Ian Campbell 29th June
- Great News. On 31st October 2009 the bands lead
guitarist Ian Campbell was involved in an horrific car accident on
the way to a gig at Pyrford Social Club. In fact he lost so much
blood that he effectively had a minor stroke in the operating
theatre which severely affected him. Ian has been to some dark places since then - he no
longer has the use of his left arm - which would have stopped any
other guitar player dead in his tracks - and he has lost some
peripheral vision on his left hand side, leaving him registered as
blind. But Ian is one of
Britain's leading guitar talents and he doesn't give in easily.
He has persevered and after three years of struggle, and with
encouragement by the Nordoff Robbins Foundation, he is planning
to return to the music scene! He has mastered the art of
playing his guitar one handed on an open tuning, and his new style still conveys his
soul - which has always been the essence of Ian's prodigious talent. He is currently rehearsing supported by Colin Earl on keyboards,
Les Calvert on bass and Simon Baker on drums.
Ian made his
debut public appearance as a guest of The King Earl Boogie Band at
the Sundowners picnic gig. Ian is
optimistic for his future and that of his newly formed band. When he does eventually start back on
the road his gigs will be advertised on
www.IfTheDevil.com and on his own site at
has made the charts again 38 years after "In The Summertime" - he spent February 2010 in Florida with FOGHAT, laying down some
final tracks for their new release, called LAST TRAIN HOME.
When released the record soared to number five in the US Download
visited the USA several times in 2010 to launch the record and he played three
major festivals with FOGHAT during the Summer; and in December he
joined FOGHAT to play at the World famous Iridium Club in New York.
rapidly climbed the US "airplay" charts (most plays on the
radio) and on 25th July 2010 it peaked at number 5 in the chart !
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VAUGHAN joined the band in 2010 initially as a "dep" for
Ian Campbell , but as the extent of Ian's injuries became clear
Gordon has become a full time member of the band and Lead Guitarist
with the KEBB. Gordon is an eloquent guitarist with a real
soul feel for his Stratocaster.
Ian is a very
difficult act to follow - but Gordon is fitting in well.
WITH REMARKABLE (BLUES) MEN
2010 saw a
memorable UK tour by BOB HALL and DAVE PEABODY
Hall and guitarist Dave Peabody performed and recounted tales about the
bluesmen they have met during fifty years of playing the blues.
From the 1950’s
onwards visiting American blues stars have toured the UK in the
company of British musicians who in turn have absorbed the blues
spirit that gives the music its gritty intensity. Multi-award
winners Bob Hall (Piano, mandolin, vocals) and Dave Peabody (guitar,
harmonica, vocals) have had the experience of learning from many
blues originals during thousands of miles travelling around U.K. and
the U.S.A. John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Honeyboy Edwards, Charlie
Musselwhite and a host of other blues giants have befriended Hall
and Peabody giving them the kind of insight worth more than a
lifetime spent listening to records.
Hall and Peabody
are the foremost UK exponents of traditional blues styles. In
Meetings With Remarkable (Blues) Men they perform the music of their
friends and mentors telling
stories of their lives and travels… some poignant, some hilarious…
but all from their own personal experiences.
GLIMPSED IN THE
was glimpsed in the background of a BBC4
documentary "FOLK AMERICA Part 1 :
Birth of a Nation".
which was broadcast in January 2009. It was shot while he was
backing David Honeyboy Edwards
on his 2008 UK tour.
ANOTHER CLASSIC BLUES
In November 2008
DAVE PEABODY toured the UK
with another Blues Legend, CHARLIE
The highlight of the UK tour was a
performance at The 100 Club in London's Oxford
Street on 19th November, which was recorded live by the BBC.
The recordings were broadcast on
THE PAUL JONES RADIO SHOW
(BBC2) on Monday 12th January 2009
Henrietta & Charlie Musselwhite with Dave Peabody
left to right: Paul Long
(producer) ; Michael Frank ; David Honeyboy Edwards ; Dave Peabody ;
DAVE PEABODY toured the UK
with Blues Legend, David "Honeyboy"
Edwards in May 2008.
Honeyboy is nearly 93 years
old and was a contemporary of Robert Johnson among others. The
tour culminated with a sell-out show at London's
100 Club on 27th May and was followed up with an
interview by Paul Jones for
his BBC Monday night blues programme. The interview,
which also featured Dave Peabody,
was broadcast on 28th July 2008.
Dave provided the "warm up" as well as
accompanying Honeyboy during his sessions.
The 250 Most Valuable Records Of Our Time
A recent issue of
RECORD COLLECTOR magazine
(issue 330) has a cover feature listing the 250 most valuable
records of our time. Members of THE KING
EARL BOOGIE BAND get a mention !
STATUS QUO - with their famous drummer, our
own JOHN COGHLAN, are listed twice.
Their withdrawn single Technicolour
Dreams (1968) is 76 on the list and stock copies sell for £1000.
Fascinatingly, there are more demo copies than real stock copies
available - a demo copy only raises £300.
LEVEE CAMP MOAN - featuring
IAN CAMPBELL are 212 in the list with
copies of their Live At Peacock Farm LP going for £600.
photo: ©Richard Brayshaw
- November 2006 edition
This respected blues magazine includes a
major feature interview with COLIN EARL in its November 2006 edition.
The interview is reproduced more or less verbatim and Colin revealed
lots about his career development, his personal influences, his
aspirations for the King Earl Boogie Band and at long last - after
thirty four years of silence - his version of why Mungo Jerry broke up.
The interview, by Fran Leslie,
editor of Blues in Britain, is the
cover feature and is accompanied by some excellent photographs by
Richard Brayshaw - including two full page portraits as well as the
front cover portrait.
You can learn more about Blues in
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