SONGS FROM THE SILVER BAND ROOM

Dusty Records 001
Distributed by Discovery Records,
Nursteed Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3DY
Tel : 01380 728000"

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Musicians: Emily Druce (vocals/acoustic guitars),Steve Jones (vocals/acoustic guitars)Dave Bowie (bass), Chris Smyth (dobro/lap steel guitar), Adam Cox (drums, keyboard), Charlie Giordano (piano) and Sledgehammer Stan (drums)

".Excellent young roots duo, with a collection of affecting material" The Observer

Songs from the Silver Band Room reflects the rich mix of hot blues and country flavours Druce and Jones have been touring around the UK. The duo create a fresh acoustic sound, whether on arrangements of covers from the 30s and 40s or on their own strong original material. Covers on the album include songs by Champion Jack Dupree, Memphis Minnie and Lightnin' Hopkins.

The recordings were made in the Honley Silver Band Room and members of the silver band feature on the album, alongside a collection of talented musicians.

Songs from the silver band room..... has been hailed as a rough cut
diamond by our blues 'n' country focus group. Druce has developed an experienced voice and Jones contributes a Cooderish groove to her excellent backing. (Yorkshire Post)

"A well-crafted, well-executed, many-faceted pleasure" Songbook

"Memorable, beautiful songs" City Life Manchester

"A fresh sounding milestone in the continuing developement of an already outstanding talent on the british acoustic blues scene" fROOTS

"The whole album oozes with talent. Check it out today." Flyin Shoes Review

"A mesmerising clutch of songs" John Van Der Kiste

"A hapy mix of blues, country and the odd spoonful of gospel" Folk on Tap

"Their debut duet album is a riot of fingerpicking hot licks and country-tinged songs with lyrics a mile away from the 'woke up this morning' cliches" The Big Issue in the North

"This is a pip.Emily Druce's third album, but first with guitarist, Steve Jones, shows that the blues is still a vibrant source of inspiration when approached with imagination" Maverick

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Lets walk out download

Still called it home
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NEW DAY

Roly Records 002
Distributed by Discovery Records,
Nursteed Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3DY

Musicians: Emily Druce (vocals/acoustic guitars), Kevin Willoughby (electric bass), Chris Smyth (dobro/lap steel guitar)

The combination of sensitive interpretations of blues classics and powerful new songs demonstrates Emily's musical development since her acclaimed debut album, The Guilt Trip.

New Day demonstrates a distinctive acoustic style that will appeal to admirers of blues and folk alike, crossing barriers to appeal to all who enjoy great songs, beautifully sung and arranged.

Emily wanted the album to remain as true to her live performances as possible. Apart from her own vocals and acoustic guitars, it features only the virtuoso electric bass playing of Kevin Willoughby (who has previously recorded with Jools Holland and Bonnie Tyler) and Chris Smyth's lovely dobro and lap steel work on four tracks. New Day was mixed and engineered by Skip McDonald (Sinead O'Connor's current producer).

Down On My Knees Download

Only One Road Download

THE GUILT TRIP'

The release in Spring 2000 of Emily Druce's debut album, The Guilt Trip, brought glowing praise from Folk Roots magazine, BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding Show and many others, establishing her as one of the most promising new talents on the acoustic music scene. Since then, Emily has been playing regular live gigs and introducing new material, enhancing her reputation and impressing both new audiences and fellow musicians.

Downloads From The Album

Tell Me So Download

Stony Road Download

David Tonberg Flyin' Shoe Review

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Reviews of Songs from the silver Band Room....

 

David Tonberg Flyin' Shoe Review
Having loved the blues, lost the blues and banished the blues, this was a refreshing change from my normal listening. A fifteen-track c.d and British artists to boot with a good mix of standards and self -penned material, lovely acoustic guitars and dobro with a hint of brass a very pleasant recipe indeed!
Emily Druce is no stranger to the u.k circuit and has been performing solo for a few years now. With two albums already under her belt she has been lauded by the likes of Bob Harris and Paul Jones, high praise and fully justified in my opinion. This collaboration is with Steve Jones who not only plays a fine guitar but, along with Colin Kendall, makes them as well. The product of which can be heard on this album. These are two very talented people who make beautiful music together.
Emily has a rich clear voice that copes well with the slow smouldering ballads and the more gritty blues and gospel songs while Steve's' guitar playing is crisp and melodic without ever being showy the mark of a really fine guitar player. Chris Smyth ably assists the duo on dobro and lap steel.
The standout tracks for me were the self-penned numbers. The opening track, Let's Walk Out, is a country blues. a real toe-tapper and sets the mood for the rest of the album. This is followed by, When I See You There, a slow ballad with Emily's pure vocals complimented by guitar and Dobro. Each song has its own merits and I could ramble on quite happily for two pages, suffice to say go buy the album .The two gospel numbers, Keep Your Lamp….. and Burden Down are a couple of crackers and if they played more music like this in our churches, we could have a mini revival on our hands! Picks of the bunch for me are Howler "I can feel a cold wind blowing through my mind" and the absolute tops the heart-achingly beautiful Same Air "we can sit there together and see a different view I just want to breathe the same air as you" terrific. Incidentally Emily and Steve write both songs
I hadn't listened to blues for quite some time but this record has certainly whetted my appetite for more. The whole album oozes with talent and not forgetting the Honley Silver Band who appear on track 8 and track 15. I presume the title of the album, although recorded in the silver band room West Yorkshire, may be paying homage to these guys. Either way it doesn't really matter.
For a blues lover or first time buyer there is a lot in this album to recommend. I would have liked to hear Emily sing a cappella as she has such a great delivery and clarity and she could carry it off no problem, but this is just a very small gripe on my behalf and doesn't detract from the album in anyway. Good homegrown talent and a well put together recording that gave me the "I woke up this morning" syndrome all over again! You know what I mean! Check it out today!



 

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