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Classic Rock Presents: The Blues Magazine
The Blues Magazine is the big new national publication from Classic Rock covering all things blues. I’m chuffed to be able to say that the CD which comes free with the new issue (#5, in shops February 21st and available from most good newsagents, I should imagine) includes my track Left To Crawl which is from …
… The New Solo EP
Hard Times Volume 1 was released on November 5th 2012. Response has been great so far; in addition to the inclusion of Left To Crawl on The Blues Magazine‘s CD, there have been some fantastic reviews online and in print (see below for a few quotes). On top of all that, it was named as Best Blues EP of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network in their Year End Review for 2012, and as one of their Top Picks for January 2013! The first video from the EP, Cave Full Of Woman Bones, has also had quite a response – check it out HERE.
“…runs the gamut from acoustic blues to rockabilly mayhem … six songs, all crackers.”
“… an amazing picking guitar style whether electric or acoustic. His vocal style is reminiscent of Tom Waits (very whisky soaked).”
“… a dirty-toned electric guitar groove, with some dark and amusing lyrics!”
“A brilliant 6 track (no filler here) EP …”
” … a cracking set of songs …”
“This is CRAIG HUGHES at his best, for sure.”
Hard Times Volume 1, along with my other releases is available on CD or as a pay-what-you-want download HERE. It’s on iTunes, Amazon and all that too, of course.
The New Solo Album
Work is well underway – songwriting, demoing and other preproduction – on my second album, which is on schedule to appear in the first half of the year (budget permitting).
The New Jim Dead EP
I play electric guitar and sing back-up on the new EP from Jim Dead, I’m Not Lost, which I co-produced with Tommy Duffin and Jim. The 6-track EP, complete with PDF lyric sheet, can be purchased in just about all your favourite digital formats for just £4.00. Click HERE to check it out. More news on physical/wider digital release dates etc when I have it (or you could, of course, just head over to Jim’s excellent website at www.jimdead.com for updates).
Dog Moon Howl
The band is back in the rehearsal studio and sounding good. Plans are afoot for our first album, likely to be recorded/released in the second half of the year. See below for live dates, and visit www.dogmoonhowl.com for updates. DMH will have its own newsletter soon – please let me know if you want to be added to that mailing list.
LIVE DATES COMING UP
(more gigs and projects being announced soon- please keep checking the appropriate websites for upcoming dates)
The year’s live work kicked off in style at The Vagabond Social Club @ The State Bar on February 1st. New bookings are being looked at now, with my next confirmed solo show being:
Saturday 25 May – The Big Joint, Glasgow ”Big Blues Jam @The Juke Joint” fundraiser for Yorkhill Charity Foundation with Dirty Diamond and the Gunslinger, Gus Munro, Laura May’s Blue Rays etc.
Jim Dead Gig(s)
I’ll be playing some guitar with Jim Dead in support of I’m Not Lost during his upcoming Vagabond Social Club set. We’ll likely be playing a few more shows together here and there as the year progresses.
Friday 12 Apr – The State Bar, Glasgow The Vagabond Social Club
Dog Moon Howl Gigs
Friday 22 Feb – Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine with Headless Kross + Hassium Night Rate
Saturday 08 June – The 13th Note, Glasgow with The Wulvers + Alkotron + Third Rail + 12LimbNerve