Topic: Jack J Hutchinson

So team Sedgefield served up a further treat on Friday night by luring Jack J Hutchinson up beyond Derbyshire with the promise of M&S quality beer at Lidl prices. (At £2 per pint, your London based artist can get well mortal and wake up next morning still in pocket from the gig.) And have to say, Jack did a solo acoustic set that showed why he’s been gaining favourable nods in the Blues polls in recent years and why the attention is well deserved

Even though this was a gig without the Boom Boom Brotherhood, a good part of the set came from Set Your Heart For The Sun (How did I miss this release back in March?) with it’s mix of British Zeppelin and US Black Crowes flavours. (A couple of ‘Crowes covers made the playlist.) where as there were generous helpings of Jack’s upcoming new solo album Paint No Fiction and songs for older & rarer EPs and some Magic Sam for good luck.

What can you say, the guitar work was fluid, for a first time with Sedgefield audience his rapport was quickly established with an easy, deprecating wit but his singing voice was a pleasant surprise; not a gruff growling rock voice but something lighter with a more pastoral air, edged with life-experience and a soulful aftertaste; think Led Zepp’s That’s The Way and you won’t be a country-mile away.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Caught me a little on the hop this one, didn’t expect the new Paint No Fiction album through the door quite this early before it’s Dec 1st release - still, the joys of Pledge Music.

Most obvious thing from the artwork at least, this is very much rooted say around 1972, the Art Nouveau font and psyched-out William Morris design. Then the opener, Deal With The Devil hits you straight between the ears in a no-holds barred Black Crowes manner, driving guitar, swirling Hammond, joyous stuff. Pulling it back a little, Written In Stone I’d say owes a bit to the likes of Bad Company; so great outro guitar from Jack. Hip Slickin’ has a great, dirty riff running through it before it ebbs to alow the vocals before firing back in; a tight, punchy number. The acoustic number, Hold Me Close, again puts me in mind when Rodgers & Co oscillated between Free & Bad Company with maybe a touch of The Faces in the backing, especially Alberto Manuzzi’s Organ break (2:20 mins in), Staying acoustic and getting really rootsy blues comes Cut The Noose;; chugging acoustic riff until 3:10 in when again, Jack fires off a searing electric solo.
Slight change of gears comes the piano driven Set Your Heart For The Sun; somehow, NOT the title track from jack’s previous release, but still a steady, infectious, little rockin’ number. This leads us nicely into a fiery rocker, Rattlesnake Woman, rockin’ like it’s 1972 with flashes of led Zeppelin happening. Skin & Bones, another acoustic number Jack duelling with Tom Brundridge’s honking harmonica skips along; in the same vein, I Got Your Number pushes up the tempo as jack stretches out on slide resonator. Slowing for a very good ballad, Send Me A Signal, we stay acoustic but with violin backing for a near Celtic or Bluegrass feel. Finishing the album on another ballad, this time the powerful Hard Right In My Dreams; bit of a strange one as has a [very] early E.L.O kind of sound to it, but excellent soundscape to the ears.
Not the longest of albums, but I’m not going to have my customary whinge about that as this is very much of a early 1970’s vibe of album, and back then if you got anything much over 40 minutes, then it had better have been in a gatefold sleeve… No, this is a cleverly contrived “period piece” and any longer and it wouldn’t have worked as well - one of the better releases of late 2017.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

3 (edited by BansheeUK 2018-05-21 02:56:08)

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Round September/October, Jack will be touring with Troy Redfern & Mike Ross as an outfit calling themselves Space Blues Extravaganza, as well as a few dates just with Mike Ross under the banner Hutchinson/Ross Theory

13 October – Underground Theatre, Eastbourne ***
19 October – Muddy’s Live Music Bar, Weston Super-Mare **
20 October – Mid Wales Blues Club, Brecon ***
21 October – Eldon House, Bristol **
23 October – Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon ***
25 October- Oxford Haven Club ***
26 October – Honey Bee Club, Sheffield **
27 October – Elland Rooms, Halifax ***
28 October – Big House Blues Bar, Darwen **

** - Hutchinson/Ross Theory
*** - Space Blues Extravaganza

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

4 (edited by BansheeUK 2019-06-17 09:47:11)

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If Pledge Music's demise hasn't put you off crowdfunding new releases, get yourselves along to Kickstarter where Jack has recently started funding for his next release Who Feeds The Wolf. Only been up a couple of days but already beyond the 50% mark.

lead-off single - Justified: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDIbtXr3TTw

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........