November 21st, 2014
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The John Fairhurst Band »
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The wait is almost over… Two years after the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Hungry Blues’ EP which earned him a nomination for best song at The British Blues Awards with ‘The Snow Lies Deep’, John Fairhurst is to release a new album called “Salt Water” in October. This is the first full length release with the backing of a full band. Helped by a small group of special guests, John’s unique voice and kaleidoscope of guitars take his music into unchartered waters; after mastering acoustic blues through his years on the road, this album welcomes the return of electric blues rock.
The new tracks were recorded between London’s historic Dean Street Studios and Bristol. Engineering and Production are by Nathan Evans and old friend Alex Beitzke who also recorded and produced the 2012 “Hungry Blues” EP. Six songs of John have been selected to appear in Scoop Film‘s latest production “The beat beneath my feet” featuring Luke Perry, Lisa Dillon and Ewen MacIntosh. Amongst the tracks selected two are from the new album; “I’m coming Home” and “No Shelter”.
Wigan native Fairhurst has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for years. The result is an awe inspiring wall of sound rooted in his northern blues background with a gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home. Introduced to Sarod Master K. Shridhar at the age of 5 when he stayed with his family, John’s music has a distinctly eastern feel, with influences from Shridar as well from his own travels through Asia. With a bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White, comparisons to the fingerpicking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of K. Sridhar and Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions freely hand picking tunes from the Mississippi to the Ganges. John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. He has gone on to tour the globe and entertain crowds at illustrious festivals such as SXSX and Glastonbury to name but a few. John’s enigmatic stories relayed through intense and original blues are all told using his trademark howling vocals; think Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits.
John’s wanderlust character, lead him to New York in 2009 where he arrived with only a bag of clothes and his beloved resonator. He met a fellow blues player and proceeded to arrange and perform 14 sell out shows in a 15 days, a feat demonstrating what a gifted performer John truly is. Bare chested and tattooed (by monks in a Thai temple), when John Fairhurst walks onto a stage you know you are not only about to hear incredible blues, but the tale of one mans tireless journey leaving a lasting impression wherever he stops. With three independent releases under his belt, he garnered critical acclaim from the offset with The Guardian describing his 2008’s instrumental debut album ‘Joys of Spring’ as “Truly exquisite”. His following releases 2010’s ‘John Fairhurst Band’ and 2012’s ‘Hungry Blues’ were also hailed in similar manner. Coupled with his tenacious attitude to touring and following a summer of explosive live shows both in the UK and Europe, John has built on previous festival appearances at Glastonbury, SXSW, Green Man and Edinburgh Festival to widen his audience with shows at Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Boomtown. With residencies on the Harley Davidson European Festival and a tour with Johnny Winter now under the belt… 2014 looks bright in John Fairhurst‘s world with the awaited release of a full album with a new band and an electrifying new sound.
The new album was recorded between Bristol and London, with Nathan Evans engineering the Bristol sessions and Alex Bietzke producing at Dean Street in London. John is accompanied by old faithfuls Joe Strouzer on harp and Toby Murray on drums with the addition of new band member Tim Louden on Bass and Emma Divine on backing vocals. The new album is a full on electric blues experience with John’s unique voice and guitar playing refraining to no boundaries helped by a number of very special guests that will shortly be revealed. The album was mixed by Alex Beitzke (Jamiroquai, Florence and The Machine, Nigel Kennedy) and is being mastered by Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Clash). The lads have already been showcasing the new songs at the Summer Festivals. The band on the road are a tight trio made up by John on Vocals and Guitars, Toby Murray on drums and Pete Episcopo on Bass. This is the sound of modern British blues….