CD's & Reviews.
This is the cover of our latest
CD release 'Got my eyes on you'
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Got my eyes on you was the 17th
most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters in August 2016.
What folks are saying:
Adler - The writer of the opening track Motormouth Mama.
"What a pleasant
surprise to get your MM cover.
all are Smokin".
I Love the LP! You have really got your chops together now
There is variety, pacing, even Flamenco!!.
But there is real
Blues grit, and solid groove pocket over which you tell the Story.
And you've really
got something to say too. Real emotion not blues poseur shit.
Your guitar and voice
have really come on, and you have acquired real Blues authority.
Thanks for covering
Motormouth. I also love "Lonesome", fabulous harp work too.
Keep up this great
work. Love Danny Adler
– Blues in Britain - Issue 177 (Sept 2016)
King Biscuit Boys: Got my eyes on you
you want stripped down, front porch country blues, then this is the place to be. Jonathan Townsend brings simple, gritty lyrics
with guitar, and accompanies Craig Stocker on a variety of percussive implements, not to mention breathing life into a very
lyrics are the boys view on everyday life, mixed with a few interpretations of old stalwarts, such as ‘Hit The Road
Jack’, in a lovely, harp driven instrumental form. A grungy ‘Motormouth Mama’, and a reworked Son House,
‘Depot Blues’ complete the ‘covers’. Most of the material is written by Jonathan
‘Lonesome’ Townsend (his label accorded by the lyrics) with a little help from Craig on ‘Pep In My Step’,
a song that swaggers along to retell getting up for the next gig. Washboard, tin cans, and the kitchen sink come into Craig’s
reach for a delightful tap dance across ‘ She Don’t Scare Me’. Scary women, stolen moments with other men’s
women, lost women, and, of course, you cannot have blues without resorting to alcohol. That bottle is cracked open for ‘I
Won’t Be Sober Soon’, pouring out two fine measures of harmonica between verses.
Throughout this album, Craig
shines through with his country harp, Jon has injected the lyrics with humour and the whole session is unadorned straight
acoustic takes, recorded to capture the sound of The King Biscuit Boys live.
It adds a light touch and brings a smile
to the face.
Our previous CD - All in a days work... was recorded on 26th
August 2014 with the assistance of Gwyn Ashton and his portable recording equipment. Gwyn described us as "Raw, honest and well played" (That's what we are aiming for).
He described the recording as "Sweet".
The CD comes complete with
lyrics of all the original songs.
Ian McKenzie of The
Acoustic Blues Club that goes out on Kansas City Online Radio (KCOR) described the album as "Absolutely terrific "
and made it his album of the week.
Hugh Fee of Friday night blues - Irving Beat FM -
described it as 'A great album, which takes the blues back to its roots...Fantastic Sound, Fantastic Music'.
Gardner of Radio Warrington said, If you like acoustic blues you will love these. A great Album!
Richard Harris on his Folk & Blues show described
our CD as "Mighty Fine"
Blues in Britain
The story behind this album was detailed in November 2014’s issue, but a quick recap: Gwyn Ashton
offered to record anyone who was interested . These guys, who have been working together since 2011, got in touch.
CD title is quite literal – it was all laid down in a single day, generally keeping to the duo’s live approach.
So it is that the set closer- both live and on this disc – is the traditional ‘How come my dog don’t
bark?’, influenced here partly by Dr John’s version. It is a favourite with audiences and gets a lively treatment,
with some forceful guitar work by Jonathan Townsend, and it is a good example too of the Boy’s sense of humour. ‘Bye
bye baby, so long ‘, inspired by American harp great Steve Guyger, has an early ‘50’s Chicago flavoured
sound, thanks to Craig Stocker’s accomplished chromatic harmonica work, and some of the other songs are in a similar
early post-war style. They also draw on the likes of the duo’s favourites The Memphis Jug Band, and they occasionally
write songs, taking inspiration from a comment by Son House or compose a replacement song for Muddy Waters’ number ‘You
got to take sick and die some of these days’, as it was deemed inappropriate for Jonathan to sing in the hospital where
he was working!
Nice and lively, this one, and well worth a listen. I guess Gwyn liked them- I certainly do –
Blues Matters Recorded in a day with the help
of Gwyn Ashton, this latest from the King Biscuit Boys is as raw and rootsy as you would expect given the tight budget and
time constraints the band placed on themselves. A collection of acoustic originals and reworked blues standards, more often
than not given humorous lyrical twists by the duo, All In a Days Work captures all of the band’s unfurnished elegance
as well as their impressive array of instruments and talents as players. There’s obviously plenty of guitar and throaty
vocals (pitched at an entirely authentic Delta yell throughout) but the band also have their trademark virtuosic harmonica,
as well as melodica, washboard and even spoons in their arsenal. Album opener Cold In The Morning is a wonderful duet between
harmonica and guitar and is rife with double entendre, a stylistic trait so oft overlooked in the Blues. Lies Travel Faster
than the truth has an almost ethereal quality more than likely due to it’s open tuning, and again highlights the band’s
willingness to pay tribute to their Blues idols (in this case Son House). There is some fantastic slide work on the likes
of Tell By Her Look and some interesting bass/harmonica counterpoint on Bye Bye Baby and it’s perhaps here that the
band’s ‘ace in the hole’ becomes most apparent, this unlikely duo have that rarest of things, chemistry.
The musical empathy they so clearly share is hard to resist and only ever serves the material in a beneficial way. Whilst
a word of advice would be to amp up their promotional game as trying to find any relevant info on these guys may make you
feel like you’re actually trying to track down one of the original legendary bluesman (perhaps this is the point), as
songwriters and musicians first and foremost they are hard to fault.
From a review by Eric
Schuurmans http://www.rootstime.be The full review in Flemish (Dutch to translation purposes) can be found on their webpage.
Jonathan Townsend & Craig Stocker aka the "King Biscuit Boys"
are a traditional but not everyday acoustic blues duo, that undoubtedly value originality and, above all deserves our attention
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Bluesdoodles review of All in a days work.
The duo play acoustic blues if that is what you love then go no further
pull up a chair read then buy All in a Days Work, an album packed with raw, dark blue acoustic that has been given
a minimalist treatment that still packs a hefty musical punch.
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keep up with all the kind words said about our album - All in a days work - but here are a few that we have come
songs on the album are:
the morning (Suck, squeeze, bang, blow)
was trying to do a slow blues. He had most of the lyrics lying about for a long time. Craig was happy to do the opening few
bars. As Craig does not play it the same each time, Jonathan just has to wait until the time to come in. Double entendres
are prevalent in the blues, so is this about a car/motorbike or something else? Tony Nightingale
of Lincoln City Radio played this track along with All you need & Cocaine.. Paul Stewart also played this song on his
Blues Rock Show Pablo & The Blues on My Rock Radio.com Richard Harris also played this song on his Folk &
All you need
Jonathan used to work in hospitals and at one time got into the habit of singing Muddy Waters, ‘You got to take sick
and die some of these days’. He decided it probably was not the best tune to sing in that environment. Out of
the idea of a replacement came the song All you need. Cliff McKnight went for this track on
his show - Nothing but the blues as did Brian Player on his Acoustic Café Radio Show.
There are many versions of this song. The lyrics were picked from different places. The boys prefer the humorous
ones. There is also plenty of space for Craig to play his harp. There is a line in the song that reminds Jonathan of Francis
Rossi of Status Quo. Which one do you think? Ian McKenzie (KCOR) chose this track from
his album of the week.
Lies travel faster than the truth
This was inspired by something that Son House said on his ‘Son House in Seattle
1968’ recording. With the title in place the lyrics soon came. The music came later while Jonathan was working through
some ideas in open G. The music continued to evolve over time. A blinding piece of music
- Ian McHugh - Blues is Truth. Dr Wart Hoover of The Blues Hour also went for this track. Paul Smith's The Blues
Show on Harbour Radio Show played this track twice.
Tell by her look
Jonathan had been playing this song for a number of years. Craig thought
it needed some emphasis around the ‘Tell by her look’ lyric and not finish on the line but play something with
the slide. Much better! Richard Dunning of Radio Croydon played this song on his show Blues
on the Radio.
Both of us liked
this song by The Memphis Jug Band. Craig suggested it, and once Jonathan had worked out how to play it, they were away.
Sometimes Craig takes the lead on parts of the song and sometimes it’s Jonathan. Being
a jug man, Howling Dick went for this song on his show Downhome with Howling Dick. Bob from the GTFM radio show said about
our cover of one of his favourite tracks " Nice bit of music - Well done guys". Ian McKenzie
(KCOR) chose this track from his album of the week.
Bye bye baby
Craig & Jonathan liked a very simple song by Steve Guyger where he was playing a chromatic against a simple shuffle. They
tried to keep the same simple bass lines and let Craig do what he does best. The lyrics had been lying about for awhile and
with some adaption were brought into this structure. Llew Gardner played this track on his Blues,
Soul, Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll show on Radio Warrington. Ian McKenzie (KCOR) chose
this track from his album of the week. Paul Smith of Harbour radio played this on his show that featured Gwyn Ashton,
life and take the consequences
Jonathan had the title first and then put the little riff for the chorus to go
with it which he was quite happy about. When he played it to Craig the first time, Craig said, “I like that guitar
part”. “This bit?” Jonathan played back the riff, “No” he replied “The rhythm that goes
with the verse.” This goes to prove that we all like different bits of songs. Never assume what you have got is not
good enough. If it works, go with it – no matter how simple. Blues Blast: This jaunty number is
the one song where Jonathan Townsend plays his "A+ game" on acoustic guitar. Craig Stocker's spicy harmonica
solo will make live crowds get up and dance.
If you want loyalty…buy
Craig came up with the first draft of
the lyrics, it did not take Jonathan long to adapt the lyrics, put in some double entendres, and come up with a guitar accompaniment.
The first time Jonathan played the guitar part to Craig, he said, “I like that, what is it?” To which he replied,
“The music for your lyrics.”
It has become their audience participation song – when they remember
to tell the audience. Richard Harris on his Folk & Blues show on Somer Valley FM enjoyed
this track on his show to the point of joining in with the audience participation part. He had a laugh and giggle on
the way. We enjoyed him enjoying it.
How come my dog don’t bark when you come around?
The last song on the CD is usually the last song in The King Biscuit Boys set. Jonathan first heard this traditional
song performed by Dr John but there are many versions. One day when Craig and Jonathan were working on a John Lee Hooker rhythm
type thing, Jonathan started singing these lyrics. They came back to it the following practice and it has evolved to what
it is now. Ian Mackenzie played this track on his Acoustic Blues Show - Review of the year at the
end of December 2014.
Hugh Fee has played a few tracks on his show Friday Night
Blues on Irvine Beat Radio.
Van Lent played a couple of a tracks on his show broadcast on March 2015 and described them as "Really marvellous"
Gwyn setting up ready for the recording.
Our article from Blues in Britain - Nov 2014
The is article from November
2014 Blues in Britain magazine. It is about the day The King Biscuit Boys had recording their latest album with
Home Cooking CD
This album is not currently available.
If you do want it, get in touch and I'll see what I can do.
review in Blues in Britain
Issue 134 of the blues magazine.
Milton Keynes based acoustic blues duo of Craig (harmonica) and Jonathan (guitar/vocals) has been gigging for about a year.
Jonathan was in the band Mistaken ID whom I reviewed a few years back. This five-track CD is their take on pre-war acoustic
There is good harp on the opener 'I'm tired of working', with gruff vocals. The classic
'Red Rooster' is slightly slower with good slide guitar working on the familiar riff and the harp providing the fills.
No longer Waiting is a folk/blues vein and features Craig on melodica, though in a harmonica style. There is a real
pre-war feel to their uptempo take on 'Can't be satisfied', courtesy of Craig on washboard. 'What is it tastes
like gravy?', is in a good time style complete with risqué lyrics.
Jonathan uses suitably gruff
vocals and both guitar and harp are played well and in the appropriate style.
This is good acoustic blues
that doesn't resort to gimmickry that some seem to favour and as such gets the 'thumbs up' from me - one for you
acoustic fans to look out for.
R Jim Greaves - Blues in Britain.
Since the review we have added
a further five tracks and updated the artwork.
The tracks are:
The (little) red rooster
No longer (Waiting)
I can't be satisfied
What is it tastes like
Lady wrestler (radio recording)
Nothing but the devil (radio recording)
Cold in the morning (radio recording)
Stealin' stealin' (radio recarding)
If you want loyalty...buy a dog! (radio recording)