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Kareña K / Press

“Cuts right to heart of "Temptation Eyes" with her distinctive version of this classic single!”

“Delivers a song that touches the heart.We experience the pain with vivid realism of this dashed relationship. (Battered & Blue)”

“'Do You Remember?' is filled with the remembered passion of young aching love.”

“The quickened pace of the classic pop hit Temptation Eyes takes a new twist with Karena K's riveting version.”

“Good to see Kareña and Wily Bo Walker getting recognition they so much deserve”

“Special mention ...to hot rocking Karena K and her band who warmed us up nicely with a stinging set.”

“We're swooning in the studio here, what a beautiful, beautiful song...velvety voice (If This Isn't Love)”

“What a voice, what a person and unbelievable music (If This Isn't Love)”

“She owns every song she sings”

“Lovely, sultry voice (If This Isn't Love)”

“Kareňa K is fantastic...not only a great singer but plays sax nicely too , and we love her here..”

“The lovely sound of Kareňa K (If This Isn't Love)”

“That was lovely (If This Isn't Love)”

“Fantastic Artist, another great track (If This Isn't Love)”

“That's awesome, that was superb, absolutely lush...enjoyed that greatly! (If This Isn't Love)”

“Top voice, brilliant sax player! Quite marvellous, proper, proper music this. (If This Isn't Love)”

“Fabulous singer (If This Isn't Love)”

“Very nice production...I like that very much (If This Isn't Love)”

“One of my personal favourites, Kareña K...amazing record. (If This Isn't Love)”

“Kareña K lit up the room playing a powerful set of mainly original numbers. I couldn't put it better than Pete Feenstra - “Mesmerizing, ethereal, emotive, thrilling instrumentalism and tinged with blues” (Review of the recent gig at Half Moon Putney)”

“Like all the best soul songs there is an autobiographical feel to the song – the lyrics come from her heart. Not the one if you want the full modern R&B mode but it is easy to see couples slow dancing to it and it has so many different layers that it bears a lot of repetition. **** (Review of If This Isn't Love)”

“I first came across Karena K via the excellent Wily Bo Walker and ever since I’ve been looking forward to a new release from her. This single is a taster for the new album and it really stands out as one of the best soul songs I’ve heard this year. She has a voice that comes over as full of heart but without the bombastic sound of so many soul divas. She has a brilliant control of her vibrato and a soft, almost whispery, vocal style that just draws you in to the song. The sound is very sixties, almost on the edge of psychedelic pop but she isn’t a retro-kid. I hear echoes of Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark in her song but the sparse production, with everything in its place in the mix, is very much modern. (Review of If This Isn't Love)”

“Great show folks, thank you and come back soon.”

“Crackin' (If This Isn't Love)”

“Support the cause, fine stuff (If This Isn't Love)”

“Very soulful stuff...(If This Isn't Love)”

“I absolutely love that song (If This Isn't Love)”

“Brilliant songstress (If This Isn't Love)”

“Superb track. Proper music how it should be. A must for next week's playlist. (If This Isn't Love)”

Jim McNeill - The Blues Club

“A voice that will melt your heart and your soul (If This Isn't Love)”

“If This Isn't Love...corker”

“Great song, love that! (If This Isn't Love)”

“...the multi talented Kareña K, who is not only a singer and song writer but is also a radio presenter...and a fine sax player as well. (Battered & Blue)”

“All in all The Karena K band has now developed into a great team of brilliant musicians who play so well together with a great repertoire of songs which will make for an Exceptional Album in the near future. They seem to understand each other so well and have developed into a great tight unit that entertains so well and that was confirmed by the euphoric approval of the audience.... Karena has been nominated for Best Instrumentalist Award in 2016 (British) Blues Awards. I feel Karena is destined for success and hopefully we will have a physical CD album to listen to from her in the near future.”

“We are then treated to a brilliant version of B.B. King’s ‘Rock Me Baby’ song, sung with such conviction and passion. Battered and Blue is yet another one of Karena’s great emotional compositions sung again with such power and honesty. I really enjoyed the penultimate song, ‘If This Isn’t Love’ which is a new song to be released on a future album. A very catchy and poignant song which I feel could be a little anthemic and again Karena makes you believe in her lyrics and music! The last song ‘Mercy’ was such a great take on this lovely Duffy song and it rounded off a set of really strong songs so magnificently presented by Karena and her band.”

“The next song up was ’Playing With Fire’ which is another one of Karena’s compositions and is such a powerful song. Karena’s great emotional delivery really makes you believe that someone really is playing with fire and this will be a strong song when she releases her album. ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’ is another great song written by Karena and it appears on Wily Bo Walker & Karena’s album ‘A Long Way from Heaven’. With ‘Unchain My Heart’, Karena really does credit to this Joe Cocker classic. She stamps her own identity on this song whilst delivering such a powerful and soulful interpretation.”

“Midnight Walk was the next song and is her debut single from her proposed album. Her voice on this song has variously been described as sultry, sexy and like velvet fog. It was all this and more at this live event and this was a really stunning performance by the whole band. Next up was a great cover of the Tina Turner song, Darlin’ you know I love you. Another great sultry song with shuffle rhythm so tightly played with lead breaks alternating between Darrel & Alan on guitar and Karena on saxophone. Again Karena’s vocals soar and really do justice to this great song.”

“Having seen The Karena K band last November, I was keen to see them again as I had been really impressed the first time and was anxious to see if there was a consistency. I needn’t have been apprehensive as instantly we were made aware of the beautiful tones of her amazingly soulful voice and the brilliant command she has of the phrasing and control of the light and dark shadings within the songs. The audience at first was not so full due to the surface train strike that evening but soon filled up. There was certainly a buzz and an atmosphere about the place and we knew we were going to have a great evening’s entertainment.”

“The First song up certainly did credit to R L Burnside. Wonderful powerful vocals and great saxophone breaks. This was a stunning song to open the set with brilliant tight rocking rhythm section and great guitar work. This was followed by Temptation Eyes , which is a cover of an old grass roots song. This is a brilliant song and suits Karena’s voice so well. Upbeat and again sung beautifully with such soul, clear diction, great melody and performed so well by the band.”

“Voice of an angel (Road To My Soul)”

“And so the stage is dismantled, the lighting and p.a. taken down and we've just about gathered our breath from a great gig with Kareña K and her band last night. A full room of people enjoyed over two hours of great live music and everyone smiling at the end of another great night at The Club.”

“Wonderful night of live music last night. The beautiful Kareña K and her superb band brought the house down. Come back soon.”

“Lovely, lovely sax break from Kareña K (Re Angels In The Night, from the album A Long Way From Heaven by Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K, more info at http://wilybo.com )”

“Kareña K Ashton band were pretty damn fine at the 100 Club last night. Her voice sounds in fine fettle and she really did belt out the soul tinged Blues. The new band are special too, tight and funky. Looking forward to the new single. I think this is the third or fourth time that the opening act (of three) has been the best of the night - people need to get there earlier.”

“A voice as sweet as an angel that tears at your heart”

“Lovely track and great voice (Temptation Eyes)”

“Absolutely brilliant (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

“‘Did I forget To Tell You I Love You’ has a real swing to it with Karena K’s backing vocals sounding very Dan Hicks like... ....‘For The Children’: strings and Karena K’s vocals setting up his vocals and a superb guitar solo. (Review of The Wily Bo Walker Story Vol. 1 & 2) http://wilybo.com”

“Great track, superb voice (Temptation Eyes)”

“They kicked bottom (Kareña K Band live at the 100 Club, November 2015)”

“Overall the effect was a really impressive band. Among the covers played were ‘Let My Baby Ride (R.L. Burnside)’, ‘Steamy Windows (Tina Turner)’, ‘Tainted Love (Soft Cell)’,’The Letter & Unchain My Heart (Both Joe Cocker)’ and ‘Piece of My heart (Janis Joplin)’. Certainly songs not for the faint-hearted and all were delivered superbly and there were a few goose-bump moments believe me. Karena’s own songs such as ‘Midnight Walk’, ‘Temptation Eyes’, Road to my Soul’ and ‘Battered and Blue’ are all really strong songs and were performed so well. ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’ is a song she sings with Wily Bo Walker on the ‘Long Way From Heaven album’ and it was so good to hear her version of this. The song ‘A Long Way to Heaven’ earned them runner up in the ‘Blues Song’ category in the 2015 British Blues Awards. All in all this was a very competent and brilliant performance by Karena and the Band and they will surely do well in the ”

“The first time I had heard of Karena K was a couple of years ago when I suggested to a Radio Presenter a song called Jingle Bells (Go to Hell) by the Vampirettes. The Presenter liked the song but suggested the idea of chopping Santa’s head off might not go well with the BBC. Needless to say, no heads were chopped off on this occasion. We were treated to an amazing night of Bluesy, Soulful music, delivered with a passion & quality which pleased the audience immensely. As the Band, The Riotous Brothers did not play we were provided with extended sets by Karena & Roscoe Levee. Karena’s setlist included a great mix of her own great music & some really good covers. The guitar work of Alan Taylor and Darrel Welch blended so well with great rhythm and licks including some great slide work. Brilliant driving rhythm section with James Fox on bass guitar and Spencer Blaclkledge on drums. Karena completed the picture with some great saxophone breaks & superb vocals.”

“Moon Over Indigo relates arguably because of the undercurrent provided by the band and in the likes of Keith Mack on guitar, the great Mark Gatz on saxophone and the wonderful backing vocals of Karena K, who also joined him on the sublime A Long Way From Heaven album released in January, the music’s mood is not only gripping, pulsating like an overactive heartbeat, it is dark, mysterious and beautifully buoyant; it is heady cocktail and one that slides easily from studio to the ear without breaking sweat. (Review of Moon Over Indigo - Wily Bo Walker) More info at http://wilybo.com”

“That song for me just has the perfect vocal blend, I think it's absolutely exquisite (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Last night featured two artists who deserve to be up there in the lists but owing to the parlous state of the music business today aren’t receiving the plaudits they deserve. Karena K is a small lady with a huge voice and she kicked off playing sax while her band steamed into ‘Let My Baby Ride’. When she started singing she suddenly seemed a lot taller – no small voice this one. She has grit as well as soul in her voice and the feel of Joe Cocker at his best but she also has delicacy in the vocals as well. The set featured a stirring ‘Battered And Blue’ but the real highlights were all drawn from her Northern Soul roots – a knockout ‘Tainted Love’ shorn of all the Soft Cell angularity and a version of ‘The Letter’ that was all about Joe Cocker’s style but still kept the truth and feeling of hope in the Boxtops version. The set was well received and it was easy to see why she has been shortlisted for awards in poll after poll. (Review of 100 Club Gig)”

“I'm pretty certain that if love didn't find a way, just with that song it will. They definitely made my day when I listened to this the first time. Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K....very busy, as in performing music, creating music, making people feel the blues infused and beautiful voices that they have. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/track/love-will-find-a-way-2”

“Bottlenecks scream, basses pop and rumble, horns add textured sleaze and strings sweetness, as Bo's collective, including Kareña K's familiar multi-track harmonies, provide the heft, swing and subtlety necessary to make real his 21st century blues vision. (Review of the Wily Bo Walker album 'Moon Over Indigo' http://wilybo.com)”

“The first Walker penned number 'I Want To Know', carries with it a little bit of New Orleans. Pay attention to the beautiful, soulful voice of Karena K. (Review Of 'Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker & E.D Brayshaw)”

“Isn't that lovely? (Midnight Walk)”

“Serious contender for track of the year. Such a lush recording. (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“There's nothing finer, a great match up. Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K (Love Will Find A Way) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/track/love-will-find-a-way-2”

“Her voice is stellar (Do You Remember?)”

“What a fantastic voice she's got. (Midnight Walk)”

“That will be a fantastic album once it comes out (Midnight Walk--'and this wild heart beats again')”

“Walker gets the most from Danny Flam's brilliant New York Brass, Cenovia Cummins' String Quartet and faithful PP Arnold-esque backing vocalist Kareña K, and he knows how to spice up those play-worn blues tropes too. (Review of Moon Over Indigo by Wily Bo Walker. http://wilybo.com)”

“Out of left field, so different to everything you've ever heard before but pushing the blues in a new direction. (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) Available from https://t.co/ESdANr98sk”

“Demonstrates through the heartfelt "Do You Remember" how a great song is born and delivered.”

“Every time I listen to this I fall in love with it all over again ... beautifully written, velvet vocals, lovely artist. Seriously, check this out ... (Midnight Walk)”

“Absolutely fabulous music (Road To My Soul)”

“Fabulous singer, keyboard player and multi instrumentalist”

“A lady that you will have heard an awful lot of and you're gonna hear a hell of a lot more....just check this out...the brilliant Kareña K (Battered And Blue)”

“One of the stand out songs from 'Long Way To Heaven'...'Light At The End Of The Tunnel'...just magnificent! (Available from https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/track/light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-extended-album-mix)”

“Kareña (like Danny and E. D. Brayshaw) is yet another person who has an uncanny, almost telepathic, understanding of what a song needs and she has been wonderful to work with on these collections of songs.”

“Pay attention to the beautiful, soulful voice of Karena K (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker & E.D Brayshaw. available from wilybo.com)”

“‘I Want To Know’ is an unexpected brash, big band outing with Andrews Sister’s style bv’s and a busy horn section that stretches the funky percussive arrangement to the max. There’s a complete change of direction on the synth driven ‘Walk In Chinese Footsteps’, a horn inflected piece with more potent bv’s, as Wily adds his best vocal to fill the track with a characteristic growl. He transforms Willie Dixon’s lascivious blues ‘Same Thing’ into big band swagger and adds a nuanced string arrangement and big guitar figure on ‘For The Children’, notable for Kareña K ’s backing and harmony vocals. (Review of Moon Indigo by Wily Bo Walker. Album available at https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/moon-over-indigo)”

“..sultry vocals, smokin sax, cool arrangement and the closest the UK has got to Maria Muldaur! ‘Midnight Walk’ – this is fantastic!”

“Mesmerizing, ethereal, emotive, thrilling instrumentalism and tinged with blues”

“The next track is more funky. I Want to Know is more upbeat with lots of brass. Excellent sax and backing vocals. (Album Review: 'Moon Over Indigo' - Wily Bo Walker. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/moon-over-indigo”

“'Loan Me A Dime' in particular is a brilliant slow blues number with backing vocals by Karena K adding to the mix while 'I Want To Know' flows like a smooth bourbon. (Album Review: 'Stone Cold Beautiful' - Wily Bo Walker & E D Brayshaw)” https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/stone-cold-beautiful”

“Really nice, I really like that (Midnight Walk)”

“Truly wonderful (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Every so often an album comes through and I'll pick out a certain track and I think yes, that is like..wow! Wily Bo Walker and got to mention Kareña K, what a voice, both of them are fantastic. You'll see what I mean, absolutely superb. (For The Children). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/moon-over-indigo”

“A lady with a versatile voice”

“Wonderful track (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“This is where the album is at its most telling and eloquent. When, surrounded by some huge sympathetic arrangements, including some phenomenal wrap-around backing vocals led by Kareña K and frequent cool and solid brass, Bo delivers some unforgettable killer lyrics. (Moon Over Indigo by Wily Bo Walker)”

“Amazing piece of music (Midnight Walk)”

“With voice of an angel, the playing ability of a studio veteran and songs that linger in the memory long after they have finished, Karena K is a unique talent.”

“I can't praise this woman's talent enough. Fantastic voice, amazing vocalist. (Do You Remember?)”

“Guest vocalist, Karena K brings her usual deft touch and style to the table here, as she did on Walker's previous outing. Clearly she is a gal who sings with both heart and pure passion and adds a sure-fired soulful touch to the overall production. (Stone Cold Beautiful- Wily Bo Walker & E.D Brayshaw) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/stone-cold-beautiful”

“I need a cigarette after that and I don't smoke, that song is absolutely incredible (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I was singing this for about two days when I first heard it (Do You Remember?)”

“Beautiful voice and composer extraordinaire. Just listen!”

“I've been living this song all this week and it doesn't get old (Do You Remember?)”

“Really nailed it on the head (Do You Remember?)”

“Excellent (Road To My Soul)”

“Kareña has such a talent, great song (Midnight Walk)”

“I love that song (Do You Remember?)”

“Absolutely cracking track (Long Way To Heaven -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Absolutely stunning (Do You Remember?)”

“The NJ soul prevalence is most emphatic on 'Storm Warning', with Karena K's gospel backing multi-tracked to epiphanal effect as Brayshaw's guitar enacts the storm in a soaring coda. That soul dynamic continues on 'I Want To Know' but goes even further on 'September Red'. Again, there is a huge choral arrangement as emotional, sky -rending guitar leads to a piano figure in the fade, a feel revisited on the tough NJ rock of 'Killers On The Run'. Enormous sounding guitars and heavenly gospel backing vocals enmesh over Walker's urgent pleading, leading to a blissed out funk, as vocals edge in and out of the mix. (Review of Stone Cold Beautiful by Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/stone-cold-beautiful”

“Beautiful song, beautiful voice (Do You Remember?)”

“Excellent Song (Do You Remember?)”

“This is beautiful (Do You Remember?)”

“What a splendid job (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel”

“Sounds like a smoky bar and a single spotlight (Battered And Blue)”

“A very grand sounding song, it reminds me of the opening titles of a Bond film. I really like it. (Road To My Soul)”

“Check this out if you like your music on the soulful side, Kareña has played a couple of shows for me and her and her band are nothing short of perfection. (Battered And Blue)”

“Such a fabulous contrast of vocals and such a lush sound (Long Way To Heaven by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“The opener ‘Storm Warning’ (written by Brayshaw & Brayshaw) is a blistering soundscape of Blues/rock with Brayshaw’s guitar screaming and Walker’s gruff and hard vocals telling the story of a new American dustbowl, Karena K providing backing vocals to really drive the emotion. The guitar solo at the end is terrific, exciting and picking the listener up time and again, ebbing and flowing like the storm itself.”

“I absolutely adore this track (Midnight Walk)”

“Lovely song this is, beautiful voice (Midnight Walk)”

“Wily Bo's vocal workings are complimented by the silky voice of Karena K; another of Wily Bo's long time musical associates, who tonally adds the right balance of light and shade to the whole album. (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/stone-cold-beautiful”

“My favourite acapella song ever (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“...the amazing vocal prowess of Wily Bo Walker, guitar chops of E.D Brayshaw and great vox by Kareña K....absolutely love that (I Want To Know from Stone Cold Beautiful by Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/stone-cold-beautiful”

“The opening track 'Storm Warning' kicks in with a cracking six minute smack in the face with both Wily's husky vocal and his collaborator E.D Brayshaw's guitar buzzing at full gallop with all the valves open. Floating above all this are some melodic backing vocals from Kareña K beautifully complementing a terrific high-flying stramash. (Review of Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“The other cover has opening guitar that is stylish with hints of Gary Moore as the notes sear through the blues tempo and the vocals growl and draw out the words giving them a dark blue effect with the desperation of Loan Me a Dime. This is blues that is steeped in misery and the backing vocals from Karena K adds a bitter-sweet air that makes the track work so well. (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/stone-cold-beautiful”

“Wily Bo Walker is a solo singer-songwriter; on this album the Glaswegian has teamed up with guitar maestro E.D. Bradshaw to create Stone Cold Beautiful with the backing vocals from Karena K adding extra tonal range creating six tracks full of musical colour and interest.”

“'Rendezvous des Cheminots' is described as “film noir swing”, which describes its brass-laden late-night jazz club swing to perfection, Walker’s growl and Karena’s scatting prompts ideal foils for each other as horns blaze and guitars chime. Karena’s own ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ ties it all up. Content to provide hip-swaying Sweet Inspirations backing as Wily Bo takes the lead, over nearly six minutes theirs is an exemplary vocal fusion of soulful collaboration, which, best of all, sounds spontaneous and heartfelt, a description that befits A Long Way From Heaven in its entirety. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“The first of what appears to be a 2015 series of three mini-albums from 2014 British Blues Vocalist nominee Wily Bo Walker, sees him team up with Karena K to deliver six tracks in their contrasting “barbed wire and angels” vocal styles. Both soulful, his adds the gruff, sub-Waitesian gravitas, whilst hers is sweeter, but no less passionate. ‘Love Will Find A Way’ sees both on the attack over a heavy doo-wop rhythm and arrangement and ‘Angels In The Night’ sweetens this to a more soulful burning, almost chain-gang groove, spacious and choral in feel as gospel harmonies, piano and sax drift in and out of the mix, until a smooth Gilmour-esque guitar coda brings it home. The downbeat gospel shuffle in ‘Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You)’ is pure New Jersey in feel, with Walker’s upfront pleading beautifully bedded by the multi-tracked Karena backing chorus. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“FIVE STAR REVIEW: I only discovered Wily Bo Walker and Karena K last week thanks to Twitter and I'd love to see them live. Really love the music, the lyrics and sounds. Fabulous! (A Long Way from Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Two of the most dynamic voices in blues (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Cracking version (Temptation Eyes)”

“What a wonderful sound-scape that record has! (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Excellent stuff from Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K from one of my favourite albums of last year (Long Way To Heaven). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Fiddler's Elbow - Camden would like to thank Karena K and their fans for a fantastic night. Brilliant live set and hopefully we will see you back there soon!”

“Love Will Find A Way is a Doo-wop 50's inspired pastiche, whilst Angels In The Night is a brooding slow blues song, with one of those saxophone solos that is both technically perfect but dripping with emotion. Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You) is a swinging jazz blues number, with a pleasing beat and clean guitar, and The Danny Flam Big Band add a lot of depth to Rendezvous Des Cheminots, one of those brass heavy songs which is part Bond theme, and part good time Saturday night song, whilst the E.P closes in good style with Light At The End Of The Tunnel, a slow brooding atmospheric song that shows the vocal contrasts of Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K to good effect. At only six songs, this release is a good taste of what this ensemble promises live, and promises good things for a full album. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“A Long Way From Heaven is a mini album of contrasts. Over six songs, the contrasting singers Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K deliver a set of brass heavy, swinging songs that range in intensity from full on rockers to lighter almost Doo-wop songs. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“A Long Way From Heaven - the gravel of Tom Waits meets the sultry velvet of Nina Simone across a bluesy swamp. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Multi-tracked vocals and multi-layered harmonies _ and even a spot of whistling -feature on the gospel, blues, pop and psychedelic cocktail of Wily Bo and Karena's 'Love Will Find A Way'. Lovely stuff”

“One of my favourite albums from 2014 (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“‘Angels In The Night’ is an atmospheric swampy and gospel tinged blues that is almost totally dominated by Wily Bo’s phrasing, save for Kareña’s sonorous soprano sax line and counterpointed vocals. It’s also a track that captures the kind of noir vibe that seamlessly slips from their music to the lyrics. The closing Kareña K penned song ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’, nicely rounds off an impressive 6 track CD with a bluesy after hours feel. ‘A Long Way From Heaven’ smokes, smoulders and burns bright by turns, as Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K redefine the blues on their own terms. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“‘A Long Way From Heaven’ is a beautifully crafted piece of work which pays particular attention to the minutiae of the project. This extends from the rich vocal performances and well crafted arrangements to the Susan Shulman’s art work and the effective album sequencing. Thus the impressive opening ballad is followed by the handclapped, acapella, close to the mic vocal of ‘Love Will Find A Way’, with its light and shade vocal parts that gives all 6 tracks their essential dynamic. Wily and Kareña add whistle, bird song, ‘lalala’s’ and alternate lines on a totally compelling track, which although completely different to the title track is just as essential! https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“...the perfect blend of voices, inspired playing and refreshing material makes ‘A Long Way From Heaven’ a delightful introduction to a duo with a difference. The title track is a stunning introduction to a couple who weave in out of a horn led arrangements and lyrically interesting piece that you could imagine finding a home on film soundtrack. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Wonderful sounding track (Angels In The Night - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Such rich vocals on that (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“This could well be my favourite album of 2015. (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“These guys really know how to swing and 'Rendez-Vous des Cheminots' has the kitchen sink thrown at it.. This is great big band stuff with rocking horns that is absolutely busting out all over with its call to get on the dance floor and throw some shapes. The EP closes with them all back in relaxed mood with an original number penned by Karena K, 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel' which fades us out with a beautiful bluesy sad guitar...a polished, smart and sassy album. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“If you like to venture off-piste and mix your blues with some stompin' knock-em-down swing and a little relaxed mood indigo then this is your bag. It kicks off with 'A Long Way To Heaven' where the growling lyrics are supported by a delicate piano ripple, strings and a cool female vocal backing. The mood changes immediately with 'Love Will Find A Way' which is a classic dance 'doo-wah' aided and abetted by harmonies with the mellow voice of Karena K and a clear nod to the Bobby McFerrin acapella classic 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. 'Angels In The Night' by contrast, is a noir piece, with sad sax and guitar which has 'film score' written all over it. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Here’s a mini album with maximum delights...a memorable mix of moods.....six-track collection of classy originality in which nothing is overdone. Karena K adds the smooth complement to Wily Bo’s gravel-rash vocals. Hers is the back-up sound which hits in with just the right punctuation. Opener “Long Way to Heaven” is the brassy big ballad opener which could have been written for Joe Cocker to power out at Woodstock. Instant mood change sees the finger-clicking acappella of “Love Will Find A Way” briefly threatening to overstay its welcome but it hangs in there with cool aplenty as the duo alternate around the lead microphone. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Chilly, late-night slow blues follows with “Angels In The Night” complete with moody sax and an expressive guitar finale, subtly added almost as a coda. “Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You)” shows the true triumph of the duo’s contrasting vocals and again features some more fine guitar.....The Danny Flam Big Band join in to add big band swing to the sassy jive of “Rendezvous Des Cheminots” before the slow-cooker finale “Light At The End Of The Tunnel,” again featuring just the right vocal light and shade and more soulful yet restrained guitar, underpinned by chunky Hammond, to complete a swaggeringly confident set. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“In your late 50s Cadillac, drop into a US diner to sample beehived, sassy blues, and then demolish a whole lot of hand percussion led Do-Wop before some late night, big band, sexy sleazy sax. The album was recorded both in London and New York, with the final gloss added by Abbey Road and this quality shows throughout. It might be a long way, but this is both Wily Bo's and Kareña's stairway...to heaven perchance. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“The recorded angel-esque harmonies and backing supplied by Kareña is multi-tracked overdubbed lushness. ( A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“'A Long Way From Heaven' is truly one of the most original and entertaining albums (EP or otherwise) I have heard in a while. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“A Long Way From Heaven, (Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K), can only lead you to become a gumshoe, the private eye in search of their next recorded clue; it doesn't matter how long it takes, that clue will be found and prized. Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10 https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“If this six track album is A Long Way From Heaven, then perfection must be unobtainable. Throughout the album it is possible to feel yourself floating gently as a man in a smoking white tuxedo and a hot blowing trumpet reels you in, the area around 77th Street in New York bustling with the sound of expectation and a dream like quality that serenades you in the form of a devil in a flowing green dress and the smell of Cuban cigars infiltrating your senses. It may not be Heaven but there is no doubt on how heavenly it sounds. The six tracks, Long Way To Heaven, Love Will Find A Way, Angels in The Night, the utterly superb Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You), Rendezvous Des Cheminots and the stunning closer of Light at the End of the Tunnel tangle with the art and craft of well presented set of songs and the sight of that green dress shimmering in the moonlight of a New York night; the Devil sated and happy to have helped you dance. (Available from http://wilybo.com)”

“There are combinations that are just made to make the heart swing that little faster, the amalgamation of seemingly different flavours that somehow go together and produce a slice of unexpected and much admired bliss. The album may steadfastly proclaim that it’s A Long Way From Heaven, however just an hour in the company of Wily Bo Walker and Karena K and the highly original songs that come across the innocent sounding space between speaker and ear is soon filled with the sweet resonance of angel siding up to a Blues/Jazz combo and uttering the immortal words, “Turn up the heat baby, you’re on fire!” This highlighted work of Walker and Karena K may seem like a small token to appease the music lover, however sometimes what seems like the barest offerings hold a multitude of beauty, the intriguing wonder of what else is to come if you go and search for it. Not a best of album, more like a scratch the surface and breathe deeply, for the rest is yet to come. (A Long Way From Heaven”

“Beautiful song, you just have to listen to that till the last drop (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“A great little album, I highly recommend it ( A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I wake up with this song in my head, it's that good (Love Will Find A Way by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Mighty Fine Stuff (A Long Way From Heaven- Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“The amazingly voiced Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K (Long Way To Heaven). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“A Long Way to Heaven is one fine collaboration by Wily Bo Walker and Karena K. With the grittiness of Wily Bo Walker's voice and the sultriness of Karena K's voice they bring you some of their greatest work so - only one thing better - hearing them perform this live! https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Fantastic album ( A Long Way From Heaven by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“...will be making her mark this year”

“If you like your blues with a funky feel and lush vocals, then this should be for you. The opening title track - A Long Way From Heaven - features the distinctive bass-rich raspy vocals from Wily Bo, that will surely rock your speakers. Next up is Love Will Find A Way - a do wop tune complete with birdsong. Angels in The Night is a brooding slower number with the emphasis on the vocals. The rest of the instrumentation is mixed way back in the mix with guitar only coming through towards the end. Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You) another smaltzy slow shuffle. Rendezvous des Cheminots is more upbeat featuring horns from the Danny Flam Big Band. This really swings along very nicely. The closing track Light At The End of Tunnel was one of my personal favourites. A slow burner that just oozes style with some sympathetic guitar cutting through the vocals. All in all, a well-produced set of songs. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“One of the songs from 2014 that really touched me (Battered And Blue)”

“A Long Way From Heaven maybe a bit closer to the fires below with this very strong bit of blues and grit from a talented duo. The Devil's music at its best in this six-track extended EP or short CD album. It's really take your pick here. All tracks are gripping and wonderfully produced to provide an excellent overall result.Fretwork is excellent, swampy and slithery at times with Wily Bo Walker's vocals rasping along like a road-repair crew shoveling aggregates. This guy has a voice that would make Dean Martin seem gritty! Luckily his vocals are perfectly counterbalanced by the sweeter notes of his partner, Karena K. A positively recommended effort from an exciting, dynamic pair of quality musicians. Worth checking out. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Cracking extended EP/short CD album - take your pick. 6-tracks of good, strong fare here (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Stunning. Absolutely love that track...does me in completely (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Superb track from a superb album (Rendez-vous Des Cheminots by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“This really rings my bell ( Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Two really interesting voices, go and get that (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Black and white vintage on steroids (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I absolutely love that. I think it may even be better than love making. Totally blew me away. (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“They are an absolute talent (Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“You have the machismo and then the sexy and sassy, one of my favourite songs of the year (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Incredibly good (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Very sexy stuff indeed (Light At The End Of The Tunnel -Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“The kind of quality we've come to expect from both these artists (Light At The End Of The Tunnel). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I really dig this (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Beautiful Song (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I love this...marvellous song (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“This next song will have me smiling the rest of the day ( Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“These two could sing the phone book,. I'd play it (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker And Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“That should be played on mainstream, it gets in your head (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I just can't get this out of my head (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I love it, that is brilliant (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Kooky enough to be ultra cool (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“If you're listening while driving don't join in with the clapping, it's infectious (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Superb and sublime (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“Another one I'll be buying! That was phenomenal, bloody excellent in fact. (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“'damned brilliant' ' Great Tune, catchy hit !!!! Would love to see this hit the top of the charts' (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“'love this song, got the old skool sound going on... nicely done' (Love Will Find A Way by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I think it's absolutely wonderful. That really is a sensational piece of soulful blues. I love it dearly. (Midnight Walk)”

“This song is almost perfect (Road To My Soul)”

“This is sheer bliss... Sounds like it should be the theme for the next Bond Movie (Road To My Soul)”

“No two voices ever sounded better together, than Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K on this song (Long Way To Heaven) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“'What a beautiful, sultry, sexy voice!'”

“Cracking track (Road To My Soul)”

“Love the song, the production and especially your voice! (Road To My Soul)”

“Silky smooth Kareña K”

“Can't get enough of this new track from Kareña K (Battered & Blue)”

“Love it, goes back in time to the 60s to take you forward. Can't wait to hear more (Battered & Blue)”

“When can I get my hands on the album, love it, absolutely brilliant (Battered & Blue)”

“Phenomenal (Battered & Blue)”

“Uniquely mysterious voice (Battered & Blue)”

“One of the best freakin' covers I've heard by anybody in a long time (Temptation Eyes)”

“Just an all around beautiful sound. After you've finished reading the interview head on over to bandcamp and add this EP to your collection . If you're looking for a rating, let’s call it Outstanding!!”

“...really knows how to sell a song (Battered & Blue)”

“When Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K sing together they have a unique charisma. You just have to listen to the very last drop of the song in your ear. https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“This is one sexy, swinging track (Rendez-vous Des Cheminots). https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“This, (Temptation Eyes), in my opinion, is the best version I've heard of this song and she makes it her own, the sign of a true talent”

“Wily is a love bug, Kareña is a goddess (re Walk In Chinese Footsteps by Wily Bo Walker)”

“I'm going to wear these songs out until you get the notice you deserve”

“Wonderful bluesy, jazzy stuff that just uplifts your soul (Review of Rendezvous Des Cheminots) https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“I could play this all day and night (Midnight Walk)”

“Brilliant thematic and Intelligent lyrics- XLNT Musical and Vocal performances that cut to the very soul- What's Not to like?”

Leland Luster - Reverbnation

“Nice job! Grass roots were one of my guilty pleasures. You do this great song justice!”

“(Midnight Walk) My favourite track of 2011...you'll be hearing this one a long long way into next year...”

“(Re Joint release with Wily Bo Walker, 'Angels In The Night') 'got one of those Joe Cocker voices' 'makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck...love it, love it, love it.... featuring Karena K, beautiful voice also' https://wilybo.bandcamp.com/album/a-long-way-from-heaven”

“(Review of Midnight Walk) Absolutely beautiful..”

“(Review of Angels In The Night). Absolutely gorgeous, works so well with both of their voices and the orchestration is absolutely astounding....this track is absolutely wonderful.....”

“ A great sexy, sassy voice! Lovely stuff!”

“Delicious voice”

“nice groove...good production...it simmers”

“good vocals...makes you move...grooves like the classics”

“Warm vocals! Very good vibe for a cloudy Sunday evening such as this one. Great job on this.”

“Its awesome!! I am compelled to listen :) Keep it up!!”

"Do you remember?" --- Amazing Karena!!!

“Kareña shares with our audience an unreleased gem, titled “Midnight Walk”, which takes the listener on a contemplative late-night stroll to the ocean for a good old fashioned spiritual cleansing by way of music.”

“'Wow,what a great tune, what a great voice and a great song .......big thumbs up from Michael Angel, I almost feel like I have to take a cold shower now! That was awesome, jeez, um I almost can't talk, usually I'm not speechless at the end of a song but that one, I totally got into that..... ”

“Kareña has the voice that just oozes sultry...”