Record Store Day
Looking forward to playing tomorrow's Record Store Day extravaganza at Europa Music in Stirling with Ally Tennick. We should be on @ 12:45.
Dog Moon Howl album news
Mixes are complete for Dog Moon Howl's first album, with mastering set for the coming week. 8 tracks, 40 minutes - as it should be. Keep an eye on www.dogmoonhowl.com for updates.
Vagabond Social Club mini-set confirmed for April
I'll be playing two or three fairly random covers in a "micro-set" at The Vagabond Social Club downstairs at The State, Glasgow on April 11th. This is a reschedule of last December's cancelled "midwinter special".
Record Store Day gig confirmed
The Craig Hughes Two will be playing April 19th's Record Store Day event at Europa Music in Stirling.
Vagabond Social Club set cancelled
It's with heavy heart and flammable eyeball* that I have to announce the cancellation of The Craig Hughes Two's set at this Friday's Vagabond Social Club. I've got some mental eye condition that I'm informed won't be cleared up in time for the gig. Genuinely gutted about this one - the last time we played the VSC we had a great night and we'd have been playing with The Dirt this time which is always a pleasure. Ah well.
Please do still pop along on the night (Friday 7th - tomorrow! - downstairs @ The State, 8PM). It'll be a good one.
*I've been given a largely kerosene-based ointment to put on my eye several times daily, so I'm assuming I should be extra careful when blowing-out candles.
April Glasgow date confirmed
I'll be playing at Slouch, Glasgow's late night blues session on Wednesday 30th April.
Edinburgh gig rescheduled
The solo gig in Edinburgh (Foalkies @ The Royal Oak) originally scheduled for Monday, June 2nd has been moved to Monday, July 7th.
Dog Moon Howl gig cancellation
From www.dogmoonhowl.com: You may have noticed a sudden change to the 13th Note's listing page. That's right folks, some strange retroactive double booking of the least impressive order means that the Glitterball Vegas/Dog Moon Howl/Traquair gig is off. Somebody's fault, clearly, but not ours. Or Glitterball Vegas'. Or Traquair's.
New Glasgow date confirmed
The Craig Hughes Two returns to The Vagabond Social Club downstairs at The State Bar in Glasgow on Friday March 7th. Also on the bill are Michael Angus and The Dirt, all for a paltry £4. Cheap bar, too. Threatens to be a good night, then.
Thanks again to Andres Roots for this - the English translation in BluesWebzine.com of the Blues-Finland.com interview ... click the image to check it out.
Many thanks to Andres Roots for this - a Finnish language interview for Blues-Finland.com ... click the image to check it out.
New video online
Here's a clip of Ally Tennick and myself playing Jam Jar Wasp Trap live in Glasgow, Nov 2013.
Blog: how to play a song!
New blog entry on how to play Left To Crawl from the Hard Times: Volume 1 EP. Click the pic to check it out.
Live dates added
First bookings of the year are already starting to come in. Pleased to say I'll be playing a solo set at Foakies @ The Royal Oak in Edinburgh on June 2nd. Full details, reminders and the likes nearer the date - in the meantime you can't say you haven't had plenty notice!
Also, I'll be playing with Dog Moon Howl at the 13th Note in Glasgow on March 22nd with Glitterball Vegas (the recording is finished for the Dog Moon Howl album; there'll be a break before final mixing. Sounding good so far).
New album review
Many thanks to Grahame Rhodes at Blues in the Northwest for a great new review of Losers and Bastards. Check it out HERE.
End-of-year critic's lists
Losers and Bastards has popped up on a few end of year 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
Happy New Year!
There's been a problem with sending out the winter newsletter, so please check out the blog for what would have been the main body of same. http://wp.me/pJtmb-k2
In the meantime, limbering up my guitar solo face for the upcoming marathon recording sessions with Dog Moon Howl - album #1 on its way!
New album review
Somehow neglected to include this on the news page earlier this month - Losers and Bastards picked up another great review, courtesy of music blog Resurrection Songs - check it out here -http://bit.ly/1bnXiL6
Blues Underground Network's Year End Review 2013
Great news - Losers and Bastards has been named by Canada's Blues Underground Network as Best UK Blues Album in their Year End Review 2013! On top of that, the album also came in at #3 in their Top 10 International Blues/Blues Rock Albums of the year!
Blues Underground Network's Year End Review 2013
Blues Underground Network's Top 10 International Blues/Blues Rock Albums 2013
Here's me and Ally Tennick giving it plenty at last month's Vagabond Social Club.
Finding myself in good company on the latest edition of Simply The Blues And A Little More, featuring a track from Losers and Bastards - check it out.
Glasgow gig cancellation
Due to a cock-up by the venue, The Vagabond Social Club gig set for this Friday (13th) at The State Bar has been cancelled.
The Blues Magazine - Interview/Review
Very pleased to say that there's a full page interview with myself and a cracking album review for Losers and Bastards in the latest issue of Classic Rock's The Blues Magazine (#10). Available from WH Smith and the likes or mail order HERE.
December gig date change/Dog Moon Howl gigs
The Vagabond Social Club's Midwinter Celebration, at which I'll be playing a couple of covers and the likes will now take place on Friday 13th December. Downstairs at The State Bar, Glasgow.
Dog Moon Howl plays Pivo Pivo in Glasgow on Thursday November 21st and again on Thursday Dec 12th. These will be substantially different sets. Each night features a further four bands and is £6 entry - discounted tickets are available from the band at: http://dogmoonhowl.bandcamp.com/merch
New blog post (Lou Reed)
New blog post, mostly about Lou Reed ... check it out HERE.
Yet more chart action!
Losers and Bastards enjoys its fourth consecutive week atop the Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart! Check it out!
The Craig Hughes Two debut gig
Last night's set at The Vagabond Social Club was a winner; thanks to the organisers, the other performers and everybody who came along. Look out for a lot more dates being announced for the Two (that's Ally Tennick and me, by the way) over the next few months.
Here are a few video grabs from the gig, footage courtesy of Bryan Campbell.
Chart action again!
Losers and Bastards enjoys its third week atop the Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart! Check it out!
More chart action!
A second week at the top of Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart for Losers and Bastards! Check it out!
Here's the new video for Everybody's Got to Cheat and Lie Sometimes from Losers and Bastards.
Happy to report that Losers and Bastards has entered Canada's Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart at #1! Check it out!
New album review
HERE's a great review of Losers and Bastards from Canada's Blues Underground Network. Thanks to John Vermilyea.
Compilation: The Death Roots Syndicate
Old Witch Cast A Spell features on the first Death Roots Syndicate compilation, available as a free download from today (a little earlier than planned). Check it out HERE.
Death Roots Syndicate is a Free Digital Download label specialising in the promotion of Dark Country/Folk/Blues/Americana and Roots music. Among the artists featured on the compilation include Jim Strange with the Proud and the Dead, Sleepy Eyes Nelson, Jeremiah Crow's Insufferable One Man Show, Jim Dead and Joel Kaiser.
The new album on CD Baby and more
The digital rollout of the new album continues, with Losers and Bastards now available for download from CD Baby (HERE) and something called Google Play (HERE) and can be streamed on something called Slacker (HERE).
The new album on Spotify
The new album, Losers and Bastards, is now available for your listening convenience on Spotify.*
*Should you chose to listen via Spotify, I look forward to accepting the 0.2p royalty with immense gratitude.
The new album on iTunes/Amazon
New album video review
Charlie Bear (of The Scottish Connection) has posted a great review of Losers and Bastards on her new YouTube vlog. Check it out:
New album review
The new album's first review is a good 'un! Many thanks to Paul Kerr at Blabber'N'Smoke (Jacques Brel! Yes!!) ... check it out HERE.
Death Roots Syndicate compilation
Death Roots Syndicate is a Free Digital Download label specialising in the promotion of Dark Country/Folk/Blues/Americana and Roots music (check it out HERE). Their first project is a compilation which will be available on Halloween, 2013. Among the artists featured are Jim Strange with the Proud and the Dead, Sleepy Eyes Nelson, Jeremiah Crow's Insufferable One Man Show, Jim Dead and Joel Kaiser. Happy to say that my track Old Witch Cast A Spell will also be on there.
New Glasgow gig for The Craig Hughes Two + Dave Arcari's blog
After a great gig at Slouch last night with Andres Roots, Peeter Piik and Steve Lury (nice wee mention for the gig and the new album on Dave Arcari's blog HERE), the next confirmed Glasgow date is on Friday, November 1st at The Vagabond Social Club downstairs at The State Bar. This will be a set by The Craig Hughes Two, which is myself with Dog Moon Howl drummer Ally Tennick on percussion. Should be a belter!
THE NEW ALBUM