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Album 1: UK Chart Success
Album 1: USA Chart Success
Blues Therapy Radio Show is very happy to report that Chris Bevington and Friends was among the top ten albums to receive air play for the month of June. We send this list to Living Blues for charting.
Congratulations to the band!
Blues Therapy Radio-KWCW 90.5 FM Walla Walla Top Ten June 2014
1 Terry Davidson & The Gears-Sonic Soul Sessions-Bangshift Music
2 Karen Lovely-Prohibition Blues-Sounds Lovely Records
3 Albert Castiglia-Solid Ground-Ruf Records
4 The Nick Moss Band-Time Ain’t Free-Blue Bella Records
5 Kyle Henderson-Brand New Chance-Earreverant Records
6 Mark Hummel-The Hustle is Really On-Electro-Fi
7 Damon Fowler-Sounds of Home-Blind Pig
8 Chris Bevington and Friends-Chris Bevington and Friends- self release
9 Daunelle-Daunelle-Catfood Records
10 Lisa Biales-The Belle of The Blues-Big Song Music
Album 2: UK Chart Successes
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Blues seems to bring out the very best in musicians, it also seems to the one genre in which many a talented artist seems comfortable in letting themselves go and placing themselves in the multitude of songs from its illustrious past. Jazz constantly re-invents itself, Progressive Rock is so utterly unique, Heavy Metal only really covered by the completely dedicated and pop, at times seems to let anything go, Blues however appeals in its homage to the past.
Chris Bevington is the latest in a long-line of great Blues artists who has rubbed his metaphorical shoulders alongside the greats of era’s past and alongside some of his confidants and comrades have dedicated the last year to laying down some of the most gorgeous sounds imaginable in his album Chris Bevington and Friends.
Although cover versions can sometimes tell you very little about the artist recording them, aside from their own, sometimes fascinating, taste in music, Chris Bevington and Friends reveals so much of the intensity that emanates from the man’s thoughts and through his playing ability. The songs he has covered, the sublime Crossroads, I Don’t Need No Doctor, the excellent Blue On Black, She’s Out There Somewhere and All I Want Is You, uncover a man who knows his way round the Blues history like a person who has been studying for years to get their Doctorate, each note dedicated to sounding as pure and as wholesome as possible. These songs aren’t faded copies in which to get the interest of the new fan, they are songs which are sang direct from the heart, the laying down of tracks in which resonate across the decades and which still hold relevance to the current crop of Blues admirers.
With contributions from Jim Fitzpatrick, Jamie Bannister, Mark Hargreaves, the superb Angela Lazenby and Sarah Miller and a whole host of others, Chris Bevington and Friends is an album’s album, an enthusiast’s dream come true and one in which to wallow in the world of peace and away from the madness that grows in the dark.
Chris Bevington and Friends are performing at the Robin 2 in Bilston on August 3rd.
Ian D. Hall
CHRIS BEVINGTON AND FRIENDS – Review in Blues in Britain – By Rosy Greer – April 2014
Chris Bevington, hailing from the Stoke on Trent area, had a vision of putting together an album to include many of his notable friends. This album, ‘Chris Bevington and Friends’ is the product of a lot of hard work and time, but it has certainly paid off!!
On the album Chris Bevington plays bass or double bass on all tracks with guests Scott Ralph and Jim Kirkpatrick on guitar and vocals, George Glover(Climax Blues Band) , Aidan Goldstraw and Mark Hargreaves on keys, Paul Burgess(10cc) and Andy Carr on drums, Rob Wilkinson on harmonica, Jamie Bannister on sax and Angela Lazenby and Sarah Miller on backing vocals. The album was produced and engineered by Daniel Rowley.
The first track on this splendid album is ‘Dark Side Of Love’. A hard hitting, up tempo blues number with a funky edge and probably one of my favourites. It has great vocals and guitar from Scott Ralph, with excellent sax and Hammond input. A brilliant track and so well put together. Next, ‘Let Me Know’, has a fantastic ‘full on’ band sound, with Jamie Bannister on superb sax.
‘She’s Out There’, an honest rockin’ it up 12 bar blues, has some great harmonica input from Rob Wilkinson. This is followed by a slow blues ‘All I Want Is You’ with haunting harp playing from Rob and some great acoustic guitar and vocals.
Another of my favourite tracks, ‘Was’ , has a great raw acoustic slide guitar intro’ leading into ‘get down and dirty’ electric overtones. A class guitar solo from Jim Kirkpatrick, with Paul Burgess thrashing the skins and Chris Bevington on thumping bass. Rob Wilkinson also does a great job on harmonica, I just love it! Some superb finger picking acoustic guitar, with stomp on the next track, ‘Heart Of Blues’ .
The track then morphs to a southern feel and the electric slide guitar kicks in midway, reminiscent of a Derek Trucks number
Funky blues as it should be played ,’I Don’t Need No Doctor’ gives classy funky rhythms. It has great vocals and guitar from Scott Ralph and backing vocals from Sarah Miller. Following on, an interesting up tempo ‘funky’ rendition of ‘Crossroads’, with a competent guitar solo. The multi tracking gave this number an ‘added extra‘.
‘Somehow Somewhere Someway’ is a classic Chicago style blues. A great all round track and very well mastered. The lilting track ‘Blue On Black’ next, has that ‘Southern rock’ feel with classic guitar solo and great vocals from Jim Kirkpatrick. An easy listen.
The last track ‘Party Right Here’, on this superb album, is an up tempo rock n’ roll track with some first class boogie piano from George Glover, guitar playing and vocals from Scott Ralph and keeping that rhythm going Andy Carr on drums with Chris Bevington on bass, with Angela Lazenby on backing vocals. A great rockin’ track to finish the album.
All I can say is ‘Wow’!!! What a brilliantly put together album and what class musicianship. It’s an album you can put on again and again and not be bored, the variety of the content is superb. So well done Chris Bevington for turning your vision into reality. It is one of the best albums I have heard in a while and I will look forward to catching any live performances in the future.
Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive
Review: The Great British R&B Festival – A ‘Trail’ viewpoint
Posted on: Saturday, Aug 30, 2014
Review for the GREAT BRITISH R&B FESTIVAL @ Colne 2014 – A ‘Trail’ viewpoint
Rosy Greer from Lancashire Blues Archive goes to Colne
It was a great treat for me to finally see ‘Chris Bevington and Friends’ live on the British Stage. Hailing from the Stoke on Trent area. Chris had a vision of putting together an album to include many of his notable friends. The album, ‘Chris Bevington and Friends’ was the product of a lot of hard work and time, but it has certainly paid off!!
Now Chris and the band have been able to play some of the excellent album to the discerning public. The performance was a great success with full on brass, superb guitar solos and excellent vocals. A great big band sound giving us blues with a funky edge. The musicianship was second to none.
THE 25thGREAT BRITISH RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL COLNE BB8 0AQ
FROM THE 22ND AUGUST TO THE 25TH 2014
THE BRITISH STAGE
Master of Ceremonies MR PETE CUDDY
Hello Fans of Live Music.
THE CHRIS BEVINGTON BAND
I have heard a lot about this band on the bush telegraph but never had the privilege to hear a live performance; I was in for a treat. The master stroke of all this was to gather these very talented individual musicians under one roof so to speak and perform as a band and thanks to Chris Bevington this happened, and the result was Dynamite. The brass section of the band was a stroke of genius, Jamie Bannister on alto sax with Adrian Gibson on trumpet. The miracle that is George Glover on keys, he was amazing. The rhythm section of Chris Bevington on bass guitar and Andy Carr on drums was a match made in heaven, and Scott Ralph on lead guitar and lead vocals and front man was to put it bluntly the Detonator, a fire cracker of a performance and no one can forget the singing duo of Sarah Miller and Kate Robinson. The covers they did were fabulous here is just a taster, Dark Side of Love, She’s out there Somewhere, Purple Rain featuring Sarah Miller and Kate Robinson, Don’t Need No Doctor, Crossroads, Bogie Man, need I say more, tremendous.
PUBLISHED IN THE CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY MAGAZINE – Aug 2014
An array of artists support bass player extraordinaire Chris Bevington on this release which is a collection of his favourite blues tracks, top quality musicianship all around and both lead vocalists/guitarists Jim Kirkpatrick and Scott Ralph do particularly sterling work.
Standouts for me are the rock and roll/blues of Walter Trout’s (get well soon) ‘She’s Out There Somewhere’, Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s ‘Was’ with its bluegrass style opening with a little banjo which turns into a straight ahead blues rocker and the groove laden, funky ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’ which includes beautiful backing vocals by Sarah Miller’.
Also included is a cracking version of blues classic ‘Crossroads’ with standout layered vocals by Scott and Sarah and the lead guitar work by the former (of course such an integral part of this tune) is smoking hot.
This album closes with the most up-beat number on the set the rock-a-billy/rock and roll of ‘Party Right Here’ which does just what it says on the tin in true Jerry Lee Lewis fashion.
Quality musicianship throughout and a wonderfully produced album.
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