Blue Nation, is a 3-piece band from Birmingham, they use Riff based Rock to create a sound that doesn’t fit neatly into a genre and is all the more memorable for it. Their songs are delivered by three accomplished musicians, fronted with stunning vocals. All backed up with impressive gig experience, stage presence and great songs.
Neil (right) is the main songwriter, guitarist and singer and has enigmatic stage presence with vocals to match! Neil specialises in the truth when it comes to song writing. With love, life, hurt and sorrow it’s all wound up and created in Blue Nations songs. During a festival sound check “Big Mick” sound engineer for Metallica said “where did that skinny kid (Neil) get that great voice from?” We still don’t know and neither does he…
Influenced by Hendrix, The Who, Small Faces, Cream and more recently Rival Sons and Black Keys. Says the best gig he has been to is the Foo Fighters with Joan Jet at Maddison SQ Garden
Chris (left) creates the rhythmic drum patterns that underpin the guitar and vocal work in the band. He is a Black Country lad who in his early years lost himself in art. Attracted to music in the Brit pop era with bands like Oasis and especially Alan White on drums, he took things a stage further by studying music at Wolverhampton College. He has worked with song writing geniuses like Scott Mathews, Dan Whitehouse, X factor winners and even a boy band. Right now he describes himself as a guitarist and drummer, an advocate of eccentricity and a hater of liquorice.
Luke (centre) completes the rhythm section by adding his intricate yet extremely effective bass lines to the songs.
Started playing bass guitar from a very young age, so young the bass was actually bigger than he was. Developing his playing and bass techniques over the years by playing in various different bands, supporting many big names and paying close attention to the greats of the bass world, like Jack Bruce, Jon Entwhistle and John Paul Jones. This development has resulted in him getting an endorsement from Lakland Basses. Musical influences include Beatles, Zeppelin, Floyd and Zappa. As an avid Classic Car, Scooter fan and as he puts it a Mod For Life, the description is complete.
They play top venues in the major cities of the UK and further afield with tours of NYC’s Greenwich Village and Manhattan.
Their most prestigious performances have been on the Main Music Stage @ F1 British Grand Prix Silverstone, twice. The quirkiest was The Tramlines Festival Sheffield, acoustic on a moving Tram.
Their new album “Steady Your Soul” was recorded at Castle Rock & Revolution Studios in Greater Manchester, with the experienced and very talented Andy Macpherson. Andy, works extensively with The Who, Eric Clapton, The Buzzcocks and many other top artists. He has recorded, produced and mixed the album, that was mastered by Jon Astley – Peter Gabriel, Porcupine Tree, Tori Amos, The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest.
Classic Rock Magazine selected “Morning Light”, from the album, as a track of the week. In the July issue they wrote that Morning Light is one of the “Most watched videos on the CR website right now.”
CRM described Blue Nation as indie blues,
“Morning Light is a thumping example of exactly that, a song with riffs that have, in all likelihood, been hewn from driftwood found on the banks of the River Rea delta itself.”