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3.11.09

Kyla Brox




Kyla Brox - Grey Sky Blue - 2009 - Pigskin Records

Kyla Brox is back with her most exciting release to date. 'Grey Sky Blue' is a 12 track acoustic extravaganza, featuring the unique guitar skills of Danny Blomeley and Kyla's luscious vocals. The pair are joined by some pretty splendid guests in the shape of Tony Marshall on spine-tingling sax, Clive Mellor on fiery harmonica and sweet sisterly harmonies from Buffy Brox, among others.'Grey Sky Blue' is a heady mix of moody, classic blues and moving personal reflection, along with the cheeky lyrics and chunky, funky riff-driven songs that showcase Danny's explosive guitar style so well. From the deep, raw sound of"All Breaking Down" to the intimate "Kasbah" and the jazzy "Since I Fell For You", Kyla's honeyed voice wraps you up and takes you to a place you won't want to leave. Fans of Kyla will already be familiar with her rich, soaring voice, but this is without doubt her most accomplished vocal performance yet. Website and 'earlyblues.com' © 2000-2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Led by the daughter of the legendary bluesman Victor Brox (Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation), The Kyla Brox Band started in 2002 and has recorded five great albums and impressed global audiences. She has toured Australia twice. The main band is composed of Kyla (vocals & flute), Danny Blomeley (bass guitar); Marshall Gill (electric guitar); Tony Marshall (saxophones) and Phil Considine (drums). Whether playing their stunning brand of funky or sultry soul blues, and R&B, this brilliant band always play with emotion, passion and are totally dedicated to their music. Kyla's vocal style has been compared to Connie Lush, and Dana Gillespie, and that's a huge compliment to her singing. Kyla's music includes classic soul blues, and R&B songs, as well as some great original material. A.O.O.F.C often refers to artists like Rory Block, Bonnie Raitt, and Maria Muldaur who are some of the worlds greatest blues revivalists, and conservationists. Well, Kyla Brox can be added to that list. The blues is ingrained in all her music, and she has used some of the traditional soul and blues styles to create her own unique sound. Great credit must be given to her and guitarists like Danny Blomeley who are preserving the real blues fundamentals. Listen to the band playing @ KBROXINCONCERT "Grey Sky Blue" is another classic soul blues album from Kyla Brox. The album was recently given '9 out of 10' by Blues In Britain Magazine, and Lionel Ross, of the influential mag stated that "Kyla Brox is without doubt the finest young female blues singer in the UK today. Her voice is magnificent, combining effortless power with exquisite control." Kyla is now nicknamed "The Voice", (How about that, Paul Rodgers?!), and she is undoubtedly an incredible vocalist, and Danny Blomeley is an amazing guitarist with a fabulous playing style. Although Kyla has had reasonable media exposure, mainly in the U.K, and has gone down well in Australia, more international promotion would most likely ensure Kyla Brox's future as one of the all time great soul/blues singers. A.O.O.F.C is trying hard to promote Kyla Brox, but her albums are often difficult to buy. It's a shame that her albums are not more widely available in record stores. They are all outstanding. This is the only reason this album is posted here. If you do come across any of her merchandise and records, PLEASE PLEASE buy the stuff!! And if she's playing in your area, go and see this truly great artist and her band. You will hear something really special. Please promote and support Kyla Brox, and her music. "Grey Sky Blue" is VHR by A.O.O.F.C. There is info on her "Window" album @ KBROX/WW Try and listen to her "Gone", "Coming Home", and "Beware" albums, and if you have any info on her elusive "Live at Matt & Phred's" album, A.O.O.F.C would love to hear from you

TRACKS

1 All Breaking Down
2 Say You Do
3 Kasbah
4 Since I Fell For You
5 Cramp Your Style
6 Like the Sky
7 Grey Sky Blue
8 Get Ready
9 Shaken & Stirred
10 Why So Cold?
11 Rest Assured
12 Feel My Pain

MUSICIANS

Kyla Brox - Vocals, Flute
Danny Blomeley - Guitar
Tony Marshall - Sax
Clive Mellor - Harmonica
Phil Considine - Drums
Buffy Brox - Background Vocals

PRESS COMMENTS / REVIEWS

"The finest female blues singer of her generation" Manchester Evening News

“...acoustic, intimate and powerfully emotive” Alan Pierce, Editor, Blues Matters Magazine.

“Excellent!” Paul Jones, BBC

"Kyla Brox is without question the finest, young female blues singer in the UK today. Her voice is magnificent, combining effortless power with exquisite control." (Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain Magazine)

"I haven't honestly seen a better British Blues band for quite some time." - Jenny Lyndsey, Blues in Britian Magazine.

"Destined to be Britians number one female singer." - Pete Evans, Dragon Blues Festival.

"What a voice, what a talent, what performances!!!" - Darren Howells, Blues Matters! Magazine.

"Kyla's voice is up there with the greats." - Chris Cordingley, Blues Matters! Magazine.

"...an authentic Soul diva!..." - Mike Butler, City Life Magazine.

"Kyla Brox Rocks!" - Northern Territory News, Australia.

Firstly I am a huge fan of Kyla Brox - as is Paul Jones (of The Blues Band and The Manfreds) yes, THE PAUL JONES. He has raved about her on his Radio 2 evening show and has also flagged up this venue having played here hinself a few times now with the above bands - it doesn't get much better than that, or can it? Kyla's Sunday show was great, she had played here twice before so now she has completed the hat trick. With a lovely shyness about her (but not when singing) each time I attend her shows I feel so good afterwards and this one for me was a real majestical music moment. Funky soul, gentle blues, shades of gospel singing, just so much talent - and what a powerful voice, she gives me goose bumps! Her band are a top notch bunch of musicians, lead guitar, bass, drums, saxaphone and Kyla on vocals and occassionally flute. It was a great feel for a Sunday night and for the Spring period. Her Cd "Gone" is a fine mix of songs, her new one "Grey Sky Blue" is an acoustic album allowing one to hear more of her fabulous voice and her husbands quality guitar playing. Kyla Brox 10/10 what a star. © Jonathan Webster. Cley, © 2009 Blakeney Harbour Room : Blakeney Harbour Room Reviews [ 16 April - Kyla Brox Sunday 5th April 2009 ]

BIOGRAPHY [ © 2003-2009 MySpace. All Rights Reserved ]

Kyla was born to sing. She grew up in Manchester, England, listening to her dad singing the blues and her mum singing opera, not to mention the soul and rock exploits of her four older siblings, so it seems inevitable that she would be bitten by the music bug. By the age of 3 she had her heart set firmly on becoming a singer (even asking for Chaka Khan's clothes, hair and voice for Christmas!) and by 1993, at 12 years old, she had already begun to sing in her father's band, the Victor Brox Blues Train (which he originally formed way back in the 60s with Kyla's mother, Annette). It's little wonder that Victor, multiinstrumentalist and singer (who fronted the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, and has played/recorded with the likes of Alexis Korner, Little Walter, Graham Bond, Muddy Waters, Champion Jack Dupree, Jimi Hendrix, Doctor John, Peter Green and Sonny Boy Williamson II...) has been a huge influence on Kyla's musical career, encouraging her to learn to play the flute and guitar, as well as sing. Tours, numerous gigs and festivals, and a handful of cds with the Victor Brox Blues Train, have ensured that Kyla has had the proper schooling in her craft. Fate played it's hand in 1993, when Kyla met the equally precocious, 13 year old multi-instrumentalist, Danny Blomeley, when he began to play bass in her dad's band. Danny was a seasoned musician even then, having formed the first of his own band aged 10 (in which he played electric guitar). The pair spent their teenage years honing their skills together in the Victor Brox Blues Train (then affectionately known as the "Child Slavery Band" due to the extreme youth of the musicians!), until 1998 when Danny left the UK to travel the world with guitar in hand. His musical expertise was soon in demand from a diverse range of bands, playing jazz, blues, salsa and rock, on guitar, bass, mandolin and piano. When Danny arrived back in the UK in the spring of 2001, he and Kyla formed a duo. Danny's sensationally unique style on the acoustic guitar is the perfect complement to Kyla's incredible voice, and often leaves the audience wondering where the rest of the band are hiding! Their vibrant performances quickly made them a favourite in the clubs and venues around North West England, and the rest of the UK was soon to follow. With media interest, including Kyla featuring on the front covers of the UKs two biggest Blues dedicated magazines, Blues In Britain and Blues Matters! (who coined her nickname, "The Voice") and radio play, including a live session for BBC Radio 2 (the UKs most listened to radio station), their reputation has grown and grown. The pair make a strong song-writing partnership and recorded their first album, ‘Window’, in 2003, a mixture of original and classic numbers. Kyla and Danny put together an electric band in 2002, with Danny on bass, Marshall Gill on electric guitar, Tony Marshall on saxophones and Phil Considine on drums. The Kyla Brox Band have recorded three studio albums, ‘Beware’, ‘Coming Home’ and most recently 'Gone', and also a powerful live album, ‘Live at Matt & Phred’s’. With their own special mix of funky, jazz-tinged blues, and armed with the two different touring outfits, they have caused a stir all over the world, performing concerts, and often headlining at festivals though out the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia, such as, The Great British Rhythm n Blues Festival (Europe's largest blues festival), Copenhagen Blues Festival, Blues autour du Zinc, (Paris), The Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival (Australia), Phuket International Blues Festival (Thailand), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) and Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival (Ireland), to mention a few. “...acoustic, intimate and powerfully emotive” Alan Pierce, Editor, Blues Matters Magazine. “Excellent!” Paul Jones, BBC. Kyla and the band have recorded five albums to date, with a repetoire drawn from classic R&B songs and their own compositions. The Blues runs deep through their original material, but they build on that to create their own sound. They are anything but your average Blues band, yet they keep the fundamentals of the Blues alive; they play with a feeling that is infectious. "I haven't honestly seen a better British Blues band for quite some time." - Jenny Lyndsey, Blues in Britian Magazine. "Destined to be Britians number one female singer." - Pete Evans, Dragon Blues Festival. "What a voice, what a talent, what performances!!!" - Darren Howells, Blues Matters! Magazine. "Kyla's voice is up there with the greats." - Chris Cordingley, Blues Matters! Magazine. "...an authentic Soul diva!..." - Mike Butler, City Life Magazine. "Kyla Brox Rocks!" - Northern Territory News, Australia.

MORE ABOUT KYLA BROX

Kyla was born to sing. She grew up in Manchester, England, listening to her dad singing the blues and her mum singing opera, not to mention the soul and rock exploits of her four older siblings, so it seems inevitable that she would be bitten by the music bug. By the age of 3 she had her heart set firmly on becoming a singer (even asking for Chaka Khan's clothes, hair and voice for Christmas!) and by 1993, at 12 years old, she had already begun to sing in her father's band, the Victor Brox Blues Train (which he originally formed way back in the 60s with Kyla's mother, Annette). It's little wonder that Victor, multiinstrumentalist and singer (who fronted the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, and has played/recorded with the likes of Alexis Korner, Little Walter, Graham Bond, Muddy Waters, Champion Jack Dupree, Jimi Hendrix, Doctor John, Peter Green and Sonny Boy Williamson II...) has been a huge influence on Kyla's musical career, encouraging her to learn to play the flute and guitar, as well as sing. Tours, numerous gigs and festivals, and a handful of cds with the Victor Brox Blues Train, have ensured that Kyla has had the proper schooling in her craft. Fate played it's hand in 1993, when Kyla met the equally precocious, 13 year old multi-instrumentalist, Danny Blomeley, when he began to play bass in her dad's band. Danny was a seasoned musician even then, having formed the first of his own band aged 10 (in which he played electric guitar). The pair spent their teenage years honing their skills together in the Victor Brox Blues Train (then affectionately known as the "Child Slavery Band" due to the extreme youth of the musicians!), until 1998 when Danny left the UK to travel the world with guitar in hand. His musical expertise was soon in demand from a diverse range of bands, playing jazz, blues, salsa and rock, on guitar, bass, mandolin and piano. When Danny arrived back in the UK in the spring of 2001, he and Kyla formed a duo. Danny's sensationally unique style on the acoustic guitar is the perfect complement to Kyla's incredible voice, and often leaves the audience wondering where the rest of the band are hiding! Their vibrant performances quickly made them a favourite in the clubs and venues around North West England, and the rest of the UK was soon to follow. With media interest, including Kyla featuring on the front covers of the UKs two biggest Blues dedicated magazines, Blues In Britain and Blues Matters! (who coined her nickname, "The Voice") and radio play, including a live session for BBC Radio 2 (the UKs most listened to radio station), their reputation has grown and grown. The pair make a strong song-writing partnership and recorded their first album, ‘Window’, in 2003, a mixture of original and classic numbers. Kyla and Danny put together an electric band in 2002, with Danny on bass, Marshall Gill on electric guitar, Tony Marshall on saxophones and Phil Considine on drums. The Kyla Brox Band have recorded three studio albums, ‘Beware’, ‘Coming Home’ and most recently 'Gone', and also a powerful live album, ‘Live at Matt & Phred’s’. With their own special mix of funky, jazz-tinged blues, and armed with the two different touring outfits, they have caused a stir all over the world, performing concerts, and often headlining at festivals though out the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia, such as, The Great British Rhythm n Blues Festival (Europe's largest blues festival), Copenhagen Blues Festival, Blues autour du Zinc, (Paris), The Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival (Australia), Phuket International Blues Festival (Thailand), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) and Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival (Ireland), to mention a few. © 1994-2008 CDconnection.com

9 comments:

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flinthill said...

Thanks very much. Take care

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks, flinthill, & ttu soon

Oz said...

A Damn impressive album - loved the acoustic approach another hit with me!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers, Oz. Kyla Brox is one of the unsung greats, and Danny Blomeley has an amazing guitar style. Thanks for comment Oz, and spread the word about this lady. TTU soon

tgglenn said...

Great blog. Thanks a million for all your posts!!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, tgglenn. And thank you very much for taking time to post comment. Please stay in touch. TTU soon

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, mate! Still looking for Live at Matt & Phred's"? It's available now, for a limited time, from http://www.myspace.com/kylabrox.

Cheers

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, Anonymous. No probs. Thanks a million for the K.Brox info. I would have missed that. Cheers, and keep in touch