The Blues Band
|The Blues Band|
The Blues Band September 2012
|Genres||Blues, blues rock|
|Years active||1979–1983, 1984–present|
|Associated acts||Manfred Mann, The Manfreds|
The Blues Band is a British blues band formed in 1979 by Paul Jones, former lead vocalist and harmonica player with Manfred Mann, and vocalist/slide guitarist Dave Kelly, who had previously played with the John Dummer Blues Band, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker. The band’s first line-up also included bassist Gary Fletcher, guitarist Tom McGuinness (also of Manfred Mann) and drummer Hughie Flint, (the two had previously formed McGuinness Flint). In 1982 Flint left and was replaced by former Family drummer Rob Townsend.
Their first album The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album, a mixture of blues standards and original songs featured the Jones and McGuinness composition "Come On In" and their long-standing stage favourite "Flatfoot Sam". This album initially attracted no interest from major record companies, so the band pressed a limited run of 3,000, hand-stamped their logo on the cardboard sleeve and signed them all. After unqualified endorsement from BBC Radio 1 presenter Simon Bates and others, media interest resulted in a recording contract with Arista Records, who re-released the album under the same title. After that they released Ready, Itchy Feet and Brand Loyalty albums and regularly toured through Europe.
They briefly disbanded after recording a live album Bye Bye Blues (1983), but reformed soon afterwards. In the new millennium they recorded albums such as Stepping Out (2002) and Thank You Brother Ray (2004), which paid tribute to Ray Charles. Now in their thirty seventh year as a band, they still perform across Europe with the same line-up.
- The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album (1980). #40 UK
- Ready (1980). #36 UK
- Itchy Feet (1981). #60 UK
- Brand Loyalty (1982)
- Bye-Bye Blues (1983)
- These Kind of Blues (1986)
- Back for More (1989)
- Fat City (1991)
- Homage (1993)
- Wire Less (1995)
- Live at the BBC (1996)
- 18 Years Old and Alive (1996)
- The Best of The Blues Band (1999) US only
- Brassed Up (1999)
- Scratching on my Screen (2001)
- Green Stuff (2001)
- Stepping Out (2002)
- Be My Guest (2003) (Best of guest appearances)
- Thank You Brother Ray (2005)
- Few Short Lines (2011)
- Live At Kent Custom Bike Show (1988) Cassette only
- "Come On In" / "The Blues Band Song" (1980)
- "Find Yourself Another Fool" / "SUS Blues" (1980)
- "Nadine" / "That's All Right" (1980) (Two live tracks issued free with early copies of Ready)
- "Who's Right, Who's Wrong?" / "Itchy Feet" (1981)
- "Come On" / "Green Stuff" (1981)
- "Take Me Home" / "So Bad" (1982)
- "Hey Hey Little Girl" / "SUS Blues" (1982) (Limited edition live single)
- "Seemed Like a Good Idea" / "Rolling Log" (1982)
- "Blue Collar" / "Duisburg Blues" (1989) (Promo for Back for More)
- Across Borders - Live (2004)
- The Blues Band in Concert : Steppin' Out On Main (2004)
- The Blues Band:Bungay Jumpin' Live (2009)
- The Blues Band:Official Blues Band Bootleg DVD-DeLIVEred (2009)
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- Anson, John (1 January 2016). "Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, ultimate blues double act, head to Burnley Mechanics". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- Cooper, Kevin (18 January 2016). "Gig Review: Paul Jones and Dave Kelly". ukmusicreviews.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- "Blues Band's Paul Jones & Dave Kelly to play Barton Ropery Hall". Scunthorpe Telegraph. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- "Seasoned bluesmen Paul Jones and Dave Kelly play at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington". North Devon Journal. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 66. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.