Starlite Campbell Band to play Dutch festival – ‘Flirting with the Blues’!

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European & British blues award nominees the Starlite Campbell Band will be playing at Flirting with the Blues Festival in The Netherlands as part of their European tour dates on Saturday 14th December, 2019.

The Starlite Campbell Band are husband and wife duo Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite working with some of the world’s finest musicians.

Joining them on the night will be shuffle master Steve Gibson (UK) on drums and Dutch maestro Govert van der Kolm (King of the World) on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano.

The band will feature songs from their new album ‘The Language of Curiosity’ set for release in March 2020 plus tracks from their European Blues awards nominated album ‘Blueberry Pie’.

The indoor festival held in Amersfoort is now in it’s fifth year and boasts a stellar line-up of artists including Matt SchofieldCoco Montoya Band, Lief de Leeuw BandThorbjørn Risager & The Black TornadoScott SharrardKid RamosPaul Nelson and Stef Paglia.

The Starlite Campbell Band is steeped in British blues – think early Led Zeppelin, The Faces and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. With contemporary original songs inspired by real life and real people, they have a sound and vibe reminiscent of the mid 60’s to early 70’s.

Truly independent artists, Starlite & Campbell have been exciting audiences throughout the world including headline performances at the Wangaratta festival of jazz and blues in Australia and the legendary Half Moon in Putney, London.

The band will also be performing on the main stage at The Great British Blues & Rock Festival (UK) in January 2020.

Signed to the legendary Bepop agency (Netherlands) for all Benelux festival dates, late 2019 / 2020 sees the band working in Europe and touring internationally including headline performances at The Met, UK, Backstage at the Green, Scotland, Redcar R&B club,UK, The Greystones, UK, more festivals (to be announced), Club am Donnerstag, Hamburg (Germany) and the world famous Half Moon in Putney, London, where the stage has been graced by iconic bands from The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush to The Who.

The Starlite Campbell Band’s debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’ received rave reviews worldwide and a prestigious nomination for Best Album in the European Blues Awards.

With extensive international radio play including BBC Radio 2, charting top 10 in the UK, Australia, The Netherlands and American Blues Charts and over 40 four and five star reviews worldwide, the Starlite Campbell Band leave an indelible impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.

“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.” | JD Nash – American Blues Scene, USA

“Unquestionably Blueberry Pie is a stunning debut” | 5* – Morgan Hogarth, Rock n Reel Magazine

The art of the song is everything and Starlite and Campbell fly in the face of disposable music; writing, recording, playing and producing their work and then releasing on their independent label Supertone Records. To make this possible, they put on special fund-raiser concerts and do all their own promotion and social media: in-house = in their own house.

As true examples of the DIY musician creating hand-made music, Suzy and Simon know that is the people they meet along the road that makes everything worthwhile; where the music brings people together in a festival field, a small club or your living room to celebrate life and each other.

“Blueberry Pie is a great album” | Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music

“The Starlite Campbell Band did more than rock the blues big top, the musical interplay, communication with the audience and get off your arse dance sounds and styles ensured the blues crowd as well as the band had a fantastic experience on Saturday night. The Starlite Campbell band’s debut at Wangaratta was an absolutely overwhelming success indeed!! Frank Davidson, Co-artistic Director, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Australia

“TRUE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENT BLUES. Great night with the STARLITE CAMPBELL BAND in SW15. So refreshing to catch a high-energy, enthusiastic band with virtuoso players and fresh material.” Pete Feenstra, lifetime British blues aAward winning promoter, London.England.

The Starlite Campbell Band: a fresh taste of British Blues – best experienced LIVE!

Buy tickets now!

Vinyl Vavoom! Launches on Spotify – the vinyl playlist soundtrack to your life!

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Musicians Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell of the Starlite Campbell Band have recently launched their new vinyl-loving playlist on Spotify – Vinyl Vavoom!

Like hunting through a record store for vinyl record gems, discover Neil Young hanging out with the Faces, David Bowie sitting next to Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling chatting with The Byrds and Led Zeppelin jammin’ with Hamish Imlach… anything is possible

Updated every week, Vinyl Vavoom! is inspired by a deep love and respect for vinyl records and great songs being the soundtrack to your life!

Please follow the playlist, share with your friends and feel free to add onto your own personal playlist!

Vinyl Vavoom! The vinyl playlist soundtrack to your life – where anything is possible!

Add to your playlist and listen now!

Starlite Campbell Band #20 in Worldwide Independent Album Charts!

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It’s not every day you get a private message telling you that your band is #20 in the number one independent music chart in the WORLD!!!… but that’s exactly what happened this morning as I was sipping on my morning coffee.

I was jolted into consciousness by a message from the wonderfully supportive Frank Davison, radio presenter and Artistic Director of the Wangaratta festival of jazz & blues, congratulating us on the Starlite Campbell Band’s European blues awards nominated album ‘Blueberry Pie’ hitting #20 in this week’s Roots Music Report world album charts!

Ya WHAT????

NOW FULLY AWAKE! 🙂

When I looked into it, the Roots Music Report charts compile radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which independent artists are being played the most & by what stations are playing them.

Unlike some charts out there, the Roots Music Report charts are not subjected to radio promoter, special interest groups or record label input and they do not alter, accept payment for, or manipulate the airplay data to give special rankings on their charts.

All I can say is a huge THANK YOU to all the presenters, radio stations and listeners for your fantastic support!!

Starlite Campbell Band on tour in AUSTRALIA!

If you are in Australia, the Starlite Campbell Band are headlining the Saturday night at the prestigious Wangaratta Festival of jazz & blues on Saturday 3rd November in our Australian debut, featuring special guest Clayton Doley on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano.

The festival is internationally renowned attracting over 25,000 people and tickets are available here.

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Starlite Campbell Band – UK Tour

We will be playing various dates in the UK featuring Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano and Steve Gibson on drums.

Tuesday 11th December – Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsden, London – Buy tickets

Thursday 13th December – The Iron Road, Pershore **Please note: operating from new venue: 57 High Street, Pershore, Worcester WR10 3EU – Buy tickets

Friday 14th December – The Met, Bury – support from The Mighty Revelators – Buy tickets

Wednesday 19th December – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh Buy tickets

Thursday 20th December – The Cluny, Newcastle –  support from Auld Man’s BaccieBuy tickets

Saturday 22nd December – Saltburn Blues ClubBuy tickets

Hope to see you at one of the gigs!!

Suzy Starlite talks all things #Bass in the September edition of Bass Guitar Magazine!

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I’m thrilled and totally stoked to be featured in the September edition of Bass Guitar Magazine with a front page name check and in-depth interview article inside.

I had fun chatting about our forthcoming Starlite Campbell Band’s headline gig at the prestigious Wangaratta festival of jazz & blues for our Australian debut, my guitars & rig, musical inspirations, the band’s December UK tour and all things bass!

This month’s edition also features the mighty Guy Pratt, the peerless Marcus Miller, boss-level rockers Mike Inez, Mark Menghi, Mia Wallace and Dylan Desmond and many other splendid bassists, plus gear reviews to die for.

Grab it now via www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk or your fave mag emporium!

The Supertone Show #41

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Out now! A new episode of The Supertone Show is now available to listen at your leisure on Mixcloud

This week’s one hour instalment kicks off with a legendary track by Focus followed by Donald Fagen, The Doors, Cilla Black, David Bowie, Love and The White Stripes.

All mixed up with a healthy dollop of guitar, bass and gear chat washed down with more fun music trivia stories…

The Supertone Show is a weekly music and chat show for music lovers by European blues awards nominees Suzy Starlite (Bass) and Simon Campbell (Guitar) of the Starlite Campbell Band.

Also available on:
iTunes (downloadable as a podcast)
iHeart Radio
Bombshell Radio (Canada)
Blues at Rock Radio (UK)
Radio Duivenstraat (The Netherlands)

LISTEN HERE!

 

Starlite Campbell Band to headline Wangaratta festival of jazz & blues – Australia!

European Blues Awards nominees the Starlite Campbell Band are set to headline the Merriwa Park Blues Marquee on Saturday night at Australia’s prestigious Wangaratta festival of jazz & blues.

Suzy Starlite and British blues awards nominee Simon Campbell, who were recently nominated for ‘best album’ in the European blues awards with their debut album Blueberry Pie, will make their Australian debut at the Merriwa Park blues marquee on Saturday night with their fresh taste of British blues.

The Wangaratta festival is one of Australia’s most highly regarded music events, acclaimed by both fans and musicians for its world class programme of Australian and international jazz and blues artists, attracting over 25,000 visitors across the festival weekend.

The Starlite Campbell Band are a four piece steeped in British blues; think Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and early Led Zeppelin. With contemporary songs inspired by real life and real people, the band have a sound and vibe reminiscent of the mid 60’s to early 70’s – the halcyon days of music.

From bassist Starlite’s addictive, fun-loving groove and thunderous tone to Campbell’s explosive vocals and guitar fretwork, the couple are joined by top UK session drummer Steve Gibson (Chris Farlowe / Larry Garner) plus very special guest and Australian maestro Clayton Doley on Hammond & Wurlitzer electric piano.

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Starlite and Campbell, who married after a whirlwind musical romance, released their debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’ to rave reviews worldwide and a prestigious nomination for ‘best album’ in the European blues awards.

With extensive international radio play charting top 10 in the UK, Australia, The Netherlands and American blues charts and over 40 four and five star reviews worldwide, the Starlite Campbell Band leave an indelible impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.

The art of the song is everything and Starlite and Campbell fly in the face of disposable music – writing, recording and producing their work, releasing on their independent label Supertone Records.

They will be performing two shows on Saturday 3rd November – an ‘unplugged’ trio session at St. Patrick’s Church: 2:00 – 3:00PM and then headlining the Merriwa Park blues marquee with the full quartet: 10:30 – 11:45PM.

The Starlite Campbell Band will be playing an eclectic mix of songs taken from their critically acclaimed album ‘Blueberry Pie ‘ and Campbell’s two previous solo albums ThirtySix and The Knife.

The night promises to be extra special as it also features new material from their much anticipated second studio album ‘The Language of Curiosity’ set for release in 2019 – a world premiere!

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Photo: Graham Munn  © 2018

Starlite said “We are full-time musicians and it’s been a real whirlwind since we decided to write and record an album together, even more so since we released ‘Blueberry Pie.

“We have received such incredible support from hundreds of radio stations across the world and the reviews have been absolutely fantastic! Then the phone started ringing (old school) and our tour diary is now steadily filling up with dates booked at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe.”

She added “We have a real affinity with our Aussie music-loving audience and their support has been ace! We were stoked when we got a call from Frank Davidson, Joint Creative Director of the Wangaratta Festival, offering us the opportunity to play – it was meant to be!”

The 2018 Wangaratta festival of jazz & blues offers an eclectic mix of national and international jazz and blues artists promising to be a fantastic weekend of live music in and around the wonderful cathedral city of Wangaratta and runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November, 2018.

Tickets are available now via the festival website:http://wangarattajazz.com/

Contact Starlite Campbell Band: for festival & venue bookings, media, press, interview enquires:

Starlite Campbell Band play special ‘Power Trio’ gig at The Mothers’ Ruin, Bristol!

For one night only, the Starlite Campbell Band will be playing a special one-off ‘Power-Trio’ warm-up gig at Bristol’s famous venue The Mothers’ Ruin on Thursday 5th July, 2018.

The Mothers’ Ruin – The best club in the UK for future rock n roll stars!” Noel Gallagher

It’s low key but full on!

Doors open 8:00pm

Tickets for this special Bristol gig are available to buy here.

Tell your friends and see you there!

 

The Blue Cafe choose Starlite Campbell Band for Track of the Week…

It’s been a year now since we released our Starlite Campbell Band debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’ which makes it more exciting to be chosen as Track of the Week by the wonderful Blue Cafe Team.

This is what they said…

“This week we have been on a mission, based on a conversation we had at Skegness Rock & Blues a few weeks back. Our mission is to find a song that sums up the blues for us. Not a favourite all timer, nor a notable blues standard, but a reference point. A track that says “this sums up the blues for me”, for someone that asks at a garden party. That is a big ask for one song, and to be fair we don’t think we are completely there. But we got pretty close, and in our search we came across the Starlite Campbell Band. They have a pretty neat track and album that suits our need for a Track Of The Week.

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The Starlite Campbell Band is a project band formed by Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell, Starlite the bassist and Campbell on guitars. The duo had been touring and recording separately for many years before they met in 2012, when Starlite asked Campbell to play guitar in her band. Their relationship extended beyond music and they married in 2014, before forming the Starlite Campbell Band in 2016. The pair are joined by Steve Gibson a well known touring drummer and Jonny Henderson on the Hammond Organ.

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The band released Blueberry Pie in 2017, a superb strong offering and remarkably different from current British Blues sounds. While the album is very mellow in places, it is far from dreary, bleak or gloomy – a trap that others have fallen into. The rockier tracks do not lift the mood, the album comes with its own atmosphere, or theme. One that requires a stiff drink, not in order to enjoy, but as an accompaniment. Starlite and Campbell share vocals throughout, although only “duetting” on the title track Blueberry Pieand Empire.

 

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I asked Suzy Starlite earlier in the week about the album:

“Simon and I co-wrote ‘Blueberry Pie’ which is described as a fresh taste of British Blues. The opening song ‘Walkin’ Out The Door’ flowed really naturally when we were writing the album at our Supertone Residential Recording Studio in Valencia, Spain and was written and finished in around twenty minutes. I love the groove of this song and when we play live, it’s never the same twice as Simon improvises with his Echoplex which really adds to the soundscape and tension of the song – great fun!”

Walkin’ Out The Door

The first thing you think when you start is Green Onions by Booker T and the M.G.’s. However this is no rip-off job, far from it. The bass from Starlite is flowing beautifully, fitting in perfectly with the drums and the Hammond. Campbell’s guitar is only utilised sparingly in the early exchanges of the song, coming in with full force around the two minute mark with some delicate licks. This song is a standard-setter for the album, Campbell’s vocals accompany the rhythm well, a class act in himself.

Walkin’ Out The Door gets the album off to a cracking start, although it loses no steam as it produces a number of belters including Guilty with Starlite on vocals. Blueberry Pie is essential for anyone who appreciates good quality British produce. That sounds like a supermarket advert?! Apologies, but we meant what we said. The album earned the band a nomination for a European Blues Award last year in the Best Album/Recorded Session category. We have to say the nomination was amongst very good company but was thoroughly deserving.

So no second thoughts were required when putting them forward for Track Of The Week, and we strongly lean on you to go out and buy Blueberry Pie in whatever form you prefer.”

Check out more from the Blue Cafe Website here.

 

Blueberry Pie – Nominated for Best Album in European Blues Awards!

Wowzers! We have fantastic News!

‘Blueberry Pie’ by the Starlite Campbell Band has been nominated for ‘Best Album / Recorded Session’ in the 2017 European Blues Awards.

Voting is now open for one week only closing on Sunday 12th November, 2017 at 0200 GMT.

The process is easy and only takes a few seconds; no email or personal information is required, just make your selection.

Simon Campbell and I are still in in shock, truly humbled and also doubly excited about being nominated having written, performed, recorded, engineered and produced ‘Blueberry Pie’ which is a fresh taste of British Blues, inspired by the the mid-late 60’s electric blues with a contemporary fusion of rock and folk.

The album features Jonny Henderson on Hammond and Wurlitzer, Steve Gibson on drums and Danny Boy Sánchez on harmonica.

‘Blueberry Pie’ has been critically acclaimed worldwide with over 36 four and five star reviews plus thousands of plays on over 750 radio stations across the globe; from Memphis to New York, Sydney to Toronto, Amsterdam to London and Paris to Prague.

As the only British band nominated in this category, your support would be truly valued in voting for ‘Blueberry Pie’ and helping to bring the Award home to the British Isles.

Like a true Pie – please VOTE and share with your friends!!

Thanks so much for your support!

You Rock!

 

“Rockin’ the Path to Bass Enlightenment” – Walking the Bass Line #4

I didn’t start out playing bass as my first instrument and the funny thing is, a lot of other bass players didn’t either…

  • Lemmy had just joined Hawkwind as a guitar player when he found out he was surplus to requirements due to Dave Brock deciding he was going to play lead instead. But when the band’s bass player didn’t show up for one of their free gigs because he wasn’t getting paid, he had also inadvertently left his bass and amp in their van. So, Lemmy, stepped in, and played bass for the first time live on stage at a gig! (That does make me laugh…)
  • Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers started out playing trumpet and was pretty good at it too by all accounts.
  • The Who’s thunderous John Entwistle started out on piano, then moved onto trumpet and French horn before he picked up a bass guitar.
  • Jaco Pastorius was first and foremost a drummer and only stopped playing after a wrist injury on the soccer field made it more difficult to play – that, and a better drummer had rocked up on the scene, so he stepped aside for this guy to take his place in the band. It was only because the bass player left at the same time that he picked up the bass!
  • Carol Kaye played jazz guitar and by the knock of opportunity, moved onto bass when she filled in for a recording session when another musician didn’t show up!
  • Tina Weymouth – who provided the bass-bedrock of Talking Heads signature sound, started out playing hand bells – which has slightly freaked me out as I used to play them when I was a teenager too. Apparently, she taught herself guitar before picking up the bass when she formed the band with David Byrne and her now husband, drummer Chris Frantz.

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So there you have it – historically, bass is rarely the first go-to instrument of choice for many musicians and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Heck, the first instrument I dabbled with was the harmonica because it was affordable and I could easily play a tune on it; if I needed a singer, I just used to go outside and play loud in the garden where I was soon accompanied by our neighbours dog, fondly referred to as ‘Howling Socks’.

I started thinking why is the path to ‘bass enlightenment’ so heavily influenced by chance, opportunity and more often necessity when the ‘Land of the Low End’ is such a dynamic and inspirational sonic landscape? So perhaps a better question would be: Is the electric bass player understood?

Paul McCartney said:

“None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back.”

Is it because people don’t want to be the bass player because of the perceived role, or not fully understanding what they actually do??

Cue bass jokes 😉

Anyway, being a bit of a geek when it comes to detail, I have been trying to pin things down in order to create a clear, concise job definition for myself: something that I could tell anyone and have a good chance of being understood. An elevator pitch so to speak!

Music has essentially three parts;

  • Melody – lead instrument (BASS/vocals/guitar/sax/piano/hammond/violin etc),
  • Harmony – accompaniment (BASS/guitar/piano/hammond/brass and string sections etc)
  • Rhythm – el groove (BASS/occasionally piano/drums/percussion)

The bass sets the foundation for both harmony and rhythm! Plus the occasional and dreaded bass solo…

Harmony: When you hear multiple notes at the same time (harmony) your mind uses the lowest note as a reference point, which influences or colours the way you hear the rest of the other notes being played! So, what it means is that the bass influences the feel of everything – and I mean everything!!

Rhythm: most people understand what the bass does in terms of the rhythm; like a tight drum it’s punchy and percussive, but much more than that, it contributes to the harmony, tonality and most importantly, creates movement within the song.


Where would these tracks be without the bass?

Chic ‘Good Times’

Talking Heads – ‘Take Me to the River’

Pink Floyd – Money

David Bowie’s ‘The Jean Genie’

This is a good example as both the guitar and harmonica share the same melodic lines with the bass, and then they branch off, leaving the bass (which is locked in solidly all the way through) to keep the feel and movement going – great groove!

And then there’s full on BASS!! Thanks Lemmy – Rock on!!! 


So, in conclusion…

Next time you play some music, try and listen out to what the bass guitar is doing? It takes a little bit of getting used to, especially if you are listening using small earpieces. I think you’ll be amazed at what you’ll hear and be surprised on how loud and upfront it is in the mix…

This new appreciation of the low end world has changed and enhanced the way I hear and experience music; I hope you agree!