Reviews

Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 201, Sept 2018, Live Review, Ealing Blues Festival

Ealing Blues Festival, Sunday 22nd July 2018

... On the Main Stage the classy Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion brought boppy 60s flavours in 'Say It Isn't So' and the snare-driven 'I'll Do Anything'; Meters-y grooves in 'I Can't Live Like That' and 'Thank You'; and jagged punky edges in 'Down In The Caves' and the frenetic two-step of...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 200, Aug 2018, Live Gig Review, Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea

Bullfrog Blues Dockyard Club, Southsea

The popular South coast ensemble drew an impressive near-capacity crowd: despite Zoe having caught a cold (from her down-from-university son of all people!) and thus having the upper edge taken from her high-octane vocal, she still managed to deliver a powerful performance in the best showbiz...

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La Music Critic USA - The Blues And I Should Have A Party, Album Review, 6 March 2018

perfect blues with every song

With a mixture of traditional and progressive blues, Zoe Schwarz and her band show America what the British Blues sound like. This is the band’s fifth studio album, and it is clear that they have become a cohesive musical unit, delivering perfect blues with every song. Best songs include...

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Blues In Britain, Live Review, Half Moon Putney Double Header with Catfish, May 2018

The day after the Boat Race, Putney witnessed another head-to-head between two blue crews.

Half Moon Putney, Double Headline show with Catfish

Representing the darker shade were Catfish: the striding rocker ‘Leading Me On’ and the slow march of ‘Broken Man’ showed the deep influence of Joe Bonamassa, particularly in the latter’s ‘John Henry’esque riff and matt Long’s skittering fleet-fingered runs. A muscular cover of...

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AAJ USA, C Michael Bailey, Apr 2018 - Album review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party'

One of the most significant places the blues has recently gone is into the souls and spirits of British vocalist Zoe Schwarz and guitarist Rob Koral

That most durable and indivisible of popular music genres: the blues. Traditionally of an eight-or twelve-bar architecture, if not something more primordial from the pre-Great Depression shellac of Mamie Smith, Tommy Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charlie Patton. After years of...

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Blueszine.nl & Barn Owl Blues Netherlands, Jan 2018, Album review 'The Blues and I Should Have a Party

Blue Commotion, de band rond zangeres Zoë Schwarz bestaat sinds 2012 en in hun zesde jaar hebben zij onlangs hun vijfde cd, getiteld “The Blues And I Should Have A Party” uitgebracht. Het viertal is afkomstig uit het mooie graafschap Dorset in het zuidwesten van Engeland. Naast de al...

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Blues Matters, Interview and 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review, Issue 101, April/May 2018

"... an intoxicating mix of sass, class and panache." The Bishop

Interview Intro:  The real party is just beginning:  Verbals: The Bishop Visuals: Graham Whittington

Several names immediately spring to mind when drawing up a shortlist of contemporary world-clcass chanteuses with blues credentials: Beth Hart, Mavis Staples, Ruby Turner and...

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RnR UK magazine, Album Review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party', & Cover-mount CD track 'Way Down In The Caves' Mar/Apr 2018

"... this is gorgeous music that grips and caresses in equal measure."

Cover Mount Track, editors note: "Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have appeared on 'UN-Herd' in the past too, and since have continued to build on their live and studio reputation with quality, classic blues-flavoured rock, in the manner of the autobiographical 'Way Down In The Caves' from their...

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Bluesdoodles Ezine (UK Blues Federation) 9/10 Album Review, March 2018

"everything a blues lover could wish for. Zoe’s vocals are always striking, but the real revelation is the breathtaking playing by the band. Every song has clear demonstrations of skills so subtle and yet so damned effective"

Zoë Schwarz has been a big name on the blues scene for a few years now, with her live performances particularly lauded by fans and the press. Now with her band, Blue Commotion comes an album that should lift all of them to the heights they deserve. The band got together in...

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Blues in Britain Magazine, Review, Issue 195, March 2018

"ZSBC’s distinctive sound... Zoë’s always-impressive vocal .... The production is top notch.... very polished release from a band really hitting their stride.

There’s plenty of ZSBC’s distinctive sound on this their fifth studio album, from the barrelling playful ‘Please Don’t Cheat On Me’ and the bustling ‘My Handsome Man’, to the melodramatic Animals-meet-Shirley Bassey blues of the title track, the smoky vibe of ‘Don’t Worry...

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Blues in Britain Magazine, Interview, Issue 195, March 2018

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion mark their sixth anniversary with their seventh album The Blues And I Should Have A Party. Zoë and husband Rob Koral spoke to us about challenges, changes and children.

For the new album the band chose to record at Superfly studios in Nottinghamshire,

[Rob] “I’ve heard several of Wayne Proctor’s productions and it’s always a very slick sound: it was a case of wanting to get a different slant, on the mixing particularly. We produced ourselves,...

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