Deborah Bonham

New Album and Tour for 2014

‘SPIRIT’

 

Only one word could truly describe the music of Deborah Bonham: ‘SPIRIT’

The spirit in the songs and music of Deborah Bonham draws on the hurt, pain, joy and anger that come with life for all of us. Negatives are decanted as positivity,  from mistakes comes learning. From that spirit comes the determination to always push forward and celebrate life, sharing experiences with her audience. As she sings in the opening salvo from the album: “Pain is going away, it’s gonna stop today. I’m gonna fly”.

So there could be only one title for the new album: ‘SPIRIT’

But Deborah also has soul.  It’s the soul that comes from her deep love and understanding of so many musical greats – Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George and many more – all of whom are artists who surrounded themselves with great musicians who had that  same  ‘feel’. And  so it is with Deborah’s band.  It’s also their instinctive affinity with the words being sung and how they absorb her emotions; sometimes soft, sometimes fierce.

Recorded at a  highly charged,  personally emotional time in Chichester UK and Nashville USA, Deborah instinctively channelled all that was going on in her life into the sessions, which she co-produced with Glenn Skinner (Deborah Harry, Killing  Joke),  who  also  manned  the  desk  for  her  last  album,  ‘Duchess’.  On  Drums  is Marco  Giovino  (Robert  Plant’s Band of Joy, John Cale, Norah Jones). Marco flew in especially from Nashville to record the drums in a Chapel local to Deborah and she then joined him in Nashville to finish the recording and mix with Mike Poole (Band of Joy, Rickie Lee Jones) and master with Jim DeMain (Michael McDonald, John Hiatt). Pedal steel supremo B.J.Cole also guests together with a  special  guest appearance  from Robert Plant  on  harmonica, whilst the  remainder  of the musicians are  her long-time, forceful working band – including bassist Ian Rowley, keyboardist Gerard Louis, and guitarist Peter Bullick.

Embracing more than ever before the bands’ rootsy-Americana influences of the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and  Little  Feat,  ‘Spirit’  seamlessly  travels  through  Deborah’s  songbook  of  original  compositions,  alongside  two  co-written with John Hogg (Moke, Hookah Brown – with the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson) and ‘Painbirds’, written by the late Mark Linkous and originally  recorded by Sparklehorse  for their debut album.  In the same way that Hendrix made Bob  Dylan’s  ‘All  Along  The Watchtower’  his  own  and  as  did  Joe  Cocker  with  The  Beatles’  ‘A  Little  Help  From My Friends’, Deborah Bonham and band firmly stamp their identity on this stunningly powerful song.

Elsewhere  on  the  album,  mandolin,  cello  and  dobro  weave  throughout  ‘Fly’  (co-written  with  John  Hogg  and  Simon Sessler) and the irresistible ‘Take Me Down’ the first single to be released and a ReverbNation Rock Chart Number One – twice – which is perhaps reminiscent of The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ but more intriguingly, uses a recurring lyrical theme in Deborah’s work – that of the mercurial nature of the rivers and the seas, to heal or devour.

The Cajun stomp of ‘What It Feels’ builds on Marco Giovino’s percussive box of tricks, giving way to a harmonica solo from Robert Plant, that delivers  in the most concise way and not heard perhaps since Led Zeppelin’s ‘Custard Pie’. The Byrds-esque ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ follows before a sultry, hot n sticky atmosphere permeates ‘Good Times’ and there are echoes of Christine McVie and Bonnie Bramlett sweetly lingering in Deborah’s delivery of album closer,  ‘Lay Me Perhaps the most tellingly autobiographical song is ‘Spirit In Me’. If there is a defining song of this albums’ genesis and attitude, then this is it – lovingly dressed with B.J Cole’s sympathetic, yet playful pedal steel performance.

Throughout, Deborah’s sympathetic band sear, coax, blend, sweeten, compliment, rock and groove, proving (if proof be needed) why Paul Rodgers would have them as his band of choice for recent shows drawn entirely from his catalogue of This Deborah Bonham ‘live’ band also includes drummer Rich Newman (Sam Brown, Steve Marriott, Rory Gallagher) and the band have showcased several of the new songs in recent months, including the show-stopping, classic Bonham blues rock ballad, ‘I Need Love’ at Festivals and shows in the UK and Europe: The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, the  massive  Harley-Davidson  European  H.O.G.  Rallies  in  France,  Austria  and  Portugal  and  The  Great  British  Folk Festival, where, even in the bands’ stripped-down acoustic format, the songs connected with the audience.

And why? Because they all see and feel the SPIRIT

 

DEBORAH BONHAM – A BRIEF HISTORY

 

Born in Worcestershire, the  younger  sister  of the late John and Michael Bonham. Deborah was only five when John joined Led Zeppelin, and this powerful introduction sparked in her the overwhelming desire to write and perform. Her home was The Old Hyde farm, where she lived with her father, John Henry Bonham Snr, known as Jack, in The Cottage.

Her  brother, John and his family, lived in the main House. While living there, Deborah and John’s son Jason started writing and recording their own songs.

At the age of 17, at Robert Plant’s house in a nearby village, she recorded her first demos. Deborah sent out the songs anonymously  and  soon landed  her  first  record  deal with the major label Carerre Records,  for whom  she  recorded the critically acclaimed album ‘For You and the Moon’. The album  reached the top 5 in the NME chart, was Simon Bates Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1 and  sold extremely well in Europe, being voted ‘Record of the Year’ by Musik Mart, Germany. A period of recording  for the  Japanese label SAM Co. followed, and with press and radio promotion including interviews for Burrn and J Wave Radio. English  label RPM records released the single, ‘Perfect World’ in 1995.

1997  saw  two  extremely  successful  trips  to  the  US.  Firstly,  she  performed  live  on  LA’s  Rockline  Radio  with  Jason Bonham to three million listeners throughout North America and Canada, followed by a guest appearance with Jason and his band at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. The success of the first trip led to a US tour with her band to open for The Jason Bonham Band kicking off in Los Angeles at the ‘House of Blues’ with guests Slash and Terry Reid . Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, New York and Chicago ‘House of Blues’ subsequently followed.

Back  in  the  UK  Deborah  began  recording  ‘The  Old  Hyde’  (2004),  the  long  awaited  follow  up  to  her  debut  album, which  featured  Jason Bonham  on  drums throughout and a  special  guest appearance  from Mick Fleetwood. Reviewers were equally impressed – Classic Rock lead the compliments “…the album has balls…a classy set of bluesy hard rock”; Country Music Round-Up simply said “..quite superb” and the influential All Music Guide judged that it was “one of the best blues-rock albums of the early 21st century… not a bummer in sight”.

Deborah’s last album ‘Duchess’ (Warner Rhino 2008) was perceived by the press as her finest work to date. Consisting of 13 original compositions, it featured her forceful working band – bassist Ian Rowley, keyboardist Gerard Louis, guitarist Peter Bullick and Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie on drums. The live band is now joined by drummer Rich Newman (Sam Brown,  Steve Marriott, Rory  Gallagher).  Each  song  showcases  Deborah’s  soulful  singing  and  her  effortless,  sensitive approach to a gamut of styles from blues and soul to country and rock, and includes a moving duet with Paul Rodgers on ‘Hold On’ with Jason Bonham on drums. Reviews of ‘Duchess’ were glowing: Blues Matters! described Deborah as “A blues mama par excellence”; the USA’s Blues Revue listed her as “One of the New Women of Blues” and Modern Guitars proclaimed “…a celebration of soul, strength and family… the album stands as her finest work to date”.

A blistering live set adds to the magic of Deborah Bonham and suggest that this is a band that must be seen and heard live.  Having  played  festivals  from  Canterbury  to  Glastonbury,  Bulldog  Bash  to  Donington,  Cambridge  to  Cropredy, Ripfest  to  Harley  Davidson’s  European  Festivals,  Deborah’s  live  performances  have  seen  her  open  shows  and  duet with  such luminaries  as  Paul Rodgers,  Jools Holland,  Steve Cropper,  Fairport Convention, Ann  Peebles,  Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Foreigner, Nazareth and Van Halen to name a few. Deborah also performed alongside Ozzy Osbourne in the Czech Republic, where she  returned  for more shows, and France, Germany, Portugal and Austria in 2012 & 2013.

Summer  2013  also  saw  Deborah  open  for  Bad  Company’s  40th  Anniversary  show  in  Chicago,  USA  to  5000  people prompting Bad Co’s promoters to say “The audience loved her”.

For Further Information and Interview Opportunities

Email: tenacitymusicpr@gmail.com Tel: +44(0)7951 679666

 

Promotional videos from ‘Spirit’

 

‘FLY’

 

‘TAKE ME DOWN’

 

French YouTube Promotional Videos from ‘SPIRIT’

 

‘M’ENVOLER’ (FLY)

 

‘GUIDE MOI’ (TAKE ME DOWN)

 

DEBORAH BONHAM TOUR DATES 2014 UK & FRANCE

 

AUGUST 2014

Sat 16th
FRANCE LIMOGES FEST
http://106db.com

Sun 31st
WEYFEST Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL
http://www.weyfest.co.uk/

 

OCTOBER 2014

Wed 1st
BELGIUM TBC

Thurs 2nd
BELGIUM Spirit of ‘66, Vevriers

Fri 3rd
FRANCE (63) RIOM La Puce a l’Oreille
http://www.lapucealoreille63.fr

Sat 4th
FRANCE (71) CHAUFFAILLES FEST
http://www.106db.com

Fri 17th
LOWDHAM VILLAGE HALL 37 Ridge Hill, Lowdham, Notts NG14 7EL
T:0115 9663596
http://www.warthogpromotions.com

 

NOVEMBER 2014

Fri 7th
ULVERSTON Sports Club, Priory Road, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 9HT
T:01229 582258 £10
http://www.ulverstonlivemusic.co.uk

Sat 8th
TYNEMOUTH Park Hotel ‘FREE Convention’

Fri 14th
ESSEX Touchline, Hullbridge Sports Club, Lower Rd, Hockley Essex SS5 6BJ
http://www.touchlinelivemusic.co.uk

Sat 22nd
HAVANT Spring Arts Centre, Hampshire.
http://www.thespring.co.uk/shows/category/music/page/2/

 

YouTube Live Videos

 

‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ Los Angeles ‘Night for Bonzo’

 

‘Be My Friend’ Hammersmith Odeon with Paul Rodgers

 

‘Rock’n’Roll’ Newcastle 02 with Jason Bonham

 

‘Jack Past Eight’ Live in Henin-Beaumont 2013

 ‘Love You So’ Malta Festival

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=epuUjTOR6lA

 

‘Pretty Thing’ Malta Festival


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