"Sheffield's answer to Lightnin' Hopkins," - NME.
"You don't hear that anymore. Beautiful groove, beautiful tunes!" - Derek Trucks.
INFO AND UPDATES
NEWS, MAY 2013:
Aloha! Welcome to spirituals-calypso-blues guitarist Tom Rodwell's website, featuring live dates added on the frequently updated Shows page. GIGS AHOY! A few dates in California in the pipeline, plus a debut appearance in the Cook Islands! "Who could imagine?"
FREAK OUT: Debut studio album "LIVE HUMBLE" is here and available via mailorder at the Shop and at your local retailer courtesy of Southbound distribution in NZ. A kind of minimalist manifesto of electrified country-blues, this album features improvisations based on slave-era spirituals, work-songs and low-tech blues music. This tasty little sucker has been a long time coming - many thanks are due to the friends, musicians, audiences and promoters who've kept it all ticking along since 2003.
LISTEN & BUY ONLINE AT BANDCAMP HERE...
For a preview of TR's work with his partner, blues noir singer Coco Davis, LISTEN & BUY ONLINE HERE at bandcamp. The tracks are part of an album of salacious female revenge blues, coming in 2013.
The first LIVE HUMBLE single - "Adam in the Garden" - is now available for purchase as a download on bandcamp, and on iTunes.
Meanwhile Listen to samples of "Live Humble" on the Music page, and read various reviews interviews and randomania at the refurbished Press page.
And in video news, check out the fab new video for "Last Kind Words" from Coco's impending album release, plus the great new video of TR's "Adam"....
Coco, Damian Immigration and TR, pic, Nelson, NZ (c) 2012 / Colin Smith.
Tom Rodwell’s critically acclaimed debut album LIVE HUMBLE follows years of extensive touring in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the US, Switzerland and Holland. Rodwell and his band STOREHOUSE are now an established independent club and festival act, and have supported Leon Russell, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Otis Taylor, Son of Dave and psychedelic reggae pioneers Trinity Roots.
Rodwell’s music is based in hard blues minimalism, but filtered through an improvisatory, no-fixed-arrangements approach. As influences from free improvisation, the Georgia Sea Island singers, calypso and Juju music have filtered into his style, this flexible approach has made his guitar playing harder to categorise, yet more suggestive and resonant for younger, bohemian audiences.
Similarly, Rodwell’s vocals and song choice - usually half-remembered fragments of slave-era spirituals or bizarre calypso tales - have deliberately mixed messages, with the sacred and profane competing for space on the dancefloor. “The feeling is the only content of this music,” he is fond of saying, focussing attention on subtext, accentuation, and social function.
Rodwell’s reinvention of blues as a dance form, (the raucous Storehouse live show has appeared in hundreds of clubs, festivals, galleries, rent parties and dive bars internationally since 2003), upsets purists, but also those who see this apparently ‘easy’ music as one-dimensional and static. It is instead, he insists, music that is still mutating into new shapes, away from the modern gaze, somewhere where rock n’ roll never happened.
Rodwell's festival appearances include: Hungry Wolf (Netherlands 12), Erupt (NZ 12), Splore (NZ, 12) Concrete and Glass (London 08), Lovebox Weekender (London 07), Quellrock (Switzerland, 09), Ealing Blues Festival (London, 11), Colne Great British R&B Festival (05), Spitz One Man Band Fest (London 06), Music of 1,000 Lovers Festival, (Auckland 2010), Wellington International Jazz Festival (99, 07), Tauranga International Jazz & Blues Festival (04, 11), Bay of Islands Jazz Festival, (04), Spitz Festival of the Blues @ Kings Place (London 09), Tramlines (Sheffield 09), Philadelphia Blues Festival (Sheffield 06, 07), Borderline (Auckland 08, 10) and a bunch more...
STOREHOUSE BAND LINKS:
For more info on some of the illustrious members of this rocking teenage combo, why not peruse the following informative websites:
Composer, percussionist, educator
Guitarist, washboarder, songwriter
Singer, actor, theatre-maker
Bassist, sound artist
Drummer, percussionist, educator
TR & MIKE JENSEN / WELLINGTON, NZ 2011