Interview with Dani Wilde

Dani Wilde 2012 Yardclub CologneThings seem to have been quiet for Dani Wilde since her 2012 release ‘Juice me up’ on RUF Records.  In fact, Dani has been pretty busy touring, writing, and making sizeable dents in the Country music charts.  Things seem to all be coming together right now for the belle from Brighton, and with the release this week of her new CD on Bri-Tone ‘Songs About You’ and a concert scheduled for Cologne’s Yardclub (28 April) this seems to be a good time to catch up with whats happened since my previous interview in 2012.

Prepare for tales of growing up, falling in love, out of love,  and growing old.  Like I say, it’s been a busy last couple of years for Dani Wilde…

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10 Years and The Caravan rolls on

DSC_9390‘Where the Blues Crosses over’ is how RUF Records describe the music they offer.  On this the tenth Anniversary of their Blues Caravan Tour it was very definitely crossing over into Rock, and you didn’t need the tattoo of Hendrix on the shoulder of Christina Skjölberg to tell you that, it pounded out of the speakers from three relatively unknown musicians who all clearly wanted to say ‘Here I Am’.  It’s a hard old musical world out there though so who has the looks and the licks to succeed?  Christina Skjolberg, Laurence Jones and Albert Castiglia – let battle commence…

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Denis Palatin – The Caravan Man Interview

DP3My first memories of Denis Palatin come from a review I did of Ana Popovic at Cafe Hahn in Koblenz some years ago.  I remember he was at the bar with Ana’s then bassist Fabrice Ach after doing the early evening soundcheck and it struck me that he was still tapping his fingers on the bar counter in between sips of coffee.  Even taking a break he seemed in search of rhythm it seemed.   I’d jokingly asked if his neighbor’s were relieved whenever he went off on Tour – living next-door to a drummer must be Hell I suggested, unless you’re deaf, and even then it must be unpleasant when the plaster jumps from the ceiling.   Maybe, I pondered,it was one of those neighbors who  in a search for peace and quiet  gave Thomas Ruf a call and suggested Denis would make an excellent Road drummer for RUF’s Touring Show the Blues Caravan?   Or quite possibly Mr Ruf  saw Palatin, with his congenial temperament and adaptable drum technique, as the perfect man for the job.  After asking my first question in 2006 it seemed time for another, and following the Show at Bonn Harmonie I asked it, and another…

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Tomorrow’s Guitar Heroes on the Caravan

13_BluesCaravan2013_021-125-BorderMakerTime once again for the RUF Records Blues Caravan to hit town.  It would be easy to say ‘What again’ except that every year Thomas Ruf seems to find a new batch of  musicians and stir them together to create a hot and tasty Blues Soup for Harmonie visitors to savor.   This year  saw the return of Joanne Shaw Taylor and Jimmy Bowskill, with the Bonn debut of Tennessee born Bart Walker.

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Erja Lyytinen – Forbidden Fruit (RUF 1188)

Erja Lyytinen
Germany’s first real taste of ‘The Finnish Bonnie Raitt’ came with her appearance on the 2007 Blues Caravan.  It brought a lot of praise, particularly for the girl’s undeniable slide guitar talents, but also a lot of expectation.  In ‘Forbidden Fruit’Erja Lyttinen’s fourth studio album for RUF, there is certainly a depth both lyrically and musically that leaps out from the earlier discs.

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We Want More Girls with Guitars

Following the Blues Caravan show almost a year ago to the day here at the Harmonie the question was – ‘Is Bonn ready for ‚More Girls with Guitars’?‘  The packed house that turned out was an emphatic YES!  And Dani Wilde, Sam Fish and Victoria Smith, aided by drummer Denis Palatin, rewarded them with an explosive set of hard hitting music on high heels.

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