Kitty, Daisy and Lewis: A Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues Trio

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

Kentish Town trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have a vintage groove of Rhythm & Blues, Hawaiian, and Rock ‘n’ Roll that make you want to dance ’till the nights end. What started out as three siblings playing music in their front room has now turned into world-wide phenomenon, as KD&L have gained a fan base in America, most all of Europe, Australia, and even parts of Asia. But that’s no wonder considering their infectious sound of sleazy trumpet, muted slide guitar licks, grooving base vibes, and that enticing snare drum that convinces all to put on their dancing shoes.

Between the three of them Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play a variety of instruments including Guitar, Piano, Drums, Harmonica, Lap Steel, Ukulele, Banjo, Xylophone, Trombone, and Accordion. On top of that Lewis has an extensive collection of vintage recording equipment which he uses in their home studio. All of KD&L’s music is recorded analogue on 8-track tape machines; No computers or digital recording equipment is ever used, giving KD&L a rawer, more natural sound, almost like they’re playing right there in the room.

In addition to the three siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are joined by parents Ingrid Weiss on Bass and Daddy Grazz on Acoustic Guitar, and legendary Jamaican Trumpet player Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton.

KD&L are signed to BBC Radio DJ, Rob Da Bank’s record label Sunday Best. Sunday Best has signed artists such as Ben Ottewell, Skinny Lister, and even David Lynch.

KD&L The Third

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have recently released their third studio album “Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third”. Long-time fan Mick Jones (The Clash) has co-produced the new album.

“With Mick on board, it was the first time we have worked with a producer,” says Lewis, “Just having someone else in the room meant we could start bouncing ideas off other people and that was great.”

Take a listen to their hit single “Baby Bye Bye”, which has gained high acclaim as BBC Radio 1’s Record of the Week.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are some of the most talented young artists I can think of. Their music brings all the good of the past, and makes it fit the 21 century.

You can order “Kitty, Daisy and Lewis The Third” here on Amazon and ITunes as well as their other awesome music. You can find KD&L on Facebook, Twitter, and at kittydaisyandlewis.com

Keep on Rockin’

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Grant Lee-Phillips: A Folksy Troubadour with many Stories

Grant Lee-Phillips

Singer-songwriter, Grant Lee Phillips has a way of telling stories you want to hear. His genre is Folk, edging towards Country, along with many Ballads. His sound is comparable to Van Morrison, Neil Young, The Head and Heart, and even an early Bob Dylan.

Phillips’ music puts you in a whirlwind of amazement. His smooth and smoky croon suddenly changes to a harmonizing falsetto, as the fiddle howls in tune with the twelve-string guitar’s rhythmic canter; The banjo twangs a plucky melody, while his story unfolds.

Even though Phillips has so much talent in his songwriting, the fact that he is a multi-instrumentalist, (Capable of playing guitar, bass, mandolin, synthesizer, and harmonica, for a short list), only adds to his envious skill.

Take a listen:

Mona Lisa” “Buried Treasure

One thing I love about his most recent album “Walking in the Green Corn” (2012), is glphow well incorporated his Muscogee heritage is. Many of the songs are based off Native legends and history, and how those stories continue to influence, and be of use in today’s life.

Take his song “The Straighten Outer” for example,

“…Hammer of the straighten outer, working overtime. And all the world’s a rattle snake; Waiting to unwind. And all the world needs setting straight, In his crooked mind…” Is a perfect example of how this world has problems needing to be faced and dealt with.

Or “Buffalo Hearts“, and its evocative image of the Trail of Tears, “…Remember the ones. Traveled so far. All that was lost on that walk…”

  “After becoming a father, I wanted to be able to answer all those questions I know I’ll be asked one day, when my daughter takes an interest in where we come from,” says Phillips about his heritage.

GrantLeePhillipsPhillips’ is such an amazing musician, he should play in film…In fact he has. Grant has been on soundtracks for various TV shows, including “Bones”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How I Met Your Mother”. He even was given a role in the hit comedy “Gilmore Girls” as the town Troubadour, and much of his music was used for the soundtrack as well.

Phillips tells stories that have meaning, and depth. The message you gain from his music simply is, move on from the bad things of the past, not forgetting but always learning from, and make what you can of life. Make it good.

I’ll leave you guys with this song, “Walking in the Green Corn“.

You can find Grant Lee Phillips on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and at grantleephillips.com You can purchase his albums, including “Walking in the Green Corn”, here.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and have a musical week. 😀

Happy Monday!

 

JD McPherson: A Soulful and Energetic, 50’s Style, Americana Rocker.

Jd and band

JD McPherson is a phenomenal musician. His style is a mix of a 50’s swing, with good bit of Oklahoma country, and a streak of Rockabilly. His Rhythm and Blues is that to be compared to the likes of Little Richard and Chuck Berry. While his Southern folksy flair reminds me of a mid-fifties Cochran Brothers. It is truly the essence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll.

When McPherson performs, his show is like that of none other. A clear toned guitar intro interrupts the murmur of the crowd as he begins his hit “Dimes for Nickels”. Immediately the room is filled with twirling skirts and jiving couples, as the catchy beat grasps hold of your hands and feet. Adrenaline consumes you, while both young and old bop to his anthems of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

McPherson sings with such power and soul, you can’t help but wonder if the Scottish man in front of you is lip-syncing and a black gospel singer is in the back belting out the lyrics for him. But no no, McPherson is just that good. His voice captivates the audience with a daring shout, as he rocks out electric chords on his blond Fender Stratocaster.

Although McPherson’s sound is influenced by “old school” music, it’s certainly not a time-machine record. Subtle streaks of Punk and Hip Hop weave into his style, making his music a modernized Rock ‘n’ Roll. (Without making it sound like a toddler finger painted with genres.) One of McPherson’s greatest talents is he doesn’t just have a sound, he molds it to what he wants.

McPherson has performed on numerous late night shows including: Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and David Letterman to name a few. In 2012 Rolling Stone Magazine called McPherson an “artist to watch”. His album “Signs & Signifiers”, was awarded Best Rock/Hard Rock album by the Independent Music Awards.

His band consists of bassist Jimmy Sutton, drummer Jason Smay, Ray Jacildo on keys and synthesizer, and Sax/multi-instrumentalist, Doug Corcoran. These men are great musicians and even better people.

McPherson’s album “Signs & Signifiers” is truly amazing. His music is perfect at any given time, whether it’s being played at a swing hall or while you’re washing the dishes. His is the kind of music that’s appropriate enough to play around your brothers kid, but the great thing about McPherson is, you actually enjoy his songs. (No! No more wheels ’round the bus! Please!)

All in all, if you don’t already know who JD McPherson is, go check him out. If he is ever performing near you go and see him. The boys put on a show that will not disappoint.

McPherson’s new album “Let The Good Times Roll” will be released February, 10, 2015. Click here to pre-order the album, both in CD and LP Record. Currently the first 100 orders get a free “Let The Good Times Roll” patch.

 

You can find JD McPherson on Facebook, Twitter, and at http://jdmcpherson.com  You can purchase Signs and Signifiers on Amazon and ITunes.