1 - Stevey Hay's Shades Of Blue - Shake Rag Boogie 2 - Albany Down - South of the City 3 - Laura-May and the Bel-Airs - You Can’t Hang ** 4 - The Jensen Interceptors - Walk Away 5 - Lewis Hamilton and The Boogie Brothers - Empty Roads ** 6 - Bare Bones Boogie Band - Fallin’ for Foolin’ 7 - Gus Munro - Fever 8 - Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band - Higher They Climb * 9 - Willie Logan - Nodully 10 - Sleepy Eyes Nelson - Blonde Snapper 11 - The Yahs - Keep on Going 12 - Missing Cat - For The Loss Of It 13 - Ruff Cut - My Friend Mr 44 ** 14 - The Dana Dixon Band - Let You People Know 15 - Frank O’Hagan Band - School for the Blues 16 - Dead Men’s Shoes – The Traveller 17 - Lovat “Houndog” Fraser – The Kingdom’s Empty Halls
Jock's Juke Joint is an exciting and varied collection of original contemporary Scottish blues music, based on the theme of a fictitious Scottish Juke Joint. The first volume of the series was released on the Lewis Hamilton Music label in September 2012. It included such notable acts as Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band, Stevey Hay, The Jensen Interceptors, the Bare Bones Boogie Band, The Dana Dixon Band, Lewis Hamilton & Albany Down. The release garnered a high level of interest in the international blues scene. Paul Jones from BBC Radio 2 aired the opening track and stated he was "eagerly looking forward to receiving this very significant album". The album then went viral on internet radio, particularly on blues radio shows and podcasts and Scottish radio stations with airplay on thirty UK radio stations, and a range of other countries, including the USA, France, Australia and the Netherlands.
Volume 1 was quickly followed by a second volume, which includes acts such as Blues N Trouble, Alan Nimmo, Baby Isaac, Wang Dang Delta, Cythia Gentle & The True Tones and the Binsness Bluesboys. The launch party for the event saw broadcasters travel across the UK to attend the show which featured acts from throughout central and Southern Scotland.
Since the release of the second volume, the coverage, particularly on internet radio, has been even more extensive, also leading to further airplay for the first volume. A range of praising reviews have been published of both volumes, online through websites including Blues Magazine (Holland), Blues Revue (USA), Wasser Prawda (Germany), Blues In The North West, Keys & Chords Magazine (Belgium) and Tonemonkey, while printed reviews have appeared in Blues Matters magazine, Blues In Britain and several newspapers. Further printed reviews are scheduled for both volumes in early 2013 from the above publications and further notable blues and roots publications, such as Classic Rock Presents The Blues, Rock n Reel (R2) and Blues Underground Network. A keen indicator of the level of interest in the series was shown through a review of the second volume on the Blues Revue website which received 20,000 hits and 1,000 shares/Tweets and likes, within the first week! Press and broadcasting requests have been received from as far apart as Canada, Greece and Brazil. Festival organisers have also expressed a high level of interest in the CD with the featured artists under review for future festivals. Leading blues figures elsewhere are now looking to develop their own blues compilations based on the Jock's Juke Joint model.
Jock's Juke Joint CDs are available from each of the contributing artists (many of whom have repaid their initial investment), Amazon, independent retail outlets and downloadable from Itunes and Amazon. Within the next few weeks, artists will be approached to complete a third volume of Jock's Juke Joint for the late spring of 2013.
Volume 1 Reviews
"Scotland’s status as a breeding ground for the best blues talent is assured through Jock’s Juke Joint." Blues Revue
"Fantastic, at last a compilation of some of the best blues talent in Scotland. Over the past few years there has been a plethora of exponents of this genre , keeping up the legacy of such greats as Frankie Miller, and this release gives tasters of such talent." Blues Matters
"A wonderful anthology of what is going on in the blues fields of Scotland. Personally, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of what is offered." Blues Magazine (Netherlands)
"When most people think of British blues, they think of England, to London and other such places. But even in the Highlands and cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, a versatile and vibrant blues scene has developed..." Wassa Prawda Scotch & Blues feature (Germany)
"Now this is what I call a 'concept album' - 17 tracks united only by love of blues and of the Saltire. Several Scots artists have established themselves on the UK blues-scene in recent years. The next wave hopes this collection will be their springboard... We hear there are further volumes to come. Here's hoping for many more of them!" Blues In Britain (UK)
Scotland has produced some of the finest British blues exponents, not least The Nimmo Brothers, Tam White, Rev Doc and Blues ‘N’ Trouble. This album demonstrates that the production line remains in very good order right across the blues spectrum." Blues In The North West (Vol 1 Review)
Jock’s Juke Joint is a great purchase for blues fans, a great introduction to a vibrant Scottish scene and a really well picked compilation of very fine music." Ian McHugh, UKJazz Radio, Tonemonkey, Blues Is The Truth
"The CD sounds great. I think the concept of pooling Scottish talent is a great idea, it's about time the British blues community started pulling in the same direction!!" Alan Nimmo
"Judging from the array of talent displayed on this disc it is time for blues music promoters to invest in Scottish talent and help to present them to a far wider audience. This album does not disappoint on any level and no matter what your particular Blues Bag is you will be sure to find something to tickle your fancy" Tim Elliot, Blues N Trouble
"It’s great to see a wide range of original blues and blues based material coming from a fantastic bunch of Scottish artists, who will no doubt make their presence known further afield” Dave Arcari
Volume 2 Reviews:
"Scotland Trailblazes the Best in British Blues and Beyond. This is the second release of the top Scottish blues talent following the highly acclaimed first volume, universally rated as one of the best compilations made in 2012, taking the listener on a roller coaster ride of blues styles and emotions. However, Volume 2 can now claim this accolade because it is even better... " Blues Revue
"It’s with some joy that I can reveal that the greatest of care seems to have been made with regards to song choice, pacing and style in order to give the disc a palpable sense of flow and wholeness. It’s a real achievement with a compilation, and something that should be a justifiable source of pride. What is also excellent is that, somehow, the acts and song here match if not exceed the excellent volume one in quality and variety. It seems that Scotland is the new delta, and with a little something for everyone's taste." Ian McHugh, UKJazz Radio, Tonemonkey, Blues Is The Truth
"Compilation albums. Funny things. Various artists usually means that quality varies and you end up skipping lots of the songs that you don't like. To put an album of different styles together that people will listen to and not skip tracks takes some doing but that is what has happened here!" Wasser Prawda (Germany)
“In my humble opinion, whereas the first volume was great, the second volume is stupendous. Congratulations to all involved” Ashwyn Smyth (Digital Blues, KCOR)
"Each of the current generation of bluesmen and women represented here adds a fresh, distinctive and innovative approach and sound which is widening the appeal of the blues in the 21st century by taking it in a new direction". Blues Matters
"Jock’s Juke Joint and Contemporary Blues from Scotland Vol. 2, is more than decent quality blues. Scotland celebrates the blues high days. I can not wait for Vol.3!" Keys & Chords Magazine Belgium (4½/5)
"A very entertaining programme of Scotland-based music without a bagpipe, kilt or tam o’ shanter in sight!" Blues In The North West
"These 2 CDs seem to represent a seminal moment in the history of the Blues in Scotland if I'm not mistaken. A kind of "perfect storm" if you like. It's a credit to all of those involved in the Scottish music scene generally, that this abundance of talent is allowed to flourish, right here and right now, but in particular, much kudos has to go to the "curators" of this exhibition" Jason Elliott (Hebden Bridge Blues Festival Director)
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