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"Carvin a Name for ourselves with Smokin Joe...

Be prepared to "Rock Your Socks Off" and "Blues Till You Drop" as the Boys open up for "The Phoenix Thunderbolt Carvin Jones" and the amazing "Smokin Joe Bonamassa".

It's only February, whatever next ?

  1. Thursday February 9th Opening up for US Blues Man Carvin Jones @ the Acorn Theatre, Parade St, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 - Box Office: 01736 365520
  2. Saturday February 11th Opening up for US Blues Man Carvin Jones @ the Phoenix Arts Centre, Bradninch Place Gandy St, Exeter EX4 - Box Office 01392-
  3. Wednesday February 15th Opening up for US Blues Man Joe Bonamassa @ the Princess Pavillions, Melville Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4AR Box Office 01326-211222

With other dates already lined up for, Larry Miller and The Met Blues Extravaganza in April, Ramsbottom Blues Festival in June and Walter Trout in October (TBC), the Boys are very proud to be seeing their diary filling up with such exciting gigs.

Happy Holidays for 2005/2006 from Blue on Black

Photo courtesy of our Good Buddy - Kenny Money (Hey, that Rhymes)

It's not the first time that a Star has pointed a Wise Man towards a Manager, oh yeah - sorry a Manger !

Seasons Greetings to all from Alan, Steve and Keith - Blue on Black  xxx.       See you on the road in 2006 for another year of Rockin' those Blues.

Invitation to Jam with Walter

Walter and Keith trading licks at Falmouth 27/10/05.

Photo courtesy of our special freinds Simon & Sue

Following the Bands very succesful gig alongside Walter Trout and the Radicals at The Wharf - Tavistock, Devon on the 23/10/05, Keith had the great honour to be invited by Walter to Jam with him during his gig at The Falmouth Pavillions - Cornwall on 27/10/05.

It was great to hear them both ripping into a smokin' slow blues in E, a memorable moment and a wonderful time had by all.

Big Blue.

Band have CD Reviewed in Octobers Blues Matters Magazine

BLUE ON BLACK Turning Up
Independent Release. 12 tracks. 46.58 mins.

Blue On Black are a three piece blues/rock band comprising Keith Howe: guitar and lead vocals, Alan Ibbotson: drums, percussion & vocals and Steve Jones: bass and vocals.

All the material is self-penned, the songs were recorded in Newquay, but their hearts seem to be on the other side Atlantic.

The sound is gritty and Blue On Black's solid workmanlike approach is perfect for the pub rock scene, although a more international status is suggested in pictures depicting opening for Deep Purple and on stage in the USA.

The opening track "Bad-ass dude" name-checks the Pontiac automobile. The acoustic slide of "King o' spades" is neat, but then the AC/DC influenced intro to "Smokin' gun" picks up one of the recurring themes, if not obsessions of a band on the road.


The cool rhythms of "Black cadillac" portray the atmospherics of interstate cruising, and indicates a cultural imagination way beyond the shores of Cornwall.

"Boys in trouble" is vintage Status Quo, followed by the vocal effects, slide and of course Shelby Mustang cruising though the standout "Big boss".

These boys certainly love their Yank Tanks.

The electronica of "Zbd" is another welcome interlude before more fuzz guitar and sly cynical lyrics of "Rock 'n' roll bitches".

Howe's clean guitar picking is more welcome on the moody "Cold wind blows" - the best track.

On a reflective overview, a mixed bag that balances some inventive highlights with a few rather more predictable songs.
               
Noggin"

Extract from Issue 28 of Blues Matters magazine for more information please visit their website on  http://www.bluesmatters.com 

Album Track Featured on Internet Blues Site

The Band are delighted that "Black Smoke Blues" one of the Tracks off their new C.D. "Turning Up" is being featured in one of the October Shows of Digital Blues.

This show, hosted by the great "Blues Jock" Ashwyn Smyth, can be heard 24/7 by visiting the website  www.phoenixfm.com..

Then go to the Digital Blues page and click on the Listen Again links.

The Band's Track is featured in Show 2 along with an introduction from Ashwyn.

Another gig playing alongside Walter Trout........

By request, the Band will be opening up again for Walter Trout and The Radicals when they play at The Wharf in Tavistock - Devon on Thursday 20/10/05 as part of Walter's European Tour promoting his latest release "Deep Trout".

Check out the venue's website on  www.tavistockwharf.com

Tickets are available from the box office and are priced 15.00 GBP in advance or 16.00 GBP on the night.

To book tickets, phone the box office on (01822) 611166 (they are going fast) .

Whatever you do, don't miss this night for the best in Blues/Rock.

Live CD recording planned for Elme Hall October Show

Plans are in place for the Band to record their 23rd October gig at the fabulous Elme Hall, Wisbech www.paktel.co.uk with a view to releasing a new Live CD early next year.

All things being equal, the whole concert will be put onto DAT to be edited later and compiled into a new CD release by the Band just after Christmas.

To play your part in this recording all you need to do is turn up, admission is free to this great Live Music Venue - the more the merrier.

New CD ready

With the Boys new CD Turning Up now available (01/08/05) initial sales have been brisk and reactions excellent.



The boys have seen many happy fans walk home with copies of their new release after successful shows. BUT now this website is PAY PAL enabled, lots of happy fans have been spending their hard earned money digitally from the security of their own arm chair.

With 12 original tracks and 47 minutes of Blue on Black for (10.00 plus .50p p&p) it's not surprising that copies are finding their way around the globe, not just Cornwall !

So don't miss out - order your CD today whilst the Band are still free to roam the streets in shirts that don't require the arms to be tied up at the back.

Its Techno - Mojo Blues/Rock, Yeah Baby, Yeah....

Band open for Walter Trout

The Band had the great honour of making the pilgrimage to Wilbarston (Leicestershire UK) on Friday 12/08/05 to open up for the mighty Walter Trout and the Radicals.

What a night! The Boys were on fire and made many friends (and sold many CDs - special thanks to Heather Bryant for helping out on the Bands stall).

Playing around 45 minutes the sound was awesome as they stormed through many favourites such as "Black Cadillac", "Smokin Gun", etc. Audience reaction was superb and many friends were made that night.




Photo of Keith and Walter courtesy of Richard Boyles

To make the night perfect the Boys had the great privilege of seeing,hearing and meeting Walter and the Band after their performance. As usual Walter played magnificently and brought the house down.

Truly a rockin night to remember for both bands.

More Photo's of teh Band at Wilbarston

Salcombe & Truro

Both great outdoor gig's for the band and supported by thousands of people who came to enjoy themselves and were not disappointed.

The Salcombe Festival saw the Band headlining on the Saturday Night and watched by a huge audience who rocked the night away – truly awesome.


Photo courtesy of John Meyrick.

Truro (Boscawen Park) was put on as a Family Day and the Boys entertained a mixture of ages from the very young to the very old with some of their best Rock and Blues material.

It was a local gig for them and lots of band T Shirts were in sight. The day's takings went to many local charities including the air ambulance so not only was it a great gig but also for the benefit of great causes.

KFHX Arizona

At the request of the wonderful Buddy Fleitz, Keith made a guest appearance on his "Valley Musicians" web radio show Monday 15/08/05

Buddy and Keith talked for nearly two hours playing 10 of the 12 CD tracks along the way.

It was a great show, going out to many people in many different countries and a terrific opportunity for the Band to reach a huge audience - thanks again Buddy.

Blue On Black play alongside Deep Purple, Peter Frampton and Thunder

 

Click here to see photos from the gig

Read Alan's review of the event on the South West Gig Guide site.

Blue On Black merchandise

Support the Blues by purchasing these items. That way you'll help keep the guys off of the streets and on to a stage near you where they can do less harm !

  • The new CD "Turning Up", available to purchase from Friday 29/07/05. Priced at 10.00 if purchased at Band gigs or 10.50 if bought by post. The CD contains 12 really cool& original Blue on Black tracks with a total playing time of over 47 minutes .
  • Blue on Black T Shirts are available in a variety of sizes. They cost 10.00 if bought at Band gigs or 10.50 if purchased by post. The T Shirts have the Band name across the Front and Band Logo and website details on the back.
  • Blue on Black CAR STICKERS.Another "must have" for the Fan about town, is the Bands new Car Sticker. Priced at just 1.00 if bought at Band gigs or 1.50 if purchased by post. Show you care about the Blues as you drive around the world sporting the Band Name/Logo and Contact/Web Site details.

Well that's it for now........see you on the road with the Boys ............(I never miss a gig)...........

Big Blue


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