Tag Archives: UK

Music Review |
Jericho Summer |
Night Train

 
Each summer, I am looking for the perfect album to listen to while driving around in my Fiat 500 convertible. I have just found this year’s winner: Night Train, the debut album of Southern country rock band Jericho Summer.

Jericho Summer is husband and wife team Jay Zeffin and Vanessa Joy. They were both working in the music business when they met in 1997 and I encourage you to read their interesting bio on the official website! Their current adventure started back in 2012, when Jay contacted his old producer with new material as well as songs produced over the years. The pair then managed to get on board musicians such as bass player Marco Mendoza (currently touring with The Dead Daisies), Richard Fortus from Guns N’ Roses and Double Grammy Winner Albert Lee.

I am always interested to hear the story behind the song and asked Vanessa and Jay for some anecdotes to share with my readers. For example, Bitchin With A Woman has a double meaning; it is about not arguing but also about both parties thinking they are right. No Regrets is very personal, with Jay reminiscing about his shared life with his wife and still being together despite all the tough times. Finally, Lonely Town is about when the couple met in the UK, getting married and leaving behind the small town Vanessa was from. Lonely Town reminds me of country rock band Blackberry Smoke and is my personal favourite.

The album is a well-balanced mix of rock numbers and ballads. It contains eleven songs and when Jericho Summer said there would be no “filler tracks”, they meant it. Two videos will support the promotion of the album, Bitchin With A Woman in August and Running Free in November. A great deal of care also went into the unusual and atmospheric album cover, and one cannot help wonder how far that train is going to take Vanessa and Jay.

Night Train is the album country enthusiasts will love and rock fans will go for. The release date is August 12th and it can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon.
 
 
Music Review - Jericho Summer - Night Train - Southern Country Rock
 
Music Review - Jericho Summer - Night Train - Southern Country Rock - Jay Zeffin
 
Music Review - Jericho Summer - Night Train - Southern Country Rock - Vanessa Joy
 
Music Review - Jericho Summer - Night Train - Southern Country Rock - Jay Zeffin and Vanessa Joy
 
 
JERICHO SUMMER

Jay Zeffin – Rhythm guitar, Writer, Composer, Producer, Lead & Harmony Vocals
Vanessa Joy – Lead vocals, Harmony Vocals, Writer, & Vocal Arrangements
Richard Fortus – Lead Guitar
Albert Lee – Lead Guitar
Marco Mendoza – Bass Guitar
Rodders Godders – Rythm Guitar
Brett Morgan – Drums
Tom Tyson – Bass Guitar, Producer
John Marcangelo – Drums and Piano
Stuart Duncan – Fiddle
Alan Hawkshaw – Pianist
Guy Lancaster – Hammond Organ
Pete Mahyer – Sound Engineer / Mastering Enginner
 
 
TRACK LISTING

Night Train
100 Times Again
Bitchin With A Woman
Does It Matter
Lonely Town
Good One Comin On
Red Neck Cousin
No Regrets
Coming Home
Live For The Moment
Running Free
 
 
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My Love For The UK

 
I had planned to write a post about my visit to my lovely friend Sarah at the end of May. And then Brexit happened, so I felt that I had to share some of my thoughts on this too.

I first set foot in the UK twenty-five years ago, when I came as an au pair to learn English. Back then, being Swiss meant that the family I was going to work for had to get a permit for me. The many reasons I fell in love with the country I described in my Manchester – An Anniversary post, if you want to have a read. I spent a year in England and came back, intending to stay, a year later, having in the meantime lived in Vienna to learn German, gone to Australia and worked in Switzerland. I did apply for jobs, but again, my nationality was a real obstacle. My only hope was for the December 1992 Swiss referendum to join the EEE to be accepted. 78,73% of the population voted and it was refused by 50.3%… Sounds familiar? My last hope had been crushed and I went back to Switzerland, both angry and heartbroken.

Of course, in the greater scheme of things, my personal experience is not that important. But now that my two daughters have lost overnight the “European passport” they had thanks to their British father, it makes me really sad that they, like thousands and thousands of other young people, might experience the same disillusion. To encounter difficulties in getting a university spot or a job in the country of their choice, or worse, to see their dream disintegrate should not have happened, in my opinion. And for the moment, I am clinging to the hope that somehow, it will not.

Meanwhile, my love relationship with the UK continues and I am looking forward to making more and more memories. Like the ones created during my recent trip: going to a charity barn dance, walking along the sea on that gorgeous South coast, and eating fish and chips in the pub. Or having cream tea in the gardens of Highcliffe Castle and sharing tapas, wine and laughs with friends in Bournemouth.

Until next time.
 
 
Going to a barn dance with our checked shirts and cowgirl boots
Healthy juice for brunch
South Coast of England
Enjoying a walk along the sea in the UK
Arriving at the beach in the UK
HighCliffe Castle UK
Carved wooden bench UK
Pretty courtyard in Lymington UK
 
 
 
 

Music Review |
Black Star Riders |
The Killer Instinct

 
Today’s review is dedicated to The Killer Instinct, Black Star Riders’ second album. The beginnings of the band and their connexion to Thin Lizzy have already been explained on this blog in Sexy Hubby’s guest post, when he attended a Black Star Riders concert in London in November 2013.
 
Black Star Riders The Killer Instinct Album Review

As soon as the title track starts, it is clear that Black Star Riders is picking up right where they left with All Hell Breaks Loose. This album is the logical next step in the band’s story and is the proof that good hard rock is very much alive and kicking. Scott Gorham, also Thin Lizzy’s guitarist, said: “I’m having more fun playing right now that I have in years.” This is obvious when listening to the album, as well as the chemistry between the five band members, the whole formula held together by Ricky Warwick’s powerful voice. The first of my favourite songs is Soldierstown, which I find has a Celtic feel to it with catchy back vocals and great guitar and drums work. The second one is You Little Liar, the last track on the album, its fantastic guitar solo gently fading into a quiet end.
 
Black Star Riders The Killer Instinct Music Review

Sexy Hubby and I had the pleasure of seeing Black Star Riders live together at Steelhouse Festival last year; the band was headlining on the Saturday night. Unfortunately we have not been able to catch them on their very recent joint tour with Europe, but hopefully there will be another opportunity later on in the year.
 
PS: This week is “music week” on my blog. I will add links at the bottom of each post leading to the previous reviews.
Monday : Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses
 
 
BLACK STAR RIDERS

Ricky Warwick – Vocals/Guitar
Scott Gorham – Lead Guitar
Damon Johnson – Lead Guitar
Robbie Crane – Bass Guitar
Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums
 
 
TRACK LISTING

1. The Killer Instinct
2. Bullet Blues
3. Finest Hour
4. Soldierstown
5. Charlie I Gotta Go
6. Blindsided
7. Through The Motions
8. Sex, Guns & Gasoline
9. Turn In Your Arms
10. You Little Liar

BONUS TRACKS

1. Gabrielle
2. The Reckoning Day
3. The Killer Instinct (acoustic)
4. Blindsided (acoustic)
5. Charlie I Gotta Go (acoustic)
6. Finest Hour (acoustic)