Great article by Klaus Fricke for Nordwest Zeitung

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Great piece by Klaus Fricke (and translated by him from German) on the resurgence of British Blues worldwide and honoured to be mentioned along side some legendary names!!!


London – You cannot say this kind of music has left the stage forever.

It has just vanished from the main audience’s eye for decades. Bluesrock, the music style chosen as „the hottest thing ever“ in the 1960s, became cold very fast again. But wonder why, in 2015 and even more 2016 world is listening again to blues rock.

Blues rock: amplified blues, european version of the traditional Chicago blues – in this way you can describe this style which also stands as a door opener to many other styles played with electric guitars. Its high time is well defined too: From 1964, when The Rolling Stones‘ got their one number one blues song (“Little Red Rooster“) to 1970, when the unique Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac.

Afterwards, bicycle’s inner tube has lost its air, the blues harp fell silent – in London, where it all had started, and in Europe. Young guitar player as Rory Gallagher, Jeff Healey of Stevie Ray Vaughn became famous and have had their times (and Eric Clapton seems to be there each and every day) but none of them were influential enough to lead blues rock as genre back to former height an quality.

“The popularity of Blues music oscillates over time, like a sine wave going from peaks to troughs“, says Simon Campbell who is active in the music business as musician and producer since the end of the seventies, nowadays with his own Starlite Campbell Band. There has always been fans of this kind of music, he tells us in an interview, but, over the past few years, the emergence of Joe Bonamassa has revived the guitar solo and the popularity of electric blues music.“

And even young and gifted guitar player Bonamassa who has published his first record in 2000 had to fight hard to make blues rock big again and interesting enough a bigger audience that fills the biggest venues – with his own appearances and other artists‘.

This success, among others, encourages Campbell to produce the new CD “Blueberry Pie“ with original material written by him and his wife Suzy Starlite. “As songwriters, we really wanted to create a record that felt alive and honest. Our inspiration was our love of the British Blues explosion in the mid to late 60’s; the excitement and feel of the music is still as vibrant today as it was then“, says Campbell. No wonder that the band was using an array of vintage guitars and amplifiers, as well as a 1961 Hammond organ and early 70’s Wurlitzer electric piano. Just to include the warm analogue sound of the 60s into an modern production of today.

They may use old gear but they are not reproducing former stars – this is how many young (and not so young) blues musicians feel today. Just take a look at the very talented Dan Patlansky (current album “Introvertigo“) or the intense and hard working Ben Poole (“Time has come“), listen to Steve Nimmo (“Sky won’t fall“) or Vanessa Collier (“Heart, Soul & Saxophone“). They take the chance of the times and made wonderful albums for the public. Thanks to the great musical abilities of the new blues rock movement.

That’s why it is hardly surprising that US singer Sari Schorr, who currently gets rave reviews with her debut “A Force of Nature“, was able to re-activate producer Mike Vernon. The semi-retired Vernon was one of the responsible persons for “British Blues Explosion“ in the 60s. Also going back to their roots were superstars like Jeff Beck (“Loud Hailer“) and the Stones (“Blue and Lonesome“).

Now every participant is happy about the renaissance of blues rock in 2016 – but nobody knows how log this lasts this time. It mainly depends on the fact if artists are able to produce so many great songs to delight the fans all over the world once more.

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Fantastique review by Fred Delforge of Zicazic

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Thanks to Fred for this review from our Blues Community in France!


Starlite Campbell Band | Blueberry Pie | Supertone Records – 2016 | Duration 48’40 | 11 Titles

Ils sont l’un et l’autre des songwriters mais aussi des musiciens reconnus et après avoir chacun de leur côté mené diverses aventures dans des groupes, Suzy Starlite et Simon Campbell ont décidé de se marier en 2014 avant de finalement former leur groupe commun en 2016, non sans avoir composé ensemble une soixantaine de titres avant de franchir le pas. Anglais de naissance mais Espagnols d’adoption, les deux complices qui se partagent le chant et tiennent respectivement la basse pour Madame et les guitares pour Monsieur ont également leur propre label et leur propre studio et c’est en compagnie de Jonny Henderson aux claviers, Danny Boy Sánchez aux harmonicas et Steve Gibson à la batterie qu’ils se sont lancés dans l’enregistrement de ce premier effort, « Blueberry Pie », qui se retrouvera dans tous les bons bacs dès le début du mois de février 2017.

Avec des aptitudes naturelles pour tout ce qui relève du British Blues, le Starlite Campbell Band ne se fait pas prier pour nous dévoiler une musique à la fois typée et fraiche qui s’appuie majoritairement sur la voix bien charpentée de Simon, un orfèvre en la matière, mais aussi sur sa guitare très inspirée et sur une rythmique qui ronronne au gré de la basse pleine de groove de Suzy. Ajoutez-y des compos qui tiennent aisément la route et des parties d’orgue Hammond ou de Wurlitzer pleines de relief et vous obtenez des titres qui s’inscrivent dans le sillage naturel de ceux des Pères du genre, les Eric Clapton, Yardbirds et autres John Mayall, des pépites bien calibrées dans le genre de « Walkin’ Out The Door », « You’re So Good For Me », « Say What You Want » ou encore « Don’t Get Me Wrong » et « Shimmy » qui ne laisseront pas les amateurs indifférents bien longtemps.

Du groove à ne plus savoir qu’en faire, des morceaux pleins de vigueur et d’autres beaucoup plus posés, c’est en mettant un peu de swing mais aussi de soul dans son British Blues que le Starlite Campbell Band réussit à tirer son épingle du jeu en nous servant un « Blueberry Pie » cuit à point et doré juste ce qu’il faut.

Ça se déguste sans fai!

Listen to ‘Blueberry Pie’

Stunning review by JD Nash of American Blues Scene

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Stunning review by JD Nash of American Blues Scene… Wow!

Starlite Campbell Band Serve up a Delicious ‘Blueberry Pie’

There’s a new group on the British blues horizon, but you’d never know it. The Starlite Campbell Band formed just one year ago, and dare we say, their debut release on the Supertone label, Blueberry Pie, will be taking the Isles, nay, the world, by storm.

Just as the Rolling Stones are making huge waves with their 30th studio release, Blue & Lonesome, along come a couple of seasoned musicians who bring back the sound of early UK blues, to near perfection. We use the term, couple, quite literally, as Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell tied the proverbial knot in 2014. For Blueberry Pie, they added just the right touches by bringing in shuffle master drummer, Steve Gibson (Buzzcocks, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce); 2X British Blues Award winning keyboardist, Jonny Henderson; and Spanish harmonica doyen, Danny Boy Sánchez. With Campbell’s tight as a tick guitar, Starlite’s deep, funky bass and their combined natural vocals, this pie is delicious to the very last.

They cover all the bases on this one, beginning with what will surely be the hit track on the album, “Walkin’ Out the Door.” After the opening stick count, we were immediately transported to Memphis, circa 1962, with Henderson’s Hammond summoning the image of Booker T. Jones. But wait, what’s this? The wah-wah guitar, heavy ride and bottomless bass begin to conjure the ghosts of Cream. This is what the originators of UK blues took from their American mentors and fabricated into their own distinct genre. The Starlite Campbell Band nailed the sound, on an outstanding original track.

All eleven tracks on this offering are originals, written by Starlite and Campbell over the course of just a few months. The band’s hat-tip to deep Chicago blues comes out on, “Cry Over You,” and the final cut, “Thrill You,” nods to the string bending mastery of the late, great B. B. King. One can hear the influences of folk, rock, and blues all come across those vintage amps.

The couple were completely hands on with this album. Suzy and Simon not only wrote all the songs, but they also produced, engineered and recorded the entire release at their own, Supertone Records Studios in Estivella, Valencia, Spain. Starlite even took the cover photo, a sweet picture of her late grandmother, Betty, that she took in the late 70s.

From the haunting, “I Need a Light,” to the dance floor packing, “Your So Good For Me,” to the dulcet acoustic title track, Blueberry Pie, is just what the doctor ordered, diet be damned.

Artist: Starlite Campbell Band

Title: Blueberry Pie

Label: Supertone Records

Release Date: February 1st, 2017

Running Time: Approximately 47 minutes

Amazing Review by Andy Snipper of Music News

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Amazing review by Andy Snipper of Music News.

Starlite Campbell Band: Blueberry Pie

This is one fine piece of British Blues from the opening ‘Walkin’ Out The Door’ to the last with ‘Thrill You’.

I do love a Blues album that gets me wanting to boogie around the room and this one most definitely does.
You might call it retro-Blues as parts of it hark back to the Progressive Blues bands od the seventies and late sixties but it also encapsulates the excitement and the joy of many of the bands from that golden period.

Suzy Starlite plays a wicked bass and between her vocals and that of sidekick and husband Simon Campbell they cover all the bases. Campbell’s guitar is no mere add-on either as his playing on ‘Cry Over You’ proves. One feature about the music that I really dug was hearing Johnny Henderson’s marvellous Hammond and Wurlitzer – he was a regular with Matt Schofield and Ian Siegal and he fits in perfectly here. Steve Gibson’s (ex-Jack Bruce, Van Morrison, Maggie Bell) drums are on the spot and never threaten to overshadow things, just holding tight patterns while there is also a guest spot from Danny Boy Sanchez on harmonica.

They touch on a number of different styles including a delicious acoustic on the title track and howling Blues on ‘You’re So Good For Me’ and got me slavering for the next slice of this Blueberry Pie.
‘Guilty’ features Starlite’s vocals and she has no bad voice, no trying to overdo the vocals and underlined by a dense and heavy bass line. ‘Shimmy’ has a terrific skittering feel to it with Campbell’s guitar underlined by a fulsome Hammond swash.

It looks as though 2017 is already starting with a greater sense of musical joi de vivre than 2016 and this album definitely adds to that. A real slice of the right attitude and great playing.

4/5 stars

Listen to ‘Blueberry Pie’

“Witty and literate” to “Fabulous” and “Fantastic” – Reviews of ‘Blueberry Pie’

Wowee!! We have been receiving such a wonderful response to ‘Blueberry Pie’,  our new Starlite Campbell Band British Blues album!

The album is receiving fantastic pre-release radio play support from hundreds of specialist blues and mainstream radio shows throughout the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Poland, USA, Canada, Spain, Argentina and Australia with more shows being added daily; it’s crazy, beautiful, wonderful!!

Simon and I were also really honoured when we got the news that we had entered straight in at #12 in the IBBA British Blues Charts!! Absolutely brilliant with eight weeks to go before release! We couldn’t have done that without the much valued support of the IBBA radio presenters – thank you so much!! 🙂

The unsolicited words of support that we have also received via radio shows, email and messages has been, put simply…blinkin’ amazing!! (It’s been very emotional at times!!)

“Being a fan of the likes of Peter Green, Back Street Crawler, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher etc, this is fabulous stuff!” Dave Hammond, Cambridge 105, UK

“Loved It. I thought I was in the TARDIS, real Blues done 60s style. Whoohoo!” John Lukasz, The Soul Kitchen, 3 Way FM, Australia

“Fabulous Stuff! I love it” Ian McKenzie, Blues Before Midnight, KCOR, Kansas City, USA

“Actually my fave record. It won’t leave my speakers. Great tunes!” Klaus Fricke, Journalist, Germany.

“It’s an excellent album and I’m sure you’ll agree having listened to those three superb tracks! It’s good to see new bands coming along and taking the blues forward.” Harry Simpson, Still Got the Blues, Zetland FM, UK

“Stylish and riveting guitar playing” Jakob Wandam, Editor, Blues News, Denmark

“Fresh and modern, it’s witty and literate, it swings and it rocks, and it’s well-nigh perfectly executed. Hell, even the cover photograph is sparky” Iain Cameron, Blues Enthused, UK

If you want to come see us play live or are interested in booking us to perform at your fantastic festival or event in 2017, please do get in touch!

If you like to buy music these days or want to support us in this way, it’s easy peasy! ‘Blueberry Pie’ is available to pre-order from iTunes and high quality digital / physical format direct from us at our Bandcamp store:  http://music.starlite-campbell.com.

(Bandcamp is cool – check it out; it’s a perfect home for the smaller independent artist!)

Writing and recording this album has been on the top of my bucket list since I was a child… I hope you will share it with me!

Starlite

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Anmeldelse: Starlite Campbell Band: Blueberry pie

Our first review of our new British Blues album ‘Blueberry Pie’ by the Starlite Campbell Band on MUSIKSYN – written by the wonderful, talented and thoughtful Jakob Wandam!

It’s in Danish and I love that!!  Thank you so very very much!!!

We are feeling rather emotional….

MUSIKSYN

Starlite Campbell Band er britisk duo bestående af ægteparret Suzy Starlite (bas, vokal) og Simon Campbell (guitar, vokal). Blueberry pie er parrets første album, om end de tidligere har udsendt ambient-kompositionen ”Happiness in halos” og samarbejdet i hinandens bands.

Blueberry pie er det dog ikke ambient, der er på programmet, men derimod blues og bluesrock. Der lægges hårdt ud med ”Walkin’ out the door” med et Hammondorgel-drevet groove, der er en åbenlys hilsen til Booker T & the MG’s’ klassiker ”Green onions”. Snart sætter nogle onde guitar-licks dog ind, og sammen bygger guitar og orgel en stadig mere intens atmosfære op frem mod et dundrende crescendo. Et rigtig godt åbningsnummer!

Atmosfære er der også masser af på næste nummer, ”I need a light”, stadig med orglet – spillet af Jonny Henderson – i en central rolle, suppleret af en funky basgang, ringlende bækkener og wah-wah-pedal. Det er lækkert…

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‘Blueberry Pie’ – A Fresh Taste of British Blues: Now Ready For Audio Tasting!

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YEY!! ‘Blueberry Pie’ a fresh taste of British Blues by the Starlite Campbell Band is now available to listen and pre-order.

‘Blueberry Pie’ features:

  • Simon Campbell – Guitar / Vocals / Percussion (British Blues Awards Nominee)
  • Suzy Starlite – Bass / Vocals / Percussion (Megiddo / Starlite)
  • Jonny Henderson: Hammond Organ / Wurlitzer Electric Piano (Robben Ford / Matt Schofield / Otis Rush)
  • Steve Gibson – Drums / Percussion (Van Morrison / Chris Farlowe / Jack Bruce)
  • Special guest: Danny Boy Sánchez – Harmonica

It’s the first album release that Simon and I have written together and it has been a dream come true for me!

It would be great if you would have a listen to our preview track ‘Walkin’ Out The Door’ and hear for yourself what we have been up to! 🙂

“It has a light and succulent crust of electric and acoustic guitars, long and short scale basses, vintage amplifiers, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, harmonica, drums and natural voices.
The filling is made of stories of loss, love, despair and most importantly, lots of hope – drenched in a sweet and sour sauce of British Blues; you can almost smell the vintage amps.”

You can also pre-order your own personal copy of ‘Blueberry Pie’ which is set for release on 1st February, 2017;  much like a gig ticket, it could be a Christmas / birthday gift to look forward to – we can always write a special personalised message if you let us know.

I know this is a word based site – but on this occasion, I would like the music to do the talking… 🙂

Thank you so much for listening and supporting independently crafted music and the musicians that strive to create it!

Starlite x

Jonny Henderson & Steve Gibson record ‘Blueberry Pie’ – the new blues album by The Starlite Campbell Band at Supertone.

“The best thing about being a full-time musician is that music is like your best friend that introduces you to people you probably would never have met if you didn’t have a love of music in common…”

How true that statement is when double British Blues Award winner Jonny Henderson flew out to join us at our Supertone Studio in August to work with producer Simon Campbell and I on the recording of our Starlite Campbell Band new blues album ‘Blueberry Pie.’

We had never met in person before but Jonny is steeped in the Blues! He has been voted Keyboard Player of the Year in both the 2010 and 2011 British Blues Awards and has toured with blues guitarist Matt Schofield, the legendary Robben Ford and singer Ian Siegal.

This, along with his work in the studio with Matt, Ian and Otis Rush made him the perfect choice to record Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer electric piano parts on our new record.

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When he rocked up to the studio early evening, the first thing we said was let’s relax, cook some food and hang out before we even think about the music.

Over the next few days Jonny laid down some cracking parts on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano, with a few surprises too! He is such a talented musician and by the time he left we knew we had done some great work together and made a new friend…

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Steve Gibson

Joining us on drums for the album is Steve Gibson, one of the tightest and hardest working drummers out there and again very much steeped in the blues: he plays one of the best shuffles in the business!

He was a member of two bands signed to major labels and has played with the Icicle Works, Buzzcocks, Maggie Bell, Larry Garner, Madeleine Bell, Van Morrison, Larry Garner, Chris Farlowe and Jack Bruce. He is an endorsee of both Paiste CymbalsSAKAE Drums and Code Drum Heads.

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Simon and Steve go way back having been a part of the Manchester music scene years ago. They know a lot of the same people but had not seen each other for over twenty years so there was a lot of catching up to do… 🙂

I’d never met or played bass with Steve before so we spent the first two days playing through the songs, listening to each other and finding our groove!

Simon and I have co-written the album and words can’t express how inspiring it was to hear our songs come to life; I was like a kid in a sweet shop – wearing the biggest grin all week! Who wouldn’t be when you’re playing bass and working with such a fantastic drummer who is also great company and a top bloke!

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To whet your appetite about ‘Blueberry Pie’

The style and feel of the music is inspired by the the mid-late 60’s electric blues with a contemporary fusion of rock, blues, folk and our heartbeat.

It has a light and succulent crust of electric and acoustic guitars, long and short scale basses, vintage amplifiers, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, harmonica, drums and natural voices.

It has attitude – will dry your hair faster than a hair dryer! It has feel! It has groove and the lyrics are written with the thoughtful pen of a storytelling poet.

The guitar tones are experimented with and applied akin to a painter and their relationship with canvas; Simon seriously kicks ass on guitar – you can smell the vintage amps.

…and it’s beautifully recorded.

Thanks for reading and please share with your friends… we value your support!

Starlite x

‘Blueberry Pie’ by the Starlite Campbell Band will be released by Supertone Records on 1st February, 2017 and available to pre-order on CD and vinyl from 30th November, 2016.

The Supertone Show Podcast – Producer Series: Glyn Johns

This week on The Supertone Show Podcast Simon Campbell  and I chat about the work of multi-award winning engineer and producer Glyn Johns.

This episode explores Glyn’s engineering and production work from his apprenticeship at London’s IBC Studios in 1959 to working with legendary bands that would spearhead the British Invasion of the Sixties including: The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin.

The show also features music by The Clash, Neil Young, The Faces, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Ryan Adams and The Who.

A ‘must-listen’ for engineers, producers and music lovers!

Listen here and hope you enjoy the show.

 

The Supertone Show Podcast – Producer Series: Daniel Lanois

We have started a new podcast series featuring the work of inspirational Producers on The Supertone Show.

In this new episode, Simon Campbell and I chat about and play music relating to the work of enigmatic and multi-GRAMMY Award winning artist and producer Daniel Lanois.

From humble beginnings setting up his first recording studio in the basement of his parents house to working with Brian Eno, Brian Blade, Mark Howard, Bob  Dylan and U2; the show is an exploration of his production, song-writing, collaborations, guitar playing and creative approach.

It also features music by Daniel Lanois, U2, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson and The Neville Brothers

A must-listen show for engineers, producers and music lovers!

Listen here …and I hope you find it as inspirational as we did.