Local blues/rock band Crow Black Chicken are counting down the days until the release of their long-awaited second album.
‘Rumble Shake’ will have a local launch when the band perform a free gig at The Piper Inn, Clonmel on Saturday, June 7, followed by a nationwide launch at Whelan’s in Dublin on June 27.
“Our first album Electric Soup was recorded completely live but this time we’ve spent more time on the songs and arrangements”, says drummer Gev Barrett. The album, described as “a blues rock journey of no-nonsense storytelling and foot-stomping powerful tunes”, was recorded at Westland Studios in Dublin and features guest performances from friends including Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.
“It’s brilliant to have someone of Ray Wylie Hubbard’s stature on board”, says Gev.
The line-up of Clonmel duo Gev Barrett (drums and backing vocals) and Stephen McGrath (bass) got together with Cork singer and guitarist Christy O’Hanlon five years ago. Since then they’ve played around the country, as well as touring in Europe and the United States, and they appeared at the world-famous Glastonbury festival in 2009 and last year.
The new album is being released exclusively through HMV/Extravision, with daytime appearances in HMV stores around the country.
It will be promoted with a European tour that will take in Holland, Germany, Italy and Austria and a series of live dates around the country, including a slot at the Electric Picnic festival at the end of August.