"... an intoxicating mix of sass, class and panache." The Bishop
Read more of Blues Matters, Interview and 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review, Issue 101, April/May 2018
"... this is gorgeous music that grips and caresses in equal measure."
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...
Read more of 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
"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"
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...
Read more of Bluesdoodles Ezine (UK Blues Federation) 9/10 Album Review, 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.
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...
Read more of Blues in Britain Magazine, Review, 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.
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...
Read more of Blues in Britain Magazine, Interview, Issue 195, March 2018
Rarely does an album title communicate what is actually on the disc but Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion achieves this on The Blues And I Should Have A Party, a shindig from start to finish and the ultimate blues celebration by four brilliant musicians at the t
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,...
Read more of Blues Bytes USA, 'What's New' Feb 2018,'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review
ZSBC shine with a lot of polish and a bit of spit …
“Please Don’t Cheat On Me” is a dynamic, catchy opener reflecting the party spirit, although Zoë’s edgy tone suggests more of a threat than a request, the searing guitar and organ solos providing this affirmation. The next indication that this is going to be a very special album comes...
Read more of PlungerMusic Blog, 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album review, 8 Feb 2018
"Their originality and adventurous spirit gives them every right to be regarded as being in the vanguard of contemporary blues"
... Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion’s The Blues And I Should Have A Party (their fifth studio outing in six years) has plenty of the band’s instantly recognisable polished sound, from the barrelling playful opener Please Don’t Cheat On Me and the bustling My Handsome Man, to the melodramatic...
Read more of 'Get Ready To Rock' magazine, **** Pretty damn fine! 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review, 30 Jan 2018
‘The Blues And I Should Have A Party’ is as much a thematic statement of the band’s musical intent – let alone history – as it is a specific title track about a troubled relationship.
Thus: “The blues & I’ve been friends for so long, We might as well start a...
Read more of Blues In The South (BiTS), 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review Feb 2018,
Ilfracombe Blues Festival
The Blues and I Should Have a Party
One of the real joys of producing a publication month after month, year after year, is that you get to hear bands grow and develop as they wend ther own path to their musical Nirvana.
Such a band has been Zoe Schwarz’ Blue...
Read more of Ilfracombe Blues Festival, Devon 2017, Live Review
"Bournemouth’s long-legged blues belle ZOE SCHWARZ and her Blues Commotion play adult-contemporary showroom blues with power and feeling. Composition such as the evolving “Angel Of Mercy” have that a Bramlett feel to them. Her set was lush and smooth, with polished rhythms and...
Read more of Blues Matters Magazine, Issue 98, Nov 2017, Tivoli Theatre
Adult music that makes people go home happy
Bottleneck Blues Club, Rochester, Kent
"We have featured Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion in various formats over the years, now there's a singer! What a great combination they make with guitarist Rob Koral's melodic playing and Zoe's sweet but powerful voice."
Read more of Bottleneck Blues Club, Rochester, Live Review, Blues In Britain Magazine, Nov 2017
"a progressive and provocative 21st Century blues band"
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion came to the Bottleneck on a nice warm September evening to sing some of her own songs and some covers and made it even warmer: can that lady sing!
from the minute that she and her fine band got on the stage they gave a hundred percent and then some, whether...
Read more of Album Review 'This Is The Life I Choose': AAJ USA C Michael Bailey - Aug 2017
7 ½ /10 - A captivating vocalist out front of a watertight musical trio
Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have firmly established themselves as a progressive and provocative 21st Century blues band....
Read more of 100 Percent Rock Magazine, Album Review, Australia, 2017
“A first-class outfit with a fresh approach – with another vibrant, thoughtful and captivating album”
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have delivered an accomplished fourth studio album of polished, mellow blues, with a few feisty and eclectic edges.
A captivating vocalist out front of a watertight musical trio – guitarist and co-songwriter Rob Koral, drummer Paul Robinson (a forty-year...
Read more of FabricationsHQ UK, Album Review, August 2017
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion aren’t just one of the most stylistically original bands currently on the British blues scene, they are one of the most prolific.
With the release of latest album This is the Life I Choose the band have delivered not just four diversified yet musically...