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Check it out, people – the brand new video for my song ‘Always in my blood‘.

It was shot on the South Bank in London one November Saturday afternoon by my incredibly talented daughter, Ines  on her iPod and stars the beautifully amazing Lesley-Anne Frankfort skipping about the place.

As John Lennon once sang, ‘Another year over, a new one just begun…’. 

2014 began for me exactly 12 hours after it started, although miraculously I awoke sans hangover this year. A good portent for things to come? Let’s bleedin’ hope so.

Actually, I’m feeling decidedly optimistic for the coming year, a feeling enhanced by the news that my song ‘Step back (take a look at me now)‘ will feature in NBC’s The Michael J. Fox show this Friday 3rd January.

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I’ve also got two brand new videos to unleash on the world – the first of which is ‘If you would stay with me‘. We shot the vid in my recording studio a couple of weeks back. It was directed by the up and coming Spanish director Andres Mata Tome.

Enjoy…

It’s day one of sessions for the new Shine album – a day I thought I’d never see and the first time we’ve played a note together in several light years. 

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And things started well with the perfect day in southern Spain – clear blue skies, bright November sunshine, all band members’ flights landing on time, great hotel.

It was good to see everyone again. We just picked it up like all the intervening years just haven’t mattered.

After setting up the gear and getting a great natural drum sound (Glynn Johns 4-mic technique never fails), it was time for a play through a couple of the songs. Tim got a huge shit-eating grin as we eased gently into the first song and I must admit, it felt good to be back.

The real hard work starts tomorrow though. Watch this space…

I met today with a certain Andres Mata Tome, a video director to discuss the shooting of a brand new Elijah Honey video for the song ‘If you would stay with me‘. Looks like our schedules will coincide for the second week in December to get the shoot done. Watch this space for more news…

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I’m really excited and not a little proud to announce that ‘Spirits rise’ the debut album by my musical alter ego Elijah Honey has just been released by Californian indie label Black Toast Records.

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Here’s what the Black Toast press release says about it:

Los Angeles, CA – October 8, 2013 -­‐ Acclaimed recording artist Elijah Honey launches his latest album “Spirits Rise” through iTunes-­‐-­‐ his first release for independent indie label Black Toast Records.

As the saying goes, “a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” Nowadays, the buzz is loud and clear, and not even a lovin’ spoonful of Elijah Honey’s music will suffice-­‐-­‐ people can’t seem to get enough. His songs have already reached a mass audience in the US, appearing in a variety of commercials and hit TV shows that include Hawaii 5-­0, Longmire, Necessary Roughness, Parenthood, Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, The Voice, and True Blood, to name a few.

The man behind the Honey is Paul Robert Cufflin, a songwriter based out of the Malaga province of southern Spain. A London native, Cufflin played guitar in various indie bands throughout the mid-­‐90s, such as Shine (Sony) and Man Ray (Arc Records) before becoming an active member in the Malaga music scene, where he’s played with Indie Blues bands The Chillun’ and Bo Molasses over the past decade. On Bo Molasses’s “You’ve Put Your Voodoo On Me,” Cufflin wears the shoes as guitarist, producer and songwriter. Described as a “bouillabaisse of vibey, hypnotic, blues-­‐based grooves handled with folk-­‐inspired flair,” the record laid the stylistic groundwork for his brand of Lo-­‐Fi Blues Rock.

The songs on Spirits Rise ooze with a thick, warm guitar tone that has made it a sweet complement to the Black Toast Records roster.

Kicking off with the forceful, guitar-­‐driven number “Relapse City,” Cufflin cues us for a series of tales of longing, passion and struggle. While the record largely channels the indie-­‐blues/garage rawness of the Black Keys, songs like “I Won’t Let You Down Again” and “She’s A Mover, She’s A Shaker” conjure the swagger of early Stones, as “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Bleed for you” evokes the “T-­‐Rextacy” of Marc Bolan.

Most recently, Cufflin’s “Tonight You’re Mine” is featured in the new Spanish movie Afterparty (dir. Miguel Larraya) starring Luis Fernandez and a host of up-­‐and-­‐coming young Spanish stars.

Keep an eye out for upcoming Elijah Honey tour dates in the near future.

In the meantime, head to http://blacktoastmusic.com/albums/29 or https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spirits-­‐rise/id719829925 and hear why Los Angeles music supervisors refer to him as the next Hanni El Khatib.

 

News up, people. I just found out that episode 211 Longmire features the Elijah Honey song ‘Slow movin’ man’. The song features on my brand new album, ‘Spirits rise’ to be released by Black Toast Records shortly. Watch this space for release date.

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It’s the third time the show has used one of my songs. Episode 207 featured my song ‘Live in the moment’, whilst episode 10 of season 1 featured my tune ‘Faith healer’ as recorded by my twisted musical alter-ego, Bo Molasses.

I ain’t complainin’…

Paul Otten and I have just laid down a brand new song ‘Demons‘, which is shinier than a wet frog on a stone in the sweet summer sun.

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Paul came to me with the chords, vocal melody, a smattering of lyrics and a drum track. So I finished the lyrics and added electric guitars to the drum track and sent it back.

About a week later, the latest Radio Villains song with added bass played by Paul’s friend Mike appeared zinging its way across the digital superhighway completely finished.

Paul did a great job. The finished song sounds spankin’. And I’m really proud of my work on it too.

The Elijah Honey swamp blues song ‘Ain’t nobody gonna bleed for me when I’m gone‘ featured in episode of USA Network’s hit show Necessary Roughness.

Just sayin’…

Just heard that the Elijah Honey song ‘Live in the moment’ is featured in episode 207 of Longmire on A&E, which is pretty damn cool beans if you ask me.

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It’s the second time a song of mine has featured in the show. ‘Faith healer‘ by my other musical project Bo Molasses featured in episode 10 of season 1.

So, it’s been a few months since my last post but I’ve been a busy muskrat.

The big news is that ‘I want you’ by Bo Molasses is the song featured in the new J&B Whisky ad. currently showing online in Australia. Have to say, I’m thrilled purple by that.

Bo’s song ‘I do believe my time is coming‘ was also placed in a lumberyard time lapse video for Tevo.

In my guise as Elijah Honey, I got 2 songs placed in season 7 of Army Wives on the Lifetime Channel. ‘Kiss my eyes/make me blind’ featured in episode 5, whilst ‘That amber moon‘ featured in episode 12.

Oh yeah, and my song ‘Hey baby’ also got used in the Australian version of The Voice.

All in all a busy time for yours truly, truly, truly.

 

 

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