Blues crew Wisemans Circus releases new LP ‘Lonely Traveller’

The purveyors of blues rock known as Wisemans Circus have released their latest full-length record, “Lonely Traveller.” The LP album is composed of 11 blues tracks for an approximate total listening time of nearly one hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence or support of the corporate music industry. Mixing elements of blues and rock with traits unique to themselves alone, Wisemans Circus is sure to appeal to fans of classic rock, southern rock, traditional blues and then some.

The wide variety of tones with which Wisemans Circus have decorated their “Lonely Traveller” LP comes from the equally various backgrounds of the band’s members. They cite as main artistic influences the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, the Grateful Dead, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and audiophiles will also hear similarities between their material and that of John Lee Hooker, BB King, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and other mainstays of the blues lineage.

Asked to describe their goals with “Lonely Traveller,” Wisemans Circus write, “We’d like to share some good ol’ rocking blues. We love the old school delta and swamp blues but we also love the contemporary rock blues. We tend to mash it up to offer some typical ‘Woe is me’ type blues and also some rockin’, get off your butt and hit the dance floor type rock blues.”

This description couldn’t be more apt where “Lonely Traveller” is concerned. Listeners will find themselves coaxed and transported by some tracks, then revved up and leaping from their seats by others. What is more, Wisemans Circus blend these facets in such a way as to keep their sound seamlessly consistent. At no point does the album put the music fan to sleep nor jar him with sudden blasts from the amplifiers. The overall blues-rock effect is extremely well balanced, making for a highly textured, reliably enjoyable and exciting album from beginning to end, one that doesn’t even wear out after the third spin on ‘repeat.’

“I guess if we are trying to send a message,” writes the band, “it is that blues can be fun. It can get the heart racing and emotions churning in different ways, and we are trying to explore those ways.”

The following is taken from the band’s current official bio:

“The Wisemans Circus do not just play music. They tell a story, a story of life, be it good times or bad. They know that audiences don’t just come to a gig with their ears, they come with their eyes and their hearts. Wisemans Circus put on a show for all senses. Make sure there is a piece of dance floor nearby because if Wisemans Circus are in town, you are going to need it.”

“Lonely Traveller” by Wisemans Circus is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of blues and rock.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Roots-rock band Lucille release new album ‘The Sounds of Lucille’

The UK roots-rock band known as Lucille have released their latest album, “The Sounds of Lucille.” The album brings seven tracks for an approximate total listening time of over 20 minutes. It has been proudly published on the band’s new label, Hoodwink Recordings, with whom they signed in summer 2014 with much fanfare. Truly rocking and rolling, shucking and jiving, “The Sounds of Lucille” is a genuine roots-rock record that exemplifies the sound that started it all long ago in the heat of the American south.

Lucille, who call Derby and Nottingham home, cite as influences B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Etta James, JD McPherson, and Willie Dixon. Their own sound is not derivative of these legends however, so much as it naturally belongs on the same shelf. Unpretentious, unfeigned, unadorned and absolutely thrilling, music by Lucille communicates to the listener the sheer joy these three young musicians feel as they sing, strum, pound and stamp their notes through the “radio” to the music fan’s greedy ears.

Speaking of their overall aims with their new album, Lucille write, “We were really keen to capture the raw and real element that made rock ‘n’ roll music so infamous, whilst writing about things that were relevant personally to us. We wanted to make a record that for us summed up the sound of early R&B and its progression into rock ‘n’ roll, and to introduce a new audience to a style of music that is a foundation for almost all modern music.”

American audiences are likely to pigeonhole “The Sounds of Lucille” as a rockabilly record, and this is not unfair – rockabilly fans will adore this album – but it belongs to a tradition that isn’t a revival the way rockabilly has come to be. Lucille play rock and roll, not ‘rock,’ and not ‘rock music,’ either. Lucille could justifiably be used in an encyclopedia as hard evidence of the continuing tradition that links directly back to Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Lucille are Scott Greensmith, CJ North and Ben Tennett. They are an actively touring and performing trio with an impressive list of venues under their belt, including Y-NOT, the Derby Folk Festival, the opening ceremony of Derby Arena and various festivals throughout the year, as well as at other such locales as Leeds, Sheffield and more. Their live shows consistently sell out. Early critical reviews of their new record have been uniformly exceptional.

“The Sounds of Lucille” by Lucille is available online worldwide. Get in early, music fans and audiophiles. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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