New Generation Blues
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OLI BROWN + JOAN SHAW TAYLOR + VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS

The mid 1960’s witnessed the start of a phenomenon that became known as the “Great British Blues Boom” – a surge of interest in Blues across the U.K. which saw a wealth of talented bands and artists launch their careers at home and abroad.

At the forefront of the “Great British Blues Boom” were the likes of the Rolling Stones; Eric Clapton; Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack and Alexis Korner who in turn influenced bands such as Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and Ten Years After – early incarnations of which were steeped in the Blues.

The past twelve months have seen a similar resurgence of interest in “British Blues” with a number of highly talented individuals and bands appearing on the U.K. gig circuit.

May 2010 will see the “New Generation” Blues tour featuring three acts that look destined for great things.


OLI BROWN

Aged 19, Oli Brown has truly blossomed over the past twelve months. Following the success of his first CD “Open Road”, legendary blues producer Mike Vernon (himself an instrumental figure in the 1960’s boom), was persuaded from retirement to produce Oli’s second CD – the soon to be released “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”.

Oli like his peers from those far off sixties days is a highly talented guitarist and songwriter whose onstage charisma far belies his tender years.

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR

A rare talent indeed, Joanne is a young woman who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and plays the blues with real feel.Her music has a raunchy feel to it and coupled with a wonderful “gravelly” vocal Joanne is quite unique - she was born to play the blues! A follow up to her acclaimed “White Sugar” CD is to be recorded in the U.S.A. with esteemed producer Jim Gaines, to follow on her touring success over there. The “New Generation” seeks to emulate those bands of the sixties who found fame and fortune on both sides of the Atlantic.


VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS

The “surprise” package on the tour. Discovered at 12 by Otis Grand and championed by Joe Bonamassa, guitarist Virgil is a mere 18 years of age, while his brother Gabriel on drums is a mere 16 – but boy can these kids play! A power trio Virgil and his band play with a Stevie Ray Vaughn style to their music, bringing real feel and raw passion to the “heavier” blues riffs.

Three bands – three great lead guitarists, three varying styles of “Blues” – but all with one aim – to re-establish the blues scene in the World today.

The “New Generation” is here to stay.