Following on from the fantastic new album ‘Luxury Hobo’ by Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs that was released early this year via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and a superb performance at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, the band will be heading back out on the road throughout September and October.
The response to the album was overwhelmingly positive.
Classic Rock called him “the gravel-throated don of R&B” and that the album was “Raucous, rollicking good-time blues”, The Blues declared Luxury Hobo “brilliant!” and Maverick called it simply “uplifting” and it didn’t stop there. “This is a harder edged Big Boy Bloater” said R2,“Hobo-blasting blues ‘n roll” from Vive le Rock, a “UK Blues phenomenon” proclaimed Guitar Techniques, Blues Matters were shaken mid gig stating he’s “a natural live performer” whilst Blues In Britain summed him up calling him “Excellent.” The Blues magazine also ranked him as #87 in the 100 Greatest Ever Blues Singers.
Hitting the road starts with a solo show at the Anvil in Basingstoke and then the LiMiTs join him for Fat Lil’s (Oxford), The Railway (Winchester), The Freebird (Newcastle Under Lyme), the legendary 100 Club (London) with support from Jack J Hutchinson and a DJ set from Jim Jones (Jim Jones Revue/Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind), HRH Blues Fest (Sheffield) and VHRA Vintage Nationals (Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire).
To coincide with the tour, Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs have revealed a brand new video for crowd favourite Luxury Hobo Blues which takes a twist on the traditional blues song, or an anti-blues ode and is the most autobiographical on the album dealing with his everyday life and having to medicate his brain after a serious breakdown.
With a fascination for textures and subtle narratives Luxury Hobo saw Bloater in a tougher, deeper and more expressive mode following a bout of depression in 2012 which has led it to take a much darker and personal tone.
He confesses, “I never felt I was prone to that kind of thing”. Opening up, he continues, “I had a breakdown, the album centres around that we’ve got all these great things but are still pissed off and medicate ourselves to be normal.” For a while life was put on hold whilst he tried to focus in on looking after himself and getting back on track and this fed into the album’s mild dystopian outlook which is littered with moments of dark humour, wit and twists.
Big Boy Bloater has praised by Imelda May who has confessed to being a “massive fan”, Jools Holland declared him “one of the great bluesmen of our time” and Mark Lamarr personally funded a vinyl single run just so he could have a copy and he has been a regular guest on BBC Radio for Jools, Mark,Paul Jones, Craig Charles as well as Imelda’s RTE show and a recent Vintage TV performance.
Big Boy Bloater Tour Dates
15.09 – West End Centre, Aldershot
22.09 – Shoreham, Ropetackle Arts Centre
23.09 – Kent Blues Rock Festival, Gravesend
29.09 – The Louisiana, Bristol
30.09 – Arlington Arts, Newbury
05.10 – The Maze, Nottingham
06.10 – Stereo, Glasgow
07.10 – Continental, Preston
08.10 – Dark Horse, Birmingham
12.10 – Greystones, Sheffield
13.10 – The Forum, Darlington
14.10 – New Adelphi, Hull