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Five Years of Not The Same Old Blues Crap

To celebrate five glorious years of cranked up, primal blues mayhem Not The Same Old Blues Crap has put together 'Five Years of NTSOBC', a mini-festival of eight rockin’ shows throughout September and October that reflect the diversity of NTSOBC’s history.


Named after Fat Possum Records' series of budget samplers, Not The Same Old Blues Crap dedicated its self to bringing blues and blues influenced music to a wider audience than just die hard blues aficionados. Since the firstshow at The Windmill in Brixton in April 2004 NTSOBC has promoted countless events and tours, in addition to programming and producing three Spitz Festival of Blues festivals. NTSOBC has also worked with The Open House Festival in Belfast for the last couple of years and programmed a stage at The Leicester Blues Festival at De Montfort Hall last year.

Before that first show in Brixton promoter Rupert Orton contacted Fat Possum and asked them if would be ok to “borrow” the name for his new club night. Fat Possum partner Bruce Watson emailed back to say sure, as long as the shows were in the spirit of the label. Then a few weeks later Bruce called Rupert and asked if he’d be interested in putting on T-Model Ford in London after a date had fallen through. Rupert immediately said yes and then went about finding a venue which turned out to be The Spitz. This was the start of a close relationship with NTSOBC & The Spitz till its closure in September 2007. Its was also the start of a relationship with T-Model Ford that continues to this day.

The shows are as follows:

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 September

T-Model Ford
+ Honkeyfinger (Fri)
+ Big Joe Louis (Sat)
+ Andy Weaver (Both nights)

The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London, NW3 7JR, 7.30 pm
Adv £ 15.00/Door £ 17.50

T-Model is a legendary Fat Possum recording artist who learnt to play the guitar in his late fifties after his third wife left him. Inspired by his hero’s Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, he has played out in the Mississippi Delta ever since. Basically, if you’re looking to experience one real deal authentic gangster blues player in your lifetime, T-Model is your man. Or in his own words, “T-Model Ford is going to remember you sorry fuckers how it’s done.”

Tuesday 15 September

Bob Log III + Russell & The Wolves

The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London, NW3 7JR, 7.30 pm
Adv £ 12.50/Door £ 15.00

Bob Log III is another NTSOBC veteran who first played at The Spitz One Man Band Festival in December 2005. Bob’s live show is quite unlike anything you will have ever seen before. He plays clad in an extra tight jumpsuit and signature motorcycle helmet with telephone/microphone attached. He unfailingly sweats up a river while kicking on a kick drum, stomping his homemade foot cymbal and playing slide on an old archtop guitar. A whirlwind of dextrous limbs and digits, this super star sonic showman has to be seen to be believed. Yet beyond these mesmerizing visuals, lies the true reason for Bob Log’s international, cult status and superhero adoration……. He is quite simply an incredible, virtuoso slide guitar player.

Friday 25 September

David Honeyboy Edwards + Les Copeland

The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London, NW3 7JR, 7.30 pm
Adv £ 15.00/Door £ 17.50

David “Honeyboy” Edwards is literally a living piece of Delta blues history. Before Seasick Steve, Fat Possum, the sixties British blues boom, before even Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Honeyboy was among a group of pre-war itinerant Mississippi Delta blues musicians who wrote the blues template in the 1930’s. Honeyboy is the last of these original Delta blues musicians still playing regularly. David Honeyboy Edwards was a contemporary of Robert Johnson who was as legend has it, actually present when Johnson was poisoned and murdered. Born in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in 1915, Honeyboy rejected the expected life of a share cropper and hooked up with Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams and followed him hopping and hoboing the freight trains of blues folk lore such as the Pea Vine, the Southern and the Yellow Dog. He then learned to play guitar and sing on the dusty street corners of small Southern towns and the bars and whore houses of New Orleans. Thus began an astonishing life story that tracks the history of the blues.

Monday 28 September

The Handsome Family + Special guests

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ
Adv £ 15/Door £ 15.00

Over the last two decades New Mexico based husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks (aka The Handsome Family) have recorded a series of albums that has established them as one of America's finest songwriting partnerships and has seen them hailed as "country music's answer to the White Stripes" and by Greil Marcus as "the Beatles of the folk world". Until relatively recently this married couple of twenty years were a well kept secret but a punishing tour schedule and word of mouth has meant sell-out concerts across the UK and Europe and extensive coverage in the national press. The new album Honey Moon (their eighth) is a collection of love songs written in celebration of their twentieth wedding anniversary but as this is the Handsome Family it'll be a collection of love songs like no other before.

Tuesday 29 September

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir + Special guests

The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London, NW3 7LJ, 7.30 pm
Adv £ 7/ Door £ 9

People often mention whiskey, brimstone, the Mississippi Delta and the Appalachian Mountains when they talk about the music of the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir. There are few bands who conjure the intensity of the original blues and folk music pioneers while uniting roots and rock audiences. The Agnostics are one of them. Hollering, growling, and high, lonesome keening. Duelling slide guitars, tin can banjo, frenetic finger picking, sheet metal percussion, and pounding upright bass. That’s The Agnostics. Since 2001 The Agnostics have fostered a devoted following in their native Canada and garnered impressive reviews for their first two releases, ‘St. Hubert’ (2003) and ‘Fighting and Onions’ (2005). Word spread across the prairies and over the Atlantic. Mark Lamarr is a convert – they played a rambunctious BBC Radio 2 session for him last year – and so is the new blues legend, Seasick Steve. After gigs together at the Open House Festival in Belfast in 2006 and 2007 Steve proclaimed them “my new favourite band.”

“...thrilling and alarmingly authentic” - 4/5 Uncut

“…an album that sounds as old as the hills and as deep and dark as the muddy Mississippi.” - 4/5 The Independent

Wednesday 29 September

Kelly Joe Phelps + Lucy Ann Sale

The Union Chapel, Compton Avenue (off Upper Street), London, N1 2XD, 8.00pm
Adv £ 15.00/ Door £ 17.50

Kelly is a true sonic pioneer and has reinvented acoustic country blues again and again and again. Driven by limitless ideas and influence and astonishing dexterity he has produced records that have always been difficult to classify or pigeon hole. Whether it be the blistering slide guitar works of his early career, 2007’s gem Tunesmith Retrofit or his current record Western Bell, Phelps has looked to consistently challenge the confinements of the blues genre.

Thursday 1 October

The Jim Jones Revue + Russell & The Wolves

Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY, 7.30 pm
Adv £ 10/ Door £ 12.50

In two short years The Jim Jones Revue have gone from supporting Heavy Trash at The 2007 Spitz Festival of Blues to ramming The 100 Club so hard in June there was a queue stretching down Oxford Street to Tottenham Court Road tube station! Onstage The Jim Jones Revue are an astonishing phenomenon and have been described as “James Brown fronting the MC5 with Little Richard guesting on piano”. This show concludes the inaugural JJR UK tour and coincides with the release of their new AA single “Burning Your House Down/Elemental” which is featured on “Here To Save Your Soul: The Singles”, a mini album compilation in physical format of all the JJR singles to date released by Punk Rock Blues Records on October 5.

"The Jim Jones Revue are the real deal: a rip-snorting progeny of Raw Power & Little Richard, they deliver unabashed classic rock n' roll at a stampeding tempo with whiplash rhythms, blistering riffage and over the top vein popping vocals that would make King Kong's head explode. Pure sweaty pleasure." - Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman), August 2009


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