Jock’s Juke Joint Vol. 2 is the second in a series, as part of a project run by Lewis Hamilton and Nick Hamilton (of Lewis Hamilton and the Boogie Brothers) and Duncan Beattie that aims to showcase Scotland’s extensive blues talent to a wider audience.
“Due to the interest, praise and success in Jock’s Juke Joint Vol 1, Nick, Lewis and I realise we’ve set the bar high for this album. Therefore we’ve attempted to provide a broader musical scope, while also compiling a collection that is firmly rooted in the blues.
We’re delighted to bring you the title track of Blues ‘n’ Trouble’s new album and a previously unreleased recording featuring top Scottish blues guitarists Alan Nimmo and Al Brown. Amongst some popular festival regulars; we’ve also identified several exciting new names to emerge from Scotland’s blues underground. With Vol. 2, the breath of classic electric blues, acoustic blues and rock blues of the first volume remains. Yet this second volume adds some funk, soul and folk blues to the melting pot. We believe this album incorporates the wider spectrum of the genre. The artists contributing to this album are all based in the modern multicultural Scotland. We hope it will provide them all with greater exposure and encourage you to explore their music further.
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J.F. Scott –
One of the best tenner’s I’ve spent on new music in a long time is Jock’s Juke Joint Volume 2. It has a great mix of music from the old hands of Blues n Trouble to some bright young things. It is pretty fresh sounding and there are some really good performances in here. It has a pretty diverse mix from some straightforward rock blues to stuff that is a little bit more – well, funky. There is undoubtedly some real talent on show. Highlights for me are The Lynsey Dolan Band with ‘Do right man’ and Leah ‘Lost in the night’ who both turn in cracking vocal performances full of depth and feeling. Credit has to go to those folk at Lewis Hamilton Music for pulling all these artists together. If you are already a big blues fan then there is something for you here. Similarly if looking to expand your horizons beyond the likes of Joanne Shaw Taylor or the ubiquitous Joe Bonamassa then get this compilation … you won’t be sorry. J.F. Scott
Ashwyn Smyth –
“In my humble opinion, whereas the first volume was great, the second volume is stupendous. Congratulations to all involved” Ashwyn Smyth (Digital Blues, KCOR)
Blues Revue –
"Scotland Trailblazes the Best in British Blues and Beyond. This is the second release of the top Scottish blues talent following the highly acclaimed first volume, universally rated as one of the best compilations made in 2012, taking the listener on a roller coaster ride of blues styles and emotions. However, Volume 2 can now claim this accolade because it is even better… " Blues Revue
Wasser Prawda Magazine –
"Compilation albums. Funny things. Various artists usually means that quality varies and you end up skipping lots of the songs that you don’t like. To put an album of different styles together that people will listen to and not skip tracks takes some doing but that is what has happened here!" Wasser Prawda Magazine (Germany)
Blues Matters Magazine –
"Each of the current generation of bluesmen and women represented here adds a fresh, distinctive and innovative approach and sound which is widening the appeal of the blues in the 21st century by taking it in a new direction". Blues Matters
Keys & Chords –
"Jock’s Juke Joint and Contemporary Blues from Scotland Vol. 2, is more than decent quality blues. Scotland celebrates the blues high days. I can not wait for Vol.3!" Keys & Chords Magazine Belgium
This has got to be the best Scottish invasion since the Jacobites … Cynthia Gentle & the True Tones – You Just Can’t Win and it’s reminiscent of Maggie Bell; that’s the sort of standard we’re talkin’. Just picking tracks at random, Wang Dang Delta – Shutting Out The World, as smooth as anything from Henrik Freischlader; Binsness Bluesboys – Crawdad Hole, as pure Delta roots as it comes: Black Diamond Express – Never Was A Lass So Fair; well, they say Blue Grass and the like was distilled from Celtic roots folk amongst other things. And the final track, Fraser Spiers & Lewis Hamilton – There You Are Now; you get the feel of “old guard” passing on the baton to the new generation, and Lewis has to be one of the most organised and talented of the new bloods "
– BansheeUK (Joe Bonamassa Forum)
Ian Mchugh –
"It’s with some joy that I can reveal that the greatest of care seems to have been made with regards to song choice, pacing and style in order to give the disc a palpable sense of flow and wholeness. It’s a real achievement with a compilation, and something that should be a justifiable source of pride. What is also excellent is that, somehow, the acts and song here match if not exceed the excellent volume one in quality and variety. It seems that Scotland is the new delta, and with a little something for everyone’s taste." Ian McHugh, UKJazz Radio, Tonemonkey, Blues Is The Truth