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

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Photo: Dario Leonetti © 2019

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!

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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!

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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Photo: Tony Winfield  © 2018

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!

 

STARLITE CAMPBELL BAND TO PLAY LINTON INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL!

European Blues Awards nominees the Starlite Campbell Band kick off the 2018 festival season at Linton International Blues Festival, UK.

The full band will be playing featuring:

  • Simon Campbell – Guitar / Vocals
  • Suzy Starlite – Bass guitar / Vocals
  • Steve Gibson – Drums
  • Jonny Henderson – Wurlitzer electric piano and Hammond Organ.

The Starlite Campbell Band are playing the festival on Saturday 7th July and are joined by a  great line-up of artists across the weekend including Dr Feelgood, Big Country, Sari Schorr, Kyla Brox, Deborah Bonham, Pat McManus, Babajack (feat. Troy Redfern), Catfish, Davy Knowles, La Vendore Rogue, Travelling Redwing, Think Floyd and The Malone Sibun Band.

The Linton Festival was started in 2001 when some of the regulars of The Alma Inn, Linton, (near Ross-on-Wye) in the outstanding beautiful countryside of Herefordshire, realised it would be cheaper to get a band to come play at their place rather than hire a mini bus and drive all the way to Dorset. So instead of having one band, they thought “what the hell?” and so booked the whole weekend and got the beer in.

This festival is particularly special to the band as Starlite was born in Ross-on-Wye – a wonderful homecoming where the band will be playing music from their worldwide critically acclaimed debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’ plus music from Campbell’s first two solo albums and new material.

Tickets for Linton Festival are available to buy here.

Following multiple warm up gigs on the Isle of Man, the Starlite Campbell Band will also be touring Australia which includes a major International Festival (details to be announced) followed by a two week UK tour which includes dates at the Tuesday Night Music Club – London,  Saltburn Blues Club – Saltburn, The Iron Road – Evesham, The Cluny – Newcastle and The Met – Bury with more dates to be confirmed.

Hope to see you somewhere along the road…

Keep up to date with the Starlite Campbell Band’s live dates.

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.

 

Starlite Campbell Band: Heartbeats – An interview by Michalis Limnios for Blues Greece

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In-depth interview with Suzy and Simon. Excellent work by Michalis Limnios for Blues Greece!

Without the blues (and jazz), the music scene as we know it now would not exist. It’s clear that the music has had a massive impact in easing the struggle of African Americans (and their brothers and sisters worldwide) for equality.

Starlite Campbell Band: Heartbeats

Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell are seasoned songwriters and musicians. Following a whirlwind musical romance they married in 2014. They have been writing together right from the beginning and have amassed over 60 new songs, but only decided to form a band in January 2016. Suzy and Simon with long careers of writing, performing, playing and producing; together they own Supertone.

Along with their labradors, Bobby and Hummock, they moved to Estivella in 2014 with the intention of setting up a world class recording studio, primarily designed to record their new material. The material for the new blues album Blueberry Pie was written in April and the album finished in November, 2016. It was recorded at Supertone Records in Estivella, Spain and features Danny Boy Sánchez on Harmonica, Steve Gibson on Drums and Jonny Henderson on Hammond & Wurlitzer.

It’s a fresh taste of British Blues. Blueberry Pie is set for worldwide release on February 1, 2017.

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Photo by Cristina Tejeda

SUZY STARLITE: Suzy plays a fiendishly groovy bass guitar, acoustic guitar and is a vocalist and songwriter. She studied Media & Performance at Salford University and was a member of Folk Rock band Megiddo, who released an EP in 1994 followed by an album 1996. In 2012, she formed the band Starlite and drafted in Simon on guitar. That year they played many gigs featuring all original material including Mannifest, a three day festival.

SIMON CAMPBELL: Simon is a guitar player, vocalist, songwriter and record producer. Following a number of original bands he was signed to Polydor Records in the early 90’s and released an album with his band Little Brother. After the band split he went on to form the Disciples and released an album in 1994. In 2011 Simon was nominated in the Best Vocalist category in the British Blues Awards 2011 following the release of his debut solo album ThirtySix. 2014 saw him release his second solo album, The Knife which reflected Simon’s increasing love of acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic.

Interview by Michael Limnios.


How has the Rock counterculture and Blues influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?

Suzy: Ha! That’s an interesting question as it’s only recently that I fell in love with Blues and Rock. Up till meeting Simon (my husband), both rock and blues were a mystery to me. I was a singer songwriter from an acoustic folk background and didn’t like the electric guitar. When we started to play together I was inspired and Simon did something quite different to what I perceived; he talked to the audience without words using his guitar. I started to play bass three years ago and started by learning our own material and blues standards. The more I played the more I felt the groove and sensibility when introduced to players such as Carl Radle, Andy Frazer, John Paul Jones and John McVie. It has changed my perception of music!!

Simon: Well, really I have known nothing else so I am an insider, steeped in blues/rock looking out on the world. Working with musicians from many nationalities and faiths, it has certainly formed my character making me inclusive of everyone. Music brings together people like nothing else which is the most wonderful thing and we certainly need more of that in these turbulent times. The best answer to the question is to read the lyrics of my solo and joint work with Starlite, as jointly and separately have always written about real situations and people. ‘Blueberry Pie’ is about our 2016…

How do you describe Starlite Campbell Band sound and songbook? What characterize band’s philosophy?

Suzy: Simon and I both started writing songs when we were sixteen years old; years before we ever met. When we started writing together a couple of years ago, one of the things we debated at length was the role of the songwriter and music in today’s society. As musicians and storytellers, which is essentially the roots of Blues music, we always work in service of the lyric and the song.

The sound reflects the heartbeat of what the song demands to come alive, it’s tonal qualities painted as a sonic expression of the feeling and meaning of the lyric. We always write about real people, places of events and not afraid of social commentary as this is the role of the artist! So for us, its lyrics first…

We also love to create a natural sound with the minimum of digital jiggery pokery, so many of parts on ‘Blueberry Pie’ are ‘first takes’. We embrace imperfection as we are more interested in the performance and energy.

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“Well having lived in the US, UK, France and Spain I see massive differences the main being the underlying culture and history behind the music.” (Photo by Simon Mark Taylor)

Are there any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?

Suzy: When playing at Mannifest (a large outdoor festival on the Isle of Man) Simon and I both lunged forward towards the front of the stage and I took a hit to the head from his Telecaster sending me reeling across the stage. The audience cheered thinking the dramatic move was a part of the stage show: it wasn’t rehearsed and I have the scar to prove it…

Simon: Having been performing and playing guitar for 42 years I have an awful lot but two amusing stories spring to mind from my formative years… When I was about 18, I was playing in the heavy rock band Whitefire. We used to work a lot in the North East of England and our agent would cram as many gigs in as possible. On one of the tours we were booked in to play a lunchtime show in Newcastle Labour Club before a gig elsewhere in the evening.

We set up and played our first hard rocking set only to be told that in the interval between two sets there was a stripper on. No problem, but then she told us she had forgotten her backing tapes and asked us to play for her. I can tell you there were many ‘bum notes’ played during those few songs. Whitefire were playing the Deeply Vale Free Festival in 1977 which was situated near Bury in the North of England and predates Glastonbury.

I remember it being such a loving and warm feeling as we were camping there very much like an English version of Woodstock. We played to a very mellow audience of 10,000 with a stage so full of gear, it started to sink. I recall using 4 x Orange 120W amps all on full which certainly sent my leather flares flapping…

Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Simon: My most enduring memory was when recording an album for Polydor Records in the early 90’s with my band Little Brother. It was being produced by the legendary guitar player Big Jim Sullivan and Derek Lawrence (Deep Purple / Wishbone Ash). I was recording guitar parts and Jim was constantly telling me they were not good enough and could do better. The pressure was immense and I was terrified. Jim was a monster guitar player and Derek had worked with my childhood guitar heros!

The best advice was not given by anyone, but is encapsulated in a quote from Hunter S Thompson.

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.

True, true, true…

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Photo by Simon Mark Taylor

What do you miss most nowadays from the music of past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of?

Suzy: What I miss is the relationship that people appeared to have with music and artists all those years ago. Of course then you had to go to see the artist live there was a genuine connection between the performance, the melody and lyric. Now, you can sit in the sterility of your own home and watch/listen through a screen of glass and metal, without having the rest of your senses heightened; an essential part of a live show. I think the reason audiences have stopped supporting artists by not buying their music is the bland lifeless digitally perfect audio and video of artists today. There are many notable exceptions of course who have either never been away, along with brand new artists or are again starting to create ‘real’ music. So, I think it’s changing and positive about the future of music.

Simon: I miss the innocence and rawness of music in general and specifically live shows. I think that the modern recording process has taken much away from the expression and feel of music. It has become sanitized and bland, that is why people are no longer wanting to support artists by buying music. They no longer connect. I see a time coming soon when the people will gravitate to the artists that are more real, artists that leave in their imperfections on recordings, do not use auto tune on their voices and actually play their instruments in real time with the track. This will reconnect musicians and their music with their audience.

If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?

Suzy: Less politics in the music business…

Simon: No talent shows or competitions. ‘Battle Of The Bands’ plus the likes of X Factor in the UK, and similar shows worldwide, undermine artists and musicians. An artist / musician will compose, or perform as an expression of their own creativity showing us their inner joy, or pain. This is not something  that can be judged, criticized and worse of all monetized, when the artist sees very little of the upside (see the Hunter S Thompson quote in the previous question).

What were the reasons that made the UK in 60’s to be the center of Blues/Folk/Rock researches and experiments?

Suzy: American blues was really introduced the UK from the 30’s when African American soldiers were stationed in the UK. Skiffle and then Delta Blues all became popular in the UK and many of the founding fathers such as Alexis Korner and later John Mayall introduced the music to members of the yet unfounded Rolling Stones and Cream. From then on there was an explosion of bands all playing their version of R&B and Blues.

So, a ‘scene’ developed in London around musicians inspired by Korner and Mayall and this developed into a movement. The British musically certainly lent itself (and still does) to blues. Especially guitarists, as the list of world class artists bears testament: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jimmy Page to name a few; it was only when Jimi Hendrix came to London did he start to gain recognition for his brilliance. Songwriters too really took a hold of the genre and made it their own, so much so that we exported it right back the USA.

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“Music brings together people like nothing else which is the most wonderful thing and we certainly need more of that in these turbulent times.” (Photo by Simon Mark Taylor)

What are the differences and similarities between British, German, French, Spanish and American music scenes?

Simon: Wow, what a question!! Well having lived in the US, UK, France and Spain I see massive differences the main being the underlying culture and history behind the music. There is no doubt that influences in Spain are from North Africa and developed along a totally different path that British and American music. Central European is different again with much more influences coming from their traditional folk music as well as Blues and Jazz.

What does to be a female artist in a “Man’s World” as James Brown says? What is the status of women in music?

Suzy: Gender really doesn’t play a factor in the way I see or feel things personally but of course sadly there is still varying degrees of sexism in virtually every country and walk of life. Historically, there have been many great blues women who have tended to express their musicality with their vocal chords and keyboards, with of course many notable exceptions such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Carol Kaye and Bonnie Raitt.

The domain of the ‘band’ however has tended to be male dominated but I do see now more and more women grooving out behind a drum kit or with a bass/guitar in their hands. Fabulous! Fortunately for me it is different as the Starlite Campbell Band is an equal partnership with Simon in every department and our session players are all enlightened individuals. I don’t sta for any shit in that department…

What is the impact of Blues music and culture to the racial, political and socio-cultural implications?

Simon: Without the blues (and jazz), the music scene as we know it now would not exist. It’s clear that the music has had a massive impact in easing the struggle of African Americans (and their brothers and sisters worldwide) for equality. When BB King first came to the UK he supported the Rolling Stones. He looked out to a sea of white faces and he was scared, thinking he may be lynched. Now thousands of Black artists play to multiracial crowds all over the world with no fear and with joy in their hearts. So is the power of music and specifically the blues.

Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day?

Suzy: I would travel to the edge of the universe with Simon and our two labradors to find out the answer to the meaning of life… then write a song about it to bring back to play to you.

Simon: Sitting in the control room of Olympic Studios, in London, October 1968 with Glyn Johns at the controls watching the recording of Led Zeppelin 1. Who wouldn’t?

Visit the Starlite Campbell Band Website.

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Photo by Cristina Tejeda

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’

‘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