Blues rock and Manhaton Records recording artist STEVIE NIMMO (half of the fabulous Nimmo Brothers) has recorded and toured with success over the last two decades.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland — there was always music around him, as he grew up.
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2009 he underwent surgery that led to the loss of his voice for over two months. Now living in France, Stevie was forced to ease back into his touring schedule with The Nimmo Brothers — spending months in recovery after his major operation.
In January 2010 Stevie recorded his first solo album, a country blues offering titled The Wynds of Life — recorded at The Zone Studios outside Austin, Texas with an A-list of the best musicians from the lone star state.
Stevie releases his new album ‘Sky Won’t Fall‘ on 4 MARCH 2016 and will celebrate the release with a co-headline tour alongside The Ben Poole Band through February and in May 2016 [see the dates below this album review.]
We had a listen to the new album —
The disc begins with ‘Chains Of Hope‘ — and if you are expecting the kind of riff that sings loudly into your soul while making your gypsy-feet jump for joy — then you’ve come to the right place!
The voice is dusty, tattered & weathered — but Stevie is no Whispering Knight — because here is drama and tension… and every type of articulation. And, in the superlative guitar-work, you’ll feel the mood and temperament of an ever-strengthening and fully enduring blues-hymn. This is where the “Sky Won’t Fall” lyric-line features… and after listening to it, you’ll know it to be true.
The percussive influence of many combined rhythms on ‘Roll The Dice Again‘ improves the hardness and durability of this insistent number. Long tallow-yellow guitar-notes ooze out like pasta. Yes, this is a mixture of beeswax and mutton. Oily, flammable and convincing.
‘Change‘ is smooth-running and soulfully special and ‘Running On Back To You‘ is a lattice-work of intense yearning blues that dwell on the tragedy of emotional withdrawal. The guitar is sharp and bitterly revealed, wrapped in agony. This only goes to increase the sadness of it all.
But it’s not all sadness on this collection, “Lovin’ Might Do Us Good” for example almost chuckles along wih such fine ‘n’ dandy spirit you’ll find it irresistible. It’s a soul and pop song — something you might have found on a Miracle label pressing back in ’61.
For darkness, attitude and pure raw power, you will probably not be able to beat ‘Gambler’s Roll.’ This song is as dark as mud-rock with coal tar in its veins. Bright moments illuminate the lower areas, but mostly it’s a vehicle for the intense and flaring guitar solo that dominates the central portion.
This album raised our expectations for the future of British blues to a splendid new high. It’s filled with darkness, superb tone textures and — very often — intense luminosity. The ‘Sky Won’t Fall‘ is a magnificent achievement.
Words: @neilmach 2016 ©
Thu 04 Feb 2016 Bootleggers Music Bar Kendal, UK
Thu 11 Feb 2016 Half Moon, Putney Putney, UK
Fri 12 Feb 2016 The Forum Darlington, UK
Sat 13 Feb 2016 Bingley Arts Centre Bingley, UK
Fri 26 Feb 2016 Zed Music Cafe Sevenoaks, UK
Thu 17 Mar 2016 Ropetackle arts centre Shoreham by sea, UK
Fri 18 Mar 2016 Ropery Hall Barton-upon-humber, UK
Sat 19 Mar 2016 Unknown venue Barnard Castle, UK
Sun 20 Mar 2016 Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross, UK
Mon 21 Mar 2016 The Bullingdon Oxford, UK
Fri 29 Apr 2016 Boom Boom Club @ Stutton F.c. London, UK
Sat 30 Apr 2016 Selby Town Hall Selby, UK
Wed 04 May 2016 The Cluny Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Thu 05 May 2016 Tollbooth Stirling, UK
Fri 06 May 2016 Òran Mór Glasgow, UK
Sat 07 May 2016 Cafe Drummond Aberdeen, UK
Wed 11 May 2016 Vonnies Blues Club Cheltenham, UK
Thu 12 May 2016 Chislehurst Recreation Ground Bromley, UK
Sat 14 May 2016 Hartlepool Supporters Club Hartlepool, UK
Thu 19 May 2016 Farnham Maltings Farnham, UK
Fri 20 May 2016 Arlington Arts Centre Newbury, UK
Sat 21 May 2016 The Flowerpot Derby, UK
Sun 22 May 2016 The Greystones Sheffield, UK