A cracking weekend on the road started at the King’s Arms in Salford on Friday where I played with the fantastic Paddy Nash celebrating solidarity, Brigadista Ale and the ‘Beer Not Hate’ campaign. Great to see so many friendly faces up in Manchester for the weekend to see Paddy and myself followed by my We Shall Overcome oppo Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner on the Saturday.
From there it was Middlesbrough Little Theatre Club where I teamed up with Rebekah Findlay to open for the brilliant Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds on Saturday. A complete contrast to the rabble-rousing of the previous evening, we let the music do the talking on a fabulous night. Naomi and Paul have a new album out, ‘Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me’, and I recommend you pick up a copy. I’ll be hammering it on the radio show over the coming weeks.
Speaking of the radio show, the second half of my interview with Raymond Gorman, founder member of the legendary That Petrol Emotion and The Everlasting Yeah, is tomorrow night from 10pm on Coast & County Radio. Last week we managed to gas so much we have to do it all over again! Raymond was terrific company and I’m really looking forward to that.
The next two weeks will be spent finishing off the next album out in t’shed ready for mastering on November 27th. I have re-records, re-mixes and overdubs to do as well as recording Rebekah’s fiddle and vocals next Friday. No Joe Solo album would be complete without Ms Findlay’s magic dust, and I expect the songs to go up ten notches once she has played on them. Exciting stuff.
After that it’s back to the road and the mischief and mayhem. I’ll be opening for King Blues mainman Itch and Louise Distras at Cafe Indie in Scunthorpe on Friday November 10th; followed by a benefit for the local Labour Party at Victoria Club in Goole on Saturday 11th. Then Sunday 12th it’s down to Central Club in Stainforth to record The Hatfield Brigade on our new single ‘They Could Not Break This Town’, which will run alongside our Christmas song as we hit silly season.
Recording is from 4pm and we’ll be assembling around 3-3.30pm. All are welcome. Michael Lee Toas will be shooting the music video there so wear your glad rags!
Once that is out there the rest of the year could go anywhere and nothing would surprise me with that lot! One thing is certain though, I will be playing Liverpool, Hull, Otley, Darlington and possibly Warrington too before 2018 is done and as always it will be great to see you out there.
Watch this space x