24 Jul Hooked On You – 2019
Melodically powerful and heartfelt, the stunning debut album ‘Hooked On You‘ is set for release by the formidable Greg McLeish Group. Blues and rock tinged with strains of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page and Blind Willie Johnson coupled with the sweet gospel sound of Sarah Brown’s exceptional voice make this record very special indeed!
Greg McLeish is a rhythm & blues survivor and ‘Hooked On You’ is the end product of his relentless touring spread across endless miles of the Australian Outback, playing to the toughest audiences imaginable.
Recorded at the legendary Air Studios, Lyndhurst, the album includes contributions from the cream of London’s session players including B.J.Cole (slide guitar), Danny Cummings (Dire Straits), Chris Worsey (cello) and Andy Findon (sax & flute).
Featured on many of the songs including the title track is gospel queen Sarah Brown (Simple Minds, Roxy Music).
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Greg’s blues and gospel credentials were developed in Perth, Western Australia together with his travels to the USA and now London. His original songs stem from his musical odyssey, Stratocaster in hand and inspired by his gospel and blues heroes. Driven by an unearthly creative urge he wrote, produced and arranged the entire record which is underpinned by his gritty guitar style.
From the social comment of “Politician’s Song” and “Rich Man’s Town” to the gospel tinged “Jonah 40 More Days” Greg’s lyrics speak to all. In contrast, his song “Operation Dynamo” reflects his involvement in the restoration of the New Britannic vessel used in the 1940 Dunkirk Evacuation.
While Going Down The Road Some / Hooked On You / This Is The Life / Rich Man’s Town / Now That I’ve Found You / Cool Talkin’ Beer Drinker
Politician’s Song / Operation Dynamo / Jonah 40 More Days / Must Be Like The Wind / Fishermen’s Call
Written, arranged and produced by Greg McLeish
Music recorded by Jon Bailey at Air Studios
Assistant Engineers – John Prestage, Ashley Andrews Jones, Loz Anslow
Greg McLeish – Vocals, Acoustic/ Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion
Sarah Brown – Vocals
Petra Luke – Vocals
BJ Cole – Pedal Steel
Danny Cummings – Percussion/Drums
Steven Sivyer – Hammond Organ, Piano
Andy Findon – Saxophone, Clarinet, Arabic Horn
Chris Worsey – Cello
Maurizo Borgna – Bass
Simon Treadwell – Drums
Steve Ansell – Fender Rhodes Piano
Teynham Church, Kent – Bells
Mastered by John Webber at Air Studios, London
Special Thank You – Jon Bailey, Lucy Matthews, Eddie Hickford, Paul Colinese, Dick Lucas, David Monteath, Andrew Cotterill, Glen Mexted, Alison Burton, Zoe & Mark Grainger, Pete Thoms, Ruth Colinese, Charley Rose
Photography – Andrew Cotterill
Design and Artwork – Mark Wagstaff & Sarah Hampson
© NEW BRITANNIC RECORDS 2019
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