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Video! Gig! Album!

Glasgow people and those of you who are conveniently Glasgow adjacent: please do join us (Mister Hughes &the Crow Bone Chorus) TONIGHT at The 13th Note with special guests John Alexander and Gar Hunter for an evening of roots rock, alt.blues, country and Americana. We’ll be launching our new album Seeing Ghosts, which will be available in a strictly limited DIY CD edition at a celebratory discount.

Here’s the link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/348622949026781/?ti=as

Check out a tune from the new album here: https://youtu.be/6eZ_6llmZNw

or here:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218296917596946&id=1311472364

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Coming Soon: Pennies On My Eyes

As mentioned last post, much of my time of late has been taken up with the remixing and remastering of new/old album Pennies On My Eyes.  This was originally a mini-album from 5 years ago which was released then as part of the split CD Graveyard Full of Blues with Sleepy Eyes Nelson.

The logic behind the remastering is simply that I was never happy with the original release.  For various reasons, I left the mastering incomplete along with alternate takes and whole songs.  In the meantime, despite its limited release – the CD was sold at gigs and from Europa Music in Stirling; the download was only available via my Bandcamp page (with the two halves of the project split up online, so Sleepy’s excellent Build That Coffin of Mine was available separately via Cheap Wine Records’ Bandcamp) – the albumette picked up its own head of steam, garnering a few good write-ups and an award nomination.  My Side of the Veil became a live favourite while Oily Old Rag gained a new lease of life as the Dog Moon Howl song Tenement Porch Dog.

As with my first release, the demo EP Broke, Lonely and Guilty, Pennies… was recorded at my then home studio, the Channel Nowhere Secret Facility, basically a converted walk-in cupboard.  Everything else I’ve released, under my own name or with Dog Moon Howl has been studio recorded and although there is a pleasing rawness to the original version of Pennies…, it sounds just too rough to me.  I was obsessed with pushing the bass and curbing the top end at that time, and the end result is frankly dull.  So, I’ve gone back in, brightened the sounds up, rescued a few additional tracks and compiled them together as a new, album length piece.

Of course, the original tracks remain lo-fi but hopefully with a touch more in the way of clarity and dynamics.  I’ve added a couple of touches I wanted to try at the time but dropped due to looming deadlines.  The three new tracks are Richter Scale for Heartache, which had already been recorded at the time the split CD was suggested although the mix was never completed, Stone With My Name Carved on It, a single-take moody, distorted solo slide guitar instrumental that I don’t even remember recording and No-one Cares if You Die, a banjo tune that started life as something else entirely.  I matched the rediscovered banjo track with an old unused lyric and Bob was quite suddenly your uncle.

The audio masters for Pennies on My Eyes are being completed this week.  Then it’s the turn of the artwork.  As soon as possible thereafter there’ll be a physical release (CD and, it looks like, tape) with downloads available via Bandcamp and from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify et al via international digital distribution from CD Baby.

Watch this space!


2015, oh, right …

So, the first couple of months of the year are out of the way and I still haven’t updated this blog. Deary me. Well, there’ll be ‘proper’ news coming soon but in the meantime …

RECORDING

I’m currently in the final stages of putting together a sorta-kinda re-release-type-thing for May, plus there’s the wrapping up of a few older projects to get out of the way (whether for release or not we’ll see). There’ll be a new album by the end of the year. Probably.

LIVE

I’ve started the year with a string of solo gigs at Glasgow’s The Howlin’ Wolf and I’m there again on the 16th of this month with Ally Tennick back on percussion. Thereafter we’re looking to fill the booking calendar, particularly for the two-man lineup, as well as getting out there with Dog Moon Howl. Watch this space.

OTHER STUFF

I’ve also been heavily involved of late with ZenTone Guitars, having a hand in guitar design and building etc. We’ve just finished the “proof-of-concept” prototypes for two electric solid bodies – check out the website for more details.

More updates soon.  Honest.


A taste of the Graveyard Full Of Blues long-weekender

A blog full of words will follow soon(ish) about the mini-tour I did with Sleepy Eyes Nelson. In the meantime here’s a clip from the opening night in Glasgow of me playing On A Rooftop With A Rifle And A Scope.