|Friday 02 August 2019 @ 09:00pm : -
John Fairhurst Band
London-based John Fairhurst makes heavy blues for heavy times. In equal parts revealing, vulgar, cathartic and thrilling, the virtuoso guitarist (also known as the Wigan Jimi Hendrix) is channelling the discontent felt in the world to pay tribute to - and to update - the very idea of rock n roll as protest music.. “Personal greed has far outstripped the need to support the health of society. British politics is a farce. The Government are liars”, states Fairhurst. Powerful statements require powerful music. And it is with ragged glory that ‘The Divided Kingdom’ articulates its point of view.
Created with his partner in crime, Bristolian drummer Toby Murray, ‘The Divided Kingdom’ evangelizes the power of rock n roll through sheer bloody performance. Drawing from the same sonic well that brought us Black Sabbath, Tom Waits, Rage Against the Machine and Captain Beefheart, tracks like ‘Blood & Fire’, ‘Fear’ and ‘Lies and a .45’ prowl with a fury rarely heard in a two-piece, grabbing reality as it sees it and lays it bare for all to see, warts and all, over a heady 37 minutes.
Fairhurst - hailed by Acoustic Guitar Magazine USA as one of the Top 3 Resonator guitar players worldwide - and Murray have recorded ‘The Divided Kingdom’ in part in their own studio, That Sound Studio, which was built in 2018 by the pair, their friend Pawel Lach and a multinational group of friends.
‘The Divided Kingdom’ stands as a tribute to the pair’s passion for music and their ever-deepening relationship. “A true partnership. Toby is my best friend and my brother. We know each other better than anyone. This is our album, this is our life.”
"One of the top three Resonator Guitar players worldwide" ~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA
"As gripping as it is totally different. Trembling chords rise slowly out of the speakers like dark mist on a bayou, while Fairhurst’s Bangkok blues hang in the background, sliding in and out with steely precision." ~ Bearded Magazine
"His songs have an authentic blues character running through their veins, whether it’s Fairhurst’s cracked vocal tone or the southern soaked slide-guitar you can’t help but get into the flow of these simply addictive songs" ~ Rock N Reel