Friday 9 March 2018 — Sari Schorr + Rain Reserve
In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon etc) was invited to receive a 'Keeping The Music Alive' Award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA. This award was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike; the second was witnessing the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike has seen in years — SARI SCHORR. Mike was so knocked out with Sari that he offered to come out of retirement again (Frank Sinatra — eat your heart out) and produce an album with Sari.
Sari Schorr's Manhaton Records debut, A Force of Nature, has been described as, «A hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues history» by Blues Rock Review. Maximum Volume Music has given the album a 10/10 and exclaims, «The quality of the record frequently touches jaw-dropping. Sari Schorr & the Engine Room have just made one of the blues records of the year.»
A Force of Nature is produced by iconic blues pioneer Mike Vernon, whose credits include Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, David Bowie, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Savoy Brown, and Ten Years After among others. The critically acclaimed album features the stunning talents of guitarists Innes Sibun (ex Robert Plant), Walter Trout, Oli Brown (RavenEye) and keyboardist John Baggott (Massive Attack, Portishead).
“Mike Vernon is a visionary. He began producing blues records before it was fashionable. He was a constant source of inspiration in the studio and always managed to have clarity, even when our desire to push the boundaries out of the ballpark were obscuring our objectivity.” says Sari.
The album delivers hard-driving blues-rock, influenced by the late '60s British blues movement. Sari (who trained as an opera singer) mixes blues, rock, and soul with concrete melodies set against poetic lyrics to striking effect. Says Sari, «I set out to write achingly honest songs about the beauty and tragedy of the human experience. I hope my music can be a galvanizing force to inspire, repair and unite people. I try not to allow any constraints on my writing or performance of the songs.»
Several years of touring the USA & Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Poppa Chubby brought Sari greater prominence in the blues world. Sari was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
SARI has now put together her own band — THE ENGINE ROOM featuring British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant.
“This is a deeply personal album… I'm very lucky that I had the chance to work with such brilliant musicians, who gave of their talents and energy so generously.” — Sari Schorr
Sari has written the majority of the songs on the new album. She found her inspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, collaborating with Mike Vernon and Quique Bonal in Spain, Henning Gehrke in Germany, and with Jimmy Yaeger and David B. Fields in the States. Basic tracks were recorded at Sputnik Recording Studio in Seville and Platform Studios in London. A last minute addition to the album is a monumental arrangement of the powerful Lead Belly classic, 'Black Betty,' created by Sari and Innes. They performed the song at Carnegie Hall on the Lead Belly Fest.
Support by Rain Reserve – A songwriting partnership, forged in the wilds of Scotland. Edinburgh native and smooth jazz operator, Lorna Reid combines forces with dustbowl blues Glaswegian John Alexander. Together they create a unique blend of folk blues and country music. Influences like Muddy Waters, John Martyn, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson. Every word that pours from the pen comes from the heart. ‘Lorna Reid… One of Scotland's most talented singer-songwriters’ (Music News Scotland). 'Think Robert Johnson by way of Mark Knopfler… Just how the blues should be’ (Sunday Herald).
Non member tickets available for £15 from all Edinburgh Blues Club shows, Tickets Scotland and online at ticketweb.co.uk/event/283603