently formed Edinburgh Blues Club has identified an appetite for the personal communication between musicians and audience that the blues long ago perfected." The Herald Newspaper (Scotland)http://www.edinburgh-blues.uk