So, my Mail manager-thingmy isn’t letting me send Newslist emails out anymore. Fuckity-fuck-fuck-fuck.
Anyway, here’s the main body of what should have been this winter’s newsletter…
The Blues Magazine #10
There’s a full-page interview with me in #10 of Classic Rock Presents: The Blues Magazine and there’s also a great review of the new album in there. Available now from WH Smiths etc., or order online.
Reaction to the new album
Reviews and reactions to Losers and Bastards are coming in and I’m pleased to say that so far they’ve been overwhelmingly positive.
“A diamond in the rough, with a poet’s soul.”
The Blues Magazine (UK)
“It’s bloody brilliant. Not just Hughes’ best, but one of 2013’s.”
Resurrection Songs (UK)
“His lyrics too are a mix of despair and grim humour and on a couple of the songs here he proves himself to be a great chronicler of Glasgow life with one of the songs, Future After All, reading as if it was an excerpt from a James Kelman story.”
“…one of the most honest blues albums of 2013, leaving no doubt as to why Craig Hughes has often been compared to some of the past greats including Blind Willie Johnson.”
Blues Underground Network (Canada)
And check out Charlie Bear’s video review of the album on her first Vlog, which also features some exclusive live footage.
The album entered the Blues Underground Network’s UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart at No.1 and stayed there for four weeks running! Which brings me, slightly smugly, to some end-of-year charts/critic’s lists:
Blues Underground Network’s Year End Review – Best UK Blues Album : Losers and Bastards
Blues Underground Network’s Top Ten International Blues/Blues Rock Albums – #3: Losers and Bastards
The Third Class Ticket’s Festive 60 – #33: A Strongman and an Acrobat
Resurrection Songs’ Top 10 of 2013 – #5: Losers and Bastards
If you’ve yet to get a copy of the album or fancy giving one as a belated Xmas present (cheapskate!) please do check out my Bandcamp store for CDs and downloads – or download only via CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all that good stuff.
The Craig Hughes Two
The final few of 2013’s gigs were good ones. I had a busy night in Slouch playing on a bill with the splendid Estonian/English trio of Andres Roots/Steve Lury/Peter Piik and last month’s “Craig Hughes Two” debut at the Vagabond Social Club with Ally Tennick from Dog Moon Howl on percussion went down a storm. Look! A picture!!
Dog Moon Howl
Talking of Dog Moon Howl, it’s been a quiet year on the band front for various reasons but we played our first gig in months at Pivo Pivo, Glasgow in November and it was a great night. We were at Pivo again in December for our last gig of the year (another good one, a very different set to the previous month’s) and are preparing to record our first album in January 2014. Which, come to think of it, is really soon.
There’s a video for the album track Everybody’s Got to Cheat and Lie Sometimes, culled from live footage taken by Dog Moon Howl’s Bryan Campbell available for your viewing pleasure HERE.
Also, a live performance of album track Beans and Bread from that Craig Hughes Two debut gig can be found HERE.
I recently had a meeting with Jordan Campbell of new guitar business Tungstone Guitars. Something exciting is in the off – watch this space for updates. In the meantime, Tungstone are just starting up and they have a new Facebook page so if you’re a Facebook sort of a person check them out and give them a “like” and/or follow them on Twitter.
Plans for 2014
Next year is going to be busy on both the live and recording fronts. I’ll be continuing to play solo gigs but the live focus for my blues/roots stuff will be on the duo with Ally. Dog Moon Howl will also be stepping up the live work on the release of our first album as mentioned above. There are a couple of other projects in the offing which will likely happen in the second half of the year – more on those as and when.
So, that’s it for the time being. Please do keep checking the website for updates, “like” the Facebook page and check out the YouTube channel as there’ll be a lot more content added there over the next wee while.