I’m proud to say that Jawbone has arrived! The album is pressed and ready to go, in all it’s beautiful vinyl (and CD/Digital) splendour. We’ve kicked off with a few warm up gigs, supporting the Dire Straits Experience and our own headline show in London’s Surya. We’re all buzzing after the gigs. The crowd reactions and comments Continue reading →
I was very happy to hear that ‘As She Walked Away’ had been nominated for a blues award, so thought I’d write a little ditty to say thanks to Tim Aves for the nomination and to everyone who’s voted! It would be lovely to get shortlisted for the final round later in the year…
Please vote and share! Thanks all! x
Live at the BBC, recording for the Paul Jones R&B Show:
Not much time to write, as I’m at soundcheck in Holmfirth (which the Brits will know as the setting for ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’) and on my phone so will keep it brief for now! Nice to capture some moments from the tour. Some good memories and faces. The band has been sounding great and there’s generally been a lot of fun had!
Will post some related links soon.
Well, I didn’t expect I’d ever do what I did in this Padcast! Combining two of my favourite things: music and…err…shortbread. The idea popped into my head while I was looking down the list of songs I’ve recorded. It’s one of my favourite Robert Johnson songs and I recorded it on my latest album – if you enjoy the Padcast, please download the song and check out the whole album.
Who knows what next week shall bring?!! Although, I’ll be on tour with Jack Bruce so definitely won’t have the time for shananigans of the likes of this Padcast…
Here’s Robert Johnson’s brilliant original : )
We’ve been featured on the cover of ‘Blues In Britain’ this month, with an interview and an absolutely cracking 10/10 review! Big thanks to Fran Leslie for her ongoing support, and to Al Stuart for some great photos at Ronnie Scott’s before the launch gig. Here’s the review in full:
“I hear a lot of music that is excellent and that I love at first hearing but this is a rarity in that it is unlike anything else. I knew instantly that it is innovative and I am delighted. From the first track, I was dancing around the kitchen and singing, ‘I’m going to see my baby, yes I am’. Next up ‘Jump Into My Car’ has vocal harmonies to rival the best of the Beach Boys, scratchy percussion, tuba and whistling. Layered New Orleans rhythms pervade ‘Call On Me’; the piano, as percussion, is laid over the rhythm section with the vocals holding the melody. The new take on ‘Come On In My Kitchen’ is a joy as well as a lament.
His version of ‘Right To Your Soul’, which he wrote, is very different from the one Earl Thomas recorded with Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds. Could this song become a classic? It has that feel. The new version of ‘Unsquare Dance’ is a speeding car of a jazz rendition, in which Paddy’s piano skills and Alex Reeves’ drumming race along. From the up tempo ‘Going To See My Baby’ to the serene ‘All The While’ every song is a standout track.
Paddy has called upon the talents of his band The Big Sounds and added tuba, a sousaphone, a cello and Eddie Martin on harmonica. In addition, his vocal skills have been honed by working with soul singer Earl Thomas. His light tenor voice can hold a tune beautifully and to me that matters.
Until this album, I would have described Paddy as a highly talented piano and keyboard player; think Ben Folds and Bruce Hornsby. Now can say he is also a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer of superb quality. I have seen Paddy Milner play twice since I first heard this album . The album is wonderful and the music is even better live. I seldom give full marks for an album because I think it rare that an artist could never do better. Today, I imagine Paddy Milner might equal this album but it would be very hard to better it. Rating 10 – Fran Leslie”
The Curious Case Of Paddy Milner
I’m pleased to announce that my new album, ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF PADDY MILNER’ is released today and is available in all good UK stores, Amazon, iTunes & other download stores. The response has been amazing and here are just a few quotes about it so far:
“Dazzling” THE INDEPENDENT
“Sheer brilliance” PROPERGANDA
“10/10…Something out of the ordinary to celebrate…every song is a standout track. I seldom give full marks for an album…but it would be very hard to better it” BLUES IN BRITAIN
“I highly recommend it…somehow things start to feel much better!” JACK BRUCE
You can hear samples from the album on this site or on SoundCloud, iTunes, Amazon etc. I hope you enjoy as much as we enjoyed making it! Let me know what you think of it and please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter etc. or good old fashioned word of mouth…there are some exciting things coming up, with some good things happening in the press and radio so keep a look out!
It was an absolute pleasure to create this album and I have been blessed to have worked with all the amazing people involved. Special thanks to Alex Reeves who worked hard with me to develop the piano/percussion basis for the record and for his time, dedication and passion put into the music. Massive thanks to Kimiko & Jean Michel Bernard for the use of the wonderful Popion Studios in Paris, and for welcoming us into their home and family. Remi Barbot did a fantastic job of the mixing. Thanks to Ruthie Phoenix for some inspired artwork and to everyone else for their brilliant individual contributions.
Paddy Milner – piano/vocals/glockenspiel/organ/rhodes/percussion
Alex Reeves – drums/percussion
Reuben Crowther – tuba
Bob Dowell – trombone/soudaphone
Jon Radford – trumpet
Ben Somers – saxophone
Nihan Radford – cello
Eddie Martin – harmonica
1. Going To See My Baby (Milner)
2. Jump Into My Car (Milner)
3. You’ve Got Me (Milner)
4. Call On Me (Milner)
5. Believe (Milner)
6. Alright (Milner)
7. As She Walked Away (Milner)
8. Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson)
9. Things Behind The Sun (Nick Drake)
10. Louisiana Blues (Muddy Waters)
11. (You’ve Got A) Right To Your Soul (Milner)
12. Unsquare Dance (Brubeck)
13. Disturbia (Rihanna)
14. All The While (Milner)
Recorded at Popion Studios, Paris with overdubs at home. Produced by Paddy Milner, mixed by Remi Barbot except ‘Going To See My Baby’ recorded at Popion Studios & Fortress produced by Paddy Milner & Jake Field, mixed by Jos Jorgensen. Artwork by Ruthie Phoenix. Mastered by Chris Lewis and Jon Astley.
All photos by Sebastian Psuja