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We Are Broken Levee

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We Are Broken Levee

Broken Levee are a stylish and charismatic blues trio hailing from the North East of England. They continue to stun audiences across the country with surging and full-blooded performances that reveal an impressive trove of original compositions. Their sound echoes the Great British and American blues acts but also delivers a unique and rich new take on the genre. The band are constantly drawing influence from an eclectic range of artists from jazz, funk, soul, rock and indeed the blues! 


As the group continues to astound audiences with their blistering live sets, so comes the unveiling of their debut album Out Of The Storm, which was released in March 2017. By May, the album reached No.4 in the IBBA charts and continues to receive nationwide support from independent blues radio broadcasters. As flag bearers of an enlivened blues scene, theirs is a sound that heralds new possibilities, and injects fresh bluster into a genre that refuses to grow old.


Ian Simpson is lead guitarist and singer for the band. His passion for the blues stems right back to when he was just 4 years old. He used to watch his Father playing the guitar with great intent and curiosity. After taking his first lessons at the age of 7, it was clear that this kid was put here to play guitar and perform. Over the years Simpson has found inspiration in a variety of different styles but ever since he heard the opening riff to Eric Clapton's Layla, it has always been about the blues for him. 


Simpson's playing leaves audiences pining for more. Guitar solos march and meander, while sonorous riffs melt into beautifully sustained phrases, reflecting the styles of his main influences such as Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher. 


Simpson and his band mates have been itching to get in the studio for some time, and are now relishing the prospect of having something to share with the world and particularly for the fans that have continuously supported them in their live shows throughout the past few years. “We’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. So, we sat down together in a number of sessions towards the end of last year [2016] and I presented some songs to the others and we just sat and prepared our parts and the arrangements and the whole writing process has been a great pleasure. The three of us just work so well together and there was a very natural flow amongst us when we came to put these songs together.” 


Across the stage is the towering prowess of bass player, James Robson. As a local musician Robson has built up a reputation for his ability to handle any style and any groove. Due to his eclectic influences and his education and experience working in the local Jazz scene, Robson is able to use the space between guitar and drums to create bass lines that prowl with snarling assurance, providing a rock steady foundation for their songs. 


Connecting the trio’s rhythm is the unstoppable force and vigour of drummer, James Carmichael. After being introduced to the drums during his high school years, Carmichael immediately fell in love with the variety and contrast of styles he’d heard from the likes of Buddy Rich to John Bonham. His driving power and quick stick trickery creates an intriguing pulse that absorbs and captivates audiences, yet always maintains a solid and refined groove that ensures every performance is driven and secure.


Broken Levee have been performing constantly over the past four years, building a name for themselves in the North East as well as leaving a lasting impression on audiences at The Great British Blues Festival in Colne in 2015. Their thunderous live show also created an electric atmosphere at last years Maryport Blues festival. Now the band are ready to share their first original album with you and they look forward to continued live performances this year so look out for Broken Levee at up coming festivals and your local venues.

 

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